The NFL's wack-ass, statistically improbable day

In case you were watching a What Not to Wear marathon on A&E and missed it, yesterday was one more weird-ass day in the NFL. Fun, but weird.

  • For the first time since 2002 there was a tie. The Bungles and Eagles slugged slogged it out for 75 minutes, and in the end neither team could quite outsuck the other.
  • Necessity is the mother of invention, they say. So the ridiculously injured Broncos, who were missing several running backs (right now I think I’m third on the depth chart at fullback) and their entire starting linebacker corps, started Spencer Larsen (who I’m not sure I’d ever heard of, and I’m a Bronco fan) at fullback and linebacker. And special teams. This is the first time in history the Doncos have had a two-way starter (let alone a three-way starter), and according to ESPN “Larsen is the first NFL player to start on offense and defense since Dec. 14, 2003, when Baltimore’s Orlando Brown started at offensive tackle and defensive tackle at Oakland.” Somehow or another – the details are still unclear – Denver won the game.
  • The Steelers beat the Chargers 11-10. If you can believe it, this is the first time in the history of the NFL that a game has ended 11-10.
  • Of course, as the game report indicates, the score should have been 17-10 (or 18-10). In a twist that isn’t at all out of the ordinary, the on-field and replay booth officials blew the call at the end of the game, disallowing Troy Polamalu’s touchdown. Couldn’t the league save money without compromising the integrity of the process by replacing the zebras with chimps?

By the way, is Polamalu the best defensive player in football or what?

Anyway, if President-Elect Obama can appear on 60 Minutes to agitate for a college football playoff, I can spend five minutes talking about the NFL. So there.

8 replies »

  1. Crickets. Our readers don’t waste their time thinking about sports.

    Giants rule!

    (Whoops, how’d that get out?)

  2. Robin and I were cracking up when Obama got that question about college football. He was just about to wind up to answer the question when it dawns on him to to turn to Michelle – who is laughing at him – and say “excuse me for a second”, as if to say “I know you don’t give two shits about this, but it’s too important to pass up.”
    Too true.

  3. I second Lara’s sentiment about the Steelers.

    And hey, give the Bungles a little credit. Their young defense held a top offense to 13 points in 75 minutes. They may not have an offense, but their D is rounding into shape.

  4. This year is wild. For the first time in years I actually think the NFC is the best conference. Of course I watched my team completely suck for about 50 some minutes last night, then take the lead and give me just a little hope. You know how the story ends in Buffalo. Go Sabres!