Ferdinand Cesarano

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  1. Ferdinand Cesarano

    NFL Unveils Logo for 100th Anniversary Season

    Oh, dear. I was fully expecting an update of the 1969 logo that was used for the league's 50th anniversary: So, something like this:
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    NBA G League adding "one and done" players

    The quesiton you should be asking is: why does this need to be attached in any way to a university? The answer is: it doesn't. For people who intend to make basketball their career, playing the sport is not an extra-curricluar activity comparable the chess club; it is their full-time job. Let these adults elect to start their careers without going throught the charade of a sham enrollment at a university — and then becoming subject to criticism when they take easy courses or don't show up for classes, because their attention is (rightfully) on the sport that they are trying to make into their livelihood. A minor-league system, in which players can move up to higher levels based on their progress while earning whatever salaries their talent can demand on the market, is in the interest of everyone who matters, namely players, those coaches who are geniuinely interested in developing players, and fans. The only party which such a system leaves out is the universities, which have been benefitting from free labour, and the group of parasitic coaches who have earned millions while the members of their work force earn nothing and risk injuries that could scuttle their futures. The only obstacle to this sort of thing is momentum. Generations have grown up thinking that the only route to a pro basketball career is through the major universities; and this is a difficult perception to break. A new multi-tiered basketball minor league would have to somehow stock itself with coaches who have a good reputation for knowing the sport and for player development, and who are at the same time willing to turn their backs on the NCAA. And this league would also somehow have to persuade several years' worth of high-school players to forego the schools whose names they know and to trust this new league with their futures. Imagining such a system after it is already up and running is easy; but imagining how to get it started is almost impossible.
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    2018-19 NBA Season

    Is Marv losing it? I am sorry to read that. He spent a couple of seasons in the Nets' booth; but he clearly was not motivated, and bailed out early from his deal. The remarkable Ian Eagle was sort of pushed aside by Marv's arrival, which was unfortunate. But I admit that I was excited to have Marv with the Nets — much more excited than Marv was to be had by the Nets. Speaking of people who are not excited by the Nets... The team imagined that, by taking the locality name "Brooklyn", it would somehow become relevant. But the use of the name of a section of New York City has done nothing to raise the team's profile, neither in the metropolitan area as a whole, nor within the City, nor even in the borough of Brooklyn itself. Jimmy Kimmel is in New York this week, doing his show at a Brooklyn opera house. In the set-up to a joke last night he mentioned the Nets, and got complete silence from the audience. But at the mention of the Knicks in the next sentence of the same set-up, there came a spontaneous applause that nearly derailed the whole joke. Kimmel said that the Knicks had lost their opening game; but that was not picked up by the audience, which was busy clapping enthusiastically in response to the mere mention of the Knicks, the same Brooklyn audience which had just sat completely unresponsive at the mention of the Nets. The fact is that the Brooklyn Nets are just as obscure now as the New Jersey Nets had been. The team's "Brooklyn" name guarantees that most of New York City will not see it as their team, which is absolutely no change from the team's status when it had the name "New Jersey". Indeed, most basketball fans in Brooktlyn don't see the Nets as their team, as can be seen every time the Knicks visit and the Knick fans outnumber the Net fans. Worse, the visits of the Celtics continue to be just as embarrassing as these visits had been in New Jersey. The New York Nets would surely not have displaced the Knicks, either. But they would surely have had much greater penetration into the local fanbase than the Brooklyn Nets have had. The Brooklyn Nets had a brief period of quasi-relevance right after their move, up through the big trade with Boston that ultimately did not work out. And, thanks to their sub-local name, which squanders the benefit of being in New York City and places them outside the consciousness of future generations of New York fans, we can be certain that the team will never again reach even that height. With some of the worst attendance and the absolute worst television ratings in the league, the Nets are a team with large-market expenses and a small-market profile.
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    Worst owners in Sports

    Hold on, there. The refurbished Yankee Stadium was by no means a "cookie-cutter". No other park looked like it; and it still had the characteristic Yankee Stadium shape, even if the extreme left-centre distance was modified, and the monuments were removed from the playing field. The refurbished Stadium lacked the exorbident luxury amenities that are built into newer parks. And it had a couple of well-publicised instances of falling concrete chunks, which led to the Yankees playing home games at Shea Stadium. This is what doomed it, not any flaws inherent to the refurbishment. CBS was clueless when it came to player personnel. But they had a very good man, Mike Burke, heading up relations with the City as well as the Stadium's refurbishment. And he got excellent results.
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    Seattle NHL Brand Discussion

