Oct. 17, 1971WS Game 71236 Nov. 1, 2015WS Game 51275 Oct. 15, 1978WS Game 51355 Oct. 12, 1980NLCS Game 51348 Oct. 14, 1973WS Game 21235 Oct. 15, 1972WS Game 21236 GAMES Oct. 19, 1980WS Game 51336 Oct. 22, 1972WS Game 71235 Nov. 1, 2009WS Game 41274 Game 5 of the World Series is tonight, and it could be a deciding one: The Kansas City Royals are looking to finish off the New York Mets after going ahead 3-1 in the series. But Sunday also includes 12 NFL games, seven NBA matchups, and five NHL contests. That makes today a very special day: a sports equinox.A sports equinox occurs when the four major U.S. leagues — MLB, the NFL, the NBA and the NHL — all play at least one game. There’s a very narrow scheduling window when this can happen: Nowadays the MLB season and the start of the NBA season overlap by just a few days or not at all, depending on the NBA tip-off date and the length of the World Series.By our count this will be the 15th equinox in history, and the first since 2010.1We identified equinoxes using scheduling data from the sports-reference.com sites. Equinoxes, by our definition, were not possible before the inaugural NBA/BAA season in 1946. They did not used to be so rare: There were nine equinoxes between 1971 and 1980 (when the NBA season tipped off in the first half of October), and several years have more than one. Here’s the full list: Oct. 27, 1985WS Game 71315 Nov. 1, 2010WS Game 5133 Nov. 4, 2001WS Game 71374 EQUINOX DATEMLBNFLNBANHL Nov. 2, 2009WS Game 5153 Oct. 14, 1979WS Game 51337 Oct. 21, 1973WS Game 71235 Phoenix, of all places, is the only city to play in all four parts of an equinox. On November 4th, 2001, the Arizona Cardinals lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, the Phoenix Coyotes lost to the Carolina Hurricanes, and the Phoenix Suns lost to the Houston Rockets. The Diamondbacks salvaged the day, winning Game 7 over the Yankees to capture the city’s first and only championship across the four leagues.2The Mercury, Phoenix’s WNBA team, have three titles of their own.New York and Kansas City sports fans have less luck today. K.C.’s NHL and NBA franchises left for other locales decades ago, and both the Knicks and the Nets are off. But New York has its own packed calendar on Sunday: beyond the World Series and both NFL and NHL matchups, the Red Bulls play their first game of the MLS conference semifinals, and around 50,000 runners will compete in the NYC marathon. It may not quite be an equinox, but it’s still a huge day for NYC sports.
Kobe Bryant’s torn Achilles tendon has been blamed on coach Mike D’Antoni for not managing better the Los Angeles Lakers’ superstar’s minutes. But his trainer, Tim Grover had a simple reason: a freak accident.“It had nothing to do with the minutes he had been playing or anything of that sort,” Grover said in a phone interview with the Los Angeles Daily News. “A torn Achilles tendon is a very freaky injury. It’s just one of those things that just happened.”Grover conceded the possibility that Bryant’s torn Achilles tendon could stem from the bone spurs in his left foot that he has had “for a while.” But Grover said it’s common for anyone to suffer the injury through everyday movements, such as climbing out of bed or stepping off a sidewalk.Bryant has averaged more than 45 minutes a game in April, which is high considering his age, years in the NBA and how hard he plays. He had surgery on Saturday and he is expected to be out six to nine months.“Everybody is trying to look at somebody to blame for it, whether it be the coaching staff, Kobe, me or whatever it is. But everyone who is involved with him has to take responsibility in this. But it’s more of a freakish injury than anything else.”
