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2009-03-25 21:16:05

NFL owners Wednesday approved rule changes designed to make pro football safer, including an expansion of receiver helmet-to-helmet protection. Rules concerning blindside blocks were also expanded and the so-called wedge blocking scheme on kickoffs was abolished. We don't in any way try to pass rules for player safety that affect the game negatively, said Rich McKay, co-chairman of the NFL's competition committee. What we do is pass rules to try and make the game safer. Teams will adjust,...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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