the season has truly begun now
|23 hours 31 min ago||Yeah, this is just one person||
Yeah, this is just one person speaking, but I found the SAT yawningly easy compared to the ACT, mainly because of the time limits. The ACT's was way less forgiving and I found myself going "what??" when the proctor said pencils down.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Hm. Either Atwater is||
Hm. Either Atwater is converting old churches into brewpubs at a breakneck pace, or you live awfully damn close to me. And I do love me some Dirty Blonde.
|2 days 17 hours ago||Well, that's pretty much||
Well, that's pretty much entirely the point of the sponsorship.
|2 days 23 hours ago||I disagree for the simple||
I disagree for the simple reason that the sheer volume of one-offs, "alternates", and inky-dinky little tweaks is overwhelming. Things like a solid gray uniform at Kentucky for no other reason than it's trendy are proof positive that Nike's designers have too much time on their hands.
I miss when you could turn on the TV and immediately know who's playing without having to figure out whether it's BlakkOutzz Nyte at Rutgers, Texas Tech throwbacks, or Oregon trying to pretend they're the Raiders again.
|3 days 15 hours ago||Guessing it's because of||
Guessing it's because of holier-than-thou people who take it upon themselves to determine whether or not someone else is allowed to call themselves a fan.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Starting to get the notion||
Starting to get the notion that much of these changes are due to Nike and adidas employing a lot of people and needing some way to keep them busy.
Nike's "every number font must be different and every uniform must tell a story" thing is awful. The fastest way to make a uniform ugly is to have ugly numbers. The example they gave is Syracuse - the slopey lines in the numbers are at 44 degrees to honor the number 44. But you would never know that unless someone told you, which is to say that Nike is a miserable failure at having the uniform tell the story.
|3 days 18 hours ago||Not gonna pile on the OP||
Not gonna pile on the OP here. We all have our breaking points, even if some come sooner than others. Anyone who says they'll watch any game all the time no matter what is lying - period. If ticket prices get too expensive you'll stop going. If the admin pisses you off enough you'll stop supporting them. That's literally everyone here. I bet I could even find a breaking point on Devotee if I thought about it long enough. Totally, completely sympathize if the argument is "this shouldn't be enough to turn you off" but not if speaking in absolutes. Because what right has anyone to complain about anything, if literally nothing pisses you off enough to change your behavior?
|3 days 19 hours ago||I'm going to miss the game||
I'm going to miss the game because I'm doing other stuff on Saturday. Where do I apply to get my fan card back? Do you want my application in person or is it fine by mail?
|5 days 9 hours ago||Let me go ahead and pile on||
Let me go ahead and pile on the Citrus Bowl, because that was gonna be my entry too. It's a monstrosity of concrete surrounded by a chain link fence. What bathrooms there are, are just concrete-block shacks. The concourse isn't really a concourse, it's just the empty space between the bleachers and the chain link fence, and the upper deck isn't even attached to the lowers, it's just a separate structure looming over top. And the seats pissed me off; they bolted seat bottoms to the bleachers so you couldn't slide half a seat over to get a better view around someone in front of you. (This was at a not-sold-out game.) No seat backs, just uncomfortable seat bottoms. Stupid.
I understand the place is going through a "renovation," which basically involves tearing down the old stadium and building a new one. None too soon.
|5 days 9 hours ago||There's nothing wrong with||
There's nothing wrong with the stadium. It's the location the Braves don't like. There's some map they produced that says all their paying fans live to the north of the city. It's actually quite a nice venue IME.
|6 days 8 hours ago||I can see where Magnus can||
I can see where Magnus can rub people the wrong way, but I have no choice but to respect his attitude of: this is my opinion on things and if you don't like it I don't really care.
|6 days 8 hours ago||I miss I Only Post GIFs. Or||
I miss I Only Post GIFs. Or whatever that was. For two weeks that was hilarious.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Please tell me you're||
Please tell me you're thinking of nebulous things like social costs and you don't mean that a former CEO has no concept of the idea of costs and contribution margins and such, and thinks that the beer magically appears in the tap. That's the only way that that wouldn't be a really, really dumb comment.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Not selling beer inside is||
Not selling beer inside is not what makes the Big House sacred.
|6 days 17 hours ago||Just because they would make||
Just because they would make money off of it doesn't make it a "revenue grab." Nothing wrong with making money off of beer sales. People who don't want to pay the expensive prices won't do it. I'd be all in favor.
|1 week 20 hours ago||I have a Galaxy S4. I still||
I have a Galaxy S4. I still have no idea what the shit is going on here, much like, I suspect, the vast majority of Android users.
|1 week 1 day ago||Ugh guys see here is a||
Crazy my eye. Not a single sub in sight.
|1 week 1 day ago||Seriously, man. Do I think||
Seriously, man. Do I think very highly of Dave Brandon overall? Nope. Do I think he's doing it up right here? Hell yes. I don't care for neutral site games but there are lots of juicy looking home-and-homes coming up.
|1 week 1 day ago||Pretty much exactly the kind||
Pretty much exactly the kind of game we should be scheduling.
|1 week 1 day ago||Thanks. It is, really. It||
Thanks. It is, really. It gets crazy.... in the nine day stretch ending today, I'll have been sailing for seven of them, on three different boats. But weekends like this past one, where it's hard work sometimes but the weather is perfect, are totally why I do it. Once September rolls around, I'm a bit bummed on missing out on games and we sometimes listen to the radio on the boat. But I'd rather be squeezing in the last few races of the year while I still can - there's lots of time for football later. No doubt that does all depend on where you are.... I'm sure the season never really ends in Florida.
|1 week 1 day ago||I'm regular or semi-regular||
I'm regular or semi-regular crew on like four different sailboats, one of which is the one in Connecticut. Sailing season overlaps football season by three or four weeks generally. We're still racing in September, stretching into early October (but by then, they're not on Saturdays any more.) It's plenty warm in September still.
|1 week 1 day ago||I've missed quite a few games||
I've missed quite a few games lately because sometimes I do stuff like race sailboats or be out on deployment (I was somewhere between Guam and Hawaii for The Horror, which took place around 2 AM, so, yup, missed that one) or generally just go do fun stuff and live life without having a coronary over missing a football game. Haven't seen an opening-weekend game in years because I keep flying out to Connecticut for a distance race.
Though, during college days at UVA, I only ever missed going to one home football game that I was in town for, and that was because the Ohio game was on at the same time. Good thing too because that was 2003 and things dried up quick after that.
|1 week 2 days ago||In my lifetime there will be||
In my lifetime there will be a 51st state. In fact it wouldn't surprise me if there were a 52nd at the same time due to some kind of Missouri Compromise kind of deal. Either Puerto Rico, Washington DC, or the splitting up of a state like California, Maryland, or New York. Another slim possibility: the combination of Guam with the CNMI and maybe Samoa into a Pacific state. Although in the case of DC, the ideal solution would for Maryland to reclaim most of the district, and carve out a smaller District of Columbia with zero population.
|1 week 2 days ago||I miss SixZero's user||
I miss SixZero's user profiles. I realize that was more of an offseason diversion than a football thing and that makes my timing in asking literally about as bad as it could be, but those were fun to read. It doesn't have to be SixZero doing it. It seems like something that's right up Seth's alley.
|1 week 3 days ago||Speaking as a far-right||
Speaking as a far-right member of the Get Off My Lawn Party, whose platform includes electroshock therapy for anyone who favors or tolerates any deviation from the traditional uniforms, and is committed to finding the warehouse where the blue pants are stored and burning it to the ground and salting the earth beneath it..... I don't care either about the footwear.
