Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Euro basketball pyramid gets complicated

The first pyramid for the top level of European pro basketball in 2018-19 produced at least one unsurprising result. The permanent clubs did pretty well.


One thing the world has shown us is that there are many ways to run an athletic league.

In the United States and Canada, the permanent franchise system is in play. The teams in the top leagues are there permanently, unless they just go out of business. The advantage is that the league can play to the strongest markets every year. The disadvantage is that dog teams are coddled to maximize those markets. The teams in the top leagues aren't necessarily there on competitive merit, though their market advantages certainly make them better than other teams.

In most of the world, particularly in Europe, they use the pyramid system, in which the worst teams at the top level are relegated to the next level down, while the best teams at that level come up to replace the clubs that were relegated. The downside is that teams could end up in the top league while playing in markets that aren't quite major league scale. The upside is that one never hears nonsense about tanking for the top draft choice. There is no reward for tanking. It is something of a death sentence. You're out of the league.

The Euroleague gives us something a little different, a mix of permanent teams and teams from the pyramid.

The Euroleague played with only 16 teams in 2018-19. Usually, it has run 18 clubs and it's going back to that in 2019-20.

But it is a mix. Of the 18 clubs, 11 are permanently licensed to compete in the Euroleague, two others are granted two-year licenses, one is the EuroCup champion and three are the champions of various top-level domestic leagues: The ABA (Adriatic Basketball League) First Division, the German Bundesliga and the VTB League of top clubs from Russia and neighboring countries.

One other spot goes to the best team in the Asociación de Clubs de Baloncesto (ACB) that isn't permanently licensed in the Euroleague. ACB, the top Spanish League, includes three permanent Euroleague clubs – Barcelona, Baskonia and Real Madrid. In 63 years of ABC or its predecessor, Liga Nacional, one of those three clubs has won it 56 times. But one of the unlicensed clubs might be good enough to win the EuroCup. When that happens, then ACB's unlicensed spot becomes a continental wild card.

It becomes really confusing when this publication gets involved and tries to make a pyramid out of it. Perhaps we can explain it as we go along.

We look at the first year of the Europyramid, 2018-19, for some help. First, we took the 2017-18 standings and just split the Euroleague into three divisions, with the top six clubs in the Big Six, the next six clubs in the Middle Six and the lower clubs in the Little Six(ish).

The clubs we see in the Big Six are no surprise. All of them are permanently licensed to the Euroleague. The winner here in 2018-19 was Fenerbahçe, the power from Istanbul, followed by CSKA Moscow, the top-ranked club in Europe. The two clubs being relegated for 2019-20 are the Grecian clubs, Olympiacos and Panathinaikos.

Now we look at the Middle Six and it gets a little complex down the standings. The top two clubs, which will be promoted, are permanent licensees – Baskonia and Maccabi Tel Aviv. Easy enough.

The third-place club here is Bayern Munich, which entered in 2018-19 as the Bundesliga champions. The club that actually played in the Euroleague as the Bundesliga champs in 2017-18, Brose Bramberg, established that spot Middle Six spot by finishing in the middle of the Euroleague. Bayern Munich solidified it with a 6-4 record in the Middle Six.

Ordinarily, the spot established by Brose Bramberg and solidified by Bayern Munich would be passed on in 2019-20 to the winner of the previous year's Bundesliga. But it happens that Bayern Munich is one of the clubs granted a two-year license. And, it happens, the club that won the Bundesliga was Bayern Munich. Thus, the new German entry, Alba Berlin, will enter the pyramid at the bottom level and Bayern Munich will remain in the Middle Six.

Who do we demote from the bottom of the Middle Six? We have three clubs there and two will be demoted. The tiebreaker is head-to-head among the three clubs, Darüşşafaka, Gran Canaria and Khimki. Turns out Khimki, a Russian club, was 3-1, compared with 2-2 for Gran Canaria and 1-3 for Darüşşafaka.

Khimki qualified for the Euroleague in 2017-18 as the VTB League representative, and repeated that distinction to return to the Euroleague (and, not incidentally, the pyramid) in 2018-19. The club earned the right to remain in the Middle Six. Khimki again finished second in the VTB League, for the third straight year, to take that spot. The spot is targeted to the VTB League winner, but that team is CSKA Moscow every year, and CSKA is permanently licensed for the Euroleague. So, Khimki gets the spot and will play 2019-20 in the Middle Division.


Gran Canaria and Darüşşafaka both are going to the Little Six in 2019-20, but not really. The Gran Canaria spot is for the club placing highest in the ACB that isn't otherwise licensed. However, it turned out that the team for this spot in 2019-20, Valencia Basket, won the EuroCup and qualified that way.

