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

Posts Tagged ‘rules

If the bank shot is dead, the bank pass has yet to be born

January 31, 2010

By Ed Cohen In basketball you see the bounce pace and chest pass and variations on each, like the lob, the hand-off and the alley-oop. There’s one pass, however, you almost never see, even though it’s legal and could be a potent weapon: The bank pass. A pass intentionally banked off the backboard. A basketball […]

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 […]