I might crack a joke about how they look like they're stepping on canaries, but cleatz don't bother me enough to put up any fuss.
|1 week 6 days ago||Information left unposted is||
Information left unposted is seriously the very last thing this blog ever has to worry about.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||Last time baseball changed||
Last time baseball changed commissioners there was a strike. Let's see if we can avoid that next year.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Oh. I thought for a minute||
Oh. I thought for a minute this meant, like, professionally. I forgot about the Eurotrip. So this is news I like after all.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Time to send him packing,||
Time to send him packing, with news clippings about the soccer ref in Livonia as a going-away present.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Also shot down: The idea that||
Also shot down: The idea that DB had no control over the schedule change. He had input to what the scheduling inputs were before they got plugged into the computer that spit them out, and he failed to include rudimentary things like "don't make us play anyone on the road two years in a row, and if we absolutely have to, don't make it one of our big rivals." DB put in a token complaint after the fact, and uses that as his crutch to say, see, look, I tried but I couldn't do anything.
Does anyone honestly expect people to believe that the conference forced a schedule on the schools without any input from the ADs? DB had his chance and blew it.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not going to lift a||
I'm not going to lift a finger to defend the bait-and-switch, and I'm totally on board with the idea that this ought to be something other than the big rivalry game. Minnesota or someone. Penn State.
That said, there certainly are more benefits than "vague, short-lived good feelings 300 miles away from the arena." A few made-for-TV events are good for college hockey in general, and if Michigan is participating in those, there's something to be said for being the face of college hockey. Football doesn't need much extra exposure - hockey does. And Michigan's coaches can tell recruits who are considering the OHL "hey, you can play in outdoor games in front of tens of thousands of fans, or you can play in Owen Sound. Your call."
Chicagoland has like 10 million people in it, so you don't need most of them to be excited. It takes less than 1% of that to fill the stadium.
The clumsy (or downright dishonest, if you like) execution of this event doesn't go hand-in-hand with the benefits of doing it in the first place.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||There really is no such||
DB doesn't really bother with that veneer. DB does stuff because it'll make money, and then ad-campaigns it.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Duke and NC State are ganging||
Duke and NC State are ganging up on UNC. Wolfies dislike Duke but despise UNC with the seething hatred of a thousand suns.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Well, they are.||
Well, they are.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Honestly, I think a one-off||
Honestly, I think a one-off in Chicago is more than "not-awful," it's a decent idea. Sports like college hockey could use the exposure that comes with "events" like this one. I like it much less for football (hence, I get all up in arms over things like Jerryworld) because of the extremely limited number of games and the fact that it doesn't move the exposure needle much, but for hockey, let's do it. It happens in lacrosse all the time.
I do agree that in principle the AD needs to have this stuff out to the ticket holders before they make decisions about renewing. (Though I did look askance at the board thread that fumed about the average cost of a game going up one dollar.) The NFL for example made sure to announce the London games before anyone had to renew their season tickets. It's just one more piece of evidence on the pile that says Brandon thinks he's such a wonderful marketer and has zero clue about customer relations (or else just doesn't care.)
But I generally agree, this whole Chicago thing is at worst a mixed deal, some good, some bad. Nothing wrong with taking the hockey show on the road every now and then.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You're not in the same||
You're not in the same conference with a team if you recruit kids that will get their degree and yet never play that team. The Lions play AFC teams more often than that. AL teams play NL teams more often than that. The B1G is not a conference, it's a loose association agreement between two separate conferences.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm still waiting for a DC to||
I'm still waiting for a DC to say, "I'm really excited about our defense this year. We're going to sit back in a soft zone and play bend-but-don't-break all day. It's the least aggressive defense I've ever had and I love it."
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Hard to believe it took this||
Hard to believe it took this far in the thread before anyone mentioned Aladdin. Without a doubt the Genie was the best character in any Disney movie, ever, and that was 100% Robin Williams's talent. The animators mostly just drew what Williams improvised. I think you could count on one hand the number of people in Hollywood more talented than him. What a loss.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||tl;dr||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||It's really fucking sad that||
It's really fucking sad that you think the traditional uniforms are not interesting.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"Supposed to", not "suppose||
"Supposed to", not "suppose to."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||We've lost more than we've||
We've lost more than we've won in uniformz, and I've yet to see a recruit say, "I came to Michigan for these."
|2 weeks 6 days ago||What's really more of a||
What's really more of a surprise is that the O'Bannon thread failed to gain much traction, probably because of pants. Maybe tomorrow.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Who is eerily similar to Ryan||
Who is eerily similar to Ryan Pflugner, the Alabama kicker who Pflubbed the extra point that gave Michigan the Orange Bowl win lo these many years ago.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It's all well and good to||
It's all well and good to have your own perception of what the Michigan "package" is, or even trying to convince people to see it your way, but you're out of your element telling other people what their perception is.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||This thread is not a surprise||
This thread is not a surprise from someone who has a favorite painkiller. They must be kicking in right about now.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||RR invented the damn spread.||
RR invented the damn spread. This is not hyperbole. The zone-read that he ran was his own creation. The herd followed him, not the other way around.
Your list is chock full of things that nobody ever associated with Michigan. The 3-3-5? Really? "Michigan doesn't run a 3-3-5" is something that nobody said, ever. "Michigan doesn't play music at practice" is absurd. The only things I'll grant you are the offense and the #1 jersey, and RR backed right off handing the #1 jersey to just anyone after there was backlash, so it shouldn't really even be on your list.
There's nothing hypocritical about what I'm saying, because all those things are complete non sequiturs.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The road unis never looked||
The road unis never looked better than that, and never will look as good.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I think the night game itself||
I think the night game itself is what qualifies as well thought out new stuff. Nobody ever thought, "Michigan, yeah, that's that program that never plays night games." If a random football fan had been asked, "which program doesn't play night games?" most of them would've struggled with the answer, big-time. It wasn't part of the brand or identity or anything. Having night games improves the whole deal. Mike Barwis was well thought out new stuff because the program badly needed some better ideas in the S&C realm.
But if you put a football player in a blue uniform and maize pants, hell, nobody would even need the helmet to identify the school. Put him in blue pants and it could be any number of schools. This is just a gimmick that homogenizes us.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||This is not "keeping the||
This is not "keeping the program fresh." It's desperately following a trend. It's like expressing your individuality by saying Blurred Lines is the greatest song ever.
You're telling me this is a cosmetic change, and ironically, I agree in a sense - telling everyone we have a modern, not-complacent program because the color of the pants is different for one game is the very definition of lipstick on a pig. This doesn't mean we're shaking off complacency, it means we're desperate to sell jerseys and incapable of figuring out how to brand a program without joining a herd of sheep.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||OK, so if it's black and red,||
OK, so if it's black and red, and the game is played in the JerryDome, and the helmet has a wolverine head instead of wings, it's all still Michigan then?