    Does anyone think that the name "Sockeyes" is too easily mocked to be feasible? Am I the only one whose mind goes straight to "Suckass"?
  6. The two-legged ties were originally a means of guaranteeing every playoff team a home game. The fact that this undermined the seeding advantage was disregarded. Since they've gone to six teams per conference, it is no longer true that every playoff team is guaranteed a home game, as the teams seeded fifth and sixth play a one-game opening round on the road. If every playoff team is no longer guaranteed a home game, then the rationale for two-legged ties no longer exists. This, then, would have been a good reason to drop the two-legged ties altogether. Doing so would allow the season to end in November, rather than having it stretch into December and face a greater likelihood of bad weather for the Final. But the league has unwisely elected to keep the two-legged ties.
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    Trivia Question

    Ah. Well, right you are, then. Thanks for the correction.
  8. Ferdinand Cesarano

    Trivia Question

    4 1/2 if the home team leads; you could always have the one run in the first inning. No. If the bottom of the fifth inning is not completed, the game is washed out and must be replayed from the beginning. And none of the stats in the rained-out game count.
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    Trivia Question

    And that would be correct. In theory, you could pitch a complete game that was rain-shortened facing 13 batters in the same way. No, the fifth inning has to be completed for the game to be official; there can be no walk-off home run. So the losing team's pitcher will have to face at least 16 hitters (one run must have scored), no matter whether home or away; while the winning team's pitcher could face as few as 15.
  10. There is currently no league that does playoffs right. The best system was baseball's from 1901 through 1993. In this system, both before divisional play and after, you had to come in first in order to have a chance to win the championship. The fact that some great teams did not make the playoffs (such as the 1980 Orioles) did not bother me. The regular season is the first round of the entire championship competition. Coming in first in your division is how you win that round. After the next expansion, they should go to four 4-team divisions per league and allow only the divisional champions into the playoffs. The next best system was in the NFL in the days when it had two wild cards per conference. The inclusion of wild card teams is justified by football's very short season. And, when you had two wild cards who had to play one extra game, those teams were at a significant disadvantage in the playoffs relative to the division winners. MLS has recently improved its format by weighting the system against teams 3 through 6 in each conference. However, one flaw is that there is no difference between finishing fifth and sixth, between finishing third and fourth, and between finishing first and second. Another flaw is that the two-legged ties erase the advantage that the higher seed has earned. A better system would have three teams per conference: no. 3 visits no. 2, the winner visits no. 1, one match a piece. This way each finishing place would mean something different. Best of all would be a split into four or six divisions, and allowing only the first-place teams to advance to the playoffs. The NBA and NHL systems are so far gone that there is almost no point in thinking about them. Both of those leagues have managed to drain all meaning from their regular seasons, seasons that are long enough to justify allowing only divisional winners into the playoffs. But, to be honest, the league with the best playoff system is the Premier League, and all the other European football leagues. Which is to say: the best playoffs are no playoffs. Just play the damn season, and the top team is the champion. Playoffs by their nature undermine the legitimacy of the regular season, unless they pit only champion against champion, as baseball's World Series did from 1901 through 1968, and as its playoffs did from 1969 through 1993.
  11. Ferdinand Cesarano

    Syracuse Chiefs rebrand as Syracuse Mets

    The use of the state's map in the logo is puzzling. What's more, it is poorly executed. That blob beind the letters Y and R looks nothing like Lake Ontario. And the white above Long Island doesn't seem to represent anything coherent. If it were going to show the true state border within the Sound, it would be a straight line out to the end of Long Island, and then a right angle. This logo has major water problems. But the script is gorgeous. I hope their uniforms are exact copies of the Mets' uniforms, but with "Syracuse" in that script on the road. Also, the S from that script would make a fine cap logo.
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    Syracuse Chiefs rebrand as Syracuse Mets

    This is wonderful news. I am almost always in favour of a farm club taking the name, as well as the look, of its parent club. And, now that the Mets own the team, there will be no switching of affiliations. Granted, some minor league names deserve to continue: Durham Bulls, Buffalo Bisons, Birmingham Barons. The name Syracuse Chiefs was an old one, as well. But its time has passed; and its departure is a good thing. I can only hope that the name Indianapolis Indians will be the next one to go.
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    Report: Miami Marlins Getting New Logos for 2019

    I want to applaud the craftsmanship. But I don't get the joke. "M.A."?
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    Trivia Question

    A regulation game is not necessarily nine innings; a rain-shortened game counts as a regulation game. That can be as short as five innings. So that means a pitcher can face 15 hitters and be considered to have pitched an entire regulation game.
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    Trivia Question

    I'm going to go with Dick Howser. You've done it! 1980 ALCS Yankees - lost 0-3 to Royals 1981 ALDS Royals - lost 0-3 to A's 1984 ALCS Royals - lost 0-3 to Tigers 1985 ALCS Royals - lost games 1 and 2 to Blue Jays before winning series and ultimately the World Series