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722 clicks; posted to Sports » on 27 May 2006 at 2:49 PM (11 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2006-05-27 02:20:19 PM  
My HS football team most likely to lose by 50+ points.

The girls teams and track won all the state championships.
2006-05-27 02:24:21 PM  
Telling a team to begin taking knees and running out of bounds instead of scoring (A.K.A stop trying) because they are good at a game is ludicrous.

I feel a much fairer rule would be whichever team leads the other by 50 points or has the most points by the end of the 4th quarter wins.

If we didn't have pitiful underdog stories where would hollywood get all their ideas from?
2006-05-27 02:30:51 PM  
The sentiment is right, but the approach is wrong.

Running up the score is just plain bad sportsmanship. But what are you supposed to do, kneel every damn play? It's one thing if you're running play action passes, fake kicks, and gadget plays when you're up five scores, but if you run the ball every play and they can't stop you, that's not "running up the score."
2006-05-27 02:34:31 PM  
Not a big sports fan here, but this is just stupid.
What is the purpose of this? Make a bad team feel good about themselves that they can only lose by 50 points?
2006-05-27 02:55:00 PM  
My HS lost 48-3 in the first round of the playoffs.

It was awesome.
2006-05-27 03:12:23 PM  
This will never take hold in Texas.
2006-05-27 03:23:06 PM  
It's pretty standard for baseball
2006-05-27 03:35:42 PM  
That is beyond retarded.
2006-05-27 03:47:46 PM  
Can we stop approving this link (3 approvals in the last 4 days, two in the past 24 hours)?

I said the following in this thread (

Threads a repeat. Been there, done that, got the T-Shirt
2006-05-27 03:53:19 PM  
In Nebraska, D-2 football has the 45 rule. If the opposing team wins by at least 45 points, the game ends.

/We went 7-3 this year
//Can't believe I was ranked 12th in rushing yards
2006-05-27 04:31:53 PM  
This is a special kind of stupid. I agree with the coach. You don't tell players to take a knee or run out of bounds, you tell them to do their best to score. I like the "end the game" rules. If one team sucks then end it early but don't punish a coach because his team is way better.

What's next? Firing oil company executives because they made too many billions in profit? Denying radio time to musicians because they had too many hit records? Not letting rabbits breed because they have too many babies?

WTF? When did success within the rules become a crime?
2006-05-27 04:37:58 PM  
In Nebraska, D-2 football has the 45 rule

Ending the game is certainly a FAR better solution than suspending the coach for being *too* good. I've seen games where even simple offenses with the 4th team cheerleaders can score at will... what's a coach to do so he keeps his job? Has to keep a squad of known horrible players to sub in when they get too far ahead and let the other team score... talk about encouraging poor sportsmanship...
2006-05-27 07:03:29 PM  
In South Dakota the game ends when one team gets 50 points ahead.

In Iowa if one team leads by 35, the clock starts running and only stops for injuries, scores, and team-called timeouts. That didn't stop one team from winning a game 105-0, however.

Both rules are far better than this ridiculous one, though.
2006-05-27 07:06:46 PM  
As I pointed out today, on yesterday's "50 point rule" thread, it became a BIG motivation for the players back in the day. We looked at it as an insult if we didn't win by 40. Our goal was to be on the way home by halftime.
2006-05-27 10:35:15 PM  
If they're that worried about a 50-point differential, make it a mercy rule. The instant a team cracks the 50-point differential, that's game over. That's how they do it in Little League baseball.
2006-05-28 02:25:31 AM  
Kids today are wussies. Take your beatings like a man, and then grow up to sit around in a bar somewhere lying about the outcome. It's how nature intended it.
2006-05-28 10:53:14 AM  
I can't wait for some team who is down 49-0 to intentionally take a knee in the endzone as time expires to make the score 51-0 and screw over the opposing coach. Should be fantastic!
2006-05-28 01:50:33 PM  
the only problem i can see with the 50 point mercy rule is: what if the score's 35-50? that's still within striking distance. maybe if the score's 50-0 i'd think it wasn't in danger of being nonsense. but even still, even if i was getting my ass kicked in a game, i'd still want to play it out. builds whatever the gender-neutral term is for manliness.
2006-05-29 11:37:26 AM  
This would've come in handy my junior year when we lost 68-0 on OUR HOMECOMING.

What kind of dumbass AD schedules the defending state champs for their homecoming game.
2006-05-29 02:36:41 PM  
The rule applies only to the final score. A team could be leading 55-0 and back off defensively so that its opponent could score a touchdown that prevents a coach's suspension.

Brilliant. I can't wait to see a defense part like the Red Sea. I'm sure it will make the loser feel much better about themselves.
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