Peppers at 10, which seems low.
|1 hour 43 min ago||We already did that||
We already did that, but everyone wore number 1000 and it was confusing.
|1 hour 46 min ago||Needz moar glitter tho.||
Needz moar glitter tho.
|3 hours 53 min ago||There really is no instance,||
There really is no instance, ever, where a flat-billed hat looks good.
|3 hours 55 min ago||Nike originated that logo to||
Nike originated that logo to sell basketball shoes to basketball players. I think the analogy is better stated as if the school decided to replace the block M on its athletic uniforms with the official school seal. Academic logo, academic uses; athletic logo, athletic uses.
|4 hours 35 min ago||It's a picture of a guy||
It's a picture of a guy playing basketball. And I don't think it looks very good.
|4 hours 49 min ago||"Gracious" isn't a word||
"Gracious" isn't a word usually used to describe Michael Jordan. Much of what you've said is true and all good things, but not the "gracious" part. Maybe more so of late, but not at all during his playing days.
|4 hours 52 min ago||Eh - a basketball logo just||
Eh - a basketball logo just looks wrong on a football jersey.
|9 hours 25 min ago||Title IX isn't a real issue.||
Yes, but you're talking as if the scholarship decisions are made by the same people in a coordinated effort. If football teams suddenly jack up the number of scholarships they give out, the school's Title IX metrics will be thrown out of whack, and it's not the football coach's job to care about what a scholarship costs.
That said, scholarship limits are important because the recruiting environment is already set up in favor of the coaches being able to manipulate and deceive recruits. Yes, recruits are sometimes not honest, and they decommit all the time and coaches have to live with that, but overall it's still coaches who control the message. Anything that tilts the recruiting game further toward giving coaches more tools to sell recruits a lemon is a bad idea.
|1 day 46 min ago||All the ones Brian linked at||
All the ones Brian linked at the top.
|1 day 3 hours ago||#2 is 100% sensible. I hate||
#2 is 100% sensible. I hate that you can basically get a free shot at someone after a TD because special teams coaches are too chickenshit to run an onsides kick and would prefer to just belt the ball into the fourth row.
The actual change I would make though is for coaches to grow a pair and onsides kick from the 50 when they get the chance. If you don't get the ball it's like a 15-yard swing, from the 25 to about the 40. Surprise onsides kicks work like 60% of the time. Even a non-surprise onsides kick works 10-20% of the time. Would coaches trade 15 yards for a 20% chance at another possession? Shit yeah they would, or they should, so not onside-kicking in that situation pisses me right off. Second only to the inordinate number of wide-sweep plays to the short side of the field.
Since coaches don't do anything scary, I'll take the point for kicking a field goal on a touchdown. That'd be cool too.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Somebody is going to choose||
Somebody is going to choose "daughter's cell phone" so that should be pretty good right there.
|5 days 16 hours ago||I love that the fight resumed||
I love that the fight resumed over who was going to pay for the beer.
|6 days 3 hours ago||There are now tiny little||
There are now tiny little serifs on the top of the A. Can't BELIEVE you wouldn't notice that.
|6 days 18 hours ago||It is so hot that I'm||
It is so hot that I'm considering the $100 spent on the home warranty deductible to fix the A/C the best money spent all year.
85 degrees is my official melting point.
|6 days 23 hours ago||It makes sense that Texas||
It makes sense that Texas would demand a trip to Chicago, or the East Coast, or whatever. I recall the rumors that swirled around a potential Pac-16, which would've moved most of the Big 12's Texas schools (sorry, Baylor), the Oklahoma schools, and Colorado over to the then-Pac-10. The Pac-10 loved the idea of adding the Arizona contingent to that group as a division and then putting the old Pac-8 in another division. Texas demanded they totally bugger up the divisions so as to give them a trip to LA every season, and that among other examples of Texas arrogance scuttled the whole deal.
That's how the story went, anyway. This is why I consider it beyond stupid to even want Texas anywhere near the Big Ten. I doubt they'd come, anyway, the B1G isn't likely to tolerate the LHN and Texas isn't likely to give it up.
|1 week 16 hours ago||That being essentially the||
That being essentially the case, it seems to me that taking a political stand only when convenient is far worse and more hypocritical than to just stay out of it entirely. All it says is that even their so-called principles are just business decisions as well, wrapped up in a facade of social correctness. Kind of like the NFL and their pinkwashing.
Lying about having principles is one hell of an irony. Sports leagues are in general pretty bad at political causes because the entire foundation that holds them together is based on the idea of forgetting about the outside world. Even Branch Rickey was plain about the fact that Jackie Robinson needed to be a damn good ballplayer and that integration was partly about losing a ton of talent to other leagues.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Big victory for Goodell, but||
Outside of Michigan fans and Patriot fans, I think you'd be surprised how many people think the NFL is totally off its nut, and are rooting for them anyway. Such is the hatred for the Patriots and their fans who are widely perceived to be both insufferably smug and incessantly whiny at the same time.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||NTTAWWT||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||If the minute expires and the||
If the minute expires and the play is going on with no stoppage, can he just jump into the game? There's no provision for that in basketball, so that minute will likely last quite a bit longer. Remember, basketball doesn't consider a basket a stoppage.
Still don't really like it, because with substitutions and all, you could go a lot of fouls before a "power play." Still too much opportunity for goonery, IMO.
Unless you meant three team fouls, in which case half the game will be spent with one team or the other down a man. Or both teams down a man. Combine that with the inability to come in without a stoppage, and keeping track of that would make fans go insane.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Small correction: it assumes||
Small correction: it assumes the 8th-place teams have similar records.
Point still stands. May even be exaggerated, the 8th-place team in the East is sometimes a ways under .500. That said, a really bad team in a good conference needs the help more than a really bad team in a bad conference.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||A ten-point lead, then. Two||
A ten-point lead, then. Two scores, the same as five points. I think his point his still valid that way.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||No, but we can say they||
No, but we can say they played better up to that point, and at any rate, if the shot clock isn't turned off, the team with 75 is still playing legit defense, not fouling.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I think it'd be awfully hard||
I think it'd be awfully hard to be really bad in the first few months and then start being good later. That's a strange and very difficult balancing act.
On the second point, the players know the vacation is coming....but they also know they're playing for their jobs and contracts. They don't need the ping pong ball to have an incentive. The incentive is that some young guy is coming in, probably a pretty good one, and they don't want to be the guy that gets replaced. The Sixers as an organization may be tanking, but the Sixers' players aren't.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That's a great way to ensure||
That's a great way to ensure massive goonery. The only reason players contest layups instead of whacking the shooter is because they'll foul out. Take away the fear of fouling out and zero layups will be shot - everyone would rather take their chances at the FT line.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||#9 is dumb as written unless||
That's a feature, not a bug.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Bill Simmons still has the||
Bill Simmons still has the best-ever solution to tanking: Have a lottery in which you get one ball for every game you win after being mathematically eliminated from the playoffs. So a team like the Sixers would get to rack up balls since, like, January, but still would have maybe three.
The #1 thing that needs to happen with basketball, though, is to ever call traveling. Players literally cradle the ball on their hip and run with it. Like, three steps. Referees just pretend it doesn't happen even though it's the exact actual situation James Naismith wanted to prevent, because it "makes the game more exciting." Actually call traveling when a player is moving with the ball held in the arm like a football.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Had a tire come bouncing at||
Had a tire come bouncing at me at 70 mph on the freeway once. That is, I'm going 70 and the tire is probably doing 70 the other way. Car on the right and concrete on the left, nothing to do but hit the brakes and luckily it bounced off to the side.
