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|10 hours 25 min ago||It wasn't even that. I think||
It wasn't even that. I think he figured, he landed in the end zone, butt down, knees down, everything down, ball secured, I'll just put this down right here. I think he purposely let go because all human common sense in the world would assume that when you have control of the ball with all possible extremities landing inbounds in the endzone, that's a touchdown and what else do you need to do?
The VT thing just wasn't even a catch. The ball hit the ground before the receiver did, how else would you define incomplete?
|10 hours 29 min ago||Boo to two-toned shortzz.||
Boo to two-toned shortzz. Boo.
|1 day 5 hours ago||My brother is a Purdue alum||
My brother is a Purdue alum so we went to a Purdue bowl game against Maryland in, oh, 2006 or so. It was at the Citrus Bowl stadium in Orlando, which they've been renovating lately but at the time was the biggest hole of a stadium in the world. As a UVA fan, pretty much every time you bump into Maryland fans you're going to hear it from them, but I figured it was just rivalry stuff and with Purdue gear on they'd just be normal. Not one bit. Seemed like they wanted to start something any time, any place - motel parking lot, random downtown bar, wherever. In the stadium we sat near a group of some 60-something Terps who kept loudly making passive-aggressive remarks to each other about how shitty everything Purdue-related was, purposely loud enough for us to overhear. Purdue ended up losing and the shit-talking during the walk of shame out of the stadium was brutal. My has since shared my extreme distaste for Maryland.
|2 days 3 hours ago||Man, you scared the crap out||
Man, you scared the crap out of this longtime seafarer. "Lost at sea" means something TOTALLY different than just being fogbound.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Then you should brush up on||
Then you should brush up on your history. It's not just "let's pick these cool jungle cats." There's LOTS of meaning there. The Lions and Bears were named to go along with the existing baseball teams in town, the Tigers and Cubs. (And the Tigers picked up their nickname organically for the stripey socks they wore.) The New York Titans were named to tweak the Giants, because "Titans are bigger and stronger." They changed to Jets after moving to Shea Stadium, which was near LaGuardia Airport.
The Tennessee version of the Titans was named for Nashville's self-maintained reputation as the "Athens of the South" as reflected in their full-scale Parthenon replica (and it helped that there was a past AFL team named the Titans.)
There's real history behind every name, believe me.
|2 days 8 hours ago||I think the problem is that||
I think the problem is that there's enough people in the world who think new is better, regardless of all other considerations. If it's new, it's better than the old one; nothing else matters.
These people are also the most likely to describe anything as "sick."
|2 days 8 hours ago||Besides, everyone knows it's||
Besides, everyone knows it's the Mistake ON the Lake.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Lions need to remove every||
Lions need to remove every shred of black from the uniform wherever it exists.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Brad Johnson, hell. Trent||
Brad Johnson, hell. Trent Dilfer. Makes Marino look like a schmuck, not to mention those 0-fer putzes Fran Tarkenton and Jim Kelly.
|3 days 2 hours ago||It's not very hard to believe||
Well gee that's hardly fair, it doesn't sound like something Brandon would ever have done....I dare you to find
|3 days 6 hours ago||I like Max because it seems||
I like Max because it seems he'll play like two or three kind of average games in a row where he does some cool shit and some not-at-all cool shit, and then he'll break that streak with a huge explosion of amazing in some random game. I think usually that's called "maddeningly inconsistent" but I can live with it knowing he's asked to do some things usually demanded of much bigger players.
|3 days 7 hours ago||I really hope and expect that||
I really hope and expect that Bacon is fair-minded toward Brandon and presents viewpoints of those that liked him and some of the good he did for the program. (I think night games are a big plus.) Because I think it'll make the criticisms carry more weight. And a balanced presentation is more than enough to make people hate his guts, if they don't already.
I get the impression, for example, that he decided to be his smug high-and-mighty self in dealing with Jack Swarbrick, who then didn't chicken out so much as got tired of DB's shit. And then of course we know how DB presented it: oh my gosh you guys I'm so surprised. Can't wait to see what Bacon has to say.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Sure. We'll have a, a Coupon||
Sure. We'll have a, a Coupon Day, or something.
|5 days 2 hours ago||I agree with the point you're||
I agree with the point you're trying to make, but I think you're off by an order of magnitude there. Ford has about 8,000 employees in Dearborn and so probably 3,000 of them are engineers.
|5 days 2 hours ago||I'll take "discussion never||
I'll take "discussions never seen on the RCMB" for $200, Alex.
|5 days 3 hours ago||60 degrees is||
60 degrees is shorts-and-t-shirt weather, you overdressed Nanook.
|5 days 3 hours ago||The CIT, of course, is never||
The CIT, of course, is never going to invite Michigan, as it's a tournament reserved for mid-majors and below.
The CBI is almost always a money-loser.
|5 days 3 hours ago||I've often said how easy it||
I've often said how easy it is to get college athletes fired up over "disrespect." I'm sure that's something that doesn't limit itself to athletes. That is a generation that's convinced itself to "ignore the haters" and that a hater is anyone with any criticism whatsoever. (Or, a large number of people in said generation.) When most of the world finds their idea stupid, it's because the world is full of haters. And when they find themselves unable to get a job it'll be because the hiring managers are haters.
|5 days 10 hours ago||According to the accompanying||
According to the accompanying article, it was registrations, not sales.
(edit: which I just noticed is not that easy to find in the OP. But there's an article.)
|5 days 10 hours ago||He looks pretty fly.... for a||
He looks pretty fly.... for a white guy.
|1 week 1 hour ago||I wonder if Allan Houston||
I wonder if Allan Houston will make a comeback.
|1 week 1 day ago||The only problem with that,||
The only problem with that, is that Antony was being ironic the whole time, and "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him" was the exact opposite of his intentions.
|1 week 1 day ago||The reason PTSD is PTSD is||
The reason PTSD is PTSD is because you remember in excruciatingly vivid detail what it was that gave it to you in the first place. It's not surprising one would also remember in detail anything that triggered it.
|1 week 2 days ago||There's an N sound.||
There's an N sound. Poonch-key.
|1 week 3 days ago||I don't quite get why||
I don't quite get why removing the total roster limit and putting in place a hard yearly limit would remove the opportunities for walk-ons. Are we assuming that every single year there'll be 25 signees? I don't think that's likely; coaches would certainly try, but circumstances would conspire against that happening. In years where there aren't 25 signees, there'd then be room for the Kovacs of the world to get a scholarship. More incentive and more room, in fact, because coaches wouldn't be incentivized to wait til their senior year. Am I missing something?
|1 week 3 days ago||I finished up my MBA at||
I finished up my MBA at Detroit Mercy a couple years ago, so, a few insights:
1) I think the quality of your education is in large part dependent on the quality of your classmates, not just your professors. I had some GREAT professors at UDM. I consider myself to have gotten a very good education at an unbeatable price. (UDM gives you half off your tuition if you top 600 on the GMAT.) But the quality of many of my classmates was.... lacking. Very up and down. Some of them were just plain lazy, a few were incredibly rude, and would take lots of opportunities to complain about the workload. (There were also plenty of people who took it seriously and worked hard.) I would guess there would be less of that at a more selective school, but when you're sorting yourself into groups, try and gravitate toward people who actually expect more than just showing up and being handed a piece of paper two years later.
