That Did Not Look Athletic: Week 6 (SD vs. IND)

Donald Miralle

When Monday Night Football ended, the Chargers had once again claimed victory against Indianapolis in a prime-time game. While there was no shortage of un-athletic plays by the Colts' receiving corps we instead decided to roll with an old standby for this week's edition of TDNLA: Philip Rivers.

That Did Not Look Athletic is a weekly series that examines some of the least athletic plays from the previous week's Chargers game. This series is meant to give us a few laughs by showing that even the best athletes in the world have their moments of shame. It's also a reminder that you aren't a complete loser just because you punched at a tether-ball and fell down in front of a bunch of 3rd graders.

In the days of my youth I enjoyed viewing the films of martial artist, Steven Seagal. Above the Law and Hard to Kill were two of my favorites. I even took a quote from Above The Law and wrote it into my ball cap:

"Superior attitude. Superior state of mind" ~Steven Seagal as Mason Storm in 1990's Hard to Kill

I could apologize for being douchey, but let's be honest, it would be hollow for no other reason than the sincerity with which I loved Steven Seagal's movies. The way he could break a guy's arm at the elbow, turning it back 90 degrees, mesmerized this young fan.

Seagal's ability to break arms, however, was nothing but a mask - an expertly crafted narrative to hide an extreme lack of athleticism . . .


Look at that man run . . . . that does not look athletic. Good gosh, man! TDNLA!

Let us begin . . .


Philip Rivers

Choosing Philip Rivers for That Did Not Look Athletic honors is always a safe move. Perhaps too safe. When Nick Shepherd suggested it during Monday night's game I replied with the following:

Philip Rivers' athletic exploits on the field might very well be an example of low hanging fruit but so what - Philip is always funny. And the fact that he's playing great football makes it all the more fun to laugh along with his feats of "athleticism".

It was the combination of Philip's attempt to throw a block in the second quarter and his fantastic sideline celebration after Nick Novak kicked the game-sealing field goal in the fourth quarter that set this week's TDNLA in motion. Presented without further commentary . . .



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H/T to Crean for the great GIFs.

Have an un-athletic story you want to share for next week’s TDNLA? E-mail me at


@AvengingJM contributes regularly during the season and relies heavily on humor as a coping mechanism. Bront Bird completes him.

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