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Sunday, October 02, 2021

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In an uncharacteristic move, I’m actually following up on an earlier initiative I laid out here: The posting of major-sports full playoff schedules as soon as they’re determined.

I’d already done this with the 2005 NBA Finals, so now I’ll make it two in a row with the 2005 Major League Baseball playoff schedule. Coincidentally, these first two exercises are for sports for which I care nothing; can’t wait until I give this treatment to the NFL and NHL!

American League Division Series (ALDS)

Boston Red Sox vs. Chicago White Sox
Game One: Tuesday, October 4th - Boston at Chicago, 4 p.m.
Game Two: Wednesday, October 5th - Boston at Chicago, 7 p.m.
Game Three: Friday, October 7th - Chicago at Boston, 4 p.m.
Game Four: Saturday, October 8th - Chicago at Boston*
Game Five: Sunday, October 9th - Boston at Chicago*

New York Yankees vs. Los Angeles Angels
Game One: Tuesday, October 4th - NY at LA, 8 p.m.
Game Two: Wednesday, October 5th - NY at LA, 10 p.m.
Game Three: Friday, October 7th - LA at NY, 8 p.m.
Game Four: Saturday, October 8th - LA at NY*
Game Five: Sunday, October 9th - NY at LA*

National League Division Series (NLDS)

San Diego Padres vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Game One: Tuesday, October 4th - San Diego at St. Louis, 1 p.m.
Game Two: Thursday, October 6th - San Diego at St. Louis, 4 p.m.
Game Three: Saturday, October 8th - St. Louis at San Diego, TBA
Game Four: Sunday, October 9th - St. Louis at San Diego*
Game Five: Monday, October 10th - San Diego at St. Louis*

Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves
Game One: Wednesday, October 5th - Houston at Atlanta, 4 p.m.
Game Two: Thursday, October 6th - Houston at Atlanta, 8 p.m.
Game Three: Saturday, October 8th - Atlanta at Houston, TBA
Game Four: Sunday, October 9th - Atlanta at Houston*
Game Five: Monday, October 10th - Houston at Atlanta*

American League Championship Series (ALCS)

Boston/Chicago winner vs. Los Angeles/New York winner
Game One: Tuesday, October 11th, 8 p.m.
Game Two: Wednesday, October 12th, TBA
Game Three: Friday, October 14th, 8 p.m.
Game Four: Saturday, October 15th, 7:30 p.m.
Game Five: Sunday, October 16th, 4 p.m.*
Game Six: Tuesday, October 18th, 8 p.m.*
Game Seven: Wednesday, October 19th, 8 p.m.*

National League Championship Series (NLCS)

San Diego/St. Louis winner vs. Houston/Atlanta winner
Game One: Wednesday, October 12th, TBA
Game Two: Thursday, October 13th, 8 p.m.
Game Three: Saturday, October 15th, 4 p.m.
Game Four: Sunday, October 16th, 7:30 p.m.
Game Five: Monday, October 17th, 8 p.m.*
Game Six: Wednesday, October 19th, 4 p.m.*
Game Seven: Thursday, October 20th, 8 p.m.*

2005 World Series

NL Champion vs. AL Champion
Game One: Saturday, October 22nd - NL at AL, 7:30 p.m.
Game Two: Sunday, October 23rd - NL at AL, 8 p.m.
Game Three: Tuesday, October 25th - AL at NL, 8 p.m.
Game Four: Wednesday, October 26th - AL at NL, 8 p.m.
Game Five: Thursday, October 27th - AL at NL, 8 p.m.*
Game Six: Saturday, October 29th - NL at AL, 7:30 p.m.*
Game Seven: Sunday, October 30th - NL at AL, 7:30 p.m.*

* - if necessary

As before, this is here chiefly for my own easy future reference, as I’ve found that it’s difficult to track down this comprehensive list as the postseason drags on.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/02/2021 11:17:16 PM
Category: Baseball
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As the U.S. mobile phone industry nears a decade of widespread market penetration, the long-expected consolidation down to two or three providers is still proceeding only haltingly.

Naturally, that’s good news for the consumer, as the FCC points out in its annual Congressional report on competition in the wireless industry, covering 2004 and first-half 2005.

Among the more surprising findings:

Despite those mergers, the FCC report found that 97% of the U.S. population lives in counties with at least three wireless carriers.

So there are plenty of options for cellular customers, which keeps rates low. And with low-end competitors forcing a race to the bottom with the major providers, along with more people opting to abandon landlines and go wireless-only, it looks like the prices will remain low for the foreseeable future.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/02/2021 09:48:53 PM
Category: Business, Tech
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When Flablog.net declared Tampa Bay to be Florida’s blogging nexus, I wondered if that claim was somehow verifiable.

I still haven’t found any hard evidence (not that I’ve been looking). But I have come across another anecdotal tidbit that suggests another Sunshine State city isn’t up to snuff. Back in June, Orlando pulled the plug on its citywide free wi-fi service, citing low usage (27 people ever logged on) and high costs. Presumably, a sizable blogging community in O-Town would have attracted usage and sustained the service.

Naturally, this doesn’t prove a thing. There may have been other reasons for Orlando’s free wireless to have tanked: Unreliability of connection, lack of marketing to make people aware, predominance of wired connections in homes and businesses. Still, you’d think a horde of techno-geeks would have kept this thing afloat.

Actually, this makes me curious about the city of Tampa’s public wi-fi zone, which is nearly a year old now. I’ve never sampled it, because I’ve never been in the area while in need of a wireless hookup.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/02/2021 09:28:27 PM
Category: Bloggin', Florida Livin', Wi-Fi
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Today wrapped up this blog’s week in the St. Pete Times’ Blog Spotlight.

Ever since the Times rolled out that online feature, I’d wondered if the placement sent any increased traffic to the selected blog. Now, I know: It doesn’t.

I don’t think I got more than a handful of hits coming from the Times’ link, and I suspect most of them were repeat visitors from before this past week. It’s a bit surprising; I’d assumed that a high-traffic site like SPTimes.com would bring primetime exposure. But that’s obviously not the case.

I’ve got to assume that much of the Times’ print readership doesn’t frequent the online edition (and vice versa). Plus, the online readers don’t extensively scope out the site’s subpages; I’m thinking the percentage of clickthrus from the homepage is fairly low, outside of major sections like Sports.

Still, no sour grapes here. I’m honored to have been placed in that top spot for a week. And it’s not like I’m hurting for traffic otherwise (although I’ll always take more).

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 10/02/2021 09:04:35 PM
Category: Bloggin', Florida Livin', Media
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