Look: Michigan is not a discrete set of traditions with no relation to one another. It's the whole package. Dave Brandon says The Brand, The Brand, The Brand, and then continues to change things that are absolutely fundamental to The Brand, one of which is the uniform.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||What do you think would||
What do you think would replace it, a charitable organization? Why would colleges necessarily band together in a benevolent enterprise dedicated solely to the well-being of its participants and uninterested in money, if the NCAA were not around?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I believe that's a minimum of||
I believe that's a minimum of $5,000, not a maximum.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||This is not Michigan||
This is not Michigan fergodsakes.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Loh admitted when the||
Loh admitted when the conference switch was announced that initially he knew nothing - literally nothing - of athletic conferences except that "there are games." (His exact words.) Until, that is, he talked with Jim Delany, who I'm sure laid everything out in nothing but the most objective manner. Upshot is that I actually expect to hear nothing at all out of Wallace Loh, but it doesn't mean Maryland won't be bleeding cash all the same. The one thing that would give anyone any confidence in the future of their department is that most of the mismanagement seems to have occurred under the watch of a previous AD.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||What good is enjoying the||
What good is enjoying the history of the program if it's constantly changing, though? Doesn't Michigan lose some of its claim to history and uniqueness if we're always trying to be like other teams? To me, getting excited about doing what's "all the rage nowadays" is the exact opposite of liking the history.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Question: What exactly do you||
Question: What exactly do you like about Michigan?
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Seeing things like this||
Seeing things like this always makes me laugh even harder because I picture a horrified mom going OHH MY GOD NOOOOO and the dad standing right next to her, roaring with laughter.
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||I think you've set up two||
I think you've set up two contradictory premises: that it's a given that the smaller schools will all vote against it and that it's a given that the big schools will leave. If it's that clearcut, then why would the smaller schools all cut off their nose to spite their face? They aren't nearly so blind as to not realize what'll happen to their cash flow.
IME it's not at all such a done deal that the 125 objections will happen. A 16-2 vote with only five "Big 5ers" on the board means the little-school representatives voted 11-2 to make it happen. The MAAC commissioner already came out in support. The Sun Belt commish sounds pretty resigned to the idea. And this doesn't come to a vote without eons of time spent on politicking out the proposal in the first place. I'd bet on this going through with only a handful of objections.
|3 weeks 18 hours ago||If the big boys let them||
If the big boys let them join. It's not like the schools can just decide to on their own.
(Also, UCF and USF not so much.)
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||More than four hours to get||
More than four hours to get from AA to Columbus by car? What do you drive, a Trabant?
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Exactly - trophy, not||
Exactly - trophy, not trophies.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Best guess: there's some||
Best guess: there's some automation in there which makes SEC be dotless because of the Securities and Exchange Commission.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Not sure the sarcasm tag is||
Not sure the sarcasm tag is needed, actually. Whether or not college athletes are "kids" always seems to depend on the context.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Total non-sequitur: I thought||
Total non-sequitur: I thought it was a little strange that the Times abbreviates "SEC" but also "A.C.C." and "N.C.A.A."
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Art deco is a very cool||
Art deco is a very cool style. I like it. Maybe without the stars though? I think they distract.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Well, it does so happen||
Well, it does so happen there's more than one Spartan.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I think that fits here. Poor||
I think that fits here. Poor guy can't even afford crab legs let alone fancy insurance policies.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||It's a point I hammer at||
It's a point I hammer at constantly: college athletes take to the disrespect thing like the fat kid at the donut buffet. They want to be disrespected. All you have to do to motivate them is tell them nobody believes in them, because it's exactly what they want to hear to get themselves fired up.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||You mean besides the lack of||
You mean besides the lack of punctuation and the curious use of the word "whereas"?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Pulling some of this shit on||
Pulling some of this shit on the band's time. Now, the challenge. Is it OK if they do all of this stuff, just not on the band's time? Because a blanket ban on hazing and a "sexualized culture" during the time they're actually in front of band staff is guaranteed to do very little but move the behavior out of the view of adults. The challenge is to get them to not do it even when nobody's looking. Drunken underwear-clad rehearsals are a symptom, not the disease.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||You're not alone, I'm afraid.||
You're not alone, I'm afraid. E-sporp went whoosh right over my head. No idea what in the heck.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||That would be like saying I||
But that's your behavior that you can control. This is trying to change the behavior of 100+ individuals. This is a lot more like: your kids used to not do their homework at all, now they do it every other day, and next year they'll do all of it. A director can't just come in and wave a magic wand and say "this will stop now" and it automatically happens. And he can't just fire and replace the whole band for noncompliance, because then he won't have a band.
Whether or not the progress was fast enough, or the right things were happening, I have no idea, and I'm sure the director's idea of progress isn't the same as his bosses'. But a hard line of "you can just stop it on day one" is going to run you through 365 new directors per year.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||The Tigers and A's have been||
The Tigers and A's have been hoarding all the good pitchers and constantly one-upping each other.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I admit there's something of||
I admit there's something of an aspect of "you want money, fine, you got it" to that proposal. But it's not like players don't already cozy up to sponsors. Shoe agents infest every AAU tournament between the shining seas. And it's not like SEC recruiting isn't already a competition between boosters rather than coaches. So why not flip the script? Take what's now a capitalistic market and pinkoize it, and take what's now state-controlled and capitalize it. (The obvious answer is that it'll be, to put it mildly, difficult to convince the schools to submit to a huge heap of new rules about things like how much they can pay their coaches and where they get their gear from and such. But still.)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Here you go. So this||
Here you go. So this golf-loving church pastor wakes up on a Sunday morning and it is just the most beautiful day in the world. Sun shining, birds singing, and the pastor thinks: man, I really do not want to do three church services today, cooped up inside on a perfect day for golf like this. So he calls up the deacon and starts fake-coughing, going, "hey, I am just feeling terrible this morning, can you cover church services for me and apologize to everyone for my absence?" The deacon agrees and the pastor immediately splits for the golf course.
One of the angels in heaven sees this and runs off to tell God immediately. "Hey, God, there's this priest down there and he totally just lied to get out of church and now he's playing golf." "Oh, don't worry," says God, "I'll fix him."
So on the first tee the pastor hits absolutely the most beautiful shot of his life and it rolls straight into the cup, a hole-in-one. The pastor is so happy, jumping around for joy. And the angel goes to God and says, "hey, I thought You said You were gonna deal with this guy and now You let him get a hole in one on his first shot? How is that fair?" And God says, "Yeah, but, who is he going to tell?"
|3 weeks 6 days ago||As a solution, I'd just||
I've come to the opinion that any amount of reporting requirements or limitations on money no matter how seemingly insignificant will be flaunted. This is why I'm just about dead serious when I say, throw the whole system wide open, and get rid of scholarships. Let the players pay tuition, require their accounts with the school to be paid in full before they can play, and let the boosters do the paying.
This wouldn't be all that different from real-life anyway. To my knowledge there's no foundation at Michigan like UVA's VAF or Clemson's IPTAY, but those foundations just funnel donor money to the athletic department to pay for scholarships anyway. This would just redirect the money and cut out the middleman and some accounting tricks. And then players could go out and have all the Nevin Shapiro parties they wanted and the enforcement money could be redirected elsewhere.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||Huge fallacy there. "Let's||
Huge fallacy there. "Let's have one thing like it was 50 years ago" does not at all imply "let's have everything like it was 50 years ago."
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I absolutely loved the Cersei||
I absolutely loved the Cersei chapters. I think they're incredibly clever. Seeing things through the eyes of someone who is - I wouldn't be so kind as to say unpleasant, I would say almost completely evil - I think that's fascinating. And not only evil, but incompetent, which is equally fascinating. It really made me wish there had been a Joffrey chapter. One of GRRM's real gifts is the ability to subtly shift his writing style to adapt to the POV of the individual characters. Plus you get so much in-depth knowledge about Cersei's motivations and complexities.
