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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell makes a good case about booting the extra point

The extra point's time has passed in the NFL. Maybe not in the college game. Definitely not in high school ball. But in the NFL, it is about as exciting as a Bill Belichick press conference.
by Jenni Carlson Published: January 24, 2014
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photo - FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2014, file photo, Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater (5) kicks an extra point as Broncos punter Britton Colquitt (4) holds during the fourth quarter of an AFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Denver. NFL Commissions Roger Goodell doesn't want to stand pat with the PAT. He's suggesting potential changes in the extra point that, well, might have some legs.(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2014, file photo, Denver Broncos kicker Matt Prater (5) kicks an extra point as Broncos punter Britton Colquitt (4) holds during the fourth quarter of an AFC divisional playoff NFL football game against the San Diego Chargers in Denver. NFL Commissions Roger Goodell doesn't want to stand pat with the PAT. He's suggesting potential changes in the extra point that, well, might have some legs.(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

Frankly, I'm not a fan of points being taken off the board. Something about that smacks of rules that kids make up in the backyard. Nothing against kids playing in the backyard, but the NFL is a bit more refined than that.

Why not keep the extra point but make it longer?

Push it back, push it back, waaaay back.

If the only option is keeping the extra point as it is or doing away with it entirely, I'll go with kicking it out. But if Goodell is open to suggestions, opting for a longer, less automatic kick would be my pick.

Look at the average length of field goals missed over the past few years. Pick a window. Five years. Ten years. Whatever.

Then, whatever that average distance turns out to be, make that the length of an extra-point attempt.

It would create a play that is not a sure thing, and that would be exciting.

And if the NFL is so inclined, it could adjust that distance over time. Every five years or 10 years or whenever, it could look again at that average length of field goals missed and adjust accordingly.

I'm sure that some football purists will crow about making a change like this. But the truth is, the extra point is 102 years old, and it has become a relic. Since it was born, many rules of the game have changed as the game and the players in it have changed. Now the time has come for the extra point to change.

The NFL is the hottest thing going in sports. It has the most drama, the most excitement, the most edge-of-your-seat moments.

The extra point as we know it just doesn't belong.

Jenni Carlson: Jenni can be reached at (405) 475-4125. Like her at facebook.com/JenniCarlsonOK, follow her at twitter.com/jennicarlson_ok or view her personality page at newsok.com/jennicarlson.

by Jenni Carlson
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Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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