Playoffs? I can’t help but be bored by these “playoffs.” I watched a full slate of NCAA college football games yesterday, and, for teams hoping to win the national championship, every one of their games was basically a “win or go home game.” Certainly you can’t lose two. At the end of the year, you’ll have four teams remaining, all of whom had tremendously successful years. Also, the score on the scoreboard at the playoff games is the score that matters. There’s no second column on the scoreboard telling you the teams’ FedEx rankings, which will decide who advances.
You watch playoffs to see the cream of the crop. During the regular season, I follow the players deep into the OWGR rankings. Some of the best stories are the long shots who win a life-changing tournament.
However, I really don’t want to look at the scoreboard for a “playoff” event and find Charley Hoffman, Brendon de Jonge, Kevin Chappell, Matt Jones, and Sean O’Hair. None of those guys are in the OWGR top fifty, and three are not even in the top 125. None have won an event this year. I’m sorry, but none of them played their way into any “playoffs.”
These playoffs are like punishment for fans. There is absolutely no sense of urgency. Jordan Spieth can miss the first three cuts, then win at East Lake and still be crowned champion.
These “playoffs” are not ruined by complexity. They are ruined by stupidity.
Of course, the problem is the “have your cake and eat it too” mentality of the system. They want the excitement of postseason playoffs, but they want to rig it so that the “stars” (i.e., Tiger Woods and the anti-Tiger Phil Mickelson — how’s that working out for you, Tim?) are on TV every week.
Any true playoffs must have a win-or-go-home format. There has to be a butterfly-inducing immediacy. If you rule out match play, which is, frankly, the heart-and-soul of golf, there should at least be other modifications. Make a missed cut be the end of the road regardless of your ranking going in. Or make the playoff tournaments one- or two-day events.
Holy crap, was anything less interesting than the first Thursday of the “playoffs”? There was little interest — and no hand-wringing — when the OWGR #1 missed the cut in the first tournament of the “playoffs”?
These playoff events are nothing but regular season events played after the majors are over — when the world has moved on to football and U.S. Open tennis.
I’m not wont to feel sorry for megacorps, but I can’t help but feel a little sorry for FedEx investing so much money in this boring gimmick called the “playoffs.”