Liverpool, C-NS cross country runners claim state honors

first_imgAs they seem to do each fall, cross country runners from Liverpool and Cicero-North Syracuse would have a large presence in Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association Class A championships.This year’s state meet took place at SUNY-Plattsburgh, where snow covered the ground and temperatures were in the 20s at the time the races got underway.In the girls state Class A race, two Liverpool stars, senior Jenna Schulz and junior Sydney Carlson, were part of the field, as was C-NS freshman Kate Putman. Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story The North Carolina State-bound Schulz was sensational, covering the 2.8-mile Plattsburgh course (shortened from 3.1 miles due to safety concerns) in 16 minutes, 14.2 seconds, the fourth-fastest time of the entire day.Among Class A runners, Schulz was third behind North Rockland’s Katelyn Tuohy (15:36.5) and Fayetteville-Manlius’ Claire Walters (16:01.8), with Walters again leading F-M to a state championship after it lost by one point to Saratoga Springs in this same race in 2018.Meanwhile, Putman and Carlson had strong races, too. In a time of 17:39.5, Putman claimed 27th place, while Carlson made her way to 36th place in 17:53.3. Together, they, along with Schulz, Miranda Gilbert (Oswego, 37th) and Emily Toth-Ratazzi (Rome Free Academy), helped Section III finish second in the team event behind Section II. Tags: C-NScross countryliverpool Earlier, the boys state Class A race featured Liverpool junior Carter Rodriguez, whose sensational race helped propel Section III to a state team title as it earned 193 points to Section II’s runner-up total of 305 points.It was the first race of the morning, with the wind chill still in single digits, but Rodriguez tore through the Plattsburgh course in 14 minutes, 53.1 seconds, which put him seventh, not far from the winning 14:32.7 by Warwick Valley’s Behailu Bekele-Arcuri.Rodriguez led a group of Section III All-Stars that had Rome Free Academy’s Nick Ferretti tearing to ninth place in 14:54.5 as Ferretti’s teammate, Nate Sletten finished 16th in 15:04 flat.West Genesee’s Matt Bartolotta, in his third state meet, got 22nd place in 15:10.7, and the team title was clinched when Baldwinsville’s Jack Michaels finished 36th in 15:18.5.In addition to all this, F-M, who repeated as state Class A champions, had three of the top five individual finishers in Peyton Geehrer (second, 14:35.5), Sam Otis (third, 14:39.5) and Geoff Howles (fifth, 14:50.5).Section III dominated the state meet as a whole. Aside from F-M,Camden  in Class C girls and Beaver River  in Class D boys won team championships.Also, Section III won five of the eight sectional team competitions to go with individual wins by Caleb Bender (Skaneateles, boys Class C), Elizabeth Lucason (Camden, girls Class C) and Tully’s Brooke Rauber, who took her fourth straight state Class D crown.last_img read more

Multiple fronts: Ashton Broyld gives Syracuse a new offensive weapon who can attack defenses from a variety of positions

