The National Football League in a World Without Borders

July 22, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

I know that the NFL has eight different divisions and two different conferences, but why?
What's the benefit in drawing lines, and creating borders to every team?
Why are the Dolphins in the same division with teams 1,700 miles away when Tampa isn't even in the same conference?
Why is Philadelphia in the Dallas Cowboys' division and the much closer Pittsburgh Steelers are in another conference? At least college football's regional difference is based on class, school size, etc.
Are all these invisible lines that separate the NFL really necessary. Are rivalries and constant bickering between Raiders, Broncos, and Chargers fans a cornerstone to a strong league?
Should an 8-8 football team advance to the playoffs while a 11-5 team is eliminated based on the division they come from?
If the Lions, Buccaneers, Rams, and Chiefs were all in the same division, could a 5-11 team have a legitimate shot at a playoff berth?
Considering football is a game where eve...

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