What Reddit Can Tell Us About NBA Fan Bases

DETr/DetroitPistons10,69510,0720.94 SASr/NBASpurs25,67327,1271.06 MILr/MkeBucks20,86917,4300.84 SACr/kings12,84612,8361.00 The NBA’s most talkative fansNumber of subscribers to team subreddits and comments made by users with that team’s flair on r/nba, October 2018 NYKr/NYKnicks35,48224,2940.68 teamsubredditSubscribersTotalPer subscriber BRKr/GoNets9,4499,4301.00 Comments from flaired fans on r/nba The most-upvoted post of all time on /r/nba is the announcement that LeBron would sign with the Lakers. Ever since then, the L.A. fan base, which is one of the largest on /r/nba, has been more active than usual. Meanwhile, comment activity among Cleveland fans is the lowest it’s been since the first post-LeBron era.PelicansThe New Orleans Pelicans exist in one of the smallest media markets in the NBA. Their team-specific subreddit, /r/NOLAPelicans, has the second fewest subscribers among all 30 teams (/r/memphisgrizzlies has the fewest). And yet, their fan base is in the middle of one of its most active periods. For every subscriber to /r/NOLAPelicans, Pelicans’ fans made more than 1.2 comments on /r/nba in the month of October, the highest mark of any fan base. CLEr/clevelandcavs36,85025,8610.70 MEMr/memphisgrizzlies5,5204,8380.88 PHIr/sixers44,36832,8240.74 If Anthony Davis decides to stay in New Orleans beyond his current contract, it’s likely to be in part because of the small but passionate fan base that supports him.It’s worth pointing out that Golden State Warriors fans rank dead last in comments per subscriber. But this is probably misleading because of the inflated subscriber count of /r/warriors. During the summer of 2017, those who downloaded Reddit’s mobile app were subscribed to the Warriors subreddit by default if they selected the NBA as a category they were interested in. This resulted in a spike in subscribers to /r/warriors and created a gap between them and the rest of the league.Check out our latest NBA predictions. GSWr/warriors113,33148,3150.43 NOPr/NOLAPelicans6,5958,1311.23 MINr/timberwolves21,57818,5440.86 ORLr/OrlandoMagic10,1866,7990.67 WASr/washingtonwizards17,92613,1780.74 PHOr/suns14,30213,8720.97 Subscribers were counted on Oct. 9. Subscribers to r/warriors are likely inflated because of a feature of Reddit’s mobile app.Source: Reddit DALr/Mavericks19,26417,8580.93 PORr/ripcity15,95517,1391.07 ATLr/AtlantaHawks12,1108,1310.67 UTAr/UtahJazz16,15717,7891.10 LACr/LAClippers10,4188,2500.79 But the 76ers also have two players on their roster who are a lightning rod for discussion on /r/nba. Hardly a day goes by without a post on the latest Joel Embiid sound bite or Markelle Fultz lowlight (when he’s not injured or involved in trade rumors). So long as those two players are on the team, Philly fans will have plenty to talk about.Because the data is available only through Oct. 31, 2018, the chart does not capture the reaction to Philadelphia’s trade for Butler earlier this month. But given that the replays of Butler’s game winners against Charlotte and Brooklyn are two of the most-upvoted, or highest-rated, posts of the season thus far on r/nba, 76ers fans are likely just warming up.Cavs and LakersWhen LeBron James returned to Cleveland in the summer of 2014, Cavaliers fans instantly became more active on /r/nba. With their teammate squabbles, midseason trades and postseason heroics, the Cavaliers were a constant topic of conversation from 2014 to 2018 — and never more so than during their championship run in 2016.But when James left to join the Lakers this offseason, he took the conversation with him. We charted the comment activity for fans of the Lakers and Cavaliers together, without indexing the shares so that we could make a cross-team comparison. HOUr/rockets35,09023,2370.66 CHAr/CharlotteHornets7,9188,4021.06 LALr/lakers84,13782,1270.98 CHIr/chicagobulls41,93521,2480.51 TORr/torontoraptors52,28958,9351.13 