New NFL rules don’t seem all that great

By Steve Stout -

NFL owners made a couple of interesting decisions at their meeting in Chicago earlier this week, and I’m not really a fan of either one.

They decided to shorten overtime from 15 minutes to 10 minutes for regular season and playoff games.

Playoff games can’t end in a tie, but as far as the regular season is concerned, the new rule likely means there will be more ties than in years past.

And I’m not in favor of games ending in ties in any sport.

The reason for the rule change is that players are supposedly too worn out and prone to injury after four quarters to play a 15-minute overtime, which is ridiculous.

I can remember the day – not so long ago – when NFL players were considered to be tough guys.

The other rules change will allow players to indulge in basically any kind of celebration after a touchdown.

Apparently, there isn’t enough celebratory nonsense going on now.

Maybe Chad Ochocinco will decide to un-retire to take advantage of this new rule … he was apparently ahead of his time.

Or better yet, maybe Ochocinco can come back as an end zone celebration choreographer, because you can bet there will be plenty of elaborate TD dance numbers this year.

Thankfully, players can still be penalized for embarrassing opponents or mimicking the use of weapons during their celebrations.


Trivia Time – Pro Football Hall of Famer Yale Lary had 50 career interceptions.

This week’s question – In what year did the NFL enact an overtime rule for regular season games?

By Steve Stout

Reach Steve Stout at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @udcstout

Reach Steve Stout at 652-1331 (ext. 1776) or on Twitter @udcstout