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  • 2015-03-30T23:31:09Z via Spigot To: Public

    FCSS: Sweet Sixteen Roundup

     It has been a crazy couple of weeks in sports.  From the Cowboys signing Greg Hardy, to Stephen Gerrard making a 45 second appearance before getting a Red Card against Man U, to all of March Madness, to Kevin Durant being sidelined for the rest of the season.
    The NBA season is coming to a close, and Charlotte (my local team) is only 1.5 games out of 8th place with approximately 10 games left for each team.  However, they have gone 2-8 in there last ten. At least we will have a chance at the No. 1 pick thanks to the lottery.
    But let’s get to what most people are excited about in March. The March Madness of the NCAA tournament. Except, outside of the first day, there hasn’t been a whole lot of madness.
    6 of the 8 best teams in the nation are still in the tournament: Kentucky, Wisconsin, Arizona, Duke, Gonzaga, and Notre Dame. Yes, I include Notre Dame over Kansas and perhaps even Villanova.
    The East region is the only region that does not have 1 of the top teams with Louisville defeating NC State and Michigan State beating Oklahoma last night. But more about that in a bit.
    Let’s start with Thursday night’s games.
    Of course I am upset about the UNC-Wisconsin game. Unc had a 4 or 5 point lead with about 6 minutes to go and blew it the rest of the way. I’m not sure what Roy Williams is/was trying to accomplish with any shooting guards, but it isn’t working. There are times when there would be 3 point guards on the court with 2 forwards, or 1 point guard on the court with 4 forwards. Justin Jackson could maybe be considered a shooting guard, but he was only a consistent shooter in a few games.  UNC needs that “DO NOT LEAVE HIM OPEN” threat from 3, and the only one they had was Marcus Paige.
    Wisconsin was the better team, so they deserve to move on. However, I am still picking Arizona to beat them in the elite 8.
    Arizona got past Xavier, but I didn’t really get to see much of the game.  It was tied at halftime, but I think Xavier had some tough players to play against, especially their Center. Arizona is now the favorite to beat Kentucky (if they make it past Wisconsin).
    Notre Dame and Wichita State went back and forth, but the whole time you could see that Notre Dame was the better team.  It just took a late 2nd half run to seperate themselves from Wichita State.
    Now for the game everyone was talking about, Kentucky dismantling WVU.  This is my honest opinion. Every game Kentucky plays from now on, people are going to talk about how the other team has a chance to beat them until they actually start to believe that it is possible. All I heard this week was that WVU was scrappy and going to turn Kentucky over and wasn’t going to back down.  And then Kentucky took the court and it was game over.
    Next it will be about how Notre Dame’s floor spacing and three point shooting are going to give Kentucky trouble. How Notre Dame will be the perfect team to beat Kentucky because of the 3-point threat from every player. Kentucky has held every good team they faced to shooting percentages in the 20-30% range or lower (with the exception of UNC). Notre Dame will be no different.
    Friday’s recap. Didn’t get to see much of these games. I was out of town and didn’t get in until about 11, but nothing surprised me.
    Gonzaga handled UCLA to reach the Elite Eight for the first time since 1999.  I keep wanting to pick against the Zags, but now that they are playing Duke, I must cheer for them.
    Duke had a surprisingly close game with Utah.  I thought Duke would have won this game easily, but credit to Utah for hanging close. They held Okafor to only 6 points, but Winslow stepped up and scored 21 to put Duke over the top.
    Tom Izzo continued his winning ways against Oklahoma.  I was really pulling for the Sooners here.  I just don’t like Michigan State. I’m not sure what it is. Perhaps it is that they are always making the Elite Eight and the Final Four. I don’t know. I just like to cheer against the Spartans.
    And then finally Lousville made it past NC State.  Everyone wanted to jump on the NC State bandwagon after beating Villanova and seeing how east the rest of the East region was going to be. But NC State did what NC State does; showed you that you can NEVER trust NC State to do what you expect them to do.
    My picks for the Final Four.
    Kentucky over Notre Dame. No brainer.
    Arizona over Wisconsin. Arizona is the second best team in the nation in my opinion.
    Michigan State over Louisville. Izzo does it again.
    Gonzaga over Duke. Zags can guard the perimeter and can guard Okafor in the middle without needing to double too much. 

