Playoff Format Under Attack

Playoff Format Under Attack

  • Posted by Drew Epperley
  • On October 29, 2007
  • 2 Comments

Its no real surprise today that some people out there are complaining about the weekend’s games. Not because their club lost or drew (in the case of New York and New England), but because it was too defensive or lacked any real offense.

Think about the last time the league was in playoff mode and in one weeked on action that saw four games and only yielded three goals and a scoreless draw. Think about that for a minute because it has never happened before. Usually there are more than three goals and in some games we have seen more.

Now there are some folks out there wanting change again. I have always been one to complain about how the playoffs are set up but more people seem to be getting on board due to the boring defensive showing. Think about it too, no high seeds won a game this weekend. All games were upsets to a degree. But that is what you get sometimes when you have a playoff series that is two legs. Its typical really of that kind of format to be defensive.

But is this all really a bad thing? Sure the upsets are a little surprising and can be annoying for some but is changing the current format of the home-and-home really going to change anything? I don’t think changing it back to the best of three will do anything to really help this out. Home-and-home is a little more competitive in my opinion even if it doesn’t reward much for the higher seed.

Really, as I have always said the change needs to be made to the number of clubs entering the playoffs. I did see one change that wouldn’t be too terrible if they kept eight clubs in the playoffs. With the higher seeds getting a bye and the wild-cards actuall playing NFL-style wild card playoff games. I think that way put it into a single elimination and put the low seeds against one another and the winners face the higher seeds. That way the conference champions take a week off and get rewarded for hard work while the lower seeds battle it out to face them.

However, I doubt the MLS will actually ever change this format. They’ve gone through a couple different formats and none have been all that great. Its either shorten the regular season (won’t happen) and bring back the best of three, or keep what you have. I still think the best is to lower the number that gets in but we all know that if it hasn’t happened by now then it will never happen. A true and great playoff format will never really happen in this league.

But what we have now may actually be the best that we got, sadly enough. It does create the best confusion amoung us and keeps us talking about it, which is what the league wants. They don’t want people to not talk about the playoffs now do they?

  • tex

    Go to a one and done, drop the home & home stuff and every game will matter.

  • tex

    Go to a one and done, drop the home & home stuff and every game will matter.