|3 hours 2 min ago||I dunno man, it seems like||
I dunno man, it seems like you're not really going out on much of a limb. Just following the commentary crowd.
|3 hours 51 min ago||Michigan and UVA on different||
Michigan and UVA on different days, in the evening, on totally opposite sides of the bracket, and in championship-level seeds.
I would've liked to beat Sparty today and maybe have U-M not in quite such a bracket of death, but Wichita State is preferable to Arizona or Florida at any rate. Life is so utterly perfect right now. The only thing that would make it better is a glass of Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey in my hand.
Oh wait. I have that too. I'm good.
|4 hours 27 sec ago||+ all the 1's.||
+ all the 1's.
|2 days 12 hours ago||It's more like, teams take||
It's more like, teams take credit for the regular season title by hoisting a banner. When you look at the ACC web page that lists championships won, the regular season winner is nowhere to be found.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Well, we already know||
Well, we already know Valentine's kind of an arrogant little woofer. Can't say I'm surprised it'd be him sending in signals from I-Wanna-Be-Disrespected Land. It lets him feel important.
|2 days 16 hours ago||His hands can be pretty||
His hands can be pretty maddening, but I think they were better this past year. When he's catching things thrown at him he's a pretty good player.
|2 days 16 hours ago||Insert my usual screed about||
Insert my usual screed about how college kids want to be disrespected and will go to great lengths to convince themselves they are. Just one more piece of evidence here.
|2 days 17 hours ago||"I don't see how there's any||
"I don't see how there's any other way to see it."
That explains a lot, really. Welcome to a world where it is possible to have a different opinion. And how very altruistic of you to claim that it's all about concern for the poor slaves who toil and suffer for our barbaric pleasure.
|3 days 5 hours ago||The meme that expanding the||
The meme that expanding the conference "opens up recruiting grounds" is one of the most tired-out sayings there is. In recent years U-M has managed to pull football recruits from Utah, Missouri, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, California, Colorado, Texas, and Florida. All without a conference footprint.
Our 2014 basketball class is from Indiana, California, Florida, and Oregon. Three of those states aren't even close to the footprint. Spike Albrecht is from Massachusetts. Nik Stauskas is from Canada. Smotrycz was from New Hampshire. Hardaway from Florida. Darius Morris from California. We do not need a conference footprint to recruit.
Maybe it "opens up fertile recruiting grounds" for the Michigan States of the world. (Though I'm sure they don't need it for basketball either.) This is a bad thing, not a good thing. We will recruit where we feel like it, however, and do not need Rutgers's help in that regard.
|3 days 11 hours ago||I'd bet that at an Idaho||
I'd bet that at an Idaho Steelheads game, they really didn't pay much more than that to walk inside the building.
Howeva. 16 oz. for $4 or 20 oz. for $7. 4 oz. for $1 - and then another 4 for $3. The defense here should just be, "dude, we were ADVERTISING a rip-off." You want that much beer, just buy two smalls.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Eh, the ECAC, if not weak per||
Eh, the ECAC, if not weak per se, is certainly much weaker. And not just for losing Denver and Loyola. Several teams are down quite a bit. Ohio is a shadow of the team they were last year - 1-4 with a loss to Hofstra and only a 3-goal win over Marquette to keep them from a goose egg. They're not a tournament team. Air Force is definitely not a tournament team, not with losses to Canisius(!) and VMI(!!!!).
And Bellarmine, still an OK team, but not remotely invincible. Though if the Air Force game were not on the road (thus, in the thin air) I would suggest that the Zoomies are the most likely conference win right now. But at any rate, an ECAC tourney berth is very much there for the taking and Michigan could even win it with enough breaks. I wouldn't have said that last year even if DU and Loyola were not in it. Fairfield looks like the easy favorite to my mind.
If you buy the LaxPower computer rankings, the ECAC averages out right about the same as the America East, though the A-East has more extreme entries on either end of the spectrum.
|3 days 12 hours ago||If you willfully paid $3 for||
If you willfully paid $3 for four ounces of beer, you got what you deserve.
|3 days 12 hours ago||I wouldn't reach for a||
I wouldn't reach for a 25th-overall type, no, just saying that improvement at OL should always be on the board as an option.
|3 days 12 hours ago||We've really gotten to the||
We've really gotten to the point where "trade down" is too automatic of a suggestion. All 32 fanbases want their teams to trade down at all times, forgetting that you have to find a trade-up partner to do so - and those are few and far between because trading down is so popular.
With the new rookie slotting rules, trading down is admittedly easier, but also less desirable.
|3 days 13 hours ago||If a really good tackle is||
If a really good tackle is available, they could draft one with the long-term view of sliding Reiff inside. Say if a Greg Robinson is there. He probably won't be, but it should be on the board as an option. OL is a position where I think you never, regardless of your circumstances, write it off the board.
|3 days 13 hours ago||I think Durham is fine, but||
I think Durham is fine, but regardless, it's still a big waste now to take a 1st-round receiver.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Most of those are pretty||
Most of those are pretty badly written TBH. Gotta love the ACC's though.
Liked the Patriot League as well.
|3 days 15 hours ago||With Tate we don't need a||
With Tate we don't need a first-round type any more. Durham works just fine as a 3rd receiver and Ogletree and Broyles should compete for the fourth spot. No point in using a first-round pick on a receiver now when we can do a lot better shoring up the defense.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Itty-bitty correction: Mercer||
Itty-bitty correction: Mercer is in Macon, GA, not Atlanta.
I was a little worried they'd go the way of Presbyterian myself (Presbyterian's lacrosse program only lasted a few years because they couldn't find a conference.) But now that they have a conference of like-minded, similar schools at a competition level just their size, I wouldn't worry.
For extra reference, new programs next year will be UMass-Lowell and NJIT.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Why is moving the draft rules||
Why is moving the draft rules from one to two years out of HS a step in the wrong direction? It might not be perfect, but the perfect is the enemy of the good. If it pans out that they can work with the NCAA to let them set it up so that high-schoolers can declare but keep their eligibility if not drafted - as they've been making some noise about doing - so much the better. Yes, there are more ideal situations, but that shouldn't mean coming out against ones that are improvements over the current setup.
|5 days 9 hours ago||I think you mean, full Fred||
I think you mean, full Fred Jackson is like pure energy, but faster and with better hands.
|5 days 16 hours ago||I NEGGED YOU BECAUSE HOU DAR||
I NEGGED YOU BECAUSE HOU DAR U BE A MICHIGAN FAN AND EVER ACKNOWLEDGE THAT ANYONE ELSE IS EVER WORTHY OF AN HONOR.
Actually no I did the opposite in order to cancel out the drooling idiot who did do that.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Right, because "I don't see||
Right, because "I don't see any holes" was completely exactly what I said. The team is perfect, was really the gist of my post.
Oh wait, no. What I said was that WR is as big a hole as any of the others, and that the team is not so devoid of talent that drafting a WR is such an inconceivable idea.
|6 days 6 hours ago||What exactly are these||
What exactly are these massive holes that need filling? Don't need an RB. Don't need a QB. Don't really need a first-round lineman this year; the line was awfully good last year. Definitely don't need a DL. CB isn't really a massive pressing need; you can work with Slay, Mathis (if they re-sign him), Houston, and the plethora of low-round picks they have like Bentley and Green, etc. It's a workable group.
A linebacker or safety would be useful. Depending on what happens in free agency, of course. But there's Glover Quin on the roster and two pretty good LBs as well in Tulloch and Levy. At this point we're talking about a hole that's really no bigger than the one at #2 receiver.
