Dorothy is a linebacker. Linebackers are some of my favorite people because they have a mixture of responsibilities. Sometimes down and dirty tackling close to the line of scrimmage. Sometimes blitzing. Sometimes pass defending in the secondary. This particular play had Dorothy playing pass defense. Rather than spend a lot of words I'll show you what happened...
|Dallas receiver #14 catching a pass. You can just see Dorothy, |
partially hidden from view by Dallas #88
This is a game against the Dallas Fury in 2008. One of my favorite Dallas players is #88 - I wish I could remember her name. (See my posting - "A Personal Note" for a reminder of my terrible memory.) Number 88 partially blocks our view.
In this play Dallas #14 just caught a pass from the Dallas Quarterback for a gain of 10 or 15 yards to the Dallas forty yard line. Mostly concealed from our view by #88, Dorothy is moving in to...
|It appears Dorothy is attempting a tackle - and not a very good one.|
But really she has something totally different in mind.
|It looks as though the Dallas receiver is handing the ball off to|
Dorothy, and Dorothy says that's how it felt.
And just like that Dorothy had the ball. Dorothy says when she took the ball it was almost as though the Dallas player was handing it off to her. Actually Dorothy is strong and just wrestled the ball from the grasp of #14. Outlaws' Monica Gauck was playing in the defensive backfield. One of Dorothy's impressions of the play was the expression on Monica's face. Monica later exclaimed, "You never were going for the tackle!"
|Dorothy running the ball back into Dallas territory while Dallas staff watches in shock and dismay.|
Ball in hand Dorothy heads back the other way. In the photo I love the expressions of the Dallas coaching staff on the far sideline. They can't believe what is happening. One coach is down on one knee, face to the ground, hand covering his eyes. Dorothy is ruining his day.
|Dorothy moving the ball into Dallas territory, with #14 in pursuit.|