Fit to be tied over NFL's new overtime proposal

KUSA - An old Navy coach once said, settling for a tie game is like kissing your sister.

I’ve got three sisters. I’ve given them lots of hugs. But a kiss? Not even a peck on the cheek.

And yet, the NFL is threatening to increase sibling affection by REDUCING overtime quarters from 15 to 10 minutes.

Less time increases the chances of a tie. What a bad rule.

The Broncos play more overtime games than you think. Eleven, to be exact, in the six seasons since John Elway took control. The Broncos were 3-0 in overtimes during their Super Bowl 50 season of 2015. They were 4-0 in overtime during the magical Tim Tebow season of 2011.

They lost the other four overtime games. But at least all overtimes were decided with a winner and a loser.

I understand less time is about player safety. But why play? Players don’t want to block and tackle and run for 3 ½ hours, only to walk out of the stadium with nothing more than a kiss from sis.

Any rule that can lead to no winner or no loser is a terrible rule. As Eddie Erdelatz would describe his won-loss record at Navy during the 1950s: 50 wins, 26 losses, 8 -- ugh! -- kisses to sister. 

Personally, I like the regular-season overtime as it is now structured. It maintains the integrity of the game without the gimmicky college rule of giving each team the ball at the opponents’ 25.

Yes, the NFL overtime still puts a little too much significance on the coin flip. But a team that scores a touchdown on the opening drive is a deserving winner.

As I see it, reducing the overtime from 15 to 10 minutes would too often result in each team having one offensive possession. Each team would kick a field goal. Tie game.

It’s been 30 years since the Broncos settled for a tie – 17-17 at Green Bay in game 2 of the 1987 season.

Since the NFL modified its overtime rules in 2012 so that the game does not end on an opening-drive field goal, the league has had just five games end in a tie. An average of one tie per year.

That’s plenty.

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