Saturday, December 25, 2010

Lakers vs Heat

The Lakers were blown out at home by the Milwaukee Bucks for the game preceding today's game between the Lakers and Heat.  That should definitely help their performance against Miami, as it will refocus them.  I'll watch the game today but it should definitely have had a positive effect overall.

We'll see the results shortly.

The other side of the coin is that today the Lakers will give their best effort, and I'm sure the Heat will too.  So taking into account home court advantage, it should be a good indicator of where each team is relative to each other.

If the Lakers lose today, thats a bad sign.

The match-ups will be interesting

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Different types of humor

I was thinking about the different types of humor and the ways they are expressed in movies and books and tv shows.

The most common way is the clueless person who is expected to be smart.  For example, a person in a position of authority who is actually a doofus, but must be taken seriously by everyone.  Kind of like Michael Scott.

Another is when two people are talking about different things, but are assuming they are both talking about the same thing.  I remember watching The Ladies Man and a Catholic Nun was talking about the Yalu River in China and he was talking about the Yellow River.

People taking trivial things seriously.  This happens a lot, basically actors being too serious for a given situation.

Often times it is a merging of the person watching the joke and his/her expectations with the expectations of the actors or characters in the show.  That mismatch can create humor.

Also, in LOTR a big theme is people making a decision about an issue or idea, and trying to act on it, only to find it is a moot point.  There are many examples of this.  Gandalf dies fighting the balrog, giving up his life to protect it, only to be granted another life by the Gods.  Aragorn, after taking Gondor, takes his army on a suicide mission to attack Mordor and draw out their forces, only to have Frodo destroy the ring at the last possible second, saving his life.  In Tolkien's book, it is often more important what people decided to do rather than what was actually done, as external forces conspire to change the reality of the situation after characters decide to act, but before they can actually do so.

Monday, December 20, 2010

NBA topics

What causes a team to quit?  When has a team quit?  How can one tell when a team has quit?  When a professional or college team fails to meet expectations, do they quit?  Are our perceptions of the team drawn up afterwards?

Blah blah blah.

This blog is nearly dead.  I simply don't have the motivation to write any more.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Lakers vs Kings

The Lakers won by 30 at home in a laugher to stop their four game losing streak.  Rah.

I'll try to continue keeping track of losing streaks during the NBA season.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

NBA Martingale Part II

I was thinking more about the NBA martingale system.  Really every team in the NBA will eventually win games.  The important part is getting a large enough sample size and controlling the size of the bet made.

What about looking at road trips, say 5 games in length or more.  What are the odds of a team winning all five in a row?  Could a reverse martingale system be done to bet on a team to lose, i.e. picking the whichever team the subject is playing against?  There is probably huge levels of attrition on road trips, in the sense that teams get more and more fatigued with each effort required to win games on the road.  What about a bad team on the road?  The worst teams in the league have long road trips too.  The odds of them sweeping a road trip must be unfathomable.    

Now that is a research subject.

I think the main reason I haven't tried to research it more is not a lack of time but a lack of opportunity to bet the games and a small amount of disinterest.

Lakes versus Kings Dec 3rd

The Lakers have lost four in a row despite being the defending champions.  On Friday they play the Kings, at home no less.  I'm sure Kobe Bryant is furious about their longest losing streak in years, and they have the same team (minus Bynum) that won the championship last year.  Although I'm sure they are tired from busy summers, they are still a good team.

What are the odds the Lakers will win on Friday?  I don't know, but I would feel comfortable betting a lot of money on the Lakers to win, at home, against a 4-15 team, to snap a four game losing streak for them.

Situations like this remind me of why an NBA Martingale system based on the one or two best teams in the league could be very profitable.