posted by gut
Well, I suppose I should be happy because I think the 5 times PIT missed the playoffs the last 12 years or whatever they would have been the 7th seed.
I don't like the competitive balance of 1 bye. But I think the advantage comes mostly from one less game facing elimination, and one more week to rest and get healthy. The rust definitely shows, though, and has caught more than a few teams.
I'm sure before long they eventually go to 8 teams, and then you've really marginalized the regular season. Becomes a much tougher decision to play a guy who's hurt when it only potentially affects seeding and not making the post-season.
The last like 7 SB winners had a bye. It doesn’t bite anyone outside of occasional randomness. It’s a huge advantage. I would venture more teams with a bye have won the SB than have lost their first game.