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10-05-2010, 03:19 PM
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Why was Tampa placed in the Norris division upon entering the NHL?

Why was Tampa placed in the norris division? Their nearest division rival was 2000 miles away (St Louis Blues)

why were they not placed in the Patrick Division?

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[Chuck Norris joke]

St. Louis is closer to 1000 miles, which still makes your point valid, but it does factor in.

The nearest Patrick division team, at the time, was Washington. ~900 miles away.

Ottawa was added to the Wales conference, so Campbell had to get another team too.

It's also not without precedent. The Tampa Bay football Buccaneers played from 1977-2001 in the NFC Central, which also consisted of Minnesota, Chicago, and Detroit.


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If you think that's weird the Bucs once played in the AFC West with teams in Denver, Kansas City, Oakland and San Diego.

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And then there's the AL East. Closest team to the Rays is Baltimore, at 967 driving miles based on Google Maps' shortest distance between the teams' stadiums. Everyone else is further north, New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, and Toronto Blue Jays.

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Listen, we all make bad decisions.

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Listen, we all make bad decisions.
True. It's just some teams quickly realize hiring Barry Melrose was a mistake, and some teams don't have the guts to get rid of Doug MacLean.

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What kind of anarchy is this? Two DJ Kitty avatars? In the same thread?

With both the MLB and NFL, they have non-geographic conferences. Some stretches have to be made with the outliers.

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What kind of anarchy is this? Two DJ Kitty avatars? In the same thread?

With both the MLB and NFL, they have non-geographic conferences. Some stretches have to be made with the outliers.
I stole the idea. I'm a bad man, I know.

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Believe it or not, Tampa(82 27'W) is only 30-35 miles further east than Detroit (83 02'W) and only 25-30 miles further east than Columbus (82 59'W). Even though we are in Florida, we are very much riding the border of being in the West.

If we want to be really technical, Atlanta (84 23'W) should be in the west as it is 50-60 miles further west than Detroit. Even more so relating to Columbus.

No need to be too technical, because it makes more sense for the teams to be grouped as they currently are. Having nearby teams in the same division creates more natural rivalries.

I think the NFL has it really messed up with all 3 Florida teams in separate divisions. (NFC South, AFC South, AFC East) Then again, preserving the Miami-Buffalo and Miami-NY Jet rivalry was probably important.

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