OKCr/Thunder23,64624,8981.05 MIAr/heat15,17016,9331.12 DENr/denvernuggets10,39411,0071.06 BOSr/bostonceltics61,60148,6650.79 The highs and lows of being an NBA fan aren’t necessarily dependent on wins and losses. When your team has been bad for a while, small victories — like upsetting a better team during the regular season — can be your version of winning a championship. Conversely, when your team is a finals contender every year, some setbacks can feel like signs of the end times.One way to quantify the ups and downs of a fan base is to look at how active they are: After all, the only fans worse than angry fans are uninterested ones. To help with that, we have Reddit — the discussion-based website with more than a million communities, or subreddits, each devoted to a different subject.Over the years, basketball fans have flocked to /r/nba, the site’s professional basketball subreddit, to discuss games in progress, seek meaning in the latest trade rumors and debate the legality of surrounding Steph Curry in a moving ring of teammates with locked arms. With more than 11 million comments made from January through October, /r/nba is the third most active subreddit this year, trailing only /r/AskReddit and /r/politics. It’s also far and away the busiest sports subreddit: Through October, /r/nba had received 3 million more comments this year than /r/soccer, the next most active sports-related subreddit.One noteworthy aspect of /r/nba is that users have the option to publicly display their allegiance to teams through “flairs,” which appear as icons next to usernames in posts and comments. Although flairs are optional, roughly 80 percent of comments made on /r/nba since October 2011 have been made by users with those icons.Inspired by Reddit user 808x’s analysis of team loyalty, we used those flairs on comments made since Oct. 1, 2011,1Although the /r/nba subreddit has existed since 2008, the 2011-12 season was the first year with sustained and regular comment activity from all 30 fan bases. to chart the activity of each NBA fan base. To normalize for the growth of Reddit over time, we calculated the total number of daily comments made by a fan base divided by the total number of daily comments made by all users (flaired or not). In addition, we used a 30-day rolling average2To smooth out the daily volatility of comments. indexed to each team’s highest point in order to make the trends for teams in small markets as clear as the trends for teams in large markets. Indexing allows us to show all 30 teams at once, but cross-team comparisons must be made with caution because the y-axis for each team’s chart is unique.In other words, each fan base’s activity is relative only to itself. We can infer from the data that 76ers fans on Reddit were more active earlier this year than they had ever been, but we shouldn’t infer that 76ers fans were more active than Warriors fans. INDr/pacers9,3587,1020.76 The spikes on the charts often correlate with playoff runs, blockbuster trades or better-than-expected starts to a season. For example, the fever of Atlanta Hawks fandom peaked during their 60-win season in 2014-15, which culminated in an appearance in the Eastern Conference finals. The spike on Minnesota’s chart lines up with the summer the Timberwolves traded for Jimmy Butler. Meanwhile, Sacramento Kings fans were most active during the start of the 2014-15 NBA season, when the team jumped out to a 9-5 record (they finished 29-53).To understand the landscape of fandom on /r/nba, it’s worth examining in detail the comment activity for fans of the Philadelphia 76ers, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Los Angeles Lakers and the New Orleans Pelicans.76ersNo team has had a more linear increase in comment activity over the past seven years than the Philadelphia 76ers. Sixers fans have grown more active on /r/nba each year, in part because their team has gotten incrementally better each year. read more

