Again, I was writing this as Samo posted his response, so please excuse me if it pretty much mirrors anything else which has already been said. (Damn! I really got to learn to type faster!
I didn't really make this known when I cast my vote, but here's my take...
I'm of the opinion that the playoffs are what define the H2H game - you play the whole season just to get in - once you're in, it's anyone's ballgame. Maybe there was a manger who had a couple of bad breaks throughout the year, but managed to get into that last playoff spot. Then, he "out-manages" (for lack of a better word) the other guys in the playoffs and wins the championship. In my opinion, that's the guy who deserves to move up to the next level. He took nothing, and made something of it using his skills as a manager. And that's what we want at the Champions level, right? The best managers
But having said that, I voted for
the rule change. I agree with Red in that if you're going to use the entire
season to determine the final standings - in other words, make the H2H game more "roto-centric" (props to Rounders Block for turning me on to that phrase!
) - then you shouldn't use a playoff system during the final weeks. It puts the top ranked teams at a disadvantage that last week, as they are playing an opponent (presumably each other) who is equal to, or better, in strength. Say that match-up is determined by a 4-4-1 tie-breaker - it could actually hurt both
top squads, as the 3rd place guy might have a big win in his
game, and leap frog the other two. Instead, set H2H match-ups throughout the season (as has been already mentioned) and just let the schedule fall as it may.
If we do
keep a playoff system in place, maybe we should consider weighing those results as a percentage of the final standings. Say for example, a team who finishes 8th in the season standings manages to win the championship - although he rightly deserves to be champion of the league (as I stated before), his championship win only counts towards a certain percentage of the total of what he needs to win the league title outright. This way, if you have a 1st place/seeded manager who was dominant throughout the year but just fell short in the playoffs (maybe took 2nd place there), he still has a good chance of winning the league title due to his hard work during the season.
Bottom line: if you're going to count the whole season, remove the playoff bracket, or
have the playoff results hold less weight than the regular season results. Otherwise, don't count the season, and use the playoff result to determine the champion of the league.
That's my two...