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Flag Football. Otherwise Known As The National Football League
About a year and a half ago the rules of the national football league began to change overnight. I'm not sure who it was that got popped real good or what team they played on or who the opponent was but football has been unrecognizable since. It was more like a handful of players who had been severely injured and this brought about radical change in the way players were allowed to hit their opponent. Let me summarize those changes now: YOU MAY NOT HIT THE OPPONENT, YOU PRETTY MUCH HAVE TO FALL ON HIM.
I absolutely cannot believe some of the personal foul calls i've seen over this time period. If anybody gets hit anywhere near the head a flag is going to be thrown. A quick lesson in anatomy will tell you that when a grown man approximately 6 feet tall hits another grown man approximately 6 feet tall their heads MIGHT collide. What about roughing the passer. That one needs to be changed to "touching the passer". Quarterbacks are currently shown the same compassion a grandmother would be shown if she was on the field playing quarterback. That is no exaggeration. I swear if the ball has left the quarterback's hand for 1/100th of a second and he receives contact you will see yellow on the field. Regardless of the severity of the contact. Every defensive football player has been taught, and rightfully so because it is the right way to play football, to go after the man with the ball and hit him as hard as you can. Now the NFL is asking these guys to pull back at the last moment in case the ball comes out. NO WAY NEVER. That isn't football. You need to put flags on everybody and call it what it is; flag football.
The same thing applies to ball carriers about to go out of bounds. It is expected that the defender who is running full speed politely just let him step out of bounds. If the ball carrier has one half of one foot touching the white line and he ends up on the ground THERE WILL BE A FLAG. Trent Dilfer said it succintly. "They have gone completely overboard with player safety". Ill put it in different terms. "They are ruining the game". And not just professional football either. I saw a penalty in the Texas vs Texas A&M game last year that would fall under the category of "defenseless receiver" but to me was inexplicable. Texas was behind and needed a field goal to win in the closing minutes and they threw an incomplete pass but the A&M defender was called for unnecessary roughness. Let me make it perfectly clear what i saw on replay. He hit the receiver in the chest and nowhere near the head. The receiver was nowhere near out of bounds. The ball had gone off the receivers hands 1/100th of a second before the hit(see above). But the topper? THE RECEIVER DID NOT EVEN FALL TO THE GROUND. That call is symbolic of where football is now.......in the toilet.