Sunday, February 17, 2019

Bracketology - February 17th

East                                                                                    Midwest 
1 Duke
 1 Virginia 
16  Norfolk State / Radford
 16  Hofstra  /  St. Francis 
Columbia
Columbia  
8 Ole Miss 
 8 Washington 
9  Oklahoma 
 9  St. John's 
4 Va Tech 
 4 Purdue  
13 Canisius 
 13 Northern Kentucky 
Hartford 
Columbus
5 Wisconsin 
 5 Florida State 
12 Texas State 
 12 Illinois Chicago 
3   Kentucky 
 3 LSU 
14 South Dakota State 
 14 Yale 
Tulsa  
Salt Lake
6  Villanova 
 6 Minnesota 
11 Texas  
 11 Seton Hall 
7 Mississippi State 
7 Cincinnati 
10 Syracuse  
 10 Auburn 
Milwaukee 
Jacksonville 
2  Michigan 
 2 UNC 
15 Montana 
 15 Vermont 
  South 
  West 
1 Tennessee 
 1 Gonzaga 
16  UC Irvine 
 16 Prairie View 
Jacksonville
San Jose 
8 Florida State
 8 TCU 
9 Alabama 
 9 NC state 
4 Iowa 
 4 Marquette 
13 San Fransisco / Clemson 
 13 UCF
Columbus 
Tulsa 
5 Kansas State 
  5 Texas Tech 
12 Old Dominion 
 12 Davidson 
3  Houston 
  3 Nevada 
14 Sam Houston State
 14 New Mexico State 
Salt Lake
San Jose
6  Maryland 
6 Louisville 
11 Temple/ Baylor 
11 VCU 
7  Buffalo 
 7 Iowa State 
10 Ohio State 
 10  Wofford 
Columbus 
Tulsa 
2  Kansas 
 2 Michigan State 
15 Liberty 
 15 Bucknell
On The Bubble 
Last 4 IN 
San Fransisco
Temple
Baylor
Clemson

First For In
Nebraska
Utah State
Oregon State 
Creighton


Next for In
ASU 
Arkansas
Belmont
Drake 

Friday, February 15, 2019

2015 Was the Beginning of the End for Memphis

I have reflected on a lot lately. I have been out of University for almost four years now and things have been getting wild. I don't even know where to begin sometimes. My emotions take me far away from where I want to be and then I end up falling short of my goals.

In May of 2015,  the Memphis Grizzlies were 2-1 up on the Golden State Warriors and things went south from there for the Grizzlies and my life. For me this sucked because I was a die-hard Vancouver Grizzlies fan from back in the day. I was 21 at the time. However, I have cerebral Palsy so things click in to my brain about 2-5 years after everyone else.

That hasn't stopped me from being a huge sports fan and having a blog that I am proud of. Unfortunately, things didn't go our way. I regret being so emotional those two weeks and even that calendar year that I didn't enjoy that year.

After a long few years of trying to get back on my feet, I feel really good about myself right now. Similarity, the Grizzlies took a huge first step into rebuilding when they traded Marc Gasol earlier this month. I had been calling for this for about the last two years and I really think we got pretty fair return.

If you think about it, we turned Pau Gasol into Marc and now Marc Gasol into a younger version of Marc and two other players plus a future second round pick.

They still need a bit of a makeover. I doubt Mike Conley wins another playoff round in Memphis so they need a couple of franchise players to elevate them to where they were between 2011-2015.

The beginning of the end was May 11th 2015 and it has gone south since. Personally, I'm disappointed that things didn't happen sooner.

I'm doing better emotionally. I'm looking forward to the next year to see where it takes me but for lack of better word I feel like I have my Ducks in a row way better than I did in previous years.

Monday, February 4, 2019

Bracketology - February 5th

East                                                                                    Midwest 
1 Virginia
 1 Duke
16  Norfolk State / Radford
 16  Hofstra  /  Robert Morris 
Columbia
Columbia  
8 Cincinnati 
 8 Iowa State
9  Ole Miss 
 9  Syracuse 
4 Auburn 
 4 Texas Tech 
13 Rider 
 13 Northern Kentucky 
Hartford 
Columbus
5 Buffalo
 5 Maryland 
12 Georgia State 
 12 Illinois State 
3   Kentucky 
 3 Va Tech 
14 South Dakota State 
 14 Princeton 
Tulsa  
Salt Lake
6  Kansas State 
 6 Miss State 
11 San Fransisco / UCF 
 11 Seton Hall 
7 LSU
7 Washington 
10 Ohio State 
 10 Nebraska  
Milluakee 
Tulsa
2  Michigan 
 2 UNC 
15 Montana 
 15 Vermont 
  West 
  South 
1 Tennessee 
 1 Michigan State
16  UC Irvine 
 16 Prairie View 
Jacksonville
Columbus
8 Florida State
 8 TCU 
9 Minnesota
 9 Indiana 
4 Iowa 
 4 Houston 
13 Bowling Green 
 13 Murray State
Columbus 
Tulsa 
5 Oklahoma 
  5 Villanova 
12 Old Dominion 
 12 Davidson 
3  Marquette 
  3 Nevada 
14 Sam Houston State
 14 New Mexico State 
Salt Lake
San Jose
6  Purdue 
6 Louisville 
11 Temple/ Baylor 
11 Wofford
7  NC State 
 7 Wisconsin
10 St. John's 
 10  Belmont 
San Jose  
Jacksonville
2  Gonzaga 
 2 Kansas
15 Lipscomb 
 15 Bucknell
On The Bubble 
Last 4 IN 
San Fransisco
Alabama
Seton Hall
Ohio State

