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I thought this was extremely well written. Let's try to keep the politics/religion respectful, we did in the last thread.
I think Pierce hits a lot of correct notes here. I thought his "lack of justification" about baseball was quite interesting. And, of course, the kicker:
For all the theological dust they've thrown up to cover their cowardly retreat, Our Lady of Sorrows plainly and simply didn't want to lose to a girl.
USA Today has a breakdown on Athletic Department budgets, showing who's running a surplus and who's not. Michigan fares well, as do OSU and PSU. MSU comes in at sixth, with NW is not ranked (due to being private, no doubt). Iowa comes in higher than I would have guessed, but they are about the only game in town for Iowans.
Tables (taken from a Freep article - boo Freep, but credit where credit's due - http://www.freep.com/article/20120515/SPORTS06/205150442/Fiscal-study-Michigan-athletics-are-self-reliant?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|Sports ) below. The Freep article defines "subsidy" as:
Subsidies are split into four streams of allocated revenue: 1) Student fees charged for athletics, 2) direct institutional support (cash allocated to athletic department from the university), 3) direct state or government support, 4) indirect facilities and administrative support (facilities provided by university and not charged to athletic department).
Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, MSU and Indiana "subsidize" quite a bit, although I'm not quite sure what all that implies (please share any insights or theories in the comments).
|2. Ohio State||$131,815,821||$122,286,869||$0||0%|
|1. Ohio State||$131,815,821||$122,286,869||$0||0%|
|3. Penn State||$116,118,025||$101,336,483||$0||0%|
|6. Michigan State||$84,510,199||$84,004,229||$3,650,280||4.3%|
Hopefully the offense gives Verlander support. Anytime you can tune in and see Fielder, Cabrera and Verlander it's a good thing.
Don't care much for either team, but do like basketball.
I'm pulling for the Pacers since they're the underdog, but I have no problem with the Heat winning it all. Pacers only finished 4 behind Heat in the regular season but I get the feeling they have no chance.
Early impressions: Roy Hibbert is a big man. 7'2'' 260 and he looks like he might be bigger. He dwarfs Bosh.
In the earlier game, Clippers won on the road in game 7 against Memphis. Way to go Clippers!!
All right - MGOBlog friends, here is a question for you. I know how far reaching the MGBlog family goes, so I think you might give some insight (and we are hiding this from my kids' grandma's at this point, so facebook won't work).
I have been looking for an academic job around my are (UM, Toledo, BGSU, EMU, etc) and NOTHING.
However, I recently was named a finalist in an interview at Brown University in Providence. I have a family of four - 2 little kids, wife, me - and am hesitant to move them across the country, but we may have little choice.
Question is - how is Providence? fun? beautiful? Lots to do?
So it looks like this might be a regular off-season thread since each of the last three Fridays I've wanted to jump out of my window here at work to put myself out of misery.
Whatcha working on today? Any good or interesting plans for the weekend?
Me, I've got the monumental task of figuring out what to get profitgowife for Mother's Day and trying to negotiate a confidentiality agreement with an a--hole lawyer on the other side. This weekend is filled with kids stuff, including a toddler birthday party at a playground tomorrow. Actually, a pretty nice little Saturday. We might make a trip to Home Depot. Maybe Bed Bath & Beyond. I don't know. I don't know if we'll have enough time.