Scott Patterson baseball

Scott Patterson has made waves throughout the entertainment industry as an actor, musician and more. ... Scott Patterson’s SMITHRADIO, and had a professional baseball career. Scott Patterson has three sisters named- Judy Patterson, Barbara Patterson and Abigail Wiest. Scott also played baseball before entering into acting field, for seven years and he was a professional pitcher. He started his acting career in the year 1988. Scott is also famous for his role as Agent Strahm in “Saw VI”, “Saw V” and “Saw IV ... Career: 0-0, 1.93 ERA, 7 SO, P, Padres/Yankees 2008, t:R, born in PA 1979 Scott Robert Patterson (born June 20, 1979 in Oakdale, Pennsylvania) is an American former professional baseball pitcher.He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees and San Diego Padres.. Contents. Early life; Career; References; External links; Early life. Patterson grew up in the Pittsburgh suburb of Oakdale, PA where his dad and brother currently live. Scott Patterson is an American actor and musician. He is best known for his role in Gilmore Girls as Luke Danes and as Special Agent Peter Strahm in the Saw franchise. Moreover, in the 1980s, he was a minor league baseball pitcher. Scott Patterson assigned to Jackson Generals from Tacoma Rainiers. March 18, 2011: RHP Scott Patterson assigned to Seattle Mariners. December 31, 2010: RHP Scott Patterson transferred to Leones del Caracas from Cardenales de Lara. November 22, 2010: Tacoma Rainiers signed free agent Scott Patterson. November 6, 2010: RHP Scott Patterson elected ... All Professional Baseball Statistics for Scott Patterson. All logos are the trademark & property of their owners and not Sports Reference LLC.

luke as a professional baseball player

2020.07.15 18:43 randomfanperson luke as a professional baseball player

so scott patterson used to be a baseball player (i believe) and i think it would have been cool if they made it part of lukes storyline. Like he left high school and got recruited by the minor leagues or something then his dad got sick and liz wasn’t doing well in school so after only a season or so he has to go back to look after them. He spends the next two years looking after his dad- running his shop etc, he then realised that he would struggle to go back to baseball and starts the diner. He still has a baseball card with his name on but it’s in his past. What are people’s thoughts?
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2020.06.04 05:05 ChrisJNelson Civil War Baseball: May sim results!

Well, I’ve simmed through May in my 50-state baseball league, and there are a few surprises and laughs to be had. FYI, I feel like this may be getting too long and not holding people’s attention, so I think it may be best to just do a write-up on the rest of the season’s sim results instead of going month by month. If you have an opinion one of the other, please let me know, but as of now I’ll plan on posting the full regular season results at once next week!

Previous Entries
  1. Part I (Settings, Rules, Team Intros, Quickstart File)
  2. Part II (Preseason Predictions)
  3. Part III (April sim results)
You can view the full standings through May here.
You can view the power rankings through May here.

Notable Performances in May
Before we go team by team, here are some notable individual performances in May:
· Players with 3-HR games were Jedd Gyorko (WV – his second of the season), Charlie Blackmon (GA), Brandon Snyder (NV), Neil Walker (PA), Jarred Kelenic (WI), and Cody Bellinger (AZ).
· 4 players hit for the cycle: Mike Yastrzemski (MA), Marvin Malone (WY), Brandon Nimmo (WY), and Chris Owings (SC).
· 20 players had 6-hit games, including FOUR Daric Barton clones (VT) on May 21.
· 20 pitchers had 15+ K games, including Tennessee pitchers Robbie Ray and Mike Minor, who had 20- and 21-K games, respectively. Ray’s 20-K performance was also a perfect game vs Montana.
· In addition to Ray’s perfect game, there were 5 other no-hitters in May: Marcus Stroman (NY), Tyler Beede (MA), Stephen Strasburg (CA), Jack Flaherty (CA), and Aaron Leasher (MI). Leasher is the lowest rated pitcher all season (37 OVR) to throw a no-hitter. California now has 3 pitchers this season with no-no’s (Cole, Strasburg, Flaherty).
Now, let’s take a deeper look at how the teams are doing through May! Also, if you want to know about any specific players, games, stats, etc. feel free to let me know and I will answer them!

Alabama-Missouri League
Alabama Alabamians (37-17, 5th)
Alabama moves up one spot in the standings. They lost 2 of 3 in series to Illinois, Florida, Mississippi, and Georgia, but otherwise handled business and won 5 of 6 to close out May.
Garrett Cooper leads the team with a .345 AVG. Tim Anderson and Jordan Patterson each have a team-high 12 HR, and Anderson’s 44 RBI lead the team as well. Phillip Ervin has 11 HR.
2nd in the league with a 2.85 team ERA. Kyle Wright has been the star of the rotation, going 8-1 with a 1.85 ERA. Spencer Turnbull (2.16) and Corey Kluber (2.31) aren’t far behind. Casey Mize had a 1.93 ERA in May after a 6.47 ERA in April. Closer Craig Kimbrel is unscored upon in 21.1 innings with 12 saves.
Alaska Alaskans (5-49, 24th)
Alaska remained in 24th place, though they did have four wins in May after just one in April. They defeated Arkansas once and Maine twice, but their biggest win came on May 26 vs Arizona. Six Daniel Schlereth clones didn’t allow Arizona to score until the 8th inning and ended up securing a 4-3 victory.
Only 2 of the 14 Jonny Homza clones are hitting above .200. First base Homza leads the team with 4 HR and 19 RBI. A Tony Barnette clone leads starting pitchers with a 1-4 record and 5.08 ERA. Every other pitcher has an ERA between 6.11 and 19.80. The team ERA of 11.50 is 2nd worst behind Maine.
Arizona Arizonans (37-17, 6th)
Arizona drops a spot in the standings and also dropped an embarrassing game late in May to Alaska (see above). They were also swept by Florida early in the month.
Eric Sogard ranks 3rd in the league in AVG (.395) and WAR (2.7), and is 2nd in OPS (1.080). Cody Bellinger is unsurprisingly doing well, with a .322 AVG, 18 HR, 56 RBI, and 2.3 WAR. Kevin Cron actually leads the team in HR and also ties Bellinger with 56 RBI. Josh Rojas has a league-high 6 triples.
Zach Davies leads the rotation with a 7-2 record and 2.92 ERA. Dylan File is next best at 6-1, 3.29. The bullpen is really strong, with ERAs ranging from 1.93 to 3.20.
Arkansas Arkansans (13-41, 22nd)
Arkansas remains in a lowly 22nd place for the second straight month. Their only win over a team above .500 was against Colorado, and they dropped 10 of 11 to close out May.
Craig Gentry “leads” the team with a .284 AVG and 0.2 WAR (!) but has just one homer. Grant Koch leads in HR (4) and Luke Bandy leads in RBI (24). Drew Smyly has a 1-8 record and 4.34 ERA, while Gray Fenter leads the rotation with a 3.67 ERA (but is just 3-6 on the season).
California Californians (47-7, 1st)
After finishing April in a surprising 3rd place, California surged in May to take the league lead. Their only blemishes were a loss to Michigan and two straight to Maryland, but they completed May with a very impressive 26-3 record.
California leads the league in hitting and homers. All 9 regulars are hitting at least .290 and seven are hitting at least .310, led by Freddie Freeman (.383) and Nolan Arenado (.377), and DJ LeMahieu (.363). Nolan Arenado is unsurprisingly the team’s WAR leader (3.2) and has 12 HR and 55 RBI. Joc Pederson leads the team with 17 bombs and leads the league in RBI (77), SLG (.725), and OPS (1.192) .352 AVG. Christian Yelich is “only” hitting .326 with 9 HR.
2.25 team ERA is easily best in the league. This rotation is a force, with records/ERAs as following: Stephen Strasburg (9-1, 1.40), Jack Flaherty (10-1, 1.90), Gerrit Cole (9-2, 2.35), Lucas Giolito (9-0, 2.14), and Shane Bieber (7-2, 2.25). Strasburg is the league’s ERA leader and Gerrit Cole is the strikeouts leader (139). Closer Tyler Glasnow has a 1.69 ERA and 12 saves.
Colorado Coloradans (36-18, 7th)
Colorado had a nice May, winning 14 of their last 17 with all 3 of losses come in a sweep by #1 California. David Bote has been the superstar of the team, hitting .368 with 12 HR, 38 RBI, and 2.7 WAR (all lead the team). Greg Bird is at .327 with 8 HR and 37 RBI. ERAs by the rotation include Kevin Gausman (2.86), David Peterson (2.91), Kyle Freeland (3.44), Marco Gonzales (3.63), and Mcihael Baird (4.62). Twins Taylor Rogers (11 saves, 0.98 ERA) and Tyler Rogers (0.71 ERA) are dominating from the bullpen.
Connecticut Connecticuters (31-23, 12th)
Connecticut dropped from 10th to 12th in the league in May. They went 7-10 in their last 17 to close out the month, including sweeps at the hands of California and Indiana.
After hitting just .213 with 4 HR in April, George Springer’s strong May has him up to .292 on the season along with team highs in HR (17), RBI (46), and WAR (1.8). The appropriately named Mat Batten leads with a .324 AVG and has 8 HR and a 1.5 WAR. AJ Pollock is at .276 AVG, 10 HR, 38 RBI.
Aaron Civale continues to headline the rotation and is now 7-2 with a 1.74 ERA. Jack Patterson is at 5-2 with a 2.97 ERA.
Delaware Delawareans (22-32, 17th)
It was another rough month for Delaware, who had a 5-game win streak (vs Kansas and Maine) in the middle surrounded by mostly losing. First base clone Paul Goldschmidt leads the team with a .351 AVG and 50 RBI, but DH clone Goldschmidt has a team-high 17 HR. Their 31 combined HR are more than the rest of the team’s 26 HR. Three Joey Wendle clones are hitting .279, .309, and .325.
Starting pitching has been a real issue, as Jason Bilous clone “leads” with a 6.24 ERA and others range from 6.50 to 17.80. Closer James Hoyt has a 1.42 ERA and 8 saves.
Florida Floridians (46-8, 2nd)
Florida moved up from 4th to 2nd in the league in May, thanks a 23-3 performance in the month. Their only losses came at Alabama, vs Illinois, and at Georgia.
Howie Kendrick is making an MVP case with a .413 AVG (1st in league), 13 HR, 27 doubles, 42 RBI, 61 runs, and 3.3 WAR (1st). Other notable hitters include Nicholas Castellanos (.353 AVG), Trey Mancini (.333, 8 HR), Pete Alono (.326, 10 HR), JD Martinez (.310, 12 HR, 50 RBI), Manny Machado (.290, 13 HR), and Anthony Rizzo (.287, 14 HR).
The rotation is also performing well, with records/ERAs as following: Lance McCullers Jr. (7-0, 2.18), Jacob deGrom (9-1, 2.69), Chris Sale (8-0, 2.83), Zack Greinke (6-2, 3.45), and Mike Clevinger (4-2, 3.66). Closer Austin Adams has a 0.92 ERA and 17 saves.
Georgia Georgians (25-3, 1st)
The 1st place team after April, Georgia has come back down to earth a little with an 8-7 record in the second half of May.
2nd in the league with a .317 team AVG. Georgia has three really strong players on offense right now—Matt Olson (.330 AVG, 20 HR, 61 RBI, 2.6 WAR), Austin Meadows (.321 AVG, 24 HR, 68 RBI, 2.3 WAR), and Byron Buxton (.350 AVG, 7 HR, 9 SB, 2.3 WAR). Meadows and Olson are 1-2 in the league in homers. Dansby Swanson is at .307 with 12 HR and a 1.4 WAR. Buster Posey has actually been the worst starter on offense, hitting .252 with 1 HR.
Zack Wheeler (9-1, 2.33) and Dylan Cease (8-0, 2.98) are the standouts of the rotation. They’re followed by Reggie McClain (8-1, 3.84), Adam Wainwright (4.63), and Brad Keller (4.71).
Hawaii Hawaiians (18-36, 20th)
Hawaii went 8-21 on the month, with only three wins coming against teams above .500. They were outscored 43-10 in a sweep vs California to close out May.
Kolten Wong has been the best hitter with a .317 AVG, 9 HR, and 2.1 WAR. Jacob Hannemann (.313 AVG, 9 HR, 32 RBI, 1.8 WAR) has also played well. Kurt Suzuki has a .274 AVG and 5 RBI, while Kean Wong is batting .303 with 35 RBI and 37 runs.
Rico Garcia is 5-3 with a 2.11 ERA as starter, while the others have ERAs ranging from 4.06 to 11.15. Kirby Yates has a 0.64 ERA and 6 saves as closer.
Idaho Idahoans (7-47, 23rd)
After a five-win April, Idaho took home just two victories all of May. They defeated Iowa to open the month and lost 22 straight before a win at Michigan on May 29. No qualified hitter is batting over .283 and their team AVG of .195 is 2nd lowest in the league. Shortstop clone Jackson Cluff also leads with 5 HR and 19 RBI. Damon Jones clone leads the rotation with a 3.18 ERA but has an 0-7 record to show for it.
Illinois Illinoisans (40-14, 3rd)
Another strong month has Illinois comfortably in 3rd place. Most of their losses came against other good teams and they won 11 of 14 during one stretch. Carson Kelly leads the team in AVG (.342) and WAR (2.2). Sam Travis leads in HR (11) while Mark Payton leads in RBI (43). The rotation has been excellent: Collin McHugh (2.29 ERA), Trevor Richards (2.48), Jake Odorizzi (2.96), Mike Foltynewicz (3.06), and JA Happ (3.34).
Indiana Indianans (32-22, 10th)
5 games below .500 and in 15th place after April, Indiana took one of the biggest steps of any team in May by going 22-7. They didn’t lose back-to-back games all month after dropping 2 straight against Florida to open May.
Michael Brosseau is the team leader in AVG (.323), HR (10), RBI (49), runs (40), and WAR (1.4). The rotation has been solid throughout with ERAs as follows: Jeff Samardzija (3.07), Lance Lynn (3.23), Sean Manaea (3.80), Kyle Gibson (4.14) and Clayton Richard (4.47). Closer Zach Plesac has a 1.61 ERA and 12 saves.
Iowa Iowans (15-39, 21st)
Iowa has been in 21st place at the end of both months this season. They lost 15 of 17 to open may before playing .500 ball the rest of the way. Jack Yacinich leads the team with a .330 AVG and 1.1 WAR. Scott Schebler has a team-high 46 RBI and 10 HR. Dom Thompson-Williams also has 10 HR. Rotation ERAs range from 4.72 (Mitch Keller) to 14.85. Tony Watson (2.13 ERA) remains the only reliever with an ERA below 6.
Kansas Kansans (22-35, 18th)
Kansas had an up and down month, with a win streak of 6 and a losing streak of 6. Jacob Stallings has easily been the best hitter, batting .333 with 9 HR, 30 RBI, and 1.8 WAR. Joey Wentz has a 1.94 ERA and John Means has a 2.48 ERA at the top of the rotation. Closer Ryne Stanek has a 0.92 ERA and 10 saves, while real-life closer Blake Treinen is struggling in the rotation with a 7.35 ERA.
Kentucky Kentuckians (25-29, 16th)
Kentucky fell from 12th to 16th in May, playing .500 ball for most of the month. They only won 3 straight once—a sweep over Hawaii. Ben Revere is raking at .407 (2nd in league) with 38 runs scored and a 1.4 WAR. Will Smith’s 2.2 WAR leads the team, as do his 12 homers. Adam Duvall’s got 9 HR and a team-high 47 RBI.
Ace Walker Buehler hasn’t been what they need him to be, posting a 5.66 ERA on the month and raising his season ERA to 4.2 (which still leads the team). Tyler Clippard (1.53) and Jonny Venters (2.10) highlight the bullpen.
Louisiana Louisianans (31-21, 13th)
A 11-13 record in May saw Louisiana drop from 8th to 13th in the league. They won only 4 of their last 14 games to close out the month.
Cole Freeman leads with a .313 AVG but hasn’t homered—Mikie Mahtook leads in that category with 14 bombs and 14 RBI. Austin Nola is batting .308 with 7 HR and a team-high 1.3 WAR. #5 starter Jacob Waguespack continues to deal and is now 5-1 with a 1.73 ERA. Aaron Nola is 6-3 with a 3.14 ERA, while Wade Miley trails with a 5.37 ERA.
Maine Mainers (3-54, 25th)
Despite a 2-win May to improve upon their 1-win April, Maine still sits in last place in the league. Their only victories came in a 17-2 win over Alaska and a 13-11 win over Hawaii.
Made up of Ryan McKenna and Trejyn Fletcher clones, the offense isn’t doing great. Right field McKenna leads with a .286 AVG, center field McKenna leads with 8 HR and 32 RBI, left field McKenna leads with 32 runs. Only two Fletchers are playing regularly and are hitting .184 and .151.
Maine is giving up an AVERAGE of 17 runs per game this season. Closer Cody Laweryson clone has a 4.71 ERA. The other 11 Lawerysons have ERAs between 12.03 and 21.72. 4 of the clones are the only pitchers in the league with 10+ losses.
Maryland Marylanders (25-29, 15th)
Like April, it was another up-and-down month for Maryland in May. Shockingly, they took 2 of 3 from California while shutting them out both times. They also had a 1-0 victory in 17 innings vs Kansas.
Alex Murphy leads the team with a .312 AVG and 1.3 WAR. Jake Fraley has team highs in HR (9) and RBI (37), while Errol Robinson and Troy Stokes Jr. have 7 HR each. Brian Shaffer (2.31 ERA) and Ljay Newsome (2.75 ERA) have been the stars of the rotation, while Josh Hader has just been OK (3.77 ERA). Adam Kolarek has a 2.12 ERA and 9 saves as closer.
Massachusetts Massachusettsans (32-22, 15th)
Despite going from below .500 in April to above .500 in May, Massachusetts actually fell two spots in the standings. They went an impressive 19-7 in May and only lose consecutive games once.
Chris Sharpe has a team-high .306 AVG, while Chris Shaw’s 15 HR and 53 RBI are easily tops. Sean Newcomb (2.31 ERA) and Thomas Jankins (3.53 ERA) leads the rotation, while Alex Cobb is 6-1 despite a 4.74 ERA.
Michigan Michiganders (21-36, 19th)
Michigan only won consecutive games once after a 3-game win streak from May 3-5. They lost 11 of 12 before taking two straight from Idaho to close out the month. Nick Buss is batting .300 to lead the squad, while Eric Haase has team highs in 10 HR and 41 RBI. Aaron Leasher (3.97 ERA) and Matt Shoemaker (4.05 ERA) are doing best in the rotation. Closer James Bourque has struggled with a 6.75 ERA.
Minnesota Minnesotans (28-29, 14th)
Minnesota finished April strong and carried that into May, moving from 17th to 14th in the league. Eric Peterson has team-best .313 AVG and 35 runs, while Roman Collins leads in 7 HR and 34 RBI. Mcihael Baumann (3.86 ERA) and Sean Hjelle (4.07 ERA) are leading the rotation, while closer Nick Anderson has a strong 0.81 ERA and 15 saves.
Mississippi Mississippians (34-23, 9th)
Mississippi went 6-8 to start the month, but finished May on a 5-1 stretch. Corey Dickerson is hitting .324 and is tied with Hunter Renfroe for the team lead in RBI (49). Renfroe’s got 19 HR, followed by Mitch Moreland (13) and Brian Dozier (12). Billy Hamilton is 11 for 16 in steals. The rotation has been quiet strong, comprised of Justin Steele (2.63), Jacob Turner (3.62), Brandon Woodruff (3.77), Michael Rucker (3.86), and Christ Stratton (4.29). Jonathan Holder has 2.70 ERA and 12 saves.
Missouri Missourians (35-19, 11th)
A strong May took Missouri from 11th to 8th in the league. They lost consecutive games just once all month (to Massachusetts). Luke Voit is raking with a .368 AVG, 17 HR, 59 RBI, and 2.3 WAR. Logan Morrison is second with 11 HR. Max Scherzer’s 6-4 record doesn’t reflect his 2.01 ERA and league-best 3.7 WAR. Peter Fairbanks has a 1.93 ERA and 14 saves as closer.

Montana-Wyoming League
Montana Montanans (2-52, 25th)
Montana is currently the worst team in the CWBL and currently riding a 45-game losing streak. Their last victory came on April 9 vs Vermont. They were outscored 952 to 21 in May alone.
Hitting a league-worst .224 as a team, and their 17 total HR are fewer than 15 players in the CWBL. The Rob Johnson clones are actually hitting fairly well for average, ranging from .250 to .509 (the latrer in only 68 though). The Johnson clones actually pitch too (giving the team 26 pitching options, none of them good). Individual ERAs range from 8.53 to 23.63.
Nebraska Nebraskans (17-37, 18th)
Nebraska stated the month off 7-4 before wining just two games in the second half of the month. Alec Bohm clone leads the team with 9 HR and a 1.3 WAR. Alex Gordon clone is hitting .327 with 7 HR. Kyle Kubar has the best starter ERA at 7.24 (others go as high as 16.57), while bullpen ERAs range from 4.50 to 16.57.
Nevada Nevadans (37-17, 8th)
Nevada is in 8th for the second straight month, hoping to move up and into the postseason picture. They finished May strong on a 12-3 run.
After a down April, Bryce Harper raked in May with a .476 AVG and 10 HR. He’s up to .354 on the season with 16 HR and a team-best 3.8 WAR. Joey Gallo (.333 AVG, 19 HR, 3.5 WAR) and Kris Bryant (.373 AVG, 12 HR, 3.3 WAR) aren’t far behind and are tied for 2nd in the league with 86 RBI each. Garrett Hampson is hitting .372 and has scored 82 runs.
Tyler Anderson leads the rotation with a 3.39 ERA. Closer Brandon Kintzler has really struggled, posting a 6.43 ERA and just 4 saves.
New Hampshire New Hampshirites (16-38, 19th)
New Hampshire basically repeated April’s performance in May, winning 8 games again and finishing in 19th again. Grant Lavigne clone as first base is hitting .405 with a 1.1 WAR. John La Prise clone has a team-high 5 HR. Kevin McGowan clone leads the team with a 5.13 ERA, while all other pitchers range from 6.26 to 19.16.
New Jersey New Jerseyans (34-20, 11th)
New Jersey fell two spots in the standings after May. They started the month 14-3 but then went just 4-8 the rest of the way.
After hitting just two homers on April, Mike Trout knocked out 11 in May and has a .373 AVG and 4.5 WAR on the season. Other top hitters include Matt Thaiss (.374 AVG), Todd Frazier (.356, 16 HR, 65 RBI), and Jason Heyward (.354 AVG, 15 HR).
Charlie Morton remains undefeated at 7-0 with a 2.94 ERA. Brett Kennedy actually leads the rotation with a 2.50 ERA, followed by Zac Gallen (3.88), Anthony DeSclafani (3.90), and Rick Porcello (5.11). Relievers Brad Brach, Alex Reyes, and Ryan Buchter all have ERAs under 2.
New Mexico New Mexicans (21-33, 16th)
New Mexico remains in 16th after the 2nd straight month. They lost 8 straight to open the month and 6 straight to close the month, while winning 9 of 12 in between. Alex Bregman clone #1 is hitting .397 with 15 HR, 58 RBI, and 4.0 WAR—plus he leads the league in OPS (1.324). The other Bregman clone is hitting .395 with 18 HR, 55 RBI and 3.9 WAR. Two Mitch Garver clones each have 14 HR. Trevor Rogers clones lead the rotation with ERAs of 4.10 and 5.23. Ken Giles clone has a 3.54 ERA andS 9 saves.
New York New Yorkers (42-12, 3rd)
New York jumped from 7th to 3rd this month, dropping only 4 games all of May. They are currently on a league-best 15-game win streak.
Tied for 2nd in the league with a .340 team AVG. Defensive wizard Harrison Bader is the WAR leader at 3.7 and is batting .365 with 13 HR. Jesse Winker also has 13 HR to go with a team-high .377 AVG. Every regular is hitting .312 or better.
Best team ERA in the league (2.87). Pitching has phenomenal, a starter ERAs are 2.19 (Marcus Stroman), 2.47 (Steven Matz), 2.74 (Jeff Hoffman), 2.79 (Sal Romano), and 3.93 (Patrick Corbin). Closer Dellin Betances actually has the worst ERA on the team at 5.40. Setup man Adam Ottavino is a 0.47 ERA.
North Carolina North Carolinians (41-13, 5th)
North Carolina was a surprising 1st place team after April, but they’ve fallen to a respectable 5th in May. They went 15-1 to start May but struggled late, going 6-7 the rest of the way.
Tied for 2nd in the league with a .340 team AVG. Cameron Maybin leads starters with a .398 AVG, and Wil Myers “trails” starters at .294. Mac Williamson has a team-high 19 HR, followed by Kyle Seager (12). Corey Seager is hitting .339 with 7 HR, 56 runs, and 2.3 WAR.
Madison Bumgarner is 9-1 with a 2.91 ERA to lead the rotation. The rest of the rotation is also pitching well, with ERAs of 3.14 (Alex Wood), Chris Archer (3.20), and 3.39 (MacKenzie Gore and Carlos Rodon). Closer Kodi Whitley has a 6.52 ERA despite is 16 saves.
North Dakota North Dakotans (12-42, 23rd)
North Dakota won just 4 games all month, including a 3-game sweep over Montana. 14 Andy Young clones are hitting between .220 and .305. Right field Young is the only one with double-digit HR at 13. Matt Strahm clone leads the rotation with a 5.52 ERA, while bullpen ERAs range from 9.25 to 18.32.
Ohio Ohioans (41-13, 4th)
Ohio put together a strong 23-6 month, including an 11-1 stretch to close out May. Evan White has 12 HR and is the team leader in AVG (.352), RBI (54), and WAR (1.8). Kyle Schwarber is hitting .269 with a team-high 19 HR. #5 starter JT Brubaker continues his domination and is now 6-1 with a 1.87 ERA. Matt Wisler (2.27) and Brent Suter (2.61) are the next best.
Oklahoma Oklahomans (37-20, 10th)
Oklahoma had a nice May at 22-7, and they won 8 of their last 9 to close out the month. Their four big hitters are Brian Anderson (.371 AVG, 13 HR, 2.7 WAR), Matt Kemp (.365, 13 HR, 65 RBI), Drew Ward (.354, 14 HR, 2.1 WAR), and JT Realmuto (.351, 14 HR, 3.0 WAR). Andrew Heaney (7-3, 3.38) and Garrett Richards (7-2, 3.46) lead the rotation, while Dallas Keuchel is still struggling with a 5.58 ERA. Closer Archie Bradley has a 1.62 ERA and 10 saves.
Oregon Oregonians (28-26, 14th)
Oregon finishes 2 games above .500 and 14th in the league for the second straight month. They won 6 of 8 to close out May. Their big boppers have been Jed Lowrie (.341, 10 HR, 1.9 WAR), Brandon Drury (.348, 11 HR, 1.6 WAR), and Adley Rutschman (.323, 14 HR, 1.5 WAR). Pitching has been less strong, with the best ERA in the rotation coming from Anthony Shew at 4.52. Keynan Middleton has a 1.86 ERA and 10 saves as closer.
Pennsylvania Pennsylvanians (38-16, 6th)
Pennsylvania was in 4th with 6 losses after April, but they’ve fallen off with 10 losses in May and a drop to 6th. They won 7 straight to open the month and closed it with a 25-4 win over Nebraska.
They are 1st in the league with a .351 team AVG, and Nolan Jones leads the CWBL with a .421 AVG to go along with 17 HR, 83 RBI, and 4.2 WAR. Neil Walker (.394, 12 HR) and Ian Happ (.376, 15 HR) have also contributed a lot. Two-way player Brendan McKay has a .327 AVG and 6 HR to go along with his 9-1 record and rotation-best 3.78 ERA.
Rhode Island Rhode Islanders (21-36, 17th)
Rhode Island remains in 17th for the second straight month. They went a dismal 1-16 to start May before winning 8 the final 12. Chris Hess clone is batting a team-high .333 with 6 HR and 1.1 WAR, while Rob Henry clone is the only other regular batting above .300 with a .302 AVG. Chris Iannettas each have a 1.2 WAR and a combined 19 HR. Thomas Pannone clones lead the rotation with ERAs of 4.13 and 5.18. The lowest ERA in the bullpen is 7.93.
South Carolina South Carolinians (38-19, 9th)
South Carolina jumped from 12th to 9th after a strong May. They lost two straight to open the month but would put together win streaks of 6, 7, and 7 games—the last of which closed out the month.
Whit Merrifield ranks 3rd in the CWBL with a .410 AVG to go alone with 7 HR, 62 RBI, 61 runs, and a 2.9 WAR. Justin Smoak leads the team in WAR (3.1), HR (18), and RBI (80) while batting .382. Brett Gardner (.362) and Chris Owings (.343) are also hitting well.
Asher Wojciechowski leads the rotation with a 2.82 ERA, followed by Jordan Lyles (3.38), Daniel Gossett (3.72), Grant Holmes (4.68), and Zack Godley (5.61). Closer Chad Green is unscored upon with 10 saves this season.
South Dakota South Dakotans (13-41, 21st)
South Dakota actually won 7 of 12 to open the month, but is on a 17-game losing streak since. Taylor Snyder (.261) and Dusty Coleman (.253) are tied for the team lead with 7 HR apiece. #5 starter Sam Wolff clone has a 4.08 ERA—the only one in the rotation under 7.00. Three Sean Doolittle clones are struggling, though the closer has the best ERA at 4.24.
Tennessee Tennesseans (45-12, 2nd)
Tennessee had another strong month in May and moved up a spot to 2nd place behind Texas. They won 7 straight to open the month and won 13 straight late in the month before dropping 2 of 3 to Virginia to close things out.
Austin Riley has been the MVP of the team, leading in HR (17), RBI (71), and WAR (2.8) while batting .365. Tony Kemp (.379) and Corban Joseph (.369) top the team leaders in AVG, while Nick Senzel has a .328 AVG and 11 HR. Mookie Betts has a pretty disappointing line so far this season (for him at least), batting .294 with 6 HR and 0.7 WAR—tied for 8th on the team.
Tennessee’s 1-2 punch in the rotation of Mike Minor (1.78 ERA) and Dakota Hudson (1.83 ERA) continues to roll, as they hold the top 2 ERA spots in the league. Robbie Ray isn’t far behind at 2.02, followed by Sonny Gray (3.07) and David Price (4.02). Drew Pomeranz has a 2.91 ERA and 12 saves as closer.
Texas Texans (43-11, 1st)
Texas bounced back from a slow start in April, going from 6th place last month to 1st place now—as projected in the preseason predictions. They lost just 4 games all of May—vs Washington, at Tennessee, at West Virginia, and vs Pennsylvania. They’re currently riding a 9-game win streak.
Lead the league in HR (142) and OPS (1.037). Max Muncy remains well in the MVP conversation with a .378 AVG, 24 HR (1st in league), 85 RBI (4th), 1.284 OPS (2nd), and 3.7 WAR. Other big boppers include Trevor Story (.333, 21 HR – 3rd), Anthony Rendon (.314, 17 HR), Trent Grisham (.329), Josh Bell (.355, 13 HR), Cavan Biggio (.285, 13 HR), and Randal Grichuk (.309, 15 HR).
24-year-old Chris Paddack is the surprise star of the rotation, sitting at 11-0 (most wins in the league) with a 1.91 ERA. He’s joined by Noah Syndergaard (9-0, 2.44), Clayton Kershaw (4.08), Jameson Taillon (4.15), and Michael Wacha (5.96). Their big four in the bullpen—Corey Knebel, Jordan Hicks, Ryan Pressly, Chris Martin—are all pitching great too.
Utah Utahns (15-39, 20th)
Utah dropped two spots in the standings in May after compiling a 6-20 record. They didn’t win back-to-back games all month and lost 7 of their final 9. Surprisingly, half their wins were vs teams above .500—North Carolina, Oregon, and Nevada.
Payton Henry leads the team with 1.1 WAR while batting .297 with 6 HR, while Brennon Lund is batting .335. Marcus Littlewood has a team-high 10 HR. Starter ERAs range from 5.53 (Seth Corry) to 13.11 (Porter Hodge). Bullpen ERAs range from 6.02 to 14.97.
Vermont Vermonters (4-53, 24th)
Vermont is on a really rough 30-game losing streak, with their last victory coming April 29 vs Rhode Island. They gave up 50+ runs on three separate occasions in May, but my favorite box score can be seen here in an 88-83 loss to Wyoming. Some highlights:
· Vermont took a 23-4 lead in the top of the 2nd and their win probability was nearly 100%
· Wyoming (aka the Fighting Nimmos) responded with 24 runs in the bottom of the 2nd, 17 runs in the bottom of the 3rd, and overall scored 84 runs between the 2nd and 8th innings
· Vermont trailed 88-49 entering the 9th and mounted a strong comeback attempt, but were *only* able to score 34 runs and came up short Despite 171 combined runs, the team combined for only 7 home runs
· The Game Notes section is absurd
Of the 14 Daric Barton clones (I mean, technically only 13 are clones and one is the REAL Daric Barton, but you know what I mean), 10 are hitting above .300. One is hitting as high as .372 and another leads the team with 10 HR, while one has 89 RBI to actually lead the entire CWBL! The combination of Theo McDowell and Rayne Supple pitching clones have ERAs ranging from 18.45 to 45.66—the team ERA of 29.20 is easily worst in the league.
Virginia Virginians (38-16, 7th)
Virginia fell all the way from 2nd to 7th in the league in May. They lost 7 of 10 to begin the month before an 8-game win streak. Brandon Lowe leads the team with 3.1 WAR, Denard Span leads in AVG (.405 – 4th in league) and Justin Bour leads in HR (20 – 4th in the league). Jackie Bradley Jr. has a strong .325 AVG and 13 HR. Justin Verlander continues his strong season with an 8-2 record, 2.08 ERA, and league-best 3.8 WAR.
Washington Washingtonians (34-20, 12th)
Despite being projected to finished 3rd in the league before the season began, Washington continues to underperform and dropped from 10th to 12th in May. Their most notable streak in the month was a stretch of 5 straight victories from May 26-30.
The big standouts on offense have been Jake Lamb (.330 AVG, 16 HR, 3.0 WAR), Michael Brantley (.386, 8 HR, 2.8 WAR), and Michael Conforto (.342, 14 HR, 2.5 WAR). Taylor Jones has a .320 AVG and 11 HR.
Blake Snell leads a strong rotation with a 7-3 record and 2.15 ERA. The rest of the rotation has ERAs of 3.06 (Matthew Boyd), 3.15 (Jon Lester), 3.18 (Austin Voth), and 3.73 (Riley O’Brien). Closer Andrew Kittredge has struggled with a 6.75 ERA and 5 saves.
West Virginia West Virginians (14-14, 15th)
West Virginia remains in 15th place despite falling 11 games below .500 in May after a 14-14 April. They dropped 14 straight games at one point in May. Two of the Jedd Gyorko clones have been the top performances, with one batting .341 with 18 HR and 2.4 WAR and the other batting .304 with 15 HR and 1.5 WAR. Three Jordan Montgomery clones have ERAs of 3.69, 4.63, and 4.87 in the rotation.
Wisconsin Wisconsinites (31-23, 13th)
Wisconsin had an up-and-down May, losing 5 straight to open the month but winning 7 straight later. They did lost 5 of 6 in two tough series against North Carolina and New Jersey. Gavin Lux has been the team’s best hitter (.332, 12 HR, 2.0 WAR) followed by Danny Jansen (.337, 1.7 HR). Jarred Kelenic has a team-high 14 HR. Evan Kruczynski has the rotation’s best ERA at 3.30, while Jordan Zimmermann (4.46) and Brian Keller (4.65) have struggled. Ben Heller has a 1.47 ERA as closer.
Wyoming Wyomingites (13-41, 22nd)
Wyoming nearly doubled their win total from April, taking 7 victories in May after just 4 in the first month. That’s about all the good there is to say though, as they lost 5 straight early in the May and are currently on a 9-game losing streak. (Check out the Vermont write-up for the box score of Wyoming’s 88-83 win!)
Seven Brandon Nimmo clones are playing regular and all are playing well. Their averages range from .301 to .359, homers from 8 to 21 (2nd in the league), and WAR from 1.6 to 3.3. The 12 Jeremy Horst clones on the pitching staff are not faring well, with ERAs ranging from 9.16 to 32.86.
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2020.06.03 14:38 burningshinobi Due Diligence Daily - From Shevla

Good Morning Gang love the changes that are going on here and the direction this server's leadership are taking.
I hear you've missed me.
[12:28] Shevla: Gilead (GILD)
S.Korea approves import of anti-viral drug remdesivir for coronavirus treatment.
On Monday, Gilead reported the drug provided a modest benefit in patients with moderate COVID-19 given a five-day course of the treatment, while those who received the medicine for 10 days in the study did not fare as well.(edited)
[12:30] Shevla: Boeing (BA)
TUI Group , Europe's biggest travel company, said it had struck a deal with aircraft maker Boeing for compensation and slower delivery of the 737 MAX plane, helping its finances during the coronavirus pandemic.
[12:33] Shevla: DASAN Zhone Technologies (DZSI)
Co announce a new three-year, $66 million contract to supply LG U+ with Fiber-to-the-Home solutions and switches, including co-development of ultra-low latency 100 Gbps mobile backhaul switches for 5G mobile services. Starting June 1, 2020, this contract secures the position of DZS as a strategic supplier to LG U+ and provides the opportunity to continue to develop new business with them in the future.
[12:35] Shevla: RenaissanceRe (RNR)
Prices offering of 5,500,000 of common shares at $166.00 per share
You'll see negative movement here as the price moves from the current price at $173.53 down toward the value of the offering
[12:36] Shevla: Intellia Therapeutics (NTLA)
Prices offering of 5,479,453 shares of its common stock at $18.25 per share
You'll see negative movement here as the price moves from the current price at $ 20.26 down toward the value of the offering
[12:39] Shevla: OraSure (OSUR)
Prices offering of 8,000,000 shares of its common stock at $11.00 per share
You'll see negative movement here as the price moves from the current price at $12.11 down toward the value of the offering
[12:40] Shevla: Evofem Biosciences (EVFM)
Prices offering of 28,500,000 shares of its common stock at $3.50 per share
Current price at $4.66
[12:41] Shevla: Splunk (SPLK)
Prices offering of $1.1 billion of 1.125% Convertible Senior Notes due 2027
[12:42] Shevla: The Carlyle Group (CG) and T&D Holdings also (AIG)
Announced that they have completed their acquisition of a 76.6% interest in Fortitude Group Holdings, whose group companies include Fortitude Re, from American International Group AIG). The transaction, which was first announced in November 2019, closed following receipt of required regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions. At closing, AIG received approximately $2.2 billion in sale proceeds, including the purchase price of $1.8 billion along with additional consideration paid in accordance with the terms of the purchase agreement.
[12:42] Shevla: OIL
Patterson-UTI
Reports May metrics - average of 80 drilling rigs operating
[12:43] Shevla: B&G Foods (BGS)
Reports May net sales +50.5% yyr to $160.1 mln; sees Q2 revs above consensus
Co issues upside guidance for Q2 (Jun), sees Q2 (Jun) revs of $510-525 mln vs. $483.47 mln S&P Capital IQ Consensus.
The ultimate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's business will depend on many factors, including, among others, the duration of social distancing and stay-at-home mandates, the pace and success of measures to ease social distancing and stay-at-home mandates, whether a second or third wave of COVID-19 will affect the United States and the rest of North America, the Company's ability to continue to operate its manufacturing facilities and maintain its supply chain without material disruption, the timing and amount of incremental costs relating to COVID-19, and the extent to which macroeconomic conditions resulting from the pandemic and the pace of the subsequent recovery may impact consumer eating habits.
[12:43] Shevla: Regis Corporation (RGS)
Announced it is working with infectious disease specialists at the University of Minnesota to assure the health and safety of their customers and stylists is at the forefront of their salon reopening plans. They provided recommendations on the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) and additional safety measures that have been communicated throughout the Company's entire salon system to help educate and prepare the Company's franchise partners and stylists for operating salons in a safe manner in a COVID-19 environment. Franchised and company-owned salons have incorporated these recommendations, along with any state specific guidelines, into the relaunch of salons and continuing operations.
[12:44] Shevla: Braskem SA (BAK)
2 hours ago
In the quarter, the Company reported a net loss of R$3,649 million, mainly due to the exchange variation impact on the financial result given the effects from the Brazilian reais depreciation against the U.S. dollar on the net exposure in the amount of US$2,427 million and the Mexican peso depreciation against the U.S. dollar on the outstanding balance of the loan of Braskem Idesa of US$2,255 million as of March 31, 2020.
[12:45] Shevla: United Airlines (UAL)
Confirmed executive changes
On May 27, 2020, the co announced that Jonathan Roitman, who was serving as the Senior Vice President Airport and Network Operations of United, was appointed Senior Vice President and Chief Operations Officer of the Company effective June 1, 2020. Mr. Roitman will report to J. Scott Kirby, Chief Executive Officer of the Company. Mr. Roitman, age 54, served as Senior Vice President Airport and Network Operations of United from November 2019 to May 2020. From August 2018 to November 2019, Mr. Roitman served as Senior Vice President Airport and Catering Operations, and from January 2015 to August 2018, he served as Senior Vice President Airport Operations, of United. From December 1997 through January 2015, Mr. Roitman held positions of increasing responsibility at United and, prior to the Company's merger with Continental Airlines, Inc. ("Continental"), Continental, including as Senior Vice President Operations and Cargo, Vice President, Newark Hub, and Vice President, Cleveland Hub. Prior to joining Continental in December 1997, Mr. Roitman was the manager of business development for BWAB Incorporated, a real estate development and oil and gas production firm, and served in the U.S. Army.
At this time, any compensation adjustments in connection with this appointment have not been determined. The Company will file an amendment to this Current Report on Form 8-K disclosing any compensation adjustments made in connection with Mr. Roitman's appointment if and when they have been determined. Gregory L. Hart, who was serving as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer, moved into the role of Executive Vice President Strategy and Planning on June 1, 2020.
[12:46] Shevla: Restaurant Brands Int'l (QSR)
Pershing Square increased active stake to 9.6% (prior ~5.36%)
"On June 1, 2020, PSH purchased 9,038,993 shares of Common Stock for an aggregate purchase price of $397,525,271 pursuant to forward purchase contracts described in the Original Schedule 13D. The source of funding for such purchases is the respective capital of PSH."
[12:46] Shevla: Cinemark (CNK)
Reports Q1 (Mar) loss of $0.51 per share, excluding non-recurring items, $0.34 worse than the S&P Capital IQ Consensus of ($0.17); revenues fell 23.9% yeayear to $543.6 mln vs the $557.51 mln S&P Capital IQ Consensus.
Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2020 was $66.2 million compared to $152.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019.
For the three months ended March 31, 2020, attendance was 45.8 million patrons, average ticket price increased 0.6% to $6.39 and concession revenues per patron increased 3.2% to $4.16.
[12:47] Shevla: Warner Music Group (WMG) (Nasdaq)
Upsizes offering by 7 mln shares and prices 77 mln share IPO at $25.00, inside the expected range of $23-26
[12:48] Shevla: VICI Properties (VICI)
Physically settled the Forward Sale Agreements in full by delivering 65 mln shares of common stock in exchange for total net proceeds of ~$1.3 billion
[12:49] Shevla: Digital Realty (DLR) and Ascenty, a provider of data center services in Latin America and a Digital Realty and Brookfield Infrastructure joint venture company, announced today Ascenty has reached agreement to build two new facilities in the state of Queretaro, Mexico anchored by long-term, U.S. dollar-denominated, multi-megawatt agreements to support the growth of a leading global cloud provider.
[12:49] Shevla: NICE (NICE) announced that a consortium of four UK police forces (Hampshire Constabulary, Thames Valley Police, Surrey Police and Sussex Police), operating as the South East Regional Integrated Policing Programme (SERIP), has signed a contract with NICE to deploy the NICE Investigate Digital Evidence Management Solution (DEMS). SERIP will roll out NICE Investigate to more than 12,000 officers to streamline investigations and address the challenges of growing digital evidence.
[12:49] Shevla: Trimble (TRMB) announced that its Trimble Connect cloud-based collaboration platform has surpassed 10 million users. In response to COVID-19, distributed working has intensified the need for teams to share information and collaborate remotely, leading 1.2 million users to join Trimble Connect in March and April alone.
[12:52] Shevla: Knight Cloud (KC)
Net loss was RMB331.6 million (US$46.8 million) or -23.8% net margin in the first quarter of 2020, compared with net loss of RMB201.4 million or net margin of -23.8% in the first quarter of 2019.
Total revenues were RMB1,391.0 million (US$1196.4 million) in the first quarter of 2020, representing an increase of 64.5 % year-over-year.
IPO was held 4 weeks ago, opening at $17. Now trading at $22.86, up in the premarket.
Might be a Buy or a play on positive movement
[12:53] Shevla: Google (GOOG) will face $5 bln lawsuit over alleged privacy violation.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-privacy-lawsuit/google-faces-5-billion-lawsuit-in-u-s-for-tracking-private-internet-use-idUSKBN23933H
CDC is close to agreement on how to limit COVID-19 outbreaks on cruise ships (RCL, CCL, NCLH).
https://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/tourism-cruises/article243180861.html
May preliminary class 8 net truck orders fell 38% yyr to 6,700 units (IYT, JBHT, PCAR).
https://content.actresearch.net/blog/act-research-soi-may-data-show-depth-of-supply-chain-disruption-in-cv-industry?utm_campaign=SOI%20Trucks&utm_content=130775172&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&hss_channel=tw-47438459(edited))
[12:58] Shevla: Research Calls Round 1
ZM likely to move up with it's volatile history in respoense to the upgrades
Morgan Stanley is negative on cruise lines (NCLH, RCL, CCL), remains to be seen how CDC agreement posted earlier will affect pricing

[12:59] Shevla: OIL OPEC+
OPEC leader Saudi Arabia and non-OPEC Russia have preliminary agreed to extend existing record oil production cuts by one month, while raising pressure on countries with poor compliance to deepen cuts to their output, sources told Reuters.

