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    Sunday, April 01, 2007  
    Sports: Semifinals
    One of two picks correct for the semifinals. I'm done though -- nothing left to get correct. I'm out with 1060 points and 74,455 of 314,209 place (and only to drop).

    UCLA wasn't even competitive with Florida. Life goes on.

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    Sunday, March 25, 2007  
    Sports: Day 8
    Oregon lost. And TiVo decided I wanted to watch something else instead of the last 5 minutes of the game. Seeing the score was all I really needed. My hope of placing high in any bracket contest is over. Still at 900 of 1280 points but fell to 67,172th overall at FoxSports. 20%. So much for being in the top 3%.

    Expect the place to fall even more next weekend after the Final Four.

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    Saturday, March 24, 2007  
    Sports: Day 7
    UCLA and Ohio State won today. 2 for 2! Points: 900 of 1120. Global Rank: 9,061 of 314,000 (top 3%). Tomorrow I will drop though as I can only win 1 of the 2 games. Go DUCKS! About 21% in the top 100 have Oregon. So I suspect that I'll still be at 900 after tomorrow.

    If I'd gone for the #1 or #2 seed to win in the East... actually, looking at the bracket, I have the #1 losing to the #3 in the round of 8 and the #3 beating #2 in the round of 16 so there wasn't a lot I could have done. My #3 (Washington State) just didn't win. And a normal year has someone other than a #1 going to the final four.

    Record of seeds in Final Four. 1993 was the last year it was #1s and #2s in the Final. But with Oregon (#3) being picked to win, I perhaps could have let another #1 into the finals. Bah! And if I had, it would have been upset city.

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    Sports: Day 6
    2 of 4 yesterday. UNC almost lost to USC, which would have helped Sophia at work. Florida was down by 20 and still came back to win. So I'm at 740 of 960 points and now ranked 31,711 of 314,209.

    I need UCLA and Ohio State to win their games today. But neither of those victories will be that unusual to advance me too far. And then tomorrow I need Oregon to win, which may actually help. And next week I have Oregon and Ohio State winning to meet in the finals. Go DUCKS!

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    Friday, March 23, 2007  
    Sports: Day 5
    Bracket watch... 4 of 4! Woot! And that pushes me up to 4,218th (top 1.4%) in the FoxSports Challenge with 660 of 800 points. UCLA, Kansas, Ohio St, and Memphis all won.

    Today the best I can expect is to be 2 of 4. I had Maryland and Washington State winning. And I might lose my champion Oregon to UNLV. So I will very likely drop. I am hoping for a Florida upset by #5 Butler (to help knockout lots of other folks.)

    In Sophia's bracket at work, I have #5 USC winning or UNC. She's suggested I focus on that bracket because there is money involved. Both have Oregon winning. Go DUCKS!

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    Sunday, March 18, 2007  
    Sports: Day 4
    6 of 8 is pretty good. One of the wrong picks was the result of Arizona losing in the first round. Then Virginia lost to Tennessee in a close game.

    Picking #7 UNLV looks genious. Go Mountain West! The rest were obvious or coin flips.

    I'm currently at 500/640 points with a potential maximum of 1620. That is in the top 5% at FoxSports (14,000 of 314,000)

    Looking forward to next week: I can only correctly pick 6 of 8 in the Sweet 16 and 3 of 4 going to the Final Four. That's theory. Should be some great basketball.

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    Saturday, March 17, 2007  
    Sports: Day 3
    This is the start of the interesting round. Monkeys pick 4 of 8. I picked 6 of 8. Maryland lost; and that makes one final eight out. Washington St lost; and that makes one final four out. A huge risk on Washington State that problaby shouldn't have been taken. No time to worry. Maryland ( a #4 ) lost to a #5. Coin flip. But the Washington St team should have kept going given their #3 seed.

    Pitt and UCLA advanced as expected in the West. UNC, Texas A&M, Ohio St, and Georgetown all won.

