Oakland Raiders

Did You Catch That? NFL Rules, Nebraska Football, MLB Playoffs, and the Raiders

Chaz MattsonAnalyst IOctober 3, 2008

These are the issues that don’t seem quite right in the sports world, so if you want something done right… just forget it!  It’s time for you to sound off on any of these topics.


NFL Rules Changes:  This week I’m focusing on the force out rule and why it’s a bad idea.

For as long as it’s been in existence the “force-out” rule in the NFL has been a point of controversy, and that is because it’s strictly a judgment call.  You say potato, I say poetottoe.  The origins of the rule were to give offenses the benefit of a catch made by their team when an opposing defender knocked the receiver out of bounds prior to him landing on the ground.  This is where the judgment call begins.  Was the receiver going to land in our out?  What makes the official so certain one way or the other?  The last question is why this long standing rule was now discarded.  Here’s the problem with simply omitting this rule.  In essence, the league has now made receivers more vulnerable to injury since simply shoving the player in the air out of bounds used to be called pass interference.  Now the league is putting a stamp of approval on receiver vulnerability.  It could be argued that the league simply wants it to be clear if a receiver has both feet in bounds.  The problem still remains:  receivers will be left vulnerable to hard hits out of bounds, trying to separate the man from the ball, or the man from the sidelines.  This is an official appeal for the NFL to rethink their position on the omission of this rule before injuries force this rules repeal.


Nebraska Football:  Bo Pellinni and staff lost their grip near the end of the Virginia Tech game.

This topic truly qualifies as a “Did you catch that?” due to the nature of the way things happened.  In the late moments of their game against Virginia Tech last Saturday night, the Hokies were putting a punishing drive together that would eventually put the game out of reach.  A Va Tech player ran the ball a good three to five yards out of bounds when he was hit maliciously by a Nebraska football player.  Bo Pellinni and his staff yelled, screamed, and cried as loud as they could as a staff at the officials claiming their player was already in the air and couldn’t stop his momementum from contacting the Va Tech runner.  Here’s the rub.  Was it an incorrect call?  Absolutely not.  The Nebraska bench was severely penalized, eventually collecting two personal foul penalties that aided the Hokies cause. 

In football 101 players and coaches are taught where the sidelines are, what they mean, and that there will be consequences if you don’t let up and do hit a player in a vulnerable position who is clearly out of bounds.  Obviously this play occurred on the Cornhusker sidelines, had it occurred on the other sideline, there would still be a flag without the over escalation of emotion and controversy on the Nebraska sideline.  Consider this a short memo to Bo and his Cornhusker staff.  That play didn’t lose you the game, nor did the personal foul penalties you incurred.  What did happen is there was an absolute lack of class and self control by the head master and the coaching staff.  Had you been in the NFL, your team would have incurred significant fines that might not make it into the press, but that would be the case.  For the sake of the program, the conference, and the history of the game, get a grip on yourselves and live to fight another day.  Those actions have no place in college football.


MLB Playoffs are here: The Joys of Autumn

This playoff is so unique.  There are no New York Yankees, and most of these teams have either never won it, or can count all their trophies on one hand.  Let’s hear your take.


Finally it’s time to talk about The Raiders (make sure you say that just like Chris Berman)

Earlier this week Al Davis finally terminated the contract and employment of Lane Kiffin as head coach of the Oakland Raiders.  Lane’s tenor was certainly forgettable, he had three less wins than Mike Shanahan had with the Raiders, ironically however Kiffin was employed 34 days longer than Shanahan.  When questioned that led Mike at his weekly press conference to say the following with an ere of cynicism:  “So what it really means is that Al Davis liked Lane more than he liked me.  I really don’t think it’s fair, I won three more games yet he got 34 more days of work, it just doesn’t seem right.  Does it you guys?  Really you think about it.”  Then a small wave of laughs broke out.  Mike Shanahan insisted on letting Al Davis’ press conference speak for itself after that.


Where can I comment?

Stay on your game

Latest news, insights, and forecasts on your teams across leagues.

Choose Teams
Get it on the App StoreGet it on Google Play

Real-time news for your teams right on your mobile device.

Copyright © 2017 Bleacher Report, Inc. Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. All Rights Reserved. BleacherReport.com is part of Bleacher Report – Turner Sports Network, part of the Turner Sports and Entertainment Network. Certain photos copyright © 2017 Getty Images. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of Getty Images is strictly prohibited. AdChoices