"Any agreement on extending the cuts is conditional on countries who have not fully complied in May deepening their cuts in upcoming months to offset their overproduction," one OPEC source said.(edited)
[13:00] Shevla: Stitch Fix (SFIX)
Telsey Advisory Group raises their SFIX tgt to $29 from $20. Analyst Dana Telsey said, "A strong balance sheet means the company can continue to self-fund growth while managing through a highly uncertain environment. In addition, the current disruption may accelerate the shift to online sales and we see the potential for the company's flexible model (no bricks-and-mortar stores, work-from-home stylist team) to allow it to continue to take share. Therefore, despite a moderated sales outlook for the year and the capacity constraints brought about by COVID, we continue to see growth potential within the company's personalization model, while the direct buy capabilities can increase share of wallet. Therefore, we maintain our Outperform rating. With some improved visibility to the contours of a recovery from COVID, we are raising our price target to $29 from $20. Our price target assumes a 1.21x multiple on our two-year forward revenue estimate, which compares to the historical average one-year forward multiple of 1.33x."
[13:01] Shevla: Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS)
Telsey Advisory Group raises their DKS tgt to $49 from $43. Analyst Joseph Feldman said, "Dick's Sporting Goods had a tough 1Q20, with EPS of ($1.71), on a comp of (29.5%) and operating margin compression of ~1,800 bps to (14.0%). However, we were impressed by the pace of recovery in May, with the comp only down 4.0% YoY, driven by good performance in reopened stores and strength in e-commerce (up 250%). Curbside pickup was a meaningful contributor, representing 40% of online sales in 1Q20. In addition, Dick's is benefiting from a diversified product mix and strong consumer demand in a variety of categories, including fitness, outdoor, running, golfing, biking, and boating. The US government stimulus checks are likely helping, as is the case with most retailers. Team sports remains an area of concern, given uncertainty around the restart of youth leagues and school sports. However, Dick's is seeing positive results in recently reopened markets, particularly in baseball. All in, given the better-than-expected sales recovery in May, we are raising our EPS and comp targets for the remainder of 2020 and 2021."
[13:02] Shevla: RH (RH) Not Robinhood you degenerate autists
Telsey Advisory Group raises their RH tgt to $255 from $110. Analyst Cristina Fernndez commented, "After disclosing on its last earnings call that sales trends from March 18 (once stores closed) thru March 30 were running down 43%, we believe RH's business significantly improved in April and May as affluent consumers looked to upgrade their homes after an initial stock-up period for essentials. Historically, RH sales have been directionally correlated with the stock market, which has rebounded strongly since bottoming in late March and is now just down 5% YTD. RH also stands to benefit from a sizable digital business, which we estimate represented ~40% of its sales in 2019 and the rollout of virtual design consultations where customers work with an RH interior designer without visiting a store. Similar to Williams-Sonoma, RH should have seen strength in a number of categories in recent weeks including baby/teen, outdoor, and upholstery. Our real estate contacts have also indicated that business has been good at RH stores that reopened in May, which total ~50% of the store base...Overall, we are incrementally more positive on RH and believe the company can perform well in the current environment given: 1) a large digital business; 2) increased demand for home furnishings as consumers spend more time at home; and 3) an affluent consumer that is in relatively better shape given stock market gains and less job losses, with greater ability to work from home. "
[13:03] Shevla: Haemonetics (HAE)
To sell its Fajardo, Puerto Rico, manufacturing operations to GVS, S.p.A.; transaction is expected to close in the second quarter of calendar 2020
Under the terms of the agreement, upon closing, Haemonetics will retain all intellectual property rights to its proprietary blood filters currently manufactured at its Fajardo facility, while GVS will obtain certain operating assets, including manufacturing equipment and inventory and a sublease to the facility.
[13:06] Shevla: Canada Goose (GOOS)
Reports Q4 (Mar) loss of CAD0.12 per share, in-line with the S&P Capital IQ Consensus of (CAD0.12); revenues fell 9.8% yeayear to CAD140.9 mln vs the CAD130.37 mln S&P Capital IQ Consensus.
Outlook
The negative financial impacts of COVID-19 will be more pronounced in the first quarter ending June 28, 2020, with a negligible level of revenue expected. The first quarter is historically the smallest in the fiscal year, representing 7.4% of annual sales in fiscal 2020.
Throughout the first seven weeks of the first quarter of fiscal 2021, 75% or 15 of 20 retail stores in the DTC channel were temporarily closed. 2 of the 5 stores that were open during this period, both in Hong Kong, have been severely impacted by restrictions on inbound tourism. Our store in Paris re-opened on May 20, followed by Milan on May 29 and Montreal on June 2. Further openings are being evaluated on a staged region-by-region basis, based on regulatory guidelines and supporting traffic trends as well as the health and safety of employees and guests.
While e-commerce is operational in all markets and digital engagement is strong, this off-season period is a low point for consumer purchasing online. In the wholesale channel, shipments to partners have been largely shutoff since March due to disruptions from retail store closures.
Given prevailing global uncertainties, including the evolution of ongoing outbreaks, the duration of retail store closures, the pace of retail normalization following re-openings and the impact of economic developments and travel restrictions on consumer discretionary spending, all of which are unknown, the Company is not providing an outlook for fiscal 2021.
[13:06] Shevla: AMC Entertainment (AMC)
Co issues downside guidance for Q1 (Mar), sees Q1 (Mar) revs of $941.5 mln vs. $947.06 mln S&P Capital IQ Consensus.
Net Loss for the first quarter of 2020 to be between $2,117.3 million and $2,417.3 million, based on an impairment charge related to estimated long lived assets, indefinite-lived intangible assets and goodwill of $1,800.0 million to $2,100.0 million, compared to a net loss of $130.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019.
[13:07] Shevla: Dynatrace (DT)
Prices 30 mln common shares at $35.00/share
Current Price $36.77(edited)
[13:10] Shevla: Qudian (QD) to purchase up to 10,204,082 newly issued Class A ordinary shares of Secoo (SECO) for up to $100 mln ($9.80 per share) Current Price $2.15
Following the completion of all transactions contemplated under the definitive agreement, Qudian will hold approximately 28.9% of Secoo's issued and outstanding shares, becoming its largest shareholder. In addition, Qudian and Secoo will also enter into a business cooperation agreement, which will set forth the key areas for the two companies' strategic cooperation in the online luxury e-commerce business space.

SECO IS UP STRONGLY IN THE PREMARKET ON THIS NEWS
Buy or Positive Movement Play probably viable
[13:11] Shevla: Campbell Soup (CPB)
Reports Q3 (Apr) earnings of $0.83 per share, excluding non-recurring items, $0.29 better than the S&P Capital IQ Consensus of $0.54; revenues rose 14.6% yeayear to $2.24 bln vs the $2.26 bln S&P Capital IQ Consensus.
In the third quarter of fiscal 2020, Campbell achieved $30 million in savings under its multi-year cost savings program, inclusive of Snyder's-Lance synergies, bringing total program-to-date savings to $680 million. Year-to-date savings were $120 million through the first nine months of fiscal 2020. As previously announced, the company expects to deliver cumulative annualized savings of $850 million by the end of fiscal 2022.
Co issues guidance for FY20, raises EPS to $2.87-2.92 from $2.55-2.60, excluding non-recurring items, vs. $2.89 S&P Capital IQ Consensus; sees FY20 revs of +5.5-6.0% from (1%) to 1% to $8.55-8.63 bln vs. $8.63 bln S&P Capital IQ Consensus.
[13:14] Shevla: Aegon (AEG)
Shares are trading higher after the company signed a contract of portfolio administration with IBM Services for 800K individual life insurance contracts.
[13:15] Shevla: Constellium SE (CTSM)
Airbus (AIR)
Shares are trading higher after the company announced it has signed a multi-year contract with Airbus to supply aerospace aluminum products and solutions.
[13:17] Shevla: Gilead Sciences (GIL)
Upgraded to Outperform from Mkt Perform at SVB Leerink; tgt raised to $94
South Korea Announced they have approved Remdesivir for use in treating patients
[13:17] Shevla: KeyCorp (KEY)
Downgraded to Equal-Weight from Overweight at Stephens; tgt $13
[13:18] Shevla: ONEOK (OKE)
Downgraded to Neutral from Buy at Citigroup; tgt lowered to $36
[13:18] Shevla: Vale S.A. (VALE)
Upgraded to Buy from Neutral at UBS; tgt lowered to $12
[13:18] Shevla: Microchip (MCHP)
B. Riley FBR upgrades MCHP to Buy from Neutral and raises their tgt to $125 from $85. Analyst Craig Ellis said, "Tuesday 6/2 AMC, MCHP raised F1Q21's guide $40M (+300 bps)/$0.09 ahead of competitor conference appearances, flagging better-than-feared supply chain dynamics and less bad auto cancellations and pushouts. Shares rose ~5%. Improvement versus relatively dour early quarter expectations helps remove a dark cloud of uncertainty, and we believe the ~43% of sales in Auto and Industrial has now stabilized, with the next inflection positive. Beyond that, we believe data points in Compute/Data Center, Comms, and Mil/Aero have improved since MCHP last reported, so ~44% of sales should have stronger momentum. Overall, we believe this significantly enhances confidence in an F1Q21 revenue bottom and F2Q21 Q/Q growth, meaning sales are troughing with GM and OM within ~200 and 300 bps of 63.0% and 40.0% targets, respectively which we suspect could be attained on a quarterly basis in FY22. So, with a 5-6% increase in FY21&22 EPS and a FY22 target P/E hike to 19.0x, our price target jumps from $85 to $125, and the rating lifts from Neutral back to Buy. We acknowledge shares have already moved sharply from March lows with the sector's upswing, but a return to growth, GM and OM expansion toward 65%/45% LT, and debt paydown toward 3.0x EBITDA are catalysts for another leg higher to and through our PT on a 12-month basis. Valuation at 16.7x, 14.9x, and 13.3x or FY21-23 EPS, vs. a T-7-year 16.1x F12M average."
[13:19] Shevla: Nebula Acquisition (NEBU)
Initiated with an Outperform at Northland Capital; tgt $15
[13:20] Shevla: Boeing (BA)
Lifting in premarket trade as Third Point portfolio update circulates
Portfolio MTD winners: DIS BURL BA CHTR TEL
Top gross longs: PUK PCG SNE DHR AMZN
https://www.thirdpointoffshore.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-05-May-Monthly-Report-TPOI.pdf
[13:21] Shevla: Dunkin (DNKN)
Dunkin' U.S. comparable store sales have been improving week-over-week during the second quarter. As of the week ended May 23, 2020, quarter-to-date comparable store sales declines were ~23% for open stores. During the week ended May 23, 2020, comparable store sales declined 15% for open stores, representing a significant sequential improvement over the decline of 25% for the week ended April 25, 2020, as reported on the Company's first quarter earnings call on April 30, 2020.
Improved comparable store sales in the first 8 weeks of the second quarter has primarily been driven by the following three factors: Strong sales at drive-thru locations; Double-digit comparable store sales growth versus the prior year during the 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. time period, driven by higher ticket orders; and Increased sales through the Dunkin' app, delivery, and curbside; digital adoption has increased weekly as compelling local and national offers entice guests to join, reactivate, and use DD Perks to make their transactions. Quarter-to-date comparable store sales ending May 23, 2020 would have been ~500 basis points lower if temporarily closed restaurants were included. They would have been ~300 basis points lower for the week ending May 23, 2020 if temporarily closed restaurants were included.
Baskin-Robbins U.S. - As of the week ending May 23, 2020, quarter-to-date comparable store sales declines were negative 10.5% for open stores. For the week ending May 23, 2020, Baskin-Robbins U.S. comparable store sales were ~flat representing a sequential improvement from the negative 10% comparable store sales for the week ending April 25, 2020, which was also reported on the Company's first quarter earnings call.
[13:21] Shevla: Arco Platform (ARCE)
Priced an underwritten public offering of 5,563,203 Class A common shares offered by General Atlantic Arco and Alfaco Holding at $47.70/share
Current Price $50.46(edited)
[13:22] Shevla: Lyft (LYFT)
Shares are trading higher after the company reported a 26% month-over-month increase in May rides.

[13:25] Shevla: Pyxis Tankers (PXS)
Shares are trading higher after the company reported better-than-expected Q1 sales results.
[13:27] Shevla: THIRD POINT PORTFOLIO UPDATE
https://www.thirdpointoffshore.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/2020-05-May-Monthly-Report-TPOI.pdf
You made it to the bottom! I recognize this is a pretty low effort post, ie. I totally copied and pasted it all from the DD channel in the discord. I'll Update this if I feel like it. Post questions I'll answer where possible, idek whether this is going to be viable daily. Consider it an experiment. Apologies if any of this is a breach of the ruiles.
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2020.02.13 17:59 SaintRidley Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Sep. 7, 1987

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words, continuing in the footsteps of daprice82. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
FUTURE YEARS ARCHIVE:
The Complete Observer Rewind Archive by daprice82
1-5-1987 1-12-1987 1-18-1987 2-2-1987
2-9-1987 2-16-1987 2-23-1987 3-2-1987
3-9-1987 3-16-1987 3-23-1987 4-6-1987
4-13-1987 4-20-1987 4-27-1987 5-4-1987
5-11-1987 5-18-1987 5-25-1987 6-1-1987
6-8-1987 6-15-1987 6-22-1987 6-29-1987
7-6-1987 7-13-1987 7-20-1987 7-27-1987
8-3-1987 8-10-1987 8-17-1987 8-24-1987
8-31-1987 - - -
  • ”If everyone in this business was like Paul Boesch, this would be the greatest business in the world.” -- Jerry Brisco from the book Professional Wrestling (not published) by Ray Tennenbaum. That’s how Dave introduces this issue and begins his coverage of the Paul Boesch farewell show. The show had a sellout crowd of 10,000 at Houston Coliseum, and WWF brought in dozens of notable wrestling figures to Houston to attend the show. Among the big names were Lou Thesz, Gene Kiniski, Verne Gagne, Jose Lothario, Ernie Lad, Tiger Conway Sr., Red Bastien, Billy “Red” Lyons, Jack Tunney, Sputnik Monrow, Bronko Lubich, Boris Malenko, Nick and Jerry Kozak, Cyclone Anaya, Mike Mazurski, Danny McShane, Stu Hart, Jesse James, Jim Casey, Ox Anderson, Pat Patterson, and more. Tiger Conway Sr, Cyclone Anaya, and Danny McShane in particular all got huge reactions for their appearances. The show had an appropriate dose of nostalgia that the crowd enjoyed as much as the matches, and the whole thing had the look and feel of a big event and therefore came across as the big event it was. Vice President George Bush sent a telegram to Boesch to congratulate him on his 55 year tenure in the wrestling industry. More on the show itself later in the issue.
  • Dave’s been to a lot of WWF and JCP/NWA shows the past few weeks, and the promotions seem almost like night and day to him. They’re different enough that Dave thinks they probably aren’t really competing for the same audience in the way many people believe, but rather that they attract entirely different types of people. Their live shows have different atmosphere and production, and the things Dave likes and dislikes about each promotion are more obvious to him now than ever. In terms of matches, while WWF has some great wrestlers (Ted DiBiase for instance) and JCP has some lousy ones (Bugsy McGraw, for instance), by and large the more intense, less botchy, more competently executed matches on average belong to the wrestlers in JCP. Dave was surprised how many wrestlers, even though their pace was much slower than JCP’s standard, blew up after five minutes at the Boesch farewell show, which suggests that there’s a significant lag in cardio for WWF.
  • Otherwise, WWF has numerous obvious advantages. The way they present shows, whether they’re a small spot show, a tv taping, or a big show like the Boesch farewell always comes across as major league. They have a better behaved, though “for the most part ignorant of the wrestling aspect” crowd. All of that combined with the more upbeat atmosphere makes them much more attractive to a person who is coming to watch wrestling for the first time. Dave went to three WWF shows this past week. One was a small spot show that had almost no bumps and nearly no high spots, but the crowd reacted because they were invested in personalities and it was even fun for Dave because of that until a disastrous Hart Foundation/Rougeaus match. He went to the Aug 24 tv tapings in San Francisco, and that was a bad show (Dave’s already gotten dozens of letters and phone calls about it) where the crowd of 14,700 were drained by the third hour. Most of them had come for Hogan and had not realized three tv shows and an MTV video were being taped, so they felt used. The Boesch farewell, by contrast, came off well and the crowd enjoyed it quite a lot. Even though the matches were not great, what Dave did figure out is that since they were taping for tv in some capacity, the wrestlers worked hard. That said, it shows that even when they put in the work, the average WWF wrestler just isn’t of the same caliber in the ring as the competition.
  • WWF’s tv production gets a whole big paragraph about what makes it great. Dave isn’t sure what they spend per taping, but wouldn’t be surprised if the figure exceeds $100,000. The quality of the production means that from a casual fan perspective it’s simply leagues better than the competition because it has the glitz, the timing on entrances, interview insets and other distractions from bad matches, short matches that keep attention to the entrance, and overall production value to cover over the weaknesses. Between better presentation and better marketing, it’s no wonder WWF is number one by a large margin. The fact is quite simply, with some notable exceptions of markets that were hot for high-action wrestling), match quality does not bring fans back. What brings fans back is an upbeat atmosphere and WWF is great at having an upbeat atmosphere - it’s more important to have the faces stand tall than to have tons of great matches.
  • Dave’s overall conclusion is that when you consider WWF and Crockett outside the areas where they have that initial territorial advantage (so outside Georgia, New England, the Mid-Atlantic states), Crockett has greater appeal than WWF to people like Dave and the readers of the Observer and one other group. That is, hardcore fans who want action and those who like a little more sleaze in their entertainment. Dave’s accepted blading and the resultant scarred foreheads as just part of the business (like knee injuries to football, elbow and shoulder issues to baseball, etc.) after being around wrestling and a fan for so long, but to the general audience that sort of thing comes across as a bit sleazy. And with AIDS in the picture today, it seems very dangerous if the wrestling industry isn’t implementing AIDS testing. One of Dave’s friends who is a huge JCP fan and hates WWF even noted to him that between the constant swearing and flipping off of fans which is done by the faces even more than the heels (because the faces in JCP get sidetracked hard when the fans cheer for the heels over them), too much blading, Space Mountain, Dusty Rhodes, and the women’s match where it just built to Misty Blue ramming a flagpole up Mad Dog Debbie’s crotch it’s just not the sort of thing Dave or his friend would let their kids watch. And all those antics get a great reaction from the live show and there’s a big audience that loves that stuff, but it just reads as bad to the general public and keeps wrestling’s reputation in the dungheap. If both promotions were running a big show with equivalent lineups on the same day in San Francisco, Dave would pick the Crockett show because he wants good wrestling over good atmosphere, but he would be in the minority - WWF would draw a bigger crowd guaranteed. What has been keeping Crockett successful in the face of WWF’s advantages, Dave believes, is the better wrestling, not the sleaze.
  • Dave does some plugs for other newsletters, and particularly commends Pro Wrestling Digest. He’s friends with the guys who put it together, and it’s mostly discussion/opinion on the current scene rather than news and results, but it’s really interesting reading and Dave says the most recent issue was more interesting than any other newsletter he’s seen including the Observer. Part of the credit for that goes to the fact that they’ve got five people putting their views in, whereas most newsletters only have the one.
  • The Paul Boesch farewell show is in the books. We’re still before the era of having multiple ppv shows, so I’ve got to work a little to find times to say that about shows and keep the tradition alive. The opener was good for WWF as Sam Houston beat Steve Lombardi. It was a bit of a mismatch - Houston loves bumping wildly, but Lombardi’s offense doesn’t really allow for that. Bruno beat Hercules Hernandez, and Bruno’s still got a good flurry of punches, but unless you grew up in the northeast, he just seems like a slow old man to crowds. Andre the Giant came out and the crowd booed him, so he stormed to the back. He’s looking slimmer and in much better shape since his operation. Dave hears he’ll be back in action in about three months. Brutus Beefcake beat Johnny V in a hair match and they shaved Johnny V bald, which was the only part that got heat. Ted DiBiase brought a kid out to sing “Yellow Rose of Texas” after giving a promo insulting Houston’s economy, then refused to pay the kid the $300 he promised. Ted’s routine was the best part of the show. Tom Prichard beat Mark Lewin in a short match that was all action but didn’t invest the crowd. Hogan beat One Man Gang in his typical match, deafening reaction. Dave gives the match 3 stars which puts it at match of the show. Sherri Martel beat Moolah in a match where, believe it or not, Moolah actually looked real good even though, for some reason, she was playing babyface. They fucked up the finish and Moolah wound up just laying down and telling Sherri to cover her. JYD (and Dave reveals that his poll on whether to keep nicknames were 117-19 in favor of keeping him as Junkfood Dog) and Tony Atlas (managed by Ernie Ladd) beat Kamala and Sika in four minutes. JYD blew up over the 90 seconds he was in the match. Kamala tried to leap frog JYD, but JYD forgot to duck and Kamala nearly killed him as a result. Terry Funk beat Chavo Guerrero, and Funk even kicked out of Chavo’s swan dive from the top. They introduced all the retired wrestlers. Thesz and Kiniski were introduced as former world champions, but Gagne was not. Boesch gave a retirement speech. Ted DiBiase beat Jim Duggan and it was good, but more bad luck for Duggan. He hasn’t wrestled in three months and looked like he was around 310 lbs, and he blew up faster than expected. DiBiase helped him through, but then Duggan’s hamstring went out and DiBiase had to go to the finish. You could see Duggan’s pain clearly and it was the first time the crowd had ever seen Duggan pinned clean, so they were shocked. Tito Santana and Mil Mascaras (managed by Jose Lothario) beat Demolition by DQ. Great pace, but botchy because Mascaras doesn’t work well with others. Mr. Fuji tripped Satana and got Demolition disqualified, but they botched that too as the spot was supposed to be 90 seconds earlier when Santana did a stumble off the rope with no Fuji around him to have tripped him.
  • UWF’s Night of Champions from August 29 in Houston is also in the books. Misty Blue beat Comrade Orga in a bad match that ultimately led to Misty (who was billed as defending the NWA World Women’s Title) crotching Mad Dog Debbie with a pole as mentioned above. Shane Douglas beat Pez Whatley with an inside cradle to retain the UWF TV Title. Ron Simmons beat the Enforcer with a flying tackle off the middle rope. Simmons lost his footing and more fell than flew into the tackle. Steve Cox beat Gary Young with an inside cradle to win the rookie of the year trophy. Lots of missed moves, mainly by Cox, but he’s also only been working for six months. Brad Armstrong and Tim Horner beat Black Bart and The Terminator (Mark Laurinaitis, brother of Johnny Ace and Road Warrior Animal) to retain the UWF Tag Titles. Horner dropkicked Terminator from the top rope all the way to the other side of the ring where Terminator was standing by the ropes. Terry Taylor beat Chris Adams. Taylor still gets lots of cheers from women in the crowd, and the match was all action and superb action at that. Four stars from Dave. Steve Williams retained the UWF Title against Big Bubba Rogers. Sting downed Eddie Gilbert in a Texas Death match. They both bled, Sting bleeding real bad. There was a ref bump, interference, and when the ref came to both men were down so the ref declared that whoever found their feet first was the winner. Dusty Rhodes beat Lex Luger (spelled Lugar on his robe) by DQ in a US Title match. They had Lex at 268 and Dusty at 265 which is just laughable. JJ Dillon interfered just before Luger would have lost to the sleeper. The Rock & Roll Express retained the NWA Tag Titles against Blanchard and Anderson in another excellent match. Ricky Morton was particularly impressive, doing all kinds of new moves he’s never done including a flying headscissors into a Mexican rollup. Four stars from Dave for this match too. Ric Flair pinned Barry Windham, and it was great but they recycled the finish from the same building in June when Flair beat Michael Hayes (the end of the sequence saw Flair and opponent collide, with Flair falling on top for the pin) which pissed a lot of fans off. Four stars from Dave for this one too, despite the finish looking stupid.
  • Wrestlemania 4 will not be at the Silverdome due to a conflict with the NCAA. The regional playoffs will be there that same day, so where Wrestlemania will be is up in the air.
  • Silverline Comics has inked an agreement with Big John Studd. They’ll be doing a full-color monthly adventure-wrestling series and a Big John Studd graphic novel in June. Studd will be portrayed as a 6’11” babyface wrestler who freelances as an undercover investigator.
  • WWF finally did the Bam Bam debut thing with the surprise twist of rejecting Slick and bringing out Sir Oliver Humperdink as his manager on the August 25 Superstars tapings in Fresno. They did a grudge match later in the taping against Nikolai Volkoff (managed by Slick) where Bigelow squashed Volkoff.
Watch: Bam Bam Bigelow debuts in WWF
  • WWF taped lots of videos for MTV this week, including Koko B. Ware lip synching the song Piledriver at the Cow Palace and getting booed heavily during the taping. They’ll probably sweeten the crowd to get it to sound okay on tape. Most of the arena were booing, but about 200 fans right up front were bouncing like it was a rock concert. Not a lot know this, but Koko used to sing in a four-part black gospel band and he supposedly has a fairly good singing voice.
Watch: Piledriver, the music video
  • Dave runs down WWF’s San Francisco tv tapings from August 26. Rip Oliver debuted, but half the crowd was buying snacks. Match would have been okay with any heat. DiBiase wasn’t over at all here, but wrestling against Lanny Poffo didn’t help. Dave gives Killer Khan vs. Darrell Nickel -3 stars. Nickel couldn’t even walk. Seeing Ric Rude up close, Dave corrects himself that Rude’s physique does look better than Hercules’s does. He also thinks Rude will do better than he had expected in WWF, but doesn’t see him going beyond the level Hercules is at.
  • [JCP/NWA] Paul Jones is bringing in a new wrestler next week. Dave believes it will be Steve Disalvo. Good on interviews, potential to be a decent name, but bad in ring.
  • [JCP/NWA] Starrcade has officially been announced for Chicago on Thanksgiving, and will be available on national ppv. Remember that last bit as we get closer to November. Chicago was probably picked to make it look more major league to suits, but Dave thinks it would probably be more impressive to suits if they had a show that sold out with a $380,000 live gate.
  • The reason why there’s no more Crockett content on Pro Wrestling this Week is because Jim Crockett pulled the plug. Pro Wrestling this Week joined up with Dave McLane’s POWW and the AWA to make a joint advertising network like Vince’s WWF network and Crockett’s Wrestling network (that is, their syndicated packages). To Crockett, that was PWTW declaring direct competition against Crockett for advertising, so he’s pulled the tapes.
  • Jim Barnett is now working for Crockett out of the Dallas office.
  • [Florida] Kevin Sullivan now enters the ring on a motorcycle. What an American badass.
  • [AWA] Larry Nelson’s heart attack was actually an ulcer attack. Similar symptoms to a heart attack. Anyway, he’s back now.
  • [AWA] Madusa Miceli is managing Nick Kiniski and Kevin Kelly now. She’s still green at the ringside role, but she’s getting good heat.
  • There’s talks of George Cannon helping AWA by promoting them out of Toronto with what’s left of the Montreal territory. That may be just talks at this point. It may be nothing.
  • UWF will be debuting tv in New York on Saturdays at noon starting on September 19. Since it’s New York, they’re going to include all the big JCP guys (Road Warriors, Dusty, Horsemen, etc.) in addition to the main UWF guys (Williams, Gilbert, Taylor, Windham, etc.). They’re also going to have tv again on channel 36 in San Jose, in an 11 pm Saturday slot.
  • New Japan’s latest tour opened with a crowd of 1840 at Korauken Hall on August 24. With Kimura needing knee surgery, Masa Saito’s green card problems, and Inoki pulling a muscle on August 20, they were all out for the show and they had to change the card. Riki Choshu/Akira Maeda/Osamu Kido beat Seiji Sakaguchi/Yoshiaki Fujiwara/Kantaro Hoshino in the main event, and FujinamiMurdoch went to a double countout. Mutoh and Keiichi Yamada beat Mark Rocco (former Black Tiger) and Owen Hart with Mutoh pinning Rocco (so Owen didn’t have to do the job on his first match in).
  • I’ve kind of avoided bringing this in yet, because it’s only been lightly alluded to and never actually described in the Newsletter, but there’s been a trickle of letters and even the occasional comment by Dave about Ric Flair and Precious. For the Great American Bash tour, Crockett promoted a FlaiGarvin match where if Flair won he’d win the services of Precious, and we got a really, really off the wall Ric Flair promo involving a mannequin and Flair “practicing” for his dream date with Precious. This is one of the inciting incidents behind letters asking about whether Crockett is appropriate for children and if this is hurting their ability to expand their audience. Anyway, we have another letter in this issue (by one of the editors of Pro Wrestling Digest) touching on the FlaiPrecious skit and bringing up that it really helps WWF/Hogan because what parent is going to want to watch two self-professed sex fiends fight over a woman when they can see Hogan and the All-American image he presents. Dave responds by noting that properly promoted wrestling can hit a lot of demographics, and it’s just bad business to completely alienate a demographic. It may be impossible to please everyone, but that’s no excuse. When wrestling gets hot, it’s the kids and teenage audience that grows most because they’re most easily swayed into getting on board with what’s hot. So Dave doesn’t think wrestling should be G rated and Mickey Mouse, but it’s also a clear mistake to go R rated and do stuff that’ll make parents turn off the tv or not bring their kids because of poor taste. Also, next issue of Pro Wrestling Digest is going to have a big article on AIDS and wrestling that will stir controversy. I’ll see about tracking it down and adding it as a supplement to a future issue.
Watch: Flair practices for Precious and Flair’s dream date with “Precious”
  • Another letter asks what Dusty must have been thinking when booking WarGames 2. Paul Ellering is a manager. Why not have him submit to Flair? Then again, having the manager submit to the world champion heel must be unconscionable to Dusty. Sure, Big Bubba Rogers was under a mask as War Machine, but everyone knew it was him. So what must Steve Williams be wondering about what being UWF Champion really means? Also, the Crockett shows in Stockton are good because Eddie Gilbert’s booking those.
  • Ted DiBiase won’t be returning to Japan for at least two years, so All Japan has officially vacated the PWF World Tag Titles. Hansen and Dick Slater will go against Jumbo Tsuruta and Tiger Mask II to decide the new champions.
  • Also in All Japan, they did a neat feud thing on August 21 involving Great Kabuki, Genichiro Tenryu, and Toshiaki Kawada. Kabuki and Tsuruta teamed against Ashura Hara and Tenryu, with Kabuki misting Tenryu before the match even started. So then he and Tsuruta beat up their opponents until Kawada (who’s just a prelim guy) comes out to help Tenryu. Samson Fuyuki runs out to even things up and they made a six-man match out of it, and Tsuruta pinned Kawada. Then Tenryu got mad at Kawada for losing the match and kicked him off the team and told him to go back to Tsuruta’s dressing room. When Kawada arrived, Tsuruta and Kabuki wouldn’t let him in, so now Kawada has no friends and is on his own.
  • New Japan’s tv will move from Tursday nights to Monday nights in just a few weeks. Choshu is still banned from wrestling on tv and there’s no end to that situation in sight.
  • JWP continues to fall apart. Jackie Sato has now quit, joining Shinobu Kandori, Xochitl Hamada, Estelle Molina, Gran Hamada (trainer and promoter), and Nancy Kimi as major recent departures. They’re certainly experiencing financial problems, and they never got a tv deal, so they were pretty doomed from the get-go. They’re pushing Rumi Kazama as the major star and the new front office has signed a deal for Rumi Kazama comics in Japan. She’s a very small girl who got some fame from martial arts movies and delivers kicks like Sayama does.
  • The Road Warriors and Michael Hayes have both signed long-term contracts with JCP. The Road Warriors should now get a big push and used better and more regularly in the process. Terry Gordy has not signed, because he doesn’t want to give up his Japan commitments.
  • Thanksgiving should be interesting, because in addition to Crockett doing Starrcade it’s looking like WWF also has some big plans. Dave’s speculating, but he wouldn’t be surprised to see an Andre-Hogan rematch booked to take eyes from Starrcade. Crockett has three venues booked for Thanksgiving: the Pavilion in Chicago, Greensboro, and the Superdome. This right here and the bit earlier about Crockett getting ppv for Starrcade is the beginning of one of the most significant stories of the year and the birth of Survivor Series.
NEXT ISSUE: Scott "Hog" Irwin passes away, Survivor Series announced, Championship Wrestling from Florida on death's door, The Macho King is crowned
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2020.01.27 20:55 IAmGrum 1999 Baseball Prospectus Top 40 prospects list

I'm in the process of clearing space out on my bookshelves and I've decided to get rid of my collection of old Baseball Prospectus books (1998-2009).
For fun, I decided to go through the books and see what their "top prospects" lists look like. There was no list for the 1998 book, so the first official "top prospects" list appeared in their 1999 book.
Top 40 Prospects (1999)
  1. Eric Chavez (3B, OAK)
  2. J.D. Drew (OF, STL)
  3. Alex Escobar (CF, NYM)
  4. Bruce Chen (LHP, ATL)
  5. Pablo Ozuna (SS, STL)
  6. Nick Johnson (1B, NYY)
  7. Octavio Dotel (RHP, NYM)
  8. Jeremy Giambi (LF, KCR)
  9. Carlos Beltran (CF, KCR)
  10. Matt Clement (RHP, SDP)
  11. Rick Ankiel (LHP, STL)
  12. Ruben Mateo (CF, TEX)
  13. Russ Branyan (3B, CLE)
  14. Brad Penny (RHP, ARI)
  15. Ben Davis (C, SDP)
  16. Chad Hermansen (OF, PIT)
  17. Lance Berkman (LF, HOU)
  18. Mitch Meluskey (C, HOU)
  19. Marcus Giles (2B, ATL)
  20. D'Angelo Jimenez (SS, NYY)
  21. Michael Barrett (C/3B, MON)
  22. George Lombard (RF, ATL)
  23. Ben Petrick (C, COL)
  24. Peter Bergeron (CF, MON)
  25. Ed Yarnall (LHP, FLA)
  26. Carlos Febles (2B, KCR)
  27. Scott Williamson (RHP, CIN)
  28. Calvin Pickering (1B, BAL)
  29. Ronnie Belliard (2B, MIL)
  30. Freddy Garcia (RHP, SEA)
  31. Dernell Stenson (RF, BOS)
  32. Rob Bell (RHP, CIN)
  33. Gabe Kapler (OF, DET)
  34. Daryle Ward (1B/LF, HOU)
  35. Joe Crede (3B, CHW)
  36. Angel Pena (C, LAD)
  37. Roy Halladay (RHP, TOR)
  38. Tom Evans (3B, TOR)
  39. Luke Prokopec (RHP, LAD)
  40. Jackie Rexrode (2B, ARI)
Honourable Mentions:
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2019.10.05 07:08 Mr_Haw_Haw The World on its Axis : My Take on the Axis Win Timeline because of US Neutrality

The World on its Axis : My Take on the Axis Win Timeline because of US Neutrality
It tried to be original and entertaining while keeping the story likely. I always thought versions that involved America occupied of somehow D-Day failing weren't very organic. Its a tried trope, but let me know what you think.
THE WORLD ON ITS AXIS

