A lot has been made in the last week about the first tie in the NFL in six years and especially about how Donovan McNabb and a lot of his teammates had no idea what the NFL overtime rules were. So, I’m taking this opportunity to present my fix for overtime in college football and the NFL.
Please see these links for current rules on overtime:
Let me start by saying that I actually hate all forms of overtime. I think that the game should be played in the amount of time allotted for regulation, and if the game is tied at the end of regulation, the game ends in a tie except for post season play. I think overtime gives people the opportunity to perhaps be conservative and play for the tie instead of the win, and as good ole Herman Edwards has taught us, “you play to win the game.”
I found this quote in an article after the Colts/Steelers game a couple weeks ago, and truly I think this should be the mindset of every football player:
“I love what I do and I know the guy across from me loves what he does, so we’ve got a problem,” DT Eric Foster said. “Somebody’s not going to be happy and I don’t want it to be me.”
So, with that, I present for your consideration, Overtime: Leann Style.
- Coin flip (same rules as beginning of regulation)
- 15 minutes on the clock
- When a touchdown is scored, the team MUST attempt the 2 point conversion.
- If at the end of 15 minutes the game is still tied, then the game ends in a tie.
And that’s it. See…now wasn’t that simple. You can fight over how many timeouts/challenges/booth reviews there can be in overtime, but this is the basic set up that I think would actually work.
Ok. So, fire away, but be gentle.