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On 2017-6-5 at 3:27 PM, 29texan said:

 

...why does UNT, Baylor, and TCU have "Dallas" next to their names?

When I was doing my organizing, I wanted to make sure the divisions had some degree of geographical accuracy. All of those colleges are in  the Dallas area. It was a note for myself.

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12 hours ago, Magnus said:

When I was doing my organizing, I wanted to make sure the divisions had some degree of geographical accuracy. All of those colleges are in  the Dallas area. It was a note for myself.

 

As a native of Ft. Worth... "DFW" is more accurate a label. We don't belong to Dallas and Baylor is more than 70 miles away. I know that ain't much in Texas, but still...

 

Denton is a small college town and UNT uses Dallas in its marketing, so that's understandable. But you don't wanna do that for TCU. Historically, it's insulting. Just sayin' 

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Now, the alternate hockey league you have all been waiting for.

 

American & Canadian Hockey League (ACHL)

 

Eastern League

  • Boston Gaels (Green, Cream)
  • Buffalo Power (Royal Blue, Yellow)
  • Cincinnati White Tigers (White, Black)
  • Cleveland Clash (Brown, Gold)
  • Hartford Harpoons (Royal Blue, Green, White)
  • Newark Liberty (Green, Navy Blue, Red)
  • New York Flames (Red, Black)
  • Pittsburgh Pirhanas (Gold, White)
  • Springfield Arsenal (Black, Navy Blue, Red, Yellow)

Midwestern League

  • Chicago Frost (Light Blue, Black)
  • Detroit Machine (Silver, Black, Red)
  • Flint Flyers (Red, Green, White)
  • Green Bay Snappers (Black, Green, Orange)
  • Indianapolis Skaters (Blue, Scarlet)
  • Kansas City Jazz (Blue, White)
  • Milwaukee Gold Tigers (Gold, Black)
  • Minnesota Lumberjacks (Green, Blue, Brown)
  • St. Louis Swans (White, Green, Yellow)

Southern League

  • Atlanta Deltas (Red, White, Blue)
  • Birmingham Lions (Claret, Sky Blue)
  • Charleston Captains (Navy, Gold, Red)
  • Charlotte Ants (Silver, Black, Gold)
  • Knoxville Golden Sunrise (Orange-Yellow, Forest Green, Black)
  • Miami Tropical Titans (Yellow, Red, White)
  • Myrtle Beach Sand Crabs (Scarlet, White, Purple)
  • Nashville Naturals (Green, Light Blue, White)
  • New Orleans Swamp Snakes (Black, Red, Purple, Green, Yellow)

Western League

  • Anaheim Orangemen (Orange, Dark Purple)
  • Denver Demons (Midnight Blue, Scarlet)
  • Los Angeles Seraphs (Light Purple, Gold, Dodger Blue)
  • Phoenix Aztecs (Red, Teal, Brown, Black, White, Green)
  • Portland Redheads (Red, Silver)
  • San Francisco Magpies (Black, White)
  • Seattle Seadogs (Green, Yellow, Navy Blue)
  • Texas Hotspurs (Navy, White, Red)
  • Utah Bruins (Yellow, Dark Blue)

 

Up next is European football/soccer, starting with the English League.

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A group of 5 football fans, a Manchester United, Liverpool, Millwall, Birmingham City, and a Newcastle United fan originally from America were tired of corruption in FIFA, UEFA, and eventually the FA & Premier League. So they have created the Soccer Leagues of England (SLE), which is the English version of a larger vision they had, which is to add similar leagues for all countries in the world, and for that, they also created the Confederation of Soccer Leagues (CSL).

 

Soccer Leagues of England

England League 1 Premiership (EL1P)

  • Albion Liverpool (Red, White, Blue)
  • Aquae Sulis Bathonians (Red, Green)
  • Birmingham Bulls (Red, Yellow, Blue)
  • Birmingham Irish (Green, White, Orange)
  • Brixton Windies (Green, Yellow, Black, Blue, Red)
  • FC Cumbria Carlisle (Green, Blue)
  • Hull Wednesday (Blue, Orange)
  • Leicester Rangers (Yellow, Blue)
  • Liverpool Welsh (Red, White, Green)
  • London Sultans FC (Green, White)
  • London Victorians FC (White, Red)
  • Mancunia FC (Red, Sky Blue)
  • Oldham Owls FC (Black, Yellow)
  • Reading Abbey Sporting Club (Green, Yellow)
  • Royal Leeds Sporting Club (White, Blue)
  • Royal Westminster (Royal Blue, White, Gold)
  • Sheffield Blademen (Black, Blue)
  • Royal Southampton Sporting Club (Red, White)
  • Sunderland Sporting Club (Black, Red)
  • TWBC 2028 Newcastle [Tyne & Wear Ball-Game Club 2028] (Blue)

