Here at Screamin’ Designs we consider ourselves sports fanatics, especially when it comes to baseball. It’s why we have a number of different sports-themed woodcarved novelty items up for sale, including our ball and glove piece, which would be the perfect addition to a baseball themed room.
If you’re wondering how to decorate a baseball themed room, then start off with our ball and glove piece. It can be used to decorate the room in a number of ways, whether you decide to put it on the door leading to the room, on your desk, on a table or on a fireplace mantel or shelf. The piece depicts a baseball glove holding a baseball. Underneath it, there’s space to have a name carved into it. You can choose up to 10 characters. The piece measures 6.5x12x0.75 inches and is made out of African Mahogany and finished with satin polyurethane.
If you’re looking for other tips on how to decorate a baseball themed room, we recommend focusing on your favorite team. This will limit the amount of baseball-oriented gear you can display and help to keep the room from becoming cluttered. When displaying memorabilia, like signed gloves, rookie cards and more, consider having a custom glass case made for them – or showcase them on your shelves. You also don’t want to take away from these pieces – which means instead of covering the entire room with the logos of your favorite team, keep some of the decor to more subtle team colors instead.
Use these tips on how to decorate a baseball themed room and pick up our baseball-themed novelty item to begin with. For more information about our novelty items, or about the Hope for the Warriors charity that we donate to, contact us at Screamin’ Designs today.
Are you looking for a unique gift to give to friends or family? If they happen to have a love for the ocean, whether they go vacationing to the beach on a regular basis, have an affinity for fishing or love to go swimming or scuba diving, then we recommend picking up our beautiful sea turtle woodworking design.
We have a huge variety of novelty items that can be used to spruce up the decor in your home, and the sea turtle design is a great gift for anyone who loves the ocean – or loves turtles in general!
The sea turtle design measures 7 x 12 x 0.75 inches and is crafted out of beautiful African Mahogany wood and finished using satin polyurethane. It can be used as a decor piece throughout the house in numerous ways, whether the recipient decides to hang it on a door, put it up on a wall, display it on a bookcase or mantle, or sit it on their desk. It’s also a fantastic way to add a bit of personality to the office! The sea turtle woodworking design also has a space available at the bottom to engrave up to 10 characters in to help make the gift even more personal.
Because our sea turtle woodworking designs are custom made and engraved, it will require between 1 and 2 weeks for delivery – so if you need it as a gift for a friend or family member’s birthday, make sure that you order it in time!
The sea turtle woodworking design is just one of our many novelty items, so contact us at Screamin’ Designs to check out our other offerings and to learn about the Hope for the Warriors organization, which is a charity to which we donate to.
Here at Screamin’ Designs, we offer up a wide variety of beautiful wood carved items. If you are impressed by our designs and want to know a little bit more about woodworking in general, then you should check out some of the best woodworking tips that both beginners and professionals use for their wood carving projects.
The following are some of the best woodworking tips that you can use:
- Use a reusable sanding block – Cut out blocks of scrap plywood around 2 ½ inches by 4 ¾ inches in size. Get some cork tiles and spray adhesive to each side. Stick the cork to the block of plywood and then attach sandpaper using adhesive. Voila! This will make sanding down wood much easier.
- Avoid glue stains – In order to prevent glue stains at the joints of your wood projects, clamp together your wood pieces. Place tape over the joints, then cut them apart with a sharp blade. Separate the pieces, then add the glue and clamp them back together. Any glue that oozes out will go onto the tape instead of the wood, which you can then simply pull off.
- Use a drafting square for better accuracy – If you need to make an accurate square that’s within the two to three foot range, use a drafting square. Drafting squares are more accurate than drywall squares and more convenient than carpenter squares.
These are a some of the best woodworking tips that will make life a lot easier if you are working on a woodworking project.
For more information about our wide range of unique wood carved items, or for information about Hope for the Warriors – to whom we donate ten percent of our after-tax profits – be sure to contact us at Screamin’ Designs today.
We have a wide range of beautiful unique wood carved items available for purchase here at Screamin’ Designs that are perfect for your home décor or to be presented as gifts to friends and family. There’s a certain natural beauty that wood carved items have that is lacking in other mass-produced home décor items.