I suppose you could say that Cersei has chapters out of necessity, since you kind of need to know what's going on in King's Landing in order to keep abreast of the geopolitical situation. But they were my favorite in FfC because it's the first time we truly got a POV from a character we're supposed to be rooting against.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Before reading the FfC||
Before reading the FfC prologue you must re-read Arya IX from CoK, paying close attention to the parting between Arya and Jaqen H'ghar and the description of all that takes place.
It may be worth re-reading the CoK Sansa chapter in which Sandor barges into Sansa's room during the Battle of the Blackwater, paying attention to what doesn't happen, and then paying attention whenever Sansa thinks back to that event. GRRM has specifically said the way things happened there was on purpose, but hasn't explained why (and neither has the significance, if there's to be any, shown up in the most recent two books.) This isn't totally necessary to understand the next two books, but there's at least a little something to notice.
I suggest taking a look here:
If you're so inclined, that link has a suggested chapter reading order for the next two books, should you be interested in reading them together rather than first reading FfC then DwD. Link is spoiler-free unless you click on other links or unless you like being surprised about who are the POV characters, and the order of chapter reading takes care to preserve the mysteries until they're supposed to be read.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||If she wants to be kept out||
If she wants to be kept out of it then she should stay out of it. But she didn't. You're fair game if you're making public criticisms.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I think you deserve all of||
I think you deserve all of the upvotes, unless your positions on said issues differ from mine, in which case you deserve all of the downvotes.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||“What the case was originally||
This guy is not helping.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Well, on the majors thing,||
Well, on the majors thing, one thing the methodology did was to adjust by majors "to see whether students at a particular school earn more or less than would be expected given the mix of majors at that school." So if a school is heavily liberal arts, that's factored in, and I don't think that skews anything.
I would argue that these criteria are mainly (though not totally) objective, and that if the results of objective criteria fail to match up to subjective opinion, rejecting the criteria in favor of the opinion is the exact opposite of any kind of scientific approach. They set out to rank colleges by value, so it stands to reason that a very expensive school had better deliver awesome results or else fall behind. What good would it be to pay $200,000 for an education that doesn't deliver twice the results of a $100,000 education? I do agree that a look further out in one's career would be very useful, but then it might also dilute the effect of the school.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Well, of course it's a||
Well, of course it's a generalization....one could write a doctoral thesis on that topic and do all sorts of research into fields, cost-of-living, percentage of grads that stay instate vs. go out of state, etc.
Actually, U-M is probably insulated from the phenomenon much more than other schools in the state. I think it's more about the schools further down the list. Not the U-Ms and UVAs but the UDMs and George Masons.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I wonder....I think Michigan||
I wonder....I think Michigan colleges (and Midwestern ones in general) get a little hampered by the "salary of grads" thing. You stay in Michigan after school, you're naturally going to get a lower salary than someone out East or in California, but, cost-of-living-wise, would you rather make $60K in Boston or $50K in Detroit?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||You may be right, but if you||
You may be right, but if you are, let's stop and think about that for a second. If the game is about getting on national TV, that is every goddamn thing wrong with Brandon in a nutshell right there. Does he lust so strongly for eyeballs that it doesn't matter how negative the coverage may be? We're talking about the most embarrassing game in 130+ years of team history. Is national exposure that important that it can be nothing but three hours of bad publicity and it's still better than being on the BTN for a week? Can we really be that desperate for "national exposure"?
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Delaware State FORFEITED A||
Delaware State FORFEITED A CONFERENCE GAME in order to play at the Big House. I'm sure it would've been possible to find someone willing to show up.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Well, again, we're literally||
Well, again, we're literally one game behind in the percentage department. You make it sound like an insurmountable obstacle.
And what's this about Cal Ripken? In 1998, the year in which he ended his streak (and three years after he broke Gehrig's record) he hit .271. Last year only seven shortstops hit .271. Two-thirds of the teams in the league would kill to find a shortstop that hit .271. The year after, he hit .340. There's no basis at all for claiming Ripken kept his streak alive at the expense of the team.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Most wins = winningest. And||
Most wins = winningest. And the percentage stuff has been swinging back and forth for years. One win by us and one loss by them is all it would take to put it back where it belongs.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||Assuming you're talking about||
Assuming you're talking about Chris Kluwe, I rather doubt he's being "blackballed" for "supporting civil rights." He's not on a team because he's not a very good punter and has one of the weakest punting legs in the league, and he's old and expensive for a punter.
Plus it's very hard to want to sign a guy who makes incredibly loud noises about suing when he doesn't get his way. Michael Sam: not really a distraction. "I'm suing the team because they didn't do enough about a coach who said things I didn't like" = HUGE distraction.
|5 weeks 20 hours ago||Ollantaytambo was the one||
Ollantaytambo was the one place I really wish I could've seen more of, but we had the train to catch. (And then it broke down 20 seconds out of the station.)
I will never forget the little girl of about 8 or so (who along with her brother had been thoroughly annoying our tour guide) who saw the little fountain at the palace ruins there and exclaimed, "Es como un baño!" The guide looked like she wanted to strangle the kid.
|5 weeks 21 hours ago||I lived in Newport for a||
I lived in Newport for a couple years and positively loved the place. Lived a stone's throw from downtown AND had off-street parking to boot - heaven. Honestly, after having lived there for a while, I can say this: the Red Parrot is nice and has good food, but it's for tourists.
These days anyone you see in uniform - 99% chance it's a NAPS kid. My reason for living there, it was my last tour in the Navy, working at the War College - and we wore civvies almost all the time, even at work.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||About two years ago now I||
About two years ago now I went to Peru for a wedding and some sightseeing. I remember seeing places like Pisac and thinking, "this is incredible scenery, I hope it doesn't spoil Machu Picchu for me," and then getting to Machu Picchu and thinking, "wow, it definitely didn't."
I have a cousin, or really a cousin once removed, who's the kind of adventurous dude who never bothered having a car in college because he would just hitchhike his way there and back, all 500 miles of the trip. He found us a tour guide who gave us a terrific tour of central Lima, which is really beautiful, and bribed our way into some places we wouldn't normally have seen.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Last actual vacation trip I||
Last actual vacation trip I went on was to Paris and Cologne. Paris was incredible. For me, it wasn't at all overrated. Standing on top of the Arc de Triomphe, which for my money is the best view in the city, honestly, I was star-struck. Like meeting a celebrity, except way more famous than any silly movie star, and they let you stare all you want.
And the Cologne Cathedral is one of the world's most mind-blowing incredible man-made structures.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Step 1 is always quit lying||
Step 1 is always quit lying to yourself.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Well, comparing a||
Well, comparing a million-dollar administrator and grown-ass man to college students isn't a fair comparison for starters. But you know what - if the players were really so rebellious and intractible that a public rebuke were necessary, why not? I think it's safe to assume that one doesn't resort to that kind of thing without a really good reason. Seven regents don't get together to say, hey, let's take this public for shits and giggles. I wouldn't go so far as to call it humiliation. Humiliation would be if they publicly fired him and aired the full load of dirty laundry. But a public rebuke is a perfectly legitimate tactic, yes, when your previous ones haven't gotten results.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I fully agree with the idea||
I fully agree with the idea of a fine line. It's not an easy one to walk. I think the skyboxes are a perfect example of respecting that line. It's a big change, but it was respectfully done and people understood the need and accepted the effort to make it work. DB's throwing a lot of stuff at the wall to see what sticks. That's always going to result in some good things and some bad, but in the end, more problems than it's worth. The idea that it is, in fact, a fine line, necessarily demands a great deal more careful consideration than Brandon appears to be giving it.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||That makes a ton more sense||
That makes a ton more sense if you're saying college doesn't get you straight to the major leagues; not how I read it, but if that's where you're going with it, I can see it. Still, I think you're letting college be a victim of its own success in a way. Part of the reason the minor league system is so huge is because there's so many players to fill it, and college is a big reason for that.
