Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The BoopStats NFL Kicking Solution

The BoopStats NFL KIcking Solution

The BoopStats NFL Kicking Solution

The NFL has a kicking problem. Two, in fact, and the staff is here to help the league fix both of them in one fell swoop.

No. 1: The point-after attempt. Booooor-ing! Just five misses last season in something like six gazillion attempts. And the experimental attempt from 33 yards this preseason did nothing for us.

No. 2: Touchbacks. Booooor-ing! without the actual scoring.

So, we present the BoopStats NFL Kicking Solution.

When a team scores a touchdown, it gets its six points and then has one of two options:

Option 1: Take an automatic one-point PAT without doing anything, they just add a digit to your score through the magic of technology ... But your ensuing kickoff must come from the 25-yard line, thereby enabling the other team to get a better chance to return it or you have a kicker who is good enough to get a touchback.

Option 2: You go for a two-point conversion from the two-yard line (I would even consider moving it up to the one-yard line to encourage it) ... But whether you make it or not, you get an automatic touchback on your ensuing kickoff, meaning your opponent has no chance to start anywhere other than at their own 20-yard line.

Perfect, right?

We think so.

It will also shorten up the eternity that now exists between the scoring of a touchdown and the next offensive snap. Right now, it goes ... Hike! ... Scoring play ... Celebration (subdued) ... Automatic replay reveiw ... Extra-point attempt ... Commericials ... Kickoff ... Touchback ... Commericials ... Tease to the new fall programming ... Joe and Troy chatting in the booth ... Hike! ...

We guess that’s a good four, five minutes there with no action (insert wedding night wisecrack here). With either option, this should be able to shorten the game a little and take two boring plays and replace then with one that has some meaning.

Do you agree? ... Or should we be relegated the Rich Kotite Laminating Room for a week?

Bob Vetrone Jr.
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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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Bob Vetrone Jr.
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