He is unqualified and unfit to be president. He is not a leader. And if he were not white, he never would have been elected— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017 And it’s funny how you cling to Benghazi but I bet you didn’t give one thought to what Trump said about the Central Park 5— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017Disney-owned ESPN did not elaborate on any possible punishment for Hill, and she was on Tuesday evening’s “SportsCenter” broadcast as usual. While many Twitter users called for Hill to be fired, unemployed NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick expressed his support, tweeting “We are with you @jemelehill.”Kaepernick, who remains unsigned after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers, received plenty of criticism — and support — after kneeling during the national anthem before games last season to protest police brutality.We are with you @jemelehill ✊🏾— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) September 13, 2017 Donald Trump is a bigot. Glad you could live with voting for him. I couldn’t, because I cared about more than just myself— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 12, 2017 Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017 Jemele Hill: “Donald Trump is a white supremacist.”ESPN: “WHAT!?”White People: “WHAT!?”Black People: pic.twitter.com/w6O0VDhKHd— X (@XLNB) September 12, 2017 ESPN anchor Jemele Hill, President Donald Trump (r)BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — ESPN distanced itself from anchor Jemele Hill’s tweets one day after she called President Donald Trump “a white supremacist” and “a bigot.”“The comments on Twitter from Jemele Hill regarding the president do not represent the position of ESPN,” the network tweeted Tuesday from its public relations department’s account.“We have addressed this with Jemele and she recognizes her actions were inappropriate.”On Monday night, in a series of exchanges with other Twitter users, Hill said, “Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.”Hill, a co-host of the 6 p.m. broadcast of “SportsCenter,” also added that “Trump is the most ignorant, offensive president of my lifetime. His rise is a direct result of white supremacy. Period.”In another tweet, she said, “Donald Trump is a bigot,” and went on to criticize his supporters, adding “The height of white privilege is being able to ignore his white supremacy, because it’s of no threat to you. Well, it’s a threat to me.”Donald Trump is a white supremacist who has largely surrounded himself w/ other white supremacists.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) September 11, 2017
FiveThirtyEight More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Aug. 30, 2016), we preview the new English Premier League season with ESPN’s Mike Goodman and ask if Leicester City has any hope of repeating last year’s shock title win. Then we talk to FiveThirtyEight’s Carl Bialik about the U.S. Open and hear how FiveThirtyEight is using Elo ratings to try to predict this year’s tournament. Finally, FiveThirtyEight’s Blythe Terrell makes her Hot Takedown debut to chat about what happened when her team, the St. Louis Rams, skipped town and how she’s enlisting the help of Neil Paine to pick a new favorite. Plus, we share a significant digit on the rookie quarterback about to take a starring role with the Dallas Cowboys.Hot Takedown also has a spin-off podcast about the U.S. Open for the next couple weeks. It’s called Baseline, and it can be found here.Links to what we discuss are here:ESPN’s Gabriele Marcotti explains why this season’s English Premier League is shaping up to be a battle of the managers.Here’s the Guardian’s interactive guide to the EPL summer transfer window.Ryan Rosenblatt on Fox Sports thinks Leicester doesn’t have a chance of repeating its 2016 title win.Carl Bialik explains the method behind FiveThirtyEight’s U.S. Open model. You can find our predictions here.FiveThirtyEight is forecasting that Serena Williams has a 55 percent chance of winning the U.S. Open.Allison McCann breaks down the numbers behind domestic violence cases in the NFL.Here are ESPN The Magazine’s standings for every sports team according to fan surveys and the value fans get for the money they spend on the team.Significant Digit: 135th. That’s the draft pick the Dallas Cowboys used to take their new starting quarterback, Dak Prescott, in the 2016 NFL draft. That’s the lowest draft pick for a rookie starting quarterback since Randy Hedberg started for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1977. Earlier this week, Chase Stuart wrote about how Tony Romo’s injury thrust Prescott into the starting role. Embed Code
