Monday, June 30, 2014

ISML 2014 BoBA Tiara Odds: June 30, 2014

Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
2014 International Saimoe League Tiara Odds
As of 10:17 p.m. PT, June 30, 2014

Kanade Tachibana EVEN
Mikoto Misaka 3-2
Kotori Itsuka 2-1
Ruri Gokou 5-2
Kurumi Tokisaki 3-1
Yoshino 7-2
Kuroyukihime 4-1
Rikka Takanashi 9-2
Mashiro Shiina 5-1
Taiga Aisaka 11-2
Eucliwood Hellscythe 6-1
Asuna Yuuki 13-2
Ayase Aragaki 7-1
Shana 15-2
Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi 8-1
Eru Chitanda 17-2
Nanami Aoyama 9-1
Azusa Nakano 19-2
Tohka Yatogami 10-1
Mio Akiyama 11-1
Shinka Nibutani 12-1
Yaya 13-1
Yui-nyan 14-1
Azusa Azuki 15-1
Saber 16-1
Yuri Nakamura 17-1
Kurousagi 18-1
Kobato Hasegawa 19-1
Inori Yuzuriha 20-1
Yukino Yukinoshita 21-1
Touka Takanashi 23-1
Konjiki no Yami 25-1
Momo Velia Deviluke 27-1
Haruhi Suzumiya 30-1
Sena Kashiwazaki 32-1
Mikan Yuuki 35-1
Haqua du Lot Herminium 40-1
Shinobu Oshino 45-1
Yuki Nagato 50-1
Nyarlathotep 55-1
Charlotte Dunois 60-1
Kirino Kousaka 65-1
Yui Hirasawa 70-1
Mirai Kuriyama 75-1
Kurisu Makise 80-1
Last Order 85-1
Misaki Shokuhou 90-1
Chocolat 95-1
Yui 100-1
Sora Kasugano 125-1
Victorique De Blois 150-1
Origami Tobiiichi 175-1
Rin Natsume 200-1
Yukina Himeragi 225-1
Illyasviel von Einzbern 250-1
Ririchiyo Shirakiin 275-1
Hitagi Senjougahara 300-1
Hinagiku Katsura 350-1
Sanae Dekomori 400-1
Charlotte Belew 500-1
Suguha Kirigaya 600-1
Meiko Honma 700-1
Erio Touwa 800-1
Yozora Mikazuki 900-1
Noumi Kudryavka 1000-1
Laura Bodewig 2500-1
Shouko Kirishima 5000-1
Nadeko Sengoku 7500-1
Masami Iwasawa 10000-1
Furano Yukihira 25000-1
Karuta Roromiya 50000-1

