Ok, Yesterday was the final straw for me on something that has been a part of NFL the last several years and it is getting worse (in my opinion)..
If I see another beg for a pass interference call, I will go crazy. It happens with every team, even the ones I root for, but yesterday, I swear the Detroit Lions begged, whined, cryed, lobbied and pouted for pass interference calls on every single play. I haven't watched the game film to determine that yet, so it may not have been done on Every play, but I'll let you know.
The animated gestures with the mimic of throwing the flag are my new pet peeve I guess. It annoys me in all levels of the game (not just pro, since I saw PeeWee kids and the 15 coaches on their sideline do it 3 weeks ago). I am not making the "role model" argument either, it is just an observation. It is all teams, all positions (yes I saw a lineman yesterday do it). I don't mind the coach yelling at the refs, it is his job, but when 3rd wide receiver from the opposite side of the field comes running to the back judge looking like he is trying to sprinkle fairy dust from his hip pouch it gets on my nerves.
Yes I am old. I'm not even sure I think it is bad sportsmanship (it may be) it is just annoying.
Now don't get me wrong...in a month and a half when we don't have football, I'll miss the whiny ass receivers, but for now, not so much. Maybe I was pre-disposed to a bad mood, since I didn't get to watch any College Football on Saturday.
Next week's rant: The New "Delay of Game" 5 yard penalty. Holy crap that thing is so lame. Case in point, a Detroit Lion player is ON THE GROUND after being tackled and in frustration slams the ball on the ground (not spiked as it was still in his hand), it bounces away from him as he gets up...FLAG 5 yards delay of game. I would have felt sorry for him if the other 10 players on offense had not been looking for a "Pass Inteference" call.