Fell out of a raft while whitewater rafting and came up underneath the raft. I swam toward the edge of the raft expecting to come up and.....there's another raft jammed next to it. Fully expected to drown right there, but luckily the rafts pulled apart right then.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||As always, Sparty gonna||
As always, Sparty gonna spart.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Dirk Nowitzki had a great||
Dirk Nowitzki had a great comment, which was to praise Duncan for focusing on winning instead of building a personal brand. That about sums it up.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I totally would not kill||
I totally would not kill Hitler if given the chance. Who knows what would happen? Maybe America never gets out of the Great Depression and the USSR spreads communism all the way to the Atlantic Ocean. Besides, Stalin was a much bigger mass murderer than Hitler was. In fact, replace Hitler with Lenin in your post, I bet more lives would be saved that way.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||No. The whole impetus for||
No. The whole impetus for that was the ASG that ended in a tie. Everyone got their panties in a bunch over that, as if it were some kind of heresy for a meaningless exhibition to end that way. IMO, that made it a more memorable game than entire decades worth of them. And that's really the whole point.
Even so, it's not a bad thing to try and impart some meaning, but putting the WS at stake is a bad idea. A better one might be that all of the next season's interleague games, regardless of park, are played under the rules of the winning league. Which is to say, DH or no DH.
All that said, if I could change one thing about the ASG it'd be fan voting. Used to be you would get a ballot only at a ballgame. Now any moron with a Twitter account can start a stupid campaign to do things like put their favorite scrub in, or fill the starting lineup entirely with their team. I'd end fan voting entirely except for the "last vote" concept, which is kind of cool."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Norris only just turned 23.||
Norris only just turned 23. He certainly is still very darned young.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I'll admit the $8 million a||
I'll admit the $8 million a year is pretty nonsensical, but the point was never to add another ace to the rotation. It was to shore up the back end. Has he been wonderful, no, but he's also been the victim of some pretty rotten luck. His opponents' BABIP is sky-high, meaning his WHIP is due to come down, and his 4.58 ERA isn't horrendous. And his run support has been nothing but shit. The team has scored zero runs in four of his starts.
Pelfrey's not great or anything, but he's holding up the back end alright and that's allowed Shane Greene to go to the pen where he's been ten thousand zillion times better than as a starter, which is a massive help.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Personal watercraft. Which||
Personal watercraft. Which is a euphemism for "should I take my three-year-old on one of these?"
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Here is a very handy tip for||
Here is a very handy tip for boating safety. If you are ever unsure of yourself, your skills, your safety, etc. in a particular situation, and that uncertainty comes into play when deciding whether or not to do something, the yes-or-no answer is actually quite easy:
People die on boats usually because they're not very good at anticipating what can happen. One slip of the throttle, one asshole making way too big a wake, one storm you just didn't think would be there that fast.....
Piece of brutal honesty: You don't sound very sure of yourself and you sound like you're hoping for someone to tell you that your idea is fine, you can still go play on the water toy, it's perfectly safe, these little lakes are no problem, etc. That someone will not be me. Time to figure out some new vacation plans. Sometimes them's the breaks with three-year-olds. That little doubt in your mind that made you wonder whether or not you should, should be listened to.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||When I was four, a few Tigers||
When I was four, a few Tigers were doing a photo-op at a local real estate agency, and my aunt took me. By then I was already pretty into the Tigers so I was very excited. Still have the autographed picture - Kirk Gibson, Dave Rozema, Dave Bergman, and a fourth who I can't remember off the top of my head but I think was either Lance Parrish or Dan Petry. Probably Petry because I think he lived in the area as he was the grand marshal of our Little League parade one year and I played all that season with his autograph on my hat.
I also very distinctly remember my first Tigers game: a 9-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox with Frank Tanana on the mound, Chet Lemon in right field, and so on. The only problem with that memory is that it never actually happened - there was no such game where the Tigers lost 9-2 to the Red Sox. I've got these rock-solid memories, but obviously some of the details are screwed up somewhere.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||How can you claim to have an||
How can you claim to have an appreciation for Michigan tradition and not want to play a regular or semi-regular series with Notre Dame?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I should add that I hope it's||
I should add that I hope it's a well-deserved promotion as Tim always did put out high-quality stuff, and deserves one.
But also hopefully another promotion somewhere else is in order ASAP.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Yuck.||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||As a proud Mustang owner it's||
As a proud Mustang owner it's hard not to pick the original muscle car....but I don't mean the Mustang.
Even Snopes doesn't know whether that letter is genuine, but what the hell, it makes a better story if it is. Mr. Barrow would have been driving something like this:
|3 weeks 6 days ago||You know what his real value||
Kinnnndddd of. Actually, in economics, auctions (and free agency is essentially an auction) have a winner's curse, where the winner overestimates the value of what's being auctioned. This happens a lot in sports free agency.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Ur doin it wrong.||
Ur doin it wrong.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Field of Dreams turns on the||
Field of Dreams turns on the waterworks for me every time.....but not the catch-with-Dad scene. When Moonlight Graham steps over the line. "Oh my God, you can't go back..." That kills me right there.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||Yeah, NBA skills development||
Yeah, NBA skills development is probably better. I wouldn't say the coaching is light years ahead, not at all. You do get the benefit of being able to focus 100% on basketball and have no limits on your work with every coach and specialist imaginable.
That said, there are areas where the NCAA is better. If a player isn't mentally ready or mature enough, he needs the NCAA because the NBA won't help. NCAA coaches will be on you day and night even if you can't practice under them, and some guys need that before they're ready to be on their own. And once you're in the NBA, you're on the clock. Teams have a limited supply of patience, and you'd better have been drafted nice and high if you want the full value of it.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Huge huge huge disagree. This||
Huge huge huge disagree.
This is probably worth some kind of analytic look, which I haven't done. But I think the age minimum (I refuse to call it the one-and-done rule) does a LOT to mitigate busts. Those 30 games will filter out a lot of clearly unready players.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I looked and looked and I||
I looked and looked and I didn't see a single instance of the word "Walvies."**
Your premise is therefore incorrect.
**That instance was meta so it doesn't count.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I hear ya man. The guy in||
I hear ya man. The guy in the next cube snorts all day long. Like every five to ten seconds: **SNNNRRRKKK** It's not your regular sniffles and such. **SNNRRTTKTKT** This has been going on every five to ten seconds, all day, for almost a year.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||NO. Do you have any idea how||
Do you have any idea how easy it is to unlock the safety on a gun?
If you can butt-dial your phone, you can unlock the safety.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I don't have kids, but I sure||
I don't have kids, but I sure as hell don't plan on buying them a car when I do. Maybe if they can write me a monthly check for the insurance.
If I were buying for my 16-year-old self, though, the answer's easy. The older the better, as long as it runs OK. Old car = cred. New car = daddy bought it and mommy picked it out. A quick Autotrader look finds a 1989 Thunderbird just inside the price range. YES.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Rectangle headlight Jeeps are||
No kidding. Get you stuck on the way to the dock and can't even keep a lousy Dilophosaurus from getting in.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Maybe not "in perpetuity,"||
Maybe not "in perpetuity," anything that works really damn well starts to get copied. I mean, it's not like one or two schools have a monopoly on the waterbug slots anymore. But it'll take long enough that Harbaugh can work on adapting and evolving ahead of the pack.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||These days the nickel defense||
These days the nickel defense is basically the base defense in order to deal with the proliferation of spread offenses. I completely love the idea of collecting a bunch of jumbo-athlete tight ends, putting them out there two at a time, and deciding whether we want to play smashmouth or make cornerbacks do this:
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Who did we give up to make it||
Who did we give up to make it happen? ..... uh, nobody? And got an extra second-round pick?
