RIP to the Tuck Rule

The Infamous Tuck Rule Game (2002) (Photo: Getty Images)

The Infamous Tuck Rule Game (2002)
(Photo: Getty Images)

NFL Rule 3, Section 22, Article 2, Note 2. When [an offensive] player is holding the ball to pass it forward, any intentional forward movement of his arm starts a forward pass, even if the player loses possession of the ball as he is attempting to tuck it back toward his body. Also, if the player has tucked the ball into his body and then loses possession, it is a fumble.[1]

It was an absurd rule from the start. Hard to identify and inconsistently called. And even when it was, it had half the fans crying “foul!”

The theory was…if a quarterback tries to abort a throw and loses the ball while bringing it back in, the resulting play was an incomplete pass instead of a fumble.

Still don’t get it? Don’t worry. The tuck rule is no longer. The NFL owners voted to do away with it during the owners meeting in Phoenix this week.

It may be gone, but the ghost of the tuck rule will haunt the Oakland Raiders long after the coffin is closed on it. The tuck rule turned the outcome of a Raiders playoff game against the New England Patriots in 2002 (now known as the Tuck Rule Game), when the tuck rule was called on a Tom Brady fumble. The Raiders had recovered the ball, but it was ruled an incomplete pass. The Patriots got the ball back, kicked a field goal to tie the game, and beat the Raiders with another field goal in overtime.

The Patriots declined to vote on the proposal to kill the tuck rule, which seems appropriate…as they would effectively be nullifying the outcome of a playoff game that led them to the Lombardi Trophy in Super Bowl XXXVI.

Funny enough…the other team to abstain from voting was the Washington Redskins, whose General Manager, Bruce Allen, was with the Raiders during the infamous game. The Pittsburgh Steelers were the only team that voted against killing the rule.

So…good riddance to the tuck rule. The least understood rule in professional sports.

Now, if only someone would explain to me this crown of helmet rule.

Out with one rule…in with another.



Brady post breakup: Mad, sad, and really, really tan

Tom Brady and Wes Welker 2012  (Photo: Stephen J Cohen/WireImage)

Tom Brady and Wes Welker 2012
(Photo: Stephen J Cohen)

Somewhere, on a deserted tropical island, with the sun on his face, the breeze in his hair, and a fruity drink in his hand, Tom Brady…is fuming. While his wife and kids frolic and play, he is moping around like he just lost his best friend. Because, well…he did.

After making his own contribution to the team by extending his contract (to free up salary cap space), the New England Patriots returned the favor by failing to re-sign the star quarterback’s go-to guy, wide receiver Wes Welker.

To add insult to injury…for a measly two million dollars, Welker was swayed to sign with the Denver Broncos, where he will become the go-to guy for Brady’s archrival, Peyton Manning, who apparently played a major role in wooing Welker. Peyton also happens to be the big brother of Brady’s real nemesis…Eli Manning.

Yes, life for Tom Brady isn’t all champagne and roses, at least not this week. But don’t worry. After pouting, stomping his Uggs, and refusing to cut his hair, Brady will be just fine.

Why? Because Tom Brady is a professional, a competitor, and a team player. And he has demonstrated  as much on and off the field, most recently with his financial concession. I know, that’s not much of a sacrifice when your wife is the highest paid supermodel on the planet. But, it’s not just about money. It’s also about ego and pride, which Brady is also willing to put aside for the good of the team.

Also, I’m sure Gisele has already instructed staff to remove all photos of Wes Welker from their home (the ones that weren’t removed after Super Bowl XLVI anyway), along with anything with an eight or a three on it.

So…don’t worry about Tommy. After an extended vacation, he will board his private jet, return to his private castle, and eventually start to play with his new toy, Patriot wide receiver Danny Amendola (Welker 2.0), signed from the Rams during free agency.

And soon, Tom Brady will realize that hooking up with someone younger, faster, and better looking really is the best cure for a broken heart.


Disclosure: I have no idea where Tom Brady is. All I know is that he is “out of the country.” I assume he is on a tropical island because, well…why wouldn’t he be?

Anna Burns Welker makes debut as spokeswoman for Patriots Wives Club

Anna Burns Welker(Photo: USA Today)

Anna Burns Welker
(Photo: USA Today)

Looks like Mrs. Brady handed her position as spokeswoman for the Patriots Wives Club over to someone else…Mrs. Welker.

Gisele Bundchen, wife of New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady, was overheard criticizing her husband’s teammates following last year’s Super Bowl loss to the New York Giants.

While being heckled by fans, Bundchen was overheard saying, “My husband can not F***ing throw the ball and catch the ball at the same time. I can’t believe they dropped the ball so many times.” The exchange was caught on camera by

This time, it was Anna Burns Welker, wife of Patriots Wide Receiver Wes Welker, who went on a rant following the team’s loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game on Sunday night. Mrs. Welker took to her Facebook page, where she posted the following statement (via

“Proud of my husband and the Pats. By the way, if anyone is bored, please go to Ray Lewis’ Wikipedia page. 6 kids, 4 wives. Acquitted for murder. Paid a family off. Yay. What a hall of fame player! A true role model!”

For the record, the Ravens linebacker does have six children by four women, but has never been married. Not sure if that makes a difference, but if you’re going to judge…at least start with the facts.