I have no way of doing this in two minutes, but I would bet that the difference in time between a player graduating high school and making his MLB debut isn't real big one way or the other if you compare the college and minor league route. They still come up at about the same age, all else being equal. That says to me that college is just as good a way to go as any other.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||This is the most fundamental||
This is pretty much the very core of DB critique right here. Everyone else has uniformz so we should too. I've made this point before but it's one of my better ones so I think I'll say it again:
Brandon is 100% correct when he says Michigan is in competition with, say, the Pistons or the Lions, for entertainment dollars. But he doesn't seem to get a very fundamental principle of competition. You can compete on price or you can compete on differentiation. If you can do both, great, but you can't do neither. Brandon is trying to do neither. He's got the most expensive product in town - not just in terms of dollars but also time commitment required, given distance and traffic and all that - and he's working on homogenizing the product.
You'll go to Costco because it's cheap, or you'll go to Whole Foods because it's unique, but you sure as shit aren't gonna pay Whole Foods prices at Costco. DB is turning Michigan into Costco but charging a premium. If all these different teams are competing for my entertainment dollars, I think I'll go to a Tigers game for fireworks, thanks, and the Lions play pretty good music on the speakers. There's nothing unique about those big M uniforms we had against Notre Dame, because Wiscy and Nebraska were given the same template. It goes on. I don't think he gets that Michigan provides the wow factor, not adidas or the White Stripes.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I guessed, incorrectly as it||
I guessed, incorrectly as it turns out, that the "sometimes worse" link would be We Are ND. But that's still a pretty good guess, right?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I think even to make such a||
I think even to make such a list is to imply that college-to-MLB is a limited pipeline. It isn't. Claiming that college baseball is comprised almost entirely of players with no pro prospects - that is a thoroughly bizarre claim that is completely without merit. Really a stunning display of ignorance of the sport. There are over 8,000 MLBers in the Baseball-Reference database associated with a four-year school. That's out of roughly 20,000 or so who've ever played.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Football and men's basketball||
Football and men's basketball don't need protecting. That's not really why people fight it. Those sports will exist regardless. People fight it because it limits opportunities for men to participate in any other sport besides those two.
And the reason Title IX should apply differently to "revenue sports" is: tell me how good the educational opportunity would be for women's volleyball players without something to fund them?
|5 weeks 2 days ago||From a competition||
From a competition standpoint, football still needs an overhaul. What we have now isn't bad, but it's extremely susceptible to being made much worse. Idea:
-- A 16-team tournament, set up the way the Big East used to run their basketball tournament. First round would be right after conference championship weekend in December. (Conference championship weekend, by the way, would be Thanksgiving weekend.) This year, the first three rounds would be the 6th, 13th, and 20th of December; losers in these first three rounds would end the season with a bowl invite. The semifinals, along with the big bowls, would take place New Year's Day (which is a Thursday); the championship would take place the following weekend (10 days later.)
-- The tournament would be a mix of conference champions and at-larges. However, it could NEVER be expanded. Eight conference champs, eight at-larges. Forever. If there end up being more conferences, tough; the best eight go.
-- No bowl may ever have a corporate sponsor for a name. That is, Weed-Eater Independence Bowl is OK. Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is not. They must have wide-open books and a certain minimum percentage of their income must return to the schools, and to the NCAA for the above-mentioned compensation fund. Like, 75% of it.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Problem is that if I were in||
Problem is that if I were in charge of the NCAA, I'd be impotent to make some of the changes I want to make, Title IX being prominent among them. I need to be King for a day instead of just Mark Emmert. Plus there is another constituency: TV.
Some changes I'd make to start with:
-- Title IX needs to account for the fact that, simply put, not as many girls as boys are interested in playing sports. For the money spent factor of it, I'd allow any ticket revenue generated by a sport to offset money spent on that sport, and for the participation aspect, I'd only count sports in which there's an equivalent for both men and women. (Thus, basketball, or baseball/softball. Not football or field hockey.) And so that colleges can't stash huge numbers of women on their rowing teams to comply, the NCAA would start sponsoring men's crew.
-- There'd be a luxury tax on facility improvement and coaching salaries, payable to the NCAA, and the money would end up in a player compensation fund as detailed later.
-- There could be a Players' Association, but not separate ones for every sport. Otherwise what would happen is the schools would focus all their time on football and ignore the other ones.
-- Players would no longer be "on scholarship." They would be responsible themselves for the full cost of their tuition. They can get student loans like everyone else. The one difference is they wouldn't be on the hook for a health plan; they'd have that free, as well as guaranteed dorm housing and a meal plan if they chose, all free. Schools would have to open their books to prove there isn't a dime of financial aid going to the players and that they've received every dime of tuition; playing a sport would make you ineligible for need-based financial aid. However, players would be free to take as much booster cash as they can get their grubby mitts on. Boosters and alumni can set up foundations to pay. It wouldn't be the least bit "illegal" to make money playing, so athletes such as tennis players could play on the pro tour. And any student loans taken out by an athlete can be replaced with an interest-free loan from the NCAA, plus a certain (hopefully fairly large, but I don't have the specifics worked out) percentage as a grant, following completion of a degree. A percentage of proceeds from apparel sales would support these grants. This would be team-based, not individual-player based. You buy a Devin Gardner jersey, even with GARDNER on the back, the football team benefits.
-- Educational shenanigans would be a LOT more strictly enforced. NCAA monitors will be at every school. UNC is not getting off the hook for phony classes just because a non-athlete or two happened to also take them. Enforcement resources no longer need to be directed at the Nevin Shapiros of the world, so they can go toward beating the shit out of the UNCs instead. The death penalty would get dragged out of the attic and used again.
-- To balance out the idea of some schools having the best team Phil Knight or T. Boone Pickens can buy, roster limits will be hard-capped at all times of the year (there won't be any more games with guessing how much attrition you'll have.) For example, at no time can a football team have more than, say, 90 players, or whatever seems best. Players may transfer as often as they like but must sit out a year, regardless of family hardship, unless: they have completed a degree; there is a coaching change at their school; or they did not meet a playing-time threshold. The sit-out year would not count as a redshirt year - it's just a year off. During this time, they don't have to appear on a roster. (This means they wouldn't be subject to financial aid or roster cap restrictions.)
|5 weeks 3 days ago||It doesn't say they always||
It doesn't say they always know exactly what their best interests are.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||The city has running water.||
The city has running water. They've just finally decided to limit it to people who actually pay for it.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||There are legitimate concerns||
There are legitimate concerns any time gentrification occurs somewhere, but quite often - and particularly in Detroit - the alternative to gentrification is "allow the place to continue being a huge shithole" so I'm pretty much OK with improving the place.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||There's a difference between||
There's a difference between shooting them off once on a holiday, and telling the neighbors they're going to have to put up with it seven or eight times a year on the regular from now until God knows when.
(Edit: On re-reading I think my thought process jumped from place to place without much of a link in between, the idea being that this year was going to be only two games but there would be no reason to expect it'd be limited to that in the future.)
