don't we all
|2 hours 19 min ago||Dear Utes||
Please feed these delicious cupcakes to your offense right before the Michigan game. They are the most potent, er, I mean... most delicious flavors from our favorite bakery in Denver, the Kind Nugs Cafe.
|23 weeks 1 day ago||PITCH IT TO BREASTON!!!||
PITCH IT TO BREASTON!!!
|39 weeks 1 day ago||http://annarborchronicle.com/|
|39 weeks 3 days ago||Hookers||
Yes he is a major perv.
|39 weeks 6 days ago||Irregardless is an actual word.||
It means . . . wait for it . . . regardless.
"Irregardless" is not a made-up word, but it is a waste of letters, much like this entire discussion we're having.
|45 weeks 2 hours ago||Advertising and other stuff||
|1 year 5 days ago||You're going to have to wait||
IF YOU ARE EXPECTING THE KNOWLEDGE TO APPEAR, YOUNG DISCIPLE, THEN YOU MUST WAIT
FOR THE KNOWLEDGE MUST WAIT UNTIL THE SEASON IS OVER
AT THAT TIME, HE SHALL WRITE HIS REVIEW OF THE SEASON THAT WILL HAVE OCCURRED
AND THEN HE WILL NAVIGATE THROUGH THE DIMENSIONS OF SPACE AND TIME, ARRIVING AT PRESENT DAY
AT WHICH TIME HE SHALL POST HIS SEASON REVIEW ON WWW.MGOBLOG.COM, A RITUAL HE HAS PERFORMED SINCE ANCIENT TIMES
AND WE SHALL SOAR..........................
|1 year 5 days ago||I want the real stuff||
I want the real "THE KNOWLEDGE"
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Good Stock||
Joey comes from a great family, and take it from someone who knows him well: his dad Rich is a good dude.
Many congratulations to Joey on joining the university and its football team.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Main Point||
My main point was not to disagree with the shutout prediction. You seem to agree that a shutout is unlikely, and as a self-professed "quant" I think Brian would readily admit the statistical unlikelihood (is that a word?) of a shutout. It's a given that a shutout is a bad prediction.
My main point is that the analysis is lacking. When everything is sarcastic, including the score prediction, then I think it undermines the blog. I continually come here for the in-depth analysis, especially the wonderful "Preview" posts, but it seems this one was overwhelmed by negative sentiment.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Sarcasm||
Probably the most sarcastic post I've seen from Brian. I understand the frustration and feelings of helplessness, but I think it's possible to present these views without such intense sarcasm.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Skipped Saturday's game||
Skipped Saturday's game
To hang with wife and offspring
Damn good decision
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Spark it up again||
Is it time to resurrect this post? Consider how prescient some of these folks were:
"Everyone is angry now, but just wait until next year when Borges finally gets to unleash all the Rawls halfback dives he wants behind an all sophmore o line."
That was a year ago.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Petition||
The sentiment has been around for at least a year:
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Loafers||
Before they zoom in for the opening shot, check out Hoke's shoes. He rocks black leather loafers with no socks. I think there are some tassels on there too.
It's enough to blow your mind.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||No thank you||
I admit that points have some practical advantages.
However, a point system leads to groupthink. It drowns out the minority viewpoints. Sometimes those minority viewpoints are from trolls, but sometimes they are legitimate positions that should be recognized and addressed. Having a real dialogue between people with different views usually leads to a better understanding of things by both parties.
Mgoblog began as a countercultural phenomenon, a bulwark against a homogenous mainstream media. For Mgoblog to suppress a counterculture that grows within the blog itself would be shortsighted, hypocritical and sad.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||Also||
Also, the "muthafuckin" part of the phrase must be spoken at an extremeley high pitch. Any other usage amounts to blasphemy.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||BTN?||
Do you have a residence in the USA where you subscribe to Big Ten Network? If so, then you should be able to get a password for yourself, which allows you to watch BTN on your computer or mobile device (BTN2GO). I've never heard of anyone doing it from an island off the coast of China, but it may just be possible.
If you don't subscribe to Big Ten Network in the states, then maybe some generous soul on this blog will give you his or her BTN password.
|2 years 3 days ago||Half you||
Technically speaking, I think you would still be half of yourself at that point.
|2 years 3 days ago||Nothing like||
Nothing like the smell of spam in the morning.
|2 years 1 week ago||Ah yes||
That would make sense and would be in line with earlier reports of negotiations to get BTN on "basic cable plus," or whatever you call the tier just above basic cable, in the NYC area. And it would be a timely announcement since football season (and therefore football TV viewing) is about to begin.
Not nearly conspiratorial enough though.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Data Set||
I am also bullish on Gardner this season. I am also a big fan of your body of work, Mathlete. However, I do have some questions about the selection of data used for this analysis.
It's obvious why you chose a 5-game streak as the cutoff point for deciding which quarterbacks to compare Gardner with -- that's the length of Gardner's streak. However, you are lumping the good (those with 5 game streaks like Gardner) with the great (those with presumably longer streaks). The same is true for the +14 PAN cutoff. Once again, Gardner barely makes the cut, but he is compared to those who presumably have much higher PANs over their 5-game streaks.
Perhaps it would be more instructive to look at those quarterbacks who have had streaks of 3 to 7 games, with PANs of +10 to +18. That way, you could look at who makes the cut and then say "we can expect Gardner to be the average of these people."
Maybe I'm making this too complicated, but you're a complicated guy, Mathlete, with a nose for precision. I think you'd be up to the task . . . .
|2 years 8 weeks ago||The Reality||
The reality is that, if you look at all the companies getting into streaming these days, they are same media giants you've grown to hate. Time Warner, Comcast, etc... If you look at who owns the exciting new ventures like syncbak (streaming network TV from your area) and Hulu, you will see that the transmission method is changing from cable to streaming, but that will not affect your TV options from being controlled by a small number of behemoths intent on squeezing every penny from you.
Streaming TV is cool, but don't be fooled into thinking that you will be free from content hegemony.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Sports||
I cut the cord, and have been strategizing on how to get sports. Here you go:
1. You can get some sports on major networks. They don't stream, but you may be able to get streaming network TV from syncbak (there are a couple competitors popping up too) for a minimal fee per month. New metro areas are being added to their list in the near future, hopefully before football season.
Also, if you have an old-school TV antenna and get a digital tuner, or you are willing to invest in a new digital antenna, you might be able to get good quality network TV. I bought a digital HDTV antenna for the house, but it didn't work. So beware.
2. BTN. If you have a friend with BTN via a cable subscription, you can use his or her password to get BTN streaming to your tablet or PC.
3. ESPN. This is a problem. I can't find any way to get ESPN streaming without a cable subscription. Perhaps you can get a password from a friend.
MLB and possibly now NBA offer streaming subscriptions. NFL does not. Keep an eye out.... I have a feeling more content will be available for streaming soon.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Sound||
You could have a sound clip looping endlessly of helmets cracking: the "sound of football" according to Hoke.
I love that quote from Hoke but yes, I am being facetious. Sort of.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Butt-picking et cetera||
From a distance, he does indeed seem like a good person. He is always very gracious in victory, for instance. However, the above-mentioned habits mean that, while I don't hate him at all, I do hate to watch him play.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Family car?||
You will have to decide if it's going to be the family car. If so, you'll need to throw down for a full SUV (3 rows) or minivan if you want to fit 3 kids and a wife inside.
If it's not the family car, then get whatever. Get another civic. You can fit 2 car seats in almost anything.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Checked baggage||
If you have to run from one gate to the other, and you barely make the next flight before the doors close, then chances are your checked luggage (if you have any) will not be joining you on the flight. This has happened to me before. A couple times.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Quality||
Nice work. I would think you would want to control for quality. If the conventional wisdom is true that conference expansion = more recruiting power in the new conference areas, then you may see the same numbers as before, but you will be getting recruits of higher quality from the new conference territory.
