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Playoffs: MLB vs. NFL

Which sport has a better system for deciding its champion?

Posted by Emil Steiner on October 1, 2008 9:55 AM
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Anonymous: There is no way in hell champions should be decided by best regular seasons. Countless sports moments would have neever happened and they ad...

OZZIE: Hey Anonymous, I dont need any "anonymous" kids with down syndrome responding to my comments ..........ka peesh?...

apacrotthilla: Hi! My name is Jessika!...

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Wade Boggs :

Call me old fashioned, but I really like the series. I think that a best of 7 is the best way to determine a champion. An upset in football can happen and the best team wont win. Look at the Patriots. Any team can have a bad half, or a bad quarter and in football that might cost him a game and so the Super Bowl. But they wouldn't have lost 2 out 3 to the Giants and certainly not 4 out of 7.
That is why I think MLB is just better.

Calvin :

Baseball lost its way first with the DH and then with the wild card. You just can't call it a good system when half the teams have different rules.

I think the regular season chase is great, minus the interleague but I can't buy into the playoffs. How do you play 162 games and then lose to the wild card team in the first round.

Football works the post season better. The games are on the weekends and you don't have to stay up all night to watch them. I wish thinks would turn around, cause baseball is still Americas pastime.

Andy :

Come on guys, where's the love for the baseball playoffs? I think that both playoffs are better for their sport. I think the question actually pertained to the system for determining their eventual champion.

There's no doubt that the football playoffs are fun to watch. The winner take all format of a one game battle between two teams is difficult to resist and the timing of the games allow for parties. That said, football is also a faster-paced, more alluring sport for most of the masses to watch.

That said, I am an Orioles fan and I was riveted by the playoffs and World Series last year even with the Red Sox in it. I watched every game, at a bar with friends and it was a great time.

More importantly, as a way to determine the champion, I am more confident that the best team wins the World Series every year than I am that the best team wins the Super Bowl. I would argue that when adjusted for midseason adjustments and schedule difficulties, a statistical power analysis would determine that the best team in baseball wins the World Series far more often than in football.

All it takes is a hot push at the end of the season and a couple of bad games from the better team to win the Super Bowl(the Giants, Bucs, Steelers, Ravens and probably one or two of the Patriots' winners) were all probably not the best team in the NFL when they won. They were the hottest.

In baseball, while it can sometimes be excruciating, I would argue that in that same time, aside from the Cardinals and Marlins, the best team did win. This is because the baseball system eliminates the "Any Given Sunday..." rationale. You need to beat them four times out of seven. I don't think too many people think that the Patriots wouldn't have beaten the Giants four out of seven times if they played.

For football, they need the one game playoff because you simply can't play back to back football games. The playoffs would take longer than the season and that's unacceptable.

Alex35332 :

Depending on what you are looking for I think there are improvements that can be made to all the leagues formats. The NFL i think should dump the wild card format and play a 1st round spot for who gets the divisional title. The WC helps baseball with the 3 division format, but seriosuly move that 1 team over already to have 6 even sized divisions. The 14-16 ratio is silly. The series vs non-seris formats work for each sport because of the impact the sport has on the body and thats how the regular season is played. I cant stand the NBA and NHL series formats though, they need to go to a 1 game system.

Andy :

Come on guys, where's the love for the baseball playoffs? I think that both playoffs are better for their sport. I think the question actually pertained to the system for determining their eventual champion.

There's no doubt that the football playoffs are fun to watch. The winner take all format of a one game battle between two teams is difficult to resist and the timing of the games allow for parties. That said, football is also a faster-paced, more alluring sport for most of the masses to watch.

That said, I am an Orioles fan and I was riveted by the playoffs and World Series last year even with the Red Sox in it. I watched every game, at a bar with friends and it was a great time.

More importantly, as a way to determine the champion, I am more confident that the best team wins the World Series every year than I am that the best team wins the Super Bowl. I would argue that when adjusted for midseason adjustments and schedule difficulties, a statistical power analysis would determine that the best team in baseball wins the World Series far more often than in football.

All it takes is a hot push at the end of the season and a couple of bad games from the better team to win the Super Bowl(the Giants, Bucs, Steelers, Ravens and probably one or two of the Patriots' winners) were all probably not the best team in the NFL when they won. They were the hottest.

In baseball, while it can sometimes be excruciating, I would argue that in that same time, aside from the Cardinals and Marlins, the best team did win. This is because the baseball system eliminates the "Any Given Sunday..." rationale. You need to beat them four times out of seven. I don't think too many people think that the Patriots wouldn't have beaten the Giants four out of seven times if they played.

For football, they need the one game playoff because you simply can't play back to back football games. The playoffs would take longer than the season and that's unacceptable.

Give Me The Cruch :

Baseball is for babies and grandparents. My attention span cant deal with that snail mail pace-bases on balls bs. I want big hits, interceptions and blindsides. George Carlin said it best:

"In football the object is for the quarterback, also known as the field general, to be on target with his aerial assault, riddling the defense by hitting his receivers with deadly accuracy in spite of the blitz, even if he has to use shotgun. With short bullet passes and long bombs, he marches his troops into enemy territory, balancing this aerial assault with a sustained ground attack that punches holes in the forward wall of the enemy's defensive line.

In baseball the object is to go home! And to be safe! - I hope I'll be safe at home!"

OZZIE :

The way a champion should be picked is the team with the best regular season record. This is clearly the best way to pick the best team. Other wise what is the point of having a regular season?

Anonymous :

There is no way in hell champions should be decided by best regular seasons. Countless sports moments would have neever happened and they add the sudden-death clutch moments that wee all love.

OZZIE :

Hey Anonymous, I dont need any "anonymous" kids with down syndrome responding to my comments ..........ka peesh?

apacrotthilla :

Hi!
My name is Jessika!

 
 
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