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By Breaker (Tue Jun 29, 2010 at 10:42:37 AM EST) (all tags)
As discussed in a previous diary, messing with the rules of football can create some perverse incentives as to what to do in order to win.


Like the Shell Carribean Cup.

Weird as you like, but hats off to Barbados.

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That by kwsNI (4.00 / 3) #1 Tue Jun 29, 2010 at 10:47:13 AM EST
is awesome.

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Regarding your previous rant by komet (4.00 / 1) #3 Tue Jun 29, 2010 at 11:32:22 AM EST
have you seen Boris' piece on a related subject?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/football/world-cup-2010/7858184/Now-allow-me-to-tell-you-why-England-came-a-cropper.html

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Which rant? by Breaker (2.00 / 0) #4 Tue Jun 29, 2010 at 11:40:50 AM EST
But that link is excellent, mostly because of hermann's comment about the Tories flogging off our playing fields...


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Modifications by yicky yacky (4.00 / 3) #6 Tue Jun 29, 2010 at 01:42:09 PM EST

Apropos of nothing, here are three arbitrary modifications I'd make to the rules of football:


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TV by MillMan (4.00 / 1) #10 Tue Jun 29, 2010 at 05:18:43 PM EST
they'll deal. In the US, baseball and basketball can go on forever, and the TV peeps will not cut away from overtime even though it FUBARs their precious evening programming lineup - because doing so would incite riots.

"Just as there are no atheists in foxholes, there are no libertarians in financial crises." -Krugman

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Interesting by Breaker (4.00 / 1) #9 Tue Jun 29, 2010 at 04:22:42 PM EST
  1. Do corner flags also count as woodwork?  Otherwise, I can't disagree with the rationale.
  2. Fully agree; I think it'd make for concrete decisions as to when the ball is out, as well as adding extra complexity of defending corners.  I don't think any team, even down to Sunday League, don't have at least one player that can put a curl on the ball.
  3. I completely agree with your rationale, both man in the pub and considered.  But penalty shootouts are exciting, and as xth mentions, bring a close to the game for the TV schedules.
Also this changes the effect substitutions have on the game; if one side has 3 subs still available and the other none, then there's a tactical advantage in bringing 3 fresh pairs of legs onto the field if it looks like it's down to a grind of will and stamina.  Which may encourage certain less scrupulous teams to attempt to knobble a player or two to force earlier substitutions.  That, and the clubs won't want their showponies worked like carthorses would guarantee opposition. 

Also, what happens if the teams are so evenly matched that the match went on for hours?  That's why they put a limit to rounds on boxing, after this bout went on for 6 hours and 15 minutes, and the tennis also provides a recent example.


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extra time by clover kicker (2.00 / 0) #11 Sat Jul 03, 2010 at 01:44:24 PM EST
Be careful what you wish for. Playoff hockey games last as long as it takes for someone to win.

The longest NHL playoff game in history required 6 extra 20-minute overtime periods to settle. (A normal game is 3 periods, so we're essentially talking 3 games back-to-back)

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Bardados will get its comeuppance by ammoniacal (4.00 / 1) #8 Tue Jun 29, 2010 at 03:43:15 PM EST
when it's burnt to the waterline in the Great Ocean Fire of August 2010.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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