I noticed something interesting during tonight’s Monday Night Football game between the Vikings and the Giants: a wildcat.
No, the Minnesota wildlife did not invade the Twin Cities’ brand new stadium. I’m talking about a formation, the ‘wildcat’ formation, that the Vikings used during the game.
“But wait…I’m confused…” Wasn’t the ‘wildcat’ supposed to be a gimmick that would never last in the NFL? You could fool college kids with a trick formation like that, but–as many an expert assured us–the superior athletes and ingenious coaches of the NFL would put a stop to that nonsense in a heartbeat. So said most, if not all, of the talking heads on the now innumerable preview, halftime, and roundup shows.
I guess the Vikings, along with the rest of the NFL, didn’t get the memo. Because here it is, eight years after the Dolphins first put the ‘wildcat’ into regular use in the League, and many teams still employ some version of the offensive set, to varying degrees of success.
This is part of a long tradition of sports pundits being wrong about everything, from ‘can’t miss’ draft picks to jump shooting teams to the ‘spread’ and ‘wildcat’ formations.
I call this to everyone’s attention as a reminder that you should never take seriously anything the so-called experts say on any of the blatherfest analysis shows that appear across the entire spectrum of sports networks. Because the truth is, hardly any of them know a damn thing about what they’re talking about. It’s all just hot air, just filling time. Don’t waste your time with any of it.