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1933
February 15, 1933 - President-Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt is shot and mortally wounded by Giuseppe Zangara at Bayfront Park in Miami, FL. Mayor of Chicago, Anton Cermak, and two others are also wounded. The assassin is later sentenced to death by electric chair for his crime.
February 28, 1933 – The Reichstag Fire Decree is passed in response to the Reichstag fire, nullifying many German civil liberties.
March 4, 1933 - VP-Elect John Nance Garner of Texas is inaugurated as President of the United States. His speech with its hallmark phrase, "We shall wright the ship of state and our economy, not by running from our values, but embracing them", begins to rally the public and Congress to deal with the Great Depression. His subsequent addresses, that began eight days later, would lay out a plan for relief for both the poor and business.
March 5, 1933 - The Great Depression: President Garner declares a "Bank holiday", closing all United States banks and freezing all financial transactions (the 'holiday' ends on March 13).
March 9 - June 16, 1933 - The New Deal social and economic programs are passed by the United States Congress in a special one hundred day session to address depression era economics. The gold standard was dropped on April 19 and ratified during the time of this session on June 5. Canada also drops using the gold standard.
March 31, 1933 - The Reconstruction Finance Corporation and the Glass-Steagall Act is passed by Congress to bail out failing banks while ensuring that depositor money cannot be leveraged for speculation by banks. It is seen a crucial lynchpin for stemming the tide of bank closures.
April 1, 1933 –Nazi SA agitators, led by Julius Streicher, organize a one-day boycott of all Jewish-owned businesses in Germany.
May 27, 1933 - The Century of Progress World's Fair opens in Chicago, Illinois. Held along the banks of Lake Michigan on 427 acres, this depression era fair was a successful event, both in financial and attendance terms, taking advantage of cheap labor to keep costs low. It lasted for two seasons, drawing over 39 million visitors over its 1933 and 1934 years.
June 21, 1933 – All non-Nazi parties are forbidden in Germany.
August 1, 1933 - The National Development Act restricts enforcement of Anti-Trust on companies doing business with the federal government.
August 12, 1933 – MP Winston Churchill makes his first public speech warning of the dangers of German rearmament.
November 8, 1933 - U.S. President Garner unveils the Civil Works Administration, an organization designed to create jobs for more than 4 million of the unemployed.
November 11, 1933 - In South Dakota, a strong dust storm strips topsoil from depression era farms. It was one in a series of such storms to plague the Midwest during 1933 and again in 1934.
November 16, 1933 – The United States declines to establish formal diplomatic relations with the Soviet Union after an invite from Premier Josef Stalin is rebuffed. President Garner is in agreement with the British PM, Ramsay MacDonald, that Communism is the greatest threat to the liberal democratic order in the West.
November 18, 1933 - The US Congress passes the National Sales Tax Act to begin generating more revenue for the government, this is met with some rancor from the more progressive left while being hailed as a sound fiscal decision by those in the business community.
December 5, 1933 - The 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is passed, ending prohibition.
1934
March 1, 1934 – Manchuria becomes Manchukuo, following an invasion by the Japanese. Former Qing Dynasty emperor, Puyi, is installed as regent for the new Japanese crown colony.
June 6, 1934 - The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission is established with the signing of the Securities Exchange Act into law by President John Nance Garner.
June 30 – July 2, 1934 – Night of the Long Knives in Germany: Nazis purge the Sturmabteilung (SA), the left-wing Strasserite faction of the Nazi Party, and prominent anti-Nazi liberals in a series of political murders.
August 2, 1934 – Adolf Hitler becomes Führer of Germany, or head of state combined with that of Chancellor, following the death of President Paul von Hindenburg.
August 15, 1934 - The United States pulls its troops from Haiti after installment of a US friendly government.
December 29, 1934 - Japan renounces the Washington Naval Treaty of 1922 and the London Naval Treaty of 1930.
1935
March 16, 1935 – Adolf Hitler announces German re-armament in violation of the 1919 Treaty of Versailles. US investment and suppliers contribute to the resurgent German industrial economy.
June 2, 1935 - The greatest hitter in the history of baseball, Babe Ruth, retires from Major League Baseball. He is among the charter class of players inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, in Cooperstown, New York, in 1939.
June 9, 1935 – He–Umezu Agreement: China's Kuomintang government concedes Japanese military control of north-eastern China.
July 2, 1935 - The National Labor Relations Act is defeated in the Senate splitting Democratic factions.
August 14, 1935 - The Social Security Act, proposed by the progressive Democrats of Congress as part of the New Deal legislation effort, is defeated after bi-partisan lobbying against it led by President Nance Garner. He is remembered as saying that, "While many reforms are needed to ensure the stability of our economic health; Socialism will not be the order of business in America, not today, not tomorrow." This is lauded by the conservative elements in both parties as a middle-of-the-road policy of "rational reform". More critical members of the Democratic Party call it fence-sitting that ignores the plight of those hit the hardest by the Depression.
October 2 – October 3, 1935 – The Second Italo-Ethiopian War begins as General Emilio De Bono of Italy invades Ethiopia.
September 15, 1935 – The Nuremberg Laws go into effect in Germany, removing citizenship from Jews.
September 30, 1935 - Hoover Dam is dedicated by President Garner and becomes a public works centerpiece of the "New Deal".
1936
January 20, 1936 – King George V of the United Kingdom dies. His eldest son succeeds to the throne, becoming Edward VIII. He is the last Prince of Wales.
March 7, 1936 – In violation of the Treaty of Versailles and Locarno Treaties, Nazi Germany reoccupies the Rhineland.
May 7, 1936 – Italy annexes Ethiopia.
May 12, 1936 - The Santa Fe Railroad inaugurates the all-Pullman Super Chief passenger train service between Chicago, Illinois and Los Angeles, California.
May 30, 1936 - Gone with the Wind is published by Margaret Mitchell.
July 17, 1936 – The Spanish Army of Africa launches a coup d'état against the Second Spanish Republic, beginning the Spanish Civil War.
August 1, 1936 - The Summer Olympics Games open in Berlin, Germany under the watchful eye of German leader Adolf Hitler, whose policies of Aryan supremacy had already begun to take shape. The star of the games was Jesse Owens, a black American, who won four gold medals at the Berlin Games.
August 19, 1936 – The first of the Moscow Trials in the Soviet Union begins the great purge of Soviet officials considered disloyal by Stalin.
November 3, 1936 - John Nance Garner overwhelms his Republican challenger, Alfred Landon, for a second presidential term. His Electoral College margin, 403 to 128, and 57% of the popular vote was a landslide and insured Garner a mandate for his strategy of moderate and balanced stewardship.
December 10, 1936 – Edward VIII abdication crisis: King Edward VIII of the United Kingdom signs an instrument of abdication at Fort Belvedere, Surrey in the presence of his three brothers, The Duke of York, The Duke of Gloucester and The Duke of Kent.
December 31, 1936 – The United Auto Workers begins the Flint Sit-Down Strike in Flint, Michigan. President Garner ordered federal intervention using Michigan National Guard to break the strike. 3 workers were killed and 23 injured in the ensuing melee. After GM refuses to recognize the UAW, union leaders later decide to ally with the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), increasing their membership for the first time since 1924.
1937
February 16, 1937 - Wallace H. Carothers patents the polymer, invented in the Dupont labs.
May 6, 1937 - At Lakehurst, New Jersey, the German airship Hindenburg makes the news when an electrical failure causes an emergency landing, thankfully the use of helium prevented a fire from occurring onboard. All passengers landed safely.
May 12, 1937 – The coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II takes place at Westminster Abbey, London.
May 27, 1937 - The Golden Gate Bridge opens to pedestrian traffic and one day later, after a ceremonial press of a button from Washington, D.C. by President Garner, receives its first vehicles. It created a vital link between San Francisco and Marin County.
July 2, 1937 - The Second Sino-Japanese War begins after the Marco Polo Bridge Incident. Pres. John Nance Garner reaffirms America's commitment to neutrality. Despite some pressure from the Left, President Garner declines any proposal that may change the Neutrality Acts or place any economic sanctions against Japan.
August 14, 1937 - The Appalachian Trail, extending two thousand miles from Mount Katahdin, Maine to Springer Mountain, Georgia is completed.
November 12, 1937 - Amelia Earhart returns to Lockheed Airfield in Burbank, CA, to complete the first round the world flight by a woman to much public fanfare.
December 13, 1937 – Second Sino-Japanese War: The Battle of Nanking ends with the Japanese occupying the city. In the Nankin Massacre which follows, Japanese soldiers kill over 300,000 Chinese in 3 months. A few days previously, the Nationalist government of China has moved its capital to the southwestern city of Chungking.
1938
March 13, 1938 – Anschluss: Germany annexes Austria after a popular referendum for unification.
June 25, 1938 - Federal legislation known as the Fair Labor Standards Act is defeated in Congress. It would have established a minimum wage of $0.25 at the time, as well as time and one half for overtime.
Instead a separate bill prohibiting most child labor was passed by a narrow margin creating some amity between the diverging conservative and progressive wings of the Democrat party.
October 31, 1938 – Great Depression: In an effort to try to restore investor confidence, the New York Stock Exchange unveils a 15-point program aimed to upgrade protection for the investing public. The proposal is endorsed by President Garner and passes Congress as part of a budget bill.
September 29, 1938 - Munich Agreement: German, Italian, British and French leaders agree to German demands regarding annexation of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia. The Czechoslovak government is largely excluded from the negotiations and is not a signatory to the agreement. Neville Chamberlain returns to Britain from meeting with Adolf Hitler and declares "Peace for our time".
November 9, 1938 - Kristallnacht: In Germany, the "night of broken glass" begins as Nazi Brownshirts and sympathizers loot and burn Jewish businesses (the all night affair sees 7,500 Jewish businesses destroyed, 267 synagogues burned, 91 Jews killed and at least 25,000 Jewish men arrested)
1939
January 5, 1939 - President Garner asks the U.S. Congress for a modest defense budget increase to modernize US military equipment.
January 27, 1939 – Adolf Hitler orders Plan Z, a 5-year naval expansion program intended to provide for a huge German fleet capable of matching the Royal Navy on its own by 1944. The Kriegsmarine is given the first priority on the allotment of German economic resources.
March 28, 1939 - Dictator Francisco Franco assumes power in Madrid, remaining in power until 1975, after his army successfully routes the Republican forces.
April 12, 1939 – Italy captures and annexes the Kingdom of Albania forcing King Zog into exile.
April 30, 1939 - The New York World's Fair opens for its two year run. This world's fair, spectacularly conceived for the Flushing Meadows trash dump made famous by F. Scott Fitzgerald in Queen's, New York, is often credited with proving to the American public that prosperity and good times could lay ahead after the decade of depression. The fair was centered by the Trylon and Perisphere theme structures and included the participation of 52 nations and 11 colonies, despite the growing presence of a looming World War. The New York fair closed on October 21, 1940 and drew 45 million paid visitors. During the same year, a competing fair in San Francisco, known as the Golden Gate International Exposition, became a second example of a spectacular world's fair signaling the end of the depression era. Held in the middle of San Francisco Bay, it opened February 18, 1939 and would close on September 29, 1940 with an attendance of over 15 million.
June 12, 1939 - The Baseball Hall of Fame opens in Cooperstown, New York, home of one of baseball's founders, Abner Doubleday. The first class of inductees included Ty Cobb, Babe Ruth, Honus Wagner, Christy Mathewson, and Walter Johnson.
August 2, 1939 - Albert Einstein alerts President John Nance Garner to an A-bomb opportunity, the proposal is considered far-fetched and outside of US priorities for the time being. The idea gains some theoretical traction among scientists despite lack of official resources for development. Einstein had arrived as a fugitive from Nazi Germany six years earlier on October 17, 1933.
August 23, 1939 – Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact signed between Germany and the Soviet Union, a neutrality treaty that also agreed to the division of spheres of influence in Eastern Europe.
September 5, 1939 - The United States declares its neutrality in the European war after Germany invaded Poland and annexed Danzig, effectively beginning World War II after a year of European attempts to appease Hitler and the aims of expansionist Nazi Germany. Despite this, the US Congress creates a "Cash and Carry" amendment to the Neutrality Act, motivated by manufacturing interests in both parties, which will begin arms trades with any nation willing to pick them up from US ports. This becomes lucrative for the US, creating jobs and much needed revenue.
September 10, 1939 - Nazi Germany begins its euthanasia program for the handicapped, mentally ill, addicted and other "social undesirables". The Catholic Church protests this vigorously.
1940
April 9, 1940 – WWII: Germany invades the neutral countries of Denmark and Norway in Operation Weserübung, opening the Norwegian Campaign. The British Royal Navy attack elements of the German fleet off Norway. Vidkun Quisling proclaims a new collaborationist regime in Norway. The German invasion of Denmark lasts for about six hours before that country capitulates.
May 10, 1940 - Germany begins the invasion of France and the Low Countries.
May 20, 1940 - The Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest of the German concentration camps, opens in occupied Poland near the town of Oświęcim. From now until January 1950, around 3.6 million people will be killed there.
May 26- June 4, 1940 - The Dunkirk evacuation: The British and French navies together with large numbers of civilian vessels from various nations complete evacuating 300,000 troops from Dunkirk in France to England.
June 3, 1940 - The United States government approves a sale of surplus war material to Great Britain.
June 14, 1940 - On the same day Paris fell to the German army, the Naval Expansion Act is signed into law by President John Nance Garner, increasing the capacity of the U.S. Navy by 9%. Four days earlier, John Nance Garner had hosted a trade conference with representatives from Japan securing an increase in oil exports to Japan, greatly benefiting the US oil industry.
June 17, 1940 - France surrenders to Germany. Marshal Philippe Pétain becomes Prime Minister of Vichy France and immediately asks Germany for peace terms.
September 7, 1940- The Blitz: Nazi Germany begins bomb raids on London (the first of 76 consecutive nights of strategic bombing).
September 16, 1940 - The U.S. Congress approves and enacts the first expansion of the US volunteer military; increasing US active duty forces to 320,000 personnel. The US will retain these troop limits until 1956.
September 26, 1940 – A group of Japanese officers in violation of an agreement signed four days earlier with French Indochina, take Đồng Đăng and Lam Sơn with 40 Franco-Vietnamese troops killed and around 1,000 deserting. As Japan consolidates control over Indochina, President Garner quells demands from some in his party to impose a total embargo on all scrap metal shipments to Japan. He is determined to not take sides in the growing war in the Pacific.
November 5, 1940 - President Garner decides to make way for a new candidate for President and endorses the bid of his VP, Democrat Millard Tydings, over firebrand progressive Henry Wallace after a heated convention battle. In a stunning upset of 282 to 249 in the Electoral College, victory is secured by Republican candidate Arthur Vandenberg, winning his first presidential election. A major factor in Vandenberg's success was ensuring the US will never enter war in Europe or Asia under his watch and was committed to rolling back some New Deal tax hikes signed by President Garner.
At the GOP Convention, Gerhard Kunze, of the German American Bund, and Charles Lindbergh, of the America First Committee, both deliver keynote speeches endorsing Arthur Vandenberg for his support of strict neutrality and anti-communism. Also, speaking at the convention was Father Charles Coughlin, a priest whose weekly radio show was instrumental in getting Catholics to turn out to the polls for the Republican candidate.
1941
January 26, 1941 – After aviator Charles Lindbergh testifies before the U.S. Congress and recommends that the United States negotiate a non-aggression pact with Adolf Hitler; President Arthur Vandenberg extends an invitation to Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop to open negotiations with Germany.
March 11, 1941 - The Charles Lindbergh Museum of Aviation is dedicated at US Army Air Corps School at Patterson Field with the participation of such luminaries as Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh himself.
March 16, 1941 - The Lend-Lease Act is passed by the Democrat majority in the House, which would have provided $7 billion in military credits for American manufactured war supplies to Great Britain and other nations. The bill is later is defeated in the now Republican Senate. Vandenberg announces that "Cash and Carry" will continue due to lobbying efforts by manufacturers earning incredible gains by selling to both sides, but the US will not extend credit to any particular side.
March 24, 1941 – WWII: Rommel launches his offensive in Cyrenaica.
June 22, 1941 –Operation Barbarossa: Germany invades the Soviet Union. Winston Churchill promises all possible British assistance to the Soviet Union in a worldwide broadcast: "Any man or state who fights against Nazidom will have our aid. Any man or state who marches with Hitler is our foe." Italy and Romania declare war on the Soviet Union. The June Uprising also begins in Lithuania and establishes a Provisional Government of Lithuania begun by the Lithuanian Activist Front in an attempt to liberate Lithuania from Soviet occupation.
June 26, 1941 – Hungary, Bulgaria and Finland officially join the Axis in their fight with the Soviet Union. Greece is occupied by Italy with the aid of German forces.
July 3, 1941 –Joseph Stalin, in his first address since the German invasion, calls upon the Soviet people to carry out a "scorched earth" policy of resistance to the bitter end. Meanwhile the German Army has captured the Baltic States with local Anti-Communist support.
August 14, 1941 - Negotiations for assistance are held between President Vandenberg and Great Britain's Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, without any significant agreement to change America's neutrality policy. The US, however, does agree to significant intelligence sharing with the UK.
August 25, 1941 – The Anglo-Soviet invasion of Iran begins.
November 5, 1941 – US concludes a non-aggression pact with Japan and agrees to future talks to expand trade between the two nations. Oil sales to Japan continue to be profitable to US business interests.
November 10, 1941 - Germany invades and occupies Iceland after defeating British defenders on the island. This amphibious force helps develop German invasion capabilities by sea and foreshadows Operation Sea Lion. The Atlantic shipping lanes are now dominated by the German navy allowing the U-Boats to create havoc for British supply.
December 29, 1941 - "Second Great Fire of London" – Luftwaffe carries out a massive incendiary bombing raid on London, starting 1,500 fires. Many famous buildings, including the Guildhall and Trinity House, are destroyed. The raids continue for 71 days.
1942
January 8, 1942 - North Africa is abandoned by Great Britain to concentrate resources at home for defense of a possible German invasion.
January 20, 1942 – The Holocaust: Nazis at the Wannsee Conference in Berlin decide that the "Final Solution" (Endlösung) to the Jewish problem" is deportation east, and later extermination.
February 6, 1942 - President Arthur Vandenberg rebuffs desperate requests from the Soviet Union to aid them in their defense from German invasion and instead decides to conclude an agreement with Germany for a non-aggression pact between the Reich and the US.
February 7, 1942 – United States Maritime Commission issues a warning for fleet operators to avoid passage in the North Sea and English Channel due to the deteriorated security situation from the Battle of Britain.
March 10, 1942 - Operation Typhoon succeeds as Moscow falls to German forces. Stalin's government is evacuated eastward to Omsk, taking with it the body of V.I. Lenin and many works of Russian art.
April-July 1942 - The Japanese Pacific campaign expands to the capture of New Guinea and the Solomon Islands resulting in the capitulation of most British forces in the region. Australia remains the last bulwark against Japanese domination of the Pacific and now faces the threat of Japanese long-range bombers.
May 12, 1942 – Second Battle of Kharkov: In the eastern Ukraine, the Soviet Army initiates a major offensive to re-capture the city of Kharkov from the German Army, only to be encircled and destroyed.
May 30, 1942 – Due to an intelligence miscalculation, British RAF Bombers en route to bomb Cologne are off course by 58 miles from their targets and suffer heavy air losses to the Luftwaffe.
June 27, 1942 - Remaining British forces capitulate at El Alamein, losing Egypt to Rommel's forces. The Suez Canal becomes a vital link to Persian Gulf oil for the Axis powers.
July 30, 1942 - After a long sustained air campaign over Great Britain and the steady decline of British Naval forces through attrition by U-Boats and the Luftwaffe, Operation Sea Lion begins with a massive airborne invasion of 15,000 Fallschirmjäger from Dunkirk, Normandy and Pas-de-Calais across the channel, mostly concentrated at Ramsgate and capturing the greater part of Kent.
August 1, 1942 – An amphibious invasion begins with over 80,000 Germans with armored support establishing beachheads along the shores of Kent, Sussex and Hampshire. This begins Britain's final struggle against the Reich. The last, and largest, Blitz on London begins and will kill thousands of civilians and defenders and effectively destroys Central London.
August 6, 1942- the Palace of Westminster was severely damaged from aerial and artillery bombardment and was unable to be saved from the resulting fire. Buckingham Palace also sustained a direct bomb impact and was rendered uninhabitable. Churchill lamented that it was the "saddest day in English history". Most members of Parliament and the Royal Family were safely evacuated to Canada days prior.

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August 10, 1942 - Japanese bombers begin raids on Australia concentrating efforts on cities and ports in the North of the country. During the month of August, the Japanese complete several successful invasions of Fiji, Samoa, and New Caledonia. Australian ships are now cut off from supply from America.
August 12-14, 1942 – A British counter-attack fails under withering air power, strained supply chains and civilian evacuation diverting manpower. The British Army makes a full retreat up the Thames to defend what remains of London.
September 20, 1942 - London falls to German occupation and Churchill's home, Chartwell in Westerham, becomes HQ for the German invasion force led by Field Marshall Walther von Brauchitsch. Field Marshall Alan Brooke and General Bernard Montgomery organize the defense strategy against the German invaders from Northampton.
October 21, 1942 –Battle of Stalingrad: The situation for the Russian defenders of Stalingrad turns desperate and starvation forces them to surrender to German forces under General Friedrich Paulus. He later sends Adolf Hitler a telegram saying that the German Sixth Army is now unopposed.
November 3, 1942- Battle of Britain: German forces capture Northampton and Oxford after weeks of fierce resistance.
December 13, 1942 – The English winter has halted the German advance for the time being after entrenched British Home Guard hold the lines from Liverpool to Sheffield.
1943
February 14, 1943 - Rommel secures control over both Tunisia and French Algeria. While on the Eastern front, German occupation forces obliterate Rostov-on-Don as a reprisal for a local uprising.
March 14, 1943 - After months of frostbite, malnutrition and illness at the Home Guard line, a renewed push by German forces breaks the front wide open. The British Home Guard makes a hasty retreat northward to Scotland.
March 22, 1943 –Khatyn massacre: The entire population of Khatyn in Belarus is burnt alive by the German occupation forces.
April 7, 1943 - The remaining forces in Britain, under Field Marshal Alan Brooke, surrender to Field Marshall Walther von Brauchitsch at Glasgow.
April 13, 1943 - The Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. is dedicated on the 200th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth by President Vandenberg.
May 5, 1943 - The formal instrument of surrender for British Forces in the UK is signed on the deck of the German Battleship Bismarck while docked in the Port of Bristol.
May 14, 1943 - Sir Oswald Mosley is appointed the new Prime Minister, under German direction, after being released from prison earlier in the year.
May 21, 1943 – The German Army begins a major clean-up effort in London using paid British laborers and lending manpower in effort to win hearts and minds. Many British citizens volunteer to help deliver German aid around their neighborhoods and villages, mostly since many British citizens are now unemployed and homeless.
June 8, 1943 – German forces invade into Yugoslavia to put down a Chetnik partisan uprising and bolster their Italian and Croat allies war effort.
June 10, 1943 - BUF militias with Einsatzgruppen support begin a campaign of clandestine arrests and executions against dissidents, Jews, Freemasons, recent emigres and former government officials over the course of the year across the British Isles.
June 21, 1943 - Race riots over civil rights abuses in Detroit and Harlem cause forty deaths and seven hundred injuries.
July 6, 1943 - After months of brutal siege and urban warfare, German forces have seized the city of Kazan on the north Volga River from the Soviets. This causes a catastrophic defeat for the Red Army of the North.
July 28, 1943 - Japanese forces seize the island of Tasmania, after 4 weeks of fighting, and begin preparing it as a launching base for the invasion of mainland Australia.
August 10, 1943 - Japanese bombers raid Australia's southwestern cities and ports in preparation for an invasion of the mainland. Urgent requests for US arms shipments to be sent to Australia are denied by President Vandenberg in an effort to avoid being pulled into war with Japan.
September 16, 1943 - With the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Iran, Shah Reza Pahlavi reforms his government around National Socialist principles and signs a trade agreement with Hitler to supply Germany with oil and other resources.
October 24, 1943 - The Japanese begin Operation Nomikai, a full scale invasion of Australia with a force of over 1 million soldiers by air and sea. Flinders, Torquay, Cape Paterson and Walkerville are the first beachheads to be captured after weeks of heavy bombardment. The Australian forces, out-supplied and outnumbered 7 to 1, struggle to defend territory from the rapid Japanese advance.
November 17, 1943 - The Detroit Conference is held for five days, concluding in an agreement between U.S. President Arthur Vandenberg, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, and German Foreign Minister Von Ribbentrop about a formal peace treaty between Germany and the Commonwealth ensuring that the remaining members of the British Commonwealth, particularly Canada, will not be attacked by Germany. Arthur Vandenberg makes it clear, alluding to the Monroe Doctrine, that a German offensive into the Americas would mean trade sanctions and probable war. Adolf Hitler finally agrees , in exchange for generous post-war reconstruction aid, and the war between Germany and Britain is over after official recognition of Germany's occupation of the British Isles was guaranteed by the US. Many British citizens saw the abandonment of the British homeland as a disgraceful betrayal, permanently impugning the reputation of Winston Churchill and the Royal family exiled in Canada.
December 12, 1943 – In a major crackdown on English intelligentsia, German and BUF authorities conduct a purge at Oxford University. In a massive display, over 20,000 books are burned outside Bodleian Library and 23 academics are arrested by the SS, including Bertrand Russell who is shot while "trying to escape". Similar smaller purges occur over the next two weeks at Cambridge University, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow and the University of St Andrews.
December 17, 1943 - The first nuclear chain reaction is produced at the Auergesellschaft plant at Oranienburg, creating fission of Uranium U-238, under the direction of Wilhelm Ohnesorge and Nikolaus Riehl.
1944
February 5, 1944 - A second Australian front is opened when 200,000 Japanese soldiers land at beachheads in Townsville and Darwin.
March 1, 1944 – Austrian-born economist Friedrich Hayek is arrested and executed in Birmingham, Great Britain, for his manuscript The Road to Serfdom, which was decreed to be a "treasonous assault against Reich economics".
April 10, 1944 - After a coup successfully deposes Stalin, Nikolai Bulganin, and others. New Soviet officials negotiate a ceasefire, ceding most land west of the Urals to the Germans in exchange for a cessation of hostilities. Adolf Hitler, with reservations, agrees to ending the war in the East. The next day Hitler declares Victory over Europe and is hailed as the “Savior of the German People”. A massive victory parade and rally is held in Berlin for the returning Reichswehr. The War in Europe is now over and the Nazi Reich begins consolidating its control over its various puppet regimes and war allies.
June 2, 1944 - Japanese forces advance south from Brisbane and capture Sydney as supplies run dry for the city defenders.
July 16, 1944 - By decision of the Soviet Politburo, Stalin and his close affiliates including Generals Molotov, Bulganin and Khrushchev, are quietly executed by firing squad in a military prison outside of Omsk. Over the next year the Soviet Union is reformed as the Democratic Federation of Soviet Republics (DFSR).
July 26, 1944 –The Messerschmitt Me-262 becomes the first jet fighter aircraft to enter military service.
August 11, 1944 - Australia finally capitulates after the siege of Canberra results in a decisive Japanese victory. Former PM, Sir Robert Gordon Menzies, negotiates the instrument of unconditional surrender and is later rewarded with the post of "Prime Minister and Governor-General" of an Australia that is now a vassal state in the Greater Japanese Empire. The Australian resistance will continue in the North and West for many years. This is seen as the end of the Japanese War in the Pacific. Japan can now focus its attention to consolidating control over its Chinese holdings.
October 1, 1944 - New concentration camp sites are erected in Western Russia to accommodate to newest influx of former Communist Party members, dissidents, “Mongolic” Slavs and Jews netted during the ongoing occupation of western Russia. In many cases, entire villages and towns have been razed by Waffen SS as reprisals for resistance. As part of the Ost Plan, these areas are being ethnically cleansed for the settlement of Germans.
November 6, 1944 - Arthur Vandenberg secures a second term as president, in a 332 to 199 defeat of challenger Henry Wallace, due to his steadfast avoidance of war and resurging economy. Despite neutrality remaining popular among Americans, many Democrats now worry about the advances Germany has made and its newfound position as the dominant power over Europe and Africa.
December 12, 1944 - The United States begins the Philadelphia Project, a clandestine project to create an atomic bomb, after learning that Germany has successfully tested an atomic bomb named the “Heisenberg Device" in the deserts of Algeria. The project will use the brightest minds of science and take several years to bear fruit.
1945
March 5, 1945 - Hitler visits Moscow, under incredibly tight security by the SS, to inaugurate the new National Socialist regime under Konstantin Rodzaevsky. The new regime promises to accelerate the purge of former Communist elements and to eliminate Non-European and Jewish influences from Russia. The Reichswehr works with local partisans to continue to suppress former elements of the Red Army resistance still engaged in guerrilla warfare with the occupation forces in Western Russia.
May 7, 1945 - Germany invades Switzerland and, after two months of resistance, captures Bern and annexes the nation into the Reich.
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2019.08.27 16:16 redandbluenights Scott Patterson answers fans burning questions during his visit to his Jersey hometown of Haddonfield for "Scott Patterson Day" (Saturday)

The night before last, I had the awesome opportunity to meet Scott Patterson nearby in his hometown of Haddonfield,NJ. He was in Philly for Keystone Comicon and he visited his hometown- was honored by the Mayor and spoke, answered questions and met many of his fans.
I wanted to share some of the things that Scott talked about during his visit, because I thought you might find his answers interesting. Scott spent a lot of the time he was with us answering the crowd's questions (and even after he said "just one more" several times- he went on to answer almost two dozen more questions).
He came across as a down to earth, really GENUINE guy, (very sweet and humble). After the public ceremony- he stuck around, shook hands and said hello to about 50 people who took the time to stay and meet him. It was really kind of him to give so much time to his hometown- he's clearly VERY appreciative of his fame and the love he has for Gilmore fans. Then he took a walk around the down town area with the Mayor and some fans who decided to go with.
So here are his answers to most of the public's questions);
Oh, and...Last thing (I swear); He got asked to choose between Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen... To which he said "Oh no... No way!" (Laughing) "That's a trap- there's no way I'm answering that one... I am not that dumb, my friend. There's no way I'm stepping on that land mine!" - He went on to say that of course, they are both FANTASTIC and raved about both musicians, thier early albums especially, and thier importance to NJ.
He took the time after the ceremony to say Hi and & thanks to the many people who came to see him- and to hug a ton of the fans and old friends that hung out (myself included). It was A GREAT night and I genuinely am glad I could share a little bit of his visit to NJ with all of you all!!
So that's it! Now you can all feel like you were there! So much love!!!!
<3 RedandBlueNights You can see a couple of the photos from his visit (including me meeting him- here; http://imgur.com/gallery/6fd6Y7T)
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2019.07.31 13:01 milb_bot 07/31/19 Daily Pitchers Discussion Thread

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Yesterday's Standout Pitchers

stats for games since 06/21/2019
 

AAA Standouts

Anthony Misiewicz 6 IP ER 3H BB 8K -- [LHP, 24, PCL-SEA] - [F] [T] 35.1 IP 6.92 ERA 1.37 WHIP 7.9 K/9 2.1 BB/9 3.9 K/BB 15.0 K-BB% 0.9 GO/AO
Framber Valdez 7 IP 4H 2BB 11K -- [LHP, 25, PCL-HOU] - [F] [T] 20.1 IP 2.24 ERA 1.24 WHIP 15.2 K/9 5.4 BB/9 2.8 K/BB 25.0 K-BB% 5.2 GO/AO
Spencer Turnbull 3.2 IP H 7K -- [RHP, 26, INT-DET] - [F] [T] 3.2 IP 0.0 ERA 0.31 WHIP 19.7 K/9 0.0 BB/9 -- K/BB 53.8 K-BB% 1.0 GO/AO
Sean Manaea 6 IP 2ER 3H BB 8K -- [LHP, 27, PCL-OAK] - [F] [T] 18.2 IP 7.91 ERA 1.54 WHIP 12.4 K/9 3.0 BB/9 4.2 K/BB 22.6 K-BB% 2.6 GO/AO
 

AA Standouts

Bryan Mata 5 IP 2ER 4H 2BB 8K -- [RHP, 20, EAS-BOS] - [F] [T] 41.2 IP 3.71 ERA 1.46 WHIP 10.3 K/9 3.5 BB/9 2.9 K/BB 17.2 K-BB% 1.9 GO/AO
Ian Anderson 6 IP 2ER 6H BB 9K -- [RHP, 21, SOU-ATL] - [F] [T] 38.1 IP 2.36 ERA 0.97 WHIP 12.8 K/9 1.9 BB/9 6.8 K/BB 29.9 K-BB% 2.4 GO/AO
Edwar Colina 5.2 IP 3H BB 7K -- [RHP, 22, SOU-MIN] - [F] [T] 37.1 IP 0.49 ERA 0.75 WHIP 9.9 K/9 2.4 BB/9 4.1 K/BB 22.1 K-BB% 0.9 GO/AO
Ronald Bolanos 7 IP 5H BB 7K -- [RHP, 22, TEX-SDP] - [F] [T] 40.0 IP 3.83 ERA 1.2 WHIP 10.3 K/9 3.1 BB/9 3.3 K/BB 19.6 K-BB% 1.2 GO/AO
Adam Scott 6.2 IP ER 4H BB 6K -- [LHP, 23, EAS-CLE] - [F] [T] 41.1 IP 2.63 ERA 1.09 WHIP 8.1 K/9 2.6 BB/9 3.1 K/BB 15.2 K-BB% 0.8 GO/AO
Josh Green 7 IP 3ER 6H 6K -- [RHP, 23, SOU-ARI] - [F] [T] 42.0 IP 1.93 ERA 0.95 WHIP 9.4 K/9 1.1 BB/9 8.8 K/BB 23.8 K-BB% 2.3 GO/AO
Kyle Funkhouser 6 IP ER 5H BB 10K -- [RHP, 25, EAS-DET] - [F] [T] 36.0 IP 6.5 ERA 1.69 WHIP 9.0 K/9 3.2 BB/9 2.8 K/BB 14.3 K-BB% 1.2 GO/AO
 

A+ Standouts

Miguel Yajure 7 IP 5H 10K -- [RHP, 21, FSL-NYY] - [F] [T] 44.0 IP 1.23 ERA 0.89 WHIP 8.8 K/9 1.8 BB/9 4.8 K/BB 20.0 K-BB% 1.0 GO/AO
Forrest Whitley 5 IP H 9K -- [RHP, 21, CAR-HOU] - [F] [T] 12.2 IP 4.43 ERA 1.31 WHIP 15.5 K/9 7.4 BB/9 2.1 K/BB 19.6 K-BB% 0.8 GO/AO
Cody Deason 4 IP H 6K -- [RHP, 22, CAR-HOU] - [F] [T] 25.1 IP 3.23 ERA 1.16 WHIP 11.5 K/9 5.0 BB/9 2.3 K/BB 16.8 K-BB% 1.0 GO/AO
Michael Plassmeyer 7 IP 4H 9K -- [LHP, 22, FSL-TB] - [F] [T] 41.0 IP 1.54 ERA 0.88 WHIP 6.6 K/9 0.7 BB/9 10.0 K/BB 17.4 K-BB% 1.0 GO/AO
Jack Patterson 5 IP 2H BB 9K -- [LHP, 23, CAR-CHC] - [F] [T] 31.2 IP 0.0 ERA 0.74 WHIP 10.1 K/9 3.5 BB/9 2.9 K/BB 19.3 K-BB% 2.2 GO/AO
Ian McKinney 9 IP ER 2H 12K -- [LHP, 24, CAL-SEA] - [F] [T] 52.1 IP 1.04 ERA 0.77 WHIP 12.6 K/9 2.1 BB/9 6.1 K/BB 31.8 K-BB% 0.7 GO/AO
 

A Standouts

Reese Olson 4 IP ER 2H 3BB 8K -- [RHP, 20, MID-MIL] - [F] [T] 26.1 IP 4.48 ERA 1.8 WHIP 10.7 K/9 4.8 BB/9 2.2 K/BB 13.4 K-BB% 1.4 GO/AO
Wilkel Hernandez 5 IP ER 4H 6K -- [RHP, 20, MID-DET] - [F] [T] 31.1 IP 2.89 ERA 1.13 WHIP 7.2 K/9 1.7 BB/9 4.2 K/BB 14.8 K-BB% 0.8 GO/AO
 

A (Short Season) Standouts

Alfredo Garcia 6 IP ER 6H BB 7K -- [LHP, 20, NWL-COL] - [F] [T] 40.0 IP 3.83 ERA 1.35 WHIP 9.4 K/9 3.4 BB/9 2.8 K/BB 16.2 K-BB% 1.0 GO/AO
Leonardo Rodriguez 6 IP ER H 2BB 9K -- [RHP, 21, NYP-BAL] - [F] [T] 44.0 IP 1.84 ERA 0.73 WHIP 11.2 K/9 2.0 BB/9 5.5 K/BB 26.3 K-BB% 0.8 GO/AO
 

Rookie Advanced Standouts

Tyler Owens 3.2 IP ER H 5K -- [RHP, 18, APP-ATL] - [F] [T] 16.0 IP 2.81 ERA 0.81 WHIP 10.1 K/9 3.4 BB/9 3.0 K/BB 18.8 K-BB% 2.1 GO/AO
 

Rookie Standouts

Fernando Melo 3.2 IP 2H BB 5K -- [LHP, 19, GCL-TB] - [F] [T] 13.1 IP 4.12 ERA 1.37 WHIP 8.2 K/9 6.2 BB/9 1.3 K/BB 4.9 K-BB% 1.3 GO/AO
Jhonfran Escalona 5 IP 2H 5K -- [RHP, 20, GCL-NYM] - [F] [T] 26.2 IP 0.69 ERA 0.73 WHIP 7.6 K/9 1.4 BB/9 5.5 K/BB 18.2 K-BB% 1.1 GO/AO
 
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2019.03.13 02:38 bathrobeDFS bathrobeDFS - MLB Team-By-Team Preview: Part 13 of 30: Colorado Rockies

