Monday, February 12, 2018

Ten percent

As many of the best winter athletes in the world compete in South Korea, it is time to revisit complaints about the 2016 games in Rio. I do agree the stories that were presented (which I purposely pause then fast forward through) had a male bias and am hoping that those which I will ignore this year won't.

However, I have to disagree on two other points many have made. One is the talk about what the athletes are wearing. Many who only follow major sports events don't realize that team uniform designs are often discussed in the world of North American professional sports. In 2016, the person who started the MLB All Star game was suspended by his team after he took a scissors to a bunch of jerseys that he did not want to wear since he claimed that the style of them was distracting to his pitching. In Facebook, I have in the 18 months since the games made 6 posts about jersey colors or designs teams wore in certain situations including the NFL color rush jerseys for Thursday night games and the pink/blue uniforms baseball teams wore on mothers/fathers day.

What surprised me the most was reaction to my comment stating that men perform in sports 10% better than women on an elite level. I am not saying that I can beat my younger sister who is a triathlon racer in any footrace nor even come close to beating #1 women Paige Pierce in disc golf or even a local area female pro. I am referring to world record times in events where men and women compete under equal conditions. (In the 2017 US disc golf championship Paige Pierce finished 87th out of 99 players 54 shots out of first.)

Here is a chart of some summer and winter sports world records by men and women:

The one big surprise was the shot put which the female record was established by a Soviet athlete in the 80s. 6 of the other 9 were within 1.5 percentage points of 10%.

Another issue with sports that I have arguments over is the definition of a female athlete. I grew up seeing East German and Soviet female athletes that look more like men than women as well as Renee Richards who could not compete on the men's tennis circuit and tried to join the ladies' one after a sex change. Unlike in all other parts of life, I don't consider identifying oneself as female good enough to compete as a female in sport. I know there are people who have far more medical insight than me on the subject and have either established a guideline or a test or will do so.

All members of the Professional Disc Golf Association have a player rating based on how they performed at tournaments over the past year. Out of all the 50-59 year old male amateurs, my rating is tied for 1,219th best. It is also better than all 105 female 50-59 year old amateurs. No, I don't think Candace Sherlock would work.

Friday, February 2, 2018

prop time 2018

What I would bet for the NFL Championship game on Feb 4, 2018:

NE -4.5 (-115) 460 X
NE -7.5 (+155) 100 X
Under 48.5 (-115) 345 X
First half Phi +3 (-125) 125 W 225
MVP Brady (-130) 260 X
Under 44.5 (+140) 100 X
NE wins 7-12 (+400) 100 X
NE wins by 10 (+1,400) 100 X
First TD Agholor (+1,600) 100 X Jeffrey
First score is PHI TD (+230) 100 X PHI FG

Phi scores first (+110) 100 W 210
First TD jersey under 32.5 (-110) 110 W 210
Team that scores first does not win game (+140) 100
NE scores last (-135) 135 X
Less than 5.5 TD in game (-115) 115 X
Less than 2.5 PHI TD in game (-115) 115 X
PHI less than 21.5 pt (even) 100 X
Less than 3.5 FG (-115) 115 X
More than 1.5 INT (+120) 100 X
Brady throws INT (+115) 100 X

Brady more than 26.5 com (-110) 110 W 210
Brady more than 294.5 yd pass (-110) 110 W 210
Gronk first rec less than 13.5 yd (even) 100 X 17
Hogan first rec more than 8.5 yd (-110) 110 W 210
White scores TD (+260) 100 W 360
Amendola scores TD (+190) 100 X
Hogan scores TD (+220) 100 W 320
Gostowski more than 1.5 FG (-130) 130 W 230
Harmon INT (+400) 100 W 500
Foles over 22 com (-110) 110 W 210

Agholor first rec over 9.5 yd (-110) 110 X 5
Agholor over 43.5 yd rec (-110) 110 W 210
Agholor has over 16.5 catch (-110) 110 W 210
Agholor over 3.5 rec (-110) 110 W 210
Agholor scores TD (+190) 100 X
PHI no rushing TD (+110) 100 X
Mills INT (+500) 100 X

Total wagered: $4,690
Winnings: $3,525
Loss: $1,165

Monday, January 8, 2018

Squaring the Super Bowl

Some people are already collecting dollars to get a Super Bowl square and some already have their numbers.

