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 email@example.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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or go to our free web site at www.biasfreerankings.com.