Nickelodeon’s Patrick calls LA Rams Bobby Wagner’s interception
By Bret Stuter
The LA Rams may not be heading to the NFL Playoffs, but there have been some priceless memories made this season nevertheless. We know about the Mayfield Miracle, the incomprehensible win against the Las Vegas Raiders by Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield just hours after getting off the plane and joining the Rams roster.
But that was not the only one for the highlight reel. On Christmas Day, the LA Rams faced the Denver Broncos. Because this was a game televised by CBS Sports, the game was simulcast by Nickelodeon. One of the highlights of that one was Rams veteran inside linebacker Bobby Wagner’s interception of former teammate, quarterback Russell Wilson.
That is bad enough. But the play-by-play coverage of that play by Sponge Bob Squarepants character, a starfish named Patrick, is priceless. Here is the link to the Barstool Sports Tweet with that coverage. This is the NICKMAS game, and during the game, Wagner picks off Wilson. When Patrick gives a belly laugh and then says:
"“Bobby Wagner coming to town and doing that with his old teammate!” – Patrick per Nickelodeon football coverage"
gets a laugh from me every time I hear it.
Just what the doctor ordered
The LA Rams, despite the non-relenting news about player injuries, going nowhere in the postseason, and even the lack of a first-round draft pick, are turning things around. Don’t let the media convince you that the beatdown of the Denver Broncos on Christmas Day was about the Broncos giving up. It was not that at all. At least, not at first. But by the time the Rams had intercepted Broncos quarterback Russell Wilson a second time and scored their second touchdown of the afternoon after a turnover, the Broncos folded.
The Rams’ offense never punted in this one. In fact, the Rams never turned the ball over, whether by interception, fumble or by downs. Whenever the Rams’ offense touched the football, with the exception of the final six seconds, and even one occasion when the defense scored on a pick-six, the Rams scored. That is eight offensive possessions in a game that resulted in either a field goal or a touchdown.
So what was the difference? The LA Rams, led by veteran inside linebacker Bobby Wagner, had fun. That’s it. Just as we have been begging this team to do, just go out onto the football field and forget about records, statistics, or incentive clauses in contracts, and just play the game that every player in a Rams uniform loves to play.
The Rams played 61 offensive snaps in the game. Starting tight end Baker Mayfield played in 59 of those offensive snaps. But for the first time all season, TE2 Brycen Hopkins played more than 50 percent of the offensive snaps, showing up on the football field for 38 offensive snaps.
The Rams finally went to their 12 personnel package, and it was a beautiful sight. So it was not only the fact that the Denver Broncos arrived at SoFi Stadium prepared to lose a game. In reality, the LA Rams arrived and were more prepared to win it.