Posts Tagged ‘Hail Mary pass’

Can Anxiety Beat Depression in November?

September 28, 2016

Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, September 3-4, 2016


Can Anxiety Beat Depression in November? by Peggy Noonan

” …Everyone knows what they think; everyone knows their impression of Mrs. Clinton and Donald Trump.” Ms. Noonan points out in this article that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have been famous for a quarter-century.    “But not everyone knows how they will vote.”

Ms. Noonan further writes that the presidential contest will come down to a battle between depression and anxiety.

“Mrs. Clinton is depression in this race: You know exactly who she is, what trouble she brings–she always brings that sack full  of scandal–and she won’t make anything better.  Mr. Trump is anxiety: If you back him you know you’re throwing the long ball, a real Hail Mary pass to the casino developer and reality TV star who may or may not know how to catch the ball when catching the ball means everything…” 

This football metaphor/idiom is explained fully in the website  Basically, it is a  long pass thrown by the quarterback in a desperate situation.


The Medical Equivalent of a Hail Mary Pass

August 3, 2013

The New York Times, Tuesday, July 30, 2013

THE DOCTOR’S WORLD: Lawrence K. Altman, M.D.

A Kennedy Baby’s Life and Death: The battle to save a president’s premature son would likely have a different outcome today.  Washington–Fifty years ago this summer, the nation was transfixed by a medical drama that is now largely forgotten: the desperate struggle to a save the life of Patrick Bouvier Kennedy, the first baby born to a sitting president and first lady since the 19th century.  Five and a half weeks premature delivered by Caesarian section on August 7, 1963,… Patrick immediately began to have trouble breathing…

Patrick died just 39 hours after his birth, a victim of what was then the most common cause of death among premature infants in the United States, killing an estimated 25,000 babies each year: hyaline membrane disease, now known as respiratory distress syndrome.”

Transferred from Cape Cod to Boston’s Children’s Hospital, the physician’s tried for the medical equivalent of  a “Hail Mary’s Pass.” to use a pressurized device …to increase blood oxygen, which the hospital had tried on premature babies two or three times without success. Unfortunately, Patrick died.  The effort didn’t work.

A Hail Mary’s Pass is a football term, which can be understood by looking at previous blogs or at http://www.sports

Romney and Ryan: A Hail Mary Pass? A Wildcat Formation?

August 29, 2012

The New Yorker, August 27, 2012

THE TALK OF THE TOWN,  by John Cassidy


“…Until Romney picked (Paul) Ryan, the rationale for his candidacy had been that he was a practical businessman who could appeal to independents and get the economy moving.  Now Romney has tethered himself to a conservative ideologue who serves in an institution, the house of Representatives, that, according to the latest Gallup poll, has an approval rating of ten percent.  Such an abrupt reversal smacks of desperation.  Not a Hail Mary pass, exactly, but akin to a struggling N.F.L. (National Football League) team that suddenly decides to adopt the wildcat formation and rely on fakery…”

“Ultimately, the Convention is about him (Romney), not about Ryan.  But, in seeking to win over the American people, he is going to have to explain his choice of running mate and answer a fundamental question that has plagued him from the beginning:  Who is Mitt Romney?”

 A Hail Mary pass is a desperation pass, usually at the end of the game, and as this isn’t the end of the election game, the pairing of Mr. Ryan and Governor Romney isn’t quite this, but a wildcat formation, when many in the electorate,  the Democrats, and certainly the writer of the article, are not sure where this partnership is going.

Who is the quarterback and who the running back?

The Wildcat offense is a formation often used to capitalize on mismatches created by the shifting of skill players. In the Wildcat formation, the quarterback is generally replaced in the backfield by a running back who takes a direct snap from the center.  This is designed for confusion.