The mantra pounded into every young football player's head is "Play 'til the whistle blows." According to a couple of Tennessee Titans, the New Orleans Saints tried to take advantage of it by blowing some unscrupulous whistles in an effort to get the Titans to stop playing prematurely.
Via Paul Kuharsky at ESPN.com, a man named Dean McCondichie, who produces a television show for the team, had a microphone on offensive tackle Michael Roos. The mic picked up some unauthorized whistles.
"During the game we heard this whistle blowing, but they weren't stopping the game, they just kept playing," he said. "They were loud enough for me to hear it on the microphone on him. They were all trying to figure out why play continued. I asked them if they knew where it came from and they said the New Orleans bench. Nobody saw it, but it was pretty loud and it was definitely a whistle."
Jake Scott, another Titans lineman said he heard it, too.
"Dean's got it on tape," Scott said. "Somebody was blowing a whistle on the sideline. There is audio of it, so we'll let it go from there. The second to last drive I think."
My prediction as to what will come of this is absolutely nothing. Unless the video shows some Saints employee with a whistle in his mouth, then how does anything get proven? How do we know it wasn't a guy in the first row blowing a whistle?
I expect a denial coming from the Saints shortly, and then this little issue going away.
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