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Trickery On The Football Field: Like Child Abuse? (NPR barf alert)
NPR ^ | 11/17/2010 | Frank Deford

Posted on 11/17/2010 4:31:12 PM PST by llevrok

By now, you may be among the millions of people who've seen on YouTube the trick football play pulled off by the Driscoll Middle School of Corpus Christi, Texas.

If you've been watching President Obama abroad or otherwise wasting your time, here's what happens: Driscoll breaks out of the huddle, and the quarterback lines up over the ball. From the sideline, the assistant coach calls out that Driscoll deserves a five-yard penalty.

At this point, the Driscoll center casually hands the ball over his shoulder to the quarterback. This is perfectly acceptable, even though we know that the center invariably delivers the ball through his legs.

The quarterback then takes the ball and starts to walk off five yards himself, as the opponents look on, confused. Then, clear of the opposition, the quarterback suddenly breaks into a run and dashes 67 yards for a touchdown.

The play is legal, and just about everybody who has seen it gets a real hoot out of it. In one online poll, 92.1 percent of those who voted said the play was genius.

Well, it isn't funny, and it isn't right.

Sure, athletes often employ gamesmanship, and I will now give you a lecture on situational ethics.

Remember this summer, when Derek Jeter, the all-American boy, idol of millions, faked getting hit by a pitch and his acting was so good he was awarded first base?

Well, Jeter is a grown-up, playing other grown-ups, in a game umpired by grown-ups. So are wide receivers who pretend to catch a pass that really hit the ground first, and basketball players who flop back as if they were fouled.

Just like the Driscoll Middle School quarterback, it is perfectly legal to act in a game. But the players who do that in the pros are not embarrassing the opposition. They're just trying to con the umpire. It's a benign bit of hustle that would've made for some good Aesop's Fables if old Aesop were around writing a sports blog nowadays.

But the Driscoll team didn't act instinctively to try to put one over on a ref. The middle schoolers didn't even come up with the ruse. Their coach dreamed up the play, and even participated in it, hollering from the sideline. The referees weren't victimized. In fact, they had to play along.

No, it was only the other team's kids who were embarrassed and belittled by a children's coach being a wise guy, a bully of sorts. It wasn't genius at all; rather, it was a form of child abuse. Sure, it was legal, but it wasn't fair.

Laugh at kids being outslicked by a grown-up, and you're cruel. That isn't sport.


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Frank, Every play run by one football team against another is supposed to be a trick, you jackwagon!
1 posted on 11/17/2010 4:31:16 PM PST by llevrok
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To: llevrok

What a stupid idiot pansy-@ss. He needs a slap upside his fool Lib head. Those middle-schoolers could stomp him.


2 posted on 11/17/2010 4:33:57 PM PST by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: llevrok

“I will now give you a lecture on situational ethics. “

No you won’t. That’s where I stopped reading.


3 posted on 11/17/2010 4:36:40 PM PST by BenLurkin (This post is not a statement of fact. It is merely a personal opinion -- or humor -- or both)
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To: llevrok

Heard it before: It’s fair that BSU won the 2007 Fiesta Bowl because Oklahoma fell for the Statue of Liberty play!


4 posted on 11/17/2010 4:36:40 PM PST by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: llevrok

I bet that writer was always on the losing team.


5 posted on 11/17/2010 4:36:48 PM PST by Bud Krieger (Another President, another idiot....)
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To: llevrok

Talk about gamesmanship and trickery, NPR practices it on a daily basis in their deceitful shellgame to hide the fact that they receive substantial government monies. DEFUND NPR.


6 posted on 11/17/2010 4:38:37 PM PST by Starboard
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To: llevrok
No, it was only the other team's kids who were embarrassed and belittled by a children's coach being a wise guy, a bully of sorts. It wasn't genius at all; rather, it was a form of child abuse. Sure, it was legal, but it wasn't fair.

Holy Drama Mama Frankie! It was a valuable lesson to the other team to know what the rules are and to watch for the other team trying to catch you off guard.

Child abuse?! What a dork. We baby kids too much already.


7 posted on 11/17/2010 4:38:52 PM PST by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: llevrok

All field sports are ersatz war with rules governing them to prevent death to the participants. Any thing done within the rules is fair play. This was the design and execution of a tactical genious.


