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GLS Retrospective takes a look at some of the most memorable events in NFL history. Today’s installment features the day the Giants choked at Candlestick.

It’s fair to say the majority of people in this world would like to be famous – right?. I have zero data to back this claim but I’ll go with it.

Trey Junkin didn’t want to be famous. Long snappers never do. A good days work for them involves nobody knowing who they are. Unfortunately for ‘Junk’, Giants fans would remember him for years to come after their 2002 NFC Wild Card clash with the 49ers.

Games featuring Jeff Garcia and Kerry Collins aren’t supposed to memorable. Thanks to two horrible defenses and an epic second half comeback by San Fransisco it’s remembered as the game with an insane if not hilarious ending.

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Some bits and bites:

  • Kerry Collins: world beater. Funnily enough he was never supposed to be the starter in New York. After battling alcoholism during his days with the Panthers – a tumultuous time which featured a regrettable incident with Wide Receiver Muhsin Muhammad – Collins was Starting in Super Bowl XXXV one year later.
  • Jeff Garcia never stood a chance. Joe Montana, Steve Young and Jeff Garcia – which of these names doesn’t belong? In fairness, the former Stampeder had three great years after he took over the starting gig. Garcia’s frayed relationship with Terrell Owens would be his undoing.
  • Both secondaries in this game were atrocious. Owens’ opening score foreshadowed things to come.
  • Who is the Giants all-time leader in post-season receptions? That’s correct, man who suspiciously resembles Amani Toomer. Amani Toomer is the correct answer.
  • At 3:19 we get our first Kevin Costner sighting. Personally I believe anyone involved in the film adaptation of The Postman should be barred from all NFL sidelines.
  • The second best moment of this game: T.O strutting around after a two point conversion that made it a 38-22 followed by Michael Strahan pointing to the scoreboard. Knowing the Giants would soon collapse made it that much better.
  • Garcia and Owens had something special. Unfortunately for them and the 49ers their off field relationship was toxic.
  • With three minutes left and a five point lead Giants HC Jim Fassel elected to kick a 42-yard field goal instead of going for it on fourth and one. If they get the first down the game is done. Idiocy.
  •  Tai Streets! Top five all-time name.
  • Couple things about the end. 1) Matt Bryant’s lack of arm strength made me feel better about myself. 2) Pass interference? – Yes. Rules be damned. 3) The Giants should never have been in this position. Don’t blame Trey.  We’ll leave you with this:

GLS Retrospective takes a look at some of the most memorable events in NFL history. Today’s installment features the day Kevin Dyson wished he had longer arms. 

The Scene: Georgia Dome, Atlanta. Ice storms ravaged the city for two days causing havoc on the roads. Many Atlantans believe the NFL has refused to bring the Super Bowl back to Georgia because of the atrocious weather that week.

How they got there: The Titans – they of ‘Music City Miracle‘ fame – defeated the Bills, Colts, and Jaguars to get to Super Bowl XXXIV. There they would face Hy-Vee grocery store employee of the month Kurt Warner and the Rams, then known as the Greatest Show on Turf. St. Louis defeated the Vikings – Quarterbacked by Jeff George(!) – and Buccaneers on their way to the big game.

Extras: The television broadcast  featured advertisements from internet companies nobody had ever heard of. Ahh the bubble – heady times. The Half Time show produced by the jackals at Disney was insufferable – even for them.

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Some bits and bites:
  • Watching Steve McNair during his prime reminds you of how damn good he was. McNair set the Super Bowl record for rushing yards in this game. The image of his wife in the stands, almost too nervous to watch, is incredibly sad and eerie.
  • How many games has the prevent defense cost teams? If the Rams send any sort of pressure it’s likely the Titans don’t get close enough to take a final stab at the endzone. In recent years this tactic has decreased, but the poison remains. Warn your loved ones.
  • Dick Vermeil reacts to a potentially devastating offside penalty on Kevin Carter with a series of hilarious facial expressions that end with a smile. World class.
  • In today’s NFL Eddie George would’ve been murdered at the :22 mark. Absolutely murdered. Experts believe the fabled ‘respect’ gene went extinct in 2002.
  • McNair pulled the somehow-not-get-sacked-and-make-an-incredible-play when Eli Manning was still eating puddin’ cups at the kids table. Remember when Boomer Esiason said Jeff Fisher should’ve used his last timeout with :31 ticks left? Game over right there if they did.
  • Al Michaels was on point the whole night, but he saved the best for last.
  • What a way to lose the Super Bowl. HAHA EAT IT KEVIN DYSON – a Bills fan with anger issues.
  • It’s unfortunate Mike Jones isn’t the most famous Mike Jones. What an incredible tackle with no help over the top. Actually it’s extremely unfortunate this Mike Jones is famous at all.
  • NFL films had Vermeil mic’d up as the final play went down: “Didn’t make it, Didn’t make it, no, no, that’s it, we won it, wooohooo! That’s the game, it’s over, it’s over, we’re world champions!” Woohoo indeed, Dick.
  • Mike Jones would leave the Rams after that game and retire from the NFL two years later. He was listed at #10 on the NFL Network’s ‘top ten one-hit wonders’ show. What a hit it was.