In this specific example, the SEC is getting roughly the same percentage of its recruits from Texas and Missouri as it did before conference expansion. However, has the quality of those recruits increased?
I imagine this would be a fairly straightforward add-on to the existing work you've done, although it might be time-consuming.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Let me elaborate on that||
1 - Trey Burke
2 - Knight
3 - Buy someone for $25 million
4 - Monroe
5 - Drummond
I like that.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||AAAAAHHHHHH OOOHHHHHHHHH||
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Let's stop complaining about the students||
They are often late, but they are loud.
Non-students are often on time, but they are mute.
Both classes of fans have their benefits and drawbacks.
We need the students to spend the first quarter doing shots of shitty vodka at a house party so that they can show up at halftime and yell really loud in the fourth quarter. We NEED these late, drunk fans just as badly, if not more, than we need the grey-haired punctual grumblers.
Also, if we are going to penalize students for being late, why not penalize the old grumpy people for leaving too early? How many times have you seen people leaving when Michigan was down a few points at the end of the game but still had an outside chance of coming back? More often than not, it's not the students leaving, but the pessimistic curmudgeons worrying about getting stuck in a crowded parking area. So here's my proposal: let's charge people $10 at the exit gate if they want to leave before the clock says 0:00. All proceeds go to Brandon's Domino's private jet fund.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Great piece of writing||
This is the sort of material that makes mgoblog special.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Faker||
I didn't know Herm was fake. I am not up to date on such things.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Third Person||
Do you often refer to someone in the third person when you are replying to his comment? I find it dehumanizing.
From my admittedly narrow perspective, which consists of reading all the comments in this post, Herm appears to know more about soccer than you.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Michigan's chances||
If I were to extrapolate from your chart, does that mean Michigan has a 2.5% chance of getting to the final four and a 1% chance of winning it all?
|2 years 29 weeks ago||There are limits||
You want success no matter what you have to sacrifice?
Would you sell the Big House to Arby's if it would increase our chances of winning a national championship?
Here is a slightly more realistic example: would you cover up sexual abuse if it meant that you could continue winning without any complications?
I think you are misunderstanding my point. I'm saying that the Michigan Athletic Department should embrace certain ideals. We should stick to those ideals regardless of whether it costs us a game or a recruit (we did this last year, for instance, when Stonum didn't play). Of course all Michigan fans want to win, and I want our team to win more than anyone, but not at the expense of our ideals.
You may not give a shit about ads. That's fine. Say that. But personal attacks seem like a bit of an overreaction.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||And I admire||
your critical reading ability. It's nice to know someone read it carefully, because I wrote that sentence carefully.
I certainly agree we are dealing with matters of degree ... a slippery slope, so to speak, and we are slipping ever so slowly toward running a public university's athletic program like a Fortune 500 company. From a fan's perspective, it's almost imperceptible. A couple of ads over the gate entrances at Crisler. An occasional Arby's ad on the scoreboard. From the AD's perspective, however, it's a purposeful crawl toward the ultimate objective of maximizing revenue by any means necessary.
What I disagree with is your hunch. But I suppose we can let bygones be bygones.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||It was inarticulate||
But I was trying to say that the Athletic Department's current obsession with money may be necessary if we want to have the best facilities and top-ranked teams. However, as an alum and a fan, I would be willing to suffer through crappier facilities and worse-ranked teams than withstand the unabashed commercialization of Michigan's football and basketball programs.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||No problem||
Brandon sees collegiate sports as a business like any other business.
Can't afford tickets? That's your problem. Supply and demand baby.
What factors motivate Big Ten expansion? Money.
Should we play at opponent sites in college settings or at a neutral site? Wherever gets us the most money.
I disagree with Brandon's approach. I think the Athletic Department should not be so concerned with money. I don't want logos on Crisler's floor. I detest the gradual inclusion of advertising in Crisler and the Big House, done quietly enough that we are lulled into apathy. And I don't care if all this means that we don't have the money, the facilities, that we can't win the Big Ten, and that we can't send more guys to the NFL and NBA.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||This interview confirms it:||
Brandon thinks he's still selling pizzas.
He just doesn't get it.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Freshmen||
Stauskas and GRIII didn't play like their usual selves. Had we gotten our usual production out of them, this wouldn't have been close.
But they are freshmen, playing on the road, in one of the toughest places to play. It's completely understandable that they were off their game.
In March, this experience is going to be useful to both of them. Sometimes you have to falter first in order to gain your footing.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Deleting the post||
I saw the post before. It was critical of Brian, but in a professional way, not a personal one. I am surprised that mods would delete it.
Although I didn't agree with the now-deleted comment, which questioned whether Brian had reliable insider sources, it would be better to have a discussion on the topic and have the comment disproved than to censor it. Blogs are simply no fun if those who visit are prohibited from sharing a unique viewpoint.
Perhaps the mods or the original commenter could explain what they think happened, and why?
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Son of former NBA player Larry Nance?||
I think Beilein's formula is fairly straightforward: trace the royal bloodlines.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Great Story||
Very judo-esque. Use the force generated by your opponent to defeat him.
|2 years 39 weeks ago||And steak||
And steak on Saturday evening.
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Breaking News||
Rutgers is not next. Instead, we are bringing back original Big Ten member University of Chicago into the fold.
The Maroons shall rise from the ashes!
|2 years 40 weeks ago||Does Denard Need a Functioning Ulnar Nerve||
Does Denard need a functioning ulnar nerve to play as a running back or slot receiver?
|2 years 41 weeks ago||Notre Dame||
Should we stop including Notre Dame? They no longer have regular matchups with the Big Ten, and they have effectively joined another conference.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Money||
Students pay less because they have less.
Yes, alums do give a lot of money. They make what are called "charitable donations" (amounts of money that are for a good cause, not for a quid pro quo).
Don't give your money away to charity and then demand a bunch of things in return. Give your money to charity because you believe in the cause.
Or maybe you would rather give back your charitable tax deductions over the years to the IRS?
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Falsely logical||
This idea (reduce the size of the student section) appears logical, but upon closer inspection is not so.
1. The top rows are empty because students cram down toward the action.
2. And possibly because some don't show up (or don't give their tickets to someone who shows).
3. There are also people who buy student tickets (a little cheaper than normal tickets, even after validation) and then sit elsewhere. I know a few people who buy the cheapest ticket possible for a young son or daughter, and then cram the kid in with them at their normal season ticket seats.
Anyway, none of those 3 reasons will be cured by decreasing the size of the student section. Students will still cram toward the action. A percentage will be no-shows. Non-students will still buy the subsidized student tickets secondhand and then sit elsewhere.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Forgot to mention||
Other than the student thing, I thought this was one of Brian's best posts in awhile. I very much appreciate the attention he pays to writing style, as well as the thought he puts into his viewpoints -- it's what makes this blog the best.
|2 years 44 weeks ago||Let's Leave the Students Alone||
Yes, students are late. Please tell me the last time you've seen a group of people drink all night and the following morning/afternoon and then, at the peak of intoxication, make an appointment on time.
Students also cheer a hell of a lot louder than everyone else. If we are going to penalize students for being late, we should install a meter on each person to measure the sound they produce during the game. People who remain quiet during the game will not be able to buy tickets any longer.
If I were to create a list of people that the athletic department should care about, this would be it:
4. Other fans
Students are late. It is their nature. We take the good with the bad. Let's just accept it and have fun.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Ann Arboria||
Man, Rivals needs to improve their data consistency.
Donnal is from Monclova, not Monclavia.
He goes to Anthony Wayne High School, named after the general who commanded troops against Native Americans in the Battle of Fallen Timbers.
(they recently built a mall on the site of the historic battle)
Anyway, Rivals... pick up your game a bit.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||It's not called hacking||
when God does it.
