If the most ambitious, colossal defense system in modern history—the 480-mile Maginot Line built in France in the 1930s to thwart a German invasion—failed a colossal failure that makes football coaches of both types believe they can succeed ?
Defense against prevention is both a football version of institutionalized madness and a madness that needs to be institutionalized.
Just like in 1968 when “Harvard beats Yale, 29-29,” the first game of the US soccer team on Monday gave us Wales beat USA 1-1.
The American side, playing with unexpected verve and offensive dominance, would have won this game – in the bag – if only they had stayed on their course, a course that Wales mostly ran backwards for about the first 70 minutes.
Even the outstanding American Christian Pulisic was in his place. Although he was listed as a forward, he often led the offense from central midfield, from where he hit Tim Weah with a beautiful lead pass – in football parlance, “pass pass” – to the United States.
And at 1-0, not 2-0, the US continued to attack, right? After all, it’s hard for opponents to score from 100 yards.
But Team USA coach Gregg Berkhalter, wearing a black Nike T-shirt with only “STATS” on it (huh?), called for fresh replacements and an outdated idea. Prevent protection!
You know, fix what’s not broken, Aaron Boone Football. Have an NFL team go 25 yards a game and then run out of bounds to stop the clock against defensemen in deep D prevention!
We have them on the run. What now, general? “We’re retreating!”
And watch the lead disappear!
Soon the penalty area was cluttered with an attacking Welshman, a foul was soon called, a penalty was soon scored. The US, in charge of most of the match, trudged from subdued 1-1 losers.
Instead of three points and a big lift to qualify for the second round, the US won by one point but lost by two. The old interferes with D. As they said after overcoming the Maginot Line: “Welcome to Paris!”
The CBS crew rightfully lets the Jets have it
Two notes from the past CBS Jets-Patriots Sunday postgame: 1) Unlike almost every pre-game and post-game show in the NFL, it had something to listen to. 2) Phil Simms is beautiful when he’s angry.
After the Jets’ hit-and-run offensive loss, Bill Cowher: “You know, the fourth quarter, [Jets] there’s a third-and-1 and I still see people lining up for a shotgun. And Zach Wilson threw a pass to minus-1.
“At some point you have to be able to manage football to take the pressure off a young quarterback.” Or, Kaucher added, run some movement plays that will delay the close defense.
Then Simms: “You know what? That’s what I hate. I hate this phrase: “Well, give it to our playmaker in space.” I hate this. This is the third-and-1. You throw it out. What happens? You’ve lost a yard!
Amen to this and an encore!
So let’s break down this Kyrie Irving NBA saga:
A white NBA player who sincerely believes that the world is flat promotes a crazy movie on social media that claims that slavery did not exist before the Civil War, that slavery was a hoax created by black conspirators, and that black people were doomed to roast in hell.
The clan then appears outside the arena to agree with the player’s view of the story and support their right to free speech.
Both the NBA and the player’s team, after two weeks of trying to get what sounds like a sincere apology, welcome the player’s return. Commissioner Adam Silver states that he met with this player and finds no evidence that he is a racist.
And representatives of the NBPA publicly advocate for this player. Could this happen? Not a chance.
However, it happens in the opposite of race, with the Jews, easy prey, bait. Holocaust? It never happened! So let’s give Kyrie Irving a round of applause!
The Third Down Television Virus (TDV), cut out of the field at the most senseless of times, continues to gnaw at the central nervous system.
On Sunday, the Jets, trailing the Pats 3-0, were in third and 7th place when CBS cut back on consecutive shots from the crowd. At FOX, the Lions, losing 24–12 to the Giants, were in third and 12th place when the field disappeared due to successive mass shots.
By now we understand that there is a formula in the game, but the ingredients are rotten. Is circumstantial discretion—common sense—no longer a plan?
He is one honest devil
A good indicator of someone’s honesty is when they’re wrong, even if only slightly. To that end, Ken Daneyko may be a professional fiend – a gambler and then a television analyst since 1984 – but his views on replays include admitting that his first take might have been wrong.
On Saturday, after New Jersey’s Doug Hamilton scored a goal without touching his skates, Daneyko said it was a clean goal – Hamilton didn’t try to put it on target.
But Daneyko changed his mind during the replay, noting the slight movement of the blade of Hamilton’s skate to the gate. He said that, most likely, he was mistaken – they could refuse a goal. And so it happened.
During Giants radio broadcasts, Eli Manning sounds like a paid promoter for a local chain of banks. This makes it easier for people to withdraw money to pay their gambling debts, as encouraged in TV commercials featuring the Manning family.
This week, DraftKings customers reported that their bank accounts were hacked and nearly $300,000 in losses. Anyone remember the 2015 DraftKings employee who won tons of money on FanDuel using DraftKings “secret” data? Both times, DraftKings has stated that there is no evidence that its security measures were breached, so it must be a big coincidence.
The World Cup couldn’t have come about without some stupid statistic TV graphics, so now we have a number of “defensive breaks” by individual players that would be worth explaining if they weren’t inappropriate. But most often they mean passes that lead nowhere.
Not that we’re surprised, but on FOX everyone sees/hears/says nothing bad about oppressive, theocratic Qatar during the World Cup. Those thousands of dead on the return of imported slave slaves at the Cup factory? Don’t be a party animal!
Suspended American advertisers keep thinking we all love Megan Rapinoe. We do not know.
Think of how many tens of millions of dollars and how many jobs we could save networks by distinguishing the bad from the much worse. From Texas on Saturday, FOX sent five panelists to sit in the freezing cold to say a few useless words each at TCU-Baylor’s halftime.
Although beer was an afterthought at the World Cup games in Qatar, the stadiums featured large, expensive advertising for beer. So remember: no beer. Drink Budweiser.