The AIA and Their Lame Powerpoints System

From time to time I will make public statements in opposition to the use of Power Points by the AIA as a method of determining playoff teams and seeding.

I have, in years past, posted several summaries of previous seasons’ rankings, complete with analysis and suggestions for improvement. However, it occurred to me last season to take a different approach.

A very intelligent reader to the message boards (“sprinkler”) posted the following:

You must have Human intervention with brains that are capable of understanding that regardless of what powerpoints say–team a is better than team b by a longshot. I can give you example after example since the inception
of powerpoints where teams have gotten the shaft and undeserving teams have received a much higher seed and sometimes even a playoff spot when on the field or court it was completely undeserved.

Last season I did an analysis of all 50 states’ high school athletic associations to see how they determine football playoffs. Only three states were inconclusive in their stated methods (Florida, Texas, and Hawaii) for playoff determination. Of the remaining 47, only 16 use powerpoints, and of those 16, only THREE reside West of the Mississippi River (Arizona, Colorado, South Dakota). All the others rely on qualification (top 2/3/4 finishers in a division or conference) or selection (committee selection) methods, or some combination of both.

This analysis suggests that the idea of powerpoints is both A) an East Coast idea, and B) behind the times. The Deep South is known for its football, and only Louisiana uses powerpoints – Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, etc. all use qualification or selection. California, a mecca of high school football, uses a committee selection method.

It would behoove the AIA to at least consider creating a committee with the sole task to determine playoff qualifiers outside of automatic sectional winners and seeding for playoff brackets.

2009 already

I mean, where did 2008 go? I swear I was sitting here in my chair and it was October. The next moment, I’m writing checks for the mortgage and they say “2009”.

Which means I’m either getting older, or I’m losing track of time. (Or both.)

Reflection – I left my old work group (Lending) last April to start work in a new department. It was tough to leave; I was one of the few left of the “original” Mortgage Web Hosting personnel, and most of the team members and contractors that I was leaving behind were people that I had worked closely with for four long years. In most cases, I even helped bring on board a lot of the current team members and contractors.

But, it was time for a change, and looking back 8 months later, I don’t have any regrets. My new team is smaller and that means that we all have to get along and know each others’ strengths and quirks. I think we’re jelling pretty well.

It was also hard to hear from all the team members and contractors that were let go after I left. Contractors that were so instrumental in getting major projects up and running and maintained had to be let go due to length of service. Team members that I worked with also resigned or were “bought out” (given a hefty severance), like my former team lead/manager-for-all-intents-and-purposes.

And in some cases, I heard from team members that were placed on “the list” (those whose positions that are being eliminated due to reorg or budget issues and are first in line for internal postings elsewhere in the company). When you’re placed on “the list” and you have been doing a narrow scope of work for your current job, it’s hard to get another internal position elsewhere unless that new job is similar to your old. And having to counsel/coach some of these people was really, really tough because I knew that their chances of finding another position at the company were very slim, and because I knew their families could be in serious trouble. Thankfully, one of them DID make it and get another position, and the other landed on his feet with another position at another company because of some of the advice I gave him.

So my Christmas wasn’t so bad after all, and neither was theirs. 🙂

Heck, I even learned how to replace a broken window in my house in the past two months. (Kids + basketball hoops + proximity to house windows + wild shots = bad things)

Now, an Anime update –


Macross Frontier (4 out of 5 – it was riveting up until the very last episode, and then it got corny for about half the episode…)
Sword of the Stranger (4 out of 5 – excellent movie since in the feudal period)
Wind ~ a breath of heart (4 out 5 – kicking myself for not watching this sooner, like say 2 years ago…)
ICE (3 out of 5 – a little cliched at the end “was it really just a dream”, but a likable pastime.)
Freedom (4 out of 5 – ending was a little rushed, but the artwork was absolutely gorgeous)
Vexille (5 out of 5 – holy SHMOLY! If you haven’t seen this, you need to.)
Yu-Gi-Oh: Shadow Games (3.5 out of 5 – this is the very first season, before the series began focusing on the collectible card game… it’s quite different, but enjoyable)

