The NFL playoff system is no different than grading on a curve. Remember that from your school days?
Now apply the same logic to your kid coming home with the best math test score in the class and it was graded on a curve. At the top of the math test, your kid even got a gold star and note from the teacher, "Well Done! Best in the class!"
And then you look at the grade and it's a 35%. Are you excited for your kid and so proud of him/her that you take the entire family out for ice cream? Or.... are you thinking, geez, 35%. Just a little better than 1 out of every 3 questions right.
It's the winning percentage of the Panthers right now at 4-8-1.....
Hmmm....I understand what you're trying to say in your analogy, but I'm not sure I agree.
In the NFL the goal is to win a Super Bowl not score as high as you can or win as many games in the regular season as you can. Getting to the playoffs is step one. And it doesn't matter how you get there just as long as you do. If the Panthers get hot at the right time and backdoor their way into the playoffs it won't feel any less awesome than if they were undefeated going into it IMO.
Funny...I remember getting on the Huddle after the game Sunday and there was a thread full of people making Katrina jokes. Now we are calling other fans a-holes for making fun of human suffrage because it's our QB?