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    Devaluing the Regular Season

    SI.com's Stewart Mandel has a great column about what college football might look like if it followed the NFL's playoff model:

    Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present the living embodiment of a devalued regular season: The Arizona Cardinals.

    In a little over a week, the Cardinals, who finished the NFL regular season with a 9-7 record, will face the 12-4 Pittsburgh Steelers for the right to be crowned 2008 NFL champions. That seems like a misnomer, though, as Arizona will have earned its championship primarily in 2009.

    Never mind that the Cardinals scored one more point (427) than their opponents (426) over the course of a 16-game season. Never mind that they lost four of their last six games, including three by at least 21 points. Never mind that 15 other teams -- nearly half the league -- finished with the same or a better record than Arizona.
    Super Bowl-bound Cardinals make case for BCS bowl system - Stewart Mandel - SI.com



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    Re: Devaluing the Regular Season

    I completely agree with everything in that article.


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    Re: Devaluing the Regular Season

    I do not.

    Everyone and their mothers were questioning the legitimacy of the Titans and Giants being considered "the best teams in the league" even though they both owned the best records. In fact, the only team that people didn't consider to have serious flaws are the Pittsburgh Steelers, a team that is generally accepted to be the best team in the league. But guess what? If the NFL were to implement the BCS system to decide their champion, which two teams are playing? Obviously New York and Tennessee, and we get to hear for the next year about how Pittsburgh, "clearly" the best team in the league, gets the shaft.

    At this point, is there really any other NFC team that really deserves to be in the Super Bowl? As of right now Arizona's as good of a choice as as any of the other NFC teams. And guess what - THEY PROVED IT BY PLAYING THE GAMES ON THE FIELD INSTEAD OF LETTING COMPUTERS PLAY IT FOR THEM!!!


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    Re: Devaluing the Regular Season

    The hokies are a good and a bad example.

    Good if conference champs would be included into a tourney, bad if the playoff was only 8 teams or if they only selected the top 12 or 16 ranked squads. Say a team struggles badly down the stretch, they will getted voted out of the top 20 in a hurry.

    Parity is throwing the nfl into a weird tailspin of late as tyhe SB has featured a WC team 4 straight games now(?) Granted a couple have been division winners from the 1st round.

    I questioned the Titans all year and wasnt surprised to see them beat. NY went down the moment plaxico but a bullet in his leg. Those 2 teams are bad examples.


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    Re: Devaluing the Regular Season

    Arizona money line baby



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    Re: Devaluing the Regular Season

    Reading the article, I think he forgot his sarcasm pirate. Having an equivalent to the Cardinals in the BCS Titile game is supposed to be a good thing? Three quarters of the country would be complaining if say, Virginia Tech, East Carolina, Tulsa or another team of that ilk had upset their way into the title game.

    College is simply a different experience than the NFL.

    One thing he blithely overlooks is that, had Pat Williams not been hurt for the first week of the playoffs, obviously the Vikings, the best team in the NFC, would have been in the Super Bowl.



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    Re: Devaluing the Regular Season

    AZ won their division, yes?

    Did the 49ers make the playoffs? Lions? Cowboys? Browns?

    No.

    Regular season matters plenty - as does playing well when the games are extra important.



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    Re: Devaluing the Regular Season

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    AZ won their division, yes?

    Did the 49ers make the playoffs? Lions? Cowboys? Browns?

    No.

    Regular season matters plenty - as does playing well when the games are extra important.
    exactly. Ask Chicago, Dallas, New England or Denver if the regular season matters.

    The regular season put Arizona into the playoffs, but once the playoffs start, it's a new beginning.


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    Re: Devaluing the Regular Season

    And I could already play the "regular season is devalued" in the current CFB environment. You know, with Texas beating OU, having the same record and not getting a chance at the title game.




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    Re: Devaluing the Regular Season

    Quote Originally Posted by jdewaard View Post
    exactly. Ask Chicago, Dallas, New England or Denver if the regular season matters.

    The regular season put Arizona into the playoffs, but once the playoffs start, it's a new beginning.
    Also ask the Falcons if the regular season matters or not. A loss to New Orleans in week 14 is likely what cost them the division and the #2 seed, meaning they had to go on the road to Arizona where Ryan was obviously rattled by that Arizona crowd. Maybe some home cookin' at the Dome and Ryan has a much better first ever playoff game. Or maybe they get stomped by Arizona much like they stomped Carolina. We'll never know.

    All we know is Week 17 meant something to more than half of the teams in the league (for some it meant a week to rest players, for some it meant jockeying for playoff position or any spot at all, for some it was their playoff game in trying to knock another team down a notch or out altogether, and for one it meant trying to prevent going down in NFL history).


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    Re: Devaluing the Regular Season

    Quote Originally Posted by ISUFan22 View Post
    And I could already play the "regular season is devalued" in the current CFB environment. You know, with Texas beating OU, having the same record and not getting a chance at the title game.

    Yeah, it's not like that pitch can't be made every single year...


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    Re: Devaluing the Regular Season

    Quote Originally Posted by jdoggivjc View Post
    All we know is Week 17 meant something to more than half of the teams in the league
    Exactly. Dallas was in the morning of Week 17 - but at the end of the day - was out. Philly was all but dead at the start of that day and found themselves in - then played their way to the NFC title game.

    Don't tell me the regular season is devalued in the NFL. That's bogus.



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    Re: Devaluing the Regular Season

    I do think the regular season is devalued in the NFL in comparison to CFB. That really cannot be debated. Losing one game is extremely huge in CFB, in the NFL it's really not that big of a deal.



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    Re: Devaluing the Regular Season

    Quote Originally Posted by BryceC View Post
    I do think the regular season is devalued in the NFL in comparison to CFB. That really cannot be debated. Losing one game is extremely huge in CFB, in the NFL it's really not that big of a deal.
    Really? As ISUFan said, tell that to the Cowboys...


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    Re: Devaluing the Regular Season

    When compared, certainly. But there are far less teams (therefore a greater % get in the postseason) and more games.

    But the regular season still holds a ton of value. If it didn't, teams would rest players during the season. That almost never happens.



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