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Ties have their place. They certainly don't belong in American sports (with the exception of Major League Soccer, which in my opinion, would be a lot more popular here in the States if FIFA did away with draws). Recently, my hometown Cincinnati Bengals tied with the visiting Philadelphia Eagles in the NFL's first tie since 2002. As Americans, we're fast paced. This didn't bode well with anyone I talked to about the game. E-mails, IMs, etc. all slammed at me by extremely pissed off friends/fans. I missed the game, but when I found out, I was a little annoyed. I had thought the NFL had done away with ties, but then I remembered the 2002 event. After the NHL lockout of the 2004-05 season, there were many changes. One of them: NO MORE TIES! This erked some hockey fans, but I think the risk was worth the reward. There's now an exciting sudden death 5 minute overtime period, followed by a shootout if no one scores (sorry to re-educate you, hockey fans). If anything, the risk was worth the reward. New fans were and are being drawn in to the "new" era of the NHL because of the changes. My point, if the NHL, the least watched of the Big Four sports leagues here in North America (which is sad) said good riddance to the tie, then the mighty NFL should do the same. Some people would like to spend their money (a wide range, of course, but money nonetheless in these awkward economic times) to see a tie, but reiterating my point of Americans being fast paced, we NEED a winner. We're hungry for bloodshed on the gridiron, court, diamond, or ice. We want to see that hard work produce a victor, and rightly so. Ties may have a place in the world's game, which I am a casual fan of, but here in America, it just doesn't cut it.

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