from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sports A final game or series of games played to break a tie.
- n. Sports A series of games played to determine a championship.
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- n. A final game in a series needed to break a tie.
- n. A short series of games to select a league champion.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any final competition to determine a championship
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The authors are adamant that not only could bowl games continue to co-exist with a playoff, they argue that a playoff is actually necessary in order to save the bowl games.
Cashman was asked if it was unfair that the first round of the playoff is a best-of-five series when the next two rounds are best-of-seven, and he only laughed.
For fans that believe a playoff is the only way to end the controversy, realize that there will always be controversy in the method of selecting teams, where to play and if it is the right way to select a champion.
Sure, there are flaws, but without a playoff is there a better way?
This is about football -- about two six-team divisions and a title playoff to share the spotlight on what has become championship Saturday.
He averaged 13.4 points on 32 percent shooting over his last seven playoff games, and criticized Atlanta fans who booed him and the team for the worst home loss in playoff history, a 105-75 rout in Game 3.
Tony Romo, Dallas Cowboys: Must prove he can win playoff games and must do it without WR Terrell Owens.
He entered with the third-highest QB rating in playoff history behind Bart Starr and Joe Montana, but on his 34th birthday, Delhomme turned the ball over six times — five interceptions and one fumble.
The eventual 24-0 first-quarter cushion matched two other teams for the second-largest opening quarter in playoff history.
Newsome was the architect of Baltimore's 2000 Super Bowl team and consistently has the franchise in playoff contention year in and year out.