[OT] Has a team ever refused to take the field?

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  1. Pujo

    Pujo Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    This is way OT (out there), but has an NFL team ever forfeited for refusing to take the field? With the way the Raiders are playing and talking, it wouldn't surprise me if some players stopped showing up for the last few weeks. What happens if they can't get 11 to put on the field?
  2. Oswlek

    Oswlek Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    I don't know about any other refusal in the NFL except for Buffalo refusing to come back onto the field for a PAT attempt after NE scored a game winning TD with no time left aided by a questionable PI call.
  3. Pujo

    Pujo Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Maybe they'll field the Oakland High School varsity team instead, give the Jets a challenge.
  4. Pujo

    Pujo Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Interesting, was there a fine or anything from the NFL?
  5. Oswlek

    Oswlek Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Not that I am aware of.
  6. zippo59

    zippo59 Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    What about the time where the "field" at Philadelphia's Veteran Stadium was so bad that the team they were playing refused to play on it after warming up on it and seeing how terrible it was. I believe the game was cancelled.
  7. Pats726

    Pats726 Veteran Starter w/Big Long Term Deal

    Actually I think they were fined...NOT sure how much..BUT that is the example that comes to mind..
  8. jimmyjames

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  9. Pats Fanatic

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    The Patriots forfitted the last preseason game in 1975. They went on strike, the only team in the league to do so. They almost struck the first game but was talked out it at the last minute. Ruined the season they when 3-11 after a good 1974 season but made up for it the fallowing season(1976) though.
  10. FreeTedWilliams

    FreeTedWilliams I'm no Mona Lisa Vito.... PatsFans.com Supporter

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    Players are paid per game, so if they didn't play they wouldn't get their check. Now imagine what these checks are actully for, each check is 1/16th of thier salary. So if you make 2 million a year, Each game check is @$135,000, I don't know about you, but I don't care how much my team sucks, I'm going out on that field.
  11. mgcolby

    mgcolby Woohoo, I'm a VIP!!! PatsFans.com Supporter

    And I thought you were a man of principle. :cool3:
  12. sarge

    sarge Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job

    I wasn't aware that when a defender doesn't look at the ball and blatantly pushes the wide receiver a half second before the ball gets there it's questionable PI?

    What was questionable (or not) was that the Pats drive should have ended because Shawn Jefferson made a catch on fourth down when he was clearly out of bounds. So the hail Mary should never have happened.

    But what Buffalo revisionists will fail to remember, is that on the drive that put them in the lead, they had three seperate penalties on third downs that continued the drive. Of the three, only one was legit.

    So when I say that Patriots drive should have ended, I also believe Buffalo should have never had the lead.

    And the PI was obvious, Hail Mary or not.
  13. Patriotic

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    In the song "American Pie", the halftime marching band refused to leave the field. Can't document that game at NFL.com, however.
  14. Pujo

    Pujo Experienced Starter w/First Big Contract

    Good point.
  15. BruschiOnTap

    BruschiOnTap On the Game Day Roster

    Interesting thread topic! My question would be: what conditions would make the NFL agree with a team refusing the take the field? Someone said poor field conditions got a game cancelled. I wonder what else they'd allow?
  16. chunkypony

    chunkypony Rotational Player and Threatening Starter's Job


    thats the funniest thing Ive heard in a while.

    O man. That was great.
  17. DarrylS

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    That is the first thing I thought of, when I read this post..

    Now the half-time air was sweet perfume
    While the sergeants played a marching tune.
    We all got up to dance,
    Oh, but we never got the chance!
    `cause the players tried to take the field;
    The marching band refused to yield.
    Do you recall what was revealed
    The day the music died?

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