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The Baseball-Reference.com Batting Game Finder has data going back to 1903. To get the list of pitchers who have hit home runs in the postseason, make the following setting changes on that page: select "Find Players with Most Matching Games in Multiple Years" select "Postseason" for "Batter's Defensive Position", make sure only "P" is checked (this will ...


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I suppose in theory a team could get to the playoffs without winning a regular season game. If all divisional games finish as ties, and all teams lose every other game, they'll all end up with 0-10-6 records. Whoever comes on top after the tiebreakers will win the division and get the #4 seed. In practice having 12 ties for the divisional games is highly ...


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Technically yes. One of those 3-3 teams will win the division by tie-breaker and, strangely enough, get a home game as the #4 seed against the top wild card team.


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This was actually a fairly tough on to dig up. As you mention in your question, the East and West swapped back and forth, and until 1985 the AL and NL were in sync. However something happened in 1985. Change came to the playoffs. The LCS were changed from 5 games to 7 and in addition the commissioner decided that the AL and NL would go to opposite divisions ...


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Wikipedia lists quite a few comebacks from deficits of 25+ points in the 3rd or even early 4th quarter. The odds are certainly small that a team would turn it around, but even a glimmer of hope to win an extra game in a series seems monumental. Additionally, by pulling your starters you encourage the opponents to do so as well. By keeping your stars ...


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From the inception of the NBA through the 2017 Conference Finals, 128 game sevens have been played. Of those, only 26 game sevens have been won by the road team. Of those 26 series 5 of those have had 5 road wins, but none have had 7 road wins (6 road wins is not possible for this scenario) 1968 Boston @ Philadelphia 5 road wins 1974 Boston @ Milwaukee 5 ...


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According to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, two teams with an 11-5 record have missed the NFL playoffs during the 16-game regular season era: The Denver Broncos (pictured) posted an 11-5 record in 1985 which placed them one game behind the Los Angeles Raiders in the AFC West. Denver lost out on the playoffs via tie breakers to the New York Jets and New ...


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The longest time between two consecutive NHL playoff goals for a player is 11 years, which has been done by 5 players: Craig Ludwig: 103 games apart, 4079 days 04/09/1988, Montreal @ Hartford 06/10/1999, Dallas vs Buffalo James Patrick, 72 games apart, 4027 days 04/21/1990, NY Rangers vs Washington 04/30/2001, Buffalo vs Pittsburgh Bob Goldham: 20 games ...


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As it is mentioned in the question, the stars are pulled out with a few minutes left in the game. How early they are pulled depends on the point differential, the coach, and the team's momentum. In the NBA teams often go on runs where they outscore the other team by a wide margin in just a few minutes. It is not uncommon to see a team outscore their ...


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tl;dr: NO NBA There has not been a single team in the NBA going 12-0 into the finals. This is also due to the first round being a best of 5 game series until the 2003 playoffs. The 2000-2001 Los Angeles Lakers' actually went 11-0 into the finals before losing game 1 to the Philadelphia 76'ers. They won game 2,3,4 and 5 to win the NBA championship with a ...


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The NFL started allowing two wildcard teams per conference to enter the playoffs in the 1978-79 season, and went to three wildcard teams in 1990-91. With only three divisions per conference, it was quite common to have three teams from one division in the playoffs. There were even two instances where there were four teams from the NFC Central division in ...


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Interesting question. The BCS has been plagueing college football for quite some time and the NCAA, among many others have finally have brought up the new College Football Playoff system to try and resolve the former's well documented criticisms. There really is no direct answer to your question, it's just as Charles Sterger (the President of the CFP system) ...


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On ticket sales alone in 2012-13 the Heat made 1.44 million per game. That said, the average NBA fan spends something like and additional $25 (the numbers for cost I see seem to indicate that it's tickets for 4 + ~$100 which then divided 4 ways gives us $25). The Heat regularly sell out regular season games and I'm sure they fill to capacity for these ...


