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|6 days 23 hours ago||Another clear benefit of||
Another clear benefit of running more plays: Regression to the mean. If you believe you have the superior team, then you want more possessions because that would theoretically lower the variance, thus shifting the odds in your favor. If you're the team that is a heavy underdog, though, this strategy could easily backfire. Seems like the best method would be to push the tempo until such time as you no longer feel it is necessary and then go into super slow mode to let the clock play out in your favor if you're a team like Oregon, for example, who usually has more talent on the field than their opponent.
|1 week 19 hours ago||#WTFF?||
I laughed out loud at your responses. Well played.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Yeah, I agree. The||
Yeah, I agree. The "walkabout" comment above is also true. I could see Horford travelling the world or living abroad to study or work with the indigent. I have a feeling he is going to lead a very rich life, and I bet basketball isn't as important to him as personal development, gaining knowledge from experiencing the world, and helping others.
|1 week 1 day ago||Well, if we're living in||
Well, if we're living in superhero land, I actually like your chances. You're royalty, so you can summon loyal soldiers/liaise with the British government for same. So, you've got the army and navy of the greatest empire on earth in terms of strength (pre- WW2 Britain) vs...Batman. Get me some popcorn, I'm in.
|1 week 2 days ago||This is so sad, man. When I||
This is so sad, man. When I heard it this morning, I thought "no way- already? she looked so healthy and vibrant." Damn, what a tragedy. I know this happens every day to thousands of children around the world (premature death), but it's different to think about it as an abstract concept than it is to think about it as a little girl that we got to know a little during her brief time on earth due to sports. God bless her and her family.
|1 week 2 days ago||Seconded re pro potential. I||
Seconded re pro potential. I think long-term, he's going to be the best pro out of all of these guys, which is no slight on the others. I don't know that his NBA career will exceed Burke's, though.
|1 week 2 days ago||I agree. And I think that||
I agree. And I think that when you combine it with even a moderate improvement from Walton, we're going to have a lethal perimeter lineup.
|1 week 2 days ago||I'm with you, Nema. To me, in||
I'm with you, Nema. To me, in reality, the whole season (which I watch intently) is really dwarfed by those three weeks of the NCAA tournament. It is the barometer, and more than 50% of the equation of how a season is judged when you're trying to be a player on the national stage year in, year out. Say what you will about Izzo and the fact that he doesn't fare well in Final Fours despite making a ton of them, but to me the Final Four is the measuring stick for a program like ours. And, though his record isn't great w/r/t what MSU does when the arrive at the Final Four, you gotta be at the dance at the end to win it, and consistent Final Fours, over consistent Big Ten championships (to me) would be the platonic ideal of where I'd like the program to be.
|1 week 2 days ago||@LG: Pretty easily. To||
@LG: Pretty easily. To someone who advocates that it's Wisconsin, like me, Final Four is far more important in the equation than it is to someone like you. I realize it's just "one more round," but I like its higher stakes and the fact that it rewards teams performing the best while under the most pressure. Further, since it occurs at the end of the season, it is the end of the journey, so to speak. It's a gut feeling backed up by some logic for me; I imagine your position comes from a similar place.
|1 week 2 days ago||Call me crazy, but I'd rather||
Call me crazy, but I'd rather have a Final Four than a B1G regular season championship. I realize the tournament rewards randomness and getting hot at the right time, but at the same time, it also rewards teams that perform at their peak under the most pressure. So yes, I'd prefer a Final Four over a B1G regular season title + Elite 8. NCAA tourney is weighted in my mind due to its heightened importance in determining a national champion on the court.
|1 week 3 days ago||"World's Greatest||
"World's Greatest Detective"?