2) Take an extremely hard look at the quality of the career center at the schools you apply to. You can have the finest, most prestigious degree in the world, and it don't mean shit if you can't get a job. UDM's career center was excellent, IMO. My brother is at UW-Foster right now and he considers the career center to be so-so. He couldn't find an internship in Seattle and had to come back to Detroit for the summer to find one. (Now that's a backwards story if ever there was one. Maybe a good sign.)
3) Consider where you want to have a job when you finish. If you're dead set on getting a job in Michigan, you may not want to fly all around the country for business school; it might not be worth it. UDM and Wayne have just as good a name around here as any. If you want to look more nationwide for a job, then you definitely want a more nationally-recognized school.
|1 week 4 days ago||Good for them. Kwame Brown||
Good for them. Kwame Brown had a reasonably lengthy career too. They're still colossal busts, all three of them. How much better would they have been with a stop in college? They couldn't have been worse. The best of that bunch is Telfair, a journeyman backup point guard whose career isn't worth 1/100th of the hype that used to surround him. A much better candidate for the pro-age-limit argument than the other way around, certainly.
|1 week 4 days ago||There are certain things you||
There are certain things you can't collectively bargain, yes, but keep in mind also, Maurice Clarett was denied by the courts in his attempt to overturn the NFL's rule, which is much more onerous than the NBA's.
|1 week 5 days ago||Korleone Young. Jonathon||
Korleone Young. Jonathon Bender. Leon Smith. Kwame Brown. DeSagana Diop. Ousmane Cisse. Ndudi Ebi. James Lang. Robert Swift. Sebastian Telfair.
By the way, I have no way of knowing how many high school players declared for the draft and never heard their names called. It could be zero - but nobody of any intelligence would make that bet.
A few names of guys who thoroughly failed to live up to the promise. I left off some other names like Darius Miles and Amir Johnson, who've done alright but - surprise surprise - didn't really do anything in the league until several years had passed. Which would probably have been better spent in college.
A few of those are really sad stories:
I'd never argue that college would've definitely helped this guy's career come to a better end than that. But you'd have to be a complete moron to argue that it wouldn't have at least given him a better chance. If this guy ever had one positive influence in his ear I'd be surprised. Give him a college coach for a year, and who knows. Certainly, tossing this guy to the wolves at age 18 was a stupid thing to do.
There are two possible injustices in the age limit debate. One is that a deserving player has to wait a year to get filthy rich. The other is that a completely unprepared player with no positive influences in his life gets thrown into a grown-up world without one shred of warning or preparation and becomes a complete waste of talent. The fact that some people think the former is worse than the latter is incomprehensible.
If the age-limit rule has a chance to prevent stories like Leon Smith or Robert Swift, then it's abso-fucking-lutely the right thing to do.
|1 week 5 days ago||Why do people insist on||
Why do people insist on thinking the NCAA makes the age-limit rule for the NBA?
|1 week 5 days ago||We tell legal adults they||
We tell legal adults they can't do all sorts of shit that older people can do. Drink. Get cheap car insurance.
I think the rule is fine. I would argue that the harm done to the numerous unready players who declared anyway greatly outweighs the 12-month waiting period for making loads of money. I don't consider it a horrible hardship for someone to be forced to wait a year. It's a protection against exploitation of people who in many cases aren't legal adults.
|1 week 5 days ago||Then why not again? If it||
Then why not again? If it was that cut and dried then there would've been a lawsuit immediately following the announcement of the rule. To answer my own question: Collective bargaining. The age limit of 19 was collectively bargained, the previous one was not, and a collectively bargained agreement can go against all sorts of otherwise established law.
This rule is the result of a collective bargaining process and is therefore perfectly legal.
|1 week 5 days ago||It's been waiting for almost||
It's been waiting for almost ten years to be challenged. Hasn't yet. The NFL, even longer. Lots of jobs have age limits to them, both upper and lower. The military. Air traffic controllers. If there were a legal case to be made against age limits in sports leagues, it would've been made by now.
|1 week 5 days ago||Styx is probably not the||
Styx is probably not the greatest band of all time....but it is my favorite band of all time.
|1 week 6 days ago||True, the Law Quad is||
True, the Law Quad is gorgeous, but on the other hand, it's the only thing of that style, and it's one of the things that make the campus so disjointed. Plus, there's a reason that style is called Collegiate Gothic - lots of places have it. The most dominant theme (of several) is brick and glass with stone accents and if that was a lot more common it'd be very cool. And, dare I say it, extremely unique.
|1 week 6 days ago||The campus itself is nice in||
The campus itself is nice in many places but thoroughly unremarkable and has more than its fair share of butt-ugly buildings. It's really the seamless integration between campus and town that makes Ann Arbor a really nice place to be.
|1 week 6 days ago||They might've been if Three||
They might've been if Three Days Grace hadn't shown up on the scene. I hadn't bothered with it here because I really hope it's not an unpopular opinion, but words cannot describe how fucking shitty Three Days Grace is.
|1 week 6 days ago||http://achewood.com/index.php|
|1 week 6 days ago||You'll have a really tough||
You'll have a really tough time convincing people that The Who, U2, and the Beatles were American.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'd actually go with American||
I'd actually go with American Pie, but Napoleon Dynamite is a strong candidate.
|1 week 6 days ago||Nah. Thanks but no thanks.||
Nah. Thanks but no thanks. I don't think I'd be missing out if I decided not to buy a more expensive version of something I hate just to see if I hate it less.
|1 week 6 days ago||Really. I can't stand it.||
Really. I can't stand it. The only time I ever eat it is when I cook with it or when it comes on some fast food burger, which is why I usually don't get burgers unless it's something like the Baconator.
|1 week 6 days ago||Ketchup sucks.||
|1 week 6 days ago||The Big Lebowski is pretty||
The Big Lebowski is pretty damn overrated. It's got a good quotability factor, but it's otherwise a disjointed mess of a plot and uninteresting characters.
|1 week 6 days ago||Smashing Pumpkins actually||
Smashing Pumpkins actually more or less sucks.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Honestly, don't you think it||
Honestly, don't you think it was a little bit of a jerk move to be 6'4" and make a ten-year-old kid try to see around you standing up? I'm guessing you don't have a lot of experience being short, but I'm not anywhere near that tall and if you were standing up in front of me, it wouldn't matter whether I sat or stood, you'd be blocking me. I have to deal with it all the time. I don't complain if someone tall is sitting in front of me at a concert or game and I can't see, because they can't help being tall any more than I can help being short, I just try to peer around them as best I can. But if you (or you and a buddy or two) were the only people standing in the section, I totally get why they'd be disgusted with you.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Commercial, touchback,||
Commercial, touchback, commercial.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Amen. I'm at the $#%@ing||
Amen. I'm at the $#%@ing game rooting for the $#%@ing team. 99.99% of people don't wear jerseys around just to wear them, but why the hell should I wear business casual crap, or whatever grown-ups wear, to a game to root for my teams? The "no jerseys after 30" thing is the dumbest rule ever.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Applying to football - not||
Applying to football - not waiting until between plays to get out of or into your seat. It's 3rd and 1, I want to fucking see what happens, not have the whole row in front of me stand up just to let you through. You can wait like three seconds.
(This is at Lions games mainly. People don't stand most of the game.)
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Interesting logic in the||
Interesting logic in the article, but a major trip-up is that college teams, much more so than pro teams, are dependent on the coaches' systems. And we already see instances in the pros where the GM and the coach disagree on talent because it's not a system fit. That'd be much more so in college. So a recruiting coordinator is still dependent on the head coach to identify the talent. And that's pretty much the whole recruiting game right there - identifying players that you both want and can get.
