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Opening Arguments

Bad call

Yeah, I saw it, that jaw-droppingly dumb play that ended the Super Bowl:

Let’s say you’re the head coach of a football team down by four points with 40 seconds left in the championship game, but just a half-yard away from the winning touchdown. Your team has the #1 ranked rushing offense in the league, but your passing game is ranked fifth from the bottom. It took nearly twenty-five minutes of game time for your quarterback to make his first completion, but your tailback has 102 yards and is averaging over four yards a carry. With the entire season on the line, what play do you call?

The headline on the post is "The worst play call in Super Bowl history?" Hell, I'd put it in contention for worst play call in NFL history. It's hard to watch something that monumentally stupid and not think, "Jeez, the fix was in." Too bad. Up until that play, the game was what we wish all Super Bowls are, a close, back-and-forth contest between evenly matched teams.


Mon, 02/02/2015 - 10:18am

Gotta be Obama's fault :)

Rebecca Mallory
Mon, 02/02/2015 - 7:19pm

Joe, it's more likely that it's Bush's fault.  After all everything has been his fault for the last 6 years.

Leo Morris
Tue, 02/03/2015 - 8:48am

If Obama had made that play call, he probably wouldn't have owned up to it like the coach did. "Hey, I knew nothing about that play. I saw it on TV for the first time, just like you did." Oh, I know. He'd send Susan Rice to the Sunday talk shows to explain it.

Tue, 02/03/2015 - 9:35am

Hey Becky, couldn't be Bush's fault, Cheney made all the calls!  Leo, so true, except the House would have to vote to repeal the call 54 times!

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:45am

Carroll's call was dumb, but it wasn't inexplicable. At the end of the first half, the Seahawks were a few yards from the end zone with seconds left, behind by seven points. Carroll could have made the safe call for a field goal, but he called for a pass play that turned into a game-tying touchdown. So he saw the call at the game's end in the same light, I believe. He gambled and lost big. But a lot of other times, he has gambled and won, or at least broken even.

By the way, Leo, have you seen or heard that the N-D building has been emptied and will be torn down?


Leo Morris
Wed, 02/04/2015 - 3:00pm

Tim, N-D building?