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View Poll Results: A football-shaped football field. Do you like the concept?
Yes. It would solve problems in today's game and make it more interesting. 10 23.81%
No. I'm orthogonally orthodox. Fields should be rectangular. 24 57.14%
I will rely on the expert opinions of people like Michael Irvin and Shannon Sharpe. 4 9.52%
I don't watch football. 4 9.52%
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Old 06-29-2014, 05:45 PM  
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Football Epiphany: Shape the Field Like a Football.

The problem with football today, as we all know, is that defense is no longer allowed, at least on passing. You can't touch the quarterback, you can't touch the receivers, and unless the receiver drops the ball or it's Peyton Manning in the playoffs, every drive will result in a score. The games are boring now.

Further, there's no incentive to run the ball. The rules are so slanted toward passing that only fools run where angels fear to tread.

So we need a change to balance things up, while still maintaining the kiddy version of football that the mass market has come to expect.

And I think I've got it.

The rectuangular field is an anachronism, dating from the days when the game was played in pastures and stuff. (I'm making that up, but it sounds good.) The rectangular field also has some major flaws. Once a guy gets loose on the sideline, he's gone. And as you get closer to the goal line, the field's perspective change for playcalling. It stays wide but gets less deep.

But consider a field that's shaped like a football. It's at its widest at the 50 yard line, but from there the sidelines gently arc inward. The goal line becomes as wide as the goal posts.

What happens in this situation?

First, receivers and kick returners have a very hard time using speed to score. They get funneled in toward the safeties and pursuit if they break a long one, which means more exciting broken-field runs.

Second, the further you drive toward the opponent's end zone, the harder it is to pass. This will eliminate the imbalance that we currently have, because teams will need to run more.

Third, it would make goal-line stands fun again. Instead of flaring QBs out on options that always work in the modern NFL, you're pretty much forced to go mano y mano because you can't run outside. Football once again becomes a game of power.

It would also eliminate the awkward end-zone seating where you can't identify the line of scrimmage, and would produce a lot of crowd noise near the end zone.

I think it would be quite interesting.
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Old 06-29-2014, 05:51 PM   #2
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Having 22 guys in an area the width of a goal post would be a huge cluster****.
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Old 06-29-2014, 05:52 PM   #3
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Having 22 guys in an area the width of a goal post would be a huge cluster****.
Flying wedge. It would be a great homage to the roots of the sport. And it would make Dontari Poe a superstar.
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Old 06-29-2014, 05:54 PM   #4
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I voted for I don't watch football. I haven't watched a game since February it seems.
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:00 PM   #5
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:00 PM   #6
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It should be shaped like a meatball. There could be Spaghetti shaped tunnels that connect the meatballs. That would add a bit of randomness to the game.
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:02 PM   #7
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It should be shaped like a meatball. There could be Spaghetti shaped tunnels that connect the meatballs. That would add a bit of randomness to the game.
I like that. It would be like adding a maze to the field in some respects. I think a maze would be a wonderful addition, and you could still shape it like a football.
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:06 PM   #9
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Flying wedge. It would be a great homage to the roots of the sport. And it would make Dontari Poe a superstar.
I think he is well on his way to being on a rectangular field.

I love the corner post cant do it on a football shaped field. Also never mess with perfection!

Perfection is Chiefs logo and uniforms and football on a rectangular field.
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Old 06-29-2014, 06:19 PM   #10
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I like it, It's an interesting concept with several kinks that would need to be worked out.
However, the NFL would never let this fly. It'll cut down the amount of big plays.
People who don't care about football want to see big plays.
The NFL cares more about the people who don't care about football than the actual fans. For example, the average demographic of an NFL fan isn't clamoring to see Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake as a half time show for the SB. They're put there to attract the people who don't care about football.
IMO - Pass interference calls have ruined the game. If you're football shaped field includes the same rules we have now the game will continue to be suspect.
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just make the field 20 yards long. 1st and goal always.


hell, it's pretty much like that anyway.
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I like it, It's an interesting concept with several kinks that would need to be worked out.
However, the NFL would never let this fly. It'll cut down the amount of big plays.
People who don't care about football want to see big plays.
The NFL cares more about the people who don't care about football than the actual fans. For example, the average demographic of an NFL fan isn't clamoring to see Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake as a half time show for the SB. They're put there to attract the people who don't care about football.
IMO - Pass interference calls have ruined the game. If you're football shaped field includes the same rules we have now the game will continue to be suspect.
Just because you're a Chargers fan doesn't mean you have to be a whiny little bitch like Phillip Rivers.
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:21 PM   #14
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Old 06-29-2014, 07:26 PM   #15
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great idea, but i think shannon sharpe is gonna handle this. he always does.
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