We’re, most of us, football fans here. So I have a question for ya. Consider this video that has gone viral:
Here’s the play, in a nutshell, because there isn’t a play-by-play:
The play started on the play before. The offensive line (guys in white, Driscoll) drew the defense (yellow/purple, WinSeal) offsides, thereby earning a 5 yard penalty for themselves. Driscoll then set up on the new Line of Scrimmage, but as they bent to hike the ball, the coach starts yelling at the QB from the sidelines. QB stands up and is acting like he can’t hear the coach, who continues to yell that his team has set up on the wrong line, and that they need to move the ball another 5 yards. The center (the guy bent over with the ball) then hands the ball over his shoulder to the QB, who takes it and begins strolling leisurely through the Defensive line. Once past the Line, he takes off running for the End Zone, and ultimately scores.
For the record, the game ended in a 6-6 tie, but Driscoll did not win the Championship (which this game was played to decide), because WinSeal had more offensive penetrations than Driscoll did.
So, the question is, is this a “sportsmanlike” play? Should it have been allowed?