It's called divine intervention.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Blackberry||
Most attempts to download or stream to my blackberry (I get it free through work, so lay off!) have failed miserably. Like the others, however, I have been able to download to a PC and then transfer to my phone.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||How about||
A touchdown Jesus that looks like Denard (hair, etc..), doing the pose and stiff-arming ND player, and holding a football. That would be nice. Blasphemous, yes, but nice.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||Sorry||
That last part is too unrealistic.
|2 years 50 weeks ago||Physics||
We need to get the physics department on this problem ASAP. Perhaps there is a way we can have speakers around the stadium individually timed (or in groups) to create the optimal balance of band volume and sound integrity? Can a brotha get an algorithm???
I would think there are enough brains on campus to get this done.
|2 years 51 weeks ago||Conference Strength||
There are measures of conference strength out there, based on how the conference overall performs in its out-of-conference games. I remember hearing last year that the SEC was the toughest conference, followed by the Big 12 (once again, due to strong OOC performance) and then the B1G.
I'm sure you could quibble with their methodologies, but there are at least some quasi-objective measures you can turn to. The trouble is that I don't know where to find them...
If OSU and UM won their bowl games in 2006, then today the stereotypes about the B1G would be a lot different. Yes, I am annoyed by the preconceived notion of SEC superiority, but it is at least grounded in some recent historical facts. Until we flip the script, for instance by beating Alabama tomorrow, that meme will continue.
|3 years 10 hours ago||Nothing doing||
The most confusing aspect of Brent Muskberger is his use of "nothing doing" after a failed play. He is the only person I've ever heard utter that phrase.
|3 years 1 week ago||PBS||
Great advice. I might actually try this.
I thought I saw a pbs channel on Roku. Might have been just the News Hour. But it's something.
|3 years 1 week ago||This thread is okay||
I check mgoblog pretty regularly and never saw the discussion about this topic. If it's an interesting issue and it's buried in another thread, I don't mind someone posting it as its own topic.
I understand re-posting is redundant for the people who comb every comment of every post, but I imagine that the majority of people who visit this site don't read it that carefully.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Mallet||
Mallett might have stayed if we didn't hire a spread coach. Is everyone else missing that, or is it I that am missing something?
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Thank You||
Brian, thank you for posting the bit about Colt. The Delvernes are an amazing family and I'm sure they appreciate your support.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Fanny pack||
What's with the front-facing fanny pack?
|3 years 5 weeks ago||If you are interested in seeing the results,||
then you should consider sending a FOIA request for them.
It's not complicated. You can just send an email to someone in the department. You should try to send it to their "FOIA coordinator" for the Athletic Department, but if you can't find out who that is, they are supposed to route it to that person internally.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Funny||
But the football field is sacred ground.
The basketball arena and court, however, are not so holy.
|3 years 6 weeks ago||Welcome||
Welcome to Arby's Arena at Crisler Center. Don't forget the new floor is named "Dominos Cheesburger Pizza Court."
Now do you see why they changed the word that comes after "Crisler"?
You may be rolling your eyes, but that's basically what they did in Lansing. That's some "wow factor" right there.
|3 years 11 weeks ago||Don't||
Don't fuck with the ~Herminator. That's my boy right there.
|3 years 12 weeks ago||In defense of Herm||
I didn't know who Herm was but I like him now, and that's not just because his original point about the NCAA was correct.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||One more thing||
I sincerely hope for Gene Smith that the Ohio Supreme Court doesn't get all impartial on him and rule in favor of ESPN (in the media giant's FOIA case against OSU). I would expect a ruling before the season begins.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||OSU Probably Screwed||
Lantern: Smith "doesn’t know if they will be deemed primary or secondary violations."
Translation: The violations are so egregious that there is not a shred of doubt about them being primary.
Reporters, let's get those FOIA requests ready to go....
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Strip Clubs||
The strip clubs in Tennessee suck. There are very strict rules about distance. I went there for a bachelor party before.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Couldn't agree more||
When Brandon came in, he proclaimed that he would preserve traditions but "update" them. You may consider "updated tradition" to be an oxymoron, but Brian shows that it's possible to pull off (for instance, historical documentaries on a huge video board).
Brandon's mission was the right one, but the execution has been cheesy and generic.
|3 years 17 weeks ago||Only if you work for the Free Press||
Only if you work for the Free Press.
And if that's the case, it's probably your headline.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||"We're on a mission ...||
"We're on a mission ... from God."
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Timing||
The timing could be key.
I believe Emmert is going to ask the NCAA to ratchet up penalties during the NCAA board meeting this month . Assuming for the sake of delight that the new penalties are put in place, I wonder if they would reach back to OSU violations that occurred before the new penalties but were only discovered after the new penalties took effect.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||ESPN v. Ohio State||
I would guess the SportsByBrooks info is not coming from the lawsuit. The documents released by OSU thus far have been out there for months, and it's bland stuff that's probably been combed through a thousand times.
The really good documents, which are the reason for the lawsuit, are still under lock and key. If ESPN wins then we all get to see them and we hopefully see a front page story or, inshallah, another major NCAA violation.
The Ohio Supreme Court hasn't released its opinion yet. They've been sitting on it for months, and I'm expecting to see a decision soon. I've been checking every day to no avail.
|3 years 22 weeks ago||You left out the important parts||
What does he mean when he says we people to "invest in the important work we do"? I think he's talking about investing in the facilities, not in the program, since the whole blog post is about facilities.
After that paragraph, he says that "big-time" college athletics is changing and that Michigan needs to "adapt." Of course he had to tack on a "while respecting our traditions."
Then he says we need to "build upon those traditions," i.e. change stuff that traditional people don't want changed.
It sounds like Brandon is about to piss off some traditionalists in his quest for cash.
Welcome to Arby's Arena at the Crisler Center!
|3 years 23 weeks ago||Just saw the highlights||
That guy's a fuckin beast. Can anybody tackle him? He just mauls dudes and gets touchdowns.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||Time, Place and Manner||
There are strict rules about how the school (or part of it, like the football program) regulates speech, such as use of twitter. As others have discussed, this is because Michigan (a state school) must abide by the 1st Amendment.
Under the 1st Amendment the school is not allowed to regulate according to content. In other words, you can't prevent "football-related" tweets. You can't prevent girl-related tweets. There are a couple of very narrow exceptions. The only content you can probably ban are obscene tweets and those likely to cause violence (that's a hard one to qualify for, by the way).
What the school is allowed to do is to put into place reasonable "time, place and manner" restrictions. For instance, you can ban tweeting during football practice and gametime. You can ban tweeting when you are on or in football facilities. But that's probably it.
|3 years 24 weeks ago||That was unconstitutional.||
Want to do it again?
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Pure speculation||
It's pure speculation on my part. I was a little confused that the name change occurred without explanation. It appeared as if it might be an attempt at being sly.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Cashing in||
You don't think this AD is going to get some cash out of this? If Red's not paying, my guess is he's not getting the name (I'm actually really ignorant about hockey... it's not being named after him, is it?).
One of the "benefits" of changing "Crisler Arena" to "Crisler Center" is that you can then sell naming rights to the arena. Example: Value City Arena at the Schottenstein Center. I know what you're thinking . . . . SWEEEEEEEEEEEEET!!!!!! Am I right?
Even were it not for the adoption of the "Crisler Center" name, this administration would be keen to cash in on the name of the wooden court itself. I've seen corporate ads and logos on the courts of other Big Ten schools. I'm not sure if the trend started recently or not, but I began noticing all those corporate ads this year and was glad that UM didn't do the same.