The rest is admin and marketing. And a lot of it still has to fall on the head coach, because the recruiting coordinator might say, "I've set up Coach Joe to be in Chicago today to meet with so-and-so" and the head coach goes "nuh-uh, I need him here today." When the head coach is doing that - or when it's someone on the coaching staff - the communication is a lot easier. So admin is still not entirely in the hands of the "college GM" either. That leaves marketing. I'm guessing coaches would love to have some of that stuff taken out of their hands, but then you've hired a marketing manager, not a recruiting coordinator.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||O I C. I think we're more or||
O I C. I think we're more or less in semi-violent agreement then.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hang On Sloopy got adopted||
Hang On Sloopy got adopted kind of organically by the Ohio fanbase. The band played it and they liked it enough that the band did it again and again. It'd be fun if that happened here (who says it didn't happen with Temptation?) but it's not gonna happen just by going "This Is Officially Our New Tradition."
|2 weeks 1 day ago||That is a better idea, in the||
That is a better idea, in the same sense that cutting off just one of my nuts would be a better idea than cutting off both of them.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I think there's a big||
I think there's a big difference between this and Mike Weber. Weber was trying to make a decision for himself. Emphasis on the last two words. That's all he was trying to do. He's not asking for approval.
This dude is presenting an idea to the world. The world is not obligated to like it. Even more than presenting it, he's asking the world for money. Nobody is entitled to protection from the reaction to their ideas. Inherent in what he's doing is approval or disapproval, especially from people who your idea affects.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Your logic has a big hole.||
Your logic has a big hole. Boiled down:
-- Unless you're one of the top 16 teams, you have little to no chance of winning the championship. (I'll buy it.)
-- You can play more games in the NIT and therefore gain more experience.
But can't you gain experience by winning a couple games in the NCAA, and wouldn't that experience be way better, not having to make the tradeoff between publicity and experience? It's not a question of automatically losing vs. automatically winning.
The 9-12 seeds win their first game slightly over 40% of the time and win their second game about 43.5% of the time. 17.5% of 9-12 seeds have made the Sweet 16. Not terrible odds.
And worst-case scenario - absolute worst case - you miss out on four games. Four. It takes five to win the NIT and you're guaranteed one either way. Four games makes that much of a difference? No way. No way at all.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||No kidding. I really liked||
No kidding. I really liked "Beautiful", especially, especially the video.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I hope bad news doesn't||
I hope bad news doesn't actually come in threes because I like Bobby Knight on TV.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||This discussion comes up||
This discussion comes up every year among every bottom-of-the-bubble fanbase, without fail.
It always goes something like "should we like it better if we go to the NIT because it means a long tourney run instead of being one-and-done."
And it's always wrongheaded because there's no guarantee of making a long NIT run.
Given hindsight, it's possible to argue that it might be better to win the NIT than to go 0-1 in the big tourney. But we're not talking in hindsight. You get immeasurably more publicity for going to the NCAA than the NIT. Publicity aids recruiting. And it's not like every NIT game counts extra for measuring experience.
Besides, even given hindsight, I haven't seen Minnesota get a whole lot of benefit out of their championship NIT run last year.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||"things he enjoys doing and||
"things he enjoys doing and cares about"
It's not like he's pursuing his model airplane hobby.
By the way, Brian's full name is public knowledge, so he's not exactly hiding behind a keyboard. What's your name? Is it Adam Weiss?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I doubt this is a quick||
I doubt this is a quick decision. This kind of thing doesn't just happen without some serious study of the problems.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||The number of times he has||
Bingo. Rod's really, really sharp along those lines. One instance I particularly remember is when a base stealer got thrown out at second and Mario said it looked like an odd time to run, and Rod pointed out it was probably a botched hit and run because the runner was looking back at the plate; normally a base-stealer just focuses on the bag.
Plus I actually kinda like his goofy schtick, too.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Kind of a disappointing move,||
Kind of a disappointing move, because Mario and Rod do an excellent job IMO. Underneath Rod's goofy exterior is a guy with a ton of insight. He's a lot like Bobby Knight actually. Points out all sorts of game tidbits that you wouldn't think of but make perfect sense.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'm reasonably confident that||
I'm reasonably confident that GRRM can get the sixth book out before the show catches up to it. The seventh, not so much.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The RB coach can't "fire" a||
The RB coach can't "fire" a kid officially, but one, he's the guy who Weber would have the most contact with during his time there, and two, he'll have a lot of say in Weber's role on the team. In that sense he's very much like a supervisor or boss.
In this case it's not really even all about that, though; the fact is that Urban Meyer and the Ohio State staff flat-out lied to him for their own benefit. I can't think of any situation at all where it'd be beneficial to have zero trust in the people who'll supervise you, instruct you, set examples for you, and lead you.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Funnily enough, I've never||
Funnily enough, I've never seen a single episode of Breaking Bad and never had any interest in doing so..... but could easily see myself watching Better Call Saul.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Call me crazy, but I think||
So I guess what kind of a boss you have has no bearing on how much you like your job?
Also, Ohio State is not a bad school. A degree from there is a perfectly good degree. 99.99% of these kids aren't aiming for careers on Wall Street or some fancy law firm or Harvard medical school, so they have absolutely no need to give a shit about the prestige of the school handing out the diploma.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Sorry, but indecisive high||
Sorry, but indecisive high schoolers - even obnoxious, attention-whoring ones - and grown-ups who flat-out lie to high schoolers are not equivalent.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Bait-and-switch coaches are||
Bait-and-switch coaches are EXACTLY why an early signing period is a rotten idea. It's not a problem in basketball because the early signing period is in the middle of the season. It'd be a huge problem in football because it'd fall right in the middle of coaching carousel season.
|3 weeks 41 min ago||I say that because I can't||
Elliott Porter could tell you all about it.
|3 weeks 4 hours ago||Except that an early signing||
Except that an early signing period would only cause scummy coaches to manipulate recruits into signing early. "I know you want that scholarship, but if you don't sign in December there may not be a spot for you. We need you to prove your commitment." Never mind that maybe the guy blew up his senior year and other opportunities might be on the horizon; never mind that maybe the assistant coach he bonded with moves on in January; never mind that the head coach might take another job literally two days after the recruit locks himself in.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Your signature seems rather||
Your signature seems rather apt.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||It's sort of mind-boggling||
It's sort of mind-boggling that you think a player who's uncommitted, but with a number of legit offers on the table, is more SOL than a player who has no offers on the table because he accepted one he thought was in good faith.
Petrino lied. There is no excuse for it. None.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||That argument is - let's see,||
That argument is - let's see, how can I put this delicately..... - complete horseshit.
"If your life is really hard and people give you money to make it easier, you're a scumbag if you keep most of it." That deserves all of the downvotes because it's one of the scummier things I've ever read.
Maybe you should be donating whatever fortune you have to homeless shelters, down to where you're at the poverty level this guy is in, before you decide what other people should do with their money.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Education has nothing to do||
Education has nothing to do with it. It's not an entitlement mentality to expect people to live up to their word, which Petrino deliberately failed to do.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Here's a solution I prefer,||
Here's a solution I prefer, rather than bind recruits to a commitment they may want to get out of for myriad reasons:
Allow written scholarship offers to go out the day after Signing Day (instead of this stupid September 1 date) and standardize their language to force schools who send them to explicitly state when the scholarship takes effect. Then set up a commitment clearinghouse to let a recruit commit to a school, bind the school (but not the recruit) to the letter, and make it so that registering the commitment makes it illegal for other schools to contact that recruit unless he rescinds the commitment.