     

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  • 2015-03-18T09:11:19Z via Spigot To: Public

    FCSS: Conference Tournament Roundup

    March Madness has oficially begun. As of right now, there are 12 teams that punched their tickets. With over 10 more being punched today (including ACC and Big 12).
    Automatic Bids
    Belmont Bruins
    Conference: Ohio Valley
    Record: 22-10
    Ticket-clincher: Belmont 88, Murray State 87
    Leading scorer: Craig Bradshaw (18.1 PPG)
    Tournament appearance: seventh (first since 2013)
    Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
    Conference: Big South
    Record: 24-9
    Ticket-clincher: Coastal Carolina 81, Winthrop 70
    Leading scorer: Josh Cameron (12.9 PPG)
    Tournament appearance: fourth (first since 2014)
    Gonzaga Bulldogs
    Conference: West Coast
    Record: 32-2
    Ticket-clincher: Gonzaga 91, BYU 75
    Leading scorer: Kyle Wiltjer (16.6 PPG)
    Tournament appearance: 18th (first since 2014)
    Lafayette Leopards
    Conference: Patriot League
    Record: 20-12
    Ticket-clincher: Lafayette 65, American 63
    Leading scorer: Dan Trist (17.6 PPG)
    Tournament appearance: fourth (first since 2000)
    Manhattan Jaspers
    Conference: Metro Atlantic
    Record: 19-13
    Ticket-clincher: Manhattan 79, Iona 69
    Leading scorer: Emmy Andujar (16.5 PPG)
    Tournament appearance: eighth (first since 2014)
    Northeastern Huskies
    Conference: Colonial
    Record: 23-11
    Ticket-clincher: Northeastern 72, William & Mary 61
    Leading scorer: Scott Eatherton (14.6 PPG)
    Tournament appearance: eighth (first since 1991)
    Northern Iowa Panthers
    Conference: Missouri Valley
    Record: 30-3
    Ticket-clincher: Northern Iowa 69, Illinois State 60
    Leading scorer: Seth Tuttle (15.3 PPG)
    Tournament appearance: seventh (first since 2010) When they knocked off Kansas.
    North Dakota State Bison
    Conference: Summit
    Record: 23-9
    Ticket-clincher: North Dakota State 57, South Dakota State 56
    Leading scorer: Lawrence Alexander (18.7 PPG)
    Tournament appearance: third (first since 2014)
    North Florida Ospreys
    Conference: Atlantic Sun
    Record: 23-11
    Ticket-clincher: North Florida 63, South Carolina Upstate 57
    Leading scorer: Dallas Moore (15.9 PPG)
    Tournament appearance: first
    Robert Morris Colonials
    Conference: Northeast
    Record: 19-14
    Ticket-clincher: Robert Morris 66, St. Francis (Brooklyn) 63
    Leading scorer: Rodney Pryor (15.2 PPG)
    Tournament appearance: eighth (first since 2010)
    Valparaiso Crusaders
    Conference: Horizon
    Record: 28-5
    Ticket-clincher: Valparaiso 54, Green Bay 44
    Leading scorer: Alec Peters (17.0 PPG)
    Tournament appearance: ninth (first since 2013)
    Wofford Terriers
    Conference: Southern
    Record: 28-6
    Ticket-clincher: Wofford 67, Furman 64
    Leading scorer: Karl Cochran (14.8 PPG)
    Tournament appearance: fourth (first since 2014)
    Last week, we may have put a curse on a few teams. Local Gardner-Webb lost to Coastal Carolina in the Big South Semis, and Murray State lost to Belmont in the Ohio Valley Finals.
    Lots of basketball commentators and analysts say that Murray State still deserves to get into the Big Dance, but with a strength of schedule below 200, it is going to be hard to make a strong case for them.  The Committee has done some crazy things before, so our fingers are still crossed.
    Meanwhile, Kentucky continued its winning ways. Still undefeated.  Honestly, I don’t think there is a team that can beat Kentucky as long as they stay healthy.  Virginia and Duke just lost, which lowers my belief that they can beat Kentucky.  Only a hot, hot, hot team (shoot wise) is going to have a chance.
    Speaking of Virgina’s and Duke’s losses.  Who are the #1 seeds? Kentucky is a lock. If Arizona and Wisconsin win their tournaments are they going to be a #1? I still believe Virginia and Duke deserve it over the long run of the season, but I could see Arizona sneaking in over one of the two (as long as they beat Oregon tonight). Villanova will win their conference title today, and they should be the fourth #1.
    Bubble Watch:
    ACC Final – UNC v. Notre Dame
    SEC Semi-Finals:  Kentucky v. Auburn and Georgia v. Arkansas
    Big 12 Final:  Kansas v. Iowa State
    Big 10 Semis:  Wisconsin v. Purdue and Mich St. v. Maryland all the teams are solidly in except for Purdue, who needs a win against Wisconsin to solidify their position
    Pac 12 Final:  Oregon vs. Arizona both teams are in
    A10:  VCU v. Davidson (both in) and Rhode Island vs. Dayton (Dayton in)
    Selection Sunday is tomorrow.  Next week, at this time, it will be time to start the round of 32. I’m already excited.
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  • 2015-03-18T07:31:12Z via Spigot To: Public

    FCSS: Prelude to March Madness

    Basketball season regular season ends on Sunday.  What has surprised you about the season?

