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Old 08-15-2010   #1
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OK, there is something I've heard announcers and others refer to numerous times, but for the life of me, I can't figure out what they are talking about. When a referee is spotting a ball, I've heard people comment about whether they are using their left foot or right foot for the spot. I heard it again on tonight's Texans broadcast. It seems to have some influence on where the ball is placed (but why?), and thus how likely it is that a player makes a 1st down in a close situation. Does the referee "choose" which foot to use, and if so, how much difference does this make?

Can someone give me some insight, here?
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Default Re: Referee's right and left feet

maybe the announcer is just trying to seem more observant? i dunno, but you might be reading too much into this one.
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Default Re: Referee's right and left feet

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OK, there is something I've heard announcers and others refer to numerous times, but for the life of me, I can't figure out what they are talking about. When a referee is spotting a ball, I've heard people comment about whether they are using their left foot or right foot for the spot. I heard it again on tonight's Texans broadcast. It seems to have some influence on where the ball is placed (but why?), and thus how likely it is that a player makes a 1st down in a close situation. Does the referee "choose" which foot to use, and if so, how much difference does this make?

Can someone give me some insight, here?

I can't give any insight.

I've always though it was a duh' moment for the announcer when they would say, "it could be a first down, depending on where they spot the ball".

I always think the same thing when I hear them say that.

No sheat sherlock.

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Just the commentators way of filling space.
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