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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Retweet of the Day - November 19, 2013

Last night's Monday Night Football game between the New England Patriots and Carolina Panthers ended on a controversial non-call on the final play of the game. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady threw an interception in the back of the end zone but a penalty flag was thrown after Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly made contact with Patriot tight end Rob Gronkowski in the back of the end zone.

The flag was waived off because the pass was judged to be uncatchable. Tom Brady was livid, launching into a profanity laced tirade directed at the referee. Still photos of the play appear to show Kuechly holding Gronkowski, which would suggest that, minimally, a defensive holding or illegal contact penalty should have been called against the Panthers.

Still, the sports irony, some would say sports karma, was impossible to ignore. The New England Patriots AFC dynasty was kicked off in the 2001 Divisional Playoffs against the Oakland Raiders, then coached by Monday Night Football color commentator John Gruden, by the application of the Tuck Rule. The rule was so counter-intuitive to the game of football that the NFL has since removed the rule from the game.

Today's retweet is from Joe ‏(@Yankees_JM1):

"Deep down inside Gruden loves it that the penalty wasn't called. #tuckrule #Raiders"

The best "incomplete pass" Brady ever threw....

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