first_imgPCCIannually recognizes local government units that have demonstrated outstandingefforts in instituting good governance reforms to promote trade andinvestments, transparency, accountability, and efficiency in deliveringbusiness services to generate inclusive and sustainable growth, and fast-tracklocal economic development. AyalaFoundation inked an agreement with the city government to finance leadershiptrainings for youth, and mentoring for teachers and school heads. “Wehave initiated the reclassification of properties identified as new growthareas along and adjacent the coastal, circumferential and radial roads intoindustrial and mixed-use zones to make these ready for investors,” he added. Colorfulenvirons is in the making courtesy of Davies Paints that donated paints forpedestrian lanes, bridges, waiting sheds and murals on blank walls./PN Theawarding ceremony was held during PCCI’s 45th Philippine Business Conferenceand Expo on Oct. 17 at the Manila Hotel attended by over a thousand delegatesfrom national and international chambers. Themetropolis generated the support of Megaworld Corp. for P8-million funding forresiliency undertakings. Thecity hall opened its MICE Center and invested on promotions with P6-millionsupplemental fund this year and P28-million proposed budget next year. Themayor also noted the influx of Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) companieshere, with one looking for 1,000 nurses, and another expressing interest toopen a branch. “Theaward affirms investors’ confidence in Iloilo City. The city’sbusiness-friendliness has also raised governance to the next level with activeand strong public-private partnerships (PPP) in various priority programs andprojects,” Treñas stressed.center_img Italso entered into a 25-year usufruct agreement with Gaisano Capital Group for a375-square meter site of a P38-million five-storey Iloilo City Action andResponse (ICARE) Command Center along the Sen. Benigno Aquino Jr. Avenue(Diversion Road) in Mandurriao district. Smartand Globe telecoms will soon provide free public wi-fi at the city hall, publicplazas, Iloilo Esplanade, and bike lanes. Theslaughterhouse, public markets and waste-to-energy facilities have been openedfor prospective players with the help of PPP Center, according to Treñas. ILOILOCity – This city has been recognized as the most business-friendly highlyurbanized city outside Metro Manila by the Philippine Chamber of Commerce andIndustry (PCCI). President Rodrigo Duterte awarded Mayor Jerry Treñas with aplaque. Police Executive Master Sergeant Pedro Pericon, officer in charge of the Provincial Highway Patrol Team-Iloilo, checks a carnapped automobile and motorcycles that his unit impounded at their headquarters in Barangay Balabago, Jaro, Iloilo City. Their impounding area badly needs improvement. IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Meanwhile,beautification efforts got a boost with big businesses adopting parks includingGlobal Business Power to enhance Plaza Libertad, and SM City Iloilo toredevelop Molo Plaza. TheCity of Love has been chosen by the Department of Tourism as destination forMeetings, Incentive travels, Conventions and Exhibits (MICE). The SM Group willbuild a 4,000-seater SMX Convention Center set to open in the fourth quarter of2021.last_img read more

