NFL Rule Changes are Nothing Short of Being a Joke
Introduction to my Nightmare
and your nightmare if you are a big fan of football. This personal narrative presents a look at just (one) of the many controversial happenings all due to Rules Changes that have, in my opinion, hampered the smooth play that we once enjoyed as NFL fans. And this is not of a commercial piece in that I am endorsing the NFL or any other sports organization. Just getting this off my chest. Thanks, Kenneth.
Do you Remember Sunday, Jan. 7
when the Steelers met The Patriots for a sure-shot in proceeding to a Play-off position? The last play too much for ya? And then maybe you had sworn off drinking the hard stuff from two Saturdays ago and when (this) joke-of-a-play was shown over 1,055 times, your fight with alcohol was over. You woke up Monday morning feeling rough.
And there was a distict possibility of After JuJu Smith-Schuster who broke free for a 69-yard reception to bring the Steelers to the New England 10-yard line, Ben Roethlisberger hit Jesse James for an apparent go-ahead touchdown. But the play was reviewed and ruled incomplete. You saw the play, right?
Do you believe in magic? I don’t. In this case (the) song Do You Believe in Magic by Lovin’ Spoonful, is not enough to fool us. A Steeler with the football tucked securely away and BROKE the plane and the replay ref’s ruled it INCOMPLETE! Who are these sleepy-eye’d Replay Ref’s trying to fool?
I saw it. So did 92% of America. The call was not a joke, but sloppy, when sloppy was never used in current NFL Referee Talk in their motel rooms and after games. Sloppy? Yes. Sloppy. And narrow sighted. But I take a little of the heat for the ref’s being squed by NFL fans for sloppy play calling, because the NFL Commission of Referees Rules had laid down the law . . . (quote) “players must have total control of the ball when touching the ball, bringing down the ball downward to the field and must stay in control of the ball when the ref calling the play’s whistle blows.” Blows is really correct in how the NFL Zebra Guys have fallen down on their Pedestals of Integrity. I am not angry. I didn’t lose any scratch on this contest. You on the other hand, were fighting mad Sunday afternoon on past Monday when you went to work—if you do work.
But in case you have been made the fool of another area: American Business and how Down-sizing can take away thousands of employees (like you) who walk the “Walk of Death,”--the Walk Without Pride. And if you check the Jobless Numbers, you will sit back down on your butt—no matter where you read these drastic stat’s, it might that you sit down in some blind guy’s lap in the park. Are you that pathetic? You couldn’t see this poor blind guy just sitting in the sunshine minding his own business? I understand your dilemma. You bet large and lost huge. Did I cover that in a few words?
Let’s stop feeling sorry for ourselves and just think about Jesse James, who DID catch the pass before he went down. See, NFL refs? How hard was that? The rule was that when a ball carrier or receiver breaks the plane of either end zone . . .Score Six points. James did that—over and over and over. So much so that I started hating him, not because he was on the losing end of a Sloppy Call, but because of a Sloppy Call interpreted from a Sloppy Rule.
Before Alberto Riveron, the first Hispanic referee in league history, will took over as the head of NFL officiating, the NFL announced on Wednesday. Dean Blandino went on the air and stayed there while the game commentators and Blandino discussed this Ridiculous Rule of How to Know if a Player has Caught a Football That is Passed. Oh, Alberto Riveron now replaced Dean Blandino, who stepped down last month as the NFL's senior vice president of officiating.
Let’s look at the gibberish-of-a-rule: How an NFL ball carrier can know if he has caught a football that is passed . .. and I can promise you that from now on, this rule will be changed to include all NFL backs who are trained to keep the ball in their gut and make as many yards as possible. It’s probably on the drawing board as I speak.
Rules, I thought as a dumb kid, were made to break. So with that adage, I broke a few rules on the way up to being an adult, and paid the price. So I just kept my mouth as shut as I could keep it shut. And sometimes, still paid the price for not “taking part” of a fiery discussion.
Rules. I think that the American Sports World has pretty much spoken last Sunday—maybe in whispered tones when sober and later in smoky bars intoxicated on how Sloppy that rule Robbed Jesse James of a sure touchdown that would have won the game for The Pittsburgh Steelers. Sloppy.
Neither you or I can make any sense of any group that has been a Union Shop for years and I would not dare inflict any ref in the NFL, College or even Prep Area whether they are under too much pressure or not. I know they are. I take their side on THIS one point . . .but that one rule about a football being in Total Control by a pass receiver . . .I seen it. You seen it.
If something is not done quickly, the Rules Monster, that has now been unleashed, and running in a slow gait for now, but just let the next Super Bowl come on the air and you can sense it coming . . .with every pass thrown by whomever throws it . . .we will all hold our collective breath . . .and wonder . . .when a bunch of Zebra Guys run for cover. We’ll know.
The Rules Monster has struck again.
And if “this” monster gets clean away, we’ll have another dangerous beast to fight, making that TWO beasts, Rules Monster and his brother, Sloppy Play Calling Beast.
© 2018 Kenneth Avery