Mandy Mitchell

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?


NBA Change

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?


Famous Jameis

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.


Quick Hits

**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


Worth Reading

**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.


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  • jmcdow2792 Oct 22, 2013

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    Good discussion guys, thanks.

  • Chapel Hail Oct 21, 2013

    "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" - Mandy Mitchell

    Please explain further, articulate, do you mean all this season for N. C. STATE, but really it doesn't matter for games are played one at a time, all that matters is who wins come this Saturday.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Oct 21, 2013

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    I was assuming it would have to be intentional because I can't imagine them making a rule where incidental contact with the ball would be a technical foul. Especially after a thunderous dunk in a crowded lane. There is no telling where that ball is going to bounce. It's probably gonna bounce off somebody.

  • GoHeels1969 Oct 21, 2013

    1. FG rule in NFL. If that is the rule, the Patriots need to quit complaining. Were they similarly upset when the QB tuck rule (which nobody had ever heard of before that snowy day) helped them get to their first Super Bowl with Brady? Now, I think it should maybe be a 5-yard rather than 15-yard penalty.

    2. NBA not touching the ball rule. That is an excellent rule. Teams repeatedly touch the ball on purpose to stop a fast opponent from inbounding the ball. The players simply need to adjust. The refs need to call it early and often and the players will adjust.

  • Ken D. Oct 21, 2013

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    I agree, as long as you keep the word "intentional" in there. The way it was described it sounds as if even accidental contact with the ball is a technical foul.

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again03 Oct 21, 2013

    I've always thought there should be a rule in basketball that prevents the scoring team from intentionally touching the ball after it goes through the hoop. They have no reason to do it, and sometimes they toss it under the basket, delaying the other team from bring it up the court as quickly as they might want. Best case, it doesn't hurt anything. But worst case, it delays a fast break by the opponent. And that SHOULD be a technical foul.

    Great rule change IMO!

  • NCSU84 Oct 21, 2013

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    This! Glad NE lost!! BTW, Go REDSKINS!!

  • StunGunn Oct 21, 2013

    Dickie V's analysis of the top college teams is a little surprising; I thought Kentucky and Duke would be higher up. Vitale does know the game, and his writing is a lot more enjoyable than his game time blather. Probably one of the nicest men in the business, but he is so distracting during a game.

  • StunGunn Oct 21, 2013

    I agree that the new rules do stink, especially the NBA one, glad it doesn't apply to the college game, although it probably should so the players can adjust to it before they go to the NBA.

    Now I wish I watched the Jets/Patriots game - would have been worth it to see Belichick's face when the Pats got that penalty that led to the Jets' win.

    Jameis is a remarkable athlete, and after watching him play last Saturday, I'm very impressed. It's amazing that he plays baseball as well.

  • 4DukeTillDeath Oct 21, 2013

    That new NBA rule is just horrible.




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