|1 day 4 hours ago||Al Groh left the Jets to||
Al Groh left the Jets to coach UVA. Succeed? Well....temporarily.
|1 day 7 hours ago||I might be a little salty||
I might be a little salty that Miracle Whip cost me a decade or so of eating mayo.
|1 day 16 hours ago||No, there's no mayo in||
No, there's no mayo in Miracle Whip. If there were, it might taste good. Instead it is an eldritch abomination that happens to superficially resemble mayo and tastes like something scooped off the bottom of a dumpster.
I used to think I hated mayo. That was when I was little and thought that Miracle Whip was mayo. Sometime in high school I realized my error.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I went to a chicken and||
I went to a chicken and waffles food truck once and tried a combo of syrup and Texas Pete hot sauce. It was amazing. It was kinda like sweet'n'sour with a slight kick.
|1 day 23 hours ago||I love how people act like||
I love how people act like that would do anything. As if it would not be replaced by an organization run by and for the same exact people.
|2 days 6 hours ago||It's just that when one's||
It's just that when one's hobby is sailboat racing, one picks up on a basic idea of how wind behaves. Or else one loses more often than not. I'm not a meteorologist or anything.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Actually, I'd bet that Yoder||
Actually, I'd bet that Yoder knows exactly what escrow is, and claimed not to in order to make his lie sound credible.
His "anyone can fake emails" demonstration consisted of forwarding a forged email from his own account, but his accusation was that O'Grady sent one from a fake account. Any asshole can type up a fake email that looks like a real one, but his ability to do so had nothing to do with what he was actually claiming.
In short, Yoder is a liar, and not a very good one.
|3 days 39 min ago||The wind would be bonkers.||
The wind would be bonkers. Simplistically, wind is just air moving from high to low pressure areas. Cold air is denser and therefore higher pressure. Sea breezes form in the afternoon and evening when the land, which has heated up faster during the day, is warmer than the water next to it, and shore breezes will form in the morning because the land has cooled off faster, absent any other weather patterns. On a macro scale, with a tidally locked planet, chances are the wind would blow furiously from the night side to the day side, then rise upwards and blow equally furiously the other way at high altitudes. This depends on the characteristics of the atmosphere, of course. But the "habitable twilight zone" would be forever subject to screaming winds.
|3 days 54 min ago||Gaslighting is when you lie||
Gaslighting is when you lie to someone that they're imagining things that are actually true, to convince them that they're paranoid, insane, memory is going, etc. Gaslighting in this case would be if the league denied a technical foul was ever called and said we all just imagined it or mistook it for something else.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Seen in this light, their||
Seen in this light, their desire for an early signing period is even more ridiculous and self-serving.
|4 days 2 hours ago||Upvote this comment if||
Upvote this comment if BIGBLUEWORLD is a poopyface. Downvote if BIGBLUEWORLD is a booger brain.
|4 days 4 hours ago||DISRESPEKT||
|4 days 6 hours ago||There's a pretty big||
There's a pretty big difference between "the cars suck" and "I hate the cars." You're not much different from most people in that they think their experience is the defining one. So you had a shitty Mazda - I once drove a great Mazda around for a while. So do Mazdas suck, or did you just have a bad one?
|4 days 6 hours ago||About 1.5 seconds is enough||
About 1.5 seconds is enough time to inbound and shoot, especially from where they would've had the ball. I think there's reward there. You're right, though, the risk is probably not worth it since free throws for the other team are a lot more of a sure bet.
|5 days 1 hour ago||Recently I was watching a||
Recently I was watching a Valentine-reffed game and thinking I hadn't seen a lot of antics and theatrics out of him in a while. TV Teddy was back with a vengeance. Then he managed to swallow his whistle when our guy got knocked over with 1 second to go in regulation. Can't call that, it would've made the crowd all upset.
|5 days 21 hours ago||Actually, I think what it||
Actually, I think what it means is that only autistic people buy organic food.
|5 days 21 hours ago||The worst part about science||
The worst part about science is that it makes people actually believe statements like that. "Science is true!" ignores how often real, actual scientists have been wrong in the past and how wrong they might actually be right now. And most actual scientists will tell you that. Science is supposed to question things, not leave the whole world at a definitive THIS IS TRUE FOREVER conclusion.
|1 week 1 day ago||No, no it's not. What good||
No, no it's not. What good is a community if it can't offer support and assistance every once in a while? The only way it would be distasteful is if boliver is lying. I very much doubt he is.
|1 week 2 days ago||He was handed the Harbaugh||
He was handed the Harbaugh opportunity, but that would've been an easy one to botch. Harbaugh would've sniffed out phoniness quickly.
|1 week 2 days ago||Sam Bradford? Ryan||
Sam Bradford? Ryan Tannehill? Is this some kind of bizarre joke?
|1 week 2 days ago||You do realize that he has||
You do realize that he has practically nothing to do with how many points his team gives up. "Maintaining leads" is the job of the defense.
|1 week 3 days ago||Couple of points: If people||
Couple of points:
If people wanted to car-pool, they'd do that now. All the advantages of it - less need for parking, less money spent on gas - already exist. For individuals, they would actually exist less with driverless Uber carpools. Convenience is why they don't. Being required to leave work at a specific time is very difficult for a lot of people. Flexibility to leave when they want is important. For people like shift workers, they're likely to prefer going straight home instead of picking up the rest of that day's carpool and then dropping them off all in different places.
So carpooling is not likely to greatly increase in a driverless Uber world - which means that the number of vehicles sitting idle doesn't decrease and miles driven actually goes way up, since those vehicles sit idle somewhere other than the office or factory parking lot. At best, those cars can go pick up people who aren't at work and run their errands, but there had better be enough to take everyone home when they want to go home, otherwise people will just keep having their own cars.
For things like football games and concerts, people do all show up at different times, but they all leave at once. It's bad enough when all the traffic flows one way. With a driverless Uber service, they have to come in and out. You would either be waiting an hour or more for your car, as all 100,000 people at the game try to find the one they ordered, or the cars would show up during the game ready to take people home - in which case the benefit of not having parking lots is totally lost.
