QPR striker Djibril Cisse should be fit to make his home debut against Wolves on Saturday despite being taken off at Aston Villa.Rangers’ new signing scored on his first appearance for the club and was hugely impressive.He was substituted in the second half of the 2-2 draw because of slight cramp rather than an injury, and is not expected to have any problems making the squad this weekend.AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The Wisconsin softball team played two of its biggest home games Wednesday afternoon at Goodman Diamond, but you most likely didn’t know about them.Even if you did know the Badgers played, there’s little to no chance you could have attended the games anyway.Like half of Wisconsin’s six home series, the final home series against Nebraska yesterday came as part of a Wednesday afternoon doubleheader. The games were initially scheduled back to back at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., but due to weather concerns, the twin bill got pushed ahead to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. If they weren’t early enough as it was, the nearly morning start time for the first game of the doubleheader made it seem like the series was being played as part of a secret society event no one could know about. The attendance of 271 certainly reflected that, a drop of exactly 1,100 fans from last Saturday’s Senior Day matchup with Purdue.With no baseball team, softball is the calling card for the UW Athletic Department in the springtime, but you wouldn’t know that from the games scheduling. The Badgers had three home Wednesday doubleheaders this season, all with 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. start times. The other nine home games of the season consisted of two Friday doubleheaders with 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. first pitches and five Saturday and Sunday games, all of which started between the hours of 12 and 2 p.m.The times for the weekend contests are reasonable, but as for the weekday games, they leave you scratching your head. Obviously there is the subject of weather, considering spring in Wisconsin is anything but predictable. Scheduling in the afternoon helps to avoid a temperature drop come nighttime. Therefore, changing the times for the weekday games, at least in Wisconsin, might be unavoidable. But if that’s the case, then the promotion for UW student day shouldn’t have been scheduled for Wednesday afternoon’s games. The Athletic Department might not have complete control over when games are, but having a promotion during the middle of when most students are either in class or napping doesn’t bode too well. I can’t imagine that many of the 271 in attendance Wednesday were students, outside of the players on both teams who had to be there.Clearly softball isn’t one of the revenue sports at Wisconsin, but providing a quality playing environment that more closely resembles a sporting event and not the atmosphere of Steenbock Library starts with the scheduling of events.Unfortunately, though, softball isn’t the only team at Wisconsin playing during odd times of the day, and the real problem is not weather. It’s the influence of television, specifically the Big Ten Network. Ever since BTN launched in August 2007, the network has changed the sports landscape in the conference, but hardly for the better. Sure, the access to Big Ten sports has widely increased and you can now watch sports like softball, swimming and wrestling on a regular basis — if you have cable or satellite, that is — but the network has also drastically changed sports and the times they air.The biggest impact of BTN has been its at least partial responsibility for the hockey realignment, which in only one season has diluted the college hockey product. With no Big Ten hockey league when the network came on the air, it couldn’t dedicate coverage to a product on the ice and would just air games sparingly. But the discussion of an NCAA-sanctioned men’s hockey team at Penn State in 2010 allowed for a Big Ten hockey league now that there were enough teams for a league.The decision by Penn State could have been for competitive reasons, but there’s no doubt money played a key role. A network dedicated the conference gave the opportunity for teams to have regular air time and exposure, an opportunity less well known hockey schools like Ohio State, Michigan State and certainly Penn State would seize in a heartbeat. Because broadcast rights involve money, there’s more than just the idea of exposure at play.This past season with the launch of BTN hockey, ESPN U and NBC Sports also decided they wanted in on college hockey. While Wisconsin and the other Big Ten schools got more exposure because of the different television outlets, it came at a cost. For the years I have followed Wisconsin hockey dating back to the start of the Mike Eaves era in 2002; the staple start time for games was 7:07 p.m. With the influx of television deals this season though, Wisconsin started games at 4 p.m., 6:30 p.m., 7 p.m., 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., which included a Thursday-Friday series in the most important two-game set of the year against then-No. 1 Minnesota. But even when games were on TV, more often than viewers would have liked, other games beforehand cut into the Badgers’ game.This has also been a regular occurrence for basketball, where games on BTN and other networks are scheduled for an unrealistic two hours to maximize the number of games in one night. Just like hockey, the games almost always seem to cut into one another. It might be a minor annoyance, but if these networks dictate when these games are played the least they could do is make sure the game gets broadcasted in its entirety.To say the softball games Wednesday were infected by this recent plague might be a bit of a stretch, but lately games have been dictated more and more by the people who stand to make money off them rather than the people who pay the money to get into them.The schools and networks can continue to schedule games however they please, but they’re only hurting themselves.Dan is currently a sophomore at UW with an undeclared major. Do you agree with him that TV networks have altered the landscape of college sports for the worse? Let him know by sending him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or sending him a tweet @DanCoco7.
