Tuesday, February 21, 2017

February 21st, 2017

There is so much to do in this world. I think it's time to get off the couch and make a difference. Life is fast. If we just sit around and wait for the opportunity to come to us we are never going to get anywhere.

We all have the ability to make a difference but some of us are too lazy. You know who you are.

Here's some advice, stop being self centered, or clicky or whatever you want to call it. Instead, be kind and include people you would normally not include. At the end of the day, if its good for our heart, why wouldn't we do it?

Tomorrow is Pink Shirt Day. However, that doesn't mean on Thursday that we all go back to our friendship circles and start gossiping again.

That's my encouragement of the day. Here is Wednesday's sports games that are the most interesting.

UEFA Europa League          9AM
UEFA Champions League: 11:45 AM
Pitt VS Wake Forest            4PM
Minniesota VS Maryland     5:30 PM
Boston VS Anaheim             7:30PM 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Bracketology - February 20th

East                                                                                    Midwest 

1 Villinova  
 1 Kansas
16  UNC Central/Texas Southern 
 16 Furman / Mt. St. Mary's  
Buffalo 
Indianapolis
8 VCU
 8 South Carolina
9  TCU 
 9 Seton Hall 
4  Cincinnati 
 4 Virginia 
13 Akron 
 13 Monmouth 
Tulsa
Sacramento
5 West Virginia
 5 Creighton
12 Miami
 12 Bucknell 
3   Arizona 
 3 UNC 
14 North Dakota State 
 14 Princeton  
Sacramento
Orlando 
6  Wisconsin
 6 St. Mary's 
11 Nevada
 11 Michigan State
7 Kansas State   
 7 Minnesota
10 Wake Forest 
 10 Rhode Island 
Salt Lake City 
Buffalo
2 Oregon 
 2 Kentucky  
15 Vermont  
 15 FGCU 
  West 
  South 
1 Gonzaga 
 1 Baylor
16  UC Irvine
 16 UNC Asheviile
Salt Lake City 
Indianapolis
8 Northwestern
 8 Notre Dame 
9 Arkansas 
 9 USC
4 Duke
 4 Maryland  
13 UT Arlington 
 13 New Orleans 
Tulsa 
Milwaukee
5 UCLA
  5 Butler  
12 Cal State Bakersfield 
 12 Middle Tennessee 
3 Florida 
  3 Xavier 
14 UNC Wilmington 
 14 Valparaiso 
Milwaukee 
Tulsa
6 Purdue
 6 SMU
11 Cal / Iowa State 
11 Michigan /Va Tech 
7 Oklahoma State
 7 Dayton
10  Wichita State
 10 Illinois State 
Greenville 
Greenville 
2  Florida State 
 2 Louisville  
15 Belmont  
 15 North Dakota
On The Bubble 
Last 4 IN 
Cal 
Michigan 
Va Tech
Iowa State

First 4 Out
Georgia Tech
Houston
Georgia
Texas Tech


Next 4 Out
Providence
Clemson
Pitt
Marquette

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bracketology - February 15th

East                                                                                    Midwest 

1 Villinova  
 1 Baylor 
16  UNC Central/Texas Southern 
 16 Furman / Mt. St. Mary's  
Buffalo 

Indianapolis
8 Purdue 
 8 SMU
9  TCU 
 9 Seton Hall 
4  Cincinnati 
 4 Virginia 
13 Akron 
 13 Monmouth 
Tulsa
Sacramento
Wisconsin 
 5 Creighton
12 Michigan State 
 12 Bucknell 
3   Arizona 
 3 UNC 
14 North Dakota State 
 14 Princeton  
Sacramento

Orlando 
6  West Virginia 
 6 St. Mary's 
11 Colorado State 
 11 Clemson 
7 Kansas State   
 7 Arkansas 
10 Wake Forest 
 10 Rhode Island 
Salt Lake City 

Buffalo
2 Oregon 
 2 Kentucky  
15 Vermont  
 15 FGCU 
  West 
  South 
1 Gonzaga 
 1 Kansas 
16  UC Davis 
 16 Liberty 
Salt Lake City 

Indianapolis
8 Oklahoma State 
 8 Notre Dame 
9 Indiana 
 9 Dayton 
4  Butler 
 4 Maryland  
13 UT Arlington 
 13 New Orleans 
Tulsa 
Milwaukee
5 UCLA
  5 Duke   
12 Cal State Bakersfield 
 12 Middle Tennessee 
3 Florida 
  3 Xavier 
14 UNC Wilmington 
 14 Valparaiso 
Milwaukee 

Tulsa
6 Minnesota 
 6 South Carolina 
11 Cal / Iowa State 
11 Michigan /Wichita State  
7 Northwestern 
 7 USC 
10  Virginia Tech 
 10 Illinois State 
Greenville 

