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Edward Valentine

Edward is the editor-in-chief of Big Blue View, a New York Giants blog.

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I really, really hate to agree with ESPN talking head Colin Cowherd. Ever. I'm almost embarrassed by the notion that I share common ground with anything my least favorite sports talk radio host on the planet says.

When it comes to the proposed change to playoff overtime rules, though, I completely agree with Cowherd. He spent much of his Monday show trashing the proposed rule -- in which a team could win the game outright if it scores a touchdown on the first possession of overtime. But, if it only gets a field goal the opposing team would get a chance to match or exceed the field goal.

OK, so maybe sudden death is not completely fair. And yes, I believe there is a better way to do overtime in the playoffs. But, the way the NFL has proposed to do it?

C'mon! Are you kidding me? There are plenty of words I can think of that describe this proposal. None of them are complementary, and not all of them are clean. Let's just use these. STUPID! MORONIC! IDIOTIC! It has to be one of the dumbest things I have ever heard proposed by what is usually the smartest sports league on the planet.

Personally, I have no problem with sudden death. I understand, though, that many don't think it is a 'fair' way to determine the outcome of a playoff game. Especially with the NFL determined to turn its game into an offensive show resembling Arena Football, where defense is allowed, but barely.

So, if you want to change the rule so that both teams get the ball in overtime, JUST DO THAT! Please. Forget the silly stipulations of well, if it's a touchdown you win, but if you only get a field goal the other team gets a chance.

It's simple. State clearly that both teams WILL get the ball at least once in overtime. If you have the ball first and drive down for a score of any kind the opposition gets a chance to match. Only one exception -- if the first points of overtime come on a defensive score (safety, interception or fumble return for a touchdown) the game is over.

By Edward Valentine  |  March 2, 2010; 12:00 AM ET  | Category:  Competition Committee , NFL Rules , Overtime , Roger Goodell Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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What people don't reailze is the NFL has to keep Vegas in the back of their mind. The over is bet on much more than the under. Allowing the teams to go back and forth is too many chances to put the game over.

Posted by: deiulay | March 2, 2010 8:16 PM

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