If you are interested in woodworking, then learn more about it by checking out the following 5 facts about woodworking:
- History of woodworking – Woodworking can be traced all the way back to ancient Egyptian and Chinese cultures.
- Types of wood – Historically, wood carvers used whatever wood was available to them in the region where they lived. These days, wood carvers have access to all kinds of wood. However, there are three major types of wood. These include hardwood, softwood and man-made wood (such as plywood).
- Significance of woodworking – Woodworking has always been an important part of civilization. It was, after all, the primary method for making tables, chairs, carts and more for thousands of years.
- Cultural importance – The use of woodworking can be traced back to many ancient civilizations and cultures. Most artists back then focused primarily on wood due to the fact that it was easy to manipulate. Examples of how artists used wood include totem poles and decorative canoes.
- Tools – The tools that were used for woodworking were primarily made out of stone during ancient times. Eventually, the use of bronze tools replaced the use of stone tools. These days, most woodworkers use tools made out of metal alloys.
These are 5 facts about woodworking worth knowing. For more facts about woodworking, or for more information about our unique wood carved items or the Hope for the Warriors organization, contact us at Screamin’ Designs today.
The NCAA Final 2 – How They got Here…
It’s been a long road to the NCAA Final 2 and no one knows that better than the teams themselves. I have to say to my own credit that things started off very well with my choices. In the Round of 64, I got 27 correct and 5 wrong. In the East I did well until NC State beat Villanova and Michigan State beat out Virginia!! In the South, things went much better until Duke beat Utah but I had Gonzaga all the way so when Duke beat them, that bracket was busted!! Now the West was a different story – I had Wisconsin all the way but I did not see them beating Kentucky. In the Midwest, I had Kansas taking Wichita State and I did not see Notre Dame going on. But guess that is the way it goes when you have 64 teams – anything is possible!!
In the Midwest…
Well who would have thought Kentucky would go to the basket 5 times and come up empty!! Not sure anyone saw that coming, even though there were some bad referee calls the Badgers just couldn’t seem to be stopped. On paper Kentucky seemed to be the better team. They won handily in rounds 1 and 2 and round 3 against West Virginia was a blowout. However, they just barely won against Notre Dame. Again on paper, Kentucky looked like a much better team but it turned out to be a 2 point game. Maybe Kentucky was just tired. For whatever the reason, they lost.
In the East…
Villanova was favored to win but they lost out in the second round. Not sure too many people saw this one coming but the bottom line was NC State just outplayed Villanova, number 1 seed or not! Villanova missed shot after shot, while NC State was finding open spots where there were none. Virginia, who is one of the best 3 teams in the United States, was just at the top of their game and lost out to Michigan State. It seems like for everything Virginia did wrong, Michigan State did it right.
IN THE WEST…
While in the Western bracket we had picked Wisconsin to go all the way to the Final 4, they have not won a championship since 1941!! However, they had statistics on their side. More teams from the Big 10 have won than the PAC12 by almost double. It has been 18 years since a team from the Western region has won a championship and Wisconsin has not won since 1941 – what an upset that would be.
IN THE SOUTH…
I saw Georgetown taking down Duke. However, Georgetown lost out to Utah. Georgetown started out with a bang but fizzled. They went from jubilation of seizing the lead to the sting of losing it all in a “one and done” tournament. Once Utah pulled ahead, Georgetown would never recover. I also saw Gonzaga going all the way but just like Duke took down Utah, they would take Gonzaga as well. Gonzaga started well, taking an early lead but Duke responded with 9 straight points and never trailed again. Gonzaga have been to 17 consecutive NCAA tournaments but never made it to the Final Four. Duke has won 4 championships and has been in the Final Four 16 times and won the championship in 2010. They are the 4th “winningest” college team of all time. Seems like I should have picked Duke!!
