Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Defined by lawlessness?

Look, I stand in absolute awe of Reggie Bush. He deserves the Heisman, and I probably will take him in the first round of my NFL fantasy draft next fall (if he's available). But his hype machine may want to do some editing.

USC has put together a very entertaining highlight reel in support of #5's Heisman campaign, asking which of Reggie's plays this year was his "defining moment." Yes, El Guapo, you could say he has a plethora of plays from which to choose, but they include in the choices the "Bush Push," as if they are proud of Bush for cheating to beat Notre Dame.

Jefe: Could it be that you are mad at something else, and taking it out on Reggie? Perhaps that Auburn beat UGA on an eerily similar 4th-and-long pass from deep in their own territory, followed by a fumble that actually helped them?
The General: You might be on to something, hombre...

The rule (on page FR-116 a.k.a. 117 of 233) reads:

Interfering for or Helping the Runner or Passer
a. The runner or passer may use his hand or arm to ward off or push opponents.
b. The runner shall not grasp a teammate; and no other player of his team shall grasp, push, lift or charge into him to assist him in forward progress.
c. Teammates of the runner or passer may interfere for him by blocking but shall not use interlocked interference by grasping or encircling one another in any manner while contacting an opponent.
PENALTY—Five yards from the basic spot [S44].
[emphasis added]

I guess Bush fans are used to winning things by any means necessary, without regard to ethics or rules.

Will it ever leak out which long-time Bush advisor was the mastermind behind the Shove That Killed Touchdown Jesus?

While we are on the subject of Reggie Bush highlight reels, his high school one is pretty sick, too. Go here, click on "Sports" on the right side, and it should be one of the choices.