"What (Michigan coaches) told me is that they're focusing on point guards right now, but if anything opens up, they'll definitely come back on and recruit me as hard as they were," said Towns
|1 hour 56 min ago||Right, this from the same||
Right, this from the same life's loser who got turned down from U-M and the resulting feeling of inadequacy and small dicked-ness caused him to go on an unhinged rant about how U-M students were all arrogant whiny rich kids in a post entitled "douchey MGoBlog users." Did your amateur psychology work out that totally idiotic and off-based conclusion about me all by yourself, or did you need help from someone who was smart enough to get into Michigan?
|2 hours 41 min ago||I would add something to||
I would add something to this: Starting in sixth grade I was on a double-advanced track in math with a whole class of about 30 students. In eighth grade, which I think was Algebra 2, most of the class slammed into the wall. Hard. A small handful of us stayed on the double-advanced track and the rest dropped back to single-advanced. I don't think it's inconceivable that a particular class just struggles with a particular subject all of a sudden.
That said - geometry is rarely anyone's tripping point. Most math walls seem to be in the really abstract stuff. Geometry is probably the least abstract math class anyone will take in middle or high school.
|2 hours 54 min ago||I dunno about that. I||
I dunno about that. I definitely don't mean to come out and say a kid should be ashamed of himself for dropping down to the "regular" class. But a lot of smart kids won't want to consider that as an option. The original question was "what motivated you in high school?" and for me the answer (besides the various carrots and sticks laid down by my parents) was hanging out with smart people and not wanting to fall behind. If your friends are all in honors and AP or IB classes, then you'll probably want to be as well. It sounds like the frustration here comes partly from not wanting to admit defeat, as it were, by dropping down a level.
Plus, in a regular class there might be the opposite problem. Instead of the teacher focusing on the top of the class, they're likely to focus on the bottom. If the real issue is that you just do. not. get. it. - that's helpful. If the real issue is quality of instruction, it's not going to do the least bit of good.
|3 hours 9 min ago||Opinion: The fact that he's||
Opinion: The fact that he's demoralized by getting lousy grades is a good sign. Much easier fix than not caring at all. Getting used to having to exert more effort to succeed in school, that takes quite a bit of time. It did for me.
Does the school maintain a list of student math tutors? Learning geometry from an upperclassman who did well on the subject could be very helpful, even if it's just because it's coming from a different voice. Also, do a little homework on the math teachers at the school. Sometimes a particular teacher-student combo just straight-up doesn't work.
|11 hours 25 min ago||When you list a bunch of||
When you list a bunch of songs that I think are just actual good songs and not guilty ashamed-of-myself pleasures, it makes me wonder whether I'm the screwed-up one, or you are.
|11 hours 32 min ago||Sounds like someone got run||
Sounds like someone got run over by the waaaahmbulance. You've been here five weeks and have bitched about the same thing I don't even know how many times. This is how the blog has been for years. Get over it.
|11 hours 38 min ago||Livin' La Vida Loca is||
Livin' La Vida Loca is actually pretty fun.
|2 days 5 hours ago||That's not quite what it||
That's not quite what it looks like. First off it's several years old. Second, from what I've read, it's more of a weird motivational tactic where the Attention NFL Scouts sign would stay there and the coaches would post a list of players who missed a class or were late for a workout or something during the week. The list is much newer looking and hastily typed up. I don't think it actually means "La'El Collins is such a selfish waste of oxygen that Les Miles actually thinks you shouldn't draft him."
|2 days 10 hours ago||Why on earth was the Ramirez||
Why on earth was the Ramirez trade stupid? That was a GREAT move. Get an extra fifth rounder, move back just five spots, and get the best OG in the draft as well as a guy who has tons of starting experience and can play anywhere inside the tackles. Why on earth was that a dumb move???
|2 days 10 hours ago||Yeah, I don't get the hate.||
Yeah, I don't get the hate. Considering Rob Sims is an overpaid putz, moving back in the first round and getting the best OG in the draft is a great move. And Manny Ramirez is a great insurance policy for anywhere on the interior O-line. People demanded a DT but OG was just as big a need.
And anyone who complains wasting a second-round pick on Titus Young and his character issues has no right to bitch about the first two picks here. By all accounts Tomlinson and Abdullah are as high on the character scale as it gets. I don't think RB is a position of much need but it's not like we're stacked, either. This is a solid draft. It's not flashy, but I like it so far.
|2 days 16 hours ago||1. Malcom Brown 2. Laken||
That's a great plan except that all the guys you listed were gone by the time the Lions picked, except for Malcom Brown. Tomlinson would never have fallen to the Lions' 2nd round pick.
|3 days 2 hours ago||OK, Lions. 11 picks left||
OK, Lions. 11 picks left before yours. If La'El Collins is still there at your pick, he better not be there after.
P.S. Would also be happy with Grady Jarrett.
|3 days 4 hours ago||I'd be annoyed about a||
I'd be annoyed about a running back, but pretty much all the guys I wanted out of that pick went off the board already.
|3 days 5 hours ago||Eh, I like Corey Fuller as a||
Eh, I like Corey Fuller as a 3rd WR, and with the three pass-catching TEs they have, that still counts as the weapons they need. Bell and Riddick make two RBs...unless you were going to take Gurley or Gordon, I can't say I'd be big on taking a guy who wouldn't bring much extra to the table.
CB, DT, DE are more pressing needs, and I wouldn't argue against another OL - an insurance-policy OT would be a very solid investment unless you really, really like Cornelius Lucas.
|3 days 6 hours ago||Nice to meet you, Mr. Millen.||
Nice to meet you, Mr. Millen.
|3 days 6 hours ago||If the Lions take any kind of||
If the Lions take any kind of player who handles the ball before the fifth round I will be most upset.
|3 days 9 hours ago||FIFA sucks because there is||
FIFA sucks because there is no oversight. As long as there's no oversight and billions of dollars moving around, it is going to suck. The major pro leagues in the US don't suck because there are laws governing their conduct and because at their core they're essentially a club of 30 or so rich guys whose gravy train relies on mostly upstanding conduct. And even then they look for ways to boost the output of that gravy train even if it makes their product worse.
Of course FIFA can improve. And I can get elected president of the US, technically speaking, once I reach the required age. Now, ask yourself, who is going to make FIFA improve? Who holds their gravy train by the balls to make it happen? Of course the NCAA is better than FIFA - it too is governed by the laws of the US. FIFA is governed by no laws but its own.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Nobody watches golf for the||
Nobody watches golf for the best athletes in the world. They walk around the course and swing a stick. It's like saying I watch Jeopardy for the smartest people in the world when really it's just people who have a particular brain skill. So I'm not sure how the "few thousand people" thing applies (and I'm sure there are more than a couple thousand people growing up playing golf.)
|3 days 10 hours ago||The problem with "imagine how||
The problem with "imagine how it would be without FIFA" is that something has to organize the thing, and given the nature of the event and the money involved, whatever organizes it is just going to be that way, or at best, drift in that direction.
Better would be, "Imagine how it would be if human nature were such that ambitious powerful people weren't also corrupt pieces of shit," which would make a lot of other things better besides just the World Cup.
It's like when people say "I wish the NCAA would just go away." College sports is going to be organized by something, and that something is going to be put together by the same people who run the NCAA.
|3 days 11 hours ago||Gotta be the FIFA World Cup.||
Gotta be the FIFA World Cup. It's not really a six-week tournament every four years. It's really a three-year-long tournament where the whole world gets to play (unless they fall before the arbitrary mercies of FIFA's disciplinary committees.)
