Each week, The Reporters put their thumbs out to the good and the bad in the world of sports. This week, they discuss the Buffalo Bills' quarterback situation, Patrick Chan, the New York Yankees and the NFL's infamous tuck rule.
Dave Naylor, TSN: My thumb is down to the NFL's Buffalo Bills who turned the page on their quarterback position this week when they released Ryan Fitzpatrick. Now, in the last 10 or 15 years, the importance of the quarterback in the NFL position has grown exponentially but the Bills investment of it seems to have diminished. Yes, it was tough when they spent a second-round pick on Todd Collins and then a first-round pick on J.P. Losman but did the Bills really have to swear, "We'll never spend a high draft pick on a quarterback again?" They may do it this year, maybe the wrong year.
Steve Simmons, Sun Media: My thumb is up to Patrick Chan, and not for winning his third straight world figure skating championship but for having the good grace to apologize after his performance in the long program on Friday night. I wasn't sure that the three knockdown rule applied in figure skating the same way it does in boxing. But obviously, in boxing, if you get knocked down three times, you lose the fight immediately in that round. In figure skating, you do not apparently. The judges didn't seem to mind that Chan fell three different times and turned a triple into a double and still wound up a world champion.
Michael Farber, Sports Illustrated: My thumb is down to the New York Yankees who have started to scour the retirement list. Curtis Granderson gets hit by J.A. Happ, breaks a bone, the Yankees are down, so they need to go and replace him. So where do they start looking? Well, Derrek Lee who hasn't played in a while, they ask him if he's available. They even turned to Chipper Jones who is out of shape and out of baseball. The Yankees were once THE destination. If you wanted to play anywhere, you wanted to play in the Bronx, in pinstripes. No longer.
Dave Hodge, TSN: My thumb is up to the NFL's competition committee for recommending the abolition of the league's most controversial rule--the tuck rule. It became infamous in a playoff game 11 years ago when an apparent Tom Brady fumble and recovery by the Oakland Raiders appeared to seal a three-point win for the Raiders. But then there was instant replay and the explanation of the "tuck rule"-- Brady had pump-faked before the ball came loose and thus, it was an incomplete pass. Huh? The Patriots wound up winning the Super Bowl and the Raiders have never forgotten. They reacted to this week's news of the tuck rule's demise with a tweet -- "tuck rule? It has been 11 years, 1 month and 23 days....but who's counting?"