NN NFL Tournament of Badness Opening Round: New Kickoff Rule, FOX's Dancing Robot

Ted Ginn Jr.: Now 60% more useless due to the kickoff rule. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

I'm actually a little relieved that my seeding is actually looking like it's going to hold up for once on the right side of the bracket. Al Davis' present-day drafting habits are justly beating Matt Millen at the time of writing this, so hopefully I don't look like an idiot when this post goes live and he ol' Al comes through. I mean ... I'm generally alright with looking like an idiot, it happens pretty often. But that's another story. Today, we've got the NFL's new kickoff rule going up against the dancing robot on FOX. I hate that stupid robot.

So make the jump to read the descriptions of the participants for today, read full results from the left side of the bracket and of course, view the entire bracket. But first: remember, we are voting on what we believe to be the absolute worst thing of the two. If you're voting in a worst food contest, and you like pizza more than hamburgers, you would then vote for hamburgers in that matchup. Get it? Got it? Good. Make the jump.       

(3) New Kickoff Rule

The NFL decided that they were going to move up kickoffs for player safety. As such, there will be a helluva lot more touchbacks. Like a lot more, to the point where it's going to be happening multiple times a game, probably. They said that it was for player safety, but I imagine they only did it so they can say the game is safer, so they can get closer to an eighteen-game season. To me, that really is the driving force behind the new rule, and that's what makes it worse. I just hate how, before the rule, it really did feel like kickoffs and special teams could change a game. It really was 1/3 of a football game, now I feel like kickoffs when down will have a lot less excitement, and it definitely is no longer on the same level as offense and defense.

(14) The Dancing Robot On Fox

Why? Just answer me that question: why? The only thing worse than the dancing robot in regards to sports-related commercial segues is the stupid "OH MAN IS THAT A TRUCK DRIVING ON THE UPPER DECK?" thing I've been seeing during Giants games. No, it's not a truck. I promise. That being said, this robot is programmed to get down and funky, which normally would be awesome to me, because if there's one thing I love, it's funk. But this robot doesn't even do it well. And it also has nothing to do with football. I don't know, I can't explain it or rationalize it any better. The robot fills me with rage that will one day explode in a violent mauling of whatever human happens to be near me at the time.

Day 1: "America's Team" def. "New York FOOTBALL Giants" - 428-40
Day 2: Rookie Holdouts def. Week 16, 17 Byes - 266-65
Day 3: Seahawks Alternates def. Buccaneers Loser Uniforms - 328-118
Day 4: New Referee Rule Limiting No Huddle def. Icing The Kicker - 180-116
Day 5: Twitter Beefs def Madden Curse - 125-108
Day 6: Prevent Defense def. Wildcat Formation - 296-65
Day 7: Chris Berman's Mannerisms def. The Many Faces of Philip Rivers - 188-185
Day 8: Player 'X' Is A Football Player def. Player 'X' Is A Future Hall Of Famer - 194-96
Day 9: Brett Favre's Media Whoring def. New AFC and NFC Championship Trophies - 293-39
Day 10: Fans That Take It Too Far def Franchise Tag - 231-42
Day 11: Daniel Snyder def. Rex Ryan's Foot Fetish - 126-76
Day 12: Garth DeFelice def. Donovan McNabb And Overtime Rules - 207-48
Day 13: TV Blackouts def Player 'X' Always Being Wide Open - 253-43
Day 14: Players Celebrating When Down Big def. Being A "Poor Man's" Something - 244-35
Day 15: NFL's Exclusive License With EA def. Super Bowl Halftime Shows - 161-139
Day 16: Cortland Finnegan def. Frank Gore's Love For Moran Norris - 191-145
Day 17: Player 'X' Being A Bust After One Season def. Player 'X Is A Beast - 209-39
Day 18: Players Doing Stupid Things def. Rashard Mendenhall's Twitter Account - 129-55
Day 19: Tanking The Season To Draft Andrew Luck def. Need To Look At The Film - 152-119
Day 20: Less Cheerleaders def. Joe Theismann - 182-139
Day 21: Al David Drafting Like He's Being Advised By Ricky Bobby versus Matt Millen - 

NN NFL Tournament of Badness Bracket and Results

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