Monday, November 4, 2013

The Un-Preseason Preview

We're getting close to that time of year when we will start to read articles about what you can expect this season from your favorite teams. Will CBA rebound to regain AA supremacy? Will Watervliet, Lake George and Argyle be able to repeat as State Champions? Will the Albany girls have enough left to fend off Bethlehem for a second straight year? Truth be told, I haven't a clue.

I sit and await those articles along side you. As a fan, I want to know these answers and I'll read whatever article I can in the weeks prior to the start of the season. Insider information is always interesting and it's something of which I am a consumer, but it's not something that helps what I do.

The models I use don't care how many Seniors you are returning this year, or if you won the State title last year, or if you didn't even win a game. It only cares how you perform this year, and therein lies its beauty. The preseason analysis, while fun to read, doesn't help me very much. It isn't going to make me something I'm not. I won't be delving into my non-existent Rolodex (yes I grew up in the 80's, and no I don't yet own a smartphone) of coaching contacts for inside information.

Last season was my first season writing this blog. I set ambitious goals for myself and, unfortunately, for you. For not meeting them I am regretful, but there are only so many hours in a day and I don't regret the other things that kept me away from fulfilling those goals. Looking back, they were probably unattainable anyway. But, I tried my best and that's all I can ask of anyone.

This year I'll be focusing solely on the games and the models. Every game is fed into the models and therefore every game is important. It will be more of the same from the end of last year. Model changing games will be discussed and weekly brackets around the first of the year will be released. Maybe I'll even break out something new, just for fun. I do have one contact I've been working with, and hopefully that will come to fruition. I'll keep you updated if it does.

In the meantime, read the good work from the big guys. I will be.

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