My suggestions are in. Aside from my thoughts on OT, I touched on the rouge and kicks out of bounds. I'll keep offering my thoughts on those two items once a year until they're addressed or I'm dead. They're my cause in Canadian football.
1) Kicking out of bounds
Apply the same standard to kickoffs, and all kicks from scrimmage including place kicks, drop kicks, dribbled balls and punts concerning illegal kicks out of bounds. It is needlessly complicated and redundant to have all kickoffs out of bounds deemed illegal, punts from scrimmage out of bounds illegal if they pass out of bounds through the air between the 20 yard lines and all other kicks from scrimmage legally kicked wherever.
In the case of kickoffs, I don't see why the kicker should be penalized for the unlucky bounce of an oblong ball out of bounds from the field of play where a punter is not similarly penalized.
In the case of punts, I feel as if the 20 yard line rule is a contrivance to keep a particular strategic play of gridiron football while otherwise forcing returns.
I submit, that all kicks in the sport of Canadian football be it a kickoff, punt, place kick, drop kick or dribbled ball be required to not go out of bounds via the sidelines in the air without first striking the field of play or goal area. The kicked ball would still be able to bounce from the field of play or goal area out of bounds. The kicked ball would also be able to pass through the air and out of play over the sidelines in goal or dead ball line.
2) The Rouge
The perceived value of the rouge has changed over the years as improved kicking and the modern passing game has made movement up and down the field more fluid and scores of higher denominations easier to obtain.
As such, we will never again see a Grey Cup MVP christened for purposely scoring 8 rouges as Hugh Gall was in 1909. We will likely never see the rouge purposely scored to pad a lead heading into a half as was the case with Hamilton's Joe Zuger quick kicking the ball into the Saskatchewan end zone to wrap up the first half of the 1967 Grey Cup. Today's CFL punter, while having failed to execute a coffin corner punt instead scoring a rouge, does not pump his fist for having scored. He instead curses himself for costing his team up to 34 yards of field position. The same can be said for the kicker of a shanked short range field goal that sails wide and out of the end zone.
The only portion of the modern game where the rouge still holds the weight of yesteryear is when it is used in the dying moments of a game to decide the outcome when a given lead is equal to or less than one point.
For the most part rouge remains of strategic importance to the kick returner in his own end zone. Should he return it and potentially pin his team with poor field position, or considering the maturity of the game and score, concede the point for 35 yards of field position?
But even this strategic element is rendered moot should a ball kicked from the field of play sail over the returner and end zone. Considering the hardest way to score is arguably the forced safety, and this is only worth 2 points, I would hardly consider the modern kicker's ability to kick the ball over and out of any part of the 20 x 65 yard goal area an athletic feat worth 1 point or worse subsequently worth winning a game, clinching a playoff spot or crowning a champion.
[i][b]I submit, that the rouge be applied only when kicks are returnable. Returnability would be achieved if a kicked ball were to touch the field of play or goal area in bounds or were otherwise touched by a return team player. If the football is by way of kneeling, being down by contact or the kicked ball having bounced out of bounds in goal, not advanced out of the goal area by the return team the rouge would then be awarded.
If the kicked ball were to simply sail over the end zone and out over the side lines in goal or dead ball line, the rouge would not be awarded.
In light of the first suggestion this criteria would apply on all kicks in Canadian football including kickoffs, punts, drop kicks, place kicks and dribbled balls. [/b][/i]
In this way, I think you're doing a potential win, defeat, playoff position or championship justice by attaching value to every point scored.