first_img Related Stories Hidden wounds: After a slew of unpublicized injuries derailed Syracuse last year, the program makes adjustments to stay healthy in 2012In the clear: Marcus Sales enters the 2012 season refocused and rededicated to football following his season-long suspensionOn the bright side: In his first season at Syracuse, veteran coach Donnie Henderson aims to turn the struggling secondary around’The new Temple’: Coming off a 9-4 season and bowl victory, the Owls are looking to prove they’re here to stay in their second go-around in the Big EastBack on the warpath: Florida State poised to return to championship discussion behind swarming defense Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 30, 2012 at 3:48 am Contact Chris: | @chris_isemancenter_img Ashton Broyld doesn’t feel pressure, and he insists there isn’t any to begin with.Broyld’s name has become synonymous with Syracuse’s plans to make “big plays” that can be the difference between a win and a loss. He’s the dynamic weapon the unit has lacked in recent seasons — someone who can line up in various positions and attack defenses in multiple ways.The mere mention of the freshman’s name elicits hype from fans who believe Broyld is the player who can take the Orange to the next level.Broyld doesn’t hear any of it.“I don’t feel pressure; there is no pressure,” Broyld said. “My job is just to come in here and do what I can do for the team, and that’s all I’m going to try to do.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhere exactly the 6-foot-4, 229-pound Broyld fits into the Orange’s offense remains to be seen, but he is expected to be a big part of Syracuse’s game plan. The Orange’s offense in recent seasons has been based mostly on short, methodical passes up the field. Since the spring, head coach Doug Marrone has preached the need for “big plays,” and Broyld is almost certain to become a big part of that.“Where he’s going to be, I don’t know,” offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett said. “I want to see what he can grasp the most. Whatever we can do to get him on the field is what I’m going to want to do. Where he goes from here is really going to be determined in the fall.”The Orange’s offense needs a boost after finishing 84th in the nation and seventh in the Big East in scoring last season with an average of 24.7 points per game. It was 95th in rushing offense and sixth in the conference at 120.4 yards per game.With the Orange’s nonconference schedule, settling into the offense quickly will be critical.Former Syracuse head coach Dick MacPherson said how the team plays early will set up the rest of the season and give clues as to how Marrone is trying to change the offense and the program as a whole.“I think it’s a very, very tough schedule to open up with Northwestern and Southern Cal and then go into the league, is a very, very tough grind,” MacPherson said. “I say right after the month, we’ll be able to tell exactly who he is and who the football team overall will be.”At the team’s media day to open training camp, Marrone said Broyld will line up at running back and in the slot. Broyld will also take snaps in a wildcat formation, which gives opposing defenses another aspect to prepare for each week.Broyld’s skill set is what Marrone and the Orange have been searching for to send the offense to a higher level and come through with big plays.“It’s accountability that when it’s there, we need to take it. That’s how you create it,” Marrone said. “You also create it through speed. You don’t really see the lack of a big play with the lack of some type of speed, so we’ve helped ourselves in that area.”As a senior at Rush-Henrietta High School, Broyld passed for 1,961 yards and 24 touchdowns and rushed for an astounding 1,540 yards and 24 touchdowns.Playing defense isn’t beyond his ability level either.Joe Montesano was among the first to see that firsthand.In the 2010 state championship game against Troy High School, Rush-Henrietta traded touchdowns for the entire game. Whenever Troy scored, Broyld brought the Royal Comets back into the game.He threw a 66-yard touchdown pass, and he scrambled for 8- and 15-yard touchdown runs. But late in the game, Troy started to make a comeback, and Montesano, the Rush-Henrietta head coach, knew his team needed a big defensive stop.Montesano put Broyld in at safety in the biggest game of the season.“We threw him in there because we were kind of on our heels a little bit defensively,” Montesano said. “He made three plays in a row and basically closed out the game for us.”Arguably his biggest defensive play came when he sacked Troy quarterback Brian Marsh for an 11-yard loss at the Flying Horses’ 27-yard line.Broyld’s stat line earned him the game’s Most Valuable Player honors, as he rushed 23 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns and completed five of his 11 passes for 94 yards and one score.“I’ve never had a kid who you feel like you can put him anywhere, and he can just take a game over,” Montesano said. “He’s just a football player.”Montesano said Broyld has a unique combination of speed and strength. Once he gets free into open space, he can break tackles with his size and elude them with his feet.After playing at Rush-Henrietta, Broyld attended Milford Academy for a semester to improve his grades before enrolling at SU in January. Both schools ran spread offenses, giving Broyld a chance to make plays outside the pocket.At Milford, he threw for 427 yards and six touchdowns, and rushed for 259 yards and six touchdowns.Milford head coach Bill Chaplick said Broyld understood the team’s offense from the start.“He has no problem picking it up. He won’t have a problem. You just have to give him the time to do it,” Chaplick said. “We were multiple, we ran the ball, we did stuff out of the shotgun with him. He can do just about anything.”When Broyld first met running back Jerome Smith, he told him just that, listing off every position he could play.Smith didn’t think Broyld could possibly have any quickness. Broyld simply looked too big to be able to move freely in open space, but Smith soon saw him go to work on the field.“And then he’ll give you a move here and there, and you’re like, ‘Whoa,’” Smith said. “He’s a natural running back; he’s a natural playmaker.”Hopefully for the Orange, one who can make those elusive “big plays.”It’s a determination to provide a different element to SU’s offense, which rarely caught opposing defenses off guard. Syracuse quarterback Ryan Nassib has a young weapon to hand the ball off or throw to.Getting the ball in his hands is the ultimate key.“Ashton’s definitely a talented player. He’s got some skills that can really help us,” Nassib said. “Myself and the coaches just really have to do a good job of getting him in the right place, getting him the ball in areas where he can show off those talents, do what he can do.”Broyld said the coaches slowly teaching him Syracuse’s system paid off. While Broyld adjusted to the college game, he said he also understood the offense and his role in it better by the day.How he helps the team, where he plays and how he challenges opposing defenses should unfold early in the season. Broyld said he doesn’t care where he lines up.“I’ve really like began to grasp and get a feel for the game because it’s much faster, and things happen way quicker, and guys react a hundred times faster,” Broyld said. “And I’m just trying to help the team win.“I just want to be back on top with the Orange, and I think we can do it.” Commentslast_img read more

