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November 11th-18th Winner: GETTYLEIGH

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IN RESPONSE TO: Bad Call? You Bet

"Wow! Gamblers risked their money and lost! Do I feel sorry for them? Well, maybe a little, after all the call was bogus.

However, what is really disturbing is that those extra 7 points may have an effect on the NFL tie-breaking procedures; they can affect who gets a bye in the first round, who gets home field advantage, and who has to play the dominant wild card team. The process for choosing a division's champion, and the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th seeds for home field advantage, and the determination of what teams get the 2 wild cards from each conference sometimes come down to the following:

5. Strength of victory.

7. Best combined ranking among conference teams in points scored and points allowed.

8. Best combined ranking among all teams in points scored and points allowed.

9. Best net points in common games.

10. Best net points in all games.

11. Best net touchdowns in all games.

That is where those seven points will matter if Pittsburgh does not win their division outright, and is forced into a tiebreaker or competes as a wild card contender.

As of now the Pittsburgh Steelers are leading their division, but the Baltimore Ravens are only one game behind in inter-divisional standings and one game behind in their overall win/loss standing. In the event of a tie, or a bid for one of the two conference's wild cards there will be a big to do about those 7 points if the club loses a playoff berth if rulings 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, or 11 are the deciding factors.

Although, the Washington Post reporter's angle on the story was evident in the title, "Bad Call? You Bet," he/she never mentions the consequences the call will have on the tie breaking procedures in the story, which is a sign that he/she is just out to enrage readers with sensationalism, a common practice in avant-garde journalism, or the reporter does not have a clue about football.

In my humble opinion, the effect on the tie breaking procedures is enough to inspire rage in Steelers fans. Therefore, I feel compelled to remit some words of wisdom to the editor; if you're trying to enrage readers with sensationalism, there are more Steelers fans than there are those who bet in Vegas, or abroad, on Steelers games, so it might be more profitable to aim for a larger audience."

Posted by: GETTYLEIGH | November 17, 2008 3:20 PM

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