The NFL bungles Lions-Cowboys again, plus Aaron Rodgers’ celebrity feud

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Pulse Court: We’re still discussing the Lions-Cowboys refs.
We can all recall a time when we attempted to solve a problem by doing another action that actually made things worse. It could have been a theoretically beneficial act or something as basic as trying to explain oneself further. Those frequently fail.

In the opinion of the Pulse Court, the NFL did both yesterday. Quickly:

The NFL distributed a training film to all 32 teams, believing it would clearly demonstrate how officials at the end of the contentious Cowboys-Lions game last Saturday made the correct call on the fatal two-point convert. Everything was there: narration, commentary, and so on.
But we’re much more perplexed now. Two plays were juxtaposed in the video: One from earlier in the game, when Detroit center Dan Skipper ran onto the field and motioned to the ref that he was eligible. It’s a simple decision. The next was the game-ending two-point conversion, in which Skipper made a similar motion while rushing on the field, signaling the referee that he was eligible. So it was incorrect when teammate Detroit lineman Taylor Decker made the game-winning catch.



 

Right? Perhaps not. Referees ask those linemen reporting eligible make the physical gesture and report orally to officials, as Kalyn Kahler and Colton Pouncy explain above. Skipper can be seen gesticulating on the final play, but he insisted after the game that he said nothing to the refs. Meanwhile, Decker can be seen making the motion while facing an official in the NFL footage. Decker claims he spoke with the ref, but the official marked Skipper as eligible.
The Pulse verdict: We’re siding with the players in this one. To be honest, it was strange to see the league go out of its way to explain this scenario. A simple admission of misunderstanding would have swiftly ended this story. We now have more material for a running discussion of questionable officiating decisions. Sigh.

Numbers that are amusing: How many points did they get?
We might make this a regular occurrence. Yesterday, two statistics blew my mind:

There is a simple but astounding factoid in Chad Graff’s post on Bill Belichick, which we linked to yesterday, that I thought about all day: Since 2013, the Patriots have not re-signed any of his first-round draft picks. 10 years! It appears to be impossible, especially for someone of Belichick’s caliber. Belichick the scout has derailed Belichick the coach.



2022 Cowboys Season Preview: Week 7 vs Lions ✭ Inside The Star
Grambling State Lady Tigers defeated College of Biblical Studies 159-18 in women’s basketball. Grambling jumped out to a 34-0 lead and never looked back. The 141-point victory is the greatest margin of victory in Division I women’s basketball history.
Important Information
Kimmel and Rodgers are feuding.
Jimmy Kimmel, the late-night host, threatened Jets quarterback Aaron Rodgers with legal action yesterday after the latter said on “The Pat McAfee Show” that Kimmel’s name will be included in the upcoming Jeffrey Epstein files. They have a history of feuding. What adds to the confusion: Kimmel’s show airs on ABC, while McAfee’s show, on which Rodgers appears frequently, airs on ESPN. An inside Disney feud. All the specifics can be found here.

Stallion troops were present. The Rose Bowl
Former Michigan assistant Connor Stalions, who was at the center of the sign-stealing scandal, attended Michigan’s Rose Bowl victory over Alabama on Monday, sources told The Athletic, adding that Stalions plans to attend the national championship game next week. He enjoys purchasing tickets to see Michigan opponents.



The Panthers’ owner has been fined.
The NFL fined Panthers owner David Tepper $300,000 yesterday after he was caught on camera throwing a drink at a Jaguars supporter during last week’s game. Tepper issued a three-sentence statement yesterday in response, but did not directly apologize. This comes on the heels of a disastrous season that saw Carolina’s No. 1 overall choice go to Chicago.

Report: Referees from Lions-Cowboys game will not work postseason

claimed intentional high-stick
According to Perfetti, who was mic’d up on the ice, Minnesota Wild winger Ryan Hartman claimed his high stick on Jets center Cole Perfetti was intentional payback for an earlier incident. Hartman received the maximum CBA sanction, but no penalty was called on the play. Tensions between these two squads remain strong. More information can be found here.

More information

Kenny Pickett vehemently denied accusations that he refused to dress as the Steelers’ backup quarterback last weekend. The report enraged the fan base.
According to The Athletic, the Jets will waive Dalvin Cook, allowing the 28-year-old running back to join another club before the playoffs. His August signing became yet another flop for New York in a season full of them.
Georgia tight end Brock Bowers is the latest member of the Bulldogs’ unprecedented exodus to the NFL. Should be a top-10 selection.
What You Should See: She obviously nailed it from the logo.
We will eventually reach saturation with the Caitlin Clark experience. For good reason, the collegiate basketball superstar is everywhere, and her mere presence landed a presidential candidate in serious trouble for mispronouncing her name.



But we won’t get there as long as Clark keeps doing things like this:

Last night, No. 4 Iowa defeated Michigan State with a game-winning 3-pointer from the logo as time expired. That’s a step back into the logo.

NFL: Dallas Cowboys survive late controversy to take narrow victory over Detroit Lions | CNN

Keep an Eye on This Game
NHL: Devils vs. Capitals, TNT, 7:30 p.m. ET
Neither team is where they want to be in the standings right now, especially New Jersey, who has struggled after a stellar 2022-23 season. Both sides have realistic New Year’s resolutions to keep.

Heat vs. Lakers in the NBA
ESPN airs at 10 p.m. ET.
After winning the In-Season Tournament, the Lakers’ season has continued to deviate (they currently hold a Play-In place). Meanwhile, the 19-14 Heat are still winning despite losing key players in free agency and missing out on huge stars this offseason.



Picks from the Pulse
Antonio “Bird” Barnes had been waiting for the game for 40 years. A prison sentence and a franchise move did not deter the Baltimore native — who inspired a character on “The Wire” — from remaining a Colts supporter. Barnes’ extraordinary story is worth your time today, according to Zak Keefer.

Max Olson’s piece on Washington’s Sugar Bowl victory was great. It makes me lean toward picking the Huskies next week.

Derrick White of the Celtics should be an All-Star this year, a far cry from when he was simply trying to make a college team. Gregg Popovich saw White’s value years ago. This one was fantastic.



The New York Times has a terrific piece on André and Aaron Eanes, the two individuals who are largely responsible for Travis Kelce’s appearance on your television screens. They didn’t plan on dating the world’s most famous pop star.

I really liked Jason Jones’ segment on FOX’s Curt Menefee, who is the network’s NFL pregame anchor, friend, and therapist. Curt has been on the program for 18 years, and I mean that in the best possible sense.

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