So I’m watching a penalty-ridden Rangers game when it occurs to me that I don’t understand how they work. The Rangers got a penalty, so now it’s 4 on 5. (From the Blueshirts perspective.) Shortly thereafter he opponent gets a penalty, so now it’s 4 on 4. A few seconds later, we score. But they continued the game as 4 on 4. What gives? I thought a score ended a penalty; shouldn’t it go back to 4 on 5?
I am amazed at how many 5 on 3 situations I’ve seen this season. What happens to the shorthanded team if they commit another penalty?
I saw a goalie almost commit a penalty. What happens if he does? Does he have to sit in the box and the backup goalie comes in, or what?
Where can I find NFL stats for drops online? I want to see how many drops Shockey (and all the rest of Big Blue’s receivers) had last year versus this year. I know that drops aren’t official stats, but they have to be tracked somewhere.
Unlike drops, muffed kick and punt returns are official stats, but I can’t find them anywhere. My buddy the Jets fan and I have suffered through Justin Miller – the worst draft pick the NFL has ever seen – continuing to be forced to return kicks. (Thankfully they gave up on him returning punts.) My buddy insists that he’s turned the ball over every game this season except once. We’ve both seen games where he’s coughed it up multiple times. But officially he only has like 4 fumbles. So most of the ones we remember – and they are painfully etched in our memory – have been muffs. Where can I find muffed punt and kick return stats?
And finally: Seriously, is there anybody in the history of the NFL who has sucked worse than Justin Miller at returning kicks? (And punts? He’s an equal-opportunity suckfest, to be sure.)
My buddy was groaning during the game last week, but I have been in future mode since Halloween, anticipating Reggie Bush coming to New York. (Much like I anticipated Robert Gallery coming to New York for the final 8 games of the 2003 season.) He said something that made me realize why the Jets will suck for years to come: Why would any free agent want to come to the Jets?
The Giants got ravaged by injury just as brutally (if not moreso) than the 05 Jets back in 03 and 04. (Two years in a row of IR lists in the teens was tough to stomach, let me tell you.) But they managed to build up a good group of young talent in the draft and in free agency. But the Jets have proven beyond a shadow of doubt that they are incapable of drafting well, and my buddy’s comment that no free agents will want to come to the sucky second-fiddle team with no cap room is absolutely correct. So if you can’t rebuild through the draft or free agency, what do you do? Move to LA?
Man the Jets are just humiliating themselves this year. It’s painful to watch.