New mobility hub at USC Village aims to help students beat LA traffic

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Evan SaundersWith limited parking spaces, unreliable Uber drivers, and confusing public transit schedules, transportation around USC and the greater Los Angeles area is often a difficult task. The URB-E Mobility Hub, set to open in the USC Village this summer, aims to provide students and faculty with the information and tools to help make their commutes and travel times a little easier.   Evan Saunders, URB-E’s head of sales and marketing, hoped that the mobility hub would transform the way USC students think about transportation and equip them with the necessary information to get the most out of their own commutes. “We’ve been working with USC for about 15, 16 months now on the planning and execution,” Saunders said. “The mobility hub is all about providing visitors with transportation options that really help them efficiently commute, both in and around and outside of the USC campus. We understand that people have commutes of all shapes and sizes. The mobility hub is a resource, an innovation center, to help empower students and faculty with transportation options that help save time and money.” According to Saunders, URB-E is the first and only manufacturer of light, foldable electric vehicles, and is a more efficient and compact alternative to a bicycle. URB-E’s CEO and cofounder, Peter Lee, graduated with a master’s from the Marshall School of Business. When offered the opportunity to set up a space in the USC Village, Lee jumped at the chance to work in conjunction with his alma mater. “The school came to us because URB-E is an expert in urban mobility: getting around places and relieving congestion,” Lee said. “USC came to us and asked if they could create a partnership to develop a mobility hub that would allow students and faculty to get around the University and the city more efficiently.”But the mobility hub won’t solely be dedicated to showcasing the URB-E vehicles. The sleek, high-tech space will employ TVs and tablets that will allow visitors to learn more about people’s individual commutes as well as gather information for reducing their own commute time. URB-E also plans to employ USC students to assist with potential customers. “The vision was to create a warm and exciting space,” Saunders said. “We have a very forward thinking space. We’ll showcase transportation around campus via videos, photos, big monitors, iPads Pros that are interactive, that you can take off the wall. We’ll have URB-Es there that people can test ride and purchase.” Sophia Greenberg, a junior majoring in economics, is an intern for URB-E. When tasked with doing research on all the different transportation options that the University has to offer, Greenberg was surprised to find just how numerous they were.  “I was in charge of looking up everything USC has to offer, and I was surprised to learn so many things that I didn’t know,” Greenberg said. “For example, that there’s an Enterprise Rent-a-Car on campus, and they’ll waive your minor status as a renter on campus. They’ll waive that fee, and I wish more people knew that.” Greenberg hoped that the URB-E mobility hub would become a valuable resource for the student body. She believed that arming students with such information would push them to explore beyond campus and more easily take advantage of everything Los Angeles has to offer. “I really hope that students will be able to take advantage of it,” Greenberg said. “I’m so happy that it’s in the [USC] Village, right in the middle of everything. I think it will serve as a good starting point for people who are interested in what L.A. is all about.”last_img read more