In the queue / already begun:

Deltora Quest (through episode 15 – there are 65 eps…)
Candy Boy (through episode 4)
Hellsing Ultimate OVA (through #5 – there are 6 total, from what I understand)
Gundam G00 Season 2 (through episode 14)
Clannad After Story (through episode 13)
Here is Greenwood [jdrama] (through episode 7)

Only first episodes watched:

Sekirei (What IS this series?)
Scrapped Princess (yes, I know I need to just watch)
Real Drive (ditto)
Zettai Shougeki (again, HUH?)

Series in progress but I can’t find time to circle back to complete:

Nadia (up to ep 22)
Tokyo Underground (up to ep 5)

On the To-Do list:

Ah My Goddess Tatakau Tsubasa
Chrno Crusade
Macross Fufonfia (hehehehehe)
Slayers Revolution
White Album
Akane-iro ni Somaru Saka
Crystal Blaze
Chaos Head

Maybe I’ll actually find time to catch up with my reading as well… I have three DragonLance novels still to finish off here at the homestead…. in between Suns or Coyotes games on TV of course!

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Anime meme

Warning, this one is Very Very long, and it covers a lot of genres. It’s good, though, if you’ve ever wondered what exactly you were watching and how it fit into Anime in general.

Directions: Select each title that you’ve seen at least one episode in its entirety; if an OVA or movie, you must have watched the entire OVA series or sat through the entire movie.

I. Action and Adventure
( ) .hack//SIGN
(x) Airmaster
( ) Battle Arena Toshinden
( ) Bleach
( ) Blood+
( ) Burst Angel
(x) City Hunter
(x) Cowboy Bebop
(x) Dragonball
( ) Flame of Recca
( ) GetBackers
(x) InuYasha
(x) Lupin III
( ) Mai-HiME
( ) Naruto
( ) One Piece
( ) Tenjou Tenge
( ) Trigun
( ) Saiyuki
(x) Yu Yu Hakusho
Total Here: 7/20

(Some of these are on my list of things to watch, like Trigun and .hack//SIGN)

II. Comedy and Parody
( ) 2×2 = Shinobuden
( ) Adventures of the Mini Goddesses
(x) All Purpose Cultural Catgirl Nuku Nuku
( ) Azumanga Daioh
( ) Bokusatsu Tenshi Dokuro-chan
( ) DiGi Charat
(x) Dragon Half
( ) Excel Saga
( ) Fruits Basket
( ) Galaxy Angel
(x) Here is Greenwood
(x) Kodomo no Omocha
( ) Kyou Kara Maou!
( ) Midori Days
( ) Pani Poni Dash
(x) Project A-ko
(x) Ranma 1/2
(x) Tenchi Muyo
(x) Those Who Hunt Elves
(x) Urusei Yatsura
Total Here: 9/20

(This one, however, doesn’t have as much I want to watch, so except for Excel Saga, that’s probably going to be it…)

III. Drama and Miscellaneous
( ) Beck
( ) Full Moon wo Sagashite
( ) Gankutsuou (The Count of Monte Cristo)
( ) Genshiken
( ) Glass Mask
(x) Haibane Renmei
( ) Hitsuji no Uta
( ) Honey & Clover
(x) Kaleido Star
(x) Last Exile
( ) Le Portraite de Petite Cossette
( ) Monster
( ) Paradise Kiss
(x) Princess Mononoke
( ) Read or Die OVA
( ) Speed Grapher
( ) Twin Spica
( ) Weiss Kreuz
(x) Wings of Honneamise
( ) Yakitate!! Japan
Total Here: 5/20

(Ones on my list here to watch are Count of Monte Cristo, Paradise Kiss, Read or Die, and Yakitate)

