Posted on: February 13, 2009 6:39 pm
 

My favorite video links

This is my motto:

Always look on the bright side of life

This is the song when I am particularly happy:

Don't stop me now

This is the song when I am particulary sad:

Something I can never have

And this is from my favorite TV show:

Battlestar Galactica - Number six

And this is for Wednesday night for all the CBB regulars (especially riverrock, ahhh yeah);

Business Time

This is when I feel particulary defiant (also for LTD):

Human Nature

She is the bomb:

Mable

For Josh:

Get on Top

For Badger:

Bad Habbit

For Gonz:

Let's get this party started

Have fun Smile

Category: General
Tags: Music
 
Posted on: February 13, 2009 6:17 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2009 6:20 pm
 

College basketball rankings, week 13

Make-up poll for week 13.  This was my ballot for the People's Poll, Week 13.


Rankings for Week 13
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 1. Connecticut           (22-1)    -
 2. North Carolina        (21-2)    +1
 3. Oklahoma              (23-1)    +1
 4. Pittsburgh            (21-2)    +1
 5. Duke                  (20-3)    -3
 6. Louisville            (18-4)    +1
 7. Michigan St.          (19-4)    +3
 8. Memphis               (20-3)    +9
 9. Clemson               (19-3)    -
10. UCLA                  (19-4)   +10
11. Marquette             (21-2)    -5
12. Kansas                (19-4)   +10
13. Villanova             (19-4)    +8
14. Wake Forest           (18-3)    -3
15. Illinois              (19-5)    +3
16. Missouri              (20-4)    +7
17. Purdue                (17-6)    -9
18. Washington            (17-6)    +1
19. Xavier                (20-3)    -6
20. Minnesota             (18-5)    -8
21. West Virginia         (16-7)    -6
22. Butler                (21-2)    -8
23. Ohio St.              (17-5)   New
24. Florida               (19-4)   New
25. Gonzaga               (17-5)    -1

Next Ten:
26. Arizona St.           (18-5)    -1
27. California            (18-6)    +6
28. Texas                 (15-7)   -12
29. Syracuse              (18-6)    -2
30. Florida St.           (18-5)    +7
31. Louisiana St.         (19-4)   New
32. Kansas St.            (17-6)    +6
33. Wisconsin             (14-9)    +7
34. Southern California   (15-7)   New
35. Penn St.              (17-7)    -9

Others on watch list: Tennessee, South Carolina, Arizona, Georgetown, Davidson, Michigan, Miami FL, Brigham Young, Utah, Utah St., San Diego St., Oklahoma St., Baylor, Nevada Las Vegas

New this week: Ohio St., Florida, Louisiana St., Southern California
Dropped out: Arizona St., Texas

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Rankings
 
Posted on: February 13, 2009 6:15 pm
 

College basketball rankings, Week 12

I have decided to continue posting my rankings, so here is a make-up for week 12.  This is the same as was posted on the People's Poll .

 


Rankings for Week 12
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 1. Connecticut           (20-1)    -
 2. Duke                  (19-2)    -
 3. North Carolina        (19-2)    +1
 4. Oklahoma              (21-1)    +2
 5. Pittsburgh            (19-2)    -2
 6. Marquette             (20-1)    +1
 7. Louisville            (17-3)    +1
 8. Purdue                (17-4)    +4
 9. Clemson               (18-2)    -
10. Michigan St.          (17-4)    -
11. Wake Forest           (17-2)    -6
12. Minnesota             (18-3)    +8
13. Xavier                (19-2)    +4
14. Butler                (19-1)    +4
15. West Virginia         (15-6)    +1
16. Texas                 (15-5)    -3
17. Memphis               (18-3)    +2
18. Illinois              (18-4)    -7
19. Washington            (15-5)    +2
20. UCLA                  (17-4)    +5
21. Villanova             (17-4)   New
22. Kansas                (17-4)    -
23. Missouri              (18-4)    -
24. Gonzaga               (16-4)   New
25. Arizona St.           (16-5)   -10

