Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Serious thinking

A big knock on committees of all kinds and in all places is that they get bogged down in bureaucratic nit picking when they should be dealing with bigger issues. Like the NFL owners for example, who at their latest meeting have decided to move kickoffs from the 30 yard line to the 35. Wow. Heavy stuff. Apparently the over riding concern was player safety, but that fails the horseshit meter because I don't see how five yards makes much of a difference. I can see more touchbacks and less returns, diminishing the value of special teams. I can see the reduced emphasis on return specialists. I can see the need to just keep one kicker who is good at field goals and has enough leg to dump the ball in the end zone. But player safety? Not buying it. They've also voted to allow booth reviews on all scoring plays, at any time during a game. Which is just what we all wanted, more replay timeouts. Yay (ugh). Meanwhile the tuck rule still lives. And I hear no mention of a crackdown on blatant Offensive Pass Interference. Nice to see the league is prioritising the important things first. (I can't do smilies on this blog, but if I could it would be the one where the little face rolls his eyes upwards). The more I think about it, the more I'm in favour of a fan based committee to make these decisions.

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