The crappy clock rules are (sort of) gone. The NCAA, in all their enduring
wisdom existence, decided that it was time (haha, pun intended!) to get rid of the uber crappy clock rules that was a blight on football. Without going into details, most of the clock rules from last year were rescinded, and a few changes were made to the kickoff rules (kickoff is now from the 30 yard line). Sooner or later, teams will be kicking off from the 4th row behind their own endzone, but that’s neither here nor there.
So, what does that mean to the casual observer? Well, not much, because casual observers probably didn’t notice any kind of difference in games being shorter last year anyway. That’s why they’re freaking casual observers. The people that were actually affected by the clock rules? Everyone that gave a crap about football, that’s who. The fans, the players, the coaches, the parents, the girlfriends, the uncles. Think of the uncles!
So, now that the little clock fiasco has been taken care of, it raises the question of what other rules suck and should also be rescinded.
- Identifying Player Numbers on Penalties – For the most part, I actually liked it when this rule was put into effect. It was especially nice when you were able to single out a player to yell at because he stalled your team’s drive by (getting caught) holding. But before the rule it was actually kind of fun to try to guess who did what. Obviously, with the nature of the call, it was easier to be able to narrow down the list of suspects, but it was still fun to accuse John Henderson of pass interference. “I bet it was big John. I mean, that guy’s just so big, he made the receiver crap his pants… hence, pass interference.”
- Overtime – Okay, so this one, I actually do believe should be rescinded, or at the very least, changed. I’m fine with each team getting an opportunity to have a possession, and think that’s sort of fair, but giving teams the ball on the 25 yard line? What’s the deal? I mean, if the first team fails to score, in theory, a team could try a field goal on first down for around a 42 yard try. This sucks when you’re best player might be a punter *cough Dustin Colquitt *cough. The teams should have to return a kickoff, and if they score, the other team gets to receive a kickoff too. If they don’t score, and punt the ball, that’s the other team’s possession. If there’s a fumble, and a recovery by the opposite team, then another fumble, and then a recovery by the original team, that was the other team’s possession. Easy right?
- Clothed Cheerleaders – So, maybe this rule was never “implemented” per se, but it should be rescinded none the less. Maybe not so much the dude cheerleaders, because honestly, no one wants to see a flip, then another, smaller, yet more painful flip, ya know what I’m sayin’?
And there you have it. Join in with me to make these, my dreams, a reality. You can help, for only 28 cents a day. Oh yeah, and some cookies. And milk. And other things that make me happy. Hope you enjoyed your time here, and let’s go get our changes!
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