Wednesday, November 28, 2018

ISML 2018: Rin Tohsaka Wins Ruby Necklace

ISML 2018: Rin Tohsaka Wins Ruby Necklace
Dark Horse Archer Completes Fate Sweep With Pendant Win

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
The Bedlam On Baltic Avenue
November 28, 2018

Match Day 6 of the 2018 International Saimoe League Ruby Period has completed, and despite surprisingly low turnouts for this one, as forecasted in the Ruby Necklace Odds, Rin Tohsaka won the Ruby Necklace with a 23557-20550 win over Emilia. Kurumi Tokisaki was third with 10585 votes. Rounding out the order were Yukino Yukinoshita (2246), Yui Yuigahama (2066), Illyasviel von Einzbern (2003), Rikka Takanashi (1143) and Kamui Kanna (851).

Archer was listed as a reliable second choice at 3-1 but coasted to a 19263-15052 win over favored Gilgamesh to win the Ruby Pendant. Willem Kmetsch, making his debut in the ISML Male Division, was third with 9306 votes. Rounding out the order were Kiritsugu Emiya (7568), Astolfo (5248), Subaru Natsuki (4351), Shouto Todoroki (3638) and Tomoya Okazaki (3089).

Advancing to the next phase in the Female Division via the wildcard are Shiro (7815.78), Kurisu Makise (8398), Tooru (8650) and Shouko Nishimiya (8083). Eliminated were Nao Tomori (2037), Schwi Dola (3655), Yuki Nagato (7549.35), Utaha Kasumigaoka (3125), Chiyo Sakura (2268), Megumin (2493), Taiga Aisaka (4201), Haruhi Suzumiya (4828) and Mirai Kuriyama (2724).

Advancing to the nect phase in the Male Division via the wildcard were Yuuta Togashi (8583), Kusuo Saiki (7412.78), Shouya Ishida (7821) and Touma Kamijou (7367.18). Eliminated were Ken Kaneki (4119), Ryuuji Takasu (2337), Yato, (3252), Li Syaoran (7198.3), Taki Tachibana (3684), Takashi Natsume (5626.11), Izuku Midoriya (2629), Kazuma Satou (2652) and Conan Edogawa (4751).

One of the biggest Upsets of the Round happened in the Summer Seasonal Tournament. Platelet and Erythrocyte are not expected to make much of an impact at next year's International Saimoe League despite being locks to make the main draw. However, Platelet may go down as one of the more underrated characters to stand and deliver, and deliver she did in a 17216-13856 scalp of Rinne Ohara to win the Summer Diadem. Eyrythocyte made it a sweep for the series of the season, Hataraku Saibou, in a 16722-12921 whipping of Mahiru Tsuyuzaki, for third place.

Some other action between eliminated ISML participants took place. Kaori Miyazono defeated Tohka Yatogami 14734-12446, Jibril flew past Nero Claudius 14226-13878, Mitsuha Miyamizu eased past Eriri Sawamura Spencer 14843-13354, Yuzuru Otonashi shot down Sorata Kanda 13550-12124, Lancer implace Saika Totsuka 13321-11513 and Souma Yukihira dominated Gintoki Sakata 13422-11438.

Wrapping up action, Moffie defeated Bonta-kun 13737-11895 in a battle of look-alikes, Rin prevailed over Meme 13643-12012, Azuki defeated Natsuki 13678-11959 and in a penguin showdown, King Dedede rolled past Pingu 13418-12025.

Keep it right here on The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue for continuing coverage of the world's premier competition, the International Saimoe League, as the push towards the postseason goes full steam ahead. Vote for your favorite characters at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Calgary Stampeders: 2018 Grey Cup Champions



EDMONTON — It turns out the third time was the charm for the Calgary Stampeders.

After two consecutive years of Grey Cup heart break, the Stamps got it right on Sunday night in Edmonton, earning a wire-to-wire 27-16 victory over the Ottawa REDBLACKS to capture the 106th Grey Cup presented by Shaw.

Bo Levi Mitchell threw two first-half touchdown passes, winning Grey Cup Most Valuable Player, while Terry Williams scored on a Grey Cup record 97-yard punt return, as the Stamps erased their ghosts of November’s past in front of 55,819 fans at The Brick Field at Commonwealth Stadium.

Brampton, Ont. native Alessia Cara performed at halftime, but in the end it was Williams’ record-breaking romp with one second left in the first half that stole the show, giving Calgary a 21-11 lead that would not be relinquished.

Don Jackson and Lemar Durant also scored for Calgary, while Julian Feoli-Gudino struck for the REDBLACKS. Rene Paredes and Lewis Ward each booted a pair of field goals. Durant was named the game’s Most Valuable Canadian after hauling in four catches for 30 yards and adding a 22-yard run.

Mitchell finished with 253 yards on 24-of-36 passing but also threw two interceptions. REDBLACKS starter Trevor Harris countered with 288 yards and a touchdown, but also threw three picks on 20-of-38 passing.

Stamps receiver Eric Rogers had a team-high 64 yards on six catches, including three on second down. RJ Harris had a game-high 66 yards on four catches to lead the REDBLACKS.

The Stamps threatened to score on their opening possession of the game, but a promising drive ended abruptly when Mitchell’s pass intended for Bakari Grant was underthrown and intercepted by Jonathan Rose. The turnover marked Mitchell’s sixth interception in four Grey Cup starts.

Mitchell would get a chance for atonement soon after. With the REDBLACKS hemmed up in their own end, Harris’ pass over the middle was intercepted by defensive back Ciante Evans. Juwan Brescacin‘s third catch of the opening quarter then set up the perfect screen pass, with Mitchell dumping it off to Jackson for an easy 23-yard touchdown, putting Calgary up 7-0 with just under five minutes remaining in the opening quarter.

The REDBLACKS moved the ball on their ensuing possession but Ward, nearly perfect throughout the regular season, missed his third field goal of the post-season on a try from 48 yards out.

As the first quarter came to an end, the Stamps’ seven-point lead had much to do with the field position battle, with Calgary’s average starting position starting at the 48-yard-line compared to the REDBLACKS starting at their own 24.

Lewis would redeem himself on his second attempt early in the second frame, hitting from 30 yards out to get Ottawa on the board.

Ahead 7-3, though, the Stampeders responded in orderly fashion. On second-and 10, Rogers fought off tight coverage from Kyries Hebert to make a highlight-reel 20-yard grab. Mitchell struck again on second down, finding a wide open Canadian Julan Lynch for 26 yards down to the Ottawa 34.

After another second-down conversion by Rogers, Mitchell made one of his best plays of the game when he bought time with his legs, escaping pressure to his left before throwing across his body to Durant for a 17-yard touchdown.

Mitchell’s work on second down made the drive possible, as he completed all three second-down passing attempts for 57 yards. The eight-play, 80-yard scoring chewed 4:22 off the clock and put Calgary ahead 14-3.

Just when they needed it most, lightning struck for the REDBLACKS. Harris found an open Feoli-Gudino, who broke a tackle on his way to a 55-yard touchdown. J.C. Beaulieu caught the two-point convert from Harris, cutting the deficit to 14-11 for Ottawa.

It looked like that would make it a one-possession game at the half, but one speedy returner did just what he was brought in to do. Williams caught Richie Leone‘s punt at his own 13, weaved through a crowd of defenders and then sprinted past the kicker, scoring a Grey Cup record 97-yard punt return touchdown.

The score left just one second on the clock, putting Calgary up 21-11 after the game-altering play. Calgary had led after halftime in seven Grey Cups going into the game, going 5-2 over that span with the losses coming in 1968 and last year, 2017, vs. Toronto.

The REDBLACKS chipped away at the deficit early in the third, as RJ Harris‘ grab down the sideline set up a 41-yard field goal by Ward, his second of the night.

Calgary replied quickly though with Rene Paredes‘ first of the night, a 34-yarder that would restore the Stampeders’ lead to 10. Paredes’ field goal put him in the lead for Grey Cup field goal percentage with a 10-for-10 mark, passing former Argos kicker Mike Vanderjagt (9-for-9) based off attempts.

Down two scores and in need of a spark, things turned worse for the REDBLACKS early in the fourth quarter when Diontae Spencer fumbled on a punt return. It was recovered by Stamps special teams ace Wynton McManis, giving Calgary the ball back in optimal field position with 13:33 left.