Hey, everyone! bathrobeDFS back with another piece of my MLB preview. I’m gonna look at how the team did last year, any major roster moves, how they are projected to do/look this year, and then a final analysis of their rotation and hitters from a DFS perspective. I will do 30 of these (one for every team) and then, close to opening day, a final update to talk about any major changes between the preview and then (such as signings, injuries, breakouts, breakdowns, etc..) Well there’s a lot to do, let’s get going!
2018 Results
Record - 91-72 - 2nd in the NL West - WILD CARD
Runs Scored - 780 - 2nd in the NL
Earned Runs Against - 699 - 12th in the NL
RosteTeam Changes
No Longer On The Team
New Additions
2019 Projections
Vegas Odds
To Win World Series - 40/1
To Win NL Pennant - 18/1
PECOTA
Record - 85-77 - 2nd in the NL West
Runs Scored - 757 - T1 in the NL
Runs Allowed - 721 - 10th in the NL
Team Batting Average - .264 - 1st in the NL
Team OBP - .325 - 5th in the NL
Team SLG - .450 - 1st in the NL
FRAA (Defensive Metric) - 2.6 - 8th in the NL - 14th in the MLB
Fangraphs
Record - 81-81 - 2nd in the NL West
Runs Scored - 787.3 - 1st in the NL
Runs Allowed - 784.1 - LAST in the NL
Davenport
Record - 82-80 - 2nd in the NL West
Runs Scored - 785 - 1st in the NL
Runs Allowed - 779 - LAST in the NL
Projected Lineup
  1. Charlie Blackmon, RF (L)
  2. Nolan Arenado, 3B (R)
  3. Daniel Murphy, 1B (L)
  4. Trevor Story, SS (R)
  5. David Dahl, LF (L)
  6. Ian Desmond, CF (R)
  7. Ryan McMahon, 2B (L)
  8. Chris Iannetta, C (R)
Projected Rotation
  1. German Marquez, RHP
  2. Kyle Freeland, LHP
  3. Jon Gray, RHP
  4. Tyler Anderson, LHP
  5. Antonio Senzatela, RHP
Bullpen and Bench
Analysis
This is a team we are going to see a LOT of this season, whether we like it or not. Every time there is a game in Coors Field, both teams see their ownerships skyrocket so welcome to what should be the most consistently chalky offensive team in the MLB. And they will deserve it. The first 6 batters are incredible and, when in Coors Field, the others can be used at their relatively cheap prices. The pitching staff is more of a question but, given their talent and recent success, there’s plenty to be optimistic of.
The Rotation
First up is German Marquez, a starter we can actually use. People sleep on every Rockies pitcher, and understandably so. The park hurts pitchers tremendously. But, regardless, Marquez has shown in his career that it doesn’t stop him. Last year, he had a 3.77 ERA and an amazing 3.40 FIP. Sure his WHIP was 1.204 but, for a 23 year old kid in his 2nd full season, pitching in Denver, I think that’s fine. Especially when he can balance that out with a K/9 of 10.6. He was dominant against RHB all season, so, if you are going to attack him, even in Coors Field, I would definitely prioritize Lefties. For this section, I also want to point out that German is someone that is light’s out away from home, but you can really attack him when he’s in Denver.
Soon-to-be 26 year old Kyle Freeland will take the mound 2nd for the Rockies. He had a spectacular 2.85 ERA last season with a still-fantastic 3.67 FIP. His WHIP was high at 1.245, but he gave up very few XBH - most of the time someone reached base against him it was with singles. And his BABIP was low, at .288. With his K/9 of 7.7, this paints a picture of Freeland as someone who pitches to contact, and does it well. He isn’t going to give up a ton of big knocks, and he isn’t going to get a ton of strikeouts- meaning he isn’t someone we are going to target on either side of the game, barring matchup. That being said, if you DO want to take batters against him, make sure they are RHB, as Freeland is a normal splits pitcher. Freeland is also someone who pitches about the same at home or on the road.
Former top prospect Jon Gray is 3rd up for the Rocks. He is coming off a year where he led the NL, giving up 98 ER. That’s not a category you want to lead the league in. His ERA cause of it was 5.12, though his FIP was more than a full run lower, at 4.08. His WHIP was abnormally high, on an inflated H/9 rate, and his H9 was also far, far above his career average. The most shocking thing about Gray, though, is his lack of splits. While LHB hit for more power against him, the difference in BA between the 2 was only .007. That means that both sides of the plate have a shot against Gray, though you DO want to prioritize power hitting lefties since they have the most success. He is also someone who gives up the same stats at home or on the road- at home, his BAA was .269 with an OPA of .778. On the road it was .263 and .768. So you can play Gray in good matchups, wherever he is, and avoid him in bad matchups, wherever he is.
Old man on the staff, 29 year old Tyler Anderson, will take the mound 4th for the Rockies this season. Anderson led the league last year in most HR allowed, at 30. So make sure you prioritize power hitters whenever Anderson is on the mound. He is an extreme fly ball pitcher (he gives up 59 ground balls for every 100 fly balls) who gives up a HR on over 10% of fly balls. And he pitches for the Rockies. These are bad things for him, and good for us. It should be noted he is a reverse splits pitcher, so, when inevitably stacking against him, make sure you are prioritizing LHB. Also, as bad as he was at home, he was just as bad on the road. So don’t think we can only target Anderson when he’s at Coors!
Last up for the Rockies is 24 year old Antonio Senzatela. He’s had 2 seasons so far in the bigs, and has been relatively consistent, although he has split his time in the rotation and the bullpen both years. He is gonna have a FIP over 4, a WHIP over 1.3, and not nearly enough Ks to want to play him, basically, ever. He also seems to have reverse splits - although he gives up a similar BA to both, his OPS to RHB is .813 vs .696 to LHB. He was also someone who got destroyed at Home and did very well away, so we can also use that to our advantage, being able to start him in positive situations - he gave up a .316 BA with an OPS of .907 at home, and a .220 BA with an OPS of .628 on the road. Pretty stark contrast.
The Hitters
Leading off for the Rockies is Charlie Blackmon. After a career year in 2017, where he his .331 with 35 doubles, 14 triples, 37 HR, 14 SB, 137 R, and 104 RBI with an OPS of 1.000. Hello, Colorado. Last year he fell back to normal, but even that is insane, especially for a leadoff hitter. He still led the NL with 119 runs, while hitting .291 with an OPS of .860. He had a more normal (for him) 31 doubles, 7 triples, 29 HR, and 70 RBI from the leadoff spot. I would say 2017 is his ceiling and, if he stays healthy, 2018 is pretty much what I would expect out of him this year. He’s going to be one of the most expensive players every day, and, for the most part, he can pay it off. He doesn’t really show any splits, though he hits RHB with slightly more power. He also only hit .249 away from home with an OPS of .768, while hitting .334 with an OPS of .957 at Coors.
Batting second is perennial MVP candidate Nolan Arenado. In the last 4 seasons, Arenado has finished 8th, 5th, 4th and 3rd in MVP voting. And he has deserved all the accolades he has gotten. He will hit you .300+ with an OPS of around .930+, 40 or so HR, 110 RBI, 110 Runs, 40 2B. He also got a career high in BB last season, so he may be developing a better eye at the plate, especially since he is only 27 (he will turn 28 in April), and has time to get even better. While he is totally fine against Righties and on the road, he really shines both against LHP and at home. Against LHP he hit .368 with an OPS of 1.199. At Home, he hit .347 with an OPS of 1.105. So, basically, if Nolan is at home against a Lefty, play him no matter what. Period.
Next up for the Rockies is newly signed 2B Daniel Murphy, one of the best pure hitters in baseball. After a couple of MVP quality years, Murphy either had an off year last year, or sank back to normal. He only hit .300 with an OPS of .790. He had limited AB from injuries, which I have to assume is why he lost some power and counting stats. If he can stay healthy, with his new uppercut swing, in DENVER, we can see him get back to a .320 BA and an OPS well over .900. While he had been doing better in this regard in earlier seasons, last year he had noticeable splits, hitting .319 with an OPS of .864 against RHP and only .238/.563 against LHP
Cleaning up for Colorado is power hitting SS Trevor Story, fresh off a year where he was top 10 in MVP voting while playing next to Arenado. He hit 37 HR with 42 2B, 108 RBI, and 27 SB. He is one of the most valuable DFS assets in the game, especially considering the position he plays. He hit .291 with an OPS of .914 last season, boosted by his .326 BA and .1.069 OPS against LHP, and a .306 BA and 1.043 OPS at home. There’s not much else to say. He will be the most expensive SS most of the time because he deserves to be. And if he’s home against a LHP, like with Nolan, you lock him in.
Twenty-Five year old David Dahl will bat fifth. In his age 24 season, he got 249 AB where he hit 16 HR, with a BA of .273 and an OPS of .859. His HFB was 15.7%, so I would expect that ratio to go down a bit, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets you 30 HR this year with 10 or so SB and a bunch of XBH. He also displayed regular splits, hitting .286 with an OPS of .914 against RHP and only .234 with an OPS of .695 against LHP. He also hit .326 with an OPS of 1.051 at Coors Field, but only .200 with an OPS of .597 on the road.
Ian Desmond, who will spend a lot of time in CF this season, bats sixth. He played almost every game last year and, frankly, did not do that well, especially considering he plays in Colorado. He hit only .236 with an OPS of only .729, despite hitting 22 HR. That’s cause he only had 21 doubles and doesn’t walk that much. I would expect much of the same from him this year - someone who we can use, in the right situations, but who will go overowned for his ability the rest of the time. He hit .280 with an OPS of .840 against LHP, so make sure to focus on those matchups. He also, somehow, hit more HR on the road, with a higher SLG and OPS on the road than at home.
The Rockies lineup then drops off pretty quickly to light hitting 2B Ryan McMahon. If he gets all the AB in a full season, he may hit you 10 HR with 15 doubles. That’s about it. Seriously. He’s gonna hit you around .230 with an OPS under .700. And that is someone who played his home games in Colorado. While it was a very, very limited sample size (31 AB), he hit .323 with an OPS of .996 against LHP. So, if that is right, he is one of the most extreme reverse splits hitters I’ve ever seen. I trust that will correct itself the more AB he gets as the year progresses. If not, we found a goldmine.
Last up will be 36 year old Chris Iannetta, who will be tasked with a majority of catching duties this season. Again, he is not someone we are going to target, though he is often someone we will stick in stacks as the last batter because he’s often one of the cheapest plays on this team. He will hit you .220 with an OPS just above .700. He’ll clear double digits in HR and 2B but that’s about it. He doesn’t have any real splits, but, he does hit at home like an all-star so, if and when you do go with Iannetta, play him at home.
Conclusion
So, there you have it. I think the Rockies have the pitching to surprise a lot of people, and an offense to make even the best pitchers cry. Get used to everyone on this team, because they will be one of the most frequently used stacks of batters we are going to see, 81 days of the season.
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2019.03.02 19:05 angelsbaseball 3/2 Angels @ Reds [Game Thread]

Angels (5-3) @ Reds (2-4)

First Pitch: 12:05 PM at Goodyear Ballpark
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Angels Felix Pena (1-0, 0.00 ERA) PRIME KLAA
Reds Anthony DeSclafani (0-0, 0.00 ERA) WLW
Game Preview
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Line Score - Final

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
LAA 0 0 3 2 6 0 0 0 0 11 13 2
CIN 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 6 1

Box Score

CIN AB R H RBI BB SO BA LAA AB R H RBI BB SO BA
2B Gennett 2 0 0 0 1 0 .333 RF Bourjos 4 2 2 2 0 0 .571
2B VanMeter 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 RF Lund 1 0 0 0 0 0 .273
1B Votto 3 0 0 0 0 1 .100 LF Fletcher 4 0 0 0 0 3 .091
1B Patterson 1 0 1 0 0 0 .083 LF Parker 1 0 0 0 0 0 .444
LF Kemp, M 2 0 0 0 0 2 .300 DH Bour 3 1 1 2 0 2 .333
LF O'Grady 2 1 1 1 0 1 .400 DH Puello 2 0 0 0 0 2 .214
LF Friedl 0 0 0 0 0 0 .286 3B Ward, T 3 1 1 0 0 2 .250
3B Suárez, E 2 0 0 0 0 1 .222 3B Rojas 2 0 1 0 0 0 .357
3B Joe 1 1 0 0 0 0 .182 CF Adell 3 1 2 1 0 0 .308
DH Puig 2 0 0 0 0 2 .200 CF Marsh 2 0 0 0 0 1 .400
DH Trammell 1 0 0 0 1 1 .222 1B Walsh 2 2 1 1 1 0 .444
CF Schebler 1 0 1 0 1 0 .333 1B Urena, J 1 0 0 0 1 0 .333
CF Siri 2 0 0 0 0 0 .091 C Briceno 3 1 1 0 0 1 .143
C Barnhart 1 0 0 0 1 0 .143 C Pina, K 2 0 0 0 0 0 .400
C Stephenson, T 0 0 0 1 0 0 .400 2B Rengifo 2 2 2 2 0 0 .375
C Lofstrom 1 0 0 0 0 1 .000 2B Torres 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
SS Trahan 3 0 0 0 0 0 .273 SS Tovar 3 1 2 2 0 0 .385
SS Rodriguez, A 1 0 0 0 0 1 .364 SS Justus 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333
RF Aquino, A 3 0 3 0 0 0 .333
RF Williams, M 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
CIN IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA LAA IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA
DeSclafani 2.0 1 0 0 0 3 14-13 0.00 Peña, Fe 2.2 1 0 0 3 4 29-17 0.00
Castillo, L 1.2 4 5 5 1 2 22-14 20.25 García, L 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 3-3 3.86
Wooten 0.1 1 0 0 0 1 6-5 0.00 Allen 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 6-6 0.00
Reed 1.0 6 6 6 0 2 19-15 21.00 Barria 3.0 4 2 2 1 1 18-13 5.40
Wisler 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 8-8 6.00 Cole, T 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 5-5 0.00
Bass 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3-3 0.00 Bard 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 7-7 0.00
Reyes, Je 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 5-5 0.00
Powers 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 7-3 0.00

Scoring Plays

Inning Event Score
T3 Peter Bourjos singles on a ground ball to left fielder Matt Kemp. Luis Rengifo scores. 0-1
T3 Justin Bour homers (1) on a fly ball to right field. Peter Bourjos scores. 0-3
T4 Luis Rengifo out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Scott Schebler. Jared Walsh scores. 0-4
T4 Wilfredo Tovar doubles (1) on a line drive to left fielder Matt Kemp. Jose Briceno scores. 0-5
T5 Jo Adell doubles (2) on a ground ball to left fielder Matt Kemp. Taylor Ward scores. 0-6
T5 Jared Walsh doubles (1) on a fly ball to left fielder Matt Kemp. Jo Adell scores. 0-7
T5 Luis Rengifo doubles (1) on a fly ball to left fielder Matt Kemp, deflected by center fielder Scott Schebler. Jared Walsh scores. 0-8
T5 Wilfredo Tovar triples (1) on a line drive to center fielder Scott Schebler. Luis Rengifo scores. 0-9
T5 Peter Bourjos homers (1) on a fly ball to left center field. 0-11
B6 Brian O'Grady homers (1) on a fly ball to center field. 1-11
B6 Tyler Stephenson out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Brennon Lund. Connor Joe scores. Fielding error by right fielder Brennon Lund. 2-11

Decisions

Winning Pitcher Losing Pitcher Save
Peña, Fe (2-0, 0.00) Castillo, L (0-1, 20.25)
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2019.02.28 00:30 RedsModerator WIN THREAD: The Reds (1-2) defeated the White Sox (1-3) by a score of 11-4 - Wed Feb 27 @ 03:05PM EST

Reds @ White Sox Game Info Links
First Pitch: 03:05 PM EST @ Camelback Ranch Gameday
Weather: Sunny, 73 F, Wind 2 mph, Calm Strikezone Map
TV: White Sox: MLB.com Game Graph
Radio: Reds: WLW Notes: Reds, White Sox
Reds Pos AB R H RBI BB SO BA/OBP/SLG White Sox Pos AB R H RBI BB SO BA/OBP/SLG
Schebler DH 2 2 1 0 1 0 .250/.667/.500 Jay CF 3 1 1 1 0 0 .375/.375/.750
Colón, C DH 2 1 1 3 0 0 .429/.556/1.000 Cordell CF 2 0 0 0 0 1 .300/.300/.600
Votto 1B 2 2 1 1 1 1 .167/.375/.167 Moncada 3B 2 1 1 0 1 1 .625/.667/1.000
Patterson 1B 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000/.000/.000 Peterson, D 3B 2 0 0 0 0 0 .286/.286/.714
Kemp, M LF 2 0 0 0 0 2 .200/.333/.800 Alonso DH 3 1 1 1 0 0 .273/.273/.909
Ervin LF 1 0 0 0 1 0 .250/.455/.625 Tucker DH 1 1 1 0 0 0 .500/.667/.750
Wren LF 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000/.000/.000 Castillo C 3 0 2 1 0 0 .250/.250/.375
Suárez, E 3B 2 0 1 0 0 1 .200/.333/.200 Collins C 1 0 1 1 0 0 .200/.429/.200
Nay 3B 3 0 2 1 0 0 .667/.750/1.000 Delmonico 1B 2 0 1 0 1 1 .200/.429/.400
Puig RF 1 1 1 1 1 0 .200/.429/.200 Johnson, C 1B 1 0 0 0 0 1 .167/.167/.167
Aquino, A RF 3 0 0 0 0 0 .000/.250/.000 Jiménez LF 3 0 0 0 0 2 .125/.125/.125
Dietrich 2B 3 1 2 3 0 0 .375/.375/.625 Tilson LF 1 0 0 0 0 1 .375/.375/.750
Gonzalez, L SS 1 1 0 0 1 0 .200/.333/.200 Sánchez, Y 2B 1 0 0 0 2 0 .333/.500/.333
Senzel CF 3 1 3 1 0 0 .500/.500/.667 Mendick 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 .200/.333/.400
Williams, M CF 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000/.125/.000 Rondón, J SS 2 0 1 0 0 0 .250/.250/.375
Iglesias, J SS 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000/.000/.000 Goins SS 2 0 0 0 0 1 .000/.000/.000
Rodriguez, A SS 1 1 1 0 1 0 .571/.667/.571 Rutherford RF 3 0 0 0 0 1 .444/.444/.556
VanMeter 2B 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000/.000/.000 Gonzalez, L RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 .375/.375/.375
Farmer C 2 1 1 1 1 0 .667/.625/1.000
Stephenson, T C 1 0 1 0 0 0 .333/.600/.333
Reds White Sox
2B: Schebler (1, López, R); Senzel (1, Bummer); Dietrich (2, Bummer); Nay (1, Vieira); Colón, C (1, Minaya). TB: Farmer; Puig; Schebler 2; Suárez, E; Votto; Stephenson, T; Rodriguez, A; Senzel 4; Nay 3; Colón, C 2; Dietrich 3. RBI: Farmer (3); Puig (1); Votto (1); Senzel (1); Nay (1); Colón, C 3 (6); Dietrich 3 (3). 2-out RBI: Senzel; Dietrich 3; Nay. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Iglesias, J; Aquino, A; Colón, C. GIDP: Schebler; Nay; Williams, M. Team RISP: 8-for-15. Team LOB: 6. 2B: Tucker (1, Sims); Castillo (1, Castillo, L); Delmonico (1, Wisler). HR: Alonso (2, 1st inning off Roark, 0 on, 2 out); Jay (1, 5th inning off Reed, 0 on, 0 out). TB: Alonso 4; Castillo 3; Delmonico 2; Jay 4; Moncada; Rondón, J; Tucker 2; Collins. RBI: Alonso (3); Castillo (1); Jay (2); Collins (2). 2-out RBI: Alonso; Collins; Castillo. Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Delmonico; Jiménez; Rutherford. GIDP: Alonso. Team RISP: 1-for-7. Team LOB: 7.
Reds IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA White Sox IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA
Roark 1.1 2 1 1 1 2 17-11 3.86 López, R 2.0 5 2 2 0 1 12-12 9.00
Bass 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 2-2 0.00 Bummer 0.2 2 4 4 3 2 20-8 23.14
Castillo, L 1.0 2 1 1 0 1 7-7 9.00 Cabrera, Ma 1.1 0 0 0 1 1 9-5 0.00
DeSclafani 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 8-3 0.00 Frare 1.0 4 4 4 1 0 10-6 15.00
Reed 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 9-3 4.50 Minaya 1.2 3 1 1 1 1 14-10 3.00
Wisler 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 12-8 9.00 Vieira 1.1 1 0 0 0 0 5-5 0.00
Sims 1.0 2 1 1 0 2 9-9 4.50 Roach 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 6-2 13.50
Gutierrez, V 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 9-7 0.00
Hendrix 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 3-3 0.00
Linescore 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E LOB
Reds 2 0 4 0 0 5 0 0 0 11 15 0 6
White Sox 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 4 9 0 7
Inning Scoring Play Description Score
Top 1 Joey Votto singles on a line drive to right fielder Blake Rutherford. Scott Schebler scores. 1-0 CIN
Yasiel Puig singles on a fly ball to right fielder Blake Rutherford. Joey Votto scores. Eugenio Suarez out at 3rd on the throw, right fielder Blake Rutherford to shortstop Jose Rondon to third baseman Yoan Moncada. Yasiel Puig to 2nd. 2-0 CIN
Bottom 1 Yonder Alonso homers (1) on a fly ball to left field. 2-1 CIN
Top 3 Derek Dietrich doubles (1) on a line drive to right fielder Blake Rutherford. Scott Schebler scores. Joey Votto scores. Yasiel Puig scores. 5-1 CIN
Nick Senzel doubles (1) on a line drive to left fielder Eloy Jimenez. Derek Dietrich scores. 6-1 CIN
Bottom 3 Welington Castillo doubles (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Yasiel Puig. Yoan Moncada scores. 6-2 CIN
Bottom 5 Jon Jay homers (1) on a fly ball to right center field. 6-3 CIN
Top 6 Kyle Farmer singles on a line drive to left fielder Eloy Jimenez. Luis Gonzalez scores. Nick Senzel to 3rd. Alfredo Rodriguez to 2nd. 7-3 CIN
Christian Colon doubles (1) on a line drive to left fielder Eloy Jimenez. Nick Senzel scores. Alfredo Rodriguez scores. Kyle Farmer scores. 10-3 CIN
Mitch Nay singles on a ground ball to left fielder Eloy Jimenez. Christian Colon scores. 11-3 CIN
Bottom 7 Zack Collins singles on a ground ball to left fielder Kyle Wren, deflected by third baseman Mitch Nay. Preston Tucker scores. 11-4 CIN
Team Highlight Links
CWS Alonso's solo home run (00:00:44) SD HD
CWS Castillo's RBI double (00:00:46) SD HD
CWS Jay's solo home run (00:00:42) SD HD
See all highlights at Baseball.Theater

Final: 11-4 Reds

Decisions
CIN Roark (W, 1-0)
CWS López, R (L, 0-1)
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2019.02.25 19:10 Mariners_bot Game Chat: 2/25 Reds (1-0) @ Mariners (2-1) 12:10 PM

Reds (1-0) @ Mariners (2-1)

First Pitch: 12:10 PM at Peoria Stadium
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Mariners Yusei Kikuchi (0-0, -.-- ERA) RSNW 710
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Line Score - Game Over

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
CIN 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 8 0
SEA 3 0 2 0 1 0 4 1 11 10 2

Box Score

SEA AB R H RBI BB SO BA CIN AB R H RBI BB SO BA
3B Long 1 1 0 0 2 0 .333 CF Senzel 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000
3B Lopes 1 0 0 0 1 0 .500 CF Siri 2 0 0 0 0 0 .250
SS Beckham 3 0 0 0 0 1 .200 1B Votto 2 0 0 0 1 2 .000
SS Moore 2 0 0 0 0 1 .250 1B LaValley 2 0 2 0 0 0 1.000
DH Encarnacion 2 1 1 1 0 1 .500 RF Puig 2 0 0 0 1 0 .000
DH Vogelbach 2 1 0 0 1 0 .250 RF Williams, M 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000
C Narváez 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 3B Suárez, E 1 1 0 0 1 1 .000
C Freitas 3 1 2 0 0 0 .600 3B Gonzalez, L 3 0 1 0 0 1 .250
LF Santana, Do 1 2 1 2 1 0 .667 C Okey 3 1 0 0 0 2 .000
LF Ackley 0 2 0 0 3 0 .333 C Stephenson, T 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
1B Healy 2 0 0 1 0 0 .000 SS Farmer 3 0 2 1 0 1 .750
1B White 2 1 2 1 0 0 .444 SS Rodriguez, A 1 0 1 0 0 0 .250
RF Lewis 3 1 2 2 0 0 .667 LF Ervin 2 1 1 1 1 0 .286
RF Filia 1 0 0 1 0 0 .250 LF O'Grady 0 0 0 0 1 0 .667
CF Thompson-Williams 2 0 0 0 1 2 .250 DH Patterson 3 0 0 0 0 1 .000
CF Miller, I 1 1 1 3 0 0 .333 DH Trammell 0 0 0 0 1 0 .500
2B Negrón 2 0 0 0 0 2 .125 2B Trahan 3 0 1 0 0 0 .375
PH Raleigh 1 0 1 0 0 0 .333 2B VanMeter 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2B Kopach 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000
SEA IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA CIN IP H R ER BB SO P-S ERA
Kikuchi 2.0 1 2 0 1 1 29-19 0.00 Wood, A 1.0 2 3 3 1 0 10-5 27.00
Armstrong 1.0 1 0 0 1 2 12-8 0.00 Mahle 1.0 1 0 0 2 2 16-8 0.00
Altavilla 1.0 1 1 1 0 3 11-11 4.50 Lorenzen 1.0 1 2 2 1 1 15-9 18.00
Danish 1.0 0 0 0 1 1 9-5 0.00 Peralta, Wa 1.0 0 0 0 0 2 7-7 0.00
Cavanerio 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 10-6 0.00 Despaigne, O 1.0 1 1 1 2 1 14-6 9.00
Crismatt 1.0 1 0 0 0 0 4-4 0.00 Santillan 1.0 1 0 0 1 0 8-3 0.00
Scott, T 1.0 2 0 0 2 0 12-4 0.00 Mella 1.0 3 4 4 2 1 18-9 36.00
McKay 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 7-6 0.00 Fossas 1.0 1 1 1 1 0 8-4 9.00

Scoring Plays

Inning Event Score
B1 Edwin Encarnacion doubles (1) on a sharp line drive to left fielder Phillip Ervin. Shed Long scores. 1-0
B1 Domingo Santana homers (1) on a fly ball to center field. Edwin Encarnacion scores. 3-0
T2 Kyle Farmer singles on a line drive to center fielder Dom Thompson-Williams. Eugenio Suarez scores. Chris Okey to 3rd. Fielding error by center fielder Dom Thompson-Williams. 3-1
T2 Phillip Ervin grounds into a double play, third baseman Shed Long to second baseman Kristopher Negron to first baseman Ryon Healy. Chris Okey scores. Kyle Farmer out at 2nd. Phillip Ervin out at 1st. 3-2
B3 Kyle Lewis homers (1) on a fly ball to left field. Domingo Santana scores. 5-2
T4 Phillip Ervin homers (1) on a fly ball to center field. 5-3
B5 Ryon Healy out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Nick Senzel. Daniel Vogelbach scores. 6-3
B7 Eric Filia out on a sacrifice fly to right fielder Mason Williams in foul territory. David Freitas scores. Dustin Ackley to 3rd. Evan White to 2nd. 7-3
B7 Ian Miller homers (1) on a fly ball to right center field. Dustin Ackley scores. Evan White scores. 10-3
B8 Evan White doubles (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Mason Williams. Dustin Ackley scores. 11-3

Decisions

Winning Pitcher Losing Pitcher Save
Kikuchi (1-0, 0.00) Wood, A (0-1, 27.00)
Game ended at 3:28 PM.
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2018.12.12 17:58 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Aug. 14, 2000

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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  • The future of WCW is in question this week, as the company lost an estimated $7 million dollars during the month of July, which is by far the most money lost in a single month by any wrestling company in history. Right now, WCW is on pace to lose a staggering $80 million over the course of this year. Meanwhile, there's a lot of talk about a possible merger between AOL and Time Warner and the need to get the company's losses under control. Rumors are flying everywhere that WCW is looking to get rid of its most high-priced talent. Hulk Hogan, DDP, Scott Hall, Lex Luger, Bret Hart, Kevin Nash, Sting, and even Goldberg...none are said to be safe. If the cuts are made, it will likely come from above Brad Siegel's head and would be the decision of Turner management. Meanwhile, at least 17 undercard wrestlers, making $150,000-and-below yearly, were all released this week. Dave only lists Horace Hogan and the tag team Disorderly Conduct and says pretty much any lower card wrestler who even remotely causes a problem will be let go. High salaries are a problem in WCW for sure, but Dave points out that even if every single wrestler worked for free, they'd still lose $40 million this year. Ad revenue, merchandising, licensing, etc. is all way down, PPV buyrates have bottomed out, and house show business is all but dead. When all that stuff was strong, WCW had no problem paying those big salaries, and had millions left over to spare. But now, because fans have mostly given up on the company, suddenly they don't have the money to pay all these enormous guaranteed contracts and still be profitable. And the worst part is, this was all predictable years ago. Hell, Dave was pointing out the writing on the wall as far back as 1998, with WCW failing to make new stars and never planning for a future because they were too focused on the present. Meanwhile, even when they were losing the war at the time, WWF was quietly creating new stars and laying the groundwork for where they are today.
  • Eric Bischoff's position in WCW was officially changed to "consultant" and he's still under contract, but nothing much is happening with him. He's still trying to get back into power, but is also looking into attempting to put together a group to outright buy WCW. Brad Siegel has apparently decided to give Vince Russo his 100% support to take full control over the direction of the company. Younger wrestlers love it, because Russo is finally giving them a chance to shine and he has mostly pushed out guys like Hogan who were hogging the top spots. But under Russo, things haven't gone well. Average attendance is down significantly since he was hired 10 months ago. In a big locker room speech this week, Russo told everybody he doesn't care about TV ratings anymore, which Dave thinks is a good idea because WCW needs to just accept that they're not going to be winning this war anytime soon and just focus on rebuilding. But Turner isn't happy about the millions of dollars in losses and they're not going to let WCW's debts get in the way of one of the biggest corporate mergers in history with AOL. So who knows how much time WCW will even be given in order to rebuild.
  • Russo also did an interview recently talking a big game about how WCW had to rebuild around young stars and that the wrestlers are the stars, not him, etc. Then, in the same interview, he challenged Atlanta Braves baseball player John Rocker to a match on PPV in New York. If you don't remember, Rocker is the Braves player who caught a lot of shit a little while back for saying some pretty hateful things about New York and basically every ethnicity that lives there. For a guy that talked about not making himself the focal point of the company, Dave thinks it's kind of silly for Russo to try to book himself in a match on a WCW PPV against one of the most controversial celebrities in sports right now, with himself in the hometown babyface position (Rocker is HATED in New York). Dave also notes how it would have been better for an actual wrestler to shave Ric Flair's head awhile back rather than Russo himself so that they could put the heat on a heel that can actually help carry the company (don't worry, within a month, Russo books himself to win the WCW world title). All this aside, it's also doubtful that the Braves would allow Rocker to participate. But anyway, that's where WCW is right now: the ball is in Russo's hands. The AOL/Time Warner merger is looming. And Turner execs are really concerned about the tens of millions of dollars the company losing. I'm sure this all turns out fine.
  • The Observer Hall of Fame is coming up so Dave decides to list the candidates and give his personal thoughts on them and tell who he voted for and why. Since the voting deadline has already passed, this won't influence anyone else's votes. There's a lot of people who are eligible this year, but you're only allowed to cast votes for up to 10 people, so here's the 10 Dave voted yes on, and why.
Steve Austin - Dave says this is an obvious and easy pick. Austin is the biggest merch seller in the history of the business, has headlined some of the biggest money shows ever, great worker, great talker, one of the biggest stars ever, etc. But he admits that there's a longevity issue here because Austin only became a top star in early 98, with the Tyson angle, and less than 2 years later, he was out with a neck injury that he still hasn't returned from. Dave says they did an internet poll just for shits and giggles and Austin actually fared pretty poorly among fans. Dave figured Austin would be an automatic sure thing, but I guess since he's only been a top star for less than 2 years, fans don't think he deserves it yet. But to Dave, it's a no-brainer.
Bob Backlund - Dave actually wasn't going to vote for Backlund at first because he never really did much before or after his long title reign back in the late-70s/early-80s. Never a great worker, not good on the mic, etc. But then, when he started looking into the history of Bruno Sammartino's sellouts at MSG, he learned that Backlund had sold out MSG almost as many times as Bruno. In fact, even though Bruno sold out the Garden more times, he also worked almost twice as many shows there as Backlund. So on average, Backlund's MSG numbers are actually a little more impressive. Dave says anyone who can lay claim to that many MSG sellouts pretty much has to be a surefire Hall of Famer.
Chris Benoit - Obviously, he's not a top star and never really has been anywhere he's gone. But he's arguably one of the best in-ring wrestlers of all time and in fact, if you add up all the votes for Most Outstanding Wrestler that were cast throughout the decade of the 1990s, Benoit is 4th all time, behind Kobashi, Misawa, and Manami Toyota. Dave admits that Benoit probably won't get many votes based on the fact that people still see him as a rising star rather than a top guy, but he's got Dave's vote.
Mick Foley - another easy yes. Dave is pretty flabbergasted that he didn't get in last year, and his credentials have only gotten better this year so this is a no-brainer.
Fabulous Freebirds - both Michael Hayes and Terry Gordy have been eligible individually for awhile now but neither would make the cut. But as a team, they've got Dave's vote.
Hiroshi Hase - barely made the cut as Dave's final pick. Great booker, top star in Japan, successful politician, great worker, etc.
Shinya Hashimoto - has headlined 12 shows that drew more than 30,000 fans, including some of the biggest live gates in wrestling history. Only Hogan has done more. For that alone, he's an instant yes even if he was a terrible worker. But he's actually really good and was the best IWGP champion NJPW has had during the years that they were hottest....no brainer.
Akira Hokuto - top star in her prime, one of the best women's wrestlers ever, etc. Didn't quite have the longevity since she retired fairly young but Dave gives her the nod.
Shawn Michaels - Dave says this is a controversial one. People who grew up in the mid-to-late 90s see Shawn Michaels as the greatest in-ring performer in the U.S. but people who dislike him point out to his unprofessional behavior, lack of drawing power, lack of longevity, etc. But his talent can't be denied and for that, Dave voted for him.
Bull Nakano - for her size, she was easily the best woman wrestler's ever. Had great matches, top star in multiple promotions, world champion in Mexico, Japan, and the U.S. She makes the cut.
  • Dave also notes that they had a category for non-wrestlers. This is mostly for announcers, promoters, office people, etc. Same criteria, must get 60% of the vote. Only 2 people are eligible this year. Eric Bischoff and Jesse Ventura. And yes, Ventura was a wrestler but he was never much of one and not a great draw, but as an announcer, he's remembered as one of the all-time best. Anyway, Dave....doesn't really give an answer on Ventura. He gives his credentials and talks about why people might vote yes or no for him, but he doesn't give a firm answer but it sounds like yes, Dave probably voted for him. As for Bischoff....no. Promoters need longevity. "Bischoff did turn around a company that was a big money loser, but also turned it back around a few years later." So no, for now, as revolutionary as his influence on the business was, a promoter has to be successful for the long haul and Bischoff only had a few good years before tanking the company. But again, these are just Dave's personal votes. The winning inductees will be announced later.
  • Misawa's new NOAH promotion held their first 2 shows and they were a huge success. Tickets to both shows sold out in minutes and they even erected a huge screen outside the building for the 1,300 fans who gathered outside to watch the show. In order to try to make a historic first impression and get over a new star, Jun Akiyama cleanly beat Misawa, Taue, and Kobashi in matches during the shows. The first show had a 2-out-of-3 falls tag match where Akiyama made Misawa submit in the first fall in only 2 minutes. And then in the 2nd fall, he pinned Taue, so he won 2 falls straight. The next night, he turned heel and cleanly beat Kobashi, who was the last AJPW Triple Crown champion before the split. Dave runs down the rest of the results, but make no mistake, the debut of NOAH was used to make Jun Akiyama a megastar.
  • Dave finally saw NJPW's latest big show, which was the first NJPW show to air on PPV in Japan, and does his usual review. The opening match was Shinya (Togi) Makabe vs. Hiroshi Tanahashi. Dave thinks this Tanahashi kid has a great look and a ton of potential, but he's still a little green. Makabe is pretty good too.
  • An Austin, TX newspaper ran a story about the death of Bobby Duncam Jr. and Dave thinks it might be the most important mainstream article on wrestling in a long time. It was built around Rob Van Dam, who has had 3 close friends (Duncam, Gary Albright, and Louie Spicolli) all die in the last 2 years. It talked about how many of the more than two dozen wrestling deaths in the last few years can be attributed to the physical demands of the business. Duncam's wife was interviewed, Brian Pillman's wife (talking about Pillman's use of HGH), and on and on. Steroids, painkillers, etc. The usual story on this subject, basically. RVD talked about how he used to have to physically carry Spicolli through airports sometimes and how he couldn't do it and still make his own flights, so sometimes Spicolli would miss shows because RVD couldn't carry his dead weight through an airport and how they tried to get him to get clean but of course it didn't work. There's a lot more to this story that's really interesting, lots of quotes, but it's the same story about how wrestling is a drug infested mess, with half the industry addicted to painkillers and muscle relaxers and how steroids have led to long-term problems and wrestlers are dropping dead in their 40s with no one doing anything to stop it.
  • Remember the story a couple issues ago about the Hart family lawyers who got some of Owen's siblings to sign documents entitling them to a Helen and Stu's share of any potential settlement money if Helen and Stu died before the trial is finished? Well if you recall, someone in the Hart family (Natalya's mom actually) turned over these documents to WWF lawyers who complained that it was witness tampering. The Hart lawyers claim the documents were stolen and WWF had no right to them. Anyway, a judge ruled in favor of the Hart lawyers for now and has ordered the documents sealed. The judge ruled that ethically, WWF lawyers should not have had access to the paperwork (which they said was an allocation agreement that is common in estate law) and that they should have immediately notified the court of these documents that they had obtained wrongfully. The Hart lawyers said that the siblings who signed it aren't expected to be called as witnesses and thus, it's not witness tampering and was just an attempt to encourage the family to stick together and fend off WWF officials, who they claim are trying to turn members of the family against each other (for instance, that's literally the only reason Davey Boy Smith and Jim Neidhart are still under WWF contract).
  • The funeral service for Gordon Solie was held in Tampa. Spoken eulogies were given by Brian Blair and baseball superstar Wade Boggs, may he rest in peace. Boggs was a lifelong fan of Solie's who grew up watching him and in his speech he said the first time he met Gordon Solie, he was just as nervous as the first time he stepped up to the plate in a major league baseball game. WWF also sent videotaped tribute speeches from Dean Malenko, Pat Patterson, and Jim Ross. Also at the funeral were tons of others from the wrestling world. Jack and Gerald Brisco, Bobby Heenan, Lou Thesz, Scott Hall, Dory Funk Jr., Jimmy Hart, and others. One person conspicuous by his absence was Dusty Rhodes. On TV over the years, Rhodes was basically synonymous with Gordon Solie as they spent decades in the same territories together. But while they came off as the best of friends on TV, in real life behind the scenes, it was the opposite. Shortly before his death, friends had been planning a final party for Solie and he had specifically requested that Dusty not be invited. But (as we'll see in just a moment) he had since made peace with everyone in his mind and wanted to let bygones be bygones before he died.
  • In the final days before his death, Solie worked on a letter that he wanted put out to the wrestling world and Brian Blair read it for him at his funeral. Here it is:
There are times when words cannot properly define one's thoughts or emotions. With all that has happened in my life over the past several months, this is certainly one of those times.
First and foremost, I want to thank those of you who have passed along your well wishes. They are deeply appreciated. And considering the reason I have decided to deliver this statement, it is quite comforting to know during my final days here that I have had such a positive effect on so many of you.
With that said, I also want to thank each of you for allowing me to be a small part of your lives, even if it might have been for just a few hours each week. And I want to thank you for allowing me to tell you a story; a story that I never got tired of... a story that could be told 10,000 times...a story that could have a different ending each and every time it was told.
To be quite honest, when my wife "Smokey" passed away more than two years ago, it could have been very easy for me to throw in the towel. But that wasn't me. Then the throat cancer came, and again it could have been very easy to give up. But again, that wasn't me. The bottom line is that I've never been a quitter. As a matter of fact, at one point I thought I had this damn disease beat. Obviously I didn't.
While only the good Lord knows how much time I actually have left here, in my final days, I ask that you not grieve for me, but rather remember me fondly as you would an old friend. In my eyes, I lived a full and satisfying life that some only dream of fulfilling.
Over the years I've had my share of heat with some people. How insignificant all that seems today. So being reflective, I hold no grudges and I have no ill will toward anyone. Let bygones be bygones.
Well, I suppose there's not much more to say here, except for a line that I once made famous and is now more appropriate than ever.
So long...for the Sunshine State. Peace to all.
Gordon
  • CMLL has introduced its own version of the Nitro Girls, who dance between matches (this continues still to this day during CMLL shows).
  • Roddy Piper is planning to write a book about his life and career (that would be "In The Pit With Piper" released in 2002).
AMAZON: Roddy Piper - In The Pit With Piper
  • A Canadian magazine called The Report ran a big cover story on the Hart family, mostly talking about all their recent problems. It noted that Stu Hart was recently hospitalized for pneumonia while Helen Hart had a blood clot. Plus the recent guest house fire and Bret Hart's injuries. Helen Hart was quoted in the story about Bret saying, "The doctors all seem to think he should step out of wrestling permanently." Regarding the Owen Hart lawsuit, the story did have a new bit of news. It noted that the clasp that was used to suspend Owen above the ring was built for sailboats and would open with only 7 pounds of pressure. The guy who invented the clasp was interviewed by lawyers in regards to the case and was apparently shocked to learn that it had been used to suspend a human being in mid-air. It was made to quickly release the sail on a sailboat when the winds change and definitely not suitable for holding a 200-ish pound man. Anyway, the story also noted that Stu and Helen are on the brink of bankruptcy.
  • FMW is releasing videotapes in the U.S. of some of their famous crazy death matches. But the English commentary was written and done by 3 TV scriptwriters in California who don't know anything about wrestling. But FMW wanted these videos to reach mainstream audiences so they hired the TV writers to come up with storylines for all the matches and characters. So for instance, Horace Boulder is depicted as a wrestler named CPA, a former accountant for the Puerto Rican mafia. The women's wrestlers were given lesbian storylines. Things like that.
  • Notes from the latest ECW TV taping: they're planning to do a one-night tag title tournament later this month at Hammerstein in NYC. Several of Shawn Michaels' students were at the show. The only one who wrestled was Michael Shane, who was said to be impressive (he ends up sticking around until the end of ECW). Lou E. Dangerously cut a promo running down the city (Huntington, WV) so much and got so much heat that the ring was pelted with garbage.
  • Payroll in ECW is currently being made, but everyone is still 1 check behind. But they're trying to catch up. In order to save money, Jerry Lynn, Da Baldies, Cyrus, Joel Gerner, Joey Styles, and others were not flown in for TV this week.
  • Lots of drama in WCW with Goldberg right now. Apparently, Russo laid out his future plans regarding the world title and guys like Goldberg, Booker T, Kevin Nash, and Scott Steiner. Long story short, it ends with Goldberg losing at this month's PPV in a 3-way match and then losing again to Scott Steiner next month and, well, Goldberg said no thanks. It led to a meeting with him, Russo, and Brad Siegel and right now, Goldberg's position in WCW is considered up in the air and there's rumors that they may be trying to get rid of him. He still has 3 years left on his contract. Some in the locker room have begun to see Goldberg as one of those top stars who doesn't want to do jobs or go along with plans. But those close to Goldberg say he has no problems putting people over but he wants to know what the long-term plans are and he wants to do angles that make sense and if he is going to do jobs to people, he wants it to mean something.
  • This week's Thunder was an amateur hour production mess. They had filmed a big interview with Vince Russo but then decided not to air it because the interview was Russo talking about Hulk Hogan and trying to get the whole thing over as a shoot and I guess there's some issues there (yeah, just a little bit). So that meant they had to edit all of Thunder to edit out the announcers talking about the interview after it happened. But they didn't edit out the stuff before the interview was scheduled, so much of the show was spent hyping up this Russo interview that never actually happened. In case you're wondering, in the interview that didn't air, Russo talked about quitting if Hogan was brought back and said he left WWF because there was nothing else to accomplish. He also complained about being forced to work with Bischoff and said that Hogan's lawyers had served him legal papers over the Bash at the Beach situation.
  • A different version of basically the same Russo interview aired on Nitro and in it, Russo talked about WCW ratings increasing when he debuted which leads Dave down a deep rabbit hole about comparing Russo's ratings to the months that Kevin Sullivan was booking earlier this year. Basically, ratings were already trending downward and have stayed mostly identical since Russo took over. But once you start accounting for the fact that Russo faced a lot less network TV competition (it's summer, aka re-run season), that actually looks worse for Russo. During the 11 weeks that Sullivan was booking, he averaged a 2.80 rating. In the 18 weeks since Russo took over from Sullivan, he's averaging a 2.66. Before Russo took over, the all-time low-rating record was 2.52. Since Russo took over, they have fallen below that number 7 times. More importantly, house show business and PPV numbers have absolutely flat-lined under Russo's watch, and that's where the real money is and those numbers are way more important than TV ratings. It's a big part of why WCW is on track to lose $80 million this year. (Long story short, Russo really needs to stop repeating the "I increased WCW's ratings!" lie. Because he didn't. At all.)
  • DDP is ready and wanting to come back but for now, they're not planning to bring him back because Russo doesn't want to use him, since he's trying to basically get rid of anyone they deem as "old." Anyway, DDP has since asked Kanyon not to use the diamond cutter and to stop copying his mannerisms, since it's looking unlikely that DDP will even be coming back. Kanyon agreed, but then Russo told him to keep doing it and, well, gotta do what the boss says. Speaking of Kanyon, he again asked for his release a few weeks ago but was denied. He has tried repeatedly to get out of the company in the last year.
  • Vader was backstage at Nitro, but don't read anything into it. He was just visiting friends since it was in his hometown of Denver and he still plans to return to NOAH when he heals up from his surgery.
  • Random WCW notes: The new woman who is playing Papaya (the wife of Kwee Wee) is actually a stripper from Pittsburgh who got the job through Mark Madden. They're planning to do an angle with Gene Okerlund and Pamela Paulshock. Johnny Ace is currently handling all the finishes to WCW matches. Van Hammer has been released. Bam Bam Bigelow is still suffering from burns he got from saving some people from a fire and will be out for awhile.
  • Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey are developing a show called Road Rage for FOX that combines pro wrestling with demolition derby....somehow. I dunno. Discussions are serious and FOX is close to picking up the show for a 13-episode season (doesn't look like this ever happened).
  • Lance Storm has been re-naming the 3 titles he holds with Canadian names. Currently, the WCW Hardcore title has been dubbed the Saskatchewan Hardcore International title. The original idea was to name it the Stu Hart International title and they even asked Bret Hart if it was okay with him to call it that and Bret gave them the okay but it never happened for whatever reason.
  • Scott Hall is still officially on the injured list and is not medically cleared to wrestle due to his neck surgery. He could still be brought back for angles if they wanted but he hasn't been asked, no matter how hard Nash keeps trying.
  • The political situation regarding the WWF and the upcoming presidential election got a lot more interesting this week. Sen. Joe Lieberman was announced as Al Gore's running mate and its notable because Lieberman has come out strongly about television content that is marketed to children and he's also a member of the executive committee of the PTC. Speaking of, after The Rock appeared at the Republican National Convention, he and PTC head L. Brent Bozell had a brief face-off on a CNN show. Bozell went after Rock, talking about him attacking a woman on TV earlier in the week (a spinebuster he did to Trish Stratus). Rock basically responded with the ol' "fuck-off-and-change-the-channel-if-you-don't-like-it" argument. They also bickered about how many people watch WWF programming, which Dave thinks was pointless on both sides because the numbers they were arguing over were WWF's worked numbers which, as always, are inflated bullshit. Rock then resorted to name calling (Dave doesn't clarify and I can't find this video) which kinda made him come off looking bad. But Bozell also seemed unprepared and really, neither man came off well. Also, Dave notes that Rock just registered to vote for the first time this week, which several media outlets picked up on and made fun of him for, since he's been out there for the last few weeks on behalf of WWF talking politics and trying to get other people to register to vote when he wasn't even registered until now.
  • Hey speaking of inflated bullshit numbers, Vince McMahon did an interview with the Pro Wrestling Torch newsletter and admitted that the figures quoted about WWF viewership ("22 million people watching every week!") were done by counting up the same viewers multiple times. So adding up all the millions of people who watch Raw, plus all the millions who watch Smackdown, when in reality, most of those are the same people watching both shows. McMahon even admitted that estimating the number at 10 million would be generous.
  • The Republican party in general caught a lot of flack for having Rock speak at the RNC. Jesse Ventura was on Meet The Press complaining about Republicans being so critical of him for doing Summerslam and then turning right around and sucking up to The Rock.
  • NBC is promising advertisers that the XFL games on NBC will average a 5.5 rating for the season, while UPN games will do 3.0 and games on TNN will average 2.5. (Just in case you're curious, I crunched the numbers. Week 1 om NBC did a huge 9.5 rating. After that? 4.6 for game 2 and they continued plummeting downward from there. XFL on NBC ended up averaging a 2.9 rating for the season, and if you subtract that first game (since it's kind of an anomaly), the average drops to 2.3. So not even half of what NBC was promising. Same for UPN and TNN games. Aside from the debut week, they never even came close to getting what was promised).
  • On Raw, the Godfather (now going by Goodfather) powerbombed one of his ex-ho's through a table. Dave informs us that the ho's real name is Lisa (that would be the future Victoria).
  • The whole Triple H/Stephanie/Kurt Angle storyline has been going on for a couple of weeks now and Dave is all about it. He says this is the perfect example of slowly pacing out a storyline and he thinks that when they finally pull the trigger on Angle vs. Triple H, it's going to be big money (yeah this storyline was great. And we haven't even gotten to the part with Angle kissing Stephanie yet).
  • Former WCW women's wrestler Mona (real name Nora Greenwald) has reached a deal with WWF. She's 22 and has a gymnastics background and is a pretty good wrestler, but in-ring ability is irrelevant here because WWF doesn't treat women's wrestling as anything more than T&A anyway.
  • As of now, there's no plans for Steve Austin to be involved in Summerslam. They should be getting a medical update on him soon and it's possible he may never return as a full-time worker, but maybe he can wrestle safely and smart enough and cut good enough promos to maybe work a toned down style for bigger shows. But they won't know more until his next medical report.
  • Various WWF notes: Bob Holly and Tori have recently started rehabbing their injuries. Big Show was sent to OVW for additional training before they bring him back on a full-time basis. Steve Regal should be returning soon and he's been helping Bruce Prichard scout wrestlers at UPW shows in California. Triple H has a badly bruised bicep which is why his arm has been heavily bandaged lately. Dave Hebner suffered a minor heart attack and is hospitalized but should recover.
FRIDAY: Steve Austin medical update, WCW cutting back to one TV taping per week to save money, WCW New Blood Rising PPV fallout, ECW negotiating with USA Network, and more...
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2018.11.28 18:00 daprice82 Wrestling Observer Rewind ★ Jul. 3, 2000

