Tuesday, January 11, 2011

So I guess you could say... the Saints got Lynched

For anyone who didn't get that joke, may I simply direct you here. Best post season run ever? Certainly not. Really really really awesome? Absolutely.

The question before the game was, "do the Seahawks even deserve to be in the playoffs, let alone host a game?", and they proved that the answer is a "Very yes!". My initial thoughts at a 7-9 team making the playoffs were "that would just be funny, I mean, come on. Probably shouldn't host a game though". But as they said over and over again, the Seahawks aren't sorry that they play in the NFC West, they aren't sorry that they got to host a game, and they definitely aren't sorry that they beat the defending Super Bowl champion Saints.

The point is, these Seahawks are great for the NFL. Roger Goddell would be absolutely silly to change the playoff rules now. Does it suck that the New York Giants (and their usual second half implosion) and Tampa Bay (with their one win against a team with a winning record) have to miss the playoffs because of Seattle? A little bit I guess, but adding two Wild Cards to make up for it would be preposterous, and would turn the NFL into the NBA, where more sub-.500 teams could make the playoffs, without even beating their division. Does it suck that New Orleans had to play on the road against a 7-9 team? Well again, maybe a little bit, but they could try winning their division next time, instead of whining about the rules. It's not like they should be complaining about the noise either, because that's their biggest advantage when they play in New Orleans. They should just stick to their personality.

Because of the Seahawks, Roger Goddell has no choice but to do nothing. And that's the way it should be. The Seahawks just solidified the NFL's favorite mantra of "every given Sunday", the idea that any team can beat any other team anytime, anywhere. The NFL's biggest strength is it's parity, and in an age where the NBA has it's 4 Superteams and 26 nobodies, and the MLB has the Yankees, Red Sox, Phillies, and everyone else with just a bit of money to spend, the NFL can rely on it's monopoly on competition.

Again, is a sub-.500 playoff team weird and undesirable? Yes to the first, no to the second. Should seeding be changed? Absolutely not. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. And the Seahawks ain't broke.

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