So, the Euroleague turned the final ACB spot into a wild card and awarded it to Zenit St. Petersburg of the VTB League.

Either way, the final team from Spain and the EuroCup winner both were going to the Little Six.  Who is going up? It's two permanently licensed Euroleague clubs, Barcelona and Anadolu Efes, both of which finished 4-2 in a four-team Little Six(ish). In 2019-20, the Little Six really will have six clubs. The two new clubs are Alba Berlin and a French club, ASVEL, which received the second two-year license.

One of the two holdovers in the Little Six is Olimpia Milan, which is a permanently licensed club. The other will be the ABA representative, Cevena zvezda from Belgrade, which will take up where the previous year's ABA champ, Budućnost, left it. The bottom division.

No comments:

Post a Comment

Labels

Los Angeles Dodgers (123) Los Angeles Angels (92) St. Louis Cardinals (63) New York Yankees (57) Texas Rangers (49) Cincinnati Reds (38) Houston Astros (38) San Francisco Giants (37) First Division (35) Oakland Athletics (35) Boston Red Sox (34) Matt Kemp (34) Minnesota Twins (34) Cleveland Indians (33) Chicago White Sox (31) Kansas City Royals (31) New York Mets (31) Atlanta Braves (30) Henry Aaron (30) Chicago Cubs (29) Clayton Kershaw (29) Detroit Tigers (29) Baltimore Orioles (28) Albert Pujols (27) Don Mattingly (27) Center League (26) Second Division (26) West League (26) Tampa Bay Rays (25) Third Division (25) Andre Ethier (24) Dick Allen (24) East League (24) Harmon Killebrew (24) Milwaukee Brewers (23) Pittsburgh Pirates (22) Arizona Diamondbacks (21) Washington Nationals (21) Fourth Division (20) Mike Scioscia (20) Mike Trout (20) San Diego Padres (20) Seattle Mariners (18) Real Madrid (16) Hanley Ramirez (15) Adrian Gonzalez (14) American League (14) C.J. WIlson (14) Dee Gordon (14) Golden State Warriors (14) Miami Marlins (14) Toronto Blue Jays (14) Barcelona (13) Jered Weaver (13) Josh Hamilton (13) Philadelphia Phillies (13) Colorado Rockies (12) Minnesota Lynx (12) National League (12) Yasiel Puig (12) Zack Greinke (12) AS Roma (10) Howie Kendrick (10) Mark Trumbo (10) A.J. Ellis (9) Bryce Harper (9) Bud Selig East (9) Carl Crawford (9) Chub Feeney League (9) Connecticut Huskies (9) Dan Haren (9) Dodger Stadium (9) James Loney (9) Joe Cronin League (9) Jon Lester (9) Kenley Jansen (9) Los Angeles Sparks (9) New England Patriots (9) Anaheim Ducks (8) Billy Beane (8) Bud Selig West (8) Erick Aybar (8) Ernesto Frieri (8) Garrett Richards (8) Justin Verlander (8) Liverpool (8) Los Angeles Clippers (8) Los Angeles Lakers (8) Minnesota Wild (8) San Antonio Spurs (8) Bayern Munich (7) Juventus (7) North Carolina Tar Heels (7) Paris Saint-Germain (7) Toronto Raptors (7) Yoenis Cespedes (7) Andrelton Simmons (6) Angel Stadium (6) Bobby Abreu (6) Bud Selig (6) Chris Sale (6) David Ortiz (6) European traveling soccer championship (6) Florida Panthers (6) Hyun-Jin Ryu (6) Juan Uribe (6) Miami Heat (6) Miguel Cabrera (6) Pittsburgh Penguins (6) Prince Fielder (6) Torii Hunter (6) UCLA Bruins (6) Winnipeg Jets (6) Borussia Dortmund (5) Chicago Blackhawks (5) Chris Capuano (5) Columbus Blue Jackets (5) David Price (5) Ervin Santana (5) Harmon Killebrew Award (5) Jerry DiPoto (5) Jim Leyland (5) Joe Blanton (5) Joe Maddon (5) Manchester City (5) Mark Ellis (5) Napoli (5) National League traveling championship (5) North American traveling soccer championship (5) Pittsburgh Steelers (5) Pro football traveling championship (5) Scott Van Slyke (5) Tottenham Hotspur (5) Villanova Wildcats (5) college football national traveling championship (5) women's pro basketball traveling championship (5) Alex Rodriguez (4) American League traveling championship (4) Argentine traveling soccer championship (4) Borussia Mochengladbach (4) Boston Bruins (4) Canadian traveling football championship (4) Carlos Beltran (4) Club América (4) Fredi Gonzalez (4) German traveling soccer championship (4) Henry Aaron Award (4) Houston Rockets (4) Italian traveling soccer championship (4) James Shields (4) Jason Vargas (4) Jose Altuve (4) Kendrys Morales (4) Manchester United (4) Mark Teixeira (4) Mat Latos (4) Matt Holliday (4) Mississippi State Bulldogs (4) Ned Yost (4) Nelson Cruz (4) New York Liberty (4) New York Rangers (4) Nick Punto (4) Oklahoma City Thunder (4) River Plate (4) Saskatchewan Roughriders (4) South Carolina Gamecocks (4) Spanish traveling soccer championship (4) St. Louis Blues (4) Toronto FC (4) Vancouver Whitecaps (4) men's college basketball short traveling championship (4) pro basketbal traveling championship (4) world traveling soccer championship (4) 2014 World Series (3) A.J. Burnett (3) AC Milan (3) Adam Jones (3) Adam Kennedy (3) African traveling soccer championship (3) Alberto Callaspo (3) Alex Wood (3) All-Star Game (3) American League Championship Series (3) Andrew McCutchen (3) Baylor Bears (3) Billy Butler (3) Brandon Phillips (3) Brazilian traveling soccer championship (3) Chelsea FC (3) Chub Feeney (3) Clemson Tigers (3) Cory Rasmus (3) David Dombrowski (3) David Freese (3) Dick Allen Award (3) Dustin Pedroia (3) English traveling soccer championship (3) Eric Hosmer (3) Feyenoord Rotterdam (3) Florida Marlins (3) Francisco Liriano (3) Huston Street (3) Indiana Pacers (3) J.B. Shuck (3) Jack Morris (3) Jacoby Ellsbury (3) Jerome Williams (3) Jerry Hairston (3) Joaquin Benoit (3) Joc Pederson (3) Joe Cronin (3) Joey Votto (3) Kansas City Chiefs (3) LA Galaxy (3) Lance Lynn (3) Los Angeles Kings (3) Los Angeles Rams (3) Magic Johnson (3) Major League Baseball (3) Mamelodi Sundowns (3) Mexican inner pyramid (3) Mexican traveling soccer championship (3) Michigan State Spartans (3) Monterrey (3) National League Championship Series (3) National League Division Series (3) New York Red Bulls (3) North League (3) Notre Dame Fighting Irish (3) Ohio State Buckeyes (3) Oregon Ducks (3) PSV Eindhoven (3) Portland Timbers (3) Robinson Cano (3) Ryan Braun (3) Scott Downs (3) Seattle Storm (3) South League (3) Stan Kasten (3) Tampa Bay Lightning (3) Tim Lincecum (3) Toluca (3) Vin Scully (3) Virginia Tech Hokies (3) Washington Capitals (3) Washington Mystics (3) Winnipeg Blue Bombers (3) eastern hockey traveling championship (3) interleague traveling baseball championship (3) men's college basketball long traveling championship (3) traveling soccer championship (3) western hockey traveling championship (3) women's college basketball long traveling championship (3) AFC traveling championship (2) Adam Dunn (2) Ajax Amsterdam (2) Al Alburquerque (2) Alabama Crimson Tide (2) Alcides Escobar (2) Aldosivi (2) Alex Gordon (2) Alex Rios (2) Alexander Cartwright (2) Allen Craig (2) American League Division Series (2) American division traveling football championship (2) Anibal Sanchez (2) Arsenal (2) Arte Moreno (2) Asian traveling soccer championship (2) Atlanta United FC (2) Atlético Madrid (2) Austin Jackson (2) Baltimore Ravens (2) Barry Bonds (2) Bartolo Colon (2) Baseball Hall of Fame (2) Benfica (2) Billy