Next Ten:
26. Penn St.              (17-5)   +12
27. Syracuse              (17-5)   -13
28. Baylor                (15-6)    +3
29. Kentucky              (16-6)    -5
30. Florida               (18-4)    -2
31. Ohio St.              (15-5)    -5
32. Tennessee             (12-7)    +4
33. California            (16-6)    -3
34. Georgetown            (12-8)    -7
35. Davidson              (18-3)    +5

Others on watch list: Florida St., Kansas St., Miami FL, Wisconsin, Brigham Young, St. Mary's, Michigan, Utah St., Oklahoma St., Nevada Las Vegas, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech

New this week: Villanova, Gonzaga
Dropped out: Syracuse, Kentucky

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Rankings
 
Posted on: January 26, 2009 1:07 am
Edited on: January 26, 2009 1:08 am
 

College Basketball Rankings, Week 11

 1. Connecticut           (18-1)    +2
 2. Duke                  (18-1)    -
 3. Pittsburgh            (18-1)    +2
 4. North Carolina        (17-2)    -
 5. Wake Forest           (16-1)    -4
 6. Oklahoma              (19-1)    +1
 7. Marquette             (18-1)    +1
 8. Louisville            (15-3)    +2
 9. Clemson               (17-2)    -
10. Michigan St.          (16-3)    -4
11. Illinois              (17-3)    +2
12. Purdue                (15-4)    +4
13. Texas                 (14-4)    +4
14. Syracuse              (17-4)    -2
15. Arizona St.           (16-3)    +4
16. West Virginia         (14-5)    +4
17. Xavier                (17-2)    +5
18. Butler                (18-1)    -
19. Memphis               (16-3)    +5
20. Minnesota             (17-3)    -5
21. Washington            (14-4)   New
22. Kansas                (15-4)   New
23. Missouri              (17-3)   New
24. Kentucky              (16-4)   New
25. UCLA                  (15-4)    -4

Next Ten:
26. Ohio St.              (13-5)    -3
27. Georgetown            (12-6)   -16
28. Florida               (17-3)    +2
29. Miami FL              (14-5)    -4
30. California            (16-4)   -16
31. Baylor                (15-4)    +1
32. Gonzaga               (14-4)    +1
33. Michigan              (14-6)    -7
34. Villanova             (15-4)    +1
35. Wisconsin             (12-7)    -6

Others on watch list: Florida St., Penn St., Notre Dame, Davidson, Brigham Young, St. Mary's, Stanford, Utah St., Oklahoma St., Virginia Tech, Nevada Las Vegas, South Carolina

New this week: Washington, Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky
Dropped out: Ohio St., Georgetown, Miami FL, California

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I didn't get to watch too many games this week, so I will only offer detailed analysis about my own team.

Illinois keeps moving up on my list.  They have not given up a loss yet to a subpar team, dismantled Ohio State, and beat Wisconsin this week.  Their offense is among the most versatile in the country; anyone can shoot the ball, and the threats come from any range, which makes them a nightmare to defend.  The scoring is very evenly distributed - four people average in double figures, but none above 12.5.  Very unselfish team; around 70% of the shots come from assists. The motion offense and good shooters make for a high field goal percentage.  Couple that with a stifling defense that keeps opponents to 12 points below their average, and you can see a dangerous team that is playing good basketball and has been one of the most consistent teams in the country.

Louisville is the hottest team in the country with the best recent wins, convincingly defeating Syracuse on the road this week.  Their stifling defense and press confuses opponents and causes them to play sloppy, and the ensuing chaos has resulted in ugly games but pretty wins for Louisville.  A team needs discipline to defeate Louisville, and that has been a scarce commodity this year.

Speaking of discipline, you can't expect to be #1 when you lose to a team that has lost to Georgia.  That is just plain wrong.  Doesn't compute.

The number one spot was a toss-up between Connecticut, Duke and Pittsburgh.  I went for Connecticut because this week's wins were more impressive than Duke's, and Pitt's loss to Louisville is still fresh, which drops them behind Connecticut and Duke who are both on a long winning streak.

