A friend of mine, and occasional voice on the Myriad Games Podcast, David Welsh, had something to say about the state of American Football a couple weeks ago:
In a previous post… I stated that GB did not deserve to win that game.
But, and I mean this literally, Seattle DID NOT deserve to win that game.
What Dave is talking about is the union struggles with Pro Referees, and the ineptitude of scab refs, leading to what some have said is ‘the worst call in NFL History‘. (It’s old news now, I know. The NFL settled. It may have had a lot to do with this play).
I couldn’t help but focus on the word ‘literally’. Dave’s got it right: Green Bay left themselves open to have the game stolen from them. They didn’t deserve to win the game, but, technically, they should have won that game because they intercepted the ball, and the last play was not a clean touchdown. I, however, having no clue what happened, decided to look up the word ‘literally’ in a dictionary, as opposed to, I don’t know, do a Google search for the game. So instead of discussing the rules of the football, instead we’re going to talk about a word in the dictionary. Excitement abounds. Merriam-Webster.com tells us: Read more…