Should the NFL punt the PAT?

Staff Writer
The Destin Log

Matt’s Take:

So, have you heard the joke where an NFL kicker and Commissioner Roger Goodell walk into a bar?

Goodell says, “I’m thinking about eliminating the PAT (extra point) from the game.”

The kicker, who in this case can remain nameless/faceless since they are a dime a dozen, says “Really? Why would you do that?”

“It’s almost automatic. Eliminating it would add excitement to the game,” Goodell gleefully responds.

“But what about me, and my job,” said kicker retorts.

“Don’t worry, there’s always field goals,” Goodell says. “At least until I eliminate them too.”

OK, now that my horrible joke is over, you get the point. As ridiculous as my joke was, it is just as ridiculous as the idea of eliminating the extra point.

I understand that extra points have a 99.1 percent success rate since 2004, but that doesn’t mean you just throw them to the wayside.

The average NBAer can probably hit 90 percent of their free throws, but you don’t see Adam Silver trying to eliminate the free throw. Get a grip Goodell.

I’m all for making the game more exciting, but Goodell and the competition committee have essentially eliminated the kickoff — the most exciting play in the game — in the name of safety.

I’m all for player safety, but eliminating the extra point is just stupid. Why doesn’t the NFL find something better to do with its time, like study concussions or do away with the ridiculous Rooney Rule?

Andrew has his own thoughts on the extra point, which I respect, but I can tell you right now, his suggestion is just as ridiculous.

Eliminating the PAT, in my opinion, is a (P) Pretty (A) Asinine (T) Thought. Leave things be, Goodell.

Andrew’s Take:

Sunday’s Super Bowl was about as exciting as, well, an extra point.

The NFL hated it. You know how many people turned the game off after the halftime show? A lot. And the league already used their turn-the-lights-off wild card. The administrators had to sit back, helpless, and watch the Denver Broncos choke, hard.

At least some of the advertisers could have come through with some knee slappers, but the commercials were lame as well.

Super Bowl XLVIII was a flop, despite the inclusion of two of the game’s most likable teams, on America’s greatest stage, New York City. The weather came through, and that was about it.

Two weeks ago, Roger Goodell dropped a grenade, on purpose. He wanted to gage the opinion of NFL fans everywhere when he said that the league was reconsidering the format of the “conversion,” also known at the “point after touchdown” (PAT) or “extra point.”

Complete domination of American athletic popularity is not enough for The Shield. The NFL is in constant pursuit of ratings (So why a team in Jacksonville?), as they should. If they want to stay No. 1, a culture of a constant search for perfection is important.

Of more than 12,000 extra points in the last NFL season, only five were missed. That is the surest “thing” any sport could offer. They should call it a “free kick,” as opposed to “free throw,” since a PAT is way free-er.

The audience needs to be engaged on every televised play, if the ad-revenue is to continue climbing and, sorry purists, but regardless of a century of extra points, it’s time for a change.

I say, let’s move the ball back to the 33-yard line. That’s a 50-yarder; definitely not “automatic.”

It may push the suicide rate of kickers past that of air traffic controllers, but the NFL will tackle that problem when it arrives, like everything else.