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  1. Tunescribe

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    I was in section 138 yesterday, 11 rows from the field, corner endzone and saw three of our touchdowns up close. But the Moss score simply blew me away:

    After taking the snap Brady was looking right the whole time, then turned and fired the ball to his left straight in my direction -- I was looking at the nose of the ball the whole way, a perfect spiral. But here's the thing: I knew the throw was intentional, but I was thinking, "What the hell is he doing? What does he see? Who is he throwing to?" At that point Moss wasn't even in my field of vision AND I WAS AT THE GAME! Then all of a sudden you see Moss emerge from a crowd of defenders with just enough room to grab the ball and step inside the pylon. The timing and placement of that pass was jaw-droppingly, incredibly, perfect. What a special moment. :rocker: :rocker: :rocker:
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    Good for you, Tune. That's what watching football is all about. Happy Monday!
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    Thanks, Tune, that's the kind of thing the TV-viewers here don't get to see.

    The most similar throw that I remember is the Bethel Johnson acrobatic catch -- without the theatrics. Moss really does make it look easy. I don't know if he can run a 4.29, but whatever it is, he is f a s t.

    The other great play was the simple move in the middle of the field that left the Jets defender stumbling over his feet.

    He's got more moves than a -- well, this is a public forum, I'll leave it to your imagination. Simply stunning.
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    I believe that two teams time him at a 4.28.

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    What ever Moss was timed at its deceptive. He looks like he's just gliding,effortlessly.
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    Watching the replays this is what impressed me. They had a camera on Moss for the whole route...he goes down the right sideline, and is blanketed by 3 defenders, he starts to make the left turn and sees the ball in the air. He then kicks it up a gear that the other 3 just don't have and creates the separation.

    Thing of beauty
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    That was a cool post, tune. You don't get that very often, even at the game. I saw a plaw like that at Buffalo in similar seats years ago, but it was Bledsoe, so I won't bother...ancient history.
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    Turnscribe, you could have waved to all of us, as with ten minutes left, the only ones left in the Meadowlands were the Pats fans. Did anyone else think that the stadium emptied very early yesterday? I know, from experience, it is a nightmare to get out of the Meadowlands, but com'on.
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    Not for nothing,but you're a lucky bastar d. ;)
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    Great moment Tune! What were the Jets fans saying afterward? (probably not much!)
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    Thanks for sharing that with us, Tunescribe.

    It's always astounding to me how different an NFL game is in person versus on TV. The angles, etc. I am always amazed at how the players really are playing a positional-spacing game and have to really be concerned about angles. This just doesn't show up on TV. The most amazing part is watching a passing play take place where the decision to throw the ball (and where) is made before the cut even takes place - - so much is anticipation and faith in the receiver-Qb combo. It's very hard for me to describe, but you did a great job with it, Tune.
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    Exactly. It seems like he runs just as fast as he needs to in order to get to the ball. I really think it would've been overthrown by 5 yards with any of the wr's we had last year. Amazing.
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    Tune, I'd like to know this, too. Did you talk much with Jet fans and what were they saying?
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    Beautiful post. That was a jaw-dropping play even on tv, would have loved to see your view of it!
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    Interesting to get your perspective on that play from a guy who was there,Tune,thanks.
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    Thanks. That is amazingly insightful and gives me a whole new perspective on the play. Wouldn't it be nice if one of the announcers who gets paid a jillion bucks for calling the game could have somehow pointed that out as well?
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    They were exasperated. I don't think they expected "the Moss of old" to show up and when he did, you got the feeling from them that they thought we weren't playing fair. One Jets fan said to me leaving the game, "Have fun at the Super Bowl." And he really meant it! :D
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    I. love. it. :rocker:
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    :rocker: Beeeeeeeautiful.
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    Wow!!!!!!!! That's what I said when I saw the play on TV. You're a lucky guy to be able to have had that view!
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    I lost my voice through most of the game and when that play happened, I jumped around and made these strangled sounding noises which scared my 9 month old, Harrison Brady. I figured he's going to need to get used to that though!
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    Another thing that people overlook is that receivers don't run at 100% speed at all times. Their job is to get to the spot on-time...not early! Moss knows that the ball is going to the left pylon. If he goes at full speed to the pylon:
    1) The defense gets an earlier break on the ball
    2) If the ball is underthrown, he wouldn't be able to stop and adjust

    When Moss was in Minnesota (didn't see much of him in Oakland), he did the same thing. His long stride gets him to the general area on time and his extra "giddy-up" allows him to separate (or stop and leap) while the defenders are using everything they have to keep up and can't play the ball.

    He is a unique talent and expects to be used as such. Any thoughts about him being a decoy are a little naive. Brady and BB were given a gun in a knife fight. Fire away...
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    Thanks, Shmess. That's why I love going to the games, the players' quickness and sheer athleticism can only be fully appreciated live. It's like ballet out there. Even behemoths like Wilfork look amazingly athletic. You're so right about timing and angles. When gifted athletes combine their skills with proper coaching and motivation, it's inspiring to behold -- even from opponents.
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