Monday, March 16, 2020

The NCAA, COVID-19 and a long-term solution


By Steve Kallas and Janelle Allbritton (posted by Rick Morris)

Kudos to the NCAA for deciding that those student-athletes who play (now cancelled) spring sports should get an extra year of eligibility. To deprive seniors, who have worked their entire college careers to get the point they are at, the opportunity to play a season and, possibly, a postseason, would be unfair and against the spirit of college athletics.

Having said that, it would be equally unfair for the NCAA to not allow seniors who have just completed their winter season the same opportunity that spring athletes are getting. While the cancellation of the men’s and women’s NCAA basketball championships are the best example of this, there are plenty of other sports and thousands of athletes in those sports who deserve, along with all of the basketball players, the right to compete in the highlight of their respective seasons -- to play in conference championships and the NCAA tournaments (if good enough).

This should really be a no-brainer.

There is little difference between not playing at all (spring 2020 student-athletes) and playing your regular season with no chance to participate in conference championships and then national championships (winter 2019-20 student-athletes). Many people (not all) understand the time, effort and dedication that it takes to be a college athlete in today’s world. For those who don’t, it’s akin to having a full-time job -- while carrying a college course load at the same time. A difficult task (ask anyone who does it). And please save the jokes about players who don’t go to class, players who are just waiting to go “pro.”

On the overall scheme of things, that’s an incredibly small percentage of NCAA athletes.

While those winter athletes did have an advantage over the spring athletes in that they did get to play a regular season, the reality is that everyone is playing with the hope of participating in conference and, maybe, national championships. The “postseason” is what makes for the season-long goals and, in this season, to be deprived of that opportunity hurts all winter athletes, virtually to the same extent as spring athletes.

So, it’s time for the NCAA, an organization often under fire, to do the right thing and extend the extra year of eligibility to include all winter athletes.

Then, and only then, will the NCAA have done right by ALL of their student athletes.

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020

NHL power rankings for start of March

By Rick Morris

NOTES: Rankings from start of season are in parentheses.

TOP TIER
1 Boston (1-5-3-1)
2 St. Louis (3-3-1-6)
3 Washington (2-1-2-3)
4 Tampa Bay (24-20-14-2)
5 Colorado (7-2-6-9)
SECOND TIER
6 Philadelphia (6-14-11-8)
7 Dallas (10-8-8-5)
8 Vegas (16-12-10-15)
9 Pittsburgh (13-6-5-4)
10 Toronto (19-17-7-10)
11 NY Islanders (4-4-4-12)
12 Edmonton (5-16-22-13)
13 Columbus (25-26-23-7)
THIRD TIER
14 Carolina (11-7-9-11)
15 Calgary (17-10-16-18)
16 NY Rangers (18-18-20-21)
17 Vancouver (15-21-12-14)
18 Florida (14-22-13-16)
19 Nashville (23-24-24-19)
20 Arizona (8-9-17-17)
21 Winnipeg (9-11-19-20)
22 Minnesota (22-15-18-25)
23 Montreal (21-19-21-22)
24 Buffalo (20-13-15-24)
25 Chicago (27-26-25-23)
26 New Jersey (30-30-30-27)
27 San Jose (12-23-26-26)
28 Anaheim (26-25-28-28)
29 Los Angeles (28-29-29-30)
30 Ottawa (29-27-27-29)
FOURTH TIER
31 Detroit (31-31-31-31)

BIGGEST RISERS: Vegas (7 spots), NY Rangers and St. Louis (5 spots), Colorado (4 spots), Calgary and Minnesota (3 spots)

BIGGEST FALLERS: Columbus (6 spots), Pittsburgh (5 spots), Arizona and Vancouver (3 spots)

RANKINGS BY DIVISION – 1 POINT PER RANKING SPOT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM, DIVIDED BY THE NUMBER OF TEAMS, LOWEST SCORE IS BEST

1 METROPOLITAN 12.25
2 CENTRAL 14.29
3 ATLANTIC 17.63
4 PACIFIC 19.5

RANKINGS BY CONFERENCE
1 EAST 29.88
2 WEST 33.79

NBA power rankings for start of March


By Rick Morris

NOTES: Rankings from start of season are in parentheses.

