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December 28, 2007

Is a No Ball a Ball?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Porcupyn @ 10:22 am

Well, it does appear to be so – from the batsman’s standpoint, if you look at the scoreboard. I disagree. Why should the ball be credited (debited?) to the batsman when it is an illegal delivery and does not show up in the team’s (or bowlers’) over total? I kinda knew about how this worked, but got proof today. Sample this:

West Indies 1st innings R M B 4s 6s SR

FH Edwards c Prince b Nel 0 4 4 0 0 0.00

Fall of wickets:… 9-407 (Chanderpaul, 133.1 ov), 10-408 (Edwards, 133.4 ov)

Fidel should be shown as having played only three balls, and the one extra (no ball or wide ball) should be removed from the total number of balls he faced.

December 26, 2007

Another Favourite Song …

Filed under: Music — Porcupyn @ 1:56 pm

December 21, 2007

Thoughts on England vs. Sri Lanka – Third Test at Galle

Filed under: Uncategorized — Porcupyn @ 2:00 am

First Innings scores:

Jayawardene 213 not out
Vaas 90
Dilshan 84
England 81

Speaking of Vaas, typists won’t miss him: Sri Lanka has found an alphabetically able replacement for WPUJC Vaas in UWMBCA Welegedara.

December 13, 2007

Bengalooru – Mangalooru by train!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Porcupyn @ 11:20 am

It is finally on!

December 5, 2007

The Case

Filed under: Uncategorized — Porcupyn @ 12:34 am

I meant to append the following discussion to my previous post, but then changed my mind.

Whoever called the Indian cricket selectors a bunch of jokers needs to watch the folks who vote on American College Football rankings. What moniker will these folks get? I wonder!

How can anyone explain the following?

Team-Previous Rankings (AP/USA Today/Harris Interactive/BCS)-Current Result-New Rankings

OSU – 3/3/3/3 – did not play – 1/1/1/1
LSU – 5/7/5/7 – beat #14 Tennessee 21-14 – 2/2/2/2
Virginia Tech – 6/5T/7/6 – beat #12 Boston College 30-16 – 5/5/6/3
Oklahoma – 9/8/8/9 – beat #1 Missouri 38-17 – 3/3/3/4
Kansas – 7/5T/6/5 – did not play – 8/8/8/8
Missouri – 1/2/1/1 – lost to #9 Oklahoma 17-38 – 7/7/7/6
USC – 8/9/9/8 – beat unranked UCLA 24-7 – 6/6/5/7
Georgia – 4/4/4/4 – did not play – 4/4/4/5
West Virginia – 2/1/2/2 – lost to unranked Pittsburgh 9-13 – 11/9/9/9

1) Oklahoma-Missouri showed that Oklahoma is indeed a better team than Missouri. But is that confirmation sufficient for that huge move? Didn’t Oklahoma lose to two much worse teams during the season?

2) Missouri was consistently ahead of Kansas in the polls. How come Kansas got the better bowl game?

3) Don’t even let me talk LSU vs. Virginia Tech. For those who point out a 48-7 score, that game took place when Virginia Tech’s two QB system was not fully functional – how could it be back in September, when one of the two QBs is a freshman?

4) When OSU without playing went from #3 to #1, why did Georgia stay at #4?

December 2, 2007

Hokies for the BCS Title Game!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Porcupyn @ 12:36 am

[We interrupt the regularly scheduled program on this blog –¬†silence¬†– to bring you this public service announcement]

Vote (if you can, that is) for the Virginia Tech Hokies to get into the NCAAF BCS title game.

I would not have been writing this piece, but for Brent Musberger and his “friend” at ABC. They talked up LSU so much that I felt obligated to respond.

If you were to ask me who should go, I would say Ohio State and Georgia. However, Brent and his pal discounted both Georgia and Kansas, reasoning that they did not win their respective conferences. If winning conferences and current ranking were the main factors, HOW DID THEY FORGET the ACC champion (and ranked ahead of LSU before today’s games) Hokies???? They mentioned the Hokies NOT ONCE in their discussion of the Bowl title game.

Granted, Va Tech lost twice during the season, one of which was to then-undefeated #2 LSU. But the other loss was to then #2 Boston College. Since the loss to Boston College, Va Tech has gone undefeated (AND cancelled out that BC loss) whereas since beating Va Tech, LSU has lost TWICE.

Logically, as far as I am concernd, based solely on complete season records, Ohio State must play either Georgia or Kansas, and if you ask me, Georgia has a legitimate shot at beating Ohio State. On the other hand, if I were to pick the two strongest teams right now to play, I would have to pick USC and LSU. But, using your logic Brent, it has got to be Ohio State vs. Virginia Tech. Brent, you cannot have your cake and eat it too.


1) if their QB had played the season out, Oregon would probably have gone undefeated the rest of the way and be in the #1 spot right now.
2) how expensive can one loss be? Ask the Kansas team, who will most likely not play in any of the BCS bowls.

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