Early signing days will only result in the schools pressuring the recruits to sign, sign, sign. Did you enjoy watching Roy Roundtree at Michigan? He'd have been a Boilermaker if we had early signing days.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||It still is, because they||
It still is, because they always word the question, "where is the car usually parked overnight?" or some variation of that.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||We have been discussing||
We have been discussing Midtown and downtown and the influx of more upscale housing in that area, yes? In that context there hasn't been a huge land giveaway, except in bankruptcy court. TSMH referred to land giveaways that resulted in expensive housing, which there hasn't been. You're talking about land giveaways (or dirt-cheap sales) that resulted in trees. Think about that: the land was so worthless that apparently the best use of it was to turn it back into its original forested state. (Not the original plan, by the way; the original plan was actual farmland, but some of the neighbors put up a fuss and so the compromise was to plant trees, something that I simply cannot see the economic benefit in, but hey, community input and all that.)
There isn't exactly a lot of return available on burned-out houses and empty lots in ruined neighborhoods. The city can either hang on to those lots forever and watch them never become anything, or sell them at a price that someone's actually willing to pay (and if that's $0, so be it) and watch them at least turn into something.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'm still at a loss to||
I'm still at a loss to understand why "at least middle class" is synonymous with "no connection to Detroit's history." There are tons and tons of people living in the suburbs whose parents grew up in Detroit and who could afford to live in Midtown. If they moved back to Detroit, they absolutely would "have a connection." We're not talking about Atlanta or Phoenix or Raleigh here, where the city is loaded up on transplants from out of state. It's going to be many, many years before Detroit is the kind of city that attracts out of state transplants en masse.
This is not one of your better arguments. It's an incredibly broad brush and an incredibly tenuous connection to make.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Well, that's just rude. I||
Well, that's just rude. I have been following and I do know what I'm talking about. What exactly is "uninformed"?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||What has the city been giving||
What has the city been giving away for dirt cheap? It doesn't, itself, own most of the buildings that people have been refurbishing, or most of the land that people have been building on.
And whether or not things improve as planned depends largely on city management. If it's as grotesquely incompetent as it has been in the past, no strategy at all is going to save it from ruin. If it's run efficiently by intelligent people, then attracting the wealth they need to implement solutions is the only way to give them the resources to fix things. Attracting wealth continues to be preferable to not attracting wealth.
That means that there absolutely is a clear answer to what is better in the financial long run. Tax base > no tax base. Wealth > no wealth. Without wealth you can't fund the things you need to help lower-income residents. That is plain, unavoidable reality.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||No, companies don't always||
No, companies don't always make the correct decision, but we're talking about the exact same decision being made by every company in the region, based on more or less the exact same information. Are they all making the wrong decision (in terms of profitability)? Occam says probably not.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Oh crap. That's awful to||
Oh crap. That's awful to hear. I had a chance to meet the guy once or twice when I was growing up and he was really one of the good guys without a shred of doubt. As nice as could be. The kind of guy who made it so easy to root for the Tigers.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||While an interesting and||
While an interesting and diverse city is a laudable goal, shunting aside money concerns is one of the many reasons the city landed in receivership in the first place. It's simply impossible to ignore the reality that the city needs money, and setting aside opportunities to increase its cash flow is very poor management.
No, it doesn't need to improve its profit margins, but what it does need to do is improve its services, because its services are vastly, woefully substandard. If the city has a choice between an extra $1 million in revenue and an extra $2 million, it would be shirking its duty if it chose the $1 million, knowing that the extra million could hire 20 extra cops, or tear down 100 more houses a year, or buy 200 more streetlights a year. That is a very tangible way to help current residents of the city.
And why should new residents moving into Midtown necessarily have no connection to its history? I think that's an unfairly broad brush to paint the supposedly "rich" with. Detroit is not Midtown and Midtown only. And much of the land being used now for housing is completely vacant. Given the choice between fixing up a derelict building with more upscale housing, and not fixing it up at all, the answer to me is a no-brainer. Why scare out people willing to make an investment, just because they're not making the kind of investment you'd prefer?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Well, they weren't really||
Well, they weren't really forced outside the city limits. There's housing available in the city - even in stabler, decent neighborhoods - that's affordable at that salary. What you're saying is they couldn't move into a specific neighborhood they wanted to move into. I also disagree it took away useful tax base. Someone with more means moved into the housing, that's all - and more means = more income tax revenue than your girlfriend's coworkers would've brought to that particular property.
I'm afraid I don't have a lot of sympathy for the argument that someone couldn't move to an area they wanted to move into. I'm more sympathetic when we're talking about people who already live there, and gentrification brings a certain set of problems for current residents of the area which are worth addressing. But I don't think those problems outweigh the consideration of turning a run-down area into a nice one.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I think you're misreading||
I think you're misreading what I'm saying. I'm not suggesting a single authority as if it's new. I'm taking it as a given in terms of ideas to improve transportation in Detroit - as in, I think it's undeniable that one system would be better than two - but I'm saying it's far from a magic bullet, and shouldn't be treated as such.
Bus rapid transit isn't a new and novel idea either, but IMO it's the only good one.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'm gonna suggest that a||
I'm gonna suggest that a single regional transit authority would be an improvement but by no means fix things. Detroit is too sprawled out for even a well-run bus system to be efficient. A light rail system would be a disaster too. Bus rapid transit is the only answer, IMO, and I don't think any city in the world is better set up for such a system than Detroit is.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Sooo....are you ascribing an||
Sooo....are you ascribing an overabundance of generosity to the developers, who build something that is more lavish than it needs to be and charge too little for it? Thus allowing people who couldn't afford such a decadent lifestyle to now be able to afford it?
I think the whole conversation works better once we all realize that TSMH was using "lavish" as a synonym for "pricey." I doubt he'd have a problem if, out of the goodness of their heart, someone came in and spend scads of money fixing up the run-down places people live in to any level of lavishness desired, up to and including "Saudi oil baron palace" and let them pay the same price to continue living there.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"Unnecessarily lavish"? That||
"Unnecessarily lavish"? That would only be true if nobody moved into them.
There is only one way to go about fixing up a city: with money. I challenge anyone to try and fix up Detroit without money. Where are they going to get that money if not from additional tax revenue?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I don't get the idea that||
I don't get the idea that redeveloping portions of the city doesn't help "the neighborhoods." It absolutely, positively helps everyone living in the city. The city needs tax revenue. It must have tax revenue or it dies. Tax revenue pays for cops and firefighters and streetlights and funds to tear down crack houses. Adding wealth to the city adds tax revenue. The city collects from every worker that works in the city and from every resident, renter or owner, and from everyone who owns property in the city. If that property value goes up, as it's been doing in Midtown, the city benefits. If rent goes up, the city benefits from increased income tax collection. If someone sells a parcel of land for four times what they bought it for, the city benefits from higher property tax assessments. And that extra money gets spread around the neighborhoods.
All that redevelopment is paying for things the neighborhoods need. It's not easy and it's not instant, but it's also not right to say it doesn't help. If downtown and Midtown start really, really flourishing, they're going to subsidize a lot of improvement all over the city.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Well, I'm making the same||
Well, I'm making the same point above, but: truth is, there's got to be some motivation behind so-called redlining. It's not arbitrary, because arbitrariness costs companies money, and companies aren't in the business of capriciously costing themselves money. If the insurance companies could make money by offering the same rates regardless of ZIP code, they'd do it. Detroit is obviously an untapped market for insurance. Hundreds of thousands of people without it. If just 10,000 people bought a $1,000 car insurance policy, that's $10 million of new revenue per year. Insurance companies would leap at the chance, and the fact that they haven't is proof that it would cost them more than $10 million in payouts.