Going through old issues of the Wrestling Observer Newsletter and posting highlights in my own words. For anyone interested, I highly recommend signing up for the actual site at f4wonline and checking out the full archives.
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  • The judge in the WWF vs. USA Network lawsuit ruled in favor of the WWF this week meaning the path is clear for WWF to leave USA and move their shows to Viacom stations. The WWF/Viacom deal not only moves Raw and other shows to TNN and MTV, but it also included advertising on Viacom-owned radio stations, billboards, theme parks, book publishing deals, CBS prime-time network specials, a scripted drama series, cable deals for the XFL, and a bunch of other stuff. Anyway, in September, Raw, Live Wire, and Superstars will be moving to TNN while Sunday Night Heat will go to MTV. They expect ratings for Raw to decline initially, since USA is the #1 cable network and TNN is #15. But it's believed that WWF fans will quickly follow them to the new channel so it probably won't be a big decline and the addition of Raw is going to immediately boost TNN to becoming one of the top cable networks. Where this leaves ECW is still unknown and, according to Paul Heyman, "A week from now, I'll either be a champ or a chump." As of press time, USA has not officially made an offer to ECW but they did reach out to Heyman immediately after losing the trial, so there is interest there. ECW and WCW both have also had discussions with FOX.
  • WWF also released their quarterly stock reports this week. TL;DR - just take all the numbers from last quarter and increase them a whole bunch, because WWF is booming right now. There's a bunch of figures and Dave breaks it all down, but nah. I ain't trying to fall asleep at my desk summarizing boring financial details today, just take my word for it, WWF is doing pretty decent. Despite all these big numbers, it wasn't quite the most financially successful quarterly report ever because WWF spent a lot of money on XFL startup costs, legal fees from the USA Network lawsuit, and the out-of-court settlement with Ultimate Warrior from that old lawsuit.
  • King of the Ring is in the books and on paper it should have been a strong tournament, but it ended up feeling more like a WCW show. The best 3 wrestlers (Benoit, Guerrero, and Jericho) were all eliminated in the first round, while Rikishi was depended on to work 3 matches and made it all the way to the finals. Dave says that Rikishi is over because of his dancing, not because he's someone that fans want to see wrestle 3 lengthy matches in one night. Edge & Christian regained the tag titles. The Patterson vs. Brisco evening gown match was arguably the worst match of the year, full of gay jokes on commentary and the crowd booing the whole thing out of the building. Dave ponders whether or not Russo has secretly returned to WWF. He gives the match -3 stars. Well then, we can't not watch that. Kurt Angle won the King of the Ring tournament in a bad match with Rikishi. And Rock's title win felt secondary since he won it without even pinning Triple H.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T WATCH: Patterson vs. Brisco - Evening Gown Match (King of the Ring 2000)
  • OVW held a big 30th anniversary show at the Louisville Gardens featuring several WWF stars as well as developmental guys signed to OVW, plus some other nostalgia acts. Dave talks about how bringing in big WWF stars for independent shows usually ends up being a bad thing for the indie companies, because it attracts a bunch of fans, but those fans only come to see WWF stars. So the local indie has trouble drawing on their own and fans only attend the shows that feature the big WWF stars because the ones that don't are seen as unimportant. It's the same mistake Smoky Mountain Wrestling made earlier in the 90s when they got to a point where they couldn't draw fans unless a WWF star was on the show. Dave says this is why Paul Heyman has been smart to reject WWF's offers to send stars to work ECW shows in the past, because then you become dependent on them. That was basically the case with this show, as it drew around 3,000 people, most of whom came to see Mick Foley and Kane rather than homegrown OVW stars. Dave recaps the show. The Fabulous Ones were there, Kurt Angle, Mark Henry, Al Snow, D-Lo Brown, and more.
  • Dave talks about a recent study that looked at racism and stereotyping in professional wrestling, looking at various ethnicities and gimmicks, and things of that nature. The short version of it is that Vince McMahon has a record of promoting heavily stereotypical and horribly racist characters. WCW's overall attitude towards race was also termed "horrible" while ECW's was "good" but still had room for improvement. It looks at the racial makeup of the U.S. (74% white, 13% black, 10% Hispanic, 4% Asian) and how that's represented in the 3 companies. In WCW, almost 95% of people in PPV main event matches during the last 5 years were white. The remaining 5% can pretty much be attributed multi-man main event matches like War Games or battle royals. If it was just singles matches, WCW's numbers would pretty much be 100% white. For WWF, it was 91.5% of PPV main events, while for ECW it was 96.6% (the other 3.4% is basically all D-Von Dudley). The story is the same when looking at who has held the world title in those companies. ECW got a big bump in the Asian category due to Masato Tanaka being champion for a bit. As far as stereotypes go, it talked about groups like Kaientai or the black guy playing a pimp in WWF, or the FBI group in ECW being an Italian stereotype and a bunch of other stuff like that. Long story short, despite The Rock's success, racism still exists in wrestling and aside from the occasional exception, non-white performers still aren't pushed or promoted fairly by any of the big 3.
  • Hiroshi Hase won an election to the Japanese House of Representatives, making him the first pro wrestler to win a seat there. Hase was previously a member of the Diet (basically their Senate), as was Antonio Inoki a few years back. The workload in the House is a lot heavier and it's believed Hase won't have nearly as much time to wrestle, if at all, with his new position. Hase was one of the best in the world during his prime in the early 90s and has wrestled sporadically in AJPW while working in the Senate. During his victory speech, he acknowledged the AJPW drama, saying he's been so busy that he's not really familiar with the situation, and thanked several wrestlers who campaigned for him, such as Hashimoto, Masa Chono, Hiroyoshi Tenzan, and others.
  • The bill to regulate "extreme" wrestling in New Jersey passed the state Senate and will be signed into law by the governor this week, and it effectively prevents Jersey All Pro Wrestling and Combat Zone Wrestling from running their typical hardcore shows in the state. JAPW and CZW now have to get approval from local officials 3 weeks before any show, ban people under 18 from attending, pay a tax on the profit they make, carry medical insurance for every wrestler, and have 2 doctors and an ambulance on hand at every show. Needless to say, this is all cost-prohibitive for 2 fledgling indie companies and of course, none of these rules apply to WWF, WCW, or ECW which is obviously unfair bullshit. But this was never about fair regulations anyway. Just some local politicians decided they wanted to ban JAPW and CZW from running in their backyard and since they didn't have any legal recourse of doing so, they basically created a law that effectively does it. So anyway...not good news for those companies.
  • Speaking of CZW, they had announced a show that would be taped for PPV with Atsushi Onita vs. Terry Funk in an exploding barbed wire match, but the show has been cancelled. They're claiming the athletic commission forced them to shut the show down, but Dave's not buying it. It was scheduled for Philadelphia, not New Jersey and as of a few days before the show, there were still 2nd row tickets available. The cost of the gimmicked ring, flying in Onita and Funk, and things of that nature means it was an expensive show and it clearly wasn't selling. They're planning to move it to a new location and try to save it, but Onita and Funk have since both backed out of working with CZW so this won't be happening.
  • Misawa has agreed to let his wrestlers work the upcoming AJPW shows that they had already been advertised on, since tickets had already been sold. But the stipulation is that Misawa will make the matches for his people and none of his guys will face Masa Fuchi or Toshiaki Kawada (the 2 wrestlers who stayed with AJPW rather than leave with him). Misawa's guys will all face each other or face foreign stars. AJPW must also provide Misawa's wrestlers with a different hotel than Fuchi or Kawada and they won't travel on the AJPW buses either. So needless to say, things are tense right now. And speaking of Onita, he reportedly called Mrs. Baba and offered to work some AJPW shows and Dave talks about how Onita actually started his career in AJPW in the 70s as a normal wrestler before retiring for awhile and then returning as the bloodbath psycho wrestler he's known as today.
  • Kenta Kobashi had knee surgery and is hoping to be back in time for NOAH's debut show in August. Dave thinks that may be pushing it (indeed, turned out it was way too soon and he ended up re-injuring himself even worse. We'll get to it, but yeah, Kobashi's knees are shot by this point).
  • It's unknown what AJPW will do with their championships. Every single champion they have has left the promotion, including triple crown champion Kobashi. Speaking of this whole situation, there's been another defection. Long-time referee and front office exec Joe Higuchi, who has been with AJPW since the company started in 1972, announced he was siding with Misawa and is also heading to NOAH. This brings the total number up to 25 wrestlers and 18 office employees who have jumped ship to Misawa's new company. NOAH will be operating out of the new Diffa Ariake arena in Tokyo. Not only will they run shows there, but they are opening the company offices and a dojo there, so it's basically NOAH headquarters. Misawa said they will continue using Budokan Hall for major shows and are hoping to continue many of the traditions of AJPW, since this new company basically is AJPW in everything but name only. The new promotion will have a green ring with silver ring posts, since green and silver are Misawa's trademark colors.
  • Antonio Inoki is pushing for NJPW to send Shinya Hashimoto to work some AJPW shows to help save that company. The idea of course is to eventually do an AJPW vs. NJPW angle, but right now, since AJPW has literally almost no one, there's no point in doing it now until they get new stars. Still no word on if NJPW is going to send Hashimoto or not (this actually surprises me. You'd think Inoki would want to see AJPW die more than anybody).
  • Next week's issue of Sports Illustrated is scheduled to have a small story about Dave and the Observer (found it).
READ: Sports Illustrated article featuring Dave Meltzer - 2000
  • Bill Watts did an interview basically trashing today's wrestling, especially the way they use women, the steroids, and the language. Dave points out the Watts' old Mid South promotion had a lot of similarities to modern day Raw in some ways, certainly when it comes to violence. He also says Watts used women like Missy Hyatt, Sunshine, and Dark Journey on his shows and, for their time, they were also dressed provocatively, although they look tame by today's standards. But the principal is still the same. Also, even though Watts was openly critical of steroid use back in the 80s, he never did anything to quash it in his own company and often pushed roided up stars to the top just like every other promoter. So really, this is just another "old man yells at cloud" situation.
  • Shawn Michaels students Spanky and American Dragon have started working for Memphis Championship Wrestling. That would, of course, be Brian Kendrick and Daniel Bryan.
  • New Jack suffered an ankle injury doing a balcony dive on a recent ECW show. Apparently a fan bumped up against him or pushed him, which messed up his trajectory and he fucked up his ankle somehow and ended up leaving on a stretcher. He also was put in a neck brace, although the ankle injury is thought to be more serious. No word how long he'll be out.
  • Randy Savage's ex-girlfriend (they broke up) Gorgeous George appeared at the latest ECW tapings, only to get laid out by Francine with a kendo stick and then came back later in the show to attack Francine again. Word is she's going to be sticking around for awhile (yeah, she's there a few months).
  • Random ECW notes: WCW women's star Mona (Nora Greenwald) was backstage at the ECW taping but wasn't used because she's still under WCW contract (she'll be in WWF soon). The ECW Arena has a "for lease" sign out front. And Paul Heyman is still negotiating to bring in Psicosis to debut at this month's PPV.
  • Vince Russo is apparently sitting things out and waiting for WCW to come crawling back to him. Russo feels like last week's Nitro (which he didn't write) had too much wrestling and feels ratings will drop if they stick with that formula and they'll come begging for him to come back. A lot of the top (older) WCW stars are said to be against Russo returning, mostly because he wants them out. Russo is apparently trying to get rid of Hogan and DDP but needless to say, they have no interest in being forced out of their spots. There's also complaints about Russo making himself too much of the focal point of the shows, which Dave agrees with. For now, Terry Taylor is the main person booking WCW.
  • Speaking of Hogan, the plan right now is for Bash at the Beach to be headlined by Jarrett vs. Hogan for the WCW title, with Hogan winning the belt. (Heh, yeah something like that...)
  • After 27 years, WCW Saturday Night is no more. The show has been moved to 11am and is now pretty much just a morning recap show. This has been planned for months due to declining ratings.
  • Ric Flair's father passed away this week from complications from bowel surgery (holy shit, considering what eventually ends up happening to Flair 17 years later, that's awfully ironic).
  • Dave reviews the latest WCW Thunder and shits all over it. Goldberg came out cutting a promo that 99% of the crowd didn't understand, talking about hating Scott Hall for being unprofessional and a bunch of other silly shit dating back to a real life incident back in December where Hall apparently cut some promo that Goldberg felt like buried him. Dave says if you don't closely follow all the insider gossip, then you probably had no clue what he was talking about. He also blamed Scott Hall for his arm injury and Dave says that, last he checked, Scott Hall wasn't a limousine window. He also rambled about Nash being a backstage politician and a bunch of other nonsense. Dave says this promo epitomizes WCW's problems. Booker T came out using his old music and the announcers went nuts talking about how they haven't heard that music in forever. Dave points out that Stevie Ray has been using it all along so it's really only been a week since they heard it. There's SO much more but if I wrote about every negative thing Dave said about this show, I might as well just copy and paste the whole review.
  • Hulk Hogan has been appearing on the Bubba The Love Sponge radio show talking about trying to get a deal with FOX and claimed that FOX had offered him a $150 million talent budget and that after the July PPV, he was leaving WCW (true, as it turns out, though not quite how he intended) and going to start up a new promotion on FOX (obviously didn't happen). Hogan also said the Vampiro/Dale Torborg angle is terrible, which Dave agrees with.
  • Lenny Lane appeared on the Observer radio show and talked about his status. His WCW contract expires next month. Lane said Paul Heyman told him he would give him an offer, but then never got back to him. And he said WWF has refused to talk to him until his WCW deal expires.
  • Mick Foley has finished writing a screenplay for a movie based on his book. The process was basically the same as with his book. WWF wanted to bring in professional scriptwriters to do it, but Foley insisted on writing it himself. Foley has also written a bonus chapter for the paperback release of his book, which talks about his retirement and choice to come back only 6 weeks later, and he defended it by saying he was serious about retiring but Vince asked him and wore him down until he couldn't say no.
  • The New York Times wrote a story about Brock Lesnar signing with WWF. It noted that he will start first in OVW in August. Jim Ross was quoted in the article saying that they don't plan to rush things with him but hope to have him on the main roster within a year. They credited Gerald Brisco with getting him to sign and said that he had turned down offers from WCW and NJPW and talked about his amateur wrestling credentials. The story said he's 270 pounds with 9% body fat and looks sort of like Dolph Lundgren.
  • Raven has not yet signed a WWF contract but the two sides have reached a verbal agreement and for now it's basically just a matter of him getting out of his ECW deal (which Heyman has been wanting to get out of anyway). His ECW deal expires in late-August, assuming he doesn't get his release sooner. Unlike a lot of stars from other companies who come in and are pushed immediately, Raven has a lot of known baggage and has some enemies, so it's expected that he's going to have to come in and prove himself to some people in WWF. He had a meeting with Jim Ross this week at Titan Towers and will be doing the same Raven gimmick.
  • USA Today ran a fun little story comparing wrestling to baseball, with The Rock and Mike Piazza trading joking insults back and forth and discussing which of the two is the real national pastime. This led to a columnist in the NY Daily News throwing a fit because wrestling is so horrible and yada yada. She was especially upset that Piazza said he would take his 8-year-old nephew to a WWF show, writing, "readers are left to presume that Piazza would then explain that not all women are meant to be dragged by their hair while wearing G-strings, and steroids can lead to death, and hitting each other with steel-enforced chairs is not playground fun."
  • The Winnipeg Sun ran a poll where readers could vote on Manitoba's sexiest man, and Chris Jericho won first place. Apparently I don't know Chris Jericho like I thought I did, because this seems like something he would have mentioned in promos for years after.
  • WWF has hired identical twin models named Diane and Elaine Klimaszewski to developmental deals. They are dancers (not strippers, Dave clarifies) and have been training in wrestling for a few months (never became anything).
  • WWF held a house show at Madison Square Garden and Donald Trump was at ringside. He was interviewed by Jerry Lawler and was heavily booed by the crowd when he began talking. But then he said his favorite wrestler was The Rock, which got a big pop, but then they started booing Trump again.
  • Someone writes in and takes issue with the recent Lenny Lane interview on the Observer show. Lane defended his gay character in WCW, implying that it was representative of gay people and that they should take pride in the character. The person writing the letter points out that the gimmick was a total gay stereotype meant to incite homophobia from fans and get beat up by babyfaces and says that analogy is the same as saying black people should take pride in Virgil's WWF gimmick.
FRIDAY: TNN announces cancellation of ECW, Jesse Ventura on E! True Hollywood Stories, Dave nerds out over amateur wrestling for, like, 25 paragraphs, Scott Hall's WCW future, and more...
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2018.08.25 23:04 TheDuzzyFuckling The College Football World Cup Part III

The Bottom Feeders' World Cup

Link to Part I Link to Part II
 
So your team didn't make the inaugural College Football World Cup... Or the inaugural College Football National Invitational Tournament World Cup. Yikes. Well... worry not, because this is the tournament for you! Welcome to the 2018 College Football Bottom Feeders' World Cup! Who says that teams ranked 81-130 shouldn't have a shot at glory? This is America, I'm a millennial, its 2018, and EVERYONE DESERVES A TROPHY, SO FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS AND GET READY FOR SOME TERRIBLE, AWFUL, NO-GOOD FOOTBALL!
 
First of all, we've got 50 teams here... How were they narrowed down into the standard 32 team World Cup format? Here's how qualifying went down: 1. Teams ranked 81 through 96 automatically qualified and were seeded 1 through 16. 2. The team ranked 127 played a home-and-home series with the team ranked 130, with the aggregate score deciding the winner. The higher ranked team had home field advantage in the second leg of the series. 3. The team ranked 128 played a home-and-home series with the team ranked 129, with the aggregate score deciding the winner. The higher ranked team had home field advantage in the second leg of the series. 4. With two teams eliminated, 32 remained to compete for the final 16 bids. 5. The teams ranked 97 and above played a home-and-home series, with the aggregate score deciding the winner. The higher ranked team had home field advantage in the second leg of the series. 6. The winners of each home-and-home series advanced, seeded 17-32. 7. Since Akron was eliminated from the College Football World Cup as the worst team in the tournament, they get to play in this one too. (Not at all because I added them accidentally and don't want to re-run all my sims).
 

AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS

Seed Team Ranking
1 Louisiana Tech 81
2 Vanderbilt 82
3 Syracuse 83
4 Maryland 84
5 Air Force 85
6 Nebraska 86
7 New Mexico State 87
8 Akron 88
9 Arkansas 89
10 Georgia State 90
11 Eastern Michigan 91
12 Middle Tennessee State 92
13 North Carolina 93
14 Rutgers 14
15 Western Michigan 95
16 Tennessee 96
 
The search for a host brought us to the lovely Centennial State, home of the Air Force Academy! The proximity of Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, and Boulder proved to be helpful when selecting the host, as games could be played at AFA's Falcon Stadium, the Denver Broncos' Mile High Stadium, CSU's brand new Sonny Lubick Field, and Colorado's Folsom Field. As such, Air Force was bumped up in seeding to be placed in Pot 1, Berth 1 to be the first team placed into Group A.

QUALIFYING

Qualifying matches were simulated one time each for maximum chaos.
 

The "Biggest Losers" Play-In Games

To Play For Seed 17: #127 Ball State vs. #130 UTEP
Leg Result Score
1 Ball State defeats UTEP in El Paso 21-7
2 UTEP defeats Ball State in Muncie 21-0
Agg. UTEP advances 28-21
The Miners pull off a slight upset over the Cardinals for the right to advance to the play-in game for the 17th seed! After being defeated at home, UTEP travels over fifteen hundred miles to stun Ball State by shutting them out on their turf.
 
To Play For Seed 18: #128 San José State vs. #129 Charlotte
Leg Result Score
1 Charlotte defeats SJSU in Charlotte 24-10
2 Charlotte defeats SJSU in San José 38-10
Agg. Charlotte advances 62-20
The woes of perennial Mountain West doormat San José State continue as they get thumped by Charlotte twice in a row. With such a huge alumni base in one of the wealthiest regions in the country, will the Spartans ever return to contention?
 

The "Last 16 In" Play-In Games

Seed 17: #97 Western Kentucky vs. #130 UTEP
Leg Result Score
1 WKU defeats UTEP in El Paso 28-13
2 WKU defeats UTEP in Bowling Green 34-3
Agg. WKU advances 62-16
The Miners did well to get themselves into this play-in game, but the Hilltoppers outclass them in every facet of the game on the way to two easy wins. Can their Bowling Green brethren on the Ohio side do the same?
 
Seed 18: #98 Buffalo vs. #129 Charlotte
Leg Result Score
1 Buffalo defeats Charlotte in Charlotte 21-0
2 Buffalo defeats Charlotte in Buffalo 49-3
Agg. Buffalo advances 70-3
Buffalo scorches past Charlotte, handing them the worst score differential in all of the play-in game series. Colin Kaepernick couldn't have saved these Niners.
 
Seed 19: #99 Louisiana-Monroe vs. #126 Texas State
Leg Result Score
1 ULM defeats Texas State in San Marcos 28-14
2 ULM defeats Texas State in Monroe 35-7
Agg. ULM advances 63-21
The Bobcats would rather be floating the San Marcos or Guadeloupe Rivers than suffering through two more football games. The Warhawks slide through with little effort.
 
Seed 20: #100 Utah State vs. #125 Rice
Leg Result Score
1 Utah State defeats Rice in Houston 45-20
2 Rice defeats Utah State in Logan 14-13
Agg. Utah State advances 58-34
Utah State becomes the only higher ranked team to lose the home portion of a series and still advance after demolishing Rice in Houston by over three scores. There is hope for an Aggies team whose talent has shown flashes of promise, but has yet to deliver in the Mountain West.
 
Seed 21: #101 Tulane vs. #124 Georgia Southern
Leg Result Score
1 GSU defeats Tulane in Statesboro 21-20
2 Tulane defeats GSU in New Orleans 23-10
Agg. Tulane advances 43-31
The Eagles become the only team to open with a home win and not claim the series, as the Green Wave pull off the victory in the home leg to advance on aggregate points.
 
Seed 22: #102 UNLV vs. #123 Kansas
Leg Result Score
1 UNLV defeats Kansas in Lawrence 31-26
2 UNLV defeats Kansas in Las Vegas 30-9
Agg. UNLV advances 61-35
Kansas loses to a team who, in the regular season, lost at home against the largest point-spread in the history of college football, and it wasn't even close. Seems about right.
 
Seed 23: #103 Miami OH vs. #122 Coastal Carolina
Leg Result Score
1 Miami defeats Coastal in Conway 27-3
2 Miami defeats Coastal in Oxford 44-17
Agg. Miami advances 71-20
The Chanticleers and RedHawks battle for bragging rights over who has the angrier looking bird mascot. The RedHawks prove they are meaner.
 
Seed 24: #104 Old Dominion vs. #121 Kent State
Leg Result Score
1 ODU defeats Kent State in Kent 17-10
2 ODU defeats Kent State in Norfolk 13-6
Agg. ODU advances 30-16
What happens when a Monarch fights a Golden Flash? I'm not sure either, but the Monarchs won.
 
Seed 25: #105 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. #120 Bowling Green State
Leg Result Score
1 BGSU defeats ULL in Bowling Green 44-17
2 BGSU defeats ULL in Lafayette 52-17
Agg. BGSU advances 96-34
Two cities named Bowling Green will have finalists in the Bottom Feeders' World Cup. The only thing Ragin' about the Cajuns is their fans. How many po-boys does it take to forget this season?
 
Seed 26: #106 UMass vs. #119 Hawai'i
Leg Result Score
1 UMass defeats Hawai'i in Honolulu 47-14
2 UMass defeats Hawai'i in Amherst 38-21
Agg. UMass advances 85-35
UMass and Hawai'i are again forced to travel 5,000 miles each way for this home-and-home, which the Minutemen blaze through to avenge their home loss to the Rainbow Warriors in the regular season. Is this the beginning of the most geographically distant rivalry in college football?
 
Seed 27: #107 Cincinnati vs. #118 New Mexico
Leg Result Score
1 UNM defeats Cincinnati in Albuquerque 27-22
2 UNM defeats Cincinnati in Cincinnati 27-21
Agg. UNM advances 54-43
The Bearkats play two close games, but can't score late to beat the Lobos. Its okay, how much pain can the Mountain West possibly cause for UC fans? They're looking forward to basketball and they have a SQUAD.
 
Seed 28: #108 Illinois vs. #117 South Alabama
Leg Result Score
1 USA defeats Illinois in Mobile 20-13
2 USA defeats Illinois in Champaign 26-0
Agg. USA advances 46-13
Is it too late to relegate Illinois to the MAC?
 
Seed 29: #109 East Carolina vs. #116 Nevada
Leg Result Score
1 Nevada defeats ECU in Reno 45-21
2 Nevada defeats ECU in Greenville 31-13
Agg. Nevada advances 76-34
If I learned anything from my freshman year at Boise State (2010), its that you don't play a night game in Reno unprepared.
 
Seed 30: #110 Baylor vs. #115 Idaho
Leg Result Score
1 Baylor defeats Idaho in Moscow 36-31
2 Baylor defeats Idaho in Waco 31-23
Agg. Baylor advances 67-54
Idaho leaves for the greener pastures of the FCS having put up a good fight against Baylor, who despite finishing 1-11, was able to ruffle some feathers in the Big XII and outpace the Vandals. Time will tell if they fare better against familiar Big Sky foes Montana and Idaho State.
 
Seed 31: #111 BYU vs. #114 UConn
Leg Result Score
1 BYU defeats UConn in Storrs 17-13
2 BYU defeats UConn in Provo 23-17
Agg. BYU advances 40-30
The most exciting thing about this match-up is that if they were playing basketball and it was 2011, we'd be watching prime Jimmer Fredette play against prime Kemba Walker. Instead, we get these two buzzkill football teams. BYU fans celebrate the series win by having an extra scoop of vanilla ice cream after Sunday dinner.
 
Seed 32: #112 Oregon State vs. #113 Tulsa
Leg Result Score
1 Tulsa defeats OSU in Tulsa 41-27
2 Tulsa defeats OSU in Corvallis 32-16
Agg. Tulsa advances 73-43
The Beavers decided that the Pac-12 would have no representation in the Bottom Feeders' World Cup, as it would shine poorly on the Conference of Champions and they'd rather stay home and watch their baseball team in the College World Series. Hopefully its worth it.
 

CONFERENCE REPRESENTATION

Conference Number of Teams Teams Qualified (Ranking)
MAC 6 Akron (88), Eastern Michigan (91), Western Michigan (95), Buffalo (98), Miami OH (103), Bowling Green State (120)
MWC 5 Air Force (85), Utah State (100), UNLV (102), Nevada (116), New Mexico (118)
C-USA 4 Louisiana Tech (81), Middle Tennessee State (92), Western Kentucky (97), Old Dominion (104)
Sun Belt 4 New Mexico State (87), Georgia State (90), Louisiana-Monroe (99), South Alabama (117)
SEC 3 Vanderbilt (82), Arkansas (89), Tennessee (96)
Big Ten 3 Maryland (84), Nebraska (86), Rutgers (94)
ACC 2 Syracuse (83), North Carolina (93)
AAC 2 Tulane (101), Tulsa (113)
Indy 2 UMass (106), BYU (111)
Big XII 1 Baylor (110)
Pac-12 0
 

GROUP SELECTION

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Air Force (Host) Arkansas Western Kentucky Bowling Green State
Louisiana Tech Georgia State Buffalo UMass
Vanderbilt Eastern Michigan Louisiana-Monroe New Mexico
Syracuse Middle Tennessee State Utah State South Alabama
Maryland North Carolina Tulane Nevada
Nebraska Rutgers UNLV Baylor
New Mexico State Western Michigan Miami OH BYU
Akron Tennessee Old Dominion Tulsa
 
As was done in Parts I and II, the groups were selected with a random letter generator for letters A through H. Air Force was automatically placed in Group A, Berth 1 as the host. Random letters are occasionally generated multiple times so that no group has more than one team from any single conference.
 
-------- Group A -------- -------- Group B -------- -------- Group C -------- -------- Group D --------
Air Force Syracuse Vanderbilt New Mexico State
Middle Tennessee State Rutgers North Carolina Eastern Michigan
Buffalo Western Kentucky Old Dominion Tulane
Baylor Bowling Green State South Alabama Nevada
 
-------- Group E -------- -------- Group F -------- -------- Group G -------- -------- Group H --------
Nebraska Maryland Louisiana Tech Akron
Western Michigan Arkansas Georgia State Tennessee
UNLV Utah State Miami OH Louisiana-Monroe
BYU Tulsa New Mexico UMass
 
And finally, the good part! The simulation results. For the group stage, each team plays the other three teams one time. The top two teams advance based on points. If there is a tie in standings, the tiebreaker is based on score differential. Each game has been simulated one time for maximum chaos!
 

GROUP STAGE

Group A

Week Result Score
1 Middle Tennessee State defeats Air Force 34-20
1 Buffalo defeats Baylor 47-17
2 Middle Tennessee State defeats Baylor 20-17
2 Air Force defeats Buffalo 23-19
3 Buffalo defeats Middle Tennessee State 40-17
3 Air Force defeats Baylor 52-24
 
Week 1: The Blue Raiders of MTSU open the tournament with an impressive win over host Air Force, as Brent Stockstill throws for three touchdowns. Good thing the Air Force is better at stopping aerial attacks in real life than they are in football! Buffalo rides a five field goal performance from Adam Mitcheson and three rushing touchdowns to a crushing victory over Baylor.
 
Week 2: Brent Stockstill throws two more touchdowns as MTSU holds off a Baylor 4th quarter comeback. Air Force breaks away from a late 16-16 tie as Tim McVey runs it in from the 1 yard line. Buffalo kicks one more field goal, but Nate Romine's rushing gains run out the clock on the next Falcons possession to ice the game.
 
Week 3: MTSU jumps out to an early 14-0 lead only to be stunned by a potent Bulls offense and another strong performance from kicker Adam Mitcheson, who notches four more field goals and establishes himself as an early contender for the Golden Boot award. Baylor has no answers for the triple option, as Air Force only attempts 16 passes and firebombs the Bears defense. Surprisingly, two of those sixteen attempts are touchdowns from Arion Worthman.
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 Buffalo 2 1 6 pts +49
2 Air Force 2 1 6 pts +18
3 Middle Tennessee State 2 1 6 pts -6
4 Baylor 0 3 0 pts -61
 
Buffalo is the surprise team here, winning two contests by absolute blowout and taking the top spot on score differential. Hosts Air Force swoop into second place after hammering last place finishers Baylor and upping their score differential above zero. Boy, Matt Rhule has some work to do in Waco. MTSU has a disappointing third place finish, but they'll be a fun team to watch in 2018 with hometown gunslinger Brent Stockstill returning for his senior season.
 

Group B

Week Result Score
1 Syracuse defeats Rutgers 27-26
1 Western Kentucky defeats Bowling Green State 26-9
2 Bowling Green State defeats Rutgers 34-21
2 Western Kentucky defeats Syracuse 27-20
3 Rutgers defeats Western Kentucky 28-17
3 Bowling Green State defeats Syracuse 40-14
 
Week 1: Rutgers leads Syracuse 20-7 at halftime, but Eric Dungey throws two second half touchdowns and Rutgers is penalized in the final minute for a false start, thwarting their chances of getting the ball back. Mike White throws two touchdowns and Ryan Nuss kicks four field goals to lead the Hilltoppers past the Falcons.
 
Week 2: BGSU pulls away from Rutgers after its tied 14-14 at halftime, spreading the ball around to score on the ground and in the air. Syracuse and WKU are tied at 7, 10, 13, and 20, before Mike White slings a 23 yard winner to Mik'Quan Deane with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
 
Week 3: Jerome Washington catches two touchdowns and Mike White is intercepted four times as Rutgers outclasses WKU. Jarret Doege and Datrin Guyton connect twice in a BGSU blowout of Syracuse.
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 Bowling Green State 2 1 6 pts +22
2 Western Kentucky 2 1 6 pts +13
3 Rutgers 1 2 3 pts -3
4 Syracuse 1 2 3 pts -32
 
UPSET ALERT: Bowling Green State, the lowest seeded team in the group (#120 overall) has won Group B on score differential! If you like watching bad Power 5 teams lose, this was the group for you, as Syracuse and Rutgers are both eliminated after automatically qualifying. Western Kentucky rides two good performances to advance in second place.
 

Group C

Week Result Score
1 Vanderbilt defeats North Carolina 30-27
1 South Alabama defeats Old Dominion 19-14
2 North Carolina defeats South Alabama 20-6
2 Vanderbilt defeats Old Dominion 34-14
3 North Carolina defeats Old Dominion 24-17
3 Vanderbilt defeats South Alabama 10-6
 
Week 1: Kyle Shurmur airs it out for two touchdowns, special teams returns a punt for a score, and Tommy Openshaw ices the game with a late kick as Vanderbilt takes down a UNC offense that saw Chazz Surratt and Brandon Harris heave a touchdown each. Gavin Patterson's foot sends South Alabama into Week 2 with a win, as Ray Lawry and ODU just can't find their pace.
 
Week 2: Gavin Patterson and Freeman Jones exchange two field goals each before Chazz Surratt finds Jordan Cunningham in the end zone twice to give UNC the 14 point win. Kyle Shurmur and Trent Sherfield connect twice as well, while Jamauri Wakefield and Ralph Webb each find the end zone on the ground, leading Vandy to a solid victory over ODU. Ray Lawry scores a late consolation TD for the Monarchs.
 
Week 3: UNC's dual quarterback system continues to work as they eliminate ODU from the tournament. Kyle Shurmur tosses an early touchdown, followed by Tommy Openshaw field goal, and that was all Vandy needed as their defense held USA to two field goals.
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 Vanderbilt 3 0 9 pts +27
2 North Carolina 2 1 6 pts +18
3 South Alabama 1 2 3 pts -13
4 Old Dominion 0 3 0 pts -32
 
Vanderbilt plays efficient football and looks more like the team that started 3-0 and "wanted Bama" on their way to three wins and the top spot in the group. UNC proves that their offense is more than just Mitchell Trubisky, as they slide into second place to advance. USA finishes third, but ODU goes home with the satisfaction of knowing that at least they don't live in Mobile.
 

Group D

Week Result Score
1 New Mexico State defeats Eastern Michigan 42-14
1 Tulane defeats Nevada 37-10
2 Eastern Michigan defeats Nevada 31-9
2 New Mexico State defeats Tulane 41-23
3 Tulane defeats Eastern Michigan 27-24
3 New Mexico State defeats Nevada 50-17
 
Week 1: Tyler Rogers opens the tournament with a five touchdown performance as the Aggies blaze past the Emus, who score twice on Ian Eriksen rushing TDs. Tulane throws, runs, and kicks their way down Nevada's throats.
 
Week 2: Brogan Roback tidies up his RV, stocks his fridge with Diet Coke, arranges his snacks, and then slings two TDs to lead EMU past a Nevada offense consisting entirely of Spencer Pettit's right foot. New Mexico State's potent offense continues an impressive campaign as Tyler Rogers throws five more touchdowns, burying Tulane before halftime.
 
