Goodell: NFL could get rid of extra points

1/21/14 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

The extra point is one of the most automatic plays in all of professional sports. Right after a touchdown is perhaps the best time during a football game to run to the bathroom, make yourself a sandwich, or grab another beer, because you are nearly positive that one more point will be tacked on the board in boring fashion.

Nov 3, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Tennessee Titans kicker Rob Bironas (2) kicks an extra point against the St. Louis Rams during the first half at the Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY SportsNFL commissioner Roger Goodell suggested on Monday that one of the game's most boring plays will be completely abolished. "The extra point is almost automatic," Goodell said. "I believe we had five missed extra points this year out of 1,200 some odd. So it's a very small fraction of the play, and you want to add excitement with every play."

Goodell's preliminary proposal would have a touchdown count as seven points. If a team wanted to go for a two-point conversion, they could try from the current spot, the two-yard line. If they get it, they would get eight points, but if they miss, they would get only six. It is essentially the real life version of classic arcade game NFL Blitz, for those of you who grew up in the 1990's and early 2000's.

The extra point is admittedly boring and nearly pointless, but as Goodell pointed out himself, there were five instances this season in which the team did not convert a point after attempt, and there are plenty of times when one point has an effect on the outcome of a game. There were two games in 2003 (CAR/TB and NO/JAX) in which a missed extra point had a huge impact on the game - it is rare, but it happens.

Personally, I don't see a reason to get rid of extra point attempts. It's the way the game has always been played, and while it does not really add any excitement to the game, it doesn't take any away either. That being said, I won't be particularly upset if the NFL eventually gets rid of it.
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1/21/14   |   w_g_walters   |   223 respect

Let's not forget blocked kicks, especially when they're run back! It's a three point turnaround, as opposed to not even happening. So, say, instead of 7-7, it's 9-6. Or instead of 16-14, it's 18-13. Without the PAT, it won't happen. And since football has it's roots in rugby, where the score is 5 and the conversion is 2, though done differently, it would further abandon the games roots.

Personally, I look forward to seeing if the score tallied on is two field goals or two field goals plus a point. I think it's a huge part of the game. If you're going to change it, I say use the hash marks based on where the touchdown was scored, similar to how the conversion is straight out from where the ball touches the ground in rugby, only rugby doesn't have a limit on how far over the ball can be spotted.