The final question: Who actually owns all these vehicles? The biggest fleets in the country are rental companies like Hertz, and they have roughly a couple thousand cars in any given metro area. The driverless Uber fleet you're talking about has to comprise millions of cars in any given metro area. The only companies with the size, cash flow, revenue, infrastructure, etc. to own all these cars are the manufacturers themselves. For anyone else to pick up the slack, there would have to be hundreds of these companies. And in order for that business model to work, they recognize revenue for a car when it rolls out of the plant. Changing to a model where they get that revenue $5 at a time does not suffice to pay for building those cars.
|1 week 3 days ago||I'm not convinced of that.||
I'm not convinced of that. For one thing, there's no "will happen" with autonomous cars, only "might happen" or "could happen."
Second, the idea that cars sit unused 95% of the time, I'm not even convinced that's a problem. This is true for many things we own. Pots and pans, for example. We don't think of renting on demand pots and pans, and we wouldn't even if it cost a penny each time. Why? Convenience, obviously. No on-demand vehicle service can beat the convenience of having your car right there whenever you want it.
How does this work at shift change at unionized plants and shops? Do 500 people all order an Uber at once and wait in line for them all to show up? How does the network handle that? There are obviously more cars on the road at rush hour than at noon, because they're all parked. All these cars still have to exist because they have to take everyone home, so where do they go? A central depot, so that it takes longer for them to show up? As you say, parking is eliminated, so do they just drive around in circles? And at the end of the shift, it's WAY more efficient for everyone to head out to the parking lot to their own car than for everyone to sit around waiting for everyone else to get in their own Uber.
Even worse: Movies. Concerts. Football games. 100,000 people all ordering Ubers at once????? Sure, the getting-out-of-the-parking-lot situation is always a huge pain in the ass. That's only one way. You're telling me we're going to complicate that by having 50,000 cars all show up AND leave at once?? How do you propose to solve that one?
|1 week 3 days ago||You even made the point that||
I assume you mean here that I said that it takes hundreds of thousands of hours to train a human driver, in which case, no I didn't. I made the point that it takes thousands of hours to teach a computer to do things that humans can figure out almost instinctively.
Neither was the point that "it takes too long, so we shouldn't do it." The whole time I was pointing out advantages human drivers have over computers. As in, a teenaged driver can be taught how to drive in a few weeks of instruction. OK, so in a fully autonomous world, there'll be no need for traffic cops - but in the meantime, autonomous cars will have to operate in a human-driving world, so they'll need to figure that out. And certain things will never go away no matter how autonomous the car. Like snow. Human drivers often have either terrible discipline or way too much discipline in the snow, but human brains are still amazingly good at adapting to snowy conditions.
|1 week 3 days ago||I hate to go here because||
I hate to go here because obviously, but there's no inherent right to an abortion, either, but they found one in the Constitution anyway so there you go. The point is not to start that debate, but that freedoms not explicitly found in the Constitution can still be implied from it. And mobility, I would think, is a tremendously important one, the limits of which have never been litigated but probably would be if mandatory autonomous cars became a thing.
If you say "there will be driverless Uber so you don't need a car" then you're making the very large mistake of thinking in terms of average usage. Can I go camping in a driverless Uber car? (Do you think people will just want to be left in the wilderness without the ability to leave?) Can I haul a boat across state lines? Can driverless Uber double as a daily work vehicle? If the wife is having a baby, do you think she'll wait patiently while you order up a driverless Uber to take you on a nice slow and sedate ride to the hospital? People will own vehicles. I'm sorry, but the idea that everything will be replaced with some company's driverless car is pie-in-the-sky hyper-futurism - and only one of a whole bunch of possible outcomes.
Yes, traffic deaths did increase in 2015. So did miles traveled. Fatalities per one hundred million miles traveled zoomed upwards from 1.08 to 1.12. That would be the third such year-over-year increase in the last 29 years. Every other year that number has gone down. Down 27% since 2000. Population has risen, miles traveled has risen, fatalities have decreased. Humans are much better drivers than you give them credit for, and safety improvements in cars have helped too.
|1 week 4 days ago||It might. It's a lot to talk||
It might. It's a lot to talk through. Another issue is that you'll pile up miles on the car far faster than you would if it sat in the parking lot during your workday. So, would you really save money if you need to buy a new car twice as often? And, while this is often proposed as a solution to the "problem" of a car sitting unused all day, is it actually better if a car is driving all those empty miles with no passengers? That's exactly what trucks try like hell to avoid. And, autonomous electric cars sound great - but they would demand a wireless charging infrastructure, because if they're tooling around all day on their own, they need to be charged and can't do it on their own at a traditional plug station.
Lots of issues, even with the solutions.
|1 week 4 days ago||Au contraire - humans are||
Au contraire - humans are actually very good at driving. We can process complex rules and situations and don't need millions of miles of testing over and over and over to get it just right. We can understand that even though the light is red, we can go because the man in blue says we can. We instinctively know that it's our turn to go at a four-way stop even though the other three cars haven't come to a complete stop. Computers need hundreds, if not thousands, of hours of programming and testing to realize that.
Humans drive 3.1 trillion miles a year. Roughly one death per one hundred million miles traveled is not bad. It could be improved, yes. Computers don't get complacent, or distracted, and they never forget their programming, and that programming can be instantly transferred to any new vehicle (as opposed to having to teach new human drivers.)
A moral case against being allowed to drive is a bridge too far. You could make the same moral case for a police state in the inner city. You would absolutely save lives. But we don't do that because freedom matters. "Oh, you can just go drive on a track" misses the point.
