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Alright, so this started as a joke I made up and messaged to my friend when I left school:
"pi-down gridiron: if you score a TD on 4th down, you get 1 point."
Unfortunately, this gave me 15 minutes to think about it while driving home. And think about it I did. This might be fun to see tested out, so subject you guys to the idea.
Offenses will no longer turn over the ball after failing to convert on 3rd down. Instead they will be given a "final down" in which they may either punt the ball away or attempt to score a touchdown.
Touchdowns on "final down" will count for one point, and there will be no conversion attempt. The same restart rules for rouges will apply.
Field goals and rouges scored on "final down" will not count for any points, making them useless on final down. The same restart rules for rouges will apply.
The defending team will not be subject to these "final down" rules - any score they post as a result of the offense's final down will be considered a full score.
The offensive team may not gain a first down off of a final down.
If the offense turns over the ball and then the defense turns over the ball on final down, final down still applies to the offense and they may not be awarded a first down or more than a single point for a touchdown.
I would call this bonus point a "vert," the french word for green. The "rouge" is french for red, and used to be a negative point. This is and always will be a positive point, hence the usage of green a.k.a. "vert."
This could add an interesting dynamic to the game of Canadian Football, making a single point an option for a team without a great kicker, and giving teams a little more leeway in how they conduct the offense. An immediate concern is that you end up playing practically American ball, but remember that you sacrifice any consolation points a field goal may bring by letting 3rd down lapse. Possession will ALWAYS turn over after final down, regardless of anything and everything that happens.