Posted on: December 1, 2010 11:37 am

Retaining original division seeding for subseq...

In the tie-break rules, for a second application of the wildcard tie-break procedure (after the procedure has been used to identify the first wildcard team), emphasis is placed on the fact that teams within a division are not re-ranked; that they retain their original ranking from the first application of the procedure. My question is: why is this emphasis necessary?

In attempting to answer this question, Joe provided a very nice historical account of how the language in the tie-breaking procedure has evolved over the years. (I've placed Joe's historical account into the first comment for this blog). The issue I have though, is that I don't think it answers my question. I still believe that if teams within a division were always ranked in the manner they currently are, then any attempts to re-rank the teams in a second application of the procedure would have ALWAYS produced (and will continue to produce) the same original rankings. If I am correct, then the emphasis on "retaining original rankings" would be unnecessary.

If I am correct about this, please agree with me. If I am wrong about this, please provide an example (real or fictional).



Posted on: January 5, 2010 2:20 am

Making NFL Tiebreaking Steps Easier to Follow

Regarding tiebreakers, efforts should be made to make things more easy for those who do not sleep with the NFL rulebook under their pillow. 


Anyone care to write a draft of part, or all, of the NFL Tiebreaking Procedures, so that they are not only well understood by the average joe, but so that they leave little to no confusion among so-called "tiebreak experts"?

Posted on: January 4, 2010 2:11 am

Suggestions for Topics....

Please reply with a topic you would like to discuss. - I'll then create a thread devoted specifically to your topic.

Possible topics :

1) How to expand the NFL schedule to 18 games.

2) Interpretation of the rules in the NFL Tiebreaking Procedures. / Q&A.

3) The odds of rare scenarios not referred to specifically in the NFL Tiebreaking Procedures.
(a) Head-to-head games possibly counting in a 3 or 4 way Wild-Card tie without a sweep!
(b) Strength of Victory (SoV) tiebreaker used between teams with different win totals.
4) Discussing ideas for new NFL tiebreakers.

5) Discussing the merrits of existing NFL tiebreakers.
(a) Should the common games tiebreaker include games against repeat opponents?
(b) Should a head-to-head game be completely ignored in a 3 or 4 way Wild-Card tie?
6) Historical NFL tiebreak info.
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