This might be the best trade the Wings have made since we convinced Toronto to just give us Larry Murphy for free.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I hope though that you see||
I hope though that you see the difference between whether or not you agree with a position and whether or not it's legitimate. Not only do a lot of Britons appear to disagree with you, they just exercised the power to do something about it. When that many people feel that way, it's hard to delegitimize.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||In terms of cash in and cash||
In terms of cash in and cash out, GB is a donor country to the EU. That alone is a major reason to leave.
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||Britain is not America. The||
Britain is not America. The US has a "nation of immigrants" ethos because that's our history, and our culture is only a few hundred years old. European cultures are ancient. Usually, the names of the countries derive from the people who lived there, not the other way around. (That is, we're American because we live in a land that was named America. France was named for the Frankish people. "Britain" comes from the Roman "Britannia", derived from the Greek "Pretannike", meaning "the island of the Pretani," which is what the Greeks called the Celts.
That's how ancient the people in Europe are, and their cultures. Why should it not be considered a grievance when people who trace their ancestry back 5,000 years on the same island suddenly see people living there who make continuous demands and refuse to accept their culture?
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||It must be nice to pretend||
It must be nice to pretend that people have only one interest, which is money, and no other interest such as sovereignty matters, and that you're absolutely, 100% dead certain about the impact.
Don't give us this "time will tell" thing, by the way. If you believed that you wouldn't have posted several times, unequivocally declaring that Britons voted against their own interest.
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||Fourth largest, or smallest,||
I dunno, man. I once got a tour of one of their Trident missile submarines. The control room had floral patterns everywhere. How badass can a navy be when their nuclear missile submarines look like your Great-aunt Millie's breakfast room?
Of course, the rest of the story is that the guys who gave us the tour - and the ones in the control room at the time - practically begged us to ignore that. Captain's a bit weird that way, they said.
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||Sinn Fein would be smart to||
Sinn Fein would be smart to wait until Scotland votes. There are very few things that could've opened up a Northern Irish path to breaking from the UK. The Brexit may be one, but Brexit + Scottish independence is a much stronger one.
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||There is literally no such||
There is literally no such thing. If your friend tells you he's changing jobs and the new one pays less but the new boss isn't a dick, do you sit there and shake your head and tell him he's choosing against his own interest?
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I'd argue the goal of a||
I'd argue the goal of a sports team name is to give the fans of that team - or really, people associated with it - something to identify with and rally around. If nobody likes the name or wants to fire up for it, that means the name is a failure, regardless of who it doesn't offend.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, but they tend to have a||
Yeah, but they tend to have a good reason for the name. When you go from something cool like Fighting Sioux to something blah like Fighting Hawks, you've been "forced" to change by offended social justice warriors, so you get shell shock and decide to make absolutely sure nobody is offended. It doesn't matter if nobody likes the name, just so long as nobody hates it.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Great. Wonderful. I know||
Great. Wonderful. I know there's lamentation over State turning into a hockey shitshow, but I don't share that lovely sentiment. Let them burn their own house down. A Michigan-Michigan State game between two really good teams is fun, but this isn't like the Ohio State game where it actually adds to Michigan's (apologies) brand. Viva Anastos.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I actually really like the||
I actually really like the logo, but Fighting Sioux was a way better name.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||The Phoenix-Vegas comparisons||
The Phoenix-Vegas comparisons are not valid. Phoenix and Vegas have one thing in common: the climate. That's it. Miami and Tampa have the climate in common too, and the Panthers barely have a fanbase while the Lightning have a very strong following.
Phoenix is Atlanta in the desert. Nobody goes there on vacation, it's just a big city with office buildings that attracted a lot of out-of-towners looking for a job. Plus it has fairly hostile local politics. Las Vegas has felt they deserved a major-league team for a long time and the politicians, businesses, and locals have been united in their desire to make it happen. The NHL is first on the scene, which is important. They'll have very strong support from the casinos, particularly MGM which owns the arena and most resorts within walking distance.
This is not a sure thing, nothing is. But it's a really good bet, no pun intended, by the NHL.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||There's very much something||
There's very much something to be said for being the first major league show in town.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||This is not quite in the last||
This is not quite in the last year, but it's close enough. Also I do believe this will expose me for a huge nerd. A bit ago, SiriusXM played a song by Blackmore's Night on the Deep Tracks station, which I found I really liked. A little YouTubing later I decided I needed to buy all the albums. Blackmore's Night is Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple and Rainbow fame, playing mega-nerdy Ren Faire medieval stuff with his wife who he met over a love and interest in said medieval music. Some of it's actual really old songs, some of it's original, some of it's covers of things like Joan Baez. It's really great stuff.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||You assume incorrectly.I||
You assume incorrectly.
I also never said "at least we're not Jakarta." I simply refuted your "vast majority of people in the world" statement, which I notice you've walked back pretty quickly and quietly.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Needless to say, I never||
Good heavens, I hope you mean to the car.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||There's a reason they were||
There's a reason they were willing to give the keys to a bunch of 14-year-old kids so they could drive around semi-unattended.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Whatever happens, happens. I||
Whatever happens, happens. I remember people tried to force "The Copa" onto Comerica Park and nobody cared. "Let's all decide what to nickname this thing" is phony and doesn't work.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Coolant is involved in my own||
Coolant is involved in my own car failure story. 14-year-old me was navigating one of the driving school's Chevy Corsicas around the parking lot driving range, and like the rest of my classmates, fanatically obeying the 10-mph speed limit they gave us by acting like the gas pedal was kryptonite. I was minding my own business when a whole bunch of steam came out from under the hood. I pulled off to the side, got out and got the instructor, and by the time I came back there was a Great Lake of green stuff under the car. Some piece of the cooling system decided to say "fuck it, I'm outty" in a very big way. Was sure I was going to get the third degree, what did you DO?!?!? kind of thing, but driving school is great, you blow up a Chevy Corsica, they just shrug and hand you another one.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The vast majority of people||
The vast majority of people in the world live in places like Jakarta and Lagos. I'm guessing you've never been to Jakarta. You probably haven't set foot in very many cities. For that matter I don't think you bothered with Detroit any more than you needed to in order to confirm a preconceived notion. I promise you Jakarta makes Detroit look like Malibu.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Detroit, and I don't care if||
Detroit, and I don't care if you spit coffee all over yourself. I mean, I'm just sayin'.
It'd be hard for Minneapolis to be Hockeytown without a hockey team. It's even harder to claim the title for the Twin Cities when they have the blemish of having lost one team already due in no small part to being last in the league in attendance by a huge margin. I mean....
Barely half the attendance of the Hartford Whalers? Minnesota is nothing but a Johnny-come-lately to the Hockeytown claim. Even in the Dead Things era the Wings were outdrawing the North Stars.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Great comment great blog I||
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|5 weeks 3 days ago||What is a "Rutgers"?||
What is a "Rutgers"?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||To me, "worst sports town"||
To me, "worst sports town" means having fans who don't give a damn, and that means Miami.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Negative. Minneapolis is not||
Negative. Minneapolis is not Hockeytown and is in no way Hockeytown nor ever will be Hockeytown.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||So how about that time back||
So how about that time back in 83 when the chariot races at the Circus Maximus were shrouded in controversy due to a horse-feeding scandal?
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I didn't say it was a bad||
I didn't say it was a bad thing. I just said you're not really into cars. You want an appliance that performs a function inexpensively and lasts a long time. And you're up front about it. I would only cast a critical eye if you claimed you just love driving and love cars and you do get a woody from fast and fun highway driving, and then bragged about your ancient Corolla with a quarter million miles on it.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||People get those cars because||
People get those cars because they don't want anything more out of a car than they want out of a washing machine.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Gotta stick with cars in||
Gotta stick with cars in order to keep the topic relatively inexpensive.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I've only ever owned three||
I've only ever owned three cars, and I can't think of any reason to call any one of them the worst.
