Talking Points: Ginn makes Seahawks look bad



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San Francisco 49er Ted Ginn Jr., made the Seahawks look bad, and made the Seahawks coach look foolish.

The Seahawks had just pulled to within two points with a late touchdown, but Ginn returned the ensuing kickoff for a touchdown of his own, putting the Niners up by nine again.

That’s when Seattle coach Pete Carroll gave up. The Seahawks, trailing by nine points with 3 minutes left in the game, punted.

We know. We know. It was a long fourth-down attempt. We also know that most NFL coaches prefer to punt because losing by nine is better than losing by 16. (Even though most fans understand a loss is a loss.) That’s why it was funny when Ginn returned the punt for a TD.

Here’s the deal: Had the Seahawks gone for the first down and missed, the 49ers would have run three plays up the middle and might have kicked a field goal if they didn’t run out the clock. Had the Seahawks gone for the first down and picked it up, there was still life. One thing is certain: Teams have a better chance of converting on fourth-and-long plays when they actually try to convert them. We think math backs us up.

By punting, while down by nine with 3 minutes left, you are essentially telling your fan base you are already trying to win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.

We didn’t think that would be happening anywhere in Week 1.


San Francisco Giants reliever Jeremy Affeldt plays in a city with a number of In-N-Out Burgers. His team travels to places such as Chicago with White Castle. He probably can find Five Guys or Fatburger, too. So what in the heck was he doing, trying to cook his own hamburgers?

Well, now he’s lost for the rest of the season. He cut his non-pitching hand trying to separate frozen patties. He suffered nerve damage.

The tragedy is frozen patties.

Did we mention he is five minutes from In-N-Out?

The Giants should waive him for just having bad taste in burgers.

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