That was a Catch

by Datechguy | December 18th, 2017

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That was a Catch

For­get­ting the kneel­ing and other things the end of yes­ter­day Steel­ers /​Patri­ots game is every­thing that’s wrong with the NFL.

I only had a chance to lis­ten to a lit­tle bit of the Patri­ots /​Steel­ers game on my 1st break but had to go turn it off just after the pats kicked their 4th quar­ter field goal to come within five but as sev­eral res­i­dents at the nurs­ing home where my wife works she was able to catch bits and pieces of it.

She was tak­ing care of a patient when Big Ben threw to James and heard the call of “Touch­down” and the first replay but as she was doing her job didn’t have time to stay beyond that.

About 30 min­utes later she was tak­ing care of another patient who was say­ing how the Patri­ots won. She told him that she had seen the Steel­ers score a touch­down with a few sec­onds left. The res­i­dent told her, no the Patri­ots won and my wife didn’t argue fig­ur­ing he was hav­ing a moment and didn’t find out oth­er­wise till much later.

Now I know that accord­ing to the rules the rever­sal was valid and this lousy call doesn’t remove Ben’s respon­si­bil­ity for a really bad deci­sion in try­ing to force that ball on the next to last play rather than throw­ing it way and shoot­ing for over­time but let’s cut to the chase.

If what the NFL rules con­sider a “catch” is dif­fer­ent that what a nor­mal per­son who doesn’t fol­low the game thinks a catch is, the prob­lem is not with the nor­mal per­son, but with the rule.

At least that’s what I think.

Forgetting the kneeling and other things the end of yesterday Steelers / Patriots game is everything that’s wrong with the NFL.

I only had a chance to listen to a little bit of the Patriots / Steelers game on my 1st break but had to go turn it off just after the pats kicked their 4th quarter field goal to come within five but as several residents at the nursing home where my wife works she was able to catch bits and pieces of it.

She was taking care of a patient when Big Ben threw to James and heard the call of “Touchdown” and the first replay but as she was doing her job didn’t have time to stay beyond that.

About 30 minutes later she was taking care of another patient who was saying how the Patriots won. She told him that she had seen the Steelers score a touchdown with a few seconds left. The resident told her, no the Patriots won and my wife didn’t argue figuring he was having a moment and didn’t find out otherwise till much later.

Now I know that according to the rules the reversal was valid and this lousy call doesn’t remove Ben’s responsibility for a really bad decision in trying to force that ball on the next to last play rather than throwing it way and shooting for overtime but let’s cut to the chase.

If what the NFL rules consider a “catch” is different that what a normal person who doesn’t follow the game thinks a catch is, the problem is not with the normal person, but with the rule.

At least that’s what I think.

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