So instead I'll bitch about the Corolla I was given by the rental car people. (This was in Burlington, Vermont. Pickin's were slim.) You know how some cars, you can just glide on up to like 85 mph, and never realize it? The Corolla was like that, but the other way around. I got on the freeway, accelerated (slowly) to the speed I'm used to driving (or thought I was), and hit the cruise. Then I looked at the speedo and realized I was doing 58. FFS, Toyota. It's obvious why they're the car company for people who hate cars.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I would be 100% OK with never||
I would be 100% OK with never playing Rutgers ever again, whether they're 12-0 or 0-12.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||So what is the consensus on||
So what is the consensus on Brazil's failure to make the quarterfinals and losing to one of the weakest South American teams in the process? B-team roster for a tournament they don't care about, or Dunga is their Sven-Goran Eriksson?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||And made, or so the label||
And made, or so the label says, with Michigan cherries.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||No.||
|6 weeks 6 days ago||There's a third way around||
There's a third way around it: Not caring. Notre Dame's insistence on staying independent is grating, but they shouldn't be punished just because the conferences they're not members of decided to have a money grab contest.
|7 weeks 55 min ago||Because you don't "pick"||
Because you don't "pick" rivals.
|7 weeks 56 min ago||In short, these two teams are||
In short, these two teams are way, way too similar not to be playing.
This game can take some breaks at times but it should happen more often than not.
"To hell with Notre Dame" doesn't mean they slink off. It means we send them there.
|7 weeks 16 hours ago||Whatever money they spent was||
Whatever money they spent was completely insufficient. It's funny that just now people are opening their eyes to what a terrible idea it was to put the Olympics in Rio. The sailing community has been howling for years because sailors have to compete in what is literally a shithole.
When the Olympics were awarded, something like 15% of sewage dumped into the bay was treated. Part of the deal was they'd clean up the bay, and now they're at about 40%. Great work. The bay where the sailing will happen is full of shit, trash, and dead bodies. Qualifying races and such have seen the competitors come out with flesh-eating bacteria and viruses that haven't been named yet and God knows what else.
|7 weeks 20 hours ago||Or I like watching people||
Or I like watching people careen down slippery hills on skis or sleds, competing on the same principle as the swimmers.
It's not like the summer games have no judge-scored sports.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Machu Picchu is stunning.||
Machu Picchu is stunning. The best part was this: On the way, you're crazy if you don't visit some other nearby places like Urubamba, the Sacred Valley, and Ollantaytambo, and the gorgeous mountain settings for all of them made me worry, if I might be spoiling my impression of Machu Picchu by seeing them first. Then I got to Machu Picchu and the immediate answer is, no, not one bit. Man, is there ever a reason it's a famous place.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Sort of? On one hand, what||
Sort of? On one hand, what you said is similar to Red Sox fans saying "Manny being Manny" which they said a lot and was their way of saying "the guy's a narcissist dickhead, but as long as it says Boston on his jersey we'll just pretend his antics are part of the reason Boston's shit doesn't stink." "Yeah he's X but he's our X" where X is some undesirable human trait has always felt to me like a great way to justify being a raging hypocrite.
On the other hand, I did largely blame him for that weird confrontation between him and Jim Schwartz and managed to find a way how it wasn't Schwartz's fault, and started changing my mind when Schwartz popped off on Lions fans a few weeks before his mercy firing.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Greg Sankey is probably||
Greg Sankey is probably speaking the truth about satellite camps, because his experience is with the ones run by SEC coaches.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I should absolutely hate Big||
I should absolutely hate Big Bob and the Victory Motors ads, but instead I love them.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I agree, I don't think the||
I agree, I don't think the article is stating the competitions will merge. I see where the "for all of America" line might give that impression, but I think it's just a figure of speech. And I like the Gold Cup the way it is, because yeah, I like the two-year schedule and the fact that some schmutzy little teams like Martinique and Guadeloupe usually end up competing.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Well, the Confed Cup has been||
Well, the Confed Cup has been every four years for a while now. Last time there was a two-year gap was 2003-05, so a 2019 edition never was scheduled.
The format has always been the same, too. The World Cup holder, the host, and the top team from each of the six continents. If a team qualifies multiple ways, then they dip down to that continent's runner-up, or third place if they need to. (Also, for some reason, a couple of continents have it in there that their champion can opt out.) So it's not that the Confed Cup always has two from Europe, it's just that the World Cup holder is usually from there so that's how it ends up. If a guest team wins the continental competition like the Copa America, then the best performer from the host continent goes.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Based on the title I expected||
Based on the title I expected a suggestion that teams with too many scholarship players should be required to literally eat the extra.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Definitely pinholes. I don't||
Definitely pinholes. I don't want to do anything, except a basic wash, without taking care of them first.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Automakers are constantly||
Automakers are constantly scrounging for ways to remove a couple bucks per part. Engineers are given large pats on the back for figuring out how to take $10 off the price of, say, a transmission. Planning a new model is a never-ending decision-making process of choosing between options that cost two bucks per unit less or more than another. This seems like penny pinching but it adds up big-time considering the thousands of parts that go into a car and the number of chances to shave the price of a complex thing like a trans.
So even if a couple hundred dollars could be brought down to as little as $50 through economies of scale, the decision not to do that is hardly even a decision. Not when such a small percentage of people would want it. "Let's do this that costs $200 more per car" would get you thrown out of the room unless you can show a pretty massive positive effect on sales.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||OK, how about a DIY question.||
OK, how about a DIY question. I want to do a really good wax job on my Mustang, really the works, starting from the bottom up with a clay bar. The car is ten years old now and needs it badly. But right now, the paint job has these tiny rusty pinholes in it. Mostly on forward-facing parts of the car - small road debris, probably. What's the best way to deal with these pinholes? I don't want to just paint over rust, but rust removal techniques you find online are more for entire rusty panels.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Always thought offside should||
Always thought offside should never be called when the ball is inside the box. (Or really, past the line that defines it, so the corners are a no offsides zone too.) In other words, if you're cherry-picking inside the box (pre-emptive TWSS goes here) and the ball is kicked to you from outside, that's offside, but if the ball is played inside, offside never applies. The offside trap is a great tactic and all, but FFS when the ball is advanced that damn far, you should have to actually defend and not be sneaking up to try and catch the offense in the wrong place.
Also, any player who appears to be injured must leave the pitch for a 5-minute evaluation period. To ensure his safety, you see.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Leaders and Best.||
Leaders and Best.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Only if every autonomous car||
Only if every autonomous car is a Ford Excursion. Otherwise, a little longer.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||One possible negative, and a||
One possible negative, and a very big one at that, is a major increase in suburban sprawl, which has gotten pretty bad in many places to begin with. (Check out how much of northern Georgia is now taken up by suburban Atlanta.) Cars made suburban sprawl. Throughout history, people have shown they're willing to travel about an hour and a half each day, on average, and advancements in mobility have proven not to reduce that number, but to expand distances.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||all the cars being tested now||
This isn't true. Google got pulled over for doing 25 in a 30 because the car was impeding traffic. Their own press release in that case pointed out their cars are programmed to never exceed the speed limit. And I simply don't believe our litigious society, that comes slamming down on automakers every time they screw up, is an environment where an automaker wants to have their autonomous car involved in an accident where the car was speeding. If you think GM and Toyota paid dearly for their engineering mistakes, imagine if they programmed a car to literally (if technically) break the law and that car killed someone.
