Originally Posted by SAR I
Consider a team like the 1999 Jets.
Devastating injury to Vinny Testaverde, we open the season 1-6.
We get the quarterback situation under control, start beating really good teams including eventual division winners and wildcards, and finish the season on a run of 7-2.
We end as the hottest team in the NFL but the Dolphins take the final wildcard. Had there been an extra wildcard team that year, the Jets might very well have gone all the way to the Super Bowl. I don't think Vince Lombardi would've been disappointed by that. That team showed tremendous resiliency, didn't quit after a brutal start.
Yes...that can happen on occasion. A deserving 8-8 team not getting in. And sometimes a deserving 11-5 team...like the Pats, playing without Tom Brady, miss out too. And sometimes...7-7 Coslet led Jets teams make it to the playoffs too.
Playing football can break your heart...as well as your body and spirit. Some of this should be shared and felt by the fans too.
It is what it is...Football has never been a sport about fairness. It's a violent sport...a simulation of war. Good soldiers die...heroic platoons vanish in defeat. Nothing fair about that either. It's survival of the fittest. The victorious get to write history. And no justice for losers.
No fairness in football cause...