ISML 2014: Top 16, Stella Division


1. Kanade Tachibana
2014 ISML AMETHYST NECKLACE CHAMPION


2. Mikoto Misaka
2014 ISML AQUAMARINE NECKLACE CHAMPION


3. Ruri Gokou
DEFENDING ISML CHAMPION


4. Mashiro Shiina


5. Taiga Aisaka


6. Eucliwood Hellscythe


7. Ayase Aragaki


8. Shana


9. Azusa Nakano


10. Mio Akiyama


11. Yui-nyan


12. Saber


13. Yuri Nakamura


14. Kobato Hasegawa


15. Inori Yuzuriha


16. Konjiki no Yami

Sunday, June 29, 2014

ISML 2014: Top 16, Nova Division


1. Kotori Itsuka


2. Kurumi Tokisaki


3. Yoshino


4. Kuroyukihime
2014 ISML RUBY NECKLACE CHAMPION


5. Rikka Takanashi


6. Asuna Yuuki


7. Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi


8. Eru Chitanda


9. Nanami Aoyama


10. Tohka Yatogami


11. Shinka Nibutani


12. Yaya


13. Azusa Azuki


14. Kurousagi


15. Yukino Yukinoshita


16. Touka Takanashi

Vanderbilt: 2014 Men's College World Series Champions


OMAHA, Neb. -- The talk at the College World Series was about how few home runs were hit at TD Ameritrade Park.
Well, one was hit Wednesday night -- and the folks in Nashville undoubtedly will be talking about it for a long time.
John Norwood's tiebreaking homer in the top of the eighth inning carried Vanderbilt to a 3-2 win over Virginia in the third and deciding game of the CWS finals, giving the Commodores their first national championship.
"I thought it was gone, but you never know in this park," Norwood said. "I was just hoping it went out, and if it didn't, I knew my teammates would pick me up. It's a home run, but it's also a team effort to get here. We were confident the whole entire year."
Norwood turned on Nick Howard's 97 mph fastball and sent it into the left-field bullpen for only the 25th home run hit in the four years the CWS has been played in the cavernous TD Ameritrade Park.
It was Norwood's third homer of the year, his first since April 19 and Vanderbilt's first since May 16. It also was only the third home run in 16 CWS games this year and the 22nd in 72 games by the Commodores (51-21).
"I was praying it was gonna be gone," Vandy's Tyler Campbell said, "and to see it land in the bullpen was awesome. Obviously, Virginia is a tough team, and we still had to come out in the ninth and play hard until it was over."
The Cavaliers (53-16) loaded the bases with one out in the eighth when Adam Ravenelle hit Kenny Towns. But Mike Papi was forced out at home on a chopper to Ravenelle, and Brandon Downes grounded out.
The title, secured when Ravenelle struck out Daniel Pinero, is Vanderbilt's first in a men's sport. The school's only other title came in women's bowling in 2007.
"This dog pile was by far the best," first baseman Zander Wiel said. "These guys are my brothers, and to celebrate this with them is just incredible. It's just so special to be a part of history. Everybody here represents Vanderbilt in the best way, and I'm glad to be a part of the first men's national championship in history."
Vandy second baseman Dansby Swanson was chosen the CWS Most Outstanding Player. Swanson batted .323 in the CWS, scored five runs, drove in two and stole three bases. He played flawlessly in the field.
"When you've got guys backing up each other like we do, anything is possible," Swanson said.
After the last out, Vanderbilt players grabbed the championship trophy and hoisted coach Tim Corbin on their shoulders.
"Every coach, you immerse yourself in the kids and they become more than baseball players; they become your sons," Corbin said. "This is a nice feeling. It's good to watch them celebrate achievements."
Hayden Stone (4-0) relieved starter Carson Fulmer with one out in the sixth and allowed two hits before turning the game over to Ravenelle after Virginia's first two batters reached in the eighth. Ravenelle earned his third save of the CWS.
Howard (2-2) came on in the eighth after Artie Lewicki had pitched six innings of four-hit relief. He left a fastball up that Norwood put over the fence, just right of the 335-foot sign.
"You've got to credit John Norwood," Virginia coach Brian O'Connor said. "The pitch was up in the zone, and he took an aggressive swing and hit the ball out."
Virginia broke through against Fulmer to tie it 2-all in the sixth when Towns' bases-loaded grounder hit shortstop Vince Conde's glove and bounced off for an error.
Vanderbilt led 1-0 in the first after Virginia catcher Robbie Coman sailed a throw into center field trying to catch Bryan Reynolds stealing. Swanson, who was going to third on the double steal, continued home.
Another error in the sixth set up Vanderbilt's second run. Norwood grounded to third for an infield single and wound up on second after Towns' throw in the dirt skipped past Papi at first base. Norwood later came home on Conde's deep grounder to shortstop.
"An outstanding final series between the two of us," O'Connor said. "Unfortunately in sports, somebody's going to come out on the wrong end, and we came out on the wrong end tonight. The University of Virginia baseball program will be back here in Omaha at some point, and maybe the next time we can win it all."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

All Of Me



What would I do without your smart mouth?
Drawing me in, and you kicking me out
You've got my head spinning, no kidding, I can't pin you down
What's going on in that beautiful mind
I'm on your magical mystery ride
And I'm so dizzy, don't know what hit me, but I'll be alright

My head's under water
But I'm breathing fire
You're crazy and I'm out of my mind



'Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning
'Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, ohoh



How many times do I have to tell you
Even when you're crying you're beautiful too
The world is beating you down, I'm around through every mood
You're my downfall, you're my muse
My worst distraction, my rhythm and blues
I can't stop singing, it's ringing, in my head for you

My head's under water
But I'm breathing fire
You're crazy and I'm out of my mind



'Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning
'Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, ohoh



Give me all of you
Cards on the table, we're both showing hearts
Risking it all, though it's hard



'Cause all of me
Loves all of you
Love your curves and all your edges
All your perfect imperfections
Give your all to me
I'll give my all to you
You're my end and my beginning
Even when I lose I'm winning
'Cause I give you all of me
And you give me all of you

I give you all of me
And you give me all of you, ohoh...




Friday, June 27, 2014

ISML 2014: Kuroyukihime finally wins a necklace!



ISML 2014: Kuroyukihime finally wins a necklace!
Tokisaki wins Ruby match but loses out, Shokuhou takes Medallion

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
June 27, 2014

Umesato Junior High in Tokyo was full of excitement, joy and relief when they found out Kuroyukihime, a student from the future, won the 2014 International Saimoe League Ruby Necklace despite losing out in a closely contested Necklace Match. Kuroyukihime finished fourth in the match with 1424 votes and a calculation of 129.712.

"I came from the future to take part in this tournament, and I can finally say I won one of these," Hime said with Haruyuki Arita at her side. "Well. I knew that I needed to hang tough with the best of them and I did. So I would like to finally thank everyone for their support and hope they continue to support me the rest of this season, and seasons to come, if I qualify."

Kurumi Tokisaki won the necklace match with 1461 votes but only had a necklace score calculation of 125.198. "This was a wide-open match with no clear-cut favorite, so I am not surprised that I fell short," Tokisaki said. "I am confident that I can finally pull through in the next period but Asuna and Shana are no slouches, either."

Speaking of Asuna Yuuki, she earned 1428 votes and had a necklace score calculation of 110.546. "It was going to be an uphill battle with my record and SDO number, but at least I gave it a good try," Yuuki said. "I'll try to win a necklace next time, but it won't be easy."

