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06-05-2012, 10:48 PM
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Originally Posted by MathMan View Post
And yet the playoffs are a rather poor measure of what the best team in any given year is. But the playoffs have never been about crowning the best team, they're about crowning the champion team.

When trying to win future playoffs, it's important to try to build good teams, and to do so, one must not overestimate what happened in past playoffs simply because it happened to be the playoffs. It's data, but it doesn't have significantly more analytical value than regular season games, even if they have more emotional value.

Cups are the objective, but how a team does in five playoff games tells us a lot less about that team than how it does over fifty regular games.
Win the Cup, baby. That's the only thing that counts. That's what Yankees fans know. Yanks could finish first in their division this season, if they fail to win the last game, it's a failure.

I guess our (very) young and inexperienced fanbase never got to live that and forgot about it (or never knew).

I want results and entertainment during 82 games. I want the penultimate result during the playoffs. Mathman, if you want anything less than that, then I don't agree with you at all about the ultimate goal in sports. And in life, really. I want to be the best at what I do. Do you?

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