Back in my musical days, guys who sight-read charts laid out for them by arrangers had two basic rules: First, when in doubt – lay the fuck out. And second, don’t try to play something you’re not sure you’ll be able to pull off. The idea behind both ensured that you didn’t overreach and end up making a glowing error which was either ducked in the mix or preserved for posterity on vinyl.
Apparently, football is a parallel world. I never made the connection until yesterday when I witnessed not one – but two players reach for a “lick” they couldn’t pull off with the end result that their teams lost both games. And both on prime time tv to the “reachers” ultimate embarrassment.
Back in my youth, professional football was a different game in that you pretty much had to get not just the ball – but most of your body over the goal line to score a touchdown. But now the rules have changed and what we get is acrobats trying desperately to “reach” the ball over the goal line while they fly through the air not always “with the greatest of ease.”
In yesterday’s case, the Steeler player tried to stretch the ball over the goal line only to lose the handle – and the game – for his team. Had he simply secured the catch and not tried to do something that might jeopardize the entire play, his team would have been on the one yard line almost sure to tie the game and very likely win it before overtime.
Moving to the Raider Cowboy game…same deal. The Raider QB could have tucked the ball and landed on the one yard line likely to score on the next play. But oh no! He just had to stretch the ball toward the goal line only to fumble it through the end zone to lose the game.
Mind you, I didn’t care who won either contest. I just found it curious that these highly-paid and oh-so-gifted athletes don’t understand a simple concept: Stop trying to be more than you are!
I think that what actually bugs me about this is that in my old world, mistakes the likes of which these two players made would have rendered me unemployed. Clam on a track and you’d be out of the loop sooner than later. But these two guys? They’ll continue playing and making the same mistakes. And other numbskulls will follow in their footsteps.
When it comes to million dollar talent and fifty cent head syndrome, no athlete beats a football player in that realm. There’s some really dumb mother fuckers out on the gridiron. And every week, we see numerous examples of it. Which might be why we see so many on the police blotter as well.