Hey, isn’t it weird how owners of teams that make a habit of missing the playoffs, also seem to be fans of the idea of lowering the price of admission to the postseason? Hell, it’s downright spooky.
I know, I know. Every so often some sad bastard (the 2010 Seahawks) goes 7-9, and because they’re the (ahem) “best” team in their division; they get a Golden Ticket to play another week or two. Meanwhile some random 10-6 team gets shown the door because they didn’t win their division, plus one wildcard team was 11-5 and the other 10-6 wildcard won the tie-breaker.
Boo-hoo. That my friends, is called Life. In 2002 the semi-pro team I played for, missed the playoffs due to a tie-breaker situation. Did I complain about it? (Yes. Yes I did. I still do sometimes.) But my point is, that’s how life is. Sometimes it’s not fair. You just come back the following year and do what you do best. Hopefully a little better next time. That’s what you do.
What you don’t do is rig the system to make it where last year’s rules can’t create the same problem; because it’s only a matter of time before the new rules create a new mess. At that point do you do change the rules again? Soften the standard and lower the bar, again? You can’t legislate bad breaks out of life, and you only look silly trying to do so.
Today you have some losers who champion a weaker standard, so their product can have the illusion of being as good as those who produce quality. This is wrong. Moreover, it seems like a perfect recipe for making more of what nobody needs. Namely, losers.
(BTW: YES. I am aware of the economic incentive for this change. I just wanted to shift the focus away from money for once.)