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(NYPost)   Yo dawg, we heard you like wild cards, so what we did, is we're gonna make another wild card team so you can watch more wild card teams on wild card weekend because we heard you like wild cards so now you can get more wild card in your wild card   (nypost.com) divider line 94
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2014-01-06 01:14:59 PM
FTFA: "There been no such decision," an NFL spokesperson said in an email to Sports Illustrated.

Oh ok, thanks.
 
2014-01-06 01:20:01 PM
The is enough of a viewing window to show three games...

I support this.
 
2014-01-06 01:22:32 PM
Improper use of meme.
 
2014-01-06 01:35:19 PM
www.ernblog.com

We're so totally committed to player safety that we're always looking for ways to squeeze more games into the season.
 
2014-01-06 01:42:17 PM
I thought they were struggling to sell tickets for the playoff games that already exist.
 
2014-01-06 01:48:51 PM

BKITU: [www.ernblog.com image 493x328]

We're so totally committed to player safety that we're always looking for ways to squeeze more games into the season.


But...but...what am I gonna bet on? How fast my neighbor's lawn grows? Come on.
 
2014-01-06 01:49:43 PM
Apparently we didn't buy enough Bud Light and Old Spice this weekend, people.
 
2014-01-06 01:50:05 PM
I would like to see the NFL expanded and a longer playoff.  Also, one less game during the regular season, and an additional bye-week or two.

This way players have a chance to heal, even from unnoticed concussions etc. And the fans get more football.
 
2014-01-06 01:51:19 PM
I won't be happy until I see a 6-10 team win the Super Bowl.
 
2014-01-06 01:54:47 PM
cdn3.whatculture.com
 
2014-01-06 01:55:18 PM

BKITU: We're so totally committed to player safety that we're always looking for ways to squeeze more games into the season.


FTFA: "There are two possible scenarios for accommodating the seventh team:

1. Create a play-in game between the No. 6 and No. 7 seed."

Yeah, exactly where are we going to schedule this "play-in" game in the season? Unless we're giving 1-5 a bye week, and then 1 & 2 get a second bye week, and we move the Superbowl to August.
 
2014-01-06 01:56:19 PM
More playoffs? Really? Sounds great!  Because what the NFL playoffs really need is a bunch of extra 7- and 8-win teams!
 
2014-01-06 01:57:56 PM

plcow: I would like to see the NFL expanded and a longer playoff.  Also, one less game during the regular season, and an additional bye-week or two.

This way players have a chance to heal, even from unnoticed concussions etc. And the fans get more football.


How many teams?  You really think there is enough fans to support Birmingham vs Hartford in the first round of an 8 round playoff?
 
2014-01-06 02:00:52 PM
sure, add another team, then Dallas will still find a way to just miss the playoffs.
 
2014-01-06 02:01:14 PM

Uzzah: BKITU: We're so totally committed to player safety that we're always looking for ways to squeeze more games into the season.

FTFA: "There are two possible scenarios for accommodating the seventh team:

1. Create a play-in game between the No. 6 and No. 7 seed."

Yeah, exactly where are we going to schedule this "play-in" game in the season? Unless we're giving 1-5 a bye week, and then 1 & 2 get a second bye week, and we move the Superbowl to August.



Wildcard Play-in Wednesday Afternoon Football Playoff Game Extravaganza!!
 
2014-01-06 02:03:08 PM
if adding more teams to the playoffs is better, why not just let everyone in the playoffs? even better, why not have every team play every other team, and whoever has the best record wins the title? that gives the fans more games to watch and every game is essentially a playoff game! it's a win win!
 
2014-01-06 02:03:14 PM

tnpir: More playoffs? Really? Sounds great!  Because what the NFL playoffs really need is a bunch of extra 7- and 8-win teams!


The best way to get rid of the 7-and-8-Win teams, obviously, is to increase the season to 18 games.
 
2014-01-06 02:06:20 PM
I think they should split up into three conferences, and have five teams from each conference make the playoffs.

Then, for the Super Bowl, they figure out a way for all three conference winners to play at the same time.
 
2014-01-06 02:08:39 PM
Let's add 4 to each conference, that way all divisions get a bye week and wild card weekend is truly just wild cards!
 
2014-01-06 02:09:58 PM

Dick Gozinya: if adding more teams to the playoffs is better, why not just let everyone in the playoffs?


upload.wikimedia.org

Hockey called to remind you that its regular season is completely irrelevant.
 
2014-01-06 02:12:12 PM
They'll take away the #2 team's bye. I have not problem with this.
 
2014-01-06 02:12:41 PM

Tax Boy: Dick Gozinya: if adding more teams to the playoffs is better, why not just let everyone in the playoffs?

