There has been a ton of discussion about the NFL possibly eliminating the extra point. I, for one, could not be happier with this decision. Even on the Internet I figured that football fans would universally like this move. Boy was I wrong. Several viewed it as unnecessary tinkering with something that wasn't broken. Some saw it as Roger Goodell simply messing more things up. The most reasonable point I heard on it was that there should be no gimmes in the game of football. "Earn every point!" this guy said and I can actually appreciate that standpoint.
To me though the extra point needs to go. It's a waste of time and when I looked at the numbers I think 48 were missed in the last five or six years. The success rate is well over 99% and I'm willing to trade the fluky scenarios we've had in the past where a missed one really makes a difference for not having to bother with this nonsense further.
Another gripe I heard was that the way the rule was suggested made it sound as if points would be deducted if you lined up for a two-point conversion and failed to get it. The idea being that you were awarded seven points for the TD and would only get six if you missed the two-point conversion. I figure that's all in the mechanics of the actual rule they put in place. The way I'd do it would not involve any deduction of points ever. You score a TD, you get six points. At that point the coach either lines up for two to get to eight or he forgoes that option and is awarded the seventh point. It's a slight difference, but at least that scenario avoids the sight of taking a point off the board which is how Goodell's proposal sounded. I should say that's how it was portrayed at least.
This is tinkering that makes sense and I hope the NFL makes it happen ASAP!