the just released schedules were a flat-out statement that the B10 doesn't believe SOS will matter in playoff selection
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|20 hours 1 min ago||A commercial I hate, as real||
A commercial I hate, as real refs would say, thanks for your input kid, now inbound the ball already. It's not like they can change the call.
|1 day 4 hours ago||But only a fun exercise.||
But only a fun exercise. We're pretty much locked in at five now; 4x16 was never more than a figment of many imaginations.
|1 day 18 hours ago||We have a roster of almost||
We have a roster of almost entirely NHLers; Russia does not.
|1 day 18 hours ago||That's always fun to talk||
That's always fun to talk about and all, and pretend we live in a world where it might, but it is never happening.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Check the batteries in your||
Check the batteries in your detector.
|2 days 5 hours ago||They already think the||
"Buckeye" and "drunken fool" in the same sentence together. Imagine that.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Honestly, given the mostly||
Honestly, given the mostly no-name roster Russia brought to the tournament, I can't say I didn't expect the US to be able to pull this off. Russia lost to France(!!) earlier, so this clearly isn't the powerhouse team they fielded last year. 8-3 - now that's surprising.
|3 days 3 min ago||Yeah. Two minutes for||
Yeah. Two minutes for "high-sticking."
|3 days 6 hours ago||Because he's BFF's with Bud||
Because he's BFF's with Bud Foster and plus I always consider it a little silly when someone expresses surprise that a recruit would choose an instate school.
+1 for the excellent wordplay, though.
|6 days 19 hours ago||With a little work the cheese||
With a little work the cheese thing could probably happen too.
And I'm out. Cousin knocking at the door. Updates on Vermont perhaps in tomorrow's drinkin' thread.
P.S. On my drive in here from Burlington you can really see why they call these the Green Mountains. Lovely.
|6 days 19 hours ago||Also adorable: calling Hoke||
Also adorable: calling Hoke inarticulate when Dantonio's press conferences consist entirely of "growl growl mumble grunt go away."
|6 days 19 hours ago||I'm sitting in my hotel room||
I'm sitting in my hotel room in Vermont waiting for my cousin to come pick me up. So I don't know what I'll be drinking and I don't know where, but I'll be enjoying it regardless.
Since Vermont and all, it might just end up being a Magic Hat. I'll be disappointed if that shit's not on tap everywhere.
|1 week 1 day ago||Thanks! Actually I'm most||
Thanks! Actually I'm most proud of having been asked to give the oath, although admittedly my cousin's options are somewhat limited in that it has to be a current or former officer who gives it. Still, even though I'll miss his commencement and kind of squeeze my own, I absolutely had to make the effort to get out there.
|1 week 1 day ago||I always like to do the||
I always like to do the magazine crossword, so no, not always a fellow Michigan grad.
Although occasionally I like to halfway fill it out, and mess up half the answers I put in, just for a little added challenge for the next guy. Can he fix it? Or will he chicken out and surreptitiously switch the magazines, hoping for an empty one? Or maybe he'll just suck it up and do the sudoku instead.
|1 week 1 day ago||Got muchos plans this weekend||
Got muchos plans this weekend and I'm excited. Two weeks ago the family went to Grand Rapids to watch youngest brother graduate from GVSU. This weekend is my own commencement exercises at UDM for my masters degree. (Not to get too excited; I have four classes still to take in the summer and then it's MBA city.) About two hours after those end I hop a plane to Vermont where my cousin is graduating from Norwich University, and I have the honor of giving him his commissioning oath into the Army. Oh, and my middle brother just got his acceptance into the University of Washington for his own MBA, which he'll start in the fall. Good times in the family as we all get ourselves edjicated up.
|1 week 1 day ago||It falls into the realm of||
It falls into the realm of "change for change's sake."
|1 week 1 day ago||"Everyone else has one" is||
"Everyone else has one" is literally the worst possible reason for Michigan football to do anything.
|1 week 1 day ago||The real question is which||
The real question is which task is he going to attempt? Shaving or brushing the teeth? Much of the humor depends on knowing. Or is this some kind of Rohrschach thing where it's whatever you want it to be?