I would agree, if the Lions were rebuilding, a WR is not the way to do it. But this isn't Matt Millen's Lions with talent at none of the positions. This is a pretty good Lions team. There may be some needs as big as WR, LB and S being near the top of the list, but WR is just as viable a need as any of them. Let's see what they do in free agency, too; any of these spots, WR included, could be filled via that route.
|6 days 11 hours ago||It already is weird. For||
It already is weird. For instance, now I have to fill out three brackets instead of just the standard actual bracket and homer bracket. I'm thinking that in the MGoBlog bracket challenge I'll use my UVA homer bracket and vice versa. Good problem to have, though.
|6 days 11 hours ago||When reached for comment on||
When reached for comment on the lack of MSU representation, the Sporting News guys simply said, "They were too weird."
|6 days 11 hours ago||How are you doing as a fan||
On cloud fucking nine. Can't even describe it. Two regular season banners - both won on the same day, by the way - is incredible. It's like a little payback for having to sit through almost a decade and a half of rotten Thanksgiving Saturdays. I'm really caring less about the number of the seed we get and more rooting for both teams to simply have the same seed - 2 or 3, don't care - which would mean that they can't meet until we're already at the point where I wouldn't even care who wins.
If the ultimate were to happen and U-M and UVA were to somehow meet in the championship game I will sit there with a huge shit-eating grin on my face and a beer in both hands and take a drink for every basket. One hand for U-M, one hand for UVA.
|6 days 12 hours ago||And pad level.||
And pad level.
|6 days 12 hours ago||Buffalo's really about an||
Buffalo's really about an hour closer than that (and Milwaukee an hour further) since most Michigan fans aren't actually coming from Ann Arbor. Getting through customs vs. driving through Chicago is probably a wash unless you make sure to go through Chicago at the right time of day.
I agree that the large contingent of U-M alums in Chicago tilts it toward Milwaukee though. Plus obviously it depends on who else is in the same pod. If Michigan were sent to Buffalo as a 2 seed, but Pitt was in the same place as a 10-seed, as an example, that's not good.
|6 days 13 hours ago||Legitimate concern, but note||
Legitimate concern, but note that we're talking about if those guys go to the League, whereas MSU is guaranteed to lose two of three and very likely to lose the third, like, to the tune of a 5% chance he stays. I do not see McGary leaving and would call Stauskas and GR3 50/50 cases.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Izzo is 23-8, 12-6, 3rd seed||
Izzo is 23-8, 12-6, 3rd seed in the BTT, probably around a 4 seed in the NCAA (as I recall it's very possible to get to the Final Four from there) and by most standards having a pretty good season (except for that whole can't-beat-your-rival thing.) And he's been throwing a hissy fit all season. What's going to happen next year when his team struggles to break .500 in the Big Ten? It's going to be classic.
|1 week 10 hours ago||I tend to wonder the||
I tend to wonder the opposite. Should we call out people who tell stories, laden with passive-aggressive humblebrags, for the express purpose of bragging what big Michigan fans they are?
|1 week 12 hours ago||The fact that Lynn Henning||
The fact that Lynn Henning says something that you agree with does not make you right. It makes him as big a dick as you're being.
Sorry if "a futile half-century of football" is your definition of evil.
|1 week 12 hours ago||It's not as if WCF lived a||
It's not as if WCF lived a bad life. The Lions sucked while he was owner. That's really about all there is. Can you tell me what evil things he did that merit a badmouthing?
And people saying he was a "terrible owner" are using W/L record as their only criterion - time and time again the people who actually worked for him have said how terrific it was to do so. Some owners are reviled by their players and employees as nasty old skinflints. WCF was exactly the opposite.
|1 week 1 day ago||FWIW, ACC fans think Tom||
FWIW, ACC fans think Tom Crean is a classless fuck, too.
|1 week 1 day ago||No, Detroit considers the||
No, Detroit considers the field on their own campus their home field. But they play some home games in Pontiac because of weather.
|1 week 1 day ago||UDM has a home field, it's||
UDM has a home field, it's just no more playable in the winter than the Big House is.
|1 week 2 days ago||I fear I am never secretly||
I fear I am never secretly erect. #giftandcurse
|1 week 2 days ago||Yes it is. Spartiest thing||
Yes it is. Spartiest thing ever. And since they have no fans that aren't alums....
|1 week 2 days ago||Staee, Staee, Staee, Staee,||
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|1 week 2 days ago||I totally agree that the||
I totally agree that the district is doing nothing wrong. I don't think that diminishes what the kid is doing, either.
|1 week 3 days ago||Alligators and such-like big||
Alligators and such-like big lizard critters are surprisingly edible by other critters. I would've thought their skin was too tough and their bite too fearsome to make it worth it, but one of the coolest ever nature videos was one a little while back of a jaguar stalking and completely owning a caiman.
|1 week 3 days ago||Only partly in jest. Of||
Only partly in jest. Of course it was easy to tell who was who when they did closeups and non-action shots and stuff. On the other hand, it made it ridiculously hard to tell who was doing what in real-time TV action. As in, when we actually care who is who; "there's Trey Burke" is not real exciting or useful information in the walk-toward-the-huddle shot. As said above: The damn numbers should be legible. It'd also be nice if "MICHIGAN" and the player's name were legible too, but I'm of an older mindset and understand that sort of thing now takes a back seat to looking totally siccccckkkkckckckc.
|1 week 3 days ago||You mean the ones where you||
You mean the ones where you couldn't tell who was who except by skin color?
|1 week 3 days ago||Put MICHIGAN back on the||
Put MICHIGAN back on the front, damn it.
|1 week 4 days ago||Tractor Traylor, man. Partly||
Tractor Traylor, man. Partly because my best friend growing up was a State fan and hated what B1G basketball was seen to be (and still is, really) and Traylor was the ultimate personification of bash-you-over-the-head hoops. Therefore out of rivalry spite I glorified in Traylor's play. Even so I still loved having a pretty much unstoppable force under the rim.
Those Michigan teams weren't quite in the realm of terrible that you're looking for, but I figure to find a team as "easy to watch" as the past few years you have to go back to the Fab Five.
|1 week 4 days ago||Specifically, the committee||
Specifically, the committee tries to avoid:
-- Rematches of a team you played once, until the "third round" (what normal human beings call the second.)
-- Rematches of a team you played twice, until the Sweet 16
-- Rematches of 3 games, until the Elite 8
By the time a 2 seed plays a 3 seed (possible only in the Elite 8) the committee will be long past caring about that rematch.
|1 week 4 days ago||Let me clarify. I am not||
Let me clarify. I am not wildly interested in spring practice and never have been. "So-and-so is a middle linebacker instead of an outside linebacker!! What does it mean?!?!" is a board topic I never click on and a Brian post I skim at best. I'm happy to have less of that stuff to ignore and more basketball to consume.
I wouldn't go so far as to call someone a not-great Michigan fan if they're more interested in spring football than actual basketball. I don't think there's anything particularly wrong with not being interested in basketball. I just would rather football didn't dominate (or even occupy too much of) the headlines during basketball season, since I like basketball.
|1 week 4 days ago||That would be really hard to||
That would be really hard to prove one way or the other.
I think we can all agree that doing the opposite of The Fort has proven, tangible results, however.
|1 week 4 days ago||It's sort of refreshing to be||
It's sort of refreshing to be focusing on the inseason sports. Lustily sopping up every twitch and ripple out of the football team and wildly overanalyzing every word Brady Hoke says is a poor substitute for enjoying real live actual sports. Especially ones which are kicking ass.
