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Old 10-21-02, 04:36 PM
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Football rules you hate

For me, it's the NCAA's halo rule.

Who thought this was a good idea? So good it had to be expanded? Now, granted, my team got stung by it two weeks ago, so I've got a bit of a grudge, but I didn't like it before then.

I'm sorry, if you don't want to get hit, call a fair catch or go play something other than football. Besides, what does it really help? The guy has to be two yards back, but provided he's two yards back, he can still unload on the guy after he catches the ball.
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Old 10-21-02, 04:43 PM
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Helmet-to-helmet rule on the quarterback.

Leading with the helmet is one thing, and should be penalized. But there have been a few plays this year where a defensive player has sacked the QB and made inadvertant contact with his helmet. Bogus rule.
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Old 10-21-02, 04:57 PM
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Not a Raiders fan, but the tuck rule is stupid as hell.

Also, the FG kicking rule where if you get the kick blocked on anything but 4th down, you can keep trying until you're out of downs...unjustly penalizes the defense for making a good special teams play.

Lots of rules protecting QBs and punters...this is football! Not "protect the pansies".

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Sounds like a thread for Raider fans
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Old 10-21-02, 05:13 PM
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Originally posted by immortal_zeus
Also, the FG kicking rule where if you get the kick blocked on anything but 4th down, you can keep trying until you're out of downs...unjustly penalizes the defense for making a good special teams play.

I thought if it the kick is blocked then its change of posession.. they only get to retry if they fumble the snap and don't kick it...
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In the NFL you can't run back a 2 pt conversation attempt or a 1 pt PAT the other way if you happen to get your hands on the ball and make it to the other endzone. This happened in the Rams/Seattle game yesterday.
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Originally posted by grrrah
I thought if it the kick is blocked then its change of posession.. they only get to retry if they fumble the snap and don't kick it...
True only if the kicked ball passes the line of scrimmage. Take it from a Browns fan.
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Old 10-21-02, 05:24 PM
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Originally posted by grrrah
I thought if it the kick is blocked then its change of posession.. they only get to retry if they fumble the snap and don't kick it...
Nope. If it's blocked and recovered by the offense, then the offense can keep trying until they're out of downs. That's how the Browns lost against the Steelers.

http://sports.espn.go.com/nfl/recap?gameId=220929023

Peterson's winner with 7:46 remaining in overtime came one play after Alvin McKinley blocked his 24-yard attempt, the second Browns kick block of the day. But because it was only second down and Pittsburgh's John Fiala fell on the bouncing football -- which never crossed the line of scrimmage -- the Steelers (1-2) retained possession. Peterson redeemed himself on the next play.
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Old 10-21-02, 05:30 PM
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Leading with helmet should not be penalized unless the guy is on the ground (aka spearing).

I'm not a fan of the distinction btwn an INT and fumble recovery where your momentum carries you into the end zone. For an INT, the ball is spotted at the point where the ball is picked off, yet for a fumble recovery, it can be ruled a safety.
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Onsides Kickoff rule...

If the kicking team touchs the ball before it goes 10 yards, they get to try it again (add in a small penalty). Defense should have the right to refuse penalty and get ball where it was recovered.
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Thanks for the clarifying.. I guess that's why I sleep alone at night..
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Originally posted by grrrah
Thanks for the clarifying.. I guess that's why I sleep alone at night..


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Old 10-21-02, 07:05 PM
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College No instant replays
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The rule that says when a team playing the 49ers is ahead of the 49ers at the end regulation, unknown said team will win and the 49ers do not. That rule sucks!!
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Old 10-22-02, 08:30 AM
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Halo Rule - I always enjoy when the punt returner gets leveled on the return, but now the advantage is heavily in favor of the returner, that its not as entertaining.
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Pass interference in college football. Should be spot of the foul.
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In the NFL the punter can't recover his own kick-In the CFL u can.
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scoring a touchdown, when all a player has to do is knock over the pylon (sp?). that is b.s. IMO, a player should have to get the ball and his body into the end zone - none of this crap where a player is flying out of bounds, but he still knocks over a pylon, so they give him a touchdown.

The quarterback is over-protected according to present rules. He is wearing more padding/protection than ever, and a defender can't lay a finger on him w/out the whistle blowing - everyone else in football can have the crap knocked out of him, so why can't the quarterback once in a while, he used to until the mid-'90s at least.
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The one that hurt the TExans a couple of weeks ago. The receiver came with both feet in the endzone, even took a step or 2, but when he hit the ground, the ball popped out after the ball hit the ground.

Really stupid, the ground can't cause a fumble anywhere else on the field, but in the endzone it can????

Need to change this one.

I also don't like how a running back can get the nose of the ball 1/100th of an inch across the goal line and it is a TD.
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Old 10-22-02, 10:10 AM
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I also don't like how a running back can get the nose of the ball 1/100th of an inch across the goal line and it is a TD.
Well, that's simply in line with the rules for a first down.
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Originally posted by bahist17
The quarterback is over-protected according to present rules. He is wearing more padding/protection than ever, and a defender can't lay a finger on him w/out the whistle blowing - everyone else in football can have the crap knocked out of him, so why can't the quarterback once in a while, he used to until the mid-'90s at least.
The reason is because the quarterback many times is not braced for an impact. A running back is expecting to get hit. A quarterback stands straight up to pass the ball, unless he's running, in which case he doesn't have all those protections anyway.


The rules I hate the most deal with illegal procedure. I don't like the rules concerning how players have to line up. They have 11 men, and they have to move the ball forward. Let them line up however they want to.
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College No instant replays
Thank God that the NCAA has enough sense not to initiate instant replay.
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College No instant replays

I think instant replay is a good idea but there is a practical reason for not having instant replay in college. Many games are not televised. Unless it can be employed in all games (at least at the Div-I level), you can't use it.
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