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Old 11-13-2019, 04:18 PM   #21
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Anyway, my vote is for any unsportsmanlike conduct being the dumbest penalty. When lining up offsides you are at least trying to gain a competitive advantage, you keep pushing forward until the ref calls it. Excessive celebration or taunting is 15 yards just because you have the emotional control of a child.
My thoughts exactly ^^^ You've got to be a special kind of stupid (and/or the emotional control of a child, as stated above) to get called for this type of penalty.

While agree that the neutral zone infraction is generally a very dumb penalty, I suppose I can envision instances where the d-lineman, caught up in the anxiety and fatigue of the moment, might experience just enough disorientation or distraction to misplace himself with regards to his stance. (It also appears to me that refs give players a little leeway on this infraction. Sometimes the camera angle will clearly show that a defender's helmet or front hand-on-the-ground is a bit into the neutral zone, but it usually isn't called unless it's obvious. Makes me think that a linesman might warn the defender, "hey, you're getting pretty close to lining up in the neutral zone... might wanna watch that.")

The other dumb football penalty that sticks out, though rare, is the case of a wide receiver jumping offsides (false start). Unlike a O-lineman, that fraction of second head start that he's looking for is unlikely to break the play if he doesn't get it. When you combine that with the fact that he doesn't even need to know the snapcount - just needs to watch the ball - it is truly a boneheaded penalty.
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Old 11-13-2019, 04:57 PM   #22
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The neutral zone is not that hard to understand. It is obviously not the line of scrimmage because there is one line which the offense (other than the snapper) cannot cross and a different line that the defense cannot cross. If an offensive player lines up across the tip of the ball they are getting a penalty.

Of course you guys are arguing with the guy who says tony romo is as good as aaron rodgers so beware he is just trolling.
I'm actually not trolling. I don't hold Aaron Rodgers in high regard. I'm just not impressed. If Rodgers is better it isn't by a hell of a lot. Many QBs been to one super bowl, including crap QBs.

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I'm open to anyone correcting me in a respectful manner. But to me, the dumbest in game penalty you can commit in the major team sports (NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS) is football's lining up in the neutral zone. All you have to do is look at the ball and be behind it a quarter inch. I can't think of any reason why circumstances would force someone to violate that rule unless someone's own teammate or a strong gust of wind shoved him forward.
Not a penalty, but one of the dumbest things I've ever seen any player ever do in all four major sports is drop the ball before crossing the endzone.
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Old 11-13-2019, 07:29 PM   #23
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Not a penalty, but one of the dumbest things I've ever seen any player ever do in all four major sports is drop the ball before crossing the endzone.
Oooooo....that one gets me hot. You would not want me to be your coach if you ever did that.
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Venn diagram: people who think athletes getting penalties for celebrating/taunting, etc are dumb, childish, etc and people who scream at their TV's while watching sports

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Sure. But when Joe Schmoe yells (in either anger or enthusiasm) at the TV, he might be acting emotionally but he's not making an emotion-based decision that costs his team 15 yards. There's a difference between being emotional and being an emotional idiot.

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Joe Schmoe isn't blowing his cool at work when he's watching TV.

Players are literally being paid not to lose those 15 yards.
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Venn diagram: people who think that Joe Schmoe screaming at his TV is, "like totally different than an athlete getting a taunting/celebrating penalty" and people who regularly scream at their TV.
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