Game On…with Rob Kriete!

Over a decade ago, I had the chance to go to Las Vegas with a group of my very best friends and had an absolute blast reminiscent of a comedy starring Zack Galifianakis. Once at a casino, I got some chips and immediately played 22 at Roulette, and it hit! Chicken dinner! I played 22 because it was my number in high school. My “lucky” number, I suppose.

Tom Brady has gotten rather testy this week, discussing a new NFL rule that is more liberal with allowable numbers for certain positions. The new rule allows quarterbacks, punters, and place-kickers to wear numbers 1-19 and defensive backs 1-49. Running backs, tight ends, and wide receivers can choose from 1-49 and 80-89. While offensive linemen can wear 50-79, defensive linemen 50-79 and 90-99, and linebackers 1-59 and 90-99.

To me, I see no big deal. A Hall-of-FamE- bound, Super Bowl Champion who gets paid to read defenses says otherwise. “Good luck trying to block the right people now!” Brady posted on a social media site called Instagram, continuing, “Going to make for a lot of bad football!” (Isn’t Instagram a breakfast cereal?) Indeed, Tom’s way of work has been affected by the sound of his words. On another site, Super Bowl 55’s MVP called the decision “DUMB.”

The assumption remains that this rule change makes it more challenging to manage a defensive blitz. Brady feels calling audibles in blitz packages with virtually any number for any positional player becomes a problem. Perhaps it will take an injury for the NFL to recognize the folly of this change. Or, perhaps Tom Brady is overreacting and will need to adjust his game. Brady has been able to evolve his game over the years, from game to game and even quarter to quarter. I would bet he will be more than capable of overcoming this rule change to continue to be dominant in the NFC as the leader of the Tampa Bay Bucs.

What do you think?

By the way, that initial wager in Vegas was my only remarkable win on that trip, but the laughs and fun were worth every penny donated to the bright lights of the desert.  They call it Los Wages for a reason, right?

Be safe, everyone!