NFL owners are pushing to extend the regular season from 16 games to 18. Hey, does anyone out there remember the 12-game season?

I started paying attention to the NFL when I was 8 years old, and that would have been 1956. Twelve games, 12 teams, two divisions. Simple as a pimple. Division winners played for the league championship. That’s your postseason, pal.
And in 1956, the New York Giants won the East with an 8-3-1 record, the Chicago Bears won the West with a 9-2-1 record, and the Giants won the NFL title game, 47-7, and it was all wrapped up all neat and pretty, by New Year’s Eve.

I’m not saying following pro football was necessarily better back in the day. I am saying it was simpler.

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  1. observing

    Very true–one game post season, it was all wrapped up 2 weeks before Christmas or so!

    Nowadays, it’s not the extended length and playoffs that is so bothersome it’s the relentless HYPE through it all.

    September 10th, 2010 12:13 am

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