Bret Beliema's Rule For All Ball-Carriers

By DJ Byrnes on September 25, 2013 at 6:07p

There's been a plague in recent years — on all levels — of players dropping the ball before crossing the goal-line. (A Texas Tech player did it a couple weeks ago.) Enter the arcane football sage Bret "Bert" Beliema, who is working on conditioning his players in a way that would solve that problem, as well as the one encountered by his former team at Arizona State two weeks ago:

One of the things we’ve always talked to our players about is, no matter who is touching the ball, running back, defensive player after an interception, make sure you hand the ball to the official so you put the ball in the right hands of the people that are going to make the game work. 

That seems like a good bit of business. Perhaps that explains what happened above? Perhaps Montee Ball was too busy locating the referee because his he assumed his touchdown's ink was already drying in the record books? And maybe that's what Jen Beliema was getting after with her "#karma" tweet in the immediate aftermath of the ASU-Wisconsin game, like "that's what ya'll get for not following my husband's sage advice"?

Really makes ya think.


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kr66osu's picture

man why is making fun of Bert so fun?

wolfman's picture

I am in Arkansas and enjoy passing along "Bert" news to all my co-workers who are piggie fans.  They don't understand why I call him "Bert", which makes it even funnier!

DJ Byrnes's picture

At this point it's weird for me to type "Bret" ... I have to really think it through. He's just "Bert" to me, and it's a nickname that slays me. So perfect. Kudos to Vico.

Californian by birth, Marionaire by the Grace of President Warren G. Harding.

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

I loved the reactions of both Urban Meyer and Josh Smith when asked by the local media at the Monday Luncheon if they missed Bert.  Both were funny as hell...

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama

BUCKfutter's picture

All I can think when i watch that gif is if Bryant were another half yard upfield, he takes it to the house and the end of that game is much less stressful.

the kids are playing their tail off, and the coaches are screwing it up! - JLS

Aesculus.'s picture

He's such a F'in saint.

dubjayfootball90's picture

This play made me scream, yell, swear, laugh, cry, sh*t myself, etc. So many emotions at once on this play.

You can feed a bobcat all the chili it wants. That don't mean it's going to crap out diamonds.

Doesntwork's picture

Ball did the right thing; he handed the ball to the right hands, aka OSU defense.

Hovenaut's picture

Was that the problem against Rutgers?

buckeyefanatic's picture

How many batteries does it take to beat Michigan football?   1AA
Want to beat Michigan? There's an App for that.

gobucks96's picture

This bert does NOT approve!

geoffrsc's picture

That was my favorite play of 2012. The announcers, especially that moron Matt Millen, turned that game into the Monte Ball Show. That TD and the record, was, in their minds a foregone conclusion. But RDS decided that wasn't happening on his watch. Beautiful.

GoBucksToledo's picture

Silver tongued devil with the gift of 20/20 hindsight.