Monday, November 23, 2009

NFL overtime: here's how to fix it

There was a lot of stink this weekend about the NFL's overtime policy.

It's "sudden-death"-- and often results in a win for the team which wins the coin flip to determine who gets the ball first.

Here are some ideas for fixing it:

-The first team to score 6 points in the overtime would win-- or after 15 minutes, the team with the lead would win.

-Or you could insist on playing an entire 15 minute period and see who's leading then-- with two 7.5-minute "periods". As a variation on this, you could have a rule that after the first touchdown in the OT, subsequent touchdowns would require a two-point conversion attempt.

How's that sound?

OK, next week, I'll fix the BCS.


At November 23, 2009 at 9:00 PM , Blogger Bryce Raley said...

After the BCS, how about fixing replay by doing away with it. :)

They still miss calls every week because of technicalities, and just increase the amount of commercial breaks. Maybe the advertisers are in on the deal. It's still an imperfect system dependent on imperfect refs but now the refs are worse than ever because they rely and fall back on replay to bail them out. Which it does as long as it's inside 2 minutes, the teams have challenges left, the play wasn't called dead or a million other technicalities :)

Human error is unavoidable in the NFL and life. Let's just embrace it.

Like to see a Cost Benefit Analysis on that one Eric. Cost of extra time waiting versus amount of calls they actually fix.

At November 24, 2009 at 5:17 PM , Blogger Janet P said...

Good thoughts on the NFL

I agree about doing away with replay.
It is especially annoying when it's a close game and a wrong call probably means the wrong team won. I'd rather not know

At November 24, 2009 at 6:29 PM , Blogger Don Sherfick said...

Instead of overtime at all, perhaps a tie would mean that the team which had more of something (possession time, running yardage, fist downs, maybe some combination) at the end of the regular game would get the win. Besides, With no O.T., Sixty Minutes would probably be on time more often than not.

On second thought......


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