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$1050 is on the line come 10/11/16. Is my workout routine strainful?

We started a biggest loser challenge at work on July 11. All the participants pitched in money, and the grand total is $1050. BMI will be the determining factor. I was obese when I first started at 189 pounds (30.5 BMI). As of right now on 9/10/16, I'm sitting at 174 pounds (28.1 overweight). The challenge ends on October 11, 2016. I'm shooting for 160-162 by the end of the challenge. My current routine for losing weight consists of the following: [more inside]
posted by tnar23 on Sep 10, 2016 - 18 answers

talk to me about basketball backstop materials

I would like to understand the benefits and disadvantages of various basketball backstop material options for use in busy urban parks and gymnasiums. Google hasn't been much help. Durability and ease of repairs is the highest priority, followed by user experience.
posted by sepviva on Aug 31, 2016 - 7 answers

I want to trounce my fiance this March Madness.

I am a Canadian who has seen almost no basketball. I want to trounce my fiance in our yearly March Madness bracket in a few months, or, barring that, have lots of fun intelligently talking about predictions/rankings/upsets/games with him in February and March. What sites or books should I read for good, regular, in-depth college basketball analysis (or the history of NCAA, or whatever), either (a) now or (b) after I learn what basketball jargon means? [more inside]
posted by flibbertigibbet on Aug 30, 2016 - 11 answers

How are basketball games audio engineered?

I'm curious about two aspects of live sound engineering basketball games: 1. The actual sounds you hear at a game in person. 2. The engineering for broadcasts. [more inside]
posted by gucci mane on Feb 23, 2016 - 3 answers

Mutant basketball / "tactical" / "military" style boot finding help!

Hello. I would like to replace a pair of well loved boots / shoes with some new ones. The ones I have at the moment look like this. I have found these but they are less casual more military! Does anyone have any knowledge of some more like the ones I already have (or like that but different - if that makes any sense) please?
posted by debord on Jan 20, 2016 - 9 answers

Help me tarnish my friends at fantasy basketball

This season my friends decided to make a fantasy basketball league for the very first time. Most everyone in the league is new to this and it's been a ton of fun so far! However, after a stressful 6 weeks and therefore not setting my lineup as often as I'd liked, I'm second-to-last and am gunning for a major comeback (I just won this week's matchup, too). [more inside]
posted by gucci mane on Dec 21, 2015 - 5 answers

Final Score: 71-9. In a Youth Basketball game? Really?

I attended a nephew's basketball game at the end of last season. It was an age 10-12 league. My nephew's team was the losing one. I was upset by the final score and the tactics the opposing team used. I am hoping mefites more knowledgeable about Basketball can weigh in and tell me whether this was as outrageous as I feel it was or explain whether I am missing some part of Basketball. [more inside]
posted by You Get A Favorite For Being A Snowflake on Nov 24, 2015 - 35 answers

What is widely considered the greatest basketball game of all time?

I've recently, in the past few years, become obsessed with basketball. I paid a lot of attention to the last few seasons and I'm already paying attention to the pre-season right now. Every season has these amazing, incredible, jaw dropping moments, ones where me and all my friends or the bar I'm at are all screaming "NO WAY!" at the television. I'm looking for a spectacular display of basketball. A fierce rivalry. Crazy shots, last minute shots, amazing layups, incredible steals, exacting passes. Just... the best basketball game ever. What is it? Who were the characters? What was on the line? I need it.
posted by gucci mane on Oct 10, 2015 - 22 answers

LA shopping/activies (specifically outdoor basketball, toys)

Where should I look for toys that I wouldn't find in toy stores outside of such a large, diverse city? I'm also interested in watching the Venice Basketball League championship game tomorrow. What do I need to know about that? [more inside]
posted by stuart_s on Aug 15, 2015 - 5 answers

Are you able to help me with my March Madness?

You are not in my pool (YANIMP). Please help me with my bracket. [more inside]
posted by Rob Rockets on Mar 16, 2015 - 6 answers

Are There Contingency Plans in the Event of a Catastrophe?

Do the four major US professional team sports leagues (MLB, NHL, NFL and NBA) have secret plans on how to proceed with the league and the league schedule in the event of a catastrophe such as a plane crash to one of the teams? [more inside]
posted by 724A on Jan 29, 2015 - 12 answers

Help Me Feel Like A Fan Again.

When I was in college, watching my college's basketball team play brought me joy and catharsis. I really identified with the players and felt like we were "all in this together." As an adult nearly 10 years out of college, that feeling eludes me. The players look like kids! When I travel to the games the alumni section is staid and boring! If you are a fan of your college's basketball team (or really, any college b-ball team), how do you maintain the interest, and feel passionate about the game, as an adult? [more inside]
posted by rogerrogerwhatsyourrvectorvicto on May 13, 2014 - 6 answers

Looking for the best basketball statistics resources

I'm a scientist who deals with statistics all day, and my partner is a die-hard basketball fan. He follows some of the basketball stats nerds, and sometimes he wants to talk about basketball stats with me, but I can never find any decent statistical summaries - just a bunch of averages with no context provided. Are there any free resources that provide sports statistics with more than simple averages? [more inside]
posted by dialetheia on Apr 29, 2014 - 11 answers

Why are Nike's basketball shoes so narrow?