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I do think you're over||
I do think you're over complicating things a bit. I've done a couple trips to Port Huron and back delivering sailboats for the Mackinac race. Honestly, just follow the shipping channel. There's good water on either side of it even entering the St. Clair River from the lake. Follow the green and red buoys and there will be zero problems. If a freighter comes, just edge a bit outside the channel.
The St. Clair River does have a heck of a current. The down bound travel time is going to be a couple hours less than up bound. Don't use your down bound time as a good indicator of how long it takes to go back.
Finally, in the Detroit River, give Peche Island a wide berth. There are sandbars everywhere. Again, best to follow the shipping channel.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Mackinac race this weekend!||
Mackinac race this weekend! I'm pretty damn excited. This'll be my 4th one.
|7 weeks 14 hours ago||I thought, for sure this is||
I thought, for sure this is going to be a two-way thing. I guess not. What a total waste of money. Apparently they learned nothing from the disastrous re-signing of Samuelsson. Cleary was a useful third-liner, once upon a time.
|7 weeks 15 hours ago||Copper Bowl was still better,||
Copper Bowl was still better, but in the end I'm not complaining. Except....given the list of things the author of the article felt that Arizona evoked, the Retired People From The Midwest Bowl has a certain ring to it.
|7 weeks 22 hours ago||Which makes me raise a very||
Which makes me raise a very skeptical eyebrow at Dilfer's comments:
Like hell it is. An infielder doesn't have time to throw, for reasons that should be obvious to anyone who's ever watched one baseball game, and they're taught to be very compact in their motion. It's a quick snap and it's very sidearm, and it totally lacks those "long moving parts." If his delivery starts low as a previous poster mentioned, that makes a lot of sense for an infielder because time spent bringing the glove up high and then bringing the ball up over the shoulder is time wasted.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Plus we don't even know how||
Plus we don't even know how much Schlissel even knows about the sports side of things. Sometimes the eggheads are thoroughly ignorant about that stuff. Wallace Loh at Maryland is the prime example. Schlissel may have things like the 100k streak on his radar or he may be utterly unaware.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||So for those saying that||
That is emphatically not true. There's a certain amount of money beyond which you're just gilding the lily, and which won't help those teams anymore. I don't know for sure what it is, but my guess is we've passed that point. You can basically sink money into facilities, coaches, and scholarships, and you can't pour extra money into scholarships. Once you have good, well-paid coaches and gleaming facilities, what's left?
The point that I've been making for a long time now is, we are basically at that point, and there's very little left that's useful for spending money on. And I think that point was backed up by the revelation that the growth of admin salaries in the department is outpacing revenue growth by 2-to-1.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I have never seen a fan base||
They're out there. BC fans couldn't wait for Gene DiFilippo to retire. Debbie Yow has managed to rile two different fanbases. At UVA we not only argue about the AD but we obsess (in a very, very negative way) over the associate AD. Trust me, as much angst as we have over Brandon, UVA fans have U-M fans beat hands down in the obsess-over-the-admin department. (Not surprising, either, considering the presidency kerfuffle.) This is just examples from the ACC where I have half a clue; I would also venture to guess that USC fans have had strong opinions about their leadership, and probably quite a few fanbases had their admin in the crosshairs during the whole realignment business.
At any rate, the main flaw in your argument is that Brian is exaggerating for effect when he says you or I could've done the job; the point, I think, is that so much (or all) of that stuff that you list could be done by a lot of qualified people, many of whom would be better at the stuff we don't like about Brandon.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Sure they would. Either||
Sure they would. Either leave Cleveland once in a while or convince the Yankees and Red Sox to move all their games to where the Indians play.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||"Tiger Woods is loved and||
"Tiger Woods is loved and LeBron is hated" isn't too sound of a premise. Lots of people love LeBron and lots of people don't like Tiger. And lots of people don't like either.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Even more nauseating is that||
Even more nauseating is that Cleveland fans will eat it up, completely forgetting the "we've been wronged" act they put on when he left.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Nothing, because no matter||
Nothing, because no matter how hard whats-his-name-the-BTN-guy tried to make that nickname stick, it was dumb from the start.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Being taught to crash the||
Being taught to crash the boards on offense, and to get back on transition defense, are more or less mutually exclusive. They're opposing philosophies.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Shit, dude. I'm really sorry||
Shit, dude. I'm really sorry to read that. Please don't feel like you owe us anything right now.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||That wasn't meant to be||
That wasn't meant to be snarky, and I think you missed the point, which was that this was the first (or among the first) article to mention other people besides Brock getting tangible benefit out of Barwis's training. (None of the articles you just linked to did that other than the TED talk.)
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Not much that's really news||
Oh? I thought the possibility of Barwis being able to use the methods he learned on Brock to teach other paralysis victims to walk as well was potentially earthshattering. This is something that a lot of people have tried and failed to do.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||OSU-MSU-ND. It's never not||
OSU-MSU-ND. It's never not that way.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Belgium: A much less||
Belgium: A much less effective buffer zone than France expected.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Beyonce.||
Also, who calls Celine Dion just Celine?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Happy birthday, eh!||
Happy birthday, eh!
|8 weeks 2 days ago||With you all the way, but||
With you all the way, but hell, it's the Internet. Why stop at 15 minutes?
|8 weeks 2 days ago||True fact: When Maryland and||
True fact: When Maryland and Rutgers play Michigan State and Ohio State, I'll be pulling for Sparty and Brutus.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Only one problem with that||
Only one problem with that idea.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Usually it's because the team||
Usually it's because the team doesn't want to sign them yet.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Just don't scratch anyone's||
Just don't scratch anyone's anchor.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||She Doesn't Know. The Other||
She Doesn't Know.
The Other Woman.
(neither of those are exactly original, either, but I like 'em.)
|8 weeks 6 days ago||The NHL drafts you once: at||
The NHL drafts you once: at age 18. (There may be rare exceptions to the age, I'm not sure, but you get drafted once and that's it.) The NCAA lets players keep their eligibility until they sign, and their NHL rights stay with the team that drafted them ... I think for four years, and if they don't sign after four, they're a free agent. I think.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Yep....in the rare cases||
Yep....in the rare cases where their first or second rounder is a college player (Smith, Abdelkader, Sheahan, Howard off the top of my head) they've spent at least three years in college.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Two sides of the same coin,||
Two sides of the same coin, really.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Take the Soo Locks boat tour.||
Take the Soo Locks boat tour. Did this when I was 11 or so and thought it was really cool. Also, at Tahquamenon Falls you can do canoe or kayak rentals (or, you could back then.)
The Grand Rapids Public Museum is worth a couple hours and it has a focus on the state of Michigan.
I'm sure you're planning on seeing the fort while you're at Mackinac, but also there's a museum on Market Street which I totally forget exactly where, but it's there somewhere and it's got some interesting stuff about the island too.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||I don't know whether to think||
I don't know whether to think "ok, he wouldn't have been around at 9 when the Pistons picked anyway" or "dammit that was where the Pistons were supposed to pick if not for Cleveland's dumb-ass luck."
|9 weeks 12 hours ago||I highly dispute the notion||
I highly dispute the notion that Africa stunk. Getting 2 of 5 teams into the knockout round is very similar to Europe's 6 of 13, and it's the first time ever that Africa has had more than one. And they were about 30 seconds from having three teams in, plus a very strong Ghana team was stuck in the Group of Death. Despite the 27% of points available thing, Africa really had an excellent showing.
|9 weeks 12 hours ago||Really, it's easier to||
Really, it's easier to qualify through the Asian process than it is to rely on the 0.5 bids Oceania had, which is to say, pinning their entire hopes on two matches against usually a South American team. Getting one of Asia's four guaranteed bids is easier.
|9 weeks 17 hours ago||Even if you were right I||
Even if you were right I would say, so what, but the drum you keep banging isn't correct in light of the statement in the articles, "FIFA officials have said he could be transferred during the four-month ban."
