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The WCB Tournament: the Field of 64, er, 80 is set

Posted by Jason Lisk on March 18, 2010

Okay, so I looked at all the great comments and decided that I couldn't decide between teams. 20 at-large entries was not enough. On the other hand, I have to draw the line somewhere. So I expanded it to 80, so there will now be 36 at-large (non-Super Bowl) entries along with every Super Bowl losing team. Of course, this still means everyone will be disappointed by something. I settled on the 36 entries by some general combination of the following:

1. Find the teams with the best records not to make it (so, everyone that went 14-2 in a non-strike year should be in);
2. Then find the teams with the best SRS performance not to make the Super Bowl (so teams like 1970 Minnesota get in even though they were also just in the year before);
3. Then find teams that were really good for a three year stretch but never made the Super Bowl during that time (think Rams of the late 60's and 70's, or the 13-3 Chiefs from the mid-90's). I chose a representative year for these teams; and finally . . .
4. The last 9 entries were entirely based on commenter votes and adding teams from franchises not represented. I decided that the Texans would not get in (when your best team is 9-7, sorry), but the city of Houston is represented by the run-n-shoot and luv ya blue Oilers. The only other franchise not in is New Orleans. I could have gone with the 2006 Saints but decided that Saints fans can just bask in the glow and ignore this silly exercise. So, commenters pushed in teams like the aforementioned Oilers, the 1977 Raiders, and the 1976 New England Patriots (a very solid choice by all the numbers plus the way they lost, by the way).

Then, I had to seed this darn monstrosity. Trust me, I claim no expertise in this matter. I just set up a rough formula based on win percentage, SRS rating, and margin of defeat and distance from the SB winner in terms of points for each of the 80 teams. I gave myself the liberty to move a team up or down a line or two from what that kicked out. Then I seeded the teams by making sure no franchise could play itself before the Elite 8, and also tried to have a balance across eras. If your team got a bad seed, well they can play their way out.

The #1 seeds are:

2007 New England Patriots
1968 Baltimore Colts
1998 Minnesota Vikings
2001 Saint Louis Rams

All these teams rated highly in every category--outstanding win percentage, high power rating, and lost in close fashion in memorable games (the Colts being the only ones who lost by more than 3). Without further ado, here are the seeds in each region:

The Tampa Region
1 2007 New England Patriots
2 1969 Minnesota Vikings
3 2005 Indianapolis Colts
4 1990 San Francisco 49ers
5 1974 Oakland Raiders
6 1997 Green Bay Packers
7 1998 Atlanta Falcons
8 1973 Minnesota Vikings
9 1966 Dallas Cowboys
10 1996 Denver Broncos
11 1976 Los Angeles Rams
12 1999 Jacksonville Jaguars
13 1980 Philadelphia Eagles
14 1975 Dallas Cowboys
15 1999 Tennessee Titans
16 1987 Cleveland Browns
17 1986 Denver Broncos
18 1981 San Diego Chargers
19 2008 Arizona Cardinals
20 1992 Buffalo Bills

The New Orleans Region
1 1998 Minnesota Vikings
2 1976 Pittsburgh Steelers
3 1994 Dallas Cowboys
4 1967 Los Angeles Rams
5 1984 Miami Dolphins
6 1970 Detroit Lions
7 2006 Baltimore Ravens
8 1979 San Diego Chargers
9 2000 Tennessee Titans
10 2003 Kansas City Chiefs
11 1998 New York Jets
12 2002 Philadelphia Eagles
13 1981 Cincinnati Bengals
14 1974 Minnesota Vikings
15 2002 Oakland Raiders
16 1993 Buffalo Bills
17 1999 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
18 1989 Denver Broncos
19 1985 New England Patriots
20 2000 New York Giants

The Los Angeles Region
1 1968 Baltimore Colts
2 1992 San Francisco 49ers
3 1983 Washington Redskins
4 2006 San Diego Chargers
5 1978 Dallas Cowboys
6 1967 Oakland Raiders
7 1976 New England Patriots
8 1997 Kansas City Chiefs
9 1977 Oakland Raiders
10 1986 Chicago Bears
11 1988 Cincinnati Bengals
12 2009 Minnesota Vikings
13 1991 Buffalo Bills
14 1971 Miami Dolphins
15 1981 Dallas Cowboys****
16 1979 Houston Oilers
17 1995 Pittsburgh Steelers
18 2003 Carolina Panthers
19 1987 Denver Broncos
20 1979 Los Angeles Rams

The Houston Region
1 2001 Saint Louis Rams
2 1990 Buffalo Bills
3 1970 Minnesota Vikings
4 2004 Pittsburgh Steelers
5 1987 San Francisco 49ers
6 1977 Denver Broncos
7 2009 Indianapolis Colts
8 2004 Philadelphia Eagles
9 1970 Dallas Cowboys
10 1973 Los Angeles Rams
11 2005 Seattle Seahawks
12 1972 Washington Redskins
13 1976 Minnesota Vikings
14 2006 Chicago Bears
15 1982 Miami Dolphins
16 1966 Kansas City Chiefs
17 1993 Houston Oilers
18 1996 New England Patriots
19 1980 Atlanta Falcons
20 1994 San Diego Chargers

Okay, so there is the bracket. Tampa Region winner will play New Orleans winner; Houston winner will play Los Angeles winner. Next up is the opening round games between the #13- 20, #14-#19, #15-#18, and #16-#17 teams.

****see comment about 1981 Cowboys below

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