Video: The catch

posted at 7:00 pm on November 7, 2008 by Allahpundit

If the ‘Cuda had helped McCain come back to win the election, this would have been the metaphor of the year.

Actually, it’s still the metaphor of the year. Obama’s the guy who catches the ball, and the guy diving out of the back of the end zone is the financial crisis.


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For the metaphor to be perfect, the media would be the ref, and he’d be signalling touchdown before the snap.

TexasDan on November 7, 2008 at 7:04 PM

If the ball crosses the end line even on the fly it’s not out of bounds?

mylegsareswollen on November 7, 2008 at 7:04 PM

Holy damn.

That…is teamwork.

MadisonConservative on November 7, 2008 at 7:04 PM

Sweet

sheesh on November 7, 2008 at 7:05 PM

That was straight up awesome.

goldeagle11 on November 7, 2008 at 7:05 PM

Now THAT’S how the game is played

LimeyGeek on November 7, 2008 at 7:05 PM

I believe euro-weenies like Barry prefer the sissy sport of soccer.

DeweyWins on November 7, 2008 at 7:06 PM

Don’t know if that would actually count since he went out of bounds first, but still it’s cool

VanPalin on November 7, 2008 at 7:06 PM

USC played Air Force this year?

bluejacket on November 7, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Heads up play. If they had review in HS, they’d still be debating the call.

VP–He never came down out of bounds with possession, so it’s legit.

JammieWearingFool on November 7, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Shouldn’t there be country music for this clip?

99.99% of rap/hip-hop sucks.

profitsbeard on November 7, 2008 at 7:08 PM

Awesome! Tim Tebowesque, I love it!

gatorgirl on November 7, 2008 at 7:09 PM

For the metaphor to be perfect, the media would be the ref, and he’d be signalling touchdown before the snap.

TexasDan on November 7, 2008 at 7:04 PM

+1

:O)

Seven Percent Solution on November 7, 2008 at 7:10 PM

Don’t ruin an epic play with depressing political metaphors, Mr. Buzzkill!

bamapachyderm on November 7, 2008 at 7:11 PM

I believe euro-weenies like Barry prefer the sissy sport of soccer.

DeweyWins on November 7, 2008 at 7:06 PM

And one day Americans might be man enough for rugby ;)

LimeyGeek on November 7, 2008 at 7:11 PM

99.99% of rap/hip-hop sucks.

profitsbeard on November 7, 2008 at 7:08 PM

And the rest is crap

LimeyGeek on November 7, 2008 at 7:12 PM

Wow.

El_Terrible on November 7, 2008 at 7:12 PM

I believe euro-weenies like Barry prefer the sissy sport of soccer.

DeweyWins on November 7, 2008 at 7:06 PM

Soccer’s not a sport, it’s an activity. This is the kind of play Texas Tech relied on for years in the SWC. It was a gimmick based offense, didn’t matter who the coach was.

That being said I still support their win over the Orange Cows of UT.

rihar on November 7, 2008 at 7:12 PM

He was never out of bounds, you are not out of bounds till you touch the ground…what an awesome heads up play, and kudos for the guy catching the ball…I think he was a little shocked. Kind of “Hey, look what I found”.

right2bright on November 7, 2008 at 7:12 PM

I believe euro-weenies like Barry prefer the sissy sport of soccer.

DeweyWins on November 7, 2008 at 7:06 PM

Hey, cut it out. i love soccer…and soccer is a lot more physical than catching a ball.

Chudi on November 7, 2008 at 7:15 PM

profitsbeard

This is no rap music. Its some kind of Korn-inspired rock/rap commercial abortion. And btw, who do you think cares about what you think about rap? Even if you thought 100% of it sucked, it wouldn’t make a lick of difference to anyone. There are people out there that hate Bach, detest the smell of apple pie, and are allergic to air. To each his own. If you disqualify a broad genre of music that’s your loss.

Dr. Manhattan on November 7, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Damn…that’s awesome!

meltenn on November 7, 2008 at 7:17 PM

Jammie is right, as long as your feet (or any other body part) don’t touch the ground, you are NOT out of bounds.

rightside on November 7, 2008 at 7:19 PM

I can do that.

Blake on November 7, 2008 at 7:19 PM

Totally freaking awesome play.