So here we are – down to the Final Two – Duke and Wisconsin. On paper, they are pretty evenly matched for this year but if you look at history. First the Western Region hasn’t won a championship since 1997 (Arizona) and Wisconsin has not won a championship since 1941. Duke has won 4 championships, the last one in 2010. Additionally, the last time these two teams faced off, Duke beat Wisconsin 80 – 70! According to Forbes – Wisconsin will take the win because they won’t be intimidated by Duke, Wisconsin has a better center, and they beat Kentucky. However, they also take the opposing view that Duke will win!! Talk about hedging your bets!!! However, no one can deny that Duke has an excellent defense, augmented by a good offense. And last but not least it seems that even the referees favor Duke. This being said, if you look at the free throw percentage, Duke has a 69.6% compared to Wisconsin at 76.6% so they do seem to have the edge, at least in this category. However, unlike Forbes we are going to settle on Duke. Not because we want them to win, but statistically speaking they have a much better shot (no pun intended) at the win!! Remember in earlier posts I said – use your head, not your heart to pick the winners. My head says Duke but my heart would really like to see the underdog, Wisconsin win. I’m sure the viewers are just as divided as we are.
Speaking of viewers, according to the NCAA total viewers are up 2% over last year, averaging 9.9 million total viewers. This is before the final game!! Those viewers translate into roughly $900 million in revenue. This revenue comes from television rights, advertising, ticket sales, and licensed memorabilia. It will be interesting to see whose memorabilia sells off the shelf first. Regardless of who wins, it’s been an exciting road to the Final 2 and we’ve enjoyed watching the games. Good luck to both teams and we’ll see who comes out on top tomorrow.
Screamin Designs is always looking for new ways to bring products and information to our customers. We hope you have enjoyed this series and we will be starting a new on woodworking next week.
2015 Selection Sunday Teams
In our last post “March Madness – The Tournament Begins” we showed a comparison of top 8 teams for 2013 – 2015. The good news is there are no upsets here!! No surprise that Kentucky remained number 1 and most of the remaining were regional winners. It seems the inconsistencies come in the “lower” ranked teams.
In 2014 and 2013, we reviewed the data for all the teams to see where some of the inconsistencies were coming from. We wanted to see if this was an anomaly or the “norm”. Well after looking at the 2015 data, it seems like we have some of the same issues. As usual there is only an issue with the “at large” selections.
Of the 36 At Large teams:
- 9 were runner’s up in their conferences
- 80.6% came from 6 conferences:
Looking at all the “at large” teams selected from the 6 conferences above, there were 6 teams from other conferences that had as good as or better RPI’s than from what I will call the “Big 6”. Teams selected are highlighted in green; while teams not selected are highlighted in red. These teams also had good poll rankings from the Associated Press and the Coaches polls but they were not selected.
Of the Big 6, two of the conferences had 6 teams each selected, the Big 12 and the Big 10 for at large selection. Texas and Oklahoma State both lost in the quarter finals. Oklahoma State had a lower RPI than Old Dominion but Old Dominion was not selected. Old Dominion also had a higher poll rank than Oklahoma State. So why did Oklahoma State get selected?
For those teams that made it through to the semi-finals; Ohio State was chosen over Temple. Purdue was chosen over Tulsa and Indiana was chosen over Richmond. In all these cases, the teams not chosen had better rankings, better RPIs, and made it to the same rounds before losing out. So (at least on the surface) it seems that the central theme here is the conference the teams are in.
Temple was ranked 32nd, with a RPI of .5889; while Georgia was ranked 37th with a RPI of .5806. So was Georgia selected because it was in the Southeastern conference? These same questions can be asked for Colorado State, Tulsa, Old Dominion, Iona, and Richmond. Why do some conferences only get to send the regional winners, while other conferences have more than 10% of the total at large teams selected?
If some of these teams were not included, would it give other conferences a chance to be included? There are 4 teams: Green Bay, Murray State, Illinois State, and Central Michigan that were runners up in their conferences but were not selected. While they did have lower RPI’s than other teams selected, it does not appear that a team’s RPI is the basis of selection.
Not included in the 36 At Large: (All had RPI’s higher than other At Large selections)
- Colorado State: (Mountain West)
- Had a higher RPI than Boise St. (.5935 vs .5777) (which was included)
- Ranked 28th by AP and Coaches as of 3/14; Boise St. was ranked 42nd
- Lost in the semi-finals – same as Boise St.
