Editors' Blog
September 07, 2007

Fed Ex Cup Suggestion Box

Like the Bowl Championship Series in college football, the FedEx Cup "playoff" system is a solution crying out for another solution. In fact, a cynic would say both were designed to make us talk about them forever--and, of course, make endless suggestions for fixing them. Here's Dave Riffey of Shell Lake, Wisconsin, offering a very straightforward fix:

There is an easy solution to all the big boys skipping out on the Fed X Cup events....   MAKE ALL OF THE ORIGINAL 144 START FROM SCRATCH...EVERYONE STARTS WITH ZERO POINTS....   THEN YOU WOULD SEE A REAL PLAYOFF !!!   JUST LIKE ALL OTHER SPORTS AND THEIR PLAYOFFS...BASEBALL ...FOOTBALL..HOCKEY...TENNIS..ETC. Â

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Okay, Dave, it came through much clearer because of the all caps. But I'm not sure your idea will do it. As BTE says in a comment here yesterday, how do you convince guys who have multi-millions and want to see their kids make their first I-phone call that $10 million counts, be it deferred, annued or just spent on Bentleys?

Here are suggestions kicked around our water cooler, with their accompanying complications:

Number 3 looks better and better. Top three players are each allowed to choose one event they don't have to play. Player ranked No. 1 chooses from A, B or C event. Player No. 2 goes second and chooses from remaining two events. Player No. 3 gets the remaining week off.

Commissioner doesn't have to do any press conferences.

--Bob Carney