Saturday night’s overtime classic included a bizarre moment at the start of the extra session, with referee Clete Blakeman executing the rare non-flip flip of a coin.
“There is nothing in the rule book that specifies [a required flip],” NFL spokesman Michael Signora said in a statement, via ESPN.com. “But the referee used his judgment to determine that basic fairness dictated that the coin should flip for the toss to be valid. That is why he re-tossed the coin.”
Yes, basic fairness requires a coin to flip for a coin flip to be regarded as a coin flip. And maybe if the coins they used weren’t the size of a manhole cover, maybe they would flip every time.