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  1. You don't have any mirrors in your house? Steve
  2. I have no idea why, do you??? Steve
  3. Actually, you are giving him too much credit. He said "at least 12 British riders who were NEVER world champion", so by including those as well as all British world champs, Tai is now struggling to make the Top 20... Steve
  4. It was never applied consistently, but it did happen on occasion. Steve
  5. I think you are misunderstanding things a little; there is no "Grand Prix" system. There is a single knockout tournament called the "World Grand Prix" that is a PDC major alongside the World Championship and the World Matchplay. Steve
  6. You are forgetting one other thing - SPEEDWAY SEVEN DAYS A WEEK!!! Steve
  7. You may be right, but obviously the GP system has changed so much since it was introduced. We know that BSI want certain riders from certain nations, and while I think the GP system is very good, I think that the qualification process for the series could be vastly improved. Sad thing is that in the 70's and '80's, British fans wanted world speedway to revolve around British speedway, because it was the best, but it has really deteriorated into Tai being the ONLY true world-class rider. Everyone was horrified when Trevor Hedge was the only Brit to qualify for the 1970 World Final, but there were still many world-class riders (the Boococks, Betts, Ashby, McMillan etc). Steve
  8. Americans generally aren't interested in complicated league scenarios or closely contested matches. They only things that mean anything are wins and losses, and lots of goals/runs! Take snooker against pool. Americans don't like snooker because it is harder to pocket the balls, and it involves scorekeeping. Pool, they just have to pocket a few balls, and then the 8-ball. Steve
  9. Some of what you say is true, but some isn't... I understand the concept - particularly as far as injuries are concerned - but I am not totally convinced with wild cards. However, there were always limits (certainly in mainland Europe) where countries were allotted a certain number of places in the FIM events based on the quantity and level of their riders. However, a system like that is never going to be fair or equitable, and some riders were always going to penalised because of their nationality. Steve
  10. Surely that has little or nothing to do with playoffs? We watch sports because we enjoy WATCHING the sport, regardless of formats and rules. Steve
  11. The thing to remember is that in the US, playoffs are a little different, with the leagues not giving teams an equal number of games against the other teams. Rather than having divisions based on current ability/results, divisions are geographical, with all team supposedly at the same level. Steve
  12. Like I said, I preferred the atmosphere, and the spontaneity of the old system, but in fairness to the riders, I totally support the idea of a GP system. The problem is that most who liked the old World Finals have probably not been involved in serious competitive sport. As someone who has been involved in such sport for some 40 years, I appreciate the value of fairness to the competitors. Steve
  13. A league/GP/round robin format is designed to find the best - and most consistent - over the period of that system. A knockout system is designed to find the best on each individual occasion. People keep on about, "But they have playoffs in football!" Yes, they do, but NOT for a league title... Steve
  14. No, and that is why I don't like them! Steve
  15. I'm not worried about your preference. You stated that, "If we want the BEST rider to win what would be the point?" What is the point of having sporting competitions and contest if they are NOT designed to find the BEST competitor? If an individual or team is the BEST over a contest (or series of contests), why should they not be rewarded for that? If we want "winners" at random, based on luck rather than skill, then why do we put in the effort to be better, faster, more accurate, than everybody else? If that doesn't merit rewards, then everything is worthless... Steve

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