GLS Retrospective takes a look at some of the most memorable events in NFL history. Today’s installment features the day Matt Hasselbeck made an ass out of himself.

Admit it. Schadenfreude keeps us going – I use ‘us’ because it helps lessen the guilt I feel when openly rooting for others to fail.

My most vivid sports memories are firmly intrenched by their enemy spiting greatness. They include: Lebron, Wade and Bosh losing to Dallas, Brett Hull’s ‘No Goal’, Kevin Dyson coming up one yard short in the Superbowl, and finally, Matt Hasselbeck’s ill-fated overtime proclamation.

“We want the ball and we’re gonna score” still gives me chills…

Some bits and bites:

  • Matt was having the time of his life during the coin toss. That boyish grin as he called heads was both endearing and disturbing. You can’t teach that.
  • Joe Buck and the posse love H-bex’s moxie. I wonder what would’ve happened if one of the ‘NFL’s thugs’ had made such a claim.
  • At the 10:44 mark of OT it’s pretty clear Brett Favre is trying to recall the name of the team physiotherapist.
  • This game was a watershed moment for Hasselbeck. His first playoff game came against his former team – that’s pretty huge.
  • The Packers traded Hasselbeck, their first (17th overall) and seventh-round draft picks to the Seahawks for their first (10th overall) and third-round draft picks in 2001.
  • Mike Holmgren really rocked the Walrus look well. Fantastic.
  • The Seahawks did well to pick up the Packers blitz, but H-bex was clearly rattled. He went with his first read – Alex Bannister. Al Harris jumped button hooks for breakfast back in those days.
  • The dread theory is a simple one. NFL players with dreads–as a group –perform at a higher level than their non-dreaded peers. Harris was in the upper echelon of the dreaded elite.
  • In hindsight, Favre running around the field like he had ANY ROLE in the victory killed my schadenfreude moment. At 3:44 he desperately tries to get into the celebration circle to no avail. That was great.
  • In the end I felt quite bad for Seattle’s quarterback. Good on Ryan Longwell for giving H-bex the love he needed.

GLS Retrospective takes a look at some of the most memorable events in NFL history. Today’s installment features the day Terrell Owens became a star. 

Yes, we’re going to do the Catch II before the Catch I. There’s more Pat Summerall in this one.

One of my favorite writers – Ta Nieshi Coates – talked about this a few weeks ago  and recalled some of his memories from this 1999 NFC Wild Card Playoff. For both of us, the most lasting memory from this game will be Terrell Owens breaking down after making the biggest catch of his life.

Lately, we’ve seen T.O crying in public for different reasons. Let’s remember a day when an enigmatic star confronted his new found fame with a sea of tears.

Some bits and bites:

  • The Packers had beaten the 49ers three consecutive times in the playoffs prior to this game. Mike Holmgren and Brett Favre gave Bay Area residents night terrors.
  • Listening to John Madden add insightful commentary was great. It’s easy to forget how good Summerall and Madden were in their prime.
  • If the 49ers lost this game Steve Mariucci almost surely would have been fired by the team in the offseason.
  • The two hits T.O absorbs as he’s catching that ball are huge. After Steve Young jokingly referred to the play as ‘the throw’, but Owens does the heavy lifting here.
  • Instant replay was introduced next season, and it was sorely needed here because this game would’ve ended in a Packers victory had it been in place. Jerry Rice clearly fumbles before he hits the ground with 25 seconds left in the game.
  • Packers GM Ron Wolf : ”Yes, I certainly did think that was a fumble, I would think anybody that understands what a fumble is would think that’s a fumble.”
  • Mike Holmgren: ”They told me from upstairs [in the coaches' box] that it was a fumble,” Holmgren said. “. . . I wish they would have called that–then the game would have been over. Jerry has certainly earned his respect in this business, but I think when they call the game they shouldn’t look at the numbers, and I don’t think they did.”
  • Owens was having a terrible game before the last second throw. He doesn’t become the No. 1 wide receiver in San Francisco without making that catch.
  • Young retired after the 1999 season, and the 49ers quickly became an afterthought in the NFC.
  • There are now three ‘Catch’ games in 49ers fan lore. The latest was created by Alex Smith and Vernon Davis against the Saints last year.

GLS Retrospective takes a look at some of the most memorable events in NFL history. Today’s installment features the day Tom Brady got saved by a strange rule.

There are seminal moments for every franchise. Sometimes that moment is a single play. The Tuck Rule game helped establish two things that remain true today. One, Tom Brady’s status as an all-time great and two, poor officiating that even instant replay couldn’t prevent.

The Raiders and Jon Gruden could’ve been the AFC’s team of the aughts if this game goes the other way. Instead, it was Bill Belichick and New England who would go on to dominate the conference.

