football team was getting clobbered. The first-string quarterback was
injured. The second-string quarterback was injured. Even the punter was
injured. All the coach had left was their third-stringer who had yet to
play a down all year. He pulled the quarterback aside. "Look son, we
can't afford to let them score again. We've got to run some time off the
clock. Here's what I want you to do."
"On first down, run it to the left. On second down, run it to the
right. On third down run it up the middle. Then, on fourth down, punt it
as far as you can punt it.
coach!" said the quarterback.
On first down he ran it to the left for 30 yards. On second down he ran it
to the right for 40 more. On third down he ran it up the middle down to
the one yard line. Then, on 4th down, the quarterback dropped back and
punted the ball right out of the end zone.
When he got to the sideline, the coach was screaming! "What were you
The quarterback replied, "I was thinking I must be playing for the
dumbest coach in the world."