World Series

first_imgIt is November, and I guess the World Series is over.  I lost interest when the Reds lost the wild-card game.  I still advocate playing the season games in a 2-week shorter period of time.  The old timers could play double headers, and they weren’t even making $100,000 a year.  It seems if you make $4 million you have to have more time off.  This pushes the season into late October, and in some years, even into the first of November.  A 2-week shorter season would give 2 weeks of September for playoffs thus eliminating the one game farce that we have now.  This would allow at least a 2 out of 3 first round elimination.  If the Player Association refuses this shorter season, then cut 10 games off of the 162.  I think you will notice that the TV ratings keep going down the further into football season it goes.  I haven’t even mentioned what TV does to this whole system.  That, of course, is a story all by itself.last_img read more

Second jackpot drop of the year for Yggdrasil’s Empire Fortune

first_imgShare Share Submit StumbleUpon Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 Related Articles GiG lauds its ‘B2B makeover’ delivering Q2 growth August 11, 2020 Tabcorp raises $371m through institutional entitlement offer August 24, 2020 Yggdrasil Gaming has paid out another significant jackpot, with one lucky punter scooping almost €1.12m on its progressive jackpot slot Empire Fortune.The prize pool was won by a 32-year old from Norway, who was gaming on Betsson’s mobile site on Saturday evening.Andy Broughton-Braithwaite, Director of Games at Betsson, said: “Yggdrasil’s games are perfectly tailored towards our players who love the combination of life changing Jackpots and innovative gameplay.”All of the Yggdrasil progressive jackpot pay outs in 2017 have been won via mobile channels, with the pools slots proving popular on the smaller screen amongst consumers.This latest jackpot triumph follows a €5.2m prize won on the same slot in July of this year, in addition to a €3.5m jackpot being won on Joker Millions, an Yggdrasil title which shares the progressive jackpot pool with Empire Fortune, just last month.Fredrik Elmqvist, CEO at Yggdrasil Gaming, said: “Our jackpot pools have been very generous of late and it’s great to see one of our players winning a life-changing sum of money on Empire Fortune.“Our progressive jackpots have now paid out almost €10m in their last three drops, but with their popularity, I’ve no doubt there’ll be paying out big wins again soon.”This latest jackpot win come days after news that Yggdrasil has agreed a deal with Tabcorp for its slots to be features on the Sun Vegas platform.last_img read more

Miller: Dodgers and Cubs meet again, before meeting again?