TOP TIER
1 Milwaukee (2-2-1-1)
SECOND TIER
2 LA Lakers (1-1-2-2)
THIRD TIER
3 Denver (4-9-3-6)
4 LA Clippers (7-5-6-5)
5 Toronto (3-8-8-3)
6 Boston (6-6-5-4)
7 Houston (10-10-7-9)
8 Utah (12-12-9-7)
9 Miami (5-4-4-8)
10 Oklahoma City (19-18-13-13)
11 Indiana (11-11-12-12)
12 Dallas (9-7-10-10)
13 Philadelphia (8-3-11-11)
FOURTH TIER
14 Memphis (25-24-20-14)
FIFTH TIER
15 New Orleans (26-26-25-15)
16 Brooklyn (14-13-14-16)
17 Orlando (18-15-17-18)
18 Sacramento (17-16-23-21)
19 San Antonio (23-20-15-17)
20 Portland (20-22-16-19)
SIXTH TIER
21 Phoenix (16-14-18-20)
22 Washington (24-25-27-22)
23 Charlotte (21-21-21-24)
24 Chicago (15-23-19-23)
25 Detroit (22-17-24-26)
26 Atlanta (28-27-30-28)
27 Minnesota (13-19-22-25)
28 New York (29-29-28-27)
29 Cleveland (27-28-26-29)
SEVENTH TIER
30 Golden State (30-30-29-30)

BIGGEST RISERS: Denver, Oklahoma City and Sacramento (3 spots)

BIGGEST FALLERS: none as many as 3 spots

RANKINGS BY CONFERENCE – 1 POINT PER RANKING SPOT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM, LOWEST SCORE IS BEST

1 WEST 210
2 EAST 255

Sunday, February 9, 2020

2020 NASCAR preview


By Rick Morris

The FDH Lounge previews the 2020 NASCAR season with FDH Motorsports Editor Mike Ptak.

       

       

       

       

Sunday, January 19, 2020

NHL power rankings for mid-January


By Rick Morris

NOTES: Rankings from start of season are in parentheses.

TOP TIER
1 St. Louis (3-3-1)
2 Washington (2-1-2)
3 Boston (1-5-3)
SECOND TIER
4 Pittsburgh (13-6-5)
THIRD TIER
5 Tampa Bay (24-20-14)
6 NY Islanders (4-4-4)
7 Dallas (10-8-8)
8 Toronto (19-17-7)
9 Florida (14-22-13)
10 Calgary (17-10-16)
11 Vancouver (15-21-12)
12 Colorado (7-2-6)
13 Carolina (11-7-9)
14 Arizona (8-9-17)
15 Vegas (16-12-10)
16 Edmonton (5-16-22)
17 Columbus (25-26-23)
18 Philadelphia (6-14-11)
19 Winnipeg (9-11-19)
20 NY Rangers (18-18-20)
21 Chicago (27-26-25)
22 Buffalo (20-13-15)
23 Minnesota (22-15-18)
24 Montreal (21-19-21)
25 Nashville (23-24-24)
26 San Jose (12-23-26)
27 New Jersey (30-30-30)
28 Anaheim (26-25-28)
29 Los Angeles (28-29-29)
30 Ottawa (29-27-27)
31 Detroit (31-31-31)

BIGGEST RISERS: Tampa Bay (9 spots), Calgary, Columbus, Edmonton (6 spots), Chicago and Florida (4 spots)

BIGGEST FALLERS: Buffalo and Philadelphia (7 spots), Colorado (6 spots), Minnesota and Vegas (5 spots), Carolina (4 spots), Montreal and Ottawa (3 spots)