Wisconsin is on a losing skid; part of that is bad luck in a tough schedule, but they could hardly afford to lose at Iowa and still be able to compete for the Big Ten title.

Michigan State drops three spots; you don't lose to Northwestern on your home court. 

Purdue is regrouping nicely from the early losses with a win over Minnesota this week.  Minnesota on the other hand is on the skid with losses to Northwestern and Purdue recently.

Washington moves into the rankings with beating Southern Cal and UCLA this week.  UCLA barely makes it in - no bad losses but they have lost to every good team they played.  I am giving them a benefit of the doubt because of their Pomeroy rating.

The Pomeroy rating and two nice wins over Oklahoma State and Texas Tech land Missouri at #23 this week. Mizzou's also plays the press, like Louisville, and it also confuses teams.  Mizzou is tied with North Carolina for the largest average margin of victory in the country. (Or at least was in the middle of last week when I checked.)

Kentucky won 11 of the last 12, the only loss being a buzzer-beater at Louisville.   That lands them in my poll as other teams who are on a skid are falling out.

Georgetown was indeed overrated. You don't deserve to be ranked if you lose to Seton Hall.

Same goes for California. Losing to an 8-9 awful Oregon State is just not forgivable.  Even if they also beat Stanford - especially because you have lost to Stanford as well.

Notre Dame falls off even my top 35.  They have lost four of the last six, one of those was to St John's.  That is NOT top 25 material, even if you beat Georgetown two weeks ago - Georgetown hasn't been doing that well lately.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Rankings
 
Posted on: January 23, 2009 3:10 pm
Edited on: January 23, 2009 3:14 pm
 

I harassed a CBS Admin

Let's see.  What is the best course of action in case a customer complains about her problem not being resolved and asking for specific action?

a.) Apologize and do what the customer asked.

b.) Further insult the customer and tell her that her not being satisfied with the answer is "borderline harassment". 

The choice is obvious: b.  At least that is what Rose A. wants me to believe.

Congratulations, CBS, Rose. A is your hero.  The problem is obviously not the trolls - it is me.

I think those people who have told me to just give up and move to another site are right.

Below is my correspondence with Rose.A.  Note that the original request was about the customer support received and a request for implementing self-protection features.  The actual warnings have been taken care of.  But the rest of the message was not, and I still have not received a response from the admins on it.

Also note that I have received help and support from the moderators who have forwarded my issues to the proper places and have apologized and sympathized with me.  However, this isn't their job, and I should be able to get through regular help channels without being accused of harassment myself.

 

Discussion Thread
 Response (Rose A.)     01/23/2009 02:27 PM
Thank you for your email.

Please understand that disagreements, differences of opinion and rivalries will exist on a Sports message board. For a stalking allegation to be considered, certain factors must be present: threats of violence, knowledge of your information not publicly available. If you feel physically threatened by another individual on our boards, please contact your local authorities.

Please bear in mind that this is a free form of entertainment provided by our web site. We have answered your questions and requests, we have also taken care of the issues that you had brought to our attention. If you take a look at your warnings page, you will notice your requests were processed as they were being received. Please also note, that the form of communication that you have been sending us, are now starting to borderline harassment towards us.

Have a great weekend and please continue to enjoy the message boards.
 
 Customer     01/23/2009 01:25 PM
Dear Rose,

The issue is not solved. There are several further actions to be taken. I was looking for the following actions:

1. An apology for having been subjected to sexual harassment on your site.

2. An acknowledgement that sexual harassment is not something CBS supports and will do something about it.

3. An indication that the problem has been noted and the suggestion for implementing an ignore list and profanity filter has been forwarded to your development team.

4. A personal apology from you for the condescending treatment I have received.

I want you to forward this communication to a supervisor.

Best regards.
 
 Response (Rose A.)     01/23/2009 12:59 PM
Thank you for your correspondence and your interest in our Community.

We have investigated the issue raised in your prior correspondence and have determined that no further action is required. Therefore, this case has been closed and this matter considered resolved. Any further claims regarding this matter will be archived, but no further action will be taken.

