Originally written October 28, 2013 on This Given Sunday:
There were only 11 games in the NFL Sunday, and most of them were what I like to call "blah." It wasn't the strongest weekend of football, but there was still enough stupidity to satisfy those who enjoy criticizing such things. The stupidest penalty By keeping the ball on the ground on a third-and-14 with just over one minute to play, the Dallas Cowboys knew they weren't likely going to convert to move the chains. The only goal, really, was to keep the clock running. The Detroit Lions were out of timeouts, so a run meant the clock would run under the 30-second mark. Combine that with a field goal attempt and the ensuing kickoff (or even a punt) and you'd be leaving Detroit with about 20 seconds to go the distance of the field.  In other words, the game was pretty much over so long as they kept the clock rolling. In other words, no penalties.  And then Tyron Smith did this: The obvious holding penalty was declined, but it stopped the clock. With a...
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