first_imgMaddon also participated, which is why he colored his white hair brown before going back to his natural look prior to Friday’s first pitch.This sort of goofiness has long been part of Maddon’s approach, one that isn’t just outside the box and also incapable of ever being boxed.The fact his teams win so much — and last year did so at a level that left entire Chicago neighborhoods red-eyed for days — means his methods are more than just accepted. They’re celebrated.And why not? The baseball season is long and routine enough already, the games themselves now played beneath an outfield clock employed strictly to keep things moving.Besides, a short time before Maddon was making jokes about his wacky appearance, Roberts was in the Dodgers dugout going into great detail about the condition of Rob Segedin’s injured toe.Frankly, I don’t even care that much about Segedin’s nine other healthy toes, particularly when the champion Cubs are in town to face a Dodgers team that entered Friday a season-high eight games above .500.“I think that we’re kind of hitting our stride,” Roberts said “Going into this series, I really like our chances with the guys we’ve got going. … It’s going to be a fun series.”These teams met in early April, the Cubs winning two of three at Wrigley Field and conveniently forcing the Dodgers to squirm through a series of tributes commemorating the 2016 World Series title.Envisioning another postseason matchup between the two isn’t difficult, not even a little bit, and, following this weekend, is the only way they’ll face each other again this season.When spring training began, the Cubs were the top pick among oddsmakers to win the National League and the Dodgers were second. Nothing has happened yet to drastically alter those projections.Sure, the Nationals appear to be cruising in the NL East. But, at this point, I don’t believe in the Rockies or Diamondbacks any more than I believe in goats being capable of unleashing curses.The Cubs are trying to become the first team to claim consecutive World Series championships since the Yankees won three straight in 1998-2000.As daunting as that might sound, consider that the most recent National League team to do so was the Cincinnati Reds in 1975-76. Before that, among NL franchises, it was the New York Giants in 1921-22.Scary, right? Ah, sure. These Cubs just drowned more than a century’s worth of failure in champagne. So chasing away ancient eras is sort of their thing.“Last year, I felt they were the best team, and that’s the way it played out,” Roberts said. “But, this year, I feel we’re a better team. It really doesn’t matter what my thoughts are of the two clubs. It’s about going out there and playing.”It is about going out there and playing and, so far, the Cubs haven’t been playing great. But they did enter Friday four games above .500, which, like the Dodgers, also was a season-best.So maybe these teams really are beginning their respective climbs, heading again toward the same peak, one with enough room for only a single survivor.“Yeah, you want to play well against these guys because they’re a good ballclub,” Roberts said. “But the narrative of ‘We have to beat them because they eliminated us last year,’ I think we’re all past that.”He’s right. It is a new season, even if the most recent visitors are old foes, foes that looked awfully familiar rolling into town, despite the fresh coat of [email protected] LOS ANGELES — He manages one of the most popular sports franchises on the planet, the team that is the reigning World Series champion, that last fall ended 108 years of historic frustration.So, naturally, Joe Maddon opened his pregame media session Friday by answering multiple questions about … dying his hair?Yes, and with a substance that, based on the photos, appeared to be similar to shoe polish.“Maaco,” Maddon corrected, a reference to the auto body repair specialists and the fact his hair was less dyed and more lacquered. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img And so marked the Chicago Cubs’ return to Dodger Stadium, where their previous visit came during a triumphant — at least for them — National League Championship Series.“We’ve been looking forward to this,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed before the game, “and getting these guys at our place.”Believe it, this is a big weekend series, arriving on a classic American holiday, no less, a riveting rematch of last season’s playoffs and a possible preview of this season’s.But it isn’t big enough to have prevented Maddon from ordering his players to travel from Chicago to Los Angeles on Thursday dressed like characters from the movie “Anchorman.”There the Cubs were, starting this vital business trip, outfitted in crazy sport coats, ridiculous pants and fuzzy wigs that suggested they might be tripping on something other than baseball.last_img read more

