2017 Jacksonville Jaguars season
The 2017 season was the Jacksonville Jaguars' 23rd season in the National Football League and the first under new head coach Doug Marrone. Marrone was hired after acting as the team's interim head coach for the final two games of the 2016 season; the team improved on their 3–13 record from 2016 and ended their 10-year playoff drought dating back to 2008 with a week 15 win over the Houston Texans. They secured their first winning season since 2007 after a 30–24 win over the Seattle Seahawks. On December 24, 2017, they clinched their third division title, their first AFC South title following a Tennessee Titans loss, they won the wild card game against the Buffalo Bills 10–3 headed to Pittsburgh, beating the Pittsburgh Steelers 45–42 to advance to the AFC Championship to face the New England Patriots, the first time that they have made the AFC Championship Game since 1999. Despite leading for much of the game, the Jaguars would allow two 4th quarter touchdowns, lost to the Patriots 24–20. One of the biggest catalysts for the Jaguars success during the 2017 season was their defense.
Jacksonville finished in the top of the league in multiple defensive categories, were considered "historically good" by some analysts. The Jaguars defense led the league in forced fumbles, completion percentage, passing yards allowed per game, passer rating and defensive touchdowns, they finished second in sacks, total takeaways, yards allowed per game and points allowed per game. Along with their spectacular defense, the Jaguars were the top rushing offense in the NFL, averaging 141 rush yards per game. Notes The Jaguars traded TE Julius Thomas to Miami for its seventh-round selection; the Jaguars traded their second- and sixth-round selections to Seattle for its second-round selection. On December 13, 2016, the NFL announced that the Jaguars will play host to the Baltimore Ravens at Wembley Stadium in London, England, as part of their commitment to the London Games; the game will occur during Week 3, will be televised in the United States. The kickoff was announced in conjunction with the release of the regular season schedule.
The remainder of the Jaguars' 2017 schedule was finalized and announced on April 20. Note: Intra-division opponents are in bold text. NFL London Games Official website
2001 Jaguars-Browns officiating controversy
The 2001 Jaguars-Browns Officiating Controversy referred to as the Bottlegate or The Beer Bottle Game, was an incident in an American football game in the 2001 season of the National Football League between the visiting Jacksonville Jaguars and the Cleveland Browns. It occurred in week 14 with the Browns sitting at 6-6, desperate for a win to keep their playoff hopes alive. Down 15-10 with 1:08 remaining, the Browns were forced to try to convert on 4th and 2 at the Jaguar's 12 yard line. Tim Couch took the snap and passed short to Quincy Morgan, who appeared to bobble the ball after a 3 yard gain, but the referees called it a completed pass. Couch spiked the ball with: 48 remaining; the officials announced that they would review the 4th down conversion, overturned it, giving the ball to the Jaguars. Enraged, the fans began throwing objects onto the field, including beer bottles. After a few minutes, the officials announced that the game would end 48 seconds early and the officials and players exited the field.
However, the league office called. The teams and officials came back onto the field and, after 2 quarterback kneels by the Jaguars, the game was over, 15-10; the Cleveland Browns were in a position to get an unlikely playoffs spot at 6-6, but most needed to win the 4 remaining games of the season to do so. However, they were down 15-10 with 1:08 remaining in the game, were faced with a 4th and 2 at the Jaguars 12 yard line, they had to try to convert, or else the Jaguars would kneel the ball twice and end the game. Quarterback Tim Couch took the snap and passed it short to wide receiver Quincy Morgan, who appeared to bobble the ball after a 3 yard gain, but the referees called it a completed pass. Couch spiked the ball with: 48 remaining. While preparing for the next play, referee Terry McAulay announced that the officials would review the 4th down conversion though the NFL rules stipulate that a play cannot be reviewed after another play has been completed. After an instant replay review, the officials confirmed that the pass was not completed and, as a result, the Jaguars would take possession of the football.
