Good Luck wishes from UofL: Student athletes encourage kids to reach goals

Two weeks ago, students from Byck Elementary welcomed special visitors that brought kind wishes, beautiful letters, words of encouragement, and great examples of how much can be achieved with hard work and dedication. These special visitors were University of Louisville student athletes, showing how vital humanitarian work, friendship, love, and care is to the community and children. 

After writing and sending over 12,000 “Good luck” letters for elementary school students, UofL student athletes decided to make one hand-delivery to Byck Elementary students. It’s not all fun and games for these young elementary school students, as they are facing KPREP testing. Luckily, these young students are not going to take these important tests without big encouragement — they have the whole UofL team cheering for them!

This inspiring project of writing “Good Luck” letters is not just an excellent thing for elementary school children. It’s also a rich experience for UofL students. Nothing unites people better and offers a more rewarding experience than helping others, and UofL student-athletes keep showing over and over again that they know that quite well!  

Hard Work and a Bit of Luck

KPREP testing is maybe the first difficult challenge that elementary school students have to face, and it’s crucial for them to feel supported and encouraged by the community. Everybody feels more encouraged when they hear honest good-luck wishes, and it’s no different with young children. Plus, nobody knows better than athletes that a bit of luck always comes in handy. Just as ancient card players expected “good hands” from the gods, athletes too sometimes expect positive vibes, good thoughts, encouragement, and some good luck wishes from the community.

For athletes, good luck can reside in some special ritual — a favorite routine. On the other hand, for card players, it is often brought by playing cards’ symbolic meanings. But for children, it flies over from warm hearts and encouraging words of the community. Moreover, it comes from inspiring words of young intellectuals that already know how success is made and how the battle is won.

A foundation for every success is built on hard work, dedication, and discipline, but luck is important too. People who are facing a challenge always feel more relaxed and confident if they feel like good luck follows them. Since the dawn of time, athletes, warriors, sailors, travelers, artists, and many more have all prayed for some good luck and greeted it with gratitude. There is a thousands-of-years-long relationship between athletes and good fortune — a bond that carries strong symbolic meaning. Now, young athletes are the ones who are sending good-luck wishes and positive vibes!

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Classic Footballers taking a Spin in Casinos — SHOOT® by Microgaming

We have to begin with a bit of a history lesson here for the millennials. Back in 1969, a footballing magazine brought footballing players into a celebrity limelight. SHOOT® was a leading publication which latest up till 2008. If you’re a slots fan, then check out slotsmummy.com.

Before Messi and Ronaldo, you had Zidane and Cantona, before them you had Maradona and Pele. This is where the SHOOT® slot takes us, a nostalgic trip back to the greats, the master which brought the game to new levels each season they played. From Beckenbauer to Cruyff, From Keegan to Best, this is the greatest footballing slot machine ever produced!
 
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Produced by Microgaming, SHOOT® will only be available within the best Swedish online casinos. As a recommendation, you can take your pick of the top sites over at https://www.casino-online.com.se, there you can choose your preferred operator and take your pick of free welcome bonuses to use against the SHOOT® game.

Game Analysis
 
SHOOT® was a world-class magazine and this slot follows in the same vein. Here the stars of football are symbolized within a 3 by 5 grid which cheekily comes in full-colour! The players taking on the big win are set within a 50 payline game that also boasts huge cash conversion when landing the multiple winning options. The jackpot trophy of this game is €619,000!
 
The bonus rounds offered are heavenly, with the Trade ’Em bonus that plays on stat trade-cards which covers the best players of the 60s, 70s and the 80s.

 In this round, you have 12 trade-cards where you must pick four to reveal the hidden prizes. Each decade is a new level to progress to.
The prize wins can range from 2,000 to 200,000.
 
There is also the Magazine bonus providing players with up to 35 free spins to further increase the chances of a healthy payout. Again you have 12 options to pick from, here symbolized as SHOOT® magazines.
 
 Result
 
This is a game you expect to get from Microgaming. Brilliant graphics and real images of the players, rather than awful animated look-a-likes. This is a dream for any football fan, especially for those growing up in the decades of the 60s to 80s.
 
The slot plays very well, you have an abundance of ways to win big cash riches in the base game alone. The bonus rounds provide that extra striking power.
This is easily the best sports slot, the best football slot and the best game made by Microgaming, okay, one of them.
 
