The Tim wrote:
That's what really started bugging me as I watched the game yesterday. I realized how much of the game seems to be decided based on incredibly subjective rules that don't really make much sense. Being a logically-minded person, that sort of thing just rubs me the wrong way.
I think I'll stick to baseball. While the strike zone may not be called with perfect consistency, at least baseball's rules are well-defined and make sense.
Baseball has some of the same issues though, notably that the closest calls are all subjective to human judgment. Specifically, the strike zone and tag outs. Baseball would benefit from a replay system similar to footballs (managers get 1 or 2 challenges to a call per game), and every stadium should have a pair of cameras looking down the base lines for verifying foul balls. The strike zone is getting better with QuesTec, although that probably has some unintended consequences.
The NFL does have a lot of stupid rules, but the rules committee only seems interested in parity and scoring, not in consistency of enforcement. Doubt that'll ever change.