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  • Issue # 15.6.1 “Nova Nation” (4/2)

    Posted on April 3rd, 2018 - 2:10 pm Scott No comments

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    2018 NCAA Champions
    Villanova U. Wildcats#1-East
    Boston, MA

    Hosted by Boston College (ACC)
    TD Garden
    Villanova University Wildcats
    (36-4)

    3rd Title: ’85, ’16
    2018 Winningest Conference
    The Big 12 Conference
    (12-7)

    4th Time: ’03, ’08, ’10

    SLOW START BUT VILLANOVA HEATS UP TO WIN 2ND TITLE IN 3 YEARS
    Billiam, BamaG 2, and ChasCroix-1 join four winners who clinched Saturday

    Nova NationGOODLAND HOTEL IN GOLETA, CA (smt)- Nine minutes into Monday’s game, #3W-Michigan actually had more three-pointers than #1E-Villanova (2 to 1) and built a 21-14 lead but then couldn’t hit a shot.  Villanova found their rhythm, hitting 3 of their next 4 three-point attempts and went on a 23-7 run to close the half en route to another double-digit win, 79-62.  After allowing Michigan to get a quick basket after the break, Villanova scored the next 7 points and never looked back.  The Wolverines tried to get back, cutting the lead to 12 but consecutive threes by Donte DiVencenzo (who had a record 31 points off the bench which was 24 more than Michigan’s whole bench) had the Wildcats back up by 18 with 7:55 left.  In the end, Villanova won their 3rd title and second in three years, hitting 10 more threes to extend their record of 28 threes in the Final Four and 76 in the tournament.

    Villanova’s rout moved Billy T (Billiam), Greg J (BamaG 2), and Chuck D (ChasCroix-1) into the 4th, 5th, and 6th money spots.  The garbage time scoring in the end pushed the total points to 141 which gave Greg J 5th place over Chuck D.  Last year, Read the rest of this entry »

  • Michigan-Villanova Live!

    Posted on April 2nd, 2018 - 5:57 pm Scott No comments

    Getting done with work here in Goleta and stopping somewhere to eat to hopefully watch the first half.  Philly Eagles Again (Champ), Slamjam51-3, and SacKings4Ever have already clinched money spots.  For pride, 42 have picked #1E-Villanova to win and two have picked Michigan.  Those two are STORMY Fever-Catch It! and We Fam!, coincidentally, both with explanation marks at the end of their nickname.  Both need the Wolverines to win to finish in the money.  Larzby also needs Michigan to win to hold on to a money spot.  Billiam, ChasCroix-1, and BamaG 2 need the Wildcats to win to finish in the money.  Either way, there is a tie for 5th and the total points in final tiebreaker will come into play.  Bonus already won by SamerTime.  So here we go…

    1st, 15:30: Michigan coach “Weave 2 Poppy”?  MI 9-6.  Watching on the iPad from the Outpost restaurant. Hotel doesn’t have TBS so watching Michigan TeamCast on TNT.

    11:00: MI 21-14. Mich has more 3s than Vil (2-1).

    6:00: Vil hits 2nd three (both teams now 2/10), takes lead 23-21. Vil kept in game with 4 offensive rebounds (0 for MI).

    Half: Vil ends half on 23-7 run, hitting 3 of their last 4 threes. Estimated total points is 130.

    2nd 18:03: Vil on 7-0 run after spotting Michigan early basket. 44-30.

    14:00: VIL another three, up 51-33. Estimated 129 pts.

    11:58: Michigan battling, down 53-38. Estimated 130 pts. ChasCroix-1 would win 5th place tiebreaker and VIL win.

    7:55: VIL nails another three, pushing lead back to 15 (59-44).  And another three, up by 18 (62-44). Both by Donte DiVincenzo. Estimate 133 pts. ChasCroix-1 would finish 6th (and BamaG 2 5th) if total points is 135+ 136+.

    6:52: Michigan TeamCast complaining about Donte’s carrying-over and not getting called on it.  Donte human missing 2 free throws but makes 2 now.

    5:37: Billiam, ChasCroix-1, and BamaG 2 are starting to count the money.  19 point lead (69-50).

