The Catch Rule Continues To Kill Fan Interest
What’s a catch in the National Football League? No one knows. In college football, we have an idea. Same with high school. But at the highest level of sport, we have zero fucking clue. It’s killing the game. More than vicious hits, more people are tuning out because the referees are deciding football games. We’ve become so goddamn technical in the NFL that every catch has a different ruling. It’s time for some changes to made this offseason in an attempt to save the sport from killing itself.
NFL should take a page from the NBA and make their game easier to understand. The NBA has done so many things to make their game more fluid and understandable to the untrained eye. Anyone can pick up what’s happening and what rules matter. If someone just started watching the NFL this Sunday, they would be puzzled on what exactly is a catch. The league needs to overhaul to figure out a consistent, firm understanding of the rule to make everyone happy.
Carolina should not have got a touchdown where Damarie Byrd’s butt was the only thing in the endzone. Butt equaling two feet is not a rule that should be a thing. Pittsburgh not getting a touchdown because Jessie James lost control in the final motion with the ball is bullshit. On the other side, if Geronimo Allison catches that ball in the end zone, there’s zero chance that’s ruled a touchdown, right? Steelers will likely be a two or a three seed in the AFC missing out on homefield whilst Byrd’s touchdown may have cost the Packers a chance at the playoffs. These all have consequences, and I feel we’re headed for a playoff disaster that will continue to drive away fans.
People don’t have to watch something that takes a lot of effort and hard-thinking especially with sports.