By 5 PM this Sunday afternoon the chores should be completed, the pizza on its way, the adult beverages good and cold, and the TV tuned to NBC as San Jose’s own NFL Referee, Bill Leavy, will be getting ready for the 2009 Hall of Fame game coin toss.
When I get the chance I’ll ask Bill about the new rules for 2009.
* The initial force of a blindside block can’t be delivered by a helmet, forearm or shoulder to an opponent’s head or neck. An illegal blindside block – a 15-yard penalty.
* Initial contact to the head of a defenseless receiver – will draw a 15-yard penalty
* On kickoffs, no blocking wedge of more than two players will be allowed – it will be a 15-yard penalty.
* On kickoffs, the kicking team can’t have more than five players bunched together pursuing an onside kick – a team 5 yards.