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Forget JWoww, Chris Christie, and meatheads — New Jersey is really trying to embarrass itself now

You thought the Giants were bad ...

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The Garden State is known for a lot of ridiculous things — the Jersey shore, "Jersey Shore," the Chris Christie administration, organized crime, the smell, the Giants, and New Jerseyans — but this week things took a turn for the worse.

Yep, that's possible.

I know ... I had a hard time believing it, too.

The NY Times tweeted Thursday: "High school football players in New Jersey will be limited to 15 minutes of full-contact practice each week under new rules that state officials called the toughest in the country."

From the Times' Wednesday report on the Jersey insanity:

Facing a significant decline in the number of students playing high school football, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association on Wednesday adopted new guidelines to sharply reduce the amount of contact allowed in practices and, in doing so, address concerns about player safety.

The new rules, which the association said were the most restrictive in the country, limits the time that teams can engage in full-contact drills in practice to 15 minutes a week, down from the 90 allowed under the old rules. Preseason full-contact drills, previously unlimited, will be reduced to six total hours, including scrimmages.

No word on how players are to prepare for a weekly 48-minute game with a total of 15 minutes of full-contact in the week leading up to the game.

One last thing…
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