Time to Say Good Night, Gracie

As the Traveling Wilbury’s once sang, it’s “The End of the Line.”  Bias Free Sports will cease putting out our rankings come March 1st, February 24th, and our web site will go dark on April 15th.

We gave it a good effort, and we tried to put out a good rankings product, but one thing we were obviously not good at was marketing and drawing enough visitors to the site.  It was certainly distressing to continue producing rankings and projections night after night for so few people.  We certainly weren’t making any money, and it made it an easy decision when it came time to renew the web site’s fee.  So our site, http://www.biasfreerankings.com, will bid everyone a fond farewell in a week, and it’s not without some regrets.  This was a part of my life the last three years and while I’ll enjoy having some spare time back to myself, I’ll definitely miss the opportunity to share my projections with everyone (or at least with the small bands of faithful that did tune in on a semi-regular basis!).  If anyone is interested in buying the website domain registration, I’ll listen to any offers!  Just email me at gary@biasfreerankings.com (but doing it quickly, since I’ll be dropping the email listing as well).

Maybe somewhere down the road we’ll make a comeback, or we’ll release our rankings on a subscription basis (unlikely), but I want to thank everyone who ever stopped by the site and I wish you all the best!

Gary

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Bias Free Sports NFL Championship Weekend Computer Predictions

Below are our computer predictions for the NFL championship games for this weekend.  Remember that a positive number means the home team is favored, and three points is added to the home team’s number for home field advantage.  You can see the complete NFL and NBA ratings at www.biasfreerankings.com.

Home Rating Visitor  Rating  Diff
Atlanta 70.65 San Francisco 72.30  1.35
New England 76.13 Baltimore 67.76  11.37

Bias Free Sports NBA Computer Predictions for January 16th

Below are our computer predictions for the NBA games for Wednesday, January 16th.  Remember that a positive number means that the home team is favored, while a negative number means the visiting team is favored, and a 3 point home court advantage is already built in.  You can see the complete team rankings for the NBA and NFL by going to www.biasfreerankings.com!

 Difference
Home Rating Visitor  Rating  (H+HFA)-V
Atlanta 88.87 Brooklyn 98.60          (6.73)
Boston 94.79 New Orleans 93.01           4.78
Dallas 92.62 Houston 93.65           1.97
Golden State 95.82 Miami 95.49           3.33
Oklahoma City 101.03 Denver 98.57           5.47
Orlando 86.79 Indiana 96.65          (6.86)
Portland 92.90 Cleveland 87.26           8.64
Sacramento 87.78 Washington 90.32           0.46
San Antonio 99.65 Memphis 95.92           6.73
Toronto 93.83 Chicago 95.74           1.09

Bias Free Sports NFL Division Playoff Computer Predictions

Below are Bias Free Sports computer predictions for the NFL Divisional Playoff Games.  A positive number means the home team is favored, while a negative number means the visiting team is favored.  To see the complete rankings for all NFL teams, go to www.biasfreerankings.com.

Home Rating Visitor  Rating  Diff
Atlanta 70.38 Seattle 74.73             (1.34)
Denver 75.29 Baltimore 67.30             10.99
New England 76.59 Houston 68.28             11.32
San Francisco 72.28 Green Bay 70.35               4.93

Bias Free Sports NBA Computer Predictions for January 10 games

Here are our computer predictions for today’s NBA games.  A positive number in the difference column means the home team is favored, while a negative number means the visiting team is favored.  For the complete NBA rankings, go to www.biasfreerankings.com/NBARankings.htm.

 Difference
Home Rating Visitor  Rating  (H+HFA)-V
Indiana 95.95 New York 95.31           3.65
Portland 93.20 Miami 95.21           0.98
Sacramento 89.87 Dallas 87.37           5.50

A Reasoned Response to the Connecticut Shootings

As someone who lost a family member in the Colorado theater shootings, today’s tragedy at the Connecticut elementary school school reopened still fresh wounds caused by a madman with free access to weapons he should never have allowed to acquire. Combined with the earlier shooting this week in the mall in Portland, and the Javon Belcher tragedy, this has been, to put it bluntly, a shitty couple of weeks for America.  Actually, this year has been a shitty year.  11,000 plus homicides this year alone from firearms.

Not surprisingly, people on all sides are already starting to get their arguments together about whether there should be some sort of gun control. Twitter is awash in comments about how this event should not politicized. But the following commentary on Gizmodo makes a reasoned, impassioned argument why now is the very time to talk about gun control.  For the sake of these kids who died today or who were traumatized by being there, for the 12 people who died in the Colorado shooting, or at Columbine, or in the Amish schoolhouse, or at Virginia Tech, or at Fort Hood, I simply ask that you read the article from the link below.  It will only take about two minutes of your time. Send the link to your friends and family. Tweet it. Anything to get the word out.   Let’s start having an honest discussion about what can be done.  Our children–and the parents and siblings of these deceased children, deserve nothing less.

Of Course Today Is The Day To Talk About Gun Control

Bias Free Sports NCAA Bowl Games Confidence Pool Predictions

Bias Free Sports has run its computer predictions of the upcoming bowl games, and for those of you participating in NCAA confidence pools, we have ordered all the games by the computer’s predicted margin of victory.   For those new to confidence pools, you attempt to pick the game you have the highest confidence in being correct and list that as your number one pick.  The game you have the least confidence in picking correctly you list as the lowest pick.   So with 35 bowl games, if your top game is correct, you get 35 points, and the lowest confidence game, if correct, nets you 1 point.  How confident are we in the predictions below?  Normally we would feel about 80% confident in the predictions, but we’re less confident in the lower level games such as Michigan State-TCU or Clemson-LSU.  In any event, feel free to use these picks below as a guide, and if you have any questions, feel free to email me at gary@biasfreerankings.com or go to our free web site at www.biasfreerankings.com.

Cincinnati defeats Duke by 28.43
Fresno St. defeats SMU by 21.06
Utah St. defeats Toledo by 19.78
Vanderbilt defeats NC St. by 19.41
Oklahoma St. defeats Purdue by 18.20
Georgia defeats Nebraska by 17.21
Rice defeats Air Force by 15.64
Florida defeats Louisville by 14.48
Texas A&M defeats Oklahoma by 13.40
Boise St. defeats Washington by 12.27
San Jose St. defeats Bowling Green by 11.22
Tulsa defeats Iowa St. by 10.15
Louisiana-Monroe defeats Ohio by 9.82
Pittsburgh defeats Mississippi by 9.78
Oregon defeats Kansas St. by 9.76
Northwestern defeats Mississippi St. by 9.64
Arkansas St. defeats Kent by 9.25
Louisiana-Lafayette defeats East Carolina by 9.21
Northern Ill. defeats Florida St. by 7.98
Alabama defeats Notre Dame by 6.36
Rutgers defeats Virginia Tech by 5.74
Baylor defeats UCLA by 5.27
Clemson defeats LSU by 4.66
Oregon St. defeats Texas by 4.45
Syracuse defeats West Va. by 3.55
USC defeats Georgia Tech by 3.52
Michigan St. defeats TCU by 2.90
BYU defeats San Diego St. by 2.73
Arizona St. defeats Navy by 2.23
Michigan defeats South Carolina by 2.18
Central Mich. defeats Western Kentucky by 1.84
Arizona defeats Nevada by 1.18
Texas Tech defeats Minnesota by 1.03
Ball St. defeats Central Florida by 0.29
Stanford defeats Wisconsin by 0.27