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The Sked (Quality Pie format)

I've done this the past two seasons, breaking down the season into large stretches of difficulty or ease, based on opponents being a lot of killers or creampuffs, games being at home or on the road, and presence or absence of days off. Here is an example, from 08-09. Dunno why, but I don't have last season's breakdown at hand. In the comments to that post, I said this helpful thing about the overall approach:

What I like about having this schedule in this form is it will allow me to take stock of the team’s progress
at meaningful break points – how did they do in any particular block of games?
I’ll like being set up to analyze their progress and state-of-play at appropriate junctures,
not in the middle of a stretch where things might kinda get weird momentum.
And random places where most people sit back and judge progress-so-far, how-was-this-phase
don’t mean much to me: The turning of the month, the all-star break, every 5 or 7 games or anything like that.

I could see myself doing season-trajectory fanposts at all the breaks, looking back at the block that just finished,
using the schedule in this form as a reference point.
This will keep me from throwing up fanposts after every stinking game.
Just diaries on [the 4 big breaks]
with each diary showing this calendar, in this form, updated and showing records of each block of games.

Getting myself organized for the season ahead of time.

And then this season's schedule came out, and that tack was threatened; as I noted in the comments on the BEdge column on the schedule's release:

- Overall, an insanely balanced schedule.
No stretch jumps out as a run of creampuffs or a gauntlet of killers,
or a half-month period of living either at home or out of a suitcase.
Maybe something like that emerges to me as I pick it apart a bit harder,
but I think I’d have to seriously force it to come up with stretches where I can say,
 "HERE’S where we really get tested" or "THIS is when we can catch our breath."
Normally, I lay out the schedule for myself like that, in large chunks of varying degrees of challenge,
but I’m tempted to just not take that approach this season, and only break it down
into smaller groupings of 4-to-6 games of road trips and homestands
(with the longest groupings being 7 games, that February-in-the-midwest stretch
and the seven-games-in-April training camp that ends the season).

(Full comments reposted here after the jump)

And then I noticed something: A 5-day break after 14 games, a 4-day break after another 15 games, a 4-day break after 18 more games, then 9 games to the 6-day All-Star break, capped off by the crucial 26 games between the All-Star break and the playoffs.

So, THERE are the big, broad chunks, separated by good mileposts to take stock of how that stretch went and look forward to the next one. These are good places to throw out fat analytical overviews, partly because it'll be nearly a week without game reaction (which makes it a good BEdge time for big-picture talk), partly because I expect the Blazers, themselves, to take a broad view of the season and make any major tweaks (if needed) during those breaks: that is, the team might have a character of play to each of those big stretches, shaped by adjustments made at the big breaks, similar to timeouts in a game (with the All-Star break being the perennial equivalent of halftime).

Still, each large chunk IS, indeed, pretty even regarding opponent quality, home-vs-road scheduling, and frequency of days off. So the changes in difficulty are still pretty micro, in 3-to-5-game homestand-or-roadtrip groupings over the first 37 games; a 10-game home-heavy stretch followed by a 9-game road-heavy stretch to the All-Star break; and post-ASB home-or-road runs of 6, 4, 6, 3, and 7 games to lead us to the playoffs. Nestling these into the larger, between-rests slabs takes best to a theatrical act-and-scene format (5 acts of 3, 4, 3, 1, and 5 scenes each), with the large breaks constituting intermissions, where the audience (us) can go grab a smoke and a drink, and the cast and crew (the Blazers) can change the scenery and prepare for new directions to the plot and setting - and here it is:

[NTV] = Nationally TeleVised game, on either ESPN or TNT.

Act I, Scene 1 (road)
Oct. 26 - Phoenicians
27 - @ Paper Clips [NTV]
30 - @N.Y.
Nov. 1 - @Bulls [NTV]
2 - @Bux

Act I, Scene 2 (home)

Nov. 4 - Sonics [NTV]
6 - T.O.
7 - @L[XXX]rs
9 - Detroit

Act I, Scene 3 (mostly road)
Nov. 12 - @Sonics [NTV]
13 - @Hornies
16 - @Care Bears
18 - Nougats [NTV]
20 - Smooth Jazz

( 5-day intermission )

Act II, Scene 1 (road)
Nov. 26 - Hornies
28 - @Nets
30 - @Philly
Dec. 1 - @Boston
3 - @Wiz

Act II, Scene 2 (home)
Dec. 5 - Paper Clips
7 - Phoenicians
9 - Magic [NTV]

Act II, Scene 3 (road)

Dec. 10 - @Phoenicians [NTV]
12 - @Spoors
13 - @Care Bears
15 - @McCains [NTV]

