Tuesday, January 21, 2014

the PAT may be eliminated

From where I sit it looks like one of the most boring plays in sports could be on the way out...

via newsday.com
At least in the NFL. The PAT is simply mindless. The vast majority of PATs are made easily. Even free throws have a higher miss percentage. It's the football equivalent of an intentional walk. We all know how it's going to end and it really doesn't add much to the game. However, it has to be done because it's in the rule book. Is there a solution apart from simply eliminating it? Maybe make it a 30-yard attempt. Half the players on the field are simply there because they have to be; a good chunk of the time there isn't even any effort to make the play even appear real. That doesn't preclude the fact that in every play there is a risk of injury. For me that may be the bigger reason, including the mind-numbing boredom of it. The risk of a player, any player getting hurt for a useless play. I like Goedell's idea. It's an automatic 7 points, but if you go for 2 you risk the loss of the free PAT. It's simple. It's straight forward. It speeds up the game. And it decreases the risk of injury. 

At least that's how I see it...and I sit in the cheap seats.

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