Archive for October, 2013

Access To American TV In South America

Thursday, October 24th, 2013

To watch Hulu in Chile requires you to get an American IP address from a virtual private network. Unfortunately, the site has been blocked from use outside of the United States and its territories except for the Japanese version. Because of the level of television shows on this site, that can be a real disappointment. Hulu has a lot to offer including over a thousand different television programs. The number of episodes that you can watch from each one depends on the service of Hulu that you want.

For example, the standard service allows you to access five of the most current episodes from each program whereas the paid service, Hulu Plus, allows you to access any episode of the program.

When you install a VPN on your computer and get a US IP address from it, then you successfully unblock the site. You can use the site as much as you want in such a This is because the VPN makes it look like you are in the United States instead of in Chile. This is a very important step.

You are not just removing the block from Hulu when you take this action. You can unblock American sites no matter what they are including such sites as Netflix, Pandora and Spotify. If the site requires a US IP then you can access it very simply.

It is not difficult to sign up for this service but you do need an acceptable method of payment. You can use PayPal, American credit cards or the gift subscription cards. These gift cards can be purchased online.

The free Hulu service is great if you want to stream American television abroad but there is more selection with the Hulu Plus service. This service is about $8 per month and not only do you get to choose from more episodes but you can also watch the shows on various devices instead of just your computer. This detail for individuals who travel quite a bit is very important.

To stream Hulu in Chile is a great thing and what is even better is that you can avoid the local throttling of bandwidth by using the VPN. However, there are cases where the speed is decreased because of the installed network. If this happens then you can disconnect the VPN after you start streaming. This will increase the speed once again and you can go on to enjoy the programming as you want to.

Ask Jerry Markbreit

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

I was among many people who saw a fumble in the Bears game that was ruled down by contact. I saw the same thing in another game later in the day. How do referees decide when to call a play over? Steve Branch, Roscoe, Ill.

An official declares a dead ball and the down ended when a runner is contacted by a defensive player and the runner touches the ground with any part of his body, except his hands or feet.como reducir la papada The ball is dead immediately. This happens often at very high speed and it is a judgment call on the part of the officials.

A touchdown is scored when the football breaks the plane of the endzone. Can a touchdown be scored when the receiver catches the pass, has two feet down in the endzone, yet the ball does not break the plane because it’s angled out of bounds away from the endzone? Craig Henkhaus, Atkinson, Ill.

To answer your questions, No. It is a touchdown when a runner advances from the field of play and the ball touches the opponent’s goal line or goal line plane. In your play, even though the receiver had both feet down in the end zone, the ball had yet to break the plane of the goal line. Consequently, there is no touchdown.

When do penalties switch from five , 10 and 15 yard varieties to half the distance from the goal line? If the offense was already on their goal line, would penalties have no real effect on their distance to first down? Hank Jones, Joliet

If a distance penalty, enforced from a specific spot between the goal lines would place the ball more than half the distance to the offender’s goal line, the penalty is half the distance from that spot to the goal line. This general rule supercedes any other general or specific rule with regard to enforcement of penalties. An exception would be intentional grounding, which is penalized at the spot of the foul if that spot is more than 10 yards behind the line of scrimmage.

Fo example: If the ball was snapped from a team’s own 15 yard line, and the quarterback illegally grounded the ball at his 2 yard line, the enforcement of the penalty would put the ball at the 2 instead of half the distance to the goal.

Why can an offensive player stiff arm a defender in the facemask, but a defender cannot touch the facemask of a player on offense? Aren’t the dangers the same? Russell Petersen, Chicago

Only a runner may ward off an opponent with his hands or arms, but no other offensive player may use them to obstruct an opponent. The runner may push an opponent in the face mask while warding him off, as long as he does not grasp the mask. This would result in a personal foul and a 15 yard penalty against the runner.

Defensive players are restricted from incidental grabbing or intentional grabbing of the face mask. The runner is given this extra latitude because it would not be possible to ward off a potential tackler if his face mask was a restricted area.

If a pass rusher takes a swipe at the football as the quarterback is in the act of throwing and completely misses the football but hits the quarterback in the face hard enough to where the head snaps backward, is this considered roughing the passer? Dan, Roseville, Calif.

In the NFL, referees must be particularly alert to fouls in which

defenders use the helmet or the face mask to hit the passer, or use hands, arms or other parts of the body to hit the passer in the head, neck or face area. Even though what you describe might truly be accidental, it is still a 15 yard penalty for roughing the passer.

Is there still a rule on the NFL books that allows a free field goal attempt after fair catching a kickoff? Does this apply only to placekicks and does this rule exist at the college level? Fred Davis, Red Oak, Iowa

The NFL rule allows a free kick field goal attempt after any successfully made fair catch. NCAA rules do not allow this. The rule states that on a field goal attempt following a fair catch, all general rules apply as for a field goal attempt from scrimmage. The clock starts when the ball is kicked. The fair catch kick line for the kicking team is the yard line through the most forward point from which the ball is kicked. The fair catch line for the receiving team is the yard line 10 yards in advance of the kicking team’s fair catch kick line. There is no snap and

no defensive rush and if the ball is kicked through the goal posts, three points are scored for the kicking team.

Is there a penalty for an injury if a team is out of timeouts at the end of a game? Michael Arnold, Bay City, Mich.

Injury timeouts prior to the last two minutes of either half when

a team has used all of their time outs will be awarded without penalty and the injured player must be removed from the game. Injuries inside of two minutes of either half, with all three time outs being used, will be granted with no penalty for the “fourth” time out. Any injury time outs after the “fourth” will incur a five yard delay of game penalty.

I noticed the other day Ron Blum was now a head linesman. In years past he was the referee Is this typical, guys moving positions season to season? Jim Bruse, Amherst, Mass.

Ron Blum has gone back to his old position of line judge. It is not uncommon for officials to change positions during their careers. It is a personal choice.