posted on Apr, 18 2006 @ 04:25 PM
Actually, back when professional leagues were forming, I don't think that they even had conferences. I don't have time to research that right now,
but I am pretty sure that is the case. So yeah, why not throw away the whole idea of conferences? What meaning do they hold, anyway?
That wasn't my original intention, though. My idea is, if you are under .500, you don't deserve to be in the playoffs. Period. If your team does
not have a winning record, you are, by definition, a losing team. Therefore, your team does not deserve the recognition, or the financial benefits,
of being in the playoffs.
My plan goes something like this. I will use the 2003-04 NBA season as an example, it fits my arguement well. And my team got the shaft.
The final standings (and playoff seedings) were like this, followed by thier records:
1 Indiana 61-21
2 New Jersey 47-35
3 Detroit 54-28
4 Miami 42-40
5 New Orleans 41-41
6 Milwaukee 41-41
7 New York 39-43
8 Boston 36-46
1 Minnesota 58-24
2 Lakers 56-26
3 San Antonio 57-25
4 Sacramento 55-27
5 Dallas 52-30
6 Memphis 50-32
7 Houston 45-37
8 Denver 43-39
9 Utah 42-40
10 Portland 41-41
I suggest that New York and Boston did not deserve to be there, but Utah and Portland did. In this case, we would make Utah the 7th seed and Portland
the 8th seed, in the East, making them play the top 2 teams in the East, Indiana and New Jersey. (although an arguement could have been made for
Detroit) There is no way
that there would have been an upset in these series, but the lower seeded teams would have gotten the recognition,
experience, and financial benefits that they deserved.