January 22, 2015

DUDE, THE NFL THINKS THIS IS 12 TIMES WORSE:

Seahawks, Pete Carroll collectively penalized, fined for CBA violation (Tom Pelissero, 8/26/14, USA TODAY)

The NFL has stripped the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks of two days of minicamp practice next year as punishment for violations of the collectively bargained rules on contact in offseason practices, league spokesman Greg Aiello told USA TODAY Sports on Tuesday.

The team and coach Pete Carroll were also fined for the violation, which occurred during their June minicamp, a person with knowledge of the decision said, adding that the team was considered a repeat offender over multiple years.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the league did not confirm the fine, first reported by ESPN, which said the Seahawks and Carroll were collectively docked more than $300,000.



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Packers' Aaron Rodgers prefers overinflated footballs, likes to push the limit (Cindy Boren January 2015, Washington Post)

There's been an awful lot of hot air about the cold air that inflated -- or did not inflate -- the New England Patriots' footballs Sunday night. While the NFL investigates whether the footballs complied with the rule book, which mandates that balls be inflated to 12.5-13.5 with pounds per square inch, Aaron Rodgers admitted that his preference is for an overinflated ball.

On his ESPN Milwaukee radio show Tuesday afternoon, the Green Bay Packers quarterback said that, while there is an advantage to an underinflated ball (especially for quarterbacks with small hands), he favors a rule mandating only a minimum amount of air. There's no benefit, he said, to an overinflated football and, because he has big hands, that's what he prefers. And, he added referees often remove air from balls during games because they prefer them on the flatter side (via Tom Silverstein).

That echoed a  conversation between Jim Nantz and Phil Simms during the CBS broadcast of the AFC title game Sunday night. It revealed alot about how quarterbacks think and just how far they're willing to go to push the envelope. 

Posted by at January 22, 2015 3:45 PM
  

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