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bronco militia
10-19-2010, 09:34 AM
Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on October 19, 2010 11:21 AM ET
One of the biggest reasons why a weak Monday Night Football game can out-rate game three of the ALCS in New York: Fantasy football.

While Cliff Lee was dealing, fantasy owners across the country were hoping to squeeze a few more points out of Chris Johnson and Maurice Jones-Drew. Johnson's owners prayers were answered when Johnson broke free for a 35-yard touchdown on fourth down with under two minutes remaining.

That led to some (silly) questions about why Johnson was still in the game. Why were the Titans still trying to score?

Titans coach Jeff Fisher indicated that it was largely ESPN's fault. The network still needed more television timeouts and apparently asked both coaching staffs to take timeouts late.

"Jack [Del Rio] used his timeouts," Fisher said after the game via Terry McCormick of Titans Insider. "My understanding is they needed network timeouts, and that's why Jack used his timeouts. They came over and asked me to do it, but I said, 'I was hoping to get a first down and kneel on it.'"

Of course, you can also thank Del Rio for actually listening. Fisher was happy to end the game at 23-3, but Del Rio didn't let him.

"It's the first time I've heard of it," Fisher said about a network request for timeouts. "I just said I would have a hard time using them, because I'm ahead. Honestly, I have no issues with Jack or how he managed the end of that game. It's just what it was, and I don't think he would have an issue with me handing the ball off."

http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2010/10/19/chris-johnsons-fantasy-owners-should-thank-espn-jack-del-rio/

Hogan11
10-19-2010, 09:36 AM
I'm not surprised at all by this

bronco militia
10-19-2010, 09:39 AM
it's a good thing there weren't any "devastating hits" late in the game. The NFL would hate to see someone get injured for no reason

:rollseyes:

Dedhed
10-19-2010, 09:46 AM
I'm not surprised at all by this

I'm not surprised they asked, but any coach with a shred of dignity would tell them to pound sand.

Hogan11
10-19-2010, 09:48 AM
I'm not surprised they asked, but any coach with a shred of dignity would tell them to pound sand.

Dignity? This is Jack Del Rio we're talking about here.....Ha!

Hercules Rockefeller
10-19-2010, 09:49 AM
IIRC, the Colts turned their card in picking Edge over Ricky Williams within a minute or two of going on the clock in '99, and ESPN sat there and drew it out until there was about 15 seconds left to build up the hype over which one the Colts would pick.

Not a surprise that ESPN would do something like that during a game.

Rohirrim
10-19-2010, 09:49 AM
At this point in his career, Del Rio is like, "Who gives a ****? Why not?" Ha!

Goobzilla
10-19-2010, 09:51 AM
Seems a little icky to me. The network's job is to cover the game not to dictate how it's played.

cousinal11
10-19-2010, 10:00 AM
I'm sure Buffalo Wild Wings was involved.

SouthStndJunkie
10-19-2010, 10:00 AM
I think Shanny and Josh both would have told them to sit on a barbed dick if they tried telling them to take their time outs.

Dedhed
10-19-2010, 10:05 AM
Dignity? This is Jack Del Rio we're talking about here.....Ha!

Exactly

Swedish Extrovert
10-19-2010, 10:23 AM
i'm sure buffalo wild wings was involved.

lol

ColoradoDarin
10-19-2010, 10:25 AM
At this point in his career, Del Rio is like, "Who gives a ****? Why not?" Ha!

He's going to need a job next year..... The interview started last night.

Rock Chalk
10-19-2010, 10:32 AM
I'm sure Buffalo Wild Wings was involved.

Bwahahaha

epicSocialism4tw
10-19-2010, 11:31 AM
Yet another reason to dislike what ESPiN has become.

Goobzilla
10-19-2010, 12:38 PM
Now being reported that Fisher was only kidding. Hmmmm.......

Dagmar
10-19-2010, 12:43 PM
Serious question, did anyone see CJs interview after the game? With the MNF table? He was twitching violently, quite a lot. Very strange.

cousinal11
10-19-2010, 12:49 PM
Serious question, did anyone see CJs interview after the game? With the MNF table? He was twitching violently, quite a lot. Very strange.

He has Tourette's syndrome.

ColoradoDarin
10-19-2010, 12:55 PM
Now being reported that Fisher was only kidding. Hmmmm.......

OOPS... yeah, try to cya now!

First game I can remember that was a blowout and timeouts became TV timeouts. Most of the time when it's late in a blowout, they just stick with the game.

DomCasual
10-19-2010, 01:05 PM
I'm sure Buffalo Wild Wings was involved.

Man, that commercial is stupid.

NYBronco
10-19-2010, 02:30 PM
Dignity? This is Jack Del Rio we're talking about here.....Ha!

Don't let Fischer off so easy.

That One Guy
10-19-2010, 04:03 PM
He's definitely covering. They were taking commercials after literally every single play at the end. I remember noting that in a blowout with like a minute left, they've usually burned all the TV timeouts and just play the game out. They were absolutely squeezing commercial breaks in there where they didn't fit at all.

Doggcow
10-19-2010, 04:07 PM
i'm sure buffalo wild wings was involved.

lol