Stretch the rules a little.
Stretch someone's jersey a little.
|Outlaw grasping collar of opponent jersey.|
|Outlaw pass interference.|
|Here's some serious holding, Dallas "blocker" practically taking |
the shirt from Austin #3 Avery.
|Here the Mustangs blocker is nearly tackling an Outlaws defender.|
Unfortunately for the Mustangs, Monica Gauck #7 is still loose and
stops the runner on the spot.
Sometimes commentators will label a penalty as good. If you're a corner back and the receiver has you beat and the pass is coming straight and true, a little pass interference is better than letting the receiver score. Other penalties are bad. In the photo above where Shadana was eluding tacklers and breaking for the end zone, an unnecessary holding penalty could have cancelled the score.
Stretching the rules is part of the game. Sometimes you get caught and have to deal with whether the penalty was good or bad. Sometimes you don't get caught. Which raises football's version of the old tree-in-the-forest philosophical question - if the official didn't see it, did it really happen?