The REDBLACKS’ defence would hold as Matthews couldn’t catch up to Mitchell’s second down pass in the corner of the end zone. However, Paredes’ second field goal of the game extended Calgary’s lead to 27-14.

The REDBLACKS appeared to cut the deficit to a single score when Harris’ toss to the end zone was apparently caught by a sprawling Greg Ellingson. However, upon further review, the ball was trapped, forcing the Ottawa offence back on the field for a second-and-10. After a pickup of nine by Brad Sinopoli, Harris went back to Sinopoli on third-and-one, only for Jamar Wall to knock the ball loose, forcing a turnover on downs.

With the three-minute warning already passed and the urgency level high, Harris took a deep heave into double coverage looking for RJ Harris, only for Wall to come up with the interception, all but sealing the REDBLACKS’ comeback hopes.

Junior Turner closed the game out with the Stampeders’ only sack of the night. Still, it was a big night for the Stamps’ defence, including three interceptions off Harris by Wall, Evans and rookie Tre Roberson. Alex Singleton had eight tackles, tying a game-high with Ottawa linebacker Kyries Hebert.

JR Tavai had six tackles and a sack to lead the REDBLACKS, who finished with more net yards than Calgary with a 379 to 339 edge, but also turned the ball over six times compared to the Stampeders’ two.

Mitchell won the game’s Most Valuable Player for the second time in his career after first winning it in 2014. He’s the seventh player in CFL history to win multiple Grey Cup MVPs.

The Stamps won despite throwing two interceptions, becoming the first team to win when throwing multiple picks since 1994 when Danny McManus and Kent Austin played quarterback for the BC Lions.

Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Football and the Hawaii Bowl



The Hawaii Rainbow Warrior football team represents not only represents the University of Hawaii at Manoa, but the entire University of Hawaii system, the city and county of Honolulu, and the State of Hawaii and the island kingdom it succeeded. The Rainbow Warriors have had a rich tradition of participating in the postseason. Being in a bowl game is a source of pride from a school's perspective and civic perspective. There is a sense of community and bonding and shared memories from seeing your favorite college team make a bowl game and, if they are good enough, win it.

In the state of Hawaii, there is a bowl game called the Hawaii Bowl. Formally sponsored by ConAgra Foods and Sheraton Hotels and Resorts, the bowl game was the product of the 2001 Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Football season, where the team had a 9-3 record but was not invited to a bowl game despite having the caliber and quality to be in one and win it. There have been 12 different winners of the Hawaii Bowl. The most high-profile winner? Notre Dame, who beat Hawaii in 2008. That team is now in the College Football Playoff for this year.

To ensure the viability of the bowl game and to incentivize fans from across O'ahu and the Neighbor Islands to converge on Hawaii's de facto national stadium, the Aloha Stadium, and partake in the gridiron festivities, the organizers of the Hawaii Bowl inserted a clause in which the Rainbow Warriors are guaranteed entry to the contest given that they reach the prerequisite amount of wins. In Hawaii's case, that would be seven.

This year, in 2018, they reached eight, but they were very close to being left out of the postseason due to a four-game losing streak that was snapped on Senior Night against UNLV which was followed by an overtime thriller over San Diego State. A number of other victories were also won the hard way, including a road overtime arm-wrestle against San Jose State and a grinder at home to Wyoming, a team that, despite being 6-6, could be without an invitation due to a surplus of bowl-eligible teams and a number of metrics (i.e. conference head-to-head) working against Craig Bohl's Cowboys.

Nonetheless, this is Hawaii's eighth appearance in the show, and they run this game the same way USC runs the Rose Bowl. Ironically, USC finished this season 5-7 and are not going to a bowl game, a truly regressive year. There have been four times Hawaii have been named champions of the Hawaii Bowl. Only one other team has had multiple Hawaii Bowl wins, and that team is SMU, who also finished with a 5-7 season and is bowl-ineligible.

Hawaii's first appearance in the Hawaii Bowl was in the inaugural edition, a game in which the Warriors lost to Tulane 36-28. To date, that is the last-ever bowl win for the Green Wave, despite a 2013 appearance in the New Orleans Bowl. Like Wyoming, Tulane are in an unenviable position of being a team without an invitation. They finished the regular season 6-6 and with a share of the American West Division title but lose on head-to-head and are at the mercy of UCF winning the conference championship to allow the Green Wave to have a case. The Knights are favored against Memphis but with upsets being a commonality, Tulane stand to be on the outside looking in.


Hawaii's first Hawaii Bowl win came the season after, and in typical Warrior fashion, it was a shootout against the mainland UH, the Houston Cougars. Hawaii won 54-48 in a match that went three overtimes, a game that saw Timmy Chang win game MVP. It was June Jones's second-ever bowl game win as Hawaii head coach. Jones would go on to be the winningest head coach in modern Hawaii football history and one of the players he coached, Nick Rolovich, is now coaching at the school with the same offensive system Jones ran, the run-and-shoot, especially after realizing that running the spread is in violation the identity of success at the program. Interesting to note, the head coach of Houston at the time was Art Briles, and this was before a move to Baylor, one that would see the downfall of his legacy coaching the game, a downfall that has been well-publicized (and consequentially, celebrated) by local and national media.


Hawaii's next bowl victory came in 2004, when Hawaii faced the UAB Blazers and their now star receiver in the pros, Roddy White. Watson Brown was the coach back then for UAB, who lost, 59-40 in an offensive shootout. UAB would fold its program several years later but it would only be temporary as pressure was brought on to bring college football back to Birmingham.

The Blazers' return to the big time was celebrated with a Bahamas Bowl appearance, one they would go on to lose. UAB, this season, have won the Conference USA East Division title and stand to be placed in a far better bowl, although taking care of some unfinished business wouldn't be so bad. Chad Owens was the MVP for the Bows, and Owens went on to a successful CFL career to go with at least one Grey Cup. It should be noted that a young Rob Stone was a sideline reporter for ESPN's broadcast. He is now known for his presentations on MLS and all things soccer for FS1 and Fox Sports, alongside a certain Alexi Lalas.

2006 would be Hawaii's next appearance in a bowl game, and the last Hawaii Bowl appearance for June Jones. It was also the year that Colt Brennan began to leave his mark at the program as quarterback. Against Dirk Koetter's Arizona State Sun Devils, the Bows whipped ASU 41-24. Brennan and wide receiver Jason Rivers were best on ground for their efforts. They were part of the 2007 team that got inducted into the UH Circle of Fame. That team's lone loss came against Georgia, a regular to the New Year's Six under current gaffer Kirby Smart. The coach for Georgia in 2007? Mark Richt, who is now the coach at the Miami Hurricanes, who are also bowl eligible at 7-5 this year.

Notre Dame's lone victory over Hawaii was in 2008, a 49-21 rout. This was before the current golden period under Brian Kelly, 10 years ago. Greg McMackin was the coach at the time and it was not going to be easy for Hawaii to pick up the pieces after Jones left for SMU. (He is now with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats). McMackin again would fall short as they were stunned in 2010 by the Tulsa Golden Hurricane, 62-35. The coach at the time for Tulsa was a man by the name of Todd Graham. The 9-3 season was enough to see Graham take the job at Pittsburgh but he only lasted one year before a lengthy stint at Arizona State. Currently, as of this post, Graham remains unemployed. A season later, McMackin also would be sacked as coach of the Warriors.

McMackin's replacement was Norm Chow, and this was akin to the Philadelphia Eagles hiring Rich Kotite. The Warriors never made a bowl game under Chow's tenure with every season being a losing season and unsurprisingly, it would be his last-ever collegiate coaching gig, despite a cameo coaching at prep level in Southern California.


After Chow was fired as Warriors head coach and Chris Naeole fininished 2015 as interim coach, Nick Rolovich finally took over the program and in his first year, thanks to a petition, Hawaii played in the Hawaii Bowl for the first time since 2010. The Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders were the opponents. The coach of that team? Rick Stockstill, who is still the coach to this day and who players are taking part the Conference USA Championship on their own home turf. 52-35 was the final score, with Dru Brown winning game MVP honors. Ironically, he would transfer to Oklahoma State after the following year in which the Rainbow Warriors regressed.