    Dad:  Small things like UK going undefeated all 30 games so far. Some teams not doing as well as predicted.
    Kentucky – undefeated. Have you seen either Virginia, Duke, or Wisconsin play? Those seem to be the favorites to have a chance to beat Kentucky.
    Dad:  Virigina would give Kentucky more problems than Duke. You don’t want to get in a scoring contest with Kentucky.
    Villanova has only lost 2 games, but seems to get no plubicity. Why do you think that is? Is it just the conference they are in now?
    Conference just isn’t what it used to be. Only marquee game is Georgetown-Villanova
    Wisconsin:  Old-school, drag you out philosophy. Outside of Big 10, they will run into trouble.
    Arizona has only lost 3 games by a combined nine points. They have four wins against ranked teams and 0 losses. Why aren’t they getting any more love?
    PAC 12 only has 3 teams projeted in the tournament.  ACC and SEC have 6. 
    Murray State has 25 straight wins. Last loss was on Nov. 29th. Strength of Schedule is 277th. Need to win tonight.
    Gardner Webb beat High Point last night. They get Coastal Carolina in the next round. GW has beat them twice this year, including a 15 point win AT Coastal. Can they do it again?
    Follow-Up: Longwood knocked off Charleston Southern. If GWU gets past Coastal, can they finally make it to the big dance?
    They can. Anything can happen in the Big South tournament.

     

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    March 2015 FIFA 14 Check In

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    Rafael van der Vaart 2014” by Kathi Rudminat. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

    This may be my last FIFA 14 article. What is the point of building a better squad if you aren’t able to move up the divisions? I’m currently in division 3 of against the computer and division 9 against humans. I held in division 3 my first go. I think I will be able to get promoted, but not win the league. Will I be able to get promoted again? I don’t know. The money from winning is not enough to build a squad.

    I do have plenty to report this time though.  I sold Rooney and bought Falcao. Rooney I mentioned before and Falcao was the one I was talking about last time. Suarez and Cavani are such a better pair than Falcao and RVP.

    I sold RVP and have not yet reinvested that money. Again though, how much is reinvesting that money going to matter? I guess I’ll find out!

    STARTERS

    1. GK Castillas 86 (LOYALTY)
    2. RCB Ramos 86 (LOYALTY)
    3. CB Pique 86 (LOYALTY)
    4. LCB Thiago Silva 87 (LOYALTY)
    5. RM Di Maria 86 (Real Madrid version) (LOYALTY)
    6. RCM Xavi 89 (LOYALTY)
    7. LCM Iniesta 89 (LOYALTY) (he’s actually a CAM, which I may eventually resolve)
    8. LM Lavezzi 85 (I sold my old one at a high price and bought one at a lower price after trying a couple of games with Turan. I like Lavezzi’s pace)
    9. CAM Mata 87 (United version) (LOYALTY)
    10. ST Suarez 88 (LOYALTY)
    11. ST Cavani 87 (LOYALTY)

     

    BENCH

    1. RWB Lahm 87 (LOYALTY)
    2. LWB Ashley Cole 85 (Chelsea version) (LOYALTY)
    3. CM Fabregas 86 (Barca version) (LOYALTY)
    4. CM van der Vaart 83 (LOYALTY)
    5. RM Feghouli 81 (LOYALTY)
    6. ST Falcao 90 (United version) (LOYALTY)
    7. ST Llorente 82 (LOYALTY)

    My overall is 86 and my chemistry is 100 with a BPL or Spanish manager (might just need to be La Liga…hard to know since my Spanish manager is also La Liga).

    On my list of players that would help me out, I left out Hazard because the system says he is an 85. However, he got an upgrade card to 88, so he is also an option. There are also several options at IF cards, though those may prove prohibitively expensive. Off the top of my head, Akineev’s blue card would be an upgrade at GK, and Defoe’s blue card would be a worthy sub.

    Unfortunately, my next move is likely to cause a decrease in chemistry. How big is the difference between 9x chemistry and 100 though?

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    February 2015 Malmö FF Additions and Subtractions

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    The Swedish transfer window doesn’t close until March 31, so there could still be tons of changes. In fact, I’m so unimpressed with the additions so far that I’m not doing predictions. Despite my apathetic mood toward the additions, the reality is that the transfer dealings are not that different than the last couple of years. There are two major differences. First, I was excited for Molins and Mehmeti to come back to the club. Second, the money MFF got from selling players this winter has been much higher than in the past.