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||I'm telecommuting today. Had||
I'm telecommuting today. Had a meeting for the first half hour of the second half. I'm on my couch with a headset, watching the game, talking with everyone else in the office.
Totally a coincidence that I scheduled my telecommuting day today, I swear it.
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||I loooooooove you Cristiano||
I loooooooove you Cristiano Ronaldo.
|9 weeks 18 hours ago||Yeah, this. Ghana can tie it||
Yeah, this. Ghana can tie it up in the 90th minute, not right now. I got kicked in the dick last night and I'm gonna get kicked in the dick again today. I just know it.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Solid B for the first half, I||
Solid B for the first half, I think. We're tied in a game where nobody's trying to tie, we've fended off the German advances pretty well and created an occasional chance of our own. Not bad.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Because he's French, duh.||
Because he's French, duh.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Dafuq you mean. Landon||
Dafuq you mean. Landon Donovan, Mia Hamm, and Norman Schwarzkopf. There, bitches.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||One country is a little more||
One country is a little more sensitive than most about bringing up embarrassing actions of the past, and the other hates ties with a passion, so this isn't terribly surprising.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Portugal scores! It's 1-0.||
Portugal scores! It's 1-0.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Plopping an ultramodern Frank||
Plopping an ultramodern Frank Lloyd Wright-wannabe in Detroit's old-style art-deco, somewhat industrial downtown would've been a horrible idea.
|9 weeks 19 hours ago||Solid shot from Zusi||
Solid shot from Zusi there.
We clearly don't have the ball skills of the contenders in this tournament, but you have to admit, we shoot from distance awfully well.
|9 weeks 21 hours ago||If the Pistons take Joe||
If the Pistons take Joe Harris like Chad Ford predicted, I will be the diametric opposite of totally pissed off.
|9 weeks 21 hours ago||My guess is he'll be back for||
My guess is he'll be back for the 2016 one. Worst case for Uruguay, he misses one game now, 4 at the 2015 Copa (assuming they use the same format and Uruguay doesn't crash out at the group stage) and then, in 2011, Uruguay had four WC qualifiers in the fall (or their spring.) That'd leave him one match left at the 2016 Copa - assuming I haven't missed anything - and then he can easily make that up if Uruguay goes past the first knockout game either this year or in the 2015 Copa.
|9 weeks 21 hours ago||No, not quite - I believe||
No, not quite - I believe it's any match but a friendly, which means what he'll miss is the Copa America and likely some qualifiers since CONMEBOL will probably start their qualification process next year.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I don't see myself rooting||
I don't see myself rooting for Uruguay in very many future competitions. Shame. They have a cool flag.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||MGrowOld works for one of||
MGrowOld works for one of those touchy-feely new age companies that has a ping-pong table in the lobby.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||It's both. FIFA can assess||
It's both. FIFA can assess anything from two matches to two years.
Two years would carry a reasonable significance. He'd miss next year's Copa America, the centennial Copa America in 2016, and several WC qualifiers. One year wouldn't mean squat - a couple friendlies maybe, that's it.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Months would be worthless.||
Months would be worthless. All it would do is ban him from friendlies unless the ban extends to his club. Uruguay won't play meaningful games for another year.
How about five years, to keep him out of the next World Cup and its qualifiers entirely? I wouldn't say that except that he's a repeat offender.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Now that I get off my duff||
Now that I get off my duff and watch the video.....yeah, that couldn't be clearer. How pathetic.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||The front page of ESPN shows||
The front page of ESPN shows Suarez holding his teeth, the way you would if you bit on something unexpectedly hard. That's awfully conclusive too, when added to the rest of it.
I was rooting for Uruguay because I always root against Italy, but Italy's behavior this tournament has been pretty benign, so maybe my mind is changing a bit here.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Every sport needs something||
Every sport needs something to make it difficult. Baseball: here, you have to use this stick. Hockey: it's on ice. Basketball: you have to dribble. Football: those other guys can try to kill you. Soccer: no hands. Simple.
I don't really blame Shaughnessy for repeating himself, because consistency is usually good. Most of the rest of the time, gotcha-fiskers are hitting people for just the opposite. ("This guy said X, but he said Y before!") I do think that's a really, really dumb reason not to like a sport, though.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||There's a ton of truth here||
There's a ton of truth here and the Miami reference is an especially good point. I agree with the people who say there'd be less bitching if we were winning on the regular. Michigan football means a lot of things, winning being one very big one. But if the winning's not there - there damn well better be the other things to fall back on.
And if I tune into a game or go to one, and the team is wearing sikk bumblebee uniformz with khrom helmetz, and rokk muzic instead of the band is playing, and the stadium isn't crammed to the gills, and we're playing Rutgers, instead of Minnesota for the Brown Jug, what's left? Michigan football isn't a set of discrete and separate traditions. It's the whole package. You can't say "it's still Michigan" if you take away half of the things that make it so.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Can't take credit for this||
Can't take credit for this observation, but I forget who deserves it; someone made the excellent point in another discussion that it's not about "what if Kobe played soccer." It's more about, how many guys out there would've been perfectly suited for soccer and had all the physical tools for it, but wound up with high school football or D-III basketball or something as their ceiling because they chose those sports instead?
I think we pretty much maximize our talent pool in basketball and football because everyone plays pickup games at some point. That used to be baseball. In Canada it's hockey. But everyone in the US pretty much knows how good they are at hoops and football. We don't do the same in soccer at all, and as a result the average person in damn near every other country in the world is better than the average American in soccer. That point was driven home pretty clearly during my time in the Navy when we played friendly matches overseas with other navies. Unless the teams were mixed, we got totally creamed, every single time. Indoor, field, or beach. (Beach soccer is really, really hard, by the way.) And this was in places like Malaysia and Thailand where the actual national soccer teams are total minnows.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Calling someone "not American||
Calling someone "not American born" is a strong implication that they're "less American," and I have a huge problem with slapping some kind of foreigner label on guys like Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones. I don't get when the "son of a serviceman" thing became a problem and made those guys foreigners.
Aron Johannsson is "American born." Does that make him OK while Fabian Johnson is not?
|9 weeks 2 days ago||If you think Pepe got ejected||
If you think Pepe got ejected for trash talk then you totally missed the game.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I tend to agree with Brandon||
I tend to agree with Brandon that Michigan football is competing against the pro teams for entertainment dollars. I don't understand why Brandon thinks it's good marketing to make his product the same as the others only more expensive.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Sorry, not buyin' that. If||
Sorry, not buyin' that. If it really was "scanned at the gate" then we would've already sunk below 100,000 just based on the student section alone. Many, many games you can look at the stadium and see that it's not filled all the way to capacity.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||So I keep asking, what is the||
So I keep asking, what is the point of raising all this money and what will they use it for?
