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December 19, 2011

Panthers trick play: Life imitates 'art'

After fullback Richie Brockel scored a 7-yard touchdown run on a Fumble-rooskie in the first half of a 28-13 win at Houston on Sunday, his Panthers teammates wondered what to call the play.

Among the suggestions: 'The Chud-a-rooskie,' in honor of offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski, and 'the Mauler,' the nickname rookie QB Cam Newton gave to Brockel in training camp.

They settled on the Annexation of Puerto Rico, a trick play run in the 1994 comedy, “Little Giants” about a peewee football team.

Ron Rivera said Brockel's play was similar to that used in the movie, although was not necessarily inspired by the film.

Just so you know, the unofficial name – I don't know if you guys have ever seen the “Little Giants” – it's called the Annexation of Puerto Rico. I've seen the movie a hundred times with my kids. They're grown up now,” Rivera said. “So last night we were talking about and they called it everything from the Chud-a-rooskie to the Mauler to what have you. Somebody said, 'well, it's from the 'Little Giants.''”

It's the second trick play in the past three weeks that has worked for the Panthers. In a win at Tampa Bay on Dec. 4, Newton caught a long pass from receiver Legedu Naanee to set up a touchdown.

Receiver Brandon LaFell was skeptical when Chudzinski put the Annexation in during Friday's walkthrough.

When we put it in, I never thought in a million years that that play was going to work, let alone get a touchdown,” LaFell said.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on December 19, 2011 at 01:56 PM | Permalink


can't wait until they run the trick play from The Longest Yard!

Posted by: joe cool | Dec 19, 2011 2:23:25 PM

Well if they are in the mood to be inspired from movies, why not bring in Kathy Ireland to kick field goals, they are already open to the idea of bringing new kickers.

Posted by: dspill | Dec 19, 2011 2:36:00 PM

They should use that play that the guy scored with during the Last Boy Scout.

Posted by: Ace Juniper | Dec 19, 2011 2:58:26 PM

The one where he killed everyone and committed suicide?? ---that's okay.

Posted by: stephen | Dec 19, 2011 3:43:09 PM

The Panthers won 28-13, not 21-0.

Posted by: Rover | Dec 19, 2011 3:54:34 PM

It worked, end of story.

Posted by: Jellybean | Dec 19, 2011 3:58:27 PM

The Panthers are coming fast. Watch out NFL in 2012!!!

Posted by: Trapp | Dec 19, 2011 5:49:10 PM

they r coming hard, next year number 34 and 1

Posted by: tony p | Dec 19, 2011 6:07:32 PM

2012 is gonna be fun

Posted by: Tim Gard | Dec 19, 2011 7:04:04 PM

Newton Sucks!

Posted by: tony | Dec 19, 2011 8:26:20 PM

How about calling it "hatching the egg"?

Ed Mays

Posted by: Edward Mays | Dec 19, 2011 8:43:13 PM

Tony, take your med's, and lay the hell down somewhere !

Posted by: nasty704 | Dec 19, 2011 8:47:34 PM

Watching it from the Panthers side of the ball on TV fooled me ! Nice play!

Posted by: spanky | Dec 19, 2011 9:50:50 PM

I'm waiting for the Triple Lindy.

Posted by: wes.mantooth | Dec 21, 2011 9:34:08 AM

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