Monday, October 09, 2006

Sour Grapes

Quoting a certain running back who didn't have enough sense to cover up a lateral...

"We're losing to teams that we're clearly better than. We had better players, no disrespect to them or anybody else. We had a lead at halftime? Two weeks in a row we had a lead at halftime, and we don't finish. I think we should have beat this team today."

I'm not going to argue who the better team is, I can only say which team played like a team, yesterday. Notice Mr. Sour Grapes, Frank Gore didn't fumble. He acknowledges his mistakes and tries to correct them. He might fumble again, but at least he takes responsibility for his actions.

2 Comments:

Blogger Beth said...

Will you still respect me if I admit to not understanding the phrase "cover up a a lateral"?

Tue Oct 10, 03:18:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Beth,

Picture a quarterback getting the ball from the center and the quarterback moves backward five steps. Now, picture an imaginary (latitudinal) line running left to right through the quarterback, from sideline to sideline, okay?

If the quarterback throws or pitches the ball forward of this imaginary line, it is a "pass." If no one on either team catches the ball and it falls to the ground, it is an "incomplete pass."

If the quarterback throws or pitches the ball *behind* this imaginary line, it is a "lateral," and it is a "live ball." That means either team can recover it, because basically it is a "fumble."

Now, Mr. Sour Grapes was getting down on himself, or on his teammates, when the ball hit him, and it was a lateral. He thought it was an "incomplete pass" and he just glanced at the ball. One of the Niners (Melvin Oliver) simply picked the ball up and jogged it in for a gift touchdown.

Mr. Sour Grapes won't "pass block." That means when a defender is coming at the quarterback, S.G. refuses to do anything to impede the defender and thus, inviting his quarterback get hit *hard*. Their starting quarterback, Aaron Brooks, it out with a torn pectoral muscle...due in no small part, to Mr. Sour Grapes.

He would rather point fingers at my team and say that they didn't deserve to win, because his team is better on paper. But my team played like a team and they didn't point fingers when things got tough, as they will during the course of a football game.

Tue Oct 10, 08:09:00 PM PDT  

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