The Electric Commentary

Friday, August 20, 2004

Can low-fat dip be a meal?

Don't look now, but the new slimmed down Ron Dayne is having a pretty good preseason. The former Heisman Trophy winner and poet (favorite simile: I like football) had his second good game in a row last night carrying 12 times for 63 yards and a touchdown. Ron, who once posed the immortal question "how come dip can't be a meal?" dropped close to 30 pounds in the offseason and looks quicker and tougher than at any point in his career. Moreover, new Giants coach Tom Coughlin appears to have figured out the best way to use him. Dayne despite his size is not a power back. He is best when he gets outside and can take on linebackers and DBs, not when he's pushing defensive linemen. One of the reasons for his college success was that college linemen tend to be the size of NFL linebackers (See Na'il Diggs), and he could push them around at will, but he was always slow to the hole, relying on his power to burst through. In the NFL that has not worked for him, but he seems to have altered his running style. Good for Ron.

This game also had one extremely annoying announcer moment. The Fox team of Collinsworth, Aikman, and Buck called the game, and at one point, they all thought that Ron had fumbled at the one yard line. He had not, and it was obvious upon replay. Ron was dragging a defensive lineman on his back about 2 feet from the goal line. He went down about a half yard shy of scoring, where his elbow hit the ground which caused him to drop the ball. Now, anyone who's ever watched John Madden call a game knows Madden Math, which is as follows (2 versions):

Version 1 (for purposes of whether or not a runner is down):
1 knee =
1 arm, 1 elbow, 1 back, 1 head, 1 thigh, 1 chest, 1 shoulder, and of course, 1 cheek.

Version 2 (for purposes of whether or not a legal catch was made):
2 feet =
1 arm, 1 elbow, 1 back, 1 head, 1 thigh, 1 chest, 1 shoulder, 2 hands (I think), and of course, 1 cheek.

Dayne clearly had his elbow down. The three in the booth, I think were concerned with only the question of TD v. No TD, and in their collective minds, only a fumble could result in no TD, and consequently they all called it as a fumble, completely forgetting the possibility of just being down. What is really irksome is that even after a commercial break and several chances to review the replay they were all too cowardly (or worse, unobservant) to notice their mistake. Then they had the nerve to get on the refs about it. I guess it's preseason for everyone.

It is worth mentioning that Ron actually did fumble on the next play (even low-fat dip will give you greasy hands) but was saved by an off-sides penalty. He took the next carry in for the score. Ron might be worth keeping an eye one. He has the talent to be a good back, and assuming his hands are better than Tiki Barber's hands (a big assumption after last night) he could see some serious playing time.

Finally, the best pro Badger runningback of the last half century will no longer be Terrel Fletcher!


Packer fans might want to take a look at this article from The Outsiders. The message: Calm Down!


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  • OK, so Michael Bennet is better than Fletcher. I stand corrected. At least until he blows out his knee. Sheesh.

    By Blogger PaulNoonan, at 8:30 AM  

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