While most of the sports media is falling over themselves to say how stupid Bill Belichick is to go for it on 4th and 2, Time Magazine came out last week with their 50 Best Inventions of 2009. Number 31: The No-Punt Offense...
As Sports Illustrated explained in a recent story, Kevin Kelley, coach of the Pulaski Academy football team in Little Rock, Ark., has called for only a single punt in the past two years. Like a seasoned gambler, Kelley has figured out that punting on fourth and long near your own end zone decreases the odds of the other team's scoring by only a relatively slim amount. So going for it will pay off in the long run: Pulaski won a state championship last year and is in the hunt this year too.
Of course, that isn't even taking into account the fact that you might be punting to Peyton Manning! Thank heavens for all of us sports fans that in cookie-cutter sports some people are thinking unconventionally.
By the way, the Patriots went for it on 4th down this week and made it; And they had a punt from Jets territory blocked and recovered for a Jets touchdown.