On a chilly December evening in 2010 the world was changed forever.
Nolan Carroll, Miami Dolphins Special Teams "gunner" was intentionally tripped today by a New York Jets coach as he ran down the sideline.
The Jets, having been emasculated by the New England Patriots the week before, were going down the proverbially toilet faster than the Obama administration.
Video footage of the humiliating incident shows Jets personnel lined up in a wall formation (with their toes as lined up flush against the legally allowed area in which they are allowed to stand) oddly staring straight ahead ignoring the play - with the first (farthest right) staffer extending his thigh outward.
His thigh struck the player, who was in full sprint, and the player tumbled to the turf in pain for an extended period of time.
It was unknown at the time if the player even knew what tripped him up - as he said nothing to the Jets coach after he was able to regain his bearings, stand up and walk off the field.
Ryan: Dude, I just finished watching the Patriots destroy the Bears and the Jets game came on.
Paul: You mean Thighgate? Imagine if the Pats did that? It would cause WWIII! Luckily that stupid NYer didn't ruin the man's career.