|1 week 1 day ago||Knoxville is almost as far||
Knoxville is almost as far from Blacksburg as DC is, really.
|1 week 1 day ago||Helluva lot closer to||
Helluva lot closer to Blacksburg than most B1G locations, though. Very driveable.
|1 week 2 days ago||+1 because obvs.||
+1 because obvs.
|1 week 2 days ago||SWEET LET'S FUCK EM UP||
SWEET LET'S FUCK EM UP
|1 week 2 days ago||Seriously, anyone who saw||
Seriously, anyone who saw those articles with catchy headlines like "NFL hopeful is already $100K in debt!" and thought, dang, that's a lot of money, how did that happen? ... is disqualified from ever arguing that student-athletes aren't paid enough.
|1 week 3 days ago||Exactly. It's out there.||
Exactly. It's out there. It's a tool. If all you ever do is offer people based on how many stars they have, that's not too bright. But these databases exist, why wouldn't coaches use them? Pretending they don't exist would be pretty silly, in my view.
|1 week 4 days ago||Seems as if basically||
Seems as if basically everyone who started the book series under the age of 15 got moved upwards in age a few years, not just the Stark kids. It makes sense. Dany is too young in the books to be depicted on TV as pregnant, for one thing, even on HBO. Joffrey is much more believable as his TV age than his book age, as are Robb and Jon and come to think of it just about all of them.
Plus, it mostly avoids one of my hugest Hollywood pet peeves: trying to pass off much older actors - especially guys since guys go through more obvious outward physical changes than girls - as a younger character. 20-somethings do not make believable high schoolers. By just coming out and saying the characters are older, they don't force us to pretend these guys with full beards are in fact 15. Now the only corner they've backed themselves into in that regard is with Bran.
|1 week 5 days ago||D'oh that's a good point, I||
D'oh that's a good point, I forgot to consider the Big East. But I imagine you're right, they'll probably let Rutgers hang around as an associate member.
|1 week 5 days ago||Very soon. Next year the new||
Very soon. Next year the new Atlantic Sun will have an autobid - they don't have to wait like the NEC did because the NEC had Bryant, which was a provisional D-I member til this year. The A-Sun is the manifestation of the long-anticipated southern conference. The NEC looks for now as if they'll lose their autobid after just one year, so it'll still be eight autos and eight at-larges most likely.
HOWEVA - next year the ACC will probably have a temporary autobid, making nine for at least a year. It'll be a six team conference by adding ND and Cuse and not yet losing Maryland. Plus, if and when Hopkins joins a conference, and I think it's more when than if, it'll create a new autobid, because let's face it, they're probably going to either the B1G or ACC. Long-term both conferences have five teams, so Hopkins will mean a ninth permanent autobid.
This doesn't even take into account the possibility that the NEC could get itself together somehow, or that the B1G or ACC could add a sixth team from within (Northwestern? MSU? BC? NC State?) or various other scenarios. Bottom line: I don't think it's very long before the tournament becomes an 18 or 20 team affair. Couple years, tops.
|1 week 5 days ago||I have been guilty each of||
I have been guilty each of the past two years of overestimating Michigan's chances in the upcoming season, but let's try again: I think next year, with Loyola gone from the ECAC, Michigan could be a minor threat to get to the ECAC tourney. Three wins is typically enough to make a conference tourney with seven teams, and Michigan hung in very tough against Hobart and Fairfield. Obviously there's a great deal of improvement between here and there, and I don't think they'll actually make the tourney, but at least we could see them contend a little instead of waiting all year for that first win.
|1 week 5 days ago||+1. The fact that GRRM has||
+1. The fact that GRRM has got me interested in what happens next even when winter comes for good and real, I'd say makes him a pretty good writer. The amazing breadth and depth of the characters - you'd be hard-pressed to find any two alike, and nearly all of them are extremely well developed and nuanced - is really difficult to do.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||Plus wasn't it Taylor Lewan||
Plus wasn't it Taylor Lewan who was like, I have no idea what there is to do around here besides hang out with other athletes?