Everything that is wrong with the NFL – and therefore the nation – was on display yesterday during the Conference Championships and the aftermath.
We old-timers remember a day when what happened yesterday would not have happened. People talk about how “great” Quarterbacks are today. Pish. I guarantee you that there is no way in hell that Staubach, Namath, Starr, Hart, Tarkington, Tittle, Stabler, Griese or even Bradshaw would have allowed what happened yesterday to happen. The reason that it did happen was because of what a fellow by the name of Joe Pisarcik, derisively nicknamed “Not-Broadway Joe” by his own Offensive Coordinator did on November 19, 1978.
And because of what happened to him that day in the Meadowlands of New Jersey, Quarterbacks quit being Quarterbacks and became automatons. Which is why Drew Brees should have said, “Are you insane?” yesterday, but instead threw the ball into the ground, killing the clock and saving the Rams season.