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Horse Tracks - 3/24/10 - OT Change Approved


Good Morning Broncos Country!  The NFL Owners approved a change to Overtime rules in the Playoffs, moving from a true sudden death model to one that could give each team an opportunity at the ball.  I guess I'll call it the Brett Favre Rule since in reality that is what it is.  In this year's NFC Championship Game, the Saints and Vikings went to Overtime.  The Saints won the toss, got the ball, moved it a bit, took advantage of a defensive penalty and kicked a 47-yard FG to win.  That created an outcry that both teams not getting the ball was in some way unfair.  While we've heard this in the past, nothing like happened this year, with Favre's Vikings smack-dab in the middle.  I won't sit here and say the NFL's OT rules weren't without fault - they were.  What I am saying is that I am not a fan of knee-jerk reactions, especially those that are made for the sake of public relations.  Consider this - since 1958, a postseason game has gone to Overtime 28 times.  ONLY SIX TIMES has the game ended on the first possession.  SIX TIMES!  That's 21%.  Sure, the NFL Owners should look for every opportunity to improve the game, and the NFL has looked at this subject in the past, but the urgency to get it done, after PR machine Favre is the one affected by it, seems needless, at least to me.  If you want to change Overtime, play football - for 15 minutes.  Add a quarter.  You've played football for 60 minutes, why not play another 15?  Football is the ultimate team sport.  Keep the entire team in the process of winning - or losing - the game.

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