I'm sure many of you have heard of Goodell's threat to remove the extra point from the NFL by now. Instead, after a touchdown, a team would automatically get 7 points unless they wanted to try for 8. In that case, if they fail, they would be reduced down to 6. Most likely end result: An extra commercial per touchdown break.
But, what would we really lose if he removed the extra point? I mean, out of 1,183 extra points this year, only five were missed. I see where you're coming from, I really do. I mean, most of the time during a meaningless extra point, I'm up to refresh my snack or beverage so I'm back before the action starts. But this is looking at the extra point completely wrong. We CAN'T think of it as half empty when this glass is obviously half full. FIVE extra points were missed this season! FIVE! Imagine if just one of those would have been during the wildcard matchup between the Chiefs and Colts. Holy cow, can you imagine a more exciting play? I know there were thousands of little Chiefs praying in front of the TV for that 0.4 percent chance of a miracle happening right before their eyes. That they could somehow still be in that game. I know this because that's what I did when I was little and an extra point would end up determining the end of the game. Did it ever happen? No, I was always disappointed. And the times when a meaningless extra point for a team I was cheering for was blocked, it almost hurt to know that it could have happened in the instant I needed it to. But you know what, that still gave me more hope the next time my team was in a tie game with the opposing kicker lining up. Maybe, just maybe, if I hoped and prayed hard enough that kick would be knocked backward culminating in the biggest celebration I'd ever had in front of the TV. Has that moment EVER happened? Not that I now of. But the simple fact that it could and that SOME chance still exists after a game-tying touchdown with that one extra point try coming up means everything. The extra point, as boring as it is, also is the hail mary of some games. Sure the odds are worse (and reversed), but the fact that a game could hinge on one play means that play is important. Even if 99.6 percent of the time no one cares.