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I believe it is Cheryl Miller. She is a former TNT broadcaster and this certainly looks a lot like her signature:


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There have only been 7 times in NFL history that a home team in the divisional round was an underdog (source: Pro Football Reference). Here is a list of the games: 1979-80 #2 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 4.5-point underdogs to Philadelphia Eagles. Won Game 1981-82 #2 Miami Dolphins, 2.5-point underdogs to San Diego Chargers. Lost Game 1982-83 #2 Miami Dolphins, 1....


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It seems, according to this list of NBA game sevens, that the only other time (besides the 2018 playoffs) both conference finals made it to game 7 was in 1979, where the Seattle SuperSonics beat the Phoenix Suns in the game 7 of Western Conference finals while the Washington Bullets beat the San Antonio Spurs in game 7 of the Eastern Conference.


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I believe the NHL still uses the 2-2-1-1-1 format. Three of the series in the most recent playoffs went to seven games and followed that format (PIT vs WAS in Eastern Semi Finals, ANA vs EDM in Western Semi Finals and OTT vs PIT in the Eastern Finals)


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No. Eberle has the longest tenure with the Oilers with 7 seasons played, but as you mentioned before, it has been an eleven year hiatus. With an eleven year drought, the only eligible members on the roster who could be in the league are as follows (I've included their age at the last time Edmonton got into the playoffs along with when they joined the NHL): ...


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Stealing unashamedly from ESPN for the top four: 32 points: Bills vs Oilers, 1993: Buffalo trailed 35-3, but went on to win 41-38. 28 points: Colts vs Chiefs, 2014: Colts trailed 38-10, but went on to win 45-44. 25 points: Patriots vs Falcons, 2017: Patriots trailed 28-3, but went on to win 34-28. 24 points: 49ers vs Giants, 2003: 49ers trailed 38-14, but ...


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The NHL regular season overtime format has undergone quite a few changes over the years. The first season with sudden death overtimes was 1983-84. The whole purpose of including them was that people simply didn't like so many games ending in ties. Along with changes to the way points are given to teams in the standings, there have been experiments with ...


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Yes. The Division champion will make it to the playoffs no matter what the team's record is and will host a wildcard team (which will have a better record!). That being said, it sounds extremely unlikely to have a team holding the best record in a division with only 3 wins.


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According to the NBA section of this Investopedia article, each season there is a "playoff kitty" which is divvied up amongst the various teams dependent on performance, from which the teams can choose how to distribute amongst players. Here's the exact quotes: The NBA's salary cap restricts teams from providing significant bonuses to players for post-...


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There was no such World Cup where the winner would qualify through play-offs. It's also worth to mention that qualification rules were constantly changing and sometimes winners played only few matches (if played at all, as they were hosts or defending champions till 2006 World Cup qualifiers) in order to qualify. During the qualification phase of the 1934 ...


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10 Consecutive NBA Appearances - Bill Russell Bill Russell holds the record for the most consecutive NBA final appearances, at 10! From first joining the Boston Celtics in 1956, Bill made it to the NBA finals from 1956 to 1966. After winning his first NBA championship in 1957, Bill Russell went on to win the NBA championship 8 years in a row with the ...


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2014 and 2006 both had 89 games played in them, based on a cursory scrape of Wikipedia (which is much harder than it should be, btw; some significant editing is needed for consistency!). Those are the two largest number of games played; however, pre 2003 of course the number of games in the first round was fewer, so it's not likely to surpass this. If you ...


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Jeff Long (chair), Barry Alvarez, Mike Gould, Pat Haden, Tom Jernstedt, Oliver Luck, Archie Manning, Tom Osborne, Dan Radakovich, Condoleezza Rice, Mike Tranghese, Steve Wieberg and Tyrone Willingham. Those are the people on the selection committee. Whatever four teams they choose will play according to seed. 1vs4 and 2vs3 and then winners. They ...


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Yup. The 2005-2006 Season, the 1985-1986 season, and the 1983-1984 season. In 2006: All five teams in the Central Division made the playoffs, marking the first time all teams in a division made the playoffs since the entire Midwest Division made it 20 years before. 1 In 1986: All Midwest Division teams make the playoffs, the first time an entire ...


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