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17 Sep 2012

Mandatory Monday: Frenetic Finishes

When writing this under a deadline, I did not realize that the defender Josh Morgan pegged with a football was old pal Cortland Finnegan, who unlike DeAngelo Hall can instigate and cause the other guy to get the penalty. Suddenly, everything makes sense.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 17 Sep 2012

20 comments, Last at 18 Sep 2012, 12:55pm by mansteel


by jebmak :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 7:54am

"People who share awkward moment jokes use the word “awkward” the way Alanis Morissette used “ironic:” as a synonym for “bad,” as opposed to its actual meaning."

Thank you.

by Jerry F. (not verified) :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 9:25am

Yes. It's like that word has enveloped all other adjectives.

by MilkmanDanimal :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 10:00am

The way people use it is just so awkwardly ironic.

by jebmak :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 1:06pm

Not related to the misuse of 'awkward', and a few years old, but in case you haven't seen it, here is an "Isn't it Ironic" spoof that I think is pretty good.


by Sifter :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 5:21pm

Another word that gets badly misused (and has become very popular with the kids unfortunately..) is LITERALLY. Love a dollar for every time someone says that at the wrong times.

by dbostedo :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 5:35pm

XKCD is amazing with it's relevance sometimes : http://www.xkcd.com/1108/

by dryheat :: Tue, 09/18/2012 - 7:57am

Yeah, that might be my #1 pet peeve. Somewhere over the course of the last decade, "literally" has evolved to mean "not literally".

by Insancipitory :: Tue, 09/18/2012 - 8:51am

Figuratively speaking, of course.

by mansteel (not verified) :: Tue, 09/18/2012 - 12:55pm

Yeah, this drives me crazy too. It does, however, lend itself to amusing mental pictures, like in this instance from Dan Dierdorf:

"Tom Brady is LITERALLY tearing the defense apart limb from limb!"

by Insancipitory :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 8:58am

As a fan of a bird themed team I prefer the Hawkward memes, and the dig at the Jets offense still has me giggling.

by Insancipitory :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 10:00am

Because the obligitory hate on Peter King thread isn't up yet:

"I agree with playing to the final gun. No problem. But when one team is holding up the white flag, with a quarterback in full kneel-down mode, it's a mistake to pig-pile on him."

I'll just let that stand on it's own.

by CraigoMc (not verified) :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 10:46am

But if the Bucs had hit that bullseye, the rest of the dominoes would have fallen like a house cards. Checkmate.

by dryheat :: Tue, 09/18/2012 - 7:59am

You certainly sunk his battleship. Pretty sneaky, Sis.

by wr (not verified) :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 10:16am

"Next week, Jerry Jones will assign a family member to count the players on the field, if he can find any who can be trusted with the difficult task."

Mr. Tanier, in the future please warn us that we should have a parka handy when reading your articles.

by dbostedo :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 1:24pm

A parka? Does Tanier's unsympathetic viewpoint leave you feeling cold?

by Steve in WI :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 2:04pm

I find the situation with the official who's a rabid Saints fan to be pretty interesting. It's something I've never given much thought to, but I assume that pretty much all officials have a favorite team. Given that, isn't it better to know upfront who they root for and try to make sure that they're not assigned to work a game involving their team or their team's rival?

I guess what strikes me as a little weird is the implication in this case that he made a mistake by posting Saints stuff all over his Facebook page. It seems like this is a scenario in which it isn't the behavior itself that's being criticized but the publicizing of it (as opposed to a scandal involving drunken/nude photos or that sort of thing). Is there any kind of official guideline surrounding what an official can say about who he roots for?

Even if there is, I as a fan would much rather that officials be honest about who they support instead of pretending to be truly unbiased. Getting it out in the open does two things: it hopefully keeps them out of games where their bias could have influence, and if they are somehow involved in those games, it should give them added incentive to make the correct call and not one that favors their team (or penalizes their team's rival).

by Sisyphus :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 4:08pm

Actually there are people capable of practicing professional impartiality. These are also people who who are aware that the appearance of a professional bias is not a good professional representation and they will avoid doing things that present an appearance of bias. The official in question put his ability to be objective in question and was correctly removed from the situation. Perhaps he was truly capable of being neutral but under the circumstances any calls he made that appeared to be in favor of the Saints would have created a controversy no one needs. His removal actually protected him.

by Steve in WI :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 4:38pm

To be clear, I agree that removing him from the Saints game was the correct thing to do. I just don't necessarily think that officials should be prohibited from publicly stating that they are fans of a team.

by Jerry :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 5:49pm

It's one thing for an official to tell the league that he's a Bears fan, and even for the league to then keep him away from Bears games. It's another to make it public, where some people will then obsess over every call he makes and how it might affect the Bears or Packers.

by Joseph :: Mon, 09/17/2012 - 5:44pm

Since these are REPLACEMENT refs, they prob. don't get much chance to openly root for their alma mater (if they are college refs). Thus, they have a favorite PRO team.
I know that the ESPN NFCS blogger is a Penn St. fan, but makes it a point to not have a favorite pro team. Lives in Tampa, covered the Panthers before moving to ESPN, but does a pretty good job (prob. with a little bit of help from an editor) of not being biased.