After the controversial decision, the Browns fans were enraged. They began hurling other objects onto the field; the players and coaches migrated to the middle of the field to prevent injury, many players reported getting hit, but none were injured. A few fans ran onto the field, but were apprehended by law enforcement. After a few minutes of waiting for the crowd to settle, referee Terry McAulay announced that the game was over 0:48 seconds early, something never done before in the NFL. All of the players and coaches ran off the field through the tunnel, the fans pelted them with bottles. After a few minutes, Paul Tagliabue, the NFL Commissioner at the time and informed the referees that they did not have the authority to end a game early, that the game must be completed; the referees told the players in the locker room, many of whom were undressed and showering, that they needed to go back out. When the players and officials returned to the field, over 20 minutes had elapsed since the disputed 4th down play.
After 2 kneels by the Jaguars, the game concluded. After the game, the officials claimed that the booth had buzzed in before the spike of the ball but the officials did not respond before the play. Referee: Terry McAulay Umpire: Carl Paganelli Head Linesman: Earnie Frantz Line Judge: Byron Boston Back Judge: Billy Smith Side Judge: Bill Spyksma Field Judge: Scott Steenson National Football League controversies 2012 Packers–Seahawks officiating controversy 2018 NFC Championship Game officiating controversy 2001 NFL season 2001 Cleveland Browns season
River City Relay
The River City Relay is a play in a National Football League game involving the New Orleans Saints and Jacksonville Jaguars that took place on December 21, 2003, at Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida. With the Jaguars leading 20–13, the Saints used three laterals to score a touchdown as time expired in regulation. However, New Orleans kicker John Carney missed the ensuing extra point that would have sent the game into overtime, instead gave Jacksonville the 20–19 victory; the Saints, at 7–7 entering the game, were attempting to reach the playoffs for the first time since 2000. However, they needed to win both of their final two games to have a chance at qualifying for the postseason; the Jaguars had been eliminated from postseason contention. While the Saints led early on in the game 3–0 after a John Carney field goal, the scoring had been dominated by the Jaguars. With just seven seconds left at the end of regulation, the Jaguars had built a 20–13 lead on the Saints; the Saints were on their own 25-yard line looking at second down and 10.
Quarterback Aaron Brooks passed the ball to the right side of the field to receiver Donté Stallworth, who caught the pass at midfield. Stallworth bounced off a tackle attempt by Jaguars cornerback Fernando Bryant and turned inside and broke two more tackles; the clock had reached zero, Stallworth pitched the ball to the 34-yard line to Michael Lewis, who ran the ball to the 25-yard line of Jacksonville. He turned and pitched the ball to Deuce McAllister, who ran to the Jaguars' 20-yard line. McAllister pitched the ball to the right side of the field to Jerome Pathon, who caught the ball at the 24-yard line of Jacksonville. Brooks, who had hustled all the way downfield laid a block on the last Jaguars defender and Pathon dove into the end-zone. There was a lengthy delay while the officials determined that all of the ball transfers were indeed legal laterals. All the Saints needed. Carney lined up to kick the extra point, hit a dead push, the kick sailed wide right; the famous reaction of Saints play-by-play radio announcer Jim Henderson was a horrified scream: "NOOOO!!!
He missed the extra point wide right! Oh my God, how could he do that?" With no time remaining on the clock, the game was over, giving the Jaguars an improbable 20–19 victory. Earlier in the season, Coach Haslett had stated to the media that he trusted Carney so much, that he'd stake his life on him; when reminded that day of those same comments, Haslett stated, "Then I'd be dead right now. He's one of the great all-time kickers. I never would have guessed this would happen."With the loss, the Saints fell to 7–8 on the season and were eliminated from contention for the 2003 NFL playoffs. However if the Saints had won in overtime, they would have been eliminated from the playoffs, as the Dallas Cowboys won their tenth game of the season that day and the Seahawks won their tenth game to gain a wild card; the Saints would, finish their season on a high note the next week with a 13–7 home victory over the playoff bound Dallas Cowboys. For the Jaguars, the victory would lift them to a 5–10 record, they would go on to lose 21 -- 14, to the Atlanta Falcons.
