However, in order to determine the participants, they are forcing teams to play all of their LEAGUE games within their first 7 games. Which for many teams, means they will play their Thanksgiving rival twice each season. And if you wind up playing your rival in the playoffs, it could be 3 times in one season. And under all these scenarios, the Thanksgiving Day game "doesn't count", because it can't effect standings and playoffs.
Coming from Ohio, I've always thought the MA football playoffs were a little silly. But I think the Thanksgiving rivalries are broadly more important than the playoffs, so I think this plan benefits just a few teams to the detriment of football in general in MA.
http://www.valleyhoc...id=224&navid=45 (Mike Lynch op-ed)
Edited by behindthepen, 06 November 2012 - 11:02 AM.