Grab that beer
Few sports plays match the routine success of the NFL extra point. In baseball, pitchers sometimes botch intentional walks, launching the ball into the netting behind the plate or serving up a pitch that the batter can reach. Golfers often miss short putts. Basketball players bang easy dunks off the back of the rim.
The point after touchdown is an adventure in high school and even in college there is some element of suspense to it.
But in the NFL, it's the closest thing there is to a sure thing. In 2012, for example, the lowest extra-point conversion rate was by the Carolina Panthers, at 94.74 percent. Of the league's 32 teams, only five had conversion rates other than 100 percent. During the 2013 regular season, four of 1,191 extra-point tries didn't make it through the goal posts. All four misses were blocked.
So, for the most part, it's safe to grab a beer during the extra point.
Yet NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell seemed to blind-side many fans this week by questioning the point of the extra point and suggesting that it might be time for it to go.
Unfortunately, he proposed a needlessly complicated replacement: each touchdown would be worth seven points, with the scoring team having the option to run a play for another point or standing pat. Failing to score would result in a point being deducted.
Why not simply require teams to try for a two-point conversion? That's a high-value play that would add intrigue while forcing teams to be creative.
But ... in 2007 the great veteran kicker John Carney, then of the New Orleans Saints, missed the PAT after his team scored an improbable last-second touchdown on a 75-yard-play that included numerous laterals.
So perhaps the tension simply is building toward a cataclysmic finish to a big game when some kicker blows an extra point . . . nah, grab that beer.