Mirtle has an interesting post up about the remarkable resurgence of the Central division and the nearly as remarkable collapse of the Northwest.
I suppose there could be a hockey explanation for it, but I don’t like the looks of the moves given the schedule change this year. Everybody’s travel got more difficult this year, but the relative change helps the Central the most and hurts the Northwest the most. In fact, if you flipped the Pacific and the Southeast Division results, you would have the Divisions ranked from the most travel advantaged to the most travel disadvantaged.
A coincidence? I don’t like coincidences.