Originally Posted by McGinley
I think the issue is just how much the teams play, you know? With all the teams playing at minimum 4 games a round, it gets a little long-winded if your team isn't in the postseason. On the flip side, the NFL playoffs are kind of a drawback because you can be the 2011 Packers and be the best team in the NFL and then be 1 & Done in a loss to the 9-7 Giants.
Both have their drawbacks, I suppose. Still, playoff hockey in general is a great thing.
Agreed. To add to your point, NHL playoff series are absolute wars. You have the same 2 teams playing each other possibly 7 times in 2 weeks. They grow to hate each other and it's reflected in the play. Plus, a long playoff series develops fan base rivalries that never could exist geographically. I never cared about the Senators before last year. Then if you win a round, you get thrown into another series 2 days later. It's draining physically and emotionally. When you account for playoff parity, it makes the playoffs that much better (and the regular season that much worse).
Only playoff without a ton of excitement in my view is the NBA. You get some great games but usually the playoffs go to chalk.