Good piece of writing! This is the first time I've been on this site in at least a year, with school just getting in the way of doing much on it most of the time. I agree 100%, the Seattle game was a trap game, and we fell asleep at the wheel. Hopefully, Washington won't be quite as tough since most of its players are old and over the hill much like their ancestral teams of the 1970s under coach George Allen. With Donovan McNabb, however, you can never be entirely sure; he can still scramble out of the pocket at the ripe old age of Methuselah, and has always been an accurate passer. Philadelphia probably made a huge mistake by trading him to D.C. because of his age and because of some past issues with the injury bug. I look for this to be a low scoring affair, with something like this outcome: Bears 20, Redskins 16.
Yay that means he won't be and we just won the title. Wait, ugh, that was a tough one to watch for sure.
Its a trap!!
I'm a fan of even talking about trap games. It means that we aren't the "trap" team, lol. Nice blog, blog writing dude.
Watching my fantasy team doesn't help.....lol.
I think the rule is solid. If you change it you will have officials making subjective decisions on how long a player has to hold the ball for it to be a catch. Now they just watch to see if the player holds it all the way through. Plenty of players managed to hang on to the ball when they hit the ground and those players are awarded TDs.
I think if they can catch them on a blitz with a draw or something then the Bears might get Forte one on one with the safety and that could be good.
As a Bear fans I feel like we got lucky beating a team that is slowly building for the future yet this win leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Now if this had happen against the packers I would feel great. lol
The Lions were robbed because of a poorly written rule. The officials called the play correctly. That rule is the problem. It is HORRIBLE!
Rule on Calvin Johnson play was discussed "extensively" in offseason
By Sean Jensenon September 13, 2010 9:51 AM | Permalink | Comments (5) | TrackBacks (0)
Even after an exciting opening NFL Sunday, the ruling of Detroit Lions receiver Calvin Johnson's end zone play is one of the hot-button topics.
To that end, I contacted NFL spokesman Greg Aiello to see if the league would possibly change the rule during the season or next offseason.
Aiello's response indicates there's no change in the offing.
"The Competition Committee discussed the rule extensively this past offseason," Aiello said, "and decided no change was warranted."
I'm sure the play is etched into everyone's mind: Johnson leapt high and plucked a pass from Shaun Hill over cornerback Zackary Bowman. He landed, with the front of his body facing the middle of the field, took two steps and fell to the turf near the back of the end zone. The problem, according to NFL rules, is that Johnson didn't fully control the ball since he had it with one hand and it popped out when it struck the ground.
Bears coach Lovie Smith and quarterback Jay Cutler suggested it was an easy call for the officials.
"I saw it exactly the way he did," Smith said of referee Gene Steratore. "Didn't really think they had to look at the replay for it."
Cutler, meanwhile, said officials highlighted that rule when they visited the Bears during training camp in Bourbonnais.
"Sorry for Calvin, good for us," Cutler said.
The Lions weren't robbed per say, they way they changed the rule last year. The refs called it correct. However, as Bob Costas(I can't believe this guy actually said something worth while) pointed out tonight. How they made the rule,just makes no common sense. It needs to be fixed.
Shades of the "Bert Emanuel catch" in the '99 championship game that ended the Bucs' season. The league admitted it effed up and changed the rule.
Total BS, and the Lions were robbed.
It's going to be interesting how long he lasts.
With all his injuries, it's going to be interesting how well he walks when he's 60... Knowing him, he'll still be playing..lol
I thought blogs had to be at least six paragraphs?
Well said, my friend.