In 1933, the NFL moved the goalposts ten years closer–to the goal line–to make the kicking game easier. I think it was the seventies that it moved back to the end line. I noticed that the No Fun League let the Bills and Giants take their extra points from 38 yards out the other night.

I think they also used the higher goalposts, too. Help those eagle eye refs track those field goals kicked over the posts.

I have a suggestion for the NFL, if it really wants to put a bit of challenge in the game. Lower the posts and put in an upper crossbar:


Baseball players can hit home runs as high as they want. Hit a ball too high and it’s infield fly. Other sports, basketball, hockey, soccer all have goals defined on four sides.

And as for the automatic nature of NFL extra points, well … they make a good bathroom break if you want to watch commercials. Not saying that I do.

Or maybe take the extra point kick somewhere else than straight-on.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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5 Responses to Extra

  1. Bari Colombari says:

    You wrote:
    “In 1933, the NFL moved the goalposts ten years closer–to the goal line–to make the kicking game easier.”

    I trust you intended to write ten YARDS closer.
    Unless, of course, it was a Freudian slip to imply bringing the sport forward by a decade.

    Thanks for your faithful and thought-provoking posts (and I do NOT mean goal posts)!

  2. Todd says:

    Thanks, Bari. I used to be inclined to correct these things, but I’ll leave my Freudian thing out in the open. Probably why I never got a job in publishing.

  3. Tony Phillips says:

    In rugby, the conversion kick is taken from a point corresponding to where the ball was touched down over the try line. If you want a straight-on kick, you’ve got to make sure you score your try under the goalposts.
    Best thing American football could do would be to (1) abolish the specialisation between offence and defence and (2) restore continuous play after tackles. Ad fontes!

    • Todd says:

      Tony, I appreciate the insights. Unfortunately, the NFL has become far too specialized outfit–too many silos, to use an American term. I like the idea of attempting the kick where the ball was touched down.

      Your observations are why the NFL is way down on my list of sports, and far behind ice hockey, volleyball, and of course, futbol.

  4. David D. says:

    Both at the level of the individual players and at the coaching level, the present NFL is easily the most cerebrally demanding of the popular teams sports (I don’t mean all the concussions). Though specialization at the NFL level is in large part been based on physical traits, I think most players would be unable to satisfy the mental demands of playing both offense and defense.

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