January 9, 2013 |
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Notre Dame played Alabama for the national title Monday night at Sun Life Stadium. There really wasn't any controversy about who should be in this year's game. At least we don't think. Some seasons, of course, there have been. But the BCS system for determining such things, which came into being in the late 1990s because college football was having an almost impossible time getting the top two teams together after the regular season, has largely gotten this thing correct, especially more recently, regardless of the perception.
June 28, 2012 |
DING DONG, THE wicked witch is at long last expired. So let's have a moment of silence for the BCS, which for the past 14 years (and the next 2) has decided, for better or whatever, which two teams would play for college football's national championship. To listen to the detractors — and there were a few — it's been mostly for the bad. It must have had something to do with Oregon getting left out in 2001. Or maybe that was Miami in 2000? Did I hear Auburn 2004? Of course, it's only fair to point out that the powers that be did occasionally get it right, too. More than once or twice, as a matter of fact.
March 3, 2012 |
NEW YORK - With less than a month to go before opening day, baseball at last decided who's in and who's out come October. Now, even a third-place team can win the World Series. Major League Baseball made it official Friday, expanding the playoff format to 10 teams by adding a second wild-card club to each league. "I hope we get that extra spot," said new Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow, whose team is coming off a 56-106 finish that was the worst in the majors.
March 1, 2012 |
ON THE EVE of today's soft deadline for finalizing details of the implementation of a 10-team playoff field, Major League Baseball and its players' association are close to announcing the change that would take effect in October, sources told ESPN yesterday. There was no announcement scheduled. At the time baseball's labor agreement was forged in December, sources from both sides said the expanded playoff field would be put in place for the 2012 season, provided that the two sides could figure out how to squeeze in the extra playoff required.
February 12, 2012 |
This might sound strange coming from a guy who has been screaming that public-school football teams should be playing for state titles, but the elimination of state championships for Non-Public programs could be a good thing. That's because there are situations, and this is one of them, when a South Jersey title can mean more than a state title. That surely would be the case for St. Joseph of Hammonton. For the Wildcats, winning a state title under the NJSIAA's old playoff system usually involved beating St. Mary's of Rutherford by 40 points.
January 8, 2012
When the Winnipeg Jets moved from Atlanta last summer, it was certain the NHL would consider realignment. That proposal was all but rejected by the players association, and the NHL called off plans Friday to realign and adopt a modified playoff format next season. Defenseman Ron Hainsey, the player union representative for the Jets, discussed the travel concerns Saturday before the game against the Buffalo Sabres. "The playoff format, with eight teams in two conferences and seven teams in the other two, there was no willingness on the other side to have a conversation about how to possibly tinker with that," Hainsey said.
January 7, 2012
The NHL said Friday that it won't go forward with its realignment plan and modified playoff format next season after the players' association refused to agree to the changes. The changes were recently approved by the NHL's board of governors. The league said it will maintain its current alignment and playoff format next season. "It is unfortunate that the NHLPA has unreasonably refused to approve a plan that an overwhelming majority of our clubs voted to support and that has received such widespread support from our fans and other members of the hockey community, including players," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said.
December 17, 2011 |
There will be no NJSIAA state football playoffs for public schools until at least 2015. Is this really such a bad thing? On Dec. 5, a proposal to change the NJSIAA constitution to allow state football championships for public schools didn't receive the needed two-thirds vote. The vote was 167-102 in favor, just 62 percent. According to bylaws, that vote can't occur again until December 2013, and if it passes then, a vote on a specific playoff plan wouldn't take place until December 2014, meaning the earliest that state public school playoffs would come is 2015.
November 21, 2011
LANDON DONOVAN'S goal in the game's 72nd minute gave the Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-0 win over the Houston Dynamo and the MLS Cup last night in Carson, Calif. The goal was set up when David Beckham headed a pass toward Robbie Keane, whose pass Donovan converted for a league-record 20th goal in 29 career playoff games. MLS changes A new-look regular-season and playoff format for Major League Soccer was announced yesterday, as the league welcomes Montreal as its 19th franchise in 2012.