The rich get richerTotal wins above replacement (WAR) added through trades, 2017 Los Angeles Dodgers+2.0 Atlanta Braves+2.1 Chicago Cubs+4.6 They weren’t the only good teams who did so. The Dodgers and Yankees are two of the six teams who gained the most value this trade deadline, and four of the top six are leading their respective divisions this year.Like the Dodgers and Yankees, most of the contending teams have traded for starting pitchers. Darvish and Gray are two of the best options available. Each is a nearly mirror image of the other in the events a pitcher can control most — strikeouts, walks, and home runs allowed. Both pitchers have recent injury troubles from which they’ve bounced back to produce ace-level seasons. Both command dazzling arrays of pitches, fooling hitters as much with unpredictability as raw stuff. Each ought to boost their teams’ playoff fortunes substantially.Not like the Dodgers’ playoff fortunes were ever in doubt, even with a recent injury to ace Clayton Kershaw. A mere 43 games over .500, the Dodgers have marched to a 14-game division lead while boasting one of the strongest teams (by Elo) in history.The Yankees, meanwhile, have capitalized on unexpected performances from young players like Aaron Judge and Clint Frazier, surprising resurgences from veterans like CC Sabathia and Matt Holliday, and career years from journeymen like Aaron Hicks. The confluence of production has New York narrowly edging out the Red Sox in the American League East so far. It’s hard to say any good New York Yankees season has come from “out of nowhere,” but projections didn’t expect them to be this good this year.These trades should leave baseball’s other contenders very scared. The Houston Astros have mashed their way to 68 wins so far, but they barely improved at this year’s deadline. While other teams traded for aces, the Astros managed to get erratic southpaw Francisco Liriano, a choice that could haunt them, especially given that their top two starters — Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers — have both battled through injury and underperformance in the past two months.If the Yankees and Dodgers’ 2017 prospects weren’t frustrating enough for their rivals, it gets worse: Neither of these teams are going anywhere, anytime soon. Baseball America puts their farm systems as the second and fourth-best in baseball entering 2017, and these trades didn’t get rid of the teams’ best prospects. As if that wasn’t enough, the Dodgers and Yankees also boast some of the most promising youngsters in baseball, with players like Judge and Cody Bellinger exceeding expectations.Both the Yankees and Dodgers are young, rich, and talented. The other 28 teams in baseball better watch out.CORRECTION (July 31, 8:24 p.m.): An earlier version of this story misstated how far above .500 the Dodgers are. They are 43 games above .500, not 33. Washington Nationals+2.7 Kansas City Royals+2.4 TEAMTOTAL WAR ADDED Sources: MLB, Baseball Prospectus New York Yankees+4.2 The Dodgers and Yankees punctuated a quiet deadline with a pair of last-minute trades, acquiring starting pitchers Yu Darvish and Sonny Gray, respectively. Both players strengthen already formidable rotations, readying their teams for long runs into October, and the trades cap a frenetic cycle of trade activity for the Dodgers and Yankees. Two of the richest teams in baseball are now even better.Going back to 2009, the Yankees and Dodgers tended to be quiet at the deadline, preferring to acquire players through free agency instead. They picked up only an average of about one win above replacement at the trade deadline since 2009. But this year, the two wealthiest teams in baseball decided to buy.
The Philadelphia 76ers made another seismic deal — their second trade of the regular season — on Wednesday when they acquired Tobias Harris from the Clippers. The day-before-deadline swap adds another All-Star-caliber talent to the Sixers’ starting five, which already included Joel Embiid, Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons. In exchange, Los Angeles receives a bounty of future draft picks over the next several years, including ones Philadelphia got from Detroit and Miami.If the Sixers weren’t all in after the Butler trade, they certainly are now. But did the move1This was just one of two moves the Sixers completed Wednesday. They also acquired wing player Malachi Richardson, a second-round pick and the draft rights to Emir Preldzic in a deal with the Toronto Raptors. put Philly over the top in the East? There’s some uncertainty around that answer — or at least more uncertainty than a team that just cashed in many future assets would like.Yes, depending on the metric you look at, Philadelphia can be viewed as the strongest team in the Eastern Conference. FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projections have the Sixers’ current roster ranked as the best in the conference and second-best in the league, with a rating of 1704.2The Warriors, at 1806, are ranked first. The team’s probability of reaching the NBA Finals and winning the title increased as a result of the trade, to 16 percent (from 13 percent last week) and 4 percent (from 3 percent), respectively.Interestingly, though, Philly’s