Honorable mention goes to March Madness, the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Winter Olympics, the swimming at the Summer Olympics, and the IIHF championships, which have a delightful promotion-relegation system.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Yeah, the protest in question||
Yeah, the protest in question took place in St. Louis or thereabouts, so the Cardinals gear is almost unquestionably the original.
|4 days 14 hours ago||That was one of the single||
That was one of the single best things ESPN ever did. Actually being responsive to fans. It was stunning that they actually did that, but I think they would've been in real danger of losing ratings. I cannot say enough how much I hated the practice of spoiling the pick before it was announced. I don't care what other networks do on Twitter because not looking at Twitter is the easiest thing in the world.
|5 days 3 hours ago||When some asshole parks their||
When some asshole parks their shit in the passing lane and goes the exact same speed as the guy next to them, thus piling up traffic behind them. Fuck people who do this.
And chewing noises. I cannot stand loud chewing.
|5 days 11 hours ago||If you like having no water||
If you like having no water and living on ground that shakes, sure.
|5 days 14 hours ago||Yes, but the fact that||
Yes, but the fact that Stannis Baratheon is one of the people gathered around the table is fantastic.
|5 days 16 hours ago||True. In fact there's no way||
True. In fact there's no way to get rid of it at all.
|5 days 18 hours ago||At least three of those||
At least three of those commercials belong on the shit list.
- The hitch up horses one: if Viagra Guy is at an age where he knows how to get shit done, surely he's old enough to have the common sense to drive around the damn mud hole.
- The one where Viagra Guy is driving through the desert and his car overheats, and pouring a bottle of water in the radiator is all it takes to fix it? Bullshit. Most of that water will evaporate before he even turns the ignition key again. A commercial about a smart car guy written by someone who knows fuck-all about cars.
- When Viagra Guy is on a sailboat, the frickin sail is on the wrong frickin side of the boat, and backwinded. Clearly the guy's solution is not to retie his knot, but to find a powerboat to tow him through the water and hope nobody notices. A commercial about a smart sailboat guy written by someone who knows even less than fuck-all about sailboats.
|5 days 18 hours ago||The woman at the beach house||
Pretty sure that woman is Cersei Lannister. Which gives the commercial a certain je ne sais quoi for GoT fans.
|6 days 2 hours ago||How do you hate those||
How do you hate those commercials so much and not even mention Petunia Dursley and her nebbish wanker of a husband, getting caught spying on the neighbors and using binoculars to look at something ten yards away? I do love the little wave the Garcias give, though. "Hey, yeah, we see you staring at us. I'll just give you this neighborly wave to let you know we can totally see you."
Plus that valet appears to be the only one at that party. Didn't he park the damn thing???
|6 days 2 hours ago||Of course you can use a noun||
Of course you can use a noun to describe another noun. SInce when is that a rule? You never said anything like "car door?" "Bedroom window"? "Your phone"? "Cat hair"? And wouldn't you sound silly saying things like "open the bedroom" or "vacuum the cat" when you really mean the window or the hair?
|6 days 2 hours ago||I really, really hate the||
I really, really hate the Infiniti commercial that's supposed to show how the automatic brake thingy can save your children. One vignette shows a guy backing out of a space in a completely empty parking lot and yet he can't see the one car coming down the aisle. His Infiniti saves the day! (Best part: There's no car in front of him! He could just go forward!)
The other has a lady who can't see a big fucking yellow school bus rolling down the road and almost backs into it while her daughters look at her like "mom, you almost got us messily killed!" Then Idiot Mom smiles contentedly in silent thanks to the godsend engineers at Infiniti who gave her the peace of mind she needs to continue driving like an ignorant twitmuffin.
So many commercials basically boil down to "Our customers are idiots! If you're an idiot, you can be one of our customers too!" but this one really takes the cake for putting people behind the wheel who are barely competent to function in society.
|6 days 6 hours ago||Yeah, but when there's a||
Yeah, but when there's a public outcry against the tax-exempt status, and the NFL says, "Ok, we'll drop it," the public doesn't then get to say "oh that's just a crass PR move."
|6 days 7 hours ago||I don't get what your||
I do. His argument is that, because Love touched Olynyk while attempting to free himself from the five-second-long foul Olynyk was committing, everything that happened after is Love's fault.
|6 days 8 hours ago||New question - what type(s)||
The Nissan Cube. I mean you have got to be the world's biggest dumbo-tron to actually want to be seen in a thing like that. It's not a car, it's manifest stupidity on wheels. Driving one says, "Look at meeeeeeeeeeee I'm so artsy and quirky I just have to be looked at!"
|6 days 9 hours ago||Like hell it is. It's||
Like hell it is.
It's originally "soda pop" which makes "pop" the correct short form. Do you call a hot dog a "hot"?
|6 days 10 hours ago||Since you didn't limit it to||
Since you didn't limit it to racing with wheels, the answer would be sailboat racing, being as I can actually participate in it, and spend most of the summer doing just that.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Wings game 7, no doubt about||
Wings game 7, no doubt about it. Baseball is tops for me but the hockey game is bigger. Never had much interest in actually going to either the NFL draft or Kentucky Derby. The draft is much better as background TV than a thing you actually go to.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Dr Pepper all damn day every||
Dr Pepper all damn day every day. Or I would if that wouldn't make me disgustingly fat.
Vernors makes all other ginger ale taste like a watery mess. Root beer is great, A&W being the best. Faygo Red Pop and Rock'n'Rye are amazeballs. Cherry Pepsi is delicious too.
But Dr Pepper is the king of kings.
|6 days 18 hours ago||Carolina Panthers. And||
Carolina Panthers. And Hurricanes.
|1 week 2 hours ago||The new owner changed it to||
It also just so happens the city of Glendale stuck a clause in the arena lease requiring the team to be called the Arizona Coyotes as a condition of basically having financially propped the team up and finding ownership that would keep the team in the area. The rest of the explanation is just the ownership trying to pander to the local fanbase.
|1 week 9 hours ago||I'm bowled over by the||
I'm bowled over by the turnabout in this series between the Wings of years past and the Wings of now. They're winning with the exact style that used to frustrate them to no end. I still have bad memories dating back over 10 years of series where teams ground the Wings' superior offense into submission with clogged-up lanes and obnoxiously good goaltending. I like seeing the shoe on the other foot.
P.S. I'll take Cooper more seriously if he has a little chat with his guy Paquette.
|1 week 2 days ago||If we did it the "correct"||
If we did it the "correct" way, this would be the second season, not the fourth. Marquette was 6-10 in their second season.
There's nothing to blame. You're just being impatient. This was one of the few things DB did right. This isn't DB being DB, because there wasn't a dime to be made doing this. He didn't just throw them into the fire with no input from the program itself. John Paul worked his ass off to build this program and deserved the chance to coach it rather than being tossed aside the moment his work paid off. And I bet the club guys from the first couple seasons wouldn't trade it for anything.
Instead of being impatient and starting to throw things because the team isn't good in its fourth season, a better approach would be to consider this the "real" second season. I'm glad they went about doing it this way. I'd rather they do the right thing by the people who did the work to put this program together. In short, I'm glad they were actually playing instead of waiting two years after the announcement to put the team on the field.
|1 week 3 days ago||So either DC or one of the||
So either DC or one of the weird states that enjoys fancy words like "commonwealth."
|1 week 3 days ago||And yet there's one common||
And yet there's one common thread to all the incidents the Royals have been involved in.
|1 week 3 days ago||That would be odd, if that's||
That would be odd, if that's what he said, but clearly that was "Chuck who?"
|1 week 4 days ago||This guy Paquette is both the||
This guy Paquette is both the dirtiest and the dumbest SOB in the league.
|1 week 4 days ago||That's a real bummer for him,||
That's a real bummer for him, especially at his age. But not really for the Tigers.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'll take Notre Dame back,||
I'll take Notre Dame back, thanks. They may have chickened out of the rivalry but Dave Brandon all but dared them to. Rivalries aren't something you create. IMO the rivalry should have a 2-years-on, 1-year-off cadence.
|1 week 6 days ago||And you want a Ferrari? I||
And you want a Ferrari? I mean....