And lastly, the benefits you propose are overblown. For example, if 90% of deaths could be avoided, there still would be accidents and deaths, and therefore still the need for insurance beyond a tree falling on the car.
|1 week 4 days ago||If Juwan Bushell-Beatty makes||
If Juwan Bushell-Beatty makes a nice block so that Dorian Thompson-Robinson can complete a pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones, announcers are going to hate us.
|1 week 4 days ago||Except, as pointed out below,||
Except, as pointed out below, it will take decades for full autonomy to appear in a critical mass of cars and even longer for them to work through the market. Something like 70% of American adults have smartphones. This is a technology that turns over every couple years or so and costs half a percent the price of a new car.
Until the very distant future, autonomous cars have to drive in a human-driving world, which means the speed limits will stay put for a long time.
|1 week 4 days ago||Great for the "average" use.||
Great for the "average" use. That's the problem with nearly every starry vision of the future. Oh, the average commute is X miles, so an electric car with a certain range is fine for everyone. Elon Musk is a big one for doing this. Oh, our Teslas will take you so many miles from San Francisco, then you can stop, charge up, have a coffee, a nice little rest, and then you're in Los Angeles. He likes to act as if everyone's trip is from SF to LA and back.
Unless you need to do X, Y, Z, A, B, C, etc. 300 million people in the country, 300 million possible uses for a car. Uber shuttles would be fine for commutes - not so much for camping in the backwoods or hauling a boat.
|1 week 4 days ago||It's probably more talked||
It's probably more talked about than you might think. A popular scenario is one where your car takes you to work, then goes back home to take the kids to school or soccer practice or be available for errands, then comes to pick you up from work at the end of the day.
|1 week 4 days ago||OOOOO I like it. And I want||
OOOOO I like it. And I want to be on the grading panel.
|1 week 4 days ago||Personally I plan on driving||
Personally I plan on driving my own self far more often than not, even on the daily commute. I worry about eroding our driving skills by letting the machine do the work (and we will need those skills for a long time to come). I was almost run off the road by some idiot outsourcing his lane change decision to the blind spot monitor - which didn't see me because I wasn't there yet, but was in the process of passing. I've hated all my experiences with adaptive cruise control - I want to pass the stupid slowpoke hogging the left lane, not cruise serenely along at a safe and reasonable distance behind.
For me, the most likely scenario I can think of where I would turn on the autonomy is in areas like construction zones where the freeway is narrowed to a single lane for miles. That's unenjoyable, stressful driving where a computer is well-suited.
|1 week 4 days ago||Damn, you're right. Consider||
Damn, you're right.
Consider it done. Five minutes.
|1 week 4 days ago||Poor Pawwwlll isn't himself||
Poor Pawwwlll isn't himself these days. He tripped over his ears and bashed his head and now he just says silly things for attention. That happened when he was 8.
|1 week 4 days ago||It's a safe assumption,||
It's a safe assumption, though. Consider what happens if a school were to throw its ratio out of balance by offering a new men's sport. Even if womens' investments and opportunities were not reduced by one cent, it would be a Title IX violation.
In that environment, it's highly likely that Title IX would require a school to equalize its "salaries." And what school is willing to spend tens of millions defending litigation in order to find out?
|1 week 4 days ago||c. I have no doubt there||
The illicit money spigot has not turned off in basketball - why would it eventually slow down in football? It's entirely worth it for shoe guys, agents, and so on, to throw money at ten or twenty flameouts in order to score the next Stephen Curry.
|1 week 4 days ago||Well.....I'm not really||
Well.....I'm not really convinced that anyone was arrested. The Detroit News article last Friday made it sound like nobody had been arrested yet. Also, having sifted through that, er, discussion myself, I did find one salient point buried deep in the RMCB muck: if the said coach / staffer was suspended, how was he at a team activity?
|1 week 4 days ago||Even bowl executives||
Even bowl executives contribute. Those bowls generate billions. The P5 conferences all get $90M and up from the bowls. The networks also pay out billions. The NCAA is kind of necessary in order to have a structure to pay all this money to. The fact that people make a living this way is hardly "lining their pockets." It's almost certainly true that in the whole system, the people who contribute least are in fact the non-revenue athletes. And while I'm 100% in favor of continuing to compensate them as they are now, and further expanding the opportunities there as much as possible, the cold hard fact is that if we're talking about people who contribute nothing yet are disproportionately compensated, that's who it is.
|1 week 5 days ago||There're too many people who||
Who, exactly, are those people?
The only ones I can think of are people like, say, wrestlers, or swimmers, or tennis players. They do not bring anything into the revenue equation, yet they are "lining their pockets" with unfairly earned scholarships. Unfair, at any rate, if one thinks football players should be paid a "fair share."
However, I'm 100% OK with their leeching off the system. In fact, if the price of a fully-supported program of athletic teams is that a tiny handful temporarily receive less compensation than they could make on a theoretical open market, I'm all in favor.
|1 week 5 days ago||I think he's aware, just not||
I think he's aware, just not fully aware.
|1 week 6 days ago||We'll see....they haven't||
We'll see....they haven't really been tested yet. Lafayette almost might as well be a D-III team for all the scholarship support they give their program.
|1 week 6 days ago||Don't you mean The point?||
Don't you mean The point?
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Damn. I'm disappointed he||
Damn. I'm disappointed he didn't get to see the Tigers win a Series. You could tell he wanted it badly.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Neo-Jacobite democratic||
Neo-Jacobite democratic fascism, so you can take your Parliamentarian Marxism right outta here.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I'm gonna go with "charged"||
I'm gonna go with "charged" myself, since there are very excellent reasons why we don't have anonymous trials. Public and anonymous are just about mutually exclusive, I would think. Going back to the Duke case, it was really awful that the prosecutor and "victim" dragged innocent names through the mud, but even worse is the idea that a secret trial in all likelihood would've produced a conviction. Which is why we have the right to public ones.
