Posted on: December 11, 2008 11:30 am
 

How the NHL should look

Ooookey, here we go: Atlanta to Hamilton, Nashville to Quebec, Florida to Winnipeg. Anaheim and Phoenix shuts down. Realigned like this:


ATLANTIC:
N Y
                     N Y              
                     Philadelphia
                     Boston
                     New Jersey
                     Washington
                     Carolina
                   

NORTHEAST: Pittsburgh
                         Buffalo
                         Toronto
                         Hamilton
                         Montreal
                         Ottawa
                         Quebec

CENTRAL:      Detroit
                         Chicago
                         Winnipeg
                         Minnesota
                         Columbus
                         St Louis
                         Tampa Bay

PACIFIC:         Vancouver
                         San Jose
                         Los Angeles
                         Colorado
                         Dallas
                        Calgary
                        Edmonton
     
Traditional hockey markets, natural rivalries, larger divisions, Two teams gone in non-hockey cities. Let the sport grow in the snow.

Yada yada.
Category: NHL
Posted on: December 10, 2008 2:26 pm
 

A Few Bowl thoughts

* Home teams: Hawaii, Vanderbilt, Rice and Georgia Tech all play in their own cities. South Florida and California play in the same conurbations. I´m not counting USC because they qualified for the Rose Bowl as opposed to being picked by the bowl itself. Hey, at least Boise state and New Mexico don´t play their home bowls!

* Ohio state/Boise state in the Fiesta Bowl: As much as I like the matchup as such, Boise state would have been more deserving. They are unbeaten after all and that should mean something. The Buckeyes lost to both teams that play in the Rose so they do not deserve to be in a BCS bowl, I think it devalues this game. Boise state - Texas Christian is one of the more interesting matchups but this season the Broncos deserve better.

* Division I-AA in the mix: No, I´m not suggesting there should be I-AA teams in the bowls but show the championship game right before the New Orleans bowl or something and the world will know that there are too many bowl-eligible teams! Actually, these guys are rather good.

* Best games outside BCS: Boise state - Texas Christian, Oklahoma state - Oregon, Georgia - Michigan state.

* Biggest yawns: Hawaii - Notre Dame, Northern Illinois - Louisiana Tech, Kansas - Minnesota

* Games that could (and probably should) be something to see: Wisconsin - Florida state, Miami - California, Missouri - Northwestern, LSU - Georgia Tech, Clemson - Nebraska and Tulsa - Ball state.
Category: NCAAF
Tags: Bowls
 
 
 
 
 
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