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Old 07-25-05, 07:10 PM
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ESPN - dumbest rules in Sports

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2...e=hruby/050725

Offsides in Soccer
Intentional Walks in Baseball
Boxing Scoring
NBA Late-Game Timeouts
Amateurism in College Sports
The NBA's 10-Foot Rim and 94-Foot Floor
Second Serves in Tennis
NBA … Everything ()
The Ground Can't Cause a Fumble in Football
No Protesting a Called Strike in Baseball
Golf's Stroke-And-Distance Rule
The Chris Webber Rule
Drug Testing for Athletes Only
Interference in Hockey
Baseball Dugout Warnings
No Official Game Clock Posted In Soccer
No In-Match Coaching in Tennis
Golf crowds being quiet
Baseball's On-Deck Circle
Traveling/Palming in the NBA
Baseball Managers Wearing Uniforms
Overtime Stat Keeping in College Football
Sudden-Death Overtime in the NFL
No Contact on the Basepaths in Baseball
College Basketball's 3-Point Line
End Zone/Sideline Pass Interference in Football
No Hitting Below the Belt in Boxing
The NFL's Quarterback Helmet Earpiece
Alternating Possession in College Basketball
The One-Day Contract
Signing your scorecard in golf

Skip Bayless, DJ Gallo, Alan Grant, Kevin Jackson, Scoop Jackson, Larry Johnson, Bomani Jones, Michael Knisley, Paul Lukas, Jeff Merron, Eric Neel, Mike Philbrick, David Schoenfield, Bill Simmons and Kurt Snibbe contributed to this article.

Patrick Hruby is a Page 2 columnist.
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Old 07-25-05, 07:42 PM
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Originally Posted by RoyalTea

Skip Bayless, DJ Gallo, Alan Grant, Kevin Jackson, Scoop Jackson, Larry Johnson, Bomani Jones, Michael Knisley, Paul Lukas, Jeff Merron, Eric Neel, Mike Philbrick, David Schoenfield, Bill Simmons and Kurt Snibbe contributed to this article.

Patrick Hruby is a Page 2 columnist.

No wonder the column is shit. What a piece of crap. Was it trying to be funny or be serious?
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Old 07-25-05, 07:45 PM
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I think I agreed with like 2 or 3 things in that article, if that. The biggest joke was the intentional walk complaint. Give a team one per game? A batter two bases? Please.

Then there was the authors constant use of the words "Uh" and "Um"
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Old 07-25-05, 07:48 PM
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I agree Skip Bayless is the dumbest in Sports... or something.
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Old 07-25-05, 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by nickdawgy
I think I agreed with like 2 or 3 things in that article, if that. The biggest joke was the intentional walk complaint. Give a team one per game? A batter two bases? Please.

Then there was the authors constant use of the words "Uh" and "Um"
Not to mention allowing contact on basebaths. It would be great when Kevin Millar gets creamed making a play and breaks his legs, but after that, its a stupid idea.
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Old 07-25-05, 08:01 PM
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Things I agree with:

Offsides in Soccer
Boxing Scoring
NBA Late-Game Timeouts
Amateurism in College Sports
Second Serves in Tennis
Baseball Dugout Warnings
No Official Game Clock Posted In Soccer
No In-Match Coaching in Tennis
Overtime Stat Keeping in College Football
Sudden-Death Overtime in the NFL
Alternating Possession in College Basketball
The One-Day Contract
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Old 07-25-05, 08:07 PM
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I agree with a couple rules that should be changed:

late game timeouts in the NBA - one of the reasons i HATE the NBA is that the end of a game is painful to watch
NBA rim and court dimensions - why not? make the rim higher
ground can't cause a fumble - why no "wind can't cause an interception?"
game clock in soccer - i can't see why you can't let the ref signal to a timekeeper to stop the clock when a player is injured
overtime stats in college football - shouldn't count in overall stats
college hoops 3 pt line - move it back
signing the scorecard in golf - how many officials are keeping track of a players' score? why do the golfers have to do it, too?
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Old 07-25-05, 08:38 PM
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for the most part
that list is crap
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Old 07-25-05, 08:57 PM
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I do agree with Offsides rule in soccer and the 7000 timeouts basketball teams get. But I lost interest part way down the list
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Old 07-25-05, 09:35 PM
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Yeah, these don't seem all that well thought out. Why didn't they add "Baskets in Basketball being worth two points...I mean other sports do fine with one point!" or "Why are cricket bats flat? Be a man, hit it with a round bat!". I think they were trying to be funny, but didn't really go far enough to make it so.