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Bucks look to spike Penn State from nations top spot

The Ohio State women’s volleyball team is picking up momentum. It recorded its first Big Ten weekend home sweep in more than three years,    After defeating both Purdue and Indiana 3-1 in last weekend’s matchups, the Buckeyes climbed from No. 36 to No. 32.  The Buckeyes are 17-6 overall, 5-5 in Big Ten conference play and No. 5 in the conference. The weekend’s biggest contributor, Ashley Hughes, has been named Big Ten Co-Player of the week.  On Friday against Purdue, Hughes posted 48 assists, seven digs and five kills.  It was a tough performance to beat, but she did just that. Saturday against Indiana, Hughes achieved two career highs, with 53 assists and 19 digs.  Hughes has been the starting setter in eight matches and has played in 12. She will be an asset in the team’s trip to No. 1 Penn State.The Buckeyes are entering the second wave of conference play on a positive note. Top-ranked Penn State is 22-0 and has held onto the No. 1 spot this season. The Buckeyes lost to Penn State on Oct. 7 in the first round of conference play. This time around, the Buckeyes have improved in hitting percentages and have employed a smoother offense.  The Buckeyes average 16.81 points per set, just behind the 19.46 points per set Penn State averages. However, the Buckeyes face bigger challenges. Buckeye opponents are hitting .180 and Penn State’s opponents just .091.    The Buckeyes fall just short of Penn State with 13.29 kills and 12.20 assists per set on average. They take the edge over Penn State with 1.58 aces and 13.24 digs on average per set.  It’s easy to compare two teams’ stats, but action on the floor determines the stronger team. The Buckeyes have the aggressive defense that is required to challenge a team with an undefeated record.   The Nittany Lions of Penn State host the Buckeyes at 7 p.m. The match will be televised by the Big Ten Network. read more

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Buckeye field hockey notches No 2 seed in upcoming Big Ten Tournament

The Ohio State field hockey team defeated Northwestern Saturday for the 22nd consecutive time. The win secured the No. 2 seed for the Buckeyes in the Big Ten Tournament, which starts Thursday.The tournament will be played in East Lansing, Mich., on Michigan State’s campus.The Buckeyes will face the No. 7 seed Penn State in their first round game. Penn State defeated the Buckeyes 2-1 in overtime at State College, Pa., in the teams’ only meeting this season.“Of course it was a big loss and setback,” said senior goalkeeper Lindsay Quintiliani, who was named co-Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. “But we’ve bounced back since.”The Buckeyes are 6-1 since their loss to Penn State and are ranked No. 13 in the NFHCA Division I Top 20.The Nittany Lions have headed in the other direction. After defeating OSU, Penn State went 3-4 in its final seven games, failing to win another conference game and finishing in last place in the Big Ten at 1-5.If the Buckeyes win their first-round meeting with Penn State, they will move onto the semifinal round, played on Friday. There, the Buckeyes would face the winner of Indiana and Northwestern. The win over Indiana came in the Big Ten opener on Sept. 27. The Buckeyes finished the season with a win over Northwestern Saturday. Both victories came while their opponents were ranked in the top 20. If the Buckeyes get through the first two rounds, they will play in the tournament championship at noon Sunday. All signs point to Michigan State as the would-be opponent in the championship game.The Spartans have been dominant in conference play this season, going 6-0. Owning the top seed in the tournament, the Spartans receive a first-round bye and need only one win to reach the championship game. The Spartans are also playing on their home field and will be facing the winner of Iowa and Michigan, both of which they’ve defeated this season.The winner of the conference tournament receives an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, which begins Nov. 14. If the Buckeyes fail to win the Big Ten tournament they will be looking for an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. read more

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Football 5 plays that mattered in Ohio State vs Rutgers

Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) catches a snap in the second quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorEach game, the momentum can shift from one team to the other on one play. Other than last week’s get-well game against UNLV, each week, we will list five plays, elements of plays or series of plays that made the most significant impact in Ohio State’s games.Here’s the five plays that mattered most in No. 11 Ohio State’s 56-0 blowout win at Rutgers.Dante Booker interceptionLooking at the final score, it’s difficult to remember that Ohio State struggled in the first quarter. Leading by seven with 2:52 remaining in the first quarter, Rutgers drove to the Ohio State 15-yard line and threatened to tie the game. On second-and-11, Ohio State linebacker Dante Booker picked off quarterback Johnathan Lewis after the ball bounced off the intended receiver and Booker tipped it to himself.Ohio State followed that interception with an eight-play, 87-yard touchdown drive in fewer than three minutes.Johnnie Dixon 70-yard touchdown catchOhio State was facing third-and-17 from its own 30-yard line when quarterback J.T. Barrett found redshirt junior wideout Johnnie Dixon behind the defense for a score.The Buckeyes were nearing their second consecutive three-and-out at 7:27 left in the second quarter and only leading by two scores. Barrett scrambled to his right and the Rutgers safeties lost Dixon behind them. Ohio State would score two more times before the half. Barrett to Victor, 48 yardsBefore the end of the half in another third-and-long situation, Barrett stepped up in the pocket and delivered a strike to sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor for 48 yards down to the Rutgers 32-yard line.That completion with 1:55 left in the first half set up the Buckeyes’ final touchdown of the half to extend the lead to 35-0.Nick Bosa third-down stopOhio State stalled on its first drive on the second half after a failed fourth down attempt. On its ensuing possession, Rutgers picked up 22 yards on second-and-23 to create a third-and-short situation. That’s when sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa blasted through the line and tallied his first tackle for loss of the game with 11:38 left in the third quarter.Had Rutgers gotten a first down, the Scarlet Knights likely wouldn’t have drove the rest of the field for a score, based on their offense’s consistent inability to move the football. Despite that, those are the types of plays Ohio State should be able to make when prompted later in the season.Ohio State sophomore wide receiver Binjimen Victor (9) catches a pass for a touchdown in the third quarter against Rutgers on Sep. 30. Ohio State won 56-0. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorVictor touchdown grabThis play had little to do with the outcome, but had everything to do with the growth of the offense. Barrett threw his best ball of the day to Victor for a 22-yard score on a near-perfect, back-shoulder fade to the left pylon.Redshirt freshman Dwayne Haskins replaced Barrett on the next offensive drive with the Buckeyes leading 42-0. read more

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Southern railway passengers face 14 days of strike action in escalation of

first_imgSouthern Railway workers are to stage 14 days of strike action in five blocks from next month in the long-running dispute over the role of conductors.The Rail, Maritime and Transport union announced an escalation of industrial action that will bring fresh travel chaos for hundreds of thousands of passengers.The strikes will start on Tuesday, October 11 and will be held intermittently until Thursday, December 8.The union has held a series of walkouts in recent months in protest against changes to the role of conductors at Southern, which is owned by Govia Thameslink Railway. The RMT pointed out it has just reached a deal with ScotRail, being recommended for acceptance, that guarantees a conductor/guard on every new train.Mr Cash said: “This agreement protects passengers and guarantees a second safety-trained member of staff on board a train, who can assist if there is an incident such as we recently saw near Watford. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Guards are said to have played a 'vital role in protecting passengers' when the London Midland service came off the track last Friday Guards are said to have played a ‘vital role in protecting passengers’ when the London Midland service came off the track last FridayCredit:Network Rail/PAcenter_img RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Yet again our members are being forced to take industrial action in a bid to maintain a safe and secure service on Southern.”Govia Thameslink and the Government have made it clear that they have no interest in resolving this dispute. Instead they have begun the process of bulldozing through the drive towards wholesale driver-only operation (DOO) without agreement and without any concern for the impact on safety, security and disability access. “Last week there was a train derailment near Watford that involved two trains. The guards on both trains played a vital role in protecting the passengers and the trains in what were extremely frightening circumstances.”If the train had been DOO and without a guard, the consequences would have been far worse.” “If an agreement can be reached on ScotRail, then an agreement can also be made on Southern.”In the light of these recent developments, it is disgraceful that neither the company or the Government are prepared to engage and are continuing to attempt to impose DOO in the interests of putting profit before safety.”We call on them to get round the negotiating table as an urgent priority.”last_img read more

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Man jailed for cutting off drugged pet dogs ears with pliers

