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Someone please explain..

Posted on: November 5, 2008 9:22 pm

What's the deal with the chain gang in college football?  The clock stops while they reset them after a first down.  In the pros, the chain crew is able to quickly reset the chains so that the officials don't have to stop the clock.  Are the chain gangs in college so physically challenged that they cannot bust their humps in short, 20 to 30 yard increments approximately 20 times over the course of three hours?  Why are they unable to match the performance of their brethren in the pros? 

Come'on Mr. College official, as long as the down marker is in place, can't the ball be snapped?  Forget about the chubby wannabes in charge of the chains. They just need to be in place by the end of the first down play.  Just seems to me that if the pros can get the chains moved in five to six seconds, then the precedent is set.  I love the college game, but we don't need a different set of rules in this instance.  

By the way, now that we have cameras flying over the field, microphones in helmets, and stadiums that open and close like tupperware, why are we still using the same set of chains?  You mean to tell me that no one's ever figured out a better way?  Shoe strings have seen more advances.  Let's get the GPS geeks together with the laser nerds.  What about that dye-pack technology that banks use?  You know, when you rob the bank they stick that fake batch of bills in there.  Once you're a set distance from the bank, kablooey.  Stick one of thes in the football.  If, while in the possesion of an offensive player, the ball crosses the first down line, it turns bright red -- first down!  I wonder...

Category: NCAAF

Since: Oct 27, 2008
Posted on: December 21, 2008 8:54 am

Someone please explain..

We need the refs and umps.    Keeps the pace of all games moving real time.

Since: Aug 12, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2008 6:26 pm

Someone please explain..

I agree Lookalive...let's keep things more traditional.  You're right about the more technology we incorporate into the game, the more snafus and stoppages.  And I hadn't ever thought about the accountability issue.  I see what you mean -- the refs subconsciously know that replay can bail them out if they slack off on a play and don't get into position.  I guess we'd both be satisfied if we could just get the college chain crews to bust their hump a little.   

Since: Sep 17, 2008
Posted on: November 7, 2008 8:09 am

Someone please explain..

I hear what you are saying.  I think that the chain gang should most definitely be able to drag their a$$es down there within a few seconds.  If we need to have tryouts!  Have conditioning!

In regards to replacement of the chain gangs w/ GPS and lasers.  I think I am a traditionalist in this sense.  I would rather see the chain gang on the sideline.  I think if we did resort to something like that it would just be one more delay in the game if it wasn't working properly.  At least now they are consistantly 4, 6, 8 seconds slow.  What if something happened and the GPS got bumped, or needed to be recalibrated in the middle of the game?  I think there is something to be said about human interaction.  I was against instant replay in college and still don't like it too much in Pro either.  Yea, people make mistakes, refs make mistakes, but the game wasn't bad before instant replay.  I feel that the refs have gotten sloppier since instant replay.  There isn't as much pressure to get it right.  I'm sure the refs (whether they admit it or not) are thinking in the back of their mind "Well, if I mess up a few calls during the game, no big deal, we have instant replay".  No, they should be focused and determined to get every play correct the first time.  I can't stand it when announcers, or fans, say "Why didn't he just call that a fumble instead of an incomplete pass so they could review it?".  We are using instant replay as a 3rd leg and it should be that the ref calls it as he sees it, end of discussion.

Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: November 6, 2008 12:06 pm

Someone please explain..

Thats a nice butt i would like to cream on that!!!!!!

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