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Old 09-30-2011, 07:57 AM   #1
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I realize this is stale content, given that it happened a month ago, but it's been bugging me ever since it happened and I can't find anything to set it straight.

When Janikowski kicked that long FG in week 1 @ Denver, it cleared the lower crossbar by around 12 to 18 inches. My question is:

Is it legal for the defensive team put a player with mad hops in the end zone to try and "goal tend" the kick when there is a chance that the ball will be coming in low enough to reach? Not sure what the rule allows - thought I'd ask the OM rules committee about that . . .

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Old 09-30-2011, 07:58 AM   #2
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I realize this is stale content, given that it happened a month ago, but it's been bugging me ever since it happened and I can't find anything to set it straight.

When Janikowski kicked that long FG in week 1 @ Denver, it cleared the crossbar by around 12 to 18 inches. My question is:

Is it legal for the defensive team put a player with mad hops in the end zone to try and "goal tend" the kick when there is a chance that the ball will be coming in low enough to reach? Not sure what the rule allows - thought I'd ask the OM rules committee about that . . .

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Old 09-30-2011, 08:00 AM   #3
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:01 AM   #4
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:02 AM   #5
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The cross bar is ten feet high.

The best vertical jump ever in the NFL is 46"

Would need "madder hops" than exists.

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Old 09-30-2011, 08:15 AM   #7
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The cross bar is ten feet high.

The best vertical jump ever in the NFL is 46"

Would need "madder hops" than exists.

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What? A basketball hoop is 10 feet tall. Football players "dunk" over the crossbar after touchdowns all the time. So it is plausible that a player could reach high enough to reach a fg attempt that barely clears the crossbar, just don't know if its legal.

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Old 09-30-2011, 08:17 AM   #8
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Let's to the math.

Standing vert reach for 6'3" guy (like me) is 8' (96")

add vert leap (conservative) 40" = 136"

that's 16" over the crossbar - so it's not impossible. Improbable, but by no means impossible.
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:19 AM   #9
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Good grief, the thread police in this place are harsh.

Seems like an interesting question, and watching Tony Gonzalez dunk over the crossbar makes me think it might be possible. Now about the rule...?

EDIT: watching Megatron catch passes makes me think that there are a few guys with the hops (and ball tracking ability) to do it.
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:20 AM   #10
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Let's to the math.

Standing vert reach for 6'3" guy (like me) is 8' (96")

add vert leap (conservative) 40" = 136"

that's 16" over the crossbar - so it's not impossible. Improbable, but by no means impossible.
I agree, not sure what Rev was thinking. I would still like to know if this was legal, I have thought about this before as well.
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What? A basketball hoop is 10 feet tall. Football players "dunk" over the crossbar after touchdowns all the time. So it is plausible that a player could reach high enough to reach a fg attempt that barely clears the crossbar, just don't know if its legal.

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That's a running vertical. Can't really do that from behind the goal post based on it's shape alone. Could go from side to side but now you're making an impossible event even more impossible.
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:24 AM   #12
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I agree, not sure what Rev was thinking. I would still like to know if this was legal, I have thought about this before as well.


Yeah... what was I thinking...
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Illegal in college

http://smartfootball.com/grab-bag/go...g-for-football

Illegal in NFL

http://www.ehow.com/about_5403961_nf...oal-rules.html
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:24 AM   #14
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Players are able to return field goals. Therefore I would assume you could try and knock it down and say you were trying to catch it... but Im also assuming you would have to knock it down before it crossed the plane of the field goal posts
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What if you draft a mutant ninja turtle from ***ashima that can jump that high to karate kick the football out of play during a field goal?
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What if you draft a mutant ninja turtle from ***ashima that can jump that high to karate kick the football out of play during a field goal?
Now we're getting somewhere!

What if we drafted one of those Tia Foot-Volleyball dudes?

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It's nonsensical to think you couldn't have an NFL player who could do this. If you can dunk a basketball flat-footed, you could jump from a standing position and block a football that doinked the crossbar.

The OP deserved better than the crap he got.
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What if we drafted one of those Tia Foot-Volleyball dudes?

But...I like turtles more.
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That's a running vertical. Can't really do that from behind the goal post based on it's shape alone. Could go from side to side but now you're making an impossible event even more impossible.
You do understand how a vertical is measured don't you? There are plently of nfl players that could get high enough to get a foot above the crossbar. Nice try though.
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Old 09-30-2011, 08:32 AM   #23
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But...I like turtles more.
They're are also harder to find.

I could probably get one of the FootVolleyBallGuys for a plane ticket and a used Kia...

Cut tebow give the dude his #15 and let the fun begin.
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I think it is illegal.
It is illegal to block a kick? What are we the NBA now? What's the penalty? Goaltending?

EDIT: I just read the rules posted and apparently it is illegal batting? I guess as long as you catch it, its legal.

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