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Is the Wild Card TOO Big?
Jan 23rd 2021 By Alexandria Awards Masters

Well, at this point, I only write articles that aren’t about awards when the spirit moves me. Well, last night, while I was showering, the spirt moved me. I was wondering, “Bombers got beat by a dead team. The Spartans got beat by a dead team (Daddies logged out 2 days ago, but tbh they hadn’t been seen for 2 months prior to that brief cameo, and are probably only still around because they are paying). I lost to a dead team.” The list goes on and on. These screwed-up upsets are, well, screwed, and first I thought that we should change the way the games are simmed. But then I wondered if we had too many teams in the Wild Card.


Right now, we allow 40% of the non-division winning teams in each league to make the playoffs. On the one hand, it allows active teams like the Hartford YARD GOATS to get a shot at glory. On the other hand, it also gives the Las Vegas Daddies a chance. Allowing 40% of the field in makes the playoffs a lot less exclusive and you will see plenty of sub-.500 teams making deep runs in the coming years. The Dallas Bandits did it in 92, beating me and Red Sox 1. Fluky teams take away the whole purpose of the Wild Card, which I believe is to give the best non-subscriber teams a chance in the playoffs. So, now to what I think should be the way we run the Wild Card.

We could go back to the Subscriber Wildcard only and solve competition problems, but then division strength would be decimated. The Alpha Ruby East would have never been created if only 2 of us made the playoffs while us other 4 missed it with winning percentages north of .700. I think that we should reduce the number of Wild Card teams down to the 64 best non-division winning teams, which would make the system easy to run (no screwed up byes) and a day shorter, and eliminate flukes like the Las Vegas Daddies. We don’t really need the Subscriber Wild Card, because we are allowing oodles of sub-.500 subscribers into the playoffs, and since they have all these amazing advantages, if they can’t make use of them properly, then that probably means they’re either a dead team or have a pretty trash owner.

This is open to discussion, feel free to comment below! Remember to vote in the All Star ballot! Due the second the World Series ends.

News Conversation
That is obviously an exception. Its like the NFC East, its fucked, but we gotta accept it. Plus, we can move divisions in the offseason, solving that power vacum
9 months ago
Be careful what you want though. If you somehow say no sub .500 teams whatsoever, what happens when a division winner finishes under .500? It's unlikely, but could happen.
9 months ago
Yeah, only exception is the NFC East lol
9 months ago
I don't. I don't see why sub .500 teams should make any form of playoffs.
9 months ago
i like the sub .500 teams in.
9 months ago
At least no sub .500 teams, thats the least I could accept
9 months ago
There could definitely be less though and it still would give the same do-or-die, relentless atmosphere.
9 months ago
Honestly? I get it... but at the same time... seeing the big ass bracket and seeing teams cut throats and bully their way through the bracket like its Hunger Games or something is kind of exciting.
9 months ago
Maybe 35 wins or more?
9 months ago
to answer your question demo, that would kick out around 16 teams.
9 months ago
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