If Adebayo’s performance against Antetokounmpo is any indicator, he could be Miami’s go-to defensive stopper come playoff time, tasked with stopping skilled bigs and athletic wings like Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, Pascal Siakam and Jayson Tatum. Miami also has Derrick Jones Jr. and Andre Iguodala to apply defensive pressure on wings.The Heat have the 3 to go along with the D. They are second in the NBA in 3-point shooting percentage (38.2 percent) and seventh in 3-pointers made (13.4 per game). Eight different players combined to make 18 of 37 triples (48.6 percent) in Monday’s win over the Bucks.If they can get guys like Duncan Robinson (43.8 percent), Jae Crowder (43.5 percent) and Kelly Olynyk (42.0 percent) to continue their hot shooting, and they can get solid contributions from Iguodala, they could potentially make a run to the Eastern Conference Finals — or further. The Heat shut down Giannis Antetokounmpo in Monday’s 105-89 win over the Bucks, holding the MVP favorite to a season-low 13 points on 6 of 18 shooting from the field just one night after he scored 41 points against the Hornets.How did Miami manage to stop the seemingly most unstoppable team and most unstoppable player in the NBA? Look no further than third-year center Bam Adebayo, who is quickly emerging as one of the league’s best defenders. Time and time again, Adebayo showed the ability to put the clamps on “The Greek Freak” by using his rare combination of size, strength and lateral quickness.Bam Adebayo locking up Giannis 🔒 pic.twitter.com/p4a7TzAaCN— Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) March 3, 2020What may be most impressive about Adebayo is his motor, as he seems to never give his opponent a moment to rest. With the game easily won, he still went all out to block this layup at the end of the game.Bam Adebayo with the exclamation point on the win vs Bucks#heattwitter pic.twitter.com/xUja3TUCjQ— NBA Hustle (@Hustle_NBA) March 3, 2020Pat Riley had high praise for Adebayo in an interview with ESPN’S Zach Lowe last month.”He’s the Zo [Mourning]. He’s the UD [Udonis Haslem]. He’s the Dwyane [Wade],” Riley told Lowe. “They were standard-bearers. Bam is that person. He is the real deal.”MORE: NBA teams feeling the most pressureFans have started to take notice of Adebayo, who’s making a strong case to make the NBA All-Defensive Team this year.*insert Tony Allen meme*Bam Adebayo tonight:4 blocks12 rebounds14 points5 assistsHeld Giannis to 6-18 shooting (33.3%)🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/0nx5f9kcE0— ً (@ZoneDefenses) March 3, 2020Adebayo has become more than just a defensive stopper, though. His offensive production has jumped to 16.2 points per game (up from 8.9 points last season) on 57.2 percent shooting. It may not be superstar level scoring yet, but the NBA All-Star Skills Challenge winner is an important — maybe the most important — cog in the machine for a Miami team that could be a giant slayer come playoff time.The Heat currently sit fourth in the Eastern Conference standings, well ahead of where many projected them ahead of the season. More impressively, they’ve got winning records against the Bucks (2-0), Raptors (2-0), 76ers (3-1) and Pacers (2-0). And both of their losses to the Celtics came on the second night of a back-to-back (the first was played without coach Erik Spoelstra).