I take that back. It's not sort of refreshing. It's really refreshing. I actually can't overstate how much I like inseason basketball coverage (and lacrosse to boot) better than faux-football coverage.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yes. Yes you are. Go to the||
Yes. Yes you are. Go to the corner and feel shame.
Joking. Only wish to point out that schedule imbalance could be considered a factor IMO if the UVA lead on Duke et al. were a game or so. Instead it's at least three on all of them. There's something to be said for taking care of business where the other teams could not.
The weak nonconference performance will keep UVA out of a 1 seed and is keeping them out of a 2 seed right now. I don't think it'll stop a 2 seed form happening if they win the ACCT.
And the way they play defense makes me far more confident of avoiding any first-week upsets.
|1 week 4 days ago||Going to be weird without him||
Going to be weird without him around. I think he's definitely this year's he's-not-gone-yet? guy in the B1G. And a special player for sure. If anyone represents "The Team, The Team, The Team" among U-M hoopsters, it's him.
|1 week 4 days ago||If the third one happens then||
If the third one happens then I don't really even care about the first two.
|1 week 4 days ago||What I've never quite||
What I've never quite understood is why the hashmarks are so wide in college but narrow in the NFL. I know kicking isn't the only impact they have, but it's probably the biggest impact they have; it seems as if the good kickers ought to have a higher degree of difficulty. It'd be like if the college three-point line was further out than the NBA's. Or if college baseball used wooden bats but MLB used aluminum - and not the new clank bats, but the old ping ones.
|1 week 4 days ago||The McGary aspect is a good||
The McGary aspect is a good point, considering the preseason predictions were made with his presence assumed.
Problem is, the media has already latched onto to Sparty as the injury narrative team.
Still, the award almost always seems to go to whoever outpaces preseason expectations the most. Izzo will get the overcoming-injury vote (I know this is stupid, I'm just saying) and Miles will get the overachieved-expectations vote. I would honestly not be blown away to see Beilein come in third.
|1 week 4 days ago||If anyone's wrapped up B1G||
If anyone's wrapped up B1G COTY it's Miles. U-M was picked 2nd and took 1st; Nebraska was picked last and might get 4th. Folks with maize and blue glasses assuming Beilein's a lock for B1G COTY are probably going to be very disappointed.
|1 week 4 days ago||Well, it's more like 45-47%.||
Well, it's more like 45-47%. That's part of the reason I like making XPs less worth it. If it were 90% and 45%, then there'd be no obvious choice one way or the other.
|1 week 4 days ago||I always hated that idea.||
I always hated that idea. It's just convoluted. A TD is worth 7, except when it's not?
More weight on the kicking game, and more variance....I don't see why either is a bad thing.
|1 week 4 days ago||I don't think coaches ever||
I don't think coaches ever bother going for 2 unless getting the 1 point is totally worthless. Like when the touchdown puts them up by 1 or down by 5. Given that I don't think this would change the calculus very much. But it probably would create more instances where the choice has to come into play.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm not sure what the analogy||
I'm not sure what the analogy would be to another sport because I can't think of anything where putting a point on the scoreboard - the ultimate of all possible effects on the game - is so automatic. I don't think any of those work quite the same.
|1 week 4 days ago||Not gonna lie, I thought that||
Not gonna lie, I thought that was pretty funny. Even funnier when he nailed a fuck-you three-pointer, but credit for a reasonable bit of originality.
|1 week 4 days ago||I wouldn't mind this one||
I wouldn't mind this one bit. Why is it stupid? Extra point tries are what's kind of stupid nowadays. Nothing wrong with acknowledging that the game has evolved such that something that used to matter, doesn't, and you'd like it to matter again.
|1 week 5 days ago||By that logic, black people||
By that logic, black people should never eat any watermelon or fried chicken whether or not they actually like the stuff. Because if someone sees them do it, it could reinforce a stereotype.
|1 week 5 days ago||Plus for any that missed it,||
Plus for any that missed it, it only takes the effort of scrolling down two replies to learn the source of the reference.
|1 week 5 days ago||If I'd known back then that||
If I'd known back then that losing to OHIO would net us an all-B1G player, I'd have been way cooler with it.
|1 week 5 days ago||I do believe you've missed||
I do believe you've missed the point.
|1 week 5 days ago||Unless you really like||
Unless you really like Annapolis (understandable), or something else about service academies is a real draw (also understandable), I'd absolutely rather coach at the random mid-major. Recruiting to Navy must be downright impossible. Hard enough for football, but with football it's the NFL or bust and for about 90% of football recruits, they know they're not going on past college. Practically anyone who's good enough to play basketball in D-I has legitimate hopes of being good enough to go pro somewhere around the world.
|1 week 6 days ago||They look more like they were||
They look more like they were inspired by a calculator display.
|1 week 6 days ago||I do appreciate your open||
I do appreciate your open mind. I ought to admit: taken in a vacuum, which the committee will do for the most part, there are holes in the resume, and going 4-4 against the RPI 50 is certainly one. You talk to a fair number of UVA fans and they'll tell you they can't understand why UVA isn't in the running for a #1 seed. Ain't happening. If they win the ACC tournament - or maybe lose on Sunday - I think they're a 2 seed. Not hard to see how a loss to UWGB and a blowout loss to Tennessee could sour people. There's no way I can be taken as a fully objective source - I just think it's important to know things like the transformation that happened following the Tennessee game in order to get the full story.
|1 week 6 days ago||We must be looking at||
We must be looking at different sources, but KenPom actually has Wisconsin as the 296th-fastest team at 64.0 possessions per game, and Michigan as the 328th-fastest team at 62.9 possessions per game.
It doesn't change your point, I just thought it was interesting. We have become that which we hate.
|1 week 6 days ago||The really gratifying part||
The really gratifying part about that is that going 2-6 really, really bugs them. Or at least, it bugs someone.
|1 week 6 days ago||I wouldn't expect you to, but||
I wouldn't expect you to, but you and Only Blue don't really know the story of the season and are bringing stereotypes to the table. I'd at least expect to see the right stats: UVA's total strength of schedule is 26th and non-conference SOS is 25th.
UVA ain't gonna be a 1 seed, but I repeat my guarantee they make the Sweet 16.
|1 week 6 days ago||Guarantee they do.||
Guarantee they do.
|1 week 6 days ago||Hate the huge helmet logo.||
Hate the huge helmet logo. Give them a normal sized helmet logo and non-stupid numbers and I wouldn't hate it at all. The orange is a nice touch and goes well with the colors they have now. But as it is now it looks like the godless love child of Arena Football and the XFL.
|1 week 6 days ago||75 points against the||
75 points against the Syracuse zone D. Just sayin'.
|1 week 6 days ago||Virginia has a couple of nice||
So, so, so false. Try this: Let Syracuse and Duke replace their losses to each other with a win against a scrub. Nope, still can't catch up to UVA. Let's say Duke beats UNC at home, since they lost to the Heels on the road. Let both Duke and UNC replace their losses to each other with a win against a scrub. Nope, still can't catch up to UVA.
That soft conference left Cuse with a home loss to BC and Duke with losses to Clemson and ND. And it left UNC with losses to Wake and Miami. UVA got through to 16-1 because it's 3-1 against the other teams anyone takes seriously and 3-0 against bubble teams Clemson and FSU.
|1 week 6 days ago||Relax, man. It's one of many||
Relax, man. It's one of many alternate-to-RPI ranking systems out there, all of which have flaws one way or another (because there will never be such a thing as a perfect system) and none of which have any bearing on seeding whatsoever.
