Giants general manager Dave Gettleman walked onto the patio at the Ritz Carlton on Tuesday afternoon carrying a piece of paper with some handwritten notes in blue ink.
Gettleman had just come out of a closed-off ballroom at the NFL Annual Meetings.
In the aftermath of the Minnesota Miracle, there was mass confusion. The suddenly victorious Minnesota Vikings were giving on-field interviews, while the New Orleans Saints were slowly trudging off the field and into the locker room.
But there was unfinished business. With a five-point lead and no time left on the clock, Minnesota was still required to attempt the extra point. So the Saints trotted out a motley crew of defenders, including punter Thomas Morstead, to line up against Minnesota’s two-point conversion attempt.
Count that instance as the last of its kind.
The real solution to the problem of ticky-tack pass interference penalties is to let ’em play and only call the most flagrant fouls. Football is at its best when both the receiver and defender go all-out to play the ball. It will help that neither will be required to fill out mortgage paperwork to prove that he caught it.
Tuesday’s decisions mean that we’ll get more receptions, more interceptions, fewer flags and fewer stoppages by September. And that sounds marvelous after what we have seen on the hardwood this March.
The NCAA basketball tournament has been chock-full of historic upsets, overtime duels and inspirational nonagenarian nuns this year. But every year, more and more college basketball games are marred by interminable replay reviews, as officials obsessively try to correct every Hockey Cheap Jerseys late-game call.
Yes, a billion brackets hang on every close call, and we’d love March Madness even if the clock stopped every possession for a commercial. But we’d love it even more if it didn’t take Wholesale Cheap Jerseys China 15 minutes to play the final minute of a game.