Act II, Scene 4 (home)
Dec. 17 - TimberPuppies
18 - Pyrite St. Worriers
20 - Bux

( 4-day intermission )

Act III, Scene 1 (focus: Utah)
Dec. 25 - @Pyrite St. Worriers [NTV]
27 - @Smooth Jazz
28 - @Nougats
30 - Smooth Jazz

Act III, Scene 2 (focus: Houston)
Jan. 2 - Rickets
4 - @McCains
5 - @Rickets
7 - @TimberPuppies

Act III, Scene 3 (long, mostly home)
Jan. 9 - Heat
11 - N.Y.
14 - @Phoenicians [NTV]
15 - Nets
17 - TimberPuppies
19 - @Sac o' Mentos
20 - Paper Clips [NTV]
22 - Indy
24 - Sac o' Mentos

( 4-day intermission )

Act IV, Scene 1 (long, mostly road)
Feb. 1 - Spoors
2 - @Nougats
4 - @Indy
5 - @Cavs
7 - Bulls
11 - @T.O.
13 - @Detroit
14 - @TimberPuppies
16 - Hornies

( 6-day All-Star intermission )

Act V, Scene 1 (home)
Feb. 23 - L[xxx]rs [NTV]
25 - Nougats [NTV]
27 - ATL [NTV]
March 1 - Rickets
2 - @Sac o' Mentos
5 - ChaCha Bobby Kittens (mew!)

Act V, Scene 2 (road)
March 7 - @Magic
8 - @Heat
11 - @ChaCha Bobby Kittens
12 - @ATL

Act V, Scene 3 (home)
March 15 - McCains
17 - Cavs
19 - Philly
20 - @L[xxx]rs
22 - Wiz
25 - Spoors

Act V, Scene 4 (road)
March 27 - @Sonics [NTV]
28 - @Spoors
30 - @Hornies

Act V, Scene 5 (home, pre-playoff training camp)
April 1 - Sonics
3 - McCains
5 - Pyrite St. Worriers
7 - @Smooth Jazz [NTV]
8 - L[xxx]rs
12 - Care Bears
13 - @Pyrite St. Worriers

"Playoffs? We're talkin' 'bout PLAYOFFS?!?"

(My full initial-reaction comments from the initial posting of the schedule on August 10)

- A home back-to-back. Could NOT believe my eyes.
I hate the way the schedule ties itself in knots to avoid that,
often at the expense of a needless home/road back-to-back.

- Our first three games against the Sonics are nationally televised,
and considering late-season national games are often determined later,
I wouldn’t be surprised to see the April Fool’s Day game get added to make it a clean sweep.

- The season starts off with 22 road games vs 15 home games, ends with 16 home vs 11 road.
There’s a nice overall shift from travel to home cookin’ as the season progresses, with the exception of . . .

- . . . what basically amounts to a six-game eastern road trip in February
(Denver-Indy-Cleveland-Toronto-Detroit-Minnesota), except that a home game against Chicago
is inexplicably thrown smack in the middle of it, between Cleveland and Toronto!
Have you SEEN a map? Cleveland-to-Toronto should NOT go through Portland,
especially when that pairing is between Indianapolis and Detroit.
Me, I’d LOVE to swap the location of the two Chicago games and just make that
our only Great-Lakes trip of the year, seven games, all stops.
EVERY TEAM in the region (except Milwaukee, my current fave non-Blazers) would be covered by that trip.
Right time for the Chicago game, but wrong town.

- Speaking of home games to finish the season, that April stretch 5-of-6 at home
is an incredible tune-up for the playoffs, especially with an astounding 3-day break
after our last playoff-contender opponent of the season in game #80.
In other words, we come back from New Orleans on March 30
and promptly re-open training camp, playoff version, for three weeks,
incorporating the occasional warmup game against a playoff contender
or a preseason-exhibition-caliber game against a team who’s done for the year.

- Overall, an insanely balanced schedule.
No stretch jumps out as a run of creampuffs or a gauntlet of killers,
or a half-month period of living either at home or out of a suitcase.
Maybe something like that emerges to me as I pick it apart a bit harder,
but I think I’d have to seriously force it to come up with stretches where I can say,
 "HERE’S where we really get tested" or "THIS is when we can catch our breath."
Normally, I lay out the schedule for myself like that, in large chunks of varying degrees of challenge,
but I’m tempted to just not take that approach this season, and only break it down
into smaller groupings of 4-to-6 games of road trips and homestands
(with the longest groupings being 7 games, that February-in-the-midwest stretch
and the seven-games-in-April training camp that ends the season).

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