We Don’t Know What A Catch Is, And Neither Do Officials.

The NFL officiating crew of the Chicago-Philadelphia Wild Card game just made the debate of what is a catch in the NFL even more muddied.

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At the end of the first half, Anthony Miller was thrown a pass that was seemingly broken up and ruled incomplete on the field, it would have been a completion down to the 5-yard line. The ball laid on the turf and both teams returned to the line of scrimmage for the next play.

Upon further review, it was deemed both a catch by Anthony Miller and a fumble by Anthony Miller. The referees called the play dead so nobody recovered the loose ball. It was assumed that it was an incomplete pass. In the review, the referees said that since the ball was not recovered by anyone, that the play is negated, and the catch does not count.

This play just exemplifies what is wrong with NFL officiating. They blew a play dead and took away what happened on that play, even though there was no real reason to negate it. He caught the ball, so he should get the yards. The play cannot be negated because the referees messed up the call on the field.

From the infamous Dez Bryant catch against the Packers in 2014 to this play today, the rules have changed dramatically to the exact opposite. The pendulum has swung so far that now everything is a catch and nobody knows why.

A change needs to be made, we’ve gone from “surviving the ground” to one step and it’s a catch. There is an in-between there that needs to be decided on. Also, the call of a negated play was terrible and that should simply not be an option.

Anyway, go Bears -6.

The Run, Pass, Option. Wild Card Picks

The Run, Pass, Option. is your weekly NFL betting guide. Take these bets and everything your bookie has.

Run with these teams

Chicago -6

The red-hot Bears defense will be the only team to shut down Nick Foles. Even though he has been great, and is a Super Bowl MVP the Bears will be able to put the clamps on him. I like the Bears playmakers against the Eagles D. Pick the Bears -6

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Dallas -1.5

This is the year that the Cowboys win a playoff game. They have added the pieces to beat good competition, and their defense is the key. The linebacking duo of Smith and Vander Esch will be able to stop the Seahawks running game, which they lean on heavily. The Seahawks O-Line is far more banged up than the Cowboys, and that will be the key to a Dallas W. Pick the Cowboys -1.5

 

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Houston -1.5

Andrew Luck and the Colts have lit it up against the Texans this year, and T.Y. Hilton has repeatedly torched these division rivals. While Houston has been one of the best teams in football all year, the Colts have played just as well. Indy’s Offensive Line will be the key to victory and Darius Leonard leading the defense will be able to shut down the run. Pick the Colts +1.5

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Baltimore -3

Nobody is giving the Chargers a chance to win this game a week after they lost to the Ravens. A team as good as the Chargers will be able to change their gameplan enough to win this game. The loss came from a couple of fluke interceptions and the Baltimore offense breaking big runs. If those interceptions don’t happen, the Ravens don’t win. Pick the Chargers +3

 

The Last Option

Sea/Dal Under 43.5

Two running teams and two good defenses? This is the recipe for a low scoring game that will be decided on a fluke play or long field goal. I like the Cowboys winning 17-14 in a very boring game. Take the Under 43.5

Texas Is Back

The 28-21 Sugar Bowl victory for the Texas Longhorns over the Georgia Bulldogs proved one thing, Texas is back.

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Sam Ehlinger proved last night that he can make this Texas team a legitimate threat to win any game they play in if the Oklahoma win didn’t already do that. This team played like Bevo when he sees Uga give him those eyes during pregame.

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There was no more telling series of plays than the Texas drive that ended in a 1-yard touchdown by Ehlinger. They ran more or less the same play 4 times in a row, an Ehlinger keeper that barely eked out that yard even though Georgia knew it was coming. But Herman didn’t care about that, he wanted Ehlinger to break Vince Young’s single-season rushing touchdown record by any means (and concussions) necessary.

Ehlinger plays with that swag that is necessary for a big-time college quarterback to have. He runs like a power back and drops his shoulder more than he slides. He wore a Drew Brees jersey in the stadium before the game just to establish what he intended to do.

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Oh, and he has the best wristband game in the nation.

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By the fourth quarter of this game, when it was all but wrapped up, the Texas defense seemed to just be trying to flex on Georgia. They got two targeting ejections on the same drive just to up their level of difficulty. It’s like playing on All-Madden difficulty at the end of a blowout game to make yourself feel better.

With Kyler Murray leaving Oklahoma the path to the Big 12 championship is wide open for Texas to come in and take it next year. If Herman can keep this up, it will be all horns up for the foreseeable future in the Big 12.

OK cool, Hook ‘Em

P.S. The Texas at Iowa State game on Nov. 16 will be one of the games of the year in the Conference if Brock Purdy continues to play at the level he is playing at now.