Personally I like driving and would rather have an hour-long commute on open roads than half an hour in choked rush-hour traffic, actually.
I don't think autonomous cars will make carpooling more popular, if that's what you're getting at. Just because a human isn't doing the driving, doesn't mean people will start wanting to make everyone else's stop on the way home. They want to step out their front door and into transportation that will deliver them as close as possible to work. If the bus or train does that then they'll take them. But one's own car is the best option for that. Nobody wants to stop at a bunch of other people's houses and workplaces.
I don't know what you're arguing against here, but yes, they are constrained by the laws of physics and that's more or less exactly my point: there are several reasons why they won't provide every traffic benefit you hope for.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Construction is very||
Construction is very interesting. One thing not widely known about autonomous cars: Currently, at least Google's version, they don't view the road and the signs and react accordingly, except to limited things like traffic lights. What they do is use a tremendously extensive database and map to know where they are and what to do. They don't read speed limit signs or stop signs - they've been programmed with the speed limit and the location of the stop sign. Handy in the instance of "what if a truck blocks my view of a sign?" but not so much if, say, a temporary stop sign is installed to replace a broken signal.
Construction could really screw with the database. You'd literally need daily updates to it, or the car might have trouble navigating the work area.
But here's what I think is the #1 obstacle to autonomous cars as they stand now:
What does a lane-keeping system do here? Normally it reads whether or not white or yellow lines are under the car. The lanes are covered, but worse yet, the car could easily confuse the snow with a lane line. Neither is this something that can be waved away with "that won't matter when every car is autonomous." Those Silicon Valley engineers have never driven a single mile in this stuff. Snow is one of those situations where dumb human tricks make driving worse, but it's also something where human problem-solving is almost certain to be far superior to a computer.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||The "millions of miles" of||
The "millions of miles" of testing are basically driving the same familiar Silicon Valley routes over and over ad infinitum, and they've only just begun to test in snow and rain - the mileage numbers in bad weather are measured in maybe the tens of thousands. And not that long ago Rand came out and said it's not even beginning to be close enough to adequately establish safety statistics. Human drivers, just in the US, rack up 3 trillion miles per year. A few million over five or so years doesn't cut it to prove anything. "Proven far safer than human drivers" is nowhere near the truth.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||The good thing is that the||
And very, very slowly.
Not to ad hominem this, but you've been talking, with terms like "unleashed on the world" as if we're going to wake up one day, open the figurative newspaper, and see big bold "Autonomous Cars Are Here!" headlines. This is technology that will creep, very slowly and very incrementally, into cars as we know them. It's not going to be rolled out like a new app. There are various ill-defined levels of autonomy being slowly introduced.
And to be quite honest, so far, the various components of that autonomy, like blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping, and adaptive cruise control, have failed to noticeably increase safety. In comparing cars with and without these technologies, there's little to no difference in accident rates. (Working theory is because the technologies irritate people and they get switched off.)
Envisioning a future world in which only computers do the driving may indeed include vastly improved safety statistics, but there is no bright line between that world and this one.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I wrote a really long thing||
I wrote a really long thing above, but the BLUF of it is: We are not going immediately from all human drivers to all autonomous cars. It will be a looooooong transition. Autonomous cars will have to exist in a human-driver world for a very long time. And that means speed limits, which in turn means car companies are going to studiously avoid purposely programming their products to commit moving violations.
Besides, speed limits are not going to disappear - autonomous cars still can't travel safely down I-94 in Detroit at 150 mph. And they'll still have to negotiate things like offramps and merges at safe speeds, so they'll slow down, and consequently so will the cars behind them, and so on.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||1) As cars become autonomous,||
An oft-cited but completely theoretical - and not especially well backed-up - idea.
Smartphones were introduced about ten years ago and about two-thirds of the US populace has one. This for a device that costs a couple hundred dollars - or can even be free with your plan if you don't get a brand-ass new one, and is generally replaced every couple of years.
Compare that to a thing that people tend to buy once, maybe twice a decade, costs at least $25,000 if you want any kind of new tech in it, and that hundreds of millions of people refuse to ever buy new.
In other words, if smartphone market penetration to two-thirds took a decade, it probably takes three decades to get to every car on the road. Adaptive cruise control came out about 15 years ago. It's still not offered on every new vehicle and probably won't be for another five years. Then it'll take another fifteen to get all the cars without it off the road.
Meanwhile, it would likely take at least 95% of cars on the road to be autonomous for the traffic benefits to kick in. A few human drivers messing with the computer controlled traffic flow will slow everything down. And autonomous or not, traffic is always going to mimic certain rules of fluid flow, which is to say that the more stuff that tries to go through a confined space, the harder it is to push that stuff through. When two million cars hit the road at rush hour, it won't matter if they're autonomous, they'll still slow down.
|9 weeks 6 hours ago||Which is another problem with||
Which is another problem with them. They'll go 55 when the speed limit says 55. Meanwhile traffic wants to actually move at 65-70, so they'll be an obstacle to drivers and cause way more traffic jams than they solve. If, that is, by insisting on going 55, they don't piss off their owners so much that the owner disables the feature or turns the car back in.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I've long thought the blue||
I've long thought the blue line be huge and fat and go from near the center circle to near the circles in the zone. (Or have two blue lines.) You want to open up the ice, that's the single best way to do it. When the puck is in the neutral zone, the neutral zone is basically all the way to the circles and the offense can get a good rush on and if they have to dump the puck, it's easy to get; once it enters the zone, poof, the zone is huge and the defense has to extend way out and it's that much harder to clear.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Agreed....I think||
Agreed....I think Washington's classic purple unis with gold pants and helmets are way up there for the best combo in all of football.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Best piece of advice: There||
Best piece of advice: There is no such thing as a blind spot.
Really. There isn't, not if you adjust your mirrors correctly. You should be able to track a car from your rearview mirror to the side mirrors to your peripheral vision. You're doing it right if one headlight is in the rearview and one is in the side. You're doing it completely fucking wrong if you can see the side of your own car in the side mirror - which is how I seem to find every rental car I ever drive.
Second best piece of advice: When going around a constant curve, like a cloverleaf exit ramp, focus on the outer line. It works like magic to keep your car in the middle of the lane and not drift to the inner shoulder (or worse, lane next door) like 75% of the population.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I guess it's Marcia Brady's||
I guess it's Marcia Brady's turn in the disrespekt chair.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||VT is going to be more of a||
VT is going to be more of a challenge than people are thinking. 10-8 in the ACC and zero attrition or graduation this offseason.
Home game is good for us.....VT didn't beat anyone worth a damn away from home last year. Could change with experience, obviously. Buzz is Coachy the Clown but he knows his stuff, too.
|10 weeks 3 hours ago||Yeah, it's old-school cable||
Yeah, it's old-school cable companies for me. Seems to me a lot of cord-cutting solutions involve using someone else's service password, which really isn't cutting the cord at all.
Until Roku / Fire / PS Vue / etc. offer the same full range of live sports that traditional cable companies do, I have no reason to use them. And I sort of suspect that when they do, they'll cost about what cable costs anyway.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||The downvote on this post may||
The downvote on this post may be the worst downvote in the history of downvotes.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Let's face it though, cars||
Let's face it though, cars have come a long way if they fall apart at 160k miles and that's considered an unacceptably short lifespan.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Guess we know how this court||
Guess we know how this court victory will be celebrated.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||If people flat-out stopped||
If people flat-out stopped buying Fords and the company closed, the economy of the state of Michigan would crater a great deal worse than the economy in the state of Sonora, Mexico or county of Essex. The argument that your purchase didn't help Michigan is nonsensical.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||And the Taurus, Explorer,||
And the Taurus, Explorer, Mustang, Expedition, Escape, Transit (if you're a little weird and you like your minivans to be converted commercial vehicles, which some do) plus Focus and C-Max until 2018 and every Lincoln vehicle but the MKX.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||That's mighty swell of them,||
That's mighty swell of them, and I'm legitimately pleased about any investment in the state, particularly one that boosts the horsepower (ha) of the region as the center of the automobile industry.
