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Hit The Bull's-Eye Rocca!

Oh boy ... While the Eagles don't have to worry about this until the regular season finale on January 3, 2010, the NFL announced this morning that the infamous, gargantuan video board in the new Cowboys Stadium will not be moved and a new rule has been passed as a result of it.

"We will continue to address the particular circumstances in Dallas, giving full consideration to the competitive, safety and fan experience issues involved," said Commissioner Roger Goodell in a statement. "The Cowboys have been fully cooperative as we have addressed this subject, and we will continue to work closely with the club on a longer term resolution."

Here is the text of the new official rule:

1. If a ball in play strikes a video board, guide wire, sky cam, or any other object, the ball will be dead immediately, and the down will be replayed at the previous spot.

2. If there is not an on-field ruling that the ball struck an object, the Replay Assistant is empowered to initiate a booth review, including if the event occurs prior to the two-minute warning. If, prior to the two-minute warning, no booth review is initiated by the Replay Assistant, a coach's challenge is permitted under the customary procedures for such a challenge.

3. In the event the down is replayed: (a) The game clock will be reset to the time remaining when the snap occurred. (b) All penalties will be disregarded, except for personal fouls which will be administered prior to replaying the down.

The video boards are 60 yards wide (they go from one 20-yard line to the other), but only 90 feet off of the ground directly in the middle of the field. That is five feet above the minimum height requirement, but it wasn't enough to stop Titans punter A.J. Trapasso from nailing it in the third quarter of the Titans-Cowboys preseason game on August 21. The conundrum is that the players' safety is at risk because of the fact that the special teams gunners go all out in attacking the punt returner. If the ball hits the video board, the gunners would have to go full speed again.

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones argued that the stadium plans were approved by the NFL, which they were. He cited how baseball stadiums have different rules for different stadiums because of quirks built into each ballpark. Until now, no NFL stadium had anything other than natural elements that could have an impact on the outcome of the game.

So, how many times do you think punter Sav Rocca will bounce the ball off the video board to ring in the New Year?

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 2:00 p.m., August 28

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