Wednesday, July 28, 2010
The 86 Canes have been voted the most hated sports team of all time according to Sports Illustrated.
On behalf of all Canes fans, let us say.....FU.
Speaking of most hated, The Assassin- a/k/a Oakland Raiders defensive back Jack Tatum died this week at age 61. Tatum was and always will be most remembered for his hit on Patriot WR Darryl Stingley in preseason that paralyzed Stingley for life. The hit was legal and Tatum was never fined nor disciplined by the league. Tatum never apologized for the hit, but to his credit he did attempt to meet with Stngley when he was hospitalized.
Football historians will also remember that Tatum was the Raider who collided with Steeler Frenchy Fuqua on the last play of the 1972 playoff game between the Steelers and the Raiders. The Steelers were down 7-6 when Steeler QB Terry Bradshaw threw a desperation pass to Fuqua on 4th down with less than a minute left to play. Tatum hit Fuqua as the ball arrived and it caromed off either Tatum or Fuqua and Steeler Franco Harris scooped the ball just before it hit the turf and scampered 42 yards into the end zone giving the Steelers their first playoff win ever as time ran out. Under the rules of the NFL at that time, the ball would have to have hit Tatum as an opposing player before it would have been legal for Harris to catch it. If the ball hit Fuqua and not Tatum-or if the ball hit Fuqua after it hit Tatum- the catch would not have been legal. Take a look and you tell us. 38 years later it's still the most amazing finish to a football game we've ever seen.