"Mai favrit team iz 2 low!!!" is widely reviled as the worst possible critique of a ranking system there is.
|1 week 6 days ago||Can't watch YouTube at work.||
Can't watch YouTube at work. Paraphrase for me.
|1 week 6 days ago||So to make up for slavery,||
So to make up for slavery, it's cool if for the rest of this country's history we let people say racist stuff?
Or maybe, just maybe, we should call out racist crap regardless of direction.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||They really don't.||
They really don't.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Somebody posbang me before I||
Somebody posbang me before I wake up from this.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Well they just need time to||
Well they just need time to gel you guys. About two months and they should be good to go.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Cornell looks to be quite a||
Cornell looks to be quite a bit down this year, but not so down that they should only beat us by one in overtime unless we've made a big leap forward. I want to see this team go to the ECAC tournament and I think they can definitely do it. Two weeks from now could be the biggest game of the season in that regard.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm pretty sure KenPom||
I'm pretty sure KenPom already adjusts for schedule strength. O- and D-ratings depend on who you've played and where you played, not just how you've played. For example, Michigan made no move in the rankings at all after housing Northwestern at home, but jumped six spots for beating Wisconsin on the road.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, I dunno about a 32-team||
Yeah, I dunno about a 32-team tournament being open to almost anyone. You basically still have to be really good at basketball.
Now, a real nationwide tournament open to as many teams as want to play? Find four other schlubs and participate? A 500,000-team deal. Set up local and then regional brackets and play it out over several months. That would be fun to follow. You'd still have the winners being really good at basketball, but it'd be a lot more interesting.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||So tell us about your past||
So tell us about your past life as an accountant, Mr. Kornfeld.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Funny that Beilein could||
Funny that Beilein could theoretically win national COTY but not conference COTY.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Interestingly enough this||
Because there are no gay people in states where gay marriage isn't allowed?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Brakes. Pump the brakes.||
Brakes. Pump the brakes. That one is climbing up the list pretty fast. Not quite as bad as "one in the same" but worse than "baited breath."
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Don't they have catheter||
Whoa whoa whoa....stop right there. Do they?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Me too, but I don't think||
Me too, but I don't think Alabama much likes the idea of playing in front of an empty stadium.
In all seriousness, it would be a wonderful world if that could happen, I just wonder what a laywer would say about the legal implications of Twitter handing over the email accounts of abusive users for something other than a law-enforcement purpose. I figure you'd have to match email accounts with ones in your ticket database in order to make a program like that happen.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Who's to say they don't, as||
Who's to say they don't, as you say, teach their players to use Twitter responsibly? "McCaffrey holds seminar on social media use for his players" doesn't make it into headlines. I'm sure that for 100 coaches there are 100 different approaches, but I'm also sure that the policy at most schools isn't "do nothing until someone does something that makes us forbid it entirely." I think the proactive approach you want is probably in place at most places to some extent.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I know that math seems to say||
I know that math seems to say that good teams should push the tempo. More possessions = greater sample size, which means less randomness in the outcome, so goes the theory, along the same lines as why baseball plays a seven-game series instead of a single-elimination tournament.
Still, I wonder if math doesn't really argue slowing down the tempo for a similar reason. The longer a possession lasts, the longer a bad team has to defend a good one, and the greater likelihood that the good team will find a good shot. In a vacuum, the theory of pushing tempo to overwhelm lesser teams with volume assumes that all shots are equal.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||My team once tied Matt||
My team once tied Matt Schaub's team in IM softball. Is that baller enough or do I have to talk about all my touchdowns in IM football, too?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I don't want a "Best Import"||
I don't want a "Best Import" shirt because it would imply I think Molson beer is a good import. Canada can keep that swuzz.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||IN BEFORE DELETE||
IN BEFORE DELETE
|2 weeks 6 days ago||In advance, I'm honestly not||
In advance, I'm honestly not trying to sound like Mr. Gotta Be Last Word here, but I don't agree that the real-but-disabled weaponry should be hidden from sight. Admittedly, it makes things easier for people to tell what's going on if they see a whole group of people rather than just one guy, even if those people aren't in uniform, and the ROTC units can work on figuring out ways not to have one guy walking around with a weapon in hand looking for all the world like a lone gunman. But I keep thinking how likely it was that I or a friend of mine probably did the exact same thing at some point and didn't get the cops called on them. I don't think you or I are crossing a political line by having this discussion, I simply think it's possible for ROTC to be able to do their thing like any other campus organization without it being a federal case.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Solid. That's the sort of||
Solid. That's the sort of thing you usually don't see live, so when you do notice it in real time, it's a) blatant and b) annoying to not see it called.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||All sorts of reasons exist to||
All sorts of reasons exist to use real rifles.
1) Disassembly and reassembly is a necessary skill. Out in the field you are your own technician. You have to know how to clean it and repair it.
2) Besides the fact that orange rifles would look silly while drilling in uniform, drill teams use real ones for all sorts of reasons, ranging from the pleasing crack sound made by slapping the wooden stock to the necessary discipline learned by cleaning them and having them inspected. Drill team competitions knock points off for using fakes. Some teams do use them, and those teams lose.
3) Rubber rifles would have a very undesirable flex and give when spinning them around the way trick drill teams do. And if by chance you had someone in your trick drill program who was really good and aspired to eventually join the prestigious 8th & I silent drill team, making him drill with rubber rifles would prepare him as well as spring football practice with foam footballs.
4) In trying to learn about accountability for weapons, the lesson simply does not sink in if you're using rubber guns.
No offense meant, but if you were running a ROTC program you'd have more to think about when considering that particular decision (if it's even a decision) than whether some civilian was scared of your non-working WWII and Vietnam-vintage rifles.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||As I mentioned above, ours||
As I mentioned above, ours were real rifles that no longer worked and never would. Some units may have something different. Hollowed-out shells or some such. Never are they capable of firing a bullet. But I sure as heck wouldn't call them "play guns" either.
It's also possible it may be a rubber gun. The DoD (at least, the Navy does) uses rubber guns to simulate the shape and heft of a real weapon so they can run security drills and actually point them at people without even the possibility of waving around a loaded real gun. Those are always bright red though so if someone called the police over a bright red gun they are idiots. Chances are it was a gutted rifle. A real rifle that can't shoot.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I highly doubt some random||
I highly doubt some random ROTC cadet decided to just go out and grab a training weapon of his own accord and start carrying it around the campus. If MSU's AFROTC does it anything like we did, and I'll bet they do, the rifles are treated exactly as if they were real weapons, with the same sort of accountability and security. Serial numbers, sign-outs, lock and key, the whole deal. So when they're taken out, there's a good reason, and it isn't just one guy running around going "look at me, I'm Rambo!"
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I was in the NROTC. We had||
I was in the NROTC. We had real rifles which had been gutted (a gash ran down the entire length of the barrel) to prevent their ever being fired again. Yes, we called them training weapons. We used them for drilling, both trick and standard, and to practice taking them apart and putting them back together. (For the record, I used to be able to do that in under three minutes.)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm fascinated by how you||
I'm fascinated by how you spelled Lunardi three different incorrect ways.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||On the subject of called and||
On the subject of called and not called, how about the (I think it was Valentine) arm-hook that wasn't called, either. The announcers even said what a good job Valentine did "controlling the defender" with his off-arm and I was all YOU CAN'T JUST "CONTROL THE DEFENDER."
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think the hit was||
I don't think the hit was overrated. I think Clowney got overrated because of the hit.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Well....it's not a||
Well....it's not a suspendable gesture like the double deuce, but it probably earns a T if during the game.
What I found most enjoyable really was watching the Sparties get butthurt over the blown kiss and rushing to defend Payne for his own showboating. Immediately I thought "he's gonna get T'ed up" and the refs did not disappoint.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The latter would strongly||
The latter would strongly imply the former.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||Yes, he's doing a great||
Yes, he's doing a great job.
