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Mon, 03/05/2018 - 10:25pm
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The news broke earlier today, March 5, that the NBA is looking into creating its own minor league. They won't call it that but that's what we're talking about. Sure they have the G League, but this will be different. This is where one and done's can go. 

But, the big news here is that the NBA, if this happens, will now be talking to high schoolers.

Yes, if the NBA creates academies these players will be in the NBA, making money and gaining experience, strength and maturity. Sounds good to me.

For now it seems that the NBA will not go down this road quickly. They may look to intertwine themselves with high schools through camps and workouts. Bringing in "experts" to help these young men learn what it's like to be a professional athlete both on and off the court.

I'm all for it. I think this would reduce the number of flameouts in the NBA, and help the college teams regain some stability knowing that the players they just recruited will more likely stay around campus.

 

Five reasons to watch the Winter Olympics

Fri, 02/09/2018 - 10:45pm
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If you're like me the summer edition of the Olympics carries a bit more interest than the winter version. But, there are still some great stories and amazing athletes to watch.

5. Curling – What was it, 1 or 2 Olympics ago, curling became the world’s favorite pastime - for a few days anyway. Will this continue this year or will another sport take it’s place like … OK nothing is that quirky. Curling it is.

4. Snowboarding – Welcome to the “X Games more people watch.” In all seriousness, snowboarders are pretty much the cool kids at the games, and unlike other sports each time we watch them we see something new and impressive.

3. Hockey – Who will win this year? Ok, it shouldn’t be a surprise right? Sweden on the men’s side, and Canada on the women’s side. But Russia, Canada and even the U.S. have a shot at the men’s gold even though Russia hasn’t ever won a gold in this event … who knew? For the women only Canada and the U.S. have played for a gold - how big of an upset would it be if anyone outside of those two made the gold medal game, let alone wins it?

2. Crazy People – The luge, skeleton and bobsled. You folks are crazy, I hope you don’t crash, but when you do I understand people who watch NASCAR for the crashes.

1. Local connections – Cheer on your fellow Oregonians!

Tommy Ford – Alpine skiing

Laurenne Ross – Alpine skiing

Jacqueline Wiles – Alpine skiing

Sam Michener – Bobsled

Ben Ferguson – Snowboarding

Asa Miller – Alpine skiing

 

Possible Super Bowl Match ups.

Fri, 01/19/2018 - 1:03pm
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Sure the NFL Conference Championships are this weekend, but let’s look ahead. Who could we see in Super Bowl XLII, and who do we want to see?

There are four possible matchups at this point.

New England vs Philadelphia

New England vs Minnesota

Jacksonville vs Philadelphia

Jacksonville vs Minnesota

Our friends in Las Vegas say that we have the best shot of seeing a New England vs Minnesota match-up. Does that sound the most interesting to you? Perhaps, obviously the most recognizable team to the county/world out of this group is New England, and while Minnesota has Case Keenum running its offense most folks seem to trust him more than they do Nick Foles at this point so wouldn’t this be the best possible match up to watch?

You’ll have a Pats offense that will throw 40-50 times and a Vikings D that has the ability to hold their own.

Or…

Should we go crazy here and should we think about the best possible game from an entertainment stand point? Could that be a dreaded match up of Jacksonville vs Philadelphia? Most fans would poo poo this potential match-up of two QBs who wouldn’t start on half the teams in the league. But hear me out. Don’t we want to watch a game full of surprises, full of competitiveness, full of wild changes?

Tell me why this match up wouldn’t produce? Neither team has won a Super Bowl, the Eagles have won some NFL championships before the Super Bowl became a thing, the Jags haven’t even played in one. Both teams would be fighting for their first Super Bowl, both teams have a great D but are susceptible to long plays.

Annnnddd, both QBs have had success in the past. We should all remember Nick Foles' 27 TDs and 2 INT season or Blake Bortles' 4,428 yard 35 TD season?

We’ll see in a couple of days what match up we get but I don’t care for ratings I can about TV entertainment. I’m pulling for a Jags vs Eagles. How about you?

 

College Football Playoff

Sun, 11/02/2014 - 2:41pm
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Sure the first College Football Playoff standings were interesting but don't you think the second one will be more so? Sure #3 played #4 and we'll know what happens there. But Mississippi St. and Florida St. played poor games and didn't win convincingly. Will the committee keep them ranked 1-2 just because they're undefeated? 

They’ve said they’re looking for the best teams. A 7 point win against Arkansas doesn’t seem like the best team in the country to me?

And how far does Ole Miss slip. They were ranked behind Auburn and barley lost, by inches. Do they have to move below the slew of 1 loss teams? Or do they only get dropped a little.

I think it’ll be interesting to see what the committee will do with Auburn, right now I’d move them up. I think they’re better than Miss St and FSU.

What do you think?

2014 US Open Review

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 8:01am
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Well the 2014 US Open for Roofball is in the books and I’m very happy to announce that Derek Weber, that’s me, won his/my seventh tournament.

