Basketball

The Game Within The Game: Tricks of The Trade For Conflict Resolution in Basketball

One of the main talking points in the 2016 NBA Playoffs has been the impact of officiating on game outcomes. Officials will forever be a focal point of post-game criticism because of technology’s growing role in sports—shining an ever-brightening spotlight on human error— and the allure of counterfactual thinking. It brought to mind an article …

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NCAA Tourney 2016 Roundup

This year’s NCAA Tournament has been a wild ride, upsets throughout the rounds. As a reminder, my selections for this year’s tournament:

NCAA Tournament 2016: Strategies For Winning Your Pool

The NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is here again. Time for my annual foray in to sports prognostication. (Note: All of the following presumes you’re operating in the standard bracket scoring setup that rewards increasing points as the tournament progresses. If you’re in a pool that gives bonuses for upsets or some other unorthodox scoring system, …

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NCAA Tournament Strategy (2015)

See my bracket here:  https://justtaptheglass.com/post/114047837204/ncaa-bracket-2015 These have been my most successful years in bracket pools, the ones with a standout favorite.

 I am rolling with Kentucky. 

 The team is loaded with NBA talent and two dominant NBA prospects in the post. Most teams are fielding post players below 6’9’’—they will have all sorts of …

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Mating Calls of The Irrational Sports Fan: NCAA Edition

Note: When I mention “college sports” in this article, I am talking about sports at major Division I programs. The Alabamas and Notre Dames of the world, not the Claremont Mckennas. The difference between the athletic-academic-financial atmosphere at major D1 schools and everywhere else is a chasm. To paraphrase Shannon Sharpe, it’s like comparing “Titanic” …

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