The Short Game: A Couple of Ideas to End Ties Forever

Mike Carlson, Spear Contributor

The overtime rules in the NFL need to be changed. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for equality and everyone winning as much as the next mom, but when it comes to the crazy competitive NFL, ties have as much a place in a NFL game as Peyton Manning does in a dance off. To have these athletes prepare for days on end for just one game and then have that game end in a tie is a lot like playing for the Raiders. Its great until you realize what is actually going on.

However, it is within the NFL’s powers to banish ties to whatever realm those awful Jacksonville Jaguars jerseys crawled out of and restore order to the football world.

Here are some ideas to get the conversation started.

A sing-off between quarterbacks

This would make for great television. Just imagine Peyton Manning and Cam Newton doing their best renditions of “All About that Base” by Meghan Trainor or even Eli Manning and Drew Brees rapping to Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” It may have nothing to do with actual football talent, but when have we not thought at one point or another that the NFL could use a little musical theater (other than calling out “Omaha” of course). NBC and “Sunday Night Football”should take note of the potentially brilliant cross promotion with “The Voice.

A battle to the death between mascots

Okay, maybe not to the death. That is a little extreme. However, this idea has real potential to be serviceable at best. A battle between Steely McBeam, the mascot for the Pittsburgh Steelers, and Johnny Clipboard, the unofficial mascot of the Cleveland Browns, would actually be really interesting. Also, Johnny Manziel is really desperate to get on the field.

A spelling bee between both teams

Basically, both teams line up their players and the best speller wins. Best of luck to the poor soul who has to face Harvard grad and Houston Texans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. He may have a recrementitious propensity to turn the ball over, but he is probably the only guy in the NFL who can spell “recrementitious” and “over.”

An arm wrestling between head coaches

The “Rumble in the Jungle” which pitted Muhammad Ali against George Foreman would have nothing on “Fight in Foxboro” which would set Rex Ryan against Bill Belichick. Of course, for this to happen the Jets would have to take the Pats all the way to the end of five periods of football on the road. The odds of Gisele Bundchen suiting up as the quarterback of the Pats are still better.

A touchdown celebration competition

The rules are quite simple. Each player presents their touchdown celebration and points are given based on creativity, style, individuality, and the dollar amount of the resulting fine.

A game of “prison rules” football

Or as former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez, also a new member of Nashua Street Jail, calls it: football.

A simple coin flip

I never said these ideas would be good.