Indeed his team's psyche is reflective of his own. Your point is well taken, but instead of creating a team of positive thinkers I think he's managed to create a team of guys who let their obstacles get into their heads.
In contrast, Beilein has made the focus about the guys who are on the court instead of the guys who aren't, and they've responded in kind.
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||(No subject)|
|3 weeks 8 hours ago||Even the building is tired of||
Even the building is tired of his excuses.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||A game they care much more||
I'm guessing, not so much right now.
|3 weeks 10 hours ago||Daddy, tell me the story||
Daddy, tell me the story again about all the injuries.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||Anyone who thinks contraction||
Anyone who thinks contraction is a realistic option doesn't really understand the financials of doing so.
And you can't just force a team to move, either.
|3 weeks 13 hours ago||It's an athletic event. It's||
It's an athletic event. It's his problem whether or not the blame is his. And if there was a "miscommunication," that implies two parties involved, one of which is probably the athletic department, i.e., Brandon, since it's his ship.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Surely you don't figure the||
Surely you don't figure the Packers fill Lambeau Field with nothing but Green Bay residents.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||There really isn't enough||
There really isn't enough Canuck fanhood in Seattle for the Canucks to notice.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I am not in VA. But I did||
I am not in VA.
But I did once upon a time and can say from anecdotal experience that Virginia drivers are exactly as bad as you'd expect in the snow. I was out driving home, while living in Norfolk, after a very light snowfall had dusted the area, had to cross several bridges on the way home, and encountered a crashed car on every one of them.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Theory: All the "it's too||
Theory: All the "it's too cold" whiners moved down South and found something else to whine about instead.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I just wonder if the||
I just wonder if the self-appointed security official with 900 wins had any complaints.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, but I'm much more OK||
Yeah, but I'm much more OK with that then the idea of just letting players sell stuff directly. Believe me, I definitely worry about the $10,000 jockstrap. But if Billy Bob Booster wants to funnel $10,000 to a player through official merchandise sales, he's going to have to spend $100-$200K. That's unsustainably expensive and not particularly feasible, especially if the NCAA is smart and puts a cap on how much you can order all at once. Anyone with T. Boone Pickens money and the capability of doing that will just build the team new facilities or something.
Besides, Billy Bob Booster can promise to buy the merchandise, but that doesn't mean the merch will be available.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think you understand||
I don't think you understand what you're talking about.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||It's just accepted practice||
It's just accepted practice for a player to retain an "advisor." The NCAA allows it, in one of their saner moves, and it just happens. Every baseball player does it. This "advisor" walks like an agent and quacks like an agent and negotiates like an agent but in order to let the players have some semblance of leverage in their discussions, the NCAA just looks the other way.
The Phillies know this. They're just being raging dicks. And really, for no gain at all.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Why not set up some kind of||
Why not set up some kind of similar trust but funded only by things the player himself (or herself) actually sells? It would at least defuse the argument "they're making money off my jersey and I don't get a dime." Say 5 or 10% of every jersey sale or player memorabilia sale goes to the trust. It doesn't have to be contingent on graduation or completion of eligibility, either.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The really awesome thing is:||
The really awesome thing is: not actually all that experienced. 259th in KenPom's experience calculation, only two seniors and one junior, accounting for less than a third of the minutes played. Well-coached, absolutely - the similarities between Beilein and Bennett run deep.
Personally I'm hoping for both U-M and UVA to get the same seed in the tourney and meet in the championship game. Then I can crack a beer or five, cheer every basket, and enjoy the best basketball game I've ever seen and will ever see in my life.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Why, look who sits atop the||
Why, look who sits atop the ACC. How delightful.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||And halfway to my season||
And halfway to my season prediction of four wins. UDM was one of the teams I figured as a step above the worst teams on the schedule, so we're ahead of pace.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Is it too soon to declare||
Is it too soon to declare marked improvement in this team, of the kind we wanted to see? I'm thinking not. They treated Mercer like you're supposed to treat Mercer and are up 8-6 instead of down 4-3 to Detroit (which was the score last year when the game was halted.)
|3 weeks 4 days ago||So where is the line between||
So where is the line between "economic activity" and "not economic activity"? Since we've established that some things are on one side of it and some are not, that line needs to be defined in order to make that argument work.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||It would also be a win||
U of D's program is really only two years older than Mercer's. Mercer is in their 4th year, Detroit in their 6th. Rather more accomplished, though, with a conference title last season. Higher on the national pecking order. A win would be a step up from beating Mercer.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Not to be rude to anyone but||
Not to be rude to anyone but can we not have the game threads be chock full of goal announcements and nothing else? Anyone can follow Gametracker to learn when a goal gets scored. Discussion is so much harder when the thread has 40 posts, 30 of which just say "GOAL!!" Admittedly discussion is not that easy in the first place when it's not on TV, but regurgitating the info from Gametracker interrupts everything and makes actual comments difficult to notice.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Here's what I find||
Here's what I find fascinating: How geologically brand-new the current shape of the Great Lakes is. Not even talking about a waterfall that disappeared 8,000 years ago or so - I mean things like, until glacial rebound blocked the flow, the Ottawa River was the primary drainer of the lakes as recently as 4,000 years ago. We think of geological formations as pretty damn permanent, and human history to have taken place entirely within the world we see today, and yet the Great Pyramid had been standing for five centuries by the time the Ottawa River was blocked. All sorts of landforms like the Keweenaw Peninsula, Bruce Peninsula, Manitoulin Island, etc, had been exposed by the ice, submerged, and later reappeared, but were underwater when the pyramids were being built.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Certainly we see cases where||
When the former ref commentator says "I disagree with that call" it doesn't have any bearing on the game. And replay has no place in this discussion because replay is never used to change what you are calling a subjective call. It is only used in the most absolutely objective cases. Did a guy step out of bounds, did a knee hit the ground, did the ball cross a line, etc. It corrects errors in objective decisions, so it has no place in your argument.
Opinion does not sway a ball/strike call or a safe/out call. Errors in perception do. That is the fundamental difference that you're not grasping. The strike zone is very, very clearly defined. Either the ball passes through it or it doesn't. It is black and white and by its nature, objective. The umpire does not offer his opinion on whether the ball passes through the strike zone; he tells you whether it did or not. He doesn't give his opinion on whether the tag was applied in time, he tells you whether it was or not. The fact that they are sometimes wrong does not make it subjective. It just makes them wrong. The fact that technology exists to electronically call balls and strikes is proof positive that there is no subjectivity there.
I do not have a "fundamental misunderstanding of how modern judged sports actually operate." You have a fundamental misunderstanding of my argument. I think you've invented a logical conclusion that fits your narrative. In fact I think it's you that is misunderstanding the word "subjective." Whether the ball passed through the strike zone, whether the defender got in place before the ballcarrier "rises up" for the shot, whether the tag was applied in time, whether the ball was loose before the runner hit the ground - these are facts, provable and verifiable, "belonging to the object of thought rather than the thinking subject," per the dictionary definition of objective. If the referee is incorrect, then he's incorrect, but he's not applying an opinion. Whether a double somersault is in fact a double somersault per the definition in the rulebook is objective as well; whether that double somersault is worth 9.2 points or 9.1 points is subjective - i.e., "belonging to the thinking subject rather than the object of thought."
|3 weeks 5 days ago||No, I didn't say one word of||
No, I didn't say one word of that. What I said was that one umpire looks at one pitch and calls it a ball or a strike. Whereas five judges look at literally the exact same McTwist and offer different opinions. I'm not talking about a different trick from the same boarder or the same trick from different boarders, or a similar jump from the same boarder with different judges, like you're talking about pitches and pass interference. I'm talking about one, and only one, jump, with five different opinions. There is no such equivalent in baseball, hockey, football, etc.
