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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)
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