Kotori Itsuka was fourth after garnering just 957 votes for a calculation of 109.265. "This is a result that I am certainly not happy with," Itsuka said. "We seem to look like an overrated series when it comes to winning these necklaces. At this rate, we could be shut out. Completely unhappy with the lack of support."

Shana had 1429 votes, but was behind the 8-ball already with the low SDO and settled for a necklace score of 106.895. "The newer faces have been stealing the spotlight, but when you've been as long as I have at this tournament, I can deal with the lack of support," Shana said. "I put up a good fight, and that's what really matters."

Mashiro Shiina was sixth, winning 1013 votes for a necklace score calculation of 97.779. "I faced long odds to win a necklace, but I know that I have two more chances to win one," Shiina said. "I'll try to win the next one up for grabs; I have a strong voter base to turn to." Eucliwood Hellscythe was last, with 757 votes and a score calculation of 83.719. Hellscythe, understandably, was unable for comment.

Misaki Shokuhou won the Ruby Medallion, winning 1521 votes. Azusa Azuki was second with 1423 votes, Yui Hirasawa was third with 1201 votes, Hitagi Senjougahara earned 1192 votes, Kirino Kousaka earned 1132 votes, Nyarathotep earned 907 votes and Sanae Dekomori earned 717 votes.

"It's nice to win this, but it's been a tough season for me," said Shokuhou at Tokiwadai Middle School in Academy City. "I don't know if I will be able to qualify for the postseason, but then again, just to participate in a tournament like this is good enough for me."

Sahoto Ashisu won the first of two other exhibitions going on, with 1805 votes. Erza Scarlet was second with 1797 votes, Nagisa Momoe was third with 1299 votes, Tsugumi Harudori had 719 votes, Hana Mutou earned 577 votes, Yukari Takeba had 499 votes and Mineva Lao Zabi held up the rear with 358 votes.

Chiammy Zell won the other exhibition with 1389 votes. Mato Kuroi was second with 1346 votes, Leticia Dracular was third with 1308 votes, Yui Yuigahama had 1213 votes, Mitsuki Nase had 1088 votes, Akatsuki had 1080 votes and Haruki Sagae held up the rear with 629 votes.



TOP 16, Nova Division
1. Kotori Itsuka
2. Kurumi Tokisaki
3. Yoshino
4. Kuroyukihime (RUB)
5. Rikka Takanashi
6. Asuna Yuuki
7. Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi
8. Eru Chitanda
9. Nanami Aoyama
10. Tohka Yatogami
11. Shinka Nibutani
12. Yaya
13. Azusa Azuki
14. Kurousagi
15. Yukino Yukinoshita
16. Touka Takanashi

TOP 16, Stella Division
1. Kanade Tachibana (AM)
2. Mikoto Misaka (AQ)
3. Ruri Gokou (C)
4. Mashiro Shiina
5. Taiga Aisaka
6. Eucliwood Hellscythe
7. Ayase Aragaki
8. Shana
9. Azusa Nakano
10. Mio Akiyama
11. Yui-nyan
12. Saber
13. Yuri Nakamura
14. Kobato Hasegawa
15. Inori Yuzuriha
16. Konjiki no Yami

Match Day 1 of the 2014 International Saimoe League Emerald Period is scheduled for July 6, 2014. Vote for your favorite candidates at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate. And be sure to keep tabs on the Bedlam on Baltic Avenue for continuing coverage of the world's premier anime character competition, the International Saimoe League!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

BoBA ISML 2014 Predictions: Ruby Match Day 8

ARENA 01: [Kuroyukihime] Shana Tokisaki Kurumi Eucliwood Hellscythe Itsuka Kotori Shiina Mashiro Yūki Asuna
Winning Margin: By <=1000
Over/Under: 15000
Under

ARENA 02: [Momoe Nagisa] Erza Scarlet Ashisu Sahoto Takeba Yukari Mutō Hana Mineva Lao Zabi Harudori Tsugumi
Winning Margin: By <=1000
Over/Under: 15000
Under

ARENA 03: Leticia Draculair Akatsuki [Yuigahama Yui] Nase Mitsuki Kuroi Mato Sagae Haruki Chlammy Zell
Winning Margin: By <=1000
Over/Under: 15000
Under

ARENA 04: [Kōsaka Kirino] Hirasawa Yui Senjōgahara Hitagi Shokuhō Misaki Nyarlathotep Azuki Azusa Dekomori Sanae
Winning Margin: By <=1000
Over/Under: 15000
Under

Turn back the clock, wait! Turn down for what!?



So I'm now a few days away from Anime Expo, and a few days away from completing one year of Pangya, the golf game that people like for the casual feel but hate for the hacking and unfair gameplay by others. It was one year ago, on Canada Day 2013, in which I finally decided to play Pangya and enter the  legion of gamers that play the course. Back then, I only had one character, Kooh, and I was fishing for cubes on Hole Repeat Mode at Pink Wind, Hole 6.

