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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; UK_Who, thanks for the bow. I might not have noticed the change in status otherwise. Ok, you guys have made some good points. I\'ll have to think a bit more. My idea was merely this - still only 12 teams ...

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Old 01-05-2005, 02:46 AM   #11
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UK_Who, thanks for the bow. I might not have noticed the change in status otherwise.

Ok, you guys have made some good points. I\'ll have to think a bit more.

My idea was merely this - still only 12 teams make the playoffs (so SF is still out). The Wild Cards are awarded to the next four best records (and births are granted to the top team in each division). The main problem that has been pointed out with this is that it would be difficult to sort out who will play who once the playoffs start - since there may be too many from one conference to have them play to a conference championship before playing for the SB. That does appear to be a problem.

The more I think about it, why not just dump the conference structure altogether? At that point, you could allow first round byes to the top four teams, and the others play each other on the basis of seeding (based on number of wins and a variety of tie breaker clauses). What is the problem with that?

Euph, the problem with the current system is that teams with better records are left out of the playoffs while teams with worse records make it in on the basis of nothing more than which conference they play in.

Also, you\'ll have to admit that many SBs suck compared to the conference championships. This demonstrates that the current system does not allow the two best teams to face off (it is merely the best teams from each conference). That is a problem, since the SB should be played for by the best two teams period IMO.

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Old 01-05-2005, 03:12 PM   #12
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JKool,

While logically you are right. In practice this would be less fan-friendly. I think that part of the magic of the superbowl was sown when the 2 conferences inaugerated it. Granted there is alot more teams than 40 years ago, but by and large the rivalries have persisted.

I for one delighted in the NFC dominance of the eighties and early nineties. It was validating that our conference was so dominant. I am sure there are alot of fans of AFC teams that enjoy the current turnaround. Why take away all the fun ?

Keep the conferences succint & special

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Old 01-05-2005, 07:51 PM   #13
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i think u have to keep it the way it is. i like it like this and wouldnt want to see it changed
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