I know that "get off your ass" platitudes haven't solved any problems, but neither has blaming companies for causing them. Companies just want to make money, that's all they want to do. If they could make money by selling affordable insurance in Detroit, you bet your ass they would. Asking them to just be nice and lose money in the city doesn't work.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I'm skeptical of a||
I'm skeptical of a declaration that says "insurance rates are this based on ZIP code" but doesn't include any data for crime. It's not enough to say "those same issues happen." Happen how often?
The narrative that says companies are redlining and preying on poor people for no discernible reason is puzzling. Even if we assume companies are ruthlessly profit focused, it makes no sense they'd arbitrarily price people out of the market. Why cut off a customer base on purpose? Fact is, companies are trying to make a buck. If they could make a buck by offering the exact same rates on either side of 8 Mile, they'd do it.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Not entirely based solely on||
Not entirely based solely on ZIP code. Deciding to throw political caution partway to the wind here, Michigan has bizarrely high rates largely because of the lack of a cap on lifetime medical benefits from car accidents. No other states have a system of unlimited lifetime personal injury protection.
Get rid of guaranteed lifetime medical benefits on the backs of the insurance companies and they won't charge so much for auto insurance. Almost nobody actually needs them, but everyone has to suck it up and pay for them.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"Preying" is a pretty||
"Preying" is a pretty politically loaded word. Fact is, insurance companies would lose money hand over fist in Detroit if they couldn't charge higher premiums. Carjackings, auto theft, parts theft, and vandalism being the enormous problems they are inside the city, why would a company volunteer to toss money down the drain?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||What he makes is enough to||
What he makes is enough to buy a shitty car. It's not enough to insure it. If we're talking about "what should we do to fix this situation" then there's no possible way not to include making insurance affordable, and asking ourselves why Michigan has the most ridiculously expensive auto insurance in the whole country. Why does the average premium in Michigan cost $2,551 and the average premium in Ohio, right next door, cost $926? And it's just even worse in Detroit where people can least afford it.
I'd answer the questions myself, but then I think I'd be too far down the forbidden political road. I'll leave them as rhetorical for now.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||You know, there's a good||
You know, there's a good point in all that. Although "gave up" seems to be the opposite of what happened. I don't recall a lot (if any) of "let's get serious for a minute here" Super Bowl ads before the Chrysler one with Eminem. Then that one came on, and it was absolutely brilliant, and people went "......wow." It was a jarring contrast from the usual parade of GoDaddy frat brahery and slapstick and puppies and what have you, and people paid attention, big time.
Of course it spawned a parade of imitators. At least three companies went the "dad appreciation" route this year and it just dripped with goop. Then we piled on with the domestic violence ad and the dead kid ad. And some of these were heavily previewed beforehand. Chrysler worked because it was well-made and unexpected. Now that the copycats have come out, it's already moved into yawn territory and starting to explore pissing-people-off territory.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||If they were not trying to||
If they were not trying to sell insurance, then why attach the company's name to the commercial? You don't need the Nationwide logo to "start a conversation."
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Fapping in the shower.||
Fapping in the shower.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Tropp currently plays for||
Tropp currently plays for Columbus, which makes sense.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||O I C. I'm no mod / admin,||
O I C. I'm no mod / admin, but I think that means he got caved, and nobody can see when he posts anything, and that feature doesn't work on the app.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||What?||
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I hadn't really planned on||
I hadn't really planned on anything, but now that I think about it, I think I'll pour me some Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey to celebrate a good day in B1G basketball. Two real Big Ten teams beat the fake ones by a combined 44 points. That the winners reside in Columbus and East Lansing makes no difference to me.
|4 weeks 2 hours ago||Worth||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Never forget.....the||
Never forget.....the Spartiest thing that ever Sparted:
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Senator Joe McCarthy.||
Senator Joe McCarthy.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||You're arguing against things||
You're arguing against things that people didn't say and basing a huge crusade of some kind around an assumption, and you're the one lecturing on reading comprehension? Talk about 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I did a search for||
I did a search for "advantage" and "spoiled" on this page. You're the only one who's said those words. I don't know what kind of personality disorder you have that intentionally confuses being angry at vandals with being angry at spoiled rich kids.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||It would be hard to get more||
It would be hard to get more than the trade-in value if all you got was "the cost of the damages" as you proposed above.
Second, business property is not somehow more OK to destroy than personal property.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||You don't think paying back||
No, it's not punishment enough, because it sends the message that you can trash anything you like, no matter who it belongs to, as long as you pay for it. How about I take a baseball bat to your car and call it OK after I write you a check?
Yes, they should have a record and jail time.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||OMG Class of 2000 also.||
OMG Class of 2000 also. Besties! The rest of my identity shouldn't be too hard for you to track down from here, given I wear my undergrad on my sleeve.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Had a 20-yard pool. Four||
Had a 20-yard pool. Four lanes, 20 yards, dating all the way back to the original construction of the building way back in 1928. When the new pool was finished, they tore it out and replaced it with a student commons sort of thing. It used to be miserable. It was like swimming in a Jacuzzi. Great for jumping into on frigid January mornings until you actually had to start swimming in the thing, and 30 minutes later you'd be panting like a dog without even doing anything really strenuous. It also wasn't deep enough to do any starts.
You could probably fit two of the old pool room into the footprint of the new pool.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||OK smarty, would it change||
OK smarty, would it change your mind to know that growing up in GP, I had some very good friends who were Jewish, moved there over 30 years ago, are still there, and are awfully far to the left side of the political spectrum? The latter, meaning that they would be the kind of people who'd be loud and vocal about any discrimination they noticed and assuredly wouldn't have stuck around if there were any of it directed at them.
It probably wouldn't change your mind, which is sort of the definition of an intractible stereotype, but keep on stereotyping in a way you feel is acceptable.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||It's pretty sad to see that||
It's pretty sad to see that people think that if it happened in the '50s it must still be exactly the same today.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I just made my hotel||
Ha....and here I was afraid I'd be boring you. To be honest, from what I remember seeing from state meet results over the past few years, I'm not sure that North has declined precipitously - some, but mainly, South has jumped into near-elite status. I say this with a full load of bias as a South swimming alum.....my freshman year was also the first under the new coach, and North beat us at the dual meet for three years and the division meet for two. We won divisions my junior year and I don't think South has lost that meet since.
I really, really would've loved to swim at that new pool instead of borrowing Brownell for regular practices, South's terrible old 20-yard pool for morning practices, and North for meets. That place is a palace.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||What happened to GPN swimming||
What happened to GPN swimming is Gators Swim Club. Used to be that Pointe Aquatics was the only swim club in GP, and run by the GPN coach, therefore it became a feeder for GPN swimming. If you were on or headed to the South team, the coach would give you the time of day and not much else. Now South has a feeder club too, coached by the South coach.
Plus, South just plain got great coaching. The guy who vaulted South's program over North, about 15, 16 years ago, was a tremendously popular middle school teacher, so incoming freshmen knew who he was and wanted to swim for him. The size of both South swim teams more than doubled in just a couple years.
