Spring is Here
I'm not completely done and as I get more free time I will make other adjustments.
Here is the old design, for historical purposes:
When Japan meets Cuba on a historic Monday evening in San Diego, what will unfold is something bigger, something grander, something much more fascinating....This is the championship game of the World Baseball Classic. But it's more. It's about two very different cultures colliding. It's about two very different histories colliding.It's straight from NBC's Olympic broadcast playbook. When no one knows the players go for sappy or heartwarming stories. This might work with sports like curling or crew; but when it comes to real everyday mainstream sports, no one that tunes in wants to hear or see a montage about the Latin spice and history of Cuba vs. the Efficient and detailed oriented culture of Japan. Just show us the baseball game that we tuned in to watch please.
Ties shall be broken in the following order of priority:Wait you want me to do math? Confused? Yeah, me too and I actually follow this stuff. I feel like a need engineering paper, a graphing calculator and a Calculus book in order to figure out if Team USA will be able to advance to the next round of competition. Why make it so complicated? "Divided by innings played"? Are you serious? Where is my trusty abacus when I need it. MLB tried to create the same structure that has made World Cup Futbol aka Soccer so popular, by having an international competition at the highest level. But you know what makes the World Cup work; tie-breakers that make sense to a guy with 5 beers in him at a sports bar. Straight from FIFA the Tie-breaking procedure:
- The team that defeated the other tied team head-to-head in a given Round shall be ranked higher in the pool standings for such Round.
- The tied teams shall be ranked in the standings for that Round according to fewest runs allowed divided by the number of innings (including partial innings) played in defense in the games in that Round between the teams tied.
- The tied teams shall be ranked in the standings according to fewest earned runs allowed divided by the number of innings (including partial innings) played in defense in the games in that Round between the teams tied.
- The tied teams shall be ranked in the standings according to highest batting average in games in that Round between the teams tied.
If two or more teams are equal on the basis....their rankings will be determined as follows:See adding numbers and comparing them versus the other teams numbers is pretty easy. Having to do long division while trying to figure out the number of innings played or the combined batting average of a team is INSANE. If this competition dies, it will not be because the product on the field stunk, but rather due to to Math, and that's sad or comical depending on your original view on the WBC.
- Greatest number of points obtained in the group matches between the teams concerned;
- Goal difference resulting from the group matches between the teams concerned;
- Greater number of goals scored in all group matches between the teams concerned;
"Kevin Garnett has had at least 10 rebounds in each of his last 20 games, the longest streak of his career. No NBA player has had a 20-game streak of that kind since Tim Duncan had at least 10 rebounds in 27 consecutive games in the 2003-04 season.WHAT? It's almost impossible to wrap my head around numbers like "467 consecutive 10-rebound games". I guess the lesson is; remember to keep things in perspective.....and Wilt's numbers will squash everyone elses times 10.
However, Garnett would need to play nearly six years to tie the record for such a streak: Wilt Chamberlain had 467 consecutive 10-rebound games from 1963-68."
Inter Milan beat Afc Ajax 1-0. Advancing to the Quarter Finals of the UEFA Championship League, where they will play Villarreal CF. The 1-0 result does not show that the game was dominated from start to finish by Inter, Ajax seemed lost through most of the game. In the first match Ajax jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Inter came furiously back to tie the match, apparently Ajax never recovered from blowing that lead and seemed to never have shown up in Milan to play this game. Inter showed no mercy however for their foe from the Netherlands, and stayed on attack mode throughout the game, even though they had many goal possibilities, they only needed the 1-0 result to advance.