For the few that don't understand, There is a 10 x 10 grid where people pay money to sign their name on one of the squares on it. Once all money is collected, numbers from 0-9 are randomly assigned one to each column and row and one team is assigned to the column and the other to the row. Winners are determined by the last digit of the teams' scores during certain points of the game and always based on the final score.

Generally, the draw of the numbers always produces bickering among those who have numbers that are less likely to appear in football than others since teams generally score 3 or 7 points at a time.

In the 51 previous games, there are 102 finishing numbers. Here is the layout:


I was surprised by how few final scores were a 3 and double checked to confirm that is the case.

There have only been three times when the margin of victory was 10 points yielding a 6-6 in SB8 and a 7-7 in SB17 and SB30.

One thing the person who runs the pool usually tells people who draw a 2, 5, or 8 is that there can be a 2 point safety which can produce weird numbers. That is WRONG. There have been 9 safeties in Super Bowl history. Here is a list of the final scores by the teams that scored one.

How have the unusual numbers happened?

The games ending in 2 were twice caused by scoring more 6 TD than FG, once due to a kicker missing 2 PAT, and once because of a 2 point conversion.

The games ending in 5 were caused 4 times by a team scoring 5 more TD than FG and once due to a 2pt conversion.

The games ending in 8 were caused 5 times by a team scoring 4 more TD than FG and once due to a 2pt conversion.

The games ending in 9 were caused 3 times by missing PAT, twice by a safety, once by a made 2pt conversion, once by failing two 2pt conversions, and once by a team scoring 7 TD.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

The scribbles of life

Being mechanically inept shows in ways others don't even think about. No matter how many times I tried over the decades, I can't "loop the loop" in tying shoelaces. It also shows when I write or print. I am fortunate that in the 21st century that I can express myself from a keyboard or a tablet since using a typewriter on this paragraph would have taken 45 minutes due to corrections in thought and typing.

Over the past three decades, I have worked in a place where I often have to sign my name multiple times during a day. I state that if I ever became infamous that my autograph would not be worth much due to this. In the early 90s, I once received a phone call at work from a lawyer since I signed for three cartons of bowling balls four years earlier from a company that was suing the Professional Bowlers Association.

Signing my name has become less a hassle than it used to be. In the past, I would often hear a comment about my last name from someone who seemed to think that they were being funny. One time while making an appointment to get medical clearance for life insurance, the person on the other end said "You will get a call from a nurse Mr. Holmes" and then laughed before hanging up. (15 minutes later, I had a new company for insurance. I do make references about others last names but if I was dealing with that person as an employee of my company, I would not do that.)

I figure that being older has caused others to realize that I have heard it before and it is not worth the hassle.

Last week, I had to sign for a delivery that was late went to their website to screen shot to show others what time it was delivered. The driver entered the name Ken Shamrock. *sigh*

Last January, I got on a roll at the Galloping Ghost Arcade in Brookfield on a old video game called Gorf. When I was done, I realized that I finished with a score that was the third highest ever achieved in that place. Excitedly, I scribbled my name and gave them my phone number just in case they had an issue.

When my daughter visited the place a few months later, she asked me if I was making a joke since the only thing that matched my last name was the "S" and told the person about it. When I visited it last Saturday after hearing others were there, I noticed the name was corrected thanks to Carrie who mentioned it and then I beat the score making the sign incorrect again.

The 50 minutes on Gorf was not all I played that Saturday:

Monday, January 1, 2018

Pandemic Legacy Season 2 part 1

January log:

Life on the three havens Hyperion, Salvation, and Orion has become a struggle. Forecasts state we will run out of supplies before the year is over due to raids by the Hollow Men. Our leaders have become missing during their annual meeting so it is up to us now.