    2015 Additions So Far

    By way of comparison to previous transfers, the Eikrem transfer is a bit like the Hammar transfer in 2013, though Hammar did come through the MFF youth system. Eikrem is a name I remember from his Manchester United days, but he never made a first team appearance for United. In fact, he only made 3 in the first part of the season for Cardiff City. Hammar was even more of a no name, having only made 6 appearances for Stockport County – who played in Conference North in 2013.

    2013 saw many more youth team players promoted than thus far have been promoted, but often these guys get promoted during the season, so I’m not going to say MFF has lost their way with youth development.

    Tobias Sana seems like an impressive signing at first, but then you realize he was playing for Ajax reserves, not Ajax. Of course, if they can flip in like they did Thelin, then it will be good business. Also, Sana may well be a good Allsvenskan player, but Ajax did not qualify for the group stage of the Champions League. Sure, they qualified for the Europa League and MFF did not, but surely their reserve team players are not the route to Europa League qualification.

    Yoshimar Yotún has been playing for Peru and while they aren’t great, they did beat Bolivia and Paraguay in World Cup qualification. He even scored in a World Cup qualification match, though by that point it was already certain that Peru was not going to the World Cup.

    2015 Subtractions So Far

    While the additions are not inspiring, the subtractions are downright depressing.

    Ricardinho is leaving it seems. He just became a Swedish citizen in October 2014, so why leave in December 2014? He doesn’t have a club yet, so maybe he can be persuaded. It sounds pretty done though.

    At least Halsti joined my local club, DC United. It’s good business for DCU to get him on a free, but surely Malmö should have tried harder to get something.

    Again, I am bummed about Simon Thern, especially since it was a free.

    It looks like MFF got decent prices for Forsberg and Thelin. I’m not impressed with the Eriksson money though.

    Concha (retirement), Malm (no team currently), Nilsson (Malta), and Petter Thelin (Swedish 3rd Division side) don’t warrant more than this mention. Blomqvist, Fadi, and Mohlin were all loaned to Swedish sides.

    Who else?

    While it’s typical for MFF to not reinvest all of their money in players, so far this season seems particularly low. Last year they spent ~5.0M SEK on Adu and this year they haven’t spent more than ~1.5M SEK for a player and the money from transfers out is higher than usual. Now, some players might be in for wage increases, but you’d have thought some of those guys are now out the door. This makes me think they have something big in the works.

    MFF has a habit of bringing back old players. Daniel Larsson would be a top pick of mine. He’s currently on loan though, so that might be tough. Rantie would be another consideration.

    Sebastian Larsson might be tempted by champions league, particularly if Sunderland ends up getting relegated, but considering the amount of time left on his contract, he is probably prohibitively expensive.

    MFF also has a history of bringing in players from the Allsvenskan. Ricardo Santos might be a good pickup. Åtvidabergs FF is not a rival, so for the right price they might sell. MFF is losing the 5th highest scorer in the Allsvenskan (2nd leading scorer on the team). They are also losing the two players tied for third in scoring on the team, so they’ve got to find someone up front. Alhassan Kamara might also be an option since Örebro SK is not a rival.

    While they will need something up front, Ricardinho and Halsti leave some holes in the back. Of course, Johannson, Hammar, and Helander can all play CB and Johannson can fill in Halsti’s role in the midfield. Yotún looks to be a direct replacement for Ricardinho. Basically, CB and midfield depth are the only real issues outside of scoring.

    It’s possible someone could step up from the youth team and that would be enough to retain the Allsvenskan title. If they want another run in the Champions League, they’ll need to bring in reinforcements.

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    Sports in Space: An Interlude in the Sports on Mars Series

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    My first article about sports in space contained a section titled “Could these games be played somewhere in between?” This produced an off-site challenge, which I wanted to address.

    First, the whole series suffers somewhat from being ambiguous in time, but we’re certainly talking a long way off. In my head I’m targeting life early on Mars, but not so early that there are only scientists on Mars. There are many unanswered questions about that future. Will FIFA still exist as a corrupt entity? Will other intelligent life forms discover us? Will we discover them? Will we take our petty human wars to space? Aside from spy satellites, space has been a peaceful place so far…but will it hold?

    These questions can change things. For example, if space is a war zone, then there won’t be games there.

    If we begin to interact with extraterrestrials in a friendly way, it seems to me the most likely that individual competition will be impossible. Either they will be super-fast, super-strong, super-tall, super-intelligent, or…something. Likewise, we likely will possess some useful trait. What that is, who knows.

    It is possible our games could find a place for them, though if they are too different in size, this will be difficult. Other hybrid games could emerge from our current games. This would be nothing new. Gridiron, rugby, and football were all once the same sport.

    So, I’m intentionally leaving some questions unanswered, though keep the questions and critiques coming! I’ll keep writing in the series as long as people are interested.