Week 3: Tulane leads 24-10 at halftime, but Brogan Roback connects with Antoine Porter and Isaac Holder to tie it up in the fourth. Tulane retakes the lead with a late field goal by Merek Glover, and Eastern Michigan marches down the field to make one last attempt to tie or win it andddddddddd... Paulie Fricano misses a 21 yard field goal. NMSU scores consecutive punt return touchdowns on their way to dropping a fifty-burger on Nevada. You know what they say... "I'd rather be dead in Las Vegas than alive in Reno."
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 New Mexico State 3 0 9 pts +79
2 Tulane 2 1 6 pts +12
3 Eastern Michigan 1 2 3 pts -9
4 Nevada 0 3 0 pts -82
 
If there was any doubt that the New Mexico State Aggies could play good football, it was put to bed in Group D. Not only do they finish in the top spot with three wins, but they run away with it, averaging over 44 points per game and advancing with the highest score differential of the tournament. On the other hand, Nevada gets blown out three times on their way to the worst score differential of the tournament. The Green Wave from New Orleans washes away the Pack and the Emus to storm into second place, while Eastern Michigan shows that their field isn't the only bland thing about their football program.
 

Group E

Week Result Score
1 Nebraska defeats Western Michigan 34-10
1 BYU defeats UNLV 34-17
2 Western Michigan defeats BYU 24-14
2 UNLV defeats Nebraska 27-20
3 UNLV defeats Western Michigan 44-3
3 BYU defeats Nebraska 21-16
 
Week 1: Tanner Lee tosses two TDs and DeMornay Pierson-El nets one rushing and one receiving as Nebraska edges out the WMU Broncos and their stoned mascot. Four quarterbacks score in the BYU-UNLV game, but none of them are named Tanner "Gave-Gonnorhea-to-Half-of-His-High-School-Graduating-Class" Mangum, so that's nice.
 
Week 2: In a game fought on the ground, WMU's running backs find the end zone three times to BYU's two. Nebraska leads UNLV 20-3 at halftime before giving up 24 points while being shutout in the second half.
 
Week 3: UNLV scores several touchdowns as they escort WMU to the glue factory. Nebraska fans - you should stop reading this for your own safety. Tanner Mangum has just thrown a 74 yard touchdown. BYU kicks off to Nebraska, who leads 16-14 with very little time left in the fourth quarter. Tanner Lee is sacked on first down. From 3rd & 10 on his own five yard line, Tanner Lee is intercepted. On the ensuing possession, Squally Canada scores a walk-off rushing touchdown.
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 UNLV 2 1 6 pts +31
2 BYU 2 1 6 pts +12
3 Nebraska 1 2 3 pts +12
4 Western Michigan 1 2 3 pts -55
 
The liquor reserves have run dry in Omaha. Nebraska becomes the only team eliminated in the Group Stage with a positive score differential. Western Michigan looks lightyears away from the 2016-2017 NY6 bowl team. BYU is lucky none of these games were scheduled for a Sunday, and advance at the cost of Cornhusker livers. The University of Nevada-Henderson storms through in the top spot, showing that the early regular season loss to Howard really was just a fluke.
 

Group F

Week Result Score
1 Arkansas defeats Maryland 26-3
1 Utah State defeats Tulsa 25-10
2 Arkansas defeats Tulsa 31-27
2 Utah State defeats Maryland 37-14
3 Utah State defeats Arkansas 28-24
3 Tulsa defeats Maryland 30-28
 
Week 1: Not one of Maryland's five quarterbacks connect for a score as Arkansas rolls by on the foot of kicker Connor Limpert, who notches four field goals. USU scores a couple second half TDs to take a comfortable lead on Tulsa before icing the game with a fourth quarter safety.
 
Week 2: The Golden Hurricane take the lead on the Razorbacks three separate times before Austin Allen and Deon Lewis connect on a 40-yard bomb in the fourth quarter to give Arkansas the W. The Terps take the lead on the Aggies twice before giving up three unanswered field goals and touchdowns each.
 
Week 3: David Williams is tackled in his own endzone on the opening play of the game to give USU a 2-0 lead. Arkansas leads 24-15 in the third quarter before Dominik Eberle snipes two field goals and USU special teams returns a punt 61 yards for a game winning touchdown. Lorenzo Harrison III and Ty Johnson each score two rushing touchdowns as Maryland is unable to hold off a late Tulse comeback, culminating in a D'Angelo Brewer game winner.
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 Utah State 3 0 9 pts +42
2 Arkansas 2 1 6 pts +23
3 Tulsa 1 2 3 pts -17
4 Maryland 0 3 0 pts -48
 
The Mountain West has another group winner as Utah State's defense and special teams lead them to glory! Arkansas takes the second spot with strong performances by Austin Allen, Chase Hayden, and David Williams. The best thing about Tulsa is that their quarterback is named Chad President. Maryland looks as bad in the on-field simulation as their program looks in real life right now.
 

Group G

Week Result Score
1 Louisiana Tech defeats Georgia State 33-21
1 New Mexico defeats Miami OH 16-10
2 New Mexico defeats Georgia State 59-21
2 Miami OH defeats Louisiana Tech 32-16
3 Georgia State defeats Miami OH 17-13
3 New Mexico defeats Louisiana Tech 16-7
 
Week 1: Conner Manning and J'Mar Smith each throw three TDs, but Jonathan Barnes makes the difference for LA Tech as he goes 4/4 on field goals, including two 45+ yarders. Miami takes a 10-0 lead before Richard McQuarley and Jason Sanders put UNM on their backs to squeeze out the win.
 
Week 2: UNM scores five times on the ground and leads 45-0 before Georgia State scores. The Lobos tack on two more rushing TDs as Conner Manning throws three consolation bombs. Miami's Sam Sloman outkicks LA Tech's Jonathan Barnes six FGs to three and Gus Ragland tosses a 71 yard dime to skate past the Bulldogs.
 
Week 3: Conner Manning and Penny Hart connect again to give the Panthers the lead before Brandon Wright ices the game. Jason Sanders kicks UNM into the top spot into the group with three more FGs.
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 New Mexico 3 0 9 pts +53
2 Miami OH 1 2 3 pts +6
3 Louisiana Tech 1 2 3 pts -13
4 Georgia State 1 2 3 pts -46
 
The New Mexico Lobos win two close games and a blowout on their way to first place in Group G, giving the Mountain West three consecutive group winners. Miami OH, Louisiana Tech, and Georgia State all win one game in the group, but the RedHawks advance with the only positive score differential amongst the three.

Group H

Week Result Score
1 Tennessee defeats Akron 21-3
1 UMass defeats Louisiana-Monroe 28-24
2 Tennessee defeats UMass 20-14
2 Akron defeats Louisiana-Monroe 14-10
3 Tennessee defeats Louisiana-Monroe 35-6
3 UMass defeats Akron 20-7
 
Week 1: Akron opens the game with a Tom O'Leary field goal, but Tennessee's defense holds steady after that as they roll to win on rushing touchdowns by Ty Chandler, John Kelly, and Carlin Fils-Aime. UMass and ULM trade the lead several times before Andrew Ford finds Adam Breneman in the endzone to seal the win for the Minutemen.
 
Week 2: Andrew Ford and Adam Breneman connect twice more as the latter solidifies his campaign as the best TE in the tournament, but Tennessee is lead by 2nd and 3rd string quarterbacks Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride as they each toss a TD pass. Kato Nelson and the Zips squeeze past the Warhawks in a defensive competition.
 
Week 3: Quinten Dormady and John Kelly get on the scoreboard twice as the Volunteers pummel the Warhawks, who are held to two Craig Ford FGs. Similarly, UMass runs away from Akron, who scores a lone touchdown on a Thomas Woodson pass to Tra'Von Chapman.
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 Tennessee 3 0 9 pts +53
2 UMass 2 1 6 pts +11
3 Akron 1 2 3 pts -27
4 Louisiana-Monroe 0 3 0 pts -37
 
Despite having no head coach and not a single legitimate prospect, the Tennessee Volunteers are Champions of Life and Group H! UMass follows close behind, riding two wins into the knockout stage. Akron and ULM don't play football very well, and are rightfully punished for it.

ROUND OF 16

Buffalo defeats Western Kentucky, 17-13 HOLD MY BEER WHILE I JUMP ONTO THIS TABLE FROM THE ROOF OF THE RV! Who knew that a team from Buffalo, New York, could win postseason football games?
 
Tulane defeats Vanderbilt, 24-10 The Green Wave have the best helmet decals in college football AND a knockout round victory! Jonathan Banks propels them towards victory with scores through the air and on the ground.
 
UNLV defeats Arkansas, 27-16 If UNLV plays this well in the new downtown Raiders stadium, maybe more than 500 fans will show up!
 
New Mexico defeats UMass, 31-17 The Lobos are playing out of their minds! Never mind the suspicious RV parked outside their locker room entrance, they won this game on pure skill and adrenaline (and definitely not blue meth).
 
Bowling Green State defeats Air Force, 51-27 The Bowling Green State Falcons are the supreme Falcons of all FBS College Football! The Air Force Academy Falcons are gracious hosts and honorable competitors, but the raw rushing power of the BGSU Falcons is just too much.
 
New Mexico State defeats North Carolina, 43-24 WHAT IS IN THE WATER IN THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT? Tyler Rogers tosses four more touchdowns and Dylan Brown notches five more field goals as the Aggies blow past the Tar Heels.
 
Utah State defeats BYU, 20-9 THE OLD WAGON WHEEL REMAINS IN LOGAN! Is there anything better for Utah State fans than beating the school that none of them could get into? No ;)
 
Miami OH defeats Tennessee, 36-10 The Volunteers get worked by the RedHawks, who ride into the Quarterfinals on the cool hand of Gus Ragland and the even cooler foot of Sam Sloman.

QUARTERFINALS

Tulane defeats Buffalo, 30-17 The city of Buffalo descends back into sadness, but at least they have a hockey team to watch, right? (Not really). Nathan Peterman? Anyway, the Green Wave roll forward, armed with a diverse attack and a thirst for blood.
 
New Mexico defeats UNLV, 17-14 The Lobos and Rebels exchange two rushing touchdowns each, but Jason Sander's early field goal propels the Lobos into the Semifinals and proves that UNM is the best of the worst in the Mountain West!
 
New Mexico State defeats Bowling Green State, 28-16 The Aggies postseason winning streak is increased to five! Tyler Rogers throws two more touchdowns, including one to Larry Rose III, who also scores two on the ground. Are we going to see both FBS teams from the state of New Mexico in the championship game?
 
Miami OH defeats Utah State, 26-6 THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE AGGIE! Sam Sloman single-footedly outscores Utah State as he kicks them into a shallow grave. Touchdowns from Gus Ragland and Alonzo Smith cap off an impressive Miami run into the Semis.

SEMIFINALS

New Mexico defeats Tulane, 35-13 The Lobos (now sponsored by Madrigal Electromotive) ride four rushing touchdowns into the promised land! Nobody has followed anything related to New Mexico this closely since that alien ship definitely crash-landed in Roswell in 1947!
 
Miami OH defeats New Mexico State, 33-20 The Land of Enchantment has experienced the highest of highs, and now must feel the lowest of lows. The Aggies jump out in front but are stunned by a staunch Miami defense in the second half and are outscored 20-3.

THIRD PLACE GAME

New Mexico State defeats Tulane, 38-10 The Aggie offense comes alive again to claim the bronze trophy and the title of Third Best Bottom Feeder! On their first series, Tyler Rogers finds his favorite target Jaleel Scott for an eight yard score, taking a 7-0 lead. After some back and forth, the Aggies drive down the field again and Rogers finds Xander Yarberough for six more. NMSU scores on the next two drives with Larry Rose III and OJ Clark each reeling in Rogers passes to bury Tulane behind a 28-0 lead at halftime. Tulane finally comes alive in the third quarter, closing the gap on a run by Sherman Badie and a 32-yard field goal from Merek Glover! However, New Mexico State's defense makes adjustments and shuts out the Green Wave in the fourth. Tyler Rogers would strike once more (for his 25th passing touchdown), finding Jason Huntley for two yards and a 35-10 lead. Dylan Brown kicks one more field for good measure, and the Aggies blow past everyone's expectations. GG NMSU and Tulane.

BOTTOM FEEDER CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

New Mexico defeats Miami OH, 27-24 THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO LOBOS ARE YOUR INAUGURAL BOTTOM FEEDERS' WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS! Miami opens up the scoring on the first drive of the game, gaining 62 yards before Gus Ragland finds James Gardner for an 18-yard touchdown pass. After each team punts on several possessions, Sam Sloman kicks a short field goal to increase the lead to 10. On the ensuing possession, New Mexico drives down to the 11 yard line, leading to a Jason Sanders field goal on 4th and 1. Just before halftime, Tevaka Tuioti is intercepted, resulting in a short offensive series and another Gus Ragland touchdown pass, this time to Alonzo Smith for 3 yards. The RedHawks heads to the locker room with a 17-3 lead. The Lobos storm out after the restart, getting to the 34 before being stopped. However, Jason Sanders steps up and crushes a 51-yard field goal through the uprights. After several more back-and-forth series, Tevaka Tuoiti finds the promised land on the ground from six yards out, bring the score to 17-13, Miami's advantage. Shortly after, Gus Ragland tosses his third touchdown pass of the game, hitting Jared Murphy in the corner from the 14. On the next Lobo possession, the Tevaka Tuioti launches a 61 yard pass to Q' Drennan before nine yard runs by Richard McQuarley and Daryl Chestnut result in a touchdown. Miami still leads 24-20. In the fourth quarter, Tevaka Tuioti finds Q' Drennan again, this time in the endzone. New Mexico has taken its first lead of the game, 27-24! Miami gets stopped and then stops New Mexico from padding their lead. With less than a minute left, Miami returns a Corey Bojorquez punt for 50 yards and has a chance to tie or win it! Gus Ragland finds Quentin Hardy for four yards to get to New Mexico's 28 yard line, then throws it incomplete over the middle. With the clock ticking, Ragland completes to Luke Mayock for 25 yards, but he is tackled on the three yard line and time expires! Miami University has played an incredibly hard fought game, but New Mexico has come back and stolen it in the second half! GG RedHawks and Lobos.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER AWARDS

Just like the World Cup gives the Golden Ball etc., the Bottom Feeders' World Cup gives awards to the best player at each position! New Mexico State crushed the inaugural tournament awards ceremony, taking home four wins and two runners-ups.

The Golden Helmet (Best Quarterback)

Winner: Tyler Rogers, New Mexico State 25 Touchdowns Overall (All Passing)
 
Runner-Up: Jonathan Banks, Tulane 12 Touchdowns Overall (10 Passing, 2 Rushing)

The Golden Pants (Best Running Back)

Winners: Larry Rose III and Jason Huntley, New Mexico State 5 Touchdowns Overall (2 Rushing, 3 Receiving)
 
Runners-Up: Five-Way Tie 4 Touchdowns Overall

The Golden Gloves (Best Wide Receiver)

Winner: Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State 8 Touchdowns Overall (All Receiving)
 
Runner-Up: Jacob Martinez, Buffalo 5 Touchdowns Overall (All Receiving)

The Golden Jersey (Best Tight End)

Winner: Adam Breneman, UMass 4 Touchdowns Overall (All Receiving)
 
Runners-Up: Four-Way Tie 2 Touchdowns Overall

The Golden Boot (Best Kicker)

Winner: Sam Sloman, Miami OH 23 Field Goals
 
Runners-Up: Dylan Brown, New Mexico State, and Jake Suder, Bowling Green State 15 Field Goals

The Golden Legion (Best Defense & Special Teams)

Winner: Utah State 3 Scoring Plays (2 Safeties, 1 Punt Return)
 
Runner-Up: New Mexico State 2 Scoring Plays (2 Punt Returns)
 
I know, I know... Why aren't there any interceptions returned for TDs? Unfortunately, the simulator I used doesn't appear to be advanced enough to replicate them. Maybe next year?
 
Its been a pleasure putting together these three tournaments for CFB. I hope you all enjoying reading my content as much as I enjoy creating it!
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2018.08.22 18:00 RobotiSC Mr. Smiley, Your Best Friend!

I hate clowns. Not just because they look terrifying, with their painted smiles and eyes, or because of their general over-the-top freakiness, or because of the fact that they are definitely not what you want to see when you are driving back home around midnight or any other time in general. I hate them because I don’t know who is behind all that makeup or props. Trust me, the most dangerous monsters out there aren’t just hiding in sewers, or dark alleys, or an otherworldly hell. Sometimes, they can be closer than you might think.
Sure, some of you might dismiss the idea, but I just hope that after you hear my story, maybe you would change your mind.
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A long time ago, I used to love clowns.
I loved their outrageous makeup. I loved their ridiculous slapstick humour. I loved them so much, I even WANTED to be a clown. Ah, how innocent I was then.
It was not just me. My older brothers, being just a few years older than me, also loved clowns. And the girl who lived next door to me when I was young. And Jimmy from my old school. In fact, I was pretty sure all the young kids in my neighbourhood loved clowns.
Maybe it was because our neighbourhood was pretty well-known for having a ‘resident clown’ that was very popular not just among the neighbourhood kids, but the kids from the other neighbourhood as well. His real name was Charlie Patterson, but his stage name was ‘Mr. Smiley’, and he was pretty ordinary for a clown. The same big nose that honked when you squeezed it, the oversized clothes and the same makeup that most clowns wore. However, what set Mr. Smiley apart from all the others was his signature symbol. After every birthday party, he would often give a smiley face sticker to the birthday kid, and wish them a very ‘smiley’ day, from ‘his best friend’, or something along those lines. Needless to say, that was how he got his name. And his tagline, coincidentally.
‘Mr. Smiley, Your Best Friend!’.
Soon, he became such a household name that requests for him to perform at their next birthday party were even rejected as he was busy at another party that day. A kid would even be considered lucky if their request was accepted by him.
Naturally, I adored him, and my 8-year-old self just practically prayed that he could come to my next birthday party. Every single day. And when my request for Mr. Smiley to perform at my 9th birthday party was accepted by him, I could not believe it. I was so excited, I could not sleep at all. I was just counting down the days to my birthday, so I could finally see him in person.
At last, on the day of my 9th birthday party, I saw Mr. Smiley for the first time in person. He arrived in his signature red and blue car, and made his grand appearance by sneaking up behind my father, carefully preparing his horn, and blowing it in my father’s ear, causing him to swear very loudly. It was both scary and funny at the same time, and me, my brothers, and my friends just fell to the floor laughing our heads off. Soon afterwards, my father and the rest of the adults also laughed, and Mr. Smiley laughed hysterically at his own prank. The show had officially begun.
For the next few hours, Mr. Smiley entertained all of us with his magic tricks and silly jokes. Pretty soon, it was time for him to say goodbye, and I was sad that he was leaving so soon.
“CHEER UP, LITTLE TIMMY, MR. SMILEY IS SAD WHEN PEOPLE AREN’T HAPPY ON THEIR BIRTHDAY DAY! YOU WOULDN’T WANT ME TO BE SAD, DO YOU, LITTLE TIMMY?” Mr. Smiley bent down towards me and remarked, “I KNOW WHAT WILL CHEER YOU UP!” Mr. Smiley took something out from his pocket. I looked at it, and I cheered up almost immediately. It was the smiley face sticker. “NOW, LITTLE TIMMY, EVERY TIME YOU LOOK AT THAT STICKER, YOU JUST THINK OF THE FUN TIME YOU HAD WITH ME TODAY. NOW, TAKE THIS STICKER, AND SMILE. MR. SMILEY WANTS TO SEE A SMILE ON THE BIRTHDAY BOY’S FACE BEFORE HE LEAVES!” Feeling much better now, I reached out my hand to take the sticker out of his hand.
I didn’t get it.
As soon as I reached out my hand, frenzy ensued. Loud noises suddenly filled the air, and I found myself forcibly pulled away from Mr. Smiley’s outstretched hand. Mr. Smiley wasn’t smiling anymore as several armed men surrounded him, ordering him to put up his hands. As I was led further and further away from the scene by my parents, I could only see his incredibly disappointed face staring straight at me. I tried to pull away, to try to smile, so that Mr. Smiley could see it. But all I could muster up was a look of confusion, as he got further and further away until he disappeared out of view.
Rape. It was not until a few years later, when I was in high school, that I truly understood the meaning of that word. Then, I could finally understand what Mr. Smiley did to get himself arrested. However, back then, my 9-year-old mind couldn’t understand what that man did. All I knew was that he did some ‘very bad thing’ to a young girl, that his real name was not ‘Mr. Smiley’ after all, and that his real face was nothing like Mr. Smiley. Throughout his entire trial, I could remember that he didn’t smile, not even once. He just looked…sad.
Disappointed.
That I didn’t smile.
In the end, they sentenced him to a few years imprisonment. I couldn’t quite remember the exact duration, but I personally didn’t care about that at the time. All I could remember was his devastated face that day at my party.
That was my first encounter with Mr. Smiley. But it wasn’t the last.
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For the next few years, I went by my school life pretty quickly. High school, then university, then graduation. Pretty soon, I had secured a solid career as a psychological horror writer, and moved to a remote cabin in the Baker Forest to focus on writing without any distractions, and as my only friend, Scott, pointed out, without a girlfriend. Trust me, I couldn’t care less about any girlfriend, but I just couldn’t stand to be around people anymore. I couldn’t forget about Mr. Smiley, and I couldn’t forget how I was so close to a rapist without even knowing it. As a result, I felt that I couldn’t trust anyone, and in order for me to trust someone, like Scott or my brothers, I had to know them very well before I could befriend them, in the hopes that they didn’t turn out to be like him. Try as I might, I just couldn’t get rid of Mr. Smiley, his smiley-face stickers, or his goofy grin, which was already starting to morph into a horrifying smirk in my mind.
Pretty soon, 21 years had passed since the day of that dreadful birthday party. I was now 30 years old, still holding onto my career, and Scott was finally able to persuade me to go to a blind date, which went surprisingly well. For the first time, I felt that I could finally forget about Mr. Smiley, maybe live a normal life again without any fear.
That was when Mr. Smiley returned.
I was joking around with my new girlfriend and walking along the woods that surrounded the cabin after our date in the nearby restaurant. When we approached the house, I noticed that there was something on the doorstep. It was a bright yellow parcel, and my name was written in black marker on the wrapping. Needless to say, the parcel looked incredibly…unnatural and out-of-place when it rested against the dull-coloured stairs of my cabin.
That night, I think me and my girlfriend had a little too much to drink, because we didn’t bother to question the contents of the package. I just carried the parcel into the living room, and my girlfriend fervently tore the wrapping open and opened the box, eager to find whatever was waiting for us in the box.
Well, what we saw in the box instantly sobered us up.
It was a large folded piece of paper with my face printed on it, and the words “Are you happy, Timmy?” written in black block letters on the paper. Needless to say, that scared the shit out of the two of us, and my girlfriend took this opportunity to say goodbye to me and leave the house, presumably because she didn’t want to get involved in the sender’s ‘connection’ to me. As for me, I just stood there, dazed, looking at the picture. Who could have done this? Maybe it could be Scott or my brothers playing a trick on me! I thought. However, when I called them, they all denied that they sent me the parcel, and that they didn’t even know that there was a parcel. Eventually, I was forced to agree with them. There just wasn’t anything in it for them.
I sent the parcel to the police, hoping that they could find who the sender was, and they agreed to check the parcel’s details for me, and who the sender was. I was happy to hear that, as I was more than willing to forget about that parcel or that picture of me for the rest of my life.
However, the parcel was not the only thing that I received over the next few days.
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With the help of Scott, I had managed a social media account so that I could showcase sneak peaks of my stories for people to read and review, and hopefully be convinced to buy my books. I didn’t like interacting with people that way, but it did help to generate business for my novels.
A few days after I had received the parcel, I went on my social media account to see the replies that people had posted regarding my latest sneak peak of my upcoming story 'The Utopia Experiment', and I found that someone had sent me a chat request, and was eager to chat with me online. Now, I wasn’t keen on chatting with anyone, but I assumed that it would be Scott, who would often chat with me about trivial stuff that I didn’t really care about every single day. Part of me was even hoping that the request could have come from some movie or TV producer who was willing to adapt my stories into films or TV shows, and I was pretty excited at that thought. The username of the person who sent the request didn’t help me figure out who it was, as it was just some randomly-generated username, and was not familiar to me at all. Despite all this, I was still curious to see who would chat with me, and so I started a conversation with the ‘person’.
Bestoftimothysstories: Hello? Who is this?
Starbot2001: It’s been a long time, hasn’t it Timmy boy? Do you remember me?
Bestoftimothysstories: No? I don’t even know who you are. Maybe you should tell me your name first, then maybe I could remember.
Starbot2001: I’m afraid I can’t tell you yet. But, I promise you, it will be a surprise!
Bestoftimothysstories: If you’re not willing to tell me your name, I’m ending the conversation.
Starbot2001: Are you happy, Timmy my boy?
I froze. I instinctively knew that this guy, whoever I was talking to, must have sent me that picture. This guy was the one that had been harassing me. Part of me thought to call the police to arrest the guy, but another part of me felt that if I played along with the guy in the conversation, I could get the harasser’s name or even his motivation for sending that parcel to me, and then it would be easier to catch the guy or easier for me to understand his motivations, so that I could respond appropriately.
Bestoftimothysstories: Yes, of course I’m happy! I’m happier when I talk to you!
Starbot2001: Are you lying?
Bestoftimothysstories: Of course not! Actually, I received a parcel a few days ago from some unknown guy, and I think that that someone is you. I just want to know, was it you that sent the parcel?
Starbot2001: Timmy boy, I know for a fact that you aren’t happy right now. In fact, by accusing me of doing something (which I totally didn’t do), you are afraid. Are you afraid of me, Timmy?
Bestoftimothysstories: Maybe if I knew who you were, I wouldn’t be afraid of you.
Starbot2001: Fear is a bad thing, Timmy. You let it control your actions and thoughts, and you become unhappy as a result. I don’t like it when people lie to me, and I’m sad when you are unhappy. So, be happy! I want to see a smile on your face!
It was at this point that I had an idea who the guy was. I just sat there in my chair in a cold sweat, the memories suddenly flooding back into me. My thoughts were running wild, and I knew that he had been released from prison already, and he was going to find me. Nervously, one of my hands began typing, while my other hand grabbed my phone and opened the phone keypad.
Bestoftimothysstories: are you my best friend, starbot2001?
Starbot2001: Of course! I always have been, and always will be your best friend!
Bestoftimothysstories: I know who you are.
Starbot2001: I was beginning to think that you weren’t going to get it. Don’t worry, Timmy boy, the cops won’t find me. I will be coming to you soon, Timmy. We didn’t get to say a proper goodbye that day, did we?
(Starbot2001 left the session)
I couldn’t take it anymore. As soon as Mr. Smiley left, I called the police immediately. I told them about Charlie Patterson and how he was harassing and threatening me, and they said that they will search for him, and send an officer to my house to keep me safe if he came. The officer arrived the next day, and introduced himself as Officer Sheridan, and I accepted his offer to stay and keep me safe from any potential attack for the next few days, while the other police officers searched for Mr. Smiley.
Eventually, a few days had passed since the conversation, but the officers couldn’t find where Mr. Smiley was, just like he said. I had gotten to know Officer Sheridan a little better, and I found that he had a little boy named Thomas, who was ‘kind-hearted’ and ‘sweet’, as he put it. I felt reassured by the officer’s presence, and I felt that his interactions with me were actually helping me overcome my fear of people. However, despite my reassurance, I had a feeling that Mr. Smiley could show up at any time, and that still made me scared, not just for my life, but for Officer Sheridan’s life as well.
The fact that the search was going nowhere was not helping me, and I knew that when the search would ultimately end without results, Mr. Smiley would choose that moment to strike.
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The day before the search was called off, I was alone in my cabin. Officer Sheridan had gone out to the nearby diner to eat dinner, and I was all alone as a result. Perhaps it was because I was the most vulnerable at that point in time that I felt very scared and locked up the door to my room and the house, so that I could feel safe in the absence of the officer.
After a few minutes of sitting in fear, my laptop, which was switched on at the same time, made that familiar ‘ding’ noise you would hear when someone wanted to chat with you online. I looked at the username of the person who sent the request, hoping to chat with Scott or someone else who could relieve my fear.
I took a look at the username, and my heart dropped.
(MRSMILEYYOURBESTFRIEND wants to chat with you)
I immediately took out my phone and called Officer Sheridan. Or rather, tried to call. He didn’t pick up the phone. Fearing the worst, I called the police, and they said that they would arrive at my house as fast as they could.
After I finished the call, I knew that I needed to do something. I needed to chat with Mr. Smiley. I needed to keep him busy until the police arrived. As a result, I accepted the chat request.
Bestoftimothysstories: The police are coming for you. It’s over.
MRSMILEYYOURBESTFRIEND: I thought we were friends, Timmy. I spend every day thinking of the day when I didn’t get to see you smile.
Bestoftimothysstories: I’m sorry, Mr. Smiley, but you’re a bad guy. I cannot be your friend.
MRSMILEYYOURBESTFRIEND: That’s all right. I know I’m a bad guy, but I can still make you smile.
Bestoftimothysstoories: What do you mean?
MRSMILEYYOURBESTFRIEND: I’m outside your house now, Timmy my boy.
I stopped typing, paralysed with fear. I could hear a familiar laughing outside the house. The same laughing that followed a prank. But this time, the laughing wasn’t funny. It was the laughter of insanity, the laughter of a madman.
I nervously got up from my chair, and parted the curtains.
There, standing below my window on the grass, was Mr. Smiley. He was smiling and waving, a phone in his left hand, and he was wearing his usual red and blue clown makeup, but under the glow of my bedroom’s light, it distorted his smile and makeup, causing him to look less like a clown, and more like a…monster.
“COME ON, TIMMY MY BOY, OPEN THE DOOR! I CAN PERFORM MY LAST TRICK FOR YOU, AND I CAN GIVE YOU A STICKER WHEN I’M FINISHED! YOU DIDN’T GET A STICKER THAT TIME, DID YOU, TIMMY!?” Mr. Smiley shrieked.
I knew what ‘trick’ Mr. Smiley was referring to as soon as I took a look at what he was holding in his right hand. It was an axe.
“COME ON, TIMMY! OPEN THE DOOR, AND I CAN SHOW YOU THE TRICK! I MUST SAY, THAT OFFICER LOVED MY TRICK SO MUCH, HE WAS ON THE FLOOR! THAT’S HOW GOOD IT IS! SO, COME OPEN THE DOOR!”
I refused to move. My eyes scanned the room for anything sturdy I could wield.
Mr. Smiley had started to move towards the back door, and now he was using his axe to smash the door open.
“IF YOU WON’T SMILE FOR MR. SMILEY, MR. SMILEY WILL MAKE YOU SMILE! FOREVER!”
My eyes fixed onto the bat that I had used for baseball try-outs in university. I moved towards it and picked it up with my trembling hands.
With a sickening crash, the back door broke open, and I could hear Mr. Smiley run to the stairs, screaming and laughing.
One part of me was pleading for me to escape through the bedroom window, but another part of me felt a strange burning anger towards Mr. Smiley. He had killed an innocent officer. He was planning to kill me next. I needed to stop him once and for all.
Mr. Smiley was outside my bedroom door now, and he began to smash the door with his axe, as wood splinters came flying out of the points of impact.
I had decided on what I needed to do next. I waited for Mr. Smiley to enter.
With another sickening crash, the bedroom door flew open, and standing at the entrance was Mr. Smiley. His smile was contorted, his eyes looked wild, and he was staring at me with excitement. In his hand was the axe, which I could clearly see was caked with blood now. Mr. Smiley let out a piercing, inhuman scream, raised his axe, and began to run towards me.
I hit him before he hit me. Mr. Smiley staggered, blood pouring from his head. He tried to run towards me again, and I hit him again. He staggered again, the axe dropping out of his hand, and he collapsed on the bedroom floor, blood pouring out of his mouth.
I did it. I stopped him. As I stared at the dying Mr. Smiley, I felt a sense of accomplishment. I no longer had to fear him anymore. As those thoughts ran through my mind, I found myself unconsciously smiling.
It was then that I heard Mr. Smiley’s last words. As I dropped the blood-soaked bat, still smiling, and as the sounds of police sirens filled the air, I heard him say, in a raspy, weak voice,
“Finally made you smile…”
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That was my final encounter with Mr. Smiley.
The blows on his head were fatal, and he died shortly after he was moved to the hospital. As for me, since I did attack him out of self-defence, I wasn’t charged, but despite this, I still voluntarily went for therapy sessions to cope with the ‘emotional and mental impact’ I had received when I killed Mr. Smiley. I didn’t mind the sessions. I didn’t need them. For the first time in 21 years, I wasn’t afraid anymore.
I didn’t need to be scared of people.
I had faced my fear, and I had defeated it.
I was finally free.
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Before I end my story, I want to share with you guys about something that happened this afternoon.
I had just been discharged from the hospital, and was heading home to the cabin after being away from it for a while. Ever since the attack, I have since asked my brothers to help repair the damage done to the cabin, including replacing the doors that were destroyed.
As I was walking towards the door, my eye caught a glimpse of a yellow thing in the mailbox. I took it out, and I saw that it was a yellow envelope, with my name written on it in large black block letters.
I knew who it was from almost immediately.
I opened the envelope, and as soon as I saw what was in the envelope, I began to chuckle.
It was a smiley-face sticker.
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2018.08.22 17:44 RobotiSC Mr. Smiley, Your Best Friend!