RANKINGS BY DIVISION – 1 POINT PER RANKING SPOT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM, DIVIDED BY THE NUMBER OF TEAMS, LOWEST SCORE IS BEST

1 METROPOLITAN 13.38
2 CENTRAL 15.29
3 ATLANTIC 16.5
4 PACIFIC 18.63

RANKINGS BY CONFERENCE
1 EAST 29.88
2 WEST 33.92

NBA power rankings for mid-January


By Rick Morris

NOTES: Rankings from start of season are in parentheses.

TOP TIER
1 Milwaukee (2-2-1)
SECOND TIER
2 LA Lakers (1-1-2)
THIRD TIER
3 Denver (4-9-3)
4 Miami (5-4-4)
5 LA Clippers (7-5-6)
6 Boston (6-6-5)
FOURTH TIER
7 Utah (12-12-9)
8 Toronto (3-8-8)
9 Indiana (11-11-12)
10 Dallas (9-7-10)
11 Houston (10-10-7)
12 Philadelphia (8-3-11)
FIFTH TIER
13 Oklahoma City (19-18-13)
14 Memphis (25-24-20)
15 Orlando (18-15-17)
16 San Antonio (23-20-15)
17 Phoenix (16-14-18)
18 Brooklyn (14-13-14)
19 Portland (20-22-16)
20 New Orleans (26-26-25)
21 Minnesota (13-19-22)
22 Sacramento (17-16-23)
23 Detroit (22-17-24)
24 Chicago (15-23-19)
25 Charlotte (21-21-21)
26 Washington (24-25-27)
27 Cleveland (27-28-26)
28 New York (29-29-28)
29 Atlanta (28-27-30)
SIXTH TIER
30 Golden State (30-30-29)

BIGGEST RISERS: Memphis (6 spots), New Orleans (5 spots), Indiana (3 spots)

BIGGEST FALLERS: Chicago (5 spots), Brooklyn, Charlotte, Houston (4 spots), Portland (3 spots)

RANKINGS BY CONFERENCE – 1 POINT PER RANKING SPOT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM, LOWEST SCORE IS BEST

1 WEST 210
2 EAST 255

Monday, January 6, 2020

NHL power rankings for start of January


By Rick Morris

NOTES: Rankings from start of season are in parentheses.

TOP TIER
1 St. Louis (3-3)
2 Washington (2-1)
3 Boston (1-5)
SECOND TIER
4 NY Islanders (4-4)
5 Pittsburgh (13-6)
6 Colorado (7-2)
7 Toronto (19-17)
8 Dallas (10-8)
9 Carolina (11-7)
10 Vegas (16-12)
11 Philadelphia (6-14)
12 Vancouver (15-21)
13 Florida (14-22)
14 Tampa Bay (24-20)
15 Buffalo (20-13)
16 Calgary (17-10)
17 Arizona (8-9)
18 Minnesota (22-15)
19 Winnipeg (9-11)
20 NY Rangers (18-18)
21 Montreal (21-19)
22 Edmonton (5-16)
23 Columbus (25-26)
24 Nashville (23-24)
25 Chicago (27-26)
26 San Jose (12-23)
27 Ottawa (29-27)
28 Anaheim (26-25)
29 Los Angeles (28-29)
30 New Jersey (30-30)
THIRD TIER
31 Detroit (31-31)

BIGGEST RISERS: Toronto (10 spots), Florida and Vancouver (9 spots), Tampa Bay (6 spots), Columbus (3 spots)

BIGGEST FALLERS: Arizona and Winnipeg (8 spots), Calgary and Edmonton (6 spots), Colorado (4 spots), Anaheim, Minnesota, Philadelphia and San Jose (3 spots)

RANKINGS BY DIVISION – 1 POINT PER RANKING SPOT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM, DIVIDED BY THE NUMBER OF TEAMS, LOWEST SCORE IS BEST

1 METROPOLITAN 13
2 CENTRAL 14.43
3 ATLANTIC 16.38
4 PACIFIC 20

RANKINGS BY CONFERENCE
1 EAST 29.38
2 WEST 34.43

NBA power rankings for start of January


By Rick Morris

NOTES: Rankings from start of season are in parentheses.

