[QUOTE=sect313;4503004]Sports Science replayed the Tuck Rule, courtesy of the 2001 AFC divisional playoffs.
Should the Tuck Rule have been ruled
The 2001 AFC divisional playoffs introduced the world to the Tuck Rule. The rule in question (NFL Rule 3, Section 22, Article 2, Note 2) stated that if a passer lost possession as he was attempting to tuck the ball back toward his body, it was a forward pass. But if the passer had already tucked the ball into his body and then lost possession, it was a fumble. Simple rule, no? Well, no. The Raiders were clinging to a 13-10 lead over the Patriots with 1:50 to play when on a first-and-10 from the Raiders' 42, Tom Brady dropped back to pass. We asked ESPN Sport Science to replay the rest. Here's what it found:
With his elbow cocked at roughly 80 degrees, the ball is at its highest point as Brady begins his throwing motion with his shoulders turned and his elbow moving forward.
During the motion, the ball moves forward one foot, but it's clear Brady has decided not to pass, as his elbow angle remains unchanged and the ball is moving downward. This is the start of the tuck.
As Brady brings the ball down, the angle between his elbow and torso decreases from 90 degrees -- a throwing motion -- to 45 degrees. The ball is now 18 inches from his face mask.
By the time Raiders CB Charles Woodson makes contact with the QB, Brady has placed both hands on the ball, which is now less than a foot from his chest, and his right arm is fully tucked against his torso. Woodson's hit jars the ball loose, and Raiders LB Greg Biekert falls on it.
Conclusion: On the field, the play was ruled
a fumble, before the video judge overruled it and declared it an incomplete pass. Ten years later, we're overturning it again. Brady had brought the ball into his body and had tucked it with both hands. The play was a fumble. Raiders' ball.
Now, if only we could pull all the players out of retirement to finish the game.[/QUOTE]
What an outstanding read. Just goes to show us in detail in regards to what every true football fan already knew; it was a fumble. No doubt about, without question, the worst call the NFL/Ref's have ever made. They handed the Patriots that SB victory, because without the Raiders getting cheated, the Patriots would have never advanced to the Super Bowl.
The Patriots have honestly never won a legit/honest/pure super bowl under Belichick and Brady. First the "tuck rule" followed by a loss of a 1st round draft pick and Bill Belichick getting fined due to cheating other teams, cheating the league and cheating the game of football. They didn't lose that first round draft pick for nothing, and Belly didn't get fined for being a nice man/good person. They cheated.
The NFL/Refs advanced them to the Super Bowl after the Raiders beat them. Sad. But at least football fans around the world understand that their ***3 rings*** are all tainted. Why do you think Bruschi always talks like this? He's always saying that "“A Super Bowl, a championship is something you earn,” Bruschi said. “And it’s something that can never be taken away". He must feel like a complete fraud when surrounded by players such as Irving, Montana, Sanders, Rice, and yes, even L.T because Tomlinson earned his way into the HOF. Why do you think he's said this same exact sentence at least 20-30 times over the past couple of years? Because he has a chip on his shoulder, even worse, he lives with a guilty conscience. He knows why his head coach in Bill Belichick was fined. He understands why NE lost a 1st round draft pick. He not only knows but also understands that Tom Brady fumbled that Football and that NE never deserved to play during the super bowl that followed. He has a guilty conscience, so maybe by saying the same thing over, and over, and over again... He'll one day convince himself that he's "earned" those *rings*.