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Cundiff rushed by Gillette scoreboard error

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08:03 AM ET 01.24 | Did Billy Cundiff have help in missing the 32-yard field goal that helped send New England back to the Super Bowl? [On the sidelines, the] best way to follow down and distance, and to watch the plays, is on the scoreboard, which is how Cundiff coordinates his pre-kick routine. On Sunday, during what would be the Ravens' final set of downs, Cundiff completed his first-down prep and checked the scoreboard: second down. He ran through his routine and looked up at the scoreboard again: third down. Then, suddenly, chaos on the sidelines. ... The Ravens, of course, could have made all this confusion moot by calling a timeout. Instead, coach John Harbaugh decided to let Cundiff run on the field and kick.

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January 24, 2012  08:05 AM ET

Some teams don't want to freeze their own kicker. Guess it didn't matter.

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January 24, 2012  08:09 AM ET

The Pats cheated ?

January 24, 2012  08:09 AM ET

Bottom line - that's why you save that final timeout. He had it and he didn't use it. It's not the first time that bad game management has cost a team a big game.

January 24, 2012  08:10 AM ET

Whatever Billy...

Get that resume ready... although I don't know who else would waste the cap space on him.

January 24, 2012  08:13 AM ET

If they'd called time out I'm sure we would have run the snowplow out for him.

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January 24, 2012  08:19 AM ET

someone please start an excuse counter, I would love to see "best of the best"

you missed the kick bro, games over

January 24, 2012  08:20 AM ET

"Instead, coach John Harbaugh decided to let Cundiff run on the field and kick."

That was his first mistake. And last.

January 24, 2012  08:28 AM ET

I think he was too busy watching the blonde in the third row, looked up, saw the Gillette sign, realize he needed a shave, ran to get his gym bag, noticed he didn't have a razor, looked up at the scoreboard, knew he had a down or two, looked back, saw the blonde making eyes at the scoreboard operator, saw the scoreboard operator wink at the blonde, then at Cundiff, downs quickly change on the scoreboard, Cundiff panics, looks back toward the blonde, the blonde winks at Billy, opens up her blouse, flashes a Pats tatto on her chest, and, well, the rest is HisStory.

January 24, 2012  08:29 AM ET

Shoulda, coulda, woulda. Pointless to talk about after the fact. He missed, end of story.

January 24, 2012  08:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Bottom line - that's why you save that final timeout. He had it and he didn't use it. It's not the first time that bad game management has cost a team a big game.

+1

January 24, 2012  08:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

The Pats cheated ?

That couldn't possibly happen. Could it?

January 24, 2012  08:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Get that resume ready... although I don't know who else would waste the cap space on him.

Played for nine different teams in 9 years. He is simply making the rounds

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January 24, 2012  08:34 AM ET

wah wah wah...if Lee Evans doesn't drop the ball Cundiff would be irrelevant.

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January 24, 2012  08:37 AM ET
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wah wah wah...if Lee Evans doesn't drop the ball Cundiff would be irrelevant.

No excuse for dropping the ball, no excuse for missing the kick and no excuse for not calling a TO before the kick.

January 24, 2012  08:39 AM ET

Hey Raven's>>> WANT SOME CHEESE WITH THAT WHINE?

 
January 24, 2012  08:40 AM ET

It Happens!!! Go Blue!!!!

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