The Sporting Iconoclast
Challenging the conventional wisdom, sowing new ideas, sending some old ones to the compost heap

Posts Tagged ‘football

Why are refs helping the offense during last-minute comebacks?

November 25, 2009

Next time you’re watching an NFL game in which a team is out of timeouts and trying to score in the last few seconds, watch the officials. Tell me you haven’t seen this a hundred times: An offensive player is tackled inbounds.The quarterback waves frantically for everyone to line up. Tick-tick-tick…. Hurry, hurry! The offensive […]

The Seven Habits of Highly Annoying Football Telecasts

February 22, 2009

Football and TV – how can you spoil such a good combination? Let me count the ways. 1. The ground-level view This is where we get to watch the kickoff return as if we were seated in the end zone behind the returner. This used to be a favorite of directors, who considered it the […]