Iloilo STL operators could lose franchises

first_imgShe also stressed that the bidding for STLfranchise underwent the right processes. PCSO general manager Royina Garma “Bawalna to reapply, even the incorporators. Kahit mag-create pa sila ng bagong STL corporation and apply to operate in anotherarea, hindi na pwede. ‘Yan ang instruction ng Presidente.Eh niloko na nga tayo payag ba kayo? Mayutang sila sa atin tapos papalitan lang ang name, apply sila ulit?” she said. Red Subay Gaming Corp. and ZFIC GamingCorp. have not resumed operations even after President Rodrigo Dutere lifted onAug. 22 his order suspending STL. This was because they failed to meet theconditions to resume operation. The conditions were: She slammed the STL operators for making itappear that PCSO is to blame for their difficulty in paying their dues. “Kasalanannila, sila ang nag-bid eh. Mayabang. Lagi nilang sinasabi malaki ang monthly dues. Sino ba nag set ngamount? It was them. They thought they could request for a reduction. How couldthey? There is a contract already and the Commission on Audit will definitelynot accept any reduction,” said Garma. “We set the minimum amount. Mayabang, sabi nila ‘kaya ko’, dinoble paseguro. Eh hindi naman pala kaya. Ngayon sisingilin sila, they will blame PCSO? Excuse me. They should never blame thePCSO because we never asked for that amount. It was them who actually gave thecommitment that they could deliver,” Garma added. The PCSO general manager, a former policeofficial, also said she knew what was going on in STL operations in thegrassroots. “Pulisdin ako, galing ako sa baba. Alam ko kung kumikita or hindi kaya hindi nila akopwedeng lokohin. Inuuna pa kasi nila ‘yung binibigay outside eh. I was telling them na you better pay first what is due to the government because youhave a contract,” said Garma. The President suspended PCSO games STL, lotto,Keno, and Perhayan ng Bayan on July 26 due to alleged “massive corruption” inthe agency and some authorized agent corporations or franchisees. He ordered aninvestigation. Five days after, on July 31, he allowed theresumption of lotto games.center_img ILOILO City – The Philippine CharitySweepstakes Office (PCSO) may terminate the contracts of its Small Town Lottery(STL) authorised agent corporations (AACs) in this city and Iloilo province forfailing to pay their dues. * The STL agency agreement shall automaticallybe terminated upon violation of the conditions of their franchise and or any ofthe above conditions without prejudice to the other remedies that may beexercised by the government. * Upon failure to timely and fully remit theirGMMRR during the duration of operations, the AAC’s cash bond equivalent tothree months of the PCSO’s share in the GMMRR shall be automatically forfeitedin favor of PCSO, without prejudice to the other remedies that may be exercisedby the government. * The AACs shall deposit to the PCSO a cashbond equivalent to three months of the PCSO’s share in the guaranteed monthlyretail receipts (GMRR) on top of their existing cash bonds. * Each AAC shall execute a written undertakingthat it shall comply with its obligations under the STL agency agreement andwill not institute any claims, monetary or otherwise, against the governmentand or apply for a temporary restraining order or injunction from any court toprevent the government from exercising its rights and prerogatives. Iloilo province’s STL operator Red SubayGaming Corp.’s dues have reached P400 million while that of Iloilo City’sZFIC Gaming Corp., P300 million, according to PCSO general manager RoyinaGarma who was here yesterday. “The bond they posted would be forfeited and mate-terminate na ‘yung authority nilato operate STL. We will terminate the contracts so we can open the areas sa ibang corporations that can deliveron their commitments,” Garma told reporters. The PCSO general manager also said STLoperators whose contracts are terminated would no longer be allowed to bid foranother or new STL franchise. Duterte lifted the suspension on STLoperations on Aug. 22./PNlast_img read more

Public memorial planned for Birch Bayh

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — A public memorial service will be held for the late United States Senator Birch Bayh in the south atrium of the Indiana Statehouse Wednesday, May 1 at noon. Bayh died last month at the age 91.Please enter the Statehouse from either the upper east (Capitol Street) or lower west (Senate Avenue) entrances.  While the Indiana General Assembly is not scheduled to be in session, the vicinity of the Statehouse is expected to be congested.last_img

Other Sports PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal aim to break India’s medal rut at Sudirman Cup