Don't be surprised if you hear something about this soon. Arby's is already dazzling us with digital ads that jump around the b-ball scoreboard. It's going to be spreading. That's my educated guess.
|3 years 25 weeks ago||Court||
I support all the recent renovations and plans but I oppose selling the naming rights to our basketball court (unless we name it after an individual donor, like Bill Davidson).
|3 years 28 weeks ago||Please Bump This||
It's the best diary entry I've read on mgoblog.
And it's for a good cause.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||Great short film||
You have a future in the field.
But of course I know nothing about movies.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||I question||
I question any commenter who claims to "use the hell out of semicolons" but does not use any semicolons to say that.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||STOP!!!||
STOP making this nice young man the butt of your jokes.
Have you no sense of decency?
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Carlton and Stu||
I think this means we see more of Stu at point (even though he's been pretty effective lately elsewhere on the court) and more Carlton B. If it's crunch time and we need a backup, I'm almost positive it will be Stu.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||Denard and Knight||
make a good pair. They both seem to be really upstanding young men.
I was initially critical of the Pistons drafting Knight. However, after learning more about him, his character, studious nature, work ethic -- and watching his improvement over the course of this first dozen games as starting NBA point guard -- I'm really impressed. This kid is going to be GREAT.
|3 years 31 weeks ago||Epic Interview||
One of my favorite parts, when he's talking about the backlash in Ohio when he chose Michigan:
I gave my address out to about 20 people and told them to come find me. Nobody came.
That's pretty badass.
|3 years 33 weeks ago||1st Amendment||
There may be a 1st Amendment issue here. State and federal government bodies are very limited in the types of restrictions they can put on speech. That applies to schools (Michigan, OSU) putting restrictions on players (e.g. Twitter ban).
One rule of thumb is that a "content-based" restriction (e.g. "no tweeting about politics is allowed") is per se unconstitutional. In this instance, it's the medium that is banned (Twitter), not a particular subject or viewpoint. So it might be fine.
Another rule of thumb is that the restriction on speech cannot be overly broad. To ban tweeting completely, wherever it happens (such as from the student's home) and whenever (in the off-season?) would probably be unconstitutional.
A ban on tweeting while on football facilities or during practice hours would probably be fine. Anything else would trigger legal questions.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||She looks better tonight||
than she will tomorrow. So you might as well act immediately.
|3 years 35 weeks ago||Otter Creek||
Brewed in Middlebury, Vermont, which is home to the Middlebury Panthers, who dominate the renowned North East South Central Athletic Conference (NESCAC). So bring it.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Which sanctions?||
Which sanctions are you talking about -- the ones that are coming down this week, or the ones that will be coming after the Ohio Supreme Court unleashes incriminating emails that Ohio State never disclosed to the NCAA?
I'm only slightly joking. Don't sleep on ESPN v. Ohio State. It's for real. I'd say there's a 30-40% chance of something wicked sprouting from it.
Obviously, that's pure speculation, but hey... what else are we supposed to do on the internet?
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Verdict Tomorrow?||
I checked the Twitters and didn't find anything brewing from the Ohio State crew about what the penalty would be. However, I did find some speculation about timing from Ramzy at 11W and a Buckeye reporter for Fox:
ramzyn Ramzy Nasrallah
Have been told Ohio State's NCAA verdict should be out no later than Wednesday. That's 12/21, the anniversary of the Tatgate news breaking.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Links||
Can you provide links to these tweets you mention?
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Gimp||
I don't remember "gimp" from Wayne's World.
I only remember "The Gimp" from Pulp Fiction. If I had a choice, I would probably choose not to be associated with him.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Devil's Advocate||
A. He took the job in the first place.
They are giving him $4 million a year to coach in his home state. Maybe he doesn't care if the sanctions come down. Anyway, let's say there's a 50% chance of serious sanctions in his mind. Maybe he's willing to roll the dice.
What he must know is this: there is a good chance whatever Gee and Smith told him was BS, because they wanted him to take the job. Meyer is a smart guy and has been around the block.
B. He would be a liar if serious sanctions came down
Not true. He has told people that "Gee and Smith told me X." It's probably true: Gee and Smith probably told him that BS. Of course, Meyer probably knows it's all BS and guesswork, but at least he has plausible deniability with recruits.
Anyway, being confident that there are no sanctions is the only way for him to play this right now. If he told recruits "I don't have a damn clue about sanctions" ... well, that's not much of a selling point. Should he sit at home for 3 weeks waiting for the hammer to drop? No way, there's work to be done. So he repeats the BS Gee and Smith told him and hopes to the high heavens that it's true. And if there's a bowl ban, he knows that it's always easier to convince a recruit not to decommit than it is to convince the same recruit to commit.
THIS IS A THEORY. I have no hard facts.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Hammond||
We sucked before John Hammond left. And the seeds of our suckiness were sowed long before his exit.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Actually||
I consider all 4 of them to be undersized 2-guards.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Not a good idea||
Stuckey plays hard. I'll grant him that.
However, he doesn't have point guard instincts. And he can't shoot. I never thought he was a good fit and still don't.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||Here is my theory:||
No one at OSU (not Gee, not Smith) knows if there is going to be a bowl ban.
This is how things played out in my imagination:
THE MEYER INTERVIEW:
MEYER: So what do you expect the NCAA penalties will be?
GEE: Oh, not much. Nothing really. Just a couple scholarships.
MEYER: No post-season ban?
Smith: No ban. We don't anticipate any bowl ban.
Obviously, in the [imagined] scenario above, Gee and Smith were BS-ing. However, Meyer is not stupid and knows they are BS-ing.
Meyer also knows that he can take that BS to recruits and sign people up. So he does.
If there is no bowl ban, then clearly Meyer and gang are fine. If there IS a bowl ban, Meyer can blame Gee and Tressel. Meyer has plausible deniability: he has already said at his introductory press conference that Gee and Smith said the only penalty would be scholarships.
Would Meyer lose some credibility? Surely. However, Meyer knows that, if a bowl ban came down, it would easier to convince a 4- or 5-star recruit NOT to decommit than to convince the same recruit to commit. Like anyone, commits put a lot of emotional energy into big decisions and one's instinct is to stick with what you've already publicly decided.
So the idea is to peddle as much BS as he can before the hammer comes down. Act like you know what's going to happen, with as much confidence as possible, even though you have no idea.
Once again, this is just a theory.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Agreed||
I side with the posters who say we need to go young. We're clearly not playing for a championship. We're probably not even playing for the playoffs. So let's go young, lose a ton of games while our young guys learn, get another draft pick or two, and watch this team rise gradually over the next few years.
Seeing a young, talented team grow is much more interesting to a fan than watching a mediocre slew of players who aren't going to accomplish anything and just talk shit all day long.
In other words, I'm hoping this is a sign-and-trade for someone young or maybe just a body and a draft pick.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||Interesting idea||
Interesting idea to have the seller of the most tickets get to be the home team.
In practice, however, I don't think it works. Is it reasonable to think that people will buy tickets when they don't know where the game will be? For instance, what if someone hates airplanes, and will not attend a game if he or she has to travel? What if someone can afford a single game ticket (let's say $150) but can't afford a plane and hotel ($500 or more on top of the game ticket)? That could easily be the case with students.
I fear that the uncertainty of where the game will be held will prevent people from buying tickets, resulting in less tickets being sold rather than more.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||What if||
instead of overthrowing Posey, he underthrew Posey, causing a pick six... wait... what?
|3 years 38 weeks ago||I accept the main proposition:||
OSU sucks donkey.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Agree 100%||
The argument that FERPA is optional for OSU, while it has some intellectual sexiness, never really had a chance.
On whether FERPA applies to the emails that OSU refused to turn over, I would normally pick the university to win. However, apparently the Ohio Supreme Court has previously taken a very narrow interpretation of what constitutes a protected record under FERPA. At one point in OSU's brief, they flat out tell the Ohio Supreme Court that they're wrong and the federal courts are right... and ask the court to reverse its previous rulings. That can't be a good thing for OSU.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Not Done Yet||
ESPN will file its reply to all of those briefs next week. Once that happens, the lawyers are done and we are just waiting for the judges to decide. I will post a diary picking apart all the different arguments.
