- The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 26, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I wish people would stop complaining about the NFL’s system of overtime.

I think it is a good system. A lot of people think it is unfair that it is possible that the losing team will not get the ball in overtime because it loses the overtime toss and has to kick off. My opinion is that the kickoff team is paid to stop the kickoff return team from returning the ball into good field position.

Along with this, the defense is paid to prevent the opponent from scoring. If the defense cannot stop the other team, that is too bad. I am a big New England Patriots fan, and they recently lost a game in overtime to the Jets. Correct me if I am wrong, but they did not get the ball in overtime, and the Jets scored. My feeling is that New England had the opportunity to stop the Jets and did not, so New England deserved to lose.

On another subject, I usually do not care about the Wizards, but I had to express my disgust at their firing of Eddie Jordan.

The Wizards have two good players in Caron Butler and Antawn Jamison, and a bunch of journeymen, has-beens or never-wases. Without Gilbert Arenas and Brendan Haywood, they have no chance at competing. If they had Gregg Popovich, Pat Riley or Phil Jackson as their coach, how many more wins would they have at this point: one or two, possibly the same amount of wins?

This was an unfair firing, and I hope and expect Mr. Jordan will get another chance to coach. I expect him to be successful in future jobs.

DAVID HACHEY

Glen Burnie, Md.

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