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02-05-17 10:45PM
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Page plays itself out again

Not that Glen and the boys are undeserving, but I feel the page playoff system should be re-examined. Other than ticket sales, why should Epping, the clear cut winner of the round robin be forced to play a preliminary game? I know there are many varied opinions on this, but in my view, the page system SUCKS!
In my opinion we should go back to a semi-final/final format. Page playoff was clearly originally made for pool play, not round robins.

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Not that Glen and the boys are undeserving, but I feel the page playoff system should be re-examined. Other than ticket sales, why should Epping, the clear cut winner of the round robin be forced to play a preliminary game? I know there are many varied opinions on this, but in my view, the page system SUCKS!
In my opinion we should go back to a semi-final/final format. Page playoff was clearly originally made for pool play, not round robins.



I hear what you're saying. However, if you advance the top team to the final - that team has to wait a day or two while the other 3 teams sort out who will be served up as the opponent.

The best path might be to give the Top team - if they finish at least 2 games clear of the 2nd place team THE OPTION of either playing a 1-2 game - or advancing straight to final.

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your theory would fly better if Johns team had not pulled a Falcons crash

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Re: Re: Page plays itself out again

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I hear what you're saying. However, if you advance the top team to the final - that team has to wait a day or two while the other 3 teams sort out who will be served up as the opponent.

The best path might be to give the Top team - if they finish at least 2 games clear of the 2nd place team THE OPTION of either playing a 1-2 game - or advancing straight to final.



The team winning the semi-final goes in the final game with the wind blowing in the sails. That can be an advantage going into the big game. But as the Wrench would have said, the only problem with the semi final is that you may lose it!

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Except, you play for a whole week... you clearly win the round robin and you are rewarded with an extra game. I feel it minimizes the importance of the round robin standings. 5-4 round robin results shouldn't be included in a playoff. In this case, 6 of the 10 teams were still alive, after the round robin. That's my $0.02.

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Re: Page plays itself out again

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Not that Glen and the boys are undeserving, but I feel the page playoff system should be re-examined. Other than ticket sales, why should Epping, the clear cut winner of the round robin be forced to play a preliminary game? I know there are many varied opinions on this, but in my view, the page system SUCKS!
In my opinion we should go back to a semi-final/final format. Page playoff was clearly originally made for pool play, not round robins.



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"Clear cut winner". Very often the difference between the first and second team is very marginal and I feel the page system acknowledges this and makes it more fair, giving each team a second chance.

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Page system, advantage/disadvantage?

The only teams who benefit from the Page playoff in a round robin competition are the 2nd place team and the 4th place team.

The Page System makes sense only for a two pool playoff where there is no obvious #1 team.

Every team that finishes #1 in a single pool round robin format would take the one game final instead of having to play a 1-2 game and then a possible semi-final if they lose the 1-2 game. It's a no-brainer!

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I would wager that any team entering a competition would be very happy to be in the 1v2 game. Even if they went through the rr with no losses. Better than a 1v4, 2v3 loser out scenario.

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I would wager that any team entering a competition would be very happy to be in the 1v2 game. Even if they went through the rr with no losses. Better than a 1v4, 2v3 loser out scenario.


I would wager that any team entering a competition would be happier to simply get a bye to the final if they finished round robin in first. They are "happy" to be in the 1-2 game only because it is a game imposed on them due to the format of the competition. The only time they are truly happy with having to play the 1-2 game is if they win that game....

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IMHO the page playoff is the best case scenario. the top two teams are "rewarded" for the round robin play in the 1 v 2 game and that's a lot better than a say 10-0 rr team losing out in a 1 v 4 scenario.....The only other way which would be fair is eliminate the playoffs....Winner of the round robin is the winner.period.





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In any other sport is there a "go straight to the final" competition?????
Hockey. 16 effin teams make the playoffs. most absurd of any.
CFL (the 2nd rate league) 1st gets bye to semi final.
NFL first gets first round bye.
Basketball. Who cares!
Baseball. No byes

The rr / prelims are to see who gets to the playoffs.
The playoffs are to decide who is the best.

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Re: Page plays itself out again

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Why should … the clear cut winner of the round robin be forced to play a preliminary game? …Page playoff was clearly originally made for pool play, not round robins.


I look at it this way. Epping lost his first playoff game. If not for the Page, he would have been eliminated at that point. The Page only provided him with a chance to help himself out but he lost again. How would you like the system to work better? Would you prefer that the clear cut winner of the round robin play just wins the event and no playoffs are necessary?

I don’t see any format where Epping losing his first game would work out for him outside of a no playoff only system

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When comparing to other sports you best keep in mind that many times the finals are a 3 out of 5 or 4 out 7 series, which is most fair. Obviously curling is not at that level despite considering top teams as professionals. They still have to earn a living outside of curling( except teams fully funded by their countries) and could not afford time necessary for that. The page playoff goes a small way towards this in that you at least have to win 2 out of 2.

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How about do what Sask and AB do - have a triple knockout with ABC...lose three times and you're out whether you are Epping Howard or Tuck.

Sometimes you get the result you might not expect (i.e. SK) but saves tie-breakers, shortens the time etc...

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Re: Page plays itself out again

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Not that Glen and the boys are undeserving, but I feel the page playoff system should be re-examined. Other than ticket sales, why should Epping, the clear cut winner of the round robin be forced to play a preliminary game? I know there are many varied opinions on this, but in my view, the page system SUCKS!
In my opinion we should go back to a semi-final/final format. Page playoff was clearly originally made for pool play, not round robins.



This is one of the strangest non-ML posts on this forum. Epping lost 2 straight playoff games, the team clearly choking under the pressure as he threw away sizeable leads. And yet you blame the system not the team? That makes no logical sense. To suggest that a team that cannot win a single playoff game deserves a better fate is mind-boggling to me.

