Double Take--A Look at The New OT Proposal

Yahya SyedCorrespondent IMarch 21, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings picks himself off the turf against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Look, I like Brett Favre as much as anyone else.

I mean, the man is great.  He's forty years old, coming off arguably one of the greatest seasons of his career.  He's an affable, down-to-earth, and all around great guy to say the least.  He even took his Minnesota Vikings to the brink of the Super Bowl.

And that's what I'm here to talk about.  Looks like some people don't know when to stop showin' the love.

On January 24th, 2010, Brett Favre threw a pick in the last few minutes of regulation of the NFC Championship game that cut short the Vikings' season.  The Saints won the coin toss in overtime, returned the football forty yards, drove down the field another thirty-nine--seventeen of which were gained by penalty--and the rest, as we say, is history.

People stirred all over the nation.  One field goal, in essence, had made the difference between a trip to Miami to play in the Super Bowl and the Vikings' fifth straight NFC Championship loss.  After many calls for change, we stand here today, with the NFL owners to vote on a proposal for overtime changes in the upcoming week.

The proposal is as follows:

1.  If the first team with the ball scores a TD, the game ends and they win.

2.  If the first team with the ball scores a FG, the opposing team will get a chance to either tie the game with a FG or win with a TD.

3.  If both teams score a FG, the next team to then score immediately wins.

With little else to talk about other than Tim Tebow's bleak NFL future, analysts from all over television, the radio, and the internet are talking about little else.

Here's what I think:  It' garbage.  

In its current form, the proposal only applies to the post-season.  In over fifty years of NFL postseason play, only five games have been decided by a field goal by the first team to gain possession in overtime.  It makes little to no difference at the end of the day.

Look, I get that a forty year-old quarterback winning the Super Bowl would have been a great story; that overtime sometimes isn't fair; that a paltry kicker can possibly decide the outcome of a season; that small mistakes are magnified and capitalized by the other team.  

But I also get that a win in football is a culminating effort of fifty-two men playing their hearts out in unison over sixty minutes, making sure that their fates aren't decided by the flip of a coin.

The overtime rule as it is today hasn't been changed since 1958 for a reason, and with the consent of twenty-four out of thirty-two owners needed for it to pass, Favre fans, their classic tragic hero, and all the other complainers out there will just have to deal with football the way its been for over half a century.

It's here to stay.


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