Which brings us to this season. Hawaii started the year 6-1, their lone loss during that stretch against another bowl-eligible team, the Army Black Knights, who stand to win the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy after finally turning the tide against Navy after a length period of domination by the fleet. All Hawaii needed was one victory. But losses to BYU, Nevada, Fresno State and Utah State threatened to derail the Warriors' chances of the postseason. They were made to suffer against UNLV but were able to rally through the understudy to Cole McDonald, a freshman state champion from St. Louis High School, Chevan Cordeiro. St. Louis is also the alma mater of Timmy Chang. In the end, Hawaii were able to pull off some thrilling wins over the Rebels and San Diego State in San Diego, their first in three decades, and an overtime victory highlight by routine pass defense times two.

Some sources have Hawaii facing the Southern Miss Golden Eagles. The Golden Eagles are no strangers to the show, having participated in 2011. Jay Hopson is the head coach of the Golden Eagles for this season and comes from a successful run coaching Alcorn State and sticking it to established sides in the SWAC such as Grambling (who have regressed this season). An invitation to the Hawaii Bowl will be an excellent opportunity for Southern Miss to be a sleeper side for next season. The coach for the Golden Eagles at the time? Larry Fedora, who was fired at North Carolina. (Hey, they ARE a basketball school, first and foremost. Like Duke.)

Another source has Hawaii facing Louisiana Tech, a former conference rival back in the old Western Athletic Conference. Skip Holtz is the coach at La Tech, and he also is no stranger to the Hawaii Bowl having seen the experience firsthand as head coach at East Carolina. The Pirates were the beneficiary of Hawaii's perfect regular season in 2007 and pulled off an upset rin holding off the Boise State Broncos 41-38. Chris Petersen, at the time, was the coach. He is now at Washington getting ready to lead the Huskies to a possible Rose Bowl invite.

Still another source suggests that the school of Byron Leftwich and Randy Moss, the Marshall Thundering Herd, the sons (and daughters) of the great John Marshall, will be facing UH on Dec. 22. Now Marshall are already bowl eligible and will not gain much from their make-up game with Virginia Tech this week. However, the Herd have never been to the Hawaii Bowl and it would be understandable if the Hawaii Bowl Committee goes in a new direction and offers the other team from West Virginia a literal holiday vacation.

And yet, another source suggests that Middle Tennessee will get a crack at payback against Hawaii. MTSU were 8-4 heading into their most recent with the Warriors and finished third in their conference division. This season sees them far more improved and a return visit to Honolulu will be a great incentive to even the score and possibly spark a new rivalry for the Warriors.

Watch this space, because here at the Bedlam on Baltic Avenue (who have a stake in the fortunes of Rainbow Warrior Football), we believe that it will be the Herd that face Hawaii on Dec. 22. Watch this space because there will be an update to see if this is confirmed or another opponent is selected for the Green and White in their eighth Hawaii Bowl appearance.

EDIT: We have an opponent. To our modest surprise, the aforementioned Louisiana Tech has been named the Hawaii Bowl opponent for the Warriors.

Sunday, November 25, 2018

BoBA ISML 2018 Predictions: Ruby Match Day 6

ARENA 1 [[Takanashi Rikka - 8]] [[Emilia - 6]] [[Yuigahama Yui - 7]] [[Tōsaka Rin - 1]] [[Yukinoshita Yukino - 4]] [[Kanna Kamui - 5]] [[Illyasviel von Einzbern - 2]] [[Tokisaki Kurumi - 3]]
Over/Under: 100000
Over

ARENA 2 [[Willem Kmetsch - 7]] [[Okazaki Tomoya - 5]] [[Todoroki Shōto - 8]] [[Emiya Kiritsugu - 4]] [[Archer - 2]] [[Natsuki Subaru - 6]] [[Astolfo - 3]] [[Gilgamesh - 1]]
Over/Under: 100000
Under

ARENA 3 [[Shiro - 2]] [[Tomori Nao - 4]] [[Schwi Dola - 3]] [[Nagato Yuki - 11]] [[Kasumigaoka Utaha - 5]] [[Makise Kurisu - 8]] [[Sakura Chiyo - 6]] [[Tōru - 10]] [[Megumin - 13]] [[Aisaka Taiga - 7]] [[Nishimiya Shōko - 1]] [[Suzumiya Haruhi - 12]] [[Kuriyama Mirai - 9]]
Over/Under: 100000
Over

ARENA 4 [[Kaneki Ken - 12]] [[Takasu Ryūji - 6]] [[Yato - 3]] [[Li Syaoran - 9]] [[Tachibana Taki - 4]] [[Togashi Yūta - 8]] [[Natsume Takashi - 1]] [[Saiki Kusuo - 7]] [[Midoriya Izuku - 5]] [[Ishida Shōya - 10]] [[Satō Kazuma - 11]] [[Kamijō Tōma - 2]] [[Edogawa Conan - 13]]
Over/Under: 100000
Under

ISML 2018 SUMMER SEASONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
ARENA 5 [[Ohara Rinne]] Platelet
by >=1000
Over/Under: 90000
Over

ISML 2018 SUMMER SEASONAL THIRD PLACE
ARENA 6 Tsuyuzaki Mahiru [[Erythrocyte]]
by <=1000
Over/Under: 90000
Under

ARENA 7 [[Miyazono Kaori]] Yatogami Tōka
by >=1000
Over/Under: 85000
Over

ARENA 8 [[Jibril]] Nero Claudius
by >=1000
Over/Under: 85000
Over

ARENA 9 [[Miyamizu Mitsuha]] Sawamura Spencer Eriri
by >=1000
Over/Under: 85000
Over

ARENA 10 Kanda Sorata [[Otonashi Yuzuru]]
by >=1000
Over/Under: 85000
Over

ARENA 11 [[Totsuka Saika]] Lancer
by >=1000
Over/Under: 85000
Over

ARENA 12 [[Yukihira Sōma]] Sakata Gintoki
by >=1000
Over/Under: 85000
Over

ARENA 13 Moffle [[Bonta-kun]]
by <=1000
Over/Under: 85000
Under

ARENA 14 [[Rin]] Meme
by <=1000
Over/Under: 85000
Under

ARENA 15 [[Natsuki]] Azuki
by <=1000
Over/Under: 85000
Under

ARENA 16 Pingu [[King Dedede]]
by <=1000
Over/Under: 85000
Under

Voter Id: 49af9142-6cd2-5a27-8794-4ee2b4d4e7dc

BoBA ISML 2018 Predictions: Ruby Necklace and Pendant Odds

Bedlam On Baltic Avenue
ISML Ruby Necklace Odds
November 25, 2018

Rikka Takanashi 70-1
Emilia 40-1
Yui Yuigahama 43-1
Rin Tosaka EVEN
Yukino Yukinoshita 10-1
Kamui Kanna 30-1
Illyaviel von Einzbern 5-1
Kurumi Tokisaki 7-1

Bedlam On Baltic Avenue
ISML Ruby Pendant Odds
November 25, 2018

Willem Kmetsch 40-1
Tomoya Okazaki 20-1
Shouto Todoroki 75-1
Kiritsugu Emiya 15-1
Archer 3-1
Subaru Natsuki 30-1
Astolfo 10-1
Gilgamesh EVEN

Laval Rouge et Or: 2018 Vanier Cup Champions



QUEBEC — Quarterback Hugo Richard said "preparation and intensity" made the difference on Saturday as the fifth-year pivot led the Laval Rouge et Or to their record tenth title, beating the Western Mustangs 34-20 in the 54th Vanier Cup.

That preparation showed early as Laval scored its first of four touchdowns one minute into the game, with Richard hitting receiver Vincent Forbes-Mombleau on 46-yard throw in the end zone.

Richard said he didn’t expect to score a TD on his second throw of the game, but the Rouge et Or were ready from kickoff.

"We’ve been training hard all year and been waiting for this moment," he said.

Richard thrilled the 12,380 hometown fans at Telus stadium in Quebec City by completing 23-of-31 pass attempts for 348 yards and two touchdowns. The fifth-year QB also ran for 60 yards and a score.

Laval extracted a measure of revenge after its 39-17 loss to the Mustangs in last year’s Vanier Cup played in Hamilton. Western is second to Laval with seven national football championships in 14 appearances. Both teams went into the match undefeated during the season. The No. 1-ranked Mustangs were riding a 23-game winning streak. Laval still holds the consecutive win record at 25 (2012-14).