I hate clowns. Not just because they look terrifying, with their painted smiles and eyes, or because of their general over-the-top freakiness, or because of the fact that they are definitely not what you want to see when you are driving back home around midnight or any other time in general. I hate them because I don’t know who is behind all that makeup or props. Trust me, the most dangerous monsters out there aren’t just hiding in sewers, or dark alleys, or an otherworldly hell. Sometimes, they can be closer than you might think.
Sure, some of you might dismiss the idea, but I just hope that after you hear my story, maybe you would change your mind.
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A long time ago, I used to love clowns.
I loved their outrageous makeup. I loved their ridiculous slapstick humour. I loved them so much, I even WANTED to be a clown. Ah, how innocent I was then.
It was not just me. My older brothers, being just a few years older than me, also loved clowns. And the girl who lived next door to me when I was young. And Jimmy from my old school. In fact, I was pretty sure all the young kids in my neighbourhood loved clowns.
Maybe it was because our neighbourhood was pretty well-known for having a ‘resident clown’ that was very popular not just among the neighbourhood kids, but the kids from the other neighbourhood as well. His real name was Charlie Patterson, but his stage name was ‘Mr. Smiley’, and he was pretty ordinary for a clown. The same big nose that honked when you squeezed it, the oversized clothes and the same makeup that most clowns wore. However, what set Mr. Smiley apart from all the others was his signature symbol. After every birthday party, he would often give a smiley face sticker to the birthday kid, and wish them a very ‘smiley’ day, from ‘his best friend’, or something along those lines. Needless to say, that was how he got his name. And his tagline, coincidentally.
‘Mr. Smiley, Your Best Friend!’.
Soon, he became such a household name that requests for him to perform at their next birthday party were even rejected as he was busy at another party that day. A kid would even be considered lucky if their request was accepted by him.
Naturally, I adored him, and my 8-year-old self just practically prayed that he could come to my next birthday party. Every single day. And when my request for Mr. Smiley to perform at my 9th birthday party was accepted by him, I could not believe it. I was so excited, I could not sleep at all. I was just counting down the days to my birthday, so I could finally see him in person.
At last, on the day of my 9th birthday party, I saw Mr. Smiley for the first time in person. He arrived in his signature red and blue car, and made his grand appearance by sneaking up behind my father, carefully preparing his horn, and blowing it in my father’s ear, causing him to swear very loudly. It was both scary and funny at the same time, and me, my brothers, and my friends just fell to the floor laughing our heads off. Soon afterwards, my father and the rest of the adults also laughed, and Mr. Smiley laughed hysterically at his own prank. The show had officially begun.
For the next few hours, Mr. Smiley entertained all of us with his magic tricks and silly jokes. Pretty soon, it was time for him to say goodbye, and I was sad that he was leaving so soon.
“CHEER UP, LITTLE TIMMY, MR. SMILEY IS SAD WHEN PEOPLE AREN’T HAPPY ON THEIR BIRTHDAY DAY! YOU WOULDN’T WANT ME TO BE SAD, DO YOU, LITTLE TIMMY?” Mr. Smiley bent down towards me and remarked, “I KNOW WHAT WILL CHEER YOU UP!” Mr. Smiley took something out from his pocket. I looked at it, and I cheered up almost immediately. It was the smiley face sticker. “NOW, LITTLE TIMMY, EVERY TIME YOU LOOK AT THAT STICKER, YOU JUST THINK OF THE FUN TIME YOU HAD WITH ME TODAY. NOW, TAKE THIS STICKER, AND SMILE. MR. SMILEY WANTS TO SEE A SMILE ON THE BIRTHDAY BOY’S FACE BEFORE HE LEAVES!” Feeling much better now, I reached out my hand to take the sticker out of his hand.
I didn’t get it.
As soon as I reached out my hand, frenzy ensued. Loud noises suddenly filled the air, and I found myself forcibly pulled away from Mr. Smiley’s outstretched hand. Mr. Smiley wasn’t smiling anymore as several armed men surrounded him, ordering him to put up his hands. As I was led further and further away from the scene by my parents, I could only see his incredibly disappointed face staring straight at me. I tried to pull away, to try to smile, so that Mr. Smiley could see it. But all I could muster up was a look of confusion, as he got further and further away until he disappeared out of view.
Rape. It was not until a few years later, when I was in high school, that I truly understood the meaning of that word. Then, I could finally understand what Mr. Smiley did to get himself arrested. However, back then, my 9-year-old mind couldn’t understand what that man did. All I knew was that he did some ‘very bad thing’ to a young girl, that his real name was not ‘Mr. Smiley’ after all, and that his real face was nothing like Mr. Smiley. Throughout his entire trial, I could remember that he didn’t smile, not even once. He just looked…sad.
Disappointed.
That I didn’t smile.
In the end, they sentenced him to a few years imprisonment. I couldn’t quite remember the exact duration, but I personally didn’t care about that at the time. All I could remember was his devastated face that day at my party.
That was my first encounter with Mr. Smiley. But it wasn’t the last.
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For the next few years, I went by my school life pretty quickly. High school, then university, then graduation. Pretty soon, I had secured a solid career as a psychological horror writer, and moved to a remote cabin in the Baker Forest to focus on writing without any distractions, and as my only friend, Scott, pointed out, without a girlfriend. Trust me, I couldn’t care less about any girlfriend, but I just couldn’t stand to be around people anymore. I couldn’t forget about Mr. Smiley, and I couldn’t forget how I was so close to a rapist without even knowing it. As a result, I felt that I couldn’t trust anyone, and in order for me to trust someone, like Scott or my brothers, I had to know them very well before I could befriend them, in the hopes that they didn’t turn out to be like him. Try as I might, I just couldn’t get rid of Mr. Smiley, his smiley-face stickers, or his goofy grin, which was already starting to morph into a horrifying smirk in my mind.
Pretty soon, 21 years had passed since the day of that dreadful birthday party. I was now 30 years old, still holding onto my career, and Scott was finally able to persuade me to go to a blind date, which went surprisingly well. For the first time, I felt that I could finally forget about Mr. Smiley, maybe live a normal life again without any fear.
That was when Mr. Smiley returned.
I was joking around with my new girlfriend and walking along the woods that surrounded the cabin after our date in the nearby restaurant. When we approached the house, I noticed that there was something on the doorstep. It was a bright yellow parcel, and my name was written in block letters on the wrapping. Needless to say, the parcel looked incredibly…outrageous and out-of-place when it rested against the dull-coloured stairs.
That night, I think me and my girlfriend had a little too much to drink, because we didn’t bother to question the contents of the package. I just carried the parcel into the living room, and my girlfriend fervently tore the wrapping open and opened the box, eager to find whatever was waiting for us in the box.
Well, what we saw in the box instantly sobered us up.
It was a large folded piece of paper with my face printed on it, and the words “Are you happy, Timmy?” written in block letters on the paper. Needless to say, that scared the shit out of the two of us, and my girlfriend took this opportunity to say goodbye to me and leave the house, presumably because she didn’t want to get involved in the sender’s ‘connection’ to me. As for me, I just stood there, dazed, looking at the picture. Who could have done this? Maybe it could be Scott or my brothers playing a trick on me! I thought. However, when I called them, they all denied that they sent me the parcel, and that they didn’t even know that there was a parcel. Eventually, I was forced to agree with them. There just wasn’t anything in it for them.
I sent the parcel to the police, hoping that they could find who the sender was, and they agreed to check the parcel’s details for me, and who the sender was. I was happy to hear that, as I was more than willing to forget about that parcel or that picture of me for the rest of my life.
However, the parcel was not the only thing that I received over the next few days.
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With the help of Scott, I had managed a social media account so that I could showcase sneak peaks of my stories for people to read and review, and hopefully be convinced to buy my books. I didn’t like interacting with people that way, but it did help to generate business for my novels.
A few days after I had received the parcel, I went on my social media account to see the replies that people had posted regarding my latest sneak peak of my upcoming story 'The Utopia Experiment', and I found that someone had sent me a chat request, and was eager to chat with me online. Now, I wasn’t keen on chatting with anyone, but I assumed that it would be Scott, who would often chat with me about trivial stuff that I didn’t really care about every single day. Part of me was even hoping that the request could have come from some movie or TV producer who was willing to adapt my stories into films or TV shows, and I was pretty excited at that thought. The username of the person who sent the request didn’t help me figure out who it was, as it was just some randomly-generated username, and was not familiar to me at all. Despite all this, I was still curious to see who would chat with me, and so I started a conversation with the ‘person’.
Bestoftimothysstories: Hello? Who is this?
Starbot2001: It’s been a long time, hasn’t it Timmy boy? Do you remember me?
Bestoftimothysstories: No? I don’t even know who you are. Maybe you should tell me your name first, then maybe I could remember.
Starbot2001: I’m afraid I can’t tell you yet. But, I promise you, it will be a surprise!
Bestoftimothysstories: If you’re not willing to tell me your name, I’m ending the conversation.
Starbot2001: Are you happy, Timmy my boy?
I froze. I instinctively knew that this guy, whoever I was talking to, must have sent me that picture. This guy was the one that had been harassing me. Part of me thought to call the police to arrest the guy, but another part of me felt that if I played along with the guy in the conversation, I could get the harasser’s name or even his motivation for sending that parcel to me, and then it would be easier to catch the guy or easier for me to understand his motivations, so that I could respond appropriately.
Bestoftimothysstories: Yes, of course I’m happy! I’m happier when I talk to you!
Starbot2001: Are you lying?
Bestoftimothysstories: Of course not! Actually, I received a parcel a few days ago from some unknown guy, and I think that that someone is you. I just want to know, was it you that sent the parcel?
Starbot2001: Timmy boy, I know for a fact that you aren’t happy right now. In fact, by accusing me of doing something (which I totally didn’t do), you are afraid. Are you afraid of me, Timmy?
Bestoftimothysstories: Maybe if I knew who you were, I wouldn’t be afraid of you.
Starbot2001: Fear is a bad thing, Timmy. You let it control your actions and thoughts, and you become unhappy as a result. I don’t like it when people lie to me, and I’m sad when you are unhappy. So, be happy! I want to see a smile on your face!
It was at this point that I had an idea who the guy was. I just sat there in my chair in a cold sweat, the memories suddenly flooding back into me. My thoughts were running wild, and I knew that he had been released from prison already, and he was going to find me. Nervously, one of my hands began typing, while my other hand grabbed my phone and opened the phone keypad.
Bestoftimothysstories: are you my best friend, starbot2001?
Starbot2001: Of course! I always have been, and always will be your best friend!
Bestoftimothysstories: I know who you are.
Starbot2001: I was beginning to think that you weren’t going to get it. Don’t worry, Timmy boy, the cops won’t find me. I will be coming to you soon, Timmy. We didn’t get to say a proper goodbye that day, did we?
(Starbot2001 left the session)
I couldn’t take it anymore. As soon as Mr. Smiley left, I called the police immediately. I told them about Charlie Patterson and how he was harassing and threatening me, and they said that they will search for him, and send an officer to my house to keep me safe if he came. The officer arrived the next day, and introduced himself as Officer Sheridan, and I accepted his offer to stay and keep me safe from any potential attack for the next few days, while the other police officers searched for Mr. Smiley.
Eventually, a few days had passed since the conversation, but the officers couldn’t find where Mr. Smiley was, just like he said. I had gotten to know Officer Sheridan a little better, and I found that he had a little boy named Thomas, who was ‘kind-hearted’ and ‘sweet’, as he put it. I felt reassured by the officer’s presence, and I felt that his interactions with me were actually helping me overcome my fear of people. However, despite my reassurance, I had a feeling that Mr. Smiley could show up at any time, and that still made me scared, not just for my life, but for Officer Sheridan’s life as well.
The fact that the search was going nowhere was not helping me, and I knew that when the search would ultimately end without results, Mr. Smiley would choose that moment to strike.
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The day before the search was called off, I was alone in my cabin. Officer Sheridan had gone out to the nearby diner to eat dinner, and I was all alone as a result. Perhaps it was because I was the most vulnerable at that point in time that I felt very scared and locked up the door to my room and the house, so that I could feel safe in the absence of the officer.
After a few minutes of sitting in fear, my laptop, which was switched on at the same time, made that familiar ‘ding’ noise you would hear when someone wanted to chat with you online. I looked at the username of the person who sent the request, hoping to chat with Scott or someone else who could relieve my fear.
I took a look at the username, and my heart dropped.
(MRSMILEYYOURBESTFRIEND wants to chat with you)
I immediately took out my phone and called Officer Sheridan. Or rather, tried to call. He didn’t pick up the phone. Fearing the worst, I called the police, and they said that they would arrive at my house as fast as they could.
After I finished the call, I knew that I needed to do something. I needed to chat with Mr. Smiley. I needed to keep him busy until the police arrived. As a result, I accepted the chat request.
Bestoftimothysstories: The police are coming for you. It’s over.
MRSMILEYYOURBESTFRIEND: I thought we were friends, Timmy. I spend every day thinking of the day when I didn’t get to see you smile.
Bestoftimothysstories: I’m sorry, Mr. Smiley, but you’re a bad guy. I cannot be your friend.
MRSMILEYYOURBESTFRIEND: That’s all right. I know I’m a bad guy, but I can still make you smile.
Bestoftimothysstoories: What do you mean?
MRSMILEYYOURBESTFRIEND: I’m outside your house now, Timmy my boy.
I stopped typing, paralysed with fear. I could hear a familiar laughing outside the house. The same laughing that followed a prank. But this time, the laughing wasn’t funny. It was the laughter of insanity, the laughter of a madman.
I nervously got up from my chair, and parted the curtains.
There, standing below my window on the grass, was Mr. Smiley. He was smiling and waving, a phone in his left hand, and he was wearing his usual red and blue clown makeup, but under the glow of my bedroom’s light, it distorted his smile and makeup, causing him to look less like a clown, and more like a…monster.
“COME ON, TIMMY MY BOY, OPEN THE DOOR! I CAN PERFORM MY LAST TRICK FOR YOU, AND I CAN GIVE YOU A STICKER WHEN I’M FINISHED! YOU DIDN’T GET A STICKER THAT TIME, DID YOU, TIMMY!?” Mr. Smiley shrieked.
I knew what ‘trick’ Mr. Smiley was referring to as soon as I took a look at what he was holding in his right hand. It was an axe.
“COME ON, TIMMY! OPEN THE DOOR, AND I CAN SHOW YOU THE TRICK! I MUST SAY, THAT OFFICER LOVED MY TRICK SO MUCH, HE WAS PARALYSED WITH LAUGHTER! THAT’S HOW GOOD IT IS! SO, COME OPEN THE DOOR!”
I refused to move. My eyes scanned the room for anything sturdy I could wield.
Mr. Smiley had started to move towards the back door, and now he was using his axe to smash the door open.
“IF YOU WON’T SMILE FOR MR. SMILEY, MR. SMILEY WILL MAKE YOU SMILE! FOREVER!”
My eyes fixed onto the bat that I had used for baseball try-outs in university. I moved towards it and picked it up with my trembling hands.
With a sickening crash, the back door broke open, and I could hear Mr. Smiley run to the stairs, screaming and laughing.
One part of me was pleading for me to escape through the window, but another part of me felt a burning anger towards Mr. Smiley. He had killed an innocent officer. He was planning to kill me next. I needed to stop him once and for all.
Mr. Smiley was outside my bedroom door now, and he began to smash the door with his axe, as wood splinters came flying out of the points of impact.
I had decided on what I needed to do next. I waited for Mr. Smiley to enter.
With another sickening crash, the bedroom door flew open, and standing at the entrance was Mr. Smiley. His smile was contorted, his eyes looked wild, and he was staring at me with excitement. In his hand was the axe, which I could clearly see was caked with blood now. Mr. Smiley let out a piercing, inhuman scream, raised his axe, and began to run towards me.
I hit him before he hit me. Mr. Smiley staggered, blood pouring from his head. He tried to run towards me again, and I hit him again. He staggered again, the axe dropping out of his hand, and he collapsed on the bedroom floor, blood pouring out of his mouth.
I did it. I stopped him. As I stared at the dying Mr. Smiley, I felt a sense of accomplishment. I no longer had to fear him anymore. I was free. As those thoughts ran through my mind, I found myself unconsciously smiling.
It was then that I heard Mr. Smiley’s last words. As I dropped the blood-soaked bat, still smiling, and as the sounds of police sirens filled the air, I heard him say, in a raspy, weak voice,
“Finally made you smile…”
………………………………………………………………………………………….
That was my final encounter with Mr. Smiley.
The blows on his head were fatal, and he died shortly after he was moved to the hospital. As for me, since I did attack him out of self-defence, I wasn’t charged, but despite this, I still voluntarily went for therapy sessions to cope with the ‘emotional and mental impact’ I had received when I killed Mr. Smiley. I didn’t mind the sessions. I didn’t need them. For the first time in 21 years, I wasn’t afraid anymore. I didn’t need to be scared of people. I had faced my fear, and defeated it. I was finally free.
………………………………………………………………………………………………….
Before I end my story, I want to share with you guys about something that happened this afternoon.
I had just been discharged from the hospital, and was heading home to the cabin after being away from it for a while. Ever since the attack, I have since asked my brothers to help repair the damage done to the cabin, including replacing the doors that were destroyed.
As I was walking towards the door, my eye caught a glimpse of a yellow thing in the mailbox. I took it out, and I saw that it was a yellow envelope.
I knew who it was from almost immediately.
I opened the envelope, and as soon as I saw what was in the envelope, I began to chuckle.
It was a smiley-face sticker.
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2018.08.06 09:54 TheDuzzyFuckling The College Football World Cup Part III

The Bottom Feeders' World Cup

Link to Part I Link to Part II
 
So your team didn't make the inaugural College Football World Cup... Or the inaugural College Football National Invitational Tournament World Cup. Yikes. Well... worry not, because this is the tournament for you! Welcome to the 2018 College Football Bottom Feeders' World Cup! Who says that teams ranked 81-130 shouldn't have a shot at glory? This is America, I'm a millennial, its 2018, and EVERYONE DESERVES A TROPHY, SO FASTEN YOUR SEAT BELTS AND GET READY FOR SOME TERRIBLE, AWFUL, NO-GOOD FOOTBALL!
 
First of all, we've got 50 teams here... How were they narrowed down into the standard 32 team World Cup format? Here's how qualifying went down: 1. Teams ranked 81 through 96 automatically qualified and were seeded 1 through 16. 2. The team ranked 127 played a home-and-home series with the team ranked 130, with the aggregate score deciding the winner. The higher ranked team had home field advantage in the second leg of the series. 3. The team ranked 128 played a home-and-home series with the team ranked 129, with the aggregate score deciding the winner. The higher ranked team had home field advantage in the second leg of the series. 4. With two teams eliminated, 32 remained to compete for the final 16 bids. 5. The teams ranked 97 and above played a home-and-home series, with the aggregate score deciding the winner. The higher ranked team had home field advantage in the second leg of the series. 6. The winners of each home-and-home series advanced, seeded 17-32. 7. Since Akron was eliminated from the College Football World Cup as the worst team in the tournament, they get to play in this one too. (Not at all because I added them accidentally and don't want to re-run all my sims).
 

AUTOMATIC QUALIFIERS

Seed Team Ranking
1 Louisiana Tech 81
2 Vanderbilt 82
3 Syracuse 83
4 Maryland 84
5 Air Force 85
6 Nebraska 86
7 New Mexico State 87
8 Akron 88
9 Arkansas 89
10 Georgia State 90
11 Eastern Michigan 91
12 Middle Tennessee State 92
13 North Carolina 93
14 Rutgers 14
15 Western Michigan 95
16 Tennessee 96
 
The search for a host brought us to the lovely Centennial State, home of the Air Force Academy! The proximity of Colorado Springs, Denver, Fort Collins, and Boulder proved to be helpful when selecting the host, as games could be played at AFA's Falcon Stadium, the Denver Broncos' Mile High Stadium, CSU's brand new Sonny Lubick Field, and Colorado's Folsom Field. As such, Air Force was bumped up in seeding to be placed in Pot 1, Berth 1 to be the first team placed into Group A.

QUALIFYING

Qualifying matches were simulated one time each for maximum chaos.
 

The "Biggest Losers" Play-In Games

To Play For Seed 17: #127 Ball State vs. #130 UTEP
Leg Result Score
1 Ball State defeats UTEP in El Paso 21-7
2 UTEP defeats Ball State in Muncie 21-0
Agg. UTEP advances 28-21
The Miners pull off a slight upset over the Cardinals for the right to advance to the play-in game for the 17th seed! After being defeated at home, UTEP travels over fifteen hundred miles to stun Ball State by shutting them out on their turf.
 
To Play For Seed 18: #128 San José State vs. #129 Charlotte
Leg Result Score
1 Charlotte defeats SJSU in Charlotte 24-10
2 Charlotte defeats SJSU in San José 38-10
Agg. Charlotte advances 62-20
The woes of perennial Mountain West doormat San José State continue as they get thumped by Charlotte twice in a row. With such a huge alumni base in one of the wealthiest regions in the country, will the Spartans ever return to contention?
 

The "Last 16 In" Play-In Games

Seed 17: #97 Western Kentucky vs. #130 UTEP
Leg Result Score
1 WKU defeats UTEP in El Paso 28-13
2 WKU defeats UTEP in Bowling Green 34-3
Agg. WKU advances 62-16
The Miners did well to get themselves into this play-in game, but the Hilltoppers outclass them in every facet of the game on the way to two easy wins. Can their Bowling Green brethren on the Ohio side do the same?
 
Seed 18: #98 Buffalo vs. #129 Charlotte
Leg Result Score
1 Buffalo defeats Charlotte in Charlotte 21-0
2 Buffalo defeats Charlotte in Buffalo 49-3
Agg. Buffalo advances 70-3
Buffalo scorches past Charlotte, handing them the worst score differential in all of the play-in game series. Colin Kaepernick couldn't have saved these Niners.
 
Seed 19: #99 Louisiana-Monroe vs. #126 Texas State
Leg Result Score
1 ULM defeats Texas State in San Marcos 28-14
2 ULM defeats Texas State in Monroe 35-7
Agg. ULM advances 63-21
The Bobcats would rather be floating the San Marcos or Guadeloupe Rivers than suffering through two more football games. The Warhawks slide through with little effort.
 
Seed 20: #100 Utah State vs. #125 Rice
Leg Result Score
1 Utah State defeats Rice in Houston 45-20
2 Rice defeats Utah State in Logan 14-13
Agg. Utah State advances 58-34
Utah State becomes the only higher ranked team to lose the home portion of a series and still advance after demolishing Rice in Houston by over three scores. There is hope for an Aggies team whose talent has shown flashes of promise, but has yet to deliver in the Mountain West.
 
Seed 21: #101 Tulane vs. #124 Georgia Southern
Leg Result Score
1 GSU defeats Tulane in Statesboro 21-20
2 Tulane defeats GSU in New Orleans 23-10
Agg. Tulane advances 43-31
The Eagles become the only team to open with a home win and not claim the series, as the Green Wave pull off the victory in the home leg to advance on aggregate points.
 
Seed 22: #102 UNLV vs. #123 Kansas
Leg Result Score
1 UNLV defeats Kansas in Lawrence 31-26
2 UNLV defeats Kansas in Las Vegas 30-9
Agg. UNLV advances 61-35
Kansas loses to a team who, in the regular season, lost at home against the largest point-spread in the history of college football, and it wasn't even close. Seems about right.
 
Seed 23: #103 Miami OH vs. #122 Coastal Carolina
Leg Result Score
1 Miami defeats Coastal in Conway 27-3
2 Miami defeats Coastal in Oxford 44-17
Agg. Miami advances 71-20
The Chanticleers and RedHawks battle for bragging rights over who has the angrier looking bird mascot. The RedHawks prove they are meaner.
 
Seed 24: #104 Old Dominion vs. #121 Kent State
Leg Result Score
1 ODU defeats Kent State in Kent 17-10
2 ODU defeats Kent State in Norfolk 13-6
Agg. ODU advances 30-16
What happens when a Monarch fights a Golden Flash? I'm not sure either, but the Monarchs won.
 
Seed 25: #105 Louisiana-Lafayette vs. #120 Bowling Green State
Leg Result Score
1 BGSU defeats ULL in Bowling Green 44-17
2 BGSU defeats ULL in Lafayette 52-17
Agg. BGSU advances 96-34
Two cities named Bowling Green will have finalists in the Bottom Feeders' World Cup. The only thing Ragin' about the Cajuns is their fans. How many po-boys does it take to forget this season?
 
Seed 26: #106 UMass vs. #119 Hawai'i
Leg Result Score
1 UMass defeats Hawai'i in Honolulu 47-14
2 UMass defeats Hawai'i in Amherst 38-21
Agg. UMass advances 85-35
UMass and Hawai'i are again forced to travel 5,000 miles each way for this home-and-home, which the Minutemen blaze through to avenge their home loss to the Rainbow Warriors in the regular season. Is this the beginning of the most geographically distant rivalry in college football?
 
Seed 27: #107 Cincinnati vs. #118 New Mexico
Leg Result Score
1 UNM defeats Cincinnati in Albuquerque 27-22
2 UNM defeats Cincinnati in Cincinnati 27-21
Agg. UNM advances 54-43
The Bearkats play two close games, but can't score late to beat the Lobos. Its okay, how much pain can the Mountain West possibly cause for UC fans? They're looking forward to basketball and they have a SQUAD.
 
Seed 28: #108 Illinois vs. #117 South Alabama
Leg Result Score
1 USA defeats Illinois in Mobile 20-13
2 USA defeats Illinois in Champaign 26-0
Agg. USA advances 46-13
Is it too late to relegate Illinois to the MAC?
 
Seed 29: #109 East Carolina vs. #116 Nevada
Leg Result Score
1 Nevada defeats ECU in Reno 45-21
2 Nevada defeats ECU in Greenville 31-13
Agg. Nevada advances 76-34
If I learned anything from my freshman year at Boise State (2010), its that you don't play a night game in Reno unprepared.
 
Seed 30: #110 Baylor vs. #115 Idaho
Leg Result Score
1 Baylor defeats Idaho in Moscow 36-31
2 Baylor defeats Idaho in Waco 31-23
Agg. Baylor advances 67-54
Idaho leaves for the greener pastures of the FCS having put up a good fight against Baylor, who despite finishing 1-11, was able to ruffle some feathers in the Big XII and outpace the Vandals. Time will tell if they fare better against familiar Big Sky foes Montana and Idaho State.
 
Seed 31: #111 BYU vs. #114 UConn
Leg Result Score
1 BYU defeats UConn in Storrs 17-13
2 BYU defeats UConn in Provo 23-17
Agg. BYU advances 40-30
The most exciting thing about this match-up is that if they were playing basketball and it was 2011, we'd be watching prime Jimmer Fredette play against prime Kemba Walker. Instead, we get these two buzzkill football teams. BYU fans celebrate the series win by having an extra scoop of vanilla ice cream after Sunday dinner.
 
Seed 32: #112 Oregon State vs. #113 Tulsa
Leg Result Score
1 Tulsa defeats OSU in Tulsa 41-27
2 Tulsa defeats OSU in Corvallis 32-16
Agg. Tulsa advances 73-43
The Beavers decided that the Pac-12 would have no representation in the Bottom Feeders' World Cup, as it would shine poorly on the Conference of Champions and they'd rather stay home and watch their baseball team in the College World Series. Hopefully its worth it.
 

CONFERENCE REPRESENTATION

Conference Number of Teams Teams Qualified (Ranking)
MAC 6 Akron (88), Eastern Michigan (91), Western Michigan (95), Buffalo (98), Miami OH (103), Bowling Green State (120)
MWC 5 Air Force (85), Utah State (100), UNLV (102), Nevada (116), New Mexico (118)
C-USA 4 Louisiana Tech (81), Middle Tennessee State (92), Western Kentucky (97), Old Dominion (104)
Sun Belt 4 New Mexico State (87), Georgia State (90), Louisiana-Monroe (99), South Alabama (117)
SEC 3 Vanderbilt (82), Arkansas (89), Tennessee (96)
Big Ten 3 Maryland (84), Nebraska (86), Rutgers (94)
ACC 2 Syracuse (83), North Carolina (93)
AAC 2 Tulane (101), Tulsa (113)
Indy 2 UMass (106), BYU (111)
Big XII 1 Baylor (110)
Pac-12 0
 

GROUP SELECTION

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4
Air Force (Host) Arkansas Western Kentucky Bowling Green State
Louisiana Tech Georgia State Buffalo UMass
Vanderbilt Eastern Michigan Louisiana-Monroe New Mexico
Syracuse Middle Tennessee State Utah State South Alabama
Maryland North Carolina Tulane Nevada
Nebraska Rutgers UNLV Baylor
New Mexico State Western Michigan Miami OH BYU
Akron Tennessee Old Dominion Tulsa
 
As was done in Parts I and II, the groups were selected with a random letter generator for letters A through H. Air Force was automatically placed in Group A, Berth 1 as the host. Random letters are occasionally generated multiple times so that no group has more than one team from any single conference.
 
-------- Group A -------- -------- Group B -------- -------- Group C -------- -------- Group D --------
Air Force Syracuse Vanderbilt New Mexico State
Middle Tennessee State Rutgers North Carolina Eastern Michigan
Buffalo Western Kentucky Old Dominion Tulane
Baylor Bowling Green State South Alabama Nevada
 
-------- Group E -------- -------- Group F -------- -------- Group G -------- -------- Group H --------
Nebraska Maryland Louisiana Tech Akron
Western Michigan Arkansas Georgia State Tennessee
UNLV Utah State Miami OH Louisiana-Monroe
BYU Tulsa New Mexico UMass
 
And finally, the good part! The simulation results. For the group stage, each team plays the other three teams one time. The top two teams advance based on points. If there is a tie in standings, the tiebreaker is based on score differential. Each game has been simulated one time for maximum chaos!
 

GROUP STAGE

Group A

Week Result Score
1 Middle Tennessee State defeats Air Force 34-20
1 Buffalo defeats Baylor 47-17
2 Middle Tennessee State defeats Baylor 20-17
2 Air Force defeats Buffalo 23-19
3 Buffalo defeats Middle Tennessee State 40-17
3 Air Force defeats Baylor 52-24
 
Week 1: The Blue Raiders of MTSU open the tournament with an impressive win over host Air Force, as Brent Stockstill throws for three touchdowns. Good thing the Air Force is better at stopping aerial attacks in real life than they are in football! Buffalo rides a five field goal performance from Adam Mitcheson and three rushing touchdowns to a crushing victory over Baylor.
 
Week 2: Brent Stockstill throws two more touchdowns as MTSU holds off a Baylor 4th quarter comeback. Air Force breaks away from a late 16-16 tie as Tim McVey runs it in from the 1 yard line. Buffalo kicks one more field goal, but Nate Romine's rushing gains run out the clock on the next Falcons possession to ice the game.
 
Week 3: MTSU jumps out to an early 14-0 lead only to be stunned by a potent Bulls offense and another strong performance from kicker Adam Mitcheson, who notches four more field goals and establishes himself as an early contender for the Golden Boot award. Baylor has no answers for the triple option, as Air Force only attempts 16 passes and firebombs the Bears defense. Surprisingly, two of those sixteen attempts are touchdowns from Arion Worthman.
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 Buffalo 2 1 6 pts +49
2 Air Force 2 1 6 pts +18
3 Middle Tennessee State 2 1 6 pts -6
4 Baylor 0 3 0 pts -61
 
Buffalo is the surprise team here, winning two contests by absolute blowout and taking the top spot on score differential. Hosts Air Force swoop into second place after hammering last place finishers Baylor and upping their score differential above zero. Boy, Matt Rhule has some work to do in Waco. MTSU has a disappointing third place finish, but they'll be a fun team to watch in 2018 with hometown gunslinger Brent Stockstill returning for his senior season.
 

Group B

Week Result Score
1 Syracuse defeats Rutgers 27-26
1 Western Kentucky defeats Bowling Green State 26-9
2 Bowling Green State defeats Rutgers 34-21
2 Western Kentucky defeats Syracuse 27-20
3 Rutgers defeats Western Kentucky 28-17
3 Bowling Green State defeats Syracuse 40-14
 
Week 1: Rutgers leads Syracuse 20-7 at halftime, but Eric Dungey throws two second half touchdowns and Rutgers is penalized in the final minute for a false start, thwarting their chances of getting the ball back. Mike White throws two touchdowns and Ryan Nuss kicks four field goals to lead the Hilltoppers past the Falcons.
 
Week 2: BGSU pulls away from Rutgers after its tied 14-14 at halftime, spreading the ball around to score on the ground and in the air. Syracuse and WKU are tied at 7, 10, 13, and 20, before Mike White slings a 23 yard winner to Mik'Quan Deane with less than two minutes left in the fourth quarter.
 
Week 3: Jerome Washington catches two touchdowns and Mike White is intercepted four times as Rutgers outclasses WKU. Jarret Doege and Datrin Guyton connect twice in a BGSU blowout of Syracuse.
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 Bowling Green State 2 1 6 pts +22
2 Western Kentucky 2 1 6 pts +13
3 Rutgers 1 2 3 pts -3
4 Syracuse 1 2 3 pts -32
 
UPSET ALERT: Bowling Green State, the lowest seeded team in the group (#120 overall) has won Group B on score differential! If you like watching bad Power 5 teams lose, this was the group for you, as Syracuse and Rutgers are both eliminated after automatically qualifying. Western Kentucky rides two good performances to advance in second place.
 

Group C

Week Result Score
1 Vanderbilt defeats North Carolina 30-27
1 South Alabama defeats Old Dominion 19-14
2 North Carolina defeats South Alabama 20-6
2 Vanderbilt defeats Old Dominion 34-14
3 North Carolina defeats Old Dominion 24-17
3 Vanderbilt defeats South Alabama 10-6
 
Week 1: Kyle Shurmur airs it out for two touchdowns, special teams returns a punt for a score, and Tommy Openshaw ices the game with a late kick as Vanderbilt takes down a UNC offense that saw Chazz Surratt and Brandon Harris heave a touchdown each. Gavin Patterson's foot sends South Alabama into Week 2 with a win, as Ray Lawry and ODU just can't find their pace.
 
Week 2: Gavin Patterson and Freeman Jones exchange two field goals each before Chazz Surratt finds Jordan Cunningham in the end zone twice to give UNC the 14 point win. Kyle Shurmur and Trent Sherfield connect twice as well, while Jamauri Wakefield and Ralph Webb each find the end zone on the ground, leading Vandy to a solid victory over ODU. Ray Lawry scores a late consolation TD for the Monarchs.
 
Week 3: UNC's dual quarterback system continues to work as they eliminate ODU from the tournament. Kyle Shurmur tosses an early touchdown, followed by Tommy Openshaw field goal, and that was all Vandy needed as their defense held USA to two field goals.
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 Vanderbilt 3 0 9 pts +27
2 North Carolina 2 1 6 pts +18
3 South Alabama 1 2 3 pts -13
4 Old Dominion 0 3 0 pts -32
 
Vanderbilt plays efficient football and looks more like the team that started 3-0 and "wanted Bama" on their way to three wins and the top spot in the group. UNC proves that their offense is more than just Mitchell Trubisky, as they slide into second place to advance. USA finishes third, but ODU goes home with the satisfaction of knowing that at least they don't live in Mobile.
 

Group D

Week Result Score
1 New Mexico State defeats Eastern Michigan 42-14
1 Tulane defeats Nevada 37-10
2 Eastern Michigan defeats Nevada 31-9
2 New Mexico State defeats Tulane 41-23
3 Tulane defeats Eastern Michigan 27-24
3 New Mexico State defeats Nevada 50-17
 
Week 1: Tyler Rogers opens the tournament with a five touchdown performance as the Aggies blaze past the Emus, who score twice on Ian Eriksen rushing TDs. Tulane throws, runs, and kicks their way down Nevada's throats.
 
Week 2: Brogan Roback tidies up his RV, stocks his fridge with Diet Coke, arranges his snacks, and then slings two TDs to lead EMU past a Nevada offense consisting entirely of Spencer Pettit's right foot. New Mexico State's potent offense continues an impressive campaign as Tyler Rogers throws five more touchdowns, burying Tulane before halftime.
 
Week 3: Tulane leads 24-10 at halftime, but Brogan Roback connects with Antoine Porter and Isaac Holder to tie it up in the fourth. Tulane retakes the lead with a late field goal by Merek Glover, and Eastern Michigan marches down the field to make one last attempt to tie or win it andddddddddd... Paulie Fricano misses a 21 yard field goal. NMSU scores consecutive punt return touchdowns on their way to dropping a fifty-burger on Nevada. You know what they say... "I'd rather be dead in Las Vegas than alive in Reno."
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 New Mexico State 3 0 9 pts +79
2 Tulane 2 1 6 pts +12
3 Eastern Michigan 1 2 3 pts -9
4 Nevada 0 3 0 pts -82
 
If there was any doubt that the New Mexico State Aggies could play good football, it was put to bed in Group D. Not only do they finish in the top spot with three wins, but they run away with it, averaging over 44 points per game and advancing with the highest score differential of the tournament. On the other hand, Nevada gets blown out three times on their way to the worst score differential of the tournament. The Green Wave from New Orleans washes away the Pack and the Emus to storm into second place, while Eastern Michigan shows that their field isn't the only bland thing about their football program.
 

Group E

Week Result Score
1 Nebraska defeats Western Michigan 34-10
1 BYU defeats UNLV 34-17
2 Western Michigan defeats BYU 24-14
2 UNLV defeats Nebraska 27-20
3 UNLV defeats Western Michigan 44-3
3 BYU defeats Nebraska 21-16
 
Week 1: Tanner Lee tosses two TDs and DeMornay Pierson-El nets one rushing and one receiving as Nebraska edges out the WMU Broncos and their stoned mascot. Four quarterbacks score in the BYU-UNLV game, but none of them are named Tanner "Gave-Gonnorhea-to-Half-of-His-High-School-Graduating-Class" Mangum, so that's nice.
 
Week 2: In a game fought on the ground, WMU's running backs find the end zone three times to BYU's two. Nebraska leads UNLV 20-3 at halftime before giving up 24 points while being shutout in the second half.
 
Week 3: UNLV scores several touchdowns as they escort WMU to the glue factory. Nebraska fans - you should stop reading this for your own safety. Tanner Mangum has just thrown a 74 yard touchdown. BYU kicks off to Nebraska, who leads 16-14 with very little time left in the fourth quarter. Tanner Lee is sacked on first down. From 3rd & 10 on his own five yard line, Tanner Lee is intercepted. On the ensuing possession, Squally Canada scores a walk-off rushing touchdown.
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 UNLV 2 1 6 pts +31
2 BYU 2 1 6 pts +12
3 Nebraska 1 2 3 pts +12
4 Western Michigan 1 2 3 pts -55
 
The liquor reserves have run dry in Omaha. Nebraska becomes the only team eliminated in the Group Stage with a positive score differential. Western Michigan looks lightyears away from the 2016-2017 NY6 bowl team. BYU is lucky none of these games were scheduled for a Sunday, and advance at the cost of Cornhusker livers. The University of Nevada-Henderson storms through in the top spot, showing that the early regular season loss to Howard really was just a fluke.
 

Group F

Week Result Score
1 Arkansas defeats Maryland 26-3
1 Utah State defeats Tulsa 25-10
2 Arkansas defeats Tulsa 31-27
2 Utah State defeats Maryland 37-14
3 Utah State defeats Arkansas 28-24
3 Tulsa defeats Maryland 30-28
 
Week 1: Not one of Maryland's five quarterbacks connect for a score as Arkansas rolls by on the foot of kicker Connor Limpert, who notches four field goals. USU scores a couple second half TDs to take a comfortable lead on Tulsa before icing the game with a fourth quarter safety.
 
Week 2: The Golden Hurricane take the lead on the Razorbacks three separate times before Austin Allen and Deon Lewis connect on a 40-yard bomb in the fourth quarter to give Arkansas the W. The Terps take the lead on the Aggies twice before giving up three unanswered field goals and touchdowns each.
 
Week 3: David Williams is tackled in his own endzone on the opening play of the game to give USU a 2-0 lead. Arkansas leads 24-15 in the third quarter before Dominik Eberle snipes two field goals and USU special teams returns a punt 61 yards for a game winning touchdown. Lorenzo Harrison III and Ty Johnson each score two rushing touchdowns as Maryland is unable to hold off a late Tulse comeback, culminating in a D'Angelo Brewer game winner.
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 Utah State 3 0 9 pts +42
2 Arkansas 2 1 6 pts +23
3 Tulsa 1 2 3 pts -17
4 Maryland 0 3 0 pts -48
 
The Mountain West has another group winner as Utah State's defense and special teams lead them to glory! Arkansas takes the second spot with strong performances by Austin Allen, Chase Hayden, and David Williams. The best thing about Tulsa is that their quarterback is named Chad President. Maryland looks as bad in the on-field simulation as their program looks in real life right now.
 

Group G

Week Result Score
1 Louisiana Tech defeats Georgia State 33-21
1 New Mexico defeats Miami OH 16-10
2 New Mexico defeats Georgia State 59-21
2 Miami OH defeats Louisiana Tech 32-16
3 Georgia State defeats Miami OH 17-13
3 New Mexico defeats Louisiana Tech 16-7
 
Week 1: Conner Manning and J'Mar Smith each throw three TDs, but Jonathan Barnes makes the difference for LA Tech as he goes 4/4 on field goals, including two 45+ yarders. Miami takes a 10-0 lead before Richard McQuarley and Jason Sanders put UNM on their backs to squeeze out the win.
 
Week 2: UNM scores five times on the ground and leads 45-0 before Georgia State scores. The Lobos tack on two more rushing TDs as Conner Manning throws three consolation bombs. Miami's Sam Sloman outkicks LA Tech's Jonathan Barnes six FGs to three and Gus Ragland tosses a 71 yard dime to skate past the Bulldogs.
 
Week 3: Conner Manning and Penny Hart connect again to give the Panthers the lead before Brandon Wright ices the game. Jason Sanders kicks UNM into the top spot into the group with three more FGs.
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 New Mexico 3 0 9 pts +53
2 Miami OH 1 2 3 pts +6
3 Louisiana Tech 1 2 3 pts -13
4 Georgia State 1 2 3 pts -46
 
The New Mexico Lobos win two close games and a blowout on their way to first place in Group G, giving the Mountain West three consecutive group winners. Miami OH, Louisiana Tech, and Georgia State all win one game in the group, but the RedHawks advance with the only positive score differential amongst the three.

Group H

Week Result Score
1 Tennessee defeats Akron 21-3
1 UMass defeats Louisiana-Monroe 28-24
2 Tennessee defeats UMass 20-14
2 Akron defeats Louisiana-Monroe 14-10
3 Tennessee defeats Louisiana-Monroe 35-6
3 UMass defeats Akron 20-7
 
Week 1: Akron opens the game with a Tom O'Leary field goal, but Tennessee's defense holds steady after that as they roll to win on rushing touchdowns by Ty Chandler, John Kelly, and Carlin Fils-Aime. UMass and ULM trade the lead several times before Andrew Ford finds Adam Breneman in the endzone to seal the win for the Minutemen.
 
Week 2: Andrew Ford and Adam Breneman connect twice more as the latter solidifies his campaign as the best TE in the tournament, but Tennessee is lead by 2nd and 3rd string quarterbacks Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride as they each toss a TD pass. Kato Nelson and the Zips squeeze past the Warhawks in a defensive competition.
 
Week 3: Quinten Dormady and John Kelly get on the scoreboard twice as the Volunteers pummel the Warhawks, who are held to two Craig Ford FGs. Similarly, UMass runs away from Akron, who scores a lone touchdown on a Thomas Woodson pass to Tra'Von Chapman.
 
Position Team W L Points SD
1 Tennessee 3 0 9 pts +53
2 UMass 2 1 6 pts +11
3 Akron 1 2 3 pts -27
4 Louisiana-Monroe 0 3 0 pts -37
 
Despite having no head coach and not a single legitimate prospect, the Tennessee Volunteers are Champions of Life and Group H! UMass follows close behind, riding two wins into the knockout stage. Akron and ULM don't play football very well, and are rightfully punished for it.

ROUND OF 16

Buffalo defeats Western Kentucky, 17-13 HOLD MY BEER WHILE I JUMP ONTO THIS TABLE FROM THE ROOF OF THE RV! Who knew that a team from Buffalo, New York, could win postseason football games?
 
Tulane defeats Vanderbilt, 24-10 The Green Wave have the best helmet decals in college football AND a knockout round victory! Jonathan Banks propels them towards victory with scores through the air and on the ground.
 
UNLV defeats Arkansas, 27-16 If UNLV plays this well in the new downtown Raiders stadium, maybe more than 500 fans will show up!
 
New Mexico defeats UMass, 31-17 The Lobos are playing out of their minds! Never mind the suspicious RV parked outside their locker room entrance, they won this game on pure skill and adrenaline (and definitely not blue meth).
 
Bowling Green State defeats Air Force, 51-27 The Bowling Green State Falcons are the supreme Falcons of all FBS College Football! The Air Force Academy Falcons are gracious hosts and honorable competitors, but the raw rushing power of the BGSU Falcons is just too much.
 
New Mexico State defeats North Carolina, 43-24 WHAT IS IN THE WATER IN THE LAND OF ENCHANTMENT? Tyler Rogers tosses four more touchdowns and Dylan Brown notches five more field goals as the Aggies blow past the Tar Heels.
 
Utah State defeats BYU, 20-9 THE OLD WAGON WHEEL REMAINS IN LOGAN! Is there anything better for Utah State fans than beating the school that none of them could get into? No ;)
 
Miami OH defeats Tennessee, 36-10 The Volunteers get worked by the RedHawks, who ride into the Quarterfinals on the cool hand of Gus Ragland and the even cooler foot of Sam Sloman.

QUARTERFINALS

Tulane defeats Buffalo, 30-17 The city of Buffalo descends back into sadness, but at least they have a hockey team to watch, right? (Not really). Nathan Peterman? Anyway, the Green Wave roll forward, armed with a diverse attack and a thirst for blood.
 
New Mexico defeats UNLV, 17-14 The Lobos and Rebels exchange two rushing touchdowns each, but Jason Sander's early field goal propels the Lobos into the Semifinals and proves that UNM is the best of the worst in the Mountain West!
 
New Mexico State defeats Bowling Green State, 28-16 The Aggies postseason winning streak is increased to five! Tyler Rogers throws two more touchdowns, including one to Larry Rose III, who also scores two on the ground. Are we going to see both FBS teams from the state of New Mexico in the championship game?
 
Miami OH defeats Utah State, 26-6 THERE CAN BE ONLY ONE AGGIE! Sam Sloman single-footedly outscores Utah State as he kicks them into a shallow grave. Touchdowns from Gus Ragland and Alonzo Smith cap off an impressive Miami run into the Semis.

SEMIFINALS

New Mexico defeats Tulane, 35-13 The Lobos (now sponsored by Madrigal Electromotive) ride four rushing touchdowns into the promised land! Nobody has followed anything related to New Mexico this closely since that alien ship definitely crash-landed in Roswell in 1947!
 
Miami OH defeats New Mexico State, 33-20 The Land of Enchantment has experienced the highest of highs, and now must feel the lowest of lows. The Aggies jump out in front but are stunned by a staunch Miami defense in the second half and are outscored 20-3.

THIRD PLACE GAME

New Mexico State defeats Tulane, 38-10 The Aggie offense comes alive again to claim the bronze trophy and the title of Third Best Bottom Feeder! On their first series, Tyler Rogers finds his favorite target Jaleel Scott for an eight yard score, taking a 7-0 lead. After some back and forth, the Aggies drive down the field again and Rogers finds Xander Yarberough for six more. NMSU scores on the next two drives with Larry Rose III and OJ Clark each reeling in Rogers passes to bury Tulane behind a 28-0 lead at halftime. Tulane finally comes alive in the third quarter, closing the gap on a run by Sherman Badie and a 32-yard field goal from Merek Glover! However, New Mexico State's defense makes adjustments and shuts out the Green Wave in the fourth. Tyler Rogers would strike once more (for his 25th passing touchdown), finding Jason Huntley for two yards and a 35-10 lead. Dylan Brown kicks one more field for good measure, and the Aggies blow past everyone's expectations. GG NMSU and Tulane.

BOTTOM FEEDER CHAMPIONSHIP GAME

New Mexico defeats Miami OH, 27-24 THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW MEXICO LOBOS ARE YOUR INAUGURAL BOTTOM FEEDERS' WORLD CUP CHAMPIONS! Miami opens up the scoring on the first drive of the game, gaining 62 yards before Gus Ragland finds James Gardner for an 18-yard touchdown pass. After each team punts on several possessions, Sam Sloman kicks a short field goal to increase the lead to 10. On the ensuing possession, New Mexico drives down to the 11 yard line, leading to a Jason Sanders field goal on 4th and 1. Just before halftime, Tevaka Tuioti is intercepted, resulting in a short offensive series and another Gus Ragland touchdown pass, this time to Alonzo Smith for 3 yards. The RedHawks heads to the locker room with a 17-3 lead. The Lobos storm out after the restart, getting to the 34 before being stopped. However, Jason Sanders steps up and crushes a 51-yard field goal through the uprights. After several more back-and-forth series, Tevaka Tuoiti finds the promised land on the ground from six yards out, bring the score to 17-13, Miami's advantage. Shortly after, Gus Ragland tosses his third touchdown pass of the game, hitting Jared Murphy in the corner from the 14. On the next Lobo possession, the Tevaka Tuioti launches a 61 yard pass to Q' Drennan before nine yard runs by Richard McQuarley and Daryl Chestnut result in a touchdown. Miami still leads 24-20. In the fourth quarter, Tevaka Tuioti finds Q' Drennan again, this time in the endzone. New Mexico has taken its first lead of the game, 27-24! Miami gets stopped and then stops New Mexico from padding their lead. With less than a minute left, Miami returns a Corey Bojorquez punt for 50 yards and has a chance to tie or win it! Gus Ragland finds Quentin Hardy for four yards to get to New Mexico's 28 yard line, then throws it incomplete over the middle. With the clock ticking, Ragland completes to Luke Mayock for 25 yards, but he is tackled on the three yard line and time expires! Miami University has played an incredibly hard fought game, but New Mexico has come back and stolen it in the second half! GG RedHawks and Lobos.