"Let's use pictures of neglected rusty old 30-year-old cars to prove that modern ones suck" is a silly strategy.
|1 week 6 days ago||All the downvotes to you.||
All the downvotes to you. Wagons don't even need to be performance to be awesome. They just need the backward-facing seats.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||He was just checking to see||
He was just checking to see if she'd be an effective recruiting aid.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||My personal favorite (as||
My personal favorite (as might be guessed from the above) was:
The worst replay trend these days is the super-slo-mo high fives. That just screams "way too much dead air." Broadcasts could cut way down on media timeouts and between-innings time without losing a cent of revenue if they just cut immediately to commercial without all the lame attempts at winning an Emmy and trying to turn a two-second celebration into an EPIC DISPLAY OF EMOTION.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||Joe Buck's idea is the||
Joe Buck's idea is the stupidest piece of shit idea known to mankind. If baseball broadcasts started having interviews with the hitter in the hole, I'd watch so much less baseball it's not even funny. I want to watch a fucking baseball game, not a bunch of dipshit interviews or some guy warming up in a batting cage. Coaches' interviews at halftime are already a waste of everyone's time. Batters' interviews would be 10,000 variations on "well I'm just gonna look for my pitch and see what happens."
I'm sick of the media trying to interject themselves into every single goddamn moment that ever takes place. I don't want "access," I want to watch a fucking ballgame and I want the announcers to shut the goddamn hell up for five fucking seconds every now and again. Ernie Harwell knew to shut his piehole every so often and that's part of what made him so unbelievably great and he was on the damn radio. And on the instances I do want to hear what's going on, I want the unscripted version, not some bubbly blonde jagoff asking shitty questions like "tell me how this makes you feel." It's assholes like Joe Buck who think I'm here to watch them that make TV broadcasts insufferable.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It did indeed. GM had some||
It did indeed. GM had some really forgettable clunkers during that time. Namely everything with "Geo" on it. And I once had a driving school Chevy Corsica plop its full load of antifreeze onto the parking lot surface after nothing more strenuous than driving range practice.
But when they had a good design, they rode it long and hard and the result was some terrific cars. The design for the 3800 engine went back to the '60s and that Olds wagon was virtually unchanged from 1982, both inside and out. Could you imagine if today they still sold, for example, the 2002 Chevy Malibu? If they'd never put a diesel in the early versions they might've sold millions of those Cutlasses.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Because all possible||
Because all possible scenarios, where the NBA keeps its 19-year age limit and the NCAA institutes freshman ineligibility, are bad for the NBA.
Players might bolt for the league after never playing a game in college. Tough to scout them that way.
Or they might skip college and go to Europe, where Brandon Jennings was paid $1 million to, as Jennings himself put it, play D and take open shots. And sometimes not get off the bench at all. Tough to scout them that way, too, and more expensive to boot.
Or they might stay in college two years, which is the best case for the NBA but makes them wait another year to draft a player they would've had a year ago.....but if they have to wait two years, surely they'd prefer the players be playing during both of them.
The NBA put a lot of political capital into that rule during CBA negotiations, because having high school players enter the draft and then bomb and/or take years to develop was hurting the league. It's tough for them to babysit a guy fresh out of high school. Just that one transition year in college is big for one's maturity. It might seem like they have other fish to fry, but that rule is important to them. The NCAA would prefer to either lose the rule or make it two years so they don't look like a stopover.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||For some reason he went back||
For some reason he went back to the dugout to find out if it was worth reviewing. Dumb decision. Waiting for your coaches to bust out the DVR is a 3rd-inning move, not a 9th-inning move.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Those cars were great for new||
Those cars were great for new drivers to have, but they were not great for new drivers to learn on and then drive something else. The street cars in my driving school were all Cutlass Cieras, something like '92 or '93. They had gas pedals that you really had to mash down to make the car move. So of course, the first time driving something different, mash down the gas pedal was exactly what I did. Mom's minivan never moved so damn quick.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||This is not actually my old||
This is not actually my old car, but it's the spitting image right down to the color and the wheels. Bigger inside than it looks on the outside. Hauled all my worldly possessions to and from college with room to spare. Roof rack, useful for getting my "new" couch from the Salvation Army to my house. And those old GM V6's were incredibly underrated. With cruise control on the whole time and a decent downhill stretch, I could coax 30 mpg out of this thing. More normal conditions, 25 or 26. Six years of ownership between 60 and 110K miles and the only thing that ever went wrong was a seized-up serpentine belt tensioner, a $30 fix. I'm convinced the car would disintegrate before the engine stopped running.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not convinced this isn't||
I'm not convinced this isn't a ploy - an awkward one, but a ploy nonetheless - to try and get the NBA to move the 19-year-old age limit one way or the other.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||We definitely haven't gone||
We definitely haven't gone through two head coaches and lost a whole bunch of bowl games and missed some others and driven out one head coach with infighting and fake newspaper stories and had another head coach put a concussed player on the field and had to give away free tickets to keep the 100,000 streak going because the AD was a soulless corporate buffoon remaking the program in his own image until he was torch-and-pitchforked out of town. Nope, nothing like that.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I wish I could ever find the||
I wish I could ever find the one from 2002 where Pav passed the puck to himself off a defender's skate, then through the guy's legs to a teammate crashing the net who finished off the play with a goal. I watched that happen and immediately got up and offered a 2nd-round pick for Datsyuk in the keeper fantasy hockey league I'm in. Pavel's still on my team.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||That is not the Dave||
That is not the Dave Brandon-approved M. This place is just going to shit without his leadership.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Truthfully, the idea isn't||
Truthfully, the idea isn't even good. If the technology for solar roadways becomes cheaper, it's safe to assume regular solar cells are also becoming cheaper. A solar roadway cell will always be more expensive than an ordinary one because of the engineering required to make it durable enough to handle traffic, whether it's semi trucks or just bicycles. So you have both a more expensive road (which requires total replacement instead of just patching any time it needs repair) and a more expensive solar cell.
Solar roads are basically the wrong answer to a question nobody asked. Opportunity costs make them a really horrible, wasteful idea.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Why install a solar-roadway||
Why install a solar-roadway parking lot, though? Why not just cover a parking lot with carports that have solar cells on top? It would be cheaper to install, cheaper to maintain, it wouldn't reduce the generaion capacity if cars actually use the lot, and it wouldn't be susceptible to the freeze-thaw cycle. It makes literally no sense to install solar panels in the parking lot roadway itself.
A solar road is one of the most utterly pointless ideas ever hatched. The idea has been thoroughly fisked in a couple articles that are floating around out there.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Other actual lawyers have||
Other actual lawyers have covered this premeditation thing, but I thought I'd also add that when you drive someone to an isolated location where nobody else is around, and you kill them there, premeditation is very easy to establish.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Anyone who says football||
Anyone who says football would be safer without helmets is forgetting how many people died playing football before them. Literally about a dozen players a year, just in college, to say nothing of high school players. Football at the turn of the 20th century was literally killing people left and right. Sometimes multiple players died on the same day. All sorts of nasty brain injuries which sometimes saw players extracting themselves from a pile-up only to find a dead guy on the bottom.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||They do indeed, but Maryland||
They do indeed, but Maryland asshattery isn't limited to rivals. My brother's a Purdue grad, so some years ago we went to a Purdue-Maryland bowl game, and even in Purdue gear we got the full Maryland-fan experience. Best part was probably the 50-something alums sitting near us who spoke in purposely loud passive-aggressive tones to each other - and kept looking our way to see if we noticed - about what a worthless place Purdue must be.
I'm curious to see what the Michigan-fan experience will be this fall. Not good, I predict. Maryland had the same burn-all-the-couches reputation in the ACC that Sparty has in the B1G. My cousin is a Duke alum and once I saw some of the cheer guidelines they pass out at Cameron. Inside info on opposing players to taunt them with, that kind of thing. At the bottom there's a reminder - "NO PROFANITY - WE ARE NOT MARYLAND."