Now I did talk about "three different triple axels." But here's the thing that you missed. A triple axel has a definition. Pass interference has a definition. If a ref sees something that fits the definition, he throws the flag. Period. He doesn't go, "OK, that was pass interference, but let me assess how much and what yardage is deserved and so on." Three skaters can land a jump that is defined to be a triple axel, and still there's room to say, "well, that was a pretty good triple axel, that one sucked and was all sloppy, and that one was awesome." A referee has no such discretion. His only job is to decide whether it was pass interference.
Don't be a condescending dick about how familiar I am with definitions when you're setting up straw men like that first paragraph.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Here's the problem with that||
Here's the problem with that analogy. Everything from pass interference to the strike zone to a charge/block call has very specific instructions about what defines that. The job of the referees and umpires is simply to watch and make a yes/no determination. Yes, there's judgment involved, because that's unavoidable when watching in real time - but that's still a world apart from "Here are three jumps which all fit the definition of a triple axel. Which triple axel was best?"
Hell, even in the racing events there are umpires making "judgment" calls, like, did someone false start. If there are rules, there has to be an enforcer of the rules, which is what a referee is, not a determinant of the score.
There's one guy in charge of watching any particular play at any given time. You don't have five umpires watching the strike zone and then voting on each pitch. In judging events like halfpipe, diving, figure skating, etc., the judges can all look at literally the exact same move and assign different scores. There's a very good reason most judging events eliminate the top and bottom scores.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The east side of the state is||
The east side of the state is a really good indicator of how much snow is lake effect because we never get any. Any substantial snow we get (talking about, more than an inch or two) is a snowstorm from outside the area and in general, if you get it, we get it.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Last year I paced off||
According to the NOAA observations, Lake Michigan's about three and a half feet below its historical high. The lakes are mostly about halfway between historical mean and historical low, but Superior is sitting right at its historical mean, which is a good sign for the other lakes. It means that over the long term, Superior's drainage, for a while, will help keep the others from sinking way down near those historical lows.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Kind of. Snow only helps||
Kind of. Snow only helps when it's not lake-effect snow. Fortunately, quite a bit of the snow this year isn't. What you really want is a few really good Alberta clippers dropping snow into the Superior basin. Lake Superior has a really long residence time, so extra snow there keeps all the other lakes charged up for a while.
I keep an eye on lake levels myself, since I sail on Lake St. Clair and low levels present anything from a hassle to a hazard.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Question: If scientists are||
Question: If scientists are worried about too few wolves on Isle Royale, and too many in the UP (such that they opened up wolf hunting) why not just round up some wolves and ship 'em over and solve two problems at once?
I'm sure there are many reasons why they don't, which would cause biologists to just roll their eyes at the stupid simplistic layman question, but I don't know what those reasons are.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Dammit. /historycolonelklink||
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I saw nothing remotely like||
I saw nothing remotely like that in his post.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||If this were a 5'2 130||
Of course not. The reaction would be: Look at that stupid fucking idiot who thought he could play football with the big boys. Everybody point and laugh at the moron getting destroyed for a publicity stunt. Then there would be writers wringing their hands about gladiatorial publicity stunts designed to take advantage of people for cheap laughs.
Coyote has it right. Why do we twist ourselves into knots and rig playing fields in order to pretend that two groups of people who are fundamentally, obviously, biologically different are in fact exactly the same?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||but can people really not go||
Upvote so hard. Unplug from the fucking Matrix, enjoy what's going on in front of you, talk to your neighbors, spend time with the people you actually came to the game with. "I don't wanna disconnect" ..... what the hell is that. You know what, there's no sense in you ever leaving your house.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||That was the White||
That was the White Sox.
Plus you gotta admit, he was uniquely skilled to do so.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||It's absurd because nobody||
It's absurd because nobody ever looks at a walking-around football player who suddenly goes to the ground as anything but a disgusting faker who belongs in Italian soccer. And as I said, if it happens, the spread coaches will assume it's fake.
I mean, think about it. A guy gets up from the pile, takes a couple steps, decides the twinge in his ankle needs a look-see instead of trying to play on it as the offense is lining up quick-like, and sits down. That's what Brian was encouraging - does anybody honestly think that anyone will believe that he's actually hurting? I know Brian is talking about legitimate injuries, but nobody will be able to tell the difference between faking and real. It will look like flopping. And everyone will wring their hands and say "what should we do about all this flopping in football??"
Why should the offense wait for the defense to sub? Look at it this way:
-- if the offense wants to sub and the defense doesn't, they can.
-- if the defense wants to sub and the offense doesn't, they can't.
Why is that OK?
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'm willing to buy the "think||
I'm willing to buy the "think of the children" line, if not completely hook, line, and sinker, at least look longingly at the bait. I agree with whichever poster said last week that "the defense shouldn't need permission from the offense to sub," and plus if anyone were to really analyze this with a critical eye, I bet they'd find that most plays never get started within 10 seconds of the last whistle anyway.
I certainly was never willing to swallow Brian's absurd idea that a defender can just play possum if he wants to get off the field. The speed-up coaches also cry foul if they think that's happening, too.
I would finally argue that the speed-up coaches have certainly done their share of rules-lobbying, in realms like protecting their receivers from too much grab-and-clutch. You could just as easily portray that as "the neanderthal coaches aren't playing the speed-up way, and it's working, so instead of figuring out how to stop it, the speed-ups are trying to make it illegal."
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly, something||
Exactly, something meaningful. I hate that this will sound all holier-than-thou, but if I donated a shit-ton of money to my school for a purpose of some kind I'd choose a meaningful name for it and stipulate as part of the donation that it could never be changed. Not "Me Hall" or the "Look At Me Chair Of Teaching Stuff."
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Why is it, when||
Why is it, when coach opinions on the 10-second runoff is mentioned, reaction so often goes thusly:
-- Slowdown coaches like Bielema and Saban like the rule
"lol of course those neanderthals say that"
-- Speed-up coaches like Gundy, Kingsbury, and Briles dislike the rule
"See, coaches are against it. These are highly respectable coaching men and should be listened to."
Whoa, big surprise Texas Tech is against this. Find a non-basketball-on-grass coach who disagrees with the rule and I'll pay more attention.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I can't imagine the ego||
I can't imagine the ego involved in saying "we'll only give the program money if you name the head coaching job after us."
At least when schools name their shiny new buildings after donors, those are actual new, physical things that the donor made possible.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||It looks like Wisconsin fans||
It looks like Wisconsin fans made a wish and now Sam Dekker is blowing in on the west wind. All that's missing is the umbrella and handbag.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||With his eligibility up,||
With his eligibility up, there's nothing the NCAA can do anymore, even if they wanted to, which they probably don't. Now he's just a student, which is outside their jurisdiction.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Even so, I bet the department||
Even so, I bet the department would have something to say about it. I'd be surprised if U-M didn't get in touch with Mr. Hall in the form of a cease-and-desist-and-by-the-way-you-owe-us-for-the-ones-you've-already-sold letter.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Pretty good spelling for a||
Pretty good spelling for a guy who ain't come to play school.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||Yeah, that's correct. At||
Yeah, that's correct. At first I was thinking Russia could be the 6th seed but now that they've beaten Slovakia that's not happening anymore.
