The NFL issued some new rules for this upcoming season. Overtime periods are now only 10 minutes, which I am indifferent about. There is now one less roster cutdown period, which I am also indifferent about.
But this news is the big one.
Now we are allowed to have the football used as a prop for a celebration without penalty. Group celebrations and going to the ground is now acceptable. Of course, there are still some limits on how long these can go but it’s a step in the right direction.
The NFL used to allow this but started cracking down on these celebrations recently. Now that we have these celebrations no longer on the black list, we can all return to having some fun again. Progress!
But sadly, we still aren’t allowed three pumps.
Hooray! After that tie in 2002, they decided to make the league care by making the winning league the recipients of home-field advantage in the World Series.
The idea sounded cool when it was first brought up. But the problem with that new rule made an exhibition game matter. Then, the outcome of home-field advantage could be determined by players who won’t even be part of the postseason. It wasn’t fair and I am glad it is over.
Now the World Series home-field advantage will go back to the team with the best record. It’s easy. It’s simple. It’s not controversial.
That was the game-winning shot! Except the ball never went in. It was ruled a goaltend and UCLA took the lead and won, advancing to the next round.
Take a look at these two angles. Is that a goaltend? The shot looks off and there appears to be a chance that it would have missed the rim entirely. Maybe the refs think it could have grazed the rim. We’ll never know. But from these angles, it looks like it would have missed.
However, the risk is too high to be even trying to grab the ball that close to the rim. And it’s odd that the officials can’t go to replay on something like that. Still, it may not have had any chance of going in, but chancing it by reaching for the ball that close to the rim warrants a call. Not a fair call, but it was the call that had to be made.