The River City Relay went on to win the 2004 Best Play ESPY Award. It was the last multi-lateral touchdown in an NFL game until the Miracle In Miami in 2018. Referee: Gerald Austin Umpire: Roy Ellison Head Linesman: John Schleyer Line Judge: Carl Johnson Field Judge: Scott Edwards Side Judge: Rick Patterson Back Judge: Jim Howey The Play, a similar last-second play in a 1982 college football game 2007 Trinity vs. Millsaps football game, a 2007 NCAA Division III game that featured a similar, but longer, game-ending play Wide Right Miracle in Miami River City Relay on Google ESPN recap
The Jacksonville Roar is the professional cheerleading squad of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. The group was established in 1995, the team's inaugural year, performs choreographed routines during the team's home contests; the Jaguars announced the creation of the Roar the year after the franchise was awarded to Jacksonville in 1993. Delores Weaver, wife of the first Jaguars owner Wayne Weaver, took a special interest in the cheerleaders when they owned the team, she served as a judge during tryouts, helped design their uniforms and approved their dance routines. Tryouts are held each spring and members not returning from the prior year must be replaced. Applicants are judged based on interviews and dance performance. Three "cuts" are made to the group of applicants to determine the final roster. Most of the members are students, but other occupations include nurses, hair stylists and an accountant; the squad practices several times each week throughout the year except for March, when auditions are held.
Cheerleaders are paid for each game based on years of experience, with rookies earning less than $100. In addition to performing at games and pep rallies, members function as goodwill ambassadors of the team from May to February, they are joined by team mascot Jaxson de Ville to participate in events in the Jacksonville metropolitan area where they sign autographs and pose for pictures. Jaguars marketing and sales operations manager Steve Livingstone commented, "when the cheerleaders do an autograph signing, the interest is just phenomenal"; the Jaguars charge $150 per cheerleader per hour for non-charity appearances. They join NFL tours to entertain US servicemen around the world. In 2006, a Roar swimsuit calendar was introduced, has been produced each year since; each year, 250 girls age 6-17 participate in the Junior Roar program. A three-day clinic is held at TIAA Bank Field where the cheerleaders from the Roar teach dance skills and engage in teambuilding activities in preparation for the Junior ROAR Production during halftime at a Jaguar game.
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A mascot is any person, animal, or object thought to bring luck, or anything used to represent a group with a common public identity, such as a school, professional sports team, military unit, or brand name. Mascots are used as fictional, representative spokespeople for consumer products, such as the rabbit used in advertising and marketing for the General Mills brand of breakfast cereal, Trix. In the world of sports, mascots are used for merchandising. Team mascots are related to their respective team nicknames; this is true when the team's nickname is something, a living animal and/or can be made to have humanlike characteristics. For more abstract nicknames, the team may opt to have an unrelated character serve as the mascot. For example, the athletic teams of the University of Alabama are nicknamed the Crimson Tide, while their mascot is an elephant named Big Al. Team mascots may take the form of a logo, live animal, inanimate object, or a costumed character, appear at team matches and other related events, sports mascots are used as marketing tools for their teams to children.
Since the mid-20th century, costumed characters have provided teams with an opportunity to choose a fantasy creature as their mascot, as is the case with the Philadelphia Phillies' mascot, the Phillie Phanatic, the Philadelphia Flyers' mascot, Gritty. Costumed mascots are commonplace, are used as goodwill ambassadors in the community for their team, company, or organization such as the U. S. Forest Service's Smokey Bear, it was organisations that first thought of using animals as a form of mascot to bring entertainment and excitement for their spectators. Before mascots were fictional icons or people in suits, animals were used in order to bring a somewhat different feel to the game and to strike fear upon the rivalry teams; as the new era was changing and time went on, mascots evolved from predatory animals, to two-dimensional fantasy mascots, to what we know today, three-dimensional mascots. Stylistic changes in American puppetry in the mid-20th century, including the work of Jim Henson and Sid and Marty Krofft, soon were adapted to sports mascots.
