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Question about fouling in football [message #46855] Sun, 29 November 2009 07:57 Go to next message
H
Messages: 249
Registered: September 2008
Senior Member
I've been watching some college football this season (go ducks!) and I
really know nothing about football so I have a question about all the
fouls and calls. I see lots of fouls like holding, illegal block in
the back, pass interference, facemask, late hit, etc, getting called.
My question is, are these things rare and get called most of the time
they happen, or are they happening every play and the refs are only
getting 20% of them? After the whistles blow for the foul, the camera
zooms in on the guy that did the foul and I can never tell if it's a
"dammit I got caught" reaction or a "whoops didn't mean to do that"
reaction.

Also, are the fouls intentional, or accidental? I have to imagine the
PI calls are accidental since the penalty is so harsh, but the holding
calls with the guys in the big scrum in the middle or the block in the
back calls when they're all running around and changing positions?
Those seem more accidental. Is there strategic fouling in football?

Just curious,
H
Re: Question about fouling in football [message #46856 is a reply to message #46855] Sun, 29 November 2009 08:21 Go to previous message
ulticritic
Messages: 8204
Registered: April 2009
Senior Member
On Nov 29, 10:57 am, H <ahalv...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I've been watching some college football this season (go ducks!) and I
> really know nothing about football so I have a question about all the
> fouls and calls.

you never played football as a kid? not even playground style
football?
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 I see lots of fouls like holding, illegal block in
> the back, pass interference, facemask, late hit, etc, getting called.

well, it IS a contact/collision sport. kinda hard to be that physical
without crossing the line every so often.
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> My question is, are these things rare and get called most of the time
> they happen, or are they happening every play and the refs are only
> getting 20% of them?

probabaly to many variables to generalize. depends on the refs,
depends on the teams. The other day the hers was interviewing herm
edwards and discusing "knowing the refs", talked about how don shula
use to get favorable calls from them because he did his home work and
knew what there their "tendancies" were so they could play the game
accordingly.
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 After the whistles blow for the foul, the camera
> zooms in on the guy that did the foul and I can never tell if it's a
> "dammit I got caught" reaction or a "whoops didn't mean to do that"
> reaction.

its that they dont like the call.......trust
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>
> Also, are the fouls intentional, or accidental?

both......duh, just like in any other sport, INCLUDING ULTIMATE!
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 I have to imagine the
> PI calls are accidental since the penalty is so harsh

eh, not as harsh as letting your man into the endzone with the
ball.....or harsh enough for them to not try and get away with it
regularly. but hey, from what mike g says about the physicality in
the stack, it dosent seem all that different with ulti.
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, but the holding
> calls with the guys in the big scrum in the middle or the block in the
> back calls when they're all running around and changing positions?
> Those seem more accidental.

uhmmmm, no. i'd call it "desperate". One little hook is all it takes
to give their teammate that small opening he needs to get through.
and sometimes it a matter of how long a block holds. isnt all this
pretty obvious????
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> Is there strategic fouling in football?


c'mon h, seriously????
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