Sport Rule Ironies and Other Puzzlements

COSTELLO: "So, if I run into the 1st baseman and get a concussion, who can't continue to play?" ABBOTT: "Who can still play, but you can't. You will have to leave the game and go through baseball's new concussion recovery profile!"

COSTELLO: “So, if I run into the 1st baseman and get a concussion, who can’t continue to play?”
ABBOTT: “Who can still play, but you can’t. You will have to leave the game and go through baseball’s new concussion recovery profile!”

  1. Why is it that the NFL says that a receiver must have two feet in bounds for an official catch, but College football says that only one foot in bounds will do?
  2. Football calls itself a contact sport and the players wear special protective padding to help prevent injuries, but baseball is considered a non-contact sport and the players still run into each other often enough at top speed wearing only their cloth uniforms. Basketball players also run into each other often wearing uniforms that are hardly anything more than underwear thick. – The question is – Do we simply hang  the “contact sport” tag on football because violent contact is the intention of the gridiron game, whereas, many other sports include hard physical assignment too, but only on an incidental or “accidental” basis?
  3. Why is it that football usually allows the team on offense to keep the ball when they lose it out of bounds, but, in basketball, the team on offense has to give up the ball to the other team when the last person to touch the ball was a member of the ball-controlling team when the ball went out of bounds? (The football exception has nothing to do with the ball going out of bounds. It happens every time the ball goes out of bounds on 4th down and the team on offense has failed to achieve the yardage it needs for a first down. In all such cases, including those in which the ball in lost out of bounds, the ball goes over to the other team.)
  4. Now that the NFL has started enforcing all kinds of penalties on “helmet-to-helmet” game contact, there seems to be an increase in the number of “helmet-to-helmet” butting celebrations on the sidelines after a successful play.
  5. Irony? As football tries to eliminate or reduce the cause of concussions by stricter rules, enforcement, a strong concussion recovery protocol and better protective head gear, the sport of Mixed Martial Arts aims to pick up and extend where boxing always has been – to cause concussions for the sake of victory. As many of you may seen on YouTube recently, the challenger in that recent women’s “ultimate fighting” match in Australia, kicked the champion unconscious and then jumped on her lifeless body and got in three or four extra fists to the face before the referee could pull her off and officially call the upset match in the challenger’s favor. – What are we coming to with our blood-lust that we haven’t always been in some less obvious way?

That’s enough for now. That last one bears thoughts that trample too much on the peace and contentment of a lazy, misty Sunday afternoon.

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