I'm still against speculating on names until the investigations are advanced enough to warrant releasing them.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I gotta be honest: I feel||
I gotta be honest: I feel like there's a certain level of....something.....disingenuousness is the wrong word, hypocrisy is a very wrong word.....but some level of wrongness, to say that sexual assault-slash-rape is a horrifying, evil crime such that we should keep the victims in our thoughts and prayers....and at the same time casually throw out rumors about who might have done it. The worse the crime, the less casual we should be about "bouncing around" names.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||At this rate it'll be 3-9||
At this rate it'll be 3-9 years before they can get back there.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Dignity is apparently||
Dignity is apparently overrated.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Tasing a cat and then||
Tasing a cat and then launching it from a three-man slingshot to celebrate beating Illinois is not an "electromagnetic catapult system."
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Submariners are rightfully||
Submariners are rightfully boastful about their ability to hide, and a really good submarine is for all intents and purposes invisible to a surface ship. One thing those guys always conveniently forget, though: subs are slowpokes. Chinese ones especially. Can't touch a surface ship at flank speed. If a CAG got wind of a sub nearby or any such intel, they'd start racing around the ocean like gangbusters. And subs, of course, have a top speed below their actual top speed, above which they stop being so invisible.
In a real shooting war (assuming it doesn't go nuclear), what would probably actually happen is our brass would send our subs into what China thinks are Chinese waters and let them have a field day. Virginia boats are expensive as fuck but there's a reason for that, and they'll have no problem with the Chinese. Then our CAGs can roll in after a couple months and do as they like.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||If they launched such an||
If they launched such an attack, you can bet it wouldn't be just a prank with no follow-up planned.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I kind of doubt it.||
If another country were to purposely wreak some kind of electronic attack on our ships, it would be considered probably the biggest act of war in decades. The simple act of locking a fire control radar on another ship is an act of war under international law, let alone a purposeful electronic strike. It wouldn't be much different from mining international waters, for which the Iranians paid at the business end of Standard missiles.
The reason economic sanctions are a weak response is that they're an appropriate response for a breach of international law, not a direct act of war.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Having driven those targets||
Having driven those targets around the ocean myself, I can say that Navy showers are absolutely real things and not at all the domain of the uninformed. Especially on steam-powered ships with boilers. Especially especially when said steam-powered ship suffers cascading engineering casualties that leaves it limping back to port at 8% fresh water in the tanks praying that that water lasts another 36 hours. Actually, the showers are secured at that point and you're eating hotdogs off paper plates for three days straight, but regardless.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Negatory. Archie Griffin is||
Negatory. Archie Griffin is actually a tremendously classy dude. So is Spielman. Galloway, you can have.
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Don't give him exposure by||
He's the President, man. It's a little late to not give him exposure.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I was willing to believe they||
I was willing to believe they had some insight, as in, the things they knew were true, but they just didn't know everything or at least everything they needed to.
Then I read all that crap about him supposedly headed to Indianapolis because of Andrew Luck. Like, yeah, he loves Ann Arbor and so does his wife and he's coaching at his alma mater that he reveres and is thrilled beyond words to be following in the footsteps of his absolute idol whom he reveres even more, and he's paid incredibly well to work with and for people he genuinely likes and respects, and he left his last NFL job on bad terms and with a bad taste in his mouth, and has publicly declared he feels he's at the place where he belongs and is incredibly proud and happy that that place wants him too......
.....but he's going to give all that up in order to coach a player he already coached once.
OK, yeah, cool.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I thought Weather Balloon was||
I thought Weather Balloon was going to be some new social media thing I'd never heard of.
I'll go back to yelling at my cloud now.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Coach is in a talkative mood,||
Coach is in a talkative mood, I see. Must be cause he hates recruiting and personal development and all that stuff.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||It's going to be hard for||
It's going to be hard for Mark D. and Tony O. to recruit the galaxy when Harbaugh is holding spring practice on Kepler-452b.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Third main reason for uptick||
Third main reason for uptick of transfers, which falls between reasons 1 and 2 on the nebulousness scale: Earlier and earlier recruiting cycles. Coaches pressure player into committing early, then recruit over him and/or coaches leave, player starts off his tenure at that school already feeling a bit nervous about his status. If anything happens to confirm that nervous feeling, he bolts.
Like it's a real big surprise basketball has the early signing period, so players can't wait until they know for sure about their coaches, and basketball also has a hundred transfers every year.
Can't wait for the coaches to start hand-wringing about all the transfers they inadvertantly caused by pushing for an earlier signing date.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I've been wanting one of||
I've been wanting one of these for a long time. And now that Detroit City FC is taken for a name, I suggest Detroit Renaissance FC.
Also, kill the jail. I was really hoping some of these nasty winters we had would render it unusable and force a complete teardown if they wanted to build on that spot. That seems to not be the case, unfortunately.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Said the guy who doesn't use||
Said the guy who doesn't use capital letters.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Suck it up, Nancy.||
Suck it up, Nancy.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||That would be two examples of||
That would be two examples of a phenomenon that exists nationwide at employers everywhere, which seems to have flown over your head. So did the part about political expressions at the workplace. Do you think a bank teller can wear a Bernie pin next to her nametag at her desk? Do you think a Lowe's floor guy can say, "Paintbrushes are in aisle 5. Vote Trump!" Do you think a CPA can wander from desk to desk at her job handing out Hillary stickers? Do you think a nurse or a doctor should preach to their patients? Does any of that stuff routinely happen?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||See, that's exactly the||
See, that's exactly the point. The assumption that you can't be on the other side without being a shitty person. There are two sides in this country: Good People who vote one way, and Shitty People who vote another. The only reason to not want affirmative action in college is Fuck Black People. The only reason to be pro-life is Fuck Women. The only reason to be against illegal immigration and sneaking across the border is Fuck Mexicans. The only reason to promote religious freedom is Fuck The Gays.
Words you're using like "only way" and "always" and even "usually" are why people feel disrespected. Stereotypes for thee, but not for me.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I picture this guy as that||
I picture this guy as that white wide receiver every other teams' fans want to punch in the face for no other reason than he's a complete guarantee to catch a nine-yard pass on every single 3rd-and-8.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||That comes with the territory||
That comes with the territory in a lot of jobs. FoMoCo just issued a statement to iterate the company's position on Trump's immigration executive order. Do you think Mark Fields is free to come out and say, "man, that Trump, I voted for him and I just love that position he's taken on immigration!" Even if he says in the strongest possible terms that it's his own personal opinion? Do you think another Ford exec could, as well?