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I mean, on the other hand,||
I mean, on the other hand, the Lions didn't hire a GM who had "destroyed an entire league" on his resume.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||They filled his house with||
They filled his house with popcorn because they couldn't fill his car with popcorn, which is normally what they do.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||You can't see it from that||
You can't see it from that angle, but the near side has a bit of an overhang.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The Lions aren't really that||
The Lions aren't really that bad of an organization. Really all they do is lose. Other clubs treat their fans much worse and make much dumber moves. Off-field stuff has to count too. Gotta put the Browns below them. The Marlins, no doubt. The Knicks for sure. The Maple Leafs. The 49ers are certainly on their way. Lions might be in the bottom third, but there are some really badly-run teams out there that let the Lions off the hook.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I'm going to do my best to||
I'm going to do my best to avoid this show this season. Because from what I hear it spills over into the sixth book, which I don't want spoiled for me. If I'm wrong, someone go ahead and correct me ASAP.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||The police make arrests and||
The police make arrests and their investigation goes as far as finding out who to arrest. When people saw "law enforcement should handle it" they also mean the courts, which universities aren't properly equipped to be.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Take it from someone who has||
Take it from someone who has the same first name: that's a losing battle you're fighting.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Also this is just a little||
Also this is just a little bit sweeter because Boston is most likely hosed. They have to beat Tampa and then hope that either Ottawa earns no points against already-eliminated Philly, or that Pittsburgh gets one or zero points in two games.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Stafford's actual biggest||
Stafford's actual biggest problem is that Lions fans see Aaron Rodgers twice a year and think Stafford should as good or better. He's the second-best QB in the division, which isn't bad in a division with Rodgers. There might be five, maybe six, QBs in the league you could reasonably want over Stafford.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||We always knew Chicago fans||
We always knew Chicago fans were nothing but a bunch of testicles.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||You're making the mistake of||
You're making the mistake of viewing the game through the lens of hindsight. But decisions that affect the outcome of the game can only be made during the game. Hence, that's the only proper way to view things like instant replay. It's not a matter of confidence, it's a matter of probabilities. A three-pointer has a completely different effect on the game and the probability of winning, depending on when it's scored.
Besides, your argument is contradicting itself. Does it have an effect on the game if a star player gets into foul trouble early? Of course it does. And why is this? Because not all minutes of the game are created equal. If they were, there would be no such thing as foul trouble. Coaches would only substitute based on matchups and rest and just let their players foul out when they fouled out. But they don't do this because it's more important to have them playing with a minute left than with 15 minutes left.
Here's further evidence that a point is not just a point and they really don't all count the same. Picture the situation of a player at the free throw line with two seconds left and his team down two. If the effect of making a free throw were "just one point" then you'd expect that if you studied every situation where this ever happened, there'd be a random distribution between making none, making only the first, making only the second, and making both. It would be nothing more than a weighted coin flip. But that's not the case. You'd find that it's very rare a player misses the first and makes the second, because he needed to make the first in order for the second to matter. Missing the first causes him to purposely miss the second, in order to try for a rebound rather than give the ball up. One point is worth the same as zero points. This situation would be skewed toward three of the four possible outcomes. That alone is proof that the effect of a miss on the first shot is not just one point.
To say that the effect of a three-pointer is just three points regardless of when it happens is to assume basketball is equivalent to a weighted random number generator much like a lotto drawing. But since it's infinitely more preferable to win than to lose, that's the wrong way to look at it. It only makes sense to view it that way if a basketball season were ultimately determined by your point margin at the end of it, and not wins and losses. And even then, an "ending" implies changing your strategy at some point and accepting more risk. So it's probably more accurate to say it makes sense only if the outcome of a basketball season were determined by point margin over a randomly-chosen stretch of the season.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||That's exactly what the News||
That's exactly what the News does. I have a subscription and they have a digital version of the print version of the paper, sort of like an Adobe Reader version but more sophisticated.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Of course it holds up.||
Of course it holds up. Answer any of the questions I posed in the post and you'll see why. It's not possible for a bad call's effects to be exacerbated over 15 minutes of play unless you think there's some kind of psychological effect to it that causes the screwed-over team to give up.
More plays means more chances to do something that covers up the effect of the call. Fewer plays means fewer chances to do something. That's such common sense it's practically a tautology. Any play that happens afterward helps to erase the call's effects.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'd be terribly disappointed||
I'd be terribly disappointed to see that. The News is by far the superior publication, for many reasons.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||As we all know, two points||
Wrong. Only in hindsight is that true. In the moment, when actual decisions have to be made, the earlier the event, the more time there is for that event to become lost in the shuffle.
What would you rather do? Hit a three-pointer to go up four with 14 minutes left, or hit a three-pointer to go up four with 1 second left?
If you could pick a time where the referees would screw up in your favor and give you possession and a one-point lead, when would you rather have it? At 14 minutes, or at five seconds?
You've just scored a basket and you're now down by two points. There are 14 minutes left. What do you do?
You've just scored a basket and you're now down by two points. There are 14 seconds left. What do you do?
The closer you get to the end of the game, the fewer chances you have to change the outcome. Every decision means more. Getting it right at 1:32 is far more crucial because there are far fewer possessions left. The two-minute mark for automatic replays is trying to strike a balance between not disrupting the flow of the game and trying to get it right at the most important moments. And it's a fallacy to say that if an undeserved basket is scored at 30 seconds, it's the same as if an undeserved basket is scored at 13 minutes, because taking away the undeserved basket at 13 minutes doesn't just mean the game would have proceeded exactly the same as it did only with two fewer points. Lots of different decisions might have been made and there is plenty of time to wipe out the effects of the mistake. There is no time to wipe out the effects of a mistake at the end of a game.
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||Needs moar JMFJ.||
Needs moar JMFJ.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||I think it's a lock that we||
I think it's a lock that we have to win one more to make the conference tourney. Impossible to get there without it. The rest of the schedule is Ohio, Hop, and PSU - losing all of them would guarantee we finish behind Ohio and Hop in the standings and no better than tied with PSU, which of course would then own the tiebreaker.
In order of winnability from easiest to hardest, I'd say PSU, Ohio, Hop.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Gettin' totally destroyed at||
Gettin' totally destroyed at the faceoff X but still winning by two. That FOGO is probably worth two of Rutgers's four wins all by himself.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Fake Big Ten teams don't||
Fake Big Ten teams don't count.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||My parents didn't want to||
My parents didn't want to spring for cable when I was growing up, which meant a totally different set of cartoons than Nickelodeon's offerings:
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, there are several||
Yeah, there are several problems with the comparative advantage thing. One is that the US is too big to be considered a homogenous economy. It has a lot of different regional economies within it. For another, if the US just stopped producing cars, the short-term shock to the economy would be so great that it would cripple our efforts to switch production to something we're supposedly better at.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||To be honest, you're both||
To be honest, you're both completely right. Not that you're both arguing the same point, but both points are smack on.
The problem we have, and I don't know whether this is recent or not, is that holding offensive opinions - or saying the wrong things - now makes you a worse person than actual criminals. What did Donald Sterling do? Say things - that's it. Obnoxious, offensive things, but he got banned for life, while two players who threatened to kill each other with guns got a handful of games. The NFL suspended Mike Priefer three games for saying offensive things ("homophobic remarks") and tried to get away with suspending Ray Rice two games for beating the shit out of a woman. Or, if you prefer, suspended Andy Moeller two games for DUI and Priefer three for saying things.