I really started to play the game when the 2013 swimsuits came out. Once that happened, I began to play more and more as Hana. I finally settled on Hana as my main character, and then Lucia became my secondary character after I purchased the Madoka and Homura sets. I eventually unlocked every character and after I made friends with my golfing buddy MS_Aries, I ended up receiving millions of pang to unlock clothes and accesories for a lot of my characters. I even received clothes that I never received before because I still consider myself very new to the game, even after one year of playing.

It was when Pangya Grand Prix debuted that I finally was able to pile on the achievements. Up until then, I was fixated on playing in VS mode sparingly. Now, with Grand Prix mode I was able to jump from a Memorial Level 4 to a Memorial Level 12 in two months. Just hours ago, I got promoted to the National Pro ranks and will be stuck on National Pro E for a while now. I ranked up clubs, applied cards to rares, made lots of albatrosses and tomahawk shots with backspins and even got a beam impact achievement.

I've got a long way to go before I can consider myself a real veteran of the game. But I have an intention of reaching the Master ranks by the end of next year, if I still have the desire to play Pangya. I'm not going to settle for just National Pro E. I've got loftier aspirations. Heck, I got a Golden Papel to chase.


Monday, June 23, 2014

ISML 2014: Field set for Thursday Ruby brouhaha

ISML 2014: Field set for Thursday Ruby brouhaha

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
June 23, 2014

Date A Live will be hoping that the third time's the charm in the International Saimoe League Necklace matches. Their two strongest characters, Kurumi Tokisaki and Kotori Itsuka, have qualified for the Ruby Necklace Match following Ruby Period Match Day 7. However, there are a number of familiar faces also looking to prevent the hottest series in the ISML from seeing their hard work pay off. Let's take a look at the results from ISML 2014 Ruby Match Day 7.

NOVA DIVISION

In the Nova Division, Yukina Himeragi defeated Sanae Dekomori 2942-2723, Nyarlathotep rolled past Furano Yukihira 2848-2431, Haqua du Lot Herminium drubbed Laura Bodewig 2825-2335, Suguha Kirigaya won the closest match of the night over Charlotte Belew 2797-2762, Shinka Nibutani routed Mirai Kuriyama 3408-2340 and Tohka Yatogami slammed Yukino Yukinoshita 3465-2422.

Misaki Shokuhou whipped past Noumi Kudryavka 3072-2510, Azusa Azuki dismantled Rin Natsume 3336-2154, Origami Tobiichi defeated 3067-2605, Touka Takanashi crushed Karuta Roromiya 3174-2444, Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi defeated Kurousagi 3038-2704 and Kuroyukihime flew past Asuna Yuuki 3050-2507.

Wrapping up Nova play, Kotori Itsuka cruised past Yoshino 3220-2507, Eru Chitanda slammed Mikan Yuuki 3329-2410, Nanami Aoyama thrashed Yaya 3124-2660, Momo Velia Deviluke prevailed over Ririchiyo Shirakiin 2773-2544, Kurumi Tokisaki shot down Rikka Takanashi 3574-2596 and Yui took apart Shiori Shiomiya 3147-2419.

STELLA DIVISION

In the Stella Division, Eucliwood Hellscythe silenced Ayase Aragaki 3270-2742, Kirino Kousaka drubbed Masami Iwasawa 3159-2594, Meiko Honma defeated Nadeko Sengoku 2868-2687, Victorique de Blois prevailed over Charlotte Dunois 2943-2543, Sora Kasugano scored the Upset of the Round: a 2866-2551 victory over Shinobu Oshino and Haruhi Suzumiya routed Yozora Mikazuki 3403-2163.

Yuri Nakamura shot down Konjiki no Yami 3066-2608, Taiga Aisaka roared past Azusa Nakano 3320-2607, Mikoto Misaka electrocuted Mashiro Shiina 3308-3085, Shana torched Kobato Hasegawa 3550-2400, Saber slashed past Hinaguku Katsura 3176-2389 and Yui Hirasawa rocked Hitagi Senjougahara 3142-2409.

Wrapping up Stella play, Mio Akiyama boomed past Yui-nyan 3135-2751, Kurisu Makise defeated Shouko Kirishima 2861-2561, Last Order took care of Illyasviel von Einzbern 3073-2613, Inori Yuzuriha trampled over Sena Kashiwazaki 3311-2444, Yuki Nagato stormed past Erio Touwa 3046-2385 and Kanade Tachibana sliced and diced Ruri Gokou 3529-2699.

In exhibition play, Ritsu Kawai defeated Saki Yamagishi 2449-1906 and Alice Schuberg routed Utai Shimonomiya 2884-1622.

Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
ISML 2014 Ruby Necklace Odds
As of June 23, 2014

Kuroyukihime EVEN
Kurumi Tokisaki 2-1
Kotori Itsuka 5-1
Asuna Yuuki 10-1
Shana 15-1
Eucliwood Hellscythe 25-1
Mashiro Shiina 50-1

Match Day 8 of the 2014 International Saimoe League Ruby Period is scheduled for June 26, 2014. Vote for your favorite candidates at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

BoBA ISML 2014 Predictions: Ruby Match Day 7

ARENA 01: Dekomori Sanae [Himeragi Yukina] by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 02: Yukihira Furano [Nyarlathotep] by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 03: [Haqua du Lot Herminium] Laura Bodewig by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 04: Charlotte Belew [Kirigaya Suguha] by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 05: Kuriyama Mirai [Nibutani Shinka] by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 06: [Yatogami Tōka] Yukinoshita Yukino by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 07: Nōmi Kudryavka [Shokuhō Misaki] by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 08: [Azuki Azusa] Natsume Rin by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 09: [Chocolat] Tobiichi Origami by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 10: [Takanashi Tōka] Roromiya Karuta by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 11: [Tsutsukakushi Tsukiko] Kurousagi by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 12: Kuroyukihime [Yūki Asuna] by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 13: [Itsuka Kotori] Yoshino by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 14: [Chitanda Eru] Yūki Mikan by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 15: [Aoyama Nanami] Yaya by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 16: Shirakiin Ririchiyo [Momo Belia Deviluke] by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 17: [Tokisaki Kurumi] Takanashi Rikka by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 18: [Yui] Shiomiya Shiori by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 19: [Kawai Ritsu] Yamagishi Saki by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Under

ARENA 20: [Alice Schuberg] Shinomiya Utai by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 21: [Eucliwood Hellscythe] Aragaki Ayase by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 22: [Kōsaka Kirino] Iwasawa Masami by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 23: [Honma Meiko] Sengoku Nadeko by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 24: Charlotte Dunois [Victorique de Blois] by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 25: [Oshino Shinobu] Kasugano Sora by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 26: [Suzumiya Haruhi] Mikazuki Yozora by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 27: Konjiki no Yami [Nakamura Yuri] by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 28: [Aisaka Taiga] Nakano Azusa by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 29: Shiina Mashiro [Misaka Mikoto] by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 30: Hasegawa Kobato [Shana] by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 31: [Saber] Katsura Hinagiku by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 32: [Hirasawa Yui] Senjōgahara Hitagi by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 33: Yui-nyan [Akiyama Mio] by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 34: [Makise Kurisu] Kirishima Shōko by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 35: [Last Order] Illyasviel von Einzbern by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 36: Kashiwazaki Sena [Yuzuriha Inori] by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 37: Tōwa Erio [Nagato Yuki] by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

ARENA 38: Tachibana Kanade [Gokō Ruri (Kuroneko)] by <=1000
Over/Under: 6000
Over

Friday, June 20, 2014

ISML 2014: Asuna and Ruri lead Ruby heading into penultimate day

ISML 2014: Asuna and Ruri lead Ruby heading into penultimate day

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
June 20, 2014

Heading into the final round robin day in the 2014 International Saimoe League Ruby Period, Asuna Yuuki leads the Nova Division while defending champion Ruri Gokou remains at the top of the Stella Division. Let's take a look at the results from Ruby Match Day 6.

NOVA DIVISION

In the Nova Division, Momo Velia Deviluke defeated Sanae Dekomori 2777-2204, Rikka Takanashi rolled past Shinka Nibutani 2818-2207, Mirai Kuriyama secured the Upset of the Round: a 2618-2239 victory over Charlotte Belew, Kotori Itsuka routed Nanami Aoyama 3079-2224 and Kurousagi bounced past Karuta Roromiya 3073-1654.

Yaya whipped past Chocolat 2739-2043, Yukino Yukinoshita routed Shiori Shiomiya 2869-1880, Asuna Yuuki prevailed over Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi 2764-2570, Touka Takanashi defeated Furano Yukihira 2605-2280, Yoshino drubbed Azusa Azuki 3118-2069 and Yui defeated Noumi Kudryavka 2646-2235.

Wrapping up Nova play, Yukina Himeragi slashed past Suguha Kirigaya 2609-2258, Kuroyukihime flew past Eru Chitanda 2707-2441, Ririchiyo Shirakiin defeated Origami Tobiichi 2788-2445, Nyarlathotep dismantled Misaki Shokuhou 2935-2144, Haqua du Lot Herminium prevailed over Rin Natsume 2426-2269 and Mikan Yuuki defeated Laura Bodewig 2606-2064.

STELLA DIVISION

In the Stella Division, Yui-nyan edged out Inori Yuzuriha 2721-2604, Mashiro Shiina cruised past Haruhi Suzumiya 3307-1920, Charlotte Dunois defeated Shouko Kirishima 2507-2162, Last Order mowed down Yozora Mikazuki 2710-2207, Kobato Hasegawa outlasted Illyasviel von Einzbern 2692-2222 and Shinobu Oshino defeated Masami Iwasawa 2594-2297.

Ayase Aragaki won a 2771-2738 thriller over Shana, Eucliwood Hellscythe silenced Meiko Honma 3312-1744, Kanade Tachibana sliced and diced Kurisu Makise 3564-1751, Mio Akiyama boomed past Sora Kasugano 3029-2034, Konjiki no Yami leveled Hitagi Senjougahara 2712-2130 and Victorique de Blois won the closest match of the night: a 2458-2454 barnburner over Sena Kashiwazaki.

