15 August 2008

Playoff Race Watch

Now that we're in the middle of August, the playoff race will heat up. With the everchanging rules for who gets to play in the post season, its hard to keep track. I think this year the format is the 3 teams above the Tropic of Capricorn from each conference, then the next 2 teams with an English player. Luckily, there are dedicated fans like Ken Roberts here to make some of the analysis easier. He put together an online application to track the MLS Playoff Race.
I'm trying to answer questions like:
What effect does each game this week have on a team's odds of making
the playoffs? (The "Big Games" section.)
How well do they need to finish out the season to make the playoffs?
(The "What If" section on each team's page.)

If you check it out and have any suggestions I'd love to hear them.

What can we gleam so far? Head over to his site to check it out. You can also learn who we should be rooting for/against in the other games this weekend.

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At 15 August, 2008 09:38, Blogger Bibliotheker said...

Ouch, that stuff makes my head hurt and that's after the morning java!

At 15 August, 2008 10:18, Blogger Doug said...

Fascinating stuff. The most interesting bit was seeing that our odds go up if the Fire beat the Galaxy. Otherwise, the effects are predictable - if it's two east teams, root for a draw, if it's a west vs east team, root for the west team.

At 15 August, 2008 15:07, Blogger Bob said...

My two favorite teams are DC United and whoever is playing FC Dallas.

At 15 August, 2008 19:38, Anonymous DCUinCT said...

Love to see exciting draws of teams close to us. The LA Chivas game last night was beautiful. Lots of drama, but nobody is truly closer to the playoffs.

At 16 August, 2008 09:13, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Playoffs , playoffs did he say playoffs , I mean it's playoffs , it's playoffs man playoffs,,,,,,,,,D.C. United doesn't belong in playoffs ,,,,,,,,,,


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