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Old 03-30-2007, 03:24 PM   #1
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Another rule change named after a Cowboy?

Have you guys heard about the Romo rule? Here's the skinny.

'Romo Rule' proposed for kicking balls

Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, Erik Williams, Roy Williams and Deion Sanders all prompted NFL rules changes in recent seasons.

Tony Romo could be next.
The NFL's competition committee is proposing changes to how the kicking balls (or K-balls) are prepared and which one is used. The proposal comes after Romo's botched hold late in the Cowboys' 21-20 loss to Seattle in a wild-card playoff game in January.
"Just to make sure that there is no perception -- it is not reality in our mind -- we're doing everything we can to make sure that people feel comfortable that the balls that are being played with in the games are appropriate," said Rich McKay, the Atlanta Falcons general manager who is co-chairman of the competition committee.
At their annual spring meeting next week in Phoenix, the 32 NFL owners are scheduled to vote on increasing the preparation time for balls used in the kicking game. The 12 K-balls would be numbered, and officials would do their best to ensure the balls are used sequentially, with the No. 1-marked ball being kicked with as long as it's available.
"They need to do something with those balls, so that the guys handling them -- the punters, the snappers, the holders -- at least have a chance," said Seahawks special teams coach Bruce DeHaven, who was with the Cowboys the past four seasons. "If they don't get those balls worked right initially, you can squeeze them and they pop right out of your hand."
The NFL introduced K-balls in 1999 after the competition committee decided specialists were doctoring balls for additional height and distance. Now, 12 balls marked with a "K" are delivered from the manufacturer, Wilson Sporting Goods, to officials the night before a game.
Two hours before kickoff, a representative from each team -- usually an equipment manager -- is allowed to rub down the K-balls. In the past, the allotted time was 20 minutes, which Cowboys kicker Martin Gramatica said Wednesday isn't enough time to get more than half of the balls worked in properly.
Conspiracy theorists believe the Seahawks' ball boys intentionally gave the Cowboys a slick, unused ball, leading to Romo's botched hold. It denied Gramatica a chance for a 19-yard field goal that would have given the Cowboys a 23-21 lead with 1:14 remaining.
McKay said other plays last season contributed to the proposal. In Week 16, Bengals long snapper Brad St. Louis botched a snap on an extra-point attempt late in Cincinnati's 24-23 loss to Denver.
"But do you think we'd even be talking about this if that [Romo play in Seattle] hadn't happened?" Cowboys punter Mat McBriar asked rhetorically Wednesday. "It's a weird thing, and I don't want to say that Seattle had any intention of doing anything [illegal]. I don't think they tampered with the balls.
"But, normally, only a handful of the allotted balls are used, and, come the fourth quarter, all the balls have been kicked or worked in a little bit by then, and to see a slick ball like that, that was disappointing. You don't expect brand-new balls in the fourth quarter."
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Old 03-30-2007, 03:29 PM   #2
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Re: Another rule change named after a Cowboy?

I'll take this rule. We've never been the victims of such an occurence (if there was indeed intention on Seattle's part to supply an unworked ball) but we could be in the future. This rule helps us not be affected as the poor widdle cowboys were, which is always a good thing.
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Old 03-30-2007, 03:32 PM   #3
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Re: Another rule change named after a Cowboy?

"Two hours before kickoff, a representative from each team -- usually an equipment manager -- is allowed to rub down the...balls."

LOL.
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Old 03-30-2007, 06:20 PM   #4
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Re: Another rule change named after a Cowboy?

You have to look at it like this. Did it not seem last year in big games the holder could not make the catch and place work more times than any other season you could remember? I can give 2 right off the bat... was the Cincy game that basically took the bengals out of the playoffs and of course Romo. There was also a Ravens game but I dont remember who they played. They make them use slick balls for kicking and holding, which in turn makes it more difficult. I like the rule.

Think if it had been one of our guys blowing it out there.
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"Two hours before kickoff, a representative from each team -- usually an equipment manager -- is allowed to rub down the...balls."

LOL.

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Old 03-31-2007, 09:39 AM   #6
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"Two hours before kickoff, a representative from each team -- usually an equipment manager -- is allowed to rub down his...balls."

LOL.
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Old 03-31-2007, 09:42 AM   #7
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"Two hours before kickoff, a representative from each team -- usually an equipment manager -- is allowed to rub down the...balls."

LOL.
Damn, two hours? LOL that's a long time to be rubbing balls. The balls must be really worn down come kickoff.
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Old 03-31-2007, 10:10 AM   #8
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Now it's the balls fault???? Homo outta be good at rubbing there balls or any other Cowgirl for that matter.
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Old 04-02-2007, 06:27 PM   #9
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Re: Another rule change named after a Cowboy?

I hate Romo. After seeing him play against the Lions I have my doubts about whether he can hold onto the ball at all. It's even worse that they're blaming these poor, innocent K-balls. To suggest that anyone would reach deep into their ball sack to get the shiniest, newest ball out, well that's just not right.
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Old 04-02-2007, 09:09 PM   #10
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I thought the "Romo rule" would be the ban on stuffing footballs up your ass.
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Damn, two hours? LOL that's a long time to be rubbing balls. The balls must be really worn down come kickoff.
Are they going to call this the "Foreplay Rule"?

I guess that's why women don't play the game.
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Old 04-04-2007, 04:02 PM   #12
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Re: Another rule change named after a Cowboy?

Just allow Homo to use stickem... or any other sticky subtance he finds on his hands after rubbing the balls...

Can they just not say Homo sucks and can not catch a ball and leave it at that... honestly the ball is lobbed to you and all you have to do is catch it, place it and makes sure laces out and you are good... Anything to helped the useless Cowboys...

Will this rule be ignored just like the roy "horsecollar" rule which was very rarely called unless it was Sean Taylor doing it.. I mean Roy still had a handful of them last year.
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Old 04-05-2007, 10:23 AM   #13
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the nfl needs a roy williams cheap shot rule!he's the damn dirtiest player in the damn league.
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Re: Another rule change named after a Cowboy?

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"Two hours before kickoff, a representative from each team -- usually an equipment manager -- is allowed to rub down the...balls."

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"If they don't get those balls worked right initially, you can squeeze them and they pop right out of your hand."
Interesting advise... Ofcourse - a quote from a former cowboy coach
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