Tuesday, November 29, 2016

My thoughts on the current state of the NFL

  • COWBOYS BABY. I've been a Cowboy fan my entire adult life and I can't imagine how I would feel if they won the Super Bowl. I've been a happier person in my day to day. Just thinking about their success brings a smile to my face.
  • Viewership is down and I think it's because of officiating. Flags suck. Every primetime game seems riddled with blown calls or ticky tack fouls that leave the game hard to understand.
    1. What is pass interference? Illegal contact, Offensive PI, and Defensive PI are all inconsistent. Instead of saying, "Awesome crossing route, great pick." I'm instead worried, "Oh god I hope they don't call OPI."
    2. False Start vs Neutral Zone Infraction chicken. Gruden went off last night about how lineman are taught to jump and try to get calls. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. It shouldn't be a part of the game. Fix the rule so players are doing chintzy shit.
    3. Catches that are sometimes catches but other times they aren't catches and if it's in the end zone then who fucking knows.
    4. Roughing the Passer. Cam Newton isn't getting the same calls as other quarterbacks. Look at tape. It's true.
  • Injuries are awful. They have tried to make players safer but the nature of the sport is that every week guys are going down. Not sure what they can do about this but living in San Diego and seeing the Chargers season get ravaged by injuries was pretty lame.
  • Excessive Celebration and Taunting penalties. The NFL (No Fun League) has discouraged players from showboating or having any type of meaningful rivalry between two players. If everyone were emotionless robots then where are the storylines?
  • The NFL knows it has me by the balls. I had a conversation with a coworker about what the NFL would have to do in order for me to stop watching and I'm not sure if anything could. Maybe if I found out it was rigged or something that would be the last straw. Even with all of the flaws in the NFL I continue to watch because I love sports and I love my team.