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The Super-what now?


Note to self:

Grocery shopping on the morning of the Superbowl might not be the smartest idea.

Best of luck to both teams, though I confess, after seven years of living in the USA, I still don't understand the rules.

Who do you think will win?

Poll #1677888 SUPERBOWL XLV
This poll is closed.

Who do you think will win Superbowl 2011?

The Steelers of course
5(14.7%)
The Packers, without a doubt
4(11.8%)
Too close to call
3(8.8%)
The Super-what now?
22(64.7%)




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msstacy13
Feb. 6th, 2011 07:20 pm (UTC)
The game itself is fairly simple,
but the technicality of the rules can be perplexing.

For instance, if a quarterback throws the ball into the air,
and there's no one on his team there to catch it,
that's called intentional grounding,
and his team gets a penalty.

If he intentionally throws the ball into the ground?
That's a different matter entirely.
Not only is there no penalty,
his team gets three minutes to sort themselves and try again.

*blink*
smeddley
Feb. 6th, 2011 08:35 pm (UTC)
It's more complex than that, though! Because it's not intentional grounding if the quarterback is outside of the tackles (where they were to start, not where they are when he throws the ball), even if there's no one there. :)

And don't get me started on the 'tuck rule', which I don't think the refs even understand...
msstacy13
Feb. 6th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
Obviously, I can't be sure,
but I think that was exactly my point.

Meanwhile,
common sense would suggest that intentionally throwing something on the ground
would be intentional grounding,
BUT IT'S NOT!!!
smeddley
Feb. 6th, 2011 09:31 pm (UTC)
Technically they call it 'spiking the ball' to stop the clock, which, uh, makes it so much less weird?

But my point was that even just throwing a pass at no one can or can not be intentional grounding, depending on where the QB is when he throws the ball. So out of three different possibilities, only one is intentional grounding, and it's usually the one that seems the least intentional. ;)

Pfff, common sense has no place in sports! Weirdly evolved rules and superstition are what sports are all about! Now you'll have to excuse me, if I don't go dust the front hallway, the Steelers won't win... ;)
jongibbs
Feb. 7th, 2011 01:08 am (UTC)
My head hurts :(

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