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. India had reached the quarterfinals in both the 2011 and 2017 editions.China is the 10-time Sudirman Cup champions.Saina Nehwal is the 2019 Indonesian Masters Champion. highlightscenter_img Nanning: India will continue their hunt for an elusive medal when PV Sindhu and Saina Nehwal spearhead the Indian challenge at the prestigious Sudirman Cup which gets underway in Nanning, China on Sunday. India reached the quarterfinals twice in the 2011 and 2017 editions but failed to cross the last eight stage. The Indians would have to ensure they pull no punches when they face heavyweights China and avoid any early hiccups against 2009 semifinalists Malaysia in Group 1D to qualify from the group.     India’s chances during the mixed team championship will depend on the quality singles players such as reigning BWF World Tour Finals winner Sindhu, 2019 Indonesia Masters champion Saina Nehwal, 2019 India Open finalist Kidambi Srikanth and BWF World Tour Finals semi-finalist Sameer Verma.     India first will look to quell the challenge of Malaysia on Monday before taking on the mighty 10-time champions China the next day. The 13-member Indian team, seeded eighth this time, will look to draw inspiration from their sensational win over Malaysia en route to an unprecedented team gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018.RELATED     With former World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei missing in action this time, India will fancy their chances against Malaysia, who are likely to bank on Lee Zii Jia in the men’s singles. In women’s singles, Goh Jin Wei or Sonia Cheah will lead the charge for Malaysia but they are unlikely to pose any threat to Sindhu or Saina. Malaysia will need their doubles to put up a good performance to salvage hopes of making it to the knockout stage.     But the return of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy after an injury gap will fuel India’s hopes in both men’s doubles and mixed doubles.     Satwik, who recovered from a shoulder injury to make a title-winning comeback at the Brazil International Challenge recently, will form a formidable men’s doubles pair with Chirag Shetty while pairing with the experienced Ashwini Ponappa in mixed doubles.         At the last edition, India had put up a superb performance to upset 1989 winners Indonesia on their way to the quarter-finals where their run was ended by eventual runners-up China. This time China boasts of a formidable team which comprises Olympic champion Chen Long and 2018 All England Champion Shi Yuqi in men’s singles and reigning All England champion Chen Yufei in women’s singles.     Besides, China also possess quality doubles combinations and all three Indian pairs will need to punch above their weights to pose a challenge to the formidable neighbours, who are eyeing their 11th title this time.last_img read more

The Latest: KHL hopes to start 2020-21 season on Sept. 2

first_imgThe Latest: KHL hopes to start 2020-21 season on Sept. 2 The league says it will appeal the judge’s decision. It says it jeopardizes the soccer industry in Spain. The league was not able to schedule matches on Mondays before the competition was suspended in mid-March.___Premier League clubs have voted unanimously to resume contact training in the latest step toward restarting the soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.The league says players are now able to train as a group and “engage in tackling while minimizing any unnecessary close contact.”Play has been suspended in the world’s richest league since March 13. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Kontinental Hockey League says it plans to return on Sept. 2 to open the 2020-21 season. The last KHL game was played on March 12. The season was then suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It ended its 2019-20 season part-way through the playoffs without declaring a champion.The league says Sept. 2 is a preliminary date which could be subject to “necessary corrections” depending on how the coronavirus situation develops.International travel restrictions became a problem for KHL teams. The league has teams in six countries but most are in Russia.The projected Sept. 2 start date is broadly in line with other recent KHL seasons. The league says “discussions are ongoing as work continues toward resuming the season.”Players returned to training last week and have been practicing in small groups with social distancing maintained.___The final Asian qualifying place for the women’s soccer tournament at the Tokyo Olympics is set to be decided in February.The Asian Football Confederation says the postponed two-leg series between China and South Korea will be played Feb. 19 and 24. No venues for the games were announced. The games were previously postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for one year.The 12-team women’s tournament is scheduled to start in Japan ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony on July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___The French soccer federation has rejected the league’s bid for a 22-team second division next season to save clubs from being relegated.The French league voted last week to allow Le Mans and Orléans to stay in the second division while Pau and Dunkerque were promoted from the third division. But the executive committee of French soccer’s governing body has overruled that decision.The FFF says that “the two relegations for the 2019-20 season are maintained and the second division will remain at 20 clubs for the 2020-21 season.”The French government ordered soccer and rugby leagues to be canceled at the end of April because of the coronavirus pandemic. Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league is hoping to restart on June 13.___The Spanish soccer federation says it will allow games to be played on Mondays and Fridays until the end of the season even though a judge has denied the Spanish league’s official request to play on those days.League president Javier Tebas has said he wants matches to be played every day but the federation had been against the idea.The federation says it “wants to clearly show its good will” and is also willing to extend the exception into the beginning of next season depending on how the pandemic progresses and if games will continue to be played without fans. ___Bologna says a member of its staff may have coronavirus and if it is confirmed the entire squad will go into quarantine.Bologna says the latest series of tests revealed “a suspected positive case for COVID-19.”The club says that as a precaution the team will train individually on Thursday.It would be the first positive case in Serie A since the teams started training in groups if it is confirmed. May 27, 2020last_img read more

