Tuviere AkpogheneContributor IMarch 13, 2010

This whore overtime rule change at this particular time is very suspicious, all of a sudden the NFL does not like the over time rule? Everyone has been complaining about this archaic format and nothing has ever been heard from the NFL, and now they are interested? Or is it because two years ago the NFL hoped Peyton Manning will make the Super Bowl and was sent packing by the overtime rule! Then, last season it was pretty much set for Brett Favre to lock horns with Manning and once again overtime rule exposed its rotten head again. (Read: The Vikings handed the Saints an NFC Championships and a road map to the SuperBowl)

Now the NFL is suggesting if a team wins the toss and scores a touchdown in their first possession they win, but if the team only get a field goal the other team gets a chance and this goes on until one team scores a touchdown.

Am all for change or in this case – evolution and making the game better: instant replay, offensive interference, protecting the quarterback, but this one is completely STUPID! MORONIC! IDIOTIC! There are plenty of words I can think of to describe this proposal. None of them are complementary, and not all of them are clean, so the above three words will have to do right now.

I understand the NFL wants their super stars (which are mostly found behind offensive lines) to have a fighting chance to get on the field in overtime to win the game, but this suggestion will only drag the game on for hours more and lead to more injuries as both teams will be fatigued.

We already have close to four hours of football per game every Sunday and it’s not right to subject the player’s to this ridiculous rule that will only sideline them and deny them of the bonuses they play so hard for. (For more on NFL Bonuses and unfair treatment of players Read: Brian Westbrook is Criminal">NFL’s treatment of Ladainian Tomlinson and Brian Westbrook is Criminal)

There’s no doubt the current format is flawed – two relevant stats here, from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King: Since 1994, nearly 60 percent of teams that win the coin toss won the game and 73 percent of overtime games have been decided by a field goal.

I guess is obvious the rule needs to be changed as a game is lost or won on a coin toss, but, I have a novel idea for teams that felt cheated by a coin toss or a field goal, how about next time guys – play some defense! And or get a kicker that can lock your opponent at the one yard line and then play some defense.

But maybe we should grudgingly give the league credit for finally trying to tackle this problem. So let’s really examine the new rule which they hope to put in place during next season’s playoffs – ensuring both teams get the ball at least once unless one team scores a touchdown on the first possession.

So this proposal still allows for the possibility of one team winning the coin toss and cruising downfield to victory, without the opponent’s offense entering the equation. Or, in other words: Same old problem.

I am really beginning to think that there are really no brilliant people in that so called rules committee, they apparently have not figured out what the real issue is here. Let me tell them: It’s the Coin Toss and both teams not getting a fair chance at winning the game!

They need to get rid of that system in overtime or give both teams a real chance at the ball.

The team that receives the ball to start the game also get the ball to start overtime. Both teams will then get the ball at least once in overtime. If the first team drive down for a score of any kind the opposition gets a chance to match. Only one exception — if the first points of overtime come on a defensive score (safety, interception or fumble return for a touchdown) the game is over.

The College football’s format also makes lots of sense – where each team gets the ball and a fresh set of downs at the opponent’s 25-yard-line, conquers the problem too. Both teams are assured a crack at the end zone. Both teams are tested on both sides of the ball. Strategy still matters, with the choice of playing boldly or conservatively. It’s supremely fair, unlike the NFL system, and it creates drama and excitement on virtually every play.

So Rules Committee, come on, get it right!