That said, this building is in England:
And if you asked everyone you like what manner of company is Ford, none of them would say, "British."
The backlash over Anheuser-Busch being bought out by the Belgians, and Sam Adams's claim as the largest American brewer, are all legitimate, yes?
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I have watched Michigan go||
I have watched Michigan go through a one-state recession while southern states were booming. I didn't see any positive effect, link, or correlation, between their economy and ours. I'm sure there is a relationship there somewhere, buried deep in the bowels of the indescribably vast network of complex linkages in the economy, but it's at best tenuous.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||BMW would be very, very far||
BMW would be very, very far down on the list of cars I'd buy, behind at least every other German brand. If I had money and the desire to buy a German car, I wouldn't bother looking at BMWs. I have a relative who drives practically nothing but, and nothing about their interior says luxury to me.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||This building is in||
This building is in Japan:
That makes Toyota a Japanese automaker. Personal opinion is that I could give two shits if the car is assembled in Tennessee, it doesn't help my local economy an iota.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I'll never buy anything that||
I'll never buy anything that isn't Big 3.
I'm a little mushy on things like Alfa Romeo and Fiat, which are sort of quasi-Big-3 these days, but it'll probably never cross my mind to buy a Fiat and Alfas are pretty expensive.
I'll happily rent whatever they want to rent me, because I irrationally enjoy the experience of driving different cars, but if you ever see me proudly showing off my new Kia, take me to the hospital right away cause something's wrong.
If every Big 3 brand disappeared and I was forced at gunpoint to buy an Asian or European brand, I still wouldn't touch Toyotas with a ten-foot pole.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I had a Nissan Altima not too||
I had a Nissan Altima not too long ago as a rental and liked it. Reason: I drove the 90 or so minutes from Dulles to Charlottesville and the fuel needle stayed on F. So I said, hmm. I tooled around town for a couple days, during which the needle finally moved. I filled up before I left Charlottesville, avoiding the expensive crap next to the airport, and on the drive back to Dulles, the needle once again stayed stuck on F.
Somewhere there's a traveler who went to the Hertz at Dulles Airport and came back saying "fricking Nissan, their fuel economy is bullshit."
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Matt Schaub in IM softball.||
Matt Schaub in IM softball. All he did was crank home runs over the center field fence. But his team was otherwise terrible and we ended up tying them.
|11 weeks 23 hours ago||I'm sorry, but I think this||
I'm sorry, but I think this thing is a monument to human stupidity.
"Hey, I have an idea for a transportation medium on a track that has to be almost perfectly flat, straight, and smooth and could have catastrophic results with even the smallest bump or jostle."
"Great. Put it on that massive fault line over there."
From an engineering proof-of-concept standpoint, something like Chicago to Milwaukee would work better, but then Elon would have less access to the government funding that tends to prop up most of his ventures.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Confederate boullioun Turns||
Turns regular old beef soup into Southern beef soup.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||It's very weird to go through||
It's very weird to go through names of recruits that look like: nobody, nobody, nobody, NFL mega-star, nobody, nobody.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||I mean, owning property by||
I mean, owning property by itself is not a problem, though - otherwise you'd be precluded from being a homeowner. The problem is that she would've been buying from the city, or specifically, an entity closely affiliated with the city.
I don't see this as a big deal, though. If some journalist had some kind of nefarious plot in mind, investing in an expensive piece of property from a potential future subject of a column is like maybe the 3,493rd most effective way to pull it off.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Rutgers is welcome to hold||
Rutgers is welcome to hold satellite camps in Michigan if they like. It would be the Charge of the Light Brigade, minus the poems and songs, but they're welcome to try.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Still pissed the NCAA lifted||
Still pissed the NCAA lifted sanctions early. The correct attitude is "the sanctions stay at least for the original duration, and longer and more severe if you don't comply with the requirements." Not, "it's so nice of you to look like you're making progress toward a baseline minimum set of requirements, we'll now lift all punishments as a reward."
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Giving Mom The Quiet Man on||
Giving Mom The Quiet Man on Blu-Ray. She's never even heard of it (which surprised me) let alone knows she likes it, but I know her and the humor in that movie is completely her jam.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Can you say with certainty||
Can you say with certainty that if autonomous vehicles do end up being as good as promised, that the government won't forbid humans from driving? I believe not. Trying not to be overly political, but we're talking about a body willing to ban certain light bulbs and dishwasher soap. Yes, I think it's at least possible, maybe even likely, that someone will try to take driving away.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I think what you mean is||
I think what you mean is Google went that far without being technically at fault in an accident. They have been involved in 17, rather higher than the usual rate. It's not coincidence that they get rear-ended a lot more than other cars; their driving patterns aren't what human drivers expect. Their cars cause accidents in the same way that one person slamming on the brake for no reason might cause a rear-ender three cars back.
Also, as a significant chunk of their miles come from driving the same streets at piddling slow speeds over and over ad infinitum, comparing their miles to the average human's miles is a little bit apples to oranges.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||No....for self-driving cars||
No....for self-driving cars to become widespread, they have to be better than us at things we're bad at, and not worse than us at things we're good at. If they behave in ways people don't like, they won't be adopted. Much like how certain collision avoidance technologies have been shown not to reduce crashes, because people turn them off for being annoying. Or how GPS's still occasionally try to drive people into a lake.
Also, frankly, autonomous cars still operate on a brute-force principle, more or less. They don't stop because they see a stop sign. They stop because they have a map that tells them there's a stop sign at that intersection. Google brags very heavily about its self driving cars, but they're very limited in where they can go because Google has mapped every square inch of the routes they drive, and not just in the Google Maps thingies that you and I see, but every detail a driver would need to know, such as how many lanes, what purpose (turn-only lanes, etc.), stop signs, traffic lights, speed limits, and so on. Take a Google car outside its mapped comfort zone and it's not self-driving anymore.
|12 weeks 3 hours ago||The Chinese food orders and||
The Chinese food orders and then none of the other randomness. Laaammmme.
|12 weeks 5 hours ago||It had one funny part.||
It had one funny part. Everything else was lame.
|12 weeks 16 hours ago||This goes here:||
This goes here:
|12 weeks 21 hours ago||I normally just don't like||
I normally just don't like fratty party comedies and I figured The Hangover would be like that, and it sort of is, but I actually really liked it. It's actually a really clever movie, plot-wise. Also Ken Jeong left me in stitches every time.
|12 weeks 21 hours ago||Requiem for a Dream. I know,||
Requiem for a Dream. I know, it's artsy and cool and intense and the acting is so good and it's about how life just sucks and does terrible things to innocent people. I hated it. I basically dislike tragedies where people just continue to make ragingly stupid decisions, which was the entire substance of that thoroughly depressing two hours.
