November 29, 2012 |
Those of you thinking the new four-team playoff coming in 2014 will simplify college football's maddening postseason process should think again and then read this Sports Illustrated story posted Thursday. Writers Pete Thamel and Stewart Mandel convened a panel of 11 college football athletic directors to conduct a mock selection of the 2014 playoff using this year as a model. As you may know, a to-be-determined selection committee will pick the four playoff teams starting in 2014.
November 12, 2012 |
The second-to-last season in the Bowl Championship Series is headed for another possible controversy with three undefeated teams vying for two national title spots. The good news is that BCS commissioners meeting in Denver on Monday have sorted out several details for the four-team playoff that will replace the BCS in 2014. The commissioners have agreed with the Presidential Oversight Committee on a new system that will have six major bowls, not seven as recently suggested, with guaranteed access provided to the so-called Group of 5 conferences.
October 13, 2012 |
MILWAUKEE - The Fall Classic can wait. For baseball, this is the classic fall. In a good way. The regular season delivered meaning down to the final day, sparked by teams' jockeying to avoid the new one-game wild-card playoff and crowned by the first triple crown winner in 45 years. The division series featured three walk-offs within 24 hours and - for the first time - all four series extended to the full five games. Commissioner Bud Selig stayed awake past midnight here Wednesday, watching Raul Ibanez pinch-hit for Alex Rodriguez and stun the Baltimore Orioles, then watching the Oakland Athletics jolt Jose Valverde and force a decisive fifth game with the Detroit Tigers.
September 16, 2012
Call it good planning or good luck, but the addition of a second wild-card team this season saved September in the National League. Under the old rules, this September would be one big yawn. The Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants and Atlanta Braves would be coasting right about now, resting the regulars and juggling the rotations in preparation for the playoffs. Behold the cage match for the second wild-card spot, with six teams entering play Saturday within 41/2 games of that golden ticket — among them the Milwaukee Brewers and Philadelphia Phillies, both left for dead months ago. That, in turn, makes the reward for finishing with the best record in the NL far more significant than home-field advantage through the postseason.
May 26, 2012 |
1. SAN ANTONIO (50-16) def. Utah, 4-0, in 1st round def. Clippers, 4-0, in 2nd round 2. OKLAHOMA CITY (47-19) def. Dallas, 4-0, in 1st round def. Lakers, 4-1, in 2nd round Season series: San Antonio, 2-1. Key stat: This is only the second time since the NBA switched to its current playoff format that two teams have entered a conference finals with one postseason loss between them. In 1989, the undefeated Lakers and once-beaten Phoenix Suns shared the same distinction in the Western Conference finals; the Lakers swept the Suns before losing to Detroit in the Finals.
April 22, 2012 |
VANCOUVER, Canada - Dustin Brown had long imagined what it would feel like to be on the winning side of the traditional playoff handshake ceremony in which foes who bash each other for weeks exchange congratulations instead of elbows to the chops. The Kings' captain and emotional leader experienced that exhilaration Sunday for the first time after eight NHL seasons, a wait that sometimes seemed interminable. His patience was rewarded when Jarret Stoll's missile of a wrist shot eluded Vancouver goaltender Cory Schneider 4 minutes and 27 seconds into overtime to give the eighth-seeded Kings a 2-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks at Rogers Arena, completing a five-game upset of the league's top-ranked team.