20 Mar (Fri): Wichita at Omaha Mar 21, 2009 2:02:31 GMT -5
Post by Banana Cat on Mar 21, 2009 2:02:31 GMT -5
Yeah, the ref said by rule a ball going out of bounds (after hitting the turf) inside the 5 gets spotted at the 5. Must be a new rule because I always thought it was where it went out if it hit the turf first.
Another rule I'm confused on as well is: Are the walls live or not? I've heard that they are, but the I've seen two games now where a ball hits the wall and the player catches it off the wall, but it is ruled no catch. A Beef player, DB Demetrius Wilbert I believe, caught a Wild pass off the wall and ran it back for what we all thought was a TD, but instead Wichita got to keep the ball. I didn't see Dakota Crow get too upset about it and I would think he knows the rules better than anyone, so I think the walls must not be live as was previously reported.
I was lucky enough to get a good run down of some of the rule changes from last year
Chop blocking (more of it), OT rules (start at the 20), and no longer having to announce blitzes (unless a second player is in the LB box) seemed to be the major points of emphasis.
The way the walls were described to me (and I butchered it on the air) was that everything BUT a thrown ball was live off the walls. In that case, I think it was correctly called an incomplete pass. If somebody fumbled a ball into the wall, however, it remains live until it's recovered. That's different from last season, when it would have been blown dead.
Also, players that are intentionally putting themselves up against the wall (usually to stop the clock inside 90 seconds) can now get the referee whistle even without contact from a defender. I think it even happened a time or two tonight.
Awesome, thanks for the explanation. The ref's ruling makes sense now.