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January 24, 2014

Questions and A Quiz

First the quiz:
It's Super Bowl time! Yeah, yeah, yeah, I hear there's a Pro Bowl street game this weekend, but I won't be watching. Although, I am glad they finally made it into the complete joke that the game had devolved into over the last decade.
Anyway, Super Bowl and while neither of the two teams shown are playing in the big game, what is the significance of the play shown in the picture. Cudo's for those can whom also (*sigh*) name which SB game this was - without Google or any other search engine.

Art Monk over Kirby Jackson.png

Now questions for conversation:
As YAG mentioned in the Caption Contest thread, Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, has floated a trial balloon about doing away with the point after kick. Instead of kicking the extra point after a touchdown, teams would be automatically given the seventh point. If teams wanted to go for the two point conversion instead, they would, in a sense, be gambling that automatic extra point. Make the conversion, get the eighth point. Fail to make the conversion and you lose that automatic point and go back to six.
One suggestion I saw on a conversation board was to move the try from the two yard line to the one. Kicking a point from the one or two is neither here nor there for a professional kicker (Miami's kicker, notwithstanding), however, a two-point conversion try from the one is much more tempting - and attainable - than from the two. Witness Matthew Stafford's game winning *fake spike* earlier this season against Dallas.

Second question: Baseball is expanding replay to include almost 90% of the plays on the field. (The 200' infield fly Sam Holbrook called against Atlanta in the wild card game against St. Louis, however, is not part of that 90%, go fig.) Coaches will have a single challenge to use, and, like the NFL system, if their challenge is upheld, they will receive an additional challenge. Also, instead of the umps going off the field to watch replay, a central crew in NY will handle those duties and relay the information to the field crews. This is "supposed" to make the process faster. We'll see.
Placed on the backburner, for now, is the proposed change to no longer allow collisions at home plate. I say "for now" because the only thing standing in the way of adopting the change is formal ratification of the change by the Players Association.

So, what do you think of these changes, both proposed and instituted?
Sound off in the comments and tell me what you think.
What say you, villains?

Posted by DL Sly at January 24, 2014 03:00 PM

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Baseball is expanding replay to include almost 90% of the plays on the field.

Oh. Dear. God. And you didn't think paint could dry any slower...

*running away before Yu-Ain beans me with a baseball*

Oh, and .... ART MONK!!!!

Posted by: Cass at January 24, 2014 05:06 PM

Also, I cannot BELIEVE you are not covering the biggest SuperBowl story of them all:

New Jersey’s pigskin-prognosticating camel has died just weeks before the state is set to host its first Super Bowl.


Posted by: Cass at January 24, 2014 05:08 PM


I'm just surprised it's not an elephant or a transgendered polar bear.

"Oh, and .... ART MONK!!!!"
Given that Monk's name is on his uniform in the pic.....?
Nice try, but I'll give ya props for remembering his first name, too, because even though you aren't a follower of the game, per se, you are a 'Skins fan and always have been.
Thankyewwww for playin'!
Try again.

Posted by: DL Sly at January 24, 2014 05:40 PM

I'm just surprised it's not an elephant or a transgendered polar bear.

Or an Indiscriminate Arctic Wolverine. By the way, you say "transgendered polar bear" like there's something wrong with that....

At any rate, I do know Art Monk :p Just don't ask me to list the Hogs. I miss those days...


I am not good about remembering SuperBowl stuff - it's just not that important to me. But we've been out of the winners' circle so long that I should be able to get close. Can't be the early 80s because that's too long ago. So I'm guessing very early 90s? And who's that other team - the Bills? I couldn't tell if that was a buffalo or an enraged paramecium on their helmets.

*running away*

Posted by: Knut, the Adorably Psychotic Gay Teen Bear at January 24, 2014 05:58 PM

" I couldn't tell if that was a buffalo or an enraged paramecium on their helmets."


Posted by: DL Sly at January 24, 2014 06:09 PM

Superbowl for the 1991 season. Last time the Skins were in. Buffalo lost something like four Superbowls in a row.

Automatic extra points: Pats would have liked that rule in 2012, when Gronk broke his forearm on a PAT.

Instant replay for baseball: no. Games are too long as is. Games used to be finished in 2 hours; now they take 3.
Umpires don't do that bad a job and the mistakes equalize out over the season.

OTOH, I haven't seen a baseball game on TV in years, so maybe my opinion should be discounted.

Recently read Ben Bradlee Jr.'s book on Ted Williams [The Kid]. Good read. Something which wasn't covered in Leigh Montville's book on Ted was that Ted had downplayed his Mexican ancestry to avoid prejudice. [His mother was Mexican.]

Posted by: Gringo at January 24, 2014 08:28 PM

Cudos for the Super Bowl year, Gringo!


Posted by: DL Sly at January 24, 2014 08:42 PM

I am, as always, reflexively opposed to change of any kind. Unless it is change back to the old standards, of course. I urge the NFL to abandon this foolish idea, and instead restore leather helmets.

