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Old 12-29-2008, 07:23 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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For those that watch football, doesn't it make you wonder why the teams are in the divisions that they are? Perhaps there are historical reasons in order to create competition, maybe somebody who knows more than me can shed some light on this. Let me take case-by-case examples:


AFC East
New England
Buffalo
New York
Miami

What the hell is Miami doing here? shouldn't it be instead in the AFC South? Lets see if the AFC South has any abnormality that can be removed to put in its place Miami:
Miami is in this division for a couple of reasons, really it boils down to history. One of the big reasons cited when they aligned to the current divisions was that there are a lot of Bills, Jets, and Pats fans who have moved to Florida. The NFL did not want to disrupt the historical rivalries, and also did not want to upset those fans in Florida who could see their teams play in Florida once a year.

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AFC South
Jacksonville
Houston
Tennessee
Indianapolis

Bingo!!! Indianapolis, that definitely aint the South. There is the AFC North but I think if they changed the name to AFC Central it would make more sense just like they do for the MLB. Lets see if we can fix the puzzle and keep the conference with 4 teams per division:
Indianapolis is in this division because they don't really fit anywhere else, because......

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AFC North (renamed to AFC Central)
Pittsburgh
Baltimore
Cleveland
Cincinatti

Hmmm...Baltimore, it makes sense for it to be in the AFC East since
.....Baltimore is in the AFC North. They have a history with the Browns; and the Browns with everyone. You should look into the history of this division to understand why it exists as it does.

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NFC East
NY
Philly
Dallas
Washington

Dallas, what they hell are you doing here?
Again, it is about history. I gather you are not a football fan.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:24 PM
 
Location: Englewood, Near Eastside Indy
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So why are the Texas Rangers in the AL West while the Houston Astros are in the NL Central?

Sports geography doesn't have to make sense.
The Texas Rangers are farther west than the other AL teams, thus they are in the WEST division. It makes perfect sense to anyone with a shred of intelligence. The Astros are in a different league, their division placement has NOTHING to do with the AL.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:35 PM
 
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the same in NBA

Oklahoma City - Northwest
Minnesota - Northwest
Memphis - Southwest
Oklahoma City's in the Northwest because they used to be the....My bad, you already know.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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It's call rivalries. Miami is in the AFC East because their biggest rival is the New York Jets and Jets fans will tell you the same thing. The NFC East speaks for itself. No way they break up Dallas-Washington (best rivalry in the NFL) or any of the other rivalry games.

Also, Indianapolis, while not a southern city at all, is not that far from Nashville so I can understand that.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Phoenix metro
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Hey, at least they moved the Bucs from the "NFC North" division, that was always puzzling.
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Old 12-29-2008, 07:42 PM
 
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Also, with the Dolphins being in the AFC East, it goes back to the AFL. Miami was an expansion team in the AFL and came on the scene in 1966, six years after the AFL started. So, there is a history with those teams that goes back to the AFL days too.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:09 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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Hey, at least they moved the Bucs from the "NFC North" division, that was always puzzling.

Probably because at the time, there was no where to put them. Remember, Atlanta and New Orleans was in the NFC West for years. I believe there was only 3 divisions per conferences, right? NFC North, West, and East. There was no NFC South.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:11 PM
 
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So why are the Texas Rangers in the AL West while the Houston Astros are in the NL Central?

Sports geography doesn't have to make sense.
This one does make sense, because the NL has more clubs in cities west of Texas. You've got a full division with the Dodgers, Padres, Giants, D'backs, and Rockies. Farther west than the Rangers' home turf in DFW, the AL has only the A's, the Angels, and the Mariners.

At least one of those NBA anomalies is an example of having a club move, and stay in its same division so that several divisions don't have to be rearranged to keep one team geographically correct after it moves. This would be OKC in the northwest division. Remember that until this year they were the Seattle Supersonics.

Sweetclimber is onto something about why the NFL would not want to move Dallas out of the NFC east, since there are some longtime rivalries within that division that include the Cowboys. The question is how they ever were put into that division in the first place. I really don't know, but my best guess is that it had something to do with keeping the number of teams in each division balanced at the time of the NFL-AFL merger, when there had to be some rearranging because the NFL had several more clubs than the AFL.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:32 PM
 
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Probably because at the time, there was no where to put them. Remember, Atlanta and New Orleans was in the NFC West for years. I believe there was only 3 divisions per conferences, right? NFC North, West, and East. There was no NFC South.
Correct and people forget that the Seattle Seahawks started off in the NFC West in 1976 before going to the AFC from 1977-2001 or so.
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Old 12-29-2008, 08:41 PM
 
Location: yeah
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Dallas vs Eagles/Giants/Redskins > Dallas vs Bucs/Falcons/Saints
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