I like the idea of having few essential characteristics. What I would like to see most is the thread opener making a sincere effort in creating a match thread. There are plenty of people who are interested in creating the thread so when someone does he/she should try to spend some time on it and do a good job. If it's fluff it should still have a message and a theme. If it's stats based then it could have a nice intro and stats on the key players.
Get well Bruce