So it's really not that society dislikes certain opinions - it's that society has now decided that opinions are a worse crime than real crimes.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I never understood the hate||
I never understood the hate for Azteks. They're not exactly lookers but how the hell did Honda get away with the Element while Pontiac took all the jokes?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||The worst part about that||
The worst part about that idea is that it's so much more fitting for Lane Kiffin and his middle-school jaunts.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I had to look up manscape. I||
I had to look up manscape. I now regret this action.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||In the spirit of the thread,||
In the spirit of the thread, I give zero fucks about what happens with the coffee pots at work, because I never drink the stuff.
Also, totally different subject, airports: Most people seem to think airports are a necessary evil of traveling. And I get that - standing in line is usually a pain in the ass, the food's expensive, the parking's expensive, airlines aren't well-known for amazing customer service, and everyone's had the experience of spending way more time at the airport than they meant to. And none of that shit bothers me. I like airports. Quite a lot, actually. I'm just fine with the standing in line if I have enough time before my flight and if it's even just sorta moving. I like the various modes of transportation, I like walking past all the gates and seeing where everyone's going, I like the (usually) incredibly extensive selection of food even if it's a little costly. Actually, come to think of it, I pretty much like just about every aspect of traveling, air, road, sea, or rail, even all the mundane crappy stuff that most people hate or don't care about.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||acronym [ak-ruh-n||
|4 weeks 4 days ago||They need to couch their||
They need to couch their argument much more narrowly, and then I'd agree. Can they actually operate the departments at their member schools? No. Can they use carrots and sticks to ensure academic integrity? Yes, they can, and they do.
Here's the argument I'd buy from them: "The NCAA uses all available tools to ensure the integrity of the academic experience its athletes receive. When we find that an institution is not living up to our standards, we take appropriate action, and are doing so in this case. However, the NCAA is not in the business of operating the academic departments at each individual member institution, which is by agreement of the same member institutions. The athletes' agreements are with the schools themselves and therefore the ultimate responsibility lies with the schools themselves."
But that would be laying UNC out to dry, which they're scared to do, so they scurry under the blanket statement of "no legal responsibility to ensure the academic integrity" of the schools. Which is crap, because the schools give the NCAA plenty of authority to do so.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||McGary actually deserves most||
McGary actually deserves most of the credit IMO. VCU has proven capable of handling talented guards. The system they run assumes that the bigs are useless in press break except to stand there, be tall, and hold the ball over someone's head. McGary's ability to run the floor opened everything else up.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Bullshit. They have all||
Bullshit. They have all sorts of requirements for eligibility for the athletes. They sit there and make sure high school athletes have their transcripts in order with qualifying classes, or the athlete doesn't play. Why do they have these requirements then?
I'm normally very, very slow to criticize the NCAA. But this is a steaming pile of bullshit. Out of one side of their mouth they talk academics first, "most of our players go pro in something other than sports," and build a whole case against player compensation on academics. Now they're afraid of getting sued because one of their schools went rogue, they're too scared to punish that school, and they don't want to fork out for their negligence.
Fucking A right they're responsible for the academic integrity of their schools. I think the schools kicked out of the basketball tournament for APR sanctions like oh say UConn would agree.
Horseshit. They just don't want to punish a golden boy school for running a diploma mill.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||It's interesting that most of||
It's interesting that most of Canada goes for the Blue Jays. Even as far away as Vancouver. I like that only three non-Canadian teams have any pull anywhere in Canada and one is the Tigers.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||You want this if you can get||
You want this if you can get ahold of it:
I have one and it's awesome and you can't have mine. Among the terrific things on there are five of the best Wings games from the really big dynasty era, in their entirety. The turtle game is one. The Yzerman double OT winner against the Blues is one. I believe the sweep-clincher against Philly is one. Plus I think the Carolina series Game 3 (3OT) and the game after the Statue of Liberty game where the Wings scored seven.
Plus of course all sorts of other highlights. I'm sure Ozzie's fight with Roy is on there, I think Crawford's meltdown, whatever. If you can get your hands on one of these, do it.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Let's face it: a lit-up EXIT||
Let's face it: a lit-up EXIT sign over top of "Those Who Stay..." is an awfully interesting bit of irony in and of itself.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||"I couldn't get in at State."||
"I couldn't get in at State."
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||Whoa whoa whoa. It's just an||
Whoa whoa whoa. It's just an 11-year-old's birthday party. No need to get crazy.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I can think of one pitch that||
I can think of one pitch that beats Arizona stone cold: W-A-T-E-R. You have none of it.
Arizona is not that goddamn great. Not everyone thinks it's the shit to be surrounded by sand and 105 degree heat. "Location to an ocean"? What, five hours away? I can be at a saltwater ocean in eight, that's not that big a difference.
You might need to recognize the bias you have instead of assuming that the only unbiased opinion is for everyone to move where you are. If you told me I had to move and could never go back to my home state again - to remove all the bias from the equation, see - you couldn't drag me kicking and screaming to Arizona.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Looking age-appropriate is||
Looking age-appropriate is for work. I have to look age-appropriate 50 hours a week plus whatever other obligations I might have. Football games are quite possibly the most informal event you can attend. Why should I wear the same business-casual stuff I wear to the office?
Besides, a polo shirt at a Lions or Wings or Pistons game would probably make you look like the world's biggest stick was jammed up your ass, because nobody else is wearing them.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Lemme get this straight. We||
Lemme get this straight. We pay rather large amounts of money to go watch representatives of one rich man's company play a game against representatives of another rich man's company and hope the ones in the right colors score more points. We've never met these people, but that doesn't matter. Many people also pay money not to learn about the decisions of a 16-year-old boy, but the feelings of a 16-year-old boy before he makes the decision.
All this is rational, but we draw the line at wearing the wrong kind of shirt? How irrationally picky is that?
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I didn't say that access to||
I didn't say that access to facilities was compensation, I said it was a cost to the school. Please read for comprehension.
Besides, as a matter of fact, access to nice facilities is certainly considered compensation of sorts when Google does it. Not taxable compensation, but it's certainly an attraction to working at the company vs. working somewhere else. It's a cost the company takes on because they think it helps them attract more talent, which is not at all unlike a university building those gold-plated locker rooms for athletes.
And limiting your argument to marginal cost of education vs. tuition is absolutely ignorant. Name a single company that ever charges nothing but the marginal cost of production for its product. Show me such a company and I'll show you a dead company. You've heard of fixed costs and capital investment, have you not? Companies - and universities - have to cover them. What you call gold-plating, I call fixed costs and capital investments, and we can argue til we're blue in the face about whether they're necessary, but they exist. Of course the marginal cost of educating one more student is less than tuition - but the actual cost of educating a student is certainly much more, else universities wouldn't rely on donations and public subsidies. As an illustration, if a prof teaches 200 students a year and makes $200,000, then the fixed cost per student is $1,000, a cost which you fail to include in your argument.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||"Less bloat" is not the||
"Less bloat" is not the reason those institutions can field Olympic sports teams. Massive subsidization tends to be the reason, or else the athlete pays their own way.
"Most revenue sport athletes" still covers a very small sliver of collegiate athletes. Revenue sports are football and men's basketball - the rest at best break even, and only when talking about big-time deals like lacrosse at Syracuse or hockey at Michigan. And even then, most revenue sport athletes really wouldn't do any better. Backups are pretty damn interchangeable.
Also, the actual cost to the institution of enrolling an athlete - any athlete - is MORE than the sticker price of tuition. Universities are nonprofits; tuition is basically the university's cost of operation, minus donations and state subsidies, amortized across the student body. Athletes require special facilities and services, all paid for by the athletic department. Even an athlete who pays their own way 100% gets more out of it than the average student, because of the extra access to facilities and services.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||True, there are Olympic-sport||
True, there are Olympic-sport athletes who could make some money getting endorsements. Thing of it is, most of them do, because they leave. That might be 1 in every 1,000 Olympic sport participants if we're being really generous. It's probably more like 1 in 10,000.
