To put it in perspective, did it really matter that UWW killed Macalaster in the first game while UWO, who they beat by 17 earlier in the year was probably one of the last teams left out? Can't imagine that it did.
Tell that to th UWO fans...
Someone is always going to be left out or the last one in. Other than the most rabid UWO fans, even they would have to admit that beating UWW once since 2002 doesn't bode well for having changed the outcome of the tournament last year.
I get the point, and you are right that in or out UWO does not change the outcome of the tournament. However you could say that about almost every team. Does UMHB, Linfield, or NCC getting in or out really change the outcome? Those are extreme examples but I think most fan bases just want to have the chance to keep it close with UWW or UMU in the tournament if they are being honest. I am sure teams like I mentioned (I would add Wesley to that list) believe they can win but the results speak for themselves.
I don't disagree with what you are saying but if I felt my team earned a shot and some AQ From a crap conference kept them out that is a tough pill to swallow.
You've missed the entire point of the conversation. The conversation talks about the at-large bids disappearing because there are a growing number of AQs. The point was already conceded that the eventual winner was most likely one of two teams or at most 6 teams, all of whom are exceedingly likely to win an AQ. It has nothing to do with how the fans feel, just the facts about whether the tournament is harmed by having an almost complete field of AQ teams.
I did think you need a bit of wiggle room just in case, one or two at-large teams, but the outcome of the tournament is extremely unlikely to be changed if there are 26 AQs or 30 AQs and it would be a pretty rare year where even 31 AQs would make a difference, though Linfield proved once upon a time that it could happen and pre-NJAC Wesley proves you need an inlet for the best non-AQ team somehow.
Anyway, that's the conversation. Not how the fans or players feel about being the last team out despite being better than an AQ. Surely that is somewhat unfair, but not really relevant to the eventual outcome of the tournament.