Cedar Rapids Titans receiver Damond Powell earned a penalty in his team’s IFL game against the Arizona Rattlers today when, after scoring a touchdown, he celebrated by pooping the football.
Thanks to this boneheaded play by Sporting CP’s reserve team player Budag Nasirov, it’s now certain that all handballs in the box are penalties, even if a player, like Nasirov at that moment, is not actually in the game.
Jordan Reed was already injured and useless, but the Washington tight end made himself even useless-er by getting ejected at the end of the third quarter tonight against Carolina with that smartest of smart football plays: punching an opponent in the football helmet.
Defenses have been abusing Cam Newton all season, and NFL officiating teams have continued to keep the flags in their pockets. So when the flag came out after Trent Murphy’s blow to the Carolina QB’s skull after a third-down rush tonight against Washington, it was a short-lived sigh of relief for Panthers fans—because…
Grambling State won today’s Celebration Bowl 10-9 after a would-be tying touchdown had the extra point fouled up by an excessive celebration penalty.
This is 40-year-old Lee Trundle, the rare Englishman famous for doing cool, tricky shit with the ball, showing that sometimes an old dog can teach himself new tricks:
Marquette King is a one-man anti-No Fun League machine, and the Raiders punter made it count late in Oakland’s game against Buffalo today by taking the flag thrown against Corey White for roughing—one that extended the drive and sealed a Raiders win—and celebrating with it.
The Baltimore Ravens successfully ran out the game’s final 11 seconds on fourth down by committing holding against all nine Bengals who rushed their punter, giving Sam Koch the time to meander around the end zone before finally conceding a meaningless safety.
Two weeks ago, with the Oakland Raiders leading the NFL in penalties, head coach Jack Del Rio said that he had “zero tolerance” for unnecessary mistakes by the team. His tolerance today was apparently not in absolutes, because the Raiders set an NFL record with 23 penalties for 200 yards in an overtime victory against…
Tampa Bay was set to have the ball on fourth down at the 49ers’ five-yard line with two feet to go for first-and-goal. That’s before Buccaneers quarterback Jameis Winston lipped off to an official, pushing the ball back 15 yards and eliminating any chance of his team tying up San Francisco on the drive. Oops!
Even if you believe that Odell Beckham Jr.’s tendency toward emotional outbursts has rightfully earned him extra scrutiny from NFL referees, the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he was hit with last night was pretty confounding:
Cam Newton will have to keep his nose clean for the rest of today’s game against the Falcons after earning a first-quarter taunting penalty. NFL rules call for a player to be ejected after his second unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, and there’s still 55 minutes of football to get through.
Turns out, you can totally turn into your opponent and drag them along the wall to take a win. Who cares about racing fair, or even racing? NASCAR won’t penalize you for it. Or for tackling a dude, even though they probably had it coming.
A mostly-uninspired Germany-Italy quarterfinal devolved to a terrible penalty shootout, one finally and mercifully won by Germany after Matteo Darmian became the last of many Italians to choke. He only ever approached the ball thanks to fuckups by Müller, Özil, and Schweinsteiger that forced PK overtime.
The world’s greatest soccer player once again failed to lead his team to a major international trophy as Argentina fell to Chile in penalties 4-2, thanks in part to Messi failing to deliver his PK attempt on target.
Brad Keselowski’s car was held in the pits longer than his crew would have hoped at Pocono Raceway this afternoon thanks to a fender slam by one of his crew members that got caught by NASCAR officials. NASCAR told them to put the fender back, and the crew was just like, “What? No.”
Good news, Smoke fans! Tony Stewart will return to racing this weekend, and is even eligible for NASCAR’s playoff-style championship, the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Bad news, everyone: he was also just fined $35,000 for calling out NASCAR on something he should be able to voice concerns on: safety.
The U.S. is currently taking on Canada at the IIHF world juniors in Finland, and the Yanks will have to play the final two periods without potential NHL first-rounder Alex DeBrincat after the Michigan native delivered his stick blade straight into Flyers prospect Travis Konecny’s gut. Go USA!
Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Dalton Prout let loose this vicious series of cross-checks late in the third period of a 5-2 loss to the Penguins. This is no inadvertent penalty or being a bit overzealous; it’s straight-up assault on Sergei Plotnikov.
It’s a bit of a shame that a fun, close game between two of the league’s best teams came down to a crucial and obscure penalty, but there’s nothing to be done: it was almost certainly the correct call, and despite the Bengals’ protestations that it was “ridiculous,” they got caught.