Before we begin, I am going to readily admit that I am terrible at updating regularly. My entries are Joe DiMaggio streaky. (Did he really just use a Yankee reference?) Thanksgiving Eve Day was my last day of regular work at the golf course for the season. Since then I have been looking for a steady job (as I was before) and have finding about as much success as Ryan Leaf. But now I am going to try and stay more up-to-date. Who the hell knows, maybe I’ll even come across as a little more professional, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
I was in Phoenix this past weekend watching my little brother’s soccer showcase. Tons of big name programs and even saw the Siena coach write down notes under his picture. Okay, I’m done talking about the showcase because it will only lead to you realizing how much more promise he has as a player than I did. My long-time friend, we’ll call him Dikembe, like Mutombo, was driving cross country to his post in California at the same time and decided to stop and stay with me in Phoenix.
Phoenix, by the way, is a pretty unique place. You’re in a valley so the vast majority of the roads are all level with each other and the metropolis works as a grid system. In the distance though, no matter the direction you look, you’ll see treeless mountains. Very cool. And it was between 70 and 80 degrees so that was splendid. Unfortunately, I was unable to catch a rattlesnake.
Dikembe and I got to talking about the NFL. As you may or may not know, the Patriots can clinch a spot in the playoffs with a victory against the Bears this Sunday. That would guarantee them an 11-5 record. I mentiond to Dikembe that in 2008, the New England Patriots finished 11-5 and missed the playoffs. The Chargers won the AFC West by going 8-8 that season. He made some outrageous statement that the Cowboys also had the right to be mad because they finished with a better record. I stopped.
I began to make my argument: “The Cowboys should have no beef because they aren’t in the same conference. You can’t take and NFC team and say they should have gotten and AFC’s playoff spot. There simply is no case for it.”
Dikembe replied, “This is the same argument you have with the Patriots. They aren’t in the Chargers’ division so it wouldn’t make sense to give them a playoff spot either.”
“Actually, it would,” I answered. “Why not give the spot to a more deserving team in the conference.”
This went on, back and forth, for a while longer until we got sick of it. (Side note: my argument makes a ton more sense.) There is a situation unfolding in the NFL right now where the NFC West will have a team finish 8-8 and probably win the division. Hell, the division winner could quite possibly even finish 7-9! Unheard of! If the team finishes .500, I have no problem with them making the playoffs. I saw the Pats get screwed by an 8-8 team so I’m not worried if it happens to a team like the Packers, Bears, Saints, Giants or Eagles. If a division winner does finish under .500, however, the team should not be granted their playoff spot. Roger Goodell should envoke a rule right now, in the middle of the season (because he loves doing that anyway), saying that any team that finishes in first in a division with a record below .500 must give up their spot to the team with the best record that would be ruled out of the playoffs if the sub-.500 team were to be given a spot. The sole purpose of the NFL playoffs is to give the best teams a chance at the Vince Lombardi trophy. By granting a 7-9 team a spot and taking it away from an 11-5, 10-6 or even 9-7 team, you are not giving the most deserving teams a chance.
One side note. The team allowed entry over the sub-.500 team must be within the same conference.
Suck on that, Dikembe.
Don't you wag your finger at me...