According to Greg Olsen, the last untreated yak on Fox, the key to the Giants’ victory Sunday was the Vikings’ inability to establish “fast lane integrity.” Thought for food.

Six NFL playoff games since we last met, folks, and we take these truths for granted:

Tea The overwhelming commercial message throughout the broadcasts was bet, bet, bet, bet, bet, then bet some more.. Bet with both fists, every game, every game. Parlays, prop bets, first-one’s-free bets (read the fine print in TV fine print).

Bet on the paid encouragement of wealthy celebrities, from the Fab Four Manning Football Family to Kevin Hart, Wayne Gretzky and Jamie Foxx, all further enriched by attracting mostly young adult men to invest their money. All major credit cards accepted! – in a business predicted about investors losing their money, then whatever else happens to them as a result.

As for Roger Goodell, the $64 million high-class phony serving as a financial front for team owners and the NFL’s selective and false public consciousness, picks from his previous high ground convictions on legalized sports betting :

“The position of the NFL is that involving our games [creates] an additional threat to the integrity of our league and the public good…

“Simply put, we don’t want our games to be used as bait to sell bets; threatens the character of team sports. Our sports embody our best traditions and values. They represent fair and healthy competition. They represent teamwork. And for success through preparation and honest effort.

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nfl commissioner roger goodell
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“With sports betting, our games would represent the easy money, the quick fix, the desire to get something for nothing. Legalized sports betting would change, for the worse, what our games represent and how they are perceived, and magnify the ever-present risks of corruption and scandal.”

My favorite: “Our players cannot be expected to serve as healthy role models for young people if they are made to function as participants in gambling companies. And legalized sports gambling sends an unfortunate message to our youth that ‘anything goes’ when it comes to raising revenue…that we can also legalize, sponsor and promote any activity so the state can get its ‘share’. ‘. ”

But as states, desperately relying on vice, legalized sports betting, Goodell & Associates decided to “get their share,” either through licensing: The NFL has sold its logo to three betting operations to boost its status. : TV revenue (ratings and commercial), and now the addition of betting kiosks in NFL stadiums.

Cry for the children, Roger? Call me a river, you four-blush-count phony.

After the gambling announcements (and Minnesota’s inability to establish “fast line integrity”), the dominant theme of the six playoff games was the replay rule, now with the surprise addition of “expedited review.” repeat” to more quickly provide a second opinion, correct or incorrect.

Five of the six playoff games (Giants-Vikes, the exception) were devoid of football in order to undergo a micro-inspection of what had just transpired, allowing the television to move on to more betting ads.

What the late George Young, who joined the NFL bureau after straightening out the Giants, filed away in a fat folder on which he had written, “The Monster Grows” (additions and corrections to “instantaneous” replay rules “), now makes games more tied to long, involuntary delays and scrutiny to arrive at contentious decisions.

Such matters were never a fan-breaking issue during those years when many of us became devoted to football. As crazy as it sounds, we used to turn on football matches to watch, not delays for replay rules decisions or the one and only come-on to track our gaming action. But you can’t get in the way of progress.

Coverage of Maher PAT attempt is nearly blown by ESPN

As for those six playoff games, the TV coverage, especially with the networks’ top teams in place, was what we’d expect: negligence, astonishing disregard for the ongoing circumstances.

For the moment the Cowboys, on Monday night, defeated the Bucs, 31-14there was only one thing left to see: After Dallas made it 30-7, Brett Maher would lose his unfathomable fifth extra point in the game.

Cowboys kicker Brett Maher missed an NFL-record four extra points in their wild card win over the Buccaneers.
Cowboys kicker Brett Maher missed an NFL-record four extra points in their wild card win over the Buccaneers.
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If the terrorists had invaded the ESPN truck, they would have stopped gagging and blindfolding the team to see if Maher did that kick first. Shouting, both my sister-in-law and Stephen A. Smith would have stopped talking to watch.

ESPN almost missed it.

Flooded in three replays of the TD that preceded the PAT, ESPN nearly lost it as the ball was airborne and through the posts.


Then ESPN botched its coverage of the disturbing and all-too-familiar injury (both teams solemnly gathered around the immobile, prone victim) to Bucs WR Russell Gage. When Gage finally walked off the field, ESPN was in commercials.

That could have been forgiven if ESPN had shown it on tape. Was Gage moving? Aware? ESPN didn’t show us anything.


After SF’s Christian McCaffrey broke up a long run, a close-up from Fox showed his eyes looking up, apparently at the stadium’s big video screen to search for the nearest Seattle defender. Great shot. Naturally, Daryl “Moose” Johnston was too busy talking to notice.

Christian McCaffrey
Christian McCaffrey
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It’s interesting how the upcoming Saturday broadcast, Chargers-Jags on NBC, the one-game team of Al Michaels and Tony Dungy received radically mixed reviews.

But since it was preceded by three hours of Johnston, I’ll side with reader Peter Dowd: “It’s nice not to have some idiot explaining every play down to the last detail trying to show how smart he is with modern football.”


Fox A-Team analyst Olsen, on top of Giants-Vikes, said: “The most important thing for the Giants is that they want to be a game-action passing team, not a pass-back team.”

The Giants then beat the Vikes, the entire game, via back passes, little game action. But Olsen talks so much, how can he remember “The Biggest Thing”?

Then there was Olsen’s assessment of the Giants’ $72 million free agent raid. Kenny Golladay, as “a little disappointing”. And Lizzie Borden was “a bit eccentric.”

Kenny Golladay
Kenny Golladay
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Fox’s “Next-Generation Stats” did not bode well for either generation, as they noted that Daniel Jones had rushed “23 yards further than expected”. Waited by whom? Calvin “Addition and Division” calculator?


After the return of Bengal Sam Hubbard’s 98-yard touchdown fumble, NBC’s Mike Tirico calmed down to try: “One of the longest plays in terms of return in playoff history!”


As Ray Goulding of the old Bob and Ray radio comedy team put it, “George Washington was one of our first presidents.”

The networks miss out on the ugliest behavior in the NFL

As for those six playoff games, well, professionalism is now entirely optional, a matter of indiscriminate personal choice, nothing higher. Almost every game included at least one episode of players doing their best or worst only to get kicked out for misconduct.

In the first half of Dolphins-Bills, a multi-player brawl ensued with the Bills players in the midst of the annoyance wearing their Goodell “Choose Love” social messaging headsets.

A multi-player scene erupted after Seahawks DB Johnathan Abram followed up on a tackle by Deebo Samuel and twisted his previously injured leg, a play and a point initially missed by Fox because he cut out his last crowd shot. without sense.

And in another “Thoughts and Prayers”, “This Puts It All In Perspective” Tribute To Damar Hamlin’s Near-Death On-Field Episode, Niners DB Jimmie Ward only had to tag downed Seahawks QB Geno Smith to give the Niners a 14-13 halftime lead. Instead, he tried to decapitate it with a helmet-first unguided missile shot.

And so the half ended with Seattle leading, 16-14, a field goal on the final play after a crazy 15-yard pass against a 31-year-old college boy. Viewers, even without betting, again wondered how what they had just seen could happen in a professional football playoff game.

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