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Should Brighton, Walsall and Accrington Stanley be wary of the play-offs after missing out on automatic promotion on the final day of the season? Brighton and Walsall finished third in the Championship and League One respectively while Accrington ended up fourth in League Two - where there are three automatic promotion places. Cheap Swingman Hawks Jerseys .The trio will now enter the play-offs as the highest-ranked teams in their respective divisions, but is that a positive? Since the introduction of the play-offs in 1987 there have been several examples of teams missing out on promotion after finishing well ahead of their rivals in the regular season.In recent years, Watford, Nottingham Forest and Ipswich have failed to win promotion after finishing third in the Championship. Highlights of the clash for promotion between Middlesbrough and Brighton Sheffield United failed to make it up from League One in 2011/12 after finishing on 90 points, nine clear of Huddersfield in fourth and 17 clear of sixth-placed Stevenage.But is it really a curse to finish in third? The stats suggest otherwise.In fact, 39.50% of the teams that have finished in the top play-off place across the three divisions have been promoted.Only 21% of teams in the second play-off spot have been successful while those in the bottom two places go up 19.80% of the time. Positions of teams promoted in play-offs Position Championship League One League Two Total Percentage 3rd (4th in L2) 10 9 13 32 39.50% 4th (5th in L2) 5 7 5 17 21% 5th (6th in L2) 7 5 4 16 19.80% 6th (7th in L2) 5 6 5 16 19.80% Brighton, who finished 15 points ahead of sixth-placed Sheffield Wednesday, should be buoyed by the fact that 37% of the sides who have finished third in the Championship have gone up.In comparison, those finishing fourth (18.50%), fifth (25.90%) and sixth (18.50%) have not fared as well.Norwich, West Ham and Swansea have won promotion to the Premier League in recent seasons after ending up third in the second tier. Where have Championship play-off winners finished in table? Position Total Percentage 3rd (Brighton this season) 10 37% 4th (Hull this season) 5 18.50% 5th (Derby this season) 7 25.90% 6th (Sheff Wed this season) 5 18.50% In League One, where Walsall finished third this season, the play-offs have proved more unpredictable.Teams in third have gone up 33.30% of the time, a slightly better success rate than those in fourth (25.90%), fifth (18.50%) and sixth (22.20%).But Accrington have more reason to be cheerful. Almost half (48.10%) of the teams that have finished fourth in League Two have gone up through the play-offs. Walsall thumped Port Vale on the final day but still missed out on second place Those in fifth (18.50%), sixth (14.80%) and seventh (18.50%) have not enjoyed anywhere near as much success.However, while the stats do dispel the curse of third, only once, in 2007/08, have all three of the highest-finishing teams enjoyed success in the play-offs, with Hull, Doncaster and Stockport going up.Who will win promotion this year from the play-offs? Watch all the games live on Sky Sports. Also See: FL play-offs: Who, when, where? Weekend ups and downs Middlesbrough win promotion Live on Sky Cheap NBA Jerseys .Y. -- Bills receiver Stevie Johnson has a bone to pick with the NFL schedule maker. Cheap Trae Young Jersey . The Barrie Colts defenceman, who impressed many with his play for Canada at the World Junior Hockey Championship, is the top-ranked skater in the February rankings. He has 19 goals and 24 assists for 43 points in 45 games with the Colts this season. . -- The proud fathers huddled near the Dallas Stars dressing room, smiling, laughing and telling stories while wearing replica green sweaters of their sons team. If a League of Legends tournament occurs during the offseason, days before free-agent frenzy (and most of the clubs invited reject the invitation faster than an RSVP to an exs wedding), does it really matter in the grand scheme of things?IEM Oakland is going to be the Mario Party of League of Legends tournaments. The event is going to start out as a fun game night with your friends that quickly turns into everyone wondering why they agreed to come over in the first place. Someone is going to win, and the others will file out the front door, telling the winner they didnt actually try to win and only came over to have some good-intentioned fun.There are six teams that will be traveling to the Bay Area to compete for the $50,000 first-place prize and ticket to the IEM World Championships in the spring of 2017. There were supposed to be eight teams, but with the tournaments awkward placement in the offseason between the end of the 2016 World Championships and free agency, a slew of teams declined to focus on shaping their rosters for the new campaign.Team SoloMid, for example, is without a starting AD carry after Yiliang Doublelift Peng announced hed be sitting out the 2017 spring split to clear his head. ESPN recently reported that former TSM AD carry Jason WildTurtle Tran will be standing in for the team in Oakland before jetting off to South Korea for a tryout with the recently NBA-cash-infused Team Dignitas.If WildTurtle does play, itll encapsulate this entire tournament: fun, but the result wont mean much. Well, except for one team (well talk about that later). The Bay Area fans will see a return of the Baylife TSM for one weekend, TSM will get to take a breather after a long, tiring year, and everyone will enjoy themselves. There will be laughter, and in the end, there will be a trophy given out, with the fans probably chanting T-S-M! -- whether or not TSM actually wins the tournament.Fear not, dear reader, I have you covered. As this is still one of the only international tournaments well have all year -- wow, thats a depressing thought, isnt it? -- a preview is necessary. So here are the storylines to watch for when six international