    4:23: Now Michigan TeamCast complaining about soft fouls on Wagner.  On the last one, Wagner didn’t even touch the guy and got his 4th foul.  71-52.

    3:48: Another 3, Villanova up by 22 (74-52). Scoring up, now estimate 139 which would give BamaG 2 5th place.

    2:00: Total points hit 137 (79-58), gives BamaG 2 5th place.  ChasCroix-1 will finish 6th.

    10.7 sec: Benches empty.  Villanova 79-62.

    FINAL: Villanova 79, Michigan 62 (141 total points). VIL hit 10/27 3s (9/18 after starting 1/9).  VIL 12-5 offensive rebounds.  All 6 wins by double-figures.  Slamjam51-3 finishes 2nd, SacKings4Ever 3rd, and Billiam 4th.  Congrats to all 7 winners!

  • Issue # 14.5.2 “24 Ticking Down” (4/1) (History of the Pool)

    Posted on April 2nd, 2018 - 3:06 am Scott No comments

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    Our HWCI World Cup Pool begins in May...

    2018 NCAA FINAL FOUR @ San Antonio, Texas
    The Final at the Alamodome
    #3-West
    Los Angeles, CA
    Hosted by Pepperdine U. (WCC)
    Staples Center
    vs. #1-East
    Boston, MA

    Hosted by Boston College (ACC)
    TD Garden
    U. of Michigan Wolverines Villanova U. Wildcats
    University of Michigan Wolverines (33-7) Villanova University Wildcats (35-4)
    Big Ten Conference – Champs (Reg – 4th)
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    7th Final (’65, ’76, ’89, ’92, ’93, ’13)
    1-time champion
    def #14 Montana 61-47
    #6 Houston 64-63
    #7 Texas A&M 99-72
    #9 Florida St 58-54
    #11S Loyola-Chicago 69-57
    Big East Conference – Champs (Reg – 2nd)
    Villanova, Pennsylvania

    4th Final (’71, ’85, ‘16
    )
    2-time champions
    def #16b Radford 87-61
    #9 Alabama 81-58
    #5 West Virginia 90-78
    #3 Texas Tech 71-59
    #1MW Kansas 95-79

    Sunday, April 1, 2018  *** HAPPY EASTER *** or ***APRIL FOOLS! ***

    TWO CONFERENCE CHAMPS BUT VILLANOVA HEAVILY FAVORED
    Six battling for final 3 money spots as 3 have clinched and Bonus has been won

    CERRITOS, CA (smt)- If #1E-Villanova can hit 13+ three-pointers like they have been doing, it will be a very long night for #3W-Michigan.  But if the Wildcats shoot like they did against Texas Tech, hitting just 4 of 24, a quality team like Michigan can easily take advantage.  So which Villanova team will show up?  Michigan has alternated between double-digit wins and close games while Villanova has won all by at least 12 points.  Michigan faced a #14 and then started facing worse and worse seeds, going from 6 to 7 to 9 to 11.  Villanova has been facing and dominating better competition, going from a 16 seed to 9 to 5 to 3 to 1.  As such, Villanova is favored by 7 points which for a single-elimination game, is pretty high.  The over/under is 145 points which will matter for the tie-breaker for 5th place (regardless who wins).

    In our 24th year, for the fourth time we have our pool champion before the final and the first since 2013.  Bob G (Philly Eagles Again), after finishing as the bridesmaid in 2008 and 2012, will finally finish on top.  With the first place prize, he is now our top earner with $1,020 in 20 years.  That puts him ahead of Darryn B (Big Luther), one of only two 2-time pool champions, who has won $920.  Ron E (Slamjam51-3) will win money for the first time in his 11 years playing the pool (either 2nd or 3rd) and Janette H (SacKings4Ever) will win money in her first pool (either 3rd, 5th, or 6th).  Sam S (SamerTime) will win the $40 Bonus and be his second prize in 10 years.  The other three spots will either go to repeat wealthy winners Sam N (STORMY Fever-Catch It) (3 wins, $350), Jeff H (We Fam!) (3 wins, $340) and Lawrence M (Larzby) (2 wins, $605) or low earners Billy T (Billiam)(1st time in pool), Chuck D (ChasCroix-1) (just 6th ($85) in 2017), and Greg J (BamaG 2) (only has won $40 Bonus in 2013).  Ron E wins on his 3rd entry and Greg J would win on his 2nd entry, once again showing multiple entries usually do not have good showings in the pool.  Although Bob G was close, we still haven’t had a person place two entries in the money (including the Bonus).

