The Dodgers Go ‘Click’
Remember back when the Los Angeles Dodgers were the greatest team in the history of teams?
Remember when the Dodgers had fallen, and they couldn’t get up?
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The Los Angeles Dodgers: switch-flippers?
If you don’t, in either case, that’s OK, because apparently it doesn’t matter. Because once you get to the playoffs, it’s just about what you’re doing at that moment. And at this moment, the Dodgers are wringing the champagne out of their jerseys after sweeping away the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLDS.
Beyond the immediate importance of this–LA is headed to the NLCS and another showdown with the Cubs (seriously, the Nationals are still the Nationals), there’s also an interesting implication in the once-dominant, once-stumbling Dodgers turning it on again just in time for the playoffs:
Maybe all those announcers and experts who say you can’t do that are wrong. Continue reading The Dodgers Go ‘Click’
It’s become a yearly ritual: immediately following each baseball postseason, we see a spate of stories telling us that television ratings for the playoffs and World Series were the lowest since ten years ago … or twenty years ago … or since forever. And we’re bound to see just such a thing again this year–so we have something to look forward to, no matter which team comes out on top.
Usually, there’s a whole lineup of suspects that get blamed for baseball’s ratings downturn: a more fragmented audience, greater competition from other sports and non-sports programming, the nature of the game (a.k.a. “baseball’s too boring for modern audiences”). It’s any of those things, or it’s all of those things, depending upon whom you ask.
Here’s another thought: has anyone ever considered that maybe, just maybe, the ads are to blame?
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Subtraction By Division
The 2016 regular season is now over, and everyone can breathe a sigh of relief after all the excitement of the playoff chases.
Say what? There wasn’t all that much excitement, you say? The playoff chases were more like gentle strolls? Now that you mention it, yes, this season’s stretch run was mostly a dud. Four of the six division races were runaway wins, and really it was more like five of the six since there was no real drama in the NL West for most of the last three weeks. Only the AL East threatened to go down to the wire, and that too turned out to be a relatively easy win for the Red Sox.
Wasn’t the Wild Card supposed to remedy the problem of lack of competitive races in September? Well, this year it didn’t– Continue reading Subtraction By Division
The calendar is showing March 11, so we have definitely left February and its rodent-based holidays in the dust. Still, there’s a story playing out in the NHL right now that has certain echoes of everyone’s favorite February-based movie, Groundhog Day.
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It’s the story of the Washington Capitals, of course. The Caps’ perpetual struggle to achieve something in the postseason, after a relative lack of struggle in the regular season, has reached near epic proportions. This year’s runaway winners seem like locks to challenge one of the West’s dynasty teams in the Final, and Alex Ovechkin, in the Bill Murray role, looks sure to finally embrace his Andie McDowell–in the form of a large, engraved silver chalice–after all the misadventures of the past.
Then again, it’s the NHL. And it’s the Capitals. There are no sure things here.
Continue reading Groundhog! Da?