To complete the Obama metaphor: you need to have the refs coming over to the defending team before the play, telling them what a bunch of fascist ignorant morons they are, and how they’re going to get their butts handed to them.

And the offensive team keeps adding people to their roster during the game; people that don’t go to that high school.

Pavel on November 7, 2008 at 7:20 PM

Dr. Manhattan on November 7, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Nonetheless, rap still sucks.

Ronnie on November 7, 2008 at 7:20 PM

Rasmussen GOP primary poll

Sarah Palin 64%
Mike Huckabee 12%
Mitt Romney 11%

very interesting….

commodore on November 7, 2008 at 7:20 PM

If this is an Odummy metaphor, each time would have have been given a TD, with the final score always being a tie.

Anything less would be marginalizing the losers which is unfair and probably racist.

It’s 2008 in America: Everyone wins, some people just have to work harder than others.

Bishop on November 7, 2008 at 7:21 PM

It’s fascinating how sports fans can denigrate soccer but support baseball and golf as sports.

Nessuno on November 7, 2008 at 7:22 PM

Isn’t the ball the financial crisis?

Theworldisnotenough on November 7, 2008 at 7:22 PM

whoa whoa whoa that ball broke the plane of the back line . Look where the ball hits his hands, folks.

MNDavenotPC on November 7, 2008 at 7:22 PM

And yes, soccer is Teh Ghey.

Bishop on November 7, 2008 at 7:23 PM

believe euro-weenies like Barry prefer the sissy sport of soccer.

DeweyWins on November 7, 2008 at 7:06 PM

I for one take offense to that comment. Soccer is an incredible game! Go Manchester United!!!!

SoCalInfidel on November 7, 2008 at 7:23 PM

The sound track ruined it for me.

My collie says:

I want that receiver on my basketball team.

CyberCipher on November 7, 2008 at 7:24 PM

I don’t have a clue about
football,but that was one
nice snag,a slip,then a
second catch,wow!!

canopfor on November 7, 2008 at 7:28 PM

I could do with out the music if that is what you call it. It is a TD as long as the person that caught it doesn’t touch the ground out of bounds.

KBird on November 7, 2008 at 7:30 PM

I like football…and American football, too.

Christien on November 7, 2008 at 7:31 PM

This play was called from the huddle, wasn’t it?

stonemeister on November 7, 2008 at 7:36 PM

whoa whoa whoa that ball broke the plane of the back line . Look where the ball hits his hands, folks.

MNDavenotPC on November 7, 2008 at 7:22 PM

Immaterial.

TheBigOldDog on November 7, 2008 at 7:37 PM

Oh,and rap is crap!

canopfor on November 7, 2008 at 7:37 PM

And btw, who do you think cares about what you think about rap? Even if you thought 100% of it sucked, it wouldn’t make a lick of difference to anyone.

Dr. Manhattan on November 7, 2008 at 7:16 PM

Someone’s touchy.

Rap still sucks.

MadisonConservative on November 7, 2008 at 7:38 PM

Soccer? Please. My daughter played soccer when she was 10.

Any game that let’s you play the ball with your head as a legitimate move is no man’s game.

Guardian on November 7, 2008 at 7:39 PM

This play was called from the huddle, wasn’t it?

stonemeister on November 7, 2008 at 7:36 PM

I thought it might be at first but after watching it all the way through, I don’t think so. I think he put it up high for his best jumper but put it too high and the reciver made a major heads up play to tip it back to his teammate. I bet the guy plays special teams too and is used to leaping in the end-zone and tipping balls back in play…

TheBigOldDog on November 7, 2008 at 7:40 PM

Designed play. Who the hell would even think of defending the “auxiliary” receiver? And the primary dude was so far out to be untouchable. Nice play.

HerrMorgenholz on November 7, 2008 at 7:41 PM

Soccer? Please. My daughter played soccer when she was 10.

Any game that let’s you play the ball with your head as a legitimate move is no man’s game.

Guardian on November 7, 2008 at 7:39 PM

I broke 3 finger going up to tip a ball over the goal ( I was a goalie obviously. That’s how hard the ball was kicked. It bent my finger all the way back to my wrist. Trust me, there’s nothing unmanly about Soccer….