Laval head coach Glen Constantin said his team was "humbled" by the Mustangs last year.

"It’s been 12 months we’ve been waiting for this. The kids made a vow we’d be back," he said, crediting Richard and star defensive end Mathieu Betts for their leadership.

"Quarterbacks get in trouble when they try to do too much. (Richard) stayed within his scheme, he executed very well. He was sharp, he was clean. He had an outstanding game."

Richard said his next goal is to graduate, but was coy about his future. He was named game MVP, as he was in 2016 when Laval won its last Vanier Cup.

Betts, who has been scouted by the National Football League, could be destined to play pro football next year.

The loss was a little more painful than expected for Mustangs head coach Greg Marshall. As the clock ticked down the final seconds, he took a hit to the leg when a tackled player plunged to the sidelines.

"Maybe I deserved it," he joked. "I’m proud of my team. I’m disappointed, obviously."

Western QB Chris Merchant also got off to good start with a 26-yard completion to Cole Majoros, but was intercepted by Laval’s Maxym Lavallee with a 31-yard return. Laval’s David Cote notched a field goal on the subsequent drive. The Rouge et Or led 10-0 after the first quarter.

Marshall cited the pick as one of the turning points in the match.

"That’s sport. It was a play here, a play there. That changes the outcome of the game. I’m just happy we get to come here and compete," he said.

Merchant completed 26-of-46 passes for 358 yards and one touchdown, but was intercepted three times.

The second quarter started with Western encroaching on the Laval zone on a 10-yard run by Cedric Joseph. Two completions by Merchant put the Mustangs on the goal line and Joseph strolled into the end zone untouched.

Richard threw a 27-yard pass to Jonathan Breton to gain position on the next drive, then hit Benoit Gagnon-Brousseau with a 22-yard for a score to go up 17-7. Western took over deep in its own zone, gambling on third and inches to prolong the drive before kicker Marc Liegghio then nailed a 36-yard field goal.

Liegghio kicked an 18-yard field goal with one second remaining in the first half, to leave the score 17-13.

Marshall said he felt his team would be able to stage a strong comeback going into locker-room, but the Rouge et Or played stingy defence to start the third and shut out Western’s offence until 10-minute mark of the fourth.

"(They) pinned us in and we started our drive at 15 yards after the kickoff. Credit to them. They did a good job," he said.

Merchant has one more year of eligibility and may get another shot at a second Vanier Cup. He said he was disappointed with his performance.

"I threw too many interceptions, gave the ball to them too many times. It’s a tough loss for us. We’re going to go regroup as a team and come back next year."

Western actually gained more total yardage than Laval (503 to 471) but the Rouge et Or defence was able to snuff out threatening attacks from the visitors.

This was the third time Laval and Western have met in the Vanier Cup. The Rouge et Or won the first matchup in 2008.

Thursday, November 22, 2018

ISML 2018: High Turnouts Plateau On Ruby 5

ISML 2018: High Turnouts Plateau On Ruby 5

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
The Bedlam On Baltic Avenue
November 22, 2018

Match Day 5 of the 2018 International Saimoe League Ruby has concluded and the turnouts have stabilized to 38-42,000 unique voters for the marquee races, well short of the anticipated 60,000 mark. Rinne Ohara will go into the 2018 International Saimoe League Summer Seasonal Championship as the odds-on favorite after a 16075-15050 win over Erythrocyte. She takes on Platelet, who defeated Mahiru Tsuyuzaki 15999-14935. The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue projects Ohara to win by under 500 votes with an over/under of 35000 votes and the over.

In Female Division action, Chiyo Sakura defeated Yuki Nagato 16370-15117, Rin Tohsaka eased past Kamui Kanna 17510-14940, Saber slashed past Mirai Kuriyama 17018-14979, Nagisa Furukawa prevailed over Shinka Nibutani 16199-15966, Rem defeated Tooru 18016-17784 and Emilia whipped past Shiro 17384-15000.

Tamako Kitashirakawa flattened Tomoyo Daidouji 19130-14744, Asuna Yuuki routed Ai Haibara 24263-14484, Illyasviel von Einzbern rumbled past Taiga Aisaka 16419-15056, Reina Kousaka roared past Nanami Aoyama 18170-15131, Rikka Takanashi scored the Upset of the Round, a 18931-14549 scalp of Yukino Yukinoshita and Schwi Dola pummeled Kurisu Makise 18443-15157.

Wrapping up Female Division play, Nao Tomori defeated Utaha Kasumigaoka 15657-15208, Kurumi Tokisaki shot down Shouko Nishimiya 20315-14687, Azusa Nakano romped past Sakura Kinomoto 17847-15512, Chtholly Nota Seniorious defeated Mashiro Shiina 18604-15230 and Sagiri Izumi dominated Haruhi Suzumiya 16625-14746.

In the Male Division, Shouto Todoroki prevailed over Ken Kaneki 15417-15313, Hachiman Hikigaya routed Kiyotaka Ayanokouji 15374-14697, Touma Kamijou broke Shouya Ishida 15454-15337, Subaru Natsuki prevailed over Kazuma Satou 15816-14951, Ainz Ooal Gown won a 17020-16940 barnburner over Levi and Li Syaoran defeated Kusuo Saiki 15489-15285.

Edward Elric roared past Ryuuji Takasu 15568-15372, Taki Tachibana defeated Rintarou Okabe 15650-15374, Willem Kmetsch punched Saitama 15970-15423, Eren Yeager prevailed over Itachi Uchiha 15819-15515, Gilgamesh impaled Archer 17473-12353 and Takashi Natsume defeated Karma Akabane 16354-14883.

Wrapping up Male Division play, Kyon defeated Izuku Midoriya 15666-15335, Nagisa Shiota whipped past Shirou Emiya 15728-15370, Tomoya Okazaki eased past Conan Edogawa 15454-15337, Astolfo defeated Izaya Orihara 15311-15138, Riku Dola rocked Yuuta Togashi 18806-14596 and Kiritsugu Emiya flew past Yato 15711-15197.

In action involved eliminated ISML participants, Chino Kafuu defeated Umaru Doma 16020-15680, Sakura Matou belted Eucliwood Hellscythe 16379-15139, Taihei Doma moved down Shizuo Heiwajima 15514-15353, Isla prevailed over Inori Yuzuriha 15687-15146, Sakamoto slammed Satoshi 15708-15167 and Monkey D. Luffy romped past Izayoi Sakamaki 15543-15167.

In Vocaloid action, favorite Miku Hatsune routed Meiko 16905-12869, Gumi defeated Lily 16498-15183, IA won the closest race of the round, a 15045-15035 thriller over Yukari Yuzuki, Rin Kagamine defeated Teto Kasane 15470-14626, Luka Megurine defefeated SeeU 15536-14972 and Len Kagamine defeated Kaito 15313-14598.

Match Day 6 of the 2018 International Saimoe League Ruby Period is scheduled for November 25, 2018. Vote for your favorite characters at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate.

FFXIV: Flap Dat. Yolja Boy.

#FFXIV #Stormblood #parody

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

FFXIV: This Is The Sundrop Dance! and other dances.

#FFXIV #SundropDance #SafetyDance #tribute

Monday, November 19, 2018

BoBA ISML 2018 Predictions: Ruby Match Day 5

ARENA 1 [[Sakura Chiyo]] Nagato Yuki
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 2 Tōsaka Rin [[Kanna Kamui]]
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 3 [[Saber]] Kuriyama Mirai
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 4 Furukawa Nagisa Nibutani Shinka
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 5 Tōru [[Rem]]
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 6 [[Emilia]] Shiro
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 7 [[Daidōji Tomoyo]] Kitashirakawa Tamako
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 8 Yūki Asuna [[Haibara Ai]]
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 9 [[Illyasviel von Einzbern]] Aisaka Taiga
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 10 Aoyama Nanami [[Kōsaka Reina]]
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 11 [[Yukinoshita Yukino]] Takanashi Rikka
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 12 Makise Kurisu [[Schwi Dola]]
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 13 Tomori Nao [[Kasumigaoka Utaha]]
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 14 Nishimiya Shōko [[Tokisaki Kurumi]]
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 15 [[Kinomoto Sakura]] Nakano Azusa
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 16 Yuigahama Yui [[Megumin]]
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 17 [[Shiina Mashiro]] Chtholly Nota Seniorious
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 18 [[Izumi Sagiri]] Suzumiya Haruhi
by >=2000
Over/Under: 60000
Over