Jimmy McNulty, Lester Freamon, and Bunk Moreland would like a word with you.
|1 week 3 days ago||Yeah. It seems, though, that||
Yeah. It seems, though, that they'd release that information because the equation in the minds of the police reads "Deterrence/Stopping the incidents > apprehension of offender", at least at first. This has, in fact, been quite the shit streak as a poster above mentioned. Stopping it is the priority right now.
|1 week 3 days ago||I would think it would have||
I would think it would have to either be a maladjusted juvenile or an adult who is in need of serious psychological help. As in, likely more sick than evil.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This is an interesting point.||
This is an interesting point. The lineups Amaker ran out there were so devoid of talent at certain points that, like you say, it was ridiculous. But the thing is, Tommy also had a very shaky record of talent development; Beilein is in another stratosphere in that regard. And another universe in tactics/strategy.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know about||
I don't know about revisionism, but I was at damn near every home game of the Amaker era, and, while, yes, he was a nice guy and what we needed when Ellerbe got fired, he was not nearly as good a coach or recruiter that the job requires. He probably should've been fired sooner. Player development wasn't great, nor was recruiting, when you compare him to Fisher, Frieder, and Beilein (3 of the other 4 M coaches since 1980 or so). And the wins, obviously, never came. They got close to "breaking through" as a program, but never could seem to take it to the next level (i.e., tourney contender every year/where we were at in the 80's and 90's and now). Tommy was a good hire, but, at least to this fan, he was pretty disappointing as a coach as his tenure went on at M. It's great to see that he's bounced back at Harvard.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Meh.||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I tend to agree. I actually||
I tend to agree re Caris. I actually think he could have the highest upside in 10 years of the guys on the team. He is going to be a superstar next year.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I tend to agree with you. Our||
I tend to agree with you. Our font from the 80's and 90's with a block M on the side of the shorts (large) either mid-thigh or at the bottom (compare 1990 M jersey to 1992 for difference in placement)...so sort of like Indiana's in a way (no striping down the side, notch in the shorts) would be my vote.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Last year: Joy and||
Last year: Joy and wonderment.
This year: Scared shitless.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||JMo looks badass in this||
JMo looks badass in this getup. Hell yeah. Go Blue.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Response to OP||
....owes you nothing?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Trebor, I'm with you. I also||
Trebor, I'm with you. I also wonder what's going to happen if and when this goes to the SCOTUS; I was surprised the NLRB sided with the players. Regardless, it's quite an historic day for sports law. This, the Kessler lawsuit against the NCAA, the O'Bannon suit...there will be changes no matter what, given the state of the law and where it appears it is headed.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, if I recall, his dad||
Yeah, if I recall, his dad was somewhat...surprised that Michigan offered him at the time. I remember reading that and sort of feeling bad for JMo. Regardless, his agility and his technique have evolved so far over his time at Michigan. A pleasure to watch, and it's great to see his hard work rewarded.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||This is incredible. Having a||
This is incredible. Having a bench mob like this is great for team morale.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||That floater...my heart||
That floater...my heart stopped. Wow. That looked like a different Illinois team. Great to escape with a win.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I look at it like this: The||
I look at it like this: The Detroit Free Press did a terrible job of journalism with the Stretchgate story, and, to my knowledge, was and is unrepentant about it. My response, as a person, is that I hope the paper fails as soon as possible as a going concern. Therefore, I, as a consumer, do nothing to impede the failure of the paper. Patronizing the paper's website generates revenue for the paper. I want the paper to fail, so I don't contribute anything-- even a click, which generates a miniscule amount of ad revenue-- to the paper and actively root for its demise.
I'm not "over it," and probably won't ever be, and, well, you folks shouldn't be either. It would be one thing if there were an iota of intellectual honesty from the Freep before, during, and after Stretchgate (with respect to that story). But there wasn't. So I assume they still "stick by" their story and their stance, and I'll stick by mine.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks for the link- added it||
Thanks for the link- added it to the OP.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Good link- I will add it. I||
Good link- I will add it. I read this as well.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Milwaukee. There are so many||
Milwaukee. There are so many U of M alums in Chicagoland (and quite a few in Milwaukee as well) that it could be an edge for Michigan, theoretically. Also, for current students, a lot of them come from the Chicagoland area, so that could help bring students to the game in large numbers. "Hey, mom and dad, me and some friends are gonna come home for the weekend."
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, me too. I love that||
Yeah, me too. I love that they were vindicated. And that it went to the press. I also may have jumped off my couch and said "Fuck YES Rust!" when he hit Erroll with the head shot. It was a great end to their bromance, also. The great thing about this series is that it was and is really like an 8 hour movie. That's why, to me, when done well, there is more that can be done on television than in a typical movie film. The actors and director have more time to tell the story.
Also, how about the beautiful cinematography of the series? Incredible.