Greenville 
2  Florida State 
 2 Louisville  
15 Belmont  
 15 Weber State 



On The Bubble 

Last 4 IN 
Cal 
Michigan 
Wichita State 
Iowa State

First 4 Out
Georgia Tech
Houston
Georgia
Texas Tech


Next 4 Out
Providence
Miami
Pitt
Marquette 

Friday, February 10, 2017

Why You Should Watch Soccer

There is something special about it. I'm not sure what it is but something always wakes me bright and early in the morning to watch what some people call "the beautiful game." 
Like most people, I grew up playing youth soccer. Didn't really think of it as much but I must have liked it enough to stay in it for six years. I watched soccer occasionally but not enough to fully be a memory wiz like I am with other sports. When I realized that EPL had no playoffs, I lost interest completely. 
That all changed when I discovered what the UEFA Champions League was. The best teams from every country in Europe meet for one big tournament. After watching that in 2012, I began to research more about soccer. 
I'll tell you. There is a lot to research. I still haven't figured out why there is so much diving and faking sometimes, but  what I have figured out is that every game is important. That is something most North American sports leagues can't say. 
With relegation in place with Europe, each game is crucial to survival. Being in the top flight league in your country is vital but even more important is staying there. That's why every home game is treated like a big event and ever visit from teams like Chelsea and Liverpool is a big deal. A team like Burnley isn't guaranteed a game against Manchester United every year. 
More importantly, with relegation gives a chance for the majority of cities to have a chance at being in the EPL. For instance, a small city in England that has a team playing in third or fourth tier still has hope of one day climbing the soccer pyramid. In America, those small cities would just have minor teams with almost no hope of getting a professional team. 
The statistics speak for themselves. Every promoted team has an average of 3.6 years in the Premier League before they get relegated. Every team that gets relegated doesn't always get promoted back the following year. 
Every home game is valued, with soccer having a fair share of 1-0 and 2-1 games. Every game could be a turning point in the season. 
I think that's what gets me up bright and early every Saturday and Sunday. The element of intrigue that soccer brings. NBCSN has a handful of games per week while in Canada, about 75% of the games are televised on standard satellite. 
Also, every country has their own league. Every continent has their own Champions League. The international competitions are even more competitive. 
There is really something special about soccer. I haven't been able to be a fan of any team really yet. Tottenham Hotspur has been the closest thing. They are getting a new stadium in two years as they turn the corner to become one of the juggernauts. 
I want to adopt a team but it's impossible to know which team is your favorite when the majority of the teams are in a league below. 
That's why I like to read about all the teams. What city there in, where they their name, etc etc. It truly is a cultural experience. 
Despite all the negativity soccer brings, there is a whole new adventure that watching soccer brings that is hard to duplicate in North America. That's why I watch it. There is always something new to learn in the world of soccer. 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

February 8th, 2017

I really enjoyed today, it was Day 6 of Vancouver's cold snap. The final day. Right now it is freezing rain and sometime between now and when I wake up, the temperature will rise above 0 and the freezing rain will turn to just rain.

I got two things accomplished today, I got an email today saying my name was registered to coach softball this summer. I am looking forward to that. It really should keep me busy this spring.

Secondly, I was able to finish my website. That was something I started in December and I have worked off and on with. Not sure exactly how it will fit in my schedule but it is a good step in the right direction. Something that I have procrastinated about for almost two years. At first, it took awhile to figure out what I wanted to do for society.

This evening I was able to watch sports. Two basketball games. 1 College and one NBA. I put $2 on the Raptors winning tonight, that didn't turn out so well but no big deal.

Shoveled snow for maybe the last time this year and then at the end of the day went for a hot tub. Muscles are now relaxed.

I found my HDMI cord I was looking for since August. That was a relief and I'll be able to enjoy College Basketball now.

Things I want to research tomorrow:
Copa Libertadores
How could College Basketball be more competitive 
NHL Mock Draft 
NBA Mock Draft 
Canucks 
Seahawks 

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Bracketology - February 7th

East                                                                                    Midwest 

1 Villinova  
 1 Baylor 
16  UNC Central/Vermont 
 16 Furman / Mt. St. Mary's  
Buffalo 

Indianapolis
8 Kansas State 
 8 SMU
9  Wake Forest 
 9 Seton Hall 
4  Cincinnati 
 4 Virginia 
13 Akron 
 13 Monmouth 
Tulsa
Sacramento
St. Mary's 
 5 Creighton
12 Michigan State 
 12 Bucknell 
3   Arizona 
 3 Butler 
14 North Dakota State 
 14 Princeton  
Buffalo 

Orlando 
6  West Virginia 
 6 Wisconsin 
11 Illinois State 
 11 Georgia Tech  
7 Purdue  
 7 Minnesota
10 TCU
 10 Rhode Island 
Salt Lake City 

Buffalo
2 Oregon 
 2 Kentucky  
15 Texas Southern 
 15 FGCU 
  West 
  South 
1 Gonzaga 
 1 Kansas 
16  UC Davis 
 16 Winthrop 
Salt Lake City 

Indianapolis
8 Oklahoma State 
 8 Notre Dame 
9 Northwestern 
 9 Dayton 
4  UNC 
 4 Maryland  
13 Arkansas State 
 13 Sam Houston State 
Sacramento 
Milwaukee
5 Xavier 
  5 Duke   
12 New Mexico State 
 12 Middle Tennessee 
3 Florida 
  3 UCLA 
14 UNC Wilmington 
 14 Valparaiso 
Milwaukee 

Tulsa
6 South Carolina  
 6 Arkansas 
11 Cal / Iowa State 
11 Michigan /Wichita State  
7  SMU 
 7 USC 
10  Virginia Tech 
 10 Boise State 
Greenville 

Greenville 
2  Florida State 
 2 Louisville  
15 Belmont  
 15 Weber State 



On The Bubble 

Last 4 IN 
Cal 
Michigan 
Wichita State 
Iowa State

First 4 Out
Clemson
Houston
Auburn
Texas Tech


Next 4 Out
Providence
Miami
Syracuse
Marquette