Probably more than you ever wanted to know about that subject, but there you go.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Crime in Grosse Pointe||
Crime in Grosse Pointe consists almost entirely of thieves from Detroit (and drunk drivers on Lakeshore.) The most recent murder to actually take place in GP was perpetrated by some guy from Detroit via Louisiana who was illegally living in the attic of the flat he shared with the victim. A high school kid from GP was recently gunned down just a couple blocks from the border and that crime will never be solved because snitches get stitches. Another resident of GP was recently beaten up in the same neighborhood after taking a wrong turn home from a bar, not long after the Utash incident. Every road leading into and out of GP from Detroit is a potholed moonscape and there are more vacant lots than buildings, and more vacant buildings than occupied ones.
But it's a couple racist sheds, which formed a visual barrier but not a real one because a bypass was set up through the alley, that are the REAL problem in relations between GP and Detroit.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||OK, I live in Grosse Pointe,||
OK, I live in Grosse Pointe, so, you can either take the word of people who live here or you can take the word of people who read the Freep comments sections and conclude "THATS RAYCISS."
GP is still, basically, GP. As in, the schools and the area have not declined in any noticeable way in the past however many years. Yes, the schools still feed U-M pretty heavily. I graduated from South 15 years ago and the joke was that half the school was on the GP College Plan - apply to Michigan, MSU, and the directional school of your choice, and go to whichever was your best acceptance letter. Still more or less the case as far as I know.
Yup, the schools in Ann Arbor, Northville, Rochester, Birmingham, etc. are all also quality schools. No reason, though, that the GP high schools should be taken out of that league.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Sounds like the journalistic||
Sounds like the journalistic (in a loose sense of the word) equivalent of SEC dipshits who make fake Twitter accounts and harangue recruits pretending to be fans of other teams.
In other words, proof that you take the monster you created way too friggin' seriously.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly. The Smith signing||
Exactly. The Smith signing went down exactly like people said it would before the ink was dry: he couldn't play the four because Monroe and Drummond and he makes a horrible three so this is stupid. And lo, it was stupid. There wasn't a pundit or GM or scout anywhere who didn't absolutely drool over Darko. There's no debate about this. Drafting Darko wasn't even one of the top-five worst moves Dumars made.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Mateen Cleaves gives White a||
Mateen Cleaves gives White a run for the money. White, at least, was less of a reach and didn't smack of "crap, I haven't had much time to research this stuff, let's go with the hometown popular pick."
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||No, but you'd be surprised||
No, but you'd be surprised how well being a Beater translates to playing tight end.
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||Do you honestly think there's||
Do you honestly think there's a functional difference between pine tar and scuffing the ball? MLB doesn't seem to think so, because rule 8.02 lists a whole litany of things the pitcher can't do to the ball, scuffing and pine tar included, and they all result in ejection. You asked if scraping up a baseball should get you banned from the World Series. I told you it already does. Just because the example I gave is from 1988, what difference does that make? How the fuck is that being both sanctimonious and wrong? You're the one being pedantic and obnoxious - and yes, making a huge fuss over the difference between scuffing a ball and pine tarring it is extremely pedantic.
|5 weeks 3 hours ago||So Chris Clark goes to||
So Chris Clark goes to Hogwarts then?
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||I never said the Pats should||
I never said the Pats should be kicked out of the Super Bowl. Here's the question for you:
Since you think deflating footballs against the rules gives an advantage to the team doing it, does that mean you think teams should refrain from doing it? And do you think a small fine will stop the Patriots from doing it?
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||Pitchers who are caught||
Pitchers who are caught scuffing the baseball are chucked from the game and suspended - even if it's the World Series. Same goes for hockey. It's not like that's a radical thing. In 1988, a Dodgers pitcher was tossed from Game 4 of the NLCS and suspended for three days for pine tar on his glove.
IMO Belichick should be suspended from the game, simple as that. And the Pats should lose draft picks, more than they lost for spying on practices, because they don't seem to get the "don't cheat" message.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||Not the same thing. As I||
Not the same thing. As I noted below, on every play there's a foul or a holding call, there's a penalty. The Patriots used a deflated ball on every play and got a penalty on none of them. If their center were found on tape to have blatantly ripped the facemask of his defender and it was never, ever called, wouldn't that be cause for outrage?
And this isn't just "rubbin' is racin'." There's a difference between something you do in the heat of the moment and something you plan to do to try and gain an advantage that you know is against the rules and you hope nobody notices. If you want the NASCAR analogy, you do realize they take away points in the standings, sometimes even wins, for cars that fail to meet the standards. This isn't at all analogous to a little rubbin', this is like to a team changing the car with parts that don't meet specifications. And NASCAR beats the shit out of you for it.
NASCAR came with fire and blood for a connecting rod that was too light. If they didn't, they'd have these problems all the time.
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||Holding happens on one play||
Holding happens on one play and you get a 10-yard penalty every time you do it. The Patriots used a deflated ball on every play of the first half, so by your logic, they should've gotten perhaps a 5-yard penalty on each and every play.
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||That's really not the point.||
That's really not the point. I'm not pissed off that they deflated some footballs. The Colts would've lost regardless. The actual infraction is on the level of a corked bat. It's the fact that Belicheck and the Patriots have been explicitly told to stop cheating and they keep trying to find ways to cheat. The practice-spying punishment was pretty severe and it didn't seem to faze them. Whether or not they would've won anyway is beside the point. They don't have a shred of ethics in them.
|5 weeks 21 hours ago||The News has quite a few more||
The News has quite a few more pictures as well:
|5 weeks 1 day ago||IANAP (I Am Not A Physicist.)||
IANAP (I Am Not A Physicist.) However, 3 PSI difference in your car tires is roughly 10%, depending on what you're supposed to inflate to. A little less, if it's like mine, which are supposed to be about 33, I think. The same percentage applied to the 13 PSI that the NFL aims for is only about 1 PSI - which is why there's a range of acceptable pressure given of about that much.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I say potato, you say||
I say potato, you say potahto. This conspiracy stuff about how the NFL is manipulating its fan base by picking and choosing villains is a fancy way of saying woe is us. I'll bet you're just full of sympathy when a Lions fan claims the league is purposely rigging outcomes so the big-market teams play in the big-market playoff games.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, it's an issue because||
Yes, it's an issue because it's the Patriots. Because the Patriots are known cheaters. And the "wah wah woe is us" stuff for supposed marquee teams doesn't fly. The Saints got hammered too, when they were caught in the bounty scandal, and nobody thinks the Saints are a marquee team. The Tigers caught tons of flak for Kenny Rogers's pine tar, and nobody thinks it was because the Tigers get sooo much attention.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Funny, then, if cold weather||
Funny, then, if cold weather causes this, how you never see this happen in Buffalo or Cleveland or Chicago.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||The inspection consists of||
The inspection consists of actually weighing the ball. If it was easy to tell the ball was underinflated just from tossing it around and squeezing it, then they wouldn't need to weigh the ball, would they?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||There's no way of knowing||
There's no way of knowing what kind of decision I'd make as a recruit without knowing the coaches. Especially their coaching styles and how they actually interact with their players on the practice field and off it. We might think we know that about Harbaugh, but we really don't. And I'd want to know how I fit in with the rest of the actual team.
It's just not a question that I think anyone here is equipped to answer, because anyone speaking truly objectively will know they don't have the right facts. It's easy to say "ya hellz ya i'd go to Michigan!! wooo Blue!!!" but then, to this day I still don't know whether I'd've picked U-M or Georgia Tech, had I not gotten into my first choice. Lot of considerations for school besides rooting for the football team.
