Riggo's Mailbag: Kicking Things Off

Riggo’s Mail Bag is a new weekly segment here at Riggo’s Rag that starting next week, will be posted each Wednesday. I’ll be posting the best emails, responding to your statements, and answering your questions. With that being said, write your emails to [email protected], and let’s see what’s on our readers minds.

Isn’t a Hail Mary the right call when you know your kicker doesn’t have the leg to kick a 60 yard field goal?

-Jimmie  from Irvine, CA

Jimmie, I think both you and Mike Shanahan have the wrong play call on that 4th down.  The first thing I thought of, right after wondering if there was a way to convince the refs to not penalize us if Shanahan promised to drop kick Morgan off the team at that moment, was the 2003-04 playoffs.  The Eagles converted a 4th and 26 on a long pass over the middle and went on to win the game over the Packers.  In yesterday’s game, there was still a little over a minute left, so there was no need to throw a Hail Mary into the end zone.  I understand 4th and 17 is a long shot, but what are the odds of this guy making a 62 yard field goal to put the game into overtime?

Should the Redskins bench Morgan next game? Fine? Or just let it be?

-Micheal from Smithtown, NY

To answer this question, I think you have to look no further than the other sideline on Sunday.  In the second quarter the refs didn’t call an apparent touchdown made by Steven Jackson.  (Notice I didn’t say they blew the call, since this is now apparently just a regular part of the game.)  Upset, Steven Jackson did a Josh “Captain” Morgan impersonation.  It cost the Rams 15 yards and Jackson was promptly benched by Jeff Fisher for the rest of the game.  I think a half-game suspension would be the correct reaction.  Poise and keeping your head in tough situations in paramount in NFL.  This lesson will be heard by the entire team, will benefit the team in the long run as this better team is in more tight games that could mean playoff position, and won’t be confused with a Goodell-like over the top reaction.

How do you come up with your picks?

-Brian from Concord, CA

Brian, if I told you how I came up with my picks would you still read my segment each week when I post who I would bet on if it was legal to do so?  No.  So I’m sorry Brian, but you will have to continue to wait until Thursday each week before running off to Vegas to legally make your wager.

More importantly Brian, why is it that I’m getting a majority of my emails from the land of the Giants and California?  Most of my readers are from the Virginia/Maryland/D.C. area.  Maybe they have been around D.C. too long, and believe the government is watching everything they put over email.  I can assure you, I’m not standing over your shoulder, but I am interested in legally finding out what my readers’ thoughts are each week.

Until next Wednesday, keep the emails coming.

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