Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Division Finals

Boston vs. Carolina:

I’m almost over Carolina losing to Baltimore that time. Give me another week. Boston, 2.5-1.5.

Miami vs. Dallas

OO_ _O_


_O_ _O

_ _ _ OO

Answer: THE _ _ _ _ _ OF “_ _ _ _ _”

Miami, 2.5-1.5.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Division Semi-finals

It’s the playoffs! Carolina and Miami clearly outperformed this week’s opponents this season but if they lose tonight it’s over for them just the same. In the predictors contest, though, it’s just another week. No need for silly artifice to enhance the excitement here. So...are you READY? Here it comes!!

Boston vs. Queens:

Queens is playing without the league’s MVP but I am sure there is a good reason. Probably Coach Stripunsky feels that Lenderman does such a great job with the team blog that he doesn’t want him to have any distractions. Always trust the coach. Queens, 2.5-1.5.

New York vs. Carolina:

Interesting match between the guys who did the job all year and the guys who did it only when they had to. I’m more comfortable with the latter type. New York, 2.5-1.5.

San Francisco vs. Dallas:

O O O_ _ _

O O_O_ _

_O _OO

O_ _O_

Answer: HE _ _ _ _ THE “_ _ _ _ _ _ _”

San Francisco, 2.5-1.5

Miami vs. Seattle:

With White, Hikaru has favored 1 g3 this year, which seems to me the worst of both worlds (too weak for advantage, but not weak enough to be insulting). It reminds be of the way Dzhindzhi would give Asa Hoffmann 15-1 money odds while receiving pawn and move; just a tiny ego gain if he scores 100% but the chance to get hit hard in the wallet with a little bad luck. Anyway, Hikaru has Black tonight, which is probably a good thing for his team. But Miami is a team full of geniuses and I don’t think they’ll lose. I forecast a tie.