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Offline AlUpstateNY

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Re: "Kicking Ball"
« Reply #25 on: January 08, 2015, 09:06:57 AM »
Same in Georgia, as it in many states.  The fact that we have to use Wilson balls for the playoffs is the reason our OC wants to use them all year - he doesn't want the QBs to have to get used to a new ball for the playoffs.  And it's the reason the ball companies pay the state associations to be the "official ball".

I seem to recall, there actually was a time when the game was actually played with a single (approved)football (regardless of brand) by both teams.  Incredibly, the players actually managed to compete effectively despite this glaring hardship.

Offline Atlanta Blue

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Re: "Kicking Ball"
« Reply #26 on: January 08, 2015, 09:31:18 AM »
I seem to recall, there actually was a time when the game was actually played with a single (approved)football (regardless of brand) by both teams.  Incredibly, the players actually managed to compete effectively despite this glaring hardship.
True, but you had leather helmets and no face masks, too.

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Re: "Kicking Ball"
« Reply #27 on: January 08, 2015, 11:39:26 AM »
In our area it is VERY common for both teams to use the same make and model of ball, in pretty much the same state of wear, yet both insist on using their own ball(s).

Offline AlUpstateNY

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Re: "Kicking Ball"
« Reply #28 on: January 08, 2015, 02:06:35 PM »
True, but you had leather helmets and no face masks, too.

As they say, "Whatever goes around, come around".  You might recall that a considered alternate suggestion to creating the "Illegal Helmet Contact" fouls (Spearing, Butt Blocking and Face Tackling) was actually the idea of removing helmet facemasks as an inducement to refrain from using the head when tackling or blocking.

Although rejected at the time, in favor of establishing those new penalties, you never really know where the recently increased focus on concussions and head injuries may eventually lead. 

Leather helmets are much more likely permanently relegated to history.