Military, same thing. For obvious reasons, the military strives very hard to be as apolitical as possible. It limits the free speech of its members accordingly. They specifically can't, for example, display a Navy bumper sticker and a political one together on their car.
They understand the power of a uniform and how what you say while representing it reflects not just on you, but also on the uniform - sometimes even more so. So do, for example, the Philadelphia Eagles, who took action against Riley Cooper when he exercised his own, rather offensive views. Do you think they had the luxury, as the 49ers did, of saying, welp, that's his own views and he has the right to exercise his freedom of speech? No, because they understood that nonaction on their part reflected on them as an organization.
I don't think it's being selfish to ask athletes to put a lid on the political protests, especially at games. It's their workplace. Almost no workplace allows overt political displays. I'll turn it around on you: why should you and I, at our workplaces, have to shut down on the politics, but athletes (who already have paychecks and privileges you and I only dream of) should feel free to spout anything they like - especially in front of people who pay thousands of dollars to watch?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||It's probably because||
It's probably because right-wingers are so often accused of being racist, sexist, misogynistic, homophobic, and general all-around bigots and shitty people, just for having opinions which may or may not even have anything to do with race or sex.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Here's why I think people||
Here's why I think people react so strongly to political opinions by public figures like sports stars: It's the one goddam place where we can finally all have one thing in common. We go to to a game and we all want to see the same thing. We come here and we all want the same thing. We might differ as to the methods but we just want the team to win. I don't want politics in my sports because if I'm wearing the same team colors as the guy next to me, I don't want to know if he goes to BLM rallies or Trump rallies, I just want to cheer about the same stuff for three measly hours. If I go to a concert, I just want to listen to music I like performed by an artist I like. The whole point of sports and entertainment is to not have the real world involved. It'll still be there waiting for us when we leave the building. And the whole point of a uniform is to unify. It's right there in the name. Throw politics in there and by definition you divide instead.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I predict that all traces of||
I predict that all traces of this post will eventually disappear coinciding with either the eventual heat death of the universe, or the Big Crunch.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||j||
|4 weeks 2 days ago||By the Monday night comes||
Because Kentucky and Duke and Kansas were not dominant prior to the NBA's one-year rule? Puh-leeze.
In the last five years, 15 different teams have taken up the 20 Final Four slots.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Except you leave out the part||
Except you leave out the part of the analogy where the admissions office says, hey, please continue to send us your grades as you get them, and you say, nah, fuck you, come down to the school yourself and look the file drawer.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||FWIW, for obvious reasons I||
FWIW, for obvious reasons I follow UVA recruiting heavily and VT recruiting somewhat. The VT "insiders" are some of the best in the country at blowing smoke up the asses of their readers. The UVA guys are a lot more tell-it-like-it-is. Or, if it's not good, ignore it - but in any case the VT guys do a LOT more of telling their readers what they want to hear.
Case in point: they once wrote an article claiming Shane Beamer was a hot candidate for the head coaching job at Georgia, where he is now the tight ends coach.
Also, the UVA insiders think Michigan is the main competition for Becton.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||First off, comparing||
First off, comparing in-season trades to offseason ones is apples to oranges. A team trading to make a playoff run is going to give up more than one in the offseason, especially when that offseason includes a new CBA that makes it way more problematic to take on gargantuan salaries. Almost all those guys you mentioned are in-season trades. They don't compare. Eaton and Sale are the only offseason trades.
And Verlander and Cabrera both make gargantuan salaries. Sale, for example, is six years younger than Verlander and makes less than half of what Verlander does. His contract is insanely team-friendly. The market for him was always going to be high. No comparison between a 28-year-old ace making $12 million, and a 34-year-old ace making $28 million.
On the flip side, I notice you didn't mention Clay Buchholz, who is no Verlander but no slouch either. He got traded for an infielder who hit .254 in high A ball. That is the very definition of a salary dump. That's what the market is doing to teams who need to shed salary.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||They never really said they||
They never really said they were having a fire sale.
And the fact is, if you can't get back quality rebuilding pieces for your salary dump, then there's no point. If they could've gotten back real actual ballplayers for the big contracts, then sure. Given what they got back for Maybin - some no-control bazooka from the worst system in baseball - that should've been a signal that the market wasn't there.
Maybe it's better to trade the Verlanders and Cabreras of the world for star prospects. But it's much better to wait out the high salaries and rebuild on the fly while still trying to make the playoffs, than to trade your Verlanders and Cabreras for some double-A shortstop who bats .240.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||He never was. He coached||
He never was. He coached Lamar, where he stunk his way out of head coaching.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||All requests for clemency||
All requests for clemency really ought to include a link to the post that bought your ticket in the first place.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The other day, I was watching||
The other day, I was watching Detroit take down Oakland (yay!) on ESPNU. Following that was Rider vs. Manhattan, so I said what the hell and left the TV on while I did boring chores at home. Rider kept racking up technicals for jawing and shoving.
Moral: I am not impressed with that team.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Chris Shelton. One unicorn||
Chris Shelton. One unicorn month, and then down the hole.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||How about "everyone who||
How about "everyone who played in garbage time against Delaware State."
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I fucking love Taco Bell. I||
I fucking love Taco Bell. I didn't gain the freshman 15 in college until my second year when I realized I was walking distance from one.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Unfortunately-timed bad game?||
Unfortunately-timed bad game? All I know is that his velocity blew chunks upon his return. I'm not buying "not healthy enough to play against IU but 100% a week later."
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I'm almost completely||
I'm almost completely convinced Speight's shoulder was the reason for his dropoff at the end of the season. Heal that thing up and our quarterback choices are between a returning starter with a year of really good experience, or a guy who managed to beat that guy out. Not bad.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||With basketball and every||
With basketball and every other sport that has an "early" signing period, the "early signing period" has basically become "the signing period." Almost nobody waits until the theoretically regular one.
