Bulls lose in OT after controversial call wipes out Joakim Noah tip in

Samuel:

When I first saw this, I thought it was interference too. The fact that the ball had a chance to hit the rim makes it off limits to touch in my book. I believe the officials got the call right here.

Originally posted on The Point Forward - SI.com:

By Ben Golliver and Rob Mahoney

The Nuggets defeated the Bulls 119-118 in overtime at the United Center on Monday night after a Joakim Noah basket in the closing seconds was disallowed by the referees for offensive basket interference.

With 5.7 seconds remaining in overtime, Chicago inbounded the ball to guard Marc Belinelli, who drove hard to his left and elevated for a mid-range jumper near the baseline as the clock ticked under four seconds. Belinelli’s try was clearly short, and Chicago’s All-Star center, who was running down the middle of the paint, adjusted to tap the ball with his left hand, knocking home the apparent go-ahead basket with 1.8 seconds left. The play, which put Noah’s instincts, length and timing to full use, sent the Chicago broadcasting crew, the Bulls’ bench and the home crowd into a full celebration.

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So what exactly is a defenseless receiver?

it seems like every week I am watching a football game and a penalty for hitting a “defenseless receiver” comes up. And after every replay, I am left scratching my head wondering what the referees saw.

Most of these penalties in my opinion are wrong. The receiver was not defenseless in my eyes. And most times, they are calling a helmet to helmet hit where more often than not, no such occurrence actually took place.

Here is what the rules are according to the league.

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Video: 2012 NFL Rules Changes

Samuel:

FYI for all you football fans.

Originally posted on NFL Communications:

The following is a link to the 2012 Rules of the Game video, describing the rules changes and explaining the points of emphasis for this season.

It can be accessed by clicking on the link below or visiting www.nflmedia.com.

http://media01.nfl.info/NFL/Media/2012/RuleChanges/2012_NFL_Rule_Changes.wmv

The video is intended for your use for informational purposes only.  It may not be posted on your website, but if you are interested in tweeting the link to the video from www.nflcommunications.com, feel free to do so.

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