It's June, which means that the basketball and hockey worlds are again debating the relative plus and minuses of their differing playoff formats.
The NHL's puck daddies, in general, seem relatively content with their 2-2-1-1-1 breakdown, saying that the setup is conducive to more competitive series. It's hard to argue with the facts: Four of the last Stanley Cup finals have gone the full seven games.
Meanwhile, the NBA's ball don't liars engage in a livelier argument over its exclusive-to-the-Finals 2-3-2 format, which is often said to handicap the team that doesn't hold home court advantage.
Though some call bunk on the "you can't win three straight games" maxim, it's hard to argue with the facts there, too. The home team won the middle three games on two occasions (but the road team has done it thrice) and we've only seen the NBA Finals go the distance on three occasions since the 2-3-2 was adopted in 1985.
We'll leave the debate over whether or not those setups for hockey and basketball to my YSB brethren, but I think it does make for an interesting debate when it comes to baseball:
Should MLB even think about switching to 2-2-1-1-1 at any point?
I fall on the side of it being a moot point. The World Series has been 2-3-2 for all but a couple of war years since 1924 and the league championship series have shared the same schedule ever since they went seven games in 1985. Change probably isn't going to come.
Meanwhile, there's a serious case to be made against it. Baseball's postseason already has an issue with late October weather and added travel days won't help reverse the gradual creep to November baseball. Home teams also haven't had as big of a problem winning those middle three games. The '01 Yankees, '06 Cardinals and '08 Phillies all did it this decade, the last teams doing so to clinch the Commissioner's Trophy.
That's not to say there aren't good points if you want to argue the other side, though. The '06 Tigers and '08 Rays might argue that they should have had a chance to extend the series with a Game 5 at home. Added travel days would mean an extra day of rest for the pitchers at a key time and might ensure better pitching matchups for Games 6 and 7. Finally, we've only had four Game 7s in the World Series since 1991 (and none since 2002). Maybe going 2-2-1-1-1 would spark more drama.
So what do you think? Is this even a talk worth having?