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First Off The Bench has Turned 1-Year Old!

February 8, 2012 Leave a comment

Ok, so I am a little late with the birthday wishes for our blog, as the first post went up on January 31, 2011. Either way, 8 days later, there is cause for celebration.

The delay in this post is a fairly accurate indication of the second half of the year for First Off The Bench. Of the 49 posts we had throughout the year, only 13 were posted after July 1, 2011. Our writers were busy people in the second half of the year with other things like:

– Getting married
– Graduating from high school
– Moving to Toronto/Vancouver
– Starring in commercials and appearing in TV shows
– Attending grad school
– And a plethora of other things.

Regardless, it was a very successful year for the blog. In a year and 8 days we amassed 16,081 views. The most popular of those were:

The Stage: The Colosseum to Cowboys Stadium
Loveable Losers. The Oilers, Cavs, Clippers and Many More
Does The Miami Heat’s Record Against the NBA’s Top Teams Really Matter?
David’s NCAA Basketball Tournament Methodologies: SRS and Win Shares

All of which were viewed over 1,000 times.

So from all of us here at First Off The Bench, thanks for taking the time to check out our blog and hopefully we can still crank out some content every once and a while.

– Matt Townley


Final Scores – FOTB Bloggers Cup

March 31, 2011 Leave a comment
Writer Method Round 4 Winners Round 4 Upsets Round 5 Winners (Final Four Teams) Round 5 Upsets Final Score
David SRS & Win Shares 3 1 / 4 1 1 / 1 59
Kai None 3 0 / 1 0 0 / 2 57
Marcus Team Names 2 0 / 1 0 0 / 3 48
Matt Bitterness 3 0 / 2 0 0 / 0 52
Sean 3PT/FT Percentage 3 3 / 6 0 0 / 1 55

The final tallies are in, and the overall winner for the first annual First Off The Bench NCAA Bloggers Cup is David, with a final score of 59.  This means that for the next year, he can claim that the advanced statistical metrics of SRS & Win Shares are the dominant method for deciding the winners of March Madness games.  Read more…