With that said, let's begin.
Have you ever wondered just how someone could invent certain things?
The automobile, the airplane, computers, Twinkies....
Well, here's another one that just baffles me. It's the Longo Rating
System to determine playoff seedings for the NAIA men's soccer playoffs.
I will try, to the best of my ability, try to explain this ridiculous
formula to those daring enough to read on. Please do not operate any
heavy machinery while trying to solve this puzzle.
Well, this Longo person put a point system to every possible two-team
combination, this side of AYSO vs. L.A. Galaxy.
For example, if the Lions were to play, let's say a NCAA Division I or
II or NAIA Top-25 club, depending on what the score was, they would
receive anywhere from 175 to 650 points.
Factors include whether the game was home or away and by how many the
Lions won or lost by. A 4-0 win at home equals 575 points, while a 4-0
win on the road would be 650 points.
Makes sense so far? Well, here comes the fun part.
Longo, feeling giddy, also put together a section for NCAA Division
III Top-25 and NCAA Division II as well as a section for NAIA and NCAA
Division III that are NOT Top-25.
But wait, there's more. Longo also broke up the teams into five
different winning percentage classes to further add to the calamity.
For the three or four who are still with me, this means that a major
chunk of points need to be accumulated in those first few games before
Golden State Athletic Conference competition begins. Plus, you are also
at the mercy of how the other teams are doing when it comes to the number
of points you get.
Well, if you're confused, join the crowd. Let's break it down by the
two teams.Point Loma played such mighty teams as Patten College, United
States International University and Occidental, while the Lions took on
four CSU schools as well as The Master's College (the No. 2 seed in these
playoffs) and Pomona Pitzer College.
In GSAC play, the Lions finished runner-up to Azusa Pacific with a
7-1-1 record, while PLNU finished tied for third with a 6-3 mark. The
Lions (10-4-1) had a better winning percentage than the Crusaders