Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Dumb Rules In Sports

Yesterday, an article about the dumbest rules in sports was published and made some pretty good points. Some of them are for the sake of comedy, but most are right on. I agree with lots of their ideas wouldn't mind seeing some of the sports try the new rules in the preseason or in their developmental leagues to see how things play out. A few additional changes (I'm sure I'll come across other ones, but for now this will do) that I've thought of are:
  • Football refs that say, "false start, before the snap..." Well of course it's before the snap so why tell us that when it can only occur before the snap? (I'm splitting hairs, I know)
  • Minimize the number of times a pitcher can look off or throw over to a base to hold a runner. Sure the runner returns to the bag each time, but each time after that the runner takes the same lead. Plus, it's rare for someone to get picked-off anyway.
  • The time it takes for an NFL ref to review a challenged play takes far too long. How many times do you have to see the play when all of us at home can determine it in 30 seconds? If it's not clear right away, then it's inconclusive and the field call stands.
  • Why is time an inexact science at the end of a football game. Within reason, players can slowly walk to the line to kill more time and some time is lost while the ref finally places the ball to be snapped.
  • Why does tennis continue using its odd scoring cycle of 15, 30, 40 and then deuce? It's okay to break from the past if the present is better.
  • Any sport that uses subjective judging to determine the winner has to be questioned. Why would anyone compete in a sport that determines its winner by someone else's opinion? Figure skating and gymnastics come to mind in addition to boxing.
  • College football weekly polls should be eliminated altogether or at least take away the curtain of silence to see who voted and how they did. I know they're sharing a little more information this year with the voting process, but it's too secretive.
  • Speaking of secretive voting processes, induction into the Halls of Fame in the 3 main sports (hockey lost its position as a 4th) is too anonymous. It should be known who the voters are and how they voted. Otherwise, players who may have been blackballed, etc., will have no recourse to debate otherwise.

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