The Do-Over

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen me suggest a do-over in some sports related tweets. Maybe even as recently as yesterday when the Knicks took a Game 1 beating.


While this suggestion is certainly tongue-in-cheek, I stand by the theory that I've had for years that all sports would be much more interesting if each team was allowed one do-over per game. It would work much like challenging a call in football -- a manager/coach has one do-over flag to throw per game and he/she can throw it at any time on any call or any play.

Sure this sounds ridiculous, but think about it for a second.

How many of Barry Bonds' somewhat suspect "record-breaking" homeruns could have been called back by a carefully planned do-over? Successfull Hail Mary passes...walk-off homeruns...last second jumpshots...all could be wiped away with the do-over.

Now don't get smart. Of course, the opposing team could not counter a do-over with a do-over essentially undoing the do-over. And, no, a do-over could not be used on an entire game...just on one play or call.

Play this situation out in your mind. The manager of your favorite baseball team comes out to argue a close play. He's about to get tossed when suddenly he reaches into his back pocket and throws the flag. Do-over. Arguement over. Everyone goes back to where they started and the play is done again.

How awesome would that be?!?

The possibilities here are endless. Really, I know it sounds crazy. But what if there was a little (more) playground logic in professional sports? Think of how single games, full seasons, and championship victories could have played out differently.

Grant Hill to Christian Laettner for the game winning J? Do-over.

David Freese off the right field wall to tie Game 6? Do-over.

Fan interference at Wrigley Field with the Cubs five outs away from the World Series? Do-over!!!! For the love of all that is good and holy....DO-OVER!

In the future, when sports adopt the do-over...you can say you heard it here first.

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