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Monday, November 10, 2008

The New York Giants are Hell on Earth, and the NFL is not far behind

And Sunday's Eagles game is another reason why.

If you watched the game, you know the reasons why they lost: a) the officiating, 2) Andy Reid, and, d) Roger Goodell.

Let's discuss a). The play where Eli Manning crossed the line of scrimmage cost the Eagles 4-7 points. I implore you to visit this link (and then return, of course) to see proof of why Eli Manning's penalty should not have been overturned.

He is clearly still touching the ball while beyond the line of scrimmage. No part of his body is behind that line. Is that line accurate? It sure is. Go to, watch the game highlights, and watch the spot from where the ball is snapped on that play. That red line represents the beginning of the neutral zone, which, by definition, is BEYOND the line of scrimmage. Even worse is this press release from the NFL:

Please note that the red line used on the telecast to indicate the line of scrimmage - just outside the Eagles' 20 - is not official. In reviewing the play, Terry McAulay relied on the position of the line-of-scrimmage marker held by the chain crew, which officially is located on the head linesman's side of the field.

This is pure bullshit from the NFL. The sticks that the referee relied on represent the END OF THE NEUTRAL ZONE, not the line of scrimmage. The line of scrimmage is defined thusly:

A line of scrimmage is parallel to the goal lines and touches one edge of the ball where it sits on the ground prior to the snap. Under NFL rules, there are actually two lines of scrimmage at the outset of each play: one that restricts the offense and one that restricts the defense.

The line that restricts the defense is represented by the sticks on which referee Terry McAulay relied. The line that restricts the offense is accurately represented by that red line in the above link (if you have any questions about that fact, then go watch the highlights and see where that ball was snapped from: it was snapped from much closer to the 21 yard line than where Eli's feet are at the time of release).

Finally, you might think "oh, well maybe once the ball is snapped, all the QB has to do is stay behind the defensive line of scrimmage." That's actually a valid point, considering it is tough to gauge the offensive line of scrimmage after the ball is snapped off the ground. However, I point to this, straight from the NFL's own website:

The passer must be behind his line of scrimmage (Loss of down and five yards, enforced from the spot of pass).

HIS line of scrimmage. HIS. Not the sticks. Not the defensive line of scrimmage. HIS line of scrimmage.

NOTE: I just proved the Eagles got screwed without even mentioning the fact that there is no way you can overturn that call anyway, because it sure as hell isn't indisputable visual evidence. You know why? Because not only did I dispute it, I disputed it successfully. Also unmentioned, the sheer idiocy of the rule itself. Also unmentioned, Al Michaels fellatio of Tom Coughlin for knowing the rule. 1) He's an NFL head coach, he should know the definition of an illegal forward pass. 2) I'm some asshole who runs a baseball blog, and even I knew the rule, because the Eagles got screwed because of this rule in Jacksonville in 2002.

Roger Goodell, Terry McAulay, Al Michaels, Tom Coughlin, Tiki Barber, and Cris Collinsworth can all go to hell.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

also the over-enforced face mask penalty cost the eagles 3 points on a giants fg drive

Fuck this new NFL, fuck the awful officiating, awful replay rules, and lastly fuck andy reid (who is yet another coach who makes Charlie look like an Einstein).

Seems as if every week more and more of charlie's peers are jealous that they don't have a blog about them