Hockey Traditionalists Better Hope Coyotes, Thrashers, and Panthers lose soon

December 29th, 2009 by Joe Mikolai Leave a reply »
If you are a baseball fan, then you remember in 2002 when the Contraction Kids, the Minnesota Twins and Montreal Expos each had above average seasons after appearing to be headed to the chopping block.

In the Twins case, they won the American League Central by a comfortable nine games en route to a second round exit in the American League Championship Series to the Los Angeles Angels.

The Expos, meanwhile, went 83-79 and finished 2nd in the National League East. That was also the year that they were contenders for a short time for the Wild Card, so much so they traded for then-Cleveland Indians ace Bartolo Colon only to see that flop and the team slide.

Because of football's parity, anyone can win any given year so the same logic doesn't really apply.

The NBA meanwhile is a six city sport: Los Angeles, Boston, Detroit, San Antonio, Miami, and Chicago where the rest of the teams in the league historically don't have a chance (yes I am well aware of the Orlando Magic). Its hard to stack up for a short run the same way it is in baseball or hockey then if it doesn't work, ship them all away.

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