    I have 380 points of 480 with a potential total of 1640. On Foxsports, I'm #39,495 of 300,000. Not quite top 10%.

    I should be good if tomorrow is another 6 of 8. I had Florida (#1) losing. I have #2 Wisconsin losing to UNLV. And USC (#5) upsetting Texas (#4). So 4 of 8 is possible.

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    Sports: Day 2
    So what did day 2 bring...

    Arizona lost to Purdue; I think the theory goes that Arizona always loses in the first round. And I had them winning 2. Villanova lost to Kentucky; so much for the folks that thought Kentucky was overrated. Amd the rest of the 14 games were winners? Woot

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    Thursday, March 15, 2007  
    Sports: Day1
    Every year, everyone thinks they will pick the champion. 64 teams. Maybe 16 legitimate contenders (seeds 1-4 x4). So only 16 of 32 games in the first round up for a cointoss. But the bracket isn't always so generous. And the second round gets even crazier.

    16 games played and Sophia no longer has her champion and one other final four pick is out. She has in fact almost lost half to possible points. Granted, everyone on the teams that lost feel like they should have won. So hopefully she will feel less bad because she didn't spend the last year dreaming of a chance at the championship.

    My bracket is hanging together. Four incorrect guesses. But none of the losers were supposed to advance beyond the next round. 1880/1920 potential points left. I have no doubt that my time will come for the bracket to collapse though. See the first paragraph -- flipping a coin I should have been able to do just as well today. It wasn't like I had a genious strategy.

    So here is my summary: Duke lost to VCU; I can't even say I know who VCU is. But given the way Duke played all year, they were a potentially for upset. I picked Gonzaga over Indiana incorrectly. Not an upset by seeds. BYU lost to Xavier by 2 points; I picked them because they are in the Mountain West -- like San Diego State. But BYU was an 8 seed, so losing to a #9 isn't something out of the ordinary. And I incorrectly picked Texas Tech to beat Boston College because I thought Bobby Knight would manage a victory.

    Go Oregon! Go UCLA!

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    Sports: NIT vs NCAA
    The San Diego Aztecs made it into the NIT. Strangely, there seems to be little of the hype surrounding this tournament. Very few if any brackets. Very little if any media. Go Aztecs -- who advanced to the second round last night with a win over Missouri State (74-70). Their next game is Monday against Syracuse.

    And why aren't my friends March Mad? No one else filled in a bracket (except Sophia). No worries, that means I'll come in second. But I don't have to worry about being overtaken by the frenzy this weekend -- going to the desert.

    I have Oregon winning the NCAAs. And a strong Pac10 showing with UCLA and Washington State all making it to the final four.


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    Tuesday, February 13, 2007  
    Football: Chargers fire the Coach
    Marty Schottenheimer no longer coaches the San Diego Chargers. Who cares? Well -- it is good news because apparently he can't win playoff games. It is bad news because the team lost most of its coaches to other teams already and so next year is likely going to be a rebuilding year. The team says the reason was dysfunctional relationships within the organization; someone should tell the GM and coach to grow up and work out their differences. Which coach would accept the position now, knowing that the GM is a bully?

    I nearly made it through the year without watching football. I caugt a couple of Charger games on Tivo and watched some of the playoffs and the SuperBowl. Part of the reason was that the Chargers were doing so well -- is it my obligation as a citizen of SD to watch and cheer? I suspect it may be a little easier next year to have other plans on Sunday.


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    Saturday, February 10, 2007  
    Sports: Rugby 7s
    International Rugby came to San Diego this weekend with the Sevens World Series. 16 nations, 44 games, and all in our backyard (actually Petco). The last time there was international rugby in San Diego was 1980 (according to the paper.) New Zealand and Fiji have won all seven of the previous series and so they are the favorites along with Samoa and South Africa.

    My parents and I went to watch the games today. We saw New Zealand beat Canada, France take Chile, England deny USA, a great game between Kenya and Australia, Fiji dismantle West Indies, Scotland battle past Argentina, and South Africa topple Tonga. The weather was great, the crowd fairly enthusiastic. More people ought to go Sunday and next year. It was a fun event.