    If Michigan wins… If Villanova wins…
    Place Amount Entry (Name) (Yrs in Pool-Won) Entry (Name) (Yrs in Pool-Won)
    1st $620 Philly Eagles Again (Bob G) (20-2 (2nd ’08, 2nd ’12)) Philly Eagles Again
    2nd $320 STORMY Fever-Catch It (Sam N) (21-3 (1st ’00, 5th ’10, 5th ’12)) Slamjam51-3
    3rd $220 Slamjam51-3 (Ron E) (11) SacKings4Ever
    4th $165 We Fam! (Jeff H) (15-3 (2nd ’02, 4th ’04, 5th ’08)) Billiam (Billy T) (1)
    5th (or 6th) $120 SacKings4Ever (Janette H) (1) -or- ChasCroix-1 (Chuck D) (10-1 (6th ’17)) -or-
    6th (or 5th) $ 75 Larzby (Lawrence M) (15-2 (1st ’09, 5th ’16)) BamaG 2 (Greg J) (13-1 (Bns ’13))
    Bonus $ 40 SamerTime (Sam S) (10-1 (3rd ’11)) SamerTime

    A little history on our Zlatan-ic pool… Read the rest of this entry »

  • Issue # 13.5.1 “Barrage of Threes” (3/31)

    Posted on April 1st, 2018 - 8:54 pm Scott No comments

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    MICHIGAN RALLIES WHILE VILLANOVA DRILLS THE THREES
    Philly Eagles Again clinches the 24th pool title and SamerTime clinches the Bonus

    ZLATANLAND IN CARSON, CA (smt)- #3W-Michigan was behind by 10 with 14 minutes left but went on a 30-10 run aided by four 3-pointers (#11S-Loyola-Chicago only hit one the whole game) ending the Ramblers’ run, 69-57 in the first semifinal.  The Big Ten champs have not lost since Feb 6th (14 straight wins).  In the second semifinal, #1E-Villanova led 6-4 before… oh wait, they had 6 three-pointers to #1MW-Kansas’ four total points, building a 22-4 lead in out-gunning the Jayhawks, 95-79.  The Wildcats tied a Final Four record with 13 three-pointers made after just 17 minutes en route to shattering the record with 18.

    For the first time since 2013 and just fourth time ever, we have our pool champion before the final.  Philly Eagles Again (125 pts) is ahead just enough to blunt a Michigan title challenge by STORMY Fever-Catch It (5th, 111).  Slamjam51-3 (2nd, 121) will get 2nd or 3rd, and SacKings4Ever (3rd-Tied, 115) will get either 3rd, 5th, or 6th.  We Fam! (12th, 105) and Larzby (3rd-T) need a Wolverine win and Billiam (6th-T, 110), ChasCroix-1 (8th-T, 107), and BamaG 2 (8th-T) need a Wildcat win.  While Bob G will win the pool he did lose a chance to become the first person to place two entries in the prize money (Bob’s Best Bets (35th-T, 98) missing out thanks to Kansas’s loss).  iWillLose (152nd, 62) got Villanova right and finally left last place, leaving Balls Dropped! and Paint Crew there instead (60).