8 posted on 11/17/2010 4:40:45 PM PST by Lion Den Dan
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To: llevrok

My dad says if you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t trying -and- the reason we beat the Japanese in the Pacific theater is because they didn’t know how to play football or cheat ....


9 posted on 11/17/2010 4:42:23 PM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Don't Read The News You're Uninformed, If You Do Read The News You're Misinformed")
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To: llevrok

Frank Deford, second-in-command of the high school chess team, tried out for football in eighth grade, was asked politely to leave. (I’m guessing, but I’m sure I’m close)


10 posted on 11/17/2010 4:42:38 PM PST by Flightdeck (TANSTAAFL!)
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To: llevrok

Any team falling for that one deserves to get scored on.


11 posted on 11/17/2010 4:43:31 PM PST by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Bud Krieger

Doubt he ever played.


12 posted on 11/17/2010 4:44:59 PM PST by darkangel82 (I don't have a superiority complex, I'm just better than you.)
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To: Bud Krieger
I bet that writer was always on the losing team.

I bet he got beat up at school a lot.

13 posted on 11/17/2010 4:45:05 PM PST by llevrok (Born a ham but never cured)
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To: llevrok

Frank, you’re just a big wienie.


14 posted on 11/17/2010 4:45:46 PM PST by aruanan
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To: pissant

ping


15 posted on 11/17/2010 4:46:27 PM PST by llevrok (Born a ham but never cured)
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To: Flightdeck

LOL my exact thought - never picked eh Francis


16 posted on 11/17/2010 4:47:33 PM PST by Jolla
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To: Flightdeck

LOL my exact thought - never picked eh Francis


17 posted on 11/17/2010 4:47:48 PM PST by Jolla
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To: Flightdeck

LOL my exact thought - never picked eh Francis


18 posted on 11/17/2010 4:47:57 PM PST by Jolla
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To: llevrok

I coached kids in football for 15 years....up through Freshmen. Every play is meant to deceive and I believe, in this case, the Ref’s were made aware of the fact that a trick play was going to take place. I have run many trick plays and the kids love them. The name of the game is to win. I would tell my kids that and I told the parents that if I didn’t intend to win, I wouldn’t put my kids on the field.

Some trick plays will really throw the other team and catch them off guard. With those plays, I wouldn’t let the team run them until they had two touch downs more than the other team or if we really needed to score. The coaches on the other team would, some times, yell out “Watch out for those phony trick plays”. Those were the type of coaches I loved to play against because they couldn’t coach their kids to play the game.

Let me add one thing here. I loved all my kids and it was their team, not mine. I ran 40 kids with one assistant coach. All kids played, some more than others. I’ve had them go on to High School, College and Pro Teams. It was the best time of my life.

Let the kids play the game. As long as they go by the rules, they will never forget.


19 posted on 11/17/2010 4:49:57 PM PST by RC2
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To: llevrok

This is the comment I sent to Frank at NPR:

It isn’t our fault that Frank DeFord was always the last one picked for football for childhood football games. The stupidity of your objection to Driscoll Middle School’s
football team’s play is really telling about your lack of knowledge of sport and Americans. Sorry, Frank. Your commentary has a large BITE ME from the American sports-fans-at-large written all over it. You liberals really need
to get in touch with America and Americans.


20 posted on 11/17/2010 4:52:34 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: llevrok

Since Frank objects to acting, I will assume he doesn’t watch soccer. LOL


21 posted on 11/17/2010 4:53:31 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: llevrok

Earth to Frank. In a game there are all sorts of things that may happen. There is a smaller number of things that usually happen. The team that concentrates only on what usually happens is a team that is playing by rote. Such a team deserves to get smacked down. Sometimes it’s by another team that does what usually happens better. Sometimes it’s by another team that has developed a strategy that employs tactics that aren’t so usual so as to give themselves an advantage against other teams that are too mainstream and limited in their approach to the game. It’s the team that boldly employs everything available to it within the rules of the game that is most fully engaging in the game. A good coach is one who is able to see what kind of game the other team plays and then adjust to take advantage of it. A good team is one that can make the adjustment quickly enough to beat the other team.


