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Old 01-26-2011, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Superhal View Post
Imho, a timeout saves time on the clock, which is essentially priceless at the end of a game.
No, they're not. They're priceless at the end of some games-- and in fact very few.

Any given football game is more likely to wind up 27-17 than it is 31-30, and the go-ahead score is much more likely to be scored in the first half than it is in the last two minutes. Even in games that do go down to the wire, usually only one team needs the timeouts, and the other wants the clock running.

The last minute nail-biters are memorable, but they are the exception.