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    Monday, April 04, 2016

    Villanova! What a game!

    Congratulations, Roger and Casa do Caminho. What an amazing tournament! Came down to a tiebreaker on points scored in the championship game, and by FIVE POINTS, Roger beat Dennis.
    Every year a new charity wins, which is one of the best parts of this thing. I can't wait to see who and what charity wins next year!

    Thank you everyone who made this a success. 15 people this year, plus one generous benefactor, equals $250 dollars raised for the winning charity. I'm very proud of everyone.

    Maybe next year I can actually win this thing...


    Friday, March 18, 2016

    Cincinnati Got Robbed

    So, today is a poster day for why BETTING ON MARCH MADNESS IS STUPID.
    Also, I'm never going to win my own charity pool.
    Michigan State... huhuhuhu 😭😭😭😭
    But, the real question is this: Did Cincinnati actually lose???
    If you didn't watch, Cincinnati was down 76-78 when a player dunked the ball at the end of regulation. It originally counted (tying the game 78-78) but the referees watched replays and eventually waved off the basket. 

    However, here are the official rules about shooting a basketball for NCAA Men's Basketball:
    Section 33. Goal
    Art. 1. A goal shall be made when:
    a. A live ball that is not a throw-in enters the basket from above and
    remains in or passes through;
    or
    b. A free throw enters the basket from above and remains in or passes through.
    Art. 2. Whether the game clock is running or stopped shall have no influence on the counting of a goal.
    Section 71. Try for Goal/Act of Shooting
    Art. 1. A try for field goal is an attempt by a player to score two or three points by throwing or tapping the ball into his or her basket.
    ...
    Art. 3. The try shall start when the player begins the motion that habitually precedes the release of the ball on a try. The ball does not need to leave the player’s hand. The arm might be held so that the player cannot throw; however, he or she may be making an attempt.
    Art. 4. A try shall end when the throw is successful, when it is certain the throw is unsuccessful, when the thrown ball touches the floor or when the ball becomes dead.
    Art. 5. A dunk attempt is a try.
    Section 4. Basket
    Art. 1. Each basket consists of an 18-inch ring, its flange and braces, and appended net through which players attempt to throw or tap the ball.
    Section 5. Basket Interference
    Art. 1. The ball shall be considered to be within the basket when any part of the ball is below the cylinder and the level of the ring.
    It looks to me like the dunk was good, because 1. A dunk is a try, 2. a try ends when it is successful, 3. success is when a live ball enters the basket and remains in, and 4. that happens when any part of the ball is below the cylinder and the level of the ring -- regardless of whether he had let go or not. Cincinnati got robbed.

    Saturday, March 28, 2015

    NRG Stadium Sucks the Energy out of Basketball


    VERY interesting given that the Final Four will be at NRG stadium next year.

    Watching the Elite Eight there a few years back, I can attest, it's a horrible venue to watch basketball, and, putting myself in players' shoes, I would hate to play there.

    The backdrop is all black, but it's shades of black based on shadows and curtains, which makes it hard to tell how far away is the basket. There is also a ledge around the raised court that just screams accident to someone sliding off the sides.

    See Ken Pomeroy's data on three pointers.


    Friday, March 27, 2015

    Never Bet Against Michigan State

    If the tournament this year has taught me anything, it's reminded me to NEVER bet against Michigan State, and that truly anything can happen.

    Yet again, Tom Izzo has taken a Michigan State team with a middling record, and had them peak at the right time - "overperforming" in the tournament and making the Sweet 16 for something like 7 out of 8 years.
    This will be Michigan State's fourth straight appearance in the Sweet 16 and its 11th since 2000.
     To see the second point, one needs look no further than #5 Utah. If Utah makes the finals (granted, that's a long shot), and Michigan State defeats Oklahoma, then my son, currently DEAD LAST in our 16-bracket pool, will win the whole thing - even if Kentucky wins the tournament (whom over half of pools picked to do so). Crazy.

    So, watch the games tonight. A loss by Gonzaga or Duke weeds a lot of brackets out. Fun times.


    Saturday, March 21, 2015

    March Madness Underway

    Congrats to all who joined the pool this year. Looks like we will be down from last year - some attrition due to babies born recently, etc., but well over $100 will be raised regardless. And that's wonderful.

    The first round (I don't count the First Four as a separate round) has proven NOT to disappoint. Gone our the "traditional" 5-12 upsets and now we have 4-13 upsets! Hopefully, that killed my bracket just as much as anyone else. And the ONE guy who actually got the entire first round correct.... crazy! (not in our pool)

    Here is the current leaderboard:


    As always, your's truly is NOT on the list. But, most of the 16 brackets in the pool are very close together - anything can happen over the next few days - especially if the officials keep blowing calls at the end of games or giving technicals to coaches for no reason.

    I also enjoy seeing the variety of charities chosen this year. Every year I learn about wonderful groups doing good work that's woefully unrecognized. Polaris and Camp Spike and Wave are only two examples this year.

