The running joke is that NFL stands for No Fun League and with the latest rule change regarding kickoffs, that name rings true. We talked about this last week and our fears have come to fruition. The NFL’s Competition Committee passed a new rule regarding kickoffs that will move the kickoff up from the 30 to the 35 yard line, effectively wiping out a majority of kickoff returns and creating a hell of a lot more touchbacks. BO-RING!
After the season where Devin Hester broke the all-time return record, I guess the other team figured the only way to stop him is to not give him nearly as many opportunities.
The rule being invoked in the name of player safety is a total sham. You know what’s safer than football? Tennis. I suppose the next step is to eliminate that ever-dangerous forward pass because there’s a higher chance of getting an ouchie after you catch a ball.
The NFL was the Roman Empire at the height of popularity in 2010. They were virtually unchallenged as the most popular sport going. Fast forward to 2011. A labor situation pitting the millionaire players against the billionaire owners and alienating the fans who scrape their hard-earned money together to pay these idiots. Add some lame rule changes like this kickoff rule and before you know it, Roger Goodell will be playing a fiddle while his league burns to the ground around him.