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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

DeSean Jackson Should Send Brian Westbrook a Fruit Basket

Or buy the star RB a Rolex to thank him for saving him from the Hall of Shame for his boneheaded play last night on national TV.

In case you missed it, in the second quarter Eagles' QB hit the elusive, diminutive receiver on a post pattern for what looked like a touchdown. There was only one problem. Jackson started to coast at the five yard line and, thinking he was in the end zone, flipped the ball behind him nonchalantly at the one and a half yard line, as if scoring a touchdown on Monday Night Football was no big deal. Naturally, Jackson thought he was in the end zone, but he wasn't.

So absorbed were the Dallas defensive backs chasing Jackson that they didn't notice the wide receiver's error. So, no one from the home team tried to scoop up the ball. The play was dead, and then the Cowboys challenged it. The officials ruled that Jackson fumbled the ball before he scored and that the ball was dead on the one.

Needless to say, everyone was shocked. Lucky for Jackson, Westbrook scored on a one-yard dive on the very next play. So, for all the drama, the Eagles waited precisely one play to score.

Yet. . .

it was a boneheaded play by an overconfident rookie, who, no doubt, will endure all sorts of razzing from his teammates about the blunder. Perhaps Jackson will now make sure he's at least even with the goal post before embarking on any post-TD hijinks. Given the talent he's displayed so far, the bet here is that Jackson will have many more reasons to celebrate his own touchdowns in future games.

It wasn't quite the "Miracle of the Meadowlands" (where are you, Joe Pisarscik?), but it was embarrassing nonetheless.

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