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  1. I do agree that the NHL overexpanded and that Houston would have been a better destination than Phoenix. Any particular reason you went with Anaheim over Tampa Bay?
  2. I poked around online, and it appears Tad Gormley holds around 25000, but would need significant renovations. Anyway, Columbia, SC is, to the best of my knowledge: 1. South Carolina football 2. South Carolina baseball 3. Clemson football 4. Atlanta Braves 5. South Carolina men's basketball 6. Carolina Panthers
  3. Kind of a half bump/half if anyone has any specific request for any league outside of Division 1 College Basketball which I am currently working on, I can do it as well. Damn, I was working on something like that for college football, except it was driving distances (except for Hawaii). Anyway, here's my (and probably other people's) NBA idea. No more conferences, just five divisions of six teams. PACIFIC Lakers Clippers Warriors Kings Blazers Suns SOUTHWEST Jazz Nuggets Spurs Mavericks Rockets Thunder SOUTH Grizzlies Hornets Heat Magic Hawks Bobcats CENTRAL Timberwolves Bucks Bulls Pacers Pistons Cavaliers EAST Wizards Raptors 76ers Knicks Nets Celtics Top 16 make playoffs, division champions guaranteed home court advantage in first round. All-Star teams picked same way as in the NHL.
  4. In college football polls, drop each team's ten highest and ten lowest rankings.
  5. In no particular order. 1. In major league baseball, impose a stiffer luxury tax and add a salary floor. 2. Eligibility for the NBA Draft would be like that of baseball (players could be drafted straight out of high school, those who go to college would have to wait until 3 years after HS graduation). 3. Contract two teams each from the NHL and NBA. 4. If there is no college football playoff, cut the number of bowls and require 6 wins over FBS teams to be eligible. Have a vote on a playoff to be instituted for the 2014-2015 postseason.
  6. 2005 NCAA Tournament: Predicted championship game participants, not especially impressive, but I predicted the exact score of the game itself. This year I had Ohio State over Pittsburgh.
  7. I don't have a problem with having a basketball in the logo. What I don't like is having the logo be nothing more than a wordmark and a basketball.
  8. South Carolina pitchers tend to work quickly, so the pitch clock doesn't really affect them too much.
  9. I'm pretty sure the least valuable team in the NFL is more valuable than the Lakers, but it's not really a fair comparison.
  10. I wouldn't say they're "for" it, but both Selig and Stern have mentioned it as possibilities, so I'd say the commissioners aren't against it. Players are because it takes away jobs. Couldn't they simply expand rosters in the event of contraction, at least for a few years? Cut 2 NBA teams and add one roster spot for the remaining 28, you have basically the same number of jobs.
  11. Video isn't great, but it's more about the radio call anyway.
  12. Again, James Madison happened. Thanks. ZOMG! SUCH A HUGE LOSS IT SURELY ENDED THEIR SEASON! That was one of their two losses. They went undefeated in conference play. Which brings us to the subject of the ACC by and large being a catastrophic pile of suck ALMOST on par with the Big East. Woohoo, you went undefeated. That's almost as hard as running the table in the WAC. -------------------------------------------------------- Wait, how did Temple get dicked out of a Bowl? I thought NCAA bylaws said 6-6 teams can only get bids once all of the teams that actually bothered to win more than half their games get bids. I think the bylaws say that 6-6 teams can only get at-large bids once all the 7-5's and above get in. Perhaps all the 6-6 teams got bids that were contracted to go to a specific conference? I believe that is the case.
  13. Apologies for the massive bump, but I think it preferable to further cluttering the board. I have been looking at which markets are over- or under-represented by professional sports just based on population, and I've had some issues regarding which markets should be split up or combined. For example, going by the Census Bureau's definition of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, San Francisco and Oakland are one area, with San Jose in a separate MSA, while the Inland Empire (at over 4 million, would be the largest metro area with a pro sports franchise) is considered separate from Los Angeles/Orange County; Boulder, Colorado is considered separate from Denver, and Raleigh and Durham are counted separately. If one goes by Combined Statistical Areas, Daytona Beach would be considered part of the Orlando metropolitan area and Providence part of Boston. Determining what to combine or split seems a bit arbitrary and I'm not sure what to use as a criterion for what defines a market; I don't want to be seen as "biased" for or against a specific region. What does everyone think?
  14. Here is a list of the total number of teams in each league that have reached the finals of their respective leagues: NFL: 30 (I counted appearances in pre-Super Bowl NFL championship games, considered the current Cleveland Browns to be a continuation of the 1946-1995 Browns, and the Ravens to be a new franchise.) MLB: 28 (including Texas) NHL: 25 (if you count Winnipeg's WHA championships for the Coyotes) NBA: 24 (if you count an ABA finals appearance for the Nuggets) Does this seem like a reasonable measure of whether a league is over-expanded or under-expanded? In general, my rule of thumb for a sufficiently old league (years in existence >= number of teams) is: 0-1 teams have not reached finals: Expansion OK from a competitive standpoint, economics is another matter. 2-4 teams have not reached finals: About right. 5+ teams have not reached finals: If teams are struggling financially, consider contraction.
  15. South Alabama is starting a football program which is supposed to be in the Sun Belt by 2013, so there will be 121 FBS schools.