NFL Owners have solved the overtime problem. Not really, of course. They’ve just tweaked the rules to make everything more fair for both teams. Actually, that might not be true either. The team winning the toss still gets the chance to score first and end the game, but they’ll have to score a touchdown to do it. I don’t really want to detail the entirety of the new rule. Score a TD and win. If not, the other team gets the ball. After a possession each, if it is still tied, it becomes sudden death. So, if that doesn’t give you the general idea, look it up somewhere else. Oh, and the rules will only go into effect for the post-season.
That’s the first problem I have with the new rule. They’re going to trot it out in the post-season. We all know the problems that NFL coaches have with the clock, with basic strategy like two-points, etc. At least Philly fans know about these problems. I think the coaches could use the chance at a practice run through this thing. Obviously, you can’t guarantee overtime, but even if only one game occurred it would give the guys something to look at. I assume every team will continue to take the ball if they win the toss, but long field goal strategies, things like that could be different. Should NFL coaches be able to figure this out themselves? Sure, but that’s giving them a lot of credit. I’d just hate to see some team fall victim to coaching idiocy in the first use of the new rule, and have their season end.
The other interesting impact could oddly enough be on bettors. Not that the NFL owners care about such things, (wink, wink) but I think the new rule could exponentially increase the number of awful beats. Over/Under could be the best example. There’s nothing like the feeling of having a seven point cushion for the under and watching a game go into overtime. Now, you’d have to bump that to 10 points. And, you usually could count on a team only losing by a field goal in overtime. If you had 3 1/2 points and a game went to overtime you felt good, but now six point wins may be more prevalent. It also gives you the chance to cover that spread. My point being, isn’t gambling hard enough?
Anyway, like I said, I don’t have an answer. It’s just another example of baseball being great. No clock, nothing to worry about, just tack an extra inning on there. Football you’re worrying about injuries, ties, fairness, just a complicated mess. Feel free to share thoughts on the Favre rule.