There is still a chance UCLA can win the Pac-10 and get the #1 seed at the Pac-10 Tournament.

All it takes is:

UCLA beats Oregon
Washington State beats Washington

However, there are different reasons for why UCLA would win the tiebreaker, depending on the Cal/Arizona State result.

Scenario #1: Cal beats ASU

This would put UCLA and Washington tied for first at 13-5, with the first tiebreaker being head-to-head, where the teams split. The next tiebreaker would be results against the next best team, which in this case would be Cal, finishing third. UCLA swept Cal, Cal swept Washington, so UCLA would get the #1 seed

Scenario #2: Arizona State beats Cal

In this scenario, UCLA and UW would be tied at 13-5 and would still be tied in the first tiebreaker, head-to-head. Cal and Arizona State would be tied for third at 11-7 and under Pac-10 rules, you take head-to-head results against tied teams as a group, and UCLA and Washington both went 2-2 against these schools. So the next tiebreakers would be head-to-head results against the next best team. Both UCLA and Washington would’ve split against Washington State, split against Arizona, swept USC, swept Oregon State, swept Stanford and swept Oregon.

Here’s the Pac-10 tiebreaker rules I copied out of their media guide (PDF):

1. Two-team tie
a. Results of head-to-head competition during the regular season.
b. Each team’s record vs. the team occupying the highest position in the final regular standings, and then continuing down through the standings
until one team gains an advantage.
When arriving at another group of tied teams while comparing records, use each team’s record against the collective tied teams as a group (prior
to that group’s own tie-breaking procedure), rather than the performance against individual tied teams.
c. Won-lost percentage against all Division I opponents.
d. Coin toss conducted by the Commissioner or designee.

a) and b) would be even as I established already. For the whole season, UCLA would be 24-7 and Washington would be 23-8, so UCLA would get the #1 seed by tiebreaker c).

And to think, with one more non-conference win from Washington or one more non-conference loss from UCLA, this could’ve gone to a coin toss.

Check out this video I found, linked to already on several blogs:

Duke getting a favorable call? I’ve never heard of this happening before.

51 days until Opening Day

February 14, 2009

200_zambranoThere are 51 days left until that best day of the year, Opening Day.

Friday was an important milestone in our journey to the start of another baseball season — it was the first day pitchers and catchers reported to a lot of teams. There’s visual proof, Carlos Zambrano is already perfecting his hitting skills.

There are still 11 days until the first spring training games. For now, hopefully this old video with Zambrano throwing heaters at kids keeps you entertained.

Larry Brown, the guy who runs  Larry Brown Sports, is hosting his own show on Sporting News Radio starting tonight from 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. PT. For those of you in Southern California, you can hear the show on AM 1090, which has a strong signal, I get it clearly in Ventura even though it’s a San Diego station.

I had the pleasure of listening to Larry when he worked for UCLA’s student radio station years ago, he’s very good. If you’re reading this blog, chances are you don’t have plans on Friday night anyway, so check out his show.

56 days until Opening Day

February 9, 2009

There are 56 days left until that best day of the year, Opening Day.


56, as you know, is famous in baseball, as Joe DiMaggio’s record 56-game hitting streak. It’s an amazing streak that will likely never be done again.

On an unrelated, self-promotional note, I have a new post up at Bugs & Cranks. Check it out to see Ichiro pitching (I’m not making that up).

lakersgreenBrilliant planning by the NBA, selling Laker shirts that are the color of their main rivals. I’m not making this up, check the link. Major hat-tip to Red’s Army.

Steve Phillips? Really?

January 21, 2009

As I first saw on Awful Announcing, Steve Phillips is being added to the Sunday Night Baseball broadcasting team.

With Joe Morgan and Phillips, they’re making it hard for baseball fans who like rational thinking to watch their broadcasts.


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