Giants Return to Scene of Noise Bowl

The New York Giants play Sunday in Seattle, the site of the memorable game last season when they lost in overtime after committing 11 false-start penalties amid the din of the Qwest Field crowd. The Giants also watched their kicker, Jay Feely, miss three potential game-winning field goals.

Feely's misadventures even spurred a "Saturday Night Live" skit. Left tackle Luke Petitgout had five of the false starts.

New NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said he likes venues with loud, boisterous fans but he and members of the competition committee will consider possible measures to lessen the disadvantage that visiting teams face in such settings. Goodell has said it's possible that, in the future, all offensive players could have radio receivers in their helmets to be able to hear the quarterback's signals.

Even that, however, might not help the Giants, who committed five false starts during their HOME opener this season.

By Mark Maske |  September 21, 2006; 11:12 AM ET  | Category:  Giants , Seahawks
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Radio's in all offensive players helmets?

What would Ray Nitschke think?

Posted by: Leather Helmets Rule | September 21, 2006 12:45 PM

I think this is a dumb idea. Fans go crazy at home games for the very reason they know they can actually affect the outcome of the game. Its what makes NFL so great and the best game in the world. Fan interaction can prove to be a pivotal point in a game. What other pro-game can say that? People pay good money to go see football cause of this very reason. They feel like they can make a difference. Why take such a great part of attending a football game away? I can understand they want to make it fair but thats what makes home field advantage so great and is a greater challenge to overcome. It all ends up being fair in the end cause they get home games as well.

Posted by: radios? | September 21, 2006 2:06 PM

Fan involvement in a game is good, but when it crosses the line into actually affecting basic & fundamental procedures of the game, then something should be done. Games which are constantly interrupted by false start penalities slows the flow & tempo. With the intricate & complex offenses many teams feature (except Oakland), these penalities detract from the action. I mean, there are already enough penalities-and you know they could (and sometimes do) throw a flag on every play for other violations. Many false starts also happen because the player moves on the wrong count--not because superfan is yelling his ass off on third and 11.

Posted by: Nordbizzle | September 21, 2006 2:37 PM

If crowd noise is an issue, an offense should work more on its non-verbal signals. Peyton Manning can run an offense on a silent count for an entire quarter (and they generally do every game), so the crowd can scream all they want. Why shouldn't the fans be able to create an advantage, when there's other available ways to run the offense? It might disrupt the tempo, but the home crowd probably loves it, and they're the ones paying to be there.

Posted by: Anonymous | September 21, 2006 4:53 PM

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