August 30, 2012
I’ve never seen the Hershey Bears play but have always liked them. Probably because they’ve been around forever (next year is 75 years). So when I was little (not 75 years ago) the Phantoms (in Philly) were around yet and what kid doesn’t love Hershey. So there you go.
I haven’t thought much of them in a while. The Phantoms moving away hasn’t helped my AHL knowledge. But I spotted their new logo and it’s pretty great.
I didn’t see anything about the jerseys, that will be important to put the jerseys into context and see how the all chocolate works with this solid logo.
One other thing I spotted while on the Hershey Bears site was that they are playing an outdoor game in January at Hersheypark Stadium. Ok, everyone is playing outdoor games these days. But I was excited by the logo.
Actually, I have thought about the Hershey Bears recently. Last month, the Hersheypark Arena roof caught fire. The Bears haven’t played there in 10 years but they still practice there. The arena opened in 1936. Link to a news story about the fire.
Found on Icethetics.
August 29, 2012
The AP Pre-Season Rankings for the NFL came out about a month ago. They are called the AP Pro 32 (catchy, huh?). I forget how I came across them, but I feel like they should get a lot more attention. They likely haven’t gotten that much press because every sports site does their own Power Rankings.
Who runs the AP? I’d like to know because I’m curious why it took so long to branch out from college football and basketball. There should be weekly rankings for every sport and even things like MVP races. I just thought of the MVP idea and I love it. Pre-season MVP rankings. What happens to a player on a bye week or an injury. Will someone drop if he sits at the end of the year since their playoff position is set. So many questions and I want to see what would happen.
I like it for the purpose of more arguments but also because it would make professional pickem games on Ice Cream Helmet easier to figure out. ‘Which NHL games to pick this week? Here’s a game with two top 10 teams. Done.’
The Packers came out at #1 with the Patriots and Giants each getting some 1st place votes. The Colts are solidly in last.
My biggest problem with this list: so few voters. Just 12. You could easily get sports writers from each NFL city and from each of the major networks. No excuse for less than 40 voters.
AP NFL Voters:
Chris Berman, ESPN
Clifton Brown, Sporting News
Cris Collinsworth, NBC Sports
Rich Gannon, CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio
Bob Glauber, Newsday
Rick Gosselin, Dallas Morning News
Clark Judge, CBSSports.com
Ira Kaufman, Tampa Tribune
Pat Kirwan, SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com
John Lynch, Fox Sports
Alex Marvez, Foxsports.com
Dan Pompei, Chicago Tribune
July 11, 2012
Scoring (lower is better)
1pt â€“ Each predicted win off of actual total for each team.
-2pts â€“ Each correctly predicted team Win Total.
-5pts â€“ Each correctly predicted Conference Champion.
-10pts â€“ Predicting the correct Super Bowl Champion.
Make your predictions by September 5th at 8:30pm ET. That’s when the season kicks off in New York with the Cowboys visiting the Giants.
You can also create groups to invite your friends to compare your results. You only have to make one set of predictions. Those will be used for scoring in all groups.
July 10, 2012
July 3, 2012
New game on Ice Cream Helmet this season: College Football Win Prediction. You have from now until kickoff of the first game of the season to register your predictions. I tried to make it relatively simple, so you aren’t making predictions for all 120+ schools. Here are the quick details:
Scoring (lower is better)
1pt – Each predicted win off of actual total for each school.
-2pts – Each correctly predicted school Win Total.
-5pts – Each correctly predicted Conference Champion.
-10pts – Predicting the correct BSS Champion.
Make your predictions by August 30th at 7:00pm ET. That’s the current first kickoff of the season. Not every kick for the games on Thursday have been set, but it’s doubtful to be before 7pm.
Check back during the season for updates on where you stand. Scoring will be interesting during the season as different people peak as schools hit their predictions then dip when those win totals are passed.
You can create groups to easily compare with your competitors, but you don’t need to join a group to play. You only have to make picks once, they will be the same across every group you join.
June 28, 2012
Lots of weekend series getting underway tonight, so moving this to a Thursday post. You can still make your picks.
Stay Away Series: Astros/Cubs and Padres/Rockies. Both evenly matched not so good teams.
Interesting Series (to me): Phillies/Marlins (for last place in NL East), Nationals/Braves (top of NL East), Tigers/Rays (underperforming and stuck in the middle of their divisions).
Division Leader Matchups: White Sox/Yankees and Reds/Giants.
ESPN Sunday Night: Mets/Dodgers. Mets were on last week. There are a bunch of other more interesting matchups this weekend.
Series of the Weekend: Reds/Giants. I was going with either of the division leader series, this one edged it out with the Giants currently tied for the division lead and the Reds with only a 2-game lead over the Pirates (not counting that they already won today) and Cardinals.
|Away Team||Home Team||First Game of Series|
|Indians||0%||100%||Orioles||Thu Jun 28|
|White Sox||0%||100%||Yankees||Thu Jun 28|
|Red Sox||100%||0%||Mariners||Thu Jun 28|
|Tigers||100%||0%||Rays||Thu Jun 28|
|Athletics||0%||100%||Rangers||Thu Jun 28|
|Angels||100%||0%||Blue Jays||Thu Jun 28|
|Mets||0%||100%||Dodgers||Thu Jun 28|
|Reds||0%||100%||Giants||Thu Jun 28|
|Royals||100%||0%||Twins||Fri Jun 29|
|Nationals||0%||100%||Braves||Fri Jun 29|
|Astros||Cubs||Fri Jun 29|
|Padres||Rockies||Fri Jun 29|
|Phillies||0%||100%||Marlins||Fri Jun 29|
|Diamondbacks||50%||50%||Brewers||Fri Jun 29|
|Pirates||0%||100%||Cardinals||Fri Jun 29|