ARENA 19 [[Todoroki Shōto]] Kaneki Ken
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 20 [[Hikigaya Hachiman]] Ayanokōji Kiyotaka
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 21 [[Kamijō Tōma]] Ishida Shōya
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 22 Natsuki Subaru Satō Kazuma
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 23 [[Levi]] Ainz Ooal Gown
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 24 Saiki Kusuo [[Li Syaoran]]
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 25 [[Takasu Ryūji]] Edward Elric
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 26 Tachibana Taki [[Okabe Rintarō]]
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 27 Willem Kmetsch [[Saitama]]
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 28 Uchiha Itachi [[Eren Yeager]]
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 29 Gilgamesh [[Archer]]
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 30 Natsume Takashi [[Akabane Karma]]
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 31 [[Kyon]] Midoriya Izuku
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 32 Shiota Nagisa Emiya Shirō
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 33 [[Okazaki Tomoya]] Edogawa Conan
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 34 [[Astolfo]] Orihara Izaya
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 35 Togashi Yūta [[Riku Dola]]
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 36 Emiya Kiritsugu [[Yato]]
by <=2500
Over/Under: 60000
Under

ARENA 37 [[Ohara Rinne]] Erythrocyte
by <=1000
Over/Under: 50000
Over

ARENA 38 [[Tsuyuzaki Mahiru]] Platelet
by <=1000
Over/Under: 50000
Over

ARENA 39 [[Eucliwood Hellscythe]] Matō Sakura
by >=1200
Over/Under: 51000
Over

ARENA 40 Kafū Chino [[Doma Umaru]]
by >=1200
Over/Under: 51000
Over

ARENA 41 [[Yuzuriha Inori]] Isla
by >=1200
Over/Under: 51000
Over

ARENA 42 Doma Taihei [[Heiwajima Shizuo]]
by >=1200
Over/Under: 51000
Over

ARENA 43 [[Satoshi]] Sakamoto
by >=1200
Over/Under: 51000
Over

ARENA 44 [[Sakamaki Izayoi]] Monkey D. Luffy
by >=1200
Over/Under: 51000
Over

ARENA 45 [[Hatsune Miku]] MEIKO
by >=2000
Over/Under: 54000
Over

ARENA 46 GUMI [[Lily]]
by <=1000
Over/Under: 54000
Under

ARENA 47 [[IA]] Yuzuki Yukari
by <=1000
Over/Under: 54000
Under

ARENA 48 [[Kagamine Rin]] Kasane Teto
by >=2000
Over/Under: 52000
Over

ARENA 49 SeeU [[Megurine Luka]]
by <=1000
Over/Under: 54000
Under

ARENA 50 [[Kagamine Len]] KAITO
by >=2000
Over/Under: 52000
Over

Voter Id: 4a17fb3f-ede6-5630-9f94-147a503c5a6b

ISML 2018: We Called It - Over 30,000 Unique Voters For Ruby 4

ISML 2018: We Called It - Over 30,000 Unique Voters For Ruby 4

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
November 19, 2018

We called it. Over 30,000 unique voters came out for Match Day 4 of the 2018 International Saimoe League Ruby Period and the Bedlam on Baltic Avenue is already hedging on an over/under of 60000 voters and the over for Ruby Match Day 5 after one of the biggest turnouts in the history of the competition.

In the Female Division, Yuki Nagato scored a 19731-14805 victory over Rin Tohsaka, Chiyo Sakura defeated Mirai Kuriyama 19230-16157, Kamui Kanna prevailed over Saber 19671-17506, Nagisa Furukawa won a 18481-18040 barnburner over Tooru, Emilia defeated Shinka Nibutani 22292-19111 and Rem routed Shiro 24319-12636.

Ai Haibara rolled past Tamako Kitashirakawa 22118-17039, Tomoyo Daidouji roared past Taiga Aisaka 18896-17358, Illyasviel von Einzbern defeated Asuna Yuuki 18603-16595, Reina Kousaka prevailed over Rikka Takanashi 18838-17371, Nanami Aoyama prevailed over Schwi Dola 17634-16437 and Yukino Yukinoshita hammered Kurisu Makise 22958-13422.

Wrapping up Female Division play, Kurumi Tokisaki shot down Nao Tomori 21074-17598, Utaha Kasumigaoka defeated Azusa Nakano 18054-16170, Sakura Kinomoto thumped Shouko Nishimiya 21479-14567, Magumin exploded past Mashiro Shiina in the Upset of the Roung, a 18734-16976 scalp, Yui Yuigahama defeated Haruhi Suzumiya 19700-17867 and Sagiri Izumi won a 19575-19196 nailbiter over Chtholly Nota Seniorious.

In the Make Division, Shouto Todoroki scored the closest victory of the round, a 16904-16844 thriller over Kiyotaka Ayanokouji, Ken Kaneki defeated Shouya Ishida 17150-16659, Hachiman Hikigaya routed Touma Kamijou 22520-13082, Ainz Ooal Gown whipped past Kazuma Satou 19536-15437, Subaru Natsuki defeated Li Syaoran 17215-16367 and Levi leveled Kusuo Saiki 19846-15762.

Rintarou Okabe roared past Ryuuji Takasu 19471-15374, Willem Kmetsch stormed past Edward Elric 18711-16076, Saitama punched Taki Tachibana 19393-15719, Archer dominated Eren Yeager 17464-17198, Karma Akabane prevailed over Itachi Uchiha 17227-16292 and Gilgamesh impaled Takashi Natsume 23509-12932.

Wrapping up Male Division action, Shirou Emiya whipped past Izuku Midoriya 20604-13266, Kyon won a 16908-16785 snoozer over Tomoya Okazaki, Nagisa Shiota defeated Conan Edogawa 17167-16573, Astolfo eased past Yuuta Togashi 18548-16546, Yato flew past Izaya Orihara 15270-12870 and Riku Dola rocked Kiritsugu Emiya 19761-14720.

In the Summer Seasonal quarterfinals, Erythrocyte belted Kuon Ohara 18149-16540, Platelet defeated Hikari Kagura 16607-16480, MMahiru Tsuyuzaki rolled past Yui Hanasaka 18515-15747 and BoBA-tipped favorite Rinne Ohara routed Aoi Yukimura 19761-14720.

In other action between already-eliminated ISML participants, Mitsuha Miyamizu defeated Sakura Matou 17675-16990,. Tohka Yatogami rolled past Umaru Doma 16696-16534, Eriri Spencer Sawamura eased past Chino Kafuu 18337-16516, Souma Yukihira dominated Izayoi Sakamaki 17003-16392, Saika Totsuka toasted Taihei Doma 16741-14505 and Sorata Kanda outwitted Sakamoto 17359-16540.

Finally, in other special exhibition action, Charlotte Hazelrin defeated Anthy Himemiya 16634-15247, Yoruichi Shihouin prevailed over Junpei Kousaka 15971-15897, Esdeath won a 16346-16158 snoozer over Junko Enoshima and in a battle of frogs, Gekota would not be denied against Keroro 16793-16650.

Match Day 5 of the 2018 International Saimoe League Ruby Period is scheduled for November 19, 2018. The turnout is expected to be massive as we march into the postseason. Vote for your favorite characters at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate.