Hamilton (2) Boca Juniors (2) Boston Celtics (2) Brandon Crawford (2) Brandon League (2) Brazilian inner pyramid (2) Brian McCann (2) Bud Norris (2) Buster Posey (2) CSKA Moscow (2) Calgary Stampeders (2) Carlos Gomez (2) Carolina Hurricanes (2) Central League (2) Chad Billingsley (2) Chase Headley (2) Chase Utley (2) Chelsea (2) Chicago Bulls (2) Chris Davis (2) Chris Iannetta (2) Chris Johnson (2) Chris Paul (2) Chris Young (2) Cleveland Cavaliers (2) Cliff Lee (2) Clint Hurdle (2) Cole Hamels (2) Colorado Avalanche (2) Connecticut Sun (2) Corey Seager (2) Craig Kimbrel (2) Cruz Azul (2) Cy Young (2) Dallas Keuchel (2) Davey Johnson (2) Derek Jeter (2) Didi Gregorius (2) Doosan Bears (2) Doug Fister (2) Dutch traveling soccer championship (2) English Premier League (2) English inner pyramid (2) European pro basketball traveling championship (2) FC Dallas (2) FC Porto (2) FC Utrecht (2) Flamengo (2) Frank McCourt (2) French traveling soccer championship (2) George Springer (2) German inner pyramid (2) Gerrit Cole (2) Giancarlo Stanton (2) Gio Gonzalez (2) Green Bay Packers (2) Greg Maddux (2) Hall of Fame (2) Hank Conger (2) Hisashi Iwakuma (2) Huracán (2) Italian inner pyramid (2) Jacob deGrom (2) Jason Grilli (2) Jay Bruce (2) Jeff Bagwell (2) Jerry Sands (2) Jimmy Rollins (2) Joe Girardi (2) Joe Kelly (2) John Lackey (2) Jordan Zimmermann (2) Josh Beckett (2) Justin Upton (2) Kelvin Herrera (2) Kentucky Wildcats (2) Kilkenny (2) Kiwoom Heroes (2) Las Vegas Aces (2) Lazio (2) Lee Smith (2) Leicester City FC (2) Leinster (2) León (2) Liga MX (2) Logan Forsythe (2) Luis Mendoza (2) Lyle Overbay (2) Lyon (2) Madison Bumgarner (2) Manny Machado (2) Marlon Byrd (2) Marseille (2) Melky Cabrera (2) Miami Hurricanes (2) Michael Wacha (2) Michigan Wolverines (2) Mickey Hatcher (2) Mike Fiers (2) Mike Moustakas (2) Mocambola (2) Montreal Canadiens (2) Montreal Impact (2) Munster (2) Nantes (2) Nathan Eovaldi (2) National League West (2) National division pro football traveling championship (2) Nebraska Cornhuskers (2) Ned Colletti (2) Neptunus (2) New Orleans Saints (2) New York Giants (2) Nice (2) Nick Swisher (2) Northeast Conference (2) Northwest Conference (2) Ottawa RedBlacks (2) Pachuca (2) Paul Goldschmidt (2) Pedro Alvarez (2) Pete Kozma (2) Philadephia Eagles (2) Pittsburgh Panthers (2) Portuguese traveling soccer championship (2) Ricky Nolasco (2) Roger Clemens (2) Roy Williams (2) Russell Martin (2) Ryan Vogelsong (2) Ryan Zimmerman (2) SK Wyverns (2) San Jose Sharks (2) Seattle Seawolves (2) Seattle Sounders (2) Sevilla (2) Shakhtar Donetsk (2) Shane Victorino (2) South American traveling soccer championship (2) Southern California Trojans (2) Southwest Conference (2) Spanish inner pyramid (2) Stephen Strasburg (2) Steven Strasburg (2) Suwon Bluewings (2) Tampa Bay Buccaneers (2) Ted Turner (2) Terry Francona (2) Tony Cingrani (2) Tony LaRussa (2) Toronto Maple Leafs (2) Torri Hunter (2) Toulouse (2) UANL (2) UD Songo (2) United States rugby traveling championship (2) Utah Jazz (2) Valencia (2) Victor Martinez (2) Virginia Cavaliers (2) Werder Bremen (2) West Ham United (2) Wil Myers (2) World Series (2) Yu Darvish (2) continental traveling hockey championship (2) eastern pro basketball traveling championship (2) pro hockey traveling championship (2) traveling championship (2) western basketball traveling championship (2) women's college basketball short traveling championship (2) women's pro basketball First Division (2) 1899 Hoffenheim (1) A'ja Wilson (1) Aaron Hamilton (1) Aaron Harang (1) Aaron Judge (1) Adam Dunn (1) Adam LaRoche (1) Adam Silver (1) Adam Wainwright (1) Adelaide Giants (1) Al Campanis (1) Alan Wiggins (1) Alastair Cooke (1) Alejandro De Aza (1) Alex Avila (1) Alex Guerrero (1) Alexander Ovechkin (1) Alysha Clark (1) American League West (1) Amsterdam Pirates (1) Anadolu Efes (1) Andres Ghiggia (1) Andrew Heaney (1) Andrew McCtchen (1) Andrew Miller (1) Andy Pettitte (1) Annibal Sanchez (1) Anthony Davis (1) Anthony Rizzo (1) Antony Auclair (1) Aroldis Chapman (1) Ash McGrath (1) Astros (1) Atalanta (1) Atlanta Falcons (1) Atlanta Hawks (1) Atletico Mineiro (1) Atlético Mineiro (1) Atlético Nacional (1) Auburn Tigers (1) Auckland City (1) Auston Matthews (1) Australian Baseball League (1) Australian baseball traveling championship (1) Australian traveling cricket championship (1) Babe Ruth (1) Baltimore Orioles Kansas City Royals (1) Barry Larkin (1) Bayer Leerkusen (1) Bayer Leverkusen (1) Ben Wade (1) Benji Molina (1) Bert Blyleven (1) Bert Campaneris (1) Big Bash League (1) Bill Belichick (1) Bill Foley (1) Billy Buckner (1) Blake Griffin (1) Bo Porter (1) Bobby Cox (1) Bobby Thompson (1) Bologna (1) Bordeaux (1) Bordeaux Begles (1) Brad Ausmus (1) Brad Havens (1) Brad Lidge (1) Branch Rickey (1) Brandon Maurer (1) Brandon McCarthy (1) Brandon Morrow (1) Brandon Moss (1) Brandon Snyder (1) Breanna Stewart (1) Brendan Ryan (1) Brett Lawrie (1) Brett Wallace (1) Brian Cashman (1) Brian Harper (1) Brisbane Lions (1) Bruce Bochy (1) Bruce Pearl (1) Bryan Price (1) Buck Showalter (1) Buffalo Sabres (1) Bundesliga (1) Butler Bulldogs (1) Buzz Williams (1) C.J. Kron (1) CBS (1) CC Sabathia (1) Caleb Joseph (1) Calgary Flames (1) California Angels (1) Cameron Brate (1) Candace Parker (1) Carlos Correa (1) Carlos Frias (1) Carlos Gonzalez (1) Carlos Marmol (1) Cauterbury United (1) Celta Vigo (1) Chad Qualls (1) Chapecoense (1) Charlie Cameron (1) Charlie Coyle (1) Chennai Super Kings (1) Chiapas (1) Chicago Bears (1) Chicago Fire (1) Chicago Sky (1) Chris Archer (1) Chris Carpenter (1) Chris Fagan (1) Chris Perez (1) Chris Tillman (1) Christiano Ronaldo (1) Citi Field (1) Clay Bucchholz (1) Clay Helton (1) Cleveand Indians (1) Colin Cowgill (1) Columbus Crew (1) Colón Santa Fe (1) Conor Sheary (1) Coors Field (1) Corinthians (1) Cork (1) Cornbelt Conference (1) Costa del Este (1) Costa do Sol (1) Cotton Nash (1) Craig Biggio (1) Crusaders (1) Curt Schilling (1) Dabo Swinney (1) Dale Murphy (1) Dallas Cowboys (1) Dallas Wings (1) Dan Straily (1) Daniel Nava (1) Danny Duffy (1) Dansby Swanson (1) Darryl Sutter (1) Darwin Barney (1) Davey Lopes (1) David DeJesus (1) David Murphy (1) David Ousted (1) David Peralta (1) David Wright (1) Dawn Staley (1) DeMar Derozan (1) Dean Chance (1) Delhi Capitals (1) Denver Broncos (1) Denver Nuggets (1) Detroit Red Wings (1) Devan Dubnyk (1) Devon Travis (1) Dick Jacobs (1) Dillon Gee (1) Dioner Navarro (1) Division de Honor de beiseboll (1) Doc Rivers (1) Don Mincher (1) Don Sutton (1) Dr. James Naismith (1) Draymond Green (1) Drayton McLane (1) Drew Hutchison (1) Dries Mertens (1) Dublin (1) Duke Blue Devils (1) Dustin Byfuglein (1) Dusty Baker (1) Dutch baseball lineal championship (1) Dwight Howard (1) Earl Weaver (1) Ed Creech (1) Edinburgh (1) Edinson Volquez (1) Edmonton Eskimos (1) Edmonton Oilers (1) Edwin Jackson (1) Efren Navarro (1) Eintracht Frankfurt (1) Elena Della Donne (1) Elian Herrera (1) Empoli (1) Ender Inciarte (1) Endy Chavez (1) English