I'm looking for an article or a good explanation for why Nike's basketball shoes are so narrow. Basketball players are some of the bigger/taller people on the planet, so what gives? [more inside]
posted by cashman on Apr 23, 2014 - 4 answers

What are some great sports newsletters?

I'm looking for some good sports newsletters. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 13, 2014 - 0 answers

How would an adult even begin brushing up on their basketball skills?

26 year-old wanting to learn basketball fundamentals basically from scratch in NY. How do I even start? [more inside]
posted by windbox on Jan 7, 2014 - 13 answers

Where can I bulk-download NBA box scores and stats?

I'm looking for every box score my favorite NBA team played in for this year and last. Where can I go to download this data? [more inside]
posted by antonymous on Dec 5, 2013 - 3 answers

Nothing but net

Help me find netting to partly enclose a basketball court. [more inside]
posted by LonnieK on Oct 5, 2013 - 6 answers

The mustard is off the hot dog: What's in store for L.A. basketball?

Until last season I was a more-than-casual basketball fan in general and Lakers fan in particular, but for various reasons last season completely fell off my radar. Help catch me up. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Aug 4, 2013 - 3 answers

There Must Be a Reason They Sit on Those Little Chairs, Right?

Is there a reason that sidelined basketball players sit on regular-sized chairs (or the bench), where their very long legs place their knees much higher than their hips? [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Jun 3, 2013 - 5 answers

Best basketballs around

As March Madness is here, want to get a basketball as a gift. What's the best basketball on the market? [more inside]
posted by neoist on Mar 25, 2013 - 7 answers

TV Commerical Search: People Yell "LAYUP"

Trying to find a commercial from the mid 90s (?). There's a guy talking about a basketball legend. The way he describes this legend goes something like this: "One day he was raining 3s from the sky" "He would pull up from 25 feet and people on the sidelines would be yelling LAYUP" My Google Fu has failed me, since I don't know what product was being advertised. Ideally, I'm looking for a video link, but would settle with knowing what was being advertised.
posted by unceman on Mar 15, 2013 - 2 answers

Send it in, big fella!

My fiancee loves Bill Raftery and I would love to get a signed photograph for him, but I can't figure out how to make contact. [more inside]
posted by Flamingo on Jan 24, 2013 - 7 answers


Please recommend me the best books and films about basketball. [more inside]
posted by Georgina on Jan 23, 2013 - 23 answers

How can an obese person get in shape for basketball?

So I'm obese, I use to play basketball in high school (I fluctuated from slightly overweight to normal weight in high school), but because of depression and anxiety, I ate my feeling and I have gotten obese. Now I'm in grad school, and on the track to losing weight, and I want to play intramural basketball. I play pickup games sometimes with some classmates and other people at the gym, but I'm so out of shape, I end up walking a lot of the game... I wasn't sure if I wanted to play intramural because I'm so out of shape it's frustrating/embarrassing not to be able to do what I use to in high school... but I decided that the only way I can get close to how I played in high school, is actually to play more. I've been doing Power 90 for the last 2 weeks, and it's helped a bit with getting me in basketball shape, but since it's not geared to get you into basketball shape, it won't get me where I want to be. Any suggestions? TIA
posted by Osakhomen on Jan 8, 2013 - 18 answers

Help me out with my fantasy basketball auction draft!

I'm participating in my first fantasy basketball league (I've done FFB) and another first for me is the auction draft. Help me not look like a fool. [more inside]
posted by Thrillhouse on Oct 29, 2012 - 3 answers

Where can I play basketball in Washington DC area (Bethesda) late at night?

Where can I play basketball in Washington DC (Bethesda) area late at night? [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow on Jul 3, 2012 - 5 answers

Which group of athletes is more abnormal in height?

Which group of athletes is further from the center of the bell curve distribution for height: Olympic gymnasts or NBA players?
posted by Trurl on Jun 4, 2012 - 7 answers

How can we watch live basketball at home, just for a month?

What's the cheapest way I can watch live basketball coverage in my one home? I'm in California, and a Charter cable internet customer. Complication: I only want a month of access. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Apr 29, 2012 - 16 answers

Please hoop me!

How do I go about becoming a fan or follower of pro basketball? [more inside]
posted by Ipsifendus on Apr 4, 2012 - 36 answers

Watch the KU championship online tonight?

Any options for watching the KU/Kentucky championship game live, online? [more inside]
posted by xedrik on Apr 2, 2012 - 3 answers

Are there ideal numbers to have in a basketball "Square pool"?

