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NFL: Leave the Extra Point Alone [POLL]

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There are problems, there are solutions to problems, and then there are solutions to problems that do not exist. 

The NFL, has found themselves one of the final category.

The league has discussed, according to reports, fixing the game’s extra point system – which they claim to be converted too regularly – by pushing the attempt back to the 25-yard line; making a PAT a 42-yard field goal rather than a 19 or 20-yard one.

Because, as everyone knows, once you hit oil, you don’t just stop drilling.  You run that thing until you’ve bored a hole straight through to the other side of the earth.

“The perfect is the enemy of the good,” Voltaire once said.  And today, the NFL is the enemy of its own success.  Because it won’t just stick to the rivers and the lakes that it’s used.  It won’t take the advice of the great philosophers that came before them – like Voltaire and TLC.  Instead, it’s chasing waterfalls, and trying to fix a system that only a few, stuffy NFL writers thought was broken.

It’s letting the perfect become the enemy of the good.

The NFL is America’s most popular sport.  It’s boasting an annual profit in the 11-digit range – and it’s still growing.  The game is great.  Leave it alone.  Let it be great.

Because an automatic extra point bothers virtually no one. You gain nothing by adjusting it.  A tinkered with, gimmicked extra point, though, will annoy plenty.  And suddenly you’ll have created real problems, in need of real solutions.

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