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|6 days 18 hours ago||Player endorsements||
The NCAA isn't serious about amateurism and fairness. If that were the case there would be a hard-cap on coach's salaries, on facility expenditure, and enforced income distribution between the sports a school has. Middle Tennessee State cannot compete because they don't have the money to pay a coach $6M/Year or build a stadium that holds 80k+ fans. They can't put in a rec facility with PS4s and pool tables for their players.
The current system is unfair not only to the institutions but to the players as well. Allowing the players to benefit off of their likeness is at least fair to the players. Nothing major will change. The institutions that can afford new facilities and 7-digit coach salaries can also afford some form of player compensation. Those that can't, can't. You're still going to have the same top-50 you do every year. It's. Not. Different.
Those points aside, I'm fairly certain that you're still not going to see just whomever is QB at Oregon in a Nike ad on national TV. You'll probably get the top 10 or so players from the previous year film some endorsements in the off-season but 90% of what you will see is Devin Gardner's face on a WTKA billboard on M-23; small-time local endorsements. If I'm Nike I'm not shelling out big dough to put someone's face on an ad that only maybe 4-5% of the population will recognize. I want the Manziels, the Tebows, the T'eos, or I'm going with a pro-athelete.
|1 week 1 day ago||So much for Beckerman being a||
So much for Beckerman being a lock. He won't start today. Cameron moves to MF in his place.
|1 week 4 days ago||I have the most heterosexual||
I have the most heterosexual boner right now.
|1 week 5 days ago||Personally, my take on this||
Personally, my take on this is that we are terrible in the middle third of the field. Our first touches, especially vs. Germany were abysmal. Bradley and Jones both were terrible on the first touch and caused us a bunch of possessions.
|1 week 6 days ago||Not sure I've ever been this||
Not sure I've ever been this okay over a loss before...
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||idk, the Denver Broncos are||
idk, the Denver Broncos are pretty good...
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, I think his quality of||
Yeah, I think his quality of play is being overshadowed by that final turnover there. He played pretty brilliantly on the attack. I was bummed that his put-back hit the defender but that happens. In that scenario you're basically doing your damnedest to make sure you don't get under the ball and drill it over the bar. Maybe this game goes differently if that finds the net or maybe it doesn't.
The US team as a whole seems to have this ability to play quality ball when they need to but then make 1-2 major errors that cause complete disaster.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Depends on if that's in your||
Depends on if that's in your contract or not. I have friends that get performance bonuses as well as stock options. The argument isn't performance based pay though, it's whether or not the NCAA has the legal ground to restrict players from profiting off of themselves. It's like if your company told you that you weren't allowed to have a lemonade stand in front of your house:
"Why not? It's my house, my time, I should be able to do with it what I want. "
"If you do that then you're fired"
It's arguing the legality of that statement.
I think the above is a little off-track on their argument; it's not going to be they get a % of #16 jerseys sold though and that may be your point. LeBron James doesn't even have arrangement.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The aforementioned roster||
The aforementioned roster balance isn't referring to next year so much as it's referring to which class he'll belong to. If he plays next year then we'll have 3 running backs in the class of '13. That's fine for competition but our future roster will be more "balanced" because eligibility will be spread out and you won't have a bunch of players at one position exiting at the same time.
That's not to say that roster balance trumps winning now, especially in the case of Hoke where his seat is getting warmer which is why Brian said "but not so good for this year, when offensive production is critical for the perception of the program." It's a pro/con situation.
It's entirely possible that the team will get better if Isaac can play this season. It's also entirely possible they won't. It's been all-too-frequent in recent years that fans and, occasionally, members of this blog have declared that recruit/player X is going to lift the team (Sam McGuffie, Tate Forcier, Ondre Pipkins, Shane Morris, etc.) and they must start/play now. Maybe not explicitly but it's been discussed. My point is: temper expectations for what, if anything, this one player can do for the team on day 1. He's probably not going to be the difference between 7 and 10 wins. There are a multitude of other issues.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||This||
5* RB or not, if he doesn't have a hole to run through it won't matter. Adrian Peterson couldn't have averaged 100yds behind our line last year and that was with two NFL tackles. Getting hit behind the line before you can make a move is not a good thing. Ask Vincent Smith.
If we got a 5* guard transfer from another school I think there would be a little more hand-waving for him to start immediately, roster depth be damned. As it stands, *upgrading the RB position isn't going to keep them from being hit before they hit the hole.
*Remember, Green was a highly rated recruit as well
|6 weeks 6 days ago||If the scholarships can bear||
If the scholarships can bear the burden (which they can, we didn't take a QB in '12) then I don't see why this could be a bad idea for anyone but Rodriguez. More competition is always better and I have yet to see anything to substantiate claims of "character issues."
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I'll be shocked if you see a||
I'll be shocked if you see a play this year where Ebron has his hand on the ground. "TE" is merely a designation used to pay players like Jimmy Graham and Aaron Hernandez (RIP) less money these days.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I think what a lot of people||
I think what a lot of people are missing here is how abysmal the Lions were in the red zone last year and I think that was how they prioritized that #10 pick when better defensive options were taken off the board.
I would have liked to see Haha or Dennard here but I'm certainly not as disappointed as a lot of people seem to be.
|10 weeks 18 hours ago||1. Economics are in play||
1. Economics are in play here, not morals. What percentage of the NBA players (read: employers to potentiall strike/boycott) are black vs. homosexual? What percentage of the target audience (read: $) for the NBA is black vs. homosexual?
