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Donovan McNabb learns a new rule as Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals duel to a 13-13 tie

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The Philadelphia Eagles and Cincinnati Bengals battled it out in the trenches for 75 minutes Sunday, scratching and clawing for every yard. When the dust settled, it ended in an extremely unsatisfying 13-13 tie.

But the real news is that Eagles quarterback and future Hall of Famer* Donovan McNabb was blissfully unaware that ties existed in professional football.

"No one was more surprised than McNabb that it ended so soon -- 3 hours, 46 minutes after the opening kickoff. The 10th-year quarterback thought it would keep going until someone scored, just like a playoff game.

Wrong.

''I didn't know that,'' McNabb said. ''I've never been part of a tie. I never even knew it was in the rule book. I was looking forward to getting the opportunity to get out there and try to drive to win the game."
Consider for a moment the juxtaposition of one of the league's premiere players and the face of a franchise not realizing the rules of overtime against a nation of armchair quarterbacks armed to the teeth w ith an intimate knowledge of football rules, history and statistics.

Consider it a small victory for Joe Six Pack. Something to you knew that Donovan didn't.

Maybe I'm the only one who is shocked by the irony of fans sitting at home knowing the rules and the signal-caller of one of the teams out there waiting for a second overtime to begin.
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McNabb can tak e solace in the fact that he isn't the only one unhappy with splitting the chunky soup of victory equally. Bengals quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick called the outcome "terrible."

The last tie in the NFL was in 2002, when the Steelers and Falcons fought to a 34-34 stalemate.

It raises the question if ties should exist in professional football. It seems like so much time is spent debating the overtime system -- one that so often is decided by who gets the ball first -- and so little on whether calling a game a draw is a reasonable thing to do.

So, should the NFL look into changing this, or are you OK with a tie every six years or so?

*Subject to interpretation.

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Don't be surprised. Donovan has always been lazy in terms of physical and mental preparation. (His nickname at Syracuse was "Mcfat") He mostly shows up to play, shrugs his shoulders regardless of the outcome, and goes home. That's why his potential for greatness will never be fulfilled.

What is even more amazing that he didn't know it is that he would admit to it.

I once thought New England was a state, but I keep that secret to myself. Um well, I guess I used to.

I like the every once in a while tie. Adds a different wrinkle into what is usually a predictable run at the playoffs, even though I don't think it usually has made a difference. Of course, since it involves the hapless Bengals I guess it doesn't matter too much to begin with. Keep the tie rule.

Mcnabb is probably not a future hall of famer.
Glenn from Philly

In this case a tie was as good as a lose, so maybe they should have played for a win instead of punting with just over a minute left... unless even the coach thought they would keep playing?

Ten years playing football for big money in the NFL and can't or won't learn the rules.
He is too aloof and has never been a leader.
He is not the guy period.

Ridiculous and completely unacceptable...this joker doesn't know the rules of the game that he's paid over $1 million every time he puts on his uniform? Was he saving some energy for the second over time period? What a joke...too bad for McNabb, he should be fired immediately and he can take his coach with him. The sooner the better!

First off as an eagles fan i agree he should be aware of the rules...but that does not take away from his talent...everyone has bad days and no one is perfect if your life was in the spot light dont think u wouldnt be in the news for your dumb ass moves...get off his and andys backs and worry about yourself or something more important!....in regard to a tie that rule should be removed who enjoys a tie this is pro football...

Honestly, i think people need to spend more time on things that actually matter in life. So many people have all this WORTHLESS knowledge in their brains, o the 3rd string back up for right guards first word was da da. WHO GIVES A RIP... people need to stop caring so much about stats, and start caring about life.

And who cares if he didn't know the rule, over time in nfl is stupid, it should be like overtime in college.


First of all, the fact that he doesn't know the rule is trivial. So he doesn't know the rule? So what? That doesn't take away from the fact that he is a solid quarterback. Without McNabb the Eagles would be as bad as the Chiefs.