IV. Ecchi/Mature
(x) Agent Aika
( ) Cutey Honey
( ) Ebichu
( ) Golden Boy
( ) Grenadier
( ) Hand Maid May
( ) He Is My Master
( ) Iketeru Futari
( ) La Blue Girl
( ) Lingerie Senshi Papillon Rose
( ) Mahoromatic
(x) Mezzo Forte
( ) Miyuki-chan in Wonderland
( ) My Dear Marie
( ) Najica Blitz Tactics
( ) Negima
( ) Puni Puni Poemy
( ) Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend
( ) Wicked City
( ) Yumeria
Total Here: 2/20

(Most of these are not really ecchi titles, but oh well)

V. Fantasy and Supernatural
( ) Angel Sanctuary
( ) Aquarian Age
( ) Berserk
(x) El Hazard
( ) Final Fantasy Unlimited
( ) Fullmetal Alchemist
(x) Howl’s Moving Castle
( ) Magic Knight Rayearth
( ) Mushishi
(x) Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind
(x) Record of Lodoss War
( ) Scrapped Princess
(x) Slayers
(x) Tales of Eternia
( ) Trinity Blood
( ) Tsubasa Chronicle
(x) Vampire Hunter D
( ) Violinist of Hameln
(x) Vision of Escaflowne
( ) X: TV
Total Here: 8/20

(Lots for me to watch here – Berserk, FFU, Fullmetal Alchemist, Scrapped Princess, and I will definitely get around to finishing all of Record of Lodoss War and Slayers…)

VI. Historical and Alternate History
( ) Anne of Green Gables
( ) Basilisk
( ) Barefoot Gen
( ) Chrono Crusade
(x) Grave of the Fireflies
(x) Fire Tripper
( ) Kaidomaru
( ) Legend of Condor Hero
( ) Millennium Actress
(x) Nadia – Secret of Blue Water
(x) Ninja Scroll
( ) Otogizoushi
( ) Peacemaker Kurogane
(x) Porco Rosso
( ) Rose of Versailles
( ) Rurouni Kenshin
( ) Samurai 7
( ) Samurai Champloo
( ) Steel Angel Kurumi
( ) Victorian Romance Emma
Total Here: 5/20

(Chrno Crusade, Millennium Actress, and Rurouni Kenshin are the only ones I want to see in this category)

VII. Kids and Family
( ) Angelic Layer
(x) Astro Boy
(x) Beyblade
(x) Castle in the Sky
( ) Detective Conan
(x) Digimon
(x) Doraemon
(x) Hamtaro
(x) Kiki’s Delivery Service
(x) Kimba the White Lion
(x) Monster Rancher
(x) My Neighbor Totoro
(x) Pokemon
(x) Samurai Pizza Cats
( ) Sazae-san
(x) SD Gundam Force
(x) Sonic X
(x) Speed Racer
(x) Spirited Away
(x) Yu-Gi-Oh
Total Here: 17/20

(I must have kids…)

VIII. Magical Girls and Boys
( ) Cardcaptor Sakura
( ) D.N.Angel
( ) Earth Girl Arjuna
( ) Erementar Gerad
( ) Hime-chan no Ribbon
( ) Kamikaze Kaitou Jeanne
( ) Magic Users Club
( ) Magical Girl Pretty Sammy
( ) Magical Stage Fancy La La
( ) Mahou no Star Magical Emi
( ) Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha
( ) Mythical Detective Loki Ragnarok
( ) Ojamajou DoReMi
( ) Oku-sama wa Mahou Shoujo
( ) Pretear
(x) Sailor Moon
( ) Saint Tail
( ) Tokyo Mew Mew
( ) Ultra Maniac
( ) Wedding Peach
Total Here: 1/20

(Yes, the ONE would be because I was forced into watching ONE episode of Sailor Moon, no thanks to David Tai… I will eventually get to Ultra Maniac though since it’s by Wataru Yoshizumi of Marmalade Boy fame).

