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  1. This brings up an issue regarding NBA (and NHL, I think) divisions that I think about every once in a while... Why do they even exist? Is it just to create a feeling of regional rivalries? It seems kind of pointless when it is a team's position in the conference, not division, that really matters. The reason for divisions is because they get the teams to play the closer by teams more often than the teams further away, which reduces travel time and costs. They also want to promote rivalries. (which has been already stated) But really how much more travel is it? Using Dallas as an example, my system means they make one fewer trip to California, and one more trip to the northeast. It's not that much more travel, it's different travel. Plus, the benefits of a perfectly balanced schedule would offset the problems created by new travel.
  2. He was also fortunate enough to win a Super Bowl ring with the Giants. That probably resulted in some celebratory eating.
  3. My next whale is not a jersey. As a fan of Ohio State and a fan of rugby shirts, I've always wanted the exact shirt that Brutus wears. I need it.
  4. We're starting to approach rec league soccer in terms of everyone gets a prize here. Rings for making a conference championship game? No wonder we're constantly hearing about players selling their rings.
  5. I don't think I would wear my ring everyday. Not because I wouldn't want to, but because they've gotten so large and obnoxious they're not really practical for everyday wear.
  6. I lost an Ebay auction last night for a blue Islanders fisherman. I was leading the auction for a day and a half and then it got swiped from me in the last five seconds. I nearly broke the coffee table. There's some white jerseys available, but the blue one is the crazier, whackier of the two. That's my whale. Here's something interesting that I found: I don't know where this picture is from, but I'm assuming it's from some sort of unveiling ceremony. Look at the torso stripes. They're less waves and more of a descending swoosh like how Anaheim's current jerseys are. Does anyone know what that's all about?
  7. The NHL doesn't need divisions when it is conference standings that determine who makes the playoffs. Add 4 more regular season games, play everyone in your conference 4 times and everyone in the other conference twice. Western Conference Anaheim, Calgary, Chicago, Colorado, Columbus, Dallas, Detroit, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Nashville, Phoenix, San Jose, St. Louis, Vancouver. Eastern Conference Atlanta, Boston, Buffalo, Carolina, Florida, Montreal, New Jersey, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Ottawa, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Washington.
  8. I'm always amazed at the size and variety of some of your jersey collections. Do you really wear them all that often or is it more about physically owning them? The only jerseys I own are for teams I actually cheer for. Here are mine Kijana Carter, Corey Dillon Black, Corey Dillon White, Chad Johnson, Jon Kitna, and my JV hockey nameplate sewn over another Kijana Carter jersey original home jersey signed by Rick Nash, David Vyborny 3rd jersey 1.0, and the new member of the family, 3rd jersey 2.0, yet to be numbered. Cincinnati Reds authentic. Proud of this bad boy. He got a lot of use this summer. Contemplating getting Joey Votto name and number sewn on, but I think I'll keep him blank for the time being. I also have a Mike Doss scarlet Ohio State jersey and a white Troy Smith from the new stripe era, but I left those at my parents house.
  9. The MAC? Big East would be the better option. The Big East probably isn't an option, that's why they would join the MAC.
  10. I remember hearing that the Florida marlins gave away plastic replica rings back in 04. I thought that was a really good idea and I'm surprised more teams haven't done the same thing.
  11. this was my suggestion before, but it got lost on the last page. TI would honestly prefer this to the current system. This way the postseason could be made up of the top two teams in each division. It would be the same number of playoff teams, but the teams would have balanced schedules. I chose to align geographically though.
  12. Oh, get the sand out. The rest of the world doesn't care about your stupid game. The conference doesn't revolve around the Michigan-Ohio State game. There's a ton of evidence towards the contrary, but I don't care what the rest of the world thinks about the game. The conference doesn't revolve around this game, but it's pretty freaking close. The divisions were basically aligned to set up this match-up and the commissioner's office was inundated with complaints from people who feared that they would move the game proving that enough people do-in-fact care, but since you're so much cooler than me I don't expect any of this to change your outlook.
  13. I dunno. Tennessee and Alabama, Georgia and Auburn, Miami and Florida State, North Carolina and NC State, and Maryland and Virginia seem to hate each other as much as always and they aren't in the same division. So long as the game is played annually, the rivalry should remain. Why are protected rivalry games such a hard concept to grasp? None of your examples have a 75 year history of playing on the last game of the season. Everyone gets a locked in cross division opponent and most people are smart enough to understand that, but people weren't worried that the OSU-Michigan wasn't going to played. That was never a concern because it's too crazy. The biggest concern (that they'll move the game because of being in opposite divisions) is about to happen. They're going to botch this thing and this rivalry will lose a lot of its intensity because it's being moved. Also, Nike could stop with the pro-combat uniforms during the game anytime now.
