Tweak NFL rules to pre­vent OT ties

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum - Jef­frey W. Ma­son, Wal­dorf

Two NFL over­time ties (one in­volv­ing our beloved Red­skins) in two con­sec­u­tive weeks are two ties too many.

There are no ties in bas­ket­ball, base­ball, hockey, high school and col­lege foot­ball. Mi­nor rule tweaks can end reg­u­lar sea­son NFL ties which re­ally feel like “losses” for fans of both teams and overly com­pli­cate di­vi­sion races.

Just as the NFL once adopted the col­lege two-point con­ver­sion rule, the league should now em­brace an amended col­lege over­time (OT) rule that pro­hibits field goals, man­dates only two point con­ver­sions af­ter TDs and pre­vents messy dead­locks. Plan B will please tra­di­tion­al­ists who want to keep the ex­ist­ing but il­log­i­cal OT rule whereby two or six points wins the game, but not three points on the first pos­ses­sion. This plan ends dead­locks by merely award­ing a sin­gle point to the team that pos­sesses the ball in the op­po­nent’s ter­ri­tory when the 15-minute OT pe­riod ends (an op­tion that re­quires there be no punt­ing al­lowed in the last two min­utes of OT).

NFL ties are the equiv­a­lent of greet­ing trick-or-treaters with a “Happy Hal­loween,” while si­mul­ta­ne­ously in­form­ing them that, “Sorry, there’s no candy for you.” Thanks a lot, No Fun League!

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