Honorable mention are Napoleon Dynamite (stupid, unfunny) and Resident Evil (shitty, predictable plot and terrible acting.) Things these three movies have in common: not a single character worth rooting for, all ranging from unsympathetic and uninteresting to "I spent the whole movie rooting for their death."
|12 weeks 1 day ago||No primer. Got some||
No primer. Got some Sherwin-Williams "Showcase" the base for which is paint and primer all in one. Plus I was painting over other paint anyway so primer wouldn't have been an absolute necessity. And the chair rail molding came pre-primed, which is nice. A semi-glossy oil-based paint for that one makes cleaning the brush a pain in the ass but provides a nice contrast between that and the flat wall paint.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||It so happens I'm painting||
It so happens I'm painting some rooms in my new house. I would've painted the den earlier, but I installed a new chair rail there and painted it white, so I couldn't finish taping until that was dry. I mean, it was dry to the touch the day after I painted it, but I really didn't want to put tape on it til later, you know? Might have peeled too much paint up when the tape came off. So yesterday I finally went and taped it, and put the first coat on the top half of the den. It dried a little darker than I was hoping, but another coat is going on today because the ugly old color is still showing through a little. When the paint dries in the roller tray, then I can go to the other color for the bottom half. So I won't really have a really good-looking den until this weekend.
You should see the kitchen, though, it's the shit, once the paint dried it really looked sharp. That chair rail is a triumph, too. DIY house projects = manly success.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||It would be very hard to hire||
It would be very hard to hire assistants who are simultaneously head coaches somewhere else.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||If you think those are even||
If you think those are even remotely valid comparisons I don't even know what to tell you. Probably I'd start with the obvious fact that everyone thinks firing Donlon was stupid, followed by pointing out that we have absolutely no idea how well our departed assistants will do as head coaches, especially as compared to Donlon. Then we'd go into the likelihood that Donlon was probably about as good of an assistant as our previous ones, because they all got hired into the Horizon League. All that might be lost on you, though, because that statement tells us a little something about your grasp of context.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Nice, a get-rich-quick scheme||
Nice, a get-rich-quick scheme based on porn. Only four deadly sins to go.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Easily the worst car name||
Easily the worst car name ever, besides all the alphabet soup, is the Chevy Malibu Maxx, the hatchback Malibu. Malibu Maxx sounds like a washed-up old porn star.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||During the time frame you||
During the time frame you cited, they've taken Alex Carter, Kyle Van Noy, Darius Slay, and Bill Bentley in the top three rounds range. So, exactly as many O-linemen as back-seven defenders. I'm at a loss to figure how that is considered focusing on the O-line yet neglecting the defense. And linebacker, of course, hasn't been a need, since during all that time they had Levy and Tulloch.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||So that's two of those six||
So that's two of those six this year, so four O-linemen out of fifteen picks spread across five years really doesn't seem like there was any kind of special focus on the position.
|13 weeks 19 hours ago||I was thinking elementary||
I was thinking elementary school, but I should've also gone a little later. When I was lifeguarding in high school / college, we'd play headlight tag a couple times a summer. We'd be in groups of two, a couple groups would be drivers, and everyone else would be runners. The runners would get about a five-minute head start and have to get from the pool where we lifeguarded to the elementary school flagpole about a mile and 3/4 away, without getting tagged and IDed in the headlights. Easier said than done since it's a pretty old-school grid-system neighborhood and not many good hiding places that don't attract homeowner or police attention.
|13 weeks 21 hours ago||We had a game that was called||
We had a game that was called wall dodge. It was like regular dodgeball, except instead of teams, it was one kid with his back to a wall and everyone else pelting him with dodgeballs. If he caught one, the thrower had to take his place. Until he did he would just get whacked with dodgeballs.
Toilet Monster was another one. Picture two sandboxes connected by a concrete arch about three feet tall, four feet wide, and eight feet lengthwise. There were kid-sized holes in the arch like Swiss cheese. The game was basically sharks and minnows except the Toilet Monster was trying to drag you through the holes.
There was also Drano, which was just one kid trying to plug up the circular slide and the rest of the line trying to pile on top and force him out the bottom.
|13 weeks 21 hours ago||Because, when asked, they||
Because, when asked, they specifically said it was not about a competitive advantage and was entirely a principled stand because Think Of The Children. Hypocrisy, from the dictionary: "a pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess."
If they really Cared About The Children, they wouldn't let their coaches partake in such an awful activity, but that would hurt their programs.
|13 weeks 22 hours ago||The SEC lifting their ban is||
Correct, and the obvious conclusion to be drawn from that is that the competitive disadvantage was a much greater concern than whatever student-welfare bullshit they used to pretend to justify the ban in the first place.
|13 weeks 22 hours ago||Being scurred to go into the||
Being scurred to go into the inner city is a great way to lose out on a shit ton of recruits.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||It's a picture of a||
It's a picture of a basketball player, playing basketball, so yeah, it's pretty much a basketball logo. I agree with Glob, I think it looks really awkward.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Chances are you'd have to||
Chances are you'd have to pick. I'd be shocked if the Crew didn't instantly become the most-hated MLS team among Detroit fans, because Ohio.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||If they do that, then Detroit||
If they do that, then Detroit Tartars FC MUST HAPPEN.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I expect the current version||
I expect the current version of the team would have to be cool with that. Unilaterally appropriating the existing identity has certain legal issues.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I always liked Detroit City||
I always liked Detroit City FC for a possible name, even before the current team was founded, but that's taken now.
Other than that, I never liked copying European names. Real Salt Lake, really?? There's going to be three "Uniteds" in MLS eventually. Lame. (Plus two "Citys" so it's probably not so hot a choice for MLS anyway.) I love Detroit City's nickname "Le Rouge" as it calls to mind both the city's French and auto heritage in one.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Ditto. Can't get into MLS.||
Ditto. Can't get into MLS. A Detroit team would be all it takes for me.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||And then you get free.||
And then you get free.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Once upon a time while still||
Once upon a time while still only having my learner's permit, my mom had me drive her around on a snowy day to a couple different places she had to go. At one stop I did the following:
1) Park the car
2) Apply parking brake
3) Go inside store
4) Return from store
5) Start car
6) Drive off
Somewhere between 4 and 5 is a missing step, which I only noticed after about a mile of fishtailing down the snowy and icy road at 10 miles an hour, like a drunken Tokyo drifter trying not to get caught. Yes, she forgot too, and we were both marveling at how darn slick the road was until I remembered the missing step.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||That would be Louisville.||
That would be Louisville.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Because almost all of the||
Because almost all of the other stories and articles were based on work by one biographer, who wrote two Cobb books and is now generally known to have faked a number of details about Cobb's life and purposely misportrayed him as revenge for having been difficult to work with on Cobb's autobiography.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||LICE-ter.||
|13 weeks 4 days ago||In that case, master baited.||
In that case, master baited.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Sort of a weird, backwards||
Sort of a weird, backwards route. Back when Bo passed away, I had this curiosity about what reaction our rivals had to that, particularly OSU since it was the week of that game. I'd never heard of MGoBlog. Buckeye Planet and the RCMB made for some interesting reading that week. But it was while perusing Buckeye Planet that I found the links to MGoBlog.
The answer to my question, by the way, was that OSU fans almost exclusively paid their respects while MSU fans were split down the middle between "that sucks, I guess" and "hope that fucker is rotting in hell." RCMB gonna RCMB.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Now for the downsides,||
Now for the downsides, however:
- The total area is about 1.8 million, which puts it on the low end of population for the major leagues, but also includes far-flung areas like Elizabeth City and Williamsburg.
- The team would have to be on the Southside somewhere, because the Peninsula is too small to support it, but there isn't a lot of cross-pollination across the bridge-tunnels. For your averae 7:00 weekday game, I can't see people being willing to put up with the rush hour traffic and the hassle of going to the game from Hampton or NN. I would submit that even coming from Portsmouth, people would consider it too much of a pain. Any time a tunnel is involved, traffic suuuuuuucks.