2. We're talking players vs. owner. An owner has significantly more influence than a player where the league is concerned. If player X is a bigot, other players can say "I don't want to play with that guy" and the team can choose to not renew/extend his contract, trade him, etc. Team suffers for 4 years tops because of locker-room drama, etc. In the case of an owner, players can choose not to sign with that team for as long as he/she is the owner. Team suffers for however long that person is the owner, typically much longer than your avg. NBA player contract. This ties back into economics since the NBA probably isn't making any money selling Clippers jerseys anymore.
tl;dr when something doesn't seem "fair" in life, follow the money and you'll eventually find out why it's not fair.
|10 weeks 19 hours ago||I need to refresh my page||
I need to refresh my page before I start typing the same response someone else did 5 minutes before me.
|10 weeks 19 hours ago||Racism is racism, regardless||
Racism is racism, regardless of your reasons. Hitler hated Jews because he thought they were to blame for WWI and conspiring against Germany and her interests. Extreme example is extreme but just because you have "reasons" for hating another group of people does not make that right.
|10 weeks 19 hours ago||Nothing has changed, people||
Nothing has changed, people have just warped what the first amendment means because they learned about the constitution in the 4th grade and took "free speech" to mean "I can say whatever I want whenever I want without repurcussion." The UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT cannot charge you with a crime purely for what you think/say/opine. Your employer, association, etc. can most certainly take action against you. This is no different. The United States government cannot do anything to strip him of his franchise but the association can say "you and your franchise are no longer apart of the association if you choose not to sell."
|10 weeks 19 hours ago||True. Maybe the new NCAA||
True. Maybe the new NCAA policy on food doesn't mean double for him. Simple math dictates that he requires double food for playing double sports.
|10 weeks 19 hours ago||This is my thought. Winston||
This is my thought. Winston is perpetually in legal trouble and gets nothing. Manziel signs some autographs and gets crucified by the media. A&M needs some better boosters.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I don't understand where we||
I don't understand where we as a fan-base get off on questioning what coach B does any more. He has taken a program in shambles and put us in the 2nd weekend of the tournament and beyond in 2 consecutative years now, ignoring the fact that he got a team with a 6'4" PF to the tournament.
If he's not beyond reproach, he's damn near it (I sometimes question clock management but then I remember I'm not a basketball coach) and recent success has spoiled this fanbase immesureably if this is seriously the conversation we're having at this point.
tl;dr Black magic voodoo sorcery that no one here will ever be able to comprehend.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||This is the right answer.||
This is the right answer. Picking up a late recruit is never desperation, it's filling a late need. Plugging in someone unqualified to play a position in the hopes it works is the desperate moment before you throw your hands up and move Taylor Lewan over to the 2nd RT position.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||WHERE?! I DON'T GET IT.||
WHERE?! I DON'T GET IT. EXPLAIN IT TO ME LIKE I'M 5.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I'm having a bad day at work||
I'm having a bad day at work right now as it is. I come here and see board posts like this and BiSB's troll post on the front page and it's like "why did I even bother with today?"
|10 weeks 6 days ago||That's 5 minutes I'm not||
That's 5 minutes I'm not getting back.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Is this a hangover||
Is this a hangover side-effect of the charges filed in March? I don't hang around the board much but my general impression was that there was nothing but love for Lewan around here.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||That's kind of the way I see||
That's kind of the way I see it. His comment on entitlement makes me think that he regrets not giving his younger players more of a voice last year and just letting seniors do their thing. I don't think there's any blame here, I just think he sees room for improvement/positive change and is adjusting.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I'm getting real tired of not||
I'm getting real tired of not being able to have a conversation regarding the books with anyone anymore. I watch the show, come to work and talk to my friend that has read them all, and am like "Hmmm, that's weird. Rob's wife is totally still alive in the books" and people flip the fuck out like I just told them John Snow murders Daenerys Targaryen (Not a real spoiler, calm down). I'm sorry, you've had 14 years to get to this point in the TV show by reading (book 3 game out in 2000). If you don't want to read the books that's fine, but don't freak out when my friend and I who HAVE read the books are having a conversation about how the show is diverging from the books or some theories we have on what's going to happen in book 6/7. Walk away. Stay off the internet until you've caught up.
tl;dr SNAPE KILLS DUMBLEDORE
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I'm I'm not afraid of SEC||
I'm I'm not afraid of SEC teams in general but I am afraid of teams that defend the 3 well and have a strong interior presense. Too many times this season I've seen Stauskas face adversity and either force bad shots or tuck his tail between his legs. This team lacks lip-curl in general and teams that defend the perimeter scare me for that reason.
I was going to include the troll 3-man floor slap vs. sparty from last year for effect but BTN filed copyright claims and youtube took them down. If anyone has a .gif of that laying around I'd appreciate it.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||I miss when we used to run||
I miss when we used to run high pick and roll with Morgan and feed him in the lane for an easy deuce. This seemed like the perfect game for it and it just never happened.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||Shot selection was good, they||
Shot selection was good, they just wouldn't fall. I'm wondering when/if Irving will find his shot. The turnovers were frustrating against a bad defense but we played well in the interior. This outing plus the B1G championship game doesn't make me feel too confident about a deep run though.