- Temple: (AAC Tournament)
- Had a higher RPI than Cincinnati (.4889 vs .5804) (which was included)
- Ranked 32nd by AP and Coaches as of 3/14; Cincinnati was ranked 38th
- Went to the semi-finals; Cincinnati lost in quarter-finals
- Old Dominion: (Conference USA Tournament)
- Has a RPI of .5741
- Ranked 46nd by AP and Coaches as of 3/14
- Lost in quarter-finals; same as many other at large teams
- Iona: (Metro Atlantic Tournament)
- Has a RPI of .5673
- Ranked 50th by AP and Coaches as of 3/14
- Runner-up; same as 9 other at large teams
So what does this mean…
If you look at the statistics from Las Vegas, even money says the Kentucky Wildcats will win the tournament.
Ed Salmons, the SuperBook’s head college basketball oddsmaker and a 20-plus-year Las Vegas veteran, said Kentucky is the first team he remembers entering the tournament at even money in at least 20 years. Kentucky is looking to become the first team to finish the season undefeated since the Indiana Hoosiers ran the table in 1975-76 under coach Bob Knight.
These same odd makers give Eastern Washington and Valparaiso the biggest listed odds of 1000 to 1. Las Vegas sportsbook operator CG Technology was the first shop to post point spreads for the opening NCAA tournament games Sunday. No. 2-seeded Arizona opened as the biggest favorite on the board. The Wildcats are 23-point favorites over Texas Southern. Villanova is a 22-point favorite over Lafayette.
That will change, however, after Kentucky’s opponent is decided. The Wildcats will be massive favorites over the winner of Manhattan-Hampton in the first round. Duke was a 47-point favorite over Florida A&M in a 1999 first-round game, the largest NCAA tournament point spread in the past 20 years.
Ten teams — Gonzaga, Notre Dame, Villanova, Georgetown, Iowa State, Arizona, Virginia, Oklahoma, Kansas and Wisconsin — opened as double-digit favorites, not including the matchups awaiting winners from the First Four games. Double-digit favorites are 64-7 straight-up in the first round and 81-9 straight-up overall in the past six NCAA tournaments, according to Spreadapedia.com.
Ohio State, the 10th seed in the West Region, is the only team to open as a favorite against a lower-seeded team. But that could change. The Buckeyes opened as 1-point favorites at CG Technology. No. 11 seed Texas is a pick-‘em against No. 6 Butler. The Purdue-Cincinnati matchup also opened at pick-‘em. This information was taken from espn.go.com as they seem to have an inside track.
The same philosophy applies – lead with your head not your heart when picking your brackets. However, keep in mind this is a single elimination tournament. Some dark horse contenders could be Gonzaga, North Carolina, or Iowa State. While Kentucky is the odds on favorite, anything can happen.
Good luck and we hope you have enjoyed our series. Here at Screamin Designs we are dedicated to the sports enthusiasts and hope you’ll come back to see us soon. Remember even if you can’t be in the tournament, you can have your own “3 Pointer” custom made from Screamin Designs.
Finally – the NCAA tournament begins…
Once the teams have finished the season, played their tournaments, selected, and seeded – it’s time to “play ball” and the official NCAA tournament begins. It will take 6 rounds from the First Four to the Final Four to get to the National Championship and it will take 3 weeks from the first game. Higher seeded teams play lower seeded teams. Higher seeded teams get their ranking from wins, RPIs, polls, and interpretation of the data (or so it seems). Generally the higher seeded teams should advance, while the lower ranked teams fall out. However, this is not always the way. Remember, most of the lower ranked teams are “at large” teams so their stats are not as good as the regional winners. For each round, the number of teams advancing is cut in half, until we are left with just one.
Again we are going to look back at the data from 2013 and 2014 to see if it will tell us anything about the 2015 tournament. In 2013 and 2014:
- More at large teams overall progressed than the regional winners.
- However, when it came down to the final game, in 2013 the tournament winner was a regional winner.
- In 2014, the tournament winner was an “at large” team.
- In 2013 the winner was from the Midwest region;
- While in 2014 the winner came from the East!
