Everybody Clap

Sporting events are great people watching – right up there with malls, yard sales, and school events…

And each sport offers unique people watching moments – from NASCAR wives to football mommas to baseball dads…

But one play in one sport trumps them all – football’s three yard rush…

Unless it is 3rd down, when the three yard rush occurs, everyone claps…

I mean everyone – the home team and away. The offensive fans and defensive. Doesn’t matter – everyone is cool with the three yard rush…

I think it is the only play in any sport where both teams could be happy. Every pitch in baseball has a winner and loser. Every shot in basketball has a winner and loser. Every lap in NASCAR someone is passing and someone is getting passed (hopefully)…

But football – football is the only sport where a win-win could occur…

But we don’t watch sports for win-wins. We watch to see a winner and laugh at the loser…

A win-win is like a tie – and ties are unacceptable in sports. They’ve been removed from NCAA football, can’t occur in golf, basketball, or baseball (outside of the All-Star game – thanks Bud), and caused the implementation of shoot-outs in soccer and hockey…

Frank Howard, legendary Clemson coach, said it best when he said “A tie is like kissing your sister”…

We hate ties – yet we all clap for the only play that can end in a tie – the three yard rush…

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