Have a great day.
 
 Customer     01/23/2009 12:43 PM
This is not solved. Don't mark it solved. I want a response. And I will find the right person.

You should be apologizing, not upsetting me more.
 
 Customer     01/23/2009 11:12 AM
How is this solved exactly? I have not received a response.

Thank you for your attention.

Best Regards.
 
 Customer     01/22/2009 06:27 PM

Feedback: I have been sexually harassed on this site now for two days by different trolls. The admin response is late, condescending and inappropriate. I have lost my warning privileges because of bogus warnings by the trolls, and I cannot warn them now for the sexually explicit content. Ironically, they have followed me and posted their filth on the feedback message board, where I posted in hopes of getting some admin response. None. Just more trolls.

Please do something and implement features to be able to block trolls, and remove the ridiculous warning system. I am appalled and feel horrible, and I have been mistreated by your admin staff.

Regards,

 

Posted on: January 22, 2009 7:27 pm
Edited on: January 22, 2009 8:26 pm
 

CBS supports sexual harassment and trolling

I have been harassed on this site for two days now.  It all started with trolls attacking Jason Wells and me going to his defense.  Then because I am female, I was picked as a main target for the attack of the trolls.  I was told every sexually offensive thing imaginable, I was called ugly and used every possible swear word on me.

The posts were there for hours.  Pages of warnings have been issued.  By me and others.  Nothing happened.  The trolls continued to post.  I have received two bogus warnings - and now I cannot warn any more.  There is no "Warn" link.  No admin was around to overrule my warnings.

I have sent four help requests.  No response.  I posted on the Feedback forum.  No response - except for the trolls, who found me, posted more sexually offensive material, and threatened to gang-rape me. 

And here comes the kicker.  Finally Golf Guy shows up and responds on the thread - and leaves the sexually offensive material there.  So finally I got my response - CBS supports this.  They are involved.  They want the trolls.  They don't want me.

Well, I won't be able to post a blog tomorrow, because I received two more bogus warnings, and no admin will overrule them, so I better get this off my chest today.

 

CBS, you are an enabler of online harrassment.  You are a troll heaven.  You have an entire system in place to enable trolling.  You don't let us block offensive users.  You don't have a profanity filter.  (Standard features on every site).  And why?  I am told, because it would take away from the experience.  I was puzzled by that, but now it is clear.  It is the trolling experience we don't want to take away. 

Regulars are leaving in droves.  The College Basketball Board, once a safe heaven of friendly discussion about basketball and witty banter, is in shambles, idiotic threads and idiotic posters rule.  We have attempted today to discuss who should be the new #1 in college basketball, and we had an enjoyable experience until the troll showed up and we all had to leave. 

CBS, if that is what you want, only trolls on your site - you got it. Congratulations .

The most maddening about this?  It is incredibly easy to solve.  Give us an ignore list, and put in a profanity filter.

Do away with the idiotic warning system , it just encourages trolling, it is not proactive, it is reactive and it just causes a lot of frustration for users and a lot of admin work for CBS. 

I have run my own community site and our admin issues related to harassment went from about 200 e-mails per week to 2 after I have implemented an ignore list and a profanity filter.  You are wasting your own money and are providing a frustrating user experience.

Some of this is criminal.  Cyber stalking is not only disgusting but there are laws against it.  Even if it isn't, it is grossly negligent on CBS's part to leave us exposed to this kind of utter filth when the solutions are mind-numbingly simple and tried and true. 

CBS, get your act together and clean up the filth.  The decent people are leaving in droves.  You only got trolls left.

