2018 NBA Playoff Picks

S.Samek

Taking a look at the chase for an NBA title, here are my selections for each round and the champion.

Eastern Conference

round one
(1) Toronto Raptors vs. (8) Washington Wizards
(2) Boston Celtics vs. (7) Milwaukee Bucks
(3) Philadelphia 76ers vs. (6) Miami Heat
(4) Cleveland Cavaliers vs. (5) Indiana Pacers

round two
(1) Toronto Raptors vs. (4) Cleveland Cavaliers
(2) Boston Celtics vs. (3) Philadelphia 76ers

Round three
(1) Toronto Raptors vs (2) Boston Celtics

Western Conference

Round one

(1) Houston Rockets vs. (8) Minnesota Timberwolves
(2) Golden State Warriors vs. (7) San Antonio Spurs
(3) Portland Trail Blazers vs. (6) New Orleans Pelicans
(4) Oklahoma City Thunder vs. (5) Utah Jazz

Round two
(1) Houston Rockets vs. (4) Oklahoma City Thunder
(2) Golden State Warriors vs. (3) Portland Trail Blazers

Round three
(1) Houston Rockets vs. (2) Golden State Warriors

Finals
Golden State over Boston 6 games.

 

 

 

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Tebow Update

S.Samek

Last year we talked about Tim Tebow trying to become a professional baseball player.

Tebow’s quest is still going on. This season he is with the double-a Binghamton Rumble Ponies.

 

This is even after a season in which he did not fare well statistically. He hit .26 overall at two levels of a ball last year. He hit .220 at the low a level. He did hit eight home runs and drove in 52 runs during the year though, but still the numbers don’t really stand out.

 

Tebow isn’t listed in the Mets top 30 prospect list. Now while this may not mean much, it does mean that he isn’t someone to watch for preforming well. He isn’t even among the top 30 in a system with a couple hundred prospects. Making Tebow at best number 31. That wouldn’t get him a roster spot on the standard 25 man roster.

 

He maybe at best a slot on the extended 40-man roster. Yet he remains absent on the current edition of that.

 

Age isn’t on Tebow’s side either. He’s 30, which is old for double –a. It’s old to be still considered a prospect. Maybe not if he was being stored at triple-a for depth as a veteran player, but Tebow’s never even reached the majors. Making it just another waste of roster space the Mets are using with Tebow.

 
It is about attendance numbers though. Tebow had teams marking their calendars for his appearances. Fans flocked to the gates to see him. This trend should continue this season.

 

 
I still think Tebow needs to quit. Go be an analyst or something. Give another hard working young kid a chance to make it to the majors.

 

 

NHL Playoff Picks 2018

S.Samek

Here are my picks for the Stanly cup playoffs.

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Tampa Bay vs. WC New Jersey

No. 2 Boston vs. No. 3 Toronto

No. 1 Washington vs. WC Columbus

No. 2 Pittsburgh vs. No. 3 Philadelphia

Round two

TB-Bos

Wash-Pitt

Round three

TB-Pitt

Western Conference

No. 1 Nashville vs. WC Colorado

No. 2 Winnipeg vs. No. 3 Minnesota

No. 1 Las Vegas vs. WC Los Angeles

No. 2 Anaheim vs. No. 3 San Jose

Second round

LV– San
Nash-WIN

Third round

LV-Nash

Stanly Cup Finals

Pitt-LV

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet 16 2018 Bracket.

S.Samek

Well my indent was to go round by round with my bracket picks. However  after round one I just said to heck with it after my bracket was busted.

So I went with an idea based off ESPN and have a second chance Bracket. These are my picks for the sweet 16 all the way to the finals.

South
9Kansas State
5Kentucky

11Loyola-Chicago
7Nevada

Then In Kentucky Loyola-Chicago game I’M taking The Wildcats.

Kentucky is the south region champ.

West
9Florida State
4Gonzaga

3Michigan
7Texas A&M

In the west we see another seven and another nine seed still alive. Yet I’m sticking with the best seed still in with Michigan to advance to the final four.

 

East
1Villanova
5West Virginia

3Texas Tech
2Purdue

This is the most exciting part of the bracket to watch by seeding. Upsets haven’t ravaged this bracket. Yet I think the kings of this region are coming in with the highest seed. WVU takes a trip to the final four via some country roads.

Midwest
1Kansas
5Clemson

11Syracuse
2Duke

This is a bracket of powerhouses. Each of these games should be close. Yet I think Kansas stands tall  as the only one seed to make a final four.

