But isn't that the fun of the two-pointer? Maybe the answer is to just dump the extra-point placement altogether. Don't give coaches a choice, give them a migraine. Maybe do what the World Football League of the 1970s did one season, which was make touchdowns worth seven points and a run or a pass conversion one point. Or try this variation: If you run or pass it in from the one-yard line, you get one point. Do it from the three, you get two points. Guys like Tampa Bay Buc coach Sam Wyche would be drawing up conversion plays with shaving cream on the bathroom mirror.
The argument that one potential overtime period is more exciting than numerous two-point conversion tries doesn't wash. Certainly it was less exciting when Lowery hit number 417 and the Chiefs went on to lose in overtime 23-20 than it would have been if they had had the opportunity to lake one all-or-nothing shot at victory in regulation time. Just imagine: The clock winds down to zero as quarterback Dave Krieg takes the snap and hands it to 260-pound Christian Okoye, who plows off tackle and sees how many Oilers he can drag three yards. A 21-20 win? A 20-19 loss?
Bartender: "Holy Schottenheimer! He's going for it!"
Customer: "I can't watch."
Wrong. His eyes would never leave the screen. Neither would anyone else's.