By Marc Lawrence — CBS Sports suggests that before MLB gets back in the game they are considering a proposal for realignment for the 2020 season. We’ve already seen some interesting proposals for a shortened MLB season this year, but the one that was reported on Tuesday might be the most intriguing and wild idea yet. There would be 4 caveats: 1) MLB would re-align the league into three divisions with 10 teams in each division. 2) Teams would only play games within their division at the regional hub they’re assigned to. 3) The traditional American League/National League dynamic would be abolished, with teams being assigned to divisions based on geography. 4) The plan would require a revised postseason format. Based on those parameters, here’s what the league could look like under the proposed format: East (Florida): Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Miami Marlins, NY Mets, NY Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Tampa Bay Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals … Central (Texas): Atlanta Braves, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers, Kansas City Royals, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, St. Louis Cardinals … West (Arizona): Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Houston Astros, LA Angels, LA Dodgers, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, Texas Rangers … To some it’s a band aid to stop the bleeding caused by the pandemic. For baseball purists it’s more like open-heart surgery.
From the all-new 2020 PLAYBOOK NFL Draft Complete Recap: The Akron Zips lived up to their nickname in 2019 when they failed to win a game for the first time in school history. With it Akron was the only FBS team that failed to taste victory last year. Rubbing salt in the wound, the rubber makers lost 10 games by double-digits, while allowing UMass its only victory of the season.
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From the 2020 Playbook Football Preview Guide Magazine: The New England Patriots are just one of two teams that have not drafted a single Pro Bowler in the last five years. (The other is Cincinnati.)