Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk (on the bench, wearing No. 19) delivered his second dirty play within a month in Wednesday’s loss against the Leafs. While this one was subtle enough that it went unnoticed at the time, it’s still going to get him into trouble. The NHL will have a disciplinary hearing with…
Berwick Rangers, a team that is actually based in England, plays in the fourth level of the Scottish Professional Football League. Yesterday they beat Cowdenbeath FC, 1-0, on a successful Michael McKenna penalty on the 80th minute. Normally not news that would make the sports blogs, if not for how Berwick got the…
And now, for the dumbest thing you will see today:
Let it be known that if you’re going to commit a penalty that wipes off a turnover in the red zone, go all the way.
With under two minutes left in overtime of yesterday’s Jaguars-Jets rock fight, the Jags were pinned deep and forced to punt. Jets return man Jeremy Kerley brought it back to the Jags’ 40, and though they were in a tough position, Jacksonville’s defense had been good enough that they could have credibly held strong…
The Broncos looked like they were going to get a chance at a comeback. Down seven points to the Bills midway through the fourth, Von Miller got pressure on Tyrod Taylor and forced an incomplete pass on third down. Buffalo would have to punt. Except:
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.
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.