Finger-pointing leads nowhere for Trojans

first_imgThe shock of last week’s embarrassing 34-point loss to Stanford has had a week to sink in.The Trojan faithful want to forget about that game and move on to a new one. But I’m not talking about UCLA, the Trojans’ next opponent.Hot seat · Trojan fans are not satisfied with playcaller Jeremy Bates (center), but finding one person to blame is not so easy in football. – Dieuwertje Kast | Daily TrojanThe Trojans’ biggest opponent right now is the blame game. Because people want answers.With a week to rant and rave about every aspect that has gone wrong this season for the usually dominant USC football team, it has become ugly.When a team that has been the standard of college football excellence for the entire decade starts falling apart, fans need a scapegoat. In the case of the Trojans, fans are taking shots at everybody, whether the complaints are justified or not.Already, people are calling for first-year playcaller Jeremy Bates’ head. For all the complaining Trojan fans did about former offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian last season, they’d probably do anything to have him back now.Bates isn’t creative, people whine. Bates is too NFL. Bates is too conservative.Last time I checked, USC had given up a combined 102 points in its last two lopsided defeats. Unless I wasn’t notified, Bates didn’t switch to defensive coordinator those games.Then it must be defensive coordinator Rocky Seto’s fault, right? He’s the one that ravenous fans can hang in effigy.But isn’t he running the same schemes that USC has been running throughout its dominant decade? Aren’t they the same ones defense-first coach Pete Carroll engineered and has complete control over?Seto shouldn’t be held accountable then. He’s not inventing new defensive schemes every week. He’s sticking to the book, doing the same things that got USC to the golden pedestal it was just dethroned from.Bates is in the same boat. Even though he is in his first year with the Trojans, he’s still running the same offense that Sarkisian ran before him, and Lane Kiffin before that.It must be the players then, right? The best guys must not be getting playing time. Yet the field is still packed with blue-chip recruits from all over the country and the top recruiting classes keep coming in year after year.But still, fans want heads to roll.Maybe it’s human nature. When things go wrong, it’s natural to want to know why.But when it comes to football, arguably more than any other sport, there’s never a simple answer.As much as people may want to point to one reason and say, “If we do x, then everything will be back to normal,” it just never works that way.Plus, when the Trojans are losing games by more than three touchdowns, a different play call here or there wouldn’t have made the least bit of difference.Football is the consummate team sport. From all levels of the coaching staff and the depth chart, everyone contributes. And everyone must be on the same page for football team to run smoothly.We saw firsthand Saturday how easily that can change from week to week. Stanford looked like it could win the national title based on the way it came into the Coliseum and crushed USC last week.One week later, it all came crashing down against Cal.That is just the nature of the game. Stanford found out what USC has been accustomed to for some time now: It’s hard to keep all those elements together week in and week out.But fans have a hard time understanding that. We’d rather start a website promoting the firing of our coach the second things go wrong than give him time to work out the kinks.Maybe Carroll will fire some of his staff this offseason. Maybe some duties will be reassigned. Maybe he’ll take back more control.Or maybe he’ll leave it all alone. The pieces are all there for the Trojans, they just need to come together. One new coach or one new player is not going to change that.As much as fans may want to find the one cancer that is causing USC to become mortal again, they won’t. The Trojans are all in this together.So if you’re going to point fingers at who’s really to blame for USC’s recent troubles, you’re going to need a lot more hands.“Middle Ground” runs Mondays. To comment on this article, visit or email Joshat read more

