The new playoff format - specifically, the wildcard/crossover rule
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02-28-2013, 12:12 PM
Join Date: Jun 2006
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The proposal as described on the League website sounds very similar to the CFL crossover rule. Too similar, IMHO. It only works by screwing the Eastern teams, and I'm not going to say this alignment is acceptable because it screws the East and not the West.
How does the Playoff seeding idea screw the East more than it does the West? At least in the East any crossover would still be in the same Time Zone.
Still say that it should be like this:
If a crossover is required because the 5th place team in one Division has a better record than the 4th place team in the other Division, then:
1 vs 3
1 vs 5
2 vs 4
2 vs 3 (crossover matchup, home-ice going to the team with the better record)
And if 2 wins vs 3, then the 2nd Round has pure Divisional matchups. If 3 wins vs 2, then again there is one crossover matchup in the 2nd Round in that Conference.
It's the simplest, and it produces a winner for each Division going into the final-4.
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