Category Archives: Sports

The Quirks Of Gambling On Professional Wrestling…..

He, he, he…..

I just HAD to post this from deadspin…..

How could ANYONE gamble on Professional Wrestling???

Barry Petchesky — Since the dawn of time, it’s been mankind’s dream to own the Sports Almanac from Back To The Future Part II. If one could know the result of a sporting event beforehand, one could make untold riches by gambling on it. While the Novikov self-consistency principle — or perhaps Calvinism — means this can’t happen, what if you could wager on an event with a predetermined outcome? Welcome to the world of betting on pro wrestling.

A “soap opera that entertains millions,” Linda McMahon said of the WWE. You won’t find a place to bet on whether Stefano’s evil plan will succeed on Days of Our Lives, but thousands of people were able to put money on The Miz retaining his WWE championship against John Cena at WrestleMania. (One early line had The Miz at +700, so if you believed in him, you made out all right Sunday.) But there’s one indisputable fact: There are a certain number of people who knew for sure that The Miz would win…..

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UConn beats Butler in the NCAA Mens College Basketball Championship 53 to 41….

(Ronald Martinez / Getty Images)
The Huskies shake off a slow start to win the championship at Reliant Stadium in Houston. Connecticut holds Butler to 18% shooting, the lowest in a tournament final.
From the LA Times….

 

Why Experts Get It Wrong…..

I love this !…..

So true…..

Experts are aways right…..Except….

When they are wrong…..


From James Warren over @The Atlantic….

“Knowing Too Much: Expertise Induced False Recall Effects in Product Comparison,” to be published shortly in the Journal of Consumer Research, is specifically about consumer products and why we err in buying into expert opinion. But when I tracked down Mehta, he suggested that the Final Four blunders are of a piece with research co-authored with Joandrea Hoegg and Amitav Chakravarti, associate professors of marketing in the graduate business schools at the University of British Columbia and New York University, respectively.

“There is a blanket assumption that knowledge and expertise are always good,” Mehta says. “What we show is that it’s not always true. Expertise is a double-edge sword.”

There is no shortage of popular literature from various fields, including foreign affairs and business, about smart people making dumb mistakes. David Halberstam’s “The Best and the Brightest” remains a primer on botched government decision-making by experts; namely, how key aides to Presidents John Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson, most of them products of an American academic and social elite, got us into the mess of the Vietnam War.

And, for sure, there is previous academic literature suggesting that experts can fall prey to false memories, and thus make false comparisons and inferences, precisely because of their greater-than-average memories of specific subjects…..

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The Final Four NCAA Mens College Basketball Champioship….

 Interactive bracket and a searchable database of NCAA tournament history since 1985

“If you knew you were never going to play in the NBA,” the Bulldogs’ junior guard was asked Friday, “do you think it would mean more to you to win a national championship than it would for another player who knew he would play in the NBA after college?”

“It’s interesting, I’ve never thought about that,” Mack said. “I guess, if you knew you would never play at a higher level in basketball than college, it would probably mean more to the player who never played in the NBA. But it’s a tough one, because you don’t know.

“What do you think?”

I think this is why America needs to root for the Butler-Virginia Commonwealth winner to cut down the nets Monday night at Reliant Stadium.

This is why everyone not connected toKentucky or Connecticut — or related to John Calipari or Jim Calhoun — should hope for either VCU or Butler to become the first truly mid-major program to raise the championship trophy in the modern era. It’s the only way it should end, so either school can stunningly complete one of the most unheralded runs in sports since “U-S-A! U-S-A!” happened three decades ago in Lake Placid.

Connecticut’s Kemba Walker will play in the NBA; VCU’s Joey Rodriguez will not.

Kentucky freshman Brandon Knight will almost certainly play in dozens of important games on the next level after Saturday night; Butler’s roster, to a man, most likely will not……

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NIKE ZOOM HYPERFUSE 2011 “EGGPLANT”….

From Nicekicks….

Nike Zoom Hyperfuse 2011 “Eggplant”

The “Eggplant” color scheme has shown up on a multitude of Nike models such as the Air Pippen II, the Foamposite One, and the 1/2 Cent among others. Nike shows no signs of slowing down with this color scheme as we have now spotted a possible, upcoming “Eggplant” Nike Zoom …

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BRING ‘EM BACK: AIR JORDAN 7 “FRENCH BLUE”……

From Nicekicks….

Bring ‘em Back: Air Jordan 7 “French Blue”

Welcome to Nice Kicks’ newest and most self explanatory column, Bring ’em Back. Every week we’ll highlight a pair of sneakers that simply need to come back. Saturday’s Air Jordan 7 “Orion Blue” drop has us yearning for a re-release of another blue-hue AJ7. The Air Jordan 7 “French Blue” …

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Laura Vikmanis, Oldest NFL Cheerleader, Gets Film….

From Huffington Post….

And the 42 year old lady is a mom of two children….

You go girl!

