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  • Brandon 3:43 pm on November 8, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: trick play   

    Who is the first team to try this trick play in the NFL? 🙂

    (Thanks to Penfold for the link to the video!)

    • Phootballer 6:18 pm on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Carolina – they have nothing to lose.

    • Squish 1:06 am on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      It’s even a more brutal play in the NFL since if anyone tackles the QB, they’ll get an unnecessary roughness penalty or roughing the passer. Then again, if the play is called right it’s a false start or illegal procedure (not sure which). That is an illegal move by the center. As the ball must make a continuous motion forwards to backwards to be deemed a snap. The Snapper is also not allowed to move his head until the ball is away. Another issue is that there would be too many men on the line of scrimmage at the time of the snap if the QB moved up next to the snapper during the course of the snap. I’m betting that if they try it in the NFL it will simply be ruled a false start on the QB for too much movement before/during the course of the snap.

      • Brandon 9:20 am on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Way to be a buzz-kill! 🙂

        • Squish 2:41 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I’d enjoy it if it was something new but if you lookup “wrong ball” on youtube you’ll find about 100 more videos that are all the same “awesome” trick play. Hell I saw a team run it at a flag football game once. I don’t like rehash popularity.

          • Natalie 11:17 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

            This play was actually used by my son’s coach in our championship middle school football game this year. While the play wasn’t exactly like this one it was deemed an illegal snap and the resulting TD was negated. It was an awesome play though, but we didn’t need the TD after all. They won 23-7!

    • Squish 2:21 am on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      On further research this play isn’t even legal in high school. Sidesnaps were made illegal about 40 years ago. Apparently the play also constitutes a deception penalty caused by a QB speaking directly with his coach. The play is called “wrong ball” and goes like this: After the snap the QB yells to the coach “I’ve got the wrong ball”. The coach then replies “Well bring it here, hurry!” After getting halfway to the sideline the coach tells the player to “go!” The player then runs for it. On any level from HS up (any league with a rulebook), this draws a “deception” penalty. A QB can’t talk to the coach in that way while the game is in progress.

      The basic play is explained here:

      There are much better examples on youtube. The best couple I was able to find were these:

      Ofcourse the best versions are when it goes wrong lol:

    • matt 5:50 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Steve Weatherford would make that call.

  • Brandon 11:34 am on November 8, 2010 Permalink
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    Week 9 FAIL: Glad I'm not a Cowboys fan 

    Continuing with a new post for this season, here are a few players who just didn’t quite live up to expectations this week. Were they over-rated to begin with? Did they just have a bad game? Were they benched because their team was dominating (or getting dominated?) It’s probably just a one week mishap, but if they land on this list a couple weeks in a row, you might start worrying! Anyways, feel free to add to the discussion with your own. Maybe someone that you blame this week’s loss on?

    This week marks the first time in FFGeekBlog history that an entire team has headlined the FAIL post twice in the same season (okay, we just started it this year, but still…) The Dallas Cowboys are just pathetic at this point. As a fan of the Patriots, who were embarrassed by the Browns this past weekend, at least put up some decent stats at important positions. This can not be said for the Cowboys, besides Dez Bryant.

    As I mentioned last week, I’ve now included the entire season count of FAIL’s as a new worksheet in the spreadsheet, so you can click the “Season” tab and see where each player stacks up. As expected, drama-king himself, Brett Favre, leads the pack!

    Anyways, here are the rest of them…
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    • AtlantaJJ (Janet) 3:07 pm on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I should have played Danny Woodhead as RB instead of BJGE. Danny made over 10 pts on our Yahoo league. BJGE a little over 1 point.

      I didn’t see Blount on that list, he didn’t burn up the field yesterday either. I was at the game watching him in person! LOL

      • Brandon 3:15 pm on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Funny you mention Blount. I actually had him on the list as a borderline FAIL, but decided against it due to the fact that he at least put up some yards and expectations may have been a bit high for him considering he had exactly one good game under his belt going into this week’s games, hah.

    • TJ 3:18 pm on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      And Roddy White…. but good too see him come back in. Good thing I had Foster & Rodgers to pick it up!

    • Hawgman 11:25 am on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      My WR lineup for last week – Boldin, Andre, and Collie. I had Hillis in the lineup (every week start in my opinion) and he did great, but the rest of the team only had one more TD and that was from Big Ben. I lost by more than EIGHTY points!!
      Oh well, there’s always next week!

  • Brandon 9:21 am on November 8, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , seyi ajirotut, , ,   

    The Wire – Week 10 pick-ups: Fantasy football playoffs approaching… 

    As we get to week 10, the bye weeks are nearly over and teams are probably closing in on clinching playoff spots. The trade deadline is most likely passed in a lot of leagues (or about to pass) and you’ll be relying on free agent pick-ups to get you past any injuries your team might face. So with that in mind, here are the potential waiver wire targets for the upcoming week, headlined by a couple of wide receivers who were no where near your cheat sheets going into this season (Seyi Ajirotut and Jacoby Ford), as well as the percentage owned (taken from Yahoo.) Take a look and see if any of these guys can help patch your squad together and carry you to the Promised Land…

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    • TJ 1:43 pm on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Could you post the link to get to this directly at Google Docs? Thanks.

