I heard a discussion on WGR550 in Buffalo this morning about there being more holding penalties this year due to the new official placement. How exciting! Just about the only thing baseball has over football is that you never see a home run called back for a penalty (and, the one time you do, you get a reaction for the ages from George Brett!).
I was thinking that the NFL made a great decision by eliminating the judgment factor on passes near the sideline and making it so the receiver had to get both feet down no matter what. Nothing's worse than theoretical debates about what could have, but didn't, happen.
Would the enjoyment of a football game be improved by allowing linemen to hold? Would the game be improved, or worsened? If made worse, would that be offset by having fewer plays called back because of holding, and also having fewer arguments that other plays should have been called back because of missed holding calls?
I think it's worth pondering - the holding call is one of the most deflating aspects of a professional football game.