Tuesday, October 18, 2016

ISML 2016: Emerald And Ruby Prizes Won By Big Names

ISML 2016: Emerald And Ruby Prizes Won By Big Names

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
October 18, 2016

The Necklace Matches for the 2016 International Saimoe League Emerald and Ruby Periods are history. First off, Rin Tosaka, listed by the Bedlam as a 2-1 second choice, has won the Emerald Necklace with 701 votes (17.83%). Kurumi Tokisaki was second with 689 votes (17.53%) while Shiro was third with 550 votes (13.99%). Rounding out the order were Nanami Aoyama (540 votes, 13.74%), Illyasviel von Einzbern (472 votes, 12.01%), Ayase Aragaki (357 votes, 9.08%), Komachi Hikigaya (353 votes, 8.98%) and Jibril (269 votes, 6.84%).

Favored Yuzuru Otonashi won the Emerald Pendant with 664 votes (17.46%). Touma Kamijou and Saitama were in a tie for second with 571 votes (15.02%). Rounding out the order were Izayoi Sakamakiu (429 votes, 11.28%), Souma Yukihira and Gilgamesh in a tie for fifth (417 votes, 10.97%), Edward Elric (410 votes, 10.78%), and Yato (323 (323 votes, 8.5%).

Listed as a 10-1 longshot, Saber delivered the Upset of thr Round, winning the Ruby Necklace with 762 votes (19.31%). Favorite Kurisu Makise finished second with 686 votes (17.38%) while Asuna Yuuki finished third (544 votes, 13.78%). Rounding out the order were Chino Kafuu (526 votes, 13.33%), Yui Yuigahama (492 votes, 12.47%), Iroha Isshiki (375 votes, 9.5%), Isala (348 votes, 8.82%) and Shino Asada (214 votes, 5.42%).

Another favorite, Archer, won the Ruby Pendant with 641 votes (17.02%). Rintarou Okabe was second with 552 votes (14.65%) while Nagisa Shiota was third with 474 votes (12.58%). Rounting out the order in a closely contested race were Keima Katsuragi (465 votes, 12.34%), Kyon (12.26%), Yuu Otosaka (460 votes, 12.21%), Ryuuji Takasu (357 votes, 9.48%) and Iskandar (9.45%).

Mikoto Misaka, projected to finish second in the Tournament of Champions seeding, will go into the showcase event as the top seed with 877 votes (22.47%), beating No. 2 seed Kanade Tachibana, who earned 867 votes (22.21%) in the closest race of the round. In a surprise similar to Saitama's performance, Eru Chitanda, the incumbent Saimoe Prime Minister whose term will conclude after this season as current ISML Heavenly Tiara holder, will be the No. 3 seed with 580 votes (14.86%). Ruri Gokou will be the No. 4 seed with 428 votes (10.97%), Kotori Itsuka will be the No. 5 seed (380 votes, 9.74%), Mio Akiyama will be the No. 6 seed (342 votes, 8.76%), Fate Testarossa will be the No. 7 seed (224 votes, 5.74%) and Himagiku Katsura will be the No. 8 seed (205 votes, 5.25%).

Riki Naoe won the lone exhibition of the round, finishing first with 516 votes (15.8%), defeating Gray Fullbuster and Hiroomi Nase, who both finished in a tie for second with 475 votes (14.54%). Rounding out the order were Guts (442 votes, 13.53%), Alibaba Saluja (414 votes, 12.68%), Kurou Yatogami (410 votes, 12.55%), Kurapika (356 votes, 10.9%), and Rin Matsuoka (178 votes, 5.45%).

The race for the Tiara is winding down here in the 2016 International Saimoe League. Up next is the ISML Diamond Period, and match day 1 is scheduled for Monday, October 24, 2016. Vote for your favorites at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate. And be sure to keep it right here on The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue for continuing coverage of the International Saimoe League, the world's premier anime character competition.

Monday, October 17, 2016

MLS Decision Day 2016

With 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs spots, Supporters’ Shield honors and the Golden Boot scoring title on the line, MLS has announced coverage details for Sunday's Decision Day action.
Broadcast partners ESPN and FS1 have selected two of the most compelling games to bring to a national audience as all 20 clubs, playing intraconference matches, kick off the final day of regular-season action simultaneously at 4 pm ET.

In addition to live game coverage, each broadcast will feature live look-ins and match analysis of all 10 matchups. Decision Day will air in more than 170 countries.
ESPN and ESPN Deportes will air the Seattle Sounders vs. Real Salt Lake match, as the two teams battle to secure a place among the three remaining Western Conference playoff spots. A tie may not be enough for these two, but both teams control their own destiny and are “in with a win.”

Airing parallel to the ESPN and ESPN Deportes game broadcast, ESPN2’s “MLS Decision Day Whiparound” studio show will provide two hours of unprecedented Decision Day coverage, bringing fans every goal, save and key moment from around the final day of action.
FS1 and FOX Deportes will showcase the LA Galaxy vs. FC Dallas game live from StubHub Center, as Dallas look to capture the top seed in the playoffs alongside Supporters’ Shield honors.

