There is a grapevine in the ranks of all the services. The men make it their business to find out who their officers are. There is a special respect for those who would carry the ball on a football field, throw a wicked block, or make a dead-stop tackle.
-- Slade Cutter
Except they were Pac-12 refs! And we don’t know when the whistle was blown!
Anybody see or hear anything about the Wyoming coach not shaking Calhoun’s hand and yelling at him at the end of the game? Apparently because of Dietz’s fake head injury. Dietz also pulled a similar stunt in the Michigan game.
During the second half of the Florida-Texas A&M game an unusual number of “fallen” Gator defensive players had to be “treated” on the field and then “helped off” — only to return a play later. (Some idiots blamed these episodes on “cramps” that resulted from the heat and humidity in College Station. Yeah, right — it’s always cool and dry in Gainesville during August and early September.)
It’s hard to prove that this is a deliberate tactic, but it’d be naive to believe that sometimes it isn’t.
There are some rules changes I’d suggest to stop it.
One, during injuries (or “injuries”) both teams would be restricted to staying on the field in between the hashmarks until an injured player has left the field.
Two, no contact would be allowed between the teams on the field and their sidelines other than the waterboys who could visit the teams’ huddles. Coaches would not be allowed to communicate with the teams on the field.
Three, no player who has been removed from a game because of injury could return to the field until at least four more plays have been run.
I believe this would stop the “diving” as they call it in European professional soccer — where it has become an art form.
“Except they were Pac-12 refs! And we don’t know when the whistle was blown!”
They may have been Pac 12 officials, but they were in Notre Dame’s stadium where officials, regardless of conference affiliation, frequently experience temporary dementia that always favors the home team.
IMHO the whistle was blown no later then the snap. The play was dead before the RB took the handoff.
Commenting on your “diving” assertion. I suggest that the “injured” player simply not be allowed back on the field until the possession ends, whether offensive or defensive. The first time some kid stands on the sideline during a sustained drive will see a dramatic drop off in flopping.
In defense of the kids that are legitimately cramping, nearly all of them can get off the field under their own power or with a bit of help if necessary. Plenty of examples out there to demonstrate this.
We can disagree, but I am starting to tire of the floppers!