Barely Legal

And beautiful. But aren’t they all?

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The NFL says it’s legal. Granted the NFL often doesn’t know NFL rules, anyone can see this many times each NFL game. I was under the impression that targeting a QB following a turnover was no longer de riguer. But I reckon it’s technically just frowned upon. I love it, because it’s the football I grew up playing, on horrible fields, in terrible weather, in shitty equipment, with terrible people doing terrible coaching. And cheap shots were applauded encouraged demanded. There was always a defensive player charged with finding and hitting the opposing QB after a turnover. If you could hurt that guy enough to get him to quit, you could probably win. In the world of ye ole wishbone offense versus the 5-2 slant defense, the first team to lose a QB usually lost the game.

A real blast from the past. Get your head on a swivel, Foles. You might not survive the next one.

NFL’s opinion here.

Chip Kelly’s response here.  The key passage:

“Under a word-for-word interpretation of the rule, Baker’s hit was not legal according to the NFL rule book.”

Ah, a word-for-word shot at the holy grail NFL rule book! I’m a reader, ok, I’ll admit it. I like words. Especially when strung together into carefully crafted sentences, such as this. But the NFL Rule Book is ridiculous. Way too long, way too specific and yet vague, with things happening to the point where high definition slow-motion and freeze frames are sometimes inconclusive.

So the NFL has declared this hit legal, even though it’s not legal by NFL rules.

At least zero women were punched in this story. A real banner day for the league.

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