I’m too busy to watch much football, but I do enjoy the NFL when I get a chance. In week 11, there were two games where the score was tied after 60 minutes. The Jets beat New England on a routine field goal at the end of a nice drive, but it feels kind of like the coin toss won the game. And Philly and the Bengals tied, which is also a lousy outcome. Up here in Canada, we have a better solution.
Team A gets the ball on Team B’s 35-yard line and you see what happens. Absent defensive heroics, they’ll probably get at least three points. If Team B forces a turnover and scores off that, they win.
Team B gets the ball on Team A’s 35. After they’ve had their turn, either it’s still tied or someone has won.
If they’re still tied, they repeat the process, in the opposite order, which mean Team B gets two offensive series in a row.
The only flaw in the system is that it allows for at most two repetitions of this, so ties are possible albeit incredibly rare.
Hey NFL, look north and learn.