The rule change will be tested in the three youngest levels of play: Tiny Mite (ages 5 to 7), Mitey Mite (7 to 9) and Junior Pee Wee (8 to 10). In those divisions, offenses will begin possessions at their own 35-yard line.
After one season, the organization said it will consider spreading the rule to the older divisions.
It might seem like a small change, but it could be significant. If the NFL eliminates kickoffs down the line and wants to minimize the kind of criticism that could lead to a loss of fan support, a change at the youth level would help. By starting at the youth level, football without kickoffs might eventually be established as the new norm once the kids who are currently 5 or 10 reach the NFL and adulthood. It could, in theory, change the culture of the game.
There’s no guarantee that ever happens, but it’s a situation worth monitoring, especially if Pop Warner implements the rule on a league-wide basis.
The Astros, a team many expected to take a big step forward this season, have not gotten off to a good start in 2016. They have lost three of their last four games to fall to 15-24 on the season, 7 1/2 games back in the AL West.SportsLine says their postseason odds have dropped from 62.0 percent to 26.7 percent since Opening Day.
While a couple having twins doesn’t typically qualify as news (after all, couples often have kids together), the birth of the twins is newsworthy for more than a few reasons.
For starters, it’s important to point out just how busy Cromartie will be this summer: He just welcomed the arrival of his 11th and 12th kids to the world, and his third and fourth with Terricka. So, at the very least he’ll be well-prepared for the lack of sleep in the coming months.
He will, however, be required to remember a few more names and birthdays:
According to US Weekly, this will be the couple’s final pregnancy:
But while the happy mom of four is delighted with her newest arrivals, she’s taking steps to make sure these babies are her last — she’s getting her tubes tied!
Mathieu matured into a leader on the Cardinals and is one of the best off-field guys the team has; he couldn’t have landed in a better spot. (You better believe he’s a role model for moving forward.)
On the field, the man formerly known as the Honey Badger is the perfect modern-day defensive back. He can play safety, he can play corner, he can play in the slot, he can blitz the quarterback and he’s one of the best natural ballhawks in the entire league.