Friday, November 16, 2018

FFXIV: Mhigowood Nights

#Stormblood #SDSFenrir #crossover #cloudstrife #FFVII #FFXIV

BoBA ISML 2018 Predictions: Ruby Match Day 4

ARENA 1 [[Tōsaka Rin]] Nagato Yuki
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 2 [[Sakura Chiyo]] Kuriyama Mirai
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 3 [[Kanna Kamui]] Saber
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 4 Furukawa Nagisa [[Tōru]]
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 5 [[Emilia]] Nibutani Shinka
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 6 Shiro [[Rem]]
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 7 Kitashirakawa Tamako [[Haibara Ai]]
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 8 [[Aisaka Taiga]] Daidōji Tomoyo
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 9 [[Yūki Asuna]] Illyasviel von Einzbern
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 10 [[Takanashi Rikka]] Kōsaka Reina
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 11 Aoyama Nanami [[Schwi Dola]]
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 12 [[Yukinoshita Yukino]] Makise Kurisu
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 13 [[Tokisaki Kurumi]] Tomori Nao
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 14 Nakano Azusa [[Kasumigaoka Utaha]]
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 15 Kinomoto Sakura [[Nishimiya Shōko]]
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 16 [[Shiina Mashiro]] Megumin
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 17 Suzumiya Haruhi [[Yuigahama Yui]]
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 18 Izumi Sagiri [[Chtholly Nota Seniorious]]
by >=300
Over/Under: 30000
Over

ARENA 19 Todoroki Shōto [[Ayanokōji Kiyotaka]]
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 20 Ishida Shōya [[Kaneki Ken]]
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 21 [[Hikigaya Hachiman]] Kamijō Tōma
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 22 [[Ainz Ooal Gown]] Satō Kazuma
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 23 [[Natsuki Subaru]] Li Syaoran
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 24 Saiki Kusuo [[Levi]]
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 25 [[Okabe Rintarō]] Takasu Ryūji
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 26 [[Willem Kmetsch]] Edward Elric
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 27 [[Saitama]] Tachibana Taki
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 28 Archer [[Eren Yeager]]
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 29 [[Akabane Karma]] Uchiha Itachi
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 30 Natsume Takashi [[Gilgamesh]]
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 31 Midoriya Izuku [[Emiya Shirō]]
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 32 [[Okazaki Tomoya]] Kyon
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 33 [[Shiota Nagisa]] Edogawa Conan
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 34 Astolfo [[Togashi Yūta]]
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 35 [[Yato]] Orihara Izaya
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 36 Emiya Kiritsugu [[Riku Dola]]
by <=900
Over/Under: 35000
Under

ARENA 37 Yukimura Aoi [[Ohara Rinne]]
by >=250
Over/Under: 34000
Under

ARENA 38 [[Ohara Kuon]] Erythrocyte
by >=250
Over/Under: 34000
Under

ARENA 39 [[Kagura Hikari]] Platelet
by >=250
Over/Under: 34000
Under

ARENA 40 Hanasaka Yui [[Tsuyuzaki Mahiru]]
by >=250
Over/Under: 34000
Under

ARENA 41 [[Miyamizu Mitsuha]] Matō Sakura
by >=400
Over/Under: 31000
Over

ARENA 42 [[Yatogami Tōka]] Doma Umaru
by >=400
Over/Under: 31000
Over

ARENA 43 Kafū Chino [[Sawamura Spencer Eriri]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 31000
Over

ARENA 44 Sakamaki Izayoi [[Yukihira Sōma]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 31000
Over

ARENA 45 [[Totsuka Saika]] Doma Taihei
by >=400
Over/Under: 31000
Over

ARENA 46 Sakamoto Kanda Sorata
by >=400
Over/Under: 31000
Over

ARENA 47 Charlotte Hazelrink [[Himemiya Anthy]]
by <=1000
Over/Under: 33000
Under

ARENA 48 [[Shihōin Yoruichi]] Kōsaka Junpei
by <=1000
Over/Under: 33000
Under

ARENA 49 Esdeath [[Enoshima Junko]]
by <=1000
Over/Under: 33000
Under

ARENA 50 [[Gekota]] Keroro
by <=1000
Over/Under: 33000
Under

Voter Id: aabcc647-4420-5866-b8e3-6751b59ff888

ISML 2018: Striking While The Iron Is Hot

ISML 2018: Striking While The Iron Is Hot

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
The Bedlam on Baltic Avenue
November 16, 2018

Match Day 3 of the 2018 International Saimoe League is in the books, and the turnout was massive. In the Female Division, Rin Tosaka defeated Chiyo Sakura 17670-12605, Kamui Kanna throttled Mirai Kuriyama 18947-12015, Saber slashed past Yuki Nagato 17298-13727, Tooru roared past Shinka Nibutani 14003-13509, Rem rammed past Emilia 17988-16976 and Shiro defeated Nagisa Furukawa 15640-13953.

Ai Haibara prevailed over Tomoyo Daidouji 14272-13885, Asuna Yuuki routed Taiga Aisaka 19706-11624, Illyasviel von Einzbern defeated Tamako Kitashirakawa 16630-13766, Rikka Takanashi rocked Nanami Aoyama 17536-12825, Yukino Yukinoshita eased past Schwi Dola 15618-14150 and Kurisu Makise whipped past Reina Kousaka 15659-13730.

Wrapping up Female Division action, Kurumi Tokisaki shot down Utaha Kasumigaoka 17410-14646, Shouko Nishimiya romped past Azusa Nakano 15139-13762, Sakura Kinomoto scored the Upset of the Round, a 15265-13980 scalp of Nao Tomori, Mashiro Shiina prevailed over Yui Yuigahama 15347-15132, Chtholly Nota Seniorious defeated Haruhi Suzumiya 17536-15677 and Sagiri Izumi dominated Megumin 16726-12400.

In the Male Division, Kiyotaka Ayanokouji won a 13204-13119 nailbiter over Ken Kaneki, Hachiman Hikigaya routed Shouya Ishida 18405-10654, Shouto Todoroki broke Touma Kamijou 14206-12377, Subaru Natsuki defeated Ainz Ooal Gown 15678-12284, Levi leveled Li Syaoran 18091-10869 and Kazuma Satou prevailed over Kusuo Saiki 13334-13137.

Rintarou Okabe throttled Edward Elric 15265-11620, Willem Kmetsch eased past Taki Tachibana 15377-14527, Saitama punched Ryuuji Takasu 13640-13353, Archer dominated Itachi Uchiha 13592-12562, Gilgamesh impaled Karma Akabane 16933-10955 and Eren Yeager won a 13486-13349 barnburner over Takashi Natsume.

Wrapping up Male Division action, Shirou Emiya defeated Kyon 13949-13487, Nagisa Shiota won the closest race of the round, a 13513-13438 thriller over Tomoya Okazaki, Izuku Midoriya defeated Conan Edogawa 14795-12179, Yuuta Togashi whipped past Izaya Orihara 14139-13069, Yato flew past Riku Dola 14786-11640 and Kiritsugu Emiya drubbed Astolfo 13924-12598.

In Summer Seasonal action, Rinne Ohara defeated Shio Koube 13801-13098, Aoi Yukimura prevailed over Satou Matsuzaka 13645-13548, Erythrocyte whipped past Ayano Hanesaki 13512-12894, Kuon Ohara eased past Rachel Gardner 13304-13003, Platelet thrashed Ayaka Sunohara 14487-12146, Hikari Kagura trounched Hanako Honda 14465-12364, Mahiru Tsuyuzaki stormed past Satone Shichimiya 15543-12076 and Yui Hanasaka clobbered Nozomi Takamagahara 13743-12444.

In other action, Kaori Miyazono defeated Eucliwood Hellscythe 13985-12846, Jibril flew past Isla 14508-13266, Nero Claudius slashed past Inori Yuzuriha 15719-13253, Yuzuru Otonashi shot down Shizuo Heiwajima 13448-12437, Lancer impaled Satoshi 15127-12708 and Gintoki Sakata defeated Monkey D. Luffy 13346-12753.

Match Day 4 of the 2018 International Saimoe League Ruby Period is scheduled for November 16, 2018. Vote for your fsvorite characters at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate.