It allowed people to not only have visual enjoyment but interact physically with the mascots. Marketers realized the great potential in three-dimensional mascots and took on board the costumed puppet idea; this change encouraged other companies to start creating their own mascots, resulting in mascots being a necessity amongst not only the sporting industry but for other organisations The word'mascot' originates from the French term'mascotte' which means lucky charm. This was used to describe anything; the word was first recorded in 1867 and popularised by a French composer Edmond Audran who wrote the opera La mascotte, performed in December 1880. The word entered the English language in 1881. However, before this, the terms were familiar to the people of France as a slang word used by gamblers; the term is a derivative of the word'masco' meaning sorceress or witch. Before the 19th century, the word'mascot' was associated with inanimate objects that would be seen such as a lock of hair or a figurehead on a sailing ship.
But from on until the present day, the term was seen to be associated with good luck animals, objects etc. The choice of mascot reflects the desired quality. Mascots may symbolize a local or regional trait, such as the Nebraska Cornhuskers' mascot, Herbie Husker: a stylized version of a farmer, owing to the agricultural traditions of the area in which the university is located. Pittsburg State University uses Gus the Gorilla as its mascot, "gorilla" being an old colloquial term for coal miners in the Southeast Kansas area in which the university was established. In the United States, controversy surrounds some mascot choices those using human likenesses. Mascots based on Native American tribes are contentious, as many argue that they constitute offensive exploitations of an oppressed culture. However, several Indian tribes have come out in support of keeping the names. For example, the Utah Utes and the Central Michigan Chippewas are sanctioned by local tribes, the Florida State Seminoles are supported by the Seminole Tribe of Florida in their use of Osceola and Renegade as symbols.
FSU chooses not to refer to them as mascots because of the offensive connotation. This has not, prevented fans from engaging in "Redface"—dressing up in stereotypical, Plains Indian outfits during games, or creating offensive banners saying "Scalp'em" as was seen at the 2014 Rose Bowl; some sports teams have "unofficial" mascots: individual supporters or fans that have become identified with the team. The New York Yankees have such an individual in fan Freddy Sez. Former Toronto Blue Jays mascot BJ Birdie was a costumed character created by a Blue Jays fan hired by the team to perform at their home games. USC Trojans mascot is Tommy Trojan. See also: Lists of sports mascots: Australian sports, Brazilian football, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Olympics and Paralympics, U. S. colleges See also: Native American mascot controversy, List of sports team names and mascots derived from indigenous peoples Many sports teams in the United States have official mascots, sometimes enacted by costumed humans or live animals.
One of the earliest was a taxidermy mount for the Chicago Cubs, in 1908, a live animal used in 1916 by the same team. They abandoned the concept shortly thereafter and remained with
1998 Jacksonville Jaguars season
The 1998 Jacksonville Jaguars season was the franchise’s fourth year in the National Football League. The team equaled the 11–5 record from their previous season but won their first division title as both the Oilers and the Pittsburgh Steelers lost crucial games near the end of the regular season; the Jaguars appeared twice on Monday Night Football. Fred Taylor runs for 162 yards and 1 touchdown on 31 carries; the Patriots had the Jaguars defense forced 3 turnovers. Mark Brunell completes just 12 of 31 passes with 3 interceptions; the Jaguars committed 4 turnovers. Mark Brunell, Franchise Record, Most Touchdown Passes in One Game, 4 Passes Mark Brunell, Franchise Record, Most Touchdown Passes in One Season, 20 Passes Fred Taylor, Franchise Record, Most Touchdowns in One Season, 17 Single Game Home Attendance Record, 74,143, December 28, 1998 Single Season Home Attendance Record, 561,472, December 28, 1998 Jaguars on Pro Football Reference Jaguars Schedule on jt-sw.com