Some bits and bites:
  • The offcial rule – which was introduced in 1999 – from the NFL: 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.
  • The ruling on the field was a fumble. Referee Walt Coleman needed indisputable evidence to overturn the call. I don’t see how that was indisputable. Brady’s arm wasn’t going forward.
  • I chose the Oakland radio feed clip because Greg Papa and Tom Flores had clearly never heard of the rule and proceed to lose their shit.
  • How great is football in the snow? Patriots fans refer to this game as the ‘Snow Bowl’ – though i think that is mostly because they’re ashamed to acknowledge the true name of this game.
  • Walt Coleman explains his rationale: “The shot he gave me was from the front, which gave me a clear look at exactly what happened on the play. And what it showed is Brady’s arm’s coming forward. And Woodson hits him and the ball falls out of his hand. And that’s clearly an incomplete forward pass. It was easy.”
  • Raiders fans continue to believe they were the victim of a league wide conspiracy. Connect the dots….Open your eyes man.
  • The Patriots would go on to stun the St.Louis Rams in Super Bowl XXXVI.
  • Jon Gruden was traded by the Raiders to Tampa Bay in the off-season. Only the late Al Davis would trade his coach, but they got a pretty good haul. Two first and second round picks and $8 million in cash went to Oakland. In a soap opera like twist the Raiders would make the Super Bowl that year – where they lost to Jon Gruden and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Man….
  • If the Patriots lose that game does Drew Bledsoe come back as the starter next year? Would Tom Brady have faded into obscurity?
  • Some interrogation ‘experts’ in the comments of this youtube video believe Walt Coleman clearly exhibits the demeanor of a liar. This is obviously true.
  •  What gets lost in all of the craziness of this game was the INSANE kick made by Adam Vinatieri to tie the game. Absolutely insane. AV would hit another one to win the game in Overtime.

GLS Retrospective takes a look at some of the most memorable events in NFL history. Today’s installment features a day that will live in infamy for Bills fans.

After I chose to commemorate the Bills epic 1993 playoff comeback it only felt right to feature an event I can’t forget for all the wrong reasons.

I watched this game in the basement of a friend’s house on a 15 inch TV. I cried for three hours afterwards. In the days leading up to the wild card game between the Bills and Titans – formerly the Oilers, the team Buffalo stunned back in 93 – the buzz surrounded Phillips controversial decision to bench fan favorite Doug Flutie in favor of Rob Johnson.

Some Bits and Bites:

  • To this day I refuse to believe that wasn’t a forward pass. Though the NFL’s video review system had been implemented that season, it was reasonable to expect some mistakes.
  • That said, I assume the prospect of overturning one of the craziest plays in NFL history scared the crap out of referee Phil Luckett.
  • In 2007 the NFL Network brought in a computer analyst to see if the pass did indeed travel forward. The analyst – obviously a Titans fan – stated Luckett made the right call.
  • Never before had a team entering the playoffs benched its healthy starter in favor of the backup. Wade Phillips – a true visionary.
  • Johnson did lead the Bills down the field for the go ahead field goal with 16 seconds remaining. I wonder how his career – along with many others – would’ve altered if the Bills had won that game.
  • The Bills haven’t played in a playoff game since.
  • The Titans would make it to the Super Bowl that year but fell one yard short of the championship. The Wide Receiver who came so agonizingly close to victory? Music City Miracle hero Kevin Dyson.
  • Kicker Al Del Greco was the lone member of the Titans who played in the 1993 comeback game as an Oiler.
  • Doug Flutie was relegated to backup duty the next season. Due to various injuries suffered by Rob ‘Tin Man’ Johnson, Flutie started in five games going 4 -1. Johnson was 4-7. Wade Phillips would be fired after the season.
  • I vaguely remembered Wide Right, but this was my initiation into the club of miserable Bills fans.

GLS Retrospective takes a look at some of the most memorable events in NFL history. Today’s installment features Joe Montana and John Candy – Legends of equal importance.

Over the course of his Hall of Fame career Joe Montana had 31(!) fourth quarter comebacks. The most famous of these came during the 1989 Super Bowl. Down by three points with just over three minutes left, Montana & company would have to start at their own eight yard line due to a penalty on the kickoff.

Some bits and bites:

  • The Montana mystique was built by moments like these. In the huddle Montana noticed Canadian actor John Candy standing near an exit ramp in Joe Robbie stadium and pointed him out to his teammates before the drive began. I’m going to assume Donovan McNabb wasn’t as calm and collected during his defining moment.
  • Dick Enberg is an ageless wonder. Football, baseball, tennis – he did it all. He carried himself like commentators should in these high impact moments.
  • Montana had an amazing support cast. Roger Craig, John Taylor and Jerry Rice dominated the Bengals defense  during this drive.
  • John Taylor used to sell cars in the off-season. The NFL has come a long way.
  • 49ers coach Bill Walsh would join Dick Enberg in the NBC booth the following season.
  • Jerry Rice would take home the MVP honors but a case could easily be made for Montana. He was 9 for 10 on the final drive.
  • An incident in which a police officer shot and killed a black motorcyclist in the Overtown section of Miami led to a riot that almost caused the game to be moved to Tampa Bay. Strangely enough the incident led the NFL to review their hiring polices regarding minorities and the lack of black coaches in the league.
  • The halftime show was absolutely terrible. Thankfully it included this hilarious image of Bob Costas: