Dumb McNabb Overtime Nonsense


Donovan McNabb and his Philadelphia Eagles played to a 13-13 tie when they played the Cincinnati Bengals last weekend. The Eagles were favored to win the game and to have played to a tie against the lowly Bengals was the story. The media missed the main story focusing instead on a minor issue concerning overtime rules.

In case you haven’t heard, McNabb was unaware that an NFL game can end in a tie. If two teams play through a full 75 minutes of football and are tied, the game ends. Who knew? I didn’t know. McNabb’s only mistake was letting the media know that he was unaware of the rule. The know-it-all media complains that they are only given pre planned sound bites from players. McNabb truthfully answered the question regarding overtime and is summarily ruthlessly criticized for his naivitee concerning the rule. Can you blame the players?

The media blew this story up because they have nothing else to talk about. Much was made of the fact that the Philadelphia quarterback is a 10 year veteran and should know the rule. So what, that he is a 10 year veteran? McNabb had never played in an overtime game. How was he to know? Look at the PGA for a moment. Tournaments are peppered with officials who know all the rules. Why? Because veteran golfers don’t know all the rules. Sometimes these PGA tournament officials have to call upon other officials to clarify rules. Things come up that haven’t come up before. This is exactly what happened to Donovan McNabb.

One of you know it alls should go ask Tiger Woods or Kenny Perry about a golf rule. What happens if you pull the pin for an opponent so that his ball drops in the hole instead of banging off the pin and not going in the cup?

Betcha they don’t know the answer. Ease up on McNabb.

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  • John

    Absolutely false. It is mind-boggling to me that he did not know this rule. He has a job that involves him winning football games. He goes into work to do that. His profession is football and he doesn’t know a rare but important component of his job: the game can end in a tie. This is not an obscure rule and it has happened while he was playing (2002). What’s even more ridiculous is guys like Big Ben defending it like McNabb didn’t know the answer to some complex matematical problem. The said golf rule is far more obscure that the tie rule and I’m willing to bet Tiger knows the answer. Sarah Palin might even know NFL games can end in a tie.

  • http://MusketFire Matt

    Wow, anyone who truly calls them selves a fan of FOOTBALL should be shot for being an idiot and not knowing games can end in a tie. Come on how dumb can McNabb be, he’s in the freaking NFL for crying out loud. He should of known that rule even before he entered the league. If not they need to start teaching rookies by passing out the book called “Yes games can end in a tie in the regular season”. You know it’s the football for dummies with McNabb’s photo and endorsement on the cover. And for anyone to stand up and defend him, just places them in the same corner as McNabb “The Stupid Zone” as it shall now be called.

    Matt – MusketFire

  • CP Boughton

    John – I think you made my point in your response. If indeed the last time McNabb played in an overtime game was in 2002, that is a span of 6 years. I’d call that fairly obscure. So, to hold him to such a tough standard seem overly critical. Overtime ties just don’t happen often.

    Matt- That’s great that you understand the overtime rules. However, like I told John, I think you’re being overly critical.

    CP Boughton