  14. I've been to Ford Field twice and it's beautiful. I'm sure Indianapolis will be a fine place to host the conference championship game, but I would've preferred Detroit.
  15. I realize the schedules aren't balanced so this really isn't fair, but just as an example here is how the NL East division standings would shake out if they used this system NL East 1. Braves 2. Reds ---------------- 3. Phillies 4. Mets 5. Marlins 6. Brewers 7. Nationals 8. Pirates I've been thinking about it and I really like the idea of the first round becoming the division championship series.
  16. Okay, how about we go back to the old two division system in each league? 8 teams a division for the NL, 7 for the AL. Top 2 teams in each division make the postseason. Division winners get home field advantage. The first round moves to a best of 7 (this is personal preference). The teams all play a balanced schedule, the same number of teams make the playoffs as before, but unlike the wildcard, two teams aren't competing for one spot with two drastically different schedules. AL East: Yankees - Orioles - Blue Jays - Red Sox - Indians - Rays - Tigers AL West: A's - Mariners - Angels - Rangers - White Sox - Twins - Royals NL East: Mets - Brewers - Nationals - Marlins - Phillies - Pirates - Reds - Braves NL West: Padres - Giants - Dodgers - Astros - Diamondbacks - Rockies - Cardinals - Cubs In the old setup the Reds and Braves were in the NL West while the Cards and Cubs were in the NL East. I didn't like it then and I still don't so I reversed them. The postseason could be handled two ways. Either you have a division championship series where the top team in the division plays the number two team in the division, or you play division winner #1 against the number 2 team from the opposite division and vice versa.
  17. I think the Sabres have a really good uniform template. It's the Buffaslug that ruins it for me. A large majority seemed to love the Minnesota Wild green third jersey uniform, but I hate it. There's so little red, and it eliminated the stripes on the pants. I think the Oilers and Islanders will miss the mark when they return to royal blue and orange. I hate the Blackhawks throwback third jerseys and the regular black third jerseys. I love the uniforms of the Carolina Panthers, Kansas City Chiefs, new 49ers, and Miami Dolphins (navy blue and all) I love the new Utah Jazz color scheme I hate all of the extraneous alternates in baseball.
  18. If baseball switched to a more practical Eastern-Western conference alignment Eastern Conference Atlantic Boston Red Sox New York Yankees New York Mets Philadelphia Phillies Toronto Blue Jays Central Cincinnati Reds Cleveland Indians Detroit Tigers Milwaukee Brewers Pittsburgh Pirates Southeast Atlanta Braves Baltimore Orioles Florida Marlins Tampa Bay Rays Washington Nationals Western Conference North Colorado Rockies Minnesota Twins Oakland Athletics San Francisco Giants Seattle Mariners Central Chicago Cubs Chicago White Sox Houston Astros Kansas City Royals St. Louis Cardinals Southwest Arizona Diamondbacks Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Los Angeles Dodgers San Diego Padres Texas Rangers
  19. I used to love that unused 76ers logo set, but I look back and have no idea what I was thinking. Everything from the colors to the minor league baseball cheesiness of the whole thing is awful. What they eventually settled on wasn't great, but it was a lot better than that set of logos.
  20. they could go the route of the ACC, the other coastal conference, and align their divisions with no rhyme or reason whatsoever.
  21. Perhaps this will be the catalyst for a playoff.
  22. Bet you they won't be if they follow the model of other conferences. We've been over this before, if they're in separate divisions with the game being played on the last day of the regular season then it would set up a whole slew of problems. One, if they both have their divisions clinched then we're going to see a bad game in the regular season with the possibility of tanking. Two, it would mean that they would play in consecutive weeks. Three, some have suggested that the Michigan game be moved to earlier in the season so they don't play in back to back weeks. That can't happen because the date of the game just can't be moved. For the sake of the rivalry, they have to be placed into the same division.
  23. Depends on where Phoenix ends up. all things constant. They stay in the west.
  24. Serious reel line mint discussion: Hypothetically, the New York Islaners move to Kansas City. Which Western Conference team jumps to the Eastern Conference? Columbus, Detroit, or maybe even Nashville?
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