likelihood of reaching the promised land — despite having perhaps the conference’s best starting five now — still ranks behind three contenders out East, in Toronto, Milwaukee and even Boston. Each of those teams has a deeper bench than the Sixers, something this trade didn’t necessarily help.Coach Brett Brown will be able to stagger his lineups more easily with Harris in the mix. But because of how top-heavy the Sixers are, it’s imperative that Harris — who averages almost 21 points per game — jells with his other teammates. Even before this deal, Butler and Embiid had both made comments about their occasional frustrations with the team’s offensive fit — a sign of the dominant personalities that already exist and their desire to be fed on offense.Unlike someone like Butler, who at his best has been merely average as a perimeter shooter, Harris is comfortable coming off screens and has shot better than 40 percent from deep for the better part of two years now (43 percent so far this season). His ability to preoccupy the defense without the ball in his hands is important since he’ll be playing alongside Simmons, who can’t space the floor and hasn’t shown a willingness to take jumpers to keep defenses honest.Harris isn’t Kawhi Leonard on defense — or even Butler. But his size alone gives the Sixers an enormous defensive lineup. J.J. Redick, the team’s 6-foot-4 shooting guard, will be looking way up at each of his fellow starters. Butler is 6-foot-8. Harris is 6-foot-9. Simmons is 6-foot-10. Embiid is 7 feet.Yet while no one would complain about the things Harris is good at, his best skills on offense could overlap with the skills of his teammates. In particular, he’s very good as a pick-and-roll ball-handler,3He ranks 15th in the NBA among ball-handlers who have had 500 direct screens or more set for them, according to Second Spectrum. just like Butler and Simmons. So there are some redundancies in their games, and those kinks — which even great players run up against in the early stages of a superteam — may need to be worked out.One key thing in all this: The Sixers have made a couple of big, rare gambles in picking up Harris and Butler, both of whom are unrestricted free agents this summer. Though Philadelphia seems likely to pay what’s necessary to keep both given the investment it had to make, that reality could leave the Sixers vulnerable in case something unexpected happens a few months from now.For the Clippers, they got a nice return for Harris, whom they received in the Blake Griffin trade this time last year. The Sixers had to part with talented rookie Landry Shamet, Mike Muscala, Wilson Chandler, two first-rounders (in 2020 and 2021) and a pair of a second-rounders. (Los Angeles also had to part with scoring machine Boban Marjanovic and Mike Scott in addition to Harris.) The trade will likely hinder Los Angeles’s bid for a playoff spot out West, but it’s been clear for a while now that the Clippers’ top goal is to land a big fish or two in free agency this offseason.In Philadelphia, the goal is far more immediate: This team wants to make a trip to the finals, and the once-too-young Sixers believe that time is now. Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Members of the OSU women’s volleyball team celebrate during a game against Iowa on Oct. 2 at St. John Arena. OSU won 3-2. Credit: Giustino Bovenzi / Lantern PhotographerWith an opportunity to grab first place in the Big Ten, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team is looking to keep its five-game winning streak alive in a pair of home matches this weekend.On Friday night at 7 p.m., the No. 7 Buckeyes (16-2, 5-1) will welcome No. 18 Purdue (15-2, 6-0) to St. John Arena in a match for Big Ten supremacy.The Boilermakers are one of the best attacking teams in the country, currently leading the conference in hitting percentage (.294) and kills per set (14.46). In order to slow down Purdue, it will take more than just defense, OSU coach Geoff Carlston said.“If we serve really easy, it’s going to be a long night in that regard,” Carlston said. “We’re a decent serving team. It’s an area we’re trying to get better at and keep moving forward with.”Leading the Purdue offense is senior outside hitter Annie Drews, the two-time reigning Big Ten Player of the Week, whose average of 4.32 kills per set ranks second in the conference.Last season, the teams met only once, when Purdue pulled out a five-set win on its home floor in West Lafayette, Indiana. The Boilermakers hold a slim advantage in the all-time series, 42-41, and have won 12 of their last 15 matches against the Buckeyes.If OSU is to break its recent cold spell against its rivals to the west, staying together as a team is imperative, sophomore defensive specialist Kalisha Goree said.