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Kicking up a fuss

Lots of nabobbing and whinging (it's a real word, look it up) today about the NFL moving the kickoff spot from the 30 to the 35-yard line.

Frankly, I'm with the whingers. I really don't see how it makes the game better to virtually eliminate -- or at least severely limit -- the likelihood of a kick return, one of the most exciting plays in the game, in favor of more thrilling touchbacks.

It's as much a puzzlement as the IHSAA's silly rule that actually mandates a touchback if a kick is fielded in the end zone. I've a asked dozen people at least over the years why that rule exists. No one yet has even approached a coherent answer.

And now ... this comparable head-scratcher. One small clue: The coaches had a say in the recommendation process. Which suggests special teams coaches didn't like having to actually defend kick returns.

The Blob's response: Too bad. If you don't like teams starting at your 40, teach your cover teams to tackle.

Ben Smith's blog.