The system as it is now "screws" about 2% of its athletes, who could do better on the free market, in exchange for giving the other 98% an opportunity they wouldn't have. The more free-market college sports become, the more money will flow from the 98% to the 2%. Since this is a zero-sum game, that's a problem. I'm OK with the "victimization" of those poor exploited 2%, who have to delay (not sacrifice) their payoff, a situation, I might add, which they chose freely.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed. Unlimited ability to||
Agreed. Unlimited ability to transfer and play immediately would (as Space Coyote said above) mainly result in every star player at smaller schools transferring to bigger schools. Then those bigger schools would push someone out to make room. Can't see how this is a good thing. That kind of unlimited freedom is something not even the pros enjoy.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Should that apply to only||
Should that apply to only football players, or to, like, wrestlers and swimmers too?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||If this year's NIT doesn't||
But, a great deal of the push for a 30-second shot clock is coming from people like Seth Davis who want it for the most utterly un-thought-out reasons. We're talking about folks who think two extra possessions per game makes all the difference in the world, because they haven't really considered that it's only two possessions per game. Do we really expect them to care about or even notice efficiency?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||No other game does that,||
No other game does that, because no other game has such a small risk/reward ratio for committing penalties.
If you want to see games broken up into totally unwatchable little 45-second segments with 80-100 stoppages along the way, I can't think of a better way than to get rid of fouling out. Why should I even remotely think of letting a guy have a layup if I can hack him without penalty and take my chances at the free-throw line? Why should I do anything other than hack-a-Shaq if I can do it with impunity?
KenPom did a study on a short period of time when two conferences experimented with six fouls as the limit instead of five. Even though the number of fouls per game nationwide dropped year over year, fouls in the two conferences went up. About two extra fouls per game. When they dropped the experiment, they immediately dropped to nationwide averages. Raising the foul limit is a horrible idea; removing it is unspeakably bad.
|7 weeks 4 hours ago||Alanis.||
|7 weeks 6 hours ago||You don't talk to enough||
You don't talk to enough people. There are tons of fans - and not just UVA and Wisconsin fans, sorry - that prefer the college game. You're coming from an incredibly biased viewpoint that can't see any more than one way of doing things.
I'm never going to prove that to you, and you're never going to prove that to me, but I can promise you this: yours is by far the more closed-minded viewpoint.
|7 weeks 6 hours ago||If a lack of #1 seeds in 2006||
If a lack of #1 seeds in 2006 was a factor in the lower ratings from the previous year, then why did 2006 outdraw 2008? 2008 had all #1 seeds, and huge names to boot.
|7 weeks 7 hours ago||"Quality" is highly||
"Quality" is highly subjective. Scoring and pace are not automatically the same as quality. Quality could just as easily mean more cohesive systems, better defense, and more parity.
|7 weeks 7 hours ago||I don't think||
I don't think so.
Roll to the bottom.
Florida/George Mason outdrew UCLA/LSU that year. It was the 9th-highest-rated FF game of 22 possible since 2004. It outdrew Kansas/UNC, MSU/UConn, UNC/Villanova, and so on.
The pace of NBA play in 1990 was 98.3 possessions, so despite the higher numbers, the NBA isn't even halfway back. Scoring right now is exactly the same as it was in 07-08, but pace is up, so why is it more appealing to watch more bricks? And I'd say, yes, the age limit has a lot to do with it. Arguably, if the average age is smaller yet there are no 18-year-olds in the league, that means players are retiring earlier, which means the league is doing a better job of identifying young talent and pushing out older players.
|7 weeks 8 hours ago||Homogenizing the games is the||
Homogenizing the games is the opposite of a good idea. When I want to watch up-and-down basketball with occasional attention given to defense, I'll watch the pro game. When I want to watch what college offers, I'll watch the college game.
|7 weeks 8 hours ago||The NBA, no, actually not so||
The NBA, no, actually not so much. The NBA was a much faster, higher-scoring game 20 and 30 years ago, too. Teams averaged 106 points a game in 1990. Pace and scoring are way down. They bottomed out about 10 years ago and have been going upwards - and one thing that corresponds with that is the age limit, among other things. Rule changes helped, too. The NFL has been almost steady. Scoring is slightly up lately, by about a point or two per team, per game....and it happens to correspond almost exactly with a league-wide improvement in kicking accuracy. College football is different, sure, because in college football, tempo actually works. It doesn't work anywhere else.
And why should the low-talent teams be pushed against? Viewership and interest in March Madness would probably plummet without upsets. The first thing people talk about is who's most likely to get upset. The first games they cut to are the ones where the high seed is in danger of dropping. People loved the George Mason thing. If the crisis is a lack of viewers, the #1 way by far to exacerbate it is to make upsets disappear.
|7 weeks 8 hours ago||Louisville and Syracuse,||
Louisville and Syracuse, actually, but you do have a point. Games between big-time teams are going to draw audiences, yes? Regardless of style. Anywa, I didn't say UVA was the reason they watched, I suggested that people didn't exactly turn it off.
And I don't see where "most people" are saying this. I see a few sportswriters. I also see lots of writers and announcers saying it's bull puckey. Either way, it's just media blather.
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||One thing it's worth pointing||
One thing it's worth pointing out: Lacrosse is undergoing the same "crisis." I don't think it's sport-specific, for what that's worth, I think it's a thing where coaches know that slowing the game down is better for their team. Which makes the idea of writing rules to force a more free-flowing game, basically pushing against the tides.
|7 weeks 9 hours ago||I'm not sure it's a great||
I'm not sure it's a great counterpoint. People don't know the game is going to be free-flowing beforehand unless they know the teams are, and Michigan doesn't have that reputation.
|7 weeks 11 hours ago||Most CBB viewers do NOT agree||
Most CBB viewers do NOT agree with you.
If that were true, people would be running to the hills and ignoring teams like UVA completely.
Instead UVA, during the last week of the regular season had two of the top ten most-watched sports programs of the week. Not college basketball programs, sports programs.
There seems to be this very misguided idea that what UVA and Wisconsin etc. do is bad for basketball. Not a shred of evidence to support it.
|7 weeks 11 hours ago||This is a great||
This is a great column.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Oh my God I hate how old that||
Oh my God I hate how old that broadcast looks. 2006 and it looks ancient.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||So is failure to use||
So is failure to use quotation marks when quoting something.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||#1 completely undermines your||
#1 completely undermines your argument though. Like, all the way. On-field success is the point, not recruiting success. Besides, Wisconsin struggles to get elite recruits for reasons far unrelated to redshirting. Elite recruits tend to come from the South and want to play in electric Oregon-style offenses, not the Beef-Town Pro-Stylers from dairyland. (The coaching turnover of late hasn't helped, either.)
On the flip side, UVA does a pretty good job lighting up the recruiting boards on February, because Mike London does exactly what you propose, and flops miserably in the fall. You're basically arguing that it's better to be Virginia than Wisconsin. Bonkers.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Rebuttals:1: "Come work out||
1: "Come work out real hard, study for a year, and then we'll see" is nobody's marketing pitch. "You'll get a fair chance and if you prove you belong, then you'll play" is a more common one. "I guarantee you'll play" certainly works on some kids, but then you're stuck actually having to follow through. I can think of at least one coach who uses this pitch: Mike London. It works ... um, great. London's doing awesome.
2: The choice isn't between starters and freshmen. There are veteran backups. It doesn't take a freshman to take advantage of a blown assignment. And veterans are less likely to blow their own.
3: Freshmen commonly say that there's a huge difference between high school and college ... and they say so without ever having played in a game. All it takes to open their eyes to the difference is practice. And nobody's going to get a good feel for the game just by running 50 yards to cover a touchback. I mean, that's an incredible leap of faith on Jarrod Wilson with zilch in the way of evidence.
