I don’t drink, but if I did, this would be the equivalent of a “drunk tweet” or “drunk dialing.” The sleepier I get, the more “drunk-like” I get. And I have an 18-month-old who decided to get me up 45 minutes before she was supposed to. So if I sound a little angry or rant-like, this is why.
I’m tried of sports fans complaining about the playoff system. In the NFL, there is a spot for the 4 division champions and two wild cards. Your job as a football team is to be the best in your division. It’s not always a level playing field. Not every division is going to be the same. Some of them are going to dominate and some of them, not so much. Things change from year to year. That is the way it is.
Yes, there is a 7-9 team in the NFC playoffs this year. Do they deserve to be there? They did what they were supposed to do. They had the best record in their division. There’s always going to be teams that might have played better in other divisions. So do I take out the Seahawks and put in the Giants? NO! The Giants did not do what they needed to do and win their division. They weren’t even good enough to win the Wild Card.
Some things are going to be fair; some not. Let’s look at March Madness. Two years ago, my alma mater, University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) made it to March Madness. Were there teams that had deserved their spots more than UTA? Of course. UTA is in the Southland Conference; they play nothing like the level of competition of, say, a Big Ten or Big East school. Were there teams that had earned their spots more than UTA? No. UTA had to do one thing. They had to win their tournament. And they did, and they made it to the big dance. (Yes, they were a #16 seed and lost to Memphis. When you graduate from somewhere like UTA, making it there is all that matters.)
So sports fans, stop. Stop trying to change the playoff format. Stop complaining that a 7-9 team made the playoffs. That is how the way the sport goes. Sometimes “the best” teams make it. Sometimes they don’t. Deal with it.