To me, a 37% increase in the size of the budget and a 72% increase in administrator compensation answers the question at least partially, and not in a good way at all. Having admin salaries increase at twice the pace of the budget (to say nothing of the 80% marketing and promotion increase) really lends a lot of fuel to the argument that people are making themselves rich off of this.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Honestly I've always wished||
Honestly I've always wished that overtime PKs were taken from further back. Don't even need the defenders IMO or to make it sudden death - just, enough space that the goalie has some reaction time instead of purely guessing and hoping he's right.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||The fact that Algeria called||
The fact that Algeria called that the Anschluss is one of the funniest things in sports anywhere.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I didn't see much if any of||
I didn't see much if any of that. Maybe you're thinking of when Besler went down, which wasn't a foul at all, it was a hamstring twinge or a cramp. Not a Portugal player to be found nearby. The same for Jones(?) in the extra time or very close to it.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Plus - although this is not||
Plus - although this is not France's fault in the least - the format change midway through the qualification, where the playoff went from a totally random draw of second-place group finishers to having the top five ranked teams in one pot and the next five in another. FIFA should never have allowed that.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||And at least in my opinion,||
And at least in my opinion, everything that was karmically deserved for the way they qualified in the first place.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Well, I would guess a lot of||
Well, I would guess a lot of the employees don't live in Ann Arbor proper, nor always shop there, and the county has about the 350K people in it. Figured that's what you meant by "Ann Arbor as a whole."
If the university handed out a whole bunch of raises across the board, I might be more into the idea that it'd boost the AA economy, but I don't think there are enough employees in the AD for it to matter much.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Pepe's disbelieving smile is||
Pepe's disbelieving smile is honestly even more offensive than the crap he did that earned him the red card in the first place. What the hell man, you hacked a guy in the face and then headbutted him while he was on the ground and you're surprised that you're being sent off?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Kind of a drop in the bucket||
Kind of a drop in the bucket to the local economy, when it's just, what, a couple hundred people in a mini-metro of about 350,000. Especially since the money, I'm sure, is offset by the fact that a lot of it came from Ann Arbor as a whole in the first place.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Isn't a little strange that||
Isn't a little strange that these kids perceive these camp events like the Opening as having such sway and power that they feel like they need permission from the camp to not commit while there?
|10 weeks 17 hours ago||There's my confession in a||
There's my confession in a nutshell. I didn't hate the halo at all. I thought it looked pretty good, actually. Not enough to be care that they pulled it down, but still.
|10 weeks 17 hours ago||If you believe Wikipedia and||
If you believe Wikipedia and "local legends" the Florida city was almost named Detroit.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Calling them "Ohio" is great||
Calling them "Ohio" is great not because I take such joy in the disrespect of it all, but because I take such joy in the Bucknuts who whine about it being disrespectful and totally miss the irony.
Besides, calling them "tOSU" and thinking it's a clever, subtle jab is like them calling us "U-M" and thinking it's a clever, subtle jab.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I really believe his reaction||
Ditto. It's like, he had the normal reaction to scoring, which is, "YES!" and then realized where he was when he scored.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I'd buy that if the team name||
I'd buy that if the team name were "Fighting Leprechauns." There was never a real person named Chief Illiniwek, either.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||And even then I'd rather||
And even then I'd rather watch a thousand ice dancing tournaments than read one post directed at ice dancing fans telling them that their pastime is stupid.
Just another example of the Internet encouraging anti-social behavior. If you walked into a bar that you normally frequented because you like what's on TV, and then the World Cup came on instead, you'd leave. You wouldn't go, "HEY EVERYONE IN THIS BAR! THIS IS STUPID AND BORING!"
|10 weeks 1 day ago||To be honest, I'm not even||
To be honest, I'm not even thinking about the "Fighting Irish" name, just the cariacatured logo. Let's say for a minute that we believe any racial cariacature is equally bad - then what would make Chief Wahoo any worse than the silly-looking leprechaun with his dukes up?
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, the moves make||
Yes, the moves make sense....for reasons that are largely irrelevant to fan interests. Sure, there may be a lot more money in it. And what is that money for? Awesomer facilities? They're already gleaming palaces. Coaching salaries? I know there's an arms race aspect to this, but there's also the aspect of paying people more to do what they already do. These schools are fighting tooth and nail to not pay the athletes more (so that's clearly not what they intend to do with it) and even I'm sick of their dumb arguments and I've been long on the side of not paying them.
I sure as hell don't see this money offsetting the scrapping of seat licenses or the cutting of ticket prices. All this money is great and Dave Brandon and the other ADs can pat each other on the back for making more money. What are they going to do with it all? They can't buy tradition with it and they don't plan on passing any of it to us. Anything at all that we fans might be interested in seeing? If not, then we do have the right to say these moves make no sense.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I really don't understand the||
I really don't understand the position of "some racial cariacatures are OK as long as they're of people who didn't rise to a certain level of oppression. And the oppression had to take place in this country."
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Pepe head-butted the German||
Pepe head-butted the German guy. Head-to-head contact. That will be a red card every single time (the referee sees it.) The Ghana dude only shoved Jones a little.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||A bit worrying that our team,||
Defense is more tiring than offense and we spent a good 75 minutes playing defense. All the more reason not to do that against Portugal, not that giving Ronaldo that many chances would be a healthy strategy to begin with.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||If the Brits don't like it,||
If the Brits don't like it, they should go fix all the Wikipedia articles about national baseball and hockey teams to not say "Japan have competed in the World Baseball Classic."
|10 weeks 3 days ago||I was thinking the Big 12||
I was thinking the Big 12 might like to have an Atlantic coast presence to keep WVU company.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||An acronym for a character in||
An acronym for a character in a portion of Storm of Swords that was left out of the show.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||It's for this reason I don't||
It's for this reason I don't actually want the World Cup. If there aren't gonna be games in Detroit (or AA) then forget it. Unfortunately Detroit doesn't seem to get much respect from the US soccer world in general. MLS wants to expand everywhere but Detroit, it seems.
I've read Australia would be under consideration as a backup 2022 venue. That'd be a fantastic location.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Oh please. That's exactly||
Oh please. That's exactly the kind of attitude that is the reason everyone hates politics. If you agree or disagree with someone on one issue you must therefore agree or disagree on absolutely everything. It's possible to like UTL and still dislike the overall attitude DB brings to the job. I suppose, being a Brandon lover, you think there should be more giant noodles everywhere?
|10 weeks 6 days ago||At least if we lose this one||
At least if we lose this one we can still go out and beat Germany, just like in every World War ever fought amirite?
|11 weeks 17 hours ago||Stauskas and Robert Traylor.||
Stauskas and Robert Traylor. Stauskas because I'd spend the whole game on fire, and Traylor because of the no-fouls rule. Every rebound would be mine, I don't care how fast and athletic you are. It's like NES Ice Hockey. Just pick four fat guys.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||What is Jon Snow in the||
14 in the beginning, 15 by this point. Though GRRM has said he wished some of his younger characters were a little older and we're coming up on the point where he intended to have a five-year gap in the story to age his child characters up some, but decided he didn't think it was plausible that everything would just freeze for five years.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Plus all sorts of Theon stuff||
Plus all sorts of Theon stuff - some of which are just the show depicting what was happening during book 3 timeline-wise but that you don't read about til book 5, and some are actual events that take place during book 5.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Makes sense. The ESPN poll||
Makes sense. The ESPN poll map is always fascinating to interpret and in this case when they asked whether or not you believe Pete Carroll when he said that, the whole country said no by about a 3-1 margin, except for Washington and Montana which said "sure we believe him."
Thing is, in the pros, there's no such thing as dirty, at least, not the same way college is. It just doesn't exist. In college you can be dirty just by being passive. In the pros you have to actively work at it.