We’ve all been Joseph Ossai

Matthew Arnold Stern
2 min readJan 31
Joseph Ossai consoled after Bengals’ loss. Photo Mary Clarke, USA Today.

The AFC Championship was brutal for the Cincinnati Bengals, especially for Joseph Ossai. His late out-of-bounds hit of Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the final seconds led to a 15-yard penalty that enabled the Chiefs to kick a game-winning field goal. You can point to dozens of other failures during the game that cost the Bengals a Super Bowl berth. You can blame the officiating. You can list the bad passes, missed opportunities…

Matthew Arnold Stern

A novelist and award-winning public speaker and technical writer. My novels Amiga and The Remainders are available now.