Monday, September 13, 2010

Papa Bear, Lovie Bear and Homer Bear - That Was a Win?

They played like Midway Curiosities! "What the Hell was that?"

For 2010-'11 Season opener, The Bears played like The Three Stooges on Crystal Meth. but won; yet, policy gave them a win.

Yes, the Bears outgained the Lions 463 yards to 168, but thanks to four turnovers and a coaching gaffe by Smith, they needed the enforcement of a bad rule to feel good.

The rule — which has been around for years — states that for a catch to be completed, a wide receiver must maintain possession throughout the entire process of the catch. A runner needs only to break the plane of the goal line, but receivers apparently are required to hold on to the ball long enough to count its laces.

So it didn't matter that Johnson leaped high above Bowman to make the grab, got both feet down inbounds and landed on his keister in total control of the ball. It mattered only that when the ball popped out of Johnson's right hand as he placed it on the ground, referee Gene Steratore ruled no catch — after the side judge closer to the play had signaled touchdown.

"The process was not finished until he finished that roll," Steratore told a pool reporter after the game

That was The Home Opener Homer of all time! Put an asterix next to that one.

1 comment:

chiefmiddlefinger said...

Sure it was a win but ugly, had he caught the ball he would have waved it around above his head instead of leaving it on the ground. I think anyway.

I thought Lovie was fired last year, it must have been a dream but it was a good dream.