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Name That Catch

The NEW YORK DAILY NEWS is sponsoring a contest to come up with an appropriate name for the Manning to Tyree play:


Can't say I'm in love with any of the suggestions so far, most of which strike me as too labored, but there's still time left, maybe something will emerge.


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Feb. 9th, 2008 11:06 pm (UTC)
Lol, I read that as Giant Snitch - when Football gues Quidditch. :)
Feb. 8th, 2008 06:36 pm (UTC)
I like "The Hat Trick" and "Patriot Missile".
Feb. 8th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
"The Perfect Finish"
Feb. 8th, 2008 06:54 pm (UTC)
the problem is getting both elements
The "hat trick" is not bad...

But it seems to me that you want to reference both elements - Eli's Houdini-like escape AND the helmet assisted catch.

I'm weak and slow, nothing is really hitting me. Will chew on it a bit...
Feb. 8th, 2008 06:59 pm (UTC)
I favor something about head or ahead, like headhunting, or the go-ahead, or pulling ahead, etc...
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
After looking back at my own post, I really like "The Go-Ahead Catch" as it covers both great parts of the play in one hyphenated word.
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:00 pm (UTC)
I still like the suggestion "The Backbreaker," both for what it did to the Pats and the way Tyree landed. Can't do too much that also incorporates the escape as well.
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
I like the "Slip and Grip" play....gets both sides....
Feb. 8th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Name
I really like that one!
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:04 pm (UTC)
I've been calling it "Holy $*** did you SEE that?!"
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:29 pm (UTC)
Never mind my previous suggestion. I like yours better.
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Feb. 8th, 2008 07:39 pm (UTC)
Oh NO!
"The Miracle at the Meadowlands", that's what the Eagles nation call "The Fumble". No, not the Earnest Byner fumble; the fumbled handoff from Joe Pisarcik to Larry Csonka.
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:23 pm (UTC)
I was calling it the Hail Loki, myself. (God of Chaos and all that...)
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:45 pm (UTC)
Given the decline of the English language, I would favor something along the lines of OMGWTF-No-Don't-Yes!-Beer Me. And you can either say it slowly, to drag out the suspense of the statement, just like the play seemed to take a couple of minutes to play out, or you can say it really quickly to mimic that frightful experience of having the entire game flash before your eyes, for just a second each time, like it did when Manning almost fell, when he threw the ball, when Tyree looked like he caught it, and in that moment when you realized he actually did catch it.
Feb. 8th, 2008 09:11 pm (UTC)
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)
George....please.... mercy.

Let a guy heal a bit.
Feb. 8th, 2008 08:02 pm (UTC)

How's that comedic question go?

What, too soon?
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:50 pm (UTC)
I'm still a fan of "The Great Escape". It even has its own theme song going for it.
Feb. 8th, 2008 11:48 pm (UTC)
Seconded. The first tag I came up with for it when I saw it was the Great Escape, so I'm partial to it (especially as others came up with it, too).

I know, I know, it's mostly about Manning, but it also speaks more broadly of the Giants escaping defeat.
Feb. 8th, 2008 07:58 pm (UTC)
People are overly consumed with the "name" being fully descriptive. "The Catch" doesn't fully describe Montana to Clark. "The Play" doesn't fully describe Stanford/Cal. "The Immaculate(without stain or blemish) Reception" doesn't fully describe a poorly thrown pass bouncing off a (defender's?) helmet to a running back who was out of position.

For me it doesn't need a name. Most of the "names" were coined immediately or within a few hours. Any name made up now would be a contrivance.

However, if you must have a name "The Great Escape" works. Had Eli been sacked, they would had to have called their last time out. It would have been 4th and 5 on the Giants 43 with only about 60-65 seconds left. Had Tyree dropped the ball, it would have have left 66-67 seconds left and the clock would have started as soon as the referee started placed the ball and started the play.
Feb. 9th, 2008 07:02 am (UTC)

Had Manning been sacked it would have been 4th and long on the 37 with no timeouts and 60-65 secs left.
Feb. 8th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC)

Feb. 8th, 2008 08:30 pm (UTC)
Some explanation.

The above comment is 0 (zero) No! But you would say Oh! No!

As in:

( Giant's Fan )Oh! No! Eli is going to get sacked!
( Pat's Fan )Oh! No! He escaped!

