I was so excited when I read the headline “NFL changing overtime format.”
The NFL has done the right thing to ensure that both teams get a possession in overtime.
Take for instance the most recent Super Bowl. New England wins the toss and scores a touchdown, thus ending the game on the spot. Overtime should allow Matt Ryan and the Falcons a chance to respond to the New England touchdown.
But, the NFL owners let me down.
The change was going from 15 minutes to 10 minutes. I had to re-read the story to make sure I wasn’t missing some detail of any other format changes.
Just taking five minutes off the clock because player safety is of utmost importance.
It’s football. If player safety was of utmost importance, they’d change it to flag football.
Moving to a 10-minute overtime only increases the chances of a tie. How does that improve the game?
Just go with the Canadian overtime format. Seeing both offences try to score in the Grey Cup was much more fun than seeing Tom Brady and crew win thanks to the flip of a coin.