    At the end of the day, the USA team managed a victory over Kenya but didn't advance to the second round. The standings:

    Pool A: Fiji (3/0), Scotland (2/1), Argentina (1/2), West Indies (0/3)
    Pool B: Samoa (3/0), South Africa (2/1), Tonga (1/2), Portugal (0/3)
    Pool C: Australia (2/1), England (2/1), USA (1/2), Kenya (1/2)
    Pool D: New Zealand (3/0), France (2/1), Chile (1/2), Canada (0/3)

    We went today instead of Sunday because there was some threat of rain. The top two teams from each pool advance to a traditional winners advance bracket. The quarterfinals start at 11:30, the semifinals at 3:30, and the finals are at 5:30. Everyone else still gets to compete for standings (with 20 games in total scheduled.)

    The series locations this year: Dubai, South Africa, New Zealand, San Diego, Hong Kong, Australia, England, and Scotland. New Zealand and South Africa are tied on top of the series at 48, followed by Fiji, England, Somoa, then France.


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    Saturday, January 20, 2007  
    Sports: Rugby at Petco
    The International Rugby Sevens World Series will have its USA event in San Diego Feb 10-11. 16 nations and 44 matches in 2 days. The games are 7 minutes halfs and the description of 7 man rugby is that it is fast and athletic. The first game is at 10am and the last one starts around 6pm. I'm planning on going. Interested?


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    Sports: NCAA Basketball
    Besides already going to our first game together this year (UCLA vs Humboldt), I was hoping we would get to another game. SDSU or University of San Diego? I imagine we can walk in to any game except again Gonzaga and get 12-14 tickets at USD. The tickets are $20 for SDSU and won't be as close. As my parents are now just a hop, skip, and jump from USD, it may be time to introduce them to Toreros sports!


    Potential dates: Tues Feb 6 - SDSU vs AirForce


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    Monday, January 15, 2007  
    Sports: Chargers Choke
    I think the headline explains it. Foolish penalities, 1 interceptions, 2 fumbles, a muffed punt, potentially bad play-calling, and certainly one too few stops from the defense. Should the Chargers have won? That's why games are played on the field and not on paper. The better prepared team won. And Marty Schottenheimer is now 5-13 in the playoffs. I'd say blame the coach this time.


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    Monday, October 30, 2006  
    I haven't really been paying that much attention to the NFL this season. The Chargers and Broncos are tied at 5-2. The Chiefs looks like they wouldn't be competitive like the Raiders but both teams are trying to fight back into the race.

    My plan was do something on Sunday instead of watching football. I've been pretty good at it. But as the season moves along, it will be harder. Except for the fact that we are going to be so busy there may not be any time for football.

    Go Chargers.

    However, sports probably don't deserve our loyalty given the example of the Padres. They let their manager, Bruce Bochy, look at other offers even though he had one year left on his contract. Everyone supposed they weren't going to give him a long term deal. The SF Giants did. he's gone. And that's after winning the West two years in a row. Best of luck to the Padres next year. But don't expect me to be a Friar Fanatic.


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    Sunday, October 01, 2006  
    The Padres are NL West champions again. It took until the last game of the season and a tie-breake to decide. If anyone ever wonders why they play so many games in baseball, this season might be one to suggest they need to play more.

    I managed to get 2 tickets to Game 5 of their series against St Louis (if necessary.) I'm hoping for an if necessary or 3 game Padre sweep.


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    Saturday, August 19, 2006  
    The summer interns and their mentors went bowling yesterday. My scores were 104, 95, and 128. I didn't know what to expect but it seems like 100 is a decent score. Some of the folks from marketing and HR were getting multiple strikes. Someone got 3 in a row. I think I got perhaps 3 in 3 games. The most improved person went from getting 1-4 pins per frame to a score of 80 (and one strike) by the end of the afternoon. It was definitely fun. Take the bobcats bowling, take them bowling...


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