FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2022
See you in September: BREAKING! Croatia has defeated Brazil, 1-1, in a high-scoring World Cup match.
Even stranger are the recent twin anomalies from the world of the NFL:
On Monday night, Tampa Bay defeated New Orleans, 17-16. In the game's first 55 minutes, the Buccaneers had scored exactly three points. At that point, they gained control of the ball and staged two lengthy touchdown drives, winning the game with three seconds to go.
Last night, the same darn thing! Las Vegas kicked a field goal with twelve minutes left. As a result, they were leading the Los Angeles Rams, 16-3.
The Rams had scored exactly three points in the game's first 48 minutes. Inevitably, they proceeded to stage two extremely long touchdown drives. They too won by the mandated score of the week, this time with ten seconds left in the game.
We're reporting one notable difference. Tampa Bay was quarterbacked by Tom Brady, greatest QB of all time. Los Angeles was led by Baker Mayfield, who had been on the team's roster for something like two days.
True story! Mayfield was cut by the hapless Carolina Panthers on Monday. He showed up in Tinseltown on Tuesday.
Two days later, he savaged the Raiders. On this basis, NFL teams have found yet another way to save a couple of bucks.
Why in the world should NFL teams waste time with such outmoded conventions as practice or training camp? Next year, teams can simply message their players:
We open on Sunday, September 10. Try to get here by Thursday at noon!
Also this local event: This past Sunday, the Baltimore Ravens had scored exactly three points in the first 55 minutes of their game against Denver.
Under backup quarterback Tyler Huntley, they then staged a 91-yard touchdown drive and won the game, 10-9.
Long story short. In the modern NFL, everyone's the greatest QB of all time—but not till there's five minutes left!