January 17, 2022

SportsFilter: The Monday Huddle:

A place to discuss the sports stories that aren't making news, share links that aren't quite front-page material, and diagram plays on your hand. Remember to count to five Mississippi before commenting in anger.

posted by huddle to general at 06:00 AM - 5 comments

I finally got around to watching the final plays of yesterday's 49ers/Cowboys game and I have a question: why was the referee still on the other side of the field when Dak slid the play to its end? Like, if he would at least jogged to keep up with the play, he would've been able to spot the ball a lot earlier. Right?

posted by NoMich at 09:18 AM on January 17, 2022

The question should be why did Dak not go down earlier knowing how much time was left. And why did he not hand the ball to the official - did he not know the rules? Watch the replays - the official ran as quickly as he could to get to the ball but was blocked by Cowboys players. He had to push the center to get at the ball as well - did the center not know the rules? Cowboys have talent at all the key positions but they were an absolute mess. Terribly unprepared.

posted by cixelsyd at 10:14 AM on January 17, 2022

Yeah, looked like an execution screw up all the way around.

posted by NoMich at 10:34 AM on January 17, 2022

Local Raleigh kid sang both the Canada and USA anthems before the Vancouver/Hurricanes game on Saturday afternoon. Poor kid forgets the words at the end of O Canada, but the crowd helps her finish. Nice moment that Rod Brind'Amour considered his favorite part of the day.

On the best part of the game: The win. Actually, you know what? Maybe it wasn't the best part, but you know what I really liked? During the national anthem, when the young girl had a little problem with the Canadian national anthem, the whole crowd helped her out and finished it. I was like, That's impressive.' Good job to the people that were here. I don't know if this gets out to them, but that set the tone for the day to me.

posted by NoMich at 10:34 AM on January 17, 2022

Seems like there's such a thing as strategic sucking in the coaching profession.

You want out or know you're heading out, so you do something dumb and uncompetitive.

Hence Joe Judge's QB sneak and Dan Mullen's submissive three and out in a winnable game.

Now Mike McCarthy has joined the ranks. Well, he's done his part at any rate.

Being fired should only be a lucrative career milestone for people like David Culley.

posted by beaverboard at 11:21 AM on January 17, 2022

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