By Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff)
BOSTON (CBS) — The question isn’t “How stupid was the Colts’ fake punt attempt?” It’s more like, “How much dumber was that play call than every other call in the history of American football?”
The Colts attempted what will go down as easily the worst attempt at a trick play (or any play) in the history of the NFL Sunday night against the Patriots. Not only did “quarterback” Colt Anderson get tackled immediately, the play wasn’t even legal – it drew an illegal formation penalty because “the whole right side of the line” was off the line of scrimmage. You can hear the referee try not to crack up as he announced the penalty.
Social media is not too forgiving with these sorts of things, and Twitterers absolutely teed off on the Colts after the play. Monday morning, the ridicule hasn’t stopped – and the Maine Black Bears football team has delivered one of the most ruthless burns yet.
Maine defeated James Madison University in 2011 in overtime after running a similar trick play to what the Colts attempted, faking an extra point to go for 2. Only in this case, the “quarterback” was lined up well behind the “center” and had more room to run – and the play succeeded, securing the win for Maine.
So the team jumped on the perfect opportunity to show off their own trickeration with this burn for the Colts on Twitter:
The Colts will surely take this highlight to the film room to figure out how to properly trick opponents.
Matt Dolloff is a writer for CBSBostonSports.com. His opinions do not necessarily reflect that of CBS or 98.5 The Sports Hub. Read more from Matt here. Follow him on Twitter @mattdolloff and email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.