A couple of years ago I read the Driver's Manual for my state on the internet. I don't get paid to drive the car. I just wanted to be a better driver since it is something I do often. O.K., most people probably don't know what to do when a traffic light is out or not functioning properly- treat it like a four-way intersection with stop signs, but most people don't get paid millions of dollars to drive to Dunkin' Ds or to the Eagles' game. Donovan gets paid quite nicely and you would think that he would occasionally curl up with the rule book in the off season to make himself a better player. As others have said, the guy is lazy and, in my opinion, is a perpetual whiner.

If he DIDN'T know it could end in a tie then why the hell did he throw a "hail mary" pass at the end of the overtime period???? If he thought it would go to another period and that ball would've been picked off, he would have had hell to pay.

Obviously at some point in the game they told him that it could end in a tie so he did at least know that DURING THE GAME...

LOL, hes got a KaJillin dollars in the bank so its all good!

jess
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I've come to the conclusion yesterday. i know what the problem is with Donovan. He always plays at the other teams level. For instance, the cowboys and giants, he has some offensively explosive games. And then the bengals he has a 13 - 13 tie? I think someone is right about donovan's mental preparation. How can you have a quarterback who allows the other team to set the tempo with how he is going to play?

This is why he won't be a true champion. Because a true champion knows his craft. He doesn't know his craft. The man hast tallent and he can run he can do it all great but you need to know your craft.

not only is Donovan McNabb NOT a hall of fame player, he's also not one of the league's premiere players

Oh boohoo, lets cry that the guy didn't know there could be a tie in football. Experience is 90% of any job, he just experienced his first tie. GO CRY ABOUT IT!

I am suprised he was unaware of this rule. Although I myself am not 100% aware of it, among others I'm sure. I think this is a rule he probably should have known, nonetheless.

"one that so often is decided by who gets the ball first"

Only 52% of games are won by the team that gets the ball first. So it is an advantage, but not a huge one.

-Andy

I don't see what the big deal is. Half of the people in the U.S didnt know where Iraq was. Ties are not common in many sports so it would be logical to think football is just like 'many sports'.

He should've kept his mouth shut though.

McNabb's numbers will be just as good as Jim Kelly who IS a Hall of Famer.

You're serious - your blog is so slow that you have to post this as "worthy" news.

Why should anyone care if he didn't know?

This is the first time I've seen your blog, and the last. What a waste of time.

Kyle responds: Thanks for the constructive comment. This also was talked about on Around the Horn, PTI, SportsCenter, NFL LIve, ESPN.com, NFL.com and, according to a Google News Search, at least 959 other news outlets.

You better get busy sending all of them your insightful views.

After the first overtime they should play without safeties... kind of like pulling the goalie in hockey. Now THAT would give people a reason to watch a 4 hour 13-13 game.

But in all seriousness, I agree with PD... the tie adds an interesting factor into some team's playoff runs. Keep it!

You know, the guy is a good QB. He tries hard and is a decent man. I guess I have to admit that he is not "the guy" like Brady or Montana; but neither is Manning in spite of his stats. It was not a tie at the end of OT for anything Donavan did, or didn't do, in spite of his lack of knowledge of the rule.

"By Jim from Philly on November 18, 2008 9:34 AM

A couple of years ago I read the Driver's Manual for my state on the internet. I don't get paid to drive the car. I just wanted to be a better driver since it is something I do often. O.K., most people probably don't know what to do when a traffic light is out or not functioning properly- treat it like a four-way intersection with stop signs, but most people don't get paid millions of dollars to drive to Dunkin' Ds or to the Eagles' game. Donovan gets paid quite nicely and you would think that he would occasionally curl up with the rule book in the off season to make himself a better player. As others have said, the guy is lazy and, in my opinion, is a perpetual whiner.
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Reply: Your argument is flawed. You cannot equate the importance of the job to the compensation. Should a CEO get paid more than someone who saves lives like a doctor or a nurse? Truth is most CEOs make more than most doctors/nurses. But do you blame the CEO more for not knowing the rule and losing your money or the doctor for not knowing the rules and losing your or family member's life. Therefore, if you kill someone while driving because you don't know the rules than I hold you at greater fault than if D-Nabb forgets the overtime rules while trying to throw a TD pass to win the game. He was NOT trying to take a knee or do some other CrAzY thing that would have lost the game (WORD OF THE DAY: Perspective)

You Philly Fans are spoiled. Bunch of goons...booing Santa Clause...despicable!

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