Also, how is Harbaugh even in sniffing range of the top-ten winningest coaches ever in the NFL? Unless you mean winning percentage.
|6 weeks 8 hours ago||Hard to blame them. TEs are||
Hard to blame them. TEs are always unpopular first-round picks, and ones that habitually dropped passes especially so.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I shouldn't use "personal||
I shouldn't use "personal attacks" but you can speak damningly about the entire "disappointing" freshman class? C'mon. You just specifically said our freshmen aren't good enough to play at Michigan - I don't think that puts you in a position to lecture about personal attacks on the players. Instead of attacking the players personally we should just attack a whole class of them?
Besides, what I'm saying is backed up by numbers. According to hoop-math, every last one of our guards has a better shooting percentage on their threes than on their 2-point jumpers. All of them. That goes entirely against your premise that they should be taking those twos when threes aren't falling. And all our guards, except obviously the freshmen, are shooting more 2-point jumpers than they did last year, as a percentage of their shots.
Furthermore, in the cases of LeVert, Walton, and Spike, none of them are assisted on more than 16.7% of their midrange makes. Which means when they shoot them, they're doing it almost all on their own.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Even having signed doesn't||
Even having signed doesn't guarantee you anything, as Les Miles forced one kid to find out when he got to campus in the fall. SEC gonna SEC, regardless.
The problem is that if you're a B+ prospect and you don't sign, coaches will take that as a sign you're looking around. They will be pressured to sign early to "show their commitment." Then the Roy Roundtrees of the world will be stuck at Purdue instead of getting the opportunity to impress a new Michigan coach when it's the Michigan offer they really want.
There are other, more creative and smarter ways to put a stop to all the recruiting literature without destroying the flexibility that's extremely important this time of year. How about an NCAA clearinghouse where you can register your "verbal" commitment, and forbid everyone from sending you messages but the team you committed to? And you could pull that registration at any time, no questions asked, up til signing day? An early signing period is like using a sledgehammer on a nail in your drywall.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Theory on the basketball||
Theory on the basketball team: Levert and Walton saw all the early departures to the NBA, got a bit carried away in the hype, and started thinking like an NBAer. NBA guards create their own midrange jumper all the time. The best ones hit them pretty frequently. The midrange jumper is one thing that separates NBA guards from really good college guards. Driving for a layup is relatively easy for an athlete, especially once he masters the tuck-and-carry. Shooting threes - pretty common. The midrange jumper is hard, because you can never spot up and shoot it, you always get much less time to set it up, you're more likely to have to shoot it over someone really tall, and it's less commonly set up by screens and plays and such - it's usually you dribbling and creating the space for it.
But damn if our guards aren't trying like hell to prove they can shoot it. And I think it's because they've been trying to show the scouts they can do it.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Word is Clemons decommitted||
Correct on Clemons. I got the impression he wasn't even going to qualify with a year of prep school. (Either that or he didn't want to, but the former seems closer to the truth.) He's almost definitely juco bound. I don't think he's going to be an option.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Your mom is like a huge fan||
Your mom is like a huge fan in that sticking your dick inside is inadvisable.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I'm a little amazed about the||
I'm a little amazed about the part where Stanford guys would participate in a drill if they felt like it. I never played organized football so maybe that's more widespread than I assume, but it's never occurred to me that anything at practice would be optional.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I think the word you're||
I think the word you're looking for is "infamous."
|7 weeks 2 days ago||What I like about those is||
What I like about those is that the stripes are closer together. They've migrated apart so that on some players the stripes almost touch the tips of the wings. It's not as sharp-looking. If I were king of the world I'd scoot them back inward an inch or two.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Hawt avatars aren't really||
Hawt avatars aren't really that big a problem to me. The dumb thing is when someone goes "whoa, hawt avatar! upvoat!" like it's the first time they've seen hawtness on the tubes.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Did ShockFX get purged too?||
Did ShockFX get purged too? I feel like ShockFX got purged. Seemed like he'd post and I'd think, "yup, exactly" 90% of the time.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||It was a Camaro. I remember||
It was a Camaro. I remember this because when you clicked over to his blog it was front and center with a caption that said IT'S MY BLOG SO YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT MY CAMARO. Don't know why but I always found it amusing.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||And this post is exactly why||
And this post is exactly why they should stop wearing black and silver.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||UNC can be in the||
UNC can be in the conversation when Fedora fields a defense. He's gotten worse every year in Carolina and his resume mainly boasts one big season at Southern Miss.
I'd be far more inclined to add Auburn to the list than UNC. Florida State, too, as I like what Leonard Hamilton's done down there.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||South Carolina deserves a||
South Carolina deserves a mention. Spurrier's credentials are well-known, and Frank Martin is a loss to Butler away from fitting into Brian's criteria of having a BCS-winning football coach and Final Four hoops coach. And that was the year Butler lost to Duke by two.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Dean Blandino (VP of||
Dean Blandino (VP of officiating) is going to "discuss" the play tomorrow on NFL Network. No sense going in front of someone who might ask him tricky questions. Prediction: The words "apology/apologize", "incorrect", "wrong", and "discipline" are never used. Blandino will field softballs, talk about "judgment calls," praise the "body of work" of that officiating crew, and the furthest he'll get to admitting anything is amiss is the word "unfortunate." If that.
There is an explanation of sorts from the referee, who said the back judge threw the flag and the head linesman was in "better position" to see the play and overruled it, and he wishes communication had been smoother. It's bullshit ten ways to Sunday but it's a lot more than we'll ever hear from Blandino, I'll bet.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Fuck the refs. Fuck Dean|
|7 weeks 5 days ago||This team just isn't playing||
This team just isn't playing smart. I'm sure it's been mentioned fifteen dozen times, but jeez, long-range 2's. The offense can't be Caris or Walton dribbling around and shooting contested jumpers. And obviously, hit the damn layups.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for reminding me. I||
Thanks for reminding me. I almost thought I was in charge for a second there. Lucky for me this is an opinion forum and I'm allowed to state my opinion in direct response to a question that was asked.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||No stickers. There's nothing||
No stickers. There's nothing - NOTHING - more iconic about Michigan football than the winged helmet. No, I take it back: There's no single element of any uniform in all of college sports more iconic than the winged helmet. And pro sports is lacking any significant challengers other than possibly Yankee pinstripes. Why mess with that? There's no good reason to. None. There's other ways to motivate players.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Does this mean it's||
Does this mean it's happening?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Dantonio is an asshat, but||
Dantonio is an asshat, but this isn't why. I wouldn't want to be asked about that either if I were trying to prepare for a bowl game.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I think the Winovich tweets||
I think the Winovich tweets below drive home why he didn't. Anything Harbaugh might've said about the program being down recently would've been an implicit knock on the players he's about to take over.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Just dropped a "This Is||
Just dropped a "This Is Michigan." So the answer to the question of what stays and what goes is obviously "fergodsakes."
|8 weeks 2 days ago||"How will you sell Michigan||
"How will you sell Michigan to recruits?" I guess it's not nice to say "I'm Jim muthafukkin Harbaugh, now come play for me."
