Saturday, November 23, 2013

Day 237: Remembering Butt Fumble 2012

One year ago Friday something very special happened... for one, it was Thanksgiving and that's always a momentous day of incessant eating—by far one of my favorite days of the year. But it was also the day the famous Butt Fumble happened. (My apologies for being a day late...)

It was Thanksgiving night and the New England Patriots visited the New York Jets. There are few things more exciting for a Pats fan then to get a game on Turkey Day. It's even better when it's a night game and all the cooking and cleaning is finished and there's nothing left to do but lay on the couch, groaning from the vast amounts of foods consumed, and float in and out of consciousness while watching the game.

The Patriots buried the Jets that night, winning 49-19, highlighted by the second quarter where the Pats scored 35 points, 21 of which came on Jets' fumbles. It was a disastrous quarter for the Jets and despite owning the time of possession, holding onto the ball for 12 of that quarter's 15 minuets, they were outscored 35-3.

One of the Pats' touchdowns came on the legendary Butt Fumble play (yes, it even has its own Wikipedia page.) Jets quarterback, Mark Sanchez, took the snap and mistakenly turned left instead of right. There was no one to receive his handoff so he scrambled forward trying to salvage the play. As he tried to slide to protect himself from being lambasted, he ran face first right into the ass of his right guard. The buttocks collision dislodged the ball from Sanchez's grasp and knocked him to the ground. Patriots' defensive back Steve Gregory collected the fumble and ran it into the endzone.

But watching it is much funnier.

I'm not sure Mark Sanchez will ever live that play down.

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