NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament 2019: Round of 64- Day 2, Early Afternoon

Ok, I’ll bite. WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU THINKING GIVING NOTRE DAME AT 30 – 3 A #1 SEED AND SNOOTING UCONN AT 31 – 2?! Bless your hearts (which you’ll recall refers to someone with an Oedipal Conflict in Dixie)!

I haven’t been following Notre Dame so I just figured they were 32 – 1 or something like that. UCONN KICKED THEIR ASSES THIS SEASON! Seriously, UConn 89 – Notre Dame 71, you could look it up and I encourage you to do so.

Muffy McGraw can’t get booted soon enough for my taste. We lost to Louisville (in our Region) and Baylor. That’s it! Blah, blah, blah parity. Time to let my freak flag fly!

Oh, I have more where that came from. UConn is safely through (though awkwardly placed) beating Towson 110 (yes, that’s right, 110) to 61. Must have been a bad night on Defense, Geno should talk to them about that.

Louisville on the other hand was only able to eke out a 35 point victory over Robert Morris, 69 -34 (to be fair they did double up).

Grrr…

Early Afternoon Games

 

Time Network Seed School Record Seed School Record Region
11:00 am ESPN2 3 Maryland 28 – 4 14 Radford 26 – 6 East
11:00 am ESPN2 1 Notre Dame 30 – 3 16 Bethune-Cookman 21-10 Midwest
11:00 am ESPN2 6 Kentucky 24 – 7 11 Princeton 22 – 9 South
11:00 am ESPN2 6 South Dakota State 26 – 6 11 Quinnipiac 26 – 6 West
1:00 pm ESPN2 3 North Carolina State 26 – 5 14 Maine 25 – 7 South
1:30 pm ESPN2 6 UCLA 20 – 12 11 Tennessee 19 – 12 East
1:30 pm ESPN2 8 Central Michigan 25 – 7 9 Michigan State 20 – 11 Midwest
1:30 pm ESPN2 3 Syracuse 24 – 8 14 Fordham 25 – 8 West

Michigan State, Quinnipiac, and Syracuse are my favorites in this group.

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This Day in History

Patrick Henry declares, ‘Give me liberty, or give me death,’ German parliament grants Adolf Hitler dictatorial powers, President Reagan proposes anti-nuke ‘Star Wars’ program, Movie ‘Titanic’ wins 11 Oscars.

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NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament 2019: Round of 64 Day 1- Evening

If you’re reading this it’s because I’m still napping. It is the debut of the Lady Huskies in this year’s Tournament and I’d look up the fight song but I’m also lazy.

 

Time Network Seed School Record Seed School Record Region
7:00 pm ESPN2 2 Connecticut 31 – 2 15 Towson 20 – 12 East
7:00 pm ESPN2 8 South Dakota 28 – 5 9 Clemson 21 – 12 West
7:00 pm ESPN2 5 Arizona State 20 – 10 12 UCF 26 – 6 West
7:00 pm ESPN2 7 Texas 23 – 9 10 Indiana 20 – 12 West
9:30 pm ESPN2 4 Miami (FL) 24 – 8 13 Florida Gulf Coast 28 – 4 West
9:30 pm ESPN2 1 Mississippi State 30 – 2 16 Southern 21 – 11 West
9:30 pm ESPN2 2 Oregon 29 – 4 15 Portland State 25 – 7 West

NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 2019: Round of 64 Day 2- Evening

Once again I find myself entirely unenthused.

 

Time Network Seed School Record Seed School Record Region
6:50 pm TNT 8 Utah State 28 – 6 9 Washington 26 – 8 Midwest
7:10 pm CBS 1 Duke 29 – 5 16 North Dakota St. 18 – 15 East
7:20 pm TBS 3 Houston 31 – 3 14 Georgia State 24 – 9 Midwest
7:27 pm truTV 5 Mississippi St. 23 – 10 12 Liberty 28 – 6 East
9:20 pm TNT 1 North Carolina 27 – 6 16 Iona 17 – 15 Midwest
9:40 pm CBS 8 VCU 25 – 7 9 UCF 23 – 8 East
9:50 pm TBS 6 Iowa State 23 – 11 11 Ohio St. 19 – 14 Midwest
9:57 pm truTV 4 Virginia Tech 24 – 8 13 Saint Louis 22 – 12 East

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Jamelle Bouie: Getting Rid of the Electoral College Isn’t Just About Trump

But does anyone really think popular vote losers make better presidents?

