NFL Still Says The Dez Bryant Catch Wasn’t A Catch; ‘First Take’ Goes Nuts
If there's ever a place for the kind of rambling, sputtering, incoherent and indignant rage that has become the hallmark of ESPN's "First Take," it's when the NFL once again refuses to admit its own mistakes and spits in the eyes of the general public instead.
The league's competition committee tweaked the rule that defines a catch, but announced that Dez Bryant's grab against the Green Bay Packers -- which was ruled an incomplete pass and doomed the Cowboys -- would still not be considered a catch despite the alteration:
[ESPN] The rule now states that a receiver must establish himself as a runner rather than just make a football move. He also must have control of the ball and both feet in bounds.
The problem for Bryant, as the competition committee showed during a video presentation at the owners meetings, is that his hand hits the ground as the ball squirts free. So it would not have been viewed as a catch and the Cowboys still would have failed on a fourth-down play in a loss to Green Bay.
C'mon, guys, just admit the referees fucked up (or that the league, by having such a ridiculous rule in place, fucked up) and move on.
In response, Cowboys' fan Skip Bayless and non-Cowboys fan Stephen A. Smith went in on the NFL. What started as a rant by Bayless about how the Cowboys would have won that game otherwise turned into both guys ripping the league for things like Deflategate, trying to charge Katy Perry for her Super Bowl halftime performance and more. It's actually kind of fun to watch, if you think Roger Goodell sucks:
"Brainwash baloney makes me sick." Hot take.
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