Thursday, March 01, 2012

Another Wild Card...YEE HAW!

I break stories, hearts, and hymens...IN THAT ORDER.
Another baseball post? Suck my Louisville Slugger, Iceman! OK, so yesterday afternoon, Ken Rosenthal took time away from being a dork in a bow-tie to announce to the world that MLB playoff expansion was good to go for 2012. At the time of me writing this, ESPN and others have not confirmed but whatever, I’m running with it as fact.

Basically, the playoffs expand from 8 teams to 10 as each league will have an additional Wild Card team. The two WC teams will now have a one game playoff before the winner faces the overall 1 seed in each league. Simple, right? Personally, I think that this is a great idea and I’m glad that they are putting this to use immediately. It’s about time that Bud Selig did something right. Do you remember how amazing the final night of the MLB regular season was last year? Now imagine if the next night there were two more “loser leaves town” matches.

I like this for a variety of reasons.
1. It gives my Yankees more chances for titles.
2. Elimination games are the best.
3. I think that it eliminates the ban on intra-division series. So now the Yankees and Red Sox can play in the ALDS (which means only a possibility of 5 12 hours games!).
4. FINALLY, this is a way to reward the best team. It really makes no sense when you think about it. In theory, in a 7 game series, the best team should always come out on top. So how did baseball reward the best teams in the past? Oh, they shrunk series down to fluky five gamers and allowed wild card teams to go unpunished. This setup actually punishes wildcard teams. You DON’T get to set your pitching staff. You DON’T get any rest. You WILL burn some relievers.  It's almost too beautiful for a perfectionist such as myself.
5. And finally obvz…

This is the way that it should be. If you can’t win your division, you should have to face more hardships than just home field advantage. You shouldn’t have the option of throwing your ace twice. Got a problem with that? Shit, you’re lucky they even let you two losers into the playoffs.  Win your fucking division next year and quit being a flappy cunt.

Can you imagine how awesome it would be to have a night of WC play-in games that started with CC vs. Jered Weaver at like 4 pm and concluded with Lincecum vs. Strasburg (huge stretch but whatevs) at 7:30? That would be the best night ever. Actually, you know what; the night of the play-ins could likely be the most entertaining night of the season.

I actually think that the NFL should do something similar in which they add another Wild Card team to each conference. The #2 seed should not be getting a bye. It makes little sense to reward a team that was not the best. In conclusion, I like this move because it helps make the regular season and divisional races more important. Don’t worry, Indians and Cubs fans, this won’t affect you. Now let’s all head down to the clubhouse and get shit-faced!!!

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hijacking this thread extra early today. There is a strong possibility that I have secured tickets to the NFL Draft next month. I will be there first hand as the only Browns fan to witness another colossal fuck up.

Jets fans are mostly white trash though, so I will have to wade through those waters.

Can't wait.

Ide

Grumpy said...

I saw the headline and didn't read the post. Baseball sucks.

GMoney said...

Ide, that is outstanding. I am TOTES JELLY. That is one of the few things that I want to attend before I die a sexy corpse.

Other potential topics if this does not get your 90 year old dick hard:
*Ohio State can't even successfully choke anymore
*Snooki is preggers!
*Fuck you, Hines Ward!!!

Anonymous said...

Jihonni has to make Snookers get a pregnancy test, right? How great would it be if it turned out to be Situation's child? That would be amazing.

--Drew

Anonymous said...

Great post, dispite what Grumpy says. This one game play-in will be fantastic.

Fuck you grumpy, go cry about Hines Ward.

Seal

GMoney said...

Seal, you are the best!

And I really do believe that they should do the same thing in the NFL by making the #2 seed play in the opening weekend. Three games on Saturday and three on Sunday? Yes please. That would have given us a DAL/SF and something like NYJ/BAL. Excellent.

MuDawgfan said...

Ide - thats awesome. Please share how you got them? Also, are you going to be loaded - please say yes.

You have to make a sign of urban meyer with the penis crown and bring it to the event. I want to see that when the crowd is shown!

GMoney said...

And since everyone wears a jersey there, please go buy a Rae Carruth Panthers jersey. You would be TOTES LOL.

Brady said...

Always with the Indians smack talk. Tribe will be in contention this year. Just wait and see bitches!

I agree that this is an awesome move by Selig. It is a great way to reward the top seed while getting another team into the mix. Bravo Bud! Now just keep those disgusting hands in your pockets during all photo ops. Seriously, have you ever seen those things? It's like a gang of nightcrawlers are having a rave on his hands.

Prime99 said...

I agree that the positive aspect of this is the negative effect it will have on the wild card game winner. That said, I can't wait until Theo builds a powerful team that buttfucks the rest of the league.

The Iceman said...

I'm saying Ide got the tickets from his porn King Pin uncle.

How exactly is a 5 game series flukey? Do you not get a chance to pitch your best guys in a 5 game series? Why does rest matter? How tired do you really get after playing a baseball game? Tell me exactly how winning 3 out of 5 games doesn't effectively tell you who the best team is.

The Iceman said...

Since we're talking baseball...let's talk about the time Iceman hit 2 home runs off of G$'s weak ass noodle arm in the same little league game. I was an ELITE power hitter and an even more ELITE first baseman.

GMoney said...

Well, I figured that this was self-explanantory, but I guess not. In a 5 game series, you are more apt to find fluky performances and more upsets. The longer the series, the more likely it is that the cream does the proverbial rise to the top. It's the same in the NBA when they used to have the first round be a retarded 5 game series.

I thought that I only gave up one dinger to you. Maybe it was two but I definitely gave up a hit to a girl. I was not an ELITE pitcher.

The Iceman said...

I don't buy that. Five games is sufficient a sample size to determine the best team. Each one of your aces gets to pitch once and if someone plays bad or out of their ass one game, there are 4 more games to balance out the flukey play.

Adding games to a five game series just feels like someone is trying to get the team that is "supposed to win" through to the next round. Not the better team.

I still have the home run balls (pretty sure anyway). Next time I'm in naptown I'll take a picture so they can be added to the site banner.

Brady said...

The "No Happy Endings" headline under Hines Ward on ESPN.com is probably the best headline ever.

GMoney said...

I applaud ESPN's anti-Asian stance over the past two weeks. They clearly hate the yellows.

Prime99 said...

The only thing I remember about Naptown little league is standing in the base path as a nine year old and getting trucked by a 11 or 12 year old ginger on the Giants. I was not good at baseball...

GMoney said...

The Yankees released Robinson Cano's cousin yesterday. That cousins name?

Burt Reynolds. Swear to God.

Anonymous said...

I still have that Jeff Garcia jersey. I asked my boss how hard it was to go to the first round, and he offered to get me the tickets. He knows people, apparently. This is the same guy who raided his expense account with me to gamble with in AC. Aside from being a raging asshole most the time, he is a good guy. Also, he is a regular at Bethpage and invited me to play there this spring. I need to find a good excuse to get out of this as I will be promptly embarrassed.

Ide