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Re: Gammons: Expand Playoffs?

Postby Big Pimpin » Wed Sep 23, 2009 12:09 pm

No, no, a thousand times no. But if I had my way, I'd expand the season to 174 games and let every team play a three game home-and-home with every other team and the team with the best record at the end of the year would be crowned the champion.

I guess the whole playoff thing is still just weird to me. Why go to all the trouble of making the regular season long enough for the proverbial cream to rise to the top if you're just going to throw it all away by having a luck-ridden randomness-fest to determine the "champion"? Maybe they should just give the big trophy to the regular season winner and then have the playoffs for fun, because if the goal is determining the best team then playoffs is clearly not the way to go. I mean take last week's Seattle/New York series. I can't think of a single person who would argue that the M's are a better team than the Yanks, but if it had been a playoff series, Seattle would have been up 2-1 and Felix was available for game 4 or 5. They would have had like a 70% chance of winning the series. It's all a bit silly.

Hell, maybe they should just let everyone in, give the top two teams a first round bye and have a five round single elimination tournament to determine the champion.
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Re: Gammons: Expand Playoffs?

Postby raiders_umpire » Wed Sep 23, 2009 12:21 pm

I like the playoffs just the way they are. No need to make a change just because this September doesn't have alot of playoff type matchups between teams fighting for a spot.
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Re: Gammons: Expand Playoffs?

Postby Maris09 » Wed Sep 23, 2009 12:30 pm

There's no good reason why Division winners should only get a 5 game series to determine their fate. That part has got to be changed.
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Re: Gammons: Expand Playoffs?

Postby bigh0rt » Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:10 pm

Big Pimpin wrote:No, no, a thousand times no. But if I had my way, I'd expand the season to 174 games and let every team play a three game home-and-home with every other team and the team with the best record at the end of the year would be crowned the champion.

I guess the whole playoff thing is still just weird to me. Why go to all the trouble of making the regular season long enough for the proverbial cream to rise to the top if you're just going to throw it all away by having a luck-ridden randomness-fest to determine the "champion"? Maybe they should just give the big trophy to the regular season winner and then have the playoffs for fun, because if the goal is determining the best team then playoffs is clearly not the way to go. I mean take last week's Seattle/New York series. I can't think of a single person who would argue that the M's are a better team than the Yanks, but if it had been a playoff series, Seattle would have been up 2-1 and Felix was available for game 4 or 5. They would have had like a 70% chance of winning the series. It's all a bit silly.

Hell, maybe they should just let everyone in, give the top two teams a first round bye and have a five round single elimination tournament to determine the champion.

You're completely neglecting, in every possible sense here, the impact that television and general profiting comes into play here.
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Re: Gammons: Expand Playoffs?

Postby Big Pimpin » Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:19 pm

bigh0rt wrote:
Big Pimpin wrote:No, no, a thousand times no. But if I had my way, I'd expand the season to 174 games and let every team play a three game home-and-home with every other team and the team with the best record at the end of the year would be crowned the champion.

I guess the whole playoff thing is still just weird to me. Why go to all the trouble of making the regular season long enough for the proverbial cream to rise to the top if you're just going to throw it all away by having a luck-ridden randomness-fest to determine the "champion"? Maybe they should just give the big trophy to the regular season winner and then have the playoffs for fun, because if the goal is determining the best team then playoffs is clearly not the way to go. I mean take last week's Seattle/New York series. I can't think of a single person who would argue that the M's are a better team than the Yanks, but if it had been a playoff series, Seattle would have been up 2-1 and Felix was available for game 4 or 5. They would have had like a 70% chance of winning the series. It's all a bit silly.

Hell, maybe they should just let everyone in, give the top two teams a first round bye and have a five round single elimination tournament to determine the champion.

You're completely neglecting, in every possible sense here, the impact that television and general profiting comes into play here.


Oh sure, that's really the only argument for it. It's fun and exciting and suspenseful and all that jazz. But let's not pretend that what we're doing is attempting to determine who the best possible team in the sport is.
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Re: Gammons: Expand Playoffs?

Postby BitterDodgerFan » Wed Sep 23, 2009 2:50 pm

i say shorten the season and lengthen the playoffs if anything.
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Re: Gammons: Expand Playoffs?

Postby GiantsFan14 » Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:11 pm

BitterDodgerFan wrote:i say shorten the season and lengthen the playoffs if anything.


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Re: Gammons: Expand Playoffs?

Postby Grounded Polo » Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:19 pm

Big Pimpin wrote:
bigh0rt wrote:
Big Pimpin wrote:No, no, a thousand times no. But if I had my way, I'd expand the season to 174 games and let every team play a three game home-and-home with every other team and the team with the best record at the end of the year would be crowned the champion.

I guess the whole playoff thing is still just weird to me. Why go to all the trouble of making the regular season long enough for the proverbial cream to rise to the top if you're just going to throw it all away by having a luck-ridden randomness-fest to determine the "champion"? Maybe they should just give the big trophy to the regular season winner and then have the playoffs for fun, because if the goal is determining the best team then playoffs is clearly not the way to go. I mean take last week's Seattle/New York series. I can't think of a single person who would argue that the M's are a better team than the Yanks, but if it had been a playoff series, Seattle would have been up 2-1 and Felix was available for game 4 or 5. They would have had like a 70% chance of winning the series. It's all a bit silly.

Hell, maybe they should just let everyone in, give the top two teams a first round bye and have a five round single elimination tournament to determine the champion.

You're completely neglecting, in every possible sense here, the impact that television and general profiting comes into play here.

Oh sure, that's really the only argument for it. It's fun and exciting and suspenseful and all that jazz. But let's not pretend that what we're doing is attempting to determine who the best possible team in the sport is.


I wonder the same thing about people who prefer H2H fantasy baseball over Roto when every owner is guaranteed to be active and knowledgeable.
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Re: Gammons: Expand Playoffs?

Postby mweir145 » Wed Sep 23, 2009 3:43 pm

I'd rather see a balanced schedule than more playoff teams.
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Re: Gammons: Expand Playoffs?

Postby Dan Lambskin » Wed Sep 23, 2009 4:00 pm

i heard the Cubs are interested
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