What will be interesting, except not really, is how many coaches tell a recruit "sign now or we're not holding your spot." Probably all of them. Then those coaches will fuck along to a better program and the recruit is hosed.
It's amazing to me how nobody has managed to link basketball's early signing period with the proliferation of transfers. You want to cut down on transfers, stop locking recruits into decisions they start having second thoughts about even before they start school.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I completely agree with you.||
I completely agree with you. Coaches want this because it makes their jobs easier. There's no other reason. It will make things worse for recruits. There is only one benefit to recruits - slightly earlier ability to end the recruiting madness if they want to. That can be fixed other ways. It's like opening up the patient and whacking the appendix with a mallet til it falls off, instead of something slightly more surgical.
The recruit that wants to leave because his coach did.....the recruit that wants to commit to a late offer from a coach who just got hired at a new school....these guys are getting fucked, yet again, by the NCAA, because coaches want their jobs to be easier.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Ah, yeah, sorry, I originally||
Ah, yeah, sorry, I originally had to look up the name too, because I figured "that one minor league baseball thing in Utica or wherever" was not helpful.
At any rate, yup, this kind of thing can do well, although I think southern California is a lousy place for it. Somewhere like Plano, Texas would be way smarter.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||To me the uptick in||
Not me. The thing about having the rivalry game at the end of the season is that no matter what goes wrong, you always have that to look forward to as your chance for redemption. Lost to Iowa? Oh well, can still beat Ohio.
The only exception is when your team sucks and you're expecting to get steamrolled, but by then you're numb anyway and moving the rivalry game weeks earlier won't change that.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I dunno, the USPBL did||
I dunno, the USPBL did awfully well in its first year. That league pays one hell of a lot less than these football guys want to, though.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Well, let's be honest about||
Well, let's be honest about one thing: Yes, this is intended to be a money-maker. One does not start a league costing $8-10 million in personnel costs yearly just to be revenue-neutral, out of the goodness of their heart.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||But neither played three||
But neither played three positions on defense and three on offense.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Much respect for the way||
Much respect for the way Jabrill carried himself in the past three years. Got to be by far the most unique player - in terms of usage - that Michigan has ever had. Can't do that without being 99th percentile in talent, brains, and hard work.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Sure. 1) Set DVR. 2)||
1) Set DVR.
2) Disconnect from the Matrix for 90 minutes.
3) Turn on DVR.
4) Find fast-forward button on remote.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||There will be one major||
There will be one major advantage to the commentating in this game that other games don't have.
For every other game, the announcers are always chiming in with non sequiturs about who should be in the top four and who the Heisman contenders are. During bowl games they always talk about who's going to win the playoffs and what are the key matchups in the playoffs and who's going to be in the championship game. In short, they always try to host a college football talk show during their game. I want to hear about the game in front of me. If I gave a shit about the other crap, I would just watch the talk shows.
Tonight they have no reason to do that.
But I still think I like the "sounds of the game" idea the best.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I got news for you: The whole||
I got news for you: The whole SEC cheats like mofos, except possibly Vanderbilt and Kentucky (who just redirects their cheating to a different sport.) Auburn is dirty, LSU is dirty, Tennessee, Florida, A&M, Sakerlina, Mississippi, dirty, dirty, dirty. Against itself, the SEC is on a level playing field in the cheating department. Certain ACC teams are, too, including, I have no doubt, Alabama's upcoming opponent.
If "any coach" could win numerous national titles by purchasing talent, then Freeze would've done it too, or Miles, or any of the parade of coaches at Auburn, or Fulmer, or anyone else.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I'm doing the||
I'm doing the reply-early-in-the-thread thing just to be a dick because MGoNukeE thinks he can get away with minimal negs by posting late. Bwahaha. Here is his comment. Bang it one way or the other, I don't care, but bang it good and hard. Oh yeah. He likes that.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||That's what you think.....||
That's what you think.....
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Chick-Fil-A is overrated as||
Chick-Fil-A is overrated as fuck. O. Ver. Rate. Ted. It's tasty and I like it but it is not the magical paradise that it's made out to be.
I was in the Atlanta airport flying back home after Thanksgiving and wanted lunch before I left. The line at CFA was stupid long. I went to a different joint and had a perfectly good lunch and was finished before the Appletard-like slobberers had even ordered.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||My brother gave me a gray||
My brother gave me a gray athletic shirt with red trim one year for Christmas, one of those high-tech fancy sweat wicking things. I needed it, but I asked him why on earth those colors. He shrugged and said it was either that or plain white. Works for me. I still have the shirt. I like the shirt.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||MEANS OF SENDING MSGS. STOP.||
MEANS OF SENDING MSGS. STOP. INGENIOUS NEW SYSTEM. STOP. CAN SEND IMMEDIATELY OVER LAND AND SEA. STOP.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Calling a penalty "after the||
Calling a penalty "after the play was over" for something that happened before the whistle certainly was an interesting decision to say the least.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I would expect this from a||
I would expect this from a Packers fan, who really has no fucking clue what it's like when the refs screw his team because his team is generally always on the plus side of referee calls, controversial or otherwise. Except for that one time, which the league responded to by hiring back all the regular refs. Screw the Packers and get yourself and your whole team of replacements fired that week. Screw the Lions because you don't actually know the rule about batting the ball out of the end zone and the league's response is "uhhhh well it was a judgment call and the back judge was literally the only person in the world who thinks it wasn't purposely batted."
Yes, the league does systematically fuck the Lions, and probably isn't doing it on purpose, but the number of times they do it and just shrug their shoulders afterward is ridiculous.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||It's a two-way street. You||
It's a two-way street. You have to put half your playbook in a mirror. That muscle memory goes both ways and screws with the offense, too. Your left tackle is now your right tackle. He has to get used to moving the opposite way.