Laura Vikmanis

At 42 years old, Laura Vikmanis is the NFL’s oldest cheerleader. A registered dietician, trainer and mom of teenagers who set her mind to making the squad and joined the Cincinnati Bengals’ Ben-Gals squad in 2009, Vikmanis serves as a guide for her younger cheerleading teammates. If it sounds like a Hollywood film, well, it soon will be.

New Line Cinema has picked up the rights to Vikmanis’ story, The Hollywood Reporterreports, with “Gnomeo and Juliet” writers Emily Cook and Kathy Greenberg set to translate her life to a film script. It’s a story that has already been documented in the national press.

“I was at a point in my life where I was like, ‘What do I really want to do? What’s something in my life that makes me happy?’ ” Vikmanis told her local Dayton Daily News in 2009. “I went to a couple games and saw the cheerleaders and thought that looked really, really fun.”

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NCAA March Madness Update…First Duke, Then Ohio…Now Kansas falls!

 

Kansas' Marcus Morris (22) and Markieff Morris stand by as VCU's Toby Veal celebrates a basket in the Rams' upset of Tyshawn Taylor (below) and the Jayhawks in the Elite Eight.

Kansas’ Marcus Morris (22) and Markieff Morris stand by as VCU’s Toby Veal celebrates a basket in the Rams’ upset of Tyshawn Taylor (below) and the Jayhawks in the Elite Eight…..

(Gutierrez/AP)

From the New York Daily News….

Jamie Skeen scored 26 points and 11th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth is crashing the Final Four after the upset of the NCAA tournament, shocking No. 1 seed Kansas 71-61 on Sunday.

So doubtful were the Rams of even making the tournament that they didn’t watch the selection show. Two weeks later, they’re Houston-bound after an incredible takedown of the last No. 1 seed.

ELITE EIGHT BOX SCORE: RAMS 71, JAYHAWKS 61

It’s George Mason all over again, and VCU had an even tougher Final Four path than their tiny conference brethren in 2006…..

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This stuff is tough on the brackets, eh people?

 

Obama leads in March Madness picks….

After a weekend’s worth of basketball, the president’s picks are among the most prescient, after two rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.

Obama’s picks rank at the 99th percentile on ESPN.com, and he leads a pool including his bracket and the picks of other members of Congress whose brackets were collected by The Hill. 

Following Sunday night’s games, Obama’s bracket had earned the most points, putting him, respectively, ahead of Sens. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.), Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), John McCain (R-Ariz.), Mark Warner (D-Va.), Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) and Pat Toomey (R-Pa)…..

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Sunday, March 20 2011

NCAA Third Round – Charlotte, NC
7Washington 

(24-11)
83
86
Final
NCAA Third Round – Charlotte, NC
8Michigan 

(21-14)
71
1Duke 

(32-4)
73
Final011 

 

 

Check for your teams scores here…..

NCAA March Madness results for 3/18/11….

From the Washington Post…..

More results here….

NCAA Tournament Scoreboard

Regional – Round 2
Final12T
384381
463985
Preview | BoxscoreRecap
LeadersOaklandTexas
PointsR. Hamilton 25J. Brown 21
ReboundsK. Benson 112 tied with 10
AssistsR. Hamilton 53 tied with 3
Regional – Round 2
Final12T
291645
334275
Preview | BoxscoreRecap
LeadersTennesseeMichigan
PointsT. Harris 19Z. Novak 14
ReboundsT. Harris 5Z. Novak 10
AssistsC. Tatum 4D. Morris 9

 

NIKE AIR GRIFFEY MAX II “FRESH WATER” RELEASE DATE…

From Nicekicks….

Nike Air Griffey Max II “Fresh Water” Release Date

The Kid’s kicks have long been favorites in the sneaker community, especially his first two Nikes to bear the Swingman logo. The Air Griffey Max II has long been clamored for, but news didn’t break until recently that it would be returning later this year. Rejoice was read all over …

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Morehead State Shocks No. 4 Louisville In NCAA Tournament’s First Major Upset….

Louisville was too small and young…..

Morehead State Advances In NCAA Bracket After Upsetting Louisville

Morehead State’s basketball program had not defeated Louisville since 1957. On Thursday in Denver, though, Kenneth Faried led his 13-seed Eagles to a shocking 62-61 upset of their in-state rival.

With 30 seconds remaining, Morehead State was down, 61-57. But Faried, a notoriously poor free-throw shooter, was sent to the line and managed to sink both attempts. After Louisville’s Elisha Justice, who helped swing momentum earlier with a huge three-pointer, missed his free throw, the Eagles’ Demonte Harper drained the go-ahead three-pointer with the shot clock turned off.

Faried struggled a bit from the field with 4-for-17 shooting, but he left his mark all over Friday’s game. The senior pulled down 17 from the glass to help the Eagles win the rebound battle. His most crucial contribution, however, may have been his last-second block of Louisville’s Mike Marra to seal the win. There was contact between Faried and Marra, but upon replay, it appeared to be a better no-call than upon first witnessing.