Sunday, November 16, 2008

An Open Letter to Roger Goodell

A month after watching the Jets and Raiders come within two minutes of a tie, NFL fans today were treated to the first game ending in a tie in six years.

Phildelphia Eagles 13, Cincinnati Bengals... you guessed it, 13.

Sure, it may have been the first tie in six seasons, but if you ask us, that's one too many. This is football, people, not futbol. Ties are not acceptable.

Yesterday we made an argument against a college football playoff, mentioning that it would make the game more like the NFL. Today we argue that the NFL should be more like its NCAA counterpart, with an open letter to NFL Commish, Roger Goodell.

Dear Roger Goodell:

Please, hear us out, Mr. Goodell: Adopt the college football overtime system! Your fans deserve better than this.

Your current system is boring, and can result in atrocities such as today's tie. C'mon, you saw the backlash that Bud Selig got when his Mid-summer Classic ended in a tie a few years back. You need to fix this problem, Mr. Goodell.

Currently, you have the teams play an extra quarter of football, not even guaranteeing that both teams get a shot at winning the game. One team can just march down the field and end it with one swift kick, while the other just watches from the sideline (like the Patriots earlier this week).

Fans want excitement, Mr. Goodell. Just imagine what your league could be like if you adopt the college football overtime system. Fans want to see high scoring games. Defense may win championships, but we all know that offense puts the fans in the seats.

Give each team the ball from their opponent's 25-yard line (or further back, if you so choose). Play a game of "anything you can do, I can do better." Make them go for two-point conversions starting in the 3rd OT. The fans would love it. We want to see equal opportunity for all teams.

Really, if a team comes back from a big late-game deficit and ties the game to force overtime, should they really be punished by a game of chance, and lose the coin flip? It's a bit unfair, don't you think?

Sure, these ties are few, and far between, but they shouldn't occur at all. College football's overtime system is one of the most exciting occurrences in sports, if you ask us. The NFL's, not so much.

So take a look at this problem in the offseason, Mr. Goodell. Adopting the college football overtime system could be what's best for your league. It might be the step you need to take to rid the NFL of its "No Fun League" moniker.

Besides, imagine what it would do to fantasy football scores when you have an overtime game. Our eyes are lighting up and we're starting to salivate just thinking about it.

Signed,

"Joe the NFL Fan"

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