Marcellus wrestlers shut out Chittenango, 86-0

first_imgAt 132 pounds, Jacob Kermes earned his pin over Quentin Mohamed early in the third period, with Ryan Moses (138 pounds) taking 1:52 to pin Mark Young.Dylan Price, wrestling at 145 pounds, earned an 18-1 technical fall over Andrew Bailey, followed up by Quinten Weaver (152 pounds) pinning Shaun Irwin in 1:51.As that went on, West Genesee battled SCAC Metro division rival Cicero-North Syracuse, and started quite well before the Northstars dominated the latter portion of the meet, handing the Wildcats a 57-26 loss. As part of an impressive run through December, the Marcellus wrestling team pulled off a rare shutout during its OHSL Liberty division meet against Chittenango last Thursday night.The Mustangs blanked the Bears 86-0, and while it benefited from eight forfeits, there were still seven contested bouts, and Marcellus won all of them.Only Kyle Brown, at 285 pounds, had a close call, but he beat John Spencer 8-5 after Zach Grolling (195 pounds) pinned Jacob Ezzo in 54 seconds and Nate Farino (220 pounds) got a 32-second pin over Luke Martin. It opened at 126 pounds with Gavin O’Neill beating Eric Salenski 8-5, and two bouts later Nate Wade, at 138, got a pin over Vincent Ciciarelli.Before Mike Farino claimed a forfeit at 195, Colin McAvan (160 pounds) got a 15-0 technical fall over Jacob Nobles and Joe Comny, at 182 pounds, pinned Chris Mehlek.That left WG in front 26-21, but C-NS took over from there, winning the last six bouts, five of them by pins to go with a forfeit.Jordan-Elbridge competed last Friday against Red Creek and, largely on the basis of having a full roster, prevailed 66-18.Only once did the Eagles win a bout on the mat, thanks to Nolan Jackson, who at 126 would pin Jacob Morrisette in 18 seconds.Otherwise, it was a series of forfeits as Madyn LaFleur (99 pounds), Bryan Tanner (120 pounds), Cameron Prior (132), Caspian Phillips (145), Cole Mullen (170 pounds), Cameron Newhook (182), Anthony Baron (195), Jared Lawrence (220) and Ryan Rivenburgh (285) won without having to take the mat.Marcellus takes part in this weekend’s Kenneth Haines Memorial Tournament at SUNY-Oswego as J-E and West Genesee rested until the calendar turned to 2020.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Tags: J-EMarcellusWest Geneseewrestlinglast_img read more

