Fun with Maps 15&16

Map 15 will be in seven parts. “Oh my god, can he even do that? The tyrant!” The answer is yes, and you can just call me sir. ‘Tyrant’ is so formal. The reason I am posting seven maps for Map 15 is the source. All seven come from our visit to the Musée de l’Armée in Paris during our honeymoon. The maps represent different events before, during, and after World War II. The maps were all in French, of course, but from visual clues and my limited memory of Spanish (that’s similar, right?) I think I can explain what they represent. Here we go:

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Map 15A: Nazi-controlled France in red, Vichy France (Nazi Puppet Government) in blue.

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Map 15B: Bombing locations in the UK and bomber launch sites throughout the Nazi-controlled mainland.

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Map 15C: African colonies and their controlling countries.

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Map 15D: Parachute sites of military units dropped into occupied France to help resistance groups in 1944.

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Map 15E: Dumb ass Nazi plan to turn on the Soviet Union in 1941. Never invade Russia, it gets really cold.

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Map 15F: Allied and Japanese fleet movements and battles in the Pacific Ocean.

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Map 15G: Line splitting Europe into Soviet and Allied-influence zones including West and East Germany.

Even in French I loved seeing all the maps in the exhibit in addition to all the historic objects and displays. If you want to read more about our visit of the Musée de l’Armée in Paris, read day ten of my honeymoon post.

Map 16 shows locations for franchises in the NBA. I found it on Google via Reddit and didn’t want to go to all the trouble to make a better one (although I did fill in upper Michigan and Long Island). Each individual color represents a division while the hot and cold colors represent the Eastern and Western Conferences.

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Map 16A: Current NBA Divisions

Anyone that follows the NBA knows that the divisions mean very little as the top eight teams in each conference advance to the playoffs but the division winners are guaranteed a top four seed despite record. A lot of people consider this to be a bad system and I agree, especially considering the lack of recent balance between the conferences. Teams in the West can miss the playoffs while teams in the East with worse records make them. Like I said, it’s terrible. Anyway, I think it would also be reasonable to consider adding two teams to the league. There are currently 30 teams with 15 per conference. Adding two teams would allow an even 32 with 16 per conference (and eight in four equal divisions if they want to keep those around). The balance issue cannot be solved easily but a good start would be moving one team from the West to the East and creating the two expansion teams in their place (expansion is tricky and teams are usually pretty bad at first). The Memphis Grizzlies, formerly of Vancouver, have been pretty good the last six years and would be a good addition to the East. Speaking selfishly, I would hope to move the Minnesota Timberwolves. My T-Wolves have sucked for a decade and I’d like to see them thrive with young talent and easier competition. Both Memphis and Minnesota are already close to the East geographically but balance demands Memphis move.

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Map 16B: My proposed NBA with 32 teams and more-balanced conferences.

I would place expansion franchises in St. Louis and Seattle, which lost their team to Oklahoma City in 2008-09. Last year a potential ownership group tried to buy the Sacramento Kings and bring them to Seattle so there is definitely momentum to get another NBA team in Seattle. The obvious front-runners for a new team in the breadbasket of America are St. Louis, Kansas City, and Omaha. Knowing that, you can see why I chose St. Louis. Also, how is there not a pro basketball team already in Missouri? There are six Missourian pro teams in the NFL, MLB, NHL, and MLS but no NBA teams. Name the expansion teams and the new divisions whatever you want but I think this would be an improvement to the league. More revenue from added markets and more competitive conferences would make the NBA stronger.

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Well. Did you have fun with maps? I hope you enjoyed the read. Please subscribe to get all the travel and mappy goodness that I create in the future and leave a comment if you have a suggestion for future maps.

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Bonus Map Link: Unemployment in the United States from 1990-2013 courtesy of @MetricMaps and Huffington Post.

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