Wrapping up Stella play, Azusa Nakano romped past Hinagiku Katsura 2833-2130, Taiga Aisaka roared past Yuri Nakamura 3005-2358, Mikoto Misaka electrocuted Kirino Kousaka 3430-1843, Yui Hirasawa rocked Erio Touwa 2562-2273, Ruri Gokou ran past Yuki Nagato 3511-1800 and Saber slashed past Nadeko Sengoku 2940-1903.

In special exhibition pay, Mayumi Saegusa defeated Kaori Fuyimiya 2388-2177 while Haru Usami routed Yumemi Hoshino 2242-1106.

Match Day 7 of the 2014 International Saimoe League Ruby Period is scheduled for June 22, 2014. Vote for your favorite candidates at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

BoBA ISML 2014 Predictions: Ruby Match Day 6

ARENA 01: [Momo Belia Deviluke] Dekomori Sanae by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 02: [Takanashi Rikka] Nibutani Shinka by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 03: Kuriyama Mirai [Charlotte Belew] by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 04: Aoyama Nanami [Itsuka Kotori] by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 05: [Tokisaki Kurumi] Yatogami Tōka by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 06: [Kurousagi] Roromiya Karuta by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 07: [Yaya] Chocolat by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 08: Shiomiya Shiori [Yukinoshita Yukino] by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 09: Tsutsukakushi Tsukiko [Yūki Asuna] by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 10: Yukihira Furano [Takanashi Tōka] by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 11: Azuki Azusa [Yoshino] by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 12: [Nōmi Kudryavka] Yui by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 13: Kirigaya Suguha [Himeragi Yukina] by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 14: [Kuroyukihime] Chitanda Eru by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 15: Shirakiin Ririchiyo [Tobiichi Origami] by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 16: [Nyarlathotep] Shokuhō Misaki by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 17: [Natsume Rin] Haqua du Lot Herminium by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 18: Laura Bodewig [Yūki Mikan] by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 19: Fujimiya Kaori [Saegusa Mayumi] by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 20: [Usami Haru] Hoshino Yumemi by >=500
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 21: [Yuzuriha Inori] Yui-nyan by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 22: Suzumiya Haruhi [Shiina Mashiro] by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 23: Kirishima Shōko [Charlotte Dunois] by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 24: Mikazuki Yozora [Last Order] by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 25: Illyasviel von Einzbern [Hasegawa Kobato] by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 26: Iwasawa Masami [Oshino Shinobu] by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 27: Shana [Aragaki Ayase] by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 28: [Eucliwood Hellscythe] Honma Meiko by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 29: [Tachibana Kanade] Makise Kurisu by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 30: [Akiyama Mio] Kasugano Sora by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 31: [Konjiki no Yami] Senjōgahara Hitagi by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 32: [Kashiwazaki Sena] Victorique de Blois by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 33: [Nakano Azusa] Katsura Hinagiku by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 34: [Aisaka Taiga] Nakamura Yuri by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 35: Kōsaka Kirino [Misaka Mikoto] by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 36: Tōwa Erio [Hirasawa Yui] by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 37: Nagato Yuki [Gokō Ruri (Kuroneko)] by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 38: [Saber] Sengoku Nadeko by <=2000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

ISML 2014: Asuna, Ruri consolidate leads in Ruby

ISML 2014: Asuna, Ruri consolidate leads in Ruby

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
June 18, 2014

Match Day 5 in the 2014 International Saimoe League was surprising for one reason only: just about all of the expected winners won. And as a result of one of the most predictable days of the regular season...Asuna Yuuki leads the Nova Division while defending champion Ruri Gokou leads the Stella Division. Here's results from Ruby 5.

NOVA DIVISION

In the Nova Division, Kurousagi bounced past Noumi Kudryvaka 2367-1481, Yoshino leveled Haqua du Lot Herminium 2490-1687, Nanami Aoyama drubbed Chocolat 2538-1497, Yaya demolished Furano Yukihira 2380-1428, Asuna Yuuki slashed past Sanae Dekomori 2728-1480 and Shinka Nibutani overpowered Shiori Shiomiya 2620-1460.

Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi romped past Laura Bodewig 2591-1426, Mikan Yuuki defeated Ririchiyo Shirakiin 2148-1702, Rikka Takanashi thrashed Nyarlathotep 2571-1531, Touka Takanashi defeated Yui 2252-1940, Rin Natsume prevailed over Mitaki Kuriyama 2056-1795 and Touka Yatogami routed Charlotte Belew 2674-1311.

Wrapping up Nova action, Kurumi Tokisaki shot down Misaki Shokuhou 2914-1300, Kuroyukihima flew past Momo Velia Deviluke 2373-1669, Yukino Yukinoshita cruised past Yukina Himeragi 2200-1566, Eru Chitanda crushed Karuta Roromiya 2672-1278, Kotori Itsuka pounded Azusa Azuki 2608-1548 and Origami Tobiichi secured a rare win, this time over Suguha Kirigaya 2195-1824.