England League 2 Premiership (EL2P)

  • Athletic Club of Bristol (Blue, White, Green)
  • Birmingham Scottish (Blue, White)
  • Blackpool Orange (Orange)
  • Bradford Bees (Yellow, Black)
  • Coventry Motor FC (Red, Green)
  • Jersey Islanders (Red, White)
  • Kernow Truru (Black, White, Yellow)
  • Liverpool Celtic (Green, Gold)
  • Liverpool Zulu Warriors (Black, Red, Yellow, Green)
  • London Greeks (White, Blue)
  • London Hibernian (Green, Orange)
  • London Italians (Blue)
  • London Kurds (Red, Green, Yellow)
  • London Turks (Red, White, Teal)
  • Luton United FC 2041 (Orange)
  • Manchester Arabs (Black, Green, White)
  • Middlesbrough Lions (Red)
  • Milton Keynes Roundabouts (White, Black, Red)
  • Nottingham Sheriffs (Green)
  • Polonia Londyn (White, Red, Black)

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I threw together this realignment of major league baseball, with 32 teams, to try to have more of those "exciting" regional interleague matchups (Brewers/Twins, Cubs/White Sox, Angels/Dodgers, Giants/A's, Mets/Yankees, etc.) occur more frequently throughout the season, and allow for the opportunity for potential interleague postseason matchups and an intraleague world series:

 

MLB North:                           MLB South:                           MLB East:                                MLB West:

Montreal Expos (N)               Cincinnati Reds (N)               Boston Red Sox (A)                  Seattle Mariners (A)

Toronto Blue Jays (A)           Tampa Bay Rays (N)             New York Yankees (A)               SF Giants (N)

Detroit Tigers (A)                  Atlanta Braves (N)                 New York Mets (N)                   Oakland A’s (A)

Chicago Cubs (N)                Miami Marlins (N)                  Pittsburgh Pirates (N)               Colorado Rockies (N)

Chicago White Sox (A)         Mexico City (A)                    Philadelphia Phillies (N)             LA Angels (A)

Milwaukee Brewers (N)        Kansas City Royals (A)         Baltimore Orioles (A)                 LA Dodgers (N)

Minnesota Twins (A)            Texas Rangers (A)               Washington Nationals (N)           Arizona D-backs (A)

St. Louis Cardinals (N)         Houston Astros (A)             Cleveland Indians (A)                  San Diego Padres (N)

 

Of note, I decided that the Cardinals/Cubs rivalry would be more important to the MLB than the Cardinals/Royals interleague rivalry, so the Cardinals were placed in the North and Kansas City in the South. The Reds, Royals, and Indians are the most geographically out-of-line in this scenario, something that could be adjusted depending on where the expansion teams are placed or if any franchises should relocate.

 

In this alignment, there could be 156 total games played per team, with each team playing 12 games against each team in its division and then one three game series against the 24 other teams in MLB. I also kept the National and American league designations, and in doing so each expansion franchise (Montreal and Mexico City) were placed in opposite leagues and Arizona and Tampa Bay had to switch leagues to maintain a balance of four NL teams and four AL teams per region. While I have kept the league designations, I think the playoff format would be more exciting if it were a twelve team postseason, with each regional winner being seeded 1-4 and the next 8 best records overall in the MLB being seeded 5-12. Playoff scheduling could be 

 

First Series, “WC Weekend (Fri.-Sun.)” – 5 v. 12, 6 v. 11, 7 v. 10, 8 v. 9. Four three game series.

Second Series, “DS” – 1 v. (8/9) 2 v. (7/10), 3 v. (6/11), 4 v. (5/12). Four 5 game series.

Third Series, “CS” – (1/8/9) v. (4/5/12), (2/7/10) v. (3/6/11). Two 7 game series.

Fourth Series, “WS” – (1/8/9/4/5/12) v. (2/7/10/3/6/11). One 7 game series.

