Wednesday, January 05, 2005

The Chains, Part 2

If you read my post on the chains below, you understand that there are many random placements of the football that precede the bringing out of the fixed 10 yard distance known as the chains. While at the Bear game last Sunday, I noticed that there are even MORE random events involved. If there is a sweep to the sideline, for instance, and the guy is tackled or goes out of bounds, the linesman puts the ball down "here", where he thinks the runner is down or out of bounds. Then the referee in the middle of the field (the nearest hash mark) puts the ball down "here" or approximately where the ref on the sideline put the ball down.

Ridiculous? Absolutely.

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