    • TJ 3:14 pm on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Wondering which D you’d pick up for week 10: TB vs Car, ARI vs Charlie Whitehurst, or MIN @Chi (is Chicago falling out of the “always play a D against them’ club, possibly?)

      Also – just need a bye fill-in @qb for this week only, assuming Rodgers stays healthy. I was thrilled to get Matthew Stafford, but now not so much. Everyone on your list except Freeman & Favre are available – Garrard has the best matchup, but he’s not the most reliable…. who would you guys go with?


      • TJ 3:21 pm on November 8, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Sam Bradford vs SF also available

      • Brandon 2:53 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        I think at defense I like Tampa Bay just slightly over Arizona. Call it a hunch 🙂

        At quarterback, I’d roll the dice with David Garrard. He’s got a great match-up and should manage at least half-way decent stats against the league’s worst pass defense.

    • Chris 7:13 am on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hello Brandon,

      I picked up Jacob Tamme last week mostly because my other TE (Vernon Davis) had a bye. I usually only carry one TE since I can play only one. Should I drop one? Trade one? Who?


      • Brandon 2:54 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        That’s a tough one. At this point, I wouldn’t let Tamme go. He’s obviously picked up right where Dallas Clark left off. See what you can get for Vernon Davis…or just carry two tight ends in case one gets hurt. Who would have you have to drop to carry both?

    • Hawgman 11:31 am on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I just grabbed Nate Washington. I’m hoping that with Moss in town that Washington can get single coverage and be that Welker/Harvin type slot machine. Gotta do something! All the other WRs on my team are slumping at the wrong time. My 3 starters (Boldin, Andre, & Collie) all ended up on your FAIL list. I also had 2 RB’s on that list (Felix & Stewart), but they were benched.

      • Brandon 2:55 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Unfortunately, I have to cheer against Nate Washington this week as an opponent is starting him. I’m most likely going to start Randy Moss though, so we’ll see how that works out!

        • Hawgman 3:37 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

          I just need something – ANYTHING – from my WR crew!

    • jack 12:43 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hey Brandon,

      lucky me, i played seyi this past weekend (makes up for not playing steve johnson as you recommended 2 weeks ago). roddy whites injury is pretty troublesome.
      what are your thoughts on a kicker, as mine (s. gowstowski) is injured now?
      also, you really think jacoby ford will produce, with the impending return of louis murphy / zach miller? same question for seyi?
      and what you think of vince young compared to kitna or fitzpatrick?

      THANKS a bunch

      • Brandon 2:59 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

        Congrats on starting Seyi Ajirotutu this week. Risky play, but it paid off BIG TIME! At kicker, I dropped Gostkowski weeks ago. Just roll with a kicker like Jeff Reed or Sebastian Janakowski or something and you’ll be fine. As for Jacoby Ford and Seyi, they’re both on a bye, so it’ll be interesting to see how they respond in week 11. I like Seyi’s chances for a repeat more though.

        At quarterback, Vince Young becomes very intriguing with Randy Moss. Kitna scares me a lot these days, but Fitzpatrick should be consistent with Matt Cassel-like stats (200 yards, 2 scores or something.) I think I like Fitzpatrick just a bit more than Vince Young, primarily because he’s actually healthy, but that could change once we see the new and improved Titans offense in action.

    • Squish 4:02 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      I have a waiver question for you guys. It seems to me that Portis is the obvious waiver grab over Williams this week in Washington but the Arizona situation is confusing me. Currently in my league that awards 1 point per 15 return yards, both Hightower and Stephens-Howling are available. I’m unsure of who to pick up. Hightower will likely see the ball more next week but it seems to me that as soon as Wells is healthy, he will be an afterthought. Stephens-Howling on the other hand should be good from here on out but as a returner he has a limited ceiling for points each week. Which would you pick up?

      My current waiver queue is Portis then LaRod then Hightower but I’m just unsure at this point. Advice?

    • Joe 8:40 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Got some decisions to make for week 10
      Garcon vs CIN or Crabtree vs STL
      Mcnabb vs PHI or Kitna vs NYG (playing comeback)

    • Roger Lodge 10:41 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      Hi Brandon,

      Based solely on value (as opposed to need), am I giving up too much to get Vincent Jackson if I’m giving up Dwayne Bowe and Ryan Torain?


    • solomon_adams 11:13 pm on November 9, 2010 Permalink | Reply

      So I lost this week thanks to Hines Ward’s fumble…That being said, please pick two (non-ppr): Miles Austin, Dwayne Bowe, and Hines whom I’m starting to hate. I’m obviously leaning towards sitting Ward vs. NE. Thank you. Keep up the great work.

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