So Why Don’t You Slide: A Video Tribute to Surrendering Quarterbacks
George Carlin left “sliding” out of his brilliant baseball vs. football routine, so we’re left to fend for ourselves on the question of how the act is perceived in each sport. Most would agree that in baseball, sliding is an art form—one borne of necessity, but with healthy portions of aggression and cunning mixed in. This is not the case in football, where a quarterback’s slide is at best a desperate act of self-preservation, and at worst an indication that all has not gone as planned.
Inarguably, it makes a lot of financial and organizational sense for a quarterback to hit the deck and live to fight another play, rather than inviting contact and getting tenderized by a linebacker with a head of steam. (Sometimes they don’t listen.) Still, it’s hard not to laugh when 6′ 3″, 230ish-pound men drop to the field for cover, sometimes quite gracelessly. It’s also hard not to laugh when a Goo Goo Dolls song plays in the year 2013. This union was written in the stars.