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The New College Try

In the midst of all the goings on over last weekend, something interesting and unexpected showed up my TV. 

It wasn’t the French Open results, which deserve a post all their own. 

It wasn’t the aftermath of the Warriors’ second consecutive NBA title, as entertaining as that was.

Nor was it the celebration that happened in the wake of the Capitals’ Stanley Cup breakthrough. 

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College teams are headed for Omaha…and so may a lot of MLB viewers

No, it was–amazingly enough–college baseball, specifically the NCAA Super Regionals. And the games I saw made me wonder: where has this been all my life?

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Champs/Chumps Ratio Update, June 2018

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.

The Ratio is broken down into two categories: the all-time numbers, and a “recent” category that counts titles won since the almost-but-not-quite arbitrary date of 1976. Continue reading Champs/Chumps Ratio Update, June 2018

Always on a Sunday

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.

Word has come down that first-year Yankees manager Aaron Boone–himself a refugee from the “four-letter network”–is not happy about the Yanks’ game on July 8 being re-routed to the primetime schedule, owing to the fact that his team must play a doubleheader the very next day in another city.

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.

Of course, both managers have something else in common: their plight was noticed, and reported upon–with slightly different slant–right here in The DFR in a recent post.

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Worldwide Regional Coverage

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:

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Screenshot of mobile ESPN.com’s scoreboard (MLB section) on Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Notice anything about those scores? If you do, you see a summary of what has gone so horribly wrong with ESPN in these last several years. Continue reading Worldwide Regional Coverage

A Little Nothing Extra

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 then the morons who run Major League Baseball come along and drop a gift in your lap, like the announcement of new extra inning rules for their minor league affiliates. Let the words pour forth!

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