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Old 01-26-2011, 05:47 PM
Ellis Dee Ellis Dee is offline
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Originally Posted by Mince View Post
Not often. I'm not sure I understand the point of the question.
The point of my question is that if you add up all your examples, plus all the times you take it to avoid delay of game, it averages out to fewer timeout than teams have to spend. So it doesn't make sense not to use it.

I mean, those delay of game timeouts happen less than once a game. Why wouldn't you spend it? It's not like you're doing it 5 times a game so you have to choose between that and your second challenge.

EDIT: A fun anecdote from a couple years ago, Antonio Pierce was the MLB for the Giants, who weren't lined up properly on a play sometime in the second quarter. Rather than call a timeout, he jumped offside and tagged an OL. After the game he was asked about that, and he replied that he wasn't about to waste a timeout just to get lined up correctly.

It would have been a great example for the OP's premise if only the Giants hadn't let up a touchdown that drive. Did that 1st & 5 help the opposing offense establish a rhythm? Who knows.

Last edited by Ellis Dee; 01-26-2011 at 05:51 PM.