Through the 5 Hole

January 25, 2010 5:24 PM

Dumb way to decide OT

Am I the only one who doesn't understand how a team can lose a game -- especially a playoff game -- when it never has the opportunity to gain possession of the ball or puck?
I mean, even the frequently-criticized NHL gets it right when it comes to deciding the outcomes of games, whether you like the idea of shootouts or not following a five-minute overtime. (Teams play all night, if needed, during the playoffs).
I bring this up after watching the New Orleans Saints win Sunday's NFC championship game because they managed to win a coin flip. coin.jpg

OK, it obviously helped that the Minnesota Vikings couldn't stop the Saints in the overtime (or that Brett Favre threw an interception late in the fourth quarter after the mistake-prone Vikings were penalized for having 12 players on the field).
But unlike in college football, where both teams get an equal crack at scoring in overtime, the Vikings' offensive members never left the sideline.
I didn't really care who won the game, so this isn't about sour grapes.
It's just that the NFL does so many things right, it's ludicrous to me that the outcome of a game -- especially one to determine who goes to the Super Bowl -- basically hinges on whether a guy calls heads or tails.

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