TheBigOldDog on November 7, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Awesome! Tim Tebowesque, I love it!

gatorgirl on November 7, 2008 at 7:09 PM

+1

And I am speaking as the father of a 6-month old named Daniel (Wuerffel) Timothy (Tebow).
_________

RJGatorEsq. on November 7, 2008 at 7:45 PM

Everybody hates soccer…until they need that walk-off FG kicked by a former soccer player. Then, it’s all good!

Christien on November 7, 2008 at 7:45 PM

The ultimate timing play there…
They meant to do that!

redshirt on November 7, 2008 at 7:45 PM

Everybody hates soccer…until they need that walk-off FG kicked by a former soccer player. Then, it’s all good!

Christien on November 7, 2008 at 7:45 PM

Two of the New England Patriots best receives over the last 8 years are both soccer player: Dione Branch (now with Seattle) and Wes Welker – aka “the slot machine” (one of the NFLs leading receivers)

TheBigOldDog on November 7, 2008 at 7:47 PM

Nonetheless, rap still sucks.

Ronnie on November 7, 2008 at 7:20 PM

I’ve started to issue a challenge to people who feel that way. Tell me what you like to listen to and I will try to respond with a rap group, track or even verse that you would possibly find pleasing to your oh-so refined ear.

***
Beautiful snag, toss and TD.

The Race Card on November 7, 2008 at 7:48 PM

Everybody hates soccer…until they need that walk-off FG kicked by a former soccer player. Then, it’s all good!

Christien on November 7, 2008 at 7:45 PM

That’s why I say start training our football kickers early so they don’t carry that soccer stigma with them onto the real “football” field. If they never start playing, they won’t have to quit.

The Race Card on November 7, 2008 at 7:49 PM

Soccer is for kids. Adults watch football.

mylegsareswollen on November 7, 2008 at 7:49 PM

And, he’s coming to Auburn. War Eagle!

tdau1997 on November 7, 2008 at 7:50 PM

I don’t know know the rule, so will bring up this point. The end zone is different from “in bounds.” You aren’t out of bounds unless you touch the ground on any part of, or over the sideline.

When any part of the ball crosses the imaginary plane of the end line, it’s a touchdown. You don’t have to touch the ground in the end zone. So if the ball crosses the plane of the back line, why isn’t it out of the end zone?

Just asking because I don’t know. Awesome play!

TugboatPhil on November 7, 2008 at 7:50 PM

The Race Card on November 7, 2008 at 7:49 PM

Dude you’re defending rap but hatin’ on soccer? It’s like a race to the bottom.

The Race Card on November 7, 2008 at 7:51 PM

I broke 3 finger going up to tip a ball over the goal ( I was a goalie obviously. That’s how hard the ball was kicked. It bent my finger all the way back to my wrist. Trust me, there’s nothing unmanly about Soccer….

TheBigOldDog on November 7, 2008 at 7:42 PM

Yeah, come to think of it, she did break a nail once.

Guardian on November 7, 2008 at 7:54 PM

“whoa whoa whoa that ball broke the plane of the back line . Look where the ball hits his hands, folks.”

The same rule for the back line of the endzone is the same as the sidelines. “Breaking the plane” counts only for touchdowns.

Pelayo on November 7, 2008 at 7:55 PM

Could someone post the direct link to this video? I am not seeing any type of player on the page.
(Firefox 3.0.3 + Ubuntu 8.04)

lsutiger on November 7, 2008 at 7:58 PM

This was an incomplete pass. Two offensive guys cannot touch a pass – cannot tip a pass to a teammate.

freywg on November 7, 2008 at 7:58 PM

TugboatPhil on November 7, 2008 at 7:50 PM

There is no rule about the ball crossing any plane except for the end zone during a touchdown and the goal posts during a kick (either a field goal or a point-after attempt)

So, If a punter kicks a ball and it lands in the end zone it’s called a “touch back” which means the opposition gets the ball on the 20.

If however a player, leaps in the air without ever putting a foot down in the end zone, and slaps the ball back over the goal line, the ball is dead where it lands.

It’s done all the time in the NFL successful maybe 30% or less of the time.

This play is a exact analogy while trying to score a touchdown. So long as the receiver does not step out of bounds it doesn’t matter that the ball crossed the back of the end zone so long as it does not hit the ground and the player does not step out of bounds before touching the ball.