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Warning: Contains graphic images A Wrexham man has been jailed after cutting off his pet dog’s ears with pliers in a ‘heartbreaking’ case that shocked RSPCA officials.Christopher Griffiths was found guilty of animal welfare offences following a trial at Wrexham Magistrates’ Court.Victor, a tan male Staffordshire bull terrier type dog, was found to have cocaine in his system when vets treated his horrific injuries. His 34-year-old owner was found guilty of causing unnecessary suffering and carrying out a prohibited procedure to his dog following the September 2015 incident.He was handed a 24 week prison sentence, was disqualified from keeping dogs for 10 years and was given a 12 month probation order.Mr Griffiths denied the charges and said he had been the victim of an assault. He claimed his alleged attacker cut the dog’s ear off when he was unconscious.center_img RSPCA inspector Kia Thomas said: “When I first saw Victor I was just so shocked as his ears were gaping open wounds. I had never seen anything quite like it before.“It must have been so painful for him. It was just so heartbreaking. It is awful to imagine what poor Victor went through. It was totally unnecessary.”Inspector Thomas added: “Since Victor has been in our care he has been doing so well. He is an adorable dog with a lot of love to give. He loves nothing more than to be in your company and loves a cwtch [cuddle] on the sofa.” RSPCA Cymru said: “We are delighted to say he recovered and is now looking for a home.”Meanwhile, a teenage gang were banned from keeping animals after they set a dog on fire, broke his neck and fed him drugs.last_img read more

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Pippa Middleton chooses £2720 Erdem gown for society wedding in Stockholm

first_imgPippa and James Matthews put their honeymoon on hold to attend the wedding of Jons Bartholdson and Anna Ridderstad in Stockholm. Pippa wore a £2720 bohemian ‘Kenzie’ gown from London based designer Erdem for the occasion. Mr Bartholdson is a long time friend of Pippa, 33, and in 2015 they completed a 50 mile endurance race together to celebrate her 32nd birthday to raising funds for the Michael Matthews Foundation.It was founded following the death of her husband’s brother, then 22, in a mountaineering accident on Mount Everest in 1999 and builds schools in poverty-stricken locations around the world.The charity is run by members of the Matthews family, including husband James and Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews. Pippa and James Matthews arrive at Rose Bay Wharf by sea plane in Sydney  Pippa and James Matthews attend the wedding of Jons Bartholdson and Anna Ridderstad Pippa chose Erdem for the wedding Credit: Rex Features Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. According to the Swedish press 190 guests were at Villa Pauli, arriving by boat to ensure as much privacy as possible from photographers. The Kenzie Covertine Rose gown from Erdem  Pippa and Jons were teammates for the ÖTILLÖ, one of the toughest ‘swimrun’ events on the planet, which involves running and swimming a 50-mile route across 26 of the Stockholm archipelago’s 1000 islands.’We are just here to enjoy the wedding,’ James told Swedish daily Expressen. center_img Pippa and James Matthews attend the wedding of Jons Bartholdson and Anna RidderstadCredit:Rex Features The Kenzie Covertine Rose gown from Erdem Credit:Erdem  Sweden is the final stop on Pippa and James’ honeymoon after they wed in Berkshire in May.The newlyweds began their trip in French Polynesia and were later spotted soaking up the atmosphere in Sydney, after flying in from Tahiti via New Zealand.On touching down in Perth last weekend, Pippa told reporters she was having a ‘wonderful time’ so far.   Pippa chose Erdem for the wedding  On Saturday Jons married Anna Ridderstad, 37, at a lavish wedding in Stockholm’s Oscar Church. Guests were then ushered to a nearby steamboat, which took them to nearby Villa Pauli to continue celebrations.The wedding included several prominent members of Swedish high society, including H&M CEO Karl-Johan Persson.Emma Pernald, the former girlfriend of Swedish Prince Carl Philips, was also present. Pippa and James Matthews arrive at Rose Bay Wharf by sea plane in Sydney Credit:SAEED KHAN AFPlast_img read more