Category: General
Posted on: January 19, 2009 1:54 am
 

College Basketball Rankings, Week 10

1. Wake Forest           (16-0)    +1
 2. Duke                  (16-1)    +1
 3. Connecticut           (16-1)    +1
 4. North Carolina        (16-2)    +1
 5. Pittsburgh            (16-1)    -4
 6. Michigan St.          (15-2)    +1
 7. Oklahoma              (17-1)    +1
 8. Marquette             (17-1)    +5
 9. Clemson               (16-1)    -3
10. Louisville            (13-3)   New
11. Georgetown            (12-4)    -
12. Syracuse              (17-2)    -3
13. Illinois              (15-3)    +2
14. California            (15-3)    -2
15. Minnesota             (16-2)    +2
16. Purdue                (14-4)    +3
17. Texas                 (13-4)    -7
18. Butler                (16-1)    -
19. Arizona St.           (15-3)    +1
20. West Virginia         (13-4)    +1
21. UCLA                  (14-3)    -7
22. Xavier                (15-2)   New
23. Ohio St.              (13-3)   New
24. Memphis               (14-3)    -
25. Miami FL              (13-4)    -

Next Ten:
26. Michigan              (13-5)   -10
27. Kansas                (13-4)    +2
28. Kentucky              (14-4)   +19
29. Wisconsin             (12-5)    -7
30. Florida               (16-2)   +14
31. Florida St.           (15-3)    +8
32. Baylor                (14-3)    -1
33. Gonzaga               (12-4)    -6
34. Missouri              (15-3)    -
35. Villanova             (14-3)    -2

Others on watch list: Washington, Tennessee, Stanford, Davidson, Brigham Young, Dayton, St. Mary's, Texas A&M, Utah St., Mississippi St., Penn St.

New this week: Louisville, Xavier, Ohio St.
Dropped out: Michigan, Wisconsin, Tennessee

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Team Comments

Wake Forest is the only unbeaten team left in the country, puts Clemson under their belt after North Carolina last week.  They are dominant and their record shows.

Illinois - They blow out Michigan at home, than they narrowly lose to Michigan State in a game they led until their point guard got injured, and look impressive through most of the game. They have no bad losses and three wins over ranked opponents.  Probably the best resume by any unranked team, ever. 

Louisville is back into my rankings with a bang.  Four of their last five are good wins over top teams.  Although all of those wins are quite shaky, in each game they look steadily more impressive, until the last one against #1 Pittsburgh really shows them as a top 25 team with the best defense in the country.  Their offense is starting to click and their press wears even the best opponents down.  They beat Notre Dame and Pittsburgh this week; last week's two wins were good enough for #37 only in my rankings, this week they shoot up to #10.  That is +27 spots!

Michigan State has the best recent record in the nation, five of their last 8 wins coming against top 35 teams in the country, and two of the others against medium caliber teams. That is seven medium to good wins in the last eight!  They are definitely the best team in the Big Ten.

North Carolina is back - they are showing their dominance again.  But they have some catchup to do with their homework before they can resume the rating that their talent deserves.

Nice unbeaten run for Clemson.  We knew it would have to end sooner or later.... and they will get North Carolina next week.  Tough stretch.

California loses the first to an unranked team, Stanford, but remains dangerous and highly accomplished for recent medium to good wins.

Syracuse, like many other ranked teams this week, loses one on the road to Georgetown, than turns around and imparts the lesson of "you can't win without playing defense" on Notre Dame.  By 19 points.

Ohio State pounds Indiana at home and Michigan on the road.  Michigan is not easy to beat at home.  The Buckeyes are back into my rankings.

UCLA loses to Arizona State.  They have no bad losses, but no good wins, either - they lost to every top team they played.  My patience is wearing thing with them.

Tennesse has lost three of their last five.  They are good teams, but all proven beatable lately (Kansas, Gonzaga, Kentucky), and two of those losses were at home.  They should have won at least one or two of those to stay a top 25 team.

