ProFootballTalk: Seahawks To Be Penalized Yardage For Lynch Dick Grabs

The NFL will be trying a new tactic to force Marshawn Lynch into line, according to a report from ProFootballTalk. Lynch was fined $20,000 for the above crotch grab in Sunday's NFC Championship Game, and fined $11,500 earlier this season for doing the same. Since fines apparently do not deter behavior the league would… » 1/24/15 5:32pm 1/24/15 5:32pm

Arkansas State Player Ejected For Threatening An Official

Well, here's a first. In the fourth quarter of tonight's already bonkers GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Arkansas State's Xavier Woodson got ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct. Specifically, Woodson was accused of "threatening an official." » 1/05/15 12:03am 1/05/15 12:03am

NFL Admits Roughing The Passer Call On 49ers Was Wrong

The NFL has admitted it blew a call that felt pretty crucial at the time, a questionable roughing the passer penalty in yesterday's 17-7 Seahawks win that eliminated the 49ers from the playoffs. » 12/15/14 11:55am 12/15/14 11:55am

All Hail Daren Bates, Who Committed A Truly Magnificent Offside Penalty

Never shame a man who tries his hardest, as the Rams' Daren Bates did today in attempting to block a 49ers field goal—and pulled the trigger just a bit too early. » 11/02/14 4:37pm 11/02/14 4:37pm

Bucs WR Louis Murphy Flagged For Inappropriate Language

The NFL's battle against words continues. Buccaneers receiver Louis Murphy was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after a Tampa Bay touchdown. Here's the on-field audio. Can you figure out when Murphy uses inappropriate language? We don't hear it. » 10/05/14 3:30pm 10/05/14 3:30pm

The New York Times has a few cool comic book-like illustrations of crucial penalty matchups of World Cups past. Coupled with the illustrations is analysis from former USMNT keeper Kasey Keller. [NYT] » 6/30/14 4:14pm 6/30/14 4:14pm

Costa Rica Mercifully End Match, Edge Greece In Penalties

Costa Rica-Greece was a case against endless extra time. If they had kept playing, no one would have fucking scored. » 6/29/14 7:21pm 6/29/14 7:21pm

Which Countries Get Carded The Most At The World Cup?

Quartz has crunched the numbers on World Cup penalties, counting all the yellow and red cards for every squad back to 1970. Slovenia comes in number one, racking up 20 cards in their six World Cup games (3.33 per game). Peru was the least penalized, with nine cards in 13 games (0.69 per game). » 6/04/14 3:57pm 6/04/14 3:57pm

Do Colder NFL Games Have Fewer Penalties?

While watching some insanely frigid football last weekend, one Deadspinner wondered if there were fewer flags in cold NFL games, the result of referees deciding, consciously or not, to speed games up and get the hell off the field. Without scrutinizing hundreds of hours of game tape we can't really tell if the refs or… » 1/11/14 11:35am 1/11/14 11:35am

The Secret Of The Seahawks' Defense? Fouling, Maybe

The Wall Street Journal has a fascinating look at the dominant Seahawks secondary, which seems to have been able to turn just about everyone into a star. Part of that is the remarkable amount of pressure they bring, but another part—perhaps—is as brilliant as it is simple. Maul receivers, because there's no way… » 1/10/14 5:26pm 1/10/14 5:26pm

Is "Discipline" Overrated In The NFL?

The 2013-14 Seahawks finished the year with a 13-3 record, a +186 point differential, and +40.1 percent DVOA, making them arguably the best team in the NFL. They also led the league in penalties (128) and penalty yards (1,193). Baltimore led in both categories last year and won the Super Bowl over the 49ers, who were… » 1/07/14 1:43pm 1/07/14 1:43pm

The NFL Penalties, Ranked

Time for your weekly edition of the Deadspin Funbag. Got something on your mind? Email the Funbag. Today, we're covering autofellatio, ladybugs, old Pop Tarts, and more. » 12/31/13 12:09pm 12/31/13 12:09pm

Tiger Woods Avoids Disqualification From The Masters For Cheating, Is…

Tiger Woods will begin Round 3 of the Masters five strokes behind the leader after tournament officials elected to punish him with a two stroke penalty for taking an illegal drop at 15 Friday after this disastrous turn of bad luck. » 4/13/13 9:49am 4/13/13 9:49am

The NFL Will Get Rid Of Its Dumbest Rule

On Thanksgiving, Jim Schwartz boned Jim Schwartz by throwing a challenge flag on Justin Forsett's 81-yard touchdown. But really, the NFL boned Jim Schwartz—the rule that you can't challenge a play that's automatically reviewed, and if you try, you're penalized and it's not reviewed, is awful, illogical, and frankly… » 2/21/13 3:35pm 2/21/13 3:35pm