So a day after Brian capably shot down the whole 'Arizona Cardinals are a good example of how playoffs are faulty too' argument, SI.com's reliably inept Stewart Mandel writes a column saying exactly that.
Perhaps the most stunning part of the article comes at its conclusion:
'If the Cardinals played in college, they might have finished their season in the hometown Insight Bowl. Last month, two 7-5 teams -- Minnesota and Kansas -- played in that relatively low-profile game.
It's funny. In college, we complain when mediocre teams like the Gophers and Jayhawks are rewarded with bowl berths. In the pros, the system rewards comparable teams with a shot at the championship.'
Exactly which playoff model would have Minnesota and Kansas in the field, Stewart?