( Giant's Fan )Oh! No! He's going to drop it!
( Pat's Fan ) Oh! No! He caught it!

( Pat's Fan ) Oh! No! We lost our O...
Feb. 8th, 2008 08:29 pm (UTC)
I think it should just be called:

Feb. 8th, 2008 08:32 pm (UTC)
I feel that it should be about the Giants and not about the Patriots.
Feb. 10th, 2008 11:47 pm (UTC)
I SO can't wait to go to Yankee games this year.
Feb. 8th, 2008 09:00 pm (UTC)

THE SCUD! It got right past the Patriots.
Feb. 8th, 2008 09:03 pm (UTC)
The Clutch.

Eli escaped the defenders clutch
Tyree Clutched it against his helmet
A clutch play

Heard that one suggested on the radio and really liked it.
Feb. 8th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
"Catch Me if You Can"

Too long, but it covers both sides depending on how you interpret it.
Feb. 8th, 2008 09:37 pm (UTC)
I kind of like "The Perfect Connection," except it sounds a little too close to "The Immaculate Reception." "18-1" has also occurred to me.
Feb. 8th, 2008 09:51 pm (UTC)
I would go with "Fee Fie Foe Forehead". That would be fun to hear people have to say on ESPN. Name might work better for an epic fumble though.
Feb. 8th, 2008 09:53 pm (UTC)
The Catch
My personal favorite is "The Un-Patriot Act". I heard this mentioned on the radio earlier this week. I also favor "Helm's Deep", but that is more or less an inside joke that just wont fly with the masses.
Feb. 9th, 2008 03:29 am (UTC)
I dub it the "Where the Hell's my Defense? Son of a Bitch!"
Feb. 9th, 2008 06:56 am (UTC)
I think we have a winner! At least in Boston. ROFL.
Feb. 9th, 2008 03:53 pm (UTC)
The Helmet Catch
That's what we call it at the office, anyway.
Feb. 9th, 2008 04:32 pm (UTC)
The one that I've heard alot of people mentioning is THE ESCAPE. It sort of references Eli's desperate scramble, the fact that the ball escaped from Rodney Harrison and that it was the beginning of the Giant's escape from being down and winning the game.

But, for all of us NE Pats fans it will probably always be known as THE PLAY.
Feb. 9th, 2008 04:49 pm (UTC)
I like "The Connnection". Its simple and takes into acout both ends of the play. If you want something more cute how bout "The Giant Savior" or "The Giant Saver".

And, "the immaculate reception" has nothing to do with being clean, its a play on the "the immaculate conception" the virgin birth, in case you didn't know (though most of you prolly did).

"The Play" is already taken, the Cal-Stanford crazy ending, and if you don't know what that is then you're not a real football fan.
Feb. 9th, 2008 05:26 pm (UTC)
its a play on the "the immaculate conception" the virgin birth

Actually, if I can be a Catholic nerd for a second, the Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of Mary, the mother of Jesus, as she is believed to have been conceived without original sin. (But her parents conceived her by having sex.)

As to the original point of the post, I'm voting for "Slip and Grip."
Feb. 9th, 2008 06:20 pm (UTC)
The Cherry Houdini.
Feb. 9th, 2008 08:45 pm (UTC)
Inside the NFL
Was watching their last episode of the season and i'm not sure if they intended this as a nickname, but I think what they had to say about the play had a ring to it as well as accuracy: "The Double Miracle".

But I agree, anything they come up with now will just be a contrivance. It's almost passed the point of being talked about. I shudder to think if this sort of thing was happening 30 years ago for the 'Miracle On Ice'. Team USA defeats Russia, and NBC asks bloggers to name the upset:

NBC wants to know what to name the game! Was it:
A) AwesomeGate - 1980
B) Ivan Eats It
C) Miracle On Ice
D) Lake Flacid
E) What's Hockey?
Feb. 11th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Inside the NFL
The Double Miracle is pretty good. Too bad you weren't a newspaper editor and ran that headline.
Feb. 9th, 2008 10:42 pm (UTC)
I heard "Catch XLII", which I really like, but "Hat Trick" is good too.
Feb. 10th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
Giant Effort
Feb. 11th, 2008 06:27 pm (UTC)
Name that catch
Personally, I like "Scramble Legs Over Tyr-easy."
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