Former Syracuse player Paolo Ciferri to return to Dome a coach

first_img Published on February 6, 2018 at 10:41 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco Syracuse escaped with a 9-8 victory over Binghamton in April 2017. The game followed a trend of close fourth-quarter comebacks from the Orange and was one of 11 one-goal games that year. This year, though, Binghamton returns to the Carrier Dome to open the season with an extra edge.Instead of playing under Syracuse head coach John Desko, former defensive midfielder Paolo Ciferri is now an assistant coach at Binghamton. Ciferri said the Bearcats are “hungry” for revenge and that he knows the tendencies of his former teammates. That in turn helps Binghamton slow down a young SU offense that sports just three returning players on its starting line.“It’s a big emotional feeling here, always going to be great to go back to the Dome,” Ciferri said. “… But I’m looking forward to getting the opportunity to take down the Orange now.”Since being hired by Binghamton head coach Kevin McKeown, Ciferri has been assigned to three units. He assists with the defensive unit with McKeown, who also serves as the “defensive coordinator,” and heads both the faceoff and riding units. The riding unit counters the opposing team’s clears.To understand how to coach the faceoff unit, Ciferri “shadowed” SU assistant Kevin Donahue at times last year. He already knew the role of the wings during faceoffs because he manned that position for a few years at Syracuse, but faceoff specialists remained a relatively unknown area. So, Ciferri paid attention to what Donahue would point out to Syracuse’s faceoff specialists and brought over drills to develop certain faceoff techniques. Most of the drills Ciferri now runs at Binghamton were picked up from Donahue, Ciferri said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHe even sat down with former Syracuse faceoff specialist Joe DeMarco and spoke with two-time Tewaaraton Nominee Ben Williams about different tactics. From DeMarco, Ciferri learned the techniques Williams used to become one of the best faceoff specialists in the country. Talking to Williams was an added bonus.“Conversations and conversations and film and film,” Ciferri said. “That’s where I learned what I know, and hopefully I’ll be able to apply that to give us a little advantage on Saturday.” Kevin Camelo | Digital Design EditorThe biggest advantage for Ciferri comes from being a captain and fifth-year player under Desko. He’s familiar with the system and run-and-gun style Syracuse runs, and he defended current SU players like Jamie Trimboli and Matt Lane, among others, in practice.He was also the veteran who offered advice to many of Syracuse’s now-starting defenders. Ciferri still keeps in contact with most of the team, even joking around with them over text.“He must’ve seen the tape (on me),” said redshirt sophomore and defensive midfielder Nick Martin, “because he texted me saying, ‘Hey, you gotta pull that one in transition.’ Because I didn’t shoot when I had a decent look … It’s gonna be fun seeing him.”The hardest task come Saturday, Ciferri said, will be learning about and watching the freshmen. Tucker Dordevic has started every scrimmage at midfield, and Brendan Curry is on the second midfield line. There’s little information available outside of word-of-mouth and players’ recruitment processes, Ciferri said, so seeing how players perform on the big stage leads to mid-game adjustments.For many players, playing against a former teammate who is now a coach is a first. And for Desko, it’s more about coming out and taking home a win in Syracuse’s first game of the season.“You want to show (Paolo) who the coaches are and who the players are,” Desko quipped.Desko also said it’s rare for players to join a college coaching staff a year after graduating. But Ciferri has always wanted to coach; that’s why he took a liking to shadowing Donahue and spoke with many former players to understand areas of the game he was relatively unfamiliar with.“I can’t see myself separating myself from the game,” Ciferri said. “If I can’t play as much as I used to, then I figure the next best thing is coaching.“I feel like I have a high-level lacrosse mind, and it’d be a shame to waste it.” Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse’s halftime leads against top-5 teams have disappeared

