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 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

Jim Harbaugh Wanted A Holding Call On The 49ers' Last Play, And He May…

Here's Jim Harbaugh's response to the 49ers' failed fourth-down play in the end zone, and for once, it's tough to really say he's overreacting. Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith probably held Michael Crabtree in the middle of his route, and when Crabtree laid out for the catch, he couldn't quite reach the ball. Phil… » 2/03/13 11:20pm 2/03/13 11:20pm

Jim Schwartz's Illegal Challenge Doubled The Texans' Chances Of Winning…

With the possible exception of the tuck rule, the rule that tripped up the Lions and Jim Schwartz has to be one of the dumbest in the game. You don't have to throw the challenge flag because we'll review it on our own, the rulebook says, but if you throw the challenge flag we won't review it. » 11/23/12 12:05pm 11/23/12 12:05pm

Prestigious University Penalized For "Lack Of Institutional Control" In…

Yeah, it's not the one you're probably thinking of. Today, the NCAA brought the hammer down on the California Institute of Technology's athletics program for allowing "30 ineligible student-athletes in 12 sports to practice or compete during four academic years." How does that even happen at a major university? Here's… » 7/13/12 1:35am 7/13/12 1:35am

By One Measure, The Saints Were The Most Violent Team In 2011

Reuters has crunched some numbers, and come up with one way to measure just how aggressive the Saints defense was in 2011, a year played under their bounty system. By taking the number of total penalties and identifying the percentage of "violent penalties"—that is, unnecessary roughness, chop blocks, late hits;… » 3/29/12 10:35am 3/29/12 10:35am