- Neither the South nor the West has brought home the “gold”. So does this mean it’s their turn this year or will they be “0 and 3”?
Another fact that was clear when looking at the data: (Teams with seeds greater than 8 who advanced past the first round).
Fewer than 14.7% and 11.8% teams, respectively advanced past the first couple of rounds and none won the tournament.
Who takes home the tournament award in 2015…
So who has the best chance this year? Well it depends on who you ask. Looking at the chart below it is easy to see where the issues will start even before Selection Sunday. We’ll be updating the 2015 information as soon as the announcements are made. Don’t forget to fill out your own bracket and see if you are better than the “professionals”.
So if you are planning on completing a bracket here are a few tips:
- Use your head, not your heart. If your favorite team is not seeded above 9, chances of them winning the tournament are pretty low,
- The South and West do not seem to be in it for the long haul either,
- “At Large” teams have just as good a chance of winning as the “Winners”,
- No matter the statistics, there can always be a “dark horse” that comes from behind!!!
Stay tuned for our next installment with our predictions. Screamin Designs is just as interested in March Madness as you are so we’ll be playing along as well.
So what does this mean for 2015…
The first thirty-one teams are easy – these are the conference champions. The thirty-second team is the winner of the Ivy League conference. This is the regular season winner as this conference does not have a championship tournament. These teams know as soon as the season ends they will be included in the tournament.
Now comes the harder part – the selection of the “at large” teams. Any number of teams can be selected at large from each conference. Generally these teams come from the top conferences such as the ACC, The American, Atlantic-10, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Conference USA, Mountain West, Pac-12, and SEC. In the case of 2014 10 of these teams were runners-up in their respective conferences. Many are also borderline to gaining a tournament slot, close but not winners. These teams are referred to as being “on the bubble”.
What is surprising is a number of teams essentially know that they are assured of an at-large berth no matter their performance in their conference tournament. Most teams in the Top 25 in the national polls or RPI are essentially guaranteed at-large berths even if they do not win their respective conference tournaments. However, some teams that have been ranked heading into Selection Sunday, but didn’t win their conference tournament, have been left out (or “snubbed”) by the selection committee despite what the polls say. The Missouri Valley Conference has received the most snubs (five RPI top 40 teams excluded), with Missouri State left out each of the last nine years, despite RPI’s of 21, 34, and 36). Another famous snub occurred in 2004, when Utah State completed the regular season with a record of 25-2 but was snubbed after losing in their conference tournament, even though they were ranked in the polls. This seems to be where the “personal” feelings come into play, otherwise why would these teams have been excluded?
No this isn’t seeds you put in the ground (for anyone without a sense of humor that was a joke)!! It’s how the teams are ranked within their respective conferences. First teams are given an overall ranking, and then they are ranked within their regions. However, winning the conference championships does not necessarily guarantee a “good” seed for the tournament
Once the announcements are made and the seeds assigned, this is when the aggravation and irritation from fans start. The analysts and sports casters will spend hours arguing about who received an invitation, who didn’t, and why they did or didn’t. Maybe it’s the controversy that helps to draw the fans, making March Madness rival the Super Bowl!!
While not as big a draw as the Super Bowl of 114.4 million viewers for 2015. If you believe the analysts, the Final Four is going to catch up with the Super Bowl in both advertisement revenue and viewers.
The way the analyst’s calculate this seems a little “different”. Outright it seems the number of viewers for the Super Bowl is larger than March Madness. Super Bowl 2014 had 167 million viewers; while the 2013 championship NCAA had an audience of 27.1 million. So you ask, how can the analyst’s get March Madness is larger? According to an article by Jason Notte March Madness is the New Super Bowl.
This theory is based more on revenue than outright viewers. In 2013, the NCAA men’s tournament’s Final Four matchups and Final brought in $198.5 million in advertising revenue for broadcast partners. That’s a March Madness record and a big part of the reason those broadcasters paid $10 billion for the rights to broadcast the tournament through 2024, which is a huge haul even compared with the $28 million Fox, CBS and NBC paid to air NFL games, the playoffs and rotating Super Bowls through 2022.