After taking a quick look at things, I think it's going to boil down to the judges reading the secret emails and trying to decide whether they are "education records" under FERPA. All the new developments (feds filing briefs, non-profits filing briefs) are just noise.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||Congrats||
Ever since our new OC was installed, I've been trying to work in a reference to Jorge Luis Borges. Like the coach, the writer was brilliant, cerebral and sometimes a touch too fanciful.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||You||
are an evil spirit from another land. I bid you and your curse farewell.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||I'm sure this news||
is not unsettling to the current OSU coaching staff at all. I'm sure they are 100% focused on preparing for Michigan. /s
This is good for Michigan in the short run (a distraction for this week).
What about the long run? As John Maynard Keynes said, "In the long run we are all dead." This week is the only thing that matters right now, and winning this week could very well have a positive impact on our performance in future years.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||I love all the Urban Meyer talk!!!||
Now all the coaches at OSU are going to be too worried about their jobs to prepare for The Game.
|3 years 39 weeks ago||The Buckeyes' hubris||
knows no bounds.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||The big differences||
between the NFL and college football are:
1. Number of teams
2. Number of games
Because the NFL has less teams and more games, you can more sure about who makes it to the postseason and who the champion should be.
Choosing a national champion among 130-something teams, when each team only plays 12-14 games, is almost always going to involve some form of uncertainty about who's being crowned the champion. You can marginally increase your confidence level by tinkering with the format, but simply changing the format (e.g. changing to a pure win-loss system as you mention, using a playoff system) will never get you to NFL-type levels of confidence in the result.
|3 years 40 weeks ago||Illinois students||
had a cheer for first down where they say "first down" then make a slapping motion and say "bit*%." That's crass. "You suck" may also be crass (and I don't like it) but is pretty tame in comparison.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||What happens to player contracts?||
What happens to player contracts if the players decertify and the season is done? Does that take another year off Hamilton's contract? Does it bring us one year closer to some of the dead weight being off the Pistons' roster?
If so, I don't mind losing a year.
But I have a feeling the season will be salvaged.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||That is unclear||
We don't know what the NCAA asked OSU for. And we don't know what the NCAA was given access to. So we don't know what the NCAA has.
In theory, the NCAA should have had access to most of the stuff. FERPA doesn't stop the NCAA from viewing emails because student-athletes sign a FERPA waiver for the NCAA.
However, OSU is also claiming attorney-client privilege on some documents that ESPN wants. It's at least conceivable that OSU withheld those documents from the NCAA based on the attorney-client privilege. Now ESPN will probably challenge whether those documents should actually be considered "privileged" under the law. If ESPN wins on that point, it may get docs that the NCAA doesn't have.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||I didn't know that||
and it's an interesting wrinkle.
ESPN would probably say that the PPA doesn't matter for the analysis: You shouldn't be able to "contract out of" FOIA. If that were the case, then Tressel could sign a contract to pay OSU $1 million dollars in exchange for OSU not turning over emails in response to FOIA requests. When the FOIA requests come, OSU could say "sorry, we have a contractual obligation not to disclose these."
Just playing devil's advocate here. I am actually a big fan of a strong FERPA. I also hate OSU, so I'm torn on this one.
|3 years 41 weeks ago||Constitution||
[Warning: only read this is you are a law dork]
I'm going to wait for the feds to educate me on this one, but there might be an interesting constitutional issue here. Other funding-based federal laws are designed that way to keep them constitutional. There are some areas (like drinking age) where the federal government knows that it doesn't have the constitutional authority to preempt states. So it simply says "hey, we're not forcing the states to do this, we're just offering them some cash in case they follow our law."
There are a lot of Supreme Court cases on this that I haven't read, but my general understanding is that, if it is so much money that it's considered "coercion" of the states, then the federal law is unconstitutional.
I'd guess that's why FERPA is based on funding rather than just a "states, you must do this" law. Privacy laws are generally state laws.
I expect OSU to argue that the money tied to FERPA is so immense that it couldn't possibly turn over the documents, thus violating FERPA and losing the funding. That sounds like "coercion" by the federal government, which would mean . . . FERPA is unconstitutional? If this is the case, then OSU and the feds may actually be at odds on some issues.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Crisler Observations||
A couple observations on being at the new Crisler that weren't noted above:
1. New seats are nice. Sort of a synthetic material that provides more airy cushion.
2. Cupholders are nice addition.
3. The moved the press to the corner on the upper level. This provides more space for fans near the court. I like this move.
4. There are four or five new "suites" in between the upper and lower levels. These are interesting, essentially "open air" suites with four or five big seats, a big desk and some space. For some reason it seems strange to have suites where you are visible to everyone else, but it doesn't matter because I don't think I'll be finding myself in one.
5. The most visible change, to me at least, were the advertisements on the new video boards. At random times they would show Arby's or other ads. I don't know if everyone noticed it, but once I did, it became infuriating. I almost prefer the old boards that showed players' points during the whole game in uninterrupted fashion instead of being distracted by the Arby's logo in the middle of a fast break. I sincerely hope this isn't what's in store for the Big House.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Bumpy||
Michigan has bumpy cupcakes (at Cupcake Station). I don't think they have those below the Mason-Dixon line.
Cupcake Station is willing to mail cupcakes via USPS Priority Mail to other states. But they wouldn't be as fresh.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Shoot||
I thought this post was about air hockey.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||The other way to look at it||
is that the NCAA probably wants to "close the book" on OSU once it issues its decision. So OSU may be hoping that, even if new emails pop up from the ESPN case, the NCAA won't have the desire to reopen things.
I see your point though.
Ultimately, it's hard to say, because we don't know what OSU gave the NCAA and we don't know what OSU said it was giving the NCAA.
|3 years 42 weeks ago||Very plausible,||
especially considering that OSU recently asked for and received a one-month extension in the ESPN case. Originally they were looking at a ruling "as soon as" * November. Now the earliest the court could rule is mid-December.
* The court could theoretically rule as soon as ESPN and OSU file all their briefs, but it would be completely unexpected. I would expect at least a month or two (Jan/Feb) or much as a few months (June) for a ruling.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||The Hopestache||
is a junior-high school, no class asshole.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Importance of scouting||
The game theorist in me says that the main effect is to increase the importance of scouting.
If every school scouts equally as well, the net effect is zero. If EMU offers a kid a one-year schollie, UM can beat EMU for that kid by offering a one-year. If EMU offers a kid a four-year, UM can beat that by offering it's own four-year.
Yes, EMU will on occasion beat out UM by offering a 4-year to our 1-year. But by the same token, UM will on occasion beat out Alabama/LSU by offering a 4-year to their 1-year.
That being said, recruiting is all about odds, and even more so under the new rule. If we steal a recruit from Alabama by offering a four-year, and we "hit" on that recruit (he pans out massively), then it's a huge success. If he doesn't pan out, well then it's that much worse.
So this rule seems to favor those with superior scouting.
* This analysis does not consider that some schools are already operating under an unwritten rule to renew the scholarship for all four years, while some schools truly treat them as one-year schollies. Obviously, this new rule favors the "unwritten rule" schools and hurts the one-year factories like Alabama and LSU. The "unwritten rule" schools are basically already following the new rule. Alabama and LSU will have to adjust their practices and will be constrained and damaged by it.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Is that a tongue piercing?||
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Let me see. Michigan bar. In Barcelona . . . .||
Maybe a place called "Bar Michigan"?
|3 years 44 weeks ago||The shirt meme||
I think the shirt meme is overblown. Ohioans are buying more Michigan shirts and less OSU shirts. People in the media have misinterpreted this to mean that OSU fans are being converted to Michigan fans.
