Friday Night Think Tank: Working Overtime

The Think TankHappy Friday, Modern Philosophers!

Winter Storm Jonas is pounding the Eastern Seaboard, but for once, Maine has been left out of the fun.  As a result, stress levels are low at The House on the Hill, and Chinese food is settling in my tummy.

I know some of you are buried under mountains of snow, and I feel your pain.

My advice to you is to make sure you use your legs when you shovel.  Don’t put all the stress on your back because you will end up in a world of hurt that way.

So as the storm rages outside, let’s head to the Think Tank for our weekly Philosophical Exercise.  Allow your Deep Thoughts to roam free, and if you’re lucky, they will clear the snow from the driveway and front steps for you.

The NFL Playoffs are really heating up, so this week’s topic is going to be football related.  Are you ready for some Modern Philosopher Football?

You might want to wear shoulder pads under your toga tonight…

The week’s topic:  Last weekend, the Packers made a miraculous comeback to send their playoff game against the Cardinals into overtime.  They then lost the coin toss, and never got a chance to touch the ball in the extra period.  Are you okay with the NFL’s overtime rules, or do you think they need to be changed for the playoffs?

football, NFL, playoffs, overtime, Packers, Cardinals, Super Bowl, coin tossI have never been a fan of how the NFL handles overtime, Modern Philosophers.

The recent rule change that prevents a field goal on the opening possession from ending the game was a step in the right direction, but it was only a baby step.

To be honest, I don’t care what they do with OT during the regular season.  They can let the game end in a tie and forgo overtime altogether if they want.

When it’s playoff time, though, changes are necessary.

After all, these games decide who eventually gets to raise the Lombardi Trophy.  There is way too much on the line to allow a fluke play, a stupid penalty, or the flip of a coin to determine the outcome.

Even if the team that wins the coin toss toss goes on a masterful 99 yard drive to score a touchdown on the first possession of the extra period, I don’t think it’s fair to declare them the winners.

The other team has a right to march down the field, too.  It’s only fair.  Aaron Rodgers deserved the chance to tie the score after what he did to make overtime necessary.

It is completely unfair to tell the Packers they don’t get one more shot at the end zone simply because the coin didn’t fall in their favor.

I say that in the playoffs, they should play an entire fifteen minute quarter.  If it’s still tied after that, then they can revert back to the old rules.

I understand that football is a rough, dangerous game, and the players can’t be out there forever, but I bet if you asked the Packers, every man would’ve loved the chance to play another fifteen minutes.

Do they end overtime in the NBA after the first basket?  Does an extra inning baseball game end if the visiting team scores?  Even boring soccer plays thirty minutes of overtime and doesn’t allow the first goal to end it.

MAJORWhen soccer is doing it better than you, you know you’re doing something wrong.

Major dislike to the current NFL overtime rules!

Would you want the Super Bowl to end on the first possession if it ever went into overtime?  Imagine the uproar you’d have if that occurred.

It’s time for the NFL to make some changes.  I bet all the fans who are owners of the Green Bay franchise would love to bring up this point at the next owners’ meeting.

I’m throwing out the challenge flag, NFL!

Coin Toss MemeWhat do you think, Modern Philosophers?  Should the NFL have a different set of overtime rules for the playoffs?  How would you like to see OT handled?  What are your picks for the games this weekend?


About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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8 Responses to Friday Night Think Tank: Working Overtime

  1. Josh Wrenn says:

    I’d like the rules changed throughout the season. One possession each, field goal or TD, doesn’t matter.

  2. Joseph Nebus says:

    I don’t really have much feelings about football. But I would like to say folks using their legs to shovel snow: it’s good to have the legs along, but you are going to want to have a shovel with you too. Maybe also arms. Stick with what works, of course, but a lot of us have had good experiences doing things this way.

  3. TanGental says:

    Makes a lot of sense. Soccer only plays over time (extra time) if the game is a knock out cup or tournament. Fir league games in regular season the points are shared at the end or normal time. Rugby, which is a closer physical comparator plays two extra ten minute halves and then has a kick off like a penalty shoot out – like field goals with every team member taking turn until a miss. A bit fairer than a coin toss.

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