The rules on hitting defenseless players in the NFL are starting to get a little out of hand.
The rule used to be that a defender couldn't launch into a defenseless player. Then the rule changed to being that a defender couldn't spear a receiver with the crown of his helmet. But now, it's gotten to a point where any hard hit results in a 15-yard penalty and a fine.
As much as I appreciate how the NFL is trying to make the game safer to play, this really does hurt the game. In many cases, when a receiver leaps to make a catch, an oncoming defender doesn't have many options in terms of preventing that reception from happening, especially if it's in the endzone. A lot of times the only way is to hit that receiver hard enough that he drops the ball.
Local and international runners will have a chance to compete for V.I. national championships this weekend as the 12th St. Croix International Marathon and 39th annual Virgin Islands Half-Marathon will take place Sunday morning.
The St. Croix Marathon will cover 26.2 miles starting at 5 a.m. on Northside Road near the intersection of Route 75 and Route 708, and 400 meters north of the Kingshill Post Office. The route then heads east to Salt River Road.
The BVI Athletics Association is gearing up for its fifth Athletes Awards Gala, where its partner Sol will dole out the 2013 Athletes of the Year Awards presentation in Youth, Junior and Senior divisions.
On the heels of a competitive and successful season, there has been a full slate of nominees for the awards by Sol in each of the divisions.
The forthcoming event is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Dec 27 at the Moorings. Donation is $50 single and $85 per couple.
Michael Thompson completed the 3-mile course at Magens Bay in 18 minutes and 33 seconds to win the St. Thomas Association of Roadrunners' annual Jingle Bell Run on Sunday.
Brad Kappel was second overall in 20:23, followed by Jack Hullings in 21:17, Michael Sheesley in 23:25 and Steven LaPlace in 23:34. Ali Slimming (25:45), Tegan Kappel (26:58), Adrianne Baird (27:04) and Christine Sheehan (27:47) round out the top 10.
Ballers in the V.I. baseball fun days
The Jaycobie Blash Foundation in conjunction with the V.I. Tourism Department will present the Ballers in the V.I. baseball fun days. The events will feature fun and baseball instrustion form minor and major league baseball players. Day 1 is Thursday at 4 p.m. at Lionel Roberts Stadium on St. Thomas, when children ages 13 and up are the focus. At 4 p.m. Friday, events move to Emile Griffith Ballpark on St. Thomas, where the focus will be on children ages 9 to 12. On Saturday, St. Croix Little Leaguers will be featured at 10 a.m. at D.C. Canegata Ballpark. Food and drinks will be on sale.
Twenty-three local swimmers, including competitors from the St. Thomas Stingrays and the St. Croix Dolphins, participated in the Puerto Rico Short Course National Championships last weekend, and they dominated the event despite increasingly inclement weather.
Highlights from the weekend include Sasha Klein and Ky Odlum posting the highest scores in their respective age groups; Klein won the Girls 13-14 bracket, and Odlum won the Boys 10 and Under bracket.