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Hump Day Hot Takes: Siri, What Is Pass Interference? (1.23.19)

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The Call

You know which one I’m talking about. No, not the circa 2000 Backstreet Boys song. Or that movie with Halle Berry in it. The Call. Or really, the Blown Call might be a better name for it. Let’s talk about what happened in New Orleans this weekend.

That’s OPI. That’s all there is too it. And if it had been called, the New Orleans Saints would most likely be heading to Atlanta, because they could’ve effectively run out the clock before the field goal attempt. And Saints fans are BIG MAD.

But you know what? Stop it with this robbery bullshit. The Saints were not robbed. All they had to do after the blown call was stop the Rams from tying the game again. Or not turn the ball over in OT. Or not let the Rams get in range for the winning kick. (Yes, 57 yards is in his range. It was fucking awesome)

Drew Brees looked terrible in the game. And there was a blown call on the previous Rams possession that effectively took 4 points away from them. “Them’s the breaks,” as they say. Was it one of the worst blown calls the NFL has ever seen? Yes. Did it steal a victory from the Saints. Absolutely not. Do you need to file a lawsuit about it? I wish I was kidding…

Good grief.

All this protesting is going to accomplish is maybe make PI calls be reviewable. Which is going to murder pace of play even more. Great.

Blinded By The Light

This is one of the top news articles on ESPN today, Tuesday the 22nd.


I hate Tom Brady. This is not a secret. I hate the way he’s coddled even more. Dude is legit the greatest QB, and one ot the Top 3 players at any position to ever put on a helmet. But this is not a story. Find something else to bitch about New England fans.

Thanks For Everything Timmy

Tim Howard has announced he will be retiring at the end of the 2019 MLS season. He is one of the greatest soccer products the United States has ever produced, and resposible for two of the greatest moment in US Soccer history that I can remeber.

The first being his epic 15 save performacne in the 2014 World Cup against Belguim. Never has a player shone so brightly in defeat as Timmy did that day.

The other is this, my favorite USMNT moment ever:

Landon may have scored the goal, but it was Howard’s spot perfect outlet pass that made it all possible.

He also did this:

Asked recently if he was going to consider coaching, he had this to say:

“I can tell you this wholeheartedly. If someone got me to coach a bunch of professional athletes, they’d have to pay me probably more money than is in the U.S. Treasury because it’s not a job that I would enjoy in any way, shape or form. It’s difficult, it’s time consuming, you get very little of the glory, and all of the pain. It’s not something I even think about. I would never go near coaching.”

US Soccer, and myself, will miss you Tim Howard.

Andrew Mark Wilhelm is a professional Sound Engineer/Designer, and amateur photographer, writer, musician who recently relocated from California to Rochester, NY. Born and raised in the suburbs of Detroit has made Andrew an avid fan of all things Detroit but nothing more so than his beloved Detroit Tigers. Every year he tells himself he won't drink the Lions Kool-Aid, and every year winds up heartbroken come January. A Spartan by heart, and a Golden Grizzly by degree, you can catch his (almost) weekly Hot Takes every Hump Day here at The Turf.

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