In Praise Of… Play-Offs


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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2 Responses

  1. Mark Butler says:

    I’m the last of a dying breed – a dinosaur who still can’t stand the play-offs. Probably for all the reasons you mention, but the one I’d really take issue with is your idea that the ideas of “fairness” are tenuous. I see your point, but if the right to promotion isn’t necessarily fair surely it still makes more sense that a better (and after 40 odd games, the position in the table really does indicate who’s best) team still claims that prize. The play-offs have put a stop to plenty of dead rubbers, but shouldn’t it be up to the teams themselves to prevent that by just making a stronger challenge for an automatic spot? But like I say, I must be a dinosaur anyway!

  2. Frank Dike says:

    The idea that a team finishing in second place has no more right iof promotion than one finishing in sixth place is absurd.Whatever happenrd to that old adage the league table never lies.The logical conclusion of this argument is that even the champions may not hav more of a right to promotion than a team finishing say fourth.What is the difference between these two standpoints?
    Im not 100% against the play offs per se but there is no need to adopt illogical and absurd positions in order to justify a concept which is at the end of the day designed to prolong the seasons entertainment value.
    Strictly on a league basis they are quite unjustifiable…

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