TOP TIER
1 Milwaukee (2-2)
SECOND TIER
2 LA Lakers (1-1)
THIRD TIER
3 Denver (4-9)
4 Miami (5-4)
5 Boston (6-6)
6 LA Clippers (7-5)
FOURTH TIER
7 Houston (10-10)
8 Toronto (3-8)
9 Utah (12-12)
10 Dallas (9-7)
11 Philadelphia (8-3)
12 Indiana (11-11)
FIFTH TIER
13 Oklahoma City (19-18)
14 Brooklyn (14-13)
SIXTH TIER
15 San Antonio (23-20)
16 Portland (20-22)
17 Orlando (18-15)
18 Phoenix (16-14)
19 Chicago (15-23)
20 Memphis (25-24)
21 Charlotte (21-21)
22 Minnesota (13-19)
23 Sacramento (17-16)
24 Detroit (22-17)
25 New Orleans (26-26)
26 Cleveland (27-28)
27 Washington (24-25)
SEVENTH TIER
28 New York (29-29)
29 Golden State (30-30)
EIGHTH TIER
30 Atlanta (28-27)

BIGGEST RISERS: Denver and Portland (6 spots), Oklahoma City and San Antonio (5 spots), Chicago and Memphis (4 spots), Houston and Utah (3 spots)

BIGGEST FALLERS: Philadelphia (8 spots), Detroit and Sacramento (7 spots), Phoenix (4 spots), Dallas and Minnesota (3 spots)

RANKINGS BY CONFERENCE – 1 POINT PER RANKING SPOT FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TEAM, LOWEST SCORE IS BEST

1 WEST 228
2 EAST 247

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

2019 NFL final power rankings and final FDH UQB ratings


By Rick Morris

NOTE: Rankings from the start of the season are in parentheses.

TOP TIER
1 Baltimore (23-10-8-6-14-20-18-14-13-7-5-5-3-1-1-1)
2 New Orleans (13-6-19-9-3-2-2-2-3-3-4-4-4-3-3-2)
3 San Francisco (15-15-13-10-8-6-3-3-2-1-1-1-1-2-2-6)
4 Kansas City (3-3-2-2-2-3-8-8-9-9-10-8-9-7-4-3)
5 Green Bay (6-5-4-4-6-5-5-4-4-5-3-3-6-8-5-4)
6 Seattle (14-12-6-16-17-7-4-11-12-11-7-6-5-5-6-5)
7 Houston (12-17-14-7-10-9-6-6-6-4-6-10-8-6-10-9)
SECOND TIER
8 New England (2-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-1-2-2-2-2-4-7-7)
9 Buffalo (29-22-18-13-18-16-16-13-14-14-18-15-10-10-12-10)
10 Minnesota (16-8-9-8-11-13-9-9-8-10-8-7-7-9-8-8)
11 LA Rams (4-4-3-3-7-10-13-10-10-12-14-11-13-12-9-11)
12 Tennessee (18-9-15-19-12-17-23-22-18-22-16-16-11-11-11-14)
13 Philadelphia (1-2-5-12-4-4-10-15-11-13-11-14-15-17-18-16)
14 Tampa Bay (25-25-23-26-23-23-24-24-26-26-24-26-24-19-15-12)
15 Atlanta (10-19-10-17-22-24-28-28-28-28-27-23-25-25-23-20)
16 Denver (19-23-25-27-28-27-25-25-23-19-20-25-26-21-16-19)
17 Dallas (11-11-7-5-5-11-14-7-7-8-12-12-14-14-19-15)
18 Pittsburgh (7-14-21-23-24-28-26-26-24-17-13-17-18-15-13-13)
19 Chicago (9-16-17-18-9-12-12-16-19-24-19-22-20-16-14-17)
20 New York Jets (21-30-31-31-31-31-29-29-29-31-29-24-21-27-26-27)
21 Indianapolis (17-18-12-11-20-8-7-5-5-6-9-9-12-13-17-18)
THIRD TIER
22 Jacksonville (22-21-22-21-21-21-21-21-17-20-21-21-23-24-25-21)
23 Oakland (28-28-28-28-27-22-20-20-20-16-15-13-16-18-20-23)
24 LA Chargers (8-7-11-15-16-18-22-23-25-18-22-20-22-23-22-22)
25 Arizona (30-24-26-25-26-25-17-18-22-23-26-28-27-28-28-25)
26 Cleveland (5-13-16-20-13-19-19-19-21-25-23-19-17-22-21-26)
27 Miami (32-32-32-32-32-32-32-32-32-30-28-29-29-26-27-28)
28 Carolina (20-20-24-22-19-14-11-12-15-15-17-18-19-20-24-24)
FOURTH TIER
29 New York Giants (31-31-30-24-25-26-27-27-27-27-30-30-31-32-32-30)
30 Detroit (24-27-20-14-15-15-15-17-16-21-25-27-28-29-29-29)
31 Washington (27-29-29-29-29-29-30-30-30-29-31-31-30-30-30-31)
32 Cincinnati (26-26-27-30-30-30-31-31-31-32-32-32-32-31-31-32)