    To more precisely address the issue at hand though, the major reason I cited for not hosting Olympic and other “global” games between Mars and Earth is that there would be no room for spectators. The one thing that could really change this from a “no” to a “yes” would be if we built a large, city-sized space station between Earth and Mars. Even then, we are talking ~75-150 days for both sides, though with improvements in travel (the subject of my next article) less time. That is still at least 2 and a half months. It still seems unlikely that thousands of people from Earth would want to travel that far for what is probably going to be a single Martian team. No, I think the Martians are the ones that are going to have to travel if they want to attend.

    Which brings us to another question…

    Would the games even take place on Mars?

    I didn’t really examine the likelihood that event take place on Mars. It’s not likely to happen for some time after there is a Martian colony. It wasn’t until 2002 that the World Cup was held in Asia. It wasn’t until 2010 that the World Cup was held in Africa. The World Cup still hasn’t been in Australia, and there are no plans for it to be. The World Cup still hasn’t been in the Middle East and there is some chance the 2022 Qatar bid will be moved (though I’m not optimistic about a revote – I have no real problem with Qatar hosting the tournament, but it was handled poorly and I think there should be a revote).

    Mars probably won’t have the safety concerns Africa and the Middle East have. I don’t want to get bogged down in a separate issue about Africa in the Middle East, but I feel like I need to address that comment before moving on. Both the African Cup of Nations and Egyptian league football recently had violence problems. Despite that, Brazil is still the leader in football-related deaths. Not a ton of people were concerned about Brazil getting awarded the World Cup, were they? Sure, there were protests about the way the tournament was handled, but the idea of Brazil isn’t a problem. Where racisms comes into play in that, I’ll let you decide.

    While Mars won’t have the same types of concerns, there will be safety concerns for some time. For one, it is possible there will be space pirates. Space travel is likely to look a lot like ship travel for a long time, except there isn’t a trade reason to go anywhere…yet. That lack of trade probably means no space pirates for a while, but once shipments go on a regular basis, the shipments could be held hostage.

    For a long time, I think the safety concerns of space travel will keep the games not only off of some place between (except perhaps earth orbit), but also off of Mars.

    Zero Gravity Games

    As with meeting extraterrestrials, being in space is likely to create new games. These games could happen in places off Earth. As mentioned in the first article, the series is focusing on the FIFA World Cup and IOC Olympics. The IOC could add games, and as not all of the events actually took place in Sochi last year, maybe some sports will just use a host city as a launch site. Time will tell!

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    Sports on Mars: Part 1 – Non-Travel Logistics

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    This is not the place for a debate on space (one of my friends has a new project where that would be more appropriate), so let’s start with the assumption that Mars is the most likely place for a future human colony. In this first article I want to discuss international competitions and how (human) Martians might compete. I will follow up with Part 2, where I will discuss how travel improvements could change the games and Part 3, where I will discuss the physics of training and training facilities. While there are international competitions in every sport, I am going to focus on the FIFA World Cup with occasional commentary about IOC Olympic sports. I’m open to writing about specific sports or addressing different aspects. Just let me know!

    Countries

    My suspicion is that eventually some sort of treaty like the one that covers Antarctica will cover Mars, but the people that do research on Antarctica all have a country. They aren’t Antarcticans. You can see a colony wanting independence, but that will take time. It seems like the most likely scenario would be for them to play as Martians as Puerto Ricans play as Puerto Ricans. It’s also possible different colonies will operate differently. By way of comparison with Puerto Rico, players from Guadeloupe are eligible to play for France. The French-type situation would require either moving permanently or massive progress in travel.

    Qualifying

    This is going to depend on how the countries work out. It seems unlikely anything but qualifying from Mars would be possible.

    Could these games be played somewhere in between?

    The short answer is no. These are huge events that will require things like hotels. While we may eventually have outposts on asteroids that are treated like islands, archipelagos don’t tend to host major tournaments. When Indonesia hosted the 2007 Asian Cup, it did so with Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. We don’t gain a ton by having the games on any of the moons and it seems more likely we’ll colonize Mars before the Moon since Mars has an atmosphere, and the Moon basically does not. Again Mars has water, while the Moon basically does not.

    Could athletes travel on cargo ships?

    Technically, this is travel, but I don’t think this requires too much technology we don’t already have. There is just no reason for investing in a massive ship. To be clear, I am not thinking about these ships actually landing on Earth and Mars. Rather, they would stay in orbit, and individuals would debark.

    If we have massive city-sized ships going back and forth between the two planets, athletes could train on those. For this to be realistic for 4-year tournaments, they essentially need to be full-time residents of the ship. I suppose the crew of the ship will need some entertainment, but space will be at a premium. We did invent scheduling systems long ago. The kids would just need to use the same field as the professionals. Of course, would virtual reality and just regular gym equipment be a better use of space for exercise? It probably is and the first ships that go between the two planets will not be luxury machines. However, I see no reason why eventually there couldn’t be a field.