Also, my suspicion as to the rarity of left-handed QBs in football is that left-handed kids with an arm direct themselves to baseball, where the advantages of being a left-hander are tremendous and come with far fewer disadvantages.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I'm convinced K only||
I'm convinced K only suspended Allen because if he didn't, the ACC would have, and K's press conference after the Elon game showed that more than anything else, he doesn't like being told how to run his program. He put out an "indefinite suspension" to shut everyone up and then repealed it as soon as it was convenient.
He wouldn't have done shit if he didn't think the conference would've acted, and he only acted so they wouldn't.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||So a coach can only be good||
So a coach can only be good if he makes the playoffs when the competition is up to a certain standard? What standard would that be, exactly? NFC teams had 125 wins this year and AFC teams had 129, so how much really does the NFC suck? And let's point out too that Caldwell made the playoffs as a wild card despite being in the division that had to play the conference's best. The NFC South and NFC West (presumably, that's where you think the suck is located) had each other as scheduling partners and couldn't produce a single wild card team.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||and the team for whatever||
And could that reason have been Jim Caldwell?
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Jim Schwartz got five years.||
Jim Schwartz got five years. Caldwell deserves at least one more. Two playoffs in three seasons is pretty good given we are still digging out from Millen Jr.'s roster planning.
If you want Caldwell gone because ANYTHING LESS THAN SUPER BOWLZ IZ UNACCEPTABLE then perhaps you can find us the coach who is guaranteed to take us there. Don't give us this McDaniels/Patricia shit, either. McDaniels is already a failure and Patriots assistants for the most part generally are as head coaches.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Even so, Minnesota has been||
Even so, Minnesota has been known to go 4-8 against schedules like that.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||It wasn't this guy, was||
It wasn't this guy, was it?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Humble is the new swag.||
Humble is the new swag.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I like the negbangs. I||
I like the negbangs. I upvote just to be a dick.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||The big difference between a||
The big difference between a dumb-shit OP and dumb shit in a thread is that every new thread pushes other ones off the page. The buttons to look at older posts don't always work so good and even if they did, I'd still say that any mechanism to help more valuable threads not be pushed off by dumb shit is a good one.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Lot of posts for a||
Lot of posts for a meaningless exhibition we're not even playing in.
|8 weeks 3 hours ago||I think the line between||
I think the line between football and MMA is pretty clear. In football, the participants are trying to move a ball. In MMA, the participants are literally trying to hurt each other; it's the only point of the whole exercise, and brain injuries - i.e., knockouts - are encouraged and a perfectly valid way to win.
|8 weeks 4 hours ago||And I hope nobody is counting||
And I hope nobody is counting on you to do anything for them, because you're telling me that when it comes to a choice between keeping a commitment and taking care of number one, you're out.
|8 weeks 5 hours ago||Classic hindsight bias. A||
Classic hindsight bias. A decision is not a good or bad decision based on the results of later decision.
|8 weeks 6 hours ago||No, it's really not true.||
No, it's really not true. There's a fucking mountain of evidence against the idea that the game was "meaningless." If this many people care who wins, it's not meaningless. All one has to do is watch bowl games and see the losers be absolutely dejected and the winners be far more elated than they are after winning all their other games. They dump buckets on their coaches, carry them off the field, gleefully hoist the trophy, celebrate on the field, and generally act in ways they do not after winning a supposedly "meaningful" game against the Rutgers's of the world in October.
Calling these games meaningless is nothing but a way to try and justify the unjustifiable, that is, quitting on one's team and teammates. It sucks that Butt got hurt. It really does. I therefore defy anyone to walk up to him and say, hey, man, stupid decision, how about getting hurt for a meaningless game like that. We'll see if you get out of there without getting punched in the face.
|8 weeks 14 hours ago||Concern troll is concern||
Concern troll is concern trolling. (And making an ass of himself.)
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Next time someone tries to||
Next time someone tries to tell us bowl games are "meaningless exhibitions" I'm pointing to "Desperate Need to Win Level: 8" and basically every quote our players have put out there in the last two weeks talking about how badly they want to win the damn thing.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Went to the game and sat in||
Went to the game and sat in the end where Michigan shot once. During that period there was maybe three minutes of game action in that end. Offensively it reminded me of those years the Wings would get to the playoffs and get absolutely snuffed by teams like the Ducks.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||What would one do to build up||
What would one do to build up credibility, evidence, etc.? He does have six months of leading bible study in prison, which isn't exactly a lifetime, but it's something. Right now, around his hometown and among the people he's targeting, he's still Zeke Pike, the high school football star, which is about as credible a title as there is in some places. Ten years from now, he might be Zeke Pike, the real estate agent or Zeke, the grocery bagger, and credibility as a voice people know would be shot.
Ultimately, if one is a recovering addict, one must have a purpose in life, or else slip back into the void. If he's found his, then it's working.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Oh, I almost forgot: -||
Oh, I almost forgot:
- Announcers who hold a fucking talk show during their game instead of actually announcing the game. I don't give a shit what you think about the matchup between Clemson and Ohio State. I don't give a shit who you think should be in the top four this week. I give a shit about why something just happened in the game right in front of you.
- Announcers who use the "if you're.....then you...." convention. "If you're Joe Skillethands, you have to make that catch." "If you're Texas, you're happy about how that half ended." Precisely zero people listening to you are Joe Skillethands. Nobody is "Texas." It's just a lazy copout way of criticizing someone without sounding like you're being critical. It's as bad as extreme overuse of the passive voice, which announcers also do, generally in order to avoid having to know right away who did something.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Hmm, I actually have to||
Hmm, I actually have to disagree with that. I think the losing side in the election had an absolutely shitty, godawful game plan that they executed to near-perfection.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||People who call recruits||
People who call recruits "studs." You are being fucking gross. Unless you mean we're bringing this 17-year-old to school to breed him with desirable females, call him something else. Louisville fans may continue, the rest of you, stop it.
