Carroll’s Call: The Subject That Refuses to Die


After 44 hours of post-Super Bowl redundancy in social and network media focus upon the Pete Carroll Pass Call and New England interception that killed Seattle’s almost certain chances of winning with Marshawn Lynch, their human tank runner, at the one-yard line, I thought I had finally escaped further mention of the subject when I climbed upon the operating table again today for some further skin cancer surgery on my now battle-worn nose.

As per usual, the needle descending into my nose from both sides several times was the only rough part. After that measure, my job as patient is to lay still and let the surgeon do his thing.

That’s how it started. Business in the doctor’s office per usual.

Then, with my nose covered in protection of me from flowing blood, and my eyes gauzed shut from the bright glare of the closely placed surgical lights, my doctor had one more thing to say as he began to cut into me with his scalpel.

“What did you think you about that ending to the Super Bowl? Wasn’t that a crazy ending to a very good game?”

I was speechless. My faced was covered. My body was cut into. My throat was filled with distastefully swallowable saliva. I had many thoughts. No speakable words.

“Ugrospcrcarrollstupido” – or something like that – is all I could say. And the doctor had no further questions.

I’m home tonight, feeling OK, but I really have nothing further to say about the Pete Carroll decision beyond the fact that it’s no mystery who fired the final deadly shot at their almost certain Seattle Super Bowl Hope Fulfillment March. – “The Butler did it!” – Rookie Patriot defensive back Malcolm Butler, that is. The other comment I have is about that now famous old movie title, “Sleepless in Seattle.” – Great as it was, it was really quite prophetic as well. The biggest State of Washington city didn’t even begin to understand what “Sleepless in Seattle” really meant until this past Sunday night. We also have to have some considerable empathy for the Seattle fans. – That Sunday dagger-to-the-heart play was the sort of thing we used to get down here in Southeast Texas from the Houston Oilers on a fairly regular basis.

At any rate, even though they will now need to redo their list of selections, that ESPN list of worst coaching decisions in sports history that ESPN published a while back will now require some refreshment Check out the list, especially item #7, when Kevin Steele briefly served as the Baylor football coach during the late 1990s. Although the stakes were not even close to what was lost in the Super Bowl, Steele threw away certain victory over UNLV on September 11, 1999 in Waco by going for “pile-it-on” points near the opponent’s goal line on the last play of the game. Steele’s Bears held a 24-21 lead with 20 seconds to go and only needed to take a knee to preserve a win, but they chose to go for what Steele later described as a “statement” score and ran the ball from the UNLV 8-yard line.

It turned out to be a statement, alright – a statement about stupid decision-making. The Baylor ball carrier was separated from the ball near the goal line. A fumble recovery and a 99 yard TD run by a fast UNLV defender then gave the visitors the surprising, but totally preventable 27-24 win as time expired, leaving Steele and Baylor with nothing but a heaping helping of chagrin and self-mortification..

One more thing. – If you too are due for any kind of medical or dental surgery for the rest of this week, please ask your doctor to get his questions out of the way before he takes the knife or drill to you.





One Response to “Carroll’s Call: The Subject That Refuses to Die”

  1. Anthony Cavender Says:

    Bill: Yet another torment that is part of the healing atr.

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