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Fans freaking out over NFL's new pass interference rule

Fans freaking out over NFL's new pass interference rule

In case you missed it, the NFL preseason kicked off last night with the Denver Broncos edging out the Atlanta Falcons, 14-10. While the game was insignificant, one aspect surely wasn’t. During the game, we saw the very first challenge of a pass interference call, and fans on social media were not impressed.

By a vote of 31 to 1 (the Cincinnati Bengals were the only ones opposed), the NFL owners passed a rule for the 2019 season allowing reviews on both offensive and defensive pass interference calls. Here’s a look at the very first challenge of what is sure to be one of the main talking points of the new NFL season.

If the replies to the tweet are any indication, fans are not thrilled with the new rule.

This rule was caused by the massive missed call in last year’s NFC Championship Game that saw the New Orleans Saints denied a chance to go to the Super Bowl on a missed pass interference call. 

This rule change has the opportunity to affect the outcome of a lot of games this season and beyond.

My take on this is that fans will love the rule when it helps their team and hate it when it hurts their team. While we may see a few more booth reviews, this rule shouldn’t significantly slow down the pace of play and it will ensure that correct calls are being made. We have the technology, let’s use it to make sure the correct calls are being made. 

This is the first of many times you’ll see this rule in the NFL and it’s going to be a huge deal. Let's hope it helps the Eagles more than it hurts them.

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Phillies acquire reliever Mike Morin from the Minnesota Twins

Phillies acquire reliever Mike Morin from the Minnesota Twins

Less than two weeks away from the MLB trade deadline, the Phillies on Saturday announced a trade for right-handed reliever Mike Morin from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for cash considerations.

Morin, 28, was originally drafted in 2012 by the Los Angeles Angels in the 13th round out of the University of North Carolina. In six seasons for four teams, Morin is 10-8 with a 4.48 ERA. This season, he has appeared in 23 games for the Twins and over 22 2/3 innings, he has a very respectable 3.18 ERA and 0.971 WHIP.

Something doesn’t quite add up, though.

Before we take a look at what Morin can offer the Phillies, we first have to consider why the Twins are offloading him. The upstart Twins are in first place in the AL Central and have playoff and World Series aspirations of their own. They’re 12th in the major leagues with a 4.28 bullpen ERA and good relief pitching never goes out of style, especially when you’re only getting cash considerations in return.

Morin was designated for assignment despite his decent season-long numbers because of regression toward his career stats. Morin started hot but has allowed 10 runs, seven earned, on 13 hits over his past 11 1/3 innings. That’s not exactly what you’d like to see on a contending team looking for a stable bullpen arm.

Enter the Phillies, who are in a similar spot, battling for a playoff position and looking to bolster a bullpen that has let them down considerably of late. They are 25th in the majors in bullpen ERA at 4.98.

At this point in the season, the Phillies know exactly what they have in the minors in terms of players that can come in and help the team, including shuffling Vince Velasquez into relief work for a time and now giving Nick Pivetta a shot in the bullpen. It seems clear from this move that the Phillies aren’t confident there’s any help internally, so, at a very low cost, they’re willing to give Morin a shot and hope he reverts to his early-season form that saw him allow just one earned run over his first 10 1/3 innings of the season.

Seems like it’s worth a shot, but looking beyond his current stats and more toward how he has looked recently paints a more clear and troubling picture.

To make room for Morin on the 40-man roster, right-handed pitcher Seranthony Dominguez was transferred to the 60-day injured list.

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Watch Hector Neris, Dodgers exchange expletives after big Phillies' win

Watch Hector Neris, Dodgers exchange expletives after big Phillies' win

After hanging on for the save in Thursday's 7-6 Phillies win, Hector Neris was pumped up. Well, maybe a little too pumped up.

After getting Justin Turner to fly out for the final out of today’s game, Neris let out a big celebration and it included some choice words directed toward the Los Angeles Dodgers' dugout (see video above).

Let’s face it, Neris has been downright awful in his career against the Dodgers, including blowing a save two days ago, but being able to record the final out of today’s game with the Phillies still leading is all Neris cared about. It was probably a huge relief for a reeling closer.

The Dodgers, however, were not thrilled.

Neris drew the ire of the Dodgers two nights ago after drilling David Freese with a pitch in his shoulder and he received a three-game suspension that he is currently appealing. This has certainly been brewing and Neris’ celebration shows just that.

As you can see in the video above, Neris basically said he was just excited to get the win for his team. Sometimes you get caught up in the moment.

With a 6.10 ERA in June and a 9.45 ERA in July, here’s hoping there’s more of these positive moments for Neris, big celebration afterwards or not.  

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