The last time there was a tie in the NFL, Donovan McNabb made headlines when he admitted he wasn’t aware games could end that way.
St. Louis Rams receiver Danny Amendola joined the club on Sunday, after his team’s 24-24 tie against the San Francisco 49ers.
He made the admission to Peter King of NBC.
“Amendola just told me he thought there was going to be a second overtime,” King tweeted Sunday night. “Didn’t know it was over till he heard from an official.”
When McNabb made the admission, other players celebrated their lack of knowledge of the rules as well. So the law of averages say there were a few other players on the field Sunday who didn’t know how overtimes end either. For now, they are lurking in the shadows, keeping their tie ignorance to themselves and letting Amendola take the brunt of the Internet mocking alone. Good call, dudes. Take that secret to the grave.
If a player doesn’t know that there’s no such thing as double overtime in the regular season, it makes sense that he wouldn’t learn about it during a game. Who would think to mention it? Teammates and coaches just assume everyone knows it. Sam Bradford isn’t going over basic rules in the huddle. “Red 42, joker, joker — Also, we have three downs to get 10 yards. If we don’t, we’ll be forced to punt. Break!”
For the sake of posterity and hilarity, here are McNabb’s quotes from 2008.
“I’ve never been a part of a tie. I never even knew that was in the rule book. It’s part of the rules, and we have to go with it. I was looking forward to getting the opportunity to get out there and try to drive to win the game. But unfortunately, with the rules, we settled with a tie. I guess we’re aware of it now. In college, there are multiple overtimes, and in high school and Pop Warner. I never knew in the professional ranks it would end that way. I hate to see what would happen in the Super Bowl and in the playoffs.”
San Francisco safety Dashon Golden didn’t know either. “I didn’t know you could tie,” he said, according to Bay Area News group. “When I saw both sides walking onto the field, I was like, ‘Where’s everybody going?’”
In a profile written by Sports Illustrated’s Peter King, NFL Commissioner Roger “Godfather” Goodell said that he felt deceived by New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick during the Spygate scandal in 2007. Goodell explained that as part of Belichick’s punishment for illegally spying and recording signals of opposing teams the three-time Super Bowl winning coach had to issue a public apology. However, Belichick refused to answer questions during the news conference.
“I was given assurances that (Belichick) would tell his side of the story,” Goodell said. “He went out and stonewalled the press. I feel like I was deceived.”
Goodell fined Belichick $500,000 and the team $250,000. He also stripped the Patriots of their 2008 first-round draft pick. Belichick responded to the Sports Illustrated piece, saying that he did not make any assurances about thoroughly discussing the subject publicly.
Peter King of Sports Illustrated wrote in his Monday Morning Quarterback column this week that said NFL Commissioner Roger “Godfather” Goodell said none of Pittsburgh Steelers Ben Roethlisberger’s teammates defended him while he was deciding how to discipline the quarterback at the beginning of the season. Goodell told King that out of the two dozen players he talked to, no one was supportive of Roethlisberger.
“Not one, not a single player, went to his defense,” Goodell told King. “It wasn’t personal in a sense, but all kinds of stories like, ‘He won’t sign my jersey.’”
A college student accused Roethlisberger of sexually assaulting her in a bathroom of a Georgia nightclub on March 5. It was the second time in less than a year that he was accused of sexual assault. No charges were filed. The NFL suspended Roethlisberger for the first six games of the season, but the punishment was later reduced to four games.
It seems that Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow can’t get his opportunity to succeed or fail in the NFL and continues to battle the stigmatization that he is not a worthy NFL quarterback. The latest Tebow is not an NFL quarterback comes from Broncos legend and newly appointed V.P. of football operations in Denver John Elway.
“I don’t think Tim Tebow is a good NFL quarterback at this time,” Elway told Peter King of NBC and Sports Illustrated.
Tebow supplanted Kyle Orton as the starter for the final three games of Denver’s season and went 1-2 during but led a tremendous second-half comeback to down the Houston Texans for his only win.
Elway took to Twitter to backtrack from his comments, which indicated a harsher assessment of Tebow than Elway gave last Wednesday when he was introduced as the Broncos leading football operations executive.
“To clarify my thoughts on Tim Tebow … I think he’s a very good football player, and if anyone can turn themselves into a great QB, Tim can.”
“Myself and our entire organization think very highly of him. We are pleased with his first year as a Bronco. Any speculation that the Denver Broncos are considering moving Tim is completely false.”
Somewhere around 10 p.m. CST on Saturday night Peter King and Mark Cuban got into a Twitter Fight.
@Golflogsdon asked @SI_PeterKing if the new United Football League games would be televised. King, a well-known football writer for Sports Illustrated, “retweeted” this question,
“RT @GolfLogsdon: Is UFL on tv anywhere? … HD Net, whatever that is”
That’s when Cuban got involved since he his network HD Net,which he started in 2001 with Phillip Garvin, will broadcast some of the UFL games and responded back to King:
“Just because you are clueless doesnt mean everyone else is Peter. Is SI still in business ?”
@SI_PeterKing “retweeted” the “clueless” comment and, with raised eyebrows, wrote:
“Nice to meet you, Mark.”
“Never heard of HDNet till tonight. Sue me. I cover football, not television.”
@mcuban came right back at him:
“And that justifies the condescending comment? “
@SI_PeterKing insisted innocence:
“Didn’t know what it was. Said so.”
@mcuban denied hostility when confronted, tweeting:
“no hostility at all. I didnt even he know was still writing. Just think he took a shot that was uncalled for.”
But @mcuban wasn’t about to let @SI_PeterKing off the hook, asserting that @SI_PeterKing’s explanation that he simply was answering a question about HDNet was more sinister than that.
@mcuban did this by tweeting:
“No, you retweeted a comment to 85k. More than a few of whom recognized it for what it was and were happy to pass it on to me”
That appeared to be the end of it. No further Twitter shots fired. @SI_PeterKing and @mcuban quit tweeting the rest of night, at least publicly.
Who doesn’t like a Twitter Fight? Especially from an odd couple.