There must be a better way (oh, wait, there is) to settle games as stupendously thrilling as Sunday’s Super Bowl in Houston.
I know that sounds silly considering, out of 50, it may have been the best one played.
This isn’t about the outcome, or sour grapes against New England winning. Yes, I wanted Atlanta to win but, as a kid, I also wanted a Kawasaki 125 one year for my birthday. Didn’t get that either.
This isn’t about that. In fact, the better team won. New England’s comeback from 28-3 down should be regarded as one of all-time greatest.
Unlike politics these days, in sports there are no “alternative facts.” In my profession, "scoreboard" dictates.
Don’t like quarterback Tom Brady because of his model-wife or political views? Tough. He’s won five Super Bowls and can now be considered the best of all time.
Don’t like Bill Belichick because he sulks in lumpy, hooded sweatshirts and is tougher to beat information out of than a KGB agent?
Too bad. He can now be considered the greatest football coach ever, at any level.
What I can argue, however, is that the NFL continues to have the single, dumbest overtime rule in history, and that includes rock, paper and scissors.
You mean to tell me, after reporting to camp in July and then battling your jock strap off through months of agony and injuries, the most important moment of the season is going to be decided by a coin flip?
Give me a break. That’s dumber than Lloyd Christmas in “Dumb And Dumber.”
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College OT can go on too long and potentially exposes players to increase injury risk.
The important part, though, is that each team at least gets one chance to touch the ball. For this reason, the college OT rule is superior in every way, shape and form.
The NFL should be embarrassed, not for the way Sunday’s Super Bowl ended, but for the way it was decided.
The NFL admitted its overtime was dumb a few years ago when it half-ass fiddled with it. That's right, it used to be worse. It used to be that ANY first score by the coin-flip winner would end the game. Now, at least, the other team gets a possession if the coin-flip winner only scores a field goal.
That wasn't progress, though, it was a cop out. NFL fans and players deserve better. Atlanta quarterback Matt Ryan watched the OT with his hands folded behind his back. The NFL turned "Matty Ice" to "Matty Iced."
He never had a chance to match Brady’s brilliance--and that's just wrong.
In golf’s U.S. Open, if there is a tie after regulation, the players come back the next day and play 18 holes!
Why? Because the U.S.G.A has deemed its trophy too important to be decided on a “closest to the pin” contest at the 19th hole.
Baseball allows its game to bleed into infinity for a result, because it insists the visitor AND home team get one last crack at the ball. This worked out well in Game 7 at the most recent World Series.
Nothing is sillier than soccer’s “penalty kicks” shootout but, at least, at the highest levels, that doesn’t happen until a 15-minute extra period in which both teams are allowed to possess the ball.
It would be fairer, in the NFL, if they put the ball on the 50-yard-line and let each team’s two fastest (or slowest) players race for pigskin from opposite goal line.
It is lost on my why the NFL continues to allow its pinnacle moments to be determined by a deciding system worse than "I'm Rubber and You're Glue."
Would the NBA allow Game 7 with a free-throw contest in which only one player gets to shoot?
I hope this is gnawing at NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in the Monday aftermath of having to reluctantly hand the Lombardi Trophy to the team and quarterback he has been warring with for years.
The NFL has to be billion-dollar smarter than this. It has shown itself capable of evolution innovation, only recently, with the controversial rule to move all point-after kicks to the 25-yard line. This has turned out fabulously and brought meaning back to the automatic extra point.
There is too much money, toil and pride to have future Super Bowls decided by the United States Mint and a man dressed in a striped shirt.
Frankly, I think New England would have won anyway. Not giving Atlanta one possession to prove me wrong, however, was competitively unjust.
The NHL would never allow the Stanley Cup handed out this way. Shoot, the Gaelic Hurling Association would rather hurl than end an event with a coin flip.
Sunday's finish was enough to make me Lady Gaga.
Please, NFL, change the rule…now.[/membership]