Extra Points: Super Bowl

This was published in the Bedford Bulletins February 8, 2017 edition

Okay, here we go. These are my thoughts on the Super Bowl, the halftime show, overtime, the NFL rules and everything in between.
Personally, I believe they shouldn’t have just called that final touchdown a touchdown without reviewing it. Everything was way too close. I saw a photo online they showed the running back’s knee was down, before he fell into the endzone.

Per NFL Rule 7, Section 2 Article 1a “when a runner is contacted by a defensive player and touches the ground with any part of his body other than his hands or feet. The ball is dead the instant the runner touches the ground. A runner touching the ground with his hands or feet while in the grasp of an opponent may continue to advance.”     Right after the rule they added a note: “If, after contact by an opponent, any part of a runner’s leg above the ankle or any part of his arm above the wrist touches the ground, the runner is down.”    To me that says that if the knee, or elbow or head hit the ground the ball is dead, dead meaning they would have another down to try again, if it wasn’t a fourth down try.     The rule doesn’t say where the ball lands or where the guy’s upper body touches. If it was specific to where the ball landed referees would not move the ball to where the player went down and you would have more and more professional football players stretching out to get yards if it was where the ball touched.     Also, a touchdown in the NFL rule book is described as “A touchdown is scored when: (a) the ball is on, above, or behind the plane of the opponents’ goal line (extended) and is in possession of a runner who has advanced from the field of play into the end zone (b) a ball in possession of an airborne runner is on, above, or behind the plane of the goal line, and some part of the ball passed over or inside the pylon (c) a ball in player possession touches the pylon, provided that, after contact by an opponent, no part of the player’s body, except his hands or feet, struck the ground before the ball touched the pylon.” (Rule 11, Section 2, Article 1)    That rule doesn’t say if as long as the ball crosses the line it’s a touchdown. There is a stipulation that the player’s body, except hands and feet, cannot have already touched the ground before the ball crosses the line.

Personally, the referees should have reviewed the play. But when they called it a touchdown and confetti came out, the referees couldn’t review it. Plus there was a major face mask penalty against the Patriots that wasn’t called.    In the first half the three back-to-back holding calls against the Falcons, two of which weren’t really holding, really hurt them. The first one that was called it was more like the Falcons defender was caressing the arm of the Patriots receiver. The guy was not held off of his course, and he pulled away with barely any effort.     On to overtime. In the NFL it is described as “Following an intermission of no more than three minutes after the end of the regular game, the extra period shall commence.(a) Both teams must have the opportunity to possess the ball once during the extra period, unless the team that receives the opening kickoff scores a touchdown on its initial possession, in which case it is the winner, or if the team kicking off to start the overtime period scores a safety on the receiving team’s initial possession, in which case the team that kicked off is the winner. If a touchdown is scored, the game is over, and the Try is not attempted.(b) If the team that possesses the ball first does not score on its initial possession, the team next scoring by any method shall be the winner.(c) If the team that possesses the ball first scores a field goal on its initial possession, the other team (the second team) shall have the opportunity to possess the ball.” (Rule 16, Section 1, Article 3a)    I understand the rule, if the team that receives the kickoff scores a touchdown it’s game over, if the team only scored a field goal the other team gets a chance.     This rule is that it is completely unfair. Not just in the instance of the Super Bowl, but in regular season and playoff games. Why is it seen as fair that only one team gets a chance at a touchdown? I say it’s only one team because, if we are honest, the likelihood of the receiving team scoring a touchdown is pretty high. Between 2012 and 2014 57% of teams that won the toss won the game. This is according to someone who did the math, you can check it out at https://www.reddit.com/r/nfl/comments/2h30h8/statistical_look_at_the_new_ot_rules/ .    In my opinion both teams should get a chance at a touchdown. In basketball, soccer, baseball, and softball you get a chance to score. In basketball it really comes down to beating the clock. But regardless, each team has a chance. What makes football so special?    I just think each team should have a chance. If the other team is at a fourth down and long and they don’t make it by all means, game over. That is my thought on overtime.

Now onto the halftime show. For those who think it was political, why are you making everything about politics? For those don’t think it was political, well she made a statement whether you listen to her or not. And finally, for those who are body shaming her, stop it. Seriously, why are you body shaming her? Is it because you don’t like your own body or is it because she is able to rock some sparkly bikini bottoms and you want to.     I’ve seen a lot, I mean a lot, of women body shaming her for what she wore. Who cares? I mean, just a few weeks ago all these women were screaming togetherness and unity and scream how much women love each other. Women are each other’s own worst enemies. Women judge each other just as harshly as they judge themselves. And I am personally tired of seeing women shaming each other for what they wear, for how they look, for the amount of make-up they wear, and for how big or small they are. It shouldn’t matter.

Any woman should be able to look at another woman and tell her how beautiful she looks. Every woman should realize that not everyone wants to be supermodel skinny nor should they be judged if they are or aren’t. But, the likelihood of that happening is about as likely as me becoming a professional football player. I thought Lady Gaga rocked the stage, she definitely played off of Michael Jackson by starting at the top of the stadium. But I am thankful she went back to her old music, I love her old music. And for those who assume she changed the wording of her songs, she didn’t. She has also had something about god and unity in her music. It wasn’t changed or new, so I wouldn’t say it was political in that aspect. But she definitely made a statement that we all need to be unified as the nation has a wedge drawn deeper and deeper between it.  So that’s my opinion on the Super Bowl, I had no pony in the race, but I was pulling for the Falcons because they hadn’t been to a Super Bowl since 1999 and I really wanted them to win. But here’s to hoping the Saints go to the Super Bowl next year (fingers crossed).

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