The Oakland Raiders are set to take on the New England Patriots this Sunday in Mexico. The game had to be played outside the country because Oakland was surely too afraid to face their fears with Brady coming to town, the man behind the tuck rule.
Now if you’re a Raiders fan, first off, let me apologize. Secondly, we’re here to help you as this topic will surely be brought up plenty this week.Here’s the main thing you need to know about the tuck rule. Contrary to your belief, it’s exactly that, a rule. That’s why it’s called the “tuck rule”. This wasn’t made up by the Patriots, this wasn’t cheating, Tom Brady didn’t create it.
For those Raiders fans that can read, read the rule and allow it to make you feel better about the rule:
“NFL Rule 3, Section 22, Article 2, Note 2. When [an offensive] player is holding the ball to pass it forward, any intentional forward movement of his arm starts a forward pass, even if the player loses possession of the ball as he is attempting to tuck it back toward his body.”
Now that you’ve understood that, here’s some things you can do to make yourself better. Step 1 is to curl up into the fetal position, step 2 is to cry, step 3 is to cry some more. Now that you’re feeling better, next, for you new Raiders Fans, let me tell you that you had your own fortune handed to you by refs vs the Patriots, let me explain:
During the 1976 playoff between the Oakland Raiders and the New England Patriots, referee Ben Dreith called a roughing-the-passer penalty on Patriots tackle Ray “Sugar Bear” Hamilton, nullifying a third down incompletion and giving the Raiders an automatic first down deep in New England territory, which led to Oakland’s game-winning touchdown with less than a minute left. Replays showed Stabler ducking away from Hamilton and no contact being made. Partially because of the controversy, Dreith was not assigned to work any games involving the Patriots until 1987.
This Raiders win led to a 3 Superbowl dynasty of their own. Whereas the league defended the Tuck rule call, Dreith was banned from officiating a Patriots game for 10 years. How come this is never mentioned to salty Raiders fans are complaining about the Tuck rule? Where was your outrage?
On behalf of everyone, we’re sorry you’ve had to endure this pain for a decade and a half, here’s a nice little documentary recently done by NFL Network on this very play… Enjoy!