[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x566]

Hockey called to remind you that its regular season is completely irrelevant.


Reminder: The Kings had a losing season the year of their Stanley Cup run.
 
2014-01-06 02:12:47 PM
Stupid fat fingers.
 
2014-01-06 02:13:09 PM
The real news is that the "playoff seeding where 8-7-1 division winner hosts 12-4 team sucks" folks lost out this weekend where 3 of 4 home teams lost, and the last remaining home team had to take out the visitors star players in order to narrowly win.
 
2014-01-06 02:14:15 PM
I always thought the NFL playoffs should be moved to a best-of-3-series setup.  Same number of playoff teams, more playoff games, and less chance of one ridiculous play/call impacting who wins in the end.
 
2014-01-06 02:16:00 PM
Maybe this should be moved to the Business tab.
 
2014-01-06 02:22:17 PM

foo monkey: Maybe this should be moved to the Business tab.


THIS.

Monkeying with the playoffs isn't about 'the purity of the game', its about maximizing revenue for the owners.
 
2014-01-06 02:28:51 PM

Tax Boy: Hockey called to remind you that its regular season is completely irrelevant.


And while you were on the phone with Hockey, the NBA left a message on your voicemail saying the exact same thing.
 
2014-01-06 02:29:05 PM
More football = more money, this logic is certainly bulletproof
 
2014-01-06 02:29:16 PM
Instead of adding more teams, let's add 2 more regular seasons games and then have coaches, writers, and a computer determine who plays for the Super Bowl.
 
2014-01-06 02:34:13 PM
I like the idea of having extra wild card teams, but the wild cards are not conference restricted. It's just the 6 best teams remaining in the league, given a ranking 1-6, and slotted from there
 
2014-01-06 02:36:05 PM

ElwoodCuse: More football = more money, this logic is certainly bulletproof


Well, NFL revenues have plateaued over the last few years (evidenced by the static salary cap). With the modern american ethos that all business must grow infinitely forever, this means the NFL is actually collapsing and must radically change before it disappears entirely.
 
2014-01-06 02:37:27 PM

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i.imgur.com
 
2014-01-06 02:39:40 PM

Lost Thought 00: ElwoodCuse: More football = more money, this logic is certainly bulletproof

Well, NFL revenues have plateaued over the last few years (evidenced by the static salary cap). With the modern american ethos that all business must grow infinitely forever, this means the NFL is actually collapsing and must radically change before it disappears entirely.


I'll go with a side effect of the long term TV and DirectTV contracts. Considering the latter is up here shortly that will probably change.
 
2014-01-06 02:49:12 PM

Tax Boy: Dick Gozinya: if adding more teams to the playoffs is better, why not just let everyone in the playoffs?

[upload.wikimedia.org image 850x566]

Hockey called to remind you that its regular season is completely irrelevant.


And with the Original Six set setup, four of the six teams made the playoffs.
 
2014-01-06 02:49:50 PM

Why Would I Read the Article: Tax Boy: Hockey called to remind you that its regular season is completely irrelevant.

And while you were on the phone with Hockey, the NBA left a message on your voicemail saying the exact same thing.


And Soccer called to tell you you can give the trophy to the team with the best record AND have a knockout style tournament.
 
2014-01-06 02:54:59 PM
A) This is a terrible idea. Because, reasons, that's why.

B) If people are so mad about an 8-7-1 team hosting a 12-4 team in the playoffs, just do this: make each conference have two divisions. However you want to make them up. The division winners are seeded 1 & 2. Everyone else falls in line. If that means all 4 wild cards make it from the same division, so be it. Mathematically, it lessens the odds of an inferior division winner hosting a better team.

Or everything can stay as it is. Not broken, don't fix it.
 
2014-01-06 02:55:24 PM

kronicfeld: Improper use of meme.


The fail tag is for the headline.
 
2014-01-06 02:58:10 PM
I kinda like it just how it is.

If you want to get to the playoffs, win your farking division.

If you can't, then you're hoping for luck to get a wild card.

Sure, it sucks some years for some teams. But the vast majority of it time it is fair, easy to understand, and pretty cut and dry.

Would I be kinda pissed if I were a fan of the Cardinals this year? Probably. To them I say "Wow, that does suck. Try to win your division next time and best of luck to you."

Or Cheatriots fans back when Cassel won 11 but they stayed home? Same basic answer.

It keeps the focus on division play, and those are the most important games.

I'd prolly keep it like it is, seeding-wise.

I wouldn't mind one more game if they added at LEAST one more bye week and a couple roster spots and maybe more wiggle room for IR and the like.
 
