Thursday, March 25, 2010

OVERTIME GETS AN OVERHAUL

(March 25, 2010) --- "Sudden Death" will soon become just a little bit less... "sudden."

Last Tuesday, NFL leaders gathered in Orlando to visit Mickey, get Goofy, check out the world renowned Central Florida Packer Backers headquarters and then try to come up with a few new rules for the next season before calling it a day and heading to Rachel’s for happy hour.

Here’s a nice vintage photograph of the Chicago Bears kicking the winning field goal which gave them a 9-0 win over the Portsmouth Prostheses to win the 1932 NFL Championship.

Prefacing his suggestion with that it had nothing to do with their overtime loss to the New Orleans Saints in last season’s NFC championship game, Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf proposed an idea that would change overtime rules for all postseason games. NFL team representatives quickly voted down the “stupid idea” (and “Zygi” as a “stupid name”) just as Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher rolled out the karaoke machine. But while Mike Holmgren started to belt out the first few lines of “Sweet Caroline,” Brett Favre (who everyone knows has absolute power in the league) grabbed the microphone to let everyone know he just overturned the rejected rule.

Here’s a look at the new “Vikings Want a Second Chance in Overtime” rule which will take effect later this season:

"In all post-season games, if a team wins the coin toss in overtime and then kicks a field goal, the other team also gets a chance to score with the ball... but if that next series ends with another field goal, play will continue under the current sudden-death rules. But the first touchdown or safety in overtime will still win the game. Finally, in all post-season sudden-death games, someone on the losing team actually has to die.”

The new NFL rule will remain in effect until Brett Favre retires.