Second Serves in Tennis
That isn't going to help the game any. You're just going to have more games and sets and matches and championships decided by whether the server can get the one ball in the box or not. That's going to have one of two effects, you're going to have twice as many points decided with-in one or two swings of the racket, or if people adjust and start dinking it in the returner will start to have a huge advantage due to the limited area the ball can go in, like they do now on second serves. If you open up the area the ball can go in...well then that's just a practice rally really.

The One-Day Contract
What's the big deal with that? It's just a small gesture that affects exactly no one outside of the player and the team. I'm sorry I have no tears for the assistant that has to waste 5 minutes of their day to copy the boilerplate contract, but I'm ruthless like that.

No Hitting Below the Belt in Boxing
This would be the precise day that women, all women, would become better boxers then men.
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Two words: Tuck. Rule.

F'n Brady. F'n Patriots.
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Old 07-25-05, 10:18 PM
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Originally Posted by fumanstan
Two words: Tuck. Rule.

F'n Brady. F'n Patriots.
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Old 07-25-05, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by RoyalTea
late game timeouts in the NBA
my pet peeve is the by-product of this. It's the "we'll take the ball at halfcourt" rule. Could you imagine this in football: "damn, only 4 seconds left, and we're at the 50. let's call timeout, move the ball to the thirty, and kick a FG to win"
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Old 07-26-05, 12:04 AM
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Most of these are stupid (for being on this list).

Baseball Managers Wearing Uniforms
I'd say what is dumber is the NFL rule that prevents Mike Nolan from wearing a suit as a head coach. Instead, let's have the coach dress like a fucking Jawa like Bellicheck.

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Old 07-26-05, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by Red Dog
I'd say what is dumber is the NFL rule that prevents Mike Nolan from wearing a suit as a head coach. Instead, let's have the coach dress like a fucking Jawa like Bellicheck.
there's a rule against coaches wearing suits?
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Old 07-26-05, 09:21 AM
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Yeah, this is a pretty dumb list.

Some of the basketball ones are especially stupid. "Ooh, let's get rid of the palming and travelling rules! Ooh, let's make the rims 11 feet high!" Come on. And yeah, the series of timeouts at the end of games is annoying... but what if your team is the one making the comeback? Don't like the alternating possesion rule? So you think asking Steve Nash and Tim Duncan to jump ball after a tie up is legitimate?

There are a few in the list that are spot-on. Scoring in boxing is insane. Drug testing for recreational drugs is beyond stupid. And I think anything that limits scoring in soccer or hockey needs to go.
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Old 07-26-05, 09:35 AM
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Originally Posted by RoyalTea
there's a rule against coaches wearing suits?
Reebok or Nike or some such has an endorsement deal with the NFL that stipulates coaches must wear their apparel. Nolan wants to wear a suit to honor his dad, and the No Fun League is pitching a fit.

Easy solution -- let him wear the suit, but stitch the sponsors logo to the lapel.
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Originally Posted by RoyalTea
Proving once and for all that ESPN doesn't know squat about sport.
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We've discussed offsides in soccer before in a dumb rule thread. I agree that it is dumb. Cherry-picking should be allowed in any sport. After all, in war, are you not allowed to send in troops behind enemy lines?
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The "solution" for too many intentional walks in baseball is pretty dumb, too. If you took away the intentional walk where the catcher stands up and walks out a few feet, then you'll still be left with "unintentional-intentional walks." It's not that difficult to pitch around someone and force them to walk, while still keeping the ball near the strikezone. Look at, say, hundreds of Bonds' walks for the past few years.
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This would be the precise day that women, all women, would become better boxers then men.
Women actually do have feeling below the waist. You may be doing something incorrectly.
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Proving once and for all that ESPN doesn't know squat about sport.

I'm a soccer fan, and I think it's a stupid rule. I'm not saying players should be allowed to cherry pick. But shouldn't there be some sort of offensive zone, like in hockey? What's the point of calling offsides, three feet in front of the goal? I don't like any rule that discourages people from playing defense and instead they run the other way to draw a player offsides.
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Originally Posted by Jericho
I'm a soccer fan, and I think it's a stupid rule. I'm not saying players should be allowed to cherry pick. But shouldn't there be some sort of offensive zone, like in hockey? What's the point of calling offsides, three feet in front of the goal? I don't like any rule that discourages people from playing defense and instead they run the other way to draw a player offsides.
Eliminating the offside rule would fundamentally change the sport into something unrecognizable. It would make it a ridiculouly boring affair, where every goal would be scored by a goalhanger lounging in the penalty area. There would be no passing, no tactics, no defense, nothing. Just scores of long passes and one-on-ones with the keeper, for 90 minutes. It would mean the death of the greatest team sport in existence.

ETA: There is no such rule in soccer called "offsides". It is singular. Thank you for your cooperation.
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