Remember when the CFL was looking for fan suggestions?
I wish I could find my submission. But here are the ones I can remember, and I'd like to get some input from you fellow fans.
- Coin Toss
I know it's not a major rule change, but bear with me for a second. You know how there are coin toss controversies every now and then? Why don't we get rid of it altogether? Here's my idea.
The home team always gets the choice at the beginning of the game. And the decision is used throughout the course of the game, even overtime. What's the point of an extra coin toss in overtime?
I see a few benefits here. First, eliminating the coin toss means eliminating an element of luck. Second, I expect the home team to choose to receive the ball 99% of the time, which means a better stadium and television experience. How? I'm assuming the home crowd is more excited when their team receives the ball to begin the game and starts on offence. That translates into the impression of an exciting atmosphere. Third, it adds a bit more strategy early on in the game, viz. choosing to receive first means also choosing to receive first in OT, if it should happen; if the team would like to receive right away but would rather kick off to begin the OT, then they have a decision to make early on, with no luck involved.
Anyhow, again, it's not a big change, but I think it's a positive one in every way.
- One Point Conversion
I know some were considering scrapping the extra point altogether, but here's my take on it.
Why not push the extra point back to the 30 or 35 yard line and continue to allow 2-point conversion tries from the 10 yard line (or is it further?)? It would make it a more difficult decision and probably lead to more 2-point conversion tries. That means more exciting football, without changing the rules around that much -- not only because 2-point conversion attempts are far more exciting than the practically-guaranteed 1 point kick, but also because there'd be a greater chance that a field goal will be missed, enabling a return for 2 points. Right?
- Place kicking for a Field Goal
I mentioned this on the board already, but for those that missed it...
Why can't a player punt the ball through the uprights for 3 points? It seems completely out-of-line with the rationale of the fundamental rules of the game that the ball must be placed on the ground first. Yes, I see that place-kicking is a great means of achieving better accuracy, but shouldn't that be a team's decision? I say that players should be able to punt the ball through the uprights, from any place on the field, even after receiving it or advancing past the line of scrimmage. They are already allowed to punt it in those situations, but just not for a field goal -- but why? I'd love to see a play like last week's rematch game between Edmonton and Calgary, where Kamau received the ball with no time remaining and tried to do a lateral play in desperation, but where he would have instead booted the ball down field and tried for a field goal to win it -- and if he missed, it'd at least be a single if it went through the end zone so he could tie it up.
Now that would make for an awesome football game. In truth, I don't understand why it's not part of the rules already. You can do it in Rugby, and Australian Rules Football depends on such plays for scoring points.
Sounds good to me. What do you guys think?