So there’s been some discussion of introducing a 9-point touchdown in professional football. There are apparently three separate stages to it (the touchdown itself, a punch-in from the 1, then a kick through the uprights from the 50-yard line) so it’s a bit complicated, but part of the reason it’s not being laughed away prima facie is that there’s something untenable about NFL football as we now play it, and proposing changes is one of the things people start doing in those sorts of situations. They’re a bit harder to dispense with if they don’t work out, but if this were a sitcom, the NFL might be adding a new character.
As long as they’re tinkering, though, I don’t think this is necessarily an awful idea. It might shake up the predictability of the PAT, which the 2-point conversion never quite managed to do. Moving the ball from the 2 to the 1 makes the idea much more tempting, I’m sure, and then we get a far more dramatic kick than we’ve been used to. Could make for some very exciting last-minute drives, but of course, it doesn’t address the problem of concussions, which might be the most troubling issue in today’s game. In fact, if it creates more sneaks from the 1, it might mean an increase in them, especially for the quarterback. But hey; it’s not my head getting bonked — and maybe it would force someone to address the matter. I’d hate to see a promising career derailed for it to happen, but it could be that’s what it takes.