On Sunday, the Panthers ran what's commonly referred to as a "Fumblerooski," with Richie Brockel scoring an unlikely touchdown after Cam Newton handed him the ball between his legs and faked like he was running right. I joked at the time that it would be awesome if Rod Chudzinski would dial up "the Annexation of Puerto Rico" -- a play made famous from the movie "Little Giants" -- in the second half.
There was never any chance of that happening though, because as it turns out, the play in question already was inspired by the movie.
"Just so you know, the unofficial name – I don't know if you guys have ever seen the "Little Giants" – it's called the Annexation of Puerto Rico," Rivera said on Monday when asked about the trick play. "I've seen the movie a hundred times with my kids. They're grown up now.
"So last night we were talking about and they called it everything from the Chud-a-rooskie to the Mauler to what have you. Somebody said, 'Well, it's from the 'Little Giants.'"
For those that haven't seen "Little Giants," well, we're not friends. But you can watch the clip here.
The primary difference is that the Panthers didn't run a double-fake reverse in order to set the play up. And that they didn't need to go 99 yards to score. And Brockel didn't run head-first into the goalpost either.
But you get the point. This isn't the first trick play "Chud" dialed up recently -- a pass from Legadu Naanee to Newton for a touchdown against the Buccaneers two weeks ago also scored a touchdown.
Though it might cheese off fantasy owners of Newton, DeAngelo Williams and/or Jonathan Stewart, the innovation worked, and it's precisely why Carolina's been enjoyable to watch this season, as well as why Chudzinski's name is getting mentioned with head-coaching vacancies.
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