No. 4 Clarkson powers past Syracuse, 4-1

first_img Published on December 10, 2016 at 7:39 pm Contact Andrew: | @A_E_Graham Syracuse (5-8-5, 4-2-2 College Hockey America) fell to No. 4 Clarkson (15-3-4, 9-0-1 Eastern College Athletic) 4-1 on Saturday afternoon at Cheel Arena in Potsdam, New York.The Golden Knights unleashed a strong offensive attack on the Orange. CU started the scoring early, as Corie Jacobson fired a slapshot from the point to beat goaltender Abbey Miller high on her glove side in the first period.At 8:17 in the second period, Cassidy Vinkle extended Clarkson’s lead to two goals and put SU in dangerous territory. Any more CU scoring and things would get out of hand for Syracuse.Then about three minutes later, Clarkson’s offense exploded for two goals in just 45 seconds. First it was captain Cayley Mercer. Jessica Gillham followed up Mercer’s goal with one of her own. Four different Golden Knights had goals and seven CU players recorded a point.It seemed as though Syracuse would be staring at a four-goal deficit heading into the final 20 minutes. But with 3:45 left in the second period, Heather Schwarz scored her team-leading ninth goal to make the score 4-1 in favor of Clarkson.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter Miller gave up her fourth goal, SU head coach Paul Flanagan opted to bench the junior for her sophomore compatriot, Maddi Welch, who stopped all 16 shots she faced.Syracuse does not play again until it faces No. 6 Boston College on Wednesday, Jan. 4 in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Badgers in Sochi

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin has a long tradition of sending current and former athletes to compete in the Olympics and this year’s games in Sochi will be no different. With at least one representative in each of the last 10 Winter Games, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team will have four former players competing for Team USA to make it 11 straight Olympics with at least one Badger skater. On the women’s side, after 11 current and former Badgers played at the 2010 Vancouver Games, five former stars will take to the ice in Sochi, four for Team USA and one for Team Canada. Finally, the last athlete representing Wisconsin is a former golfer whose first Olympic competition was before she even reached her college playing days.Men’s HockeyDerek StepanAlthough he only spent two years in a Badger uniform, the forward from Hastings, Minn. had a big impact and played a key role in Wisconsin’s run to the National Runner-up finish in the 2009-2010 season, tallying 12 goals and 42 assists to lead Wisconsin in scoring. After totaling 21 goals and 77 points in his two-year career, Stepan chose to forgo his final two seasons with the Badgers to take a shot in the NHL with the New York Rangers. Stepan is now in his fourth season with the Rangers and this will be his first Olympics.Ryan McDonaghHailing from Arden Hills, Minn., McDonagh will play on his third different team with Stepan with the Sochi games, McDonagh’s first Olympics, too. Even though he is a defenseman, McDonagh scored 46 points in his three-year career with Wisconsin. Following the second-place finish in 2010, he decided to give up his final year of eligibility to sign with the Rangers. McDonagh is also in his fourth year in the league, all of which have been spent with New York and his Badger teammate Stepan. He has scored 20 goals along with 70 assists.Joe PavelskiThis marks the second consecutive Olympics for the Plover native who took home silver with team USA in 2010 in Vancouver, Canada. In his junior year with the Badgers, Pavelski guided Wisconsin to the program’s sixth national championship in the 2005-2006 season, leading the team in scoring with 56 points, including 23 goals. Pavelski left for the NHL following the championship season and now plays with the San Jose Sharks. This season he is tied for third in the NHL with 29 goals.Ryan SuterThe hometown product of Madison, Suter, whose father won the gold medal with the U.S. men’s hockey team at the 1980 Lake Placid games, will play in his second winter games, having also earned a silver medal with team USA in 2010. Suter played only one year with the Badgers before moving on to the NHL. He is currently a defenseman and alternate captain with the Minnesota Wild.Women’s hockeyBrianna DeckerDecker finished her collegiate career with Wisconsin last season, and Sochi will mark her first Olympic games. During her time in Madison, Decker totaled 244 career points, second-most in Wisconsin women’s hockey history, and won the most prestigious of the individual honors in women’s hockey when she was awarded the 2012 Patty Kazmaier with an 82-point season.Hilary KnightAlthough Knight holds the UW record for the most points (262) and goals (143) in a career, she is the only one of the former Badger players on the US team who didn’t win the Patty Kazmaier. Despite that shortcoming, Knight is statistically one of the best players to come through the women’s hockey program in the 15 seasons Wisconsin has sponsored the sport. Knight will be playing in her second Olympics, winning silver in 2010 in Vancouver.Jessie VetterVetter is from Cottage Grove and had one of the most illustrious goaltending careers, playing from 2004-2009, earning the 2009 Patty Kazmaier and setting many records in the process. Although current UW goaltender Alex Rigsby has reset most of the records, the one record that may never be touched is Vetter’s 39 career shutouts. The Sochi games will be Vetter’s second Olympics after starting in goal for the U.S. in 2010.Meghan DugganAfter taking the silver medal in Vancouver in 2010, Duggan came back for one final season with Wisconsin in 2011-2012 and led Wisconsin to the National Championship in 2012, winning the Patty Kazmaier in the process with 39 goals and 87 points. Duggan will also be playing in her second Olympics and is third all-time behind Decker and Knight with her 238 career points. Meaghan MikkelsonMikkelson was part of Wisconsin’s first and second National Championships in the 2005-2006 and 2006-2007 seasons as a junior and a senior. Her 115 career points at Wisconsin have her 15th all-time. Mikkelson is competing with Team Canada for the second consecutive Olympic Games.Women’s CurlingErika BrownIn her time at Wisconsin from 1993-1996, Brown was a four-year letterwinner, not in curling, but in golf, and was a member of Wisconsin’s only Big Ten championship team in 1994. Before attending Wisconsin, she was the youngest member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1988 as a part of the curling team. Sochi will be Brown’s third Olympics, and she will lead her own Erika Brown rink.last_img read more

