By now, if you have basic Internet, then you’ve seen the clip of Driscoll Middle School’s football team pulling a fast one on their opponents, and if you search “Driscoll Middle School” or even “trick play” on YouTube, you’ll get 400 pages of “Greatest Trick Play Ever” and various other verbal celebrations and tributes. And it’s an entertaining clip, featuring a ballsy kid following his coach’s diabolical plan to snap the ball and just walk nonchalantly through the defensive line and take off for the end zone. Everyone loves it, your co-workers and frat brothers have probably emailed it to you 100 times – it’s probably the biggest viral sports video of the year. And of course someone has a problem with it.
Writer, commentator and Grandpa Munster impersonator Frank Deford wrote a piece for NPR (Punte’s favorite!), calling the heralded play “child abuse” as he shakes an angry fist: