A Review of the Play Shows Illegal Socks

Some fans were outraged when New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms, right, was fined $1,500 for wearing his socks too high, but he was philosophical: "Shows you how times have changed -- they used to fine you $50." Simms should have known better, though; the Official N.F.L. Playing Rules clearly state what kind of hosiery players must wear:

"Stockings that cover the entire area from the shoe to the bottom of the pants, and that meet the pants below the knee. Players are permitted to wear as many layers of stockings and tape on the lower leg as they prefer, provided...

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