Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Quagmire

Yet again, I agree with Fred Kaplan.

"Confessions of an Uncertain Columnist: My Mixed Feelings About the War in Afghanistan."

Let's put it this way - I'm so glad I'm not nor will ever be the President of the United States of America.

For some reason tonight a scene from Sports Night came to mind. (Sports Night is one of the best TV shows of all time in my opinion.) Casey, a sports anchor, had been ragging on the football coach (Rostenkowski) from his alma mater on the air every day for several days straight for a call he made in a game. Someone on the set started talking with him about it and the conversation went as follows:

Gordon: By the way, for what it's worth, I'm right with you on this Rostenkowski thing. It was a terrible call.
Casey: Lost the game!
Gordon: I don't know how he makes that call.
Casey: Yeah!
Gordon: Any idiot knows you hand it to Germane, send him up the middle.
Casey: Well, you're not gonna go up the middle against an 8-man front, but still.
Gordon: Still. Well, maybe you run a play action fake, you toss it off the tight end on the flat.
Casey: The problem with that is that without establishing a running game first no one's gonna bite down on the play fake.
Gordon: But still.
Casey: Still.
Gordon: A post pattern. A slant.
Casey: He'd be going against a defensive back who is second-team All-American as a true freshman.
Gordon: What would you have called?
Casey: Me?
Gordon: Yeah.
Casey: The thing is, I haven't watched film all week, I haven't seen scouting reports, I don't have an offensive coordinator talking in my ear, I don't have 80,000 fans screaming in my face. So, it's easy for me. I don't have 10 million people watching at home on TV including a pack of rabid alumni. I've had 3 days to think about it. He had 7 seconds. So it's a lot easier for me to make that decision than it was for him. But, since you ask me what play I'd have called, I'll tell you. Now that I think about it, I have no idea.

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