Paul K expressed his reasonable displeasure with the new playoff OT rules in the latest installment of his mailbag:
I don’t like the rule for two reasons. I think it creates unnatural football in two ways:
If opening possession produces a field goal, the team that has to match, at worst, to keep the game going, then goes for it on fourth down to get into field goal range. Four-down offense isn’t regular football, it’s a different sort, a desperation sort.
And a safety wins but a first-possession field goal does not, even though a safety is worth one less point. It’s a game about scoring more points, right?
Contrary to popular belief, there is enough content out there for a jump this morning...
Looks like Usain Bolt's representatives are keen on setting-up a race between the gold medalist and the NFL's fastest man, CJ2K. If this happens the most interesting part to watch will be the length of the race, as CJ has declared that will go a long way towards deciding who has the advantage.
PFW looks at our DE position, and consoles the many doubters about this year's crop of first round DE prospects.
SB Nation Preds blogger Dirk Hoag weigh's in on the State of Tennessee's curious new 'Privilege Tax', which financially penalizes professional sports players who come to town. It's important to note that NFL teams are exempted from this tax thanks to rules they'd enacted earlier that would've penalized the state for taxing their players. I'm no tea party member, but this tax is beyond absurd, and I hope it isn't setting a precedent that other states are going to follow.
Mike Florio jumps the gun by saying that the Steelers should be prepared to play 2010 without their franchise QB.
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