Beginning this fall, any Connecticut high school football coach who beats a team by 50 or more points will face a one-game suspension. Seriously. Read it here.
So, let's say ole Hartford High is up 45-0 and Johnny the DB picks off a pass with a clear path to the end zone. What's he supposed to do? Run out of bounds so his coach doesn't get a red card? Of all the absolutely ridiculous, mama's-boy, can't-we-all-get-along, just plain stupid sports rules, this is by far the worst.
Mercy rules -- 10-run rules in baseball, running clocks in hoops -- aren't supposed to penalize teams for being good; they just bring a quicker end to blowouts. Plus, and most important, there's no mercy in football!
Equally disturbing, this is the latest example of a sports body spelling out what used to be "unwritten rules." Umps didn't use to need to warn pitchers -- the other team delivered payback. The NFL didn't need taunting rules because it was enforced on the field by guys like Jack Lambert. High school football coaches didn't intentionally run it up because of the unwritten rule. Now those in charge assume responsibility for these things like a bunch of PTA mothers.
What a bunch of ninnies.
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 5/26/2006 12:41:00 AM