At this point, it’s becoming very clear that few people actually know the rules of the National Football League anymore.
Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman was very good at not getting penalties called on him against the Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football in the Seahawks 31-25 win. Or was he? Sherman was involved in two controversial plays at the end of each half. But watching a professional football game in 2016 is often less about understanding what’s actually happening on the field and more about imagining the possibilities of the thought experiment unfolding live on national television.
What is a catch? What is taunting? What is “a football move?” Is any of it actually exciting? Does it even matter all that much anyway when the sun will one day explode? Was Richard Sherman — like the intelligent football player he’s typically framed as — playing the game within the scope of the rules? Or was he a dirty player running amok?
Here’s the problem: I have no idea. So maybe we should talk about this.