Can’t catch a cold

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As I mentioned in the previous story, I went to bed last night with the Carolina Panthers holding a solid 23-6 lead over the Indianapolis Colts in the fourth quarter on a raining Monday night in Charlotte.

That lead turned out to be less solid and more slippery.

Lots of things happened after I put on my footie pajamas and went to sleep.

The Colts somehow stampeded back and forced overtime.

I’ve read that Panthers’ receiver Ted Ginn Jr. could have helped his team avoid the extra session if he had simply caught a pass that landed right in his hands while running wide open down the sideline, toward the end zone. Ginn was at about the Colt’s 16 when the ball arrived via Cam Newton. Two Colts defenders were in the area code, but probably not close enough to catch the speedy receiver had he caught the ball.

You know, Ted has a history of dropping passes. He caught two of the 10 balls thrown his way in Panthers’ win Monday. That means eight passes somehow failed to be secured in the hands of the professional pass catcher.
If you saw any of the broadcast, or if you were at the game, you know it was raining pretty hard in Charlotte last night. So maybe, I thought, the ball was wet and it slipped through Ginn’s hands.

And then I saw the play.

Yep. There’s the proof. Ted Ginn couldn’t catch a cold on a raining fall night in North Carolina.

To paraphrase Axel Foley: Was he trying to catch the ball with his eyes open or was he, like, using the Force? (Man, that’s an old reference.)


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