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Woman feared dead in the Grenfell Tower fire turns up alive in

first_imgMs Ahmed’s mother, who asked not to be named, said: “In her last call to us she said, ‘I can’t come down any more. I can’t get down. I’m in God’s hands now. Pray for me. Goodbye.’ We all cried.”“He [the firefighter] is a hero. He saved her life, it’s that simple. Otherwise, she wouldn’t have got out.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A firefighter views tributes after observing a minute’s silence at Latymer Community Centre, near to Grenfell TowerCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire But it emerged yesterday the cleaner was found unconscious on the 18th floor by a fire crew who got her to safety outside.Ms Ahmed has been in hospital since the fire eight days ago surrounded by her family, who had no idea of the appeals being made for her. A woman feared dead in the Grenfell Tower disaster after she made a heartbreaking call to her mother to say goodbye has turned up alive in hospital.Fadumo Ahmed’s picture was on posters put up on the streets around the site of the blaze as friends desperately searched for information but heard nothing.Ms Ahmed, 32, lived on the 19th floor of the block and shared a heartbreaking call as the fire closed in, telling her mother: “I can’t get out. Goodbye.” A firefighter views tributes after observing a minute's silence at Latymer Community Centre, near to Grenfell Towercenter_img People pass posters showing images of missing people, in Kensington, west London “We are just so happy she is okay. When we saw how bad the fire was and knew she was inside, it was terrible. We didn’t think anyone else could get out of there alive.” Ms Ahmed is now recovering from the effects of smoke inhalation. People pass posters showing images of missing people, in Kensington, west LondonCredit:PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Imageslast_img read more

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Newsnights Kirsty Wark criticises BBCs gender pay gap saying somethings got to

first_img“How on earth does that happen? She has been on that programme for more than 12 years and somehow she’s not on the list, isn’t that a mistake?” BBC presenter John Humphreys  BBC Newsnight presenter Kirsty Wark has joined criticism of the BBC’s gender pay gap as it emerged women accounted for just a third of the corporation’s biggest earners.Following the publication of a list of 96 BBC stars who earn more than £150,000, the Government has threatened to expose more top earners unless the broadcaster “gets its house in order”.Discussing the issue on Wednesday night’s programme, she upbraided James Purnell,  the corporation’s director of radio and education, over the gender disparity.Mr Purnell said it was the broadcaster’s wish to remove the gender pay gap, telling Newsnight “we need to change the mix of people” adding, “obviously we need to look at pay”.Challenging him on how pay equality would be achieved, Wark said: “Will you be expecting more male on-air talent to take a pay cut?… something’s got to give.”Are you going to say to Gary Lineker you’re earning, what is it, £2.6million can you just give £600,000 up so we can bring new female talent on in sport?”Mr Purnell replied “we’ve been doing that already” but went on to suggest that the lowest paid person on BBC Radio 4’s Today Programme is a man. But Wark interrupted him to say, “that’s not actually quite right, but seeing as you mentioned the Today programme Sarah Montague is a senior presenter on the Today Programme. She’s not been there as long as John Humphrys… [but] she does over 100 programmes a year, she’s not even on the list.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img Mr Purnell agreed that Ms Montague was a “brilliant broadcaster” but said he could not go into “individual details”. He added that it was hard to compare the salaries of those on the list as there were a number of factors, such as experience to consider. However he added that Ms Montague’s colleague Mr Humphrys was “the outstanding interviewer of his generation”, saying “he’s got a unique value to the BBC and that is something we recognise”.An unimpressed Ms Wark replied: “You recognise it when he doesn’t even need it recognised. It’s extraordinary.”He’s said that actually he didn’t even look for pay rises, but he kept getting them and he’s also said that he doesn’t want to go anywhere else so actually that’s not about the market, you just want to give John Humphrys lots of money”. BBC presenter John Humphreys Credit:REUTERS last_img read more

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