Gloucester Daily Times
---- — Awful Format
After seeing the way the end of the Major League Baseball season played out with the extra wild card team, it’s obvious that it was a great idea by the league.
Major League Baseball, however, follows up a great idea with a terrible format in the Division Series. Instead of the usual 2-2-1 format, the league has switched the series’ to a 2-3 format, with the higher seeded teams playing the final three games of the series at home.
Believe it or not this is a huge advantage for the lower seed, as we have already seen with Detroit taking the first two games of the series at home against Oakland needing to win just one of three games on the road to move to the ALCS. The Tigers have this advantage despite the fact that they finished with six fewer wins than Oakland.
Lets hope Bud Selig and Major League Baseball move back to the 2-2-1 format for 2013.
Local FBS duds
It was a tough weekend for the two Massachusetts Division 1 Football Bowl Subdivision teams.
Boston College dropped a heart breaking 34-31 loss to Army over the weekend. BC drops to 1-4 on the year and Army picked up its first win. The most embarrassing part of the defeat was the fact that the Eagles allowed three different Army backs to run for 100 yards.
The other Division 1 FBS team in the state, UMass, fell to 0-3 on the season with a 32-16 loss to Western Michigan, which was probably the team’s best chance at a win this season.
In the Minutemen’s defense, this is their first year in Division 1 FBS and they are still getting their feet wet. Boston College, however, doesn’t have the same excuse.
-Compiled by Nick Curcuru