Was the game over when the Ravens' defensive coordinator negated the Ravens' historical stop on fourth-and-one by one of those chic, too-cute-by-half pre-snap timeouts?
Too many times--times we condition ourselves to forget--we think: Ah, it's over.
Carlton Fisk's home run, Jake Plummer's fourth-and-eleven gallop, Alfonso Soriano going deep against Schilling . . .
. . . So, okay, this is what I was thinking: in sports, the first rule is, beware of false omens.
So: a stop on fourth and short negated by a cutesy time-out, as Ray Lewis flops on the turf in disbelief.
Another fourth-and-short. Another stop.
Tweet. False start. Can't be declined.
Fourth and six. Brady, flushed out, scampers for the first.
Three plays later, fourth-and-five. Brady throws to the end zone, incomplete . . .
One play later, touchdown pass to Gaffney . . . who was once cut by the Texans.
Yeah, had 'em all the time. Knew it the instant Baltimore called time out.