4: This is sort of like saying every play that doesn't score a touchdown is a failure. If I've got a senior quarterback, and the freshman who comes in doesn't unseat him, and redshirts instead, only a whackjob would call that a failure. Let's say, for the sake of argument, you get that perfect 22-player class full of NFL-caliber players and they all start as freshmen. Next year, what happens? Do they move aside for the next class of perfect players? Or are they good enough to keep playing? Some of these are salient points; #4 is really stupid. Everyone in this room, no points, mercy on your soul, etc.
5: This point assumes a player would be equally productive whether a true freshman or a redshirt freshman. Which in turn assumes that practice and lifting is literally 100% worthless.
6: Sometimes you do get players who are NFL-bound and basically going to leave after three years. Not too many people argue for redshirting those guys. However, let's assume something very logical. Let's say a player gets better every year. Does that sound right? If not, you need a new coach. So if a player gets better every year, his worst year is his freshman year and his best year is his fifth year. Why would you trade a player's best year for his worst?
7: Since this is just points 1 and 5 repeated, I'll ignore the inflationary pumping.
8: It's certainly true that every fifth-year senior takes the place of a potential freshman. But it really shouldn't need explaining that if it were hurting the team to do so, the coaches wouldn't invite the fifth-year player back.
9: You do realize that a non-redshirted player actually finds it easier to transfer, because he can do so any time he likes and not lose a year of eligibility. Redshirted players, on the other hand, are forced to wait til they get their degree.
10: Getting a 6th year is not that onerous; the reason it's rare is because it takes a specific set of circumstances. It's no harder than getting a 5th year for a player who never redshirted but blows out his knee in the first game of his senior year.
11: If you have a problem with players lollygagging, and putting forth no effort because they know they're redshirting, you have MAJOR issues that go beyond redshirting. You have leadership problems, you have coaching problems, and you're recruiting the wrong players. Good coaches - most coaches, actually - know how to prevent that. If a guy is going to screw around during his redshirt year, he's probably not going to just flip a switch and be a hard worker when he's not redshirting, either.
Bottom line: You should play a freshman if it will make your team better by doing so. If the freshman brings nothing that you can't get from a veteran, redshirt him. No, it's not always as simplistic as trading the player's worst year for his best - but often, it is.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||There's no such thing as it||
There's no such thing as it being for the best when the season ends unless there's a bunch of guys playing hurt or it's a total losing disaster of a season. This one wasn't up to expectations, but there's no way to spin it as good if we get left out of the NIT.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I think such a law would have||
I think such a law would have a great chance of standing up to a court challenge. Discriminating among your customers is sometimes permissible, but tends to be very heavily scrutinized. Colluding with certain customers with the result that the price goes up for other customers has antitrust written all over it.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Right. I bet you can totally||
Right. I bet you can totally convince the NBA owners to spend billions on a minor league system that doesn't earn anywhere near what it costs to build, because reasons.
Besides, have you heard of the D-League? Which accepts players right out of high school?
|7 weeks 5 days ago||I can think of several||
I can think of several reasons not to be worried about this.
1) NBA teams don't really have room to find diamonds in the rough, because they only get two draft picks.
2) The more good prospects that enter the draft, the more choices a team will have. A team outside the lottery will be OK with telling a prospect he's a lottery pick, because it just helps increase the talent to choose from.
3) Teams aren't going to zero in on a particular player that early.
4) If they sandbag too hard, the guy will stay out of the draft entirely.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||It's hard to tell how big of||
6'10", apparently. Jeez, I could do this job.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I've never seen so much as a||
I've never seen so much as a single episode of Breaking Bad, and never had much interest in it as drug dealing doesn't hold much interest for me as a premise. (Meth does horrible, horrible things to people. "I'm gonna ruin the lives of thousands of people and directly murder dozens of others just so my wife won't have to work after I'm gone" is a premise that would've had me rooting for Walter to die and the show to end, every episode. But I can definitely get into shady lawyering.)
Anyway, to me it's kind of like watching the Star Wars prequels, where Jimmy is Anakin.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||That doesn't make a lot of||
That doesn't make a lot of sense. BCS would've been canceled because of its slow start if it weren't a spinoff, but BB wasn't a spinoff, started slowly, and wasn't canceled?
|8 weeks 2 hours ago||That would be a feature, not||
That would be a feature, not a bug. At least half the best moments of the show have come from the interactions between Mike and Jimmy.
|8 weeks 2 hours ago||I'd love to indulge you, but||
I'd love to indulge you, but you might want to warn of spoilers if you want any responses other than "yup."
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||There's a germ of truth to||
There's a germ of truth to it, but I think it's just a function of the fact that Catholic universities are a subset of smallish private schools in general. Those schools don't play big-time football - you can count on one hand the number of Catholic schools in FBS - so they plow money into things like lacrosse instead.
|8 weeks 14 hours ago||Jesuit = Catholic. (still not||
Jesuit = Catholic.
(still not sure what it has to do with lacrosse)
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I think it's mostly people||
I think it's mostly people being dramatic. It's true the NCAA program was put together differently than most, but I think the way it was done was the only way to do right by the people who put in all the work to build it. (And to give credit where it's due, it was under Dave Brandon's watch.)
This is only the third year of the program. They went 1-13 in year 1. Then 5-11 last year with Gerald Logan hurt for most of the season. They're poised to improve on that record again this year. Folks want to compare us to Marquette, but Marquette started recruiting D-I athletes before we did.
I don't know what John Paul is doing wrong or right on the coaching field, and some other folks have chimed in on that regard. He may not be the coach to get the team to the NCAA tournament and into the upper echelons of the sport. But he does have the team on the upward trend you want to see, even if it's not immediate.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||The process takes time, and||
The process takes time, and despite the ugly score today, the team has still come a long way from where it started.
Not that long ago we had people boasting this team was all set to go 10-3. Now I see doom and gloom. Neither is on the mark. The main issue isn't with the team, it's with people falling into the trap of "what just happened will always happen" and not really recognizing that Canisius was one of the crappiest teams in the country and Brown is very good.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I suppose you're probably||
I suppose you're probably making a funny, but the Lions did draft a punter a couple years ago, and it happened to be a great decision.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think it's safe to||
I don't think it's safe to say that hockey is necessarily a higher profile sport with more resources. There are a lot more lacrosse teams and they have bigger rosters. It's just easy to think so from a Michigan perspective because hockey's been around so much longer. The two sports are just highly regional and on about the same profile as one another. Just depends on who you ask.
Thing about college lacrosse is, it gets all the best lacrosse players and all those players always stick around for four or five years, whereas college hockey competes with juniors for players and often sees its best players leave early. Penn State got a huge slug of money to build a brand-new arena and facilities, which is a major attraction. Our lacrosse facilities are still catching up. (Playing in the Big House is not as attractive a prospect for a recruit as having your own stadium and dedicated facilities.)
