Steeler Nation, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Joe Flacco may not be an elite quarterback, but he sure is elite when it comes to being a huge dumb ass. His dumb assery apparently knows no bounds, especially when it comes to knowing the rules of football… or heck, when it comes to being a good sportsman.
The final play of Super Bowl XLVII came down to a free kick from Baltimore to the 49′ers. Niners Ted Ginn Jr. was to receive that free kick and had the opportunity to either run back the kick or signal for a fair catch with four seconds left on the clock. Ginn chose to run for a score, but was tackled at the 50-yard line to end the game. But if Ginn were to get past the eleven Ravens on the field, there were 41 other players that could have taken Ginn out from the sideline. And Flacco, was pretty much ring leading them all prior to the kick itself to do just that. Here is the exchange that NFL Films caught from Flacco’s mic he just so happened to be wearing the entire game:
“If he starts to break it, go tackle him,” Flacco told Pitta.
“Really?” Pitta said.
“”I don’t know. I mean, what else what could they I don’t know,” Flacco said. “They might be able to give him a touchdown on that, but I don’t know.”
Flacco then shares the same message with Birk.
“Hey, if he breaks it, if he busts it for some reason, tackle him, go tackle him,” Flacco said.
“Why can’t you?” asked Yanda.
“I will,” Flacco said. “I’m going to.”
Jesus. This something like out of the Karate Kid where the leader of the Kobra Kai tells his little pupil to take out poor little Danny. However, I seriously doubt our beloved Bert would have the guts to do something like that on his own. Besides, his ‘elite’ status would be tarnished were he the one to pull such an egregious move. But, if he could get one of his teammates to do it, he would be free of guilt, a Super Bowl winner, an MVP, and waiting for his ‘Elite’ status card to come in the mail. Except the boy wonder genius forgot something – the rules. Rule 12, Section 3, Aricle 3 of the NFL Rule Books states the following:
“Palpably Unfair Act. A player or substitute shall not interfere with play by any act which is palpably unfair. Penalty: For a palpably unfair act: Offender may be disqualified. The Referee, after consulting his crew, enforces any such distance penalty as they consider equitable and irrespective of any other specified code penalty. The Referee may award a score.”
Ruh roh Joe.
The officiating crew was already having one hell of an evening with trying to make good calls (it wasn’t), and this would have blown the roof off the Super Dome. But the rule clearly states that the Referee may award a score. If Ginn had a clear field to score and a Raven jumped out and tackled Ginn, then there’s no doubt that the crew would have awarded Ginn the touchdown anyways. Think of it like a penalty shot in hockey, except that there’s no goalie waiting in the net.
So there are a few things here. 1) If that were to really happen, we would have witnessed the most bizarre and most asinine stunt ever pulled in professional sports (aside from the Cotton Bowl of 1954 where this very thing happened). 2) It would have been awesome to see the Ravens lose the game in that fashion, not only for the glorious satisfaction of seeing them lose and no championship for Ray Lewis, but also because their star and ‘elite’ QB appeared desperate enough to cheat. 3) Regardless of the outcome of this game, Joe Flacco is forever a stupid, uni brow’ed, jackass for even considering something like interfering with a play from the sidelines – aka CHEATING. God, just thinking about hearing that exchange between him and the other players makes it sound like he’s the playground bully who dares you to go push some kid in mud, or go eat that green puss oozing out from the dumpster. How old are you? Where is your maturity? (The ‘retarded’ Super Bowl media day comment is really starting to make sense now.)
Yes Joe Flacco is the Super Bowl MVP - where the P stand for Pea brain. I almost wish it really did happen because then Flacco would have been exposed for the jag he really is. Instead, everyone chuckles at how ludicrous it was to think about doing something like that and that he was more than likely joking. Right. Joking. So, just like his other high class act, Ray Lewis, Flacco’s ill thought out actions as a man and sportsman will be overlooked. He’ll be elevated to whatever status ESPN wants him at and Baltimore will slap that franchise tag on him for his big $20 million payday (probably because they feel they can’t get any better from here).
Joe Flacco, you truly are a jagoff. You may get your pay day, but there’s no ounce of respect for you in my eyes, and I hope anyone else who has the sense to see you for who you really are. You were so desperate to win, to get that elite status, to quiet your critics – that you openly contemplated cheating.