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Postby doublej73 » Sun May 10, 2009 3:04 pm

Was anyone else surprised that 1 of the top 10 myths was not "the team that wins the coin toss in OT always wins"

I hear this all the time from fans, tv announcers etc. but I remember seeing a stat that its very close to 50/50. Remember when Favre threw the pick in OT vs the Giants to set up a field go to send the G-Men to the Super Bowl. Packers won the coin toss if I remember. Of course, when the Eagles go to OT it doesn't matter who wins the coin toss, it will end up in a tie anyway. This myth didn't even make the best of the rest list.

Go figure!
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Re: NFL network top 10 myths episode....

Postby Amazinz » Sun May 10, 2009 3:20 pm

I have not seen that show but I wouldn't expect that to be a myth considering all of the media coverage this topic got this past season. Even if you are just a casual NFL fan and your name is not Donovan McNabb, you should have a pretty clear idea of the truth. :-b And just for the record, while it's true that it's close to 50/50 in one sense, it's actually closer to 60% in the salary cap era when the kickoff spot was changed.
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Re: NFL network top 10 myths episode....

Postby Free Bagel » Sun May 10, 2009 9:12 pm

doublej73 wrote:Was anyone else surprised that 1 of the top 10 myths was not "the team that wins the coin toss in OT always wins"

I hear this all the time from fans, tv announcers etc. but I remember seeing a stat that its very close to 50/50. Remember when Favre threw the pick in OT vs the Giants to set up a field go to send the G-Men to the Super Bowl. Packers won the coin toss if I remember. Of course, when the Eagles go to OT it doesn't matter who wins the coin toss, it will end up in a tie anyway. This myth didn't even make the best of the rest list.

Go figure!


I didn't make the list because it's not a myth. In the modern era (since kickoffs were moved back about 15 years ago I believe) it's around 60%.
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Re: NFL network top 10 myths episode....

Postby moochman » Mon May 11, 2009 9:54 am

There is no myth to it at all, the team that wins the toss, wins the game...always!--Sincerely, Matt Hasselbeck.
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Re: NFL network top 10 myths episode....

Postby steelerfan513 » Mon May 11, 2009 6:11 pm

Free Bagel wrote:It didn't make the list because it's not a myth. In the modern era (since kickoffs were moved back about 15 years ago I believe) it's around 60%.


Correct; nowadays the team receiving the kickoff is getting an advantage, but in the past it was almost split, thus skewing those 50% figures.
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