Tying up tied games


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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is sacked by Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Terrell McClain during a game in Dallas on Sun., Oct. 9 that resulted in a 28-14 Cowboys win. The Bengals played the Washington Redskins in London on Sun., Oct. 30, and the teams tied 27-27. The second week with a tie have brought up the conversation again of fixing the overtime rules.

Lauren Kurtzer, Creative Projects Director

Ties are an idiotic way to settle a brutal game of football; the rules governing it are just as moronic.

The 32 National Football League (NFL) teams prepare each week with the sole goal of winning, then they leave the game not knowing to celebrate or try to figure out what went wrong.

I am not advocating the college football way of playing until there is a winner; injuries are not worth it.

The only other major sport that has a tie is soccer and their whole game is the players almost scoring. Basketball, baseball and hockey all have a way to decide a W or L without any T’s.

Whenever a tie occurs in the National Football League (NFL)-which it has, two weeks in a row- the teams, leagues and fans all go in an uproar about how bad a tie is. Action needs to happen between the league and players.

To keep the players safe and deciding a winner, they need to change their overtime rules and find a solution. The NFL players association are coming up for their Collective Bargaining Agreement and have a chance to settle this.

I propose that they keep the 15 minute overtime; they flip to see who receives first and both teams get the opportunity to try and score. Instead of a touchdown winning it all, whoever has to most points after they both get a shot to score wins.

If that does not solve the solution, they play the full extra quarter. Now, if both teams are fighting tooth and nail or do not have the effort, they play for 45 yard hail mary’s, switching after one attempt.

That way, no one is at extreme risk for injury and games can be finished with an unequal score.