The most automatic play in football might be coming to an end. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said on Monday that the league is considering a proposal to eliminate extra points.
“The extra point is almost automatic,” Goodell said, via NFL.com. “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 right about the missed extra points. There were only five missed all season and four of those were blocked. But that begs the question, what would the NFL do to replace extra points?
“There’s one proposal in particular that I’ve heard about,” Goodell said. “It’s automatic that you get seven points when you score a touchdown, but you could potentially go for an eighth point, either by running or passing the ball, so if you fail, you go back to six.”
Basically, under this proposal, you’d get seven points for a touchdown unless you decide you want an eighth point. If you go for the eighth point and fail, you’d only get six points for the score. (CBSSPORTS.COM)
Rodger Goodell have you ever heard the expression “if it isn’t broken don’t fix it.” Well that applies here. Football is absolutely fine the way it is. We do not need an extra team in the playoffs and we do not need to eliminate the extra point to speed up the game. Everything about football is perfect, that is why it is the most popular sport in America.
And Goodell, extra points are not automatic. Remember Romo vs. the Seahawks?
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I know this was not an extra point but it was the same distance as one. This loss eliminated the Cowboys from the playoffs.
That not enough Goodell? How about the game when the Saints scored a 80 yard touchdown against the Jaguars in the final seconds of the game and then then missed the extra point?
The bottom line is this: extra points should not be eliminated from football because they are not a guaranteed point. Sure maybe the kicker kicks it through the upright 99.9% of the time. But that means they miss it .1 percent of the time, and those are some of the plays we remember. They are unexpected, heartbreaking and exciting. And those three things are what makes football, football.