Posted on: April 16, 2011 3:54 pm

18 Games is too many

This is the post I was intending to write last week when things went terribly wrong. It was a little like the old exam hall panic when you're buddy is asking for extra paper after an hour while you've got seven lines of scribble. You know you need to write more, but have no valuable content so just keep filling pages with crap.

So, we were having a conversation at work last week about the NFL mediation and the expansion of the season to 18 games. 18 games is only for those teams that have no postseason. Last year the Packers played 20 games, had 16 players on IR and a further two - Woodson and Shields - get injured in the SuperBowl. In order to get through the season, they would have needed upwards of 70 players.

Now while that is possible, although I don't think acive rosters will expand by that many (think of the owners paying another 18 guys $400K a year) the conversation turned to how much talent there is coming out of college.

A few years back, there were 28 teams in the NFL, 53 players per team is around 1500 players on active rosters. If we went to 60 players on active rosters (a 14% increase for a 12% increase in games played) for the 32 teams we would have 1900 players on active rosters.

Making a huge leap that there has been no overall increase in the talent level coming out of college (which without research is tough to say definitively but is a fair assumption), we would have much diluted talent levels as the season wears on. Personally, I would rather not watch a Super Bowl filled with players that perhaps wouldn't have made an active roster 5 years ago.  

Cut the preseason by all means, but those games don't matter that much anyhow, but extending the regular season ultimately will dilute the talent level too far.

Category: NFL
Tags: 18 games, NFL, Packers
Posted on: April 14, 2011 2:48 pm

Now the Government is involved

Now the Government is trying to decide how to run the NFL I await with interest at how ridiculous the results will become. Using Federal logic, teams will be able to borrow wins from future years so they can compete today. First into the hat will be the Detroit Lions who plan on using wins from the next 11 seasons to amass a 12-4 record this year. This years losses will be blamed upon previous years mistakes and will then not count.

Look for teams to go 16-0 (or 18-0) just to annoy the 72 Dolphins and give TV announcers something to talk about. Don't worry, the Patriots will still lose the Superbowl.

I also look for 11th hour standoffs between the AFC and NFC regarding scheduling with one side demanding that points scored at the end of the game are shared equally amongst all participants to ensure that all teams share the sacrifice of having to win and lose.

Large signing bonuses will be a thing of the past as fans will protest at stadia all around the country if overpaid players don't perform. Look for fans to ask for refunds on PSLs, beer and everything else they bought on credit during the run up to yet another failed Suprebowl attempt.

The biggest changes will come from the way offense and defense interact. In keeping with the way the Libyan conflict has been handled, look for offensive coordinators and quarterbacks to solicit as much input as they can before calling plays. Whether this involves polling the practice squad players (the NFL equivalent of Turkey) or possibly some other teams entirely is open to questions. As delay of game penalties stack up, look for inflationary pressures on the four down system with proposals to raise the "down ceiling" to at least 6 or 8 before the end of the year. Whether the yard can hold up as the standard unit of distance is open as well. There may be a move to incorporate the meter as the standard unit, allowing for a 1st and 9.144 to become a 2nd 13.716 after a 4.572m penalty for a false start.

This blog post has rambled for which I apologize. It was supposed to be a serious comment on the 18 game season, but went off track.

Category: NFL
Posted on: January 7, 2010 11:36 am
Edited on: January 7, 2010 11:43 am

Why qualifying for the playoffs is overrated

OK, so the playoffs are here. Big whoop. Jets fans are excited because they made it, Packers fans are excited because they've already beaten Arizona once and Prisco reckons they are a surprise team. Cowboys fans are excited because they may win a playoff game. About the only guy that isn't excited is Belichick cos Welker got hurt.

As for me, I don't see why getting into the playoffs means you're successful. Other than in baseball, there are just too many teams "allowed" into the playoffs:

NHL 16 out of 30
NFL 12 out of 32
NBA 16 out of 30
MLB 8 out of 30.

In the four big sports 52 out of 122 teams make the playoffs - some of whom don't even have winning records. Take out baseball and you have 47.8% of the teams qualify for the postseason. If your team gets bumped in the first few rounds, you're just like the Detroit Lions without, of course, the benefit of a high draft pick. At least in baseball you have ot be the best of the non division winners, not just 8th worst overall.

What's the point of living and dying for six weeks as your team gets to the post season only to watch them lose in 1, 3 or 4 game sweeps depending on the sport? I'm sure the TV revenue is great, I'm sure the players get an extra check and the owners get some more cash, but the fan's season ends in crushing disappointment.

Personally, I'm glad the Packers have at least one more game to play, it makes the winter go a little faster knowing that Sunday afternoon, as the snow falls and it gets dark, I'll have something to watch, but if they lose on Sunday, I won't think the 11-5 season was a success. Yeah they improved, yeah Raji and Matthews look like great picks, but until they get to the Super Bowl, and be at least the best team in the conference, I won't call it a successful year. It's just too easy to make the playoffs, especially in the NFL where there are at least four teams in each conference that probably don't have a chance at the start of the year. Going out on a limb, in the NFC, I don't see the Rams, Seahawks, Lions or Buccaneers making it next year. So now the Packers have a 50-50 chance of making it in and we haven't finished this season yet.

So, if making the playoffs isn't good enough, why are we so darned happy that our team gets there, or am I totally missing the point?
Category: General
Tags: MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL, Packers, Playoffs
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