Suggestions for Speeding Up NFL Games

January 15, 2015

I’ll be watching football this weekend and psychically willing my team to win. Don’t worry, the special sweatshirt I have that determines the outcome has been located. While I love football, I find the 3.5 hour experience to be a little draining. I have some ideas.

      • No timeouts.
      • Clock goes twice as fast if anyone attempts a timeout.
      • Eliminate out-of-bounds time stoppage by installing 3-foot-high electric fence. Not impossible to get out, but more difficult.
      • Instant replay process replaced by all players recreating actual play, as the clock runs.
      • No getting injured. Really inconveniences everyone when the whole game has to stop for that. Just be careful, guys. Don’t get hurt.
      • No commercial breaks. Instead, players will drink Bud Light or drive new cars in the huddle while the clock runs.
      • Halftime is two minutes long. Players don’t go to locker rooms but instead take naps on the field, pre-school style.
      • Instead of penalties, other team just gets to do it right back. You got held? Fine. You can hold on the next play. Clock runs.
      • To avoid time stoppage on incomplete passes, defensive backs must be seated while receiver tries to catch the ball.
      • Something with time machines.

OK, NFL! Hope this helps!


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