Ladies and gentlemen thank you for joining me today. I am back in the courtroom to present yet another case. So far my record as a pretend attorney, is a perfect 2-0. The first two were open and shut cases
- Does LeBron James deserve to be on the NBA’s Mount Rushmore?
- The Curious Case of Stephen Curry, Is he the NBA’s best Point Guard?
If you would like to read these cases, my court clerk will make them available to you (or just email me.)
I only do about 3 cases per year because they become very draining physically and mentally for me. Like Rocky IV, I seclude myself in a cabin and train. I also become so obsessed with collecting data, stats, and do a ton of interviews, I literally became like Russell Crowe, in the movie “A Beautiful Mind.”
This case was extremely difficult to prepare for because I am going up against the most dominant product in television today…. The NFL. If this was a movie, the NFL would be the “Evil Empire” from Star Wars.
My case is a simple one when you break it down, “Change the Super Bowl game to Saturday Night.”
Before I present the evidence before you, I must share with you how my thought process to changing the game came about. In a recent podcast, I brought up changing the day of the Super Bowl, you would have thought that I brought up changing Christmas Day. Fans were outraged on Twitter and during the show. Amazingly, though I presented simple ideas, they couldn’t comprehend them. The only argument they all had was, “You can’t change the Super Bowl because I grew up with it being on Sunday and it is tradition.” Well, when you break it down, that is a “YOU” problem not MY problem. Tradition was their only argument against me. As you will see below, you can’t use tradition as an argument.
The “Evil Empire” known as the NFL is constantly changing, and adapting. The NFL doesn’t care about tradition, so why do their fans? If you are a Raiders, Broncos, Steelers, Ravens, Giants, or Packers fan, you can’t use the argument of the Super Bowl on Sunday being tradition. All of these teams mentioned above, have won the Super Bowl as a “Wild Card.” The NFL was the first sports league to implement the wildcard in 1970. If it wasn’t for the NFL breaking away from tradition, those 6 teams would not have the Vince Lombardi Trophy.
The Dallas Cowboys would have played the Seattle Seahawks in the NFC championship this year. But, in 1999, The NFL implemented instant replay or “challenge” on-field calls of plays. The Dez Bryant catch was overturned and Dallas lost the game thereafter. So, the Green Bay Packers fans can’t use the “tradition” argument either.
The Seattle Seahawks came back in the NFC Championship to defeat the Green Bay Packers 28-22. Seattle scored on a 2 -point conversion to go up by three points late in the 4th quarter. The Packers, came back and kicked a field goal to send the game in overtime. If the NFL didn’t implement the 2-point conversion rule in 1994, Seattle would have lost the game by 1 point. So Seahawk fans, can’t use the “tradition argument” either.
Below you will find a list of rule changes or the NFL breaking away from tradition, to make the game more exciting for the fans. (Taken from…Evolution of the rules: from hash-marks to crack-back blocks)
- 1994-Defensive players are prohibited from blocking low during a punt, field goal, or extra point attempt (kick), except those defensive players at the snap that are lined up on or inside the normal tight end position. Previously, all players on the defensive team could block low during the field goal or extra point attempt.
- 1995 -Protection for defenseless players is clarified and expanded. Since 1982, a defensive player was prohibited from using the crown or top of his helmet against a passer, a receiver in the act of catching a pass, or a runner who is in the grasp of a tackling.
- 1996- On running plays, a chop block is prohibited by an offensive player who is aligned more than one position away from the engaged defender when the block occurs away from the flow of the play.
- 2005- It is illegal to grab the inside collar of the shoulder pads to tackle a runner (“horse-collar tackle”).
- 2006- Low hits on the quarterback are prohibited when a rushing defender has an opportunity to avoid such contact.
- 2009- Teams are not permitted to intentionally form a wedge of more than two players on a kickoff return in an attempt to block for the runner. Penalty: 15 yards.
- 2010-A player who has just completed a catch is protected from blows to the head or neck by an opponent who launches.
- 2012-• The list of “defenseless players” is expanded to include defensive players on crack-back blocks, making it illegal to hit them in the head or neck area.
- •Players are required to wear protective knee and thigh pads beginning with the 2013 season.
As you can see by these rule changes, The NFL Keeps evolving.
Here are 5 Reasons why the NFL should play the Super Bowl on Saturday Night.
- On the day after the Super Bowl last year, 1.5 million Americans called out to work and another 4.4 million were late to their jobs. Employees would show up for work on Monday because they had all of Sunday to recover and relax.
- The Super Bowl starts at 6:30, which means with the extended halftime, the game doesn’t end until 10:30-11:00 on the East Coast. If you have young kids, most of them are in bed before the end of the game.
- If the game was played on Saturday, you could have a recap of the game on Sunday. Call it the Super Bowl rewind. The NFL could edit the game to an hour and you can watch all the interviews and have live guests of the winning/losing team the following day.
- The post-game coverage would not be an afterthought. Because most people don’t work on Sunday, fans would watch most of the after game coverage on ESPN and other channels.
- There have been several articles printed and petitions signed to make the day after the Super Bowl a national holiday. Why have employees miss work when you can just play the game on a different day?
It makes all the sense in the world to play the game on Saturday Night. The NFL has been the most progressive sports league in adapting and making their games more fun to watch. This is the next step in the evolution. It makes absolutely no sense to have the most watched game ever year in our country played on a Sunday. Ladies and Gentlemen of the jury I rest my case.
The Sports Whisperer ~ Monte Perez ~ @montetjwitter11