Tuesday, November 13, 2018

BoBA ISML 2018 Predictions: Ruby Match Day 3

ARENA 1 Sakura Chiyo [[Tōsaka Rin]]
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 2 Kuriyama Mirai [[Kanna Kamui]]
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 3 [[Saber]] Nagato Yuki
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 4 [[Tōru]] Nibutani Shinka
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 5 Emilia [[Rem]]
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 6 [[Shiro]] Furukawa Nagisa
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 7 Daidōji Tomoyo [[Haibara Ai]]
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 8 Aisaka Taiga [[Yūki Asuna]]
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 9 [[Illyasviel von Einzbern]] Kitashirakawa Tamako
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 10 [[Takanashi Rikka]] Aoyama Nanami
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 11 Schwi Dola [[Yukinoshita Yukino]]
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 12 Kōsaka Reina [[Makise Kurisu]]
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 13 Kasumigaoka Utaha [[Tokisaki Kurumi]]
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 14 [[Nishimiya Shōko]] Nakano Azusa
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 15 Kinomoto Sakura [[Tomori Nao]]
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 16 [[Shiina Mashiro]] Yuigahama Yui
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 17 Suzumiya Haruhi [[Chtholly Nota Seniorious]]
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 18 Megumin [[Izumi Sagiri]]
by <=1300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 19 [[Kaneki Ken]] Ayanokōji Kiyotaka
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 20 [[Hikigaya Hachiman]] Ishida Shōya
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 21 Todoroki Shōto [[Kamijō Tōma]]
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 22 [[Ainz Ooal Gown]] Natsuki Subaru
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 23 Li Syaoran [[Levi]]
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 24 [[Saiki Kusuo]] Satō Kazuma
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 25 Edward Elric [[Okabe Rintarō]]
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 26 [[Willem Kmetsch]] Tachibana Taki
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 27 Takasu Ryūji [[Saitama]]
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 28 Uchiha Itachi [[Archer]]
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 29 [[Gilgamesh]] Akabane Karma
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 30 [[Natsume Takashi]] Eren Yeager
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 31 Emiya Shirō [[Kyon]]
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 32 [[Shiota Nagisa]] Okazaki Tomoya
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 33 Edogawa Conan [[Midoriya Izuku]]
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 34 [[Togashi Yūta]] Orihara Izaya
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 35 Yato [[Riku Dola]]
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 36 Emiya Kiritsugu [[Astolfo]]
by >=1800
Over/Under: 26000
Under

ARENA 37 [[Ohara Rinne]] Kōbe Shio
by >=700
Over/Under: 22000
Over

ARENA 38 Matsuzaka Satō [[Yukimura Aoi]]
by >=700
Over/Under: 22000
Over

ARENA 39 Hanesaki Ayano [[Erythrocyte]]
by >=700
Over/Under: 22000
Over

ARENA 40 [[Ohara Kuon]] Rachel Gardner
by >=700
Over/Under: 22000
Over

ARENA 41 [[Platelet]] Sunohara Ayaka
by >=700
Over/Under: 22000
Over

ARENA 42 Honda Hanako [[Kagura Hikari]]
by >=700
Over/Under: 22000
Over

ARENA 43 [[Shichimiya Satone]] Tsuyuzaki Mahiru
by >=700
Over/Under: 22000
Over

ARENA 44 Takamagahara Nozomi [[Hanasaka Yui]]
by >=700
Over/Under: 22000
Over

ARENA 45 [[Miyazono Kaori]] Eucliwood Hellscythe
by >=700
Over/Under: 22000
Over

ARENA 46 Isla [[Jibril]]
by >=700
Over/Under: 22000
Over

ARENA 47 [[Yuzuriha Inori]] Nero Claudius
by >=700
Over/Under: 22000
Over

ARENA 48 [[Otonashi Yuzuru]] Heiwajima Shizuo
by >=700
Over/Under: 22000
Over

ARENA 49 [[Lancer]] Satoshi
by >=600
Over/Under: 21000
Over

ARENA 50 [[Sakata Gintoki]] Monkey D. Luffy
by <=700
Over/Under: 20000
Over

Voter Id: 0ce0ba30-9966-5f5e-9019-c3cfb5924390

Monday, November 12, 2018

ISML 2018: Ruby Period Continues With Big Turnouts

ISML 2018: Ruby Period Continues With Big Turnouts

By Jo-Ryan Salazar
The Bedlam On Baltic Avenue
November 13, 2018

Match Day 2 of the 2018 International Saimoe League Ruby Period concluded. In the Female Division, Kamui Kanna defeated Yuki Nagato 12172-9235, Saber slashed past Chiyo Sakura 11326-9377, Rin Tohsaka eased past Mirai Kuriyama 11748-10703, Rem routed Nagisa Furukawa 12563-8051, Shiro stonewalled Shinka Nibutani 1195-9139 and Emilia whipped past Tooru 12393-10559.

Asuna Yuuki thumped Tamako Kitashirakawa 13380-7835, Illyasviel von Einzbern pumped Tomoyo Daidouji 11402-8807, Taiga Aisaka prevailed over Ai Haibara 10854-10399, Yukino Yukinoshita defeated Reina Kousaka 9247-8548, Nanami Aoyama won the closest race of the round, a 10307-10276 scalp of Kurisu Makise and Rikka Takanashi stormed past Schwi Dola 12318-8937.

Wrapping up Female Division action, Nao Tomori defeated Shouko Nishimiya 10378-9700, Utaha Kasumigaoka dismissed Sakura Kinomoto 10154-9919, Kurumi Tokisaki shot down Azusa Nakano 11609-11185, Yui Yuigahama sank Sagiri Izumi 11232-10651, Chtholly Nota Seniorious defeated Megumin 10637-9980 and Mashiro Shiina dominated Haruhi Suzumiyua 13184-8289.

In the Male Division, Hachiman Hikigaya routed Shouto Todoroki 12196-8313, Ken Kaneki won a 9686-9561 barnburner over Touma Kamijou, Shouya Ishida took down Kiyotaka Ayanokouji 9878-9450, Levi Leveled Kazuma Satou 10938-8176, Subaru Natsuki cruised past Kusuo Saiki 10227-9309 and Ainz Ooal Gown crushed Li Syaoran 9893-9050.

Ryuuji Takasu roared past Taki Tachibana 9758-9337, Edward Elric punched Saitaam 9803-9304, Rintarou Okabe defeated Willem Kmetsch 10076-9631, Gilgamesh impaled Eren Yeager 13507-7427, Takashi Natsume rumbled past Itachi Uchiha 10491-8995 amnd Archer dominated Karma Akabane 10872-9064.

Wrapping up Male Division play, Nagisa Shiota won a 9970-9794 grinder over Izuku Midoriya, Kyon throttled Conan Edogawa 9436-8082, Tomoya Okazaki defeated Shirou Emiya 9871-8839, Astolfo annihilated Riku Dola 11094-7785 in the Upset of the Round, Yuuta Togashi flew past Yato 10173-8510 and Kiritsugu Emiya eased past Izaya Orihara 10773-8273.

In Summer Seasonal action, Platelet whipped Ryouko Naoe 11454-9052, Rachel Gardner defeated Chio Miyami 9798-9377, Erythrocyte defeated Mahiru Tsuyuzaki 10295-9660, Kuon Ohara pummeled Chisa Kotagawa 10498-7441, Hikari Kagura prevailed over Ayano Hanesaki 9803-9605 and Rinne Ohara routed Aoi Mashiro 11776-7561.

Wrapping up Summer Seasonal action, Yui Hanesaki prevailed over Ayaka Sunohara 9754-9638, Satone Shichimiya crushed Jashin-chan 10456-9335, Satou Matsuzaka squeaked past Mashiro Amatsuki 9632-9631, Hanako Hoda won a 9685-9184 snoozer over Shio Koube, Nozomi Takamagahara throttled Haruka Oozora 9744-9026 and Aoi Yukimura defeated Kano 9801-8631.

In exhibition action, Last Order torched Izuna Hatsuse 10415-9302 and Winry Rockbell defeated Michiru Hyoudo 9631-9210.

Match Day 3 of the 2018 International Saimoe League Ruby Period is scheduled for November 13, 2018. Vote for your favorite characters at InternationalSaimoe.com and join the ongoing debate.

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Nightmare In The Air: The Sad Song Of AS Monaco



AS Monaco used to be a club I respected. No one should forget the magical year that was the 2016-17 season. Here was a side that was extremely fun to watch and did the principality proud. They had great players representing the once-shining diagonal strip: Danijel Subasic, Andrea Raggi, Radamel Falcao, Bernardo Silva, Benjamin Mendy, Tiemoue Bakayoko, Joao Moutinho, Fabinho, Thomas Lemar, Djibril Sidibe and the now-prince of Paris, Kylian Mbappe. Indeed, after Monaco had the season to believe and won the Ligue 1 title, everything fell apart once the club decided to sell its best players and invest in youth that were not exactly ready to do the club and its people proud.



The biggest sell of them all is that of Mbappe, Parisian born and bred. Now a world champion at Paris Saint-Germain and a champion of all the domestic tournaments Paris can win at the top level, Monaco are staring at relegation. It is one that just, even as a Parisian supporter, absolutely devastates you. The ill-fated decision to not keep the good players that built its 2016-17 league season and forge a dynasty and see many of its top performers play in the Premier League and PSG, in the case of Mbappe, is a situation that not even Thierry Henry himself can reverse without a decision by those who have left to consider coming back.



