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I like to think I have a pretty good analytical grasp of football, enough certainly to scream at the TV when the Cowboys choose to call three straight passing plays in medium yardage during overtime when they have the best running back in the league twiddling his thumbs in the backfield. As a sports enthusiast, I’ve seen my fair share of boneheaded plays, but this particular play from the Utah state playoffs may very well be the worst I’ve ever seen.
The Spanish Fork Dons are up 14-11 over the Maple Mountain Golden Eagles with 3.5 seconds left on the clock. You would assume that they would just drop into the victory formation, take a knee, and hit the showers, but they didn’t. Instead, the quarterback runs backward in an effort to literally run out the clock. Just to make sure there wasn’t some rule I didn’t know of, I consulted my roommate, who’s a former Texas 5A All-State safety, as to whether there’s some weird rule about taking a knee in high school football. He confirmed what I already assumed to be blatantly obvious: of fucking course you can take a knee.
So we’re already in dumbass territory with this decision, but okay, let’s live in this world for a bit. The quarterback runs around for a bit and successfully eludes the defenders until the clock strikes zero. All he has to do is sit the fuck down and the play is over. The only problem is that he doesn’t. Instead, he just sort of stops and stands there, at which point, some enterprising linebacker runs up and strips the ball, allowing another defensive player to pick it up and waltz in for a game-winning touchdown. Keep in mind, this isn’t some garbage team that doesn’t know how to play football. This is the Utah 4A playoffs.
I don’t even…just watch the damn thing. Tune to 46:33 for the dumbest football play you’ll ever see..