First For In
UNC Greensboro
VCU
Clemson
Creighton


Next for In
Utah State
Arkansas
Oregon State


Yale

Monday, January 28, 2019

What Will TSN Show Next Year?

Soccer is the most popular sport around the world and things will get more interesting next year when the EPL moves from basic cable to Dazn a streaming platform that is only available through internet access.

My concern is that I feel like the general public doesn't know about this yet. The ramifications of the move are still unknown. I'm curious to know who will stay and who will make the move.

The key answer to this question will be determined by what TSN and Sportsnet show instead. Only thing I can think of is Sportsnet covering the German top tier as Fox Sports 1 does south of the
border. As for TSN, they could show College Gameday on all four regional channels but I don't think tjhat's the safest bet.

I would love to speculate on what TSN should show but my heart has been broken too many times from speculating on what they should add since the advent of TSN2 in 2008.

The thing is, nothing much is happening in the sports world between the hours of 7am-noon Toronto time. There's always that or another sports league....

Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
1 Spain Spain 106.998 4
2 England England 79.605
3 Italy Italy 76.249
4 Germany Germany 71.427
5 France France 56.415 3
6 Russia Russia 53.382
7 Portugal Portugal 47.248 2
8 Ukraine Ukraine 41.133
9 Belgium Belgium 38.500
10 Turkey Turkey 35.800
11 Austria Austria 32.850
12 Switzerland Switzerland 30.200
13 Czech Republic Czech Republic 30.175
14 Netherlands Netherlands 29.749
15 Greece Greece 28.600
16 Croatia Croatia 26.000 1
17 Denmark Denmark 25.950
18 Israel Israel 21.750
19 Cyprus Cyprus 21.550
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
20 Romania Romania 20.450 1
21 Poland Poland 20.125
22 Sweden Sweden 19.975
23 Azerbaijan Azerbaijan 19.125
24 Bulgaria Bulgaria 19.125
25 Serbia Serbia 18.750
26 Scotland Scotland 18.625
27 Belarus Belarus 18.625
28 Kazakhstan Kazakhstan 18.125
29 Norway Norway 17.425
30 Slovenia Slovenia 14.500
31 Liechtenstein Liechtenstein 13.000 0
32 Slovakia Slovakia 12.125 1
33 Moldova Moldova 10.000
34 Albania Albania 8.500
35 Iceland Iceland 8.250
36 Hungary Hungary 8.125
37 Republic of Macedonia Macedonia 7.500
Rank Association Coeff. Teams Notes
38 Finland Finland 6.900 1
39 Republic of Ireland Republic of Ireland 6.700
40 Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina 6.625
41 Latvia Latvia 5.625
42 Estonia Estonia 5.500
43 Lithuania Lithuania 5.375
44 Montenegro Montenegro 5.000
45 Georgia (country) Georgia 5.000
46 Armenia Armenia 4.875
47 Malta Malta 4.500
48 Luxembourg Luxembourg 4.375
49 Northern Ireland Northern Ireland 4.250
50 Wales Wales 3.875
51 Faroe Islands Faroe Islands 3.750
52 Gibraltar Gibraltar 3.000
53 Andorra Andorra 1.331
54 San Marino San Marino 0.499
55 Kosovo Kosovo 0.000


I can't be sure what the rules are in getting a TV contract but I know Spain and France have games on Bein Sports but it is only on 1-2 games a week. SN has the German league and I believe Italy is owned by DAZN as well.

The next best league on the list is the Russian league. Well it would be interesting and personally I would get hooked, I'm not sure that the rest of Canada would be.

I think it would be cool if one of the networks created like a Red-zone channel in football and showed live goals from the rest of Europe. This way we would be able to keep track of the top teams in the smaller leagues.

There will also be a Canadian Premier League starting this April. However, this would be able to take place later on in the day. It is a seven team league. Schedule or TV contract has not been reached yet. 

More on this later...