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Cindy Boren
Deputy Sports Editor

Cindy Boren

The Post's NFL/Redskins editor

Enough Shootouts Already

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The NFL is emphasizing entertainment at the expense of sport. The suits at the NFL love the high scoring. They think it's sexy and sexy brings in viewers.

While I'm all in favor of viewers and sexy, I think the scoring rampage is the fubball equivalent of baseball's "Chicks Dig the Long Ball" promotion and I'm a little offended. Sure, everybody digs the long ball, but isn't there more to baseball than just that?

Same goes for football. The NFL should take a clue from the NBA; there's so much scoring that there's really not much of a reason to tune in the first half or even the first three quarters of regular-season games. If you have 80-point games in the NFL, why not just watch the fourth quarter? That's when it gets compelling and interesting.

Whatever happened to the nuances of the game, the great complex defenses? I understand that the NFL wants to protect its hottie QB stars and I'm all for protecting players to the extent that it can be done in an inherently violent game. But I think emphasizing scoring is appealing to the wrong fans and fails to give credit to the growing sophistication of football watchers. Thanks to the Madden games and better TV camera work, people understand the game better than ever. And, really, is there anything better than watching a great offense go up against a great defense -- fairly and squarely?

By Cindy Boren  |  November 28, 2008; 9:26 AM ET  | Category:  NFL Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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The NFL must constantly look for new ways to prostitute itself for TV.

No news here folks, move along.

Posted by: PatD | November 29, 2008 1:27 PM

Without high scores there would be no Fantasy Football, which has drawn in millions of new NFL fans. The NFL is just adapting to meet the changing needs of the market. I see nothing wrong with it.

Posted by: Bill M | November 29, 2008 2:03 PM

She's got a few good points. Perhaps there's a scoring sweet spot between soccer and basketball the NFL could shoot for.

Also: Talking about the "wrong fans" is a bit like talking about the "unamerican parts of the country." Just because they don't think they way you do doesn't make them "wrong."

Posted by: Mike J | November 29, 2008 3:16 PM

I'm old enough to remember the days of the 1960s "three-yards-and-a-cloud-of-dust" offenses, and while I don't think that would be a good thing today, I am a little bit sick of the wide open offenses that make football a bit too much like basketball these days. I'd prefer to see more balance between running and passing, and I'd also like to see less adjudicating of every little thing on the field thru not-so-instant replays, endless red flags, and five minute reviews of whether that second foot was down in bounds!

Posted by: Mike in Dallas | November 29, 2008 6:45 PM

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