 

The Wild Card weekend would have a very march madness type of feeling, with games being "around the clock" Friday through Sunday, with each divisional region offering a neutral site for a game to be played. This allows a spread of games from Eastern to Pacific time. Otherwise, games could just be played at the higher seed's home stadium for the entirety of the weekend.

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Since there's a ton of talk about MLB expansion, here's my hack at it:

 

Two divisions per league, eight teams per division. The two division champions and two wild cards make the postseason in each league. The LDS would be expanded to seven games.

 

The two LDS matchups in each league would be Division Champion 1 (best record in league) vs. Wild Card 2, and Division Champion 2 vs. Wild Card 1. In the LCS and World Series, division champions would always receive home field advantage over a wild card team (in a matchup between two division champions, or two wild cards, the team with the better record would receive HFA).

 

The divisions would be as follows:

 

AL East:

Baltimore Orioles

Boston Red Sox

Chicago White Sox

Cleveland Indians

Detroit Tigers

New York Yankees

Tampa Bay Rays

Toronto Blue Jays

 

AL West:

Houston Astros

Kansas City Royals

Los Angeles Angels

Minnesota Twins

Oakland Athletics

Portland Beavers (expansion)

Seattle Mariners

Texas Rangers

 

NL East: 

Atlanta Braves

Cincinnati Reds

Miami Marlins

Montreal Expos (expansion)

New York Mets

Philadelphia Phillies

Pittsburgh Pirates

Washington Nationals 

 

NL West:

Arizona Diamondbacks

Chicago Cubs

Colorado Rockies

Los Angeles Dodgers

Milwaukee Brewers

San Diego Padres

San Francisco Giants

St. Louis Cardinals

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22 hours ago, kroywen said:

Since there's a ton of talk about MLB expansion, here's my hack at it:

Adding some to this:

Interleague would continue but I would limit Interleague Play to a 2 Weekend Series, 1 in June and 1 in July.

 

I would add 1 more WC team to each division. 2 Wild Card games on Tuesday and then 2 more on Wednesday. The LDS will stay a Best-of-5. 

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Put the Astros back in the NL West, move the Cubs and Cardinals back east, abandon hopes of Montreal.

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Here, have my super unrealistic ideal NBA.

 

Atlantic Division

-Boston Celtics

-Charlotte Hornets

-Miami Heat

-New Jersey Nets

-New York Knicks

-Orlando Magic

-Philadelphia 76ers

-Washington Wizards

 

Central Division

-Atlanta Hawks

-Chicago Bulls

-Cleveland Cavaliers

-Detroit Pistons

-Indiana Pacers

-Milwaukee Bucks

-Minnesota Timberwolves

-Toronto Raptors

 

Frontier Division

-Dallas Mavericks

-Denver Nuggets

-Houston Rockets

-Kansas City Kings

-Memphis Pharaohs (Grizzlies)

-New Orleans Jazz (Pelicans)

-San Antonio Spurs

-Utah Bobcats (Jazz)

 

Pacific Division

-Las Vegas Bandits (expansion)

-Los Angeles Lakers

-Phoenix Suns

-Portland Trail Blazers

-San Diego Clippers

-San Francisco Warriors

-Seattle SuperSonics (Thunder)

-Vancouver Grizzlies (expansion)

 

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9 hours ago, Jimmy Lethal said:

Here, have my super unrealistic ideal NBA.

Pacific Division

-Las Vegas Bandits (expansion)

-Los Angeles Lakers

-Phoenix Suns

-Portland Trail Blazers

-San Diego Clippers

-San Francisco Warriors

-Seattle SuperSonics (Thunder)

-Vancouver Grizzlies (expansion)

 

Vegas, but no OKC? I'd rather have the successful existing market than the wild card that is Las Vegas.

 

I do like the reinsertion of Vancouver into the fold, though. Frankly, that market got screwed by a weak Canadian dollar and five years' worth of a 1962 Mets-quality expansion team. The NBA ditched Vancouver right as it was taking off as a fashionable and hip destination for young people - another five years (maybe not even), and I think the idea of leaving Vancouver would've become unfathomable.

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6 hours ago, kroywen said:

Vegas, but no OKC? I'd rather have the successful existing market than the wild card that is Las Vegas.

 

My basis being that I hate both the Thunder's entire identity and the state of Oklahoma.

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