STELLA DIVISION

In the Stella Division, Yuri Nakamura gunned down Yuki Nagato 2393-1784, Yui-nyan defeated Kirino Kousaka 2331-1802, Azusa Nakano romped past Yozora Mikazuki 2611-1454, Shana torched Haruhi Suzumiya 2191-1852, Mikoto Misaka electrocuted Illyasviel von Einzbern 2707-1470 and Konjiki no Yami whipped past Shouko Kirishima.

Mashiro Shiina leveled Sora Kasugano 2806-1263, Eucliwood Hellscythe silenced Hinagiku Katsura 2465-1484, Kanade Tachibana sliced and diced Hitagi Senjougahara 2715-1498, Saber slashed past Last Order 2309-1769, Yui Hirasawa rocked Shinobu Oshino in a 2086-1969 thriller over Shinobu Oshino and Taiga Aisaka roared past Meiko Honma, 2861-1142.

Wrapping up Stella action, Sena Kashiwazaki trampled over Masami Iwasawa 2321-1745, Ayase Aragaki mowed down Charlotte Dunois 2449-1611, Inori Yuzuriha won the closest match of the night: a 2045-1946 barnburner over Kurisu Makise, Ruri Gokou ran past Victorique de Blois 2713-1386, Mio Akiyama boomed past Nadeko Sengoku 2470-1475 and Kobato Hasegawa rolled past Erio Touwa 2278-1457.

In special exhibition play, Marika Tachibana routed Nike Remercier 2427-936 and Eleanor Olegovna Owen defeated Kotori Kanbe 1584-1180.

Match Day 6 of the 2014 International Saimoe League Ruby Period is scheduled for June 19, 2014. Vote for your favorite candidates at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

BoBA ISML 2014 Predictions: Ruby Match Day 5

ARENA 01: [Kurousagi] Nōmi Kudryavka by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 02: [Yoshino] Haqua du Lot Herminium by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 03: Chocolat [Aoyama Nanami] by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 04: [Yaya] Yukihira Furano by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 05: [Yūki Asuna] Dekomori Sanae by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 06: Shiomiya Shiori [Nibutani Shinka] by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 07: Laura Bodewig [Tsutsukakushi Tsukiko] by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 08: Shirakiin Ririchiyo [Yūki Mikan] by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 09: Nyarlathotep [Takanashi Rikka] by <=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 10: Yui [Takanashi Tōka] by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 11: Kuriyama Mirai [Natsume Rin] by <=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 12: Charlotte Belew [Yatogami Tōka] by <=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 13: Shokuhō Misaki [Tokisaki Kurumi] by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 14: Momo Belia Deviluke [Kuroyukihime] by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 15: Himeragi Yukina [Yukinoshita Yukino] by <=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 16: [Chitanda Eru] Roromiya Karuta by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 17: Azuki Azusa [Itsuka Kotori] by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 18: [Tobiichi Origami] Kirigaya Suguha by <=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 19: [Tachibana Marika] Nike Remercier by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 20: Kanbe Kotori [Eleanor Olegovna Owen] by <=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Under

ARENA 21: [Nakamura Yuri] Nagato Yuki by <=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 22: [Yui-nyan] Kōsaka Kirino by <=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 23: Mikazuki Yozora [Nakano Azusa] by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 24: [Shana] Suzumiya Haruhi by <=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 25: [Misaka Mikoto] Illyasviel von Einzbern by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 26: Kirishima Shōko [Konjiki no Yami] by <=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 27: Kasugano Sora [Shiina Mashiro] by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 28: [Eucliwood Hellscythe] Katsura Hinagiku by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 29: Senjōgahara Hitagi [Tachibana Kanade] by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 30: [Saber] Last Order by <=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 31: Oshino Shinobu [Hirasawa Yui] by <=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 32: Honma Meiko [Aisaka Taiga] by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 33: [Kashiwazaki Sena] Iwasawa Masami by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 34: [Aragaki Ayase] Charlotte Dunois by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 35: [Yuzuriha Inori] Makise Kurisu by <=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 36: [Gokō Ruri (Kuroneko)] Victorique de Blois by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 37: [Akiyama Mio] Sengoku Nadeko by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

ARENA 38: [Hasegawa Kobato] Tōwa Erio by >=1000
Over/Under: 4000
Over

Monday, June 16, 2014

ISML 2014: Asuna, Ruri lead Ruby

ISML 2014: Asuna, Ruri lead Ruby

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
June 16, 2014

Asuna Yuuki and Ruri Gokou lead the Nova and Stella Divisions following Match Day 4 of the 2014 International Saimoe League Ruby Period. Most of the expected favorites pulled through, but there were a few other surprises. Here is a round-up of results.

NOVA DIVISION

In the Nova Division, Yui delivered the Upset of the Round: a 2319-2301 nailbiter over Misaki Shoukohou, the closest result of the night. Yoshino defeated Kurousagi 2632-1967, Kuroyukihime flew past Charlotte Belew 3144-1369, Azusa Azuki defeated Origami Tobiiichi 2493-2055, Eru Chitanda hammered Yukina Himeragi 2791-1716 and Momo Velia Deviluke prevailed over Haqua du Lot Herminium 2192-2033.

