Ideas 2012 July/August 2012

Boot the Extra Point

No sequence in all of sports is more useless than football’s point after touchdown. Last season, 29 NFL kickers converted every single PAT they attempted. No full-time kicker missed more than one over the course of the entire season. It’s an automatic point that teams do virtually nothing to earn, and it’s boring us to death. Half the time, some idiot lineman will jump offside during the PAT, just so the play can bore us even further.

The PAT is a vestigial part of the game, left over from the days when kickers weren’t anywhere near as efficient. It also makes no sense. Why do you get to score more, after you already scored? When a baseball player hits a home run, he doesn’t get to earn another half run by attempting to balance a bat on his nose for more than five seconds. That would be stupid.

From now on, if you score a touchdown, you get seven points. Problem solved.

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