This is about the margins. Marginal OSU fans are buying less gear. Marginal Michigan fans (yes, there are some in Ohio) finally have a reason to get excited and buy some gear after three cruel years. However, even a marginal OSU fan would not throw his imitation red sweatervest in the trash and go to the Easton Mall to buy a "This is Michigan Fergodsakes" t-shirt. Virtually no one is being converted...except thankfully for a couple of key recruits, and maybe the occasional 12 year-old Denard fan.
That's how I read the data.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||What you said||
is epic and nonsensical in both meaning and form.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Confusion||
|3 years 44 weeks ago||The key||
will be how quickly Burke picks up the offense and defense, and whether he shows maturity beyond his years when making split-second decisions. My bet is that Stu is starting at point guard at the beginning of the season but that the plan is to work in Burke over time. If we see Burke starting at PG before Big Ten play, I think that's a good sign.
Since our offense is generally based on getting the ball to shooters who can't create their own shot, that increases the importance of the point guard position. Losing Morris was HUGE.
Since we have magnificent coaches, I also expect to see gradual improvement at every other position.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||Brundidge||
Are people talking about him as a point guard? I thought he was recruited as a shooting guard.
|3 years 44 weeks ago||I thought the phrase was||
"If Mama ain't happy, ain't nobody happy."
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Correct||
We were outcoached and outplayed.
But there's no need to get angry about it.
Slightly depressed = normal. Angry = psycho.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Wisconsin||
I think we would have a good game against Wisconsin.
I think the hype about their QB is legit. I've watched him scramble and watched the diverse array of pretty throws he's put together. He's got the complete package.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||We don't know||
All we can divine at this point is that there are approximately 50 emails to or from certain individuals (I think it was Gee, Smith, Tressel or something like that) containing the word "Sarniak" during a certain time period. If Tressel received 3 or 4 and responded with 3 or 4, that makes 6-8 emails of the 51.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Absolutely||
There will absolutely be in camera review. For non-lawyers, that means that Ohio State will give the court all of the documents it refused to give to ESPN. The court will then look at the documents (mainly emails I think) to see if they should be turned over.
In fact, OSU has already given those documents to the court under seal (ESPN and the public can't see them). It happened yesterday.
It makes it harder for OSU to BS about things when the court has the documents.
Caveat: this assumes that OSU gave all the documents ESPN wants to the court. OSU presumably took the narrowest interpretation of ESPN's records requests, and then gathered a small number of documents. From those documents, they held some back (which are now with the court). If ESPN wins, it gets the small number of documents with the court. ESPN might later argue that OSU should have been more expansive in their interpretation of the records requests, which means OSU should have searched for more stuff, which means OSU would have found more stuff, which means OSU would have submitted even more documents to the court.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||That's the ticket...||
Good question. That's basically ESPN's argument (as well as the argument that FERPA is not an exception to Ohio's FOIA law). I will do something a bit later and more involved as the two sides file their legal briefs.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||My Bad||
I also forgot about January 1.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||I agree||
Which is only one reason why this case is so dangerous for OSU.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Nice Threads||
If you reply to or forward someone's email, you start a thread (meaning an email with the previous message(s) below the immediate message). If you reply back and forth with someone 8 times, that creates a long thread. There are 8 separate emails, but only one "email thread." Forwarding an email does the same thing.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Vacancies||
I looked at the same Wikipedia page but was still confused. It looks like with an additional forced resignation due to age, there will be four vacancies at the end of 2012. But I'm not sure when those vacancies will be slotted for election. Some this year? All next year? I have no idea.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||Yes and No||
Some of the FOIA requests are vague. They ask for things like "anything related to an NCAA investigation . . ." OSU could spend hundreds of man hours conducting a search that broad.
ESPN has an interesting counterargument though. Under the Ohio Open Records Act (basically, Ohio's FOIA law), OSU is supposed to work with ESPN to make the request more manageable. Specifically, OSU is supposed to tell ESPN how it organizes its records so that ESPN can make its request more focused. ESPN claims that OSU never provided that clarification about how it organizes its records, and therefore OSU is ignoring its responsibilities under the law.
|3 years 45 weeks ago||The Ohio Supreme Court||
is elected. It looks like there will be slots for 4 of the 7 positions open for the 2012 election.
I've posted about this before and have thought about it a bit since then.
Honestly I'm not sure how much this case will factor into a justice's decision if he or she were only worried about getting reelected. There are legitimate hot-button legal issues that people care about more than FOIA. I suppose if the well-heeled OSU supporters got together and threatened to work against the justices' campaign efforts, that could have an impact. I'm just not sure how realistic it is to expect that kind of coordinated behind-the-scenes effort to sway the outcome of this case.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Not so technological||
On the metadata issue: That would be true if this were high stakes commercial litigation. However, public bodies have no duty to give you electronic copies of documents, metadata, etc... in response to a public records request. I can almost guarantee you that OSU will turn over paper copies or PDFs of the emails.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||I'm impressed||
The Ohio Supreme Court's one-sentence decision is the equivalent of a legal bitch-slap to OSU. The university's request was so sorry that the court didn't even discuss it.
This single page from the court made me more hopeful about ESPN's chances. Maybe the judges are not scared to make a controversial decision? Maybe the justices aren't afraid to pound OSU?
If you've been schadencruising through Buckeye blogs recently like I have, you realize that average Ohioans are turning on the university. The mob is shifting. And the judges will probably flow with the mob.
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Months||
This is staying before the Ohio Supreme Court. This will be done in a matter of months. Any appeal would have to go to the U.S. Supreme Court, and they don't have time for this stuff.
The lawyers will submit evidence by next Tuesday. The the lawyers will file legal briefs with their arguments. The lawyers should be done with their part by November 15.
Then you wait for a decision from the Ohio Supreme Court. And wait. And wait.
I can't tell you how long it will take for them to decide. I'm not too familiar with the Ohio Supreme Court and its timing. My instinct tells me one month would be very quick, and six months would be long. My best guess is that we have a decision in February or March 2012 that requires OSU to hand over certain documents by March or April 2012 (assuming ESPN wins).
|3 years 46 weeks ago||Bingo||
It's common practice for a news organization to know about an email before they file a record request for it.
OSU doesn't want to delete an email that ESPN knows about (or possibly already has) because then it would be (1) violating a court order; (2) destroying evidence; (3) willfully violating Ohio records laws. That would amount to incredible fines, felonies being handed out to the public officials doing the dirty work, and high profile government lawyers losing their licenses if they're involved.
I would bet against OSU deleting emails.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Nice summary||
I might add a couple observations:
1. The brevity of ESPN's response indicates how ridiculous it finds OSU's quest for mediation. It's the "I won't even dignify that with a response" response.
2. I would expect a ruling this week. The parties are supposed to submit evidence next Tuesday, Oct. 11 if the court denies the request for mediation and allows the case to keep going. The court will want to give them a few days to prepare their Oct. 11 filings (even though the lawyers are probably preparing their filings anyway).
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Nebraska||
OSU's next game:
- 5 days from today
- at Nebraska
- Nebraska is pissed off at their loss to Wisconsin
- no Posey
- no Boom-Boom
- no QB
This is going to be fun.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Ahh, I see||
Makes more sense now. I agree: mediation not good when you have groundbreaking issues of law to decide.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||The aggressive move||
was by Ohio State, when it played hardball on producing documents. ESPN is doing what any self-respecting news organization with funding does when they perceive that the government is not following the rules, and when there is a possible front-page story at the bottom.
This may seem unusual from a sports infotainment perspective. But if you can imagine for a moment that ESPN also has people serious about news -- real news -- then it's not surprising at all.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Ohio||
Honestly, I don't have much experience in Ohio. Any Ohio lawyers out there who can speak to who usually represents state bodies in litigation?
