Thursday, February 13, 2014

proposed rule makes NCAA look idiotic

From where I sit it looks like the NCAA is thinking about making a bizarre rule change...

For starters I can't really understand how a team can be called for a delay of game when you aren't actually doing anything to delay the game. But that's arguing semantics. The real point is quite simple: this is a stupid idea. Even by their own admission, it's pretty much unnecessary, since it's rare for teams to get a play off that quickly anyway. This sounds like a rule that was dreamed up by someone in an office. Given that the number of plays starting that quickly is rare, by extension the number of injuries must be bordering on non-existent. So, it's an needless rule in response to an imagined threat. This really leaves me questioning the decision to make this plan public. How many football people looked at this rule and agreed to it? I'm also wondering if there's another level to this...appeasement. Is this an effort to create an illusion of safety? A token gesture to assuage a public concerned about player protection? Whether the proposed rule is sincere or just a smoke screen, neither o them preclude the fact that it's just plain dumb.

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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