Posts Tagged ‘sports’

NCAA March Madness Methodology – Battle of The Alumni

March 14, 2012 1 comment

And this years winner is……. Burt Reynolds! Yes, seriously, Burt Reynolds wins. Ok well maybe not but the school he once attended is going to win. And that school is Florida State.

I’ve always gotten along well with Texans. You’ve got to.

Ok now to explain where I’m coming from. My methodology last year of using actual basketball stats to try and work some sort of system out. That didn’t go so well. I ended up with a whooping 55 points and a third place finish in our bloggers cup. Thats why this year, I’ve decided to throw basketball skill out the window and do something more interesting. My new methodology is to find famous alumni (or anyone who attended but maybe didn’t quite finish all of their degree) from each school and match them up head to head, who would I rather spend a day with. Its totally irrelevant to basketball but it will find me a sure winner.  Read more…


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

Loveable Losers. The Oilers, Cavs, Clippers and Many More

February 1, 2011 4 comments

Every year, in all the four main professional sports in North America, there is one team who is leaps and bounds… behind everyone else. The teams from the last two years are as follows: Hockey – Edmonton Oilers(27-47-8), New Jersey Devils so far(16-30-3). Basketball – New Jersey Nets(12-70), Cleveland Cavaliers so far(8-39). Football – St Louis Rams(1-15), Carolina Panthers(2-16) (the worst of the worst came in 2008 when the Detroit Lions went 0-16). Baseball – Washington Nationals(59-103), Pittsburgh Pirates(57-105).

Being an avid Edmonton Oilers fan it pains me to be writing this article. As things sit right now, the Oilers aren’t the worst team in the league Read more…