I know “Simpsons did it” is a well known thing, but the turn tables have turned. The animated show has time and time again predicted funny moments that later became true, from Lady Gaga performing at the Super Bowl to Murder Hornets, the show has an impressive history of jokes becoming true. It goes to beg the question does life imitate art or does art imitate life? This time, it’s South Park accurately predicting the future.
It’s been 10 years since the Comedy Central show aired its episode “Sarcastaball” in the 16th season of the show. In the episode, Randy gets tired of all the ridiculous rules the NFL has implemented to make the game safer and decides to make his own version of the game full of hugs and kisses to poke fun at how soft the game has become. Players get points for compliments, turning the ball over is a good thing, and nobody gets hurt. Of course, it’s meant to be sarcastic, but it ends up taking off.
Now, here we are watching as the game we love becomes Sarcastaball. The roughing the passer penalty called on the Atlanta Falcons on Tom Brady was ridiculous and had the internet and talking heads going crazy. Then, during Sunday night football it gets even worse. Chris Jones was called for literally tackling Derek Carr. In fact, it looks like Jones even possessed the ball, himself. It should have been Chiefs ball, not even just a sack. Instead, it was called roughing the passer and the Raiders extended the drive, later resulting in a field goal.
I don’t get it. It doesn’t make sense. In what world is this roughing the passer? What is the defender supposed to do? Wish the QB luck on his drive? This is not a penalty.
All of this does come on the heels of the Tua injury a few weeks ago. You have to imagine somehow that is somehow playing into things here. I understand looking out for the QB but this is taking things too far. You have to be able to tackle the player with the ball. I’m scared we’re a few weeks away from seeing the players with little flags wrapped around their waists, and tackling is a thing of the past. Or, maybe Sarcastaball will become a real thing? Spare me on Butters’ Creamy Goo. Gatorade will be just fine for me.
Don’t remember the episode? Here’s what you missed.