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Let Them Play Football

Posted by Saturday, January 21, 2012

A friend gave me a life lesson the other day by challenging me...

If you wake up one morning, and you only had the things that you were thankful for yesterday, what would you have?

If I wake up Monday, January 23rd, I’ll have an amazing family, awesome friends, and I’ll have a football team heading to Indianapolis to win their 2nd Super Bowl. But that last one will only be because the NFL officiators will do their job, and let these boys play…some…football!

We all know Tom Brady is a _______ (fill in your favorite derogatory slang here). He cries a lot, he begs for penalty flags (argh! pet peeve!!!), and let’s be honest, it’s worked for him over the years.

After watching the rehashing of the 2002 playoff game between the Patriots and the Raiders, the “Tuck Rule” has become my new favorite thing to hate in the NFL. If you gals don’t know about this game, check it out in the video below. They keep talking about it since the Patriots are only one of the 4 teams left. It’s unreal and if I were a Raiders fan, I’d still be harboring some pretty strong hatred against the “almighty” Brady.

Then, we have the “Brady Rule”, which is the un-official name of the revised language in the “Roughing the Passer” rule where you can’t hit a QB below the knees (there is some other language in there too, but I’m just simplifying). This rule (which has actual section and article numbers attached in the official NFL rule book) got re-worded and clarified after Little Bah-wady hurt his poor wittle knee. (OK, he got knocked out of the season with a busted ACL and MCL, wahh wahh wahh).

Just to make the Brady Rule more ridiculous, the Patriots owner, Robert Kraft, (circa 2009) said, “It's like if Peyton Manning were gone for a season, I think the whole NFL suffers, the same way the NFL suffered with Tommy out. So whatever we can do to protect quarterbacks and to minimize the opportunity of them being taken out with a year-ending injury I would support.”

Hmmmm, Peyton was out this entire season and the NFL did just fine. I think his brother would agree!

Anyway, guess who caused this Tom Brady season-ending knee injury in 2008? Bernard Pollard! Bernard Pollard was the Safety for the KC Chiefs at the time. But on Sunday, he’ll be dressed in purple since he’s now a Safety for the Baltimore Ravens. Just sayin’!

We also have “Spygate”, after which the Patriots got a slap on the wrist, a few minor fines (relatively speaking), and some inconsequential penalties. Like, for example, they had to give up their first round draft pick (which would have been #31 out of 32 overall) but they ended up getting a pretty good pick (10th I think?) because of a trade with another team…reallllly?).

Our Ravens have seen fines over the years for talking smack against the referees (coaches and players alike). But I have to agree with Ray Lewis, when he commented in 2009…“Without going off the wall here, it’s embarrassing to the game,” Lewis said. “Brady is good enough to make his own plays, let him make the play. When you have two great teams that are going at it, let them go at it…A personal foul and he isn’t even touched. He’s a man. They can be hit, just like us. It's embarrassing to even keep the momentum going like that when we go three and out, and then we stop them, and then you look back and see a flag or a personal foul, and Tom Brady is laughing. It wasn't no personal foul if he's still smiling."

Just sayin’, Chix!

Mind your x’s and o’s

The Purple Maven

1 Responses to Let Them Play Football

  1. Kosmo Krys Says:
  2. Purple Maven,

    It would be great to think that the referees will let our boyz play football and not throw the flag for the Brady Call. It would also be great to have a "no penalty game" like last week- but we are playing against a team that wear Uggs in the locker room... Bet the refes do too!
    Lets just go with letting our men PLAY LIKE RAVENS!!
    Rave On!


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