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Making a point

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell listens to questions during

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell listens to questions during a news conference at the owners meetings in Rosemont, Ill. (June 21, 2011) Credit: AP

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell suggested earlier this week that the league would consider eliminating the PAT kick after touchdowns, in part because the play has become so routine.

My take: Don't remove a part of the game that has been around for, like, forever.

I get it that kickers are more accurate than ever and the equivalent of a 20-yard field goal is just about automatic these days.

But the solution to making the play more challenging isn’t to take it away and simply award seven points to a team that scores a touchdown — or six points if that teams wants to attempt a two-point conversion and make it an eight-point play. Either keep the kick as is, or else move it back, say, 10 yards, to increase the degree of difficulty.

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