Online is a strange and terrifying place. It’s enabled us to connect with one another, advance the causes of science and culture, and unite the world with a glowing net of data. It’s also enabled people with very… particular interests to find each other. In this weekly series, we’ll be dipping into the Internet Gutter – the strange subcultures and weird worlds lurking in the dark pockets of the World Wide Web.The Mandela EffectDid you ever get the feeling like the world isn’t quite right? Have a memory that conflicted with other people’s? No, you’re not insane or being experimented on by evil government scientists. You’re just the latest victim of the Mandela Effect.Coined by a “paranormal consultant” named Fiona Broome, the name comes from Broome’s unshakeable belief that South African political leader Nelson Mandela died in jail in during the 1980s. He was actually freed in 1990 and became President in 1994. When she found that other people shared her wrong information, the Mandela Effect was born.With a critical eye, it’s pretty easy to see what’s going on: these people just don’t remember things right. It’s not complicated, and we all do it. The technical term is “confabulation.”But, since this is the Internet, the simplest answer isn’t always the one people believe. Hardcore Mandela Effect sufferers think they’ve been forcibly relocated to a parallel dimension, or are living within a computer simulation that’s glitching out. Let’s dive into the Internet Gutter to dig up the most crackpot theories.The StainProbably the most famous example of the Mandela Effect is the Berenstain Bears, the long-running children’s book series written and drawn by Stan and Jan Berenstain. A significant group of people believes that the titular ursines are the BerenstEin Bears, and at some point in the past, the spelling of the name was changed. Not only that, but all record of the E version was expunged from history.This… didn’t happen. People are confused because “Berenstein” is a more common spelling of the last name, where “Berenstain” is rarer. As you’ll see with some these Mandela Effects, they depend on childhood memories that have faded with time.Genie In A BottleComedian Sinbad is probably best known for his tenure on A Different World, but hundreds of people remember him as the star of 90s kid comedy Shazaam, where he played a wisecracking friendly genie.Only one problem: Shazaam never existed. Those memories are pure Mandela Effect. If you remember that movie, chances are you’re confabulating Sinbad into the Shaquille O’Neal vehicle Kazaam, which was about a wisecracking friendly genie. This would – and should – be a good enough explanation for most people, but Mandela Effect victims won’t let it rest.You read that right. People are making up all kinds of explanations as to why a movie that has never existed might have actually existed. Pulling the Star Wars Holiday Special into the mix to justify the burial of Shazaam is some next level nonsense, and in that thread there are multiple replies from people who swear to have seen Shazaam on videotape more than once. But this all seems innocuous compared to the truly weird places the Mandela Effect can go.Getting RealMost of these Mandela Effect manifestations have been pretty benign. Does it really matter that the name of a bear family is spelled one way or the other? Probably not. But some believers are pushing the limits in ways that could be dangerous. Watch this video and see if it doesn’t freak you out.One popular Mandela Effect theory involves the anatomy of the human body and the belief that it “changed” sometime in the 1990s. They back this up by comparing anatomical drawings from the mid-1900s with current drawings. In the “old reality,” human bone structure was wildly different, with fewer and less articulated bones.Let’s be frank, here: this is absolutely, inarguably insane. And the guy explaining it in the video above is a chiropractor, meaning that he actually works with the human body and gets paid for it. Would you like to know if the person re-aligning your spine believes that aliens or space gods or something rewrote reality during the grunge era? I would.Reality BitesThe best place to keep tabs on the continuing conflicts between memory and the real world is the Mandela Effect subreddit. That’s where people bring their best evidence to the hivemind and see what they think. Threads there are pretty funny. There’s always one or two “no, that’s always been that way” debunkers who get voted down, but the big discussion is around “residue” – images and videos that they believe might contain traces of the “old universe” that people remember.Some Mandela Effect cases are stupid – of course, Rubik’s Cube is spelled with a K, not an X. Chartreuse has always been a yellowish-green, not pink. Carmen Sandiego’s coat is red. Brian Dennehy is alive, goddammit. But people have managed to convince themselves that the opposite is true. And they’re making forum posts, blogs, and YouTube videos about it.What does the future hold for the Mandela Effect? Despite articles like this clearly stating that these are mixed-up memories and nothing more, believers continue to find more and more jawsome “examples” of the world changing without their permission. Who knows? Maybe there will be a shift so big that even skeptics like myself will have to admit it. But I wouldn’t put money on us ever remembering it.