This reminds me of the 1993-1994 and 1994-1995 seasons in basketball when Jordan prematurely retired and also Tiger Woods being out for the year. Can any team that wins truly say they beat the best? Can the AFC representative say they truly faced the most challenging road and the NFC team say they faced the AFC's best? While Houston Rocket fans probably don't care that they didn't play Jordan in the finals, everyone knows the Bulls would have been there to represent the East and smoke the Rockets in the finals. And everyone knows a truly healthy Tiger would have won 2 or 3 more tournaments this year. To me this is an off-year, almost like if Joe Montana was out for an entire season in the late 80s.