Posts Tagged ‘New York Giants’

Sure My Math Isn’t What It Used to Be…

December 25, 2012

The Washington Redskins battled back to “tie” the Giants and Cowboys above the NFC East. But, because of the tie-breaking rules, Washington was actually the head of the division.

Then, last weekend, the Redskins beat Philly while both the Giants and the Cowboys lost, so that put them ahead by one game AND – by my calculations, gave them the division as well.

To my surprise, none of the sportscasters or networks seem to see it that way. It must be my math.

It seems to me that, by using the same tie-breaking rules as before, if Dallas AND the Giants both win next week (meaning the Redskins lose to the Cowboys) it would result in another three-way tie and – using the same tie-breaking rules as before – Washington would STILL win the division because they have a better divisional record than either of the other two.

If the Redskins lose to Dallas, they will both be 9-7. If the Giants beat Philly, they too will be 9-7.

In the Divisional records, Washington & Dallas will both be 4-2, the Giants 3-3 and therefore eliminated.

In the Conference record, Washington will be 7-5 and the Cowboys will only be 6-6, and eliminated.

Therefore, how can the Redskins NOT win the division??

Maybe there’s some part of the formula I’ve missed but I cannot see what it might be.

If anyone knows the answer to this mystery, I would love to know. I left a query at NFL.com but have yet to see an answer.

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Now Where’d the Replacement Refs Go When We Needed Them?

November 5, 2012

Since the return of the “professional” referees to the NFL games, I have seen some behaviors and calls that seem to show the long shadow of the replacement refs we had to start the season.

The Pittsburgh – New York game yesterday had quite a few “questionable” calls… No, I can’t say that. “Questionable” means that given the benefit of the doubt, you could call them right. These calls were just plain wrong. And even with the benefit of going “under the hood” and seeing the play again in slo-mo from multiple angles, they still got it wrong.

It was so bad that many comments on nfl.com implied that it appeared obvious to many that Goodell had “fixed” the game. Well, he did have a meeting earlier in the week with the owners of the Giants… nah!

I don’t think it was an attempt to “fix” the game as I am certain the refs could have gotten even worse if they had really been trying to insure a Giants victory.

But even without Goodell’s collusion, the game was not called very well.

The game with the Redskins and Carolina did not fare any better, though their officiating crew seem to be cut from the same cloth. It was so bad that on one call, with the Carolina player racing down the sideline, the side judge blew the whistle – apparently thinking the player had stepped out of bounds.

Now, we have been told for years that the whistle ends the play, regardless of what went on before, after, or during. A multitude of officiating sins over the years have been wiped aside because of this all important factor.

So, when the whistle blew, most the players stopped the action, except the player running down the sideline. Nobody stopped him – hey, the play was whistled “over”, you know? – and he ran for a touchdown. And, yes, it was then “called” a touchdown.

When did the magic whistle come to mean so little? (And why haven’t I seen the memo?)

The real refs returned after a truly miserable Monday Night Football game and looked a little rusty the first week back. But rather that getting better, they looked rustier the next week. This weekend, they looked even worse.

I don’t think Goodell is using his zombie zebra army to fix any games or to stack the playoff deck, but it certainly seems to be more of the continuing stench from earlier in the season.

Can it be that the replacement refs and these guys are really one any the same? Can it be that the replacement refs never really left us because they are still here in the real zebra outfits?

But that makes even less sense than the game-fixing conspiracy theory and a bit more decidedly south of weird for my taste.

Still, it makes you wonder how badly the replacements could have done in these games. And I cannot believe they could have been any worse than what we got.

The Greatest Season

January 12, 2012

The team had gone 13 and 0 on the season with three games remaining. And the remainder of their schedule was what you would consider “soft”. After they had pulled two touchdowns ahead, in the middle of the third quarter, the coach pulled the starting quarterback, deciding that the playoffs were more important than the remaining three games.

The coach would say that the owners had spoken with him and they decided the Super Bowl win was most important. As one of the bigwigs put it: Getting in the record books was the most important thing.

What in the world was that #&$%#&@ thinking?!?

Most fans could not tell you off the top of their head who won Super Bowl XVII or even Super Bowl XXXIII. But any fan could tell you who went completely undefeated ALL season to win the Super Bowl: the Miami Dolphins.

Zip! No one else. Bingo!

Now, what silly record book was this guy thinking about??

So, which was most important? One look at Peyton Manning’s face as he stood on the sideline and watched his team lose the lead in the fourteenth game of the season told it all.

What should have happened at that point was that the coach should have woken up and put Manning back in.

I believe they would have gone 14-0, then 15-0, 16-0, and would have been riding so high that I think they could have coasted through the playoffs to win the Super Bowl. Seeing them go undefeated after the Giants had snuffed out New England’s dream of that honor a couple of years before, would have been monumental.

And that would truly have been one for the record books.

As it was, they finished the season 14-2 and got creamed in the big game.

The owners and the coaches forgot the importance of momentum, inertia, passion.

And without passion, how can one player ever hope to elevate the game to something more?

In this season, when we have no Peyton Manning to watch, I wonder if that season ever comes to his mind. Hopefully not. The really great ones rarely look back with regrets. They remain focused on the future.

Leaving such minuscule conundrums to the fans who can only enjoy the glory through a more passive role. And dream of the Greatest Season that never happened but was once so close, so very much a possibility. But stolen by a group of suits that seem a little distant from what the game is really all about.

And I understand that too well because I am a Redskins fan.