TravelPat1

As a Tiger-Cat fan, I can feel the pain of the Saint's fans following the 'Minnesota Miracle'.  Brings back those painful memories of the Burris to Ellingson pass that killed us in 2015.  Tough way to lose a game, awesome way to win one!
I'm a Cats fan and a Bills fan - so I had to also suffer the Music City Miracle that knocked the Bills out of the playoffs that year. 

Lyle B. Style

...the funniest part of that Minny Miracle ending was the lone ref in the endzone who threw a flag for 'excessive celebration'...lol...
The lone wolf ref was obviously a Vikes-hater (or had big coin on the Saints). Either way he wanted to draw a bit of attention, create some smokescreen doubt about the legitimacy of the Vikes miracle TD.

Even if he spotted a phantom blocking from the rear - I suspect the Vikes might have had one chance to kick a winning FG of 30 to 45 yds - no guarantee cuz the Vikes special teams had already had a punt blocked - and were introducing a new long-snapper for field goals & punts.
WAITING FOR A  MIRACLE - 28 YEARS, COUNTING!

TravelPat1

Got a chuckle out of the headline(s) on the front page of today's Times Picayune - the local paper in New Orleans.

SILVERTHORN2500

I do not want to take away from a great game but the ending was just stupid.

Saints slither away, and they are ordered back because of a kick that the Vikings chose not to take anyway.

Kaos all over the field and they have to stop a near riot for a stupid after point.

Why ? why not just end it.

Anyway, go Vikes.  I want to see them in their own stadium for the Super Bowl.

That is the only reason. I am not a Vikes fan, just want that home team in their stadium for the first time.

TravelPat1

The technical reason for having to do the extra point play is because regular season rules require it to be taken. Something to do with one of the playoff qualifying and seeding tiebreakers being point differential. After what happened they should consider waiving that rule for playoff games.

The one interesting thing about that play though is that there were a ton of people - likely many Vikings fans - who were hoping they would kick the point. Millions of dollars were riding on it because the point spread was 5.5 and the Vikings would have covered the spread had they kicked the point. 

So there were a ton of people celebrating - many of them likely Saints fans who had bet on their own team - when the Vikings took a knee. 

In fact bettors were cheering in Vegas sportsbooks when they took a knee.  Scroll down to see the video at this link. 

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-vikings-meaningless-extra-point-took-8-minutes-but-gamblers-rejoiced-2018-1

 

 

Aerial

Interesting.  And it'll be interesting what the NFL does, or doesn't do, about this situation which just adds zilch and less to an otherwise exciting game.  hmmm  You don't want this type of situation being related to gambling, it just makes both the league and the game look a bit cheesy.  At least I think so.
"Canadian football does in fact have 4 downs, its just that as Canadians we are very polite and punt on the third down" -John Candy, SCTV

SILVERTHORN2500

The technical reason for having to do the extra point play is because regular season rules require it to be taken. Something to do with one of the playoff qualifying and seeding tiebreakers being point differential. After what happened they should consider waiving that rule for playoff games.

The one interesting thing about that play though is that there were a ton of people - likely many Vikings fans - who were hoping they would kick the point. Millions of dollars were riding on it because the point spread was 5.5 and the Vikings would have covered the spread had they kicked the point.

So there were a ton of people celebrating - many of them likely Saints fans who had bet on their own team - when the Vikings took a knee.

In fact bettors were cheering in Vegas sportsbooks when they took a knee.  Scroll down to see the video at this link.

http://www.businessinsider.com/the-vikings-meaningless-extra-point-took-8-minutes-but-gamblers-rejoiced-2018-1

 

 
Well thanks for the explanation Pat.

However, as far as accomodating gamblers, I say who cares.

That is their problem.

As for the Saints running on after the loss, they should have just said shove it and stay in the locker room.

What is the NFL gonna do ?  Toss the flag and give them a 10 yard penalty ?

Just so dumb.  

Aerial

Sort of related to football and not sure an Australian Open tennis thread is in order. 

