If you know me, you had to know this blog attack was coming. All it took was one barrage from the NFL parity-propaganda machine, and I had no choice. So the NFL has had at least five new teams make the playoffs in 14 straight years, huh? Well, that's a wonderful thing. And we're all so darned proud of them. But I'm now required by my DNA to report: This does not prove they're the kings of competitive balance. If you have a sneaky feeling I'm about to compare the NFL to Major League Baseball on that front, hey, you know me too well. That's exactly where this is heading. Let's start by reminding you that 50 percent more teams make the playoffs in football than make it in baseball (12, versus eight). So this deck is already stacked. And one more thing: It's amazing how competitively balanced you can make yourself look if you start letting sub-.500 teams into your playoff party. OK, now that we've got that out of the way, a few facts you should know:
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