And we all know how she changes her mind.
Yesterday's game at Philly showed me how much that fickle finger of fate can point one way and suddenly go another.
And the Refs were involved in most of it too.
The craziest sequence was when Philly had the ball at their own 27, leading by 3 with 5:11 left in the third. Bradford gets sacked by Shelby at the 17 and fumbles. Vernon appears to recover at the 12 and advances to the 7 were he fumbles the ball and its recovered by Bradford at their 3 yard line.
I thought "unbelievable, now they have the ball 1-10 at the 3 instead of our ball 1-G or even if we didn't recover they would be punting from somewhere". But Lady Luck arrived in two forms.
Number One: The Refs had a penalty called for holding against the Eagles and while they were trying to figure out the proper penalty enforcement, Number Two: HC Campbell had plenty of time to look at all the replays on the TV screen to challenge whether Vernon actually possessed the ball or not.
The Refs agreed with Campbell that Vernon, over the course of 5 yards, did not in fact possess the ball so when Bradford fell on the ball at the 3 they were now facing a 4th and 27 if we declined the holding penalty. Had the ruling been that Vernon had possessed the ball then Philly would have faced a 3-13 at their 17 instead.
Granted we wound up only punting the ball back later but Campbell made a good decision to challenge.
With 11:21 left in the game trailing 20-16, Sanchez throws a 22 Yard TD to Ertz to take the lead but once again the Refs get involved. Off setting penalties. Illegal Shift against Philly and we had 12 guys on the field. 12 guys and they still got a guy wide open.
Replay the down. Lady Luck carries a yellow flag.
Prior to the half ending, she bit us too. With 17 seconds left, Hewitt picked off Bradford and was tackled on the Philly 37. A good chance to get a FG and tie up the game 16-16.
Nope. Mosley is called for roughing the passer.
Lady Luck changes her mind too. 3 times Philly put the ball on the ground with a Dolphin having an opportunity to recover. Vernon almost did and we missed the other two chances.
Then at the start of the 4th trailing 16-13, Miami has the ball 1-G at the Philly 8. DE Cox jumps offsides so we halve the ball in to the 4. Tannehill drops back and throws the ball directly into the shoulder of an unblocked Connor Darwin.
As the ball ricochets way up into the air. I am thinking "Oh shit, INT!"
But Lady Luck smiles our way and a leaping Landry comes down with it for a TD.
Our boy Sturgis, former Draft Pick and Place Kicker, had a say in how Lady Luck performed. He missed a chip 32 yard FG in the first half.
Lady Luck even messed with both teams on the same play.
With 5:32 left in the 3rd, Philly had the ball 2-8 at their 35. Bradford is sacked by McCain and fumbles the ball but Philly falls on it. Another golden opportunity for Miami slips through our fingers. Bad luck for us.
Eagle fans were happy with their good luck recovering the fumble until Bradford has trouble getting off the turf and has to leave the game. Bad luck for them turns suddenly into good luck for us.
Enter Mark Sanchez.
Lady Luck also got involved in two very similar replay reviews of plays in two different games involving our current team and also the '72 Perfect Team.
The first which was good luck for us when Vernon was ruled to not have had possession of Bradford's fumble as mentioned earlier.
The second wound up being bad luck for the '72 Team. Trailing the Patriots by 1 with 2:06 left, Odell Beckham Jr. appeared to catch a TD pass from Eli Manning but the Butler did it again and just as Beckham's second foot hit the turf, he slapped the ball loose.
After reviewing this play, the Refs ruled that Beckham Jr. did not possess the ball for the TD and the Giants had to settle for a FG instead.
Tough luck for us trying to get a 1 in the Patriots loss column.
On a side note, the Eagles scored their 16 points in the first half in a span of only 4:03 of game clock.
With their first 9 points coming in a span of only 10 seconds.
Some say better to be lucky than good.
But after the way luck switched sides yesterday, the saying should actually be:
"He who lucks last, lucks best".
Dolfan since 12/25/1971