NHL realignment plan to feature wild cards for playoffs

Samuel:

Not sure if I am all down for this kind of playoff alignment. Would it improve the quality and competition? I don’t know. It could very well just be something to gauge fan interest. I just hope we don’t sacrifice anything significant if this is to happen. The last thing hockey needs is something that would hurt their potential popularity.

Originally posted on SI Wire:

The National Hockey League’s plan for realignment would shrink the league’s six divisions to four and add playoff wild-card spots for the playoffs, reports ESPN.com.

The report says that the NHL sent a memo to all 30 teams on Tuesday. The new setup would have divisional instead of conference playoffs. Each division winner with the most points in the regular season would play the lowest-seeded wild card team in the 1st round, and the other division winner plays the other wild-card.

Here is how the conferences would stack up. The plan must be approved by the league’s board of governors.

The Eastern Conference would feature the Atlantic and Central divisions while the Western Conference would have the Mid-West and Pacific divisions.

The Pacific Division would feature Anaheim, Calgary, Edmonton, Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Jose and Vancouver.

The Mid-West: Chicago, Colorado, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, St. Louis and Winnipeg.

The Central: Boston…

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Jaguars not abandoning their roots, will have a teal alternate jersey

Teal will still be part of the Jaguars’ uniform set.

The Jaguars are going in a new direction. They’ve already introduced a new logo, and have made black their primary jersey color. But one thing that will remain with them is the emphasis on teal.

In a fan forum, president Mark Lamping addressed the team’s identity in regards to teal.

“The goal was to make a change,” Lamping said. “The idea was to continue to have teal be a part of every uniform that we wear, and that that teal jersey would become our version of that Notre Dame green jersey. Notre Dame has a green jersey they wear occasionally. You don’t know when they’re going to wear it, but when they bring it out, there’s tremendous support and it gets a lot of attention.

“We still do have our teal jersey. We’re just returning it for special occasions.”

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Rich Eisen runs the 40

Samuel:

The annual fun run by Rich Eisen is great for TV.

Originally posted on Rich Eisen - NFL Network:

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Rich Eisen caps the NFL Scouting Combine with his annual assault on the 40-yard dash. Watch to find out whether he bettered his 2012 time of 6.03 with the help of his buddy, Leon Sandcastle.

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C.R.E.A.M.: Zack Greinke is all about the money

Zack Greinke is all about the money.

Team loyalty? What’s that?

Apparently for Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke, that’s not a high priority. In fact, the contract is what he’s seeking. Sure, winning would be great, but if a mega contract from a losing team was offered, he’d take it. He got a six-year $147 million contract from the Dodgers this offseason.

“It’s obviously the No. 1 thing,” Greinke said. “I could play for the worst team if they paid the most. … If the last-place team offers $200 million and the first-place team offers $10, I’m going to go for the $200-million no matter what team it was.”

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