All the news stories showed Lyin Ryan with a dejected look on his face. If you are not sure what that look is, I will try to paint the picture for you using football. It is the fourth quarter of the championship game. Your team is down by four points and you are fifty yards from the goal line with six seconds on the clock. You've used your last time out and this is fourth down. No worries, you have a great arm, and four of the best receivers in the nation in your package. They have good coverage, but you have a trick play you have never shown until now.
The ball is snapped, you only need the pocket to hold for four seconds until you can put the ball in the air. It holds for three and a half. You see the safety coming on a delayed blitz, but it is too late to scramble. You move and the play breaks down. You hold most of that half second, then hurtle your best shot knowing that the end zone has three defenders and four receivers. As the ball leaves your fingers you feel the impact of 230 pounds of screaming steel and hear the solid unmistakable sound of a bone snapping. It is season over for you, but it was season over no matter what. You can't really see anything, but you can hear the stadium erupt in parts that were dead silent ten seconds ago and know that one of your guys climbed the ladder and made that catch.
Lyin Ryan took one for the team. It is rare for a quarter back to have to take the hard hit, but every once in a while, he has to. Lyin Ryan may be dead meat. The hit he took for Donahue may have ended his career as
Lyin Ryan can't dance a jig in public. He wants to. Instead, he is doing the Snoop Dance in his heart.