TheBigOldDog on November 7, 2008 at 7:59 PM

(Firefox 3.0.3 + Ubuntu 8.04)

lsutiger on November 7, 2008 at 7:58 PM

We-hell naw, thet thar’s yer prahb-lem.

MadisonConservative on November 7, 2008 at 8:01 PM

Pretty fantastic video if you mute the sound.

carbon_footprint on November 7, 2008 at 8:03 PM

The football players dissing soccer shut up pretty quick when they couldn’t make it half way through soccer practice. Poor stamina.

Christien on November 7, 2008 at 8:07 PM

Pretty spiffy.

Anna on November 7, 2008 at 8:09 PM

An Auburn commit. We need all the help we can get!

War Eagle!

Idfaciam on November 7, 2008 at 8:12 PM

Barry prefers debate. Just don’t be mean or ask any tough ones.

marklmail on November 7, 2008 at 8:13 PM

Meh. The receiver in the flat was open anyway. Shoulda just tossed it to him in the first place.

youngjim on November 7, 2008 at 8:19 PM

That’s why I say start training our football kickers early so they don’t carry that soccer stigma with them onto the real “football” field. If they never start playing, they won’t have to quit.

Easy now. Football is tough, but Futbol kicks your a$$. O wouldn’t make it as a punter in the NFL; he wouldn’t make it as the water boy for a soccer match.

XWing5 on November 7, 2008 at 8:26 PM

Don’t think it’s a TD…in most football leagues the ball can not be caught by the offense if touched–but not possessed–by another offensive player unless also touched by a defender in between. A legal catch in bounds then a lateral is legal, but the first “receiver” never legally catches the ball before lateralling. Great basketball play, but not in football. Ref blew the call.

MattB on November 7, 2008 at 8:31 PM

that looks like they practiced that play… well done… just when you think they can’t come up with a new trick play BAM!… 6 points

Kaptain Amerika on November 7, 2008 at 8:31 PM

WOW!…just WOW!

virtue gal on November 7, 2008 at 8:40 PM

Nine ball. That’s a real man’s sport. Or tetherball…

robblefarian on November 7, 2008 at 8:44 PM

Sorry, as much as I like the video of this catch, it will never compare to the real “catch”. Niner faithfuls would understand this.

Rovin on November 7, 2008 at 8:46 PM

Don’t think it’s a TD…in most football leagues the ball can not be caught by the offense if touched–but not possessed–by another offensive player unless also touched by a defender in between. A legal catch in bounds then a lateral is legal, but the first “receiver” never legally catches the ball before lateralling. Great basketball play, but not in football. Ref blew the call.

MattB on November 7, 2008 at 8:31 PM

Huh? Tipped balls are caught all the time in College and Pro football.

TheBigOldDog on November 7, 2008 at 8:46 PM

I just watched another one of their videos, where during the last play of the game the ball was lateralled 15 times to score the winning touchdown. Amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnXqsAaNtpY

DL13 on November 7, 2008 at 8:47 PM

Rovin on November 7, 2008 at 8:46 PM

Yeah, I miss the good old days

Sanjoboy on November 7, 2008 at 8:54 PM

(Firefox 3.0.3 + Ubuntu 8.04)

lsutiger on November 7, 2008 at 7:58 PM

We-hell naw, thet thar’s yer prahb-lem.

MadisonConservative on November 7, 2008 at 8:01 PM

Hey Ed, could you help out a fellow Linux user?

lsutiger on November 7, 2008 at 9:03 PM

Sorry, as much as I like the video of this catch, it will never compare to the real “catch”. Niner faithfuls would understand this.

Rovin on November 7, 2008 at 8:46 PM

Have you seen the Americas Game episode of the 1981 Niners? If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to get a hold of the DVD or catch it on the NFL Network – http://ag.nfl.com/

TheBigOldDog on November 7, 2008 at 9:03 PM

Here’s that entire drive on Youtube….

The Catch

TheBigOldDog on November 7, 2008 at 9:07 PM

I just watched another one of their videos, where during the last play of the game the ball was lateralled 15 times to score the winning touchdown. Amazing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnXqsAaNtpY

DL13 on November 7, 2008 at 8:47 PM

You should watch rugby then. Its much better than watching all the commercials and the stop start play of the NFL. No sissies there. 90 mins of play. No pads. No switching entire teams when possession is turned over.

lexhamfox on November 7, 2008 at 9:08 PM

For the metaphor to be perfect, the media would be the ref, and he’d be signalling touchdown before the snap.

