2011 NFL Football Comments (Part II)

HOG TYING SOMEONE is not a penalty? Last week, I saw one player assessed a 15-yard penalty for a horse collar. I understand receiving a 15-yard penalty for a facemask infraction as this can potentially hurt your opponent, but a horse collar? With the horse collar, it doesn’t appear you can get much leverage and control to really hurt someone when you tackle them from inside of the neck/shoulder pad area. The horse collar is not close to the severity of the facemask penalty. Receiving a personal foul for a horse collar doesn’t make sense in my mind unless the defensive player is trying to physically hurt the offensive runner during the process.


NOT TOO LONG AGO after seeing a penalty called for a horse collar, in the same game, saw a kickoff receiver get hog tied. If you’re unaware, a hog tie is when the defensive player using their arm to tackle their opponent around the neck area. In my mind, a very dangerous play – often on par with a face mask. Most of the time, a hog tie tackle is not assessed a personal foul. I cry personal foul! Safety is safety, especially in the new, safety conscious NFL.


If the NFL does not change their ruling on a horse collar infraction, then change the rule on a hog tie and make that type of tackle a personal foul.


I SAW ANOTHER SUBWAY AD yesterday during the CBS coverage of the NFL. Over the last few years, Subway has done relentless advertising. Red flags – realizing how much Subway has spent millions on ads, especially during sport’s events.


Does it make consumers at all suspicious of their brand and products by the amount they advertise?


What about Allstate, Geico and Miller Lite? They’ve do a ton of advertising too over the last year or two which may make me a little more skeptical about their brand.


HAS THE PERSONAL FOUL COMMITTED BY THE DEFENSE BEEN FACTORED IN WHEN KICKING OFF FROM THE 35 YARD LINE? As most football fans know, with the new kick-off rule this year occurring in the 2011-12 season, many kickers are booming the football 7-10 yards in the end zone (if not out of the end zone). One caveat, which may have not been looked at is that penalties committed by the defense during the extra point or during the touchdown. For example, if a defense commits a personal foul during the extra point, the offensive team will kick-off 15 yards closer. Therefore, instead of kicking from the 35, they may kick from the 50 yard line. You don’t have to have high math aptitude to realize an extra 15 yards may enable the football from the kickoff to sail into the stands.


Where’s the competitive advantage? Maybe, to really penalize a defensive team and to make it more of deterrence, allow the kickoff team to choose when to assess the penalty. Do you want to kick 15 yards closer or march them back 15 yards after the return team gets the ball? Perhaps if the return team gets the ball on 30 yard line, they will then be assessed the 15 yard penalty –  in this example, it would be half the distance to the goal so they’d start on the 15 yard line instead of the 30.


WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BE KICKED OUT OF THE GAME in the 2011 NFL? About a month or so ago, Brian Robison of the Vikings was given a personal foul when he intentionally kicked an offensive linemen (from the Green Bay Packer) in the groin area. During the replay, you could see the referee was no more 6 feet away and appeared to watch Robison intentionally commit this unsportsmanlike act. Would that not warrant an ejection? If not, why not? Aren’t players ejected for throwing a punch? If so, would not a player get ejected for kicking an opponent, especially in the groin area?


Today, on Thanksgiving Day, Ndamukong Suh stomped on a offensive lineman’s leg of the Green Bay Packers and was ejected from the game. Good decision. Too bad the referee during the Vikings-Packers game had not done the same and thrown Robison out of the game.


CAMERA OPERATORS have a responsibility to do a good job with cameras angles as often that film will be used during a dispute in the NFL and during college football. Camera work is important as you may need to determine if where the receiver’s feet came down. Sometimes, their angle is bad and it’s only after several commercials where you see exactly where their feet came down in reference to the sideline. Great camera work is key – especially for professionals.

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