tombstone81 (no login) Posted Feb 5, 2009 11:42 AM
First off, COOG, you are suggesting that somehow the Cougars actually "held their own" against the Giants in the games they have played this year...as opposed to acknowledging the reality that the Giants could sleepwalk through these games (and did) and still win. They only did what they had to do to put up the "W". To suggest that even one of the four playoff games the Cougars may play against the Giants will be one-goal affairs is folly.
Secondly, why do the supporters (and Cougar management) keep getting excited about "making the playoffs" in a playoff structure that is so bogus as to be laughable. As it stands right now, the Cougars could get into the second-season with a winning percentage barely above .315. Yeah, that makes sense. Nothing like rewarding mediocrity. Hell, .320 is not even mediocrity, it's crap.
It's ridiculous to let that many teams into the playoffs and is all about the money. Only the Top 8 from the entire WHL should make the playoffs. Out of 22 teams that's still more than one-third participation...far greater than most major sports playoff structuring besides hockey. Even the NHL only allows 50% of its franchises to make the playoffs, which many have argued is way too high as it is.
75% playoff participation for the WHL is insane. Why even bother with a regular season then? Why even bother trying to build a winner for your fans, when you can just bring in a ringer at the trade deadline (Setoguchi) and go on to knock off the top team in the regular season despite not even deserving to be in the playoffs in the first place? In their decade and a half in PG, when have the Cougars ever actually DESERVED to be in playoffs, if the format were more realistic? Maybe two or three times, tops?
Watching a fluke Cinderella run every 5-7 years or so that is solely the architect of a bogus playoff format is hardly my idea of solid management and franchise building for the fans.