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NFL playoff field could expand to 14 teams as early as 2015, per report
Washington Post ^ | Fenruary 27, 2014 | Mark Maske

Posted on 02/27/2014 12:15:25 PM PST by C19fan

There is growing support within the league for expanding the NFL playoff field by two teams, likely beginning in the 2015 season, and the chances are increasing that the franchise owners will consider and potentially vote on such a proposal when they meet next month, according to several people familiar with the deliberations on the issue. “I think there’s a lot of momentum for it,” one of those people said. “I don’t know for sure if the votes are there yet [among the owners] or not. But there is momentum. A lot of people seem in favor of it.”

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TOPICS: Sports
KEYWORDS: football; nfl
So the NFL will become like the NBA and NHL were you have to work hard not to get into the playoffs. With the change 43% of NFL teams will make the playoffs.
1 posted on 02/27/2014 12:15:26 PM PST by C19fan
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To: C19fan

I think they should have at least one all-gay team.


2 posted on 02/27/2014 12:19:06 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: C19fan

This is getting as bad as NASCAR.


3 posted on 02/27/2014 12:19:20 PM PST by Quality_Not_Quantity (Liars use facts when the truth doesn't suit their purposes.)
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To: C19fan

I wonder why no one boycotts pro-sports for their leftist bullying?


4 posted on 02/27/2014 12:19:43 PM PST by ansel12 (Ben Bradlee -- JFK told me that "he was all for people's solving their problems by abortion".)
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To: C19fan

All about the money. Gotta pay for the concussions eventually so another playoff game will come in handy on the bottom line.


5 posted on 02/27/2014 12:22:37 PM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: smokingfrog

I think they should have 50% women on each team and no tackling. Or better yet, let the cheerleaders have the field for the second half and allow tackling. That would be great.


6 posted on 02/27/2014 12:24:46 PM PST by Old North State
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To: C19fan
With the change 43% of NFL teams will make the playoffs.

And Dallas will still find a way to not make it in.

7 posted on 02/27/2014 12:27:35 PM PST by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: C19fan

Seems like the 1st Round of the existing playoff system is largely a waste. There just aren’t that many competitive games. To me that would indicate that there’s already too many teams making the playoffs.

Expanding the playoffs further is only going to increase the scale of the mismatches.


8 posted on 02/27/2014 12:29:35 PM PST by Tallguy
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To: C19fan

It’s really not a big expansion, it gets back to the 3 wild card teams per conference they had before expansion and realignment. It would also put a bigger emphasis on winning the conference since #2 would no longer get the bye.


9 posted on 02/27/2014 12:30:00 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: C19fan
Should cut it to four teams with a 14 game season - just four divisions sending the winners in - and then have a best two-out of three playoff series and Super Bowl series with the better record teams getting game three at home. You'll have six weeks of playoffs and lots of TV revenue but the regular season will still mean something.

An English soccer style promotion/relegation system would be nice, too. The Redskins and Texans might find themselves battling the Fort Wayne Flyers and Lubbock Lancers for supremacy in the new Continental Football League, trying to earn their way back into the NFL in 2015. :)

10 posted on 02/27/2014 12:30:20 PM PST by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: smokingfrog
I think they should have at least one all-gay team.

You mean besides the Niners?

11 posted on 02/27/2014 12:30:50 PM PST by Leroy S. Mort ("Don't say sh*t unless you know for sure it helps." - Raylan Givens)
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To: C19fan

Hey I know. Let all the teams play in the playoffs. Then they will all feel special, sell more stuff and make more revenue. After all the poor playes on the teams and owners are almost in poverty. Maybe we can take up a collection for them?


12 posted on 02/27/2014 12:31:31 PM PST by skyman
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To: mgstarr
"With the first pick in the 2XXX NFL Draft...the Detroit Lions select..."

(does it really matter?)

13 posted on 02/27/2014 12:33:57 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo (Shall Not Be Infringed)
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To: Tallguy

Many of the first round blowout actually involve the road team winning, which is part of why they want the expansion, we’re seeing right now that the second best team to not win their division (ie 6th ranked in the playoffs) is better than the 3rd best team to win their division. Now they want to see how the 3rd best team not to win their division will do, and there’s a good chance they’ll do well, AZ finished 10-6 last season and very well could have beaten 2nd ranked Carolina.


14 posted on 02/27/2014 12:34:37 PM PST by discostu (I don't meme well.)
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To: Abathar

I like the all-gay team concept. Maybe they could play an all black team who gets penalized every time they say the n-word.


15 posted on 02/27/2014 12:35:19 PM PST by gr8eman (But thermodynamics is just a social construct, created by the ruling white power structure to perpet)
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To: C19fan

They’re wringing every last cent out of this game, while they’re killing it. It’s interesting to watch.