Wanted for TV: A Tony Romo-like defensive mind for NFL broadcasts

first_imgFox loosened the reins for on-air talent, inviting personalities like Doug Gottlieb known more for their expertise outside football to work as NFL sideline reporters. Former safety Adam Archuleta of CBS is viewed as an up-and-coming talent who could eventually grow into a lead analyst role.The question now is whether TV networks will follow the Romo playbook. Or call an audible and get creative with a defensive-minded TV talent.Romo may be so original, there may not be another Romo out there. So maybe it’s time for networks to zig when everybody else zags. But what if these networks are missing the forest for the trees? If the Patriots’ suffocating 13-3 win over the Rams in Super Bowl 53 proved anything, it’s defense still wins championships.Instead of finding another Romo, maybe networks should hire, or promote, a former defensive player/coach who can better explain what’s happening on the other side of the ball next season.MORE: Why Witten is leaving broadcastingThere’s no debate 2018 was the Year of the Quarterback, with NFL passers setting all-time records for touchdown passes (847), passer rating (92.9) and completion percentage (64.9). Romo was the perfect guy to ride this offensive explosion. He and partner Jim Nantz called a perfect game during the Pats’ wild 37-31 AFC championship game win over the Chiefs, with league insiders and fans marveling at Romo’s ability to predict plays pre-snap.But guess what? Despite all the offensive fireworks, the 2018 season still culminated in the lowest-scoring Super Bowl ever. The 16 combined points eked out by the Patriots and Rams in Super Bowl 53 were even fewer than the 21 points scored by Dolphins-Redskins in the Jurassic era of 1973’s Super Bowl VII. Watching CBS’ telecast, viewers were often left to wonder how and why the Patriots were able to throttle the Rams, the second-highest scoring team during the regular season at 32.9 points per game.MORE: CBS’s coverage risks with Tony Romo paid offWhat were they doing that made Rams QB Jared Goff look like a scared, confused kid? What happened during the game that led Sean McVay, the Rams’ 33-year-old whiz kid, to admit he was “outcoached” by 66-year old Bill Belichick?The ebullient Romo did the best he could during a nearly unwatchable game. In the fourth quarter, he instantly dissected the Pats’ blitz that forced a nervous Goff to heave a wounded duck off his back foot, leading to an easy pick by Pats cornerback Stephon Gilmore.”They went all-out pressure. Belichick waited the whole game to send it,” Romo said. “And Gilmore wasn’t going to get beat deep. Waiting for the big-time interception.”I also liked Romo’s insta-analysis of Brady’s interception on his first pass attempt. Wily Rams defensive coordinator Wade Phillips fooled Brady by showing man coverage when the Rams were actually playing zone. Even 41-year-old Tom Terrific makes makes mistakes.WATCH: Tony Romo’s best calls of the 2018 season”Brady, right at the end, knew he was making a poor decision,” Romo noted.Still, Romo was out of his element, calling a static, defensive struggle, according to David J. Halberstam’s “Sports Broadcast Journal.””Because Romo is an experienced offensive player, he took a slight step back because of his limited expertise from a defensive perspective,” Dan Mason wrote in his Super Bowl review. “Due to limited scoring opportunities, Tony couldn’t really get into the kind of groove that drew him great praise in the AFC championship game. Being unable to thoroughly break down the defenses might have exposed Romo a bit.”I talked to another industry source who was not impressed with Romo’s performance on the Super Bowl broadcast stage. Yes, Romo had some nice moments. But there was not enough analysis, he thought, of a Patriots defensive gameplan that may turn out be Belichick’s masterpiece.MORE: Seven steps to fix ‘Monday Night Football'”We need to find a Romo for defense,” said the source, who asked to remain anonymous. “Maybe (NFL TV networks) figure viewers don’t care about the difference between Cover 2 and Cover 3? Well, then we should show them. We have 100 cameras out there for every frigging game. Let’s use them.”This is not to pick on Romo or CBS. If the NFL is an offense-driven league, so is the TV coverage. In 2018, the four lead game analysts for CBS (Romo), ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” (Witten), NBC’s “Sunday Night Football” (Cris Collinsworth) and Fox’s “Thursday Night Football” and Sunday afternoon coverage (Troy Aikman) were all offensive stars in the NFL.Lo and behold, the league’s TV partners employed roughly three times the number of ex-QBs, receivers, running backs and former offensive coordinators as game analysts this season than they did former D-linemen, cornerbacks/safeties, linebackers or defensive coordinators.Here’s a breakdown of network NFL game analysts in 2018 season, along with their former player positions/coaching roles:OffenseNBC: Collinsworth (WR)ESPN: Witten (TE); Brian Griese (QB)CBS: Romo, Dan Fouts, Trent Green, Rich Gannon, Steve Beuerlein (QBs); James Lofton (WR); Jay Feely (K); Bruce Arians (HC/OC)Fox: Aikman, Brady Quinn (QB); Daryl Johnston (RB); Mark Schlereth (OL); Cris Carter; Greg Jennings (WR)DefenseESPN: Booger McFarland (DL)CBS: Adam Archuleta (DB)Fox: Charles Davis, Ronde Barber (DB); Chris Spielman (LB); Jeff Fisher (HC/DC)With Jon Gruden leaving ESPN for the Raiders last year, and Arians returning to the sidelines to coach the Buccaneers this year after only one season with CBS, there’s a shortage of ex-coaches calling games.That’s surprising given that John Madden is still viewed as the gold standard for color analysts. But ex-coaches turned TV talkers like Bill Cowher (CBS), Rex Ryan and John Fox (ESPN) and Jimmy Johnson (Fox) tend to prefer the studio to games due to the lighter workload and easier travel schedule.STEELE: Remembering the glory days of Cosell, Meredith and GiffordBut things could be changing in network TV booths. ESPN made McFarland, a Super Bowl-winning defensive tackle, a co-equal with Witten. Front office insider Louis Riddick nearly won the lead “Monday Night Football” analyst job that went to Witten. Wanted for TV: The Tony Romo of defensive game analysts, somebody who can analyze defenses as well as Romo does offenses.The former Cowboys quarterback turned CBS lead game analyst has taken sports television by storm, uncannily predicting plays before they happen. The NFL is a copycat league, and there’s been a gold rush by its TV partners to find the “next” Romo. Consider ESPN hiring ex-Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (Romo’s former road roommate) as “Monday Night Football” lead analyst for 2018 before he left the broadcast booth to return to the field in 2019.last_img read more