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Fact: contrary to what the Steelers think, the tuck rule was super dumb
There are things about the NFL that really annoy me. I'm writing tonight because of one particular NFL-related shenanigan. It has really annoyed me for more than a decade. It's not Bill Belichick's sweatshirt collection, pit-stained and smelly as it is. It's not Peyton Manning's disturbingly-long neck, nauseating and stink eye-inducing as it is. It's the tuck rule. Damn that tuck rule.
But alas! The tuck rule is no more. NFL owners voted 29-1 to abolish it today, with two teams abstaining. Why you'd vote in favor of the rule as is or abstain is beyond me.
I'm assuming most of our readership understands the tuck rule. And I'm assuming most of you didn't like it. This video more or less explains the rule - it also breaks down the play that made it famous. Unless a passer completed "tucked" the ball after going into his throwing motion, officials hesitated to rule that lost balls were fumbles. It was a stupid, no good, ridonkulous rule, and we're all dumber for having watched its application.
In my mind, the rule's longevity really embodies what is wrong with the modern NFL. We're so concerned about concussion-related consequences for men with the best hazard pay on Earth, we let senseless rules like the tuck rule endure. I know what you're thinking. "Settle down James, let's not overreact." You're right. The two issues aren't remotely related, but still, you do have to wonder what takes the owners so long. They won't take action on things like this, yet they're so trigger happy on other things. It is what it is, but it boggles the mind.
Your thoughts, jokes, or ill-timed metaphors?