January 4, 2011
Saints in great spot Ken Murray Baltimore Sun This might be the best wild-card field in recent memory. I like the chances of three of the four to win at least one game, and the fourth, the Jets, could win. A wild-card team has reached the conference championship game the last three years, so there is precedence. The teams in the best position to pull that off are the Saints and Packers in the NFC. The Saints get the biggest break of the first round with a game against the Seahawks.
January 8, 2010
T he Ravens are 3 1/2 -point underdogs heading into Sunday's playoff game at New England. But that suits the Ravens just fine. In their 14-year existence, the Ravens play best in their first game of the playoffs when they aren't expected to win. When they've entered the playoffs as AFC North champions (2003 and 2006), the Ravens were upset in their first games. When they've been wild cards (2000, 2001 and 2008), the Ravens have never lost in the opening round. But Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason refuses to play up the underdog role.
December 20, 2011
Chargers will surprise Sam Farmer Los Angeles Times The stunner here is the Chargers. I think they are going to sneak into the postseason, despite their six-game losing streak, by winning their final two games at Detroit and Oakland and relying on the Dolphins to beat the Jets in Week 17. So I have the sixth-seeded Chargers playing at Houston in the first round, and Baltimore at Denver in the other AFC wild-card game....
September 24, 2012
Tickets are sold out for possible Orioles home games in the wild-card and American League Division Series rounds of the playoffs, a club spokesman said Monday. The news came as the Orioles returned to Baltimore to begin their final homestand of the season with a one-game lead for the top spot in the AL wild-card race. Tickets for the wild card and Games 1 and 2 of the division series were gone within an hour after they went on sale to the public Saturday morning, said Orioles spokesman Greg Bader.
October 4, 2012
Wild-card round Friday, both on TBS NL - St. Louis Cardinals at Atlanta Braves, 5:07 p.m. AL - Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers, 8:37 p.m. Division Series All games on TBS Saturday ALDS Game 1 - Oakland Athletics at Detroit Tigers, 6:07 p.m. NLDS Game 1 - Cincinnati Reds at San Francisco Giants, 9:37 p.m. Sunday ALDS Game 1 - New York Yankees at Baltimore/Texas NLDS Game 1 - Washington Nationals...
March 25, 2011
Gut check: Good idea Steve Gould Baltimore Sun My gut reaction was that baseball's postseason is fine as it is, and adding an additional wild-card team in each league would simply cheapen the meaning of making the playoffs. Then I remembered my gut reaction is usually wrong. Since the inception of the current playoff format in 2005, wild-card teams are 17-15 in division series, meaning that, overall, the supposed underdog in those first-round matchups isn't one at all. Adding an extra wild-card team in each league would not only provide teams with added incentive to finish with the best record in their league — thereby earning a first-round bye — but it would also provide more opportunities for competitive teams to make the playoffs and possibly knock off a division winner in the opening round.