    Here are the final two scenarios:

    If MICHIGAN beats VILLANOVA in the final, then the possible winners are...
                 Philly Eagles Again Score:125 (place 1 winner)
               STORMY Fever-Catch It Score:123 (place 2 winner)
                         Slamjam51-3 Score:121 (place 3 winner)
                             We Fam! Score:117 (place 4 winner)
                       SacKings4Ever Score:115 (tiebreak=101 | 5th if <=122 | 6th if >=123)
                              Larzby Score:115 (tiebreak=144 | 6th if <=122 | 5th if >=123)
    If VILLANOVA beats MICHIGAN in the final, then the possible winners are...
                 Philly Eagles Again Score:137 (place 1 winner)
                         Slamjam51-3 Score:133 (place 2 winner)
                       SacKings4Ever Score:127 (place 3 winner)
                             Billiam Score:122 (place 4 winner)
                         ChasCroix-1 Score:119 (tiebreak=128 | 5th if <=135 | 6th if >=136)
                             BamaG 2 Score:119 (tiebreak=143 | 6th if <=135 | 5th if >=136)

    For the $40 Bonus, Kansas’s loss means the Read the rest of this entry »

  • Issue # 12.4.4 “Two 1-Time Champs and Two #1s Battle It Out” (3/30)

    Posted on March 31st, 2018 - 3:47 am Scott No comments

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    1st ever matchup: LAFC v LA Galaxy

    2018 NCAA FINAL FOUR @ San Antonio, Texas
    [Alamodome]
    First Semifinal Second Semifinal
    #11-South
    Atlanta, GA

    Hosted by Georgia Tech (ACC)
    Phillips Arena
    #3-West
    Los Angeles, CA

    Hosted by Pepperdine U. (WCC)
    Staples Center
    #1-East
    Boston, MA

    Hosted by Boston College (ACC)
    TD Garden
    #1-Midwest
    Omaha, NE

    Hosted by Creighton U. (Big East)
    CenturyLink Center
    Loyola U. Chicago Ramblers U. of Michigan Wolverines Villanova U. Wildcats Kansas U. Jayhawks
    Loyola University Chicago Ramblers (32-5) University of Michigan Wolverines (32-7) Villanova University Wildcats (34-4) Kansas University Jayhawks (31-7)
    Missouri Valley Conference – Champs
    Chicago, Illinois

    2nd Final Four (’63
    )
    1-time champion
    def #6 Miami (Fla) 64-62
    #3 Tennessee 63-62
    #7 Nevada 69-68
    #9 Kansas St. 78-62

    Big Ten Conference – Champs
    Ann Arbor, Michigan

    8th Final Four (’64, ’65, ’76, ’89, ’92, ’93, ’13)
    1-time champion
    def #14 Montana 61-47
    #6 Houston 64-63
    #7 Texas A&M 99-72
    #9 Florida St 58-54
     
    Big East Conference – Champs
    Villanova, Pennsylvania

    6th Final Four (’39, ’71, ’85, ’09, ‘16
    )
    2-time champions
    def #16b Radford 87-61
    #9 Alabama 81-58
    #5 West Virginia 90-78
    #3 Texas Tech 71-59
     
    Big 12 Conference – Champs
    Lawrence, Kansas

    15th Final Four (’40, ‘52, ’53, ’57, ’71, ’74, ’86, ’88, ’91, ’93, 02, ’03, ’08, ’12)
    3-time champions
    def #16 Penn 76-60
    #8 Seton Hall 83-79
    #5 Clemson 80-76
    #2 Duke 85-81 (OT)

    ALL FOUR TEAMS WON THEIR CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT EN ROUTE TO FINAL FOUR
    Five can win pool and 18 are still alive in race to finish

    LEGOLAND IN CARLSBAD, CA (smt)- On the road to San Antonio, all four teams managed to get the automatic bid as their conference tournament champion.  Coincidentally, Loyola-Chicago and Michigan both won their tournaments a week before Selection Sunday and face each other in the first semifinal.  The Big Ten, in an effort to get their tournament at Madison Square Garden, held their tourney a week earlier than usual.  That’s because Madison Square Garden hosts the Big East tournament, which was won by Villanova.  Both Villanova and Kansas won the day before Selection Sunday, earned #1 seeds, and will face each other in the second semifinal.  This left only the SEC with their championship on Selection Sunday (oh yeah, the Pac 12 final was also on Saturday though it’s debatable if they are still one of the Big Five conferences after their poor showing) as more one-bid leagues have the championship on Selection Sunday.

    Both Loyola-Chicago and Michigan faced their expected seeded teams in the first weekend but then faced #7 and #9 seeds in the second weekend.  Both have also won just one championship and are in the midwest United States.  Both Villanova and Kansas have faced their expected seeded teams within one rank (2/3, 4/5, 8/9) and will face each other, the best possible matchup.  Villanova has won all four games in double-digits while Kansas has won their last three games by four points, needing overtime vs. Duke.

    As we look forward to crowning our 22nd different champion in 24 years, 18 entries are still hoping to finish in the top 6.  The difference between 1st and 6th is $545.  No one picked Loyola-Chicago but Read the rest of this entry »

  • Issue # 10.4.2 “It Was the Worst of Games, It Was the Best of Games” (3/25)

    Posted on March 26th, 2018 - 3:14 am Scott No comments

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    VILLANOVA PLAYS POORLY BUT EASILY WINS; KANSAS OUTLASTS DUKE IN OVERTIME CLASSIC
    Philly Eagles Again jumps into lead and can win in 6 of 8 scenarios; Bonus2 might be in play

    Grayson Allen buzzer beater attempt just missesALHAMBRA/LA MIRADA, CA (smt)- #1E-Villanova was uncharacteristically bad, hitting just 33% of their shots and making just 4 threes on 4 of 24 (16.7%) shooting but still won their fourth straight double-digit game in the tournament, downing #3E-Texas Tech, 71-59.  The Wildcats kept themselves in the game by collecting 20 offensive rebounds (of their season-high 51 rebounds) as Texas Tech played just as poorly shooting 33% as well and missing layup after layup and could not build the momentum needed for an extended run.  At one point in the telecast, CBS put up a graphic that the Red Raiders had missed 15 of 21 layups (with 6:35 to go), a crazy stat that showed the Villanova was very beatable with a competent team.  The slow claw saw Texas Tech within five (52-47) and the ball with 6:01 left but, you guessed it, Texas Tech missed a layup (blocked) and it was soon 7 points.  Villanova hit their last 12 free throws in icing the game.

    In the Midwest, a typical blue blood matchup turned into a classic heavyweight fight with #1MW-Kansas getting the game-tying three to send the game into overtime where Malik Newman scored all 13 points in knocking out #2MW-Duke, 85-81.  No team had more than a 7 point lead and there were 11 ties and 18 lead changes, most of them in the second half.  After Duke hit a 3 to go ahead 64-62 with 5:55 left, there were six more lead changes and then the final tie at the end of regulation.  In the first 3:09 of overtime there were five lead changes and two ties.  Incredible game.  Only blemish was a poor block call on Duke’s Wednel Carter Jr who was set for what seemed like seconds but was still called for his fifth foul with 2:57 left with Duke up by 1.  Duke star Grayson Allen nearly ended the game on a buzzer beater but his bank shot rolled in and out and he ended his career with no field goals in the last 33 minutes.  Kansas finally won an Elite 8 game after losing the past two year’s Elite 8 games.

    In the pool, 29 went 2-0 including Philly Eagles Again who jumps into the lead with 109 pts.  SacKings4Ever and Larzby remain tied for 2nd (107) while Slamam51-3 moved into 4th (105).  Five went 3-1 for the round with only Walkure Ga Tomaranai (31st-Tied, 92) not having a chance at money.  Kona Coast Sliders 1 rose to 10th (T, 98) and STORMY Fever-Catch It moved into a tie for 22nd (95).  26 went 0-2 and 18 went 0-for-the-Final-Four.  iWillLose got Villanova but still in last with 54 points.  He could finish 152nd if Villanova over Kansas.

    Bob G has locked up at least a tie for first in 7 of 8 Final Four scenarios.  His Philly Eagles Again wins outright if Villanova beats Kansas (4 scenarios) or Michigan beats Kansas in the title game (1 scenario) and his  Read the rest of this entry »

  • Issue # 4.2.1 “Badgered & T’d”

    Posted on March 19th, 2017 - 4:41 am Scott No comments

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    Saturday, March 18, 2017 

    DEFENDING CHAMPS DETHRONED WHILE ZAGS GET LUCKY
    King Kobra leads by a point over Hrosen2 while Air Fabone 23 deflates to 5th

    CERRITOS APT/NORWALK, CA (smt)- #8E-Wisconsin rallied from a 7-point deficit with six minutes left to stun the top overall seed #1E-Villanova, 65-62.  If you notice at the end, Wisconsin put players on the life for the free throw and after the miss, Villanova had trouble getting the ball out for a buzzer beating shot.  I never understood why coaches sometimes empty the foul line giving the opponent a free rebound if there’s a miss.  #4MW-Purdue blew a 19-point second half lead but rebounded their way to victory.  #2W-Arizona and #4S-Butler struggled to put their opponent away with each holding on for a 9-point win while #4W-West Virginia, #11W-Xavier, and #4E-Florida rolled to easy victories.