- Most of that military population is pretty transient. There are some people who stay their whole careers, but many don't (or else they're doing four or five and getting out again.) And the other thing about most of that military population is that it doesn't have much disposable income - some don't even have cars. The bulk of it is junior enlisted dudes.
When I lived in Virginia there were plenty of efforts to bring a major-league team to the area (notably, the Expos) and I was rooting for one of them to succeed. Living in Norfolk, my friends and I would go to Admirals games. I even have an Admirals jersey (but I can't wear it to Wings games, because it looks like a Blackhawks jersey. Bad foresight on my part.) But I'm not sure I can say I would've gone to major-league games just as often. Maybe when the Wings came to town. Can't beat $15 tickets with major-league prices.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, but the Vegas team will||
Yeah, but the Vegas team will have two major advantages that the Coyotes don't: they're the first team in town, and they should be able to sell plenty of corporate-favor tickets, vacation-package tickets, etc.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Jim Hackett didn't need a||
Jim Hackett didn't need a year because it was obvious from Pluto who the ideal coach would be. Not so with hockey or lacrosse. No, Mel Pearson is not Harbaugh-level obvious.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||It was either jump from club||
It was either jump from club to varsity or shut it down for a couple years. Shutting it down for a couple years would not have made it any better this year. If it had been done the way you wanted, this wouldn't be year 5, it'd be year 3, and we wouldn't actually be all that much farther along, if any.
John Paul built the program from the ground up. It would have been the world's biggest dick move to tell him to fuck off now that the program is taking the leap to varsity. You're always posting about how That Is Not Michigan - well, that would've been the most un-Michigan move ever.
It may be very true that JP isn't a varsity level coach. But whether or not you're trying to OUTRAGE UNACCEPTABLE, that's exactly what you're doing, especially by saying the word "botched" in literally every lacrosse game thread.. There is no logical or rational way to argue the transition was botched.
|14 weeks 6 hours ago||Oh no no....this is the||
Oh no no....this is the beginning of the give-them-piles-of-money process, not the end.
|14 weeks 6 hours ago||That's awesome that you got||
That's awesome that you got the chance to buy your old house back, though.
|14 weeks 6 hours ago||Happy 97th birthday!||
Happy 97th birthday!
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||Big day today.....this||
Big day today.....this afternoon I'm signing the closing papers on my first house. Yes, I'm giving a bank a large pile of cash for the right to throw more fistfuls of cash at a building. But this time it'll be MY building. T-minus about eight and a half hours to homeownership!
|14 weeks 18 hours ago||Sure hope Blashill talks to||
Sure hope Blashill talks to some power play gurus during the offseason.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Wow. That's a shocker. The||
Wow. That's a shocker. The year of celebrity carnage continues.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Season 2 did turn out "The||
Season 2 did turn out "The Measure of a Man." Far from a total loss.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||It's a little surprising it||
It's a little surprising it got off the ground. The early episodes are kinda awkward, once you've gone through and seen the rest of 'em. It is the best ST series for sure, but it didn't really hit its stride until about season 3.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Almost every TV show anyone||
Almost every TV show anyone ever talks about, I've seen about 2% of its episodes at most, and in many cases none at all. Game of Thrones would be a rare exception. I guess maybe MASH and ST:TNG as well, but that's about it.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||That "etc." is a crock of||
That "etc." is a crock of crap because it implies there is this huge list of coaches Beilein's win % is worse than. There is, of course, Osborne Cowles (who coached for two years), George Veenker (who coached for three), and E.J. Mather, who coached in the early '20s when the schedule included such luminaries as Oakland Motor Company, Detroit Athletic Club, and the Louisville YMHA.
So in an apples to apples comparison, there's Frieder, Fisher, and Orr, no "etc."
I needn't remind you that Orr, Frieder, and Fisher all had consecutive tenures, and therefore had no rebuilding job to do. And as you kindly pointed out, Beilein followed the worst era in Michigan basketball, so the first year was naturally more difficult than, say, Fisher, who literally inherited a national championship caliber team.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||OK, I'm going to be||
OK, I'm going to be contrarian and say I can kinda see where he's going with this:
- Guerrero goes to the meeting intending to vote the conference's preference, which is against the two ban proposals.
- In the course of the meetings he learns - or comes to believe - there is enough support to pass the proposals with or without his vote. Satellite camps will be banned regardless of what the Pac-12 votes. (Which turned out basically true.)
- So he makes a decision: if it's inevitable that satellite camps will be banned, I need to decide which of the two proposals are better for the Pac-12 and support that one. So he votes in favor of one of them, which he perceives as the more favorable to the Pac-12 than the other.
Despite how much fun it is to imagine a bunch of drooling idiots gleefully shoveling piles of bribery cash into their pockets, the thought process here actually makes sense to me. I mean, not the ban itself, but why Guerrero would vote that way despite the conference not supporting it.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Look at the program||
Look at the program pre-Beilein.
Now look at the program with Beilein.
Do you see a difference?
The fact that you think this program is in bad shape right now is a direct function of the high expectations that Beilein personally brought back to the program. "Ordinary career"? Do you remember anything at all pre-2007?
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Not so sure about the ACC.||
Not so sure about the ACC. There really haven't been too many publicly available ACC opinions on the subject. The politics of the conference are such that FSU and Clemson tend to dictate its football direction. They will happily vote and act like SEC schools and they probably directed the conference to vote the way it did. Probably Miami, too. The rest of the conference would be up in the air. The anti-ban effort can almost definitely siphon off some ACC votes.
I agree it's an uphill battle, but it's highly doable.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||People in this thread seem||
People in this thread seem confused.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||A couple years ago, a friend||
A couple years ago, a friend of mine asked me to help him and his brother open up his parents' cottage. The weekend was 5% building the dock, 1% turning on the furnace and other appliances, and 94% grilling, playing euchre, and binge-watching Most Extreme Elimination Challenge while keeping a 48-hour buzz on free Bud Light. For some reason he thought I was the one doing him a favor.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Workin' on a boat. Not my||
Workin' on a boat. Not my boat. A friend's boat. Gotta make it nice and fast so we can win races this year.
edit - also, the Mustang is coming out of hibernation. Oil change and a wash are in order.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||If you live in Florida, most||
If you live in Florida, most of your time is spent in 90+ weather with humidity to match and bugs everywhere, therefore you do not skip the crappy seasons and you miss both of the really good ones.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||It would be nice if something||
It would be nice if something were sacrosanct. The thing about uniforms, more than the floor, the boards, the walls, the ice, the field, the stadium, whatever, more than anything else in sports, is that it serves to identify the team and provide the one single point of reference people have. There's a reason there's a cult following of things like Uni Watch and - despite the timelessness of names like Joe Louis Arena - no obsessive following of building names.
|15 weeks 17 hours ago||Aerosmith is not||
Aerosmith is not "establishment"?
I mean, I like Aerosmith, but they're not exactly underground, you know?
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||You might have started off||
You might have started off with that instead of brushing off Bruce Springsteen as someone "no one my age or younger knows." Your own pop culture ignorance is fine; projecting that to everyone else, I can't decide if that's more insulting to Springsteen or to everyone else.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||This Guy Started A Thread||
This Guy Started A Thread About Threads. What Happened Next Will Make Your Jaw Drop!
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Wet starfish.||
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Sad to hear indeed. He was||
Sad to hear indeed. He was always the perfect complement to Ernie. Ernie was absolutely perfect at all times but even when they brought him back, it felt like something was missing when Paul Carey didn't also return. And both were never anything but the perfect gentlemen.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||So basically, you started||
So basically, you started this thread not to have an open discussion on the topic, but to brag about how much better you are than everyone else and to harangue people who aren't as good as you.
Cool thread bro.