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    The league does feel like a farce at times. Games seem to have replaced plays with field movement based on penalties.

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    Justin Powers

    Amen. I’ve disagreed with your anti-N.F.L. rants of late, which feels now like the equivalent of putting my fingers in my ears and saying “La la la, I can’t hear you.” I don’t want to waste my only day off and my money on Sunday Ticket to watch this over-legislated penalty fest. The “point of emphasis” calls from the suits are killing this game.

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    tom meyer

    Agree. Flags are dropped so late suggesting the dropper waited to decide if the play would be worth corrupting. A blind side block is a penalty? Is it a clip? A block in the back? No, it’s a block where the blocker didn’t give the blocked a heads up that he was about to be decleated. A blocker who goes to the ground with the blocked man is penalized as if a player on the ground never got up an tackled a runner. So, until the whistle blows, you may block a defender below the shoulders, not too hard in the chest, and not below his waist….provided you announce yourself and the defender acknowledges your presence.

    Phantom penalties, away from the action, which derail exceptional athletic plays are so random and expected that the speed and excitement are tempered by first waiting to see if the little yellow FLAG notice on the screen will pop up. Then if no flag, we have to wait until the play is reviewed upstairs as all touchdowns are reviewed. A simple touchdown run into a pile with a referee immediately raising his arms for touchdown and rushing in is as much a part of NFL history as the pistol shot which once signaled the end of the game.

    I don’t even watch my favorite team as much. It’s becoming a dull game of political correctness….you know what, it reminds me of a political campaign. Every misstep is magnified and scrutinized. Every action is so subject to being wrong that we know longer know what’s right.

    NFL has lost its way right when it reached it’s peak of popularity.

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    tick tock

    I hate what the NFL has become!!
    absolutely hate it.
    I watch games from noon to 10:30 religiously and I see call’s made all day that either I can’t believe they threw a flag or where is the flag? mostly I’m just dumbfounded on what the refs are seeing and why they’re throwing flags. I honestly think to myself after these atrocious call’s the only explanation is the refs are in on a fix.
    in 20 years the players will have flags on there waists.


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