|FEBRUARY 5, 2007 -- THE FOLLOWING CAN ONLY BE VETOED BY GECKO BY 2/7 AT 5PM. A few seasons ago, we had a situation where a straight combo of East vs West and #4 vs #1, et. al., was employed with a fixed bracket (no re-seeding after any round). Unfortunately one of the teams ended up playing against a previously played inter-conference team, then lost to a dominant intra-conference team which they had already played twice.|
This resulted in the team playing only 5 different opponents throughout the course of the regular season and playoffs. From that point on, dreamleague instituted the Schedule Diversity Rule, which says that we will make every effort for teams to have as diverse a schedule as possible, since one of the best things about a well-run league is that you get to play against a diversity of opponents, not having your fate decided by a select few dominant teams.
We have hit this situation here and now with the REC. If you look at the Final Rankings, you'll see that we're already employing the Schedule Diversity Rule by switching out the traditional #8 at #1 and #7 at #2 with #7 at #1 and #8 at #2. The reasoning for doing this is quite obvious and pretty much undebatable.
Where we go where no man has gone before is with the remaining middle seeds. All parties involved probably would like to avoid #3 Cash vs #6 Warriors and #4 Wolverines vs #5 Gecko, because those intra-conference teams have seen each other quite enough.
However, we can't easily re-match it with #3 Cash vs #5 Gecko because the two teams faced each other already two weeks ago, as did the #4 Wolverines and #6 Warriors.
Therefore here's what we're proposing and, as explained further, you'll see why this makes sense in a double-elimination format for the teams over .500. Based on the information heretofore presented, we should pair the #4 Wolverines at #3 Cash and #6 Warriors at #5 Gecko, then re-seed the matchups like the NFL does in the next round.
Both Gecko and the Warriors are sub-.500, so one of them will be eliminated anyways. Both Cash and the Wolverines have double-elimination status, so losing doesn't eliminate them and they probably would have had to face a higher seed (#1 or #2) the following week anyways.
The issue at hand really revolves around #6 Gecko. Should they be paired up against #3 Cash in the traditional sense and lose to Cash, then Gecko would have gone home eliminated with only 5 different opponents. Since one of those games was a forfeit win over the Paper Grandsons, in reality Gecko would have only stepped foot on the court against 4 different opponents all season long.
Again, matchups will be re-seeded for the next round to re-normalize the imbalance caused by this proposal. To rehash, instead of...
...we will have the following due to the Schedule Diversity Rule...
- #5 Gecko at #3 Cash Money in Oakland and
- #6 Warriors at #4 Wolverines in SF
Yes, we realize this sucks for the Wolverines to have to travel, but in the traditional setup, if they had won, they probably would be facing the dominant Paper Grandsons in Oakland the following week (with apologies to Faded).
- #4 Wolverines at #3 Cash Money in Oakland and
- #6 Warriors at #5 Gecko in SF
In the new proposal, if the Wolverines beat Cash, Paper (again, with apologies to Faded) would likely draw the winner of Gecko/Warriors, since they would certainly not draw Western champion Max Power that early (apologies to Technics), which means the Wolverines would likely stay in SF and face Max Power the following week. In other words, instead of a home-then-away scenario with the traditional bracket, the Wolverines would probably get an away-then-home scenario with this new proposal.
Of course, the whole thing blows up should Paper and/or Max Power get upset.
In conclusion, we will pursue this solution unless Gecko objects by Wednesday 2/7 at 5PM.