And by the way, Anna Burns Welker does not have a Wikipedia page. But she is listed on her husband’s…as Miss Hooters 2005. A true role model, indeed. Be careful, honey. It’s dangerous to judge wearing six-inch platform heels. Wouldn’t want you to fall down and hurt yourself stepping off that pedestal.

Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick took some heat for refusing an on field interview following his team’s loss. He did the obligatory uncomfortable press conference, however…full of awkward silence and yes and no answers.

Here’s an idea…how about we spare the coach and let the Patriots wives handle the press from now on?

They always seem to have something to say.


Coffee Cup Quarterback | Week 8: The one with The Queen, and the bumble bees, and Superman…

Week eight of the NFL season had London calling for the New England Patriots and the St. Louis Rams.  It was strange to hear our anthem followed by God Save The Queen.  I still can’t decide how I feel about that.  But God save The Queen when she saw how the Patriots head coach was dressed.  Yes, The Hoodie went global.  And it made its debut during a fan rally in Trafalgar Square on Saturday.

Patriots Coach Bill Belichick and Owner Robert Kraft

Will Belichick start a European fashion trend?  Will they be rocking hoodies with dress shirts and headbands on Oxford Street?  In Chelsea?  Probably not.  On behalf of America, I apologize to the Brits and Her Majesty.  I also apologize for the game…the Patriots beat the Rams 45-7.  American football is the greatest sport in the world.  But it is much more entertaining when two teams play.

At least they got to see the Gronk show.  Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski had eight catches and two touchdowns.  After the first, he did an awkward march before spiking the ball.  The crowd went nuts for his Changing of the Gronk.  Asked later who he was imitating, Gronkowski replied, “That little nutcracker dude that’s guarding the house.”  Americans…

Speaking of fashion statements…the Steelers took a lot of grief when they took the field on Sunday in this:

Steelers’ Halloween Costumes/Throwback Uniforms

Yes, the throwback uniforms are hideous.  But I think they were misunderstood.  The Steelers were dressed up for Halloween (as Peyton, Eli and Deion).  They just couldn’t get the wings and tutus to fly (literally) with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  That’s why they call it the No Fun League.

Seriously though, no one ever wore those as uniforms…right?

Meanwhile, on NFL Halloween Sunday…Indianapolis Colts Running Back Vick Ballard played Superman, though he wasn’t in costume.  It was without a doubt the play of the day (and most likely the play of the week, maybe the month).  In overtime against the Tennessee Titans, Ballard goes in flying, upside down, over the pylon for the game winning touchdown.

Colts Running Back Vick Ballard Flies One In (In Overtime) Against the Titans

It was the Colts’ first road win of the season (and last season) and their first back-to-back win of the season (and last season).  Bet the Titans get their hands on some Kryptonite (or Stickum) before the teams meet again in Indy on December 9th.

And a real life hero, 11-year-old Dante Cano from Marlboro, New Jersey.  He came up with the idea of using pink penalty flags for Breast Cancer Awareness Month and wrote Roger Goodell with his idea.  On Sunday, Cano was invited to Met Life Stadium to present the pink flags to the officials before the game between the New York Jets and the Miami Dolphins.

Dante Cano (11) Meets NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell

We hope to see the pink flags used during all the October games next season.  And remember, you can now bid on all the NFL in Pink items used this month.  The money goes to the NFL’s A Crucial Catch.

Just proves you don’t need a cape or a jersey to be a hero.

Or a hoodie.


Bill…we need to talk. It’s about The Hoodie…

Dear Bill,

I’m going to call this tough love.  Because even if we don’t love you, we certainly love to hate you.  See…the thing is, we need to talk.  It’s not me, Bill.  It’s you.  And specifically, your wardrobe choices.

I was encouraged at the start of the season.  Week one you debuted a short sleeve windbreaker that, coupled with the visor, gave you a great golfer look.  Well done.

Bill Belichick, Week One

You carried the windbreaker into week two and by week three, you unveiled a smart mock turtleneck that was both professional and sporty.  And the khaki pants were a nice complement.  A good look on you.  Very good.

Week Three

And then came week four.  Or as I like to call it, The Return of the Hoodie.  Why, Bill?  Why?  What happened?  Did you just stop trying?

Week Four

It’s a look you’ve stuck with…the hideous grey Hoodie with the cutoff sleeves.  Not a good look.  At all.  In fact, last week you made Jets Coach Rex Ryan look stylish in his Dockers and grandpa sweater vest.  Well, somewhat stylish.  It was a low bar.

Week Seven

I know it’s football.  And I know no points are awarded for style.  And I don’t want to offend anyone, but quite frankly, you look like a homeless person.  And it’s the homeless I’m worried about offending here.

You are a professional, Bill.  And you represent The New England Patriots, one of the classiest teams in the National Football League.  I mean…Robert Kraft.  Does it get any classier than that?  I know he had that thing where he read the porn script, but everyone gets a freebie.

You, on the other hand, are out of free coupons.  This has gone on too long already.  My mother is downright offended by your look.  She thinks it’s disrespectful to the game.  And I think she’s right.  She usually is, you know.

What happened to dress for success?  Let’s go back to week three.  Didn’t you feel classy, sophisticated, when your team…lost?  And then…week four, when you slummed it?  Didn’t you feel like a loser when your team…won?

Forget it.

Maybe it is me.  I guess I should just be grateful you don’t complete the cutoff grey hoodie with cutoff grey sweats.

At least, not on game day…

As you were.