first_img Published on March 5, 2019 at 11:29 pm Contact Billy: | @Wheyen3 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img In the past two weeks, Syracuse led three top-five teams at halftime. But by the final buzzer, the Orange had blown all three.“It’s nothing specific, but that’s why they’re top-10 teams,” Tyus Battle said of Syracuse’s second-half collapses. “It’s hard to beat them, and you have to play great the entire game to beat them.”The Orange’s (19-11, 10-7 Atlantic Coast) only win within the last 14 days has come against Wake Forest, which is 11-17 this season. Against three of its last four opponents — then-No. 1 Duke, then-No. 5 North Carolina and most recently, No. 2 Virginia — Syracuse has started strong, but the second half of each matchup doomed any chance for a win. Syracuse was 10 points better than its opponents in the first half of those games and 54 points worse in the second. SU has struggled to move, shoot and defend the ball in the final 20 minutes, and it’s cost them shots at major upsets.“I’d say we played really well (in the first half), and they just took over and dominated the game in the second half,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said after Monday’s 26-point loss to Virginia.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnna Henderson | Digital Design EditorEarly in the season, Syracuse was a second-half team. At then-No. 16 Ohio State in November, the Orange outscored the Buckeyes by 12 in the final frame to win by double-digits. Battle led a comeback charge against Georgetown on Dec. 8 with 21 points in the second half alone. Battle averages 2.4 points more in the second half compared to the first, including SU’s recent post-halftime issues. Even in blowouts against weaker nonconference opposition, SU scored more after the midway point.That’s changed of late. Syracuse has found its stroke early in games, with seniors Frank Howard and Paschal Chukwu making contributions — Howard was second on SU in scoring in the first half at UNC, and Chukwu’s joint-high in UVA’s first frame led the Orange to a two-point halftime lead. SU’s first-half movement on the court led to halftime leads against its most recent opposition. The motion offense that Syracuse runs at times has featured more prominently in creating good looks. Boeheim said he thought the Orange moved the ball better than they have all year in the first half against the Cavaliers.“We didn’t get 34 points because we shot great,” Boeheim said Monday. “… We were moving better, getting to the rim, making some plays.”But in the second frame against Virginia, like recent second halves, the movement slowed. Players are forced into one-on-one situations against top opposition, and SU’s looks become limited.“The second half, we really didn’t move the ball like we have to,” Boeheim added after Monday’s loss. “… We didn’t get any good shots in the second half, really.”It hasn’t all been bad, though. The Orange put up 39 second-half points at UNC, but the Orange defense devolved, allowing 50 points in the final 20 minutes. The top of the zone didn’t adjust to Coby White’s hot shooting, and he dropped 19 points just in the second half. When the Orange start to see the game slip away from them, their offense tends to force more 3-pointers early in the shot clock. Howard goes away from playing pass-first and takes contested 3s. Oshae Brissett doesn’t attack the rim and does the same. “We just have to put both halves together, and I think we’ll be fine,” Battle said.Boeheim thinks it’s simple. There’s a reason that Duke, UNC and UVA are all top-five teams and Syracuse hasn’t received votes in the AP Poll in weeks. All three of those teams score and top the nation’s defensive efficiency list.The Orange has shown promise in leading three of the country’s best at halftime, Battle said. Without playing two good halves, though, there’s not much hope of going on a postseason run like last season. “You play the (No.) 1, 2, 5 teams in the country in 10 days, we’re not as good as they are, bottom line,” Boeheim said. “… We’re not better than these teams. We’re not even close to being better than these teams. But that doesn’t mean you can’t be a good team.”last_img read more

Five changes for Tipp ladies footballers to face Clare

first_imgPhoto © Twitter Tipperary Ladies Footballers Tipp’s ladies footballers will have to step up to the mark tomorrow afternoon if they’re to beat Clare in the Munster Intermediate Final.The team to face Clare features 5 changes from the starting 15 who beat Limerick in the Munster semi final in June.Seasoned players Emma Buckley, Aisling McCarthy and Aishling Moloney, as well as Caoimhe Condon and Amber Rose Kennedy come ito the side. Their manager Shane Ronayne says Clare have been playing at a high standard all year…Throw in is at 1.15pm at Mallow GAA Complex, and Tipp FM will have updates of the game across tomorrow afternoon.last_img read more

