2020 NFL season: proposed rule changes up for owners' vote at virtual meetings

2020 NFL season: proposed rule changes up for owners' vote at virtual meetings

The NFL has released proposed rule changes that will be up for a vote at next week’s virtual league meetings.

Most of the proposed rule changes involve kickoffs, clock management and replays.

The NFL’s competition committee submitted two rules proposals: One would expand protection to kick and punt returners who have possession of the ball but who have “not had time to avoid or ward off the impending contact of an opponent.” The second would prevent teams from “manipulating the game clock” by committing multiple penalties to stop the clock.

Several teams proposed new rules, as well.

One interesting idea from the Eagles would give teams another option to retain possession after a score, instead of an onside kick. They propose giving teams who are trailing in the game an opportunity to go for a 4th-and-15 play from their own 25-yard line to maintain possession.

The Eagles also want to permanently expand automatic replays for any “scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful Try attempt.”

Both the Ravens and the Chargers proposed adding a “booth umpire” as an eighth official to the refereeing crew. Both teams also suggested adding a “Senior Technology Advisor to the Referee” to assist the officiating crew.

The Dolphins also proposed a rule that would give the defense the option to restart the game clock on the referee’s whistle if the defense declines a penalty “that occurs late in either half.”

To put any of these rules in place, 75 percent-- or 24-- of the NFL owners must vote in favor of the rule change.

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Soldier Field to host drive-in movie screenings through July

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Soldier Field to host drive-in movie screenings through July

You're probably not going to be able to watch the Bears at Soldier Field any time soon, but next week you'll be able to watch a movie there! That's kind of the same! 

That's because a program called 'Chi-Togther' "will provide Music Entertainment and Movie Screenings each night that will also include carpool-style concerts plus food and beverage options for all ages."

The event will be held in Soldier's South lot, and anyone who signs up will get a free popcorn! Honestly, it's worth it  just to get out of the house and grab yourself some free kernels. 

Movies being screened include Groundhog Day, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, and Fast and Furious (hell yeah). Also Shrek. 

12 greatest Chicago Bears wins in Soldier Field history


12 greatest Chicago Bears wins in Soldier Field history

The Chicago Bears franchise celebrated 100 years of football last season but there are a few more notable anniversaries on the horizon.

Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of Bears football at Soldier Field. And the columned stadium itself, which opened in 1924, is nearing the century mark.

While the franchise played a vast majority of their home games at Wrigley Field in its early years, a smattering of contests took place at the lakefront facility. The first of which was a 10-0 win over the Chicago Cardinals on Nov. 11, 1926. 

The Bears moved away from Wrigley Field after the 1970 campaign, landing at the AstroTurfed Soldier Field the following season. The team’s first game there — as official tenants — gave the franchise a positive jolt. A late Kent Nix touchdown pass gave the Bears a 17-15 victory over coach Chuck Noll’s Pittsburgh Steelers in front of a capacity crowd. The win was one of the bright spots in an otherwise pedestrian 6-8 season.

Alas, there were better days ahead.

Let’s take a look back at the 12 greatest Bears wins at Soldier Field:

12 greatest Bears wins in Soldier Field history