Besides, Michigan lacrosse is actually right about where Penn State hockey is, nationally. Penn State's 27th right now in both KRACH and the Pairwise. Very middle of the pack. That's right where Michigan lacrosse lands, too. Trust me, Brown is really good this year and shouldn't have been seen as a level competitor. In most other years they'd be a decent barometer, but not this one. I fully expect to win two more games this year and have a great shot at three others.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Which quarterback would you||
Which quarterback would you rather have in the league? I mean, you're not even good at criticizing Stafford. The usual line is he has inflated stats, not bottom third in the league, which is a really ignorant thing to say. So I ask again: which QB would you trade him for?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||There's a decent chance Brown||
There's a decent chance Brown is the top team in the Ivy this year.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||$13 million a year for a||
$13 million a year for a 30-year-old CB is beyond insane.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Were they? Between 1994 when||
Were they? Between 1994 when Kraft bought the team, and 2000, the year before Brady led them to the Super Bowl, the Patriots went to the playoffs four times. So did the Lions. Better, yes. "Different league," no.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||The team that took Aaron||
The team that took Aaron Hernandez in the 2010 draft shouldn't be using that draft to lecture other teams on how to be meticulous about your draft picks.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||"Hi, I'm a stereotypical||
"Hi, I'm a stereotypical Patriots fan. Now that the Patriots are Super Bowl champs again, it's safe for me to pretend to forget what a shitted-up franchise the Patriots were for every year of their miserable-ass existence until they took a lucky flyer on a sixth-round quarterback who was a part-time college starter. This gives me the right to act like the world revolves around anything Boston and lets me pat myself on the back for being part of the self-described greatest fanbase in the world, all the while laughing at idiots who root for anyone not from Boston and the crappy teams they root for."
|8 weeks 1 day ago||People forget that the Lions||
People forget that the Lions had three top-five draft picks on their team that all got paid before the new rookie scales took effect, so they all got huge contracts coming out of college. None of them are going to take pay cuts just because a bunch of rookies are getting less now. The Lions got royally unlucky.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Not too surprising. Out of||
Not too surprising. Out of 31 other teams it's no surprise one of them would step up with money the Lions don't want to match given the contracts they had to hand to Stafford and Megatron. Would be smart of them to try and bring Fairley back, and they'll basically have to draft a DT in the first two rounds.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||This is a guy that Tony||
This is a guy that Tony Bennett pursued somewhat heavily out of high school. For that reason alone I'd love to bring him in as a transfer.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Went to the game last night||
Went to the game last night (and had a tasty Ghettoblaster while I was there to boot.) It's only fitting that Zidlicky scored the game winner because even aside from that I thought he had a tremendous game. Very, very solid in the defensive end. If he keeps it up that trade will be the steal of the year.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I've never seen the refs||
I've never seen the refs physically align the players' sticks like that. It looks like they're teaching the technique to seven-year-olds.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Whoa whoa whoa. You can put||
Whoa whoa whoa. You can put your own damn ketchup on your own damn burgers. That's why they got bottles at the tables, or ketchup packets, or what have you. Ketchup isn't exactly universally adored.
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||Most of those small||
Most of those small conferences know this, and rig the tournaments so the top seeds have a much easier path to the championship than the others.
I don't think it's any more unfair than a 64-team tournament for the national title when realistically maybe eight or twelve of them actually deserve it based on how the regular season went. It's theater.
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||I only have one request for||
I only have one request for these discussions: Get the fuck rid of the phrase "sexual assault." Somehow that phrase came into use to describe everything from unwanted touching even on body parts like the arm, to actual physical violent rape. Rape is rape. It's very bad.
Maybe it's because well-meaning victim's advocates, in trying to tell women "you don't have to take that shit," defined anything that made women feel uncomfortable as "sexual assault." Maybe it's because people got uncomfortable with the word rape and euphemized it. Maybe it all got lumped together for simplicity.
But "Rasheed Sulaimon is accused of raping a girl" means something a lot different than "Rasheed Sulaimon is accused of sexually assaulting a girl." Chances are it could've had a real effect on how the whole case was treated. "Rape" is serious, ought to be reported immediately, and you don't need to hear details to know that. "Sexual assault" could be an extortion attempt based on getting a little too close on the dance floor, for all anyone knows when they first hear it.
I hate the phrase "sexual assault" and wish it would go away.
|9 weeks 15 hours ago||Especially since that was a||
Especially since that was a primary justification for having a playoff in football in the first place, because wheeeee brackets.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Really an excellent trade for||
Really an excellent trade for the Wings. The way Craig Custance put it, Janmark could be a "top-nine forward." Cool, a guy whose realistic ceiling is third line. Backman's a throw-in. Two other defensemen from that draft (Ouellet and Marchenko) have already made it to the Wings; Backman's had a cup of coffee in GR. Slight downgrade in draft picks is barely worth a mention.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||I've read that theory and I'm||
I've read that theory and I'm not real conviced. Nill left for Dallas before we drafted Janmark, and Janmark is the centerpiece of the deal. No doubt he was in on some of the scouting process, but everything Janmark's done since we drafted him, Nill hasn't been privy to.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||You'd think by the responses||
You'd think by the responses in this thread that turning off notifications on your phone was some kind of hardship. Has this world really come to "it's too damn annoying to spend two seconds changing my settings"??
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||See, you ask this question||
See, you ask this question because the Big Ten hasn't had one for very long, relatively speaking. If you asked an ACC fan what the point of a conference tourney is, he'd look at you like you had a third eye in your forehead.
The answer doesn't have to be the cynical money grab all the time. They're bloody fun. Why NOT have a conference tournament?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I think you have to remember||
I think you have to remember that even if we're favored in all of those games, it's not by a ton in many cases and simple math says it's gonna be tough to win every single one of them. Mathematically, even if we have a 75% chance of winning each game (besides JHU and UMD) we only have a 13% chance of winning out.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I like how we're already||
I like how we're already assuming the Rutgers game is a win. Rutgers does suck, and we should indeed beat them, but it's interesting to see the night-and-day difference between now and the past.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Johns Hopkins is an enormous||
Johns Hopkins is an enormous research powerhouse and lacrosse is the excuse to get them access to the CIC and vice versa.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||If WHL teams in Washington||
If WHL teams in Washington were interested in being competitive rather than making profits, they'd push incredibly hard for a minimum wage; it'd make it that much easier to convince their players to play for them and not pick another development route.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, he did clap in a||
Yes, he did clap in a player's face, did you see the video? Baldwin was being a punk. He felt dissed by something some Tennessee player said after the previous game (which was pretty innocuous) so he decided to take it back to the streets and dis them right back. Punk bullshit. Good for Stallings.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Regardless of how anyone||
Regardless of how anyone futzes with it or how long I look at it, I can't see anything but white and gold. I'm not colorblind, either.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||LOL. Right on cue.||
LOL. Right on cue.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||You're right and wrong.||
You're right and wrong. Chestnut Hill isn't a real city; it's a "village" under Massachusetts law which means it's not actually incorporated and is more of a traditional designation. Chestnut Hill is actually part of three different cities. Boston College itself straddles Boston and Newton, not to mention having a separate section of campus in a third city (I forget which, but it's in fact a part of BC itself and not along the lines of a U-M Dearborn) so technically speaking, not only does it count towards sharing the name of the city it's in, it also counts toward the question about being in two cities at once.
|9 weeks 4 days 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?
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Boo to two-toned shortzz.||
Boo to two-toned shortzz. Boo.
|9 weeks 5 days 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.
|9 weeks 6 days 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.
|9 weeks 6 days 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.
|9 weeks 6 days 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."
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Besides, everyone knows it's||
Besides, everyone knows it's the Mistake ON the Lake.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Lions need to remove every||
Lions need to remove every shred of black from the uniform wherever it exists.
|10 weeks 4 hours 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.
|10 weeks 6 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
|10 weeks 10 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.
|10 weeks 11 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.
|10 weeks 14 hours ago||Sure. We'll have a, a Coupon||
Sure. We'll have a, a Coupon Day, or something.
|10 weeks 2 days 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.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I'll take "discussion never||
I'll take "discussions never seen on the RCMB" for $200, Alex.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||60 degrees is||
60 degrees is shorts-and-t-shirt weather, you overdressed Nanook.
|10 weeks 2 days 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.
|10 weeks 2 days 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.
|10 weeks 2 days 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.)
|10 weeks 2 days ago||He looks pretty fly.... for a||
He looks pretty fly.... for a white guy.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I wonder if Allan Houston||
I wonder if Allan Houston will make a comeback.
|10 weeks 5 days 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.
|10 weeks 5 days 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.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||There's an N sound.||
There's an N sound. Poonch-key.
|11 weeks 11 hours 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?
|11 weeks 11 hours 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.
|11 weeks 1 day 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.
|11 weeks 1 day 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.
|11 weeks 2 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.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Why do people insist on||
Why do people insist on thinking the NCAA makes the age-limit rule for the NBA?