I THINK that the Ohio Attorney General represents state bodies in all litigation. In my limited Ohio work (non-FOIA), I've also seen private lawyers appointed by the state ("special attorney general" or something like that) to represent a university. But I don't have a lot of Ohio experiences to draw from.
The Ohio Solicitor General is a special group that represents the Ohio Attorney General in appellate cases (for example, the Ohio Supreme Court, U.S. Supreme Court). The Solicitor General's office is generally filled with high quality attorneys, but they are also understaffed and stretched thin.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||FOIA Expert||
There are a handful -- or less -- of experts on FOIA-type laws in the state of Ohio. I'm talking about people who regularly represent newspapers and other media organizations in their quest to retrieve documents from public bodies.
Usually, these are the old "newspaper lawyers," and they handle other types of disputes for news organizations as well (libel suits, subpeona requests, etc..). There is only enough newspaper work in Ohio for maybe three or four top notch newspaper lawyers.
ESPN's attorney is very good. He is probably one of the best attorneys they could have chosen to represent them.
The fact that his name appears alone does not mean that no one is helping him. I would guess that he has one associate (younger lawyer) helping him behind the scenes. However, this is not such an enormous case that a single lawyer couldn't handle it.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||ESPN's approach||
ESPN's approach to these disputes is fairly pragmatic. If they believe they are going to get newsworthy information, they will keep fighting.
ESPN is willing to spend the money.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||My bad||
If I provided all the necessary background, the post would be a lot longer. I wanted to spare everyone all the reading. My target audience was not lawyers but mgobloggers who are decently informed about Ohio State and some of their recent problems giving documents to newspapers and media. I apologize if it got jumbled.
Part of the problem is that the events in this court case do not lend themselves to one-sentence descriptions of what happened. You need to know the history before you understand the new development.
In the future, I will probably provide some links to previous posts and diaries about OSU's troubles producing documents.
|3 years 47 weeks ago||Mediation v. Arbitration||
I think OSU is asking for mediation rather than arbitration, meaning that the mediator would probably not make any decisions and would not have the ability to bind the parties. He or she would merely try to guide the parties to an agreement.
OSU would never voluntarily agree to a situation where it releases damaging documents. ESPN is spending thousands of dollars for the sole purpose of getting damaging documents.
Mediation is worthless to ESPN, and it would merely find itself back in court, in the same position as before, with many more months behind it.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||The Court's Ruling in its Entirety||
"This cause originated in this Court on the filing of a complaint for a writ of
This is pretty standard. The parties submit any documents or affidavits to the court in 20 days. ESPN files a legal brief 10 days later. OSU files a brief in response, and then ESPN gets the last word with a small brief after that.
In the meantime, the court will be able to see the documents that OSU is holding back. That allows them to assess whether the are exempt from Ohio's Open Records Act (state version of FOIA).
I will post some of my impressions as soon as some of these filings become available.
|3 years 48 weeks ago||Thought Equity Motion||
We should be emailing the Big Ten Network rather than Thought Equity Motion. They follow orders from the Big Ten Network. Also, the Big Ten Network would ultimately be responsible for any unjustified actions taken by its agent.
|3 years 49 weeks ago||The law||
The Michigan statute on false advertising says they have to give it to you at the advertised price.
|3 years 50 weeks ago||Leprechauns||
|3 years 50 weeks ago||It is too early.||
You have forgotten the pain.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Love the song||
But I assume you know it's a cautionary tale about hubris and the corruptive nature of power. And Denard is probably the most humble football star around.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Randomness||
If you take a multiple choice test and answer randomly, you will in all likelihood have a non-zero score. Imagine choosing "D" for every answer where the choices are A through E.
Does anyone know what the expected random score is for this test?
Before I go any further down this path, let me just copy and paste from Wikipedia's article on the Wonderlic:
"While an average football player usually scores around 20 points, Wonderlic, Inc. claims a score of at least 10 points suggests a person is literate."
|3 years 51 weeks ago||It is what it is.||
You are what you eat.
|4 years 2 days ago||Friends||
"I was talking with a friend in coaching who indirectly knows Coach Jackson at Michigan"
I got this info because a friend of a friend of a friend knows Coach Jackson
I wouldn't worry about this.
|4 years 4 days ago||Old Town Tavern has Hopslam||
I drank it there the last two years in a row. It's seasonal, so I would call to see if it's in. I seem to remember it making an appearance around this time of year.
I don't know if any other bars in the area carry it.
The other way to find out is to call Bell's. They should be able to tell you definitively which bars have it. The only reason I knew where to go was because I was hanging out with a sales manager for Bell's.
If you aren't prepared for a manic orgy of hops, then beware.
|4 years 5 days ago||ESPN v. Ohio State||
Don't forget about the Open Records Act case currently pending before the Ohio Supreme Court. You never know what sordid emails might emerge from that case.
I've been following the situation closely and will let everyone know when we have any new developments. It could be many months before we get any resolution though.
|4 years 1 week ago||Interesting read||
I don't see it that way though. This rule invites you to meet with an agent and provoke a change in status. That's an intentional act.
The only "uninentional" aspect of this is OSU declaring Pryor ineligible. We all know that was a sham though - a device designed by OSU and Pryor to make his case for the supplemental draft. To me, this rule says that, if you missed the cutoff and want to enter the draft, then meet with an agent and get your school to declare you ineligible.
From the OSU football program's perspective, it never hurts to have another player in the NFL. So there's some incentive to declare that player ineligible. Not to mention it's probably required by NCAA rules.
|4 years 1 week ago||I understand this line of thinking||
However, what you are postulating is that the NFL's decision was based on legitimate grounds, but that they kept those legitimate grounds secret and instead justified their decision with a ludicrous explanation. I don't buy it. Why give a ridiculous explanation if you have a good one? That just invites people to complain and undermines public confidence in your organization.
|4 years 1 week ago||That's what I thought||
But if you read the press release, the NFL is bending the rules for Pryor. The NFL's decision was not based (at least officially) on additional violations by Pryor. It was based on Pryor talking to an agent. The NFL is making no sense here.
|4 years 1 week ago||I take that back||
After reading the story that just appeared on ESPN, it sounds like the NFL bought the whole "I hired an agent, and therefore I am ineligible at OSU" argument. What a crock.
What's to prevent any college player from gaming the system in the same fashion? Are you kidding me?
|4 years 1 week ago||Good news for Pryor,||
Bad news for OSU. This probably means the NCAA has uncovered additional violations in its investigations.
|4 years 1 week ago||It's the automobile||
Sarniak provided car payments for Pryor, according to the ESPN article. My guess is the NCAA easily discovered this while doing its investigation into Pryor's use of multiple cars (that investigation was announced a couple months ago).
Because Sarniak's financial entanglement involves the cars Pryor was driving, that hurts OSU immensely. The school is supposed to be paying close attention to the cars its players drive. Pryor sporting multiple different rides should have alerted the school to this situation long ago.
Apparently the NCAA has been poring over Pryor's bank accounts (see the article). I'm willing to bet you a brown jug that some knucklehead booster or a disreputable photographer wrote Pryor a personal check, and he cashed it. With the idiocy we've seen thus far, it's almost inevitable.
|4 years 1 week ago||That's Mr. Brady||
That's Lloyd Brady's dad, Mr. Brady. I call him "Mr. B."
|4 years 2 weeks ago||OSU Denial||
If you look at the actual quotes from OSU, they appear to be denying that there are new "allegations" (as in, a "Notice of Allegations" from the NCAA), not that there is an ongoing "investigation." They are being legalistic. OSU's fine distinction was probably lost on the newspapers.
So basically it looks like there is an ongoing investigation and that OSU has not actually denied that there is an ongoing investigation.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||You are correct, at least from a historical perspective||
I was going to save this as part of a larger legal diary on this case, but one of the more interesting tidbits from Tressel's interview with the NCAA concerned the destruction of documents. Or rather, the destruction of a single problematic document.
