Jun 25 2013

NCAA Football Rule Changes

The NCAA Football Rules Committee met back in February and they had some pretty interesting and sometimes controversial things to say. On March 7, 2013 the committee approved the rule changes and they came into effect for the current season. There has been a huge push to increase the safety and ensure the wellbeing of players in the game as well as a focus on fairness, and not just a push for the sports betting operators. Here’s a breakdown of a few of the new rules:

  • Players will be ejected from the game if they are caught targeting a defenseless player above their shoulders. A penalty incurred during the first half will result in exclusion from the entire game while a penalty occurring during the second half will result in that player missing the remainder of the second half and the first half of the next game.
  • Only blocks below the waist in front of a defender will be allowed.
  • To avoid unsportsmanlike deception of opponents, players will have to announce to officials when they switch numbers during a game.
  • A rule based on similar logic of fairness and transparency will prevent players on a team who have the same position from also sharing the same number.
  • And then of course there’s what is perhaps the most talked about rule change of all. In the exact words of the committee’s news release, “To establish three seconds as the minimum amount of time required to be on the game clock in order to spike the ball to stop the clock. If one or two seconds remain on the clock, there is only time for the offense to run one more play.” This may seem like a relatively minor detail, but it could have a huge impact on the game. And unlike other rules changes, it does nothing to improve player safety.

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May 17 2013

Is it Mayday for the Spanish?

The Germans are trying to dominate Europe again. But this war is not being fought in the battlefields of Poland and Normandy, but on the Soccer pitches of Spain and England. The star studded Real Madrid Football Club, known famously as the ‘Galacticos’ have already fallen (4-3 aggregate score) to the tenacity and relentlessness of last year’s German Bundesliga champions, Borussia Dortmund. Tonight, the premier football team in the world, Barcelona FC, seems likely to go down to the ferocity and typical German precision displayed by the current German champions, Bayern Munich who already lead the tie 4-0 after a blistering performance in the first leg at Munich.

Unless Barcelona is aided with a miraculous recovery aided by 4 time Ballon D’Or winner, Lionel Messi, it seems likely that the finals of the UEFA European Championship will be an all-German affair. Since the final is to be held in the grand stadium of Wembley in London, the showdown will be between the two German teams of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund. There is still forty minutes in the second half as I write this, but since Barcelona have conceded an away goal, they will now have to score six goals in the remaining forty minutes, to have a chance at the finals. They may have better luck having a bet on a Roulette wheel at half time.

As this looks to be highly unlikely, even with the likes of Messi, Inesta, Pique and Xavi, the Championship League final is now a confirmed all German affair. What a sad day for the continent and football that none of the great EPL or La Liga teams are in the finals this year!

Jerseys of German football clubs Bayern