    If you haven't chosen a charity, pick one now and change the name of your bracket (or tell me). Watch the games. May the best bracket win!

    Thursday, March 12, 2015

    March Madness Charity Pool 2015 is Here!!

    Play. Win. Give.


    It's that time again!! Come join the annual March Madness charity pool where people choose a charity to play for and the winning charity gets the pot. Some of you remember playing last year (Congratulations, Baton Rouge Child Advocacy Center).


    No knowledge necessary. You can donate online or come visit me in Houston. I'd love to have y'all join, have some fun, and help out a worthy cause.



    If you'd like to join, this is what to do:1. Go to http://games.espn.go.com/tournament-challenge-bracket/2015/en/ and join/login


    2. Create a bracket (named for your charity).
    3. Join the group "TBE Play For A Cause 2015"
    4. Donate $10 per bracket via the paypal link at http://thebleedingear.blogspot.com/p/tbe-play-for-cause.html or somehow send it to me.
    5. Selection Sunday is March 15, 2015
    6. Fill out the bracket between March 16-18, 2015.
    6. Watch the games starting March 19, 2015 and root for your teams!


    The winner's charity gets all the cash, and you are entered into ESPN's $10,000 prize pool also!!


    Let's have some fun, and help others in the process. 

    Tuesday, September 16, 2014

    Abuse, the NFL, and Due Process

    Recently, you can't go anywhere, read or watch anything, and not hear about the National Football League and its abuse scandal. Ray Rice knocking out his then-fiancé. Greg Hardy beating up a woman. Adrian Peterson accused of child abuse by disciplining with a switch.

    Somehow, this has turned into a societal referendum on discipline - spanking, specifically - and safety nets for abused partners.

    This has made the American people into experts on abuse lately. The cynic in me says "This is wonderful," because, in my four years of taking care of abused children that came to the hospital, we were ALWAYS woefully understaffed with people that could properly tell abuse from non-abuse, and do a good forensic exam, or forensic interview.

    The civic organizations we worked with for psychiatric care for patients and parents, the police and state who prosecuted perpetrators, were always horribly underfunded.

    I see roughly one patient per week in the ICU with serious injury (or death) from physical abuse. But now, we have almost an entire nation who can accurately perform a forensic interview and examination via the internet. No more CPS write-ups, forensic exams, brain death exams, worrying about serum sodiums or intracranial pressures, getting ophthalmology to come in late at night, etc., etc.

    The reality is, we have no increase in experts, on another example of America's penchant for self-righteous indignation without education. I am all for the discussion, when people take the time to educate on the situation, American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations, etc.

    But most people don't.

    And as a doctor who sees this at least once a week, we must do our job to prove that what we see came from actions alleged. If we jump to conclusions, we do the child a disservice. I've seen more than one child come in with bruises consistent with abuse only to find underlying bleeding issues no readily apparent on a routine CBC.

    So if people in positions to report or make decisions are going to highlight this, let them truly become educated too. It's better for the child and future children.

    Secondly, I have serious concerns about our society over the last 1-2 weeks. "Innocent until proven guilty," must apply in ALL scenarios in this country, or we end up in the same situation the NFL is currently in - creating arbitrary punishments for crimes not properly vetted.

    How many people have been exonerated from death row sentences by DNA evidence? Or new evidence? Or findings of police misconduct?

    As much as we may feel certain that Ray Rice knocked out his wife, or Adrian Peterson abused his child, we must let the system play like it's supposed to.

    Holding second grand juries is scary - because it's almost double jeopardy that our constitution forbids. If you are a strict constitutionalist, you should definitely oppose Adrian Peterson being tried again. Can we suspend or fire everyone in America when a crime is alleged? There are many spurious allegations out there, or ones done in good faith that still end up being wrong.

    No, as much as it might hurt us to be patient, in a case like this we MUST be patient and not crucify the alleged perpetrator until the system runs its course so that the system is infallible, and justice without caveat can be served for the child and safeguarded for the next child. Otherwise, we're all just a modern mob with torches storming to Frankenstein's castle.

    Finally, as an organization, the NFL has made a huge mistake with Ray Rice. In his case, the system has played out, he was convicted and given a sentence for a first time offender. Then, the NFL made it's suspension. Yes, it was woefully too lenient (IMHO), but when the video came out, you can't, as an organization, go back and produce arbitrary punishment again. That's where Goodell has major problems. he's just made his justice system COMPLETELY arbitrary. No, the NFL must stick with the punishment it doled, take egg on the face for doing it wrong, and set something correct up for the future.

    My concern is not the child defended - yes! let's do that. CPS can take Peterson's child out of the home. We have a court system. Heck, it's here in Houston that it's happening. BUT, if America "educates" itself without true knowledge, then we are worse off than before. I'm glad people are talking, but the media needs to talk correctly. And due process must be observed or the next child isn't protected.