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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Selig Years, Part Three: Baseball’s Current Position

MLB is an increasingly dominant hegemon on the American and the global baseball scene. That hegemony affects almost every pitch that is thrown in the United States, from youth baseball all the way up to the World Series. It is a product of a confluence of events largely outside the realm of baseball, including such developments as the civil rights movement and population shifts following World War II. MLB’s domination of the sport was not inevitable, but that is what has happened over the past fifty or sixty years. Just as it was not inevitable, it is also not irreversible.

gehrig97 Posted: January 10, 2017 at 09:27 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: japanese baseball, major league, minor leagues, nba, nfl, rob manfred, selig, wbc

Monday, December 12, 2016

OT - December 2016 NBA thread

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, none of whom are capable of submitting a monthly thread to avoid detracting from what this site is really about:  quoting old posts from Dilbert’s blog.

Lance Reddick! Lance him! Posted: December 12, 2016 at 04:35 PM | 1179 comment(s)
  Beats: basketball, nba, off-topic

Thursday, October 27, 2016

MLB Succeeding Where the NBA is Failing

The best team in the American League was swept. The favorite to win the AL Pennant was swept. Oh, the best team in baseball escaped a possible elimination game in the first round. Now, we’ve got a Cleveland/Chicago World Series.

And that’s where the NBA is failing.

The NBA season is already chalked full of headlines. Old faces in different places: Dwyane Wade to the Bulls; Derrick Rose to the Knicks; Al Horford to the Celtics. Struggling teams like the Timberwolves, Magic and Jazz are now able to make a run to the playoffs. Good teams like the Celtics, Blazers and Grizzlies have reinforcements to make deeper runs in the playoffs. But even with top-class rookies, productive veterans and big name signings, success is going to follow the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The two juggernauts have played each other in the last two NBA Finals and are most likely on their way to that rematch again. After completing the best regular season of all-time, the Warriors signed one of the greatest NBA scorers in history. They have reached the NBA Finals in the past two seasons and just grabbed an All-NBA player from one of their top challengers. The Cavaliers have the best chance to reach the Finals again because the Eastern Conference still does not have a playoff team capable of being any competition to the Cavs. Also, LeBron James has reached every Finals series since 2011. Talk about parity.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: nba, parity, playoffs

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

OT: NBA 2016-17 Preseason Thread

I estimate only 10-12 Primates care about the NBA, but with our own off-topic thread, we won’t distract from what this site’s really about: other off-topic threads. (Link goes to the Nylon Calculus projections page.)

jmurph Posted: September 27, 2016 at 10:36 PM | 1353 comment(s)
  Beats: nba

 

 

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