We cannot strongly advise enough that this is a game to be experienced and really captures the nostalgia and passion for the sport not only with the greats of the game but even through how it feels playing it.
 
The game is available to play through any device including mobile and can be downloaded on to desktop for offline gameplay.
 
SHOOT® by Microgaming 9,  All Other Games 0.

 

We have to begin with a bit of a history lesson here for the millennials. Back in 1969, a footballing magazine brought footballing players into a celebrity limelight. SHOOT® was a leading publication which latest up till 2008. If you’re a slots fan, then check out slotsmummy.com.

Before Messi and Ronaldo, you had Zidane and Cantona, before them you had Maradona and Pele. This is where the SHOOT® slot takes us, a nostalgic trip back to the greats, the master which brought the game to new levels each season they played. From Beckenbauer to Cruyff, From Keegan to Best, this is the greatest footballing slot machine ever produced!

Louisville basketball looking to close out year on high notes

Jordan Nwora dunking again and again, scoring 22 points in 82-78 win over Lipscomb on Wednesday (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

As expected, some early ups and downs for the University of Louisville basketball team during the first season under Coach Chris Mack. Some good wins, some unexpected challenges in compiling a 7-3 won-lost record. UofL will get better with four straight games at home, but tournament expectations remain guarded.
 
The Cardinals opened the season at plus-10,000 to end up as national champions in 2019 at online betting sites like BetOnline. Since then, they have moved up the ranks at a few spots to as low as plus-7,000.
 
Louisville isn’t currently in the top 25 in either the Associated Press poll or the Coaches Poll, but TeamRankings predictive power ratings has the Cards at No. 26. They’ve had a pretty tough schedule over the last few games, with wins over Michigan State and Seton Hall and tough losses against Marquette and Indiana.
 
The Cardinals have the No. 38 offense in college basketball, putting up over 89 points per game. The defense isn’t bad at 69.62 allowed on average, but if they want to climb into the top 20 they are going to have to tighten up on the defensive side. Ranking 117th in total defense isn’t going to cut it.
UK rivalry game looms

Now Louisville moves into a four-game home stretch, getting Kent State, Robert Morris, Kentucky, and then Miami (Fla).  Kent State is rated as the No. 143 team but over the last nine games has trended down to look more like No. 150. Robert Morris is first in the Northeast at 4-6 and is essentially a tune-up game.  
 
The team will get a full week off for Christmas before facing a tough, 20th ranked Kentucky Wildcats. This game could go either way.

Points per game – UK 84.2 vs. UofL81.7
Allowed per game- UK 71.3 vs. UofL 69.4
Average margin – UK +12.9 vs. UofL +12.2
Away vs Home Rating – UK #10 vs. UofL #10
Opponent FG % – UK 50.2 vs. UofL 47.6
 
The Miami Hurricanes have to face NC State two days before they come to Louisville, so the Cardinals have the advantage of another long rest period between their games with Kentucky and the Canes. The Cardinals will win at least four out of five as we head into the new year.
 

Technology in American football — the state of play

Though it seems like a new-fangled part of what makes the NFL stand out as a modern, globalized sport, the methods of data collection go back longer than most believe.  The question for the long term seems to be the discerning power of technology versus the guys in the striped shirts.

Prior to the introduction of computer chips, it was down to the home team’s statistician to pay close attention to the action. There would, of course, then be the painstaking process of video replays. In any case, there was always a risk of stats being skewed. However, the advent of computer chips and wireless technology enables accuracy like never before.

Last year, the latest major step forward was made, when Zebra Technologies collaborated with the NFL to provide RFID chips that could be placed inside balls. Data is now collected by radio frequency signals, with the chip primarily designed to measure how fast the football moves for kicking scenarios. So too does it track the rotation of the ball in mid-air, as in how much and how quickly it spins, and what impact this has on pass accuracy.

A world of possibilities

The use of a similar technology has been active in NFL since 2014, with chips also found in the shoulder pads of players to measure acceleration, speed, distance and tackling as the primary focal areas. Fulfilling the primary aim of measuring impact is vital towards developing the plans of coaches and the training regimes of players.

