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 by rams1974
3 months 2 weeks ago
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 Joined:  Sep 15 2022
United States of America   LA Coliseum
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Elvis wrote:A needed change but i think i'll miss the pageantry and absurdity of the chain gang:




One thing that occurred about 4-5 years ago that I think has gone really unnoticed. Referees have begun spotting the ball at exact yard markers rather than at fractional yards.

Believe this was intentional to reduce the stoppages for chain measurements (which I would bet, sight unseen, are way down); also probably improved quality of life for those writing up the game books, to have less ambiguity on whether to call 1/2 a yard a full yard, etc.

To wit, I think this thought process actually played a major part in the end of the Steeler game ... definitely did not gain it, but the refs said meh, they want us to spot it on the yard marker, so, fine .. first down. We'll let the Rams challenge it .. oh wait, oops.

I think the refs are given discretion when to try to be precise but are asked not to most of the time; but sometimes they just don't use their heads it seems, like in the Steeler game. Good job, you just handed the Steelers the win.

 by Rams1PlateSince1976
3 months 2 weeks ago
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 Joined:  Oct 12 2016
United States of America   LA Coliseum
Pro Bowl

 by Rams1PlateSince1976
3 months 2 weeks ago
 Total posts:   2102  
 Joined:  Oct 12 2016
United States of America   LA Coliseum
Pro Bowl

How about "Rock, paper, scissors." If you declare an on-side kick you have to win four out of five "rock, paper, scissors".

 by rams74
4 weeks 18 hours ago
 Total posts:   1500  
 Joined:  Nov 19 2015
Italy   Glendale, Arizona
Pro Bowl

Elvis wrote:

I'm all for this. I won't get sentimental about losing the chains.

I'm sure part of this decision is that it SHOULD eliminate yet another thing that slows down the flow of the game.

 by Elvis
4 weeks 18 hours ago
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 Joined:  Mar 28 2015
United States of America   Los Angeles
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I might get a little sentimental but agreed. At the game, you can watch the chain gang for a head's up on a review or whether or not a play was a first down, i'll miss that too...

 by rams74
4 weeks 2 hours ago
 Total posts:   1500  
 Joined:  Nov 19 2015
Italy   Glendale, Arizona
Pro Bowl

Once they get this one out of the way, the next item on the docket should be using technology to spot the ball, especially at the goal line. Soccer is doing this already, and it works very well.

There's really no need for lengthy video reviews trying to visually see if the ball crossed the goal line or not.

 by AltiTude Ram
3 weeks 6 days ago
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 Joined:  Jul 09 2015
United States of America   Denver
Pro Bowl

A quick whistle ends the play.

I like that technology is better at getting it right. The Refs get the final say. Overall, I think it improves the game.

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