Thursday, February 08, 2007

Other than reportedly coaching the Dallas Cowboys next year, another good reason to root against Wade Phillips

When Wade Phillips was Buffalo Bills head coach in 2000 and readying for the first-round playoff game against the Tennessee Titans, he chose backup quarterback Rob Johnson -- who started only the last game of that season -- over starting quarterback/cereal pitchman/Boston College miracle worker Doug Flutie.

Flutie, famous for his Hail Mary pass that propelled BC to a last-second win over national champ Miami in 1984, had been the feel-good comeback story of the year, winning 10 of 15 regular-season games for the Bills. I wasn't the only one upset about Phillips' pick; Bills fans were ticked.

Watching the game, I was disappointed that Phillips didn't change his mind at any point, marooning Flutie on the sidelines. So the karma was obvious for Phillips when the Titans pulled off the famous Music City Miracle -- as time expired. I can't help but wonder if Flutie would have been on the right side of another last-second victory if he had started or finished the game.

Needless, to say, I'm happy Phillips is not coaching the Seattle Seahawks, for whom BC alum Matt Hasselback is the quarterback, or the New York Giants, from whom fellow alum Tim Hasselback is back-up to Eli Manning. Also, I'm happy Phillips is not coaching the Giants because I want them to win.

(And yes, I'm terribly thrilled that both Giants quarterbacks are inferior to their older brothers.)


Rory B. Bellows said...

I would go was far as saying Bills fans were very ticked.