The NCAA’s ad haul was still well shy of the $292 million last year’s Super Bowl brought in for NBC — with the gap in ad revenue between the Super Bowl and Final Four widening to $96.5 million from $50 million in 2009 — but that single game is no longer the measuring stick. For the entire 2013 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, CBS and Turner generated $1.15 billion in ad revenue from NCAA sponsors such as General Motors, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Capital One, Nissan and Lowes. Other heavy hitters such as Anheuser-Busch InBev and SAB Miller, which can’t partner with the NCAA because of its alcohol policy, contributed nearly $60 million on their own. That $1.15 billion total is more than the $1.1 million spent on the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl combined in 2013, which makes it the second-straight year that March Madness advertisement money surpassed football’s playoff total.
The author has a good point – that looking at just one game, Super Bowl versus the NCAA Final Game does not make sense when looking at the entire picture. Those two games are just the result of a series. I wonder if Henry Porter could ever have imagined what his 8 team tournament would become. Based on the projections, this year’s tournament will be bigger and bring in more revenue than last years. Guess we will have to wait for the numbers.
Stay tuned for Part 5…
So after reviewing the 2014 poll data compared to RPI basketball poll rankings at the end of the season, it is understandable why fans get upset. Then when you include the “seeds”, it gets even more confusing. Virginia Commonwealth (VCU) had an RPI rank of 12 but was ranked as twenty-third and twenty-five, by both AP and the Coaches polls, respectively. VCU was then seeded 19th by the Selection committee. Why so different? The list goes on and on, and when questioned, each person has their own rational, which makes perfect sense to them but not to anyone else. Otherwise why would there be so much arguing going on between the sportscasters!!
2014 Basketball RPI Poll Ranking Data
In 2013 – 14 Season additional issues:
- In Atlantic 10 Conference, Saint Joseph’s beat VCU, but VCU was invited in the at large team selection; Saint Joseph’s was seeded #10 (East Bracket); VCU was seeded #5 (South Bracket)
- In the Big 10 Conference, Michigan State beat Michigan; but Michigan was invited in the at large team selection; Michigan State was seeded #4 (East Bracket); Michigan was seeded #2 (Midwest Bracket)
- In the Big East Conference, Providence beat Creighton; but Creighton was invited in the at large team selection; Providence was seeded #11 (East Bracket); Creighton was seeded #3 (West Bracket)
The selection committee will say it has to do with their regional conference, how well they played, and a variety of other reasons. On the surface all of these factors are supposed to be included in the team’s statistics. However, if you dig deeper it seems like there are more “personal factors” included in the selection. But for now we have the poll data and RPIs for each team. What’s next… Well it’s time for the teams to be selected, seeded, and divided into their regions. That’s Selection Sunday.
Stay tuned for Part 4…
Here at Screamin’ Designs, we are huge fans of college basketball and sports in general, so it should come as no surprise that we are incredibly excited for the upcoming NCAA College Basketball Tournament!
Out of the 64 teams that eventually make it into the tournament, many of them have already snagged their spots and are just playing for seeding. However, there is one team that has locked up its number one seed, and that team is the University of Kentucky Wildcats.
With the deepest team in the country and star players like Karl Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and Willie Cauley-Stein, not to mention the renowned leadership of coach John Calipari, it’s no surprise that Kentucky is the top team in the country and finished up the untouchable, undefeated season after running through their out of conference schedule and SEC foes untouched.
If you’re as excited as we are about the tournament, we recommend checking out some of our unique, sports-related wood carved items; specifically our basketball woodworking patterns.
March Madness is right around the corner, which means you should get in the mood by picking up our 3-Pointer wood carved sign. This sign depicts a basketball halfway through a hoop centered above a sign where you can inscribe a name or word up to ten characters long. The piece is made out of African Mahogany and has a beautiful satin polyurethane finish. If you check out our wood carved items, you’ll see that our basketball woodworking patterns are created with the same care that college basketball teams are working on their play patterns for the tournament.
Get ready for March Madness with our basketball woodworking patterns. Contact us at Screamin’ Designs for more information about our unique wood carved items and the Hope for the Warriors organization.