    This presents even more problems about countries, but I choose not to address those now.

    Athletic Virtual Reality/E-Sports

    Athletic virtual reality is not going to work without controlled environments. It takes light 3 minutes to go from Mars to Earth, so holodeck type stuff is not going to work. Turn-based competitions could work, whether athletic or otherwise. Archery would work. Curling could work (though it would need more than a controlled environment). Bowling could work.

    E-sports would be the obvious way to deal with the distance, except we still have the problem that it takes light 3 minutes. Of course, e-sports have the benefit that the environment is controlled.

     

    Stick this one in the time capsule. Maybe we’ll get to open it up while we’re still alive, though I’m not optimistic.

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    2015 NBA Predictions

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    EASTERN CONFERENCE

    1. Atlanta Hawks
    2. Cleveland Cavaliers
    3. Chicago Bulls
    4. Toronto Raptors (as division winner)
    5. Washington Wizards
    6. Milwaukee Bucks
    7. Miami Heat
    8. Brooklyn Nets

    I hope I’m wrong about the Hornets, but I’ve been a fan of Carolina sports too long to expect much from anything other than college teams. Sure, the Panthers made the Super Bowl and the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup, but too many years they are on the cusp, rather than actually getting much done. Even if the Hornets do make the playoffs, they aren’t going far.

    WESTERN CONFERENCE

    1. Golden State Warriors
    2. Memphis Grizzlies
    3. L.A. Clippers
    4. Portland Trail Blazers (as division winner)
    5. Dallas Mavericks
    6. Houston Rockets
    7. San Antonio Spurs
    8. Phoenix Suns

     

    PLAYOFFS

    For those thinking the Hawks have no playoff experience, they actually have made the playoffs every year since 2007. That said, they haven’t made it out of the first round since 2011, and only made it to the second round then. The Hawks haven’t changed a lot of pieces since last year, so there should be some cohesion. Also, they haven’t had any bad injuries. Shelvin Mack is still out, which costs them almost 14 minutes a game, but he’s started zero games this year. Basically, I don’t see them winning the NBA Finals.

    East

    1. Atlanta Hawks vs. Nets – Hawks
    2. Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Heat – Cavs -
    3. Chicago Bulls vs. Bucks – Bulls
    4. Washington Wizards vs. Raptors – Wizards

    Hawks v Wizards – Hawks

    Cavs v Bulls – Bulls

    Bulls v Hawks – Bulls

    The Bulls have made it to the conference finals 2 of the last four years. With Miami broken up, they make it back after a long drought. Basically, this is going to come down to the Cavs not having experience together and the Hawks having a lack of playoff success. Either the Cavs or the Hawks could end up taking this spot though – particularly if Rose can’t stay healthy.

    West

    1. Golden State Warriors vs. Suns – Warriors
    2. Memphis Grizzlies vs. Spurs – Spurs — One last hurrah for Duncan.
    3. L.A. Clippers vs. Rockets – Clippers
    4. Dallas Mavericks vs. Blazers – Mavericks

    Warriors v Mavericks – Warriors

    Spurs v Clippers – Clippers

    Warriors v Clippers – Clippers

    The Warriors don’t have a ton of post-season experience, but they did make the conference finals in 2013. Kerr has had an impressive first season, and obviously has gotten the team to gel. I don’t know that he translates his post-season success as a player into that of a coach – yet. The West is wide open. I don’t think the Thunder are going to get it together enough to even make the playoffs, but they have the post-season experience to make waves if they do and their record at the end of the season is not going to indicate how good they are when healthy.

     

    Finals

    Clippers vs. Bulls – Bulls

    Pippen never got it done without Jordan (nor Jordan without Pippen), but Gasol gets it done without Kobe, just like Shaq did. This is not a dig at Kobe, just a reality.

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    West Ham’s Winter Transfer Report

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    Somehow, it is not Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, or City, but rather West Ham that brings the most traffic to the site (after LFC and MUFC). Give the people what they want, I say.

    IN:

    Doneil Henry

    Henry seems like a decent enough pickup. The question on these undisclosed transfers is always the price. He’s not going to be the difference in them winning something and not at this point, but he’s only 21. They’ll need some depth for a deep cup run and they’ll need more depth if they make it to Europe next year.

    OUT:

    Mauro Zárate, Paul McCallum, Ricardo Vaz Tê, Sean Maguire, Jamie Harney, Danny Whitehead, Blair Turgott, and Kieran Sadlier.