Tsukiko Tsutsukakushi romped past Furano Yukihira 3117-1246, Mikan Yuuki defeated Mirai Kuriyama 2388-2119, Yana prevailed over Yukino Yukinoshita 2284-2159, Rikka Takanashi whipped past Shiori Shiomiya 3184-1481, Asuna Yuuki crushed Chocolat 2980-1715 and Nyarlathotep defeated Suguha Kirigaya 2372-2107.

Wrapping up Nova play, Shinka Nibutani slammed Rin Natsume 2913-1686, Tohka Yatogami destroyed Ririchiyo Shirakiin 2969-1658, Kotori Itsuka annihilated Laura Bodewig 3257-1369, Touka Takanashi defeated Sanae Dekomori 2310-2059, Kurumi Tokisaki shot down Karuta Roromiya 3528-1212 and Nanami Aoyama dominated Noumi Kudryavka 2961-1547.

STELLA DIVISION

In the Stella Division, Shana torched Hinagiku Katsura 2950-1443, Kurisu Makise stunned Shinobu Oshino 2303-1955, Mashiro Shiina pulverized Yozora Mikazuki 3394-1137, defending champion Ruri Gokou ran past Nadeko Sengoku 3250-1330, Eucliwood Hellscythe silenced Erio Touwa 3029-1274 and Yui Hirasawa rocked Meiko Honma 2541-1826.

Yui-nyan cruised past Hitagi Senjougahara 2578-1904, Saber slashed past Yuki Nagato in a 2398-2134 upset, Kanade Tachibana sliced and diced Masami Iwasawa 3656-883, Mio Akiyama boomed past Kobato Hasegawa 2522-2136, Haruhi Suzumiya defeated Last Order 2446-2071 and Konjiki no Yami stunned Sena Kashizawaki 2286-2095.

Wrapping up Stella play, Inori Yuzuriha drubbed Victorique de Blois 2611-1739, Yuri Nakamura gunned down Sora Kasugano 2604-1907, Taiga Aisaka roared past Illyasviel von Einzbern 2941-1635, Mikoto Misaka electrocuted Shouko Kirishima 3324-1346, Charlotte Dunois upset Kirino Kousaka 2249-2164 and Ayase Aragaki won a 2378-2344 thriller over Azusa Nakano.

In special exhibition play, Sayaka Kirasaka rolled past Mitsuki Kanzaki 2188-1528 and Risa Harada routed Nadja Applefield 1803-647.

Match Day 5 of the 2014 International Saimoe League Ruby Period is scheduled for June 17, 2014. Vote for your favorite candidates at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate.

FINALLY!


Before Monday, few non-soccer die-hards knew John Brooks' name. Now he's an American hero, having scored the winning goal for the United States in the 86th minute of a 2-1 victory over Ghana.
Here are some things you should know about the 21-year-old who put Team USA in an unexpectedly strong position to reach the knockout stage of the 2014 World Cup:

Brooks has never lived in the U.S.

Brooks, also known as John Anthony Brooks, was born in Berlin while his father, Chicago native John Brooks Sr., was stationed in the German capital as a member of the U.S. military. Brooks grew up in the city, playing in the youth academy for Hertha BSC and later signing a professional contract with the club.
John BrooksFacebook/John Brooks
Here's Brooks talking glowingly about his family, his dog and his love for what the Germans call "fussball." Note the accent -- he's definitely not from Los Angeles or NYC:


Brooks is quite happy to be playing for USA

Because of his American father, the 6-foot-3 central defender had a choice of national teams. He spent some time with both Germany and the U.S. in his younger years, but always preferred America.
"The United States is still my first choice," Brooks told The New York Times in 2012. "Playing for the German team was OK but America was a lot better."
This past August, Brooks made his senior-team debut with the U.S. in a friendly vs. Bosnia-Herzegovina. Team USA won 4-3.

John BrooksAP Photo/Amel Emric

Brooks once reportedly was benched for a tattoo ...

No, Hertha manager Jos Luhukay isn't anti-ink. He simply had no choice, reportedly, as Brooks' large back tattoo was so fresh when his team was set to take on Bayer Leverkusen this past April that Brooks had to sit out for fear that sweat and rubbing against the jersey would irritate the skin.
"I don't have any understanding for that," Luhukay told Berliner Morgenpost. "The tattoo could lead to an inflammation, and, naturally, that is not good."

... but not these tattoos

Brooks has a tattoo on each arm: one for his dad's hometown, and the other his own. Here they are, via Men in Blazers:
John Brooks tattoosCourtesy Men in Blazers

Brooks could join the Premier League

Transfer rumors should always be taken with a huge bag of salt. Still, reports from the U.K.say the likes of Everton (where U.S. goalkeeper Tim Howard plays), Aston Villa (U.S. goalkeeper Brad Guzan), Stoke City (U.S. defender/midfielder Geoff Cameron), West Ham and Newcastle are interested.