Hump Day Deep Dive #3- The First College Bowl Game

College Bowl Season is upon us, a nearly month-long parade of obscurely named games in even more obscurely named place. In the storied history of College Bowl Season there have been some gems, the Advocare V100 Independence/Texas bowl (a pyramid scheme), the Popeyes Bahamas Bowl (there are no Popeyes in the Bahamas), and the Bitcoin St. Petersburg Bowl (The Venn Diagram of people who watch G5 bowl games and buy Bitcoin is just two separate circles.)

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(May I interest you in some fruity vitamin gummies?)

But how did this all start? From a man who enjoyed eating out of bowls so much that he wanted to watch a football game in one? Possibly. Was it from somebody in a hot air balloon, that looked suspiciously like the monopoly man, describing a stadium when looked on from above as “a large bowl full of tiny people? It’s likely. Was it started as entertainment for a parade much like the football games played on Thanksgiving? Well, let’s take a look.

In 1902, the fabled Tournament of Roses Parade needed a source of entertainment that wasn’t the traditional ostrich races tug of war competitions. Parade organizer James Wagner thought bringing the best football teams from the east and the west to clash head-to-head would be a great idea. And boy was he wrong. Michigan, the representative of the East, took on Stanford in a true stinker of a game.

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(Michigan 1902)

Michigan was known as the “Point-a-Minute” team, and they really knew how to pour it on. They finished the 1901-02 season with a whopping 550 points in 11 games (including this game). They also did not let up a single point at any time during that season. It was thought to be a good idea to bring in a 3-1-2 Stanford team to run into this past iteration of the Alabama Crimson Tide. To be frank, it did not go well. Michigan went up 49-0 before Stanford players quit and Captain Ralph “Human Embodiment of Smokey the Bear” Fisher threw in the towel.

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(Stanford 1902)

This was the revenge tour of Fielding H. “Peaky Blinders extra” Yost. The season prior he had coached at Stanford and was now facing his former team. His Wolverines finished the game with 527 rushing yards on 90 attempts (forward passes were not legal) and Stanford finished with only 67 yards.

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The game was played on a 110-yard field and scoring at the time was 5 points per touchdown or field goal and only one-point conversions. A game like this is like watching the love child of the Army-Navy game on steroids with any MAC game, with 594 yards rushing and 37 punts it would make anyone want to strap on a helmet and neckroll and run up the middle for hours on end in a rural Illinois corn field.

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(That is how you run power)

This game was so lopsided that football was not played at the Tournament of Roses for another 14 years when Washington State played Brown University in 2016. For some reason, people thought it was a better idea to watch ostrich races than a bastardized version of rugby that had bizarre scoring rules and almost an equally bad algorithm for determining champions as there is today.

So what can we learn from this? That if it was not for the heroic actions of one Fielding H. Yost to join a super team and take down his old squad in the most embarrassing way possible, then Kevin Durant would have nobody to base his decision off of. Thank you, Mr. Yost, for ruining the NBA.

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The Run, Pass, Option. Week 15 Picks.

The Run, Pass, Option. is your weekly NFL betting guide. Take these bets and everything your bookie has.

Run With These Teams

Chicago

The Chicago Bears may just be the best team in football even when their quarterback gives the ball away like condoms in a college dorm. The Packers somehow pulled out the victory last time by a single point, but they don’t stand a chance. The Bears are not going to let their biggest rival beat them another time and Nagy will want to get the offense back on track against an in-conference rival. Take Chicago -6

Tennessee

The Tennessee Titans an underdog by 2 points is a vast oversight, even on the road, and they will beat a Giants team which is completely one dimensional by a million. Derrick Henry won’t have as big of a week as he did last week, which isn’t that hard to say. The Giants looked really good last week but water will find its level now. Tennessee -2

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Kansas City

The Chiefs are running into a buzzsaw this week in the Chargers. We saw last week how a good defense can keep the Chiefs in check, and the Chargers have a much better offense than the Ravens do. The Chiefs are favored by 2.5, but I think the Chargers will take them down a peg this week. Take the Chargers +2.5

Los Angeles Rams

Somehow the Rams are favored by 11.5. This is just way too many points for a team playing Super Bowl Champion Nick Foles. The Eagles have not played well this year, but they will cover this huge spread after barely losing a very important game to the Cowboys. Take Philadelphia +11.5

The Last Option

Under 39.5 for DET/BUF

38 degrees and raining in Buffalo this weekend between two terrible teams? Ill take the under now and twice on Sundays. The Lions put up 17 points against the worst team in football Arizona Cardinals, and the Bills are more or less just running QB draws with Josh Allen. There is a very good chance there is only one touchdown this week. Under 39.5

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The Run, Pass, Option. Week 14 Picks.