2014-01-06 02:59:40 PM
So you're saying there's a chance?!

/Raiders fan
//There is no chance
///*sob*
 
2014-01-06 03:03:35 PM

Cubs300: A) This is a terrible idea. Because, reasons, that's why.

B) If people are so mad about an 8-7-1 team hosting a 12-4 team in the playoffs, just do this: make each conference have two divisions. However you want to make them up. The division winners are seeded 1 & 2. Everyone else falls in line. If that means all 4 wild cards make it from the same division, so be it. Mathematically, it lessens the odds of an inferior division winner hosting a better team.

Or everything can stay as it is. Not broken, don't fix it.


Or, ya know, just keep how you make the playoffs exactly the same just seed based on record and not on if you won your division.
 
2014-01-06 03:10:55 PM

plcow: I would like to see the NFL expanded and a longer playoff. Also, one less game during the regular season, and an additional bye-week or two.

This way players have a chance to heal, even from unnoticed concussions etc. And the fans get more football.


Shortening the regular season by a game eliminates 16 games.  There are currently 11 post season games.  Just how much do you want to expand the playoffs so the "fans get more football"?
 
2014-01-06 03:13:06 PM
Its fine the way it is.
So I'm sure they will change it.
 
2014-01-06 03:18:36 PM

wichitaleaf: Its fine the way it is.
So I'm sure they will change it.


I don't think it is, and I say that as someone whose team got in with a bad record (Packers).  In another thread I proposed (an overly complicated) alternative that removed division winners as playoff locks if they have less than 10 wins.  Basically if a team only has 9 wins and is the top in its division, that division would not get a guaranteed slot, but would open up another wild card slot.  A better possibility is that the conference is done top to bottom, taking the teams with best records, ignoring divisions.  Seeding is done based on record, keeping the six team format.  This way the team with the better record always plays host, the teams with the best records get a first round bye and no sub .500 teams get into the playoffs.
 
2014-01-06 03:21:39 PM
They won't stop until the top 24 teams make the playoffs and the Super Bowl gets pushed into March.

I will admit that it sucks for the Arizona Cardinals to be sitting at home at 10-6 watching teams that finished 9-7 play wild-card games. And in this case, they would have been in position to grab that theoretical extra wild-card spot.

But in most years, an expanded the playoff will lead to more 8-8 teams (and even some 7-9 teams) making the postseason, which doesn't strike me as a recipe for compelling playoff football.
 
2014-01-06 03:21:40 PM
If they added one extra wild card team to the playoffs the previous 10 years 70% of the teams would have been 9-7 or worse.
 
2014-01-06 03:23:56 PM
The NFL owners will do anything in their power to tweak every single rule in order for them to make more money. They are starting to realize that the home environment is better than the stadium environment and it hurts their earning potential at the stadium. Look for them to do something radical like follow Belichek's idea of removing the Extra Point attempt and making teams go for two every time, but not show it on TV nor allow any replays to be shown ever, including ESPN the next day. This could possibly force the fans back into the stadiums to watch the two point attempts. The same thought that owners have about maximizing revenue is why they will never vote for a change in the league to allow for promotion and relegation. No owner will willingly walk away from NFL revenue to "improve" the game. The only way this happens is if the law suits keep coming and kids stop playing football. Then in a desperate attempt to drive relevance back into the league they might consider something like this. As far as the playoffs go, adding another team may water down the regular season, but the owners don't care. They will all vote for the chance to get an extra home game on the schedule in order to make more money while at the same time talking about player safety.
 
2014-01-06 03:28:19 PM

ciderczar: So you're saying there's a chance?!

/Raiders fan
//There is no chance
///*sob*


I get by by repeatedly telling myself that we're in the best division with three playoff teams and if we were in the NFC least we would be far better.  That's the ticket.
 
2014-01-06 03:28:23 PM

Tom_Slick: plcow: I would like to see the NFL expanded and a longer playoff.  Also, one less game during the regular season, and an additional bye-week or two.

This way players have a chance to heal, even from unnoticed concussions etc. And the fans get more football.

How many teams?  You really think there is enough fans to support Birmingham vs Hartford in the first round of an 8 round playoff?


LA, San Antonio, Alabama (B'ham or maybe Montgomery because it is more central), and Gasp, Toronto because apparently they have all the good blow.

I do think that there are enough fans.  Especially if the increase in teams could correlate to a decrease in ticket prices.
 
2014-01-06 03:28:36 PM

kronicfeld: Improper use of meme.


10 yard penalty.  Loss of down.

/Is this because the Steelers didn't get in?
 
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