Not that Sweden would be fun times in the 2/3 side of the bracket. But now I'm pulling for Finland all the way, in regulation, so as to set up Canada/Russia in Canada's first game.
|4 weeks 15 hours ago||Here's to OT between Finland||
Here's to OT between Finland and Canada later.....it would give the US the 2 seed in the elimination tournament.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Two other holes to punch in||
Two other holes to punch in the story: craters and LEM thrusters.
Throw a rock into the snow. Does it make a crater like the ones on the moon? No.
I'll maybe buy the snowshoe effect, but the LEM had descent thrusters which would've blown all that loose dust away.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, I've read that stuff,||
Yes, I've read that stuff, and in a very small way I feel bad for Incognito as well because Martin sure seemed to give the impression that he was just fine with all this stuff. "The question is not whether I treat you badly but whether you've ever seen me treat anyone else different." (Not an Incognito quote.) I can see how it would be a shock if he just keeps acting the same way he's used to and everyone all responds more or less the same to it and then all of a sudden one of them goes crying to the media.
But he's not that sympathetic of a figure here. Without getting to be a fly on the wall, it doesn't sound like there was a lot of, say, back-and-forth in this friendship of theirs.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I was about to reply before||
I was about to reply before hitting the link. Glad I didn't. I will still make the point that "it's a workplace" does not imply a monolithic behavior standard. You wouldn't hold, say, a mechanic's garage and a corporate meeting room to the same standards, and something that would get you fired in one workplace would be just fine in another. I'm not going to hold the locker room to the same standard as the boardroom just because "it's the workplace."
That said, there's still a minimum standard, and Incognito is a raging asshole who probably ought to be blacklisted from the league. I don't think the fact that it's a workplace has any bearing on treating people like that.
P.S. I don't have a lot of respect for Martin either. I know, don't blame the victim.....but if you don't like what's happening, don't encourage it either, which is what he was doing.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe I'm a little old-school||
Maybe I'm a little old-school but is it such a bad thing that men be held to a higher standard of behavior around women and allowed to let loose a little in a men-only environment?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I'm a little skeptical of the||
I'm a little skeptical of the report - not that anything in it isn't true, but I'm not sure it's in context very well. Let's face it - "sexually explicit remarks about sisters and mothers" are not the least bit uncommon, nor taken literally, in lots of different settings. You could do a context-free analysis of this board and find it horrifying even given the high standards of behavior.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Each dot represents a||
Each dot represents a possession. The colors of the lines between the dots indicate how much leverage that possession had on the game. There's a key on KenPom but I can't see it at work.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Look at it this way: they're||
Look at it this way: they're already close to .500 in conference play (and they're not just a win over Penn State away from consideration) and they're not even the "next four out." Teams with that low of an RPI don't make the tourney without an autobid. If Nebraska finishes at 9-9 I'll be shocked if they even show up in the next four out. They're not in the conversation.
To this point:
They lost all the good games, not most, and the committee has a history of not particularly caring how tough a schedule you played if you didn't win any.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Burleson's definitely one of||
Burleson's definitely one of the good guys of the league. Hate to see him go but figured this would be his last season in Detroit anyway.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||They've still been explicitly||
They've still been explicitly told that by the coaches and explicitly given instructions regarding their rotation obligations and permissions.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Ditto. I'd be a cord-cutter,||
Ditto. I'd be a cord-cutter, but the fact is the "providers," through television and not the Internet, remain the best way to get sports. Until I can get the exact same HD programming off the Internet and onto my big screen, and I don't just mean whatever ESPN3 provides, but the whole laundry list from ESPN to NBC to CBS to local Fox stuff to CBS College Sports ... (you get the picture) I'll bend over for the cable company.
I'd like to think that "a la carte pricing is the future!" as tends to be the dominant theme, and I could then pay less for cable, but if that ever happens I suspect the pricing will be such that I end up paying the same anyway.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||A player who is hurt or in||
Because if there's one thing that's ingrained into football players' DNA, it's asking to come out of the game by dropping to the ground.
Players will play until given no choice, and the only way to give them no choice is to give them intense crippling pain or have a coach order them off. If a guy is hobbling he will try and walk it off rather than soccer-flop in order to stop the game. He'll insist on playing until told otherwise. That's how players are. Players are suing the NFL left and right over concussions and yet guys like Doran Dickerson come flat out and say "I had a concussion and I covered it up."
And furthermore much derision and scorn is heaped from all corners on teams and players who are perceived to be taking advantage of minor, playable injuries in order to slow down a hurry-up offense. If a guy is hobbling around a little, and suddenly drops to the turf to stop the game, the hurry-up fans who don't want this substitution rule are the same ones who'll be first to scream "Italian soccer player" when a defender hits the deck.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||FYI, Lunardi doesn't really||
FYI, Lunardi doesn't really "project" conference winners - he just takes the team in front at the time of publication.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||63rd in RPI makes the||
63rd in RPI makes the committee go "next." They have no OOC wins worth a damn and a loss to UAB. The only bubble they're on is whether the NIT will let them host a first-round game.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||"Divest" subscribers? What||
"Divest" subscribers? What does that mean - "fuck you, here's a dish"? It seems to me that "as part of this merger we're going to cut people off" is more monopolistic, not less.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Everybody has to throw twice,||
Everybody has to throw twice, but the skip never sweeps. Until the skip throws he or she stands at the back and hollers instructions. When the skip throws then someone else hollers.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Personally I'll root for||
Personally I'll root for Rutgers against Maryland and MSU and OSU against both.
BTW I was under the impression that both new additions were already slated for this summer. Was this not the case with Rutgers? We were going to have a 13-team conference for a year?
|4 weeks 4 days ago||$800,000 was probably||
$800,000 was probably considered an utterly exorbitant sum for a draftee in 1992. Good investment though.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Now he's Airon Craft||
Now he's Airon Craft AMIRITE???
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think Brandon started||
I don't think Brandon started (or helped start) two lacrosse programs with the idea of revenue generation in mind.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||My instinct before seeing the||
My instinct before seeing the Wonderlic chart was that RBs are the most likely to be able to make an impact right away; glad to see the chart backs it up. There's just so little you can actually teach an RB by the time he gets to college.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||So our head coach is known||
I mean, we've gotten absolute squat out of Kellen Moore the past couple years. It's about time we did something about that.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||top recruits will come to||
So far, only in the smallest of trickles. Really, it'll be a while before the powerhouses (in which I wouldn't include Notre Dame) consider Michigan a real recruiting threat.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Yes. Mid-majors need to do||
Yes. Mid-majors need to do their level best to ensure their best team gets to the tournament. You see basketball mid-majors set up all kinds of tortured brackets for their conference tourneys to balance the competing interests of giving every team a shot (thereby making as much money as possible) and sending the best team to the Dance (thereby also making as much money as possible.)
