December 21, 2004
Bonehead Play of 2004

I turned on MNF last night just in time to see Tom Brady make one of the worst plays I can remember. Deep in his own territory and nursing a slim lead, Brady flings the ball to a Dolphin defender instead of taking a sack. If I were a Pats fan, it would have been difficult to sleep last night.

For fun, I've opened the comments section so readers can nominate their own candidates for Bonehead Play of 2004.

For what it's worth, I think Suppan's baserunning blunder in Game 3 of the World Series was worse than Brady's interception.

UPDATE: The best suggestion, as determined by me, will named the winner of the first (and perhaps only) Chris Webber Award in honor of Webber's not so Fab--Five--ulous timeout in the 1993 NCAA tourney.

Posted by E. Frank Stephenson at 10:09 AM  ·  TrackBack (148)


I am a Bears fan so I can bring you lore of the "maximum risk, minimum gain" offense that was so popular under ex-Coordinator John Shoop. "Heave and hope" was another popular term for that offense, but you want a bonehead play, not a bonehead offense, so I'll have to go with 2 by the Purdue Boilermakers:

1. The bumbled bootleg by Kyle Orton. All he had to do was get a 1st down or two to run out the clock and win the game, but he lunged for a first down, jepordizing the football, and what do ya know, it popped out and was returned for a Wisconsin touchdown. Instead of positioning himself for the Heisman and his team for the national title, he gave name to future bumbles by other quarterbacks: "pulling an Orton."

2. Dorien Bryant's crossing pattern wonder-bust. A huge pass from Orton to bring the Boilermakers within a first down or two of the winning field goal at the Michigan followup to the previous week's Wisconsin disaster. But he makes a freshman mistake, stays on his feet too long and does not protect the ball, gets double-teamed by Michigan defenders and, of course, fumbles, sealing the game for Michigan. Purdue loses its confidence and procedes to lose two more games in a season that still had BCS potential after the Wisconsin loss.

Posted by: David Rossie at December 21, 2004 01:38 PM

Although he did not play organized sports this year, anything that Maurice Clarett did this year should qualify given this is an economics related site. Each time he opens his mouth he reduces the amount an NFL team will pay him next year.

Posted by: Dave Reed at December 21, 2004 05:50 PM

Here's another piece of quarterbacking brilliance. Reggie Ball of GA Tech apparently lost count of the downs during the waning moments of Tech's game against Georgia. Consequently, on fourth down he threw the ball away (out-of-bounds) thinking that he was stopping the clock and would have one more play. Given that Tech is a highly-regarded engineering school, wouldn't one expect it to field a quarterback who can count?

Posted by: Frank Stephenson at December 22, 2004 10:20 AM

If we're allowed to move out of the actual on-field game, per Maurice Clarett, I would have to nominate Ron Artest. Because a simple 20 ounces of suds were hurled at him from a likely intoxicated onlooker, he stands to lose $7 million in salary (before taxes). If we're talking economics here, I can't think of a bigger loss...that is, if Artest's Rap CD isn't successful.

Posted by: J. Fowler at December 23, 2004 10:13 PM

The statesman who should attempt to direct private people in what manner they ought to employ their capitals would not only load himself with a most unnecessary attention, but assume an authority which could safely be trusted, not only to no single person, but to no council or senate whatever, and which would nowhere be so dangerous as in the hands of a man who had folly and presumption enough to fancy himself fit to exercise it. -Adam Smith

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