Three Tipp clubs in FAI Junior Cup last sixteen

first_imgSt Michaels ran out one nil winners after extra time in their away match to Boyle Celtic. Clonmel Town beat Galway Hibs with a final score of Clonmel Town 2 Galway Hibs 1. David McGrath netted the winner in the 93rd minute after great work from Barry Ryan.  And on Saturday, Clonmel Celtic overcame FC Sportslink Ailesbury in their away match-up. The final score was Clonmel Celtic 3 FC Sportslink Ailesbury 0.Nenagh Celtic’s fixture for the sixth round has yet to be confirmed.last_img

County Senior Camogie Final today

first_imgThrow in is at 1pm, and we’ll have live updates of the game across the afternoon. This afternoon sees the County Senior Camogie Final, in which Burgess Duharra face Drom & Inch at the Ragg.Burgess are aiming for their 6th title in a row, having overcome Eire Og Annacarthy in their smi final last weekend.Drom were 8 point winners over Borrisoleigh.last_img

Steel Pan Prodigy Kobie Alleyne receives Presidential Scholarship to Berklee College…

first_imgCaribbean American musician and steel pan protégé, Kobie Alleyne, was selected as a Presidential Scholar at Berklee College of Music commencing this fall, September 2018.Kobie is a first generation Caribbean American of Trinidad & Tobago descent residing in Miami.  Kobie was raised in a family of steel pan musicians and played a role as a member of the Steel Away Ensemble.Kobie was selected for this honor out of a pool of more than 5,000 applicants to the fall class of Berklee, involving an extensive international talent search via our World Scholarship Tour.  A final group of twenty candidates were reviewed, resulting in just five U.S. recipients and two international recipients.With this honor comes a responsibility and commitment to the recipients development in a challenging artistic environment and a future filled with limitless potential.Berklee expects to provide Kobie with an educational framework and the tools to be used in his professional career as a performer, composer, educator, producer, engineer, therapist, music business manager, or any chosen professional endeavor.  He will follow in the footsteps of a long list of distinguished and successful Berklee alumni.His Presidential Scholarship will cover tuition, comprehensive fee, required laptop fee and on-campus housing charges.last_img read more

