For the uninitiated: The Champs/Chumps Ratio measures the number of member clubs of the Big 4 sports leagues that have won the league’s championship, versus those clubs that have never won the crown. A higher ratio–a higher number of clubs to win the championship–is better and reflects a more competitively balanced sport. A lower ratio is worse and indicates a league that is less competitively balanced.
This post updates the C/CR figures to reflect the latest results.
We have a new contender for the “Least Surprising Development in the History of Everything” award: people have started to notice that ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball schedule is, let’s say, a little restrictive.
This follows similar complaints from Cubs manager Joe Maddon about his team getting schedule-wracked by the Connecticut Clown College’s preference–one might suggest ‘lust’–for having certain teams from certain cities appear on the network’s MLB showcase broadcast.
Thanks to a busy schedule this past weekend, I didn’t get a chance to check the Oakland-Toronto score until well after the game ended on Sunday. I picked up my phone and, for some weird reason, decided to visit ESPN.com to check the score.
When I pulled up the scoreboard off the home page, here’s what I got under the MLB section:
Your humble correspondent has been fighting a bad case of writer’s block recently. It’s gotten bad enough that I’ve been fearful of even approaching my laptop to face the grim challenge of trying to pound out a readable post on any subject. When you get to this state, it’s hard to even come up with a decent idea for an article. Fishing around for a good subject, in an of itself, becomes an exercise in frustration and futility.
And most of those words will be sarcastic and cynical. Naturally. Anyone who’s been alive more than a few minutes, and watched more than half a baseball game, will find the idea of starting the tenth and subsequent innings with a runner on second base utterly stupid. It seems like an idea that should be dead on arrival.
So that just leaves two questions: One, why do it at all? (And the corollary question: who thought this was a good idea?) And two, will baseball eventually implement it at the major league level? Continue reading A Little Nothing Extra→