I’m then taking Kansas to win it all. They dispatch WVU and Kentucky to do so.

 

 

EU LCS Week Nine Recap

S.Samek

With a wide-open playoff race the EULCS entered week nine. Here’s what went down on the rift.

 
In the first match of the day FC Schelke beat H2K to keep alive in the playoff race.
Roccat then took on Misfits. Roccat showed why they have been on a roll recently. They scored a near perfect game with a 9-1 kill score. Memento led the way with a 4/0/5 stat line with Sejuni. The loss all but ended Misfits chance at playoffs.

 
Next up was Splyce vs. Vitality. It looked like Splyce was going to take it, but Vitality stole a win here.

 
Giants played number one team Fnatic, but I didn’t see it.

 
Then G2 took on the Unicorns of Love in the final match on day one. G2 looked like a team still on the decline in the early game. However, the Unicorns coun’t hold the led and fell to G2. This put the Unicorns out of the playoffs for the first time ever.

 
Day two started with H2K challenging Roccat. This was a fairly even match. H2K came away with it though to earn a spot in playoffs.

 
Unicorns of Love then took on Misfits, with nothing on the line. Though it seemed like Deja vu for UOL. They held a 3-0 led, but coun’t finish it off. Misfits took it thanks to some strong skills in team fights.

 
G2 and Vitality fought in a heavy weight matchup. It was close throughout the entire contest, yet G2 took the game thanks to some late game dominance.
Though it was funny to see Vitality support Jacotroll rack up nine deaths with Tahm Kench. I felt bad for him for such a rough outing. G2 earned a match up against Splyce for second place after the win.

 
Fnatic and Schelke did battle in the last match of the regular season. Schelke needed a win to stay in contention. Fnatic was just playing to finish out the season, being on top no matter what. Fnatic ran away with this one early and often. Just adding to their dominance this season.

 
Fnatic adc carry Rekkles looked good in this one going 6/0/3 with a Tristana. I ‘m super impressed with his play the past two, or three weeks and am wondering if there’s any player better in Europe at this time.

 
The final match was a tiebreaker with G2 and Splyce for second seed. This one was a back and forth even match. G2 got a led late game and ran away with it securing the victory. Giving them an extra bye in the playoffs.

 
So, there you have it. An action-packed weekend of matches. Stay tuned for the playoffs to see who wins the spring split.

 

2018 MILB Pace of Play Rules

S.Samek

Starting in 2018 Minor League baseball will have some changes to pace of play. The goal to make games shorter.

 
Games going into extra innings will start with a runner on second base. Mound visits will be limited as well with the number going down as you increase in level. There will also be a 15 second pitch timer.

 
I like the pitch timer and mound visit change. Let the pitchers pitch and see if they can get out of jams themselves. Especially at the higher levels, which is something they need to work on before reaching the show. Mound visits do take a while and cutting down on them should help.

 
I do hope the clock also cuts down on throws to first looking for pickoffs. Those are annoying if done so many times in a row.

 
Now I’m not a fan of the starting with a runner on base. It feels like a little league rule. If you want to get on base you have to earn it. That’s the point of the game. This kind of feels like each team touches the ball in college football overtime rule. I just don’t really like it. Makes it easier to score and if both teams start with the runner they can both score just as easily and keep extending the game.

 
Though it does increase the chances for walk off wins if the home team stops the visitors from scoring in the top of the inning. People love walk-offs so that could be cool.
I understand baseball is a long game and people don’t like the length.

 

Yet its what baseball has that’s different from other sports. Some games are longer, some shorter as there is no clock. Extra innings means more baseball. More baseball is good for the fans You get more for your money and people like that.

 
It’s an interesting set of rules. I’ll have to keep updated if they actually make games shorter.

UMBC

S.Samek

Well it’s called March madness for a reason.

 
UMBC, That’s the University of Maryland Baltimore County out of the America East conference has done the unthinkable. Took down a one seed as a 16 seed. First time this has ever happened.

 

They didn’t win a close one, or lucky one either. Nope a no doubter 20-point win. Just to be sure you remember them.

 
So, congratulations on a historic win. Congrats again on screwing over like every bracket in America.

I do really think this is a fluke. I like how they are 10-point underdogs in a match with Kansas State. While the win was impressive I don’t see K State underestimating them. So really this upset was a fairly moot point. Granted it could be seen as a starting point, or an exceeds expectations type of season. Yet if you don’t win it all why does it matter.

So, celebrate, then get out of the tournament. Stop messing up more brackets. This was a lucky victory that no one expected, but don’t bet the house on another one.