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I hear what you're saying. However, if you advance the top team to the final - that team has to wait a day or two while the other 3 teams sort out who will be served up as the opponent.

The best path might be to give the Top team - if they finish at least 2 games clear of the 2nd place team THE OPTION of either playing a 1-2 game - or advancing straight to final.



Do you actually believe any team would ever pick to play the extra game? That's a ridiculous suggestion.

Also, I'm still waiting for you to take my bet. You suggested Homan at 5-1 and Englot at 15-1, I'd still like both of those odds please, like you suggested over a week ago. Please put your money where your mouth is.

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How about do what Sask and AB do - have a triple knockout with ABC...lose three times and you're out whether you are Epping Howard or Tuck.

Sometimes you get the result you might not expect (i.e. SK) but saves tie-breakers, shortens the time etc...



Both have the page playoff.

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In any other sport is there a "go straight to the final" competition?????
Hockey. 16 effin teams make the playoffs. most absurd of any.
CFL (the 2nd rate league) 1st gets bye to semi final.
NFL first gets first round bye.
Basketball. Who cares!
Baseball. No byes

The rr / prelims are to see who gets to the playoffs.
The playoffs are to decide who is the best.



The Page playoff does not determine who is the best. If you wanted that, you would have a true triple knockout or a multi-game playoff between the two top teams, the latter of those two options many times provided by the Page playoff, but not always.

In the case of the Ontario Tankard, Epping vs. Howard happened twice (once in round robin; once in the Page 1v2 game) with the two teams splitting those games and then Epping did not get back to play a third game against Howard.

The curling playoff scenario, whether it be 1v4 and 2v3 with the winners playing a final or the Page system with 1v2 and 3v4 with the loser of the 1v2 game playing the winner of the 3v4 game with the winner of that game playing the 1v2 game winner for all the marbles accomplishes two things - it gives the #1 team a chance to lose a playoff game (as long as it's not the final) and still win the event and it guarantees an event final at a specific day and time (most presumably to cater to television coverage).

If you lose two straight games in the playoffs, you should be done, regardless what your round robin record might be.

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Both have the page playoff.



Re Sk. & Alberta playing a triple knockout.......with this system you may argue that everyone does not play the whole field thus depending on the seeding some teams may have an easier route to qualify for the playoffs.Just saying

Unfortunately in this present era everything revolves around TV ratings and schedules so I'm just fine with a round robin and a page playoff.





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I look at it this way. Epping lost his first playoff game. If not for the Page, he would have been eliminated at that point. The Page only provided him with a chance to help himself out but he lost again. How would you like the system to work better? Would you prefer that the clear cut winner of the round robin play just wins the event and no playoffs are necessary?

I don’t see any format where Epping losing his first game would work out for him outside of a no playoff only system



Easy, top three teams to the final. No marginal 5-4 teams make the playoffs, like this year. Just like they used to do about 20 years ago. You don't minimize the round robin and the best team, 9 out of ten times usually won. Russ Howard, Ed Weirnich etal. If you like the page then have it as seeded pools.

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This is one of the strangest non-ML posts on this forum. Epping lost 2 straight playoff games, the team clearly choking under the pressure as he threw away sizeable leads. And yet you blame the system not the team? That makes no logical sense. To suggest that a team that cannot win a single playoff game deserves a better fate is mind-boggling to me.


The only thing strange is that response. Respectfully, you undoubtedly have not been around long enough to realize that the Tankard ( 20 years ago) was a round robin, semi and final event. Subsequent to that, TV and ticket sales became a priority so they went to the page, which does not reward the round-robin winner. It just creates more games.
Marginalized 5-4 record teams, should not be in the playoffs, like which happened this year. 6 out of 10 of the teams were still vying for the championship! Are you kidding me? You are minimizing the importance of the round robin.
Nevertheless, if you like the page then alter it to a seeded pool play competition, or something along that line.

Cheers!

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The only thing strange is that response. Respectfully, you undoubtedly have not been around long enough to realize that the Tankard ( 20 years ago) was a round robin, semi and final event. Subsequent to that, TV and ticket sales became a priority so they went to the page, which does not reward the round-robin winner. It just creates more games.
Marginalized 5-4 record teams, should not be in the playoffs, like which happened this year. 6 out of 10 of the teams were still vying for the championship! Are you kidding me? You are minimizing the importance of the round robin.
Nevertheless, if you like the page then alter it to a seeded pool play competition, or something along that line.

Cheers!



I think you completely missed my point. My point was Team Epping only have themselves to blame. They had 2 games and 2 leads and blew it. They lost because of their play, not because the system needs fixing.

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I think you completely missed my point. My point was Team Epping only have themselves to blame. They had 2 games and 2 leads and blew it. They lost because of their play, not because the system needs fixing.



I didn't miss your point whatsoever. MY point was, regardless of how team Epping played the round robin winner is not rewarded. "Oh, we won the round robin..let's go out and play another prelimanary". The page is weighted for more games and ticket sales, and allows in many cases, too many teams to slip in the back door with marginal records.

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Not that Glen and the boys are undeserving, but I feel the page playoff system should be re-examined. Other than ticket sales, why should Epping, the clear cut winner of the round robin be forced to play a preliminary game? I know there are many varied opinions on this, but in my view, the page system SUCKS!
In my opinion we should go back to a semi-final/final format. Page playoff was clearly originally made for pool play, not round robins.



Well I respect Epping....but he lost two games in a row that he had full control of. In the Tuck game he was up 6-1 in the 4th.

The guy I feel sorry for is Tuck....the ice beat him in the final, not that Howard isn't deserving. It seems the three teams, Epping, Howard and Tuck are all deserving...unfortunately only one can win.

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