Hi Vikings fans! (and assorted others)...here's a random tangent.
Simply, I hate the intentional grounding foul call.
Reasonably speaking, I think any quarterback, in any situation should be able to throw the ball away anywhere, in order to avoid a sack, or loss of yards. The result is an incompletion, and we're onto the next play. Currently, it's an entirely subjective enforcement based on whether there was a reciever in the area. (whether he has a chance to catch the ball or not, isn't quite defineable) If not, it's a 10 yard penalty, and a loss of down.
But, as the rules stand, shouldn't spiking the ball be enforced just as intentional grounding is?
I'm a fan of spiking the ball to stop the clock, but you can't have it both ways. Every spike you see in any game should - according to the rules, be ruled intentional grounding, loss of down and a ten yard penalty, but it's never called. Why? Because it's a spike!
Yeah, and it's intentional grounding.
In fact there's no better description of intentional grounding, than throwing the ball into the ground to stop the clock. It's INTENTIONAL! THEY CHOSE TO DO IT!
You can keep one, but not the other.
(Also, yelling "grounding" at the bar during a last minute drive, is a great conversation starter.)