BIGGEST RISERS: New York Jets (7 spots), Atlanta (5 spots), Denver, Philadelphia and San Francisco (3 spots)

BIGGEST FALLERS: Pittsburgh (5 spots), Carolina (4 spots), Indianapolis (3 spots)

DIVISIONAL RANKINGS (the lower the number, the higher the ranking):

2 NFC SOUTH 59
3 AFC SOUTH 62
4 AFC EAST 64
5 AFC WEST 67
6 NFC NORTH 74
7 AFC NORTH 77
8 NFC EAST 90

CONFERENCE RANKINGS:

1 NFC 268
2 AFC 270

Our Ultimate Quantitative Baseline (UQB) statistic simply adds together the ranking of 13 different indexes: The FDH Lounge power rankings listed above, strength of schedule based on our power rankings, a metric combines the power rankings with impressiveness of victories based on strength of schedule, offensive yards gained, offensive passing yards, offensive rushing yards, defensive yards allowed, defensive passing yards, defensive rushing yards, DVOA, Offensive DVOA, Defensive DVOA and Special Teams DVOA.  The lower the number, the better each team did.  The yardage stats can be found here and the DVOA stats can be found here.

          TOP TIER   Total
1        San Francisco        80
2        Baltimore    94
3        New Orleans          106
          SECOND TIER     Total
4        New England         131
5        Kansas City 145
          THIRD TIER         Total
6        LA Rams     161
7        Tampa Bay  164
8        Dallas 169
9        Seattle         170
          FOURTH TIER     Total
10T    Minnesota   189
10T    Tennessee    189
12      Buffalo        192
13      Philadelphia 194
14      Atlanta        196
          FIFTH TIER          Total
15      Green Bay   214
16      Indianapolis 215
17T    Houston      217
17T    LA Chargers          217
19      Pittsburgh    223
20      Oakland       232
21      Chicago       240
22      Cleveland    247
23      Jacksonville 248
24      Denver        249
25      New York Jets       255
25      Arizona       269
27      Carolina       272
          SIXTH TIER         Total
28      Detroit         291
29      Cincinnati   293
          SEVENTH TIER   Total
30      New York Giants   310
          EIGHTH TIER      Total
31      Washington 336
32      Miami         341