The Professional Bowl has lengthy been the worst of the foremost All Star video games in sports activities. You would possibly disagree, however deep down it’s true. There’s nothing at stake like MLB, and lazy no-defense play makes the NBA’s All Star recreation not less than enjoyable, as a result of it’s simply glorified road ball.
Largely there’s simply been zero cause to observe the Professional Bowl. It’s only a mediocre recreation the week earlier than the Tremendous Bowl that no person actually cares about. Nevertheless, they could have simply discovered a solution to make me watch.
The thought of “Spot and Select” was taken from the Ravens’ suggestion in 2021 on the right way to modify additional time. It was a singular concept that just about added a component of “HORSE” to the NFL, and naturally it was voted down by homeowners as a result of it was a enjoyable concept. Now we’ll get to see it in apply, and I’m fascinated to see the way it performs out.
Spot and select is pretty easy. For those who win the toss you’ll be able to say “Ball on the 30 yard line.” Then the opposing staff can select to both take the ball at that spot, or defend from that place. Now, the 30 would possibly probably not promote this, however think about when you’ve gotten a staff with an elite protection vs. an elite offense. The nice offensive staff may say “ball on the 5,” assured their QB can acquire the yards — dissuading the opposite staff to take possession.
It’s a enjoyable wrinkle, and comes at a time the place persons are usually sick of the league’s guidelines on additional time due to the unsatisfying ending to Payments vs. Chiefs within the Divisional Playoff spherical.
The second factor is a change to the after-score kickoff. It’s lengthy been recommended that the NFL ought to beef up the methods a staff can get again right into a recreation late in the event that they’re down a number of scores. Modifications have been made to onside kick guidelines, but it surely’s probably not sufficient. So this yr groups have a serious selection.
They’ll kickoff like regular, or select to retain the ball at their very own 25 yard line, however begin on 4th and 15. Clearly a failed try would virtually assure a rating from the opposing staff, but it surely’s a very cool big-risk choice to try to rating plenty of factors in a brief time period.
These two parts take a recreation I completely didn’t care about, and switch them into one thing I really need to watch. The NFL will probably be monitoring the response to those too and seeing how they play out on the sector. It’s totally attainable that success this weekend may see guidelines like this make their method into the common season, even when they’ve some caveats just like the ball retention rule after a rating is allowed solely within the last two minutes, or spot and select is in additional time.