Weird question at this tennis tournament, the reporter looking for some controversy it would seem from this tennis player who has also knelt before:

Nick Kyrgios forced to answer bizarre question from journalist after first-round Australian Open win


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IT WAS a tough day on all fronts for the Americans at Melbourne Park on day one of the Australian Open with a string of seeded casualties, including Venus Williams and John Isner.
It didn’t get any better in the media interview room when one of Uncle Sam’s veterans decided to ask Nick Kyrgios an obscure, and slightly off Broadway question about former NFL star Colin Kaepernick.
“You’re friends with the American football player Colin Kaepernick, have been supportive of him in the past. Where are your thoughts on him not being re-signed?” the reporter asked.

Kyrgios wasn’t impressed, shutting down the question and abruptly ending what, until then, had been a convivial exchange with reporters.

“I don’t think I’ve ever spoken a word to him in my life,” Kyrgios said.
“I mean, where is that question even coming from?  We're at the Australian Open, man.  Are we done?"


http://www.news.com.au/sport/tennis/nick-kyrgios-forced-to-answer-bizarre-question-from-journalist-after-firstround-australian-open-win/news-story/fe9cfa3ff185c5714e9942824a7037b4

Aerial

Interesting take from Jabari Greer on the final play of the Vikes-Saints play where Marcus Williams both failed to go after the ball and failed to make the tackle.  Basically saying he was afraid that the refs would continue with calling penalties on d backs who make good plays on the ball but get a PI call.  Not an excuse Greer is saying but that's how he thinks Williams was thinking.   Anyways, worth a listen:

3 and Out: Breaking down the final play between Saints, Vikings

https://www.tsn.ca/nfl/video/3-and-out-breaking-down-the-final-play-between-saints-vikings%7E1305088

TravelPat1

Well - even though ratings are down I guess the American networks still love the NFL.  

Apparently both FOX/FOX Sports and ABC/ESPN are going to try to get in on the Thursday Night games currently shared by CBS/NBC/NFL Network

http://www.sportsmediawatch.com/2018/01/berman-jackson-espn-dale-jr-nbc-tnf-fox/


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Fox Sports has made a serious bid for NFL Thursday Night Football rights, Bloombergreported Tuesday, with the outlet submitting multiple plans involving either the FOX broadcast network or Fox Sports 1. Fox has been a serious bidder for TNF rights before, including just two years ago, when it was passed up in favor of CBS and NBC’s split bid.

News of the Fox bid comes one day after Sports Business Journal reported that ESPN/ABC would make a surprise play for the Thursday night package.

oo DAWG oo

I think it sucks that the 2 football teams I follow have the dumbest crowd cheers ...
I don't wanna join in either one and well I never yell out either one.
For Jacksonville I can understand why they yell "Duval"
And as unpopular as I am going to become for say it "Duval" is better than the oski wee wee chant ..
I am a cats fan have been for many years but cannot stand that silly chant.
I'll just cheer the good ol' "rah rah sis boom bah" 
Be just as good

Lyle B. Style

Betting choices blurred in Jags vs. Pats affair. Brady has absorbed a hand injury. Pats are laughing & sluffing it off as per the playbook on handling unexpected injuries states. Remember how the bombers sluffed off the leg injury to Matty Nichols and then his horrific hand injuries which saw him play with a molded glove and somehow cobble together a decent performance which saw his team fall in valour to the Eskimos on home soil.

Suspect we'll get some of that famous "sports hemm 'n haw" vis a vis the Brady interviews today (unless they're cancelled and that opens up the entire betting spread to doubt and fear) . . . .

Hoyer vs. Bortles for a shot into the Super Bowl. Who woulda thunk it?

Same with Foles vs. the Miracle Kid in the other one!

oo DAWG oo

Everyone thinks the NFL has the refs cheat the Patriots into wins..
Did they let it slip that they do?
https://amp.news4jax.com/sports/nfl/jaguars/nfl-mistakenly-promotes-patriots-vikings-super-bowl-lii-matchup?__twitter_impression=true

TravelPat1

Quite the incredible winfall for Niners QB Jimmy Garappolo - for his relatively brief impressive 5 win display as a starter after the Pats traded him this past season. A record setting 5 year $137.5 million deal.

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2741812-report-jimmy-garoppolo-49ers-agree-on-record-5-year-1375-million-contract?share=facebook

Iconic SR

That contract is obscene. I'm all for pro sports and great compensation, but C'mon man!!

Embarassing.  
 


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