Friday, December 10, 2010

The downgrading of the NFL.

I rather stay from politics as it's giving me a headache. What I'm finding interesting is how a great league has been emasculated and not many have taken noticed. If anyone hasn't been tracking the NFL lately, the league is starting to face some embarrassing facts: their 4 division makeup is a complete and utter joke and disdains excellence. Right now they have a division with a real chance of sending a losing team to the playoffs. In the NFC West, the top two teams that really don't impress anyone are 6-6 with 4 games to go. The Niners at 4-8 aren't even out of it yet as they play the two teams once more themselves. It's realistic and highly likely a 7-9 team will make the playoffs. Talk about weak. What's worse, til the Kansas City Chiefs made their latest run, there was a possibility of 3 losing team fighting for a playoff spot, but their win, as well as the Raiders, over San Diego has made that unlikely that even a .500 team will come out of there as they now have 8 wins, but it took til week 13 and a winning record isn't assured there either though it's likely from that division the team will have to win 9.

What makes things silly, that a 7-9, and the only reason why it can't get worse at 6-10 is the Rams and Seahawks play each other, so it's not completely out of the question for a 6-9-1 team here, can not only can make the playoffs, but they would get the home game against a team likely to have 3 to 4 wins over them since home field isn't really by record but seeding and the division winners get the top 4. Someone tell me how this is even fair? There are some competitive division before, but 3 to 4 wins and they still get home field in what will most likely be a blood bath for the home team as they're going to be grossly out matched. To add insult to injury to how absurd this is getting, there are three teams not leading their divisions that are 8-4, 8-4 and 9-3. One of those teams aren't going to make the playoffs for a team that will most likely be 7-9. We have the possibility of three 12-4 teams and one goes home while the 7-9 HOSTS one of them. I mean a 5 win difference and I haven't added those teams that will have 8, 9 or 10 wins that may not make the playoffs either.

I never liked the 4 division set up. I feared that teams that don't deserve playoff seedlings could get in over more elite and deserving teams. This is typical socialism. Breakdown the league so no one team can heighten the bar or have teams compete to make the playoffs. They have these notice of rivals and competition in regional areas, but enough is enough. Split the leagues into three divisions like before (I would prefer we have none and base the schedule on previous year records, but that will never happen.) with each division winner getting a bye with 1,2 3 seeds and the top 2 of the remaining being wild cards based on seedings like before. It too had it's share of troubles, but even they never had a threat of a losing team making the playoffs at the expense of far better teams and it was far more competitive.

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