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(ESPN)   Australian Rules Football has completely different rules than Canadian Rules Football has completely different rules than NFL Football has completely different rules than NFL Pro Bowl Football. Wait, what was that last one?   (espn.go.com ) divider line
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2013-08-01 09:10:41 AM  
Get rid of the damned pro bowl and replace it with a Superjocks/Superdogs competition with the best from the NFL. It's be more fun to watch and have less injury risk.
 
2013-08-01 09:13:40 AM  
This looks really dumb. Like really dumb.

/and yet will still get better ratings than a World Series game or NBA game
 
2013-08-01 09:37:06 AM  
I'm sure all the kick return specialists with significant Pro Bowl incentives in their contracts are super happy about this.
 
2013-08-01 09:48:27 AM  
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2013-08-01 09:48:54 AM  
Can't we just have a nice parade instead?
 
2013-08-01 09:49:17 AM  
Actually, on second reflection, I'm guessing this is a test for rules changes they're considering for football as a whole, and using this as a safe arena to float them in.
 
2013-08-01 10:03:09 AM  
Well, this took the only good thing about the Pro Bowl (recognizing players for their performance based on votes by the fans and players) and threw it out the window.
 
2013-08-01 10:53:13 AM  

meanmutton: Well, this took the only good thing about the Pro Bowl (recognizing players for their performance based on votes by the fans and players) and threw it out the window.


I don't think that's changing. I believe being selected to the Pro Bowl is still based on voting -- however it's no longer AFC vs NFC. They're going to do it like hockey does and have a "draft" for the two teams from the pool of players who were voted in by the traditional means.
 
2013-08-01 11:16:21 AM  
My proposal is for EA to make a special version of Madden, where you vote in your Pro Bowl players like usual, and then each player is given a tv monitor and controller and they control themselves on the Madden game. Watching an athlete play themselves on a  video game is more interesting than watching the Pro Bowl.
 
2013-08-01 11:16:24 AM  
Goodell is stealing ideas from Bergman.

This is very bad news for the NFL.
 
2013-08-01 11:40:52 AM  

PowerSlacker: Goodell is stealing ideas from Bergman.

This is very bad news for the NFL.


Please - Bill Simmons had that idea way before hockey ever did it. And every one of those rule changes makes the game better, aside from the kickoff specialist being eliminated, which sucks for them...but I never really gave too much of a damn about kickoffs anyway.
 
2013-08-01 12:09:53 PM  
Aussie Rules > (x eleventy) Pro Bowl
 
2013-08-01 12:17:29 PM  

PowerSlacker: Goodell is stealing ideas from Bergman.

This is very bad news for the NFL.


Yes, but I think the bigger worry is that the Pro Bowl is becoming the testing ground for future NFL rule changes. Not having kickoffs in the game should be a major concern for fans.

As for the other changes:

• A two-minute warning will be added to the first and third quarters in addition to the traditional rule in the second and fourth quarters. Possession also will change hands after each quarter.-  Stupid

• Defenses will be allowed to play Cover 2 and press coverage. In the past, only man coverage had been allowed, except for goal-line situations.- Nothing different from regular NFL

• Changes will be made to the game clock during the two-minute warning, with the clock stopping if the offense doesn't gain at least 1 yard, in order to encourage offenses to try to gain yardage at the end of each quarter.- Can't argue with this idea in theory. Getting rid of the "victory" formation kneel down is probably a good thing.

• In addition, the clock will start after an incomplete pass on the signal of the game referee except during the two-minute warnings and the final five minutes of the game.- indifferent to this

• The game will use a 35-second/25-second play clock instead of the traditional 40-second/25-second clock.- worth a shot

• Also, the game clock will not stop on sacks of the quarterback, outside of the game's final two minutes.- again, worth trying
 
2013-08-01 12:28:29 PM  

desertgeek: Yes, but I think the bigger worry is that the Pro Bowl is becoming the testing ground for future NFL rule changes. Not having kickoffs in the game should be a major concern for fans.


