It’s halftime of the Ohio State – Wisconsin football game and the Dr. Pepper Challenge comes on.
The challenge pits two college students against each other to see who can throw the most footballs into a round opening about 5 yards away.
Let me emphasize that they were throwing footballs.
But you wouldn’t know it by the way the two competitors threw the ball. They were throwing what would be referred to as a chest pass in basketball.
Here’s a video from a contest back in 2013, which featured a guy throwing like a football player versus a gal throwing like a basketball player – the gal wins.
It wasn’t always like this. Here’s a tweet from a Rodger Sherman that offers a quick summary of the history of the challenge:
the history of the Dr. Pepper Can Toss Contest
20XX-2008: exclusively overhand throws
2009: lolololol look at that doofus throwing chest passes. wait, he won?
2010: woah. the chest pass person won again?
2011-2018: exclusively chest passes
2019: an overhand thrower strikes back
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger) December 7, 2019
So it looks like someone in 2009 decided to think outside the box and realized there was no rule that required the ball to be thrown like a football pass and went with the chest pass.
And the rest is history.
Until last night, that is. At halftime of the Pac-12 championship game, the winner threw football passes instead of basketball passes, and some fans on Twitter rejoiced.
And I guess I would join in their rejoicing.
While I understand the goal of the game is to throw as many footballs into the hole as possible, using any form allowable, to me the chest pass violates the spirit of the contest.
I hope Destiny’s win last night prompts Dr. Pepper to make a rule change that only allows one-handed passes, which will likely lead to the players making a traditional football pass.
Until then, congrats to the winners! In this case, the ends certainly justify the means.
11 thoughts on “I Guess the Ends Justify the Means, But It Still Doesn’t Seem Right”
That’s a serious prize!
I guess that’s why the ends justify the means!
It was odd to watch, until I realized that every contestant was using the same technique. The only thing remotely football like was the fact they used footballs. But that being said, I do love the fact that both contestants win money for the education!
it is for a good cause; I wonder what people were thinking when they saw the first contestant throw a chest pass!
I saw this contest for the first time last night. The chest pass technique is lame. It is a football game after all.
I’ve never heard of this, and it seems absurd. But I don’t believe in ‘the end justifies th means’
I agree that it is a bit goofy. And I generally agree that the ends do not justify the means, but in this case there were no ethical violations that took place, so I was OK with the odd way many of the contestants threw the football.
In this case, yes.
I wouldn’t mind seeing the rules change. Afterall, we are throwing a football, the gridiron’s pigskin. Call me a purist!
I’m with you, Richard!
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