The Indifferent NFL

Another week, another week of questionable calls in the NFL.

Let me start this by making a clarification. Sports fans can be a fickle lot.

In a lot of cases, almost Bi-Polar. Win on opening day and Playoff and Championship plans are bandied about.

Lose and jobs are demanded, trades needed.

Most oftentimes, the favorite team never actually loses any game. It’s always “the refs screwed us.”

This phenomenon is not a new issue. Bad calls, unfortunately, are part of sports.

However, some more egregious calls seemingly happen more in the NFL. From phantom pass interference to a linesman clearly added a few inches for what suddenly changes a fourth and inches to a first and one.

We, the fans have been told, time and again, “We want to eliminate head hits in the game.”

Then….Do It!

An absurd missing a delay of game call in one playoff game and an astonishing blocking penalty in another are bad enough.

A hit on a quarterback that is not called is another level of insolence.

Going the wording of the rule. An argument can be made that it was, in fact, a non-penalty.

No penalty for the hit… what about player history? On both sides of the play… Clowney is a borderline cheap shot artist. Why not use another of the NFL’s “well defined” rules?

Unnecessary roughness? The player is going down… put a hand him to affirm the situation.

One other thing to factor in.. each of the seven officials are equipped with two flags.

So, if the name “WENTZ” was replaced with.hmmm say….”BRADY”
We would have seen 14 flags and seven hats littering the field.

Is it a coincidence that head hits to any player, not just the quarterback were far less common when guys like Conrad Dobler, Dick Butkus, Ray Nitschke, et al were playing?

Tough hard-nosed big-time ruffians to be sure. But, with the exception of Dobler, guys who played hard, but clean.

Perhaps we need to see quid pro quo in the NFL. This for that… cheapshot my guy, bet your ass, I am taking one of your guys out.

Just my .02…

By: Kevin Neibauer

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Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.



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