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Saturday, February 06, 2016

Checking the facts ... yup, MLB still has greater parity than the NFL

But the NFL is better to parody.

* Since I spend most of my year honed in on baseball, I can actually tell you exactly which day I first started looking forward to writing this column. It was Oct. 15. That was the day we learned the identity of the final four playoff teams in a sport in which everybody knows The Same Teams Win Every Year. Those four teams were:

The Royals—who hadn’t won a World Series since 1985 (30 years).

The Mets—who hadn’t won since 1986 (29 years).

The Blue Jays—who hadn’t won since 1993 (22 years).

And the Cubs—who hadn’t won since Lincoln was president. All right, not really. I made that up. It was 1908 (107 years).

So that adds up to 188 title-free seasons. In a sport in which The Same Teams Win Every Year. Just thought I’d throw that out there.

* But back in the NFL, the final four looked slightly more familiar.

There were the Broncos. They’ve been in the playoffs five years in a row and 12 of the past 20.

There were the Patriots, who were playing in their fifth straight conference final in their seventh straight trip to the playoffs. And their 12th in the last 13 years.

And there were the Panthers and Cardinals. Two teams that hadn’t faced each other in a playoff game since—oh, wait—a whole 386 days. In the previous year’s playoffs.

 

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 06, 2016 at 09:21 PM | 45 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl, parity

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Koo: Raiders will remain at Oakland Coliseum in 2016, get additional NFL loan money for new stadium

So A’s fans will have to put up with the Silver and Blah for a little while longer…

The Oakland Raiders have lost their bid to move to Los Angeles and will remain at the Oakland Coliseum for the 2016-17 NFL season, according to multiple reports from the NFL owners’ meetings in Houston.

National Football League owners will soon vote to approve a proposal that the St. Louis Rams will be permitted to move immediately to Los Angeles, taking up temporary residence at the Los Angeles Coliseum pending the completion of an Inglewood stadium. The San Diego Chargers will have the first right to join the Rams in Los Angeles, though this new deal allows them to continue to try to work out a stadium deal in San Diego and not move right away.

Under the terms of the Oakland Athletics’ 10-year lease at the Oakland Coliseum that runs through 2024, the Joint Powers Authority must provide the A’s two years notice to vacate if they approve an Oakland Raiders stadium plan that results in the demolition of the Coliseum. While at present the Raiders do not have a viable stadium plan at the Coliseum, the additional loan possibilities from the NFL to build could put the Raiders closer to one, at least.

JEe (Jason) Posted: January 12, 2016 at 08:50 PM | 60 comment(s)
  Beats: athletics, football, nfl, oakland coliseum

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

OT: 2016 NFL Playoffs Thread

To allow those of us without the moral fiber to quit following the NFL the space to talk about it for one month per year.

jmurph Posted: January 05, 2016 at 12:49 PM | 2295 comment(s)
  Beats: nfl

 

 

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