At a CNN town hall in Jackson, Miss., on Monday night, Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts called for shutting down the Electoral College. “I believe we need a constitutional amendment that protects the right to vote for every American citizen and to make sure that vote gets counted,” she said.

Her suggestion brought a sharp response from Republicans.

“The desire to abolish the Electoral College is driven by the idea Democrats want rural America to go away politically,” Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said on Twitter. His colleague Marco Rubio posted a similar note, calling the Electoral College a “work of genius” that “requires candidates for president to earn votes from various parts of country. And it makes sure interests of less populated areas aren’t ignored at the expense of densely populated areas.”

President Trump weighed in as well: “With the Popular Vote, you go to just the large States — the Cities would end up running the Country. Smaller States & the entire Midwest would end up losing all power — & we can’t let that happen. I used to like the idea of the Popular Vote, but now realize the Electoral College is far better for the U.S.A.”

It’s not hard to guess why Republicans are riled by Warren’s embrace of a national popular vote. Without the Electoral College, neither Trump nor his Republican predecessor George W. Bush would have won the White House on their first go-round. At the same time, these self-interested or party-specific arguments are part of a larger conversation.

Paul Krugman: Don’t Make Health Care a Purity Test

We’re now in the silly season of the Democratic primary — a season that, I worry, may last all the way to the nomination. There are many honorable exceptions, but an awful lot of reporting seems to be third order — not about the candidates, let alone their policy proposals, but about pundits’ views about voters’ views of candidates’ electability. It’s a discussion in which essentially nobody has any idea what he or she is talking about.

Meanwhile, however, there are some real continuing policy debates. They’re not mainly about goals: Whoever the Democrats nominate will profess allegiance to a progressive agenda aimed at reducing inequality, strengthening the social safety net and taking action on climate change. But there are some big differences about how to achieve those goals.

And the starkest divide involves health care. Almost surely, the eventual platform will advocate “Medicare for TK.” But what word is eventually chosen to replace the placeholder “TK,” and more important, what that means in terms of actual policy, will be crucial both for the general election and for what comes after if Democrats win.

On one side, there’s “Medicare for All,” which has come to mean the Bernie Sanders position: replacing the entire existing U.S. health insurance system with a Medicare-type program in which the government pays most medical bills directly.

On the other side, there’s “Medicare for America,” originally a proposal from the Center for American Progress, now embodied in legislation. While none of the announced Democratic candidates has endorsed this proposal yet, it’s a good guess that most of them will come around to something similar.

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NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament 2019: Round of 64 Day 2- Afternoon

Did I mention exhausted? Yesterday I said that it only gets twice as hard from here on out and I don’t just mean that I’ll have to track both the Men’s and Women’s sides of the Tournament.

There is also the tiny little detail that I’ll have to crank around Results, which while visually similar is a different and more complicated kind of Table, as well as resetting for the next games with appropriate Match-Ups and Times and Networks.

At least I don’t have to fish around any more confusing College websites.

Favorites? Don’t mind if I do. In this group nobody. Always fun to have an upset though.