    Zárate is one that makes no sense to me. They just bought him in May 2014. He’s 27. He was once a €20 million striker, with a €60 million buy-out clause.  Now he’s on loan to another EPL side? I guess it makes some sense as he’s 5th out of 5 in scoring from their forwards. What if they have a couple injuries though? At that point, seems like FA Cup is out of the question. I suppose they could always recall him from his loan and QPR isn’t exactly a rival for a European spot, so maybe it makes sense. I wonder if it really has more to do with balancing the books.

     

    As I mentioned, depth could end up being an issue. If injuries don’t come into play, uou would think West Ham, like Liverpool, have a decent shot at the FA Cup. LFC may be distracted by the Europa League. MUFC may be distracted by trying to finish 3rd or 4th. Likewise, Arsenal will be fighting for those 3rd and 4th EPL spots. West Ham are comfortable in 8th in the EPL, and outside of a Cup victory, probably have no realistic chance at a European spot (though the wheels could come off for some of the teams in front of them).

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    Liverpool’s Winter Transfers Barely Worth an Article

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    If you thought Manchester United’s winter transfer dealings were a snoozefest, wait until you see Liverpool’s. Assaidi out. Suso out. Ojo loaned out. That’s it.

    Assaidi does look like a nice piece of business at £4.7 million, especially since LFC bought him for £2.4 million.

    Suso had been much hyped. FIFA 13 had him reach an unlofty 79, but FIFA 14 has him reach 89. FIFA 15 has him back down to 83, but £1,000,000 still seems pretty low. The reason for the low fee is that Suso’s contract was set to expire in July.

    Maybe Liverpool is saving their money for big summer signings, but LFC needs to focus on now if they want to be in Europe next year.

    Liverpool really needs to win the FA Cup to get into Europe, though winning the Europa League would get them a Champions League spot. Beşiktaş is not a great draw, but the fact that they are distracted by fighting for the Turkish League title certainly gives Liverpool some hope. Certainly Liverpool would seem to have more to gain from the Europa League than Beşiktaş. Aside from that, there are more teams in the Europa League that can reasonably knock Liverpool out than there are in the FA Cup. Only 9 of the 16 teams left in the FA Cup are top tier teams. Two of those teams are third tier, though you would expect Manchester United and even Sunderland, to deal with their League 1 competition at this point in the competition. Unfortunately for LFC, they do have to travel to Crystal Palace for their FA Cup tie.

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    Manchester United’s Winter Moves Good, Not Exciting

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    It goes without saying that Manchester United’s winter moves were not exciting. Anderson and Fletcher departures, or Valdés’ arrival being the biggest news. That said, getting Anderson off the books is great, and if Fletcher isn’t going to return to his former level, then that’s a good move too.

    I go into more depth below, but the big reason why this was a good window is United is 3rd in the table and didn’t need to waste money. There’s no legitimate shot at the title this year. Maybe next year!

     

    IN

    Víctor Valdés

    How can this be anything but good?

    Well, if it turns out this is a long-term replacement for De Gea, that’s how. It’s hard to see how losing De Gea under just about any circumstance is good. Sure, a straight swap for Ronaldo or Messi would work. Is Bale really worth it with the current attacking force? It is true that there is not a true left-sided attacker other than Ashley Young, but then how much is it going to cost to replace De Gea?

     

    Sadiq El Fitouri

    Salford City is the club owned by several members of the Class of ‘92. There’s really nothing more to say about this.

     

    OUT

    Michael Keane & Marnick Vermijl

    It’s always sad to see academy products not come through, but aside from that, as long as the fees were decent, there’s not much to be concerned about here.

     

    Darren Fletcher

    I certainly would have preferred him not going to an EPL side. West Brom is not a threat by themselves, but we do have to play them on May 2. Fletcher could end up costing us a top 4 spot if we drop points in that game. It is at Old Trafford.

    Some money would have been nice too, particularly considering the destination.

     

    Anderson

    Anderson’s departure has been on the cards for some time. He never really recovered from his injuries – or he kept telling himself that and never got back to fitness. Regardless, it’s promise unfulfilled, but I doubt anyone is really sad to see him go.

     

    LOAN IN

    Andy Kellett

    The only thing I can see is that United wanted Janko out on loan and Bolton needed to get someone off their books to make it happen. If that’s the case, hard to argue with this.

     

    LOAN OUT

    Ben Pearson & Will Keane & Jesse Lingard & Saidy Janko & Joe Rothwell

    Lingard is the biggest name here, and you have to think his time is running out.

     

    Sam Johnstone & Ben Amos

    Valdes coming in allows both of these guys to go out on loan.

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  • 2015-03-17T15:14:10Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    What do people think about me doing full text through spigot?

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    There is the obvious issue that it doesn't do the donation button properly, but I don't know if that's enough not to do it. Also, spigot doesn't match the title field with the title field which is less than ideal, but not a reason for not doing full text.

    Sportazine.com (Doug Whitfield) at 2015-03-17T15:16:35Z

    I prefer full-text. I use it for both my blog and OMC.