Big Six (1) English Little Six(ish) (1) English Middle Six (1) English cricket traveling championship (1) English rugby union traveling championship (1) Eric Sogard (1) Eric Staal (1) Ericson Leonora (1) Essex (1) Estudiantes de Mérida (1) European baseball lineal championship (1) European top-level basketball pyramid (1) European traveling rugby union championship (1) Evan Gattis (1) Evan Longoria (1) Everton FC (1) Exeter Chiefs (1) FC Köln (1) Farhan Zaidi (1) Felix Hernandez (1) Fenerbahce (1) Fiorentina (1) Five Nations traveling rugby championship (1) Football Association (1) Fortitudo Bologna (1) Four-by-four baseball regions (1) France (1) Frank Viola (1) Frank Wren (1) Fred McGriff (1) Freddie Gray (1) Freddy Galvis (1) Free State Stars (1) French Big Six (1) French Little Six(ish) (1) French Middle Six (1) French inner pyramid (1) French rugby traveling championship (1) French soccer inner pyramid (1) Gaelic football traveling championship (1) Galway (1) Garrett Williams (1) Gary Sanchez (1) Gene Mauch (1) Geno Auriemma (1) Genoa (1) German Big Six (1) German Little Six (1) German Middle Six (1) Gerry Hunsicker (1) Glendale Raptors (1) Godoy Cruz (1) Gonzaga Zags (1) Goran Dragic (1) Grant Green (1) Greg Holland (1) Gremio (1) Guadalajara (1) Guggenheim Baseball Management (1) Halle Berry (1) Happy Chandler East (1) Happy Chandler West (1) Harry Carey (1) Harvey Williams (1) Hassan Whiteside (1) Heath Bell (1) Henry Aaron Award. (1) Herediano (1) Holland (1) Hoofdklasse (1) Houston (1) Houston Texans (1) Howard Kendrick (1) Hurricanes (1) Ian Kinsler (1) Ichiro Suzuki (1) Incheon United (1) Indian Premier League (1) Indiana Fever (1) Indianapolis Colts (1) Internacional (1) Internacional Palmeiras (1) International Champions Cup (1) Irish camogie traveling championship (1) Irish hurling traveling championship (1) Islamabad United (1) Italian Big Six (1) Italian Little Six(ish) (1) Italian Middle Six (1) Italian baseball lineal championship (1) Ivan DeJesus (1) J.B. Schuck (1) J.J. Hardy (1) J.J.Hardy (1) J.P. Howell (1) Jack Kent Cooke (1) Jack McKeon (1) Jackie Robinson (1) Jake Marisnick (1) Jake Odorizzi (1) Jake Peavy (1) Jameis Winson (1) James Paxton (1) James Roby (1) James Shielss (1) Jamie McCourt (1) Jamie Wright (1) Jared Goff (1) Jared Weaver (1) Jarrod Dyson (1) Jarrod Saltalamacchia (1) Jason Giambi (1) Jason Hammel (1) Jason Heyward (1) Jason Isringhausen (1) Jason Zucker (1) Javy Guerra (1) Jeff Samadrzija (1) Jeff Samardjzia (1) Jeonbuk Motors (1) Jhonny Peralta (1) Jim Abbott (1) Jim Eppard (1) Jim Eppel (1) Jim Fregosi (1) Jim Hickey (1) Jim Johnson (1) Jim Palmer (1) Jimmie Hall (1) Jimmy Nelson (1) Jimmy Piersall (1) Joc Pedersen (1) Joe Burrow (1) Joe Mauer (1) Joe Morgan (1) Joe Saunders (1) Joe Thatcher (1) Joe Torre (1) JoeGirardi (1) Joel Berry II (1) Joel Hanrahan (1) John Angelos (1) John Farrell (1) John Helyar (1) John Jay (1) John O'Donnell Stadium (1) John Roseboro (1) Johnny Cueto (1) Johnny Giavotella (1) Jon Niese (1) Jonathan Brown (1) Jonathan Papelbon (1) Jonathan Quick (1) Jonathan Schoop (1) Jordan Lyles (1) Jose Abreu (1) Jose Bautista (1) Jose Peraza (1) Jose Quintana (1) Jose Reyes (1) Jose Valverde (1) Joseph Wapner (1) Josh Donaldson (1) Josh Gibson (1) Josh Harrison (1) Jozy Altidore (1) Juan Marichal (1) Juan Pierre (1) Juan Rivera (1) Justin Jackson (1) Justin Turner (1) KIA Tigers (1) Kaizer Chiefs (1) Kansas City Royals Pittsburgh Pirates (1) Kashima Antlers (1) Ken Giles (1) Ken Rosenthal (1) Kevin Correia (1) Kevin Jepson (1) Kevin Kiermaier (1) Kevin Malone (1) Kevin Tapani (1) Koji Uehara (1) Kole Calhoun (1) Korean baseball pyramid (1) Korean lineal baseball championship (1) Kris Bryant (1) Kris Jenkins (1) Kris Medlen (1) Kwami Leonard (1) Kyle Kubitza (1) Kyle Seager (1) L.J. Hoes (1) LAFC (1) LG Twins (1) La Liga (1) LaMarr Hoyt (1) Lache Neale (1) Lance McCullers (1) Lanus (1) Larry Dolan (1) Las Vegas Golden Knights (1) LeBron James (1) Legia Warsaw (1) LewWolff (1) Leônidas (1) Ligue 1 (1) Lille (1) Limerick (1) Logan White (1) Lords of the Realm (1) Lorenzo Cain (1) Lorenzo Martini (1) Los Angeles Chargers (1) Los Angeles Galaxy (1) Louisiana State (1) Louisville Cardinals (1) Lyonn (1) Major League Rugby (1) Major League Soccer (1) Major League Soccer standings (1) Maracanazo (1) Maracanã (1) Marcell Ozuna (1) Marge Schott (1) Mariano Rivera (1) Mark McGwire (1) Mark Mulder (1) Mark Reynolds (1) Mark Scheifele (1) Martin Dihigo (1) Martin Prado (1) Marvin Miller (1) Masahiro Tanaka (1) Matt Adams (1) Matt Carpenter (1) Matt Dominguez (1) Matt Harvey (1) Matt Joyce (1) Matt Moore (1) Matt Shoemaker (1) Matt Wieters (1) Max Kruse (1) Max Scherzer (1) Maya Moore (1) Melbourne Aces (1) Melbourne Renegades (1) Memphis Grizzlies (1) Mexican Big Six (1) Mexican League (1) Mexican Little Six (1) Mexican Middle Six (1) Mexican baseball lineal championship (1) Michael Bourn (1) Michael Cuddyer (1) Michael Roth (1) Michael Young (1) Mikael Granlund (1) Mike Archer (1) Mike Bolsinger (1) Mike Ilitch (1) Mike Illitch (1) Mike Leake (1) Mike Matheny (1) Mike Minor (1) Mike Mussina (1) Mike Napoli (1) Mike Piazza (1) Mike Zunino (1) Mikko Koivu (1) Milwaukee Bucks (1) MilwaukeeBrewers (1) Minnesota United FC (1) Monaco FC (1) Montreal Alouettes (1) Mookie Betts (1) Mumbai Indians (1) NBA (1) NBA Ear of Corn (1) NBA East Ear of Corn (1) NBA West Ear of Corn (1) NBA east traveling championship (1) NBA traveling championship (1) NC Dinos (1) NFC traveling championship (1) Nashville Predators (1) National Football League (1) National Hockey League (1) National League Divisional Series (1) Nes York Yankees (1) New England Revolution (1) New Jersey Devils (1) New York FC (1) New York Knickerbockers (1) NewYork Yankees (1) Newcastle United (1) Nick Markakis (1) Nick Saban (1) Nikola Jokic (1) Nino Niederreiter (1) Nolan Ryan (1) North American soccer pyramid (1) North Carolina Courage (1) Northern American traveling soccer championship (1) Northern Hemisphere rugby league traveling championship (1) Oakland Raiders (1) Oceana traveling soccer championship (1) PNC Park (1) Pac-12 traveling championship (1) Pakistan traveling cricket championship (1) Palermo (1) Palmeiras (1) Panathinaikos (1) Paul Dietzel (1) Paul Maholm (1) Paul Molitor (1) Paul Splittorff (1) Paços de Ferreira (1) Pedro (1) Pekka Rinne (1) Pelé (1) Penn State Nittany Lions (1) Perez Zeledon (1) Pete Carroll (1) Peter Bourjos (1) Phil Hughes (1) Phil Jackson (1) Phil Kessel (1) Philadelphia Eagles (1) Philadelphia Union (1) Philippine Basketball Association (1) Plaza Amador (1) Portland Thorns (1) Portland Trail Blazers (1) Preston Tucker (1) Prince Fielder (1) Pumas UNAM (1) Quad Cities Angels (1) Quetta Gladiators (1) R.A. Dickey (1) R.A.Dickey (1) RB Leipzig (1) Rajon Rondo (1) Ralph Garr (1) Randy Choate (1) Raul Rivera (1) Ray Dandridge (1) Real Betis (1) Real Salt Lake (1) Real Sociedad (1) Reggie Jackson (1) Reims (1) Rich Gale (1) Rich Hill (1) Rick Monday (1) Rick Reichardt (1) Rickey