August 31, 2010

The Manning Rule

Peyton Manning (and other quarterbacks in the league) is frustrated with a rule change that slows down the game.

From what I could tell during the last pre-season game I watched, sportscasters don't like the new rule, either, which seems to require a referee to stand in the offensive backfield, rather than the defensive backfield (to protect the refs), and give the QB an OK-to-snap high sign. 

Having umpired my fair share of baseball games, it should be the responsibility of the referees to be in position when the ball is snapped, not the responsibility of the quarterback to make sure the referee is in position.

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