Football is an odd game. On television, it seems gruff and brutal, but closer inspection shows the childishness at its heart.
Listen to any of the league’s quarterbacks, such as Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow, call out plays for his team. You’ll never again take the NFL seriously.
The NFL shared a tape from Cincinnati’s 24-18 win against the Bills on social media Thursday morning, showing Burrow reciting nonsensical play orders to his listening Bengals teammates.
Burrow directed Cincinnati’s offense to run “Zilch Left 35 Wichita Macho Toe,” “Dice Right Numbers 3 Jet Spielberg,” “Grizzle Left Tight F Fly Pass 37 Punch Waggle Help Baby Dizzy X Fan,” and other oddities with a mostly straight face.
— NFL (@NFL) November 9, 2023
Burrow’s ability to commit all that material to memory—and repeat it with a straight face—confounded and delighted fans and observers.
It’s the delivery that does it for me! https://t.co/9kakwAn2KW
— QUEEN BENGAL BABE (@thebengalbabe) November 9, 2023
What is most impressive is how they can easily pick out and translate what they need to know https://t.co/ZjM0RTBOyw
— Dan Schumacher, MD, PhD (he/him/his) (@DrDanSchumacher) November 9, 2023
and he didn’t even stutter once https://t.co/oZbxhyxiBe
— heather (@jonasburrow) November 9, 2023