Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

31 Dec 2012

Mandatory Monday: Run for your Life

A little football, a little basketball, and some bodily function humor. Happy New Year.

Posted by: Mike Tanier on 31 Dec 2012

5 comments, Last at 01 Jan 2013, 1:33am by Andrew Potter


by DisplacedPackerFan :: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 11:16am

Very enjoyable as always. I really did like how you handled the drug testing stuff too; conveyed the seriousness of the matter at hand and still got the good jokes in. It was what I like to call classic Tanier.

by JEricho (not verified) :: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 11:54am

I will say the Jones touchdown officiating debacle was bizarre. Jones was clearly extending the ball and the ball came lose when he hit the ground. The options were either touchdown or down by contact. How the officials ruled fumble, despite the one official who's sole job is to determine if the runner scored consisteningly ruling touchdown is beyond me.

by Bright Blue Shorts :: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 5:54pm

I don't think the only options were touchdown or down by contact. The radio commentary I listened to stated* that if the ball comes loose before the knee is down then "the ground can cause a fumble". Therefore if the officials didn't think that the plane of the goal line had been broken then it follows that a fumble was the correct ruling. Instead replay (and one official as you say) suggest that the plane had been broken before the knee was down so it became a touchdown.

* Whether what they stated is correct, I don't know but it seems logical that if the player isn't down and he loses possession for whatever reason ... dropping it, the ground dislodging it, running into the butt of your linemen ... then it is a fumble.

by Andrew Potter :: Tue, 01/01/2013 - 1:33am

My understanding is that the ground can only cause a fumble when the player isn't contacted as he goes to the ground. It may also be true in the unlikely circumstance that the player's hand is the only body part other than his feet to contact the ground before he loses the ball.

by Todd S. :: Mon, 12/31/2012 - 1:22pm

The Spergon Wynn line is hilarious.