First, the apology:
I would like to apologize to Frankie Camp and Jeterian2 for losing my cool yesterday after the game. I didn't realize what the argument was about until after I had already left. While I thought we were arguing about "The Way It Is," you guys were really discussing "The Way It Should Be," and for this I apologize.
Now, here's my opinion of "The Way It Should Be." I personally think that having a Game 163 after the regular season is the most fair way to decide who plays baseball in October and who plays golf. If 2 teams have an equal record for the regular season, I don't think it is fair to send one home based on its performance against 1 team at the beginning of the season.
Example: Take the Yankees and Red Sox (ignoring the Rays, Jays, and Showalters). Say for the sake of argument that the Yankees lost the first 81 games of the regular season, while the Red Sox won the first 81 games of the regular season. After this, the Yankees win the last 81 games while the Red Sox lose the last 81 games. At this point, both teams have the same record (81-81), but if they played more at the beginning of the season, then the Red Sox would have won the season series (say 12-6). I don't think in this situation it would be fair to send the team riding an 81-game winning streak home in favor of a team on an 81-game losing streak. Instead, the 2 teams should play another game as a tiebreaker, which would (theoretically, anyways) show which of the teams is better at that time.
I say "at that time" because it should be the better team at the end of the season which gets to play in the postseason, not the team which came out on fire and then went supernova.
So that's my opinion for what it's worth.