With a farmer named Slim and a designer named Lena, we are heading out to the land to re-establish supply lines. Fortunately we got information about North America and after giving Lena information, we established a supply center in NYC and then connected to Chicago.

While supplies were being used, we got a center set up in Lagos and then we're setting things up in Tripoli when the plague hit there. Fortunately we had a med kit or else Slim and I could have been infected.

Though the centers were eventually destroyed by the Hollow Men, the population increased in the cities and London stayed the same even though the plague hit there. Lena also figured out a way to build a supply center easier.

Instructor Bill "Coop" Cooper

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Singing in a deep and dark December

This time of year inspires me to sing mainly to avoid hearing all the happy and merry music that is played over loudspeakers at the places I visit.

I decided to keep track of what songs I sang this year and give credit to the artist who created the lyrics as well. If there is a question of the song that was playing, I will include it as well.

To my surprise I have not heard the Little Drummer Boy but was disqualified from the contest by Insane Ian's awesome parody of that song about the movie Die Hard.

It is December 21st when I first created this list and I will update this when applicable.

Bob Rivers

Chipmunks Roasting on an Open Fire
Walking "Round in Women's Underwear (x2)

Luke Ski

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Zombies
Must Be Pac-Man

Art Paul Schlosser

X-Mas Morgue (x2)

Tommy Safespace

Police Shot My Dad (x2)
I'm Dreaming of Alt-Right Christmas (x3)

Bad Teenage Mustache

Glory Hole


Ding! Fries are Done

MMOTL (me)

Simply Having a Miserable Christmas Time (x2)
There's No Thing Like Blow for the Holidays
There's No Holidays
Jingle My Cock (x2)
I'll Get Blown For Christmas
Rudolph the Brown Nose Reindeer
All I Want For Christmas is Booze
I Hear a Crack Whore Bitch (I don't think that is what she heard)
Frosty the Ho Man
I Just Want a Piece of Ass on Christmas (Have yourself a ...)
I Want to Get a Piece of Ass on Christmas (Not a hippo)
Suck My Balls (I will have to create a version based on the Imagination trilogy of South Park)
The Mall Santa (The song Carrie Dahlby with the help of Luke Ski created that Dr. Demento played on his show last weekend. Eventually I am hoping it can be redone with her son as the kid, my daughter as an angry parent and an edit of one line which has become dated.)

Reverse parody

Meet the Flintstones (Brian Setzer parodied that song about December)

I am disappointed that I have not been able to sing Terror on Santa Claus lane but the original has yet to play around me. 


Sunday, December 10, 2017

Going against my better judgement

Since the man whose last name matches the company name on my work badge requested, I used store credit to purchase clothes and shoes to attend last night's company December party.

Here is what I experienced:

Non employee spouses or fiancees introduced to me: 24
People who asked why I am alone requiring me to explain why: 10
Combined tenure in years of two people who retired in 2017 and were honored: 86
Beers consumed: 4
Glasses of wine: 1
Minutes the alcohol in my body completely removed the pain that is normally in it: 120
Weeks since the last time I was in that situation: 108
Previous times in 22+ years at my employer I was in that situation with fellow employees: 0
People concerned about my driving home while I was pain free: 7
People who mentioned the time in 2005 where in the building I discovered that two footballs commemorating the 1972 Dolphins playoff wins had the wrong score: 3
Times I showed a pic from device to answer a question: 4
People who incorrectly claimed that John Fox was the Broncos coach when they won the Super Bowl with Peyton Manning even though I said he wasn't: 2
People who tried to get me to take a "funny" pic in the photo booth: 3
People who asked about disc golf: 3
Luke Ski reverse parodies played in a row by the DJ: 3
People who called me Kenny: 3
Times I felt obligated to reply with a non plausible greeting: 12
Facebook posts or replies made from room: 4
Facebook friend requests confirmed while sitting alone at a table while others were dancing or talking together: 1
People who played an RPG afterwords as my initial plan to watch but decided to not to do since I was in too much pain to stay as apparently the alcohol did not remove the pain in my body but banked it for when I got sober: 6