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Another crazy idea

And this one didn't come from ESPN's gum-flapping nitwit, Colin Cowherd.

This one's all on me.

This one's about NASCAR, but it's kinda-sorta tied into the argument that baseball should get its business finished before King Football revs up and buries it in the TV ratings and in the national consciousness. It's about something NASCAR should do to at least remotely keep people's attention focused on its Chase, which begins Sunday in New Hampshire.

Here it is: If you're going to characterize the Chase as your playoffs, as NASCAR does, then treat it like other sports treat the playoffs. Which is to say, expand the Chase field to 20 or 22 cars and shorten the Chase itself from 10 races to six. So the regular season ends after 30 races, and everyone who's not in the top 20 or 22 goes home.

For the last six races, it's Chasers and only Chasers. That's how you run a true playoff.

Because, listen, the only thing 31 of the 43 cars out there are going to be doing for the next six weeks is get in the way. They're as irrelevant as traffic cones, and sometimes function that way. So get 'em out of there and let the Chasers chase.

And by giving roughly half the field the last six weeks off, you give them a head start on preparing for next year. It's a head start they could use, clearly, because they weren't good enough to get into the Chase. And by eliminating them early, you also give them added incentive; sponsors aren't going to like missing out on six races.

So give 'em a leg up on next year -- and maybe next year, they'll be the ones continuing on while others go home.

Makes sense to me.

Ben Smith's blog.

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