The last time Monaco were relegated was seven years ago, back in 2011. During that season, the likes of Ligue 2 sides Stade Brestois 29 and Valenciennes FC were still playing in the top flight, and a humble, yet storied club by the name of ACA Arles-Avignon was relegated. A few years later, that club would be sent to the National and cease to exist. Once Monaco got promoted (the process took two full seasons), the club would witness steady form and saw its golden generation blossom in 2017. But with the sales of those great players, and the departure of Mbappe, and the return of Paris Saint-Germain to the top of Ligue 1, Monaco have been in a free fall.



The young blood that were built to carry the torch have not been healthy. The prideful boasting of Willem Geubbels proved to be his downfall, as he too is among the walking wounded. A long line of injured senior players have also contributed to the demise of Monaco's season. Leonardo Jardim was sacked as a result of the club's form but it is the decisions of its ownership to commit suicide in terms of its future fortunes that are the culprit. The fans of the club have departed. Every home game is actually a home game for the visitors, and the Nov. 11 match with Paris Saint-Germain was, in essence, another home game for the best team in French club football, in spite of Mediapart's efforts to form a fierce journalistic resistance.



800 members of the well-documented Colectif Ultras Paris accompanied the Rouge Et Bleu in Kylian Mbappe's return to the once-powerful house of pain that was the Stade Louis II. Mbappe could have scored, but it was ruled offsides by VAR and it was VAR and an unheralded goalkeeping hand named Diego Benaglio that made the score respectable though not in doubt. Paris Saint-Germain 4, AS Monaco 0, and even Sidibe had realized that his heart was no longer with this club as he had a hand in all four PSG goals.

In fact, Paris themselves knew that Monaco were in a spot that they had in been in at times during their stay in Ligue 1 that has gone uninterrupted since 1974. And so, they chose to make it a simple, clinical exercise, a professional no-nonsense effort ahead of tough tests with Liverpool and Red Star Belgrade in the Champions League. One could say this was a training ground run and PSG were simply scoring for fun at the Camp des Loges in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, their home base. It was that one sided.



And when the final whistle blew, there were hugs of sympathy, exchanges of shirts, hat trick hero Edinson Cavani, Neymar Santos Jr., Mbappe and the charges applauding the fans, the usual postgame runabout. But even as the indomitable Parisians slowly made their way back to airport to fly back to the capital to prepare for training or national team assignments (Mbappe and Sidibe are summoned to the French Team for a match against the Netherlands that could see them make the UEFA Nations League knockout rounds), even they were left wondering as to why Monaco did not build for a dynasty and instead cashed in, ultimately putting the club in a relegation battle.



As it stands, Monaco are at a crossroads. Only one team is worse that the Monegasques, and that is En Avant de Guingamp. They had also fired Antoine Kombouare and brought Jocelynn Gourvennec to save that team. And Guingamp are only at the bottom on goal differential (-19). Monaco are 1-4-8. Seven points with a goal differential of -10. This club, historically, had form against Paris Saint-Germain in the past. PSG are 13-0-0, with a goal differential of 38 and a full 39 points. 32 points ahead, more than 10 wins ahead of Monaco.



The champions of that 2011 season? Lille OSC, who are now experiencing a renaissance after coming back from the dead. At 8-2-3 (26 points), Lille are bound for the Champions League, for the first time in eight seasons. They are effectively where Monaco are supposed to be, had the club elected to keep its stars and build a dynasty of form from this talent, in this, the League of Talents.

January is going to be the month that could make or break Monaco's future in Ligue 1. It must now make a Herculean effort to scout for stars in South America and elsewhere and make an honest pitch to have them buy into the club's vision and advantages of playing in the principality. But with Dimitry Ryboloblev under the weight by the authorities as part of some backroom dealing and other financial foul play, the writing is on the wall for Association Sportive de Monaco Football Club: they are set to return to Ligue 2.



There is a silver lining to all this. During 2011, Club Atletico River Plate (who have a similar diagonal strip to Monaco) were also relegated in a playoff with Belgrano de Cordoba. The stars who used to play for River elected to return to the club to bring them back up and they have not gone down since and are a win away from winning the Copa Libertadores this year. Monaco can experience the same lows and highs and rethink its player policy to become a competitive power in Europe. The irony to all this? That same Belgrano team is currently 22nd on the relegation table, directly hovering above the drop zone to Primera B Nacional.

 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

BoBA ISML 2018 Predictions: Ruby Match Day 2

ARENA 1 [[Kanna Kamui]] Nagato Yuki
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 2 Sakura Chiyo [[Saber]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 3 [[Tōsaka Rin]] Kuriyama Mirai
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 4 [[Rem]] Furukawa Nagisa
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 5 Nibutani Shinka [[Shiro]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 6 Emilia [[Tōru]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 7 Kitashirakawa Tamako [[Yūki Asuna]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 8 [[Illyasviel von Einzbern]] Daidōji Tomoyo
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 9 [[Haibara Ai]] Aisaka Taiga
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 10 Kōsaka Reina [[Yukinoshita Yukino]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 11 [[Makise Kurisu]] Aoyama Nanami
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 12 [[Schwi Dola]] Takanashi Rikka
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 13 [[Nishimiya Shōko]] Tomori Nao
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 14 Kinomoto Sakura [[Kasumigaoka Utaha]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 15 Tokisaki Kurumi [[Nakano Azusa]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 16 Megumin [[Chtholly Nota Seniorious]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 17 [[Izumi Sagiri]] Yuigahama Yui
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 18 [[Shiina Mashiro]] Suzumiya Haruhi
by >=400
Over/Under: 25000
Over

ARENA 19 [[Hikigaya Hachiman]] Todoroki Shōto
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 20 Kaneki Ken [[Kamijō Tōma]]
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 21 [[Ayanokōji Kiyotaka]] Ishida Shōya
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 22 Satō Kazuma [[Levi]]
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 23 [[Saiki Kusuo]] Natsuki Subaru
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 24 Li Syaoran [[Ainz Ooal Gown]]
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 25 Takasu Ryūji [[Tachibana Taki]]
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 26 [[Saitama]] Edward Elric
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 27 [[Okabe Rintarō]] Willem Kmetsch
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 28 Eren Yeager [[Gilgamesh]]
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 29 Uchiha Itachi [[Natsume Takashi]]
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 30 [[Archer]] Akabane Karma
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 31 [[Shiota Nagisa]] Midoriya Izuku
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 32 [[Kyon]] Edogawa Conan
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 33 [[Okazaki Tomoya]] Emiya Shirō
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 34 [[Riku Dola]] Astolfo
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 35 Orihara Izaya [[Emiya Kiritsugu]]
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 36 Yato [[Togashi Yūta]]
by <=1200
Over/Under: 29000
Under

ARENA 37 [[Platelet]] Naoe Ryōko
by >=400
Over/Under: 27000
Under

ARENA 38 [[Rachel Gardner]] Miyamo Chio
by >=400
Over/Under: 27000
Under

ARENA 39 [[Erythrocyte]] Tsuyuzaki Mahiru
by >=400
Over/Under: 27000
Under

ARENA 40 [[Ohara Kuon]] Kotegawa Chisa
by >=400
Over/Under: 27000
Under

ARENA 41 Hanesaki Ayano [[Kagura Hikari]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 27000
Under

ARENA 42 [[Ohara Rinne]] Mashiro Aoi
by >=400
Over/Under: 27000
Under

ARENA 43 Hanasaka Yui [[Sunohara Ayaka]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 27000
Under

ARENA 44 Jashin-chan [[Shichimiya Satone]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 27000
Under

ARENA 45 Amatsuki Mashiro [[Matsuzaka Satō]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 27000
Under

ARENA 46 Honda Hanako [[Kōbe Shio]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 27000
Under

ARENA 47 Takamagahara Nozomi [[Ōzora Haruka]]
by >=400
Over/Under: 27000
Under

ARENA 48 [[Yukimura Aoi]] Kano
by >=400
Over/Under: 27000
Under

ARENA 49 Last Order [[Hatsuse Izuna]]
by >=300
Over/Under: 24000
Over

ARENA 50 Winry Rockbell [[Hyōdō Michiru]]
by <=700
Over/Under: 24000
Under

Voter Id: c85ff888-57db-5b02-9f8b-0ccc209ec96a