I thought that myself when I read that article that talked about a Data Scientist(tm)
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.
The women's gymnasts (ranked No. 4) beat No. 11 Illinois today.
You know, we kick butt in the Olympic sports.
I was going to begin this post, "While we're waiting for the next Hello post..." I was too late. But the dynasty of U of Michigan students in national (and world) ice dancing continues. Reigning Olympic champs Charlie White & Meryl Davis are sitting out this year, so our own Evan Bates & his partner (non-UM-alum-but-Michigan-dweller) Madison Chock won this year's US championship...
with the Shibutani Sibs (Alex & Maia) taking the silver. (They're the ones who aren't Charlie & Meryl in the picture below, chosen for those new to the board who are skeptical of their credentials.)
ESPN is reporting that Kobe Bryant is done for the year, having torn his rotator cuff. I wonder how bad of a record the Lakers are going to finish with this season. They are already 12-31 and nearly in last in the West. With 39 games to go, how many more wins do you think they'll get to? 20 total tops? Here is a link to ESPN reporting it: LINK
EDITED: Back in my office, so updating post I'd originally done on mobile to include link and contain more facts.
This Boston Barstool Sports Blogger says it's a conspiracy. An excerpt from his article:
"But rather than do that the Colts risked playing at a disadvantage. Why? The answer is twofold. 1. Deflated balls don’t make a lick of difference and #2 the Colts knew they had no shot beating us anyway. This was their only weapon. Not to win on the field, but to tattle on us after the fact. That’s how pathetic they are. They just did it because that’s what kids who get shoved in lockers do. They can’t stand up to us on the field so they wait till there are tucked safely in their beds in Indy to open their mouths. They hate us cause they ain’t us."
That's the paragraph that that got me.
Link to full article: ***WARNING--COMMENTS NOT SAFE FOR WORK***
I thought some of you that aren't 100% tired of deflate gate might enjoy this off the wall take on the situation. If there is anybody that isn't tired of it.
My first MGoBoard post. Feel free to let me know if I suck or not.
Thanks and GO BLUE!!!
I just watched a report on the Today Show where 81% of viewers in a snap twitter poll said yes to the question "if guilty should the Patriots be banned from the Super Bowl?" Leaving aside the silliness of the question, which isn't on the table as a possibility, the rest of the discussion was about how there is "growing outrage" over this. Is there? I'm probably in the minority, but this is nothing but a yawner to me as a scandal. I'm shocked, shocked, that there is gambling in this establishment. Scuffing balls happens in baseball, as does stealing signs, as does trying to get any edge possible. You catch a guy or a team, you punish them under the rules, you move on.
But I could be wrong, what do you think?