By the looks of things, I called yesterday's match entirely wrong. I had "Tanking The Season To Draft Andrew Luck" pegged as being eliminated rather handily, but it's doing quite well for itself, doubling up on the new kickoff rule. In all honesty, I don't think the two are even comparable and I'd vote for the new kickoff rule fifty times if I cared enough to try and cheat the system. That being said, we are only two hours in at the time of writing this, so anything can happen, but it's looking like we might have a twelve seed advance into the final four.
Today, we've got a great piece of bracket work in action as the number one seeded "Brady Rule" is up against the strong two-seed "Score, Commercial, Kickoff, Commercial." To me, this is the hardest match thus far to choose, I still don't know which way I'm going to vote, it will probably be a couple hours after this goes up before I actually cast mine. We're getting down close to the finals of this Tournament of Badness, and this match decides the last entrant into the final four. Let's get to it, but first ...
This is a tournament of badness and as such, you need to be voting for the absolute worst of the two in any given matchup. I don't think I need to be saying it at this point, but just so there isn't any confusion ... I know that people have been confused by ballots and instructions before. Vote for which one you think is more awful than the other, so in the end, we can truly have the worst thing in the NFL. Jump for a description of the two entrants in today's matchup and a look at the rest of the elite eight.
(1) The Brady Rule
The game becoming safer in some aspects is not at all a bad thing, but as we've seen with the new kickoff rule that advanced past that insufferable dancing robot, some things are too much. Each season, some new rule comes out protecting quarterbacks so they never get hurt. For years, quarterbacks got hurt and put on injured reserve, but it wasn't until Tom Brady of the New England Patriots took a knee injury (a freak knee injury, at that) and was out for the season that the league decided to start pampering quarterbacks. Brady got hurt, that hurt viewership and all of that, so the league decided that "all" quarterbacks needed to be protected. So they implemented some new rules to protect "all" quarterbacks, but unfortunately they only seem to be implemented around the bigger names, for the most part. That might be a little unfair, but defensive players get penalized just for taking the same field as your Bradys, your Mannings and your Brees...es... It's bad, they're calling roughing far too often and fining people left and right. Just terrible. Awful. Terrible awfulness. Awful terribleness.
(2) Score, Commercial, Kickoff, Commercial
For one, there are far too many commercials during football broadcasts. Rather, there's far too much advertising, which is leading to less cheerleaders and things of that nature, but as to something actually important, the whole score, commercial, kickoff, commercial thing is so annoying. It actually really takes me out of the game. Sometime the game will fade to commercial immediately after a touchdown before there's time for a replay, and then it'll come back finally and we'll get a kickoff. Then another commercial. It's infuriating, and takes me personally out of the experience. I'm sure it does for some of you as well.
(12) Tanking The Season To Draft Andrew Luck versus (3) New Kickoff Rule
(1) The Brady Rule versus (2) Score, Commercial, Kickoff, Commercial