Inspired by Posnanski.
Give me a real pennant race.
I’d love for baseball to be four 8-team leagues playing a 154-game round-robin schedule with no interleague play. Then you have a tournament between the 4 winners. I’ve even got the leagues figured out:
- original 8 National League teams
- original 8 American League teams
- 8 National League expansion teams
- 8 American League expansion teams
I wouldn’t mind if football were the same way. Four 8-team leagues playing 14 games round-robin, all followed by a 4-team tournament.
It used to mean something when you had the best record in the league. Heck, the best sports call of all time is “The Giants win the pennant!!!!!!” Now having the best record means you either peaked too soon or choked “when it counts.”
If my team dominates the league and then gets upset in the playoffs, I’d love to remember the team for the entire season of greatness rather than the bitters end.