Posted on: October 20, 2011 12:14 am

Solution to the DH problem

As the sun sets on the MLB season, fans certainly have many things to look forward to in the offseason.  One of the things that I am looking forward to is the balance to the leagues.  It seems almost a done deal that the Astros will join the American League, making interleague play an everyday occurrence.   And with this the whole AL vs NL debate over the DH has sprung up again.


I have a solution to the issue that really has never been suggested.  Why doesn`t Major League baseball consider expanding by adding two new teams to the American League.  Realistically, there are many options that could work.  Look at Las Vegas.  This area is dying for a professional sports team.  So many people go into the city as it is, a baseball game would be a great addition to Vegas.  The Portland area is the biggest metropolitan area in the USA without a professional team.  Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Sacramento, Charlotte or Indianapolis are all logical choices.   And to those saying two expansion teams to the AL would weaken the league, need to remember that Houston`s franchise is just abysmal. 



By adding these two teams, both leagues would have equal number of teams, and the same games against division opponents. This would also allow MLB to do away with interleague.  Let’s be honest here folks, this idea has run its course.  It messes terribly with people`s lineups.  Does Adrian Gonzalez really need to be in Right Field?  Or Alex Avila lining up at 3<sup>rd</sup> Base, a position he has never played in the MLB?  No, not at all.  The American League and National League are different, and there`s nothing wrong with that. 


Keep the World Series special, and make that the only interleague series.

Posted on: October 18, 2011 4:18 pm

A Bad Saturday

Saturday was the worst sports day I’ve had in a long time.


Let me tell you about myself.  I am a passionate sports fan, diehard some may even say.  My mood in the morning is typically determined by the performance of my favourite sports team from the day before.


I love (in no particular order) the Montreal Canadians, the Detroit Tigers and the Michigan Wolverines.  It may seem like an odd trio, but believe me, I have dedicated the better part of 20 years to being a passionate fan of these teams.


So Saturday shaped up as a doozy. Michigan vs Michigan State in the morning, the Tigers vs the Rangers in Game 6 of the ALCS, and a Habs game later in the evening. 


I was so excited for the day.  Beginning with the Maize and Blue over Michigan State, my teams would roll throughout day, making me an armchair champion.  Well, things didn’t go my way.


After an impressive opening drive, Michigan followed up with a series of miscues, and underwhelming play calling.  The end was 28-14 drubbing, and another year of hanging my head.


Yet, at the end of the game, there was a mild relief.  I figured that there’s no way the Tiger’s will lose now.  After all, there is no way I could lose two games very important games in a row.


But that is what happened.  I was ranting and raving like a gorilla in a cage at the end of the game.

Then the Habs lost in O.T.  Just icing on the cake.  Obviously game 4 of the NHL regular season is not as important as the other two, but it still stung.


I sat there on Saturday, defeated.  Feeling like a loser. 


Then I started thinking about next year. The Tigers look good, with a lot of wasted money coming off the roster.


Denard is back for his SR year at Michigan.  There’s no way they will lose again to Michigan State.


And that’s the beauty about being a sports fan.  There is always something to look forward to.  Building the perfect team on paper, think there is no way they will lose.  


For now its all I got.  (Go habs!)  

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