IX. Romance
(x) Ah! My Goddess
(x) Ai Yori Aoshi
( ) Air
(x) Ayashi no Ceres
(x) Boys Be
(x) Chobits
(x) Fushigi Yuugi
(x) Hana Yori Dango
(x) His and Her Circumstances (aka Kare Kano)
(x) Kimagure Orange Road
(x) Kimi ga Nozomu Eien
(x) Love Hina
(x) Maison Ikkoku
(x) Marmalade Boy
( ) Peach Girl
( ) Piano
(x) Please Teacher!
( ) SaiKano
(x) To Heart
(x) Video Girl Ai
Total Here: 16/20

(I still have to finish a lot of the series I’ve checked off here like Ai Yori Aoshi, Ayashi no Ceres, Boys Be, Chobits, Hana Yori Dango, Kare Kano, Love Hina, and To Heart. The only one unchecked that I will eventually see is Air.)

X. Science-Fiction
(x) Appleseed
(x) Blue Seed
(x) Bubblegum Crisis
( ) Crest of the Stars
( ) Galaxy Express 999
(x) Gundam (00)
(x) Macross
(x) Outlaw Star
(x) Patlabor
( ) Planetes
(x) Please Save My Earth
(x) RahXephon
( ) Saber Marionette (any)
( ) s-CRY-ed
( ) Soukyuu no Fafner
(x) Space Battleship Yamato (aka Star Blazers)
( ) Stellvia
(x) Transformers
( ) Voices of a Distant Star
( ) Xenosaga: The Animation
Total Here: 11/20

(On my list to see is Crest of the Stars, Galaxy Express (yes, I haven’t seen that classic yet), PlanetES, sCRYed, Stellvia, and Voices)

XI. Shounen-Ai and Shoujo-Ai
( ) Ai no Kusabi
( ) Descendants of Darkness (This is Yami no Matsuei… dude I had to think about the title for a moment, lol)
( ) Earthian
( ) Fake
( ) Fish in the Trap
( ) Galaxy Fraulin Yuna (shoujo-ai? err, kinda?)
( ) Gravitation
( ) Haru wo Daiteita
( ) Kannazuki no Miko
( ) Kizuna
( ) Lesson XX
( ) Loveless
(x) Maria-sama ga Miteru
( ) Mirage of Blaze
( ) Oniisama E
( ) Seikimatsu Darling
( ) Song of the Wind in the Trees
( ) Sukisho
( ) Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito
( ) Zetsuai/Bronze
Total Here: 1/20

(Again, only one here…)

XII. Sports
( ) Ace wo Nerae
( ) Ashita no Joe
( ) Ayane’s High Kick
( ) Baki the Grappler
( ) Battle Athletes
( ) Buzzer Beater
( ) Captain Tsubasa
( ) Eyeshield 21
( ) Ginban Kaleidoscope
( ) Hajime no Ippo
(x) Hikaru no Go
( ) Initial D
( ) Major
( ) Monkey Turn
(x) One Pound Gospel
( ) Prince of Tennis
( ) Princess Nine
( ) Slam Dunk
( ) Suzuka
( ) Wild Striker
Total Here: 2/20

(Only One Pound Gospel, and I’ve seen both the Anime OVA and the jdrama series. Hikaru no Go is about the game “Go” and not really a sports anime, so I wonder why it’s in this category…)

XIII. Surreal and Psychological
(x) Akira
( ) Betterman
( ) Boogiepop Phantom
( ) Elfen Lied
(x) FLCL
( ) Gantz
(x) Ghost in the Shell (movie or TV)
( ) Hellsing
( ) Jigoku Shoujo
( ) Karas
( ) Madlax
( ) Melody of Oblivion
(x) Neon Genesis Evangelion
( ) Noir
( ) Paranoia Agent
( ) Perfect Blue
( ) Princess Tutu
( ) Revolutionary Girl Utena
(x) Serial Experiments Lain
( ) Texhnolyze
Total Here: 5/20

(To watch: Hellsing, Madlax, and Noir. Notably, Witch Hunter Robin isn’t listed, but I would place it in this category…)


Guess that makes me not as much of an Anime nerd as I thought I was. 🙂