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January 8, 2014

Football News & Notes:

Filed under: College Football, NFL, Oakland Raiders — Bill @ 1:37 pm

From The Contents Of My Head…

— New NFL Playoff Format?
Commissioner Roger Goodell hinted that the powers that be are considering a new playoff format for 2015. This discussion began a couple years ago when Seattle, a division winner, despite its 7-9 record, was able to retain home field advantage over Wild Card qualifier New Orleans Saints. Many complained that a sub .500 team held home field over a team with an 11-5 record.

The new plan would increase the number of teams to qualify for post-season to 14, 7 per conference. The speculation is that only 1 team per conference would earn a bye week. That would leave 6 NFC teams & 6 AFC teams to battle it out Wild Card weekend.

The biggest rumor floating around is that the division winner with the worst record would have to travel to the Wild Card winner with the best record. Strange as it may sound a Wild Card team could have home field advantage over a division winner.

The other idea they are considering is re-seeding the teams after Wild Card weekend, based primarily on record. Again this is an idea designed to benefit Wild Card teams with a great record, and hinder division winners with a lesser record.

I’m not a fan of either of these new plans. As a former season ticket holder I think it’s important to reward the fans of a division champion with a home playoff game. Such an event is a very special occasion to those of us who shelled out the big bucks for a season’s worth of NFL tickets. If your team wins it’s division, regardless of its record, both you & your team deserve at least one home playoff game. Otherwise why even bother with divisions?

If the owners don’t like the fact that a team like the 2010 Seahawks earned a home playoff game then get rid of all the divisions. Simply have 16 teams in each conference, and determine playoff seedings & home field advantage purely on record. You know they won’t do this of course, but I would expect a change soon.

It could be that we are simply over analyzing this, and the real truth behind a new playoff format is about money. Think about it, if 7 teams from each conference make the playoffs, the total number of Wild Card games goes from 4 to 6. That’s a 50% increase in potential revenue opportunity. All other discussions & debates aside, this is the most obvious reason that the NFL would consider such a change.

— Somewhere Al Davis, along with many of the Raider Nation had to smirk quietly, even though we might not admit it publically, when we saw Mike “The Rat” Shanahan get his walking papers from Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. Rumor has it Shanahan was being offered a job selling Velveeta cheese.

— 2014 NFL Draft
Although there is no clear cut #1 guy at this time, many QB’s will be sprinkled among the top 10 picks in next April’s NFL Draft. Here is the official drafting order as of this moment.

1. Houston Texans (2-14)
2. St. Louis Rams (pick from Washington in the RG3 trade)
3. Jacksonville Jaguars (4-12)
4. Cleveland Browns (4-12)
5. Oakland Raiders (4-12)
6. Atlanta Falcons (4-12)
7. Tampa Bay Bucs (4-12)
8. Minnesota Vikings (5-10-1)
9. Buffalo Bills (6-10)
10. Detroit Lions (7-9)
11. Tennessee Titans (7-9)
12. NY Giants (7-9)
13. St. Louis Rams (7-9)
14. Chicago Bears (8-8)
15. Pittsburgh Steelers (8-8)
16t. Baltimore Ravens (pending coin flip)
16t. Dallas Cowboys (pending coin flip)
18. NY Jets (8-8)
19. Miami Dolphins (8-8)
20. Arizona Cardinals (10-6)
21. Green Bay Packers (8-7-1)
22. Philadelphia Eagles (10-6)
23. Kansas City Chiefs (11-5)
24. Cincinnati Bengals (11-5)
*As the remaining teams lose they will be slotted into the draft based upon their regular season record.

— College Football
The only question I have for fellow Auburn Tigers fans is “What did you expect?” Given the unbelievable finishes they have given us this season expecting anything less in the BCS Championship would have been ludicrous. A last second heart stopping finish with many big plays and lead changes is exactly what we saw Monday night, only this time our beloved Tigers came up just a bit short. After the proper grieving time was given I am now able to say that it was one heck of a season that included an SEC Championship & a great Iron Bowl victory. Look for several Auburn Tigers to be drafted into the NFL. A few individuals need to be mentioned.

RB Tre Mason broke Bo Jackson’s single season rushing yardage record, and showed the nation why he was 3rd in the Heisman vote with brilliant performances all season long. Great players perform when it matters most, and it was his powerful run that gave Auburn the lead with just over 1 minute remaining in the BCS Championship.

Punter Steven Clark, who was a finalist in the Ray Guy Award, is soon to be appearing at an NFL stadium near you. If he didn’t lead the nation in net punting average, then he had to have been second. Simply put nobody returns this guys punts. Look out Shane Lechler, here comes your twin.

Defensive Back & Punt Returner extraordinaire Chris Davis. If this man is anywhere near Auburn University he will never have to buy a drink again for the rest of his life. His electrifying 100 yard run (yes we know it was actually 109 yards, but that isn’t how the NCAA keeps track of such things) will go down in Auburn history as one of it’s greatest moments of all-time. I still get chills when I hear that radio call.


1 Comment »

  1. Its always about the $$$$$$$ willie

    Comment by uncle buck — January 8, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

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