What would happen if the NFL were run by a bunch of extremely stupid people who based their playoff system on college football's BCS? It might go something like this:
Somewhere in an alternate universe, January 23, 2006: Despite their losses in the AFC playoffs to the Pittsburgh Steelers, the Indianapolis Colts and the Denver Broncos were voted to the top two spots in the NFL Super Poll Championship Series rankings and will face off in SPCS LX to be played in seven weeks on April 5.
Despite winning the AFC and NFC championships respectively, the Steelers and the Seattle Seahawks were deemed to be unworthy of playing in the SPCS championship game. After all, everyone knows that the Colts and Broncos are the best teams in the league. I mean, get real, the Steelers lost five games, and the NFC is like the junior varsity compared to the AFC! Although their game Feb. 26 is officially meaningless regarding the SPCS championship, the Steelers and Seahawks each hope that a win will help bolster their case for being voted the champion of the unaffiliated Associated Press poll.
Teams will earn $50 million each for participating in the SPCS. Each player will receive some books, $10 a day meal money, and a new iPod. Trivia note: Even though he's never actually won a conference championship game, this will be Peyton Manning's third SPCS appearance because the voters are smart enough to look beyond the results on the field. Everyone knows what SHOULD have happened in all those games he managed to lose. Manning says he'll probably go a bit stir crazy during the seven weeks off until the championship game, but "That's the way the system is so it must make sense to someone."
What would have happened back in 2002 when the Rams were the "Greatest Show on Turf?" Click here to find out.