For those of you who did not see the Lions/Toronto game on Saturday September 15 let me tell you why I'm so disappointed with the league's all time receiving yardage record holder: Mr. Geroy Simon. Please note I've never had an axe to grind with Simon but after seeing what I considered a totally unprofessional, self-centred display on his part, my estimation of the guy has gone down a few notches.
The play in question?
Lulay had thrown a pass to Simon. Simon was somewhere between the Argos 35 and 40 yard line near the sideline on the Argo's side of the field. [right where I was sitting] He was being covered by two defenders. One of the defenders intercepted the ball and was just in bounds and began running with the ball. Instead of Simon going after the guy and trying to tackle him or knock him out of bounds he turns to the fans, stood on both feet with eyes fixed on the spectators and raises his hands high into the air as if to say, "Oh come on ref, get some glasses, pass interference." In the meantime the Argo's defender is scampering down the field and eventually a TD is scored on the play.
I could not believe my eyes! Simon simply gave up on the play and was more concerned about trying to sell a pass interference call than continue with the play until the whistle blew. I found this extremely odd because Simon would not have even known if a flag had been thrown at this point. He simply quit playing.
I'm quite ticked off with what I saw because it had the air of some guy who perhaps thinks that he can never be covered well enough to be intercepted and that if a ball is ever thrown to him that only one of two things can happen: either he catches it or the defender gets called for pass interference.
I'm not here to trash Mr. Simon nor post this so others can take the opportunity to do so but I do think Mr. Simon owes his fans and his team mates an apology for putting his pride and ego ahead of his team.
There was no pass interference on this particular play. Not even close. It may be that on other plays there was pass interference on Simon and that he was getting frustrated. Big deal! It does not mean he stops playing after the ball has been intercepted and display his disdain. A very unprofessional, immature and selfish display in my opinion.