Wednesday, March 22, 2006

No Fouls League

Hallelujah! Someone's
finally gonna
set us straight!
So maybe NFL owners aren’t as old and senile as we all think they are. No, they’re forcing out all the old and senile on-field officials, but they are attempting to take steps in the right direction. The league is looking into change how games are officiated, and may modify how several existing infractions are called.

Flinches by wide receivers, as an example, may be overlooked by linesman, if the flinch has no barring on the play. There were 850 fall start penalties called during the regular season, so the rule could speed up games and omit some of those suck-the-momentum-out-of-a-drive calls.

He most interesting infraction the league intends to address is the holding call.

Atlanta general manager Rich McKay, co-chairman of the league's competition committee provided huge insight into some of the cutting edge philosophies the league is taking toward holding calls in the future.

"We want to make sure they (the officials) actually see the foul," McKay said.

Uh, so how was this rule interpreted before?

Rule 175.c Holding: If you think that one guy (the alleged grabber) is grabbing another guy (the grabee), OR if one guy plays for a team that you hated as a kid is within 10 feet of your favorite team, the alleged grabber shall be assessed a 10-yard penalty for holding. If the infraction is committed during a nationally televised game, 17 seconds should also mysteriously disappear from the game clock.


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