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NFL must end 'noisy' cheating

I'm sick of the cheating in the National Football League where home team players (with an assist from the scoreboard) encourage fans to make so much noise the opposing team can't run their offense. That is rigging the game.

To stay quiet when your team is calling signals so they can call their plays is fine but to have scoreboards call for more noise or players wave their arms and towels to encourage the same so that the opposing team can't even call their signals is cheating because the game is not being played on the up and up.

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Don't get me wrong. If fans want to scream, that's great. But if it's in response to outside encouragement and it becomes impossible for the opponent to call plays, that's fixing the game in favor of the home team. Any time a player encourages the fans to get so loud that the opposing team can't play the game, a penalty should be called and that team should be given 15 yards or at least a first down.

If the fans want to scream out of excitement, great. Scream all you want. But if its "encouraged" by home teams to keep the other team from having a fair game, throw the flag!

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Fritz Harrod, Baltimore

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