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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS

After falling to #2 in the rankings, the Michigan Wolverines received some more disappointment over the weekend as they fell 17-16 on a last second field goal to the 25th ranked Penn State Nittany Lions. This loss opened up the B1G East and set up a potential deciding game in the final week between Michigan and long time rival and 7th ranked, Ohio State.

SOMEONE HAS GOTTA DO IT

As the AFC North tries to figure out who really wants to win the division and play in the playoffs, the battle heats up as Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Baltimore all win their respective games. The Pittsburgh Steelers will play Monday night to see if they can remain tied with Baltimore for the lead at 6-6.

STARS OF TOMORROW

Recruiting season begins to wind down but there are still some major decisions to be made as teams look to fill out their classes. Will these players be able to live up to the hype? Or will they crumble under the pressure of expectations. Stay tuned to find out.

EASTBOUND AND DOWN

The battle for the NFC East remains hot as well, for all the right reasons as both the Philadelphia Eagles and the Dallas Cowboys picked up wins on Sunday. The Eagles beat the Falcons 31-28 and the Cowboys beat the Panthers 31-20, making the NFC South a bloodbath as well as the league heads towards the playoffs.
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    [2018] Conference Finals

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    Eastern Conference

    Eastern Conference Finals were cancelled this year :ph34r:

     

    Western Conference 

    Golden Knights  :ucf: (51-24-7) vs Jets:jets: (52-20-10)

     

    Knights beat the Jets because a weasel climbed into the Hadron collider in 2016 and altered the timeline we exist on to be complete shit.

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    I've never really followed NHL all that closely closely, how did the Knights start off so hot for the beginning of their existence? Usually a new franchise starts off with a lot of growing pains.

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    3 hours ago, johnkirk said:

    I've never really followed NHL all that closely closely, how did the Knights start off so hot for the beginning their existence? Usually a new franchise starts off with a lot of growing pains.

     

    I stopped following the NHL seriously after the last lockout, but Vegas has done a good job for many reasons.

     

    For one, the Salary Cap means it's harder to keep dynastic teams, or the superteams you see in the NBA. It also means you need more bodies to be productive and be a good team. Two or three guys aren't getting you over the line, but you need those lesser contributions for a complete team. This leads to...

     

    The rules of the expansion draft regarding protections were weaker for existing teams than previous years. Add to that, Vegas was coming in alone, instead of having a buddy siphoning away talent too.

     

    So some teams, mindful of the implications of roster building and these less stringent protections, made deals with Vegas to protect some of their guys or get something back for them. Vegas made a lot of aggressive moves which helped too, and they amassed quite a bit of player and draft capital.

     

    Most teams would probably not have tried so hard to "help" Vegas if they knew out of the gate they'd storm out to be this good. But under the old models, expansion teams almost always struggled. Why would Vegas be any different? But they developed a system wisely, got buy-in, made a lot of opportunistic moves, and here we are.

     

    Finally, the League probably really wanted Vegas to succeed, and Vegas as a city really bought into the team. They've got a great home atmosphere, and they're the biggest game in a flashy town for now, and it makes an impact.

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    16 minutes ago, smokingcricket said:

     

    I stopped following the NHL seriously after the last lockout, but Vegas has done a good job for many reasons.

     

    For one, the Salary Cap means it's harder to keep dynastic teams, or the superteams you see in the NBA. It also means you need more bodies to be productive and be a good team. Two or three guys aren't getting you over the line, but you need those lesser contributions for a complete team. This leads to...

     

    The rules of the expansion draft regarding protections were weaker for existing teams than previous years. Add to that, Vegas was coming in alone, instead of having a buddy siphoning away talent too.

     

    So some teams, mindful of the implications of roster building and these less stringent protections, made deals with Vegas to protect some of their guys or get something back for them. Vegas made a lot of aggressive moves which helped too, and they amassed quite a bit of player and draft capital.

     

    Most teams would probably not have tried so hard to "help" Vegas if they knew out of the gate they'd storm out to be this good. But under the old models, expansion teams almost always struggled. Why would Vegas be any different? But they developed a system wisely, got buy-in, made a lot of opportunistic moves, and here we are.

     

    Finally, the League probably really wanted Vegas to succeed, and Vegas as a city really bought into the team. They've got a great home atmosphere, and they're the biggest game in a flashy town for now, and it makes an impact.

     

    Karlsson being so good helps a lot too. They were smart with how they built themselves. They got a great goalie in Fleury and then focused on forwards first. Then they got lucky with a lot of guys making the most of their newfound ice time that weren’t getting shots on their previous teams 

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    Loving the Jets-Golden Knights series.  Vegas just keep finding ways to win. Of course Fleury has a lot to do with that.

     

    Would love to see this go 7 - I'm still leaning towards the Jets even now down 2-1.

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