 

Time Network Seed School Record Seed School Record Region
12:15 pm CBS 7 Cincinnati 28 – 6 10 Iowa 22 – 11 South
12:40 pm truTV 8 Mississippi 20 – 12 9 Oklahoma 19 – 13 South
1:30 pm TNT 3 Texas Tech 26 – 6 14 Northern Kentucky 26 – 8 West
2:00 pm TBS 4 Kansas St. 25 – 8 13 UC Irvine 30 – 5 South
2:45 pm CBS 2 Tennessee 29 – 5 15 Colgate 24 – 10 South
3:10 pm truTV 1 Virginia 29 – 3 16 Gardner-Webb 23 – 11 South
4:00 pm TNT 6 Buffalo 31 – 3 11 Arizona St. 23 – 10 West
4:30 pm TBS 5 Wisconsin 23 – 10 12 Oregon 23 – 12 South

NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament 2019: Round of 64 Day 1- Afternoon

I assure you I have something incredibly trenchant and profound to say about the state of Women’s Basketball, but I’m already at least 40 hours into this project out of the last 72 or so and I’m afraid my brain is totally fried.

Fortunately most of the heavy lifting is done.

Do I have favorites? Sure. Michigan out of sentiment, Robert Morris because the sooner Louisville goes out the better it is for Connecticut who has to face them for the East Regional Championship. They already beat UConn once.

 

Time Network Seed School Record Seed School Record Region
12:00 pm ESPN2 1 Louisville 29 – 3 16 Robert Morris 22 – 10 East
1:45 pm ESPN2 4 South Carolina 21 – 9 13 Belmont 26-6 South
2:00 pm ESPN2 5 Marquette 26 – 7 12 Rice 28 – 3 Midwest
2:00 pm ESPN2 2 Iowa 26 – 6 15 Mercer 25 – 7 South
2:30 pm ESPN2 8 Michigan 21 – 11 9 Kansas State 21 – 11 East
4:15 pm ESPN2 5 Florida State 23 – 8 12 Bucknell 28 – 5 South
4:30 pm ESPN2 7 Rutgers 22 – 9 10 Buffalo 23 – 9 East
4:30 pm ESPN2 4 Texas A&M 24 – 7 13 Wright State 27 – 6 Midwest
4:30 pm ESPN2 7 Missouri 23 – 10 10 Drake 27 – 6 South

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NCAA Men’s Baskeball Tournament 2019: Round of 64 Day 1- Evening

This previews with 3 minor flaws (see if you can pick them out). I have wasted waaay too much time trying to fix them, the code around the affected areas is rock solid so a flaw in rendering either in preveiw or across the site.

Or maybe compiler error but I checked the output code.

Oh, favorites. TMC likes Gonzaga and I have no objection. Me? Michigan and Syracuse mostly, ‘Nova and Hall in a pinch.

 

Time Network Seed School Record Seed School Record Region
6:50 pm TNT 7 Nevada 29 – 4 10 Florida 19 – 15 West
7:10 pm CBS 2 Kentucky 27 – 6 15 Abilene Christian 27 – 6 Midwest
7:20 pm TBS 6 Villanova 25 – 9 11 St. Mary’s (Cal.) 22 – 11 South
7:27 pm truTV 1 Gonzaga 30 – 3 16 Fairleigh D’son 20 – 13 West
9:20 pm TNT 2 Michigan 28 – 6 15 Montana 26 – 8 West
9:40 pm CBS 7 Wofford 29 – 4 10 Seton Hall 20 – 13 Midwest
9:50 pm TBS 3 Purdue 23 – 9 14 Old Dominion 26 – 8 South
9:57 pm truTV 8 Syracuse 20 – 13 9 Baylor 19 – 13 West

And On The Sixth Day ….

Just six days after the horrific massacre of 50 men, women and children in two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques the Prime Minister announced sweeping and immediate changes to gun laws

Assault rifles and military-style semi-automatics have been banned in New Zealand after Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister, announced sweeping and immediate changes to gun laws following the Christchurch mosque shootings.

“I absolutely believe there will be a common view amongst New Zealanders, those who use guns for legitimate purposes, and those who have never touched one, that the time for the mass and easy availability of these weapons must end. And today they will,” said Ardern.

Parts that are used to convert guns into military-style semi-automatics (MSSAs) have also being banned, along with high-capacity magazines and parts that cause a firearm to generate semi-automatic, automatic or close-to-automatic gunfire.

