So much for that

From NBA.com

NEW YORK, DEC. 11, 2006 – The NBA announced today that on January 1, 2007, it will return to the leather game ball made by Spalding, for the remainder of the 2006-07 season.

“Our players’ response to this particular composite ball has been consistently negative and we are acting accordingly,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern. “Although testing performed by Spalding and the NBA demonstrated that the new composite basketball was more consistent than leather, and statistically there has been an improvement in shooting, scoring, and ball-related turnovers, the most important statistic is the view of our players.”

“In the meantime, we will work with our players and our partners at Spalding to determine the best possible ball for the NBA.”

The NBA Development League will continue using the new composite ball to evaluate its performance over a longer period of time. The WNBA will continue to use a different composite ball that it has used since 1998.

Spalding has been the Official Game Ball Supplier of the NBA since 1983.

I Think The SEC Might be Overrated

Florida jumped in front of Michigan yesterday in the coaches poll, every computer ranking and ultimately the BCS standings for the right to play Ohio State in the Tostitos Championship Game. The main argument for Florida over Michigan is that it went through the SEC schedule with only one loss and won the conference post-season championship. I understand the argument that Michigan shouldn’t make it because it didn’t win it’s conference (that was won by the #1 team in the country), but at least Michigan has proven itself outside of the conference. How can we make the determination that the SEC is so good when they don’t beat anyone out of conference? Of the top 5 teams in the SEC (Florida, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU and Tennessee) only one team, Arkansas, played a ranked opponent outside of the SEC…and they lost 50-14 at home.

Michigan on the other hand played #2 Notre Dame and handily beat them 47-21 in South Bend. Though many have called Notre Dame overrated, they will still be playing in a BCS Bowl game.

Some other points of interest:

Michigan’s only loss was to #1 Ohio State. Florida’s only loss was to #11 Auburn, who did not earn a BCS Bowl bid.

Florida finished 3-1 against ranked opponents (teams who were either ranked at the time or finished ranked), beating LSU (#9 pre-game, #4 final BCS), Tennessee (13, 17), and Arkansas (8, 12) and lost to Auburn (11, 9)
Michigan finished 2-1 against ranked opponents, beating Wisconsin (unranked, finished 6th) and Notre Dame (2, 11) and lost to Ohio State (1,1).

In the end you can go with either team…I just wish they went with Michigan after voting them the second best team in the country for weeks.

Can you guess where the SEC is?

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