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Hackett - "In a year, *I*||
Hackett - "In a year, *I* will review the progress of the program." VERY INTERESTING?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||IT'S HAPPENING......||
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Let's get this show on the||
Let's get this show on the road. I want cake now! I want it now!
|8 weeks 2 days ago||BTN: "The future is not as||
BTN: "The future is not as important as today." No, today is about the future. That kind of statement loses perspective in a major way.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Yes. Chickens are for||
Yes. Chickens are for eating, not world peace.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I just want to wish everyone||
I just want to wish everyone a Happy Harbaugh Day and peace on earth except in East Lansing and Columbus. Or Harbaughliday.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Nothing ever looked better||
Nothing ever looked better than the Tom Brady-era road jerseys - numbers outlined in maize, block M on the shoulder, two-toned maize and blue collar. It all went downhill after that, and those disappeared about ten years ago now. But those '80s ones are also very sharp.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Selling USA jerseys in Mexico||
Selling USA jerseys in Mexico is a start.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||He ain't come here to play||
He ain't come here to play school.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Frankly, get rid of uniformz||
Frankly, get rid of uniformz completely. No more. Michigan should look like Michigan, not Cal or West Virginia. If we lose a recruit or two because they wanted to wear uniformz, their priorities aren't in a great place and I suspect we wouldn't miss them.
But if we absolutely just have to wear them, put them on for some MAC team. I especially hate them for bowls and big games. That bumblebeez game against MSU looked hideous with neither team actually wearing their real uniforms. And I think it's stupid to turn on a bowl game, where your "brand" (yes, that word) is supposed to be on display to the whole world, and a team looks like they could be anyone at all. We've seen teams go full marshmallow, we've seen weird chrome helmetz - the idea of a bowl game is to have people remember who played, and the way to do that is to look like yourself, not Nike'z idea of badazz.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||There's a certain way to do||
There's a certain way to do the legends patches that would be very cool:
- Make them way smaller
- List only the last names of the people who made that number famous. Instead of saying M - DESMOND HOWARD - MICHIGAN LEGEND - 1988-1991 it should just say HOWARD in tiny lettering.
- Hand out every number via the same process as any other. Maybe let some of the bigger recruits - or better students in high school - get first crack at 21 or something, but once you have 21, it's yours for your career.
- If you're another Desmond Howard, you get your name added to the patch.
- Or, if you're the first bad-ass to wear a particular number, they create a patch for it.
Since they're unlikely to do it specifically my way, though, then I'd rather see them just get rid of the whole thing than the way they're doing it now.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||So did I. Was very happy to||
So did I. Was very happy to see them go. They took away from the look of the helmet.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Hopefully not. The helmets||
Hopefully not. The helmets look less and less like an iconic design and more like a yellow blob, the later the season goes.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Went to this game today on||
Went to this game today on account of winning free tickets. The crowd wasn't quite as small as in the picture.... but it was almost certainly no more than about 8,000. Definitely more locals with local gear on than actual fans of the game participants. And Rutgers fans probably outnumbered UNC fans 4-to-1. Way I figure it, people in North Carolina don't see Detroit as much of a vacation spot, but it's a great getaway if you're coming from New Jersey.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Your dumb.||
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Grievance #1: Replacing||
Grievance #1: Replacing "faze" with "phase." "He's just going through a phase" - correct. "That doesn't phase me" - FUCKING NO. Get it right.
Grievance #2: "That kid's a stud." Fuck no, man. There's no definition of the word "stud" where "stud" means "someone who is good at football. What you're saying is you admire his virility and that he's being brought in for the purpose of breeding. As if the stalking of high school kids wasn't creepy enough.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I mean...not to necessarily||
I mean...not to necessarily take one side or the other in an argument here.... but the mafia, in case you've forgotten, is a violent murder outfit, not a mere "subset of a certain race." And as you have to actually be Italian to join, yeah, there's a little bit of a racist element to it as well. Why is it such a comparison fail - because the Mafia has been romanticized while the KKK has not?
|9 weeks 2 days ago||No, but because there's no||
No, but because there's no central organizing authority, it does require a chaotic system to spontaneously arrange itself into order and symmetry.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Landing at City Airport would||
Landing at City Airport would be a bit strange, though, if Harbaugh-related.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I have this totally random||
I have this totally random t-shirt from the movie Signs, which I was folding the other day. And I laughed while doing it because on the back it says....
|9 weeks 3 days ago||If the Memphis guy was that||
If the Memphis guy was that #25, he pretty much went charging in there on his own. The announcers were like "somebody better get that Memphis kid out of there, he's all by himself in there" and I thought, that's his own fault.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Good, that was ridiculous and||
Unlikely. Raiola's history is to follow up a douchey act with a defense of "they had it coming and anyway I didn't do anything wrong." The guy is a hotheaded clod and he's always been a hotheaded clod, not to mention a thoroughly ineffective run blocker. The sooner the Lions feel comfortable handing the job over to Travis Swanson, the better.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||It is a problem for hockey,||
It is a problem for hockey, in case you haven't noticed a renewed interest in getting fighting out of the game and a focus on blows to the head. Even then, the only people who are reporting brain issues are former enforcers. Most hockey players live to awfully ripe old ages.
As for MMA, it's brand-new, and yes, growing, but I wouldn't say by leaps and bounds; it's still not all that big. And MMA fighters don't alwayswin a match by literally knocking their opponent senseless the way boxers do. Frankly, MMA fighters spend a ton of their time not beating on each other.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Forward down the field!||
Forward down the field!
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I was really hoping that kind||
I was really hoping that kind of thing would be left to the Sparties.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||He would create informative||
He would create informative thread titles.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I have a brother, and||
I have a brother, and therefore uniquely qualified to talk like an expert on this topic. And the way I'd see it is: sure, I'll take your $8 million a year, which doubles my salary, and then I'll go be successful and ridiculously rich and famous at the job my brother turned down. Enjoy them apples at the Thanksgiving table.
In other words, highly competitive though brothers may be, I don't think that extends to that much pridefulness, I think it just means seeing another chance to beat him.
But then, I don't think we'd throw $8M at John Harbaugh, who hasn't coached in college since 1997. Jim is an attractive candidate in large part because of what he did at Stanford.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Because 32 teams against 128||
Because 32 teams against 128 is a fair comparison?
|10 weeks 13 hours ago||I was surprised as you, and||
I was surprised as you, and then I remembered that this is the same team that gave Jay Cutler 15.5 million, so why shouldn't they also make puzzling backup QB decisions?
|10 weeks 13 hours ago||I laughed because it's true.||
I laughed because it's true. Also, Dan Snyder.
|10 weeks 21 hours ago||The #1 rush defense in the||
The #1 rush defense in the league says go ahead and pound it with Forte.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I sort of want him to coach||
I sort of want him to coach the team in spring practice and recruit and stuff. I know it's asking a lot.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I feel like Bob Stitt is the||
I feel like Bob Stitt is the Naked Guy Banner of coaching candidates.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Are they? I'd be curious to||
Are they? I'd be curious to learn the mechanics of that. I'm sort of a mutt of Western European heritage, mainly Irish and French, some German and Polish, except that the Polish part is also French in a roundabout way. I don't know where any Jewishness would've had a chance to find its way in.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not even close to being||
I'm not even close to being Jewish..... but sour cream forever, applesauce never.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||B is impossible, as a win in||
B is impossible, as a win in Chicago clinches a playoff berth. If any 11-5 team misses the playoffs, Dallas seems the most likely.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I mean, after that, there was||
I mean, after that, there was nobody around to tell me to go to bed, so I forgot.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Corel WordPerfect.||
|10 weeks 3 days ago||The playoff machine seems to||
The playoff machine seems to be under the impression that GB owns the tiebreaker even if they were to lose to TB.... but I don't think it's right. The oracle is apparently fallible. Unless I'm missing something.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Good thing we're all so good||
Good thing we're all so good at that.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Meh. I don't think they||
Meh. I don't think they exist.