22 posted on 11/17/2010 4:54:33 PM PST by aruanan
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To: Bud Krieger
I bet that writer was always on the losing team.

LOL - No way. Runny nosed bed wetters like this guy never took the field. In gym class the only thing picked after him was his nose. It is precisely this type of jacka$$ that brought us "we don't keep score" soccer in Taxachusetts.

23 posted on 11/17/2010 4:54:54 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: llevrok

This deford bozo is probably one of those same pansies who think life should be fair at the price of true competition and no one should be allowed to win EVER because that means someone else ends up with damaged self esteem because they lost(oh no!).

It’s a game. Once upon a time, before the p*$$ification of our culture, games were played with the goal of winning by defeating ones opponent, not making everyone FEEEEEEL good.


24 posted on 11/17/2010 4:58:24 PM PST by Dr.Zoidberg (Warning: Sarcasm/humor is always engaged. Failure to recognize this may lead to misunderstandings.)
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To: llevrok

I scored on a Center Sneak in pee wee. Snapped it and then took it back and ran 80 yds for a TD. One of the best days of my childhood. A lineman scoring, awesome. I dont care if the other team was embarrassed, I was happy.

Now Im left to wonder why, with my 80 yd avg and perfect 1:1 ratio of runs:TD, my HS coach didnt make me a RB.


25 posted on 11/17/2010 5:01:31 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: llevrok

So all of the following would be crimes of child abuse:

1. The “hard” count
2. The “pump fake”
3. The “play action” pass
4. The QB sneak
5. Any reverse
6. God forbid... the double reverse
7. The lateral pass
8. Zone coverage
9. “Showing the blitz” - then dropping back into coverage

Oh, the humanity. We should get the UN involved.


26 posted on 11/17/2010 5:01:36 PM PST by IDRATHERNOT
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To: llevrok
Source is Wikipedia, but the article does provide links to original sources:

Deford met his wife in Delaware and they were married in 1965 but divorced 20 years later when he was discovered to be a homosexual

27 posted on 11/17/2010 5:01:36 PM PST by Castlebar
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My dad says if you ain’t cheatin’ you ain’t trying -and- the reason we beat the Japanese in the Pacific theater is because they didn’t know how to play football or cheat ....

Well, I dislike calling out a WWII vet regarding an opinion, but I disagree. I think Vince Lombardi would disagree too.

I am also curious what you and/or your father would classify as "cheating" when it comes to war against the country that conducted the Bataan death march and other atrocities.

28 posted on 11/17/2010 5:01:40 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: RC2
I believe, in this case, the Ref’s were made aware of the fact that a trick play was going to take place

In high school, we used to run a wierd, over shifted line play, where the right guard (me) was an elgible reciever. Our coach used to coach at a school where 8 man foot ball was played and this was a variant of those plays.

The first guys to know about the play were the refs as we wanted them to count noses on the line and in the backfield correctly.

29 posted on 11/17/2010 5:03:33 PM PST by llevrok (Born a ham but never cured)
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To: Jolla

Three posts? You need to get that stutter looked at, Jolla. ;-)


30 posted on 11/17/2010 5:05:01 PM PST by llevrok (Born a ham but never cured)
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To: Castlebar
LOL! Guess he wasn't quite this guy...

Smile

31 posted on 11/17/2010 5:07:21 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: llevrok
I've got mixed feelings on this one. On one hand, the defensive players should be ashamed of themselves for falling for this -- and not playing to the whistle like every athlete is coached to do.

On the other hand, I'm also a big fan of the Vince Lombardi approach to coaching football. He never liked trick plays because he felt that a good team should always be able to line up and kick their opponents' @sses without resorting to that nonsense.

32 posted on 11/17/2010 5:09:27 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: Lion Den Dan

The two best plays Ive heard of were when a local radio station asked people to call in trick plays:

*In a game in Or with intense fog on the sides of the field, one team had 3 backs run to the sideline. After a few seconds, two guys went back to the huddle. No one realized the third guy was still on the field until the QB hit him for a TD

*A QB in the Shotgun formation sent a WR in motion. As the WR was motioning, he hopped sideways like a rabbit and made bunny ears with his hands. When he crossed the QB, the QB pretended to shoot the “rabbit” WR. While the defense fell down laughing, the center snapped it to the RB for a TD.