Math/sports question! I entered a "Square pool" (purely theoretical money at stake :) ), for the NCAA basketball tournament. I am curious if there are better numbers to have, and why that would be the case. More information inside. [more inside]
posted by JoeGoblin on Mar 18, 2012 - 7 answers

Bracketology- Blown up!

NCAA Tourney Filter: I want to blow up bracket (lets say 5 by 10 feet) to put on my wall. I'd love to just be able to print using my home printer. What are my best free options? I have a MS Office.
posted by sandmanwv on Mar 14, 2012 - 5 answers

Tips for going to first basketball game?

Tips for going to first basketball game? [more inside]
posted by telsa on Feb 20, 2012 - 14 answers

I have some random NBA questions

I watched my first NBA basketball game ever and I have some random questions. [more inside]
posted by Sully on Feb 16, 2012 - 20 answers

NBA teams to watch to complement my acute case of Linsanity?

In addition to the Knicks, which four teams should I add to my NBA League Pass subscription? [more inside]
posted by cosmic osmo on Feb 12, 2012 - 12 answers

Value Over Replacement Database

Sports nerds of MeFi: where do you go for your downloadable sports statistics database needs? [more inside]
posted by no regrets, coyote on Jan 3, 2012 - 8 answers

On any team, four offensive players won't have the ball…

Why is off-ball movement such a difficult basketball skill? The more I watch college, and even NBA, basketball and focus on offensive plays rather than just the person with the ball, the more I realize that most of the guys on the court are not moving, and it results in stagnant offenses. So why is off-ball movement such a difficult skill to develop? I would think that, at least in set plays, coaches would script out the off-ball movement for not just the key players (like the person who is going to make the backdoor cut) but for the rest of the team as well. Yet with rare exceptions, you only see one or two players moving at a time. Why?
posted by philosophygeek on Dec 23, 2011 - 14 answers

Bulls versus....? Who would be the best to see?

Now that the NBA has come to an agreement (or is very close to), that means I can purchase an awesome Xmas present for my pops! Which team would be the best/most exciting/fun to see play against the Chicago Bulls? [more inside]
posted by fuzzysoft on Nov 26, 2011 - 7 answers

DC basketball leagues??

Hi, I'm an average ex hs basketball player. Are there are competitive adult men's basketball leagues in Washington DC? I live on Capitol Hill so not looking to travel very far. I'm also hoping to not have to pay to join a gym to play in that gym's league. If anybody knows of any I would appreciate the info. Thanks, Matt
posted by matt755811 on Sep 26, 2011 - 4 answers

Where can I watch Chinese Basketball Association games online?

Where can I watch Chinese Basketball Association games online? Streaming would be preferable, but I'd also be happy to download and watch the day after if anyone knows where they're posted. [more inside]
posted by jng on Sep 19, 2011 - 3 answers


I'm trying to choose a new NBA team to follow. Specifically, a really bad team with enough good qualities that it would be fun to support. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by acidic on Jun 22, 2011 - 22 answers

Half-court shot stats in the NBA

Where can I find statistics on half-court shots in the NBA? [more inside]
posted by suckerpunch on May 4, 2011 - 6 answers

The bigger they are, the more they run?!

NBA Filter: Why does the PF or C always inbound the ball after a made shot? [more inside]
posted by the NATURAL on Apr 28, 2011 - 9 answers

Printable NCAA Men's Tournament Brackets

Looking to 'collect' NCAA Men's Basketball printable blank "brackets". Help me find some links/resources? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Apr 4, 2011 - 2 answers

Equality Now! BBall Substitutions dilemma

MathStoryProblem: I coach youth bball and need help with equal playing time substitutions with a line-up that varies week to week. I think some kind of formula or counting trick should help, but my math skills are failing me. Up to 15 kids, 10 substitutions per game (25 min halves - subs every 5 min). As close to equal amount of floor time as possible (obviously, this can't always be the case). [more inside]
posted by ten year lurk on Feb 23, 2011 - 6 answers

Shirts vs Skins

Do people that play pick up basketball in your area do shirts and skins(i.e. one team plays with shirts off, one keeps their shirts on)? [more inside]
posted by sandmanwv on Feb 18, 2011 - 17 answers

Pickup BBall in Hoboken?

Pickup basketball in NJ? [more inside]
posted by mtheshark on Feb 6, 2011 - 1 answer


In basketball, why do west coast teams score more in general? NBA, NCAA, recreational - why is that? [more inside]
posted by cashman on Feb 2, 2011 - 8 answers

what are my options to rent an indoor gym for basketball in Richmond Hill, Ontario?

What are my options to rent an indoor gym for basketball in Richmond Hill, Ontario? 10 university students who work and live in the area. The community center offers a relatively high rate by the hour so were wondering where else we could consider renting a basketball gym in and around Richmond Hill.
posted by in.betweener on Nov 19, 2010 - 5 answers

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