Hate The New NFL Overtime Rule? Roger Goodell Just Doesn't Care...

Steve DuranContributor IMarch 25, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - FEBRUARY 07:  NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell stands on the field prior to Super Bowl XLIV between the Indianapolis Colts and the New Orleans Saints on February 7, 2010 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Unfortunately Roger Goodell or the NFL just doesn't care about the actual game or the fans.  Strong words but easily justified by naming a few of the many recent changes since Roger Goodell:

1. Allowing Belichick to fix the biggest game in sports.

2. On again, off again suspensions of players.

3. 100 percent chance of locking players out.  

4. Changing of rules to suit favorite players: Tuck Rule, Un-Tuck Rule. 

5. Allowing Jerry Jones to change the game completely with a low hanging obstacle, regardless of home field advantage or player safety.

6. One point six billion dollar stadiums, but really were broke...and no you can't look at the books...

This time it's a Willy-Nilly Overtime Rule that gives the second team the opportunity to script plays using a four-down mindset.  

Ok, so let's apply a little Occam's Razor to the problem.  I'm a firm believer in the simplest solution often being the best.  

First, let's consider the inevitable fact of an 18 game season.

Second, we are all concerned with the number of plays and possible solutions to reducing them in the expanded season.

Third, the games just aren't as exciting as they use to be.  

While many of the rule changes in the last twenty years were designed to pump up the passing game, the fact is the players often have a, "Say La Vee", attitude and it shows. 

Many of you remember the NFL playing 12 game seasons, many more of you remember the NFL playing 14 game seasons.  During this era, every game was a playoff game!

Fact is, every game counted so much players like Jack Youngblood would finish a long game with a broken leg.

So, using Occam's Razor: how do you reduce the number of plays per game, while adding excitement? 

How about just eliminate overtime during the regular season?  

1. Isn't the two point conversion the perfect tool to get the win or die on your sword trying?

2. Isn't a team going to fight harder too defend the possibility of a loss or a tie?

3. Ultimately the results of a tie are bitter sweat and better then watching one team or the other run off the last minute thirty so they can get to O.T..

4. Television would love the fans actually finishing games.  Just think of the second half revenue!

Then in the playoffs and the Super Bowl.  Teams get two time-outs and play 15 minute Quarters until a winner is determined.  

These games are suppose to be a test of skill and strength between two teams, so lets have it.