Whicker: Hockey folks show baseball purists that rule changes can be embraced

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Purists will grow nauseated at the first sight of a man carrying the winning run without having to touch ’em all. That’s fine, but purists don’t pay the freight.“The only people there in the 15th inning are the Uber drivers and the players,” said Michael Futa, the Kings’ former assistant general manager.Baseball is a yearly marathon. It shouldn’t be a nightly one.“What people don’t realize about rules changes is that you can always change them back if they don’t work out,” said Brian Burke, the former general manager of the Ducks. “There’s no harm in it, especially in a season like this.”You talk to hockey people because they have a frame of reference. They have endured, or were dragged through, drastic change. Prior to 2004, there were no 2-line passes, games still could end in a tie, and defense was played with vise-grip hands. A skater had to get through layers of human turnstiles to reach the net.“If you had a two-goal lead in the third period, you could put it in the bank,” said Brian Hayward, the Ducks’ TV analyst.After the lockout, the league cleaned up the obstruction, allowed the 2-line pass, and installed a shootout. The game lost 60 pounds and gained a new wardrobe.Speed predominates. Unskilled players disappear. Fans learn the fights weren’t essential. And those who mutter about the shootout stick around to watch it, like everyone else.“I wavered because I didn’t want a skills competition to decide it,” Hayward said. “But at least there is a result. I still don’t like the fact that it’s a one-on-one competition. With the extra-inning change, teams will still have to execute within the context of the game.”In 2015-16, the NHL also put in 3-on-3 overtimes, which have become the game’s Space Mountain.“We’d play Chicago and they’d throw Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith out there, and we’d have (Anze) Kopitar and (Drew) Doughty and Brownie (Dustin Brown),” Futa said. “All that elite talent. You’d sit there and just go, ‘Wow.’’’Although the designated hitter will be universal, the lefthanded relief specialist must either branch out or go home. Every reliever will have to face three batters.“Nobody goes to a game to watch seven pitching changes in an inning,” Burke said.But the extra-inning rule is the most controversial and, maybe, the most beneficial.Concerned that the bunt has left the game? The new rule may bring it back. A good sacrifice puts a man on third with one out, with several road maps for scoring.The minor leagues have used “2B10” for two years. Ninety-three percent of their extra-inning games have ended after 10 or 11 innings. But only 56 major-league games got to the 12th inning in 2019, playing it straight.Is this a cure looking for a disease? Maybe, but it’s hard to imagine anyone growing nostalgic for post-midnight baseball, particularly a manager who has to glue together his pitching staff.This long intercontinental timeout has allowed everyone to watch old games. Even those who played in the ’80s and ’90s find those games unrecognizable.“There would be 26 guys in prison if they played today like they did then,” Futa said. “You’d have chalk outlines in front of the net.”NBC’s Ed Olczyk was on the Stanley Cup champion New York Rangers of 1994. He gathered his sons to watch the replay of Game 6 of the conference finals with the New Jersey Devils.“We did a little exercise,” Olczyk said. “I said, ‘Watch for five minutes and tell me how many penalties you see that weren’t called.’ After 10 shifts, they counted 15 penalties each. That’s the way it was then. When you went in front of the net, you might as well have an ‘Open Season’ sign on your back.“But you look at every sport. They’ve all changed, all to the benefit of the offense. Maybe I’d play the 10th and 11th inning straight up and then go to the man on second, but you have to worry about the fan base and the young generation.”“But the best thing,” Hayward said, “is the competitive balance of the league.”Hockey has the hard salary cap, also a product of 2004-05, to thank for that. Until baseball faces and solves its inequalities, extra-inning baserunners are just bells and whistles.Still, they might keep you awake.center_img The 2020 baseball season, all 240 characters of it, will show us the difference between change and caricature.Sixty games is caricature.Beginning an extra inning with a man on second base is change.One is a Band-Aid, to plug an emergency. The other is worth studying.last_img read more