Posted: Friday September 30, 2005 12:58PM; Updated: Friday September 30, 2005 12:58PM
Louie of Salem, Mass., wants the Jets to trade for Brett Favre. Uh, judge, I propose that we re-open the Salem Witch Trials. I've got a candidate here for the dunking chair. Shame on you, Louie. Having a bit of sport with a poor old turkey such as myself. You what? You're serious. Oh, man. OK, you don't plan the future around a 36-year old QB, especially one who is at the absolute bottom of his career, throwing so many picks. And that's only the first of about 50 reasons why this doesn't make sense.
A very kind, thoughtful note from Todd of New Haven. Embarrassing, actually. But a word to you, Todd. I paid good money, and I told you I wanted you to mention "well dressed," too.
And now ... drum roll, please ... we come to the many, and I do mean many, e-mails about BC-FSU. And my E-mailer of the Week award goes to Dan (no last name given, but everyone up in Mansfield, Mass., knows Dan, right?) for the length, breadth and depth of his answer. First, he offered a touching thank you for "making a rare foray into college football." Yes, he, too, was terribly frustrated at the ending. He says that on third down he told his wife that if they didn't make it, they should go for the field goal and then kick onside. His wife said, "Just worry about getting out of the parking lot and let them worry about the game." (No, she didn't say that. She would never say anything like that. I'm just being a wiseass).
Now this is the intriguing point that Dan raised and won him his award. Momentum. Big in the NFL, even bigger in college ball because they're younger and more emotional. You've got to keep it going. When you're down by 15 and you score a TD, go for one because that gives you the momentum to score again, and then you can try for the deuce. But if you go for two right away and you're stopped, you need two scores, and the momentum has shifted to the defense. So true. If BC would have kicked the field goal and lined up for the onside kick, it would still have the momentum, and maybe the FSU guys would be a bit nervous.
Point No. 2 (I told you this had length): Coach Tom O'Brien did what he did because he figured he wouldn't get that close again.
Point No. 3: As a 13-year BC season-ticket holder, he has seen O'Brien teams die on the goal line before. They're fairly creative at midfield, but when they're in deep, and the bodies get crunched together, so does the thinking.
Point No. 4: And this is partially my own point -- when you're in a goal to go situation, do the unexpected on first down, not on third down, when it's expected.
Here are the people who agree with me (at least the ones whose e-mails Andrew put through ... he reports that there were actually hundreds that came in):
Kevin of Boston -- Cites O'Brien's ultra-conservative, which I read as unimaginative, play calling. And thanks for your final paragraph, Kevin.