Why should that be a worry? It's great to work things out in real game situations.

desertgeek: • Defenses will be allowed to play Cover 2 and press coverage. In the past, only man coverage had been allowed, except for goal-line situations.- Nothing different from regular NFL


Exactly - this makes the Pro Bowl better and addresses some of the hate people had for it. Makes it more football-like.

desertgeek: • A two-minute warning will be added to the first and third quarters in addition to the traditional rule in the second and fourth quarters. Possession also will change hands after each quarter.-  Stupid


While the two-minute warning is clearly just more ad time, I'd bet that this one stays in the Pro Bowl - it does make the Pro Bowl better, though, since many players play for one quarter only - now we get the fun of the end-of-half scrambles every quarter. Nothing wrong with that.

desertgeek: • The game will use a 35-second/25-second play clock instead of the traditional 40-second/25-second clock.- worth a shot


Don't see how anyone could object to "hey we're going to eliminate five seconds of dead time between plays"

desertgeek: • In addition, the clock will start after an incomplete pass on the signal of the game referee except during the two-minute warnings and the final five minutes of the game.- indifferent to this


This is what it should be doing anyway - hopefully the NFL adopts this all the time; it'll reduce the length of games and people can stop pretending like pass plays are so much worse than run plays for the defense on the sidelines, as though three rushes and a non-first-down make for so much more rest than three incompletions and a punt. It's the same amount of time in real life - it's just that currently the clock doesn't run after incompletions.

desertgeek: • Also, the game clock will not stop on sacks of the quarterback, outside of the game's final two minutes.- again, worth trying


I have to admit I honestly didn't know the clock stopped on a sack. Why the hell would it? It's a tackle in bounds.

desertgeek: • Changes will be made to the game clock during the two-minute warning, with the clock stopping if the offense doesn't gain at least 1 yard, in order to encourage offenses to try to gain yardage at the end of each quarter.- Can't argue with this idea in theory. Getting rid of the "victory" formation kneel down is probably a good thing.


I dunno about the whole "gains at least a yard," but the AFL has had a rule about having to get forward progress if you're leading with one minute to go or less. (obviously if you're losing and you kneel down, who cares if the clock runs because you clearly don't give a sh*t about having a shot at winning the game and the other team isn't going to complain about not having to try anymore, having won). It's great. This should be applied to the NFL as well. Bonus: We won't have retarded arguments like we had after TB/NYG last year, where apparently teams should just quit and let the other team end the game if they're down and the team that's ahead doesn't want to play anymore.
 
2013-08-01 01:19:50 PM  

IAmRight: desertgeek: Yes, but I think the bigger worry is that the Pro Bowl is becoming the testing ground for future NFL rule changes. Not having kickoffs in the game should be a major concern for fans.

Why should that be a worry? It's great to work things out in real game situations.

desertgeek: • Defenses will be allowed to play Cover 2 and press coverage. In the past, only man coverage had been allowed, except for goal-line situations.- Nothing different from regular NFL

Exactly - this makes the Pro Bowl better and addresses some of the hate people had for it. Makes it more football-like.

desertgeek: • A two-minute warning will be added to the first and third quarters in addition to the traditional rule in the second and fourth quarters. Possession also will change hands after each quarter.-  Stupid

While the two-minute warning is clearly just more ad time, I'd bet that this one stays in the Pro Bowl - it does make the Pro Bowl better, though, since many players play for one quarter only - now we get the fun of the end-of-half scrambles every quarter. Nothing wrong with that.

desertgeek: • The game will use a 35-second/25-second play clock instead of the traditional 40-second/25-second clock.- worth a shot

Don't see how anyone could object to "hey we're going to eliminate five seconds of dead time between plays"

desertgeek: • In addition, the clock will start after an incomplete pass on the signal of the game referee except during the two-minute warnings and the final five minutes of the game.- indifferent to this

This is what it should be doing anyway - hopefully the NFL adopts this all the time; it'll reduce the length of games and people can stop pretending like pass plays are so much worse than run plays for the defense on the sidelines, as though three rushes and a non-first-down make for so much more rest than three incompletions and a punt. It's the same amount of time in real life - it's just that currently the clock doesn't run after incompletions.

desertgeek: • Also, the game clock will not stop on sacks of the quarterback, outside of the game's final two minutes.- again, worth trying

I have to admit I honestly didn't know the clock stopped on a sack. Why the hell would it? It's a tackle in bounds.

desertgeek: • Changes will be made to the game clock during the two-minute warning, with the clock stopping if the offense doesn't gain at least 1 yard, in order to encourage offenses to try to gain yardage at the end of each quarter.- Can't argue with this idea in theory. Getting rid of the "victory" formation kneel down is probably a good thing.

I dunno about the whole "gains at least a yard," but the AFL has had a rule about having to get forward progress if you're leading with one minute to go or less. (obviously if you're losing and you kneel down, who cares if the clock runs because you clearly don't give a sh*t about having a shot at winning the game and the other team isn't going to complain about not having to try anymore, having won). It's great. This should be applied to the NFL as well. Bonus: We won't have retarded arguments like we had after TB/NYG last year, where apparently teams should just quit and let the other team end the game if they're down and the team that's ahead doesn't want to play anymore.


