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This is pretty interesting. You may or may not know Chad Ford, but for quite some time he has been the Mock Draft ~expert~ for ESPN, cousins with the NCAAFB's and NFL's Mel Kiper/Todd McShay duo. Pistons fans remember him from such works as "the flagrant overhyping of Darko Milicic: http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/columns/story?id=1490974. This actually did contribute to Darko being selected #2 overall, as Joe Dumars took the media's word for it when it came to the largely unknown prospect.
The tl;dr of it is, the credibility of Chad Ford (ESPN Insider)) and ESPN are at stake when it was shown that former Mock Drafts were altered to appear more accurate and conveniently fit the contemporary narrative. Players that are performingly well today were boosted in the *final* versions of mocks, and players that have been underperforming have slid.
The discrepancy was uncovered on Reddit, which may be confusing as a source to a crowd that largely shies away from Twitter, but here's the source nonetheless: http://www.reddit.com/r/nba/comments/2tk9xa/chad_ford_changes_his_draft_boards_years_after/
Here's DeadSpin quickly running with the story: http://deadspin.com/espns-chad-ford-has-been-retroactively-editing-draft-bo-1681631642
ESPN then quickly reversed the edits: http://deadspin.com/espns-chad-ford-has-been-retroactively-editing-draft-bo-1681631642/1681658049/+bubbaprog
and then released this statement: http://espnmediazone.com/us/press-releases/2015/01/statement-on-changes-to-chad-fords-nba-draft-prospect-rankings/
"After reviewing the post on Reddit today, we have found that changes were made manually to Chad Ford’s NBA Draft prospects rankings. We have not been able to determine who made the changes, or when. We have talked to Chad Ford, who strongly denies any involvement, and based on his past work and professionalism, we believe him. Our review will continue but it is unclear at this time if we will be able to ascertain who was responsible."
I'm interested in hearing what you all think about the lack of integrity shown by this low low low low low form of media.
For those who haven't seen it yet, it's a nice little video on ESPN lauding Gardner and sportsmanship in general.
And here's a Freep appreciation article on Gardner as well:
This is a well-written summary of what most on this board believe, but in a forum intended for a broader audience.
Prepare yourselves. Turn off ESPN (except for live sports programming), mute Twitter, and in general expect to be innundated with obscure, ridiculous, over the top media coverage.
LeBron has opted out of his heat contract. This may just be a way to restructure it to get the Heat more cap space, but he's now a free agent. With Carmelo Anthony opting out too this may just break the HOT TAKES engine.
Interesting ESPN article touching on the state of Michigan football and how Nussmeier hire was the right move. Definitely highlights our O-line, leadership, and inconsistency concerns for next year. All I'm saying is bring me that Michigan Football season, we'll be great.
T-Minus 1 hour and 35ish minutes until the start of the tournament and brackets lock. Here is the LINK - http://mgoblog.com/mgoboard/2014-espn-tournament-challenge-back - fo that.
I'll be watch the games on my computer and/or phone at work using this --> www.ncaa.com/march-madness . Unfortunately taking time off has been blocked by the superiors. Also an app available on the Apple Store and GooglePLAY.
Apparently it's popular for guys to schedule a vasectomy this time of year --> www.cnn.com/2014/03/16/us/march-madness-vasectomies/
Some matchups that I'm looking forward to watching (besides the obvious):
Dayton vs Ohio State - Dayton is a trendy upset pick here. We'll see.
Pittsburgh vs Colorado - this could end up being the game of the day
NC State vs St. Louis - this is my upset pick, if it can be considered an upset based on seeding
Arizona State vs Texas - scouting our potential next opponent
What are other games you're keeping an eye on?