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- Woodrow Wilson

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Losers in the Playoffs: Sometimes losers end up winning and winners end up losing.

I find it a strange thing that a professional sports team can make the playoffs with a losing record. That is something I'd expect from a neutered no score is kept everyone's a winner we don't want to hurt anybody's feelings pampered youth league. But the Carolina Panthers have made the 2014 NFL playoffs with a record of 7-8-1.

Bad enough they allow an NFL game end in a tie, but a team with a losing record made it into the playoffs? 

My first reaction was if a NFL division was so that all the teams have a losing record, then the division "winner" shouldn't be allowed into the playoffs because playoffs are for the good teams. There spot should be given to the team with the best record that didn't make the playoffs.

After I calmed down and thought about it, I changed my mind from my emotional reaction; like I often do. In the grand scheme of things; rearranging the NFL playoffs so that only the top teams make it in is really no different than a pampered youth soccer tournament where everyone gets a trophy.

Taking the Panthers' playoff spot away from them and giving it to a more deserving team would be merely an attempt to make life fair. And life is not fair. Sometimes losers end up winning and winners end up losing.

Yes, there are better NFL teams than the Carolina Panthers that are not in the NFL playoffs. Yes Carolina has a 7-8-1 record. But they are the best in their division and some better NFL team were not. That's just how it goes.

Now today the Carolina Panthers take on the Arizona Cardinals and I'm actually going to root for the team with the losing record. Who doesn't like an underdog?

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