That last bit is going to result in more injuries. You go into victory formation so nobody gets hurt on otherwise meaningless plays.
 
2013-08-01 01:23:13 PM  
The two leading vote-getters will be named captains and will be assisted by Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders and two NFL.com fantasy football champions in picking the two teams.

Ooh, now I'm glad I'm in a Fark NFL.com league. I'll have Sanchez backing up Tebow, for the lulz.
 
2013-08-01 01:34:58 PM  

skrame: The two leading vote-getters will be named captains and will be assisted by Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders and two NFL.com fantasy football champions in picking the two teams.

Ooh, now I'm glad I'm in a Fark NFL.com league. I'll have Sanchez backing up Tebow, for the lulz.


If it's possible to score negative points in fantasy football, you've found the formula to do it.
 
2013-08-01 01:50:22 PM  

BolloxReader: That last bit is going to result in more injuries. You go into victory formation so nobody gets hurt on otherwise meaningless plays.


It's doubtful that people get injured on a significant percentage of those plays.

skrame: The two leading vote-getters will be named captains and will be assisted by Hall of Famers Jerry Rice and Deion Sanders and two NFL.com fantasy football champions in picking the two teams.

Ooh, now I'm glad I'm in a Fark NFL.com league. I'll have Sanchez backing up Tebow, for the lulz.


And who could be against this? BTW, skrame, I think the captains still get to decide. You suggest that and they're going to ignore every opinion you have. Unless they want to lose. If they were picking their opponent's team, however, that would be hilarious.
 
2013-08-01 04:20:04 PM  

Swoop1809: My proposal is for EA to make a special version of Madden, where you vote in your Pro Bowl players like usual, and then each player is given a tv monitor and controller and they control themselves on the Madden game. Watching an athlete play themselves on a  video game is more interesting than watching the Pro Bowl.


i.imgur.com

/holy crap, an idea that might actually make me watch the pro bowl.
 
2013-08-01 04:44:51 PM  

IAmRight: PowerSlacker: Goodell is stealing ideas from Bergman.

This is very bad news for the NFL.

Please - Bill Simmons had that idea way before hockey ever did it. And every one of those rule changes makes the game better, aside from the kickoff specialist being eliminated, which sucks for them...but I never really gave too much of a damn about kickoffs anyway.


How the bloody fark does an extra TV timeout in the first and third quarter make anything better?
 
2013-08-01 05:57:09 PM  

desertgeek: If it's possible to score negative points in fantasy football, you've found the formula to do it.


Man, I'm not doing that for my FF team. I'm saving that for the probe owl.

IAmRight: BTW, skrame, I think the captains still get to decide. You suggest that and they're going to ignore every opinion you have. Unless they want to lose. If they were picking their opponent's team, however, that would be hilarious.


This game doesn't matter; this isn't the MLB! What matters is giving the fans what they want. Which would generate more press: Tebow and Buttfumble on a team, or Manning/Brady? Fark would farking implode if my people start.

/I'm know you're right about the captains. If I could be the token nerd picking players with Jerry Rice or Deion Sanders plus the captain, I would be serious as all hell and do my best not to embarrass myself.
 
2013-08-01 09:15:06 PM  

IAmRight: desertgeek: • Also, the game clock will not stop on sacks of the quarterback, outside of the game's final two minutes.- again, worth trying

I have to admit I honestly didn't know the clock stopped on a sack. Why the hell would it? It's a tackle in bounds.


The rule (Rule 4 Section 4 (g)) actually says the clock doesn't stop "when the player who originally takes the snap is tackled behind the line of scrimmage ", and the clock will be restarted after the ball is ready.
  Apparently its to allow the deep receivers a chance to return to the line of scrimmage or huddle before the clock is started again.
 
2013-08-01 11:56:31 PM  

Rising_Zan_Samurai_Gunman: The rule (Rule 4 Section 4 (g)) actually says the clock doesn't stop "when the player who originally takes the snap is tackled behind the line of scrimmage ", and the clock will be restarted after the ball is ready.
  Apparently its to allow the deep receivers a chance to return to the line of scrimmage or huddle before the clock is started again.


Oh, the temporary stop made sense. Oh well, shouldn't be getting THAT far downfield anyway.

PowerSlacker: How the bloody fark does an extra TV timeout in the first and third quarter make anything better?


That part sucks, but it's nice to have all the players have to work two-minute drills.
 
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