“We always just try to work on our culture and just always try to come together and stick together, whether we’re playing great or not great,” Goree said. “When we play together, we’re a pretty tough team to beat.”After Purdue, the Buckeyes will turn to their attention to Indiana (12-6, 2-4) on Sunday at 1 p.m. Following two straight weekends of back-to-back matches on Friday and Saturday, Carlston is grateful to have a day in between to get ready for the Hoosiers.“(Purdue and Indiana) are very different teams, and we’ll need it to prepare,” Carlston said. “I honestly haven’t watched any video of Indiana … just because I try to keep myself focused in the moment.”When Carlston does start watching the Indiana video, he expects to see a scrappy defensive team.“They’re going to fight and kick and scratch defensively,” he said. “They play with a lot of energy and they’re a team with momentum. I think we’ve got to be really prepared for them to come and play at a high level.”OSU has won its last eight games against Indiana and holds a 49-26 series record against the Hoosiers.Awards keep coming for OSU freshmenFor the second consecutive week, freshman outside hitter Audra Appold was named the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Week, as she helped lead OSU to wins over Northwestern and Illinois with a team-leading 35 kills and 25 digs. The Perrysburg, Ohio, native was also named the espnW national player of the week.OSU’s other freshman, Taylor Hughes, was named the conference’s setter of the week. Hughes had 85 assists — an average of over 12 per set — in the weekend wins, including a career-high 52 against Illinois.“It’s great for them, because they’ve been working hard,” Carlston said. “They come in here early every single day. They’re just good kids and they want to do right by the team. And their teammates love them.”What’s next?OSU is scheduled to be back on the road for a pair of games in Michigan, as it travels to East Lansing to take on Michigan State on Oct. 21 before a match with archrival Michigan in Ann Arbor on Oct. 24.
Ohio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell attacks the lane against Maryland on Feb. 20 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Magee Sprague | Lantern reporterOhio State junior guard Kelsey Mitchell was named the 2016-17 Big Ten Player of the Year for the second time in three seasons. She was also named to first team All-Big Ten for the third straight season.Mitchell leads the Big Ten in scoring at 23.4 points per game and was also awarded Big Ten Player of the Week four times throughout the season. She currently sits as the Buckeyes third all-time scorer with 2,463 points and holds the Buckeyes’ record for 3-pointers. Mitchell mentioned she earned the award by trying to contribute to team play.“I don’t set individual goals of winning certain awards, but I try to get better each day and do whatever I can do to help my team win. We’ve had a great year and my teammates have been tremendous and I can’t wait to get back out on the court with them,” Mitchell said in a press release.In her last 10 games of the regular season, Mitchell scored at least 20 points per game. She was able to contribute more than just points, averaging 4.5 assists against Big Ten opponents and had the most steals on the team snatching the ball 39 times.Mitchell has some company in Big Ten awards as five other teammates received Big Ten honors. Senior forward Shayla Cooper, redshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga received second team Big Ten honors. Junior forward Sierra Calhoun was named an honorable mention and freshman Tori McCoy earned a place at the Big Ten’s All-Freshman team. OSU heads into the Big Ten tournament with the No. 1 seed, facing either Iowa or Northwestern at noon on Friday.
All eyes are on Ohio State junior forward Deshaun Thomas. Thomas, who elected to stay with the Buckeyes after former OSU forward Jared Sullinger declared for the 2012 NBA Draft, was named a preseason All-American by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook Wednesday. A second team all-Big Ten selection and a starter in each of OSU’s 39 games during the 2011-12 season, Thomas averaged 16 points per game on 52 percent shooting. Thomas caught fire in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, leading the Buckeyes in scoring with 19 points per game on their way to the Final Four. His postseason performance prompted some to question whether he’d stay at OSU for his junior season. OSU coach Thad Matta collected information about Thomas’ draft stock from NBA teams. Instead of leaving for the professional ranks, Thomas will remain as one of four upperclassmen on the 2012-13 Buckeyes. Junior guards Lenzelle Smith Jr. and Aaron Craft and senior forward Evan Ravenel will join Thomas as team elders. Jared Sullinger’s father, Satch Sullinger, tweeted about Thomas Wednesday, from his Twitter account, @satchsullinger: “Now DT gets all the opponents attention. Like Tupac; All Eyes On You!!!!” OSU is scheduled to open the 2012 season Nov. 9 against Marquette in the Carrier Classic, which will be played on the museum ship the USS Yorktown in Mt. Pleasant, S.C.
