The NFL simply has never heard expressions like “Let sleeping dogs lie” and “Don’t tamper with success.”
The NFL is a multi-BILLION-dollar industry, and everything works fine as is. Tom Brady cheats, Ray Rice beats his wife, Ray Lewis gets into an altercation in a crowded bar with 100 witnesses, the victims end up dead, and Ray Lewis walks away…no matter what kind of shenanigans the NFL goes through, it survives. It thrives.
When something is thriving, you leave it alone. Except in Roger Goodell’s mind. When things are perfect, that’s when you must change.
Extra points will now be kicked from the 15 yardline. This is a really stupid change.
The argument is that the extra point has become so automatic, that there is no challenge in it anymore. True, but that is the way it’s supposed to be. It’s not a challenge, it’s just a little something extra.
It’s a way to ensure that a touchdown is more valuable than two field goals, because both are worth 6 points, but the extra point makes it 7, and thus more valuable than 2 field goals. Joe Philbin hasn’t learned the value of a touchdown, but he’ll get it eventually.
The defending team can now score 2 points if they return a botched extra point. So now if you score a touchdown, you might go up 6-0, 7-0, 8-0, or 6-2. Does this sound like a good idea to you guys? We hate it.
A touchdown can net you between 5-8 points. Imagine in hockey if you put the puck in the net. You might get a goal for that, or maybe a goal and a half. What’s a grand slam worth in baseball? Four runs? That’s not fair to the fans. Let’s make it 3, with the possibility to earn up to 5, but also the caveat that you may only get 2. It all depends.
What if you’re down by 5 late in the game, 21-16, and you score a dramatic touchdown. You just went up 22-21. Game over, right? Wrong! The defense still has a chance to block your kick or stuff your 2-point conversion and get 2 points themselves.
Wait a minute!!! Our offense just scored a touchdown, but the DEFENSE has a chance to get two points out of the deal? it’s ludicrous.
Shame on the NFL for endorsing this convoluted scoring system and for the 30 idiot teams who voted for it.
More important, shame on the NFL for thinking we wanted this.