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    there isn't a ton of reason for me to do it on the Music Manumit posts since our show notes are basically just an outline (although I can if people feel strongly about it), but it probably makes sense for this account. It might make sense for some of the others too.

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    Joe Montana is still the greatest for me.

    Joe_Montana_2013_(cropped)Joe Montana 2013 (cropped)” by Sean L. Dickinson. Licensed under CC BY 2.0.

    After last night, there is only one great argument against Brady being the greatest QB ever, though there are a few other arguments.

    If you take stats to be your main barometer, there is no question Brady is better than Montana. Now, they are tied on Super Bowls (and Super Bowl MVPs). Brady also beats Montana in Completion % (barely), Touchdowns/Attempt, Interceptions/Attempt, Yards/Attempt, and, unsurprisingly, QB Rating. Montana’s stats are hurt by his two years in Kansas City, when he had his two lowest completion % other than his rookie season.

    Also, what the hell NFL, for only updating records through 2007?

    I. DISCARDED: Bart Starr, Otto Graham, or Unitas

    Considering I live in Baltimore, you might expect me to pick Unitas out of this bunch. Considering I lived in Wisconsin longer than I will have lived in Balitmore when I move this summer, you might think Starr would be my pick (not to mention that I lived in Tuscaloosa longer than either). I’m probably going to go with Graham if I have to pick of these three. I get that in the modern game rushing quarterbacks are often seen as a guy that can’t get it done in the air. It’s not 100% a black/white thing though I don’t doubt race may come into play. Tim Tebow was a dual threat and look where his career went. That said, unlike Tebow, Graham got it done in the NFL with his feet. Regardless, rule changes, expansion, and athletic developments have made it impossible to compare.

    II. DISCARDED: Expansion

    The NFL had 28 teams for a large part of Montana’s career. Now it has 32. While I think expansion from Graham’s era may be a legitimate argument, I’ve already discarded a comparison to Graham because of rule changes and athletic developments. Even if you do think expansion is a problem, how does one compare?

    III: DISCARDED: Mediocre When It Counted

    Brady lost 3 Super Bowls and also lost 3 AFC Championship games. Montana lost zero Super Bowls. Even if you do discount Brady’s inability to will his team to victory every year, surely he gains all of that back (and maybe more?) by getting himself so close so many times. Surely you can’t just say he’s a choker.

    IV. DISCARDED: Quarterbacks get more protection now.

    This is no doubt true, and maybe it accounts for some of Brady’s numbers, but it doesn’t account for the fact that he keeps on winning. This is one of the reasons why Steve Young’s numbers are so impressive and why winning has surely got to be the greatest measure of a quarterback.

    V. Two Cheating Controversies

    I don’t think the cheating controversies necessarily tarnish Brady as a human. He was never proved to have done anything wrong (yet). Still, even if it doesn’t tarnish the first three Super Bowls, it certainly tarnishes this one.

    The flip side is the Patriots won the AFC Championship 45-7. Deflated balls might account for putting up 45 points, but it doesn’t account for only giving up 7.

    Conclusion

    What Brady needs to do cement himself as the #1 QB of all time is win a 5th Super Bowl. Only one other person (Charles Haley) has done that. The cheating controversies will always haunt him, but unless he ends up being at fault in deflategate, a fifth Super Bowl will surely over come that. Of course, in his quest for a 5th ring, he needs to not let his numbers dive, like Montana’s did at the end of his career.

     

     

     

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    perhaps I fixed spigot. If I did, you'll see some sportazine.com posts here soon. By here, I mean identi.ca. I don't know if NavierStokes is going to see those posts if they aren't public. I can't remember the default.
  • 2015-03-09T19:01:11Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    This seems welcome to me, but the response looks like YouTube: https://twitter.com/EASPORTSFIFA/status/574998226820014080

  • 2015-03-09T18:54:44Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    loadaverage.org appears to be having certificate issues.
  • 2014-11-29T04:11:43Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    a project sportazine.com will be planning to use in the future: https://snowdrift.tilt.com/launch-snowdrift-coop
  • 2014-11-29T03:54:38Z via Identi.ca Web To: Public CC: Followers

    I just realized that the server that normally sends messages here via NavierStokes is off. You'll have to follow 

    https://loadaverage.org/dougsportazine OR
    http://twitter.com/dougsportazine

    until Tuesday (maybe Monday night).

    Doug Whitfield , Doug Whitfield shared this.

  • 2014-11-04T22:00:33Z via Spigot To: Public

    dougsportazine repeated a notice by faznet RT @faznet Champions-League-Liveticker: Borussia Dortmund gegen Galatasaray Istanbul - http://www.faz.net/op900/event/champions-league/live/#/live-e782752