The Run, Pass, Option. is your weekly NFL betting guide. Take these bets and everything your bookie has. (4-5-1 In the past 2 weeks)

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Jaguars +5.5

This is just one of those games where there is absolutely no scoring, the kickers and punters are busy, and the defense is holding every play to under 4 yards. This classic AFC south matchup has yielded some of the lowest scoring games in recent memory, and this is sure to be another one. I’ll take the Jaguars playing for pride and covering this 5.5-point spread, losing in a game with a single touchdown scored. Jaguars +5.5

Falcons +5.5

I’m not entirely sure what to say about either the Packers or Falcons at this point of the season, but the one sure thing is that the turmoil going on in Lambeau will not translate to a blowout win. Aaron Rodgers playing in his first game without Mike McCarthy might make for some sideline and analyst fireworks, but Joe Philbin is most certainly not the man to lead the Packers. The Falcons start playing good football again this week and cover this spread. Falcons +5.5

Pass On These Teams

Cowboys -3.5

The Cowboys are playing excellent football at this point in the season, but the Eagles only lost to them by a touchdown a few weeks ago and they most certainly will not lose this time. Golden Tate made an appearance right on time this week and he seems poised to be a consistent contributor for the rest of the season. The Eagles are going to cover, if not win this game outright. Eagles +3.5

Cardinals +3

It’s hard to say pass on a team that just soundly beat the Packers in Lambeau (which we called last week), but they are just about done for the season. That was their best game and they will most certainly lose by more than 3 against the most puzzling team in the league, the Lions. They have played up and down to competition all year, but this is the week they right the ship and beat the Cards on the road. Lions -3

The Last Option

Over 45.5 for SEA/MIN

Both the Vikings and Seahawks have shown that they can score points this season. The Vikings, after being embarrassed by the Patriots, will most certainly want to run up the score on the Seahawks to maintain their season trajectory and make the playoffs. The Seahawks have been sneakily one of the toughest beats in the league, in large part due to the grinding running game and excellent play of Russell Wilson. 45.5 will be easily covered. Take the Over 45.5

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The Run, Pass, Option. Week 13 Picks

The Run, Pass, Option. is your weekly NFL betting guide. Take these bets and everything your bookie has. (1-3-1 on the season)

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New Orleans -7 over the Dallas Cowboys

Everything the Cowboys do, the Saints do better. Ezekiel Elliot is the engine that drags the rest of the Cowboys to wins. Other than that Thanksgiving win with Amari Cooper having a game for the ages, the passing game has not been the Cowboys strength. The New Orleans rush defense is the best in the NFL, and good enough to shut down a battered Cowboys offensive line. Forcing Dak to throw the ball to keep up with the Saints great offense does not bode well for the Boys. Saints -7, expect them to win by two touchdowns.

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Indianapolis -4 over the Jacksonville Jaguars

It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that the Jaguars have not been playing up to expectations this year, especially since winning the week 2 Super Bowl over the Patriots. It also doesn’t take a genius to figure out the Colts are one of the hottest teams in football. The Colts offensive line play has been superb, and they are allowing Andrew Luck to play almost uninhibited. The Colts pass protection is better than the Jaguars pass rush, expect the Colts to win handily Colts -4.

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Green Bay -14 over the Arizona Cardinals

These are not the Packers of 7 years ago. There have been key injuries to the Packers offensive line, secondary, and receiving core. This is not a good sign to beat the Cardinals by 14 points. With Patrick Peterson locking up Davante Adams all night, and a hobbled Jimmy Graham the Packers rushing game will have to play better than they have all year. Chandler Jones rushing against either an injured David Bakhtiari or whoever is filling in means Aaron Rodgers won’t have any time to throw the ball. I think the Packers will win, but the Cardinals will cover, Cardinals +14.

Pittsburgh Steelers -3.5 over the LA Chargers

The Chargers are shaping up to be one of the toughest teams to beat in the AFC, the return of Joey Bosa coupled with the improved play of Phillip Rivers and the emergence of Mike Williams as a legitimate threat make them a formidable opponent. The Steelers just lost to the Denver Broncos even with Big Ben playing a decent game(save for a game losing goal-line interception) and it seems their offense has been figured out. Take away the big plays from Antonio Brown and limit James Conner’s production out of the backfield, and the rest of the Steelers offense isn’t capable enough to go out and beat a good team. Expect the Chargers to take out the reeling Steelers at home. Chargers +3.5

The Last Option

Under 48 for Baltimore at Atlanta

Lamar Jackson, while effective enough to move the football, is prone to throwing interceptions and leaving points on the field. The Falcons have only been converting on 50% of their red zone chances in their last 3 games. Expect a lot of field goals and fans angry that their team can’t convert in the red zone.  Under 48 for Bal@Atl