Rules Injustice


We’ve had a few days to fully digest the Cowboys’ loss at Green Bay, including the catch by Dez Bryant that was reversed by a rule that frankly is stupid. I won’t dwell on the debate that has been beaten like a dead horse, because there really is no debate, in my opinion.

RTR4KYJX-e1421084645769The only thing I’ll say is this – one person in this world knew better than any other that he caught the ball on that play, and that is Dez Bryant. Watch the play for one thing – his reaction and effort to move well past the fact that he caught the ball, took three steps, moved it to his other hand and tried to score – all in one move. Then the NFL’s overthought rulebook came into play.

Let me make one other thing clear – the Cowboys didn’t lose the game because of that play. Fumbles, non-pressure on Aaron Rodgers, and playing like swiss cheese on third down were the culprits there.

No, the biggest disservice in this one came to the football fan, in general. Wouldn’t we all have liked to have seen Rodgers get the ball after the Cowboys took the lead and try and drive the Packers for the winning score? But no, one more time, the NFL can’t get out of its own way with a crazy dumb rule in a major playoff game.

The gaffe made me reminisce about other injustices done to those who did not deserve it. Here’s a few of my favorites:

Jeff Spicoli

Mr. Hand, you’ve got this all wrong.

hand.spicoliJeff Spicoli was open and honest. Yes, he liked to go to his Volkswagon bus in-between classes for some “extracurricular activity,” but he wasn’t really hurting anyone. And yes, Spicoli was responsible for wrecking Charles Jefferson’s Camaro and he covered it up. But also realize that he was also the reason why Jefferson became a one-man wrecking crew in leading Ridgemont High to a big win over rival Lincoln.

But back to the major injustice brought on by Mr. Hand in his history class. Spicoli said it best when asked what the heck he was doing when a pizza guy showed up with a pie at the door of the classroom: “Learning about Cuba; having some food.”

Mr. Hand needs to lighten up. Instead of taking Spicoli’s pizza away and giving it to his classmates, he should have embraced young Jeff’s attitude and maybe ordered a few more double cheese and sausage pies for the room.


Chuck Noland

chuck noland 1Talk about a kick to the groin. First he goes down somewhere over the Atlantic, only to find himself marooned on his own personal island for 1,500 days. Meanwhile he loses the love of his life (Kelly) to a dentist back in Memphis before finally being rescued.

NolandBut maybe things don’t end up so bad for him. After all, he does have Wilson to keep him company. And then there’s that interesting woman with the ranch who has an obsession with wings. She’s no Helen Hunt though.


Roy Munson

725286All the kid from Ocelot, Iowa ever wanted to do was bowl. But Big Ernie McCracken was a sore loser and had to set up a hustle to get some easy bucks. Young Roy was pulled in, and as a result lost his bowling hand to some angry gamblers who didn’t appreciate it.

So Roy is left to make a career out of selling bowling supplies, while finding creative ways to pay his rent. The good news for Roy – he ended up learning how to raise a barn, shoe a horse and milk a cow. Kind of. And he made a great new friend in Ishmael.


Mike-Damone-Fast-TimesYes, football fans across America were the biggest losers last week. Let’s hope that the Conference Championship Games are decided on the field and left up to the players. If not, you might as well pop in the Fast Times at Ridgemont High DVD. At least we’ll always have Mike Damone’s five-point plan for dating, especially playing side one of Led Zeppelin IV.

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Rob Scichili (shick-lee) has worked in professional sports for over 24 years in PR and communications, including time with the Dallas Stars, Anaheim Ducks,, Minnesota Timberwolves and Dallas Mavericks. A journalism graduate of Texas A&M, he is co-owner and editor at ScoreboardTx, principal at Shick Communications and VP at Franchise Sports & Entertainment while serving on the board of the Mike Modano Foundation.


  1. It is what it is, The Packers won and I am glad for that. However, in South Texas, we feel that the lad clearly caught the ball, I rest my case. As far as the officiating goes on the day of the game, could it be that someone pissed in the whiskey?

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