Wisconsin has only lost to top teams - but five times.  Their only good win is over Michigan.  Tough luck. 
Category: NCAAB
Tags: Rankings
 
Posted on: January 12, 2009 11:03 am
Edited on: January 12, 2009 11:03 am
 

College Basketball Rankings, Week 9

  1. Pittsburgh            (15-0)    -
 2. Wake Forest           (14-0)    +6
 3. Duke                  (14-1)    -1
 4. Connecticut           (14-1)    +1
 5. North Carolina        (14-2)    -2
 6. Clemson               (16-0)    +1
 7. Michigan St.          (13-2)    +4
 8. Oklahoma              (15-1)    +1
 9. Syracuse              (16-1)    +1
10. Texas                 (12-3)    -4
11. Georgetown            (11-3)    -7
12. California            (15-2)    +7
13. Marquette             (15-2)   +11
14. UCLA                  (13-2)    -
15. Illinois              (14-2)    +2
16. Michigan              (13-3)    +4
17. Minnesota             (15-1)    +4
18. Butler                (14-1)    +4
19. Purdue                (12-4)    +4
20. Arizona St.           (14-2)    +5
21. West Virginia         (11-4)    -9
22. Wisconsin             (12-4)    -6
23. Tennessee             (10-4)    -8
24. Memphis               (12-3)   New
25. Miami FL              (12-3)   New

Next Ten:
26. Xavier                (13-2)    +2
27. Gonzaga               (10-4)   +14
28. Notre Dame            (12-3)    +2
29. Kansas                (11-4)    -3
30. Nevada Las Vegas      (13-3)   -12
31. Baylor                (13-2)    -
32. Ohio St.              (10-3)    +1
33. Villanova             (13-3)    -6
34. Missouri              (13-3)    -
35. Washington            (11-4)    +5

Others on watch list: Louisville, Boston College, Florida St., Maryland, Stanford, Davidson, Dayton, Florida, St. Mary's, Arizona, Kentucky, Texas A&M, Arkansas

New this week: Memphis, Miami FL
Dropped out: Nevada Las Vegas, Boston College
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The myth is debunked.  North Carolina is officially composed of humans, and thus fallible.  You could chalk up last week's loss to holiday hangover, but Wake Forest clearly beat them at their own game, taking them off the pedestal and putting them into the middle of the top 10 contenders.

Wake Forest showcases their talent and conditioning by beating North Carolina in a track meet. The Demon Deacon's are for real - which is an utterly ironic statement.  What is a Demon Deacon, anyway?

Michigan State is on a mission to prove that they are the best team in the Big Ten - beating Ohio State and Kansas by convincing margins at home.  Four of their last six (!) are over very good (ranked or on the verge of being ranked) teams (Texas, Minnesota, Ohio St, Kansas), and the win over Northwestern at their home is not shabby, either.  

California is #7 on my score ratings - they have beaten Arizona, Arizona State, Washington State and Washington in their last four.  I have seen the two last OTs of the 3OT game with Washington, and I was very impressed by the poise and the ability to make plays and finish in a long, tight game - by both teams.

Marquette is another team that is rolling, beating a good West Virginia by a large margin.  Their last four also includes a win over Villanova and Cincinnati.  Pretty impressive.

Weber has Illinois playing the motion offense beautifully.  However, the team had trouble with playing down to competition and not getting up for every game emotionally.  Blowing out Indiana was proof that Weber can motivate them to play hard every game.  The only issue is re-bounding - Indiana outrebounded Illinois by a large margin - but when you make your shots, that's less of an issue.  Illinois leads the nation in assists and assists per game, and leads the Big Ten in field goals made and field goal percentage.  Quite a turnaround from last year. 

Purdue puts an impressive beatdown on Wisconsin, showing that it isn't size that matters - but the motion of the ocean.   Or something.  Wisconsin is still trying to figure that one out. 

UNLV - losing to Texas Christian is not Top 25 resume material, I am sorry.

Louisville and Nova plays a comedy of errors - Louisville gets a much needed win, but both teams play sloppy.  They need to go back to the basics and learn how to execute on half-court offense and how to take care of the ball.  Oh, and practice free throws, too.

Gonzaga is coming out of the slump with a road win at Tennessee and beating Portland at home.  I think they will be back to the Top 25 soon, they just need to brush up the resume a bit.

Notre Dame is also on the re-bound, putting it on Georgetown and putting away Seton Hall.  Another good team with a resume challenge that will probably be back to the rankings soon.

Category: NCAAB
Tags: Rankings
 
 
 
 
 
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