    Gonzaga goaltendingSeems like every day there is one big play that is debated.  #8W-Northwestern trailed by 20 early and rallied to cut it to three… oh, wait, no goaltending after all.  And add a dumb coach Chris Collins technical.  Momentum killed and now down by 7.  Collins said it should’ve been a 3-point game, well, without his running onto the court while the ball was live, it would’ve still been a 5-point game.  He made it a 7-point game with under 5 minutes left.  Congrats.

    Hrosen2 (2nd, 77 pts) and Biggie’s Back (3rd-Tied, 75) went 7-1 but it is King Kobra(78) who leads the pool by one.  The air went out of Air Fabone 23 (5th-T, 74) as he went 4-4 after a 31-1 first round.  Six picked Wisconsin and 17 picked Xavier in only two upsets of the day.  Fourteen (14) went 2-6 and Samurai Jack was one of them and is last with 46 points.  In fact Robinson C has the bottom two entries with Flip Fighters in 177th at 48 points.

    With Villanova out, Read the rest of this entry »

  • Issue # 1.0.1 “23 is Legendary”

    Posted on March 13th, 2017 - 9:21 am Scott No comments

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    IEEE Global Humitarian Technology Conference - GHTC is the flagship IEEE Conference focusing on innovation, deployment and adaptation of Technology for Humanitarian Goals and Sustainable Development.

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    DEFENDING CHAMP VILLANOVA TOP OVERALL SEED WHILE ACC NETS NINE TEAMS
    Our HWCI Pool wears the legendary #23

    2017 Seed ListSALT LAKE CITY, UT/CARSON, CA (smt)- Defending champion E-Villanova earned the top overall seed while MW-Kansas and S-North Carolina (7 losses) got one seeds despite losing in their conference tournament.  For the second time, W-Gonzaga (32-1) got a #1 seed though last time they got ousted in the second round.  W-Duke had an up-and-down season but won four games in four days to win the ACC tournament and moved from a 4 seed to a 2 seed (7th overall team) while MW-Michigan had their plane slide off the runway, played their first tournament game in practice jerseys, and won four games in four days but only moved to a 7 seed.  The ACC got 9 of its 15 teams in the tourney while the Big East got 7 of its 10 in (70%).  The Big 10 also got half its 14 teams in and the Big 12 got 6 of its 10 in.  Only four at-large spots went to non-major conferences with the Atlantic 10 (2), The American, and the West Coast getting more than one team in.  Despite being ranked 20th in the country, S-Wichita St got dumped to a 10 seed and is actually a 6.5-point favorite over #7S-Dayton.  Not much controversy over the at-large teams or seeding for the most part and no leak of the bracket early like last year.

    Locally, #11bE-USC (Southern Cal, not to be confused with the other 7E-USC, South Carolina) snuck into as one of the last four in but Read the rest of this entry »

  • The Big LEast

    Posted on March 20th, 2010 - 2:51 pm Scott No comments

    Another Big East team fell, this time our first “big” team to go, Villanova who lost to St. Mary’s (Ca.).  That’s the fifth Big East team to fall (of 8).  Boy, if we had 96 teams we could’ve gotten two more Big East teams!  AndyParsons2 and Max Approved were the only ones to pick the Gaels.  Butler was picked by 50 (boy, great defense on the last play, not even giving Murray St. a shot at the basket).  And 17 picked Tennessee.  SilverSurfer is alone in first but he has Villanova as his champion.  Three others lost Villanova as their champ and 45 others had them in their Final Four.  So 1 of the 3 double-digit teams have survived with 5 more to go.