I have been involved in a rather heated debate regarding the, in my view, completely IRRATIONAL organization of the CFL's divisions and the consequent playoff match- ups they create.
The following was taken from the thread in which I was vehemently arguing against the East /West divisions.
I've gotta say, I've heard many arguments about what makes the CFL bush league, but the fact that is has divisions never seemed to bother anyoneSo here it is, in living color - why it is that the CFL could be negatively perceived, and yes - called BUSH ... it has EVERYTHING to do with the fact that the playoffs have no TRUE relation to the regular season results ... and the competitive structure of the playoffs have been completely bastardized by the STUPID East /West divisions ... ------------------------------GP W L T PTS 1. BC ------------------------18 13 5 0 26 2. Calgary-------------------18 12 6 0 24 3. Montreal-----------------18 11 7 0 22 4. Toronto-------------------18 9 9 0 18 5 Saskatchewan------------18 8 10 0 16 6. Edmonton-----------------18 7 11 0 14
The 'forced results' I spoke of in the other thread about the stupidity of the divisions stems from the fact that, under the current system ...
Although Montreal only deserved a first round home playoff game, by virtue of their 3rd place overall standing ... they get a free ride into the semi-finals ... where they will host a team that will be playing their second playoff game. That is a HUGE discrepancy between what they get and what they deserve, based on the regular season performance.
It goes on ... Edmonton was the worst of the playoff teams - but because of the STUPID divisions, and the equally stupid crossover they will play a mediocre Argo team instead of the better Alouettes.
And on ... Saskatchewan - a better team than Edmonton, based on regular season results, is forced to play a disproportionately better team in the Calgary Stamps, than the team they deserve to play - the Argos.
On top of it all ... the OVER RIDING fact in all this is, the TWO BEST teams, again, based on the regular season - will be FORCED to meet before the Championship game.
There is just soooooo much wrong with these scenarios it drives me absolutely insane.
Based on the regular season, and the elimination of East / West ... here is what the playoffs SHOULD have looked like ...
BC BYE into Semi versus lowest seed from Quarters.
Calgary BYE into Semi versus highest seed from Quarters
Quarter-Final 1 .... (3)Montreal versus (6)Edmonton
Quarter-Final 2 .... (4)Toronto ** versus (5)Sask ** (**digression)
To me, the answer is SIMPLE ... you either do away with the crossover rule, and accept the results the divisions create. Or you do away with the Divisions ... because as it stands now ... the regular season meant almost NOTHING and was not used as a true measure of success.
**Digression ...**It was asked in another thread, what could be done about those "meaningless" games at the end of the season. The specific game referenced was the BC / SASK game.
In my CFL, the above mentioned game would not have been 'meaningless' ... Saskatchewan would have been playing for the chance to HOST Toronto in the first round of the playoffs - because had they beat BC they would have won a tie break with Toronto and gained the #2 seed, overall (due to more points scored head to head ).