And they're quite right to. Surely every team in the playoffs intends to peak? Leeds are just better than everyone else at doing it.
I was asked about whether Leeds care about league placing, not about whether they care about getting to wembley and winning the WCC (which they did this year but they haven't always done). I simply think they care more about the grand final. Their performances have changed at the back end of the season too many times now for it to be a coincidence. Any team wants to win any match; no team will go out to lose anything and to suggest otherwise is silly. But that is a lot different from planning when to peak, and training up to that point. Athletes do it all the time, for the Olympics, for world cups, etc. Leeds do it for grand finals.
You say the old system was basically the top two thrashing it out at Old Trafford yet the only reason that this wasn't the case this year is because Leeds put Wigan out. They have beat the top two ranking teams in back to back weeks and as a result thoroughly deserve their place as champions.
Why are their fans suckers for buying season tickets? I suspect many fans who buy season tickets do so because they love the club regardless of week to week performances. On top of that the struggle of the journey surely adds to the sweetness of the triumph. To claim that they are a waste of space and deliberately look to finish fifth is quite extraordinary. To say that losing 11 games doesn't make them champions is also a rather odd statement, it's the games that they've won which make them champions, and that isn't an opinion - it's a fact.
It is hard to see the team that broke our hearts four times in five years triumph again, but that's just the way it goes.
I understand concerns about the system and I don't like it myself, but personally my main gripes with it are the gimmicky club call and that a team that finishes in the bottom half of the table is involved. I have no problem with what Leeds have achieved again this year and how they've gone about doing it.