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Old 12-29-2008, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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For those that watch football, doesn't it make you wonder why the teams are in the divisions that they are? Perhaps there are historical reasons in order to create competition, maybe somebody who knows more than me can shed some light on this. Let me take case-by-case examples:


AFC East
New England
Buffalo
New York
Miami

What the hell is Miami doing here? shouldn't it be instead in the AFC South? Lets see if the AFC South has any abnormality that can be removed to put in its place Miami:

AFC South
Jacksonville
Houston
Tennessee
Indianapolis

Bingo!!! Indianapolis, that definitely aint the South. There is the AFC North but I think if they changed the name to AFC Central it would make more sense just like they do for the MLB. Lets see if we can fix the puzzle and keep the conference with 4 teams per division:

AFC North (renamed to AFC Central)
Pittsburgh
Baltimore
Cleveland
Cincinatti

Hmmm...Baltimore, it makes sense for it to be in the AFC East since Washington and Philly are already part of the NFC East. AFC West looks right to me so I skip over to the NFC East:

NFC East
NY
Philly
Dallas
Washington

Dallas, what they hell are you doing here? again the best place for it is to be in the South:

NFC South
Carolina
Tampa Bay
Atlanta
New Orleans

They all look South to me, but if we have to keep their numbers at 4, it makes more sense to bring Carolina to the NFC East than keeping Dallas. As for NFC North and NFC West, they also look right to me so no point in talking about them.

What do you guys think about this re-arrangement of the NFL Divisions? Apologies of somebody has proposed this before and that I haven't invented the gun here.
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Old 12-29-2008, 06:58 PM
 
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What you juat said makes toal sense. I don't know why the NFL hasn't made any changes to this alignment.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:01 PM
 
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Part of the reason may be expansion teams? I don't know. I remember the colts being in the AFC east a few years back, then the league expanded and they went to the south.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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I was thinking adapting for expansions. You also have to take into account when Franchises move, the divisions don't always change. I don't know though... it's a good question.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:07 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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Part of the reason may be expansion teams? I don't know. I remember the colts being in the AFC east a few years back, then the league expanded and they went to the south.
I think because they used to be the Baltimore Colts so it made sense back then.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:19 PM
 
Location: Houston Texas
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Dallas will never leave the NFC East division. All the best rivalries are in that division, cowboys- redskins, giants -eagles etc. Can you imagine a season without those bitter rivalries?
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:21 PM
 
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It's historical...
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:26 PM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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So why are the Texas Rangers in the AL West while the Houston Astros are in the NL Central?

Sports geography doesn't have to make sense.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:29 PM
 
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I see what you're saying about Miami being AFC South, Indy being North, and Baltimore being in AFC the AFC East HOWEVA (Screamin A Smith) Miami is just about as East-Coast as you can get.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Seattle
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the same in NBA

Oklahoma City - Northwest
Minnesota - Northwest
Memphis - Southwest
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