Henderson (1) Robert Cannon (1) Robert Lurie (1) Roberto Hernandez (1) Roger Scruton (1) Rogers Hornsby (1) Rohinson Cano (1) Ron Cey (1) Ron Washington (1) Roughned Odor (1) Rubby De La Rosa (1) Ryan Howard (1) Ryan Ludwick (1) Sacramento Kings (1) Safeco Field (1) Salvador Perez (1) Sam LeCure (1) San Diego Legion (1) San Francico Giants (1) San Francisco Giants (1) San Jose (1) San Jose Earthquakes (1) Sandy Koufax (1) Sanfrecce Hiroshima (1) Santa Tecla (1) Santos (1) Santos Laguna (1) Santos de Guapiles (1) Sao Paulo (1) Saracens (1) Sassuolo (1) Satchel Paige (1) Schalke 04 (1) Scott Diamond (1) Scott Dres (1) Scott Kazmir (1) Sean Marshall (1) Seattle Seahawks (1) Sebastian Giovinco (1) Second Divison (1) Seimone Augustus (1) Serie A (1) Seth Smith (1) Sevilla FC (1) Shane Larkin (1) Shanghai SIPG (1) Shin-Soo Choo (1) Silvio Berlusconi (1) Simon Black (1) Sonny Gray (1) South Sydney Rabbitohs (1) Southeast Conference (1) Southern Hemisphere traveling rugby league traveling championship (1) Southern Hemisphere traveling rugby union championship (1) Spanish Big Six (1) Spanish Little Six(ish) (1) Spanish Middle Six (1) Spanish baseball lineal championship (1) Sporting CP (1) Sporting KC (1) St. Helens (1) Staid Francais (1) Staples Center (1) Starlin Castro (1) Stephen Drew (1) Steve Carlton (1) Steve Garvey (1) Sun Belt Conference (1) Super Bowl (1) Swansea City (1) Sydney Roosters (1) Sydney Sixers (1) Sydney Thunder (1) Sylvia Fowles (1) Syracuse Orange (1) São Paulo (1) Taijuan Walker (1) Talleres Cordoba (1) Team Wellington (1) Tenerife Marlins (1) Texas A&M Aggies (1) Texas Christian Horned Frogs (1) Tigre (1) Tim Federowicz (1) Tim Holbrook (1) Tim Hudson (1) Tim Raines (1) Tina Charles (1) Todd Frazier (1) Tom Glavine (1) Tom Izzo (1) Tom Seaver (1) Tommy Hodson (1) Tony Bennett (1) Top 14 (1) Torino (1) Toronton Blue Jays (1) Trevor May (1) Trevor Rosenthal (1) Tri-annual regional baseball leagues (1) Tronto Blue Jays (1) Troy Trojans (1) Ty Cobb (1) Tyrone Red Hands (1) UNAM (1) US women's traveling soccer championship (1) Vegas Golden Knights (1) Vernon Wells (1) Victor Radley (1) Victor Vázquez (1) Vladimir Guerrero. (1) WAR (1) Wade Davis (1) Wade LeBlanc (1) Wade Miley (1) Walter Haas (1) Walter O'Malley (1) Wandy Rodriguez (1) Warren Giles League (1) Washington Huskies (1) Washington Natinals (1) Washington Redskins (1) Washington Senators (1) Watford (1) Wellington Castillo (1) Wigan Warriors (1) Will Holder (1) Will Myers (1) Willie Wells (1) Wilmer Flores (1) Wily Peralta (1) Wins Above Replacement (1) Wisconsin Badgers (1) World Cup (1) Xavier Musketeers (1) Yadier Molina (1) Yan Gomes (1) Yankee Stadium (1) Yuli Gurriel (1) Zach Britton (1) Zach Parise (1) Zack Cozart (1) Zamora FC (1) Zlatan Ibrahimović (1) baseball (1) baseball Elite Divisin (1) baseball continental traveling championship (1) baseball pyramid (1) baseball traveling championship (1) college football (1) drug testing (1) hockey traveling championship (1) men's pro basketball traveling championship (1) pro basketball Ear of Corn (1) pro basketball Elite League (1) pro basketball First Division (1) pro basketball Fourth Division (1) pro basketball Second Division (1) pro basketball Third Division (1) pro basketball pyramid (1) pro hockey (1) pro hockey Elite League (1) pro soccer (1) realignment (1) soccer (1) steven Souza (1) test (1) western pro basketball traveling championship (1) western pro hockey traveling championship (1) women's pro basketball pyramid (1)