They’ve legislated out big hits. A good thing, but we used to watch to see people get “blown up”. Now, even on a clean hit, if it just looks to harsh, the flag comes out. I know they have to do this, people are just too big, fast, and strong for this game.

Don’t even get me started on bad language penalties.

They’ve modified the rules so that it’s a QB game. If you have a good QB, and a decent offensive line, you’ll likely win. If you have a below average QB, you’ll definitely lose. No more cases of a team like the Vikings winning with a Joe Kapp at QB.

Now, they want to dilute the meaning of regular season games. The end of season drama will be for a handful of 7-9 teams trying to qualify for post season.

It’s my opinion that in 10 years, the NFL will be measurably less popular than it is now. But, I’ve been wrong before.

Note: The Browns couldn’t make the playoffs if they allowed 30 teams in, so I don’t have a dog in this fight.


16 posted on 02/27/2014 12:36:47 PM PST by brownsfan (Behold, the power of government cheese.)
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To: FReepers

FR To The Finish Line!

17 posted on 02/27/2014 12:38:32 PM PST by DJ MacWoW (The Fed Gov is not one ring to rule them all)
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To: C19fan

They should live by Title IX.

Were I a college, I’d sue the NFL for talent development revenue sharing.

Every other sports league funds their own. The NFL’s is largely supported by taxpayer dollars, including SALLIE MAE money, grants, bonds, etc.

As such, they need to live with Title IX and fund a female version of the NFL, complete with the development league dollars.

As such, I’m paying for Clowney’s development from collegiate criminal NFL prospect to professional criminal athlete.

A female version of the NFL is only fair. Bring on the Seattle Sea Hags. The San Francisco Androgenites. The New York Goomas. The Detroit She-Crips. The Dallas Cowgirls. The Florida Manatees. The Cincinnati Queens. The Oakland Drug Mules.


18 posted on 02/27/2014 12:42:07 PM PST by RinaseaofDs
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To: C19fan

Heck, let everyone in.

Scrap the regular season. Have a month long playoff. Single round elimination.

At the end, everyone gets a trophy and a juice box.


19 posted on 02/27/2014 12:49:34 PM PST by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: C19fan

Geez does this mean the season will be longer than it already and painfully is?


20 posted on 02/27/2014 1:16:05 PM PST by Resolute Conservative
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To: smokingfrog

Yeah! The National Fairy League should have an all-gay team. Tight ends would be hard to find, but wide receivers would be plentiful


21 posted on 02/27/2014 1:23:48 PM PST by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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To: 2nd Amendment

What would they call them?


22 posted on 02/27/2014 1:29:28 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: gr8eman

They’d have to have a penalty for using the words homo or fag too.


23 posted on 02/27/2014 1:31:43 PM PST by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog

Fresno Fairies
Detroit Degenerates
Salem Sodomites
Honolulu Homos
Queen City Queens
Pittsburgh Perverts
Tennessee Tolerances
Philadelphia Political Corrects
The possibilities go on and on for the new NFL


24 posted on 02/27/2014 1:43:37 PM PST by 2nd Amendment (Proud member of the 48% . . giver not a taker)
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To: C19fan

Whatever. The Browns will still never make the playoffs. By far the worst franchise in professional sports.


25 posted on 02/27/2014 1:45:15 PM PST by Slehn (Resolve)
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To: C19fan

Why have a competition to enter a playoff, to enter the SuperBowl?

Just let em be Mech Warriors and watch em explode....


26 posted on 02/27/2014 2:03:27 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: C19fan

27 posted on 02/27/2014 2:10:41 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: ealgeone

How about them tattoos that last a day so too?

Like we use to get with our candy...


28 posted on 02/27/2014 2:11:39 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Vendome

that can work too!


29 posted on 02/27/2014 2:16:08 PM PST by ealgeone (obama, border)
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To: ealgeone

CyberBall! and Mech Warriors.

Awesome.....


30 posted on 02/27/2014 2:21:00 PM PST by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: C19fan

Hey, maybe this means that the Cowboys can return to that playground. As a Cowboys fan, I can hope can’t I?


31 posted on 02/27/2014 6:33:39 PM PST by NCC-1701 (I am proud of what America USED TO BE.)
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I used to love to watch football. Perfect sport of physical ability, strategy, and rules. But being a Christian, the constant barrage of Viagra ads, half-time so-called entertainment, playing “Hell’s Bells” on Sunday afternoon, and now the interference in Arizona’s anti-Christian laws. I’m not sure what I’ll do next season. Liberals ruin everything.


32 posted on 02/27/2014 6:49:34 PM PST by stevio (God, guns, guts.)
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