An ACC or SEC is motivated the other way. From the standpoint of getting as many teams in the tourney as possible, you want to give the underdogs the best possible chance to win.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||You'd think the French would||
You'd think the French would be content simply charging through the nose for the food in the first place.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Correct.||
|5 weeks 3 days ago||By the time I was able to||
This may be a commentary more on the laptop than on Signing Day. But am I crazy in thinking that a few years ago, you could follow LOIs all day as they came in every so often, up through the afternoon, and now the prospects all just rush to get them in as close after 8 AM as possible?
|5 weeks 3 days ago||OMG I totally <3 this||
OMG I totally <3 this basketball season. "Losing to UVA and Duke happens." A statement so casual, so matter-of-fact, so utterly boring and yet full of life and meaning. From a my-avatar perspective this basketball season is the bestest EVER.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||It's not about Notre Dame.||
It's not about Notre Dame. It's about changing the requirements about divisions. That's all it is.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||It's about scheduling||
It's about scheduling flexibility, not going back to 1973. Right now the NCAA rules say in order to have a championship game you must have divisions and all teams in the division must play each other, no exceptions. The ACC wants to change that.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||While at Michigan State,||
That article makes it sound like Dantonio propositioned him for sex.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I really don't think you||
I really don't think you should be equating "would rather be there" with "doesn't want to be here." They aren't the same thing. Being forced for whatever reason to go with a second or third choice is something that happens all the time to athletes and non-athletes alike and people don't usually just sag their shoulders and half-ass their way through the next four years because of it.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Cobo Arena? Does anyone even||
Cobo Arena? Does anyone even remember it was a sports venue? Its biggest claim to fame is probably hosting the Live Bullet concert and the Nancy Kerrigan whack-a-thon.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||This probably goes hand in||
This probably goes hand in hand with what you're saying about the city looking like a large suburb, but public transportation such as a dedicated metro system would be a colossal waste the way the area is laid out. In Chicago, people work downtown. They go in in the morning and out in the afternoon. In Detroit, people live everywhere and work everywhere.
As far as that layout itself, why shouldn't they have done it that way? Back when the city was growing, people could afford not to live all crowded and crammed next to each other. Keep in mind that in the early 20th century, we weren't that far removed from the idea that cities were disgusting pigholes. Manhattan was a slummy mess, not a collection of gleaming skyscrapers. Cities were filthy, disease-ridden, and to be escaped ASAP. So when you had the chance to lay out a city that wasn't? You had workers that could afford a house and a patch of land, and a car so they didn't have to walk? And flat land without hills to lay it out in? This was a godsend. Goodbye to filthy sewers, crumbling tenements, and the slums - hello to the new middle class city. Grand Boulevard was laid out for no other reason than they wanted a Sunday-drive promenade, and because they could. They couldn't possibly have been expected to anticipate 21st century attitudes toward cities.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||It's unfathomable to me why||
It's unfathomable to me why the Pontch owners (Crowne Plaza, these days) don't get together with Cobo and install a skywalk.
Then again, the previous owners let it go out of business, which is equally unfathomable given that you could never ask for better access to a city's convention center. Unless you had a skywalk.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Honestly - I think there's||
Honestly - I think there's only one better thing that can be done with that location. It's bordered by a freeway, a gated apartment complex, the river, and Cobo. In other words it's a totally blocked-off section of town. You can't put shops and stuff there because it's not big enough to be a destination unto itself. You put a park there, it'll be littered with needles in no time.
The only use of the space I can think of is an expansion of the Cobo complex. It's simply inaccessible.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||38 minutes a game is 95% of||
38 minutes a game is 95% of the available minutes, which according to KenPom, only Cotton plays that many. There aren't "plenty" of players playing 38 minutes, only Cotton.
Now, I think your point still stands somewhat. 42 college players average 90% of their team's minutes (36 minutes if we assume the effect of OT is negligible.) Nobody in the NBA averages 90% of their team's minutes.
However, in terms of possessions, Durant plays far more of them in that 38 minutes and therefore has many more opportunities to foul. Durant would play 95 full-length possessions. Cotton, if he averages 38 minutes, would play 65. Cotton must go 13 possessions between fouls or else foul out. Durant must go longer, about 16. Therefore the burden is actually more on the pros, despite having more fouls to give. The fact that they foul out much less than in college is, to me, mathematical proof that they just don't play defense as hard in the NBA.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||But I'd argue college hockey||
It is in practice, but, I think, only because of the format. Double elimination tamps down the randomness quite a bit in baseball. In fact, more so than just the mathematical effect, and more so than it could in hockey, because it puts a premium on having a deep pitching staff. I guarantee if baseball just had a straight single-elimination bracket, the championship would be a mess.
A simple one-week expansion of the tourney would do it. Lacrosse has a three-week tourney so there's no reason hockey can't. Play best two-of-three the first weekend, that's all it would take. Play best two-of-three the next weekend, too, that's fine - and then go to the Frozen Four and play single elimination for the marbles.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Well, everything is random in||
Well, everything is random in the execution. The 30-yard run could be followed by a pick-six on a screen pass where the defender would've scored from the 50 or the 10. I'm just saying that baseball has memory in a way that was overlooked in the original analysis.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I see a lot of calls to||
I see a lot of calls to increase the foul-out threshold from five to six, but I'm positive all that would do is reverse any progress they're making on opening up the game. Defenders will be a lot more aggressive if given that much more leeway before they're in foul trouble.
Having the threshold where it is emphasizes having depth on the bench, as well. I realize that's less of a popular opinion because people don't like putting the stars on the bench in foul trouble, but I think teams should be rewarded for depth.
I get the bad-call argument, and it holds weight considering the awful inconsistency of CBB refereeing. I'd just rather fix the refereeing than address a symptom of it.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Very interesting. One||
Very interesting. One quibble:
As I understand it, the argument is that the 30-yard run, even if you don't score on that possession, affects the probability of the opponent scoring on the next possession. This is what is meant by football having "memory," yes?
However, baseball does have memory, too. Pitch count matters. Times through the order matter. If Miguel Cabrera bats five times in a game, the odds of him producing a run in that game are better than if he bats four times. If you burn through an opposing bullpen faster, you're more likely to see a worse pitcher. In fact, in this way, memory exists from game to game in a way that football, nor any of the mentioned sports, does not have. If I force you to use your bullpen too much in the first two games of a three-game series, my odds of winning the third game improve.
In other words, if I load the bases in the 7th with my 2-3-4 hitters and my 5-6-7 hitters pop up, my 2-3-4 guys are now due up in the 9th instead of the 10th (an inning which may not happen.) If I then load the bases the next inning with 8-9-1, my odds of scoring a run are improved because I loaded the bases in the 7th.
Baseball is still the most ridiculously random sport - and anecdotal evidence of a regional 4 seed winning the entire CWS is a small piece of proof. But memory does exist.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||The dude actually juked||
The dude actually juked someone. That has got to be embarrassing for the jukee.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Stop ruining my narrative||
Stop ruining my narrative with the facts of the situation.
I wonder what my cloudy memory was thinking of. In this case we're actually completely screwed, since we beat Denison last year. Commence the panicking and running around screaming.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Not to mention that Kids||
Not to mention that Kids These Days tend to tweet whatever the F pops into their heads. Adreian Payne tweeted that he would play against Michigan. Doesn't mean he did.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I have no insight on the play||
I have no insight on the play in the scrimmages. But we did lose to Marquette in last year's scrimmage. Based on overanalysis of meaningless action, that means this year is gonna be better than last.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'm guessing that they are||
I think this would be such an awful situation. I can't imagine the SEIU would want to include college athletes out of the goodness of their heart. Unions aren't particularly different than the NCAA when you get down to the real heart of it. They have goals. To pursue those goals they need money. They'll do what they have to in order to get it. Expanding the SEIU (or whoever) umbrella would just be a means to power and revenue expansion. I don't think a non-athlete-specific union would have the interests of athletes much more in mind than the NCAA does.
I don't think there'd be leadership turnover as much as you think. The head of the MLBPA, for example, doesn't turn over quickly just because there's a lot of turnover in the ranks of baseball players. A CAPA leadership council wouldn't necessarily be comprised of college athletes. In fact it almost certainly wouldn't be.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||IMO this will be a fairly||
IMO this will be a fairly bellwether year. We do have two years' worth of varsity-level recruiting in the program now, so we should really expect that it should translate to improvement in the win column. If we can't scrape more than two wins it might be time to start some succession planning. If we can get four or five I think it would mean the plan is working.