[Ads-l] Take a knee

Dennis During dcduring at GMAIL.COM
Sun Dec 24 08:18:06 EST 2017


On Sun, Dec 24, 2017 at 12:50 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> Poster:       Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
> Subject:      Re: Take a knee
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> Wasn't there once a time when there was only a trivial amount of time left
> and the winning team had the ball and, though, officially, there was time
> left for one more play, running that play would be pointless? So, the
> winning team would go into the spread formation, the ball would be snapped
> and the quarterback, instead of trying needlessly to run a useless play,
> would simply "take a knee" - i.e. drop to one knee - thereby ending the
> play and, consequently, the game.
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> ‚ÄčThere indeed once was and still is such a time. The practice and the use
of the expression "take a knee" by sportscasters‚Äč probably can be observed
and heard today on football broadcasts.


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Dennis C. During

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