This week's question is one of the guys...generally.
What's the worst rule in all of sports? There are some really bad ones. Here are a few that I loathe to kickstart the conversation and one for argument's sake. In no particular order.
A) The designated hitter rule in the American League.
What it means? Pitchers don't hit.
Why I hate it? Pitchers are baseball players. If anyone should get to skip hitting it's the catcher. He's got the most grueling position in the game. It boosts offense and offense doesn't need boosting anymore. It was a silly rule when it was originated, now it's maintained to keep old guys no longer capable of playing the field in the game.
B) The Tuck Rule in the NFL.
What it means? "If a QB loses the ball before he has tucked it firmly into his body, even if his intention no longer is to throw it, the play is an incomplete pass."
Why I hate it? No one knew this rule even existed before the 2001 AFC Championship game when it rescued the derriers of the New England Patriots. How can I be sure no one knew this rule? Because if we had known about it, we would have been lobbying to have it eliminated long before then. This rule is an obvious bail out rule. It takes the subjectivity of deciding when the act of attempting a pass has ended and the act of bringing the ball down began out of the hands of the official.
C) The Falling Out of Bounds timeout
What it means? A basketball player can leap in the air and be flying out of bounds, but can be granted a timeout while in midair.
Why I hate it? Does the player have possession when he's flying out of bounds? I don't think he does. He/She should be in contact with the playing surface. But I mostly hate it because it's overly used and it eliminates the old favorite of throwing the ball at full force at your opponents lower abdomen.
D) The Trapezoid Lane in the international basketball
What it means? The lane is a trapezoid. Duh.
Why I hate it? It's ugly. And every year we have to hear Dick Vitale or some other brainless nitwit tell me how the college game needs to adopt this rule. But mostly it's just ugly.
E) Moving the Ball to Midcourt with a Timeout (NBA)
What it means? A team can call a timeout and the ball is moved from the baseline to midcourt for the upcoming inbounds play.
Why I hate it? They did NOTHING to advance the ball. Name one other sport where you can advance the ball by calling a timeout. It's ridiculous and as silly as the DH.
F) Offsides in Soccer
What it means? An offensive player must be at least even with the deepest defender when the ball is played to him. Only after the ball is kicked can he advance beyond the defender.
Why I hate it? I don't, but every non-soccer fan in the United States does. Americans are focused on scoring and that's all we care about. Soccer is not all about scoring. So we hate rules that we think stop scoring. But it introduces strategy on the side of the defense and DOES NOT eliminate the threat of offensive speed. I'll repeat that. It DOES NOT eliminate the threat of offensive speed. When the ball is played, it's a sprint to the ball. That's using speed folks.
Those are my six to start things up. Add any rules you think are bad and comment. Be sure to rank the worst rules to determine a winner (or loser, as the case may be.)