With this set to work in tandem alongside the newer ball chips, there is optimism that the overall quality of NFL games can improve, thereby increasing the marketability of the franchises within.

Greater marketability will also precipitate other events, which ensure that the NFL’s popularity does not wane. Such eventualities may include the potential for more investment into youth and college football, an expansion of markets in sports wagering and – of course – even more investment into data retrieval technology.

The second of those potential areas for growth is, naturally, not without its opponents. Yet, with data now more accurate than ever before, it is expected by the American Football Alliancethat live telemetry will also be used sooner than many believe, to facilitate a wider range of im-play betting markets.

The trends within the potential new markets – assuming that they become reality in the short term – will also give a more accurate portrayal of what is expected from certain players. Thus, in a circular way, this could potentially influence coaching, playbook considerations and gameplay decisions for the better, from grassroots level all the way up to the Super Bowl.

Human judgement still with role to play

Other stats like forced fumbles, passing frequency, passing speed vs distance vs accuracy, and – of course – the number of yards gained by players on the offensive also make up a major part of the telemetry. This will also help teams at grassroots level, such as the Louisville Cardinals, who went an indifferent 2-2 in the first four matches of September 2018, leaving the coaching staff with many a key decision to make.

Though there is clear confidence in the chips now used, they are still in a state of evolution at present and will be largely restricted to player metricsfor the time being. While they may play a role in regulation changes over a longer period of time, their role in making crucial decisions in the immediacy is still nonexistent. Touchdown calls, for instance, still rely largely on human judgement but there is every indication that this could change in the future as video technology evolves concurrently.

Though most believe that technological developments are moving in the right direction, the chip’s primary weakness is measuring first downs, given that there is a six-inch margin of error in all directions that is currently in the process of being worked on by those involved in developing the chip. Chips cannot yet account for whether or not limbs are on the ground, thus keeping this type of potentially game-changing call subject to human judgement for the time being.

Beefing up on the basics from an insider

Make or break you

If there is one thing sports bettors love to capitalize on, it’s a strong trend. The Major League Baseball season makes or breaks many bankrolls as the 162-game schedule lends itself to many patterns. Some are very simple while others take a bit of research and filtering to discover. For example, road favorites have dominated the early portion of the 2018 schedule, winning roughly two-thirds of their games and taking advantage of early-season MLB betting lines. A simple $100 per game bettor would be up over $2,600 just by betting road favorites. I said trends can make or break you. The same bettor in April of 2017 would have lost over $1,300. It is more vital in baseball than any other sport to be on the good side of trends in the data. Below we will discuss a few patterns that have formed in recent years and the likelihood that they continue this summer.

Staying Hot

Over the past two seasons, home underdogs have played remarkably well following an offensive explosion of at least ten runs. Be it due to increased confidence or the opponent’s depleted bullpen, bettors backing these dogs have cashed in a nice paycheck. While not profitable every year, home underdogs following a ten run game have netted bettors an ROI of 3.2% since 2004. Remember, the longer a trend holds up for, the less likely it is a fluke.

Anti-Trap Game?

In college football, good teams are often susceptible to trap games. This is when you have a big matchup the following week that preoccupies your attention and causes you to lose to a team you shouldn’t. Perhaps playing every day negates this psychological effect as you never hear the term to describe baseball games. Interestingly enough, the numbers seem to indicate that MLB teams actually play better when a key opponent is up next on the schedule. Since 2014, favorites off of a win who still have one more game against a non-division opponent before facing a division opponent have a whopping ROI of 10.5%. In 2017 the trend was as strong as ever, treating bettors to a 17.7% ROI. Why is this the case? It could be that in a sport where you play everyday and momentum is so important, teams like to get hot before playing a key opponent as opposed to saving everything for that opponent.

Redeem Yourself

In a trend that has shown a remarkable 17.1% ROI since 2015, road underdogs perform exceptionally well when their starting pitcher had a bad start his last time out. We consider a bad start to be four or fewer innings while allowing five or more earned runs. This trend shows that these guys are professionals. Although the media, fans, and betting public may turn on them after a bad outing, they display extraordinary resiliency and get the job done. Very few people like to back a pitcher who just got rocked. Being bold and taking advantage of skewed lines are two qualities necessary to turn a large profit betting sports.