Tressel admitted during his deposition that he personally used to keep a list of those blackballed from the football program. Tressel says he was told (unclear if by counsel or compliance personnel) that he should destroy the list because it could be considered a public record. He quickly added (perhaps saving himself) that this all happened before Doug Archie joined the staff, which I seem to remember was about 3 or 4 years ago.
Tressel should have realized that one of ESPN's current records requests was for just such a document. Ooops! It doesn't exist. So I suppose ESPN won't be writing a story about that one.
It's an interesting legal question that I haven't been able to explore quite yet about whether this act of destruction was illegal. It probably doesn't violate the Ohio Open Records Act unless there was a records request outstanding at that time. The Open Records Act is about revealing government documents, not about what documents the government must keep.
However, the act of destruction may have violated document retention rules established by statute or perhaps by Ohio State itself. I simply don't know if those rules exist. They do in Michigan.
I fully expect ESPN to make light of Tressel's little admission in some later filing before the court. Whether illegal or not, it certainly doesn't instill a sheen of honesty to the program.
|4 years 3 weeks ago||Here's why I'm still hopeful||
You are assuming the NCAA investigators are actually competent at investigating. From everything I've seen in this case and others, NCAA investigators have never discovered anything that a news organization or a whistleblower didn't slap them in the face with.
Even if investigators had access to emails, that doesn't mean they actually asked for them or looked at them.
And even if an investigator looks at the same document ESPN does, my money is on ESPN being the one to realize its importance.
|4 years 5 weeks ago||ESPN||
Don't forget about ESPN's FOIA lawsuit against Ohio State. If we have learned anything from the past couple years, new violations are almost inevitably revealed by the media, and NCAA investigations then follow. And considering the money and effort ESPN is putting into that lawsuit, there WILL be a story about whatever documents come out of it. There will more than likely be an NCAA violation uncovered. The only question is whether that violation is a big one or not.
By my reading of the Ohio Supreme Court rules, OSU's response is due Wednesday, August 3. More could be revealed then. Or not.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||I'm delighted||
that, despite OSU's attempts at secrecy, this particular legal battle will be fought in public.
|4 years 6 weeks ago||Yes, but||
in many other states you can't bring a FOIA case directly to the state's Supreme Court. That's because usually the statute stipulates where the case must be brought (in a lower court), and the usual rule allowing you to bring a writ of mandamus to the highest court can be ignored.
This basically seems like a peculiarity of Ohio's Open Records Act.
|4 years 7 weeks ago||Don't forget||
this quote from the Plain Dealer. This was more than just Tressel:
The second warning about Talbott to OSU came in the summer of 2009. Two employees of Scioto Reserve Golf Club contacted members of the athletic department after seeing Talbott and Pryor golfing together. One employee said he talked to an Ohio State assistant coach he knew socially, and was told the matter would be taken care of. Another employee, Regan Koivisto, the club's general manager, said he called the football office and detailed his concerns while talking to an administrative assistant.
Also: the NCAA was recently back in Columbus to investigate the golf issue. So this is something they may have tracked down.
And if the golf incidents amount to a violation, well then it would cover 2009-2010, which was not accounted for in OSU's self-punishment.
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Am I seeing things,||
or did Discovery News just say that the asteroid was "butt-clenchingly close" to earth?
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Rubbin it down tonight baby!||
|4 years 9 weeks ago||Don't worry.||
More is coming. There are multiple FOIA requests still outstanding.
I am personally expecting to see some new piece(s) of investigative journalism appear in the run-up to OSU's August NCAA hearing.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Yes, but we need a true point guard||
Stuckey and Bynum are not getting it done.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Here's the link||
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Mr. Pryor, this is the IRS.||
We want our money.
But we are willing to settle for your car.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||I'm still confused||
I just started looking around at the various rules. As part of a guide to "lack of institutional control" by the NCAA Committee on Infractions, they say:
A head coach fails to create and maintain an atmosphere for compliance within
This would make you seem correct: the failure of a single head coach can lead to a lack of institutional control.
However, then I found this in the same document:
VIOLATIONS THAT DO NOT RESULT FROM A LACK OF INSTITUTIONAL CONTROL.
An institution cannot be expected to control the actions of every individual who is in some way connected with its athletics program. The deliberate or inadvertent violation of a rule by an individual who is not in charge of compliance with rules that are violated will not be considered to be due to a lack of institutional control:
According to this, if the "football office" was under Tressel's control, then perhaps you could say that the whole dirty operation was simply "the deliberate . . . violation of a rule by an individual."
But if you do find a lack of institutional control, then that opens the door to a post-season ban per NCAA bylaws. Which would be sweet.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||"the football office"||
The second warning about Talbott to OSU came in the summer of 2009. Two employees of Scioto Reserve Golf Club contacted members of the athletic department after seeing Talbott and Pryor golfing together. One employee said he talked to an Ohio State assistant coach he knew socially, and was told the matter would be taken care of. Another employee, Regan Koivisto, the club's general manager, said he called the football office and detailed his concerns while talking to an administrative assistant.
Some gentleman called "the football office" in 2009 to report an NCAA violation that was never disclosed by OSU. Would said "football office" happen to be under the supervision of Tressel, or would that be a division of the Athletic Department that is not under Tressel's control?
From everything I've read, that would seem to be an important distinction.
Any guesses, people?
|4 years 11 weeks ago||I second that||
Since TP is a public figure, he would not only have to prove that one or more statements were false, but that they were made with "actual malice." That phrase is a little deceiving, since it basically means that the media either knew the statements were false or consciously disregarded a substantial risk that the statements were false.
In practice, public figures almost NEVER win libel suits. There is a mountain of precedent, much of it from the Supreme Court and based on the First Amendment, which works against libel plaintiffs. Winning those cases for the defendant is like shooting fish in a barrel.
I see this as a bluff. And one that won't work. ESPN is used to the threat of lawsuits and it would never deter them from pursuing future stories.
My read on this is that the lawyer is now driving TP's bus. He's taking TP wherever the lawyer wants to go. I have no idea who this guy is or where he came from, but based on appearances that's sure what it looks like.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||Talbott's Ebay Account||
The Sportsbybrooks article links to it. Here is a snapshot of feedback on the memorabilia he's sold:
I'm sure some of these must be legit, right? However, even if a small percentage of those items were procured through NCAA violations, imagine how enormous this story could become.
Talbott has sold items signed by the most famous OSU football and basketball athletes in recent memory.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||"Midway through the 2010||
"Midway through the 2010 football season, Talbott was ordered by Ohio State officials to completely disassociate himself from the program. That indicates that administrative members of the OSU athletic department knew of Pryor’s activities involving Talbott long before the NCAA recently discovered the payments from Talbott to the former Buckeye quarterback."
Can someone say "coverup"?
|4 years 11 weeks ago||The best part||
is that OSU is still lagging behind the news. Gee is still saying that Smith is going to keep his job.
Gordon, let's face it. Smith and the entire compliance department are getting fired. A dozen current players are going to be penalized. Awards and entire seasons will be stripped. You can either get ahead of the news and do it now, or you can wait until it's too late, and you will join your comrades in the ranks of the unemployed.
Now this investigation will be expanding too. Poor OSU FOIA coordinator, welcome to the new round of FOIA requests for emails, phone calls, text messages, etc.. about Talbott.
This is ugly, and despite what may seem impossible, it will get uglier.
|4 years 11 weeks ago||It didn't seem to work for him.||
My favorite moment was after Kwame's sentencing hearing, when he said "Y'all done set me up for a comeback!"
|4 years 11 weeks ago||But what does it mean||
when you are in between primacy and recency?
It sounds like Michigan was his second of three visits.