Then-sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) chases after then-redshirt senior Michigan quarterback Devin Gardner (98) during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28.Credit: Lantern file photoFive former Ohio State football players heard their names called throughout the seven rounds of the 2015 NFL draft. The 2016 edition could very well see five Buckeyes announced, as well — in Round 1.The first 32 picks this year were devoid of OSU talent, with wide receiver Devin Smith being the first player selected at No. 37 overall.For the Buckeye faithful, this might have come as a disappointment, as they suffered through dry draft analysis and endless commercial breaks just to witness a mostly scarlet and gray-free weekend.Well, have no fear, because OSU could very well be taking over the NFL rookie landscape a year from now.Of course, much is contingent on several eligible players leaving early. Redshirt junior quarterback Cardale Jones, junior defensive lineman Joey Bosa, redshirt sophomore linebacker Darron Lee and junior running back Ezekiel Elliott could stack the 2017 NFL draft if they so choose to stay for an extra season.But with a national championship and a likely premier spot on the draft board already at hand, why wouldn’t they leave?As it stands right now, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell will be uttering the words “Ohio State” quite often throughout the first round next spring.If healthy, Bosa will most likely go No. 1 overall. While there are a couple of other contenders for the coveted spot, such as a pair of Ole Miss stars in offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil and defensive lineman Robert Nkemdiche, Bosa’s combination of speed and power have already wreaked havoc on the college scene — and he will still be just 20 years old when the season kicks off Sept. 7.With an absurd 21 sacks and a unanimous first-team All-American honor already under his belt in just two seasons, the race is on for the Bosa sweepstakes.He could be followed closely behind by Jones, who could be a top 10 pick — if the quarterback even manages to see the field this season, that is.Should redshirt senior Braxton Miller — though the possibility of him slotting in front of Jones seems unlikely at this point — or redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett nab the starting spot, Jones could elect to stay for his fifth year, in which case he could be the potential No. 1 overall pick in 2017.But should the Glenville High School product start and thrive as he did in his three 2014 starts, his upside and natural talent will likely make him the first quarterback taken off the board in 2016, with only a fellow Big Ten quarterback — Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg — coming close to Jones’ prestige.Then there’s Elliott, who will likely come in as the top running back prospect in the draft, safely ahead of the next-best prospect, Alabama’s Derrick Henry.Senior offensive lineman Taylor Decker — the only OSU 2016 first-round prospect who does not have any remaining eligibility after this season — should go in the top 20, as well.Finally, Lee — a converted quarterback — is the least likely to leave, as it would be after just three years of experience — two in games — playing on the defensive side of the ball. But should he leave, his pass-rushing abilities could have him fit in at the end of the first day — making him the fifth Buckeye off the board.So, to recap, five Buckeyes could be taken on day one of the 2016 NFL draft. Five Buckeyes were taken overall in the three days of this year’s edition.And those five aren’t the only Buckeyes who will flood the NFL ranks next year.Senior linebacker Joshua Perry ranks as one of the top outside linebacker prospects and should go in the second round — with a shot at being OSU’s sixth first-round prospect.Defensive lineman Adolphus Washington will also likely be called on the second day, with a chance to move up to the first with a strong senior campaign.And don’t forget Miller, who should be drafted in some way, shape or form. It could be as a quarterback, or it could be a completely different position, depending on how coach Urban Meyer elects to use him this season.Now in Meyer’s fourth year in Columbus, the NFL is starting to see the fruits of his recruiting labors loom on the horizon.OSU has only had two players chosen in the first round in the last four years — both in 2014. An offensive player from OSU has not been selected in the first since running back Beanie Wells in 2009.Next year, all of those marks will assuredly be forgotten. If everything goes as expected, OSU’s record of five first-round picks, set in 2006, could be a thing of the past, as well.