THE STRIKE ZONE
Sometimes Sports, Sometimes Sportsmanship
First and foremost, please forgive me for the pun in the title. I'm already ashamed of it.
Shortly after the NFL season wrapped up, a story broke about Kirk Cousins and his true character. On the day before the Super Bowl, Cousins was captaining a team of flag football players playing against a team being led by Doug Flutie. The game was a charity game: the players and the officials were all there out of the goodness of their hearts.
Towards the end of the game, an incident occurred where Cousins thought that one of the officials missed a penalty, namely that an opponent on Team Flutie swatted the ball away from the official spotting the ball, causing a delay in the game and running time off the clock for Cousins to lead his team to try to make up the five point deficit they held at that time. When the official did not throw the flag, Cousins shoved the official...with no remorse.
By the way, Cousins' team still ended up losing.
The official who had been shoved reported that the reason he didn't throw the flag was because the officials were already assessing another penalty against Team Flutie, so Cousins and his team would have received extra time anyway (the same amount that they would have received had the ball not been swatted away).
Then again, this is the same guy who played harder than everyone else at the Pro Bowl, especially after he threw an interception.
Maybe Cousins should try and win a playoff game before he throws his next tantrum.