teams battle it out for supremacy at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.In the past two years, the winners of the IEM Bay Area offseason tournament have gone on to be runners-up in their respective domestic spring splits.Coincidence? Most definitely. Grasping at straws? Once again, most definitely. The past two years, IEM have held similar tournaments before the free-agency period, and those tournaments ended with Cloud9 (2014) and Origen (2015) exiting as champions. Both clubs would then go on to make the finals of their respective LCS leagues that spring, and both would fall in defeat -- C9 losing to TSM in the 2015 NA LCS spring final and Origen falling to G2 Esports in the 2016 EU LCS final.Now that its scientifically proven that winning this tournament means youre going to get second place in your upcoming league, itll be a treat to see which club leaves Oakland with $50,000, a seat at the table for the IEM World Championships and a guaranteed silver medal for the spring split.People can finally chant T-S-M! appropriately.Covering the World Championships was awesome. Even when TSM was knocked out in the group stages, it never actually felt as if they left the tournament. The crowds in Madison Square Garden and Staples Center chanted for the team with a tireless fervor. This time around, the American fans will actually get to see TSM in person. And itll actually make sense when fans chant the three most known letters in NA esports -- instead of chanting them before the fifth and final game of one of the best League matches of all time (SK Telecom T1 and the ROX Tigers inside Madison Square Garden).Yes, that actually happened.Lose-lose for Longzhu.Out of the six teams competing in Oakland, only Longzhu can leave a loser. If TSM loses, all they need to do is bring up the AD carry substitute. Chiefs and INTZ are from wild-card regions. Flassh Wolves are using two substitutes. Cheap Atlanta Hawks Jerseys. Unicorns of Love are the Unicorns of Love. Longzhu was a supposed super-team that never reached its full potential last year. Longzhu is a South Korean team, and South Korea just made a mockery of every other region at the World Championships, and you have a club that needs to win this dangerous game of Mario Party in fear of being booted from the LCK.Longzhu really have no excuses if they lose. Theyve had the same roster for an entire year. Theyre from South Korea, the mecca of esports infrastructure. On paper, the teams individual talent is more than enough to beat some clubs playing with substitutes, wild-card teams and Unicorns of Love.And if Longzhu does win, then it doesnt really mean much since -- you know -- theyre playing against a bunch of misfit teams in an offseason tournament. So whether the team dominates everyone or gets bounced in the first round by a wild-card team, there really isnt an ending here in which Longzhu comes out looking better. The club just lost to the Jin Air Green Wings in the first round of the KeSPA Cup, so its not as if Longzhu comes into Oakland with any momentum behind them.Heres the bright side: Longzhu still has a lot of money, so if things go awry, the Chinese-sponsored team can always drive garbage trucks filled with money to the front of Kim Deft Hyuk-kyus house in hopes of turning around their fortunes.Hooray for wild-card regions!Its always fun to see the wild-card regions participate alongside the clubs from major regions, and well get to see that with Oceanias Chiefs and Brazils INTZ coming to IEM Oakland. We already saw INTZ at the World Championships, and although the team didnt make it out of the first round, INTZ did take a game off of Chinas champion EDward Gaming. IEM Oakland isnt going to be as structured or as long as Worlds, so INTZ could have a chance of making a surprise run into the bracket stage.For the Chiefs, this will be one of the first times we see Oceania on the world stage. The team has been the overlord of Australia for seemingly forever, yet the club has always failed in the wild-card qualifications to make it to one of the bigger international events. This time, however, the Chiefs didnt let the opportunity slip by, and they will now have the chance to possibly beat a team like Longzhu.This is all we have.We have Worlds, the Mid-Season Invitational, the One-Week Players Vacation (aka All Stars), two or three IEM circuit events and the IEM World Championship. Thats it. We get less than seven international tournaments a year, and only three of them are classified as major tournaments. IEM Oakland is a mess in a lot of ways, but its one of the only times well get to see a team such as the Chiefs take on Longzhu.Unicorns of Love vs. INTZ? I didnt ask for this, but its actually an interesting match if you think about it. We know the top tier of South Korean teams is better than everyone else in the world, but can Longzhu -- a non-playoff team -- make fools of the rest of the world, too? How deep is South Korea? How good is the middle of NA compared to Europe? Are the Chiefs out of their depth, or can they shock the world?IEM Oakland will probably turn out to be a silly event, but we want to see these what-ifs come to life in a somewhat competitive environment. Before we know it, the free-agency period will be over, and well be back to domestic play, with the regions separated until the Mid-Season Invitational, when SK Telecom T1 will probably sweep whoever is lucky enough to reach the finals.So to answer the question: Does this tournament matter? Yes, it does.IEM Oakland, like the prior IEM San Jose tournaments, is different. And in League of Legends, where domestic play has taken over the calendar year, except for two weeks in May and a month in the fall, different will always be a good thing, no matter how many teams show up to the party. Cheap NFL Hoodies Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping Jerseys NFL China Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '