The Five Worst Rules in The NFL

Scott ReighardAnalyst IJanuary 16, 2009

It seems that every sport seems to have its silly rules. Whether it is the check swing in baseball (come on, I mean, hitting is hard enough, now you’re going to call a strike for thinking about swinging the bat?), or in golf when your ball lands in an anonymous divot 300 yards down the fairway and you have to hit out of someone else’s chunk shot, or a Tiger (watch this shot) two-iron make a hellacious divot 260 yard shot to the green.

There are those rules where fans cry foul, but the league refuses to listen, because what do we know, right? Well, NFL Director of Officiating Frank Pereira, strike up the drum, here are my top five worst rules in the NFL.

5. End zone celebration: Of course we all know that many of these players aspire to outdo one another in terms of their end zone celebrations, and although I come from the, “act like you’ve been there before" school, I think it’s kind of funny to watch Chad Ocho Cinco do the Irish River Dance, or why not a snow angel every now and again?

4. Pass interference in the end zone: Another horrible penalty. Everyone knows that if a team gets the ball at the one yard there is a 99 percent chance they will score. I say we move the ball back to the three-yard line. That makes it more challenging for the offense, plus it gives the defense a chance to redeem itself. My God man, it’s all about fairness isn’t it?

3. Pass Interference Rule: I find it kind of ridiculous that we are going to reward a wide receiver for being a good actor, and if you closely examine most pass interference calls, you will see a faux pas stage like performance of Oscar noteworthiness. Sure, there are legitimate interference calls, but to have a 50 or 60-yard penalty is absolutely uncalled for. I say we go for the college rule of 15 yards. I know they want scoring in the NFL, but there is a thing called integrity.

2. The Tuck Rule: Get rid of it, now! It’s a horrible call. A fumble is a fumble, period.

And finally, the number one worst rule in football is:

1. The Muff Punt Rule: This is an absolute horrible rule. Come on, a guy has his back to the ball, an oblong ball at that, which  bounces in an odd way and lightly taps the guy on the shoulder as if to say, “you’re it.” Regardless if this play results in a positive outcome for my team I hate it. How can we let a game hinge on the outcome of a crazy bounce that hits an opposing player who is just trying to do his job?

So, there you have it. No, it's not a perfect world, but professional football comes mighty close.

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