Welcome to the first edition of GIF’s With Haas. In the prestigious series of articles, I will use the power of animated GIF’s to subtly convey my opinions in a very nuanced way. Honestly, I intend this series to be so subtle, the overall point of the article may go over your head. If you are confused, shoot me a tweet, leave me a comment, or ask me in person to clarify things for you. Let’s get started!
SHOULD THE NFL CHANGE THE WAY WE KICK EXTRA POINTS?
This is almost a pointless article considering that the rule has already changed. But hey, we’re here, so let’s dig in anyway. The NFL has proposed, and passed, a rule change for next season. After a touchdown is scored, when a team elects to kick an extra point, they will no longer kick from the 2, but from the 15 yard line. If you’d prefer to go for two points instead of one, you can still do so from the 2 yard line. By making this change, the NFL hope to encourage teams to go for two more often, and expects the success rate to drop from 99.5% to 93-94%. Proponents of the rule change think that this will cause more excitement because they are eliminating what had become a “ceremonial play”.
Last year, teams were successful on 99.5% of extra points. The NFL expects there to be a 93-to-94% success rate on one-point kicks in ’15.
— Matt Maiocco (@MaioccoCSN) May 19, 2015
On the flip side, many players (mostly kickers) are against this rule change. One such player, Jon Ryan of the Seahawks crafted possible the most rational tweet of all time.
This is exactly what every fan wants: more kickers deciding the outcome of games based on made/missed extra points.
— Jon Ryan (@JonRyan9) May 20, 2015
So now for the big question, as promised, answered by GIF’s.
Should the NFL have changed the extra point rule?
Thank you for reading. Once again, if you are unsure of my opinion, feel free to ask for clarification.