This applies to all sports really, but came to the forefront again this past weekend with the NFL and Indy pulling players late in a game that they didn't need to win. I remember the Lakers in the 1980s sometimes doing this late in the regular season as well... It's basically not a new thing and something that happens in most sports late in the season. I'm torn on how to feel. On the one hand, you earn the right to rest players for the playoffs if you play well and lock up your division/seeding. On the other hand, your resting players sometimes affects other teams seeding or even making the playoffs. Consider Indy resting and "letting" the Jets win, means the Jets now can win-and-in themselves next weekend. Meanwhile, Indy beat lots of teams this year with a late 4th quarter drive (Houston for example) and effectively put those teams out of the playoffs. The argument for "not getting someone hurt" comes up... but I remember Carson Palmer getting hurt in the playoffs so resting before that is no guarantee... and other players (like Tom Brady last season) get hurt and out for the year in the first game or sometimes even pre-season. So... would you start a season playing the Raiders and figure they are going to be a bad team so you rest your starters early in the year? I'm understanding of why you'd pull players when you have a big lead OR keep players out that are injured... but consider too that Indy, for example, says they pulled their starters because "going undefeated isn't a goal" because their goal is "the Superbowl"... but you can bet money that Manning will start next week anyway for a few plays to keep his consecutive-starter streak intact... and he might very well get sacked and injured in the first play of the game. So some non-team goals are more important than others... or otherwise there would be no longevity streaks because guys like Favre and Manning wouldn't start that last "meaningless" game of the season. While I'm using football examples... the topic really applies to every sport. So I'm wondering what everyone else thinks about resting players in "meaningless" games at the end of the season.