Hoornstra: The week that changed everything in the National League playoffs

first_imgThe one week that changed everything in the National League began with a relaxed vibe in Los Angeles. The home clubhouse at Dodger Stadium had already opened to reporters when Manny Machado entered wearing a loud crimson suit and matching dress pants. The tartan pattern screamed Scotland, his white Dolce & Gabbana undershirt was essentially Italian, while Machado’s vintage white canvas shoes channeled Postwar Wimbledon Casual.A few lockers down, starting pitcher Walker Buehler had no fewer than 10 pairs of shoes crammed into his locker. The crown jewel sat in a top-shelf cubby: a pair of golden baseball cleats bearing the logo of Vanderbilt University.The Dodgers, it seemed, were ready for vacation.In the snug visitors’ clubhouse, the Colorado Rockies’ players mingled casually with reporters and equipment men and each other. An up-tempo playlist drowned the din. Game 162 was in the books and Game 163 to decide first place in the National League West was a few hours away. To a casual observer, it felt as if every student in class had been handed a pop quiz after the last day of school. The alternate timeline isn’t hard to conjure. The Cubs won the regular-season series against the Brewers, which earned them the right to host Game 163. Had they simply won that game, or the wild card game the following day, the Cubs would not have left home for almost two weeks, from Sept. 24 to Oct. 7. It was the easiest schedule of any Game 163 participant, and the Cubs completely wasted their advantage.The Rockies went 19-9 in September. They had momentum, and they had their best road starter (German Marquez) on the mound for Game 163. Had they beaten the Dodgers they would have earned a full two days off at home, followed by Games 1 and 2 against the Braves in Denver, followed by a flight to Atlanta on Saturday. Freeland, a Colorado native and the most dominant pitcher in the history of Coors Field, could have pitched a playoff game at Coors Field. Losing three consecutive games would have been stunning.In hindsight, Game 163 meant more than we could have imagined.Several outlets recently wrote 25th-anniversary odes to the “last great pennant race,” between the Braves and the Giants in 1993. Placing such a mantle on one race is pure nostalgia. That race played out 25 years after the leagues split into divisions in the first place, so it means more to those who began following baseball between 1969 and 1993. A younger fan can’t remember the pre-wild card format, while older fans might pine for the days when the champion of each league advanced directly to the World Series.Besides, the idea that adding a wild card team or two cheapens the meaning of winning your division seems foolish now. The difference between winning a division and finishing second looked as meaningful as ever last week. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start The Dodgers had no starting pitcher on regular rest to throw at the Cubs or the Brewers if they had lost to the Rockies on Oct. 1. Manager Dave Roberts likely would have relied on a bullpen full of converted starters to patch together nine innings. Milwaukee or Chicago would have hosted the wild card game – the reward for the loser of their Game 163 to determine first place in the NL Central – so the Dodgers would have lost two hours of sleep flying to the Midwest. It would have been their third game in three days in three cities.Instead, it was the Rockies who were dealt that fate. On Oct. 2 they outlasted the Cubs in a 13-inning wild card game. Starting pitcher Kyle Freeland was forced to pitch, and win, on short rest. By the time they got to Milwaukee for the division series, the Rockies were running on adrenaline. The Brewers’ three-game sweep was utterly predictable.Related Articlescenter_img Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It’s been a week since they put their pencils down. As of Monday, the Dodgers (10:13) were slightly favored to beat the Milwaukee Brewers (1:1) in the National League Championship Series, according to Bovada.Those odds have shifted since the postseason began. Bovada gave the Dodgers (8:5) the best chance of winning the pennant prior to the division series, followed by the Brewers (11:5), Rockies (13:4) and Braves (5:1). By advancing to the NLCS so quickly, the Dodgers and Brewers validated the oddsmakers’ predetermined storyline that the series features the two best teams in the field. Bovada did not release odds after Game 162 of the regular season, but I think they would have been different then.After 162 games, it wasn’t clear that we would ever get to this point.The Brewers (20-7) had the best record of any NL team in September. The Dodgers were right behind at 19-9. It was in the midst of this race that Bud Black, the Rockies’ manager, said momentum is only as good as your next day’s starting pitcher. He might be questioning the wisdom of that statement right now. The Dodgers and Brewers have been hitting and pitching better than any NL playoff team for a while now, and even that might not fully explain why they’re still standing and the Rockies aren’t.October 1 gave us two division-deciding tiebreakers on the same day for the first time ever. It’s no wonder Bovada didn’t provide pennant odds on that day. If the wild card games were “one-and-done,” the 163rd games were “one-and-gulp.” Buehler compared them to a college regional: win, and your path to the World Series becomes much easier. By winning those games, the Dodgers and Brewers not only clinched their divisions, they altered the course of the entire postseason. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire last_img read more