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If you had to cut the NFL in half, what teams would you cut?

Postby Howie » Sat Nov 08, 2008 12:59 pm

I would use team history, success, prestige, etc as factors. You can use whatever you want to determine which teams are worth keeping around. Obviously, this would never happen in reality as there is too much money to be made by having 32 teams, so this is purely hypothetical. To even the playing field a little, I'll only take into account teams/games in the Super Bowl era. So...teams 1-16 would remain in the NFL, and teams 17-32 would be cut. And remember, there is no difference between 1 and 16, only between 16 and 17.

MADE THE CUT (get to stay in the NFL)

1. Dallas Cowboys - 5 championships, Americas team
2. San Fransisco 49ers - 5 championships
3. Pittsburgh Steelers - again, cant argue with the team's success
4. Green Bay Packers - prestigious
5. New England Patriots - Dynasty of the 2000s, and made Super Bowl apperances in the 80s and 90s
6. New York Giants
7. Chicago Bears - only 1 championship, but the tradition is there
8. Washington Redskins
9. Oakland Raiders - 6 years of sucktitude doesnt outweigh 30 years of excellence
10. Denver Broncos - history of success
11. Minnesota Vikings
12. Indianapolis Colts
13. Miami Dolphins - having the only perfect season gets them over the hump
14. Philadelphia Eagles
15. Buffalo Bills - something has to be said for making 4 straight Super Bowls
16. Kansas City Chiefs

DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT

17. Cleveland Browns
18. New York Jets
19. Baltimore Ravens
20. Tampa Bay Bucs - one ring doesn't quite make up for decades of losing
21. St. Louis Rams
22. Tennessee Titans
23. San Diego Chargers - getting a little better
24. Atlanta Falcons
25. Seattle Seahawks
26. Cincinnati Bengals - at least they've been in a couple of Super Bowls
27. Carolina Panthers - a victim of being too new
28. Jacksonville Jaguars - see above
29. New Orleans Saints
30. Arizona Cardinals - the Clippers of the NFL
31. Houston Texans - again, too new
32. Detroit Lions - yuck
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Re: If you had to cut the NFL in half, what teams would you cut?

Postby spodog » Sat Nov 08, 2008 1:07 pm

This is a little abstract even for me to wrap my mind around, which is saying quite a bit 8-o

I think I'd keep all of the old AFL teams, plus a few favorite 'old NFL' teams and jettison the rest.

What is the point of this question?
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Re: If you had to cut the NFL in half, what teams would you cut?

Postby treat24 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 1:08 pm

that list is actually pretty solid. I wouldn't make too many changes
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Re: If you had to cut the NFL in half, what teams would you cut?

Postby mikus » Sat Nov 08, 2008 2:33 pm

Howie wrote:DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT
29. New Orleans Saints


BOOOOOOO!!! :-b
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Re: If you had to cut the NFL in half, what teams would you cut?

Postby steelerfan513 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:24 pm

Disagreements with above list

Teams I'd keep:

New York Jets: Put the AFL on the map with win over Baltimore Colts in SB III, helped pave way for AFL-NFL merger. Also, have Brett Favre. :-B
Baltimore Ravens: Newer team (not counting their years as the Browns), but they've been a consistently good team for their short number of years. Won a Super Bowl, have great management and ownership.

Teams I'd get rid of:

Philadelphia Eagles: Aside from 1980 Super Bowl appearance, haven't been good until this decade.
Kansas City Chiefs: Apart from victory in Super Bowl IV, haven't done anything notable on the field.
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Re: If you had to cut the NFL in half, what teams would you cut?

Postby treat24 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 3:34 pm

The Chiefs were one of the ones I thought could go... Eagles fans have always been some of the most hardcore and thought that deserved warrant in the discussion. So I felt they were cool in the list. I agree on the Jets... Not so sure on the Ravens.
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Re: If you had to cut the NFL in half, what teams would you cut?

Postby woodson_28 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:22 pm

treat24 wrote:Eagles fans have always been some of the most hardcore and thought that deserved warrant in the discussion


By Hardcore do you mean, they like to throw snowballs at santa?
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Re: If you had to cut the NFL in half, what teams would you cut?

Postby bb88 » Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:42 pm

woodson_28 wrote:
treat24 wrote:Eagles fans have always been some of the most hardcore and thought that deserved warrant in the discussion


By Hardcore do you mean, they like to throw snowballs at santa?


The fact that you have to go back to an incident that occurred in 1968 to make a point shows the validity of the point.
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Re: If you had to cut the NFL in half, what teams would you cut?

Postby flotsamnjetsam » Sat Nov 08, 2008 9:59 pm

Howie wrote:I would use team history, success, prestige, etc as factors. You can use whatever you want to determine which teams are worth keeping around. Obviously, this would never happen in reality as there is too much money to be made by having 32 teams, so this is purely hypothetical. To even the playing field a little, I'll only take into account teams/games in the Super Bowl era. So...teams 1-16 would remain in the NFL, and teams 17-32 would be cut. And remember, there is no difference between 1 and 16, only between 16 and 17.

MADE THE CUT (get to stay in the NFL)

1. Dallas Cowboys - 5 championships, Americas team
2. San Fransisco 49ers - 5 championships
3. Pittsburgh Steelers - again, cant argue with the team's success
4. Green Bay Packers - prestigious
5. New England Patriots - Dynasty of the 2000s, and made Super Bowl apperances in the 80s and 90s
6. New York Giants
7. Chicago Bears - only 1 championship, but the tradition is there
8. Washington Redskins
9. Oakland Raiders - 6 years of sucktitude doesnt outweigh 30 years of excellence
10. Denver Broncos - history of success
11. Minnesota Vikings
12. Indianapolis Colts
13. Miami Dolphins - having the only perfect season gets them over the hump
14. Philadelphia Eagles
15. Buffalo Bills - something has to be said for making 4 straight Super Bowls
16. Kansas City Chiefs

DIDN'T MAKE THE CUT

17. Cleveland Browns
18. New York Jets
19. Baltimore Ravens
20. Tampa Bay Bucs - one ring doesn't quite make up for decades of losing
21. St. Louis Rams
22. Tennessee Titans
23. San Diego Chargers - getting a little better
24. Atlanta Falcons
25. Seattle Seahawks
26. Cincinnati Bengals - at least they've been in a couple of Super Bowls
27. Carolina Panthers - a victim of being too new
28. Jacksonville Jaguars - see above
29. New Orleans Saints
30. Arizona Cardinals - the Clippers of the NFL
31. Houston Texans - again, too new
32. Detroit Lions - yuck



As a Jets/Giants fan, the 1st 6 teams to go would be the Pats, Dolphins, Bills, Cowboys, Eagles, & Redskins. Then I'd axe Indy & AZ because they both used to be in our divisions. Then I'd axe Houston, Jax, Car, & Balt because they're too new (like you said). Last 4 would be Detroit, NO, Tenn & Cleveland because they've never played in a SB. :-B :-D
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Re: If you had to cut the NFL in half, what teams would you cut?

Postby moochman » Sat Nov 08, 2008 10:13 pm

I would cut the half that contains all the lawyers, agents, and non ex-football players (at least collegiate level). Leave the half that contains those who play or have played the game. They would have a better understanding of the game and how to make it better.
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