Please, someone get Lord Mawhinney of the Football League on the horn and beg him not to release the shoot-out virus from the lab. It took the heroic efforts of thousands of MLS fans to contain the virus during the ’90s. It’s okay to study the thing under controlled conditions, but you don’t want it loose in the wild.
RADICAL ELEVEN DEVILS PROPOSAL: If the League really wants to make its games zestier, encourage scoring and generally amp things up, try this: instead of monkeying with how games are decided on the field, change the way the league tables are calculated. Instead of using points and goal difference as the most important factors, use 1) Matches won; 2) Goals scored; 3) Draws; 4) Goal difference.
This system would weight victories and tallies even more heavily than the traditional matrix, and make the dreaded 0-0 draw look pretty unattractive even to away teams. Thoughts?