Sports What Ifs.

Can we add baseball?
what if Texas Airdogs goes to Montreal and the Expos would become a team in an independent league in partnership with the Major League Baseball.?
 
What if Baylor basketball gets the death penalty in the aftermath of the Patrick Dennehy murder? (Here's more information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baylor_University_basketball_scandal; while the Baylor football sexual assault scandal was awful, this was worse--a coach tried to smear a dead player as being a drug dealer to avoid admitting that he paid Dennehy in violation of NCAA rules)
That combined with all the shit their football team pulled and I don’t see them staying in the Big XII. Someone is probably brought in to replace them, possibly a Boise State.

They may end up being a power in women’s basketball, but forget football, and definitely forget last night’s defeat of Gonzaga in the national championship game.
 
The football team scandal was after the Patrick Dennehy murder and the fallout from that. Maybe the basketball program getting the death penalty causes the football scandals to go differently, since someone would probably remember what happened to the basketball program...
 
So, a subtle difference here and there that I had considered:

WI Brady was injured in the 2001 AFC Championship with that hit from Lethon Flowers and Bledsoe was the starter for not only the rest of the AFC Championship, but also Super Bowl XXXVI?
 
So, a subtle difference here and there that I had considered:

WI Brady was injured in the 2001 AFC Championship with that hit from Lethon Flowers and Bledsoe was the starter for not only the rest of the AFC Championship, but also Super Bowl XXXVI?
I don't think Bledsoe is ever as clutch as Brady to pull off that comeback drive to set up for the last second field goal. So the Rams beat the Patriots.
 
I don't think Bledsoe is ever as clutch as Brady to pull off that comeback drive to set up for the last second field goal. So the Rams beat the Patriots.

Brady didn't set the world on fire in that Super Bowl. He was 16/27 for 145 yards and one TD pass (86.2 rating). And, the key to the final drive was J.R. Redmond being able to get out of bounds after catching a short pass. If he didn't get out of bounds, that game may have went to OT.
 
In the world of rugby - WI South Africa align with Europe when rugby union goes professional in 1995 (figuring that TV timezones matter more than the northern/southern hemisphere divide), leaving New Zealand & Australia to form a new professional competition on their own?
 
What if Howard Schnellenberger stays at Miami?

The best way to do this may be to give him a sense of unfinished business. Say Nebraska makes the 2 point conversion in the Orange Bowl, to avoid debate over the tie.

So, it's Jimmy Johnson maybe goes to the usfl, taking a different road to the NFL. The team does a bit better - give them thE Maryland and UCLA wins, but not quite a national title, but finally wins one with a few little differences in the '87 Fiesta Bowl over Penn State. (Likely, he a Johnson were both good recruiters but he might get that 1-2 extra who wanted to bring South Florida their 1st title.) Then, he either stays for another season or leaves having accomplished what he set out to do.

What then? Could he be pegged by Jerry Jones for the Cowboys' job? Does Jimmy Johnson stay at Miami and win several national titles?
 
What if Howard Schnellenberger stays at Miami?

The best way to do this may be to give him a sense of unfinished business. Say Nebraska makes the 2 point conversion in the Orange Bowl, to avoid debate over the tie.

So, it's Jimmy Johnson maybe goes to the usfl, taking a different road to the NFL. The team does a bit better - give them thE Maryland and UCLA wins, but not quite a national title, but finally wins one with a few little differences in the '87 Fiesta Bowl over Penn State. (Likely, he a Johnson were both good recruiters but he might get that 1-2 extra who wanted to bring South Florida their 1st title.) Then, he either stays for another season or leaves having accomplished what he set out to do.

What then? Could he be pegged by Jerry Jones for the Cowboys' job? Does Jimmy Johnson stay at Miami and win several national titles?
I don't see Jimmy going to the USFL at that time. He probably stays at Oklahoma St. for two more years. Then, at the end of the 1985 season, the job at Pitt (Johnson used to be an assistant there) opens up after Foge Fazio's firing, and Jimmy Johnson goes there to be the head coach. With Jimmy, I expect them to do better in 1987 and 88 than they did in reality. However, I still see Jerry Jones calling, and he leaves Pitt in 1989 to turn around the once-proud Cowboy franchise.
 
So, a bit reaching, but what would be the long term consequences if American football split over the forward pass? Like one camp remained against the forward pass while going on the system of downs while the other kept it.

Would the long-term just be a gradual effort of OTL rugby league or a different sport altogether?
 
So, a bit reaching, but what would be the long term consequences if American football split over the forward pass? Like one camp remained against the forward pass while going on the system of downs while the other kept it.

Would the long-term just be a gradual effort of OTL rugby league or a different sport altogether?
The version that takes on the forward pass becomes the one people know the best while the version without it becomes more of a niche sport played mostly at American colleges.
 
The version that takes on the forward pass becomes the one people know the best while the version without it becomes more of a niche sport played mostly at American colleges.
So basically American Football answer to Rugby League and Union?

In the world of rugby - WI South Africa align with Europe when rugby union goes professional in 1995 (figuring that TV timezones matter more than the northern/southern hemisphere divide), leaving New Zealand & Australia to form a new professional competition on their own?
I doubt it. Don't know why I doubt it but I really doubt it.

what if Texas Airdogs goes to Montreal and the Expos would become a team in an independent league in partnership with the Major League Baseball.?
I like the idea but the MLB might force them to just join the International League (Triple-A East now... (that still frustrates and upsets me)). I personally like the idea of another Canada team in the IL as they lost the Ottawa Lynx after 2007 OTL. Could actually help springboard more teams into Canada if the team becomes a success.
 
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