Monday, December 15, 2008

Bob Kravitz's Report Card: F-Minus-Minus-Minus

Bob Kravitz does a report card grading the Indianapolis Colts after every game. Normally the grades are pretty obvious--if Manning throws for 400+ yards the passing offense gets an "A," etc. From this morning's report card in The Indianapolis Star:

Just when you thought it was safe to feel good about the special teams. That said, I'm hesitant to drop the first fumble on Keiwan Ratliff when it looked like the ball hit a Lions defender first. (And yes, replay stinks.)...

First off, I'm not so sure the ball hit a Lions defender first. I was at the game and didn't get a good look at the replay showed in the stadium. The one I did see looked inconclusive. Whatever. If someone watching on TV saw something definitive, I'd be mildly interested in knowing.

However, that's not why I've highlighted this part of the article. "And yes, replay stinks." Why? I know Kravitz has whined rhapsodic about instant replay before, but what is the issue? Does Kravitz have a problem with officials actually getting calls right? Or is he just bitching about replay in this column because he didn't like the outcome?

Instant Replay is not perfect by any means. But I still don't get why people complain about it being used in the NFL when an overwhelming majority of the times replay is used result in the correct call being made. Yes, there are times when replay evidence is inconclusive or mistakes are still made, but I think most fans would agree that replay has helped the NFL.

Evidently Kravitz wants to go back to the time when men played "real football"--no helmets, no pads, no passing, and definitely no instant replay. Back when men just ran the ball on every play because they were men, dammit! Passing was for sissies. In fact, players wouldn't bother tackling each other--they'd just hit each other with two-by-fours. Before, during, and after every play. If there was a bad call on the field, you just lived with it. So what if it screwed your team out of a win? Be a man! Go smack someone upside the head! That's football! There was no room for thinking back then, back when football was football.

Just like there's no room for thinking in a Bob Kravitz report card.

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Blogger Zinglebert Bembledack said...

I've pruposefully avoided the Kravitz report cards because they are just arbitrary crap and his justification/basis is horrendous.

I too was at the game and could not resonably tell whether the ball hit the Lions defender or not. But MY gripe with the call was with the referee. For both of the challenges during the game, the referee did not give us an explanation of why the call on the field stood or any explanation at all!

To equivilate our writing to Bob's, it would be like us saying that Bob Kravitz sucks and just stopping there. You have to explain you reasoning for your point or position. Therefore, yes, he sucks, and we are more than happy to tell you WHY he sucks.

As I noted in the entry above, we are not out to poick on Bob, he just brings it on himself.

December 15, 2008 at 4:01 PM  

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