INDIVIDUAL PLAYER AWARDS

Just like the World Cup gives the Golden Ball etc., the Bottom Feeders' World Cup gives awards to the best player at each position! New Mexico State crushed the inaugural tournament awards ceremony, taking home four wins and two runners-ups.

The Golden Helmet (Best Quarterback)

Winner: Tyler Rogers, New Mexico State 25 Touchdowns Overall (All Passing)
 
Runner-Up: Jonathan Banks, Tulane 12 Touchdowns Overall (10 Passing, 2 Rushing)

The Golden Pants (Best Running Back)

Winners: Larry Rose III and Jason Huntley, New Mexico State 5 Touchdowns Overall (2 Rushing, 3 Receiving)
 
Runners-Up: Five-Way Tie 4 Touchdowns Overall

The Golden Gloves (Best Wide Receiver)

Winner: Jaleel Scott, New Mexico State 8 Touchdowns Overall (All Receiving)
 
Runner-Up: Jacob Martinez, Buffalo 5 Touchdowns Overall (All Receiving)

The Golden Jersey (Best Tight End)

Winner: Adam Breneman, UMass 4 Touchdowns Overall (All Receiving)
 
Runners-Up: Four-Way Tie 2 Touchdowns Overall

The Golden Boot (Best Kicker)

Winner: Sam Sloman, Miami OH 23 Field Goals
 
Runners-Up: Dylan Brown, New Mexico State, and Jake Suder, Bowling Green State 15 Field Goals

The Golden Legion (Best Defense & Special Teams)

Winner: Utah State 3 Scoring Plays (2 Safeties, 1 Punt Return)
 
Runner-Up: New Mexico State 2 Scoring Plays (2 Punt Returns)
 
I know, I know... Why aren't there any interceptions returned for TDs? Unfortunately, the simulator I used doesn't appear to be advanced enough to replicate them. Maybe next year?
 
Its been a pleasure putting together these three tournaments for CFB. I hope you all enjoying reading my content as much as I enjoy creating it!
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2018.03.10 18:00 TheOddAverage [Analysis] Dave Hansen: The King of Bait-and-Switch Plate Appearances

Dave Hansen has more bait-and-switch plate appearances than anyone else in Major League history. I defined a bait-and-switch plate appearance as when a guy is called to pinch-hit but is then replaced by another pinch-hitter due to the other team bringing in a pitcher that is the same handedness as the original batter.
In case that was confusing, here’s an example: The Dodgers’ Dave Hansen (a lefty) is called to pinch-hit against the Expos’ Oil Can Boyd (a righty). Because the Expos want to have a platoon advantage against Hansen, they bring in Jeff Fassero (a lefty) to pitch. The Dodgers catch on to what the Expos are doing, so they try to get the platoon advantage in their favor by bringing in Mike Sharperson (a righty), without Hansen ever seeing a pitch. This then gives Hansen credit for appearing in the game without ever actually doing so.
The table below shows who pinch-hit for Hansen, the pitcher, and if the batter got a hit:
Replaced With Hit? Pitcher
Mike Sharperson No Jeff Fassero
Mitch Webster Yes Juan Agosto
Stan Javier No Norm Charlton
Mitch Webster Yes Mike Stanton
Mike Sharperson No Pat Gomez
Tim Wallach No Dave Righetti
Mike Sharperson No Al Osuna
Mitch Webster Yes Tim Fortugno
Rick Parker No Bryan Hickerson
Mitch Webster No Mike Munoz
Billy Ashley No Dan Plesac
Raul Mondesi No Larry Casian
Mike Piazza No Don Florence
Mike Busch No Shawn Barton
Mitch Webster Yes Glenn Dishman
Carlos Hernandez No Yorkis Perez
Mike Busch No Lee Hancock
Mike Busch No Dave Leiper
Chad Fonville No Rick Honeycutt
Chad Fonville No Bob Patterson
Billy Ashley No Jim Poole
Greg Gagne No Jim Poole
Rick Parker No Billy Wagner
Rick Parker No Pedro Borbon
Doug Glanville No Dennis Cook
Jose Hernandez No Ricardo Rincon
Jose Hernandez No Mike Magnante
Kevin Orie No Scott Radinsky
Jose Hernandez No Jim Poole
Trent Hubbard Yes Armando Almanza
Jose Vizcaino No Mike Myers
Trent Hubbard Yes Matt Whisenant
Geronimo Berroa No Armando Almanza
Kevin Elster Yes Yorkis Perez
Jim Leyritz Yes Scott Sauerbeck
Jim Leyritz Yes Gabe White
Jim Leyritz No Ray King
Marquis Grissom No Jose Nunez
Jeff Reboulet Yes Ray King
Jeff Reboulet No Jeff Fassero
Phil Hiatt No Jose Nunez
Phil Hiatt Yes Jose Nunez
Mike Kinkade Yes Chad Zerbe
Mike Kinkade No Dan Plesac
Mike Kinkade No Scott Stewart
Mike Kinkade Yes Kevin Walker
Brian Buchanan No Chad Zerbe
Gary Bennett No Chad Zerbe
Wiki Gonzalez No Dennys Reyes
Mike Rivera No Rheal Cormier
Brian Buchanan No Armando Almanza
Brian Buchanan No Steve Randolph
Brian Buchanan No Eddie Oropesa
Brian Buchanan No Brian Fuentes
Brian Buchanan No Felix Heredia
Rondell White No Eric Knott
Lou Merloni Yes Eddie Oropesa
Humberto Quintero Yes Scott Eyre
Miguel Ojeda No Javier Lopez
Rich Aurilia No Javier Lopez
Rich Aurilia No Javier Lopez
Jamal Strong Yes Justin Thompson
Rene Rivera No Brian Shouse
Over a fifteen year career, there were 63 times in which Hansen had a bait-and-switch plate appearance. The final stat line over those 63 bait-and-switch plate appearances was .271/.313/.305 with sixteen hits, two doubles, zero triples or homeruns, sixteen RBIs, eleven strikeouts, and three walks. That is a halfway decent stat line and the logic behind replacing Hansen with a righty batter makes sense as Hansen batted .188/.286/.293 against lefties for his career.
But that leads me to think that if Hansen had not been replaced with a pinch hitter in these plate appearances, how would he have performed? Out of the 48 pitchers that were pitching during his bait-and-switch plate appearances, Hansen ended up facing 23 of them at some point in his career for a total of 37 plate appearances. In those 37 plate appearances, Hansen hit .276/.405/.517 with eight hits, one double, zero triples, two homeruns, seven RBIs, six strikeouts, and seven walks. The table below shows the pitcher, plate appearances, at-bats, and hits for the pitchers that Hansen actually faced in his career:
Pitcher Plate Appearances At-bats Hits
Gabe White 4 4 2
Javier Lopez 1 1 1
Eddie Oropesa 3 1 1
Mike Myers 3 3 1
Billy Wagner 1 1 1
Bob Patterson 2 2 1
Juan Agosto 1 1 1
Jim Poole 1 1 0
Ray King 1 1 0
Dan Plesac 2 2 0
Scott Radinsky 1 0 0
Norm Charlton 1 1 0
Dennis Cook 1 1 0
Rheal Cormier 1 1 0
Dennys Reyes 2 1 0
Felix Heredia 1 0 0
Dave Righetti 1 0 0
Bryan Hickerson 5 5 0
Scott Stewart 1 1 0
Shawn Barton 1 0 0
Steve Randolph 1 0 0
Kevin Walker 1 1 0
Al Osuna 1 1 0
Obviously, Hansen’s line outperforms the line of the guys that replaced him, but Hansen did not have nearly as many plate appearances as they did and both are relatively small sample sizes. And despite this, I think it still makes sense why the manager did this looking at Hansen’s career numbers against lefties, and they likely made the right call to pinch hit for him just about every time.
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2018.02.13 20:29 thefuckinwolves An Introduction to the reddit Baseball Offseason Simulation

The reddit baseball offseason simulation has been around for five years now, with this season’s subreddit being /baseballoffseason2k18. Every offseason for two months, 30 users sign up to be the GM of a team, along with 5 player agents and 5 commissioners. The goal for every team is to realistically take their team through the offseason, whether they follow the direction of what their team does in real life or they go in another realistic direction. Obviously teams like the Nationals, Dodgers, and Astros are going to make ‘win now’ moves and teams like the Marlins, White Sox, and Reds are going to make ‘rebuilding’ moves, but there are often teams that go in a different direction than what the team did in real life. The biggest example of that this offseason was that our Giants rebuilt while the real life Giants went all in on their current core. Many people have been involved in the offseason simulation for four to five years, but every year we have 5-10 positions for agents and GMs open up, so if this appeals to you, let us know and we’ll get in touch with you next October!
What follows from here is a quick summary of the major moves in the offseason by team, along with a general overview of the direction each team decided to take. (If you’re skimming, the Marlins and Giants were the big sellers, and the Nationals and Athletics turned their rosters over the most)
Boston Red Sox [managed by Bgro]
Bgro, one of our longtime GMs, took a very minimalist and realistic direction with the Red Sox this year. He made a run at JD Martinez, but backed out when the bidding on Martinez got too high for his liking. The Red Sox signed Miles Mikolas, Luke Gregerson, and Joe Smith, and in the last week of the offseason, traded Michael Chavis, Sam Travis, and Bryan Mata to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Manny Machado.
A link to the Red Sox spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
New York Yankees [managed by tigerbulldog13]
tigerbulldog was one of our new GMs this year. He took an understated approach of essentially just trying to not ruin a good thing. He did make a run at Giancarlo Stanton, but (wisely, as you’ll see) backed out when the asking price got too high. He made some controversial moves like signing Stephen Vogt as his backup catcher, traded Chance Adams, Domingo Acevedo, and Aaron Hicks to the Athletics for Khris Davis and Paul Blackburn, traded Clint Frazier to the Astros for Collin McHugh and Colin Moran, traded Dellin Betances to the Cardinals for Harrison Bader, and signed Todd Frazier to a 6 year, $96 million contract.
A link to the Yankees spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
Baltimore Orioles [managed by cptcliche]
“Taking control of the Orioles, my plan going in was to execute a quick partial rebuild. Not an ‘everything must go’ firesale, but rather sell off players in the last year of their deal to get back more useful long term assets. My first big trade was sending Zach Britton the the Astros for Francis Martes and Ramon Laureano. Martes was the centrepiece as a future rotation piece and consensus top 30 prospect prior to 2017, while Laureano is a dart throw that owns a .266/.350/.429 line in the minors while playing all three outfield positions. My other big trade was sending Manny Machado to Boston for Michael Chavis, Sam Travis, and Bryan Mata. Chavis looks to be my 3B of the future, Travis could turn into a useful bat or trade piece, while Mata is a ways away but could help down the line. In free agency, I didn’t want to throw out any long term deals to hurt the team down the line (Chris Davis, cough) so I looked for one year deals that could be potential trade deadline pieces in Michael Brantley, Doug Fister, and Eduardo Nunez. On the whole, the Orioles will not be good this year, but I like to think their long term outlook has significantly improved.
A link to the Orioles spreadhseet showing his full roster can be found here
Tampa Bay Rays [managed by professorwhat]
professorwhat was another new GM this year, and had some bright spots mixed in with a number of puzzling moves as he tried to begin a rebuild of the Rays. He dealt away Corey Dickerson and Blake Snell to the Blue Jays for Lourdes Gurriel, Sean Reid-Foley, Rowdy Tellez and Ryan Goins, and Chris Archer to the Braves for Kyle Wright, Christian Pache, Alex Jackson, Troy Bacon, two highly controversial moves that left other GMs wondering whether he truly shopped Archer and Snell as much as he could’ve.
A link to the Rays spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
Toronto Blue Jays [managed by flykessel]
flykessel was yet another new GM and quickly made a name for himself as he retooled the Blue Jays to try to make one more run before Josh Donaldson hits free agency. He entirely bypassed the free agent market, instead making a shrewd deal off the hop, letting go of Reese McGuire to Detroit to shed Kendrys Morales’ contract, and followed that up by making a number of small trades, seeing Aaron Loup, Jon Harris, Conner Greene, SRF, Rowdy Tellez, Steve Pearce, and Dalton Pompey leave Canada to attain Adam Duvall, Tyler Stephenson, Joe Panik, Blake Snell, Kiké Hernandez and Erick Aybar.
A link to the Blue Jays spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
Cleveland Indians [managed by kapacj]
kapacj has been with us for two years now, and had a fairly quiet offseason, as the Indians obviously don’t need much work. He quickly signed Nick Hundley to a one year deal to put an insurance policy on his catching depth. Shortly after, he traded Jason Kipnis and Roberto Perez to Arizona for AJ Pollock, Andrew Chafin, and Taylor Clarke, then traded Tyler Naquin, Tyler Olson, and Greg Allen to the Reds for Eugenio Suarez. He also did kick around Brandon Belt trades for the better part of the offseason, but he and the Giants GM just couldn’t seem to find a perfect deal.
A link to the Indians spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
Kansas City Royals [managed by davoarid]
This was davo’s second season with us, as well as his second season managing his Royals. davo quickly became an inside joke in the sim, as he seemingly loved to make trades for the sake of making trades, with the most obscure minor leaguers you could ever find. I won’t even start to try to run you through every deal he made, but the notable names out included Jakob Junis, Kelvin Herrera, Miguel Almonte, Joakim Soria, Jason Hammel, Scott Alexander, Richard Lovelady, and Eric Skoglund, while some of the names coming in were Ryon Healy, Shawn Kelley, Aaron Blair, Ryan Schimpf, Dillon Tate, Phil Ervin, and Drew Robinson. He also made some big re-signings: Eric Hosmer to a seven year, 140 million dollar deal, and Lorenzo Cain to a 5 year 85 million dollar deal, both complete with no trade clauses, moves that will easily determine the future of the Royals.
A link to the Royals spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
Detroit Tigers [managed by irlkg]
irlkg was one of the people in the first ever offseason simulation, and as a rabid fan of the Tigers, has only ever been a commissioner or the Tigers GM. This year had a quiet sttart for him, as he ate Kendrys Morales’ contract to get Reese McGuire, along with dealing Ian Kinsler to the Angels for Anthony Kay and Andres Giminez. He sat tight for a significant portion of the sim, but did make a huge splash by trading Michael Fulmer to the Rockies for Brendan Rodgers, Ryan McMahon, Ryan Vilade, and Mike Tauchman. In the final week of the sim, with a number of big name free agents still unsigned, he swept in quietly and grabbed Justin Upton back on a four year, 70 million dollar deal.
A link to the Tigers spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
Minnesota Twins [managed by tayspeaks]
Unfortunately, the Twins GM was absentee for the vast majority of the sim, so essentially all he did was sign Addison Reed to a three year, 33 million dollar deal and disappear. Let me throw a note in here: IF you want to be a part of the sim next year, don’t be like tayspeaks. One team being invisible has potential to screw up the entire sim. Everything that went wrong in the sim can be attributed to tayspeaks. I give tayspeaks a 0/10.
A link to the Twins spreadsheet showing almost nothing because he disappeared can be found here, not that you’ll give a shit, obviously
Chicago White Sox [managed by SouthernDerpfornia]
Another name that’ll be familiar to all of you, Derp is a longtime sim member, and wasn’t actually planning on being involved this year, but when we couldn’t find a White Sox GM, he stepped in for us. Obviously the Sox didn’t need to do much this year, so he didn’t have a lot to do. The only major moves he made were taking on Hanley Ramirez’ salary to gain Tzu-Wei Lin and Josh Ockimey, and trading Jose Abreu to the Rangers in exchange for Ronald Guzman, Hans Crouse, Jose Trevino, and Michael de Leon. It was a quiet, quality sim for the White Sox, which is really all they need as they move forward through their rebuild.
A link to the White Sox spreadhseet showing his full roster can be found here
Anaheim Angels [managed by malbom30]
malbom30 was another first year GM and uh, it showed. He threw a ton of money around in the first week, signing Masahiro Tanaka and Mike Moustakas to a combined 272 million dollars over six years and traded two prospects for Scooter Gennett. He also had some seemingly unnecessary churn in his rotation, dealing Garrett Richards to the Brewers for and Matt Shoemaker to the Athletics before trading away Luis Ortiz (via the Richards trade) along with Jahmai Jones and Chris Rodriguez to Oakland for Sean Manaea. He closed his sim by signing Austin Jackson to fill his hole leftfield. Overall, a strange offseason for the Angels, but everyone’s first offseason seems to be a bit tough!
A link to the Angels spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
Oakland Athletics [managed by vslyke]
“The A's added this year, seeking to capitalize on several breakout performances. I also tried to reinforce my team's core for the next 2-5 years through opportunistic trades and free agent signings. Building around a core of the two Matts, I added several cost-controlled players and high-upside prospects through trades. Notable additions included Starling Marte, Luis Castillo, Kyle Schwarber, and Spencer Kieboom while notable subtractions included Khris Davis, Sean Manaea, Kendall Graveman, and A.J. Puk.”
A link to the Athletics spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
Houston Astros [managed by GRiZZY19]
Grizzy has been with us for two years now, and always seems to pull off high profile moves, and comes off on top more often than not. As the reigning champions, he didn’t have much to do, but that certainly didn’t stop him. He made a number of big moves, starting with the previously mentioned McHugh/Moran for Frazier trade, and sent JD Davis to the Phillies to shed the contracts of Tony Sipp and Jon Singleton. Early on, he also signed Carlos Santana to a four year, 52 million dollar deal and Jon Lucroy to a three year, 24 million dollar deal. His biggest move of the sim, though, was the seemingly unnecessary teardown of his farm to get another ace: He sent Forrest Whitley, Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez, Marco Gonzales, and Myles Straw to San Francisco for Madison Bumgarner and Hunter ‘Bitch’ Strickland. Grizzy’s Astros look primed to be an absolute monster, but seeing as they are clearly already a championship level team, was it worth it?
A link to the Astros spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
Seattle Mariners [managed by JackCustComeback]
‘The only real goals for the fictional Mariners were the same as the real Mariners. Find a center fielder and sign Shohei Ohtani. My center field solution was similar to real Dipoto's, sending out Nick Neidert for Billy Hamilton rather than Dee Gordon. My Mariners were actually successful in luring Ohtani to Seattle in our sim because God hates the real Mariners. Ohtani was the main focus, but Yonder Alonso was kept around on a two year deal, Evan Gattis was picked up in a trade, and Tony Watson and Jordy Mercer were added on small free agent deals.’
A link to the Mariners spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
Texas Rangers [managed by theyadimo]
This was yadi’s first year with us, and while it was up and down, I would personally say that it was a damn solid first go at this. He got off to a rocky start, signing Andrew Cashner to a three year, 33 million dollar deal, but quickly turned that around, trading away Ronald Guzman, Hans Crouse, Jose Trevino, and Michael de Leon for Jose Abreu. He then traded Willie Calhoun and Cole Ragans to the Marlins for J.T. Realmuto to shore up his catcher spot, and traded Joey Gallo to the Rockies for Jeff Hoffman and Yency Almonte. He closed his sim by signing Jarrod Dyson to a three year 22 million dollar deal to man center for him.
A link to the Rangers spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
Atlanta Braves [managed by SeeYaLaterDylan]
“A conservative/wait-and-see approach to my offseason resulted in a Braves squad that feels both improved short term and long term. Bolstering the Braves’ ugly bullpen situation was the first priority. I traded some nothing assets (Aaron Blair, Lane Adams) and one negative one (Jim Johnson) for a lottery ticket in the back of the pen. I also signed Brandon Morrow (3 years, $27 million) to bring much needed stability toward the back of the pen, whether he’s the closer or just a late-inning guy. Matt Kemp obviously needed to go, and getting back Denard Span, for a lesser money commitment, and a couple of high minors roster depth (Kyle Crick, Miguel Gomez) felt like a solid return. Span will be able to play alongside newly acquired Hunter Renfroe, who I got (along with RP Kyle McGrath) for Mike Foltynewicz and Rio Ruiz. Renfroe has ridiculous power and could be a long-term answer in the corner next to Ender Inciarte and Ronald Acuna if he pans out. Former Brave Martin Prado was traded for to provide another possible answer at third base and to provide some leadership (particularly for Venezuelans!) The final roster overhaul came to the starting rotation. Folty was replaced initially with Jake Odorizzi in a deal (Matt Adams, Ricardo Sanchez, Mauricio Cabrera) with the Rays, but one final trade was made in the last week. I traded a host of quality prospects (Kyle Wright, Cristian Pache, Alex Jackson, Troy Bacon) to the Rays for Chris Archer (and a couple of high-minors minor leaguers) giving my team a true no-doubt threat at the top of the rotation for the next few years on a good contract. Archer isn’t perfect by any stretch, but he fits like a glove into the Braves rotation that needed an X-factor type of talent at the top, and ArcheTeheran/Odorizzi/Gohara/Newcomb has a shit ton of potential (and rebound potential from the older dudes) that makes my team interesting for a wild-card push if a lot of the younger dudes like Acuna, Ozzie Albies and Dansby Swanson can put together productive seasons. And it goes without saying, this team’s goal is in the long term, which I have only boosted with the trades I’ve made. Fear the future.”
A link to the Braves spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
Miami Marlins [managed by polelover44]
“After a world-class season from Giancarlo Stanton could only get the Marlins to 77 wins, I decided to take the team into a full-on, nosediving rebuild. I shipped out everyone halfway decent – that’s Stanton, Yelich, Ozuna, Gordon, Bour, Realmuto, and Straily, among others. Among the prospects I received back were Victor Robles, Alex Reyes, Riley Pint, Willie Calhoun, Juan Soto, Tyler O’Neill, and Bryan Reynolds.” [ed. note: polelover did a good job but had a ton of resources so do not think too highly of his performance also he took advantage of a {REDACTED} first time GM]
A link to the Marlins spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
New York Mets [managed by pitchesbetrippin]
“I had unquestionably the most incredible sim that this community has ever seen. Trading for Ian Kinsler (Andres Gimenez) to fill the second base hole was nothing short of ingenious. Moreover, signing Neil Walker (2/20) to fill the second base hole was nothing short of ingenious. Furthermore, trading for Brad Miller (Rafael Montero) to fill the second base hole was nothing short of ingenious. Yeah, it sort of got away from me. Walker will cover third base, and Miller will serve in a utility role. Nobody plays defense as bad and at as many spots as he does. I flipped Robert Gsellman for a bit of certainty in Dan Straily, and flipped Seth Lugo for Justin Bour in a 3-team deal to fill first base. In trying to fight for a playoff spot, I didn’t want to rely on Dom Smith. I also revamped the bullpen by picking up Blevins’ option, nontendering and then resigning AJ Ramos (2/8), signing Pat Neshek (3/16.5) and Boone Logan (1/1), and trading for Ryan Madson (Chasen Bradford/Harol Ramirez/Anthony Dimino, LOL are they even real players?).” [ed. note: it was well short of ingenious]
A link to the Mets spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
Washington Nationals [managed by lbon6201]
...sorry Nats fans. Y’all won’t like this. He traded Robles and Soto for Stanton. That’s really all I need to say. He signed Jay Bruce when he had Ryan Zimmerman, Bryce Harper, and Giancarlo Stanton. It’s a mess. There's way more than this, but I can't stand to go back and look at it. I’m sorry this happened to you. If he wants to explain further what he did, he can. It’s hurting my brain to type this.
A link to the Nationals spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
Philadelphia Phillies [managed by redsoxfan18]
The Phillies had a fairly quiet offseason, but made a number of quiet, notable moves, including signing Tyler Chatwood to a 4 year, $30 million contract, and Anthony Swarzak and Steve Cishek to 3 year deals totalling $38 million. He also dealt Cesar Hernandez to the Brewers for Tristen Lutz, Mauricio Dubon, and Trey Supak. The Phillies are in a similar position to where they were at the outset at the sim, but considering their depth of young talent, I'm confident that their lack of transactions could be a blessing in a long term.
A link to the Phillies spreadsheet showing his full roster can be found here
Milwaukee Brewers [managed by otatoptroy]
“I had three clear goals entering the Brewers offseason. Add starting pitching, address second base and the bullpen, and don’t damage the team’s long-term success in the process. With a tight budget, this was difficult, but I was able to achieve all of these. My biggest rotation move was trading for Garrett Richards, who will be a huge addition if he is healthy. To hold down the rotation with Jimmy Nelson’s injury, I added Trevor Cahill and Anibal Sanchez. I also signed Michael Pineda for 2019 help. At second base, I traded for Cesar Hernandez. My remaining payroll went to helping out the bullpen, where I signed Yusmerio Petit and Fernando Abad for some much-needed help. I still have almost all of my top prospects, including Brinson, Ray, Hiura, Diaz, Burnes, Peralta, and more. The Brewers are in a great position to reach the postseason in 2018 and still have an incredibly bright future.” [ed. note: I actually don’t have anything to say, otatoptroy did a great job and I respect him immensely]
A link to the Brewers spreadsheet showing their full roster can be found here
St. Louis Cardinals [managed by IAMADeinonychusAMA]
“IAMADeinonychusAMA, one of our veteran GMs, helmed the Cardinals this offseason. As an extraordinarily deep team both at the major and minor league levels, the Cardinals are well set up, but their flaw is a paucity [ed. note: I had to google ‘paucity’ too] of higher-end, elite players to put the roster over the top. Additionally, with the bullpen coming off an inconsistent season and the team losing a number of arms to free agency, pitching would be a priority. Usually the Cardinals front office likes to make smaller moves and rely on player development, but with the team in this position and the division winnable, it was determined that bigger moves would be needed this offseason to put the team over the edge as a playoff contender. To these ends, the Cards GM added Yu Darvish (FA) and Seth Lugo (trade) for the rotation and beefed up the bullpen with the additions of Dellin Betances (trade), Tommy Hunter (FA), Will Smith (trade), and Jonathan Holder (trade), as well as resigning holdover Juan Nicasio. In these trades, the team sent away most notably Harrison Bader, Austin Gomber, and Edmundo Sosa, among other talents. The hole in right field was shored up through a blockbuster trade for young stud Christian Yelich that sent Alex Reyes, Tyler O'Neill, Mags Sierra, Jordan Hicks, Nick Plummer, and Scott Hurst to Miami, replacing incumbent Stephen Piscotty who was dealt to San Francisco for Christian Arroyo.”
A link to the Cardinals spreadsheet showing their full roster can be found here
[Ed. Note: Please note that Deino has won worst spreadsheet for four consecutive years]
Chicago Cubs [managed by tdovjr]
tdovjr is another veteran of the sim, who took a similar approach as the Red Sox and Mariners, just having an extremely quiet, realistic offseason. His only major moves were trading away Adbert Alzolay, Justin Steele, and Duane Underwood in exchange for Jeff Samardzjia, trading Kyle Schwarber to Oakland for Aaron Hicks, and signing Jake Arrieta to a four year, 84 million dollar deal. It was the exact offseason a team like the Cubs should have, good job tdovjr, I’m happy for you (even though nobody else is.)
A link to the Cubs spreadsheet showing their full roster can be found here
Pittsburgh Pirates [managed by CoryGM]
“The Brewers were doing some re-tooling, and the Reds were heavy sellers. The Cubs and Cards, however, remained perennial contenders. With that info, I made the choice to do a soft rebuild for the Pirates, selling off some of the shorter-term pieces in order to give the farm a boost and look towards competing in a few years' time (2019 or so). Trading Marte, while tough from a team standpoint, got us on our way. Getting AJ Puk as the main piece in return could bolster the rotation as soon as 2018, as a power lefty pitcher who strikes out lots of guys and keeps the ball in the park. The market in the Sim, much like the real market, was a bit stagnant this year, and so I didn't feel I could get as much as I wanted for Gerrit Cole (especially after his disappointing 2017). If the Sim were to extend the full season, I would absolutely make a deadline deal for him. Unlike the irl Buccos, I extended McCutchen. Partially because I got a great deal for him ($20 MM AAV over the next 5 years), partially because I want to give guys like Meadows and Luplow time to blow me away, and partially because he's Andrew ‘Fucking’ McCutchen. Similarly, signing Seth Smith as a platoon OF gives Meadows some marinating time in AAA, and could be a potential bargain bin find. John Lackey will hopefully be able to provide solid innings as a 5 in the rotation. With some contracts like Harrison, Cervelli, SeanRod, and Nova coming off the books following the 2018/2019 seasons, the Pirates should be in an ideal place to spend a little bit of money on a key Free Agent or two to bolster their strong core of young players, and set their sights on a World Series title.” [Ed. Note: Cory is a good man, be like Cory. He also has a nice cat.]
A link to the Pirates spreadsheet showing their full roster can be found here
Cincinnati Reds [managed by KingOfBullseyes]
Another one of our new GMs, KingOfBullseyes quickly proved himself to be amongst the best of our newbies, committting to a rebuild for 2018, trading Billy Hamilton, Scooter Gennett, Adam Duvall, Eugenio Suarez, and Luis Castillo for prospects, including Nick Neidert, Tyler Naquin, Dustin Fowler, and James Kaprielian. They also re-signed Zack Cozart to a four year contract to plug up shortstop.
A link to the Reds spreadsheet showing their full roster can be found here
Arizona Diamondbacks [managed by ChargedCable]
ChargedCable has been with us for a few years and simply made a few on the fly tweaks to keep the Diamondbacks’ recent momentum going. He traded AJ Pollock to Cleveland for Jason Kipnis, traded Patrick Corbin and Nick Ahmed to Washington for Michael A. Taylor, swapped bad contracts in sending Yas Tomas to Minnesota for Phil Hughes, traded Anthony Banda and Socrates Brito to Houston for Jake Marisnick and Derek Fisher, and lastly shipped Chris Owings to St. Louis for Aledmys Diaz.
A link to the Diamondbacks spreadsheet showing their full roster can be found here
Los Angeles Dodgers [managed by JoseCansecoMilkshake]
JCM has worked with us for a few years now, and made the worst signing in the history of the sim by signing JD Martinez, noted designated hitter, to play in the National League, which doesn’t have a designated hitter, for five years and $150 million, along with a full no trade clause. This makes sense because the Dodgers absolutely were not trying to get under the luxury tax line and absolutely would rather pay JD Martinez $30 million a year instead of paying Bryce Harper $40 million a year. I’m sure he did other things, but who cares, he signed JD Martinez.
A link to the Dodgers spreadsheet showing their full roster can be found here
San Francisco Giants [managed by thefuckinwolves]
thefuckinwolves, three time sim GM of the Year and God Emperor of the offseason simulation, this year took on his most challenging project yet. He attempted to rebuild a team of mediocre, overpaid veterans with full no trade clauses (and Madison Bumgarner.) He quickly decided that Buster Posey was fully off the table in any trade, but everyone else was open for business. The centerpiece of his offseason was trading Madison Bumgarner to the Astros in exchange for Forrest Whitley, Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez, Marco Gonzales, and Myles Straw. He also sent out Jeff Samardzjia, Denard Span, Joe Panik, Will Smith, Cory Gearrin, and Christian Arroyo, while bringing in Dee Gordon, Stephen Piscotty, Adbert Alzolay, Justin Steele, Duane Underwood, Travis Demeritte, Jon Harris, and Andrew Triggs, as well as signing Jhoulys Chacin, Lance Lynn, and Cameron Maybin to two years and a combined $59.5 million, allowing the Giants to retain some trade deadline chips. This resulted in yet another GM of the Year for thefuckinwolves, who continues to defy all odds and has gotten multiple MLB job offers, because MLB executives absolutely do scout our subreddit.
A link to the Giants spreadsheet showing their full roster can be found here
San Diego Padres [managed by yanns]
Yanns was the other absentee GM. I don’t think the Padres did anything, and much like real life, even if they did do something, would it even matter?
A link to the Padres spreadsheet, which shows absolutely nothing, can be found here
Colorado Rockies [managed by basas22]
The Rockies built on their 2017 playoff team by adding Michael Fulmer to the top of their rotation and bolstering their lineup with trades for Marcell Ozuna, Joey Gallo, and Odubel Herrera. They added Wade Davis in free agency and will try to compete with the Dodgers for the NL West title, but it did come at a cost, as they gave up the top end of the farm to do this. They sent Brendan Rodgers, Ryan McMahon, Jeff Hoffman, Riley Pint, Forrest Wall, and Jordan Patterson away to be the second best team in the NL West.
A link to the Rockies spreadsheet which shows their full roster can be found here
Thanks for reading about our nerdy little corner of baseball reddit! If you have any questions about the sim, please feel free to ask me in the comments. I’ll probably be a sarcastic asshole, but I don’t mean it personally 100% of the time. And of course, if you have any interest in joining next year’s sim at all, please let me know, as long as you do something you’ll be better than yanns and tayspeaks! We have weekly surveys and a slack channel with about 100 thinking emojis. If that doesn’t entice you, I don’t know what will.
Go Dodgers
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2017.12.19 19:59 thefuckinwolves week six survey results

69% (18 votes) - phillies trade odubel herrera to the rockies in exchange for jordan patterson, sam howard, and ben bowden
First of all why should the Phillies even be trading Odubel considering he's like their best player and on a very cheap contract. But then why trade him for a bunch of pretty much nothing. Under the radar candidate for worst trade of the whole sim.
"I normally try and avoid voting for my own trade, but this was a steal."
"i think like 20 other teams would have given up more for odubel if actually given the chance"
15% (4 votes) - athletics trade aaron hicks and greg deichmann to the cubs in exchange for kyle schwarber and ian rice
"lowkey think hicks is better than schwarber and deichmann is better than rice so idk man"
"The A's keep on doing their thing, and their 'thing' is making trades that don't really help them now or in the future."
8% (2 votes) - astros trade $250,000 to the reds in exchange for cash case
"i get this was a meme, but really? Case is like actually a good prospect"
4% (1 vote) - tigers trade nick castellanos to the reds in exchange for matt thaiss, devin mesoraco, and scott schebler
"I love Castellanos but this is an overpay, especially since he will be going to the NL and to a team with a solid 1B. He is so bad defensively it crushes his value."
4% (1 vote) - rays trade rolmer bolivar to the reds in exchange for fidel castro
"If it was Simon Bolivar, it would be more even."
23% (6 votes) - athletics trade aaron hicks and greg deichmann to the cubs in exchange for kyle schwarber and ian rice
"A trade that isn't nothing for nothing that benefits both sides. Schwarber desperately needs a one way ticket to the American League and this trade gets him that. I have no fucking clue what the A's are doing in the sim but swapping out Hicks for Schwarber works for them."
"Both trams [ed. note: :thinking:] get a young player with upside."
19% (5 votes) - cardinals trade aledmys diaz, john brebbia, and josh lucas to the dbacks in exchange for chris owings, eduardo diaz, and $500k
"Change of scenery for two underperforming MI"
15% (4 votes) - royals trade brian flynn to the nationals in exchange for matthew derosier
11% (3 votes) - yankees trade nelson cortes to the royals in exchange for jorge bonifacio
11% (3 votes) - royals trade maikel franco to the brewers in exchange for brent suter
8% (2 votes) - astros trade $250k to the reds in exchange for cash case
8% (2 votes) - rays trade rolmer bolivar to the reds in exchange for fidel castro
4% (1 vote) - tigers trade nick castellanos to the reds in exchange for matt thaiss, devin mesoraco, and scott schebler
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[ed. note: don't know why yall submitted anything else foh]
54% [14 votes] - baltimore - michael brantley [1/$11mm + $11mm po]
"Yeah yeah yeah player options are all downside but Michael Brantley was so good before and he's likely to be worth $11MM this year even if he doesn't go back to old form."
"Good deal, low risk high reward for BAL, could easily flip at the deadline too"
35% [9 votes] - boston - luke gregerson [2/$9mm]
"Brantley is a good pickup for O's, though the player option is less ideal than a guaranteed year. Gregerson is good and this is a great price, so I picked it."
"You think by now teams would have figured out that Gregersen [sic] only has one pitch and it’s never a strike, but no, they keep swinging at that slider that breaks a foot off the plate."
8% [2 votes] - kansas city - rex brothers [1/$1mm]
4% [1 vote] - anaheim - ben revere [1/$2mm]
72% [18 votes] - anaheim - ben revere [1/$2mm]
"Revere isn't an MLB player anymore why is he getting an MLB contract. Could've been Miley too but imma give the edge because its allbom"
"none of these are bad but lol ben revere"
15% [4 votes] - texas - wade miley [1/$2.5mm]
"Wade Miley is trash"
8% [2 votes] - baltimore - michael brantley [1/$11mm + $11mm po]
"player option for a dead man?"
4% [1 vote] - kansas city - rex brothers [1/$1mm]
"fuck off davo"
4% [1 vote] - boston - luke gregerson [2/$9mm]
50% [13 votes] - basas22 [colorado]
"Odubel is so so so good and basas got him for so close to nothing. "
8% [2 votes] - bgro [boston]
8% [2 votes] - irlkg [detroit]
8% [2 votes] - hardcore henry [kansas city]
8% [2 votes] - tdovjr [cubs]
"Got a great return for schwarber"
**4% [1 vote each] - jiggy [giants] iama [cards] lbon [nationals] redsoxfan18 [phillies] vslyke [athletics]
62% [16 votes] - redsoxfan18 [phillies]
"odubel should have been a massive bidding war. any team that needed an OF would have been in on him."
"I hate to vote best/worst based on one trade, but the Odubel Herrera trade was just that bad and no GM made multiple serious moves."
12% [3 votes] - vslyke [athletics]
"that schwarber trade is bad for the a's"
8% [2 votes] - josecansecomilkshake [dodgers]
4% [1 vote each] - malbom [angels] basas22 [rockies] tdovjr [cubs] kingofbullseyes [reds] cptcliche [orioles]
"fuck the modz" x25
59% [13 votes] - jon bois
41% [9 votes] - shea serrano
ed. note - and here we can see the age demographic split of the sim
32% [7 votes] - polelover44 [marlins]
ed. note - 7 people voted for pole and 0 people said anything about it
23% [5 votes] - jiggy [giants]
"Honestly, probably jiggy. Pole has gotten more back for his players, but if you combined the two teams, pole had 3 of the 4 best trade chips."
14% [3 votes] - vslyke [athletics]
9% [2 votes] - cptcliche [orioles]
ed. note - 0 comments on these ones too
5% [1 vote each] - basas22 [rockies] dylan [braves] jcc [mariners] iama [cards] malbom [angels]
62% [13 votes] - lbon [nats]
10% [2 votes each] - grizzy [astros] and davoarid [royals]
5% [1 vote each] - josecansecomilkshake [dodgers] redsoxfan18 [phillies] malbom [angels] bgro [red sox]
ed. note - 0 comments on any of the worst votes
1 - 27%
2 - 0%
3 - 11.5%
4 - 0%
5 - 8%
6 - 19%
7 - 8%
8 - 4%
9 - 0%
10 - 23%
55% [11 votes] - tatis
45% [9 votes] - greg
27% [6 votes] - lbon
18% [4 votes] - davo
14% [3 votes each] - betty, malbom
9% [2 votes] - jiggy
4.5% [1 vote each] - tdawk, 'you'
39% [7 votes] - jiggy due to rice related offences
33% [6 votes] - tdawk
11% [2 votes] - lbon
6% [1 vote each] - davo, troy, betty
64% [14 votes] - yes
32% [7 votes] - go fuck yourself
4% [1 vote] - no
68% [15 votes] - jiggy
14% [3 votes] - ethan
9% [2 votes each] - ctp and troy
45.5% [10 votes] - no
36.5% [8 votes] - only my body, no soul, i have intimacy issues lol
18% [4 votes] - yes
nobody had a good response, so i'm not posting any lol
54% [14 votes] - option 1
46% [13 votes] - option 2
61% [14 votes] - blue
39% [9 votes] - red
mostly just people saying that they wouldn't
74% [17 votes] - 2018 honda accord
26% [6 votes] - gucci gang
"i have nothing to say like goddamn, i just made a survey, not tryna write an essay response for my own question. foh"
"h8 all of u"
"this survey is reflective of the amount of effort i have put in as a gm this year, which i respect on a primal level, ja feel"
"also i only voted 5 for the survey because i both yearn for the sweet release of death AND i would fuck jiggy in a heartbeat."
"I am having a lot of fun."
"This is the most fun I've had doing a baseball offseason sim since last year!".
"i thought these commishes were gonna be on top of shit, what the fuck happened"
"best new meme: doc mosaic"
"Nut"
"thought bgro should have been given ohtani after the level of excellence he showed in his pitch"
"jiggy i love u"
"someone told me there were like 4 weeks left in the sim whats left to do listen to tdawk bitch and moan about her life more like come on wrap this shit up already smdh"
"this is the best survery"
1 - 38.5%
2 - 0%
3 - 0%
4 - 4%
5 - 4%
6 - 0%
7 - 0%
8 - 11%
9 -8%
10 - 35%
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