All good things must come to an end, and so it is tomorrow with the first Thursday Night Football game that is not being simulcasted on CBS.
Not that we didn’t know such a thing was going to happen…we certainly did, from the very beginning. It was pointed out pretty-much everywhere that we football fans would get such a gift from CBS for only the first half of the season, and the second half we pound sand while TNF goes exclusive to its walled garden of the NFL Network again.
But if you read some of the visitor comments for this article at nfl.com, you come to the realization that most people don’t have a clue about what is going on. They are complaining as if the network canceled Firefly a second time or something. Those greedy bastards! is a fairly common theme of the comments.
Of course, it didn’t help that nfl.com’s title of the article was completely untrue. It states, “Thursday Night Football moves from CBS to NFL Network“. There are several problems with that title, beginning with the fact that TNF is NOT moving to NFLN…they’ve been shown on NFLN for over FIVE YEARS now. CBS paid to simulcast a handful of games, that’s all.
I’ve never pulled punches against nfl.com concerning their ability to report or compose litterature, or more precisely, lack thereof. This is just another situation where they totally blew chunks. So it’s perfectly understandable that some fans are spitting mad…nfl.com made it appear as if something was being taken away from them.
In conclusion, I would like to thank CBS for filling my Thursday nights with joy this year. Now I need to find something else to do for Thursdays, because even after more than five years, I STILL have no desire to pay Comcast a king’s ransom just to watch TNF (and MNF). I’m still perfectly happy with my antenna.
Just before the 2013 draft, the Seahawks made a huge trade with the Vikings and followed by handing Percy Harvin a boatload of cash. After playing just…what was it, EIGHT GAMES TOTAL?…the Seahawks traded Percy to the J-E-T-S.
Such a dynamic player! Such a nightmare to line up against! Huge plays in the Super Bowl! And after the 2014 opening night game against the Packers was over, Russell Wilson declared, “Lord have mercy, we’ve got Percy!” Sounds like he was going to be THE playmaker in the attempt to repeat the Super Bowl, right?
Can’t say we didn’t see this trade coming, actually. Way before the honeymoon started (you know what I mean…the honeymoon you always wanted with a lover who needs hip surgery on your wedding night), this blog detailed the Seahawks possible future with Percy right after the trade. For example:
Harvin’s had two Head Coaches in his pro-career and fallen out with both. Will Carroll be the hat trick?
Looks like Percy has hit the three-pointer!
Note to Percy: your new coach punches a cement wall when he gets pissed off. You have soft, supple skin.
Prime-time games have mostly sucked this year, with the majority of contests being decided by double-digits or even by dozens of points. We still watch because it’s still football, and ratings are excellent regardless. Most of the attention is on sub-par TNF games, but honestly we’re not seeing close contests for almost all night games so far, which leads me to this week’s edition of…
Conspiracy Theory ( dum-dum-daaahhhh… )
The theory is: the officiating crew handling the MNF game between Redskins and Seahawks received a communique from the league office that another prime-time blowout would be unacceptable.
A lot of scribes have been talking about bullshit penalties that were called against the Seahawks, two of which negated two Percy Harvin TDs. But not many have touched on flagrant fouls against the Redskins that were NOT called. For example, spinning the ball on the field after converting a 1st down late in the half: that’s taunting and pretty fucking obvious…several Seahawks signaled they wanted a flag, but officials only picked up the ball. Or how about the intended receiver, Garcon, grabbing Sherman by the hair and forcing him to the ground while the ball was in the air…that’s one of those so-called “points of emphasis” penalties that are supposed to be called this season, but obviously not for this game. There were a couple of helmet-to-helmet hits, such as AFTER Wilson slid. In all, the Redskins were called for only three penalties for 30 yards.
In all fairness, Triplette and his crew has a long history of suckage. Even his Wiki page only details the idiocy of his reign of bad flags. But the league thinks that he’s still good enough to officiate playoff games.
But Triplette and his crew usually make only one or two major blunders in a game. The Redskins vs Seahawks game was different: most viewers lost count of 1) the number of bad calls levied against the Seahawks, and 2) the number of blatant non-calls for the Redskins.
I’m not going to come straight out and say Triplette was ordered by his bosses to call the game to keep it close. And it would probably be bad form to suggest maybe he was paid a little extra…