Originally Posted by Saul Good
Not at all. League games are designated as games that count. We might as well count field goals kicked in pre-game warmups by your standard. After all, using the actual game to determine when the scoring counts is just an accounting gimmick.
Designating which games count is something that can easily be changed one way or the other. But we're talking about games here, not random events like pre-game warmup kicks. The games are all played by essentially the same rules whether they're pre-season, regular season, or playoffs in the NFL or non-con, conference, or bowl/playoffs in college. The rule differences, where there are any, are minimal. There's no reason in the world why pre-season games couldn't be regular season games in the NFL. In fact, the owners have proposed transforming 2 of them into real games to make for an 18 game season just recently, no?