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Jermaine Every fixes the overtime problem for several sports

Let's get the kickers more involved. Texas official Twitter account

Overtimes in every sport have been have been put in place to determine a winner. When that period/s is/are over, the game normally ends in a tie. Unless there’s a playoff game being played, then they keep going until a winner is determined. Different sports have different rules for their overtimes. In lieu of the NFL having new overtime rules and having two ties and a couple near ties, I have proposals for all major sports to adjust their overtimes. These suggestions will help determine winners, as well as making them more palatable for hardcore and casual fans of the sports:

NFL

Existing Rule: One 10 minute quarter played; each team gets a possession unless opening possession ends in touchdown, then it’s over; after each team has a possession, first score wins; two timeouts for each team; challenges come from the booth only.

Jermaine’s Adjustment: Each team gets a possession starting at their 35 yard line; no punting; best score wins (example: team A kicks a field goal, team B scores a touchdown, team B wins); if teams are tied after opening possessions, field goal contest starting at 45 yard distance and go back 5 yards until someone misses (teams are allowed to attempt blocking them). *Plot Twist: if first three attempts are successful by each team, non-kickers/punters must start attempting kicks from 25 yards away.

College Football

Existing Rule: Teams exchange possessions starting on opposing teams’ 25 yard line; best score wins; if tied after each team possesses the ball, we go to another overtime; starting with third overtime, teams must go for two-point conversion if they score a touchdown, unless it’s the winning score.

Jermaine’s Adjustment: (See NFL adjustment, but start from 35 yard field goal attempts. *Plot Twist starts from 20 yards away.)

NBA/NCAA Basketball

Existing Rule: A five minute quarter with regular rules; begins with tipoff like a regular game; fouls carry over from regulation; two timeouts per team; if tied, another five minute quarter is played until a winner is determined.

Jermaine’s Adjustment: A six minute quarter; possession determined by teams picking opposing team’s shooter and having a free throw contest best out of 5; no timeouts; fouls don’t carry over, unless you’ve already fouled out in regulation; intentional fouls will result in two free throws and possession; if tied, next period will be four minutes, then two minutes; if tied after the first three overtime periods, another best of 5 free throw contest with same shooters that determined overtime possession and continues until a winner is determined.

MLB

Existing Rule: Extra innings with same rules as first nine innings until a winner is determined; players who’ve played and have been taken out of the game are no longer eligible.

Jermaine’s Adjustments: Non-pitchers must pitch; all previously used players are eligible to play again; teams can reset lineups and who comes to bat each inning; after the 12th inning, homerun derby rules until winner is determined (winning batter is credited with a walkoff solo homerun).

Soccer

Existing Rule: Two 15 minute halves are played regardless of scores in those halves; if still tied, there is a penalty shootout, but only for games in which a winner is necessary, like playoffs, tournament knockout stages, or championship games; regular season games or group play tournament games that don’t require a winner, end in a tie.

Jermaine’s Adjustment: Screw extra halves and go straight to the penalty shootout until a winner is determined for ALL games.

If you have any ideas, agreements, disagreements, or suggestions, hit me on Twitter. I’d really like to get your feedback.

 

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James Harden was 100-percent exactly right earlier this week when he said the Houston Rockets were "just not good enough."

How could they be? Not when their moody superstar scorer, who makes about half a million dollars per game, shows up chubby, looking like a kielbasa about to explode in the microwave. Hey, some people eat when they're unhappy, it's a defense mechanism. In Harden's case, the only defense he's exhibited this season. At least he had a good excuse for missing pre-season training camp and alienating his teammates - he was busy partying with Cinnamon and Cherish in Atlanta and Vegas without a mask. Worst of all, he went into the tank his last four games in a Rockets uniform, standing around, arms folded, scoring fewer than 20 points each time, all Rockets losses. Fans in the front row were asking him to move, he was blocking their view of players who cared about winning. James Harden sabotaged his own team, a team that offered him $50 million a year to stay. Something that crazy could only happen in professional sports these days.

There's a saying that drives the American labor movement: "a fair day's wage for a fair day's work." It's the motto of the American Federation of Labor. The National Basketball Players Association is not a member. Harden's sulking on the court, cheating the Rockets and their fans, was unforgivable.

Harden, sitting out games while somehow being on the court, forced the Rockets to trade him - and quick - to Brooklyn. The trade, when you ignore the fine print and unindicted co-conspirators Cleveland and Indiana, sent Harden to Brooklyn in exchange for Caris LeVert (immediately flipped for Victor Oladipo), Jarrett Allen, three first-round draft picks and four swapped first-rounders. It's true, when you trade a superstar, you never get back equal value. The other team wins.

If it makes Rockets fans feel any better, the media in New York already has problems with their new problem child. I should say newest problem child. Kyrie Irving plays for the Nets.

"They (the Nets) gave up everybody! There's nothing left now. I just want to cry, It's awful," weeped WFAN Radio talk host Evan Roberts. For those who don't subscribe to weekly Arbitron ratings reports, WFAN is the most powerful, top-rated sports talk station in the Apple.

"You're leading down the road of doom. Harden and Durant could be gone in a year and a half. I'm not convinced this gives them a better chance to win a title. I'm living a nightmare again. They better freaking win."

Circle March 3 on your Rockets schedule. That's when the Brooklyn Nets, with their Big 3 of Kevin Durant, James Harden and possibly Kyrie Irving visit Toyota Center. I hear talk radio salivating over the record jeers that will cascade over Harden's name, although I'm not buying it. Fans don't think like the media does. I'm thinking that Rockets fans will welcome Harden back - one night only - with cheers.

Toyota Center public address announcer Matt Thomas: "Usually when former Rockets come to town for the first time since leaving, I give them a positive introduction. It's up to the fans how to react."

James Harden spent eight seasons with the Rockets. He is a spectacular player who watched other NBA players engineer trades so they could compete for a title. Harden didn't think the Rockets were good enough, and he's right. So he wanted out. We've all been there, a job we didn't like for a company we didn't like, for a boss we didn't respect. Harden wanting to be traded is understandable. How he went about it was deplorable. He hurt his co-workers.

Houston will make Harden pay for his disrespectful departure. He has an upscale restaurant set to open here. The name of the steakhouse will be "13." Harden's business partners may want to change that number ... before the restaurant's telephone number is disconnected. There are plenty of other restaurants in Houston. Rich people who can afford steakhouse prices hold grudges.

Rockets fans searching for a silver lining say, "We got two decent players and a whole bunch of precious first-round picks" for a malcontent who would rather be anywhere (except maybe Sacramento) than Houston." Yes, a bunch of first-round picks does bode well for the future. Anywhere, except maybe Houston.

Houston's draft war room isn't the most successful operation in the NBA. Over the past decade prior to 2000, under the direction of general manager Daryl Morey, the Rockets made 16 draft picks. Not one of them is still in a Rockets uniform, many of them have sought employment outside of America, some outside of basketball. Among their first-round whiffs: Nikola Mirotic, Terrence Jones, Sam Dekker - all out of the league. Best of all, Royce White, who played three whole games in his NBA career and finished with a scoring average of 0.00 points per game.

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