In Canada, TSN will air the Vancouver Whitecaps FC vs. Portland Timbers game that will decide if the reigning MLS Cup champs can climb above the red line and secure a spot in the postseason to defend their title. TSN4 and RDS will carry Toronto FC vs. Chicago Fire.
The remaining Decision Day matchups will be available through regional broadcasts and on MLS LIVE. MLS LIVE will offer a special one-day pass, providing 24 hours of access for a special rate of $7.99. Standard MLS LIVE blackout rules apply.

MLSsoccer.com will again provide expert analysis during the “MLS Matchday Live – Decision Day Pregame” show, preparing fans for the most exciting day of the season. Digital coverage begins at 3 pm ET on the MLS Facebook pageMLS YouTube channel, and broadcast partner platforms ESPN3, FoxSportsGo, TSNGO, skysports.comSky Sports Facebook page, the Sky Sports App for Smartphones and the FOX Sports Africa Facebook page.
Following the final whistle, the “MLS Matchday Live – Decision Day Postgame” show will return to the same digital platforms (with the exception of Sky Sports properties) to analyze the action, debate the playoffs contenders and look ahead to the 2016 Audi MLS Cup Playoffs.

Featured guests will include MLS coaching legend and former Sounders head coach Sigi Schmid and former Whitecaps manager Martin Rennie.
Fans following the action on social media can join the conversation on Instagram and Twitter using the #DecisionDay hashtag. Visit the Standings page for live standings, updated every 30 seconds throughout Decision Day.

  • The top six teams in each conference will qualify for the playoffs and be seeded 1-6 in their respective conferences.
  • The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds in each conference will host the No. 6 and No. 5 seeds in a single-elimination knockout game. The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds will get a bye to the Conference Semifinals. The lower-seeded winners of each knockout game will face the No. 1 seed in their respective conferences. The higher-seeded winners from the knockout games will face the No. 2 seed in the conferences.
  • The four Conference Semifinals will be decided by a a two-game aggregate series, with the lower seed hosting the 1st leg and the higher seed hosting the 2nd leg.

    • If the aggregate score is tied after 180 minutes of play, the away goals tiebreaker rule will apply so as to be consistent with CONCACAF and FIFA practice.
    • If the series remains tied, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in their entirety, followed by penalty kicks, if necessary.
    • The away goals tiebreaker will not apply to extra time in the 2nd leg of any two-legged playoff series.

  • The two Conference Championships will be decided by a two-game aggregate series, with the lower seed hosting the first leg and the higher seed hosting the second leg.
  • The same tiebreakers will apply in the Conference Championships as in the Conference Semifinals.
  • If the score is tied after 90 minutes of play, two 15-minute extra time periods will be played in their entirety, followed by kicks from the penalty mark, if necessary.
  • MLS Cup will be a single championship match hosted by the finalist with the most regular season points. If the two finalists have the same number of regular season points, the tiebreakers for MLS Cup Playoff qualification will be applied to determine the host team.
The team awarded the highest position in the MLS standings will be the team with the greatest number of points (3 points for a win, 1 point for a tie, 0 points for a loss). In the event that two teams finish the regular season with an equal number of points, the following system will be used to break the tie:
  1. Total number of wins
  2. Goal Differential (GD)
  3. Goals For (GF)
  4. Fewest Disciplinary Points
  5. Away Goals Differential
  6. Away Goal For
  7. Home Goals Differential
  8. Home Goal For
  9. Coin Toss (tie of 2 clubs) or Drawing of Lots (tie of 3 or more clubs)

BoBA ISML 2016 Predictions: Emerald/Ruby Necklace Match

ARENA 01: Aoyama Nanami Shiro Tokisaki Kurumi Jibril Illyasviel von Einzbern [Aragaki Ayase] Tōsaka Rin Hikigaya Komachi
by <=1000
Over/Under: 2700

ARENA 02: [Makise Kurisu] Isshiki Iroha Yuigahama Yui Yūki Asuna Saber Kafū Chino Asada Shino Isla
by <=1000
Over/Under: 2700

ARENA 03: Fate Testarossa Katsura Hinagiku Akiyama Mio Misaka Mikoto [Tachibana Kanade (Angel)] Gokō Ruri (Kuroneko) Itsuka Kotori Chitanda Eru
by <=1000
Over/Under: 2700

ARENA 04: Guts Gray Fullbuster Matsuoka Rin Kurapika Yatogami Kurō Nase Hiroomi [Naoe Riki] Alibaba Saluja
by <=1000
Over/Under: 2700

ARENA 05: Yukihira Sōma Sakamaki Izayoi [Otonashi Yuzuru] Edward Elric Kamijō Tōma Saitama Yato Gilgamesh
by <=1000
Over/Under: 2700

ARENA 06: Kyon Takasu Ryūji Okabe Rintarō [Archer] Katsuragi Keima Otosaka Yū Iskandar Shiota Nagisa
by <=1000
Over/Under: 2700

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Canada Trip 2016

Here I Am

Here is a gallery from my travels to Canada. A little bit more time and money would have seen me check out a few more parts of the Lower Mainland. Good first time out. Will look forward to checking out Canada when the weather is a little bit better.