Sunday, January 4, 2009

Chargers, Cardinals Prove Playoff Structure Is Right

Okay, so the 11-5 New England Patriots got left out. Go cry me a river.

Okay, so the 9-7 Arizona Cardinals made the playoffs. Congratulations to them.

Okay, so the 8-8 San Diego Chargers advanced to the postseason. They took care of business.

And while many have been clammoring for a different playoff format, even proposing to combine the conferences for the playoffs. But like any other playoff talk (college football and baseball), this argument holds no water.

By virtue of the "mediocre" Cards and Bolts wins on Saturday, they defied the critics and proved the the playoff structure is fine. They took down the mighty darling Falcons and red hot MVP-led Colts, respectively.

And while the AFC East is obviously tougher than both the AFC and NFC West, its not Arizona's and San Diego's fault that the NFL divided the regions and divisions that way. They took care of business to secure spots in the playoffs.

The Cardinals clinched in midseason, the first team to clinch actually, and subsequently took the rest of the season off.

The Chargers on the other hand finished furiously after a slow start and with help from the Broncos, made the playoffs.

And nothing is wrong with any of this.

Why? Because if it ain't broke, don't fix it.

And it ain't broke.

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