Some seriously stupid things happened in the stupid but awesome NFL this past weekend. Let's summarize...
The stupidest fumble-related rule
Robert Griffin III was driving the Washington Redskins down the field in the fourth quarter when he slid awkwardly after clearly giving himself up at the end of a first-down run. He fumbled and hadn't been touched, so the turnover was legit.
However, that rule has to be addressed. If a player has obviously given himself up, the play has to be considered dead. Defenders would have been penalized for hitting Griffin at the exact moment the ball came loose, which to me indicates there's something stupid about the ruling.
The play should have been over right here...
RG3 agrees regarding the stupidity of the rule. From the Washington Post:
“Yeah, it’s the rule,” Griffin said. “And it’s a stupid rule. You’d think if you declare yourself down that you’d be down. I mean, I wasn’t falling. I was trying to get down to avoid a hit, slide, be out there for my team. Knee down, elbow down, and then the ball comes out. According to them, it’s a fumble. That’s just the way it goes. It just sucks.”
The stupidest stubborn coaching decision
Poor Greg Schiano finds his way into this feature every week. But man, what was the point of drafting Mike Glennon in the third round if you're not going to give him a shot in situations like the Buccaneers were in late Sunday afternoon? Down 20 midway through the fourth quarter, Schiano kept a struggling Josh Freeman in the game instead of giving Glennon a shot. Freeman went on to complete just three of his final nine passes and is now the NFL's lowest-rated passer.
The stupidest roster decision
Bad karma, San Francisco, allowing Aldon Smith to play 60 hours after being arrested. Smith allegedly smashed his car into a tree at 7 a.m. on a weekday and police say his blood-alcohol level was .015 -- nearly twice the legal limit. It wasn't Smith's first alcohol-related arrest, but the 49ers applied an age-old double standard and started him anyway...probably because he's really good at football.
After being crushed at home by the Colts, the Niners suddenly came to their senses and ruled Smith out indefinitely going forward.
The stupidest pregame Twitter tirade
Roddy White, ladies and gentlemen...
Watching nfl countdown and they talking bad about Aldon smith but I'm willing to bet Keyshawn Tom and cris have all driven drunk no doubt— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) September 22, 2013
Aldon smith isn't right in any way form or fashion but come on guys don't act like you never did it you just got away with it— Roddy White (@roddywhiteTV) September 22, 2013
The stupidest rash of penalties
The New York Jets beat the Buffalo Bills Sunday, but that doesn't mean they weren't stupid. New York should have crushed the Bills, but it was a one-score game in the end because the Jets took an unbelievable 20 penalties. That, of course, is a new team record. The highlight came when Jets corner Kyle Wilson was actually penalized on three consecutive plays on Buffalo's game-tying fourth-quarter touchdown drive.
How is that even possible?
The stupidest non-call
I'm not sure how this isn't offensive pass interference on Dez Bryant...
Slide feet first dummy. How many games do we have to watch players time after time commit stupid penalties and ignorance of the rules. I can't help but think coaches aren't teaching players the rules but how to break them and get away with it. The NFL is becoming the worst professional sport of cheaters. Its getting to the point its almost not worth watching them anymore. I'd rather watch a College game instead. Whatever happened to a clean football game with lineman going mano a mano and not holding, grabbing jerseys, facemasks or cut blocks. Corners practically rape W/R's running down the field. The Ref's could call a penalty on practically every play. But hey, the NFL doesn't pay any taxes so what do they care !!
"The Stupidest Fumble-Related Rule"
This ought to be renamed "The Stupidest Ignoring Of A Rule". Whether the rule is stupid or not is irrelevant. The fact is that it's the current rule, period. You can't just ignore the rule and then expect it to magically change for you right then and there; any more than you can make up a new rule on the spot to fit the stupid move you just made. The rule says if the QB wants to 'give himself up', he must slide. Until the rule is addressed, RG3 was the stupid one, for thinking the rule didn't apply to him. He simply should have slid. And if he calls what he did sliding, then that was the stupidest slide in the history of sport.
.015 -- nearly twice the legal limit
Um, .015 would be legal and barely intoxicated I think they meant 0.15 because most states it is 0.08 and 0.06 if you are in an accident. 0.015 would be nothing.
It's not Offensive PI on Dez Bryant because Bryant didn't even extend his arms against Finnegan - textbook flop by the defender.
@Rockin I'm guessing you didn't watch the game then, he completely extended his arms, was the most blatant offensive PI I've ever seen. Even the Fox announcers - every one of them, said he got away with one there.