We had 21 players competing for the 16th annual US Open and the final three came down to Christian Verkest, Dale Bernhardt, (both one-time RFA Cup Champs) and myself. Christian and I advanced to the finals were Christian got off to a solid start with an around in the second inning. We traded throws until Christian needed a ping and a catch on his last throw to tie. Christian let the ball go and hit the pole, now all he needed was a catch, but the ball took a huge bounce to the right and went to far for him to catch it. I threw my last throw not needing anything got a simple catch. Final score of 40-38.

Seven women participants played setting a record for most women competitors in one tournament. Try as they might they could not beat Amy Determan who won her fifth Woman’s Title. She tied her own single-game score with a 47. One newcomer made the semi's as Devin Humpage threw a 26, 37, 25.

The next tournament, the Roofball games, will be played in September. Stay tuned for more details.

2014 US Open Preview, No Roofball not Tennis

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 8:52am
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We’re 4 days away from the 16th annual US Open. 

On August 17 24 players will compete for the 16th annual US Open. Defending Champion Derek Weber (hey that's me!), will try to defend his back to back titles against eight time champ, Casey Campbell, six time champ Dan O’Reilly and four time champs Adam Willis and Buddy Emmons. Jason Richard a 3 time champ looks to win his 4th title out of 5 tournements ever played.

Other competitors include:

Steve Stupey – 2009 US Open Champ and 2014 RFA Cup Champ

Beth Willis – 14 time woman’s champion

Amy Determan – Two time woman’s champion

If you’re interested in learning more check out www.roofball.org where you can find out more about the rules, players and records. Interested in showing up watching or possibly playing? Email president@roofball.org.

2014 NBA Playoffs

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 10:39pm
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Ahh, playoff time.

Let's take a look at the first round of the NBA Playoffs that started Saturday.

East
Indiana vs. Atlanta - Indiana. Yes, I know they lost the first game.
Miami vs. Charlotte - Miami. Come on.
Toranoto vs. Brooklyn - Brooklyn. The Nets are rolling right now.
Chicago vs. Washington - Chicago. I picked Washington to make the playoffs, not beat a team made for the playoffs.

West
San Antonio vs. Dallas - San Antonio. The Spurs are killing everyone.
OKC vs. Memphis - OKC. I have them in the finals.
LA Clips vs. Golden State - LA Clips. I don't like them, but I think they are too strong. Hate Griffin.
Houston vs. Portland - Portland. Homer pick. Whichever team hits its 3s will win this one.

 

Western Conference Power Rankings #2

Wed, 03/12/2014 - 10:30am
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Portland remained in the top tier of the conference, but teetering on the brink of  losing homecourt edge in the first round of the NBA Playoffs
  1. San Antonio
  2. Oklahoma City
  3. Houston
  4. Portland
  5. Los Angeles Clippers
  6. Golden State
  7. Memphis
  8. Dallas
  9. Phoenix
  10. Minnesota
  11. New Orleans
  12. Los Angeles Lakers
  13. Denver
  14. Sacramento
  15. Utah

Western Conference Power Rankings

Mon, 11/18/2013 - 7:52pm
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We're looking at following the Western Conference this year in the NBA. Keep an ear out on our Podcasts as we'll regularly bring the subject up throughout the year. Remember this isn't my predictions for the season, although that goes into it (sorry Phoenix), but this is a point in time on how well each team is playing. More weight to the more recent games and scoring differential.

  1. San Antonio
  2. Los Angeles Clippers
  3. Portland
  4. Golden State
  5. Oklahoma City
  6. Houston
  7. Minnesota
  8. Dallas
  9. Memphis
  10. Phoenix
  11. New Orleans
  12. Los Angeles Lakers
  13. Denver
  14. Sacramento
  15. Utah

 

2013 RFA Recap

Mon, 06/24/2013 - 7:50am
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Well the 2013 RFA Cup is in the books and I’m very happy to announce that Derek Weber, that’s me, won his, mine, fifth tournament.

We had 21 players competing for the 7th annual RFA Cup and the final three came down to defending Champion Christian Verkest, Adam Willis, Founder of Roofball and 4 time Roofball, Champion and myself. Adam and I advanced to the finals were Adam got off to a Ping Ping start but threw and over in the third inning to flip the score. We traded throws until Adam needed a 15 pointer on his last throw but only ended up with a catch. I threw my last throw not needing anything but got a Ping to finish the Championship match with a score of 44-27.

Six women participants played setting a record for most women competitors in one tournament. Try as they might they could not beat Amy Determan who won her fourth Woman’s Title. One new comer made it to the second round as Jacob Nixon threw back to back 25’s.

The next tournament, the US Open, will be played in September. Stay tuned for more details.

Notes: With the victory I trail Dan O’Riley and Casey Campbell in total tournaments won. They have 6 and 7 respectively. If Adam would have won he would have been the second player to complete the career COW. The COW stands for Cup, Open and Worlds.

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