Posted by: Grim at January 24, 2014 09:31 PM

I always thought that "kudos" was spelled with a "K."

Posted by: Rex at January 24, 2014 09:57 PM

TV review works quickly for the European rugby games; I see no reason why it can't work quickly here. The ref on the field relays the specific question to the reviewer(s) who then look at every TV angle and presents an answer to the ref.

Posted by: Rex at January 24, 2014 09:59 PM

I'd compromise and say no pads, or cloth pads if you must, but keep the helmets. They do protect the player's future after his playing days are over.
Did you ever see a show called Sports Science? One of the really early shows they did was whether or not padding contributes to NFL players hitting each other harder? To test the theory, they brought in a rugby team dressed in their usual game attire. They talked one of the players into volunteering to take the best shots of his teammates. The ball was intentionally tossed to leave him as wide open as possible. They had measuring tools for force, impact, speed, etc. placed on the guys and had them give it their best *go*. Then they brought in a cornerback from the NFL (can't remember who it was, I think he was from San Diego) and let him hit a pre-wired tackling dummy as hard as he could/would in a game. They found that the rugby guys hit seriously hard, but even they admitted that they were trying to avoid getting hurt themselves with their own hit. The NFL cornerback hit with the force of a head-on collision at 35 mph. Because he knew he wasn't going to get hurt. He was protected by the padding.
So take away the padding.

I always thought that "kudos" was spelled with a "K."

Yanno? I never thought about it. I like yours better.

Posted by: DL Sly at January 24, 2014 10:06 PM

I think that's what they're trying to aim for with the replay refs being centered in NY for every game. No running off the field and waiting around; no conversations w/the other umps; just call it up. I would like to think that by the time it's been decided to challenge, someone in the replay center has already been looking at a few angles waiting for the call. I would like to think....

Posted by: DL Sly at January 24, 2014 10:12 PM

Baseball just doesn't matter anyway.

Posted by: CAPT Mike at January 24, 2014 10:35 PM

Wow! How do you leave Art Monk that open in the end zone and not lose the Superbowl? Hard luck owned the Buffalo Bills of that era. Hmmm... I think it still might, too.

PATS: My opinion on extra points is the same danged one that I drag out every fall and beat to death in front of a live studio audience: CUT THE AUTOMATIC TIME OUT AFTER EVERY TOUCHDOWN,DAMMIT. Why the hell should the scoring team get to dance around in the endzone and lollygag around the sidelines butt-slappping eachother for five minutes after every touchdown? I know why, as do you: It's another opportunity for a TV commercial break. Cialis, anyone?) But if I was the Commissioner, the game clock would stop as soon as the play was ruled a touchdown, but the PLAY CLOCK would then start as soon as the ref puts the ball on the line of scrimage. Ok, scoring team, you've got 25 seconds to get your kicking team/ 2 point team on the field, because a delay of game for PATS isn't a five yard penalty, it's a loss of the play. The more time Harvey Hambone spends doing the Macarena in the end zone, the less time you got to snap the balll. That's it. That's all. And it's a fricken perfect solution to too long games, too many commercials, and too much damned hotdoggin' after the play. Thank you for your vote.

Baseball instant replays: Unavoidable. Even a late season mid-week day game between to cellar-dwellers has a dozen cameras following every move on the field (including some that actually have something to do with the game). There's no way that any umpire can get 100% of the calls right, but the camera...the camera never lies. So what are you going to do? You can't just let the umps get beaten up for getting the call wrong on a slap-bang play at the plate when the rest of us have the luxury of reviewing the same play 100 times from 57 angles in Super-Duper Tostados Party Scoopers' Close-Caption Slow-Mo for the Blind. I am a Baseball Fan. Those umps get around 98% of the calls right the first time. Give 'em replay and they'll make it a 100%. BUT DO NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT HAVING A DAMNED COMPUTER CHECK BALLS AND STRIKES. That's the Ump's job, and it's messy and inexact and personal. Do. Not. Screw. With. It.

That is all.

Posted by: spd rdr at January 24, 2014 10:53 PM

Eliminating TD timeout seems a great idea to me spd!

Posted by: CAPT Mike at January 25, 2014 06:14 PM

The TD timeout makes no sense (well, it does, but I am not profiting from the commercials.) Baseball ... since they have the video, I suppose it should be used. Might keep someone from being killed by an angry fan.

Posted by: htom at January 26, 2014 12:45 AM

Turned out to be an enjoyable exhibition game. IMHO.

Posted by: OregonGuy at January 27, 2014 03:07 PM

I stopped by briefly after the Lady Vol's game out of sheer curiosity. Left it up in the little window of the guide while I searched for something else to watch.
I read that it took a two-point conversion to win in the end. At least it was competitive for a change. Still, if you enjoyed it, that was the point. I'm glad you did.

Posted by: DL Sly at January 27, 2014 04:22 PM