33 posted on 11/17/2010 5:10:17 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: llevrok
Wikipedia sheds some light:
Benjamin "Frank" Deford, III[1] (born December 16, 1938, in Baltimore, Maryland) is a senior contributing writer for Sports Illustrated, author, and commentator for National Public Radio and correspondent for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel on HBO and the only openly homosexual Sportscaster to date.

34 posted on 11/17/2010 5:10:46 PM PST by Hunton Peck (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable Rights)
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To: llevrok

We had a play that scored every time. When the other team kicked off to us, some times I had my offense on the field rather than the receiving team. Whoever got the ball had to run to the right side of the field and get outside the right hash mark and as far upfield as he could. He only had one blocker, the center. The ball carrier, when he was tackled, ran to the other hash mark where the rest of the team was. The center got over the football like he was going to hike the ball. The rest of the team was in a huddle on the other side of the field. When the quarter back said “Hut”, the center piched the ball clean across the field. The defense was lined up on the ball, on the other side. The quarterback had nine guys blocking for him. “Touchdown”


35 posted on 11/17/2010 5:12:10 PM PST by RC2
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To: Domandred

Technically, it wasn’t a true ‘statue of liberty’ play (even though it worked). In the true SOL, the quarterback poses like a statue with his arm extended backwards like he’s prepared to throw a pass and the running back takes the ball from his extended hand.

I saw one powder puff game where they did run the true SOL. Four times. Scored on three of them.


36 posted on 11/17/2010 5:17:26 PM PST by DugwayDuke
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To: Raider Sam
In a game in Or with intense fog on the sides of the field, one team had 3 backs run to the sideline. After a few seconds, two guys went back to the huddle. No one realized the third guy was still on the field until the QB hit him for a TD.

Very good! I may be wrong about this, but I believe NFL rules now prohibit any kind of trick plays involving offensive players running on and off the field before the snap.

One of the problems with some trick plays is that the offense runs the risk of fooling even the officials -- sometimes with bizarre results. Former Bengals QB Boomer Esiason was one of the best I've ever seen at executing a play-fake to one of his running backs. I mean, that guy would often fool TV camera crews, he was so good. There was one play back in the late 1980s where did such a great job at "selling" the play-fake that the officials whistled the play dead after the would-be ball carrier was tackled. Under NFL rules there was no way to undo the result of the play -- so that running back was credited with a two-yard gain even though he never touched the ball!

37 posted on 11/17/2010 5:20:16 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: llevrok

Frank, the lesson is, “Get on point and pay attention”- and that would include the opposing team’s coaching staff.


38 posted on 11/17/2010 5:21:36 PM PST by 4buttons
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To: 70times7
Not wanting to get into a long discussion about all this which I won't ... just saying that if you read about how we conducted fleet operations in the Pacific for one, and two, the Japanese had a cut and dried method of warfare (evening chats about history) - we didn't ...they, the Japanese, thought we'd fight one way ... we didn't ... we cheated on every method possible to defeat them including breaking their codes ...

So for me that's all I'll say about it ....

39 posted on 11/17/2010 5:26:15 PM PST by SkyDancer ("If You Don't Read The News You're Uninformed, If You Do Read The News You're Misinformed")
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To: llevrok
When I was a senior in HS our coach had me run a similar play our first game of the year. The first play after the opening kick-off, I walked up behind the center and announced to the ref we wanted a different ball. I accepted the ball from our center as he picked it up, turned and handed it to me, then I strolled casually to the sideline, turning and bolting downfield as I got there. The play worked flawlessly.

The play worked so well, our coach decided we should try it our next game. As I neared the sideline the second time we tried it, the opposing coach was screaming at his players to tackle me. I got about 25 yards that time before about half the opposing team nailed me. I also got three chipped teeth out of that one. Unbelievably, our coach wanted to try the same stunt in the THIRD game of the season. I refused to run it. I wasn't about to get swarmed on again. He got another kid to run it and damned if we didn't get another TD out of it. We never tried it again.

40 posted on 11/17/2010 5:26:41 PM PST by badgerlandjim
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To: llevrok

Franny, did you skip your Midol?


