I've been thinking about Doombot's charge that lengthening the season may not be worth it. And I'm acutely aware that adding another round to the playoffs means another 3 weeks of inactivity for managers who don't make it.
Plus, 16 teams will be eliminated from the first round of the playoffs anyway, leading to that many more managers sitting on the sidelines for the remaining 4 rounds of playoffs. So we're back to Square 1.
I've combined Marvel and DC's standings into one big mashup, and sorted them by best overall ranking, using my nifty new formula that adds strength of schedule.
It looks like this:
Notice the marks on the right side and how they snake through an A-D pattern. Based on these new rankings, I've gone and seeded the top 32 teams for a new bracket, similar to college basketball's setup.
Let's compare the results of this system to the one we actually used:
DC's Actual Playoffs:
DC's New Playoffs:
We learn that the Justice division was quite competitive, with its best team, Tanis's Justice League, facing opponents that went 17-13 against other teams. The JLA-Satellite shows itself to be the second best team in the regular season, using...
For simplicity's sake, let's randomize teams. We can keep the Marvel/DC dichotomy, leaving roughly 18 teams in DC and 28 in Marvel, and randomize the schedule however we like. No punitive "tough teams only face tough teams" or unbalanced "weak teams only face weak teams."
This is supposed to be a fun league. Mix it up so that heroes face villains and rivals face rivals and friends face friends and so on. It doesn't matter so long as it doesn't seem forced. This...