TexasDan on November 7, 2008 at 7:04 PM

Yeah, before the game ever began.

It took that ref a second or two to figure out what just happened. It was like a basketball play! Can you have an assist in football?!

Oink on November 7, 2008 at 9:11 PM

I love watching amazing sports videos like that!!! What fun!

Oink on November 7, 2008 at 9:15 PM

Actually, “breaking the plane” only matters if the ball breaks the plane with a player holding it. In the air, it’s nothing. The play presented there was legal provided that (a) both the player who knocked the ball back and the one who caught it were eligible receivers (backs or ends) and (b) the tipper took off from inbounds (once you step out under your own power, you may not touch a pass).

silverpie on November 7, 2008 at 9:21 PM

His feet didn’t touch the ground while he had the ball so it was good. Awesome play, high school football none the less. Great.

vcferlita on November 7, 2008 at 9:23 PM

“lexhamfox on November 7, 2008 at 9:08 PM”

um, isn’t rugby 80 min. of play?

/jus’ sayin …

Buckaroo on November 7, 2008 at 9:24 PM

Lutzenkirchen: verbal commit to Auburn University. I know – it’s only verbal.

AubieJon on November 7, 2008 at 9:30 PM

What’s this: The flying hook and ladder?

Dadvocate on November 7, 2008 at 9:31 PM

Have you seen the Americas Game episode of the 1981 Niners? If you haven’t seen it yet, you need to get a hold of the DVD or catch it on the NFL Network – http://ag.nfl.com/

TheBigOldDog on November 7, 2008 at 9:03 PM

I have tons of niner vids OD, but not sure I’ve seen this one……thanks much.

Rovin on November 7, 2008 at 9:39 PM

As a Dallas fan (I know, I know) I will never, ever forget The Catch.

carbon_footprint on November 7, 2008 at 9:49 PM

The kid shows REMARKABLE situational awareness. Give him the right coach and he could be on his way to the NFL.

Jason Coleman on November 7, 2008 at 9:49 PM

“lexhamfox on November 7, 2008 at 9:08 PM”

um, isn’t rugby 80 min. of play?

/jus’ sayin …

Buckaroo on November 7, 2008 at 9:24 PM

You are absolutely right. Anthems don’t count :)

lexhamfox on November 7, 2008 at 9:50 PM

whoa whoa whoa that ball broke the plane of the back line . Look where the ball hits his hands, folks.

No different than if he had both feet in the end zone and reached over the back line to catch the ball. What matters is where his feet are when he touches the ball. If they’re still in the air he’s not out of bounds.

rokemronnie on November 7, 2008 at 9:56 PM

Hey, cut it out. i love soccer…and soccer is a lot more physical than catching a ball.

Chudi on November 7, 2008 at 7:15 PM

Not when some 200 pound guy running full tilt buries his shoulder into your kidney about 1/20th of a second after you catch that ball. No it isn’t. No sir.

trigon on November 7, 2008 at 10:13 PM

That’s amazing. Expect to see it in the Chargers’ playbook soon.

Mojave Mark on November 7, 2008 at 10:28 PM

That was an incredible play.

(Had to kill the sound, but wow, what a play!)

kybowexar on November 7, 2008 at 11:00 PM

If the ball crosses the end line even on the fly it’s not out of bounds?

mylegsareswollen on November 7, 2008 at 7:04 PM

Nope, Not until a determination of where the receiver feet came down. What he does with it until his feet come down…is his business. Incredible play. We would have called that a “Dad, look what I found!” play.

hawkdriver on November 7, 2008 at 11:14 PM

Thanks, after a rough week that’s an awesome clip to see…

DCJeff on November 8, 2008 at 12:17 AM

To those who say it’s illegal for the ball to touch one offensive player before another gains possession (without a defender touching it)… That was the rule at one time, but it was changed about 10-15 years ago, if memory serves.

And you can bet your butt that any coach worth a damn will have his players practice doing this.

The Monster on November 8, 2008 at 12:18 AM

And defending against it

The Monster on November 8, 2008 at 12:18 AM

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