Found November 27, 2012 on Midwest Sports Fans:
While I was at Thanksgiving with my family Thursday, quite a controversial play happened in the Houston Texans-Detroit Lions game. You’ve probably seen and heard plenty about the play by now: Houston’s Justin Forsett ran for an 81-yard touchdown, despite it being clear that his knee and elbow had touched down during the play. Detroit head coach Jim Schwartz then threw a challenge flag, only NFL rules stipulate that all scoring plays get challenged anyway. So, since Schwartz threw the flag and essentially created a duplicitous request for a review, everything is cool, right? WRONG. Photo by Robin Buckson/Detroit News via   The NFL rules also stipulate that if a coach throws a challenge flag on a play that is automatically challenged, the review is negated and the play stands as originally called. On top of that, the offending challenger gets flagged for a 15-yard unsportmanlike conduct penalty. This is a perfect example of the rules getting in the way of common sense...

Detroit Lions Weekly: Rating Mayhew, Schwartz and Suh

It’s been a long year for Detroit Lions general manager Martin Mayhew. He has seen his draft class get ridiculed, his head coach cost the team points, and his star defensive tackle drive around town recklessly on a regular basis. The media has loved it, but Mayhew hasn’t. The most recent debacle occurred in the Lions’ last game against the Houston Texans.  Playing on Thanksgiving...

Young remains absent for disciplinary reasons

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Receiver Titus Youngs absence from the Detroit Lions for disciplinary reasons has entered its second week, raising more questions about his future with the club. Young, who was held out of last weeks game, didnt attend Tuesdays practice. It remains unclear when, or if, he will return to the team. Not here today, but well reevaluate that as we go, coach Jim...

Lions WR Titus Young May Be Done for the Season Due to Attitude

Lions head coach Jim Schwartz said that WR Titus Young is “potentially” done for the season after the wideout missed practice on Tuesday, per Anwar Richardson. “It’s more of when he gets back with the team, if he gets back with the team,” said Schwartz. Young has had an attitude issue for the last few months or so in Detroit, starting when he fought Louis Delmas during...

Goodell: Challenge rule could change

Commissioner Goodell said it's a possibility the controversial challenge rule that reared its ugly head during the Texans-Lions game could be changed for the playoffs.

Can't the Texans or Ravens just please lose?

As frustrated as Chargers and Lions fans might be, they have nothing to play for at this point. The Patriots have a little more at stake here with seeding. Right now, the Patriots would not have a top two seed and and would miss out on a first round bye. Obviously, as the Giants and Packers have shown - that's not a guaranteed trip to the Super Bowl. Still, with a team as beat...

Week 12 Observations

How odd was it on Thanksgiving when Justin Forsett was awarded a touchdown on a play where his knee and arm were clearly down due to technicality most people didn't even know about? Apparently, I never realized the extent to which coaches needlessly throwing challenge flags on scoring plays was ruining the game. If you really want to stop coaches from wrongly throwing challenge...
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