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Football Would Be Better Without Ties

The New Orleans Saints did not lose to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 10. As a Baltimore Ravens fan, this made me quite pleased. However, they did not win, either.The game between the Saints and Steelers ended in a 34-34 tie, the first tie in five years and only the 16th tie ever. Here’s to hoping it is the last of its kind.

The game was full of drama. The Falcons were down by two touchdowns with eight minutes to play in regulation. Michael Vick picked apart and ran through the soft zone that the Steelers threw at him, tying the game with less than a minute to play.

In overtime, each team made significant drives only to have them fail with blocked field goals. The Steelers drove a ways, while Tommy Maddox and Plaxico Burress hooked up for a 50-yard hail mary which was stopped at the -yard line as time expired.

It was Super Bowl XXXIV-esque.

Only this time, there was an overtime and no team raised their fists victoriously.

According to National Football League rules, there is only one overtime period during the regular season. That period is a sudden death period, meaning whichever team scores first, wins. In the event of neither team scoring in the 15-minute period, a tie will be announced.

I do not believe in ties. Just like in baseball (all-star exception), the teams should continue to play until one of them has won the game.

But, as in baseball, each team should get a chance to win.

In sudden death, the team which wins the coin toss (the actual flip of a friggin’ coin) has the first opportunity to score.

Although Major League Baseball has many problems, they did get a few things right.

During the overtime, each team should get an equal chance to score, the game should last until someone stands alone, and the home team should have the last opportunity to score.

If the NFL makes these changes to the game, we won’t have any ties, and fans and players alike will be thankful.

No more uncertainty. No more fogginess. No more ties.

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