NFL Can Go Tuck Itself

It only took 11 years but the NFL finally did the right thing yesterday by getting rid of the so-called “Tuck Rule”.

Thanks for nothing. A dollar short and a decade late.

Of course let’s not forget how the league defended the rule for the last 10+ years anytime Raider Nation dared to mention the rule of which we do not speak. So let’s not give the teams who voted too much credit for doing what should have been done hours after Charles Woodson effectively ended the beginning of the Patriots dynasty.

For the record those same Pats went Al Davis and abstained from voting. Stay classy Robert Kraft.

If I sound bitter it’s because I’m a Raider fan. Mind you I’m not a delusional Raider fan. I don’t believe for a second that one tragic rule sent the Raiders down the path of self-destruction that seems to have no end in sight. Pretty sure no matter what we were going to be here. It’s not like Rich Gannon was going to still be playing 10 years later or that Jon Gruden remaining in Oakland would have made Mr. Davis less involved.

No matter what this is where the Raiders would be. All that rule did was help speed up the process. Let’s not forget the Raiders did make it to the Chucky Bowl post-Tuck Rule.

Still, that has nothing on doing what is right. As we all know the only time the league does what’s right is when lawsuits occur or when Tom Brady gets injured.

Thanks for nothing, NFL! You’ve rid yourself of one hideous rule while continuing to adopt more pointless ones. You can take all your mind-numbing rules and go tuck yourself with them.

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  • Jason Carrier

    The Tuck rule was called earlier in that same season, favoring the Jets. Not to mention it was called the same way in that game, and games going forward. And lets not forget two things: Woodson hit Brady in the head on that play which (at that point, and even now) is an auto roughing the passer. Then there is the fact that the Raiders had a chance to put that game away multiple times after that play.

  • umaguma

    Look at the replay. Woodson hits Brady in the helmet on the play. A personal foul by today’s rules. The referee enforced the rule that was on the book that day.

  • Matt D

    You come across as a good guy, Shellcroft. So you’ll rememebr the infamous and bogus roughing the passer call Ben Dreith pulled on Suger Bear Hamilton in the AFC Divisional game in 1976. Right? Years later Dreith admitted to being a Raiders fan and knew the call was wrong. It cost the Pats the game and possibly a trip to the Super Bowl. And since that game was against the Vikings, given their history in the big game, the Pats more than likely would have won. But you people didn’t complain about THAT heinous call, did you? At least the Tuck Rule was legit at the time. So quit your bellyachin’. Karma’s a sweet ride.

  • Pridenpoise

    All the Patriot fans get so defensive when you point out to them that it was a BS call because they know it. Ask any unbiased football fan ( not a raider fan not a patriot fan ) and they will tell you, the Raiders were hosed once again by poor officiating in the playoffs. So if your a Pats fan just shut your mouth and know that you got away with one. Because everyone else does. Including your Quaterback boy wonder.