THERE’S A CATCH

It’s illegal in Alabama to wear a fake mustache to church.

Like any law,  you have to assume it came to be for a reason.
Like, some dude caused a stir wearing a fake mustache to church in Alabama.

The NFL’s “catch rule” has been seen as unnecessary too, or at least overcomplicated.  But I think this year we will see *why* it became a rule in the first place.  The athletic catch and upfield turn where a receiver doesn’t “survive the ground” is now a legal catch.  So it’s also a legal fumble–and there will be fumble returns for touchdowns that are going to have us wondering if we changed this rule for the better.

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As football continues to penalize its players for having their heads down, I’m longing for basketball to do the same.  There’s nothing more unjust than a driver being rewarded with a foul (on his defender) when the offensive player’s eyes are down, and his head is out in front of his feet.

Good offense players’ eyes can *always* see the rim.
Good offense players are on balance and rarely hit the floor.
(Especially head and shoulders landing out in front of their feet–that fall wasn’t caused by the ghost behind them).

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Speaking of watchable, polished basketball:  More impressive to me than Villanova’s two tournament championships in three years, is that they haven’t lost two games in a row since 2013.  That accomplishment needs not qualification, but to do it in the one-and-done era is astonishing.

Or is that part of the cause–that their opponents are cycling through their 4-star rosters more quickly?

If Marvin Lewis had Ben Roethlisberger and Mike Tomlin had Andy Dalton, would the two coaches’ reputations be flipped?

Can all of MLB’s pace of play talk begin with keeping the batter in the batter’s box for the duration of the at bat?  I don’t even need to un-velcro my typing gloves before moving on to the next sentence.

If you catch yourself saying about a game that “the momentum keeps changing”, then let that be my Exhibit A that momentum isn’t a thing.

When Cleveland won 22 consecutive baseball games in 2017, some would think that an incredible amount of momentum had been established going into Game 23.  They lost that game, though, to Kansas City, who was so bolstered by this momentum shift that they lost to Cleveland the very next night.

In the NCAA football semifinal, Georgia and Oklahoma traded scores to open the game.
Then Oklahoma scored twice in a row.
Somehow Georgia managed to score next.
Then Oklahoma twice more.
Then Georgia scored *four* times in a row.  Uncle Mo!
Nope, Oklahoma got the next two scores.
Then Georgia with two more in a row.
Then Oklahoma to tie it in OT.
Then Georgia for the win.

If momentum can shift 10 times, why is having it deemed so valuable?

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