A few weeks ago, there was a weird play at Taylor Field, in the CFL. The Roughriders were third down, so they punted. The Eskimos player who was to field the ball watched it bounce right in front of him, but didn’t try to pick it up. Roughrider players gathered around in a semi-circle, outside the 5 yard radius so they wouldn’t get a “no-yards” penalty. And then the Roughrider punter, who is not offside to the ball under CFL rules, came in and scooped up the ball, recovering his own punt.
Some of the commentators said that the unusual play was caused by the inexperience of the Eskimo fielder, who didn’t know CFL rules. But why wouldn’t he try to recover the ball? And, did he not know that the punter could recover it?