The Mitchell Report: Famous Jameis and new rules
Posted October 20, 2013
Thoughts on the sports world I can't share in a 5 minute sportscast. Some Triangle news. Some not.
New Rules stink
New rules stink when they end up hurting your team. That's how the world works isn't it? The NFL drew up a new rule this off-season that got very little attention because it's a pretty boring rule. You are not allowed to push your teammate to help with blocking a field goal. Here's the rule:
Rule 913 states in part that “Team B [defending the kick] cannot push teammates on the line of scrimmage into the offensive formation."
The Jets attempted a field goal, they missed, but they got 15 free yards when the Patriots earned a flag for breaking this new rule. New York used the extra chance to go on and win the game. If you look at the tape you will see the refs got it right. Makes you want to pay more attention to rule changes now doesn't it?
While we are on this subject, it's time to read up on a new rule in the NBA that also has the real chance of costing a team a game. In summary: if your team scores a basket, you can NOT touch the ball after it goes through the hoop, even if it's throwing it to the official or just a tap to the other team. Blake Griffin talked about the change saying he's going to get called for this a lot until he trains himself not to do it. The important thing to note is breaking this rule results in a technical foul. I'm curious how much this will be called in the early games. Will it get any attention at all until it ends up costing a team a win?
It is a little known fact that I started my college career at Florida State (graduated from Florida). Growing up a Seminole fan I saw what quarterbacks meant to that program. Ever since Charlie Ward, QBs got so much hype in Tallahassee. Everyone was always looking for the next Ward. I remember being on campus when Chris Rix came to town. People thought he was going to be the man. That really didn't work out. I started hearing the same hype about Jameis Winston this spring. Looks like that wasn't just hype. That kid is so much fun to watch. I know State fans are not looking forward to watching him this week. Here's a stat that caught my eye today: Jameis Winston has 7 more TDs this season(rushing + passing) than NC State has all season. Will be a tough game in Florida on Saturday.
**Jeff Gordon sold his NYC Condo for a profit of $15 million. Maybe he has a future in real estate.
**According to lots of reports, Percy Harvin could make his NFL debut next week on Monday Night Football for the Seahawks. Russell Wilson is probably very happy about that
**Dick Vitale breaks down the top backcourts in College basketball. He's got Duke at #4.
**Extremely interesting take by Forbes on why college athletes can't be paid.
**A Suzy Whaley update and how her daughter is headed to UNC to follow in the big footsteps.