“In short, every semi-automatic weapon used in the terrorist attack on Friday will be banned in this country,” said Ardern.

The ban on the sale of the weapons came into effect at 3pm on Thursday – the time of the press conference announcing the ban – with the prime minister warning that “all sales should now cease” of the weapons.

Ardern also directed officials to develop a gun-buyback scheme for those who already own such weapons. She said “fair and reasonable compensation” would be paid. [..]

The measures were praised internationally, with Rebecca Peters, who helped lead the successful campaign to reform Australia’s gun laws in the 1990s, saying: “It’s been the fastest response ever by a government after a tragedy.” [..]

Ardern said the immediate changes were intended to take out of circulation the guns that were “most critical to be addressed urgently”.

“There are a range of other amendments that we believe do need to be made and that will be the second tranche of reforms, yet to come.”

Given the urgency of the legislation, Ardern said there would be a shortened select-committee process for the legislation and that she expected the amendments to the Arms Act to be passed within the next session of parliament on Monday.

From New York Times columnist, Nicholas Kristof:

That’s what effective leadership looks like. New Zealand’s cabinet has now agreed in principle to overhaul those laws, experts are reviewing ways to make the country safer from firearms and, Ardern promised, “within 10 days of this horrific act of terrorism, we will have announced reforms.”

Contrast that with the United States, where just since 1970, more Americans have died from guns (1.45 million, including murders, suicides and accidents) than died in all the wars in American history (1.4 million). More Americans die from guns every 10 weeks than died in the entire Afghanistan and Iraq wars combined, yet we still don’t have gun safety rules as rigorous as New Zealand’s even before the mosques were attacked.

The N.R.A. (not to be confused with the vast majority of gun owners) will turn to its old smoke-and-mirrors standby, arguing that the killer’s hate, not his guns and bullets, were the real problem.

But while it’s true that white supremacy is deadly and needs to be confronted — something our vote-obsessed president blindly ignores — without the weapons of mass murder, 50 New Zealand worshipers would still be alive; 17 Parkland, Fla., schoolchildren and staff members would still be alive; nine Charleston, S.C., churchgoers would still be alive; 11 Pittsburgh congregants would still be alive; 58 Las Vegas concertgoers would still be alive; 26 Newtown, Conn., first graders and adults would. …

Why can’t leaders in America learn from experience, the way leaders in other countries do? After a massacre in Australia in 1996, the government there took far-reaching action to tighten gun policy. In contrast, every day in America, another hundred people die from gun violence and 300 more are injured — and our president and Congress do nothing. [..]

It’s also true that there are no simple solutions. The U.S. now has more guns than people, so criminals have a steady supply — and so do ordinary Americans at a time when suicides are at a 30-year high.

But gun laws do make a difference. When Connecticut tightened licensing laws in 1995, firearm homicide rates dropped by 40 percent. And when Missouri eased gun laws in 2007, gun homicide rates surged by 25 percent.

Polls show some measures have broad backing. For starters, more than 90 percent even of gun owners support universal background checks to ensure that people are legally allowed to own a gun before they buy one.

Astonishingly, about 22 percent of guns in the U.S. are still acquired without a background check. In parts of the U.S., you need a more thorough background check to adopt a dog than to acquire a semiautomatic AR-15 weapon. [..]

Another basic step: Keep guns out of the hands of people shown to present a danger to themselves or others, such as when they are suicidal or threatening a domestic partner. Fourteen states have such “red flag” laws, and similar legislation is before Congress to achieve something similar at a national level.

We should likewise invest more in “smart guns” that can be fired only by an authorized person; it’s outrageous that my phone requires a pin or fingerprint but that an AR-15 doesn’t. That would help with the estimated 200,000 guns stolen each year. [..]

Slowly, the tide of public opinion is shifting. The N.R.A.’s extremism is turning some people off, and it seems on the defensive, so eventually we may follow New Zealand. But how many more people will die before the president and Congress act?

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