Saucers of Mud

February 1, 2009

Dear NFL Competition Committee

Filed under: Uncategorized — matt w @ 11:17 am

The rule that a fumble through the end zone is a touchback is a really stupid rule. You should change it. Why should the defense be rewarded for letting the offense get really close to the end zone before the fumble that no one recovers? It would make more sense to treat a fumble through the end zone like any other fumble forward out of bounds, namely spot it at the point of the fumble.

Also, sudden-death overtime is less ridiculous in football than it would be in baseball, but only this.

I’m posting this now before the game, so this is not inspired by any particular event. Also, a song:



  1. I agree with you on the fumble rule, especially with the rule already in existence preventing a forward fumble recovered by an offensive non-fumbler in the endzone from being a touchdown, and instead putting the ball at wherever it was fumbled. (I think that’s the rule.)

    Comment by andrew — February 2, 2009 @ 11:10 pm

  2. I think that, on fourth down or within the last two minutes of the half, if any offensive player other than the fumbler recovers, the ball goes back to the spot of the fumble.

    Comment by matt w — February 5, 2009 @ 7:16 pm

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