"Leave well enough alone, Roger."
At least that's my thought. Maybe I'm a "traditionalist" or whatever you want to call me, but I despise this idea. Right now, the formula is technically easy. Be better than three other teams. That's it. The Cardinals can gripe all they want about "being in a tough division". Well, it's that division that allowed them to advance, at 9-7, to the Super Bowl in 2008. I love the current NFL playoff format. I love that 20 teams at the end of December are on the outside looking in. That's how it should be. Not a watered down, single elimination version of the NBA playoffs.
The bottom line about this is....well.....the bottom line. It's "all 'bout da Benjamins" and THAT is the driving force behind this. I also find irony in a league that stresses "player safety" yet wants to find any and every way it can to add more games all in the name of making a dollar. Eighteen game regular season doesn't work? That's fine, add more playoff games.
Honestly, it's none of the above that REALLY gets on my nerves. I understand you have to make money, even though the NFL is a "non profit". What grinds me is the NFL's blatant decision to ignore the fans' voice in almost any and every case. In a SportsNation voting poll on ESPN, 66% of fans voted against playoff expansion, and 68% voted that the NFL is at a risk of over exposure.
Count me in both of those majorities.
The NFL continues to push us like a big bully on the playgroud, while teasing with "whatch'a gonna do bout it?" lines. So, I warn the folks in New York at the League offices: Listen to the fans. The MLB failed to do that, and now "American Idol" gets more views than the World Series. The difference here is that MLB fans were pushing for change. The league didn't and they left. NFL fans are begging to just keep it the same.
Oh well, I hope the NFL has a miraculous change of heart and decides to hear the fans out.
After all, we technically write their checks.