The 500 rule...

The 500 rule...

Post by Eychaner, Glenn » Thu, 03 Jan 1991 02:40:11


After having seen the Cowboys nearly make the playoffs at 7-9 (and seeing New
Orleans make the playoffs at 8-8), I think the NFL is going to need a .500 rule
sometime in the future; no team under .500 should make the playoffs.
Examples:
        Had New Orleans lost to LA, the Cowboys would not make the playoffs.
Instead, the Bears would be given a first-round bye in the playoffs.  Had
Washington also finished under .500, Philadelphia would be the sole wild-card
and would ALSO get a first-round bye.  In this highly unlikely case, there
would be no first-round playoff games.
        In the unlikely event of a division winner with an under .500 record
all wild-card teams move up one space and an extra wildcard team is selected to
fill the now vacant sixth playoff spot.  If there is no eligible team, the top
wildcard (who replaced the divison winner) would get a first-round bye.  And so
on.
        This is all IMHO, of course.  I just don't like 7-9 teams getting in
the playoffs.



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The 500 rule...

Post by Larry Sherm » Sat, 05 Jan 1991 05:30:45



Quote:
> After having seen the Cowboys nearly make the playoffs at 7-9 (and
seeing New
> Orleans make the playoffs at 8-8), I think the NFL is going to need a
.500 rule
> sometime in the future; no team under .500 should make the playoffs

Regardless of the merit of this suggestion, it would never stand a chance,
since it would mean less revenue to the teams, then NFL, and TV.  An
alternate might be to s***the current wild card scheme and instead allow
ALL teams with .500 or better records to advance to the playoffs.  This
would avoid the situation where teams with excellent records would be
eliminated from the playoffs, and keep away the riff-raff.

 
 
 

The 500 rule...

Post by Marcus Dolen » Sat, 05 Jan 1991 06:48:50

I'm not in favor of the .500 rule because if a division winner is under .500,
like say Cincinatti went 7-9 this season instead of 9-7 and won the AFC Central
would you prevent a divion winner from making the playoffs?

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The 500 rule...

Post by kevyda » Wed, 09 Jan 1991 01:19:06

Quote:



>> After having seen the Cowboys nearly make the playoffs at 7-9 (and
>seeing New
>> Orleans make the playoffs at 8-8), I think the NFL is going to need a
>.500 rule
>> sometime in the future; no team under .500 should make the playoffs

>Regardless of the merit of this suggestion, it would never stand a chance,
>since it would mean less revenue to the teams, then NFL, and TV.  An
>alternate might be to s***the current wild card scheme and instead allow
>ALL teams with .500 or better records to advance to the playoffs.  This
>would avoid the situation where teams with excellent records would be
>eliminated from the playoffs, and keep away the riff-raff.

I realize the powers that be would never go for it, but I'd like to see only
teams that have a better record than the worst division winner get wild card
spots.  But all those teams should get in.  An 11-5 Denver team didn't make
the playoffs a few years back, and now we've got New Orleans in at 8-8.  Both
situations are, IMHO, equally silly.

-Kev

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