It was a wild week to begin with. A lot of close games and surprising outcomes. And there were bad calls, missed calls, and questionable plays. Yes, the longer this impasse goes on, the more uneasy we all become every time a flag is thrown. And the more some players will try to get away with…
Like they say, it’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye. Or an ear. Which happened to Texans Quarterback Matt Schaub. Schaub lost part of his left ear to a brutal, vicious, and illegal hit by Denver Broncos Linebacker Joe Mays, that ripped his helmet off (and apparently part of his ear with it), but thankfully left his head intact.
With emotions already running high, Sunday Night Football rolled around. A big game. The Baltimore Ravens and the New England Patriots. A rematch of last season’s AFC Championship game, with the Ravens at home this time and on the hunt for revenge.
Young Ravens Wide Receiver Torrey Smith had a courageous performance after losing his younger brother in a motorcycle accident the night before. He was teary at times and clearly feeling the outpouring of love from the Baltimore fans. Smith had two touchdowns and helped to bring his team back within reach of the Patriots in the fourth quarter.
Just like last time, it came down to a field goal. But unlike last time, it wasn’t Billy Cundiff, who missed. Down by two, and with two seconds on the clock, undrafted rookie kicker Justin Tucker drove one high and over the top of the upright (making it non-reviewable). The refs made it official. The Ravens rallied around Torrey Smith.
And then…this happened. On the way off the field, an angry and non-hoodie-clad Bill Belichick hopped on the Crazy Train (Patriots team song) and accosted one of the replacement officials. He stopped and composed himself long enough to shake hands with Ravens Coach John Harbaugh. You don’t mess with those Harbaughs and their handshakes.
Asked about his behavior during his post game press conference, Belichick, his usual, personable self, refused to comment. Instead, he cited his team being flagged “like 30 times.” Guess you can’t buy class in the form of a $75 pullover.
This is where we’re at, guys. The NFL is one big dysfunctional family right now. Fun to watch…but only if you’re not directly related.