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Why does the NFL kick extra points anymore?
Through the Sunday night game, the 90th game of the season, kickers had made 429 of 430 extra points this year.
Since the opening days of 2010, including playoffs, kickers have made 2,976 extra points out of 2,996 attempted -- 99.3 percent -- in 624 games. Twenty misses in 624 games. That means an extra point has been missed, on average, once every 31-and-a-quarter games. What exactly is the purpose of making fans, TV viewers and bored special teams go through the motions of 45 seconds spotting, lining up and booting a 19-yard kick through the uprights? It's anachronistic. It's a waste of time for everyone.
Some coaches, most recently Bill Belichick in 2011, have railed against the meaninglessness of the extra point. I think it's time for the Competition Committee to discuss during committee meetings next spring a good alternative. Either move the line of scrimmage for the extra point back to the 25-yard line, or force teams to go for two after a touchdown, or force teams to dropkick the extra point, the way the Patriots did with Doug Flutie in the last game of the 2005 season. But it's time to do something.
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Really? This idiot wants to get rid of extra points because they take too much time? Since when is 45 seconds too much time to kick an extra point?
The question he should be asking is why TV networks are allowed to go to commercial before and after a kickoff after a score has been made? That would cut 2 1/2 minutes out of the time it takes to play a game. 2 1/2 minutes times say 10 is almost 30 minutes of time that could be cut from the length of games.
I mean if he's this concerned about the length of games that extra points aren't important enough for him that he would just get rid of them if he had his way.