TMQ on espn.com proposed something even more radical a couple years ago, and when I stepped back and thought about it, I kind of liked it. Eliminate kicking entirely. No extra points, field goals, punts, or kickoffs. Make each touchdown worth 1, or 7, points, doesn't matter. Start the first possession on the 25 or 30. That way you'd have all teams going for it on every fourth down, you would avoid the most dangerous plays in the game (kickoffs and punts), and you wouldn't have a 60 minute struggle between two teams of massively athletic juggernauts decided by whether or not a skinny guy from somewhere in Europe could kick a ball through a target from 50 yards away.
Originally Posted by tommy
When you think about it, the kicking game is an odd anomaly in football. Even the name football is weird. 90 percent of the game is based on running, throwing, and catching, and then suddenly we switch over to the occasional play requiring someone to kick the ball.
Throw out the kicking game entirely, and change the name (allowing soccer, a game played with the feet, to finally take it's proper name). Football without the feet, played by manly men.
Call it Manball!
Wait, maybe not...
Brian Zoubek on what was going through his mind walking to the free throw line with 3.6 seconds remaining in the 2010 National Championship game and Duke up by 1: "Fifty percent [of me is] thinking, This is what I've been dreaming of doing my entire life. Fifty percent I'm crapping my pants."