March Madness Waiting Room

CBS is offering on demand viewing of all this year’s NCAA tournament games.
The first game tips off at about 12:20 EDT and the on demand doors just opened (11:54 EDT).
A few minutes ago there were 218,000 users in the combined general admission and VIP waiting rooms. Already over 70,000 VIP users are in the arena and there are currently 141,000 general admission users just starting to enter.
CBS must have a huge server farm and L…O…T…S of bandwidth ready to go.

It will be interesting to see what the quality of the viewing experience will be.

New Zealand Olympic Singles Trials

Today, weather permitting, is the 3rd of a best of 3 series to determine the New Zealand Olympic rowing singles entrant.
New Zealand, who cares?
Well, the competitors are Mahe Drysdale, 3 time world champion, and Rob Waddell, two time world, 2000 Olympic champion and still the 19-29 Men’s world record holder at 2000 meters on the erg.
Everybody in the world rowing community will be interested. As for the rest of you….unless you join in on the fun you will be missing out on great athletes performing at the top level of one of the world’s most demanding sports.
Here is a news clip from after yesterday’s second race.
And, here is where to catch today’s race live at a to be determined time (there are weather issues) or streaming later.

BTW, time in New Zealand currently appears to be about 3 hours behind US PST.

Update 3/3: The race has been rescheduled to 3/5 at 9:00 AM (I believe Noon PST)

Why Was He Still in the Game?

Headline: High school back rushes for 658 yards
A short blurb about this story showed up in many Sunday morning sports sections today. Most reports were brief clones of what appears to be a wire service story. For example, here is part of one report:

Paul McCoy ran for 658 yards in a West Virginia high school football game but might not have set a national record.
His yardage tops the National Federation of State High School Association’s listed record of 619 yards set by Ronney Jenkins of Oxnard, Calif., in 1995.
But high school records historian Doug Huff said Saturday the recognized record is 739 yards by John Giannantonio of Netcong, N.J., in 1950, against Mountain Lakes.
“The National Federation book for some reason does not include that (the 739 yards), and I think the reason is there’s a formal process for submitting those things,” Huff said Saturday. “This school doesn’t exist anymore. The papers recognized it. The school had a special ceremony. It’s been in my records for years.”
McCoy piled up his yardage on just 29 carries — an average of 22.7 yards per attempt — and scored 10 touchdowns as Matewan beat Burch 64-0 on Friday. McCoy racked up 477 of his yards scoring on touchdown runs that covered 69, 1, 52, 56, 52, 20, 31, 84, 87 and 25 yards.
He also had a 77-yard touchdown run called back because of a penalty.

One paper condensed the wire article and the person who wrote the condensation noted that they were impressed by this performance.
What is there to be impressed about? Burch is clearly a very weak team. And, after the 4th or 5th score why was this player even still in the game as a back? Or at all? Surely, Matewan has a second team? Other players who need experience?

Nah, not impressed at all.

March Madness and 3 Nights Camping

Yep, going to spend lots of time watching basketball for the next 3 weeks and more than many because I’m goin’ to be watching both the men’s tournament and the women’s tournament!
If you hurry you can spice up your men’s tournament watching by joining the competition to win a few nifty prizes over at Coyote Blog. Note that last year’s winner was an 11 year old.

Go pick a bracket and join the fun!