41 posted on 11/17/2010 5:27:43 PM PST by ConservaTexan (February 6, 1911)
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To: Alberta's Child

The rule wouldnt surprise me, especially seeing how intricate NFL off and def packages are. I imagine there is some lobbying because def coordinators tend to package their def based on personnel.

Id love to see the play get called dead and hear the ref. I usually dont like to see people screw up, but some of the ref’s give entertaining explanations. There was one this season (I think preseason) where on a KO, 2 cover guys and 1 return guy all had penalties. And it was number 57, 95, and 97. It took the ref about 5 minutes to get it right, because they all had similar numbers, and there is hardly ever a 3 penalty play. But he had the biggest grin n his face knowing that this was happening on tv. He was a good sport.

My favorite is when a ref threw an unsportsmanlike and said “15 yd penalty - Giving him the Business”


42 posted on 11/17/2010 5:35:13 PM PST by Raider Sam (They're on our left, right, front, and back. They aint gettin away this time!)
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To: llevrok
What if the strong safety realized what was going on and came flying in from the blind side a just blew up the quarterback who was in a pretty defenseless position standing straight up; the same parents that thought the play was pretty cool would be calling for the coach's head.

I'm a head baseball coach in high school but did 20 years in junior high football, we had some trick plays but I would not have run this one. Others can, its not child abuse, but in my personal code this exceeds what I would be comfortable doing.

43 posted on 11/17/2010 5:40:58 PM PST by fungoking (Tis a blessing to live in the Ozarks.)
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To: llevrok

Frank DeFord——Just another idiot liberal who should be locked away for its own protection. NO more tax dollars to NPR


44 posted on 11/17/2010 5:47:45 PM PST by jesseam (Been there, done that)
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To: Hunton Peck
I think Wikipedia is confused. First they say Deford is openly homosexual, then they say he is living with his wife in CT, then they say he left his wife in 1985 because he was gay. Recent info suggests he is still living with his wife in CT, hardly "openly homo". There seems to be nothing else online indicating he is gay.

Other than this sissy article that is.
45 posted on 11/17/2010 6:05:16 PM PST by over3Owithabrain
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To: llevrok

There is a huge difference between misleading the referees and misleading the opposing players.


46 posted on 11/17/2010 6:09:03 PM PST by rogue yam
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To: Alberta's Child

Its also illegal in many youth leagues for anyone on the sideline ( coach, players etc ) to be part of any trickery. With the coach yelling that there was a penalty this play would have been illegal in many youth leagues.


47 posted on 11/17/2010 6:12:28 PM PST by dcar99
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To: Raider Sam
Oh, what a great moment in football history, LOL:

Giving Him the Business

The rule wouldnt surprise me, especially seeing how intricate NFL off and def packages are. I imagine there is some lobbying because def coordinators tend to package their def based on personnel.

Good point. I wasn't even aware of the rule until I saw a penalty called on a play some years ago (I think it involved the Seattle Seahawks). There wasn't even a deliberate attempt to confuse anyone in that case. They simply lined up for a punt on fourth down, and someone on the sideline finally realized they only had ten players on the field. So the 11th player came running in from the sideline and got about three steps onto the field when the ball was snapped. The punter alertly realized what had happened, saw that the player from the sideline had come in behind the line of scrimmage and was completely onside when the ball was snapped, and tossed the ball out to him for an easy first down. That's when the flags flew, a penalty was called, and the announcer explained the ruling and the rationale behind it.

48 posted on 11/17/2010 6:19:40 PM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: SkyDancer
Doing something other than what the opposition expects is not cheating.

Please, let's leave the redefining of words to the liberals.

49 posted on 11/17/2010 6:25:02 PM PST by 70times7 (Serving Free Republics' warped and obscure humor needs since 1999!)
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To: over3Owithabrain

It wouldn’t be the first time Wikipedia was confused. Or maybe it’s DeFord who’s confused.

Actually, I was as disgusted with Benjamin’s association with the America-hating, Charles Manson-sympathizing (seriously!) Bryant Gumbel as with anything else. But then, those two pompous self-worshipers probably belong together.


50 posted on 11/17/2010 6:28:18 PM PST by Hunton Peck (Endowed by my Creator with certain unalienable Rights)
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