Fuck the technology industry for purposely making everything obsolete and then acting like you're the smartest people on the planet. I have a higher opinion of airlines and cable companies than I do of the tech industry. At least their shitty customer service doesn't come with a huge side helping of arrogant fuckwaddery that says "we're changing the world and everyone else is a dinosaur." Stop updating my fucking computer and making shit not work.
And finally, fuck you if you drive slowly in the left lane. You are why there are traffic jams, a big part of the reason there are pileups, and the source of 90% of all road rage on the freeways. Get out of the way and think for one second about the other drivers on the road. You are probably the same drooling idiots that wait five seconds to go on a green light with a huge line behind you, thus ensuring that like ten other people have to wait for another light cycle. But you got to go, and that's all that really matters.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||For very good reason, every||
For very good reason, every sport has different codes of behavior. Soccer players trip each other all the time because they're required to use their legs to go after the ball, and it happens accidentally a hundred times a game. You wouldn't say, well, I can hip-check in hockey, why can't I hip-check in basketball?
|9 weeks 2 days ago||351 D-I programs times 13||
351 D-I programs times 13 scholarships = 4,563 D-I players, 4,562 of which have tripped other players zero times in two years.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I think that's sort of like||
I think that's sort of like saying, "When Hank Aaron retired, he had the most career home runs of anyone since Babe Ruth."
|9 weeks 2 days ago||This Dookie quote from their||
This Dookie quote from their message boards is adorable:
Grayson Allen is a dirty piece of shit.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||It is ironic that Dave||
It is ironic that Dave Brandon tried so actively and so hard to maximize cash flow to the university, and probably singlehandedly reduced its value by millions over millions. Jim Hackett restored all that value and then some - his work for the school was probably worth $250 million in terms of publicity, intrinsic value, etc.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Well, they counted Donnell||
Well, they counted Donnell Pumphrey's bowl stats and let him break the rushing record, so I disagree with that. And Michigan's official record was 10-3 last year, so I disagree again.
I simply find it silly to call these games meaningless exhibitions. It is not meaningless if you care who wins.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Like I said, my point has||
Like I said, my point has nothing to do with whether he'd raise his stock or not. It's more about the nonsensical point that there's some kind of level past which you've "done enough for the team" and have a right to decide whether or not to sit out.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Probably rather less than if||
Probably rather less than if Pepto suffers a debilitating head injury or otherwise lands himself on nonworking disability, which he could do in a beer league hockey game. McCaffrey, at least, has an insurance policy on himself, so he's guaranteed to make no less than whatever that policy is worth.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||The season's not over, so||
The season's not over, so they really can't be said to have given their all. At best, they gave 92.3%.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||So you really didn't care||
So you really didn't care that Lloyd got to go out a winner, carried off on his team's shoulders, then. It was meaningless.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||So "what he's done for the||
So "what he's done for the team" matters. So if a guy who's kind of borderline, he might get picked in a late round, he might not, but he's been a backup his career at Stanford because he sat under, you know, Christian McCaffrey, that guy finds himself looking at 30 carries in the Sun Bowl and says, nope, I might get hurt. Leave aside all questions of "well he's being stupid because he might increase his draft stock by playing." I get that - he probably is. But what if he gets hurt - then there's no way he's even a 7th-rounder. The point is, he has exactly the same injury risk that McCaffrey has. But he has no right to tell Stanford to fuck off, because he hasn't done enough for them?
Also, 100% team support is almost definitely bullshit. The players also didn't publicly complain, until years later, about bumblebee uniformz at Staee that didn't fit and ruined their game prep time. In fact, lots of people who really like uniformz justified their position by saying "the players like them" when in fact, the players hated them. If the vast majority won't speak out for fear of upsetting the apple cart, you think the players on Stanford who think McCaffrey is a quitter will speak out either?
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Rutgers gonna Spart.||
Rutgers gonna Spart.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I think he was probably born||
I think he was probably born to play Patton, but.....that makes him a damn perfect Scrooge, too.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||The fucker who negged this||
The fucker who negged this post should have to spend the rest of their life living in a house owned by Mr. Potter.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||(No subject)||
|9 weeks 4 days ago||And who, exactly, provided||
And who, exactly, provided them the free coaching, free workout space, free personal trainer, free doctors and medical staff, and free nutrition consultants that they would've had to pay tens of thousands of dollars for on the free market, in order to get that chance?
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not really the one making||
I'm not really the one making the slippery slope argument. I think that's the people applauding his move, suggesting it will become the new norm, and hoping that it leads to the end of the bowls in general. I hope you're right and that it isn't a major trend, personally.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||And TBH, I think the||
And TBH, I think the universities would have every right to tell the player to leave. Part of my objection is based on what some are calling meaningless platitudes (ironic from a fanbase that reveres Bo's "the team, the team, the team" speech) but also, the school is providing a year's worth of education, health care, and access to the training and resources needed to pursue that NFL dream - all for nothing except that you fulfill your obligations to the football team. If you won't fulfill your obligations to the football team, why does the school owe anything further? You can bet McCaffrey will be at their pro day, but why shouldn't the school say, "if our obligations are only standing in the way of your draft stock, then you no longer need any of our services"?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||For free? No. And it's||
For free? No.
And it's ironic that you would justify McCaffrey specifically not laying anything on the line by claiming he has already done so "for Shaw." Yes, Shaw and Stanford benefitted from McCaffrey. And McCaffrey did not, one iota, benefit from Stanford?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I would add, also entirely||
I would add, also entirely within his rights to tell McCaffrey the team facilities and resources are unavailable to him for draft preparation, including the team's pro day.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||"Hi, boss. I just won the||
"Hi, boss. I just won the lottery, so I'm quitting today. But it's cool if I continue to get paid for another couple months, and I can still come in and use the company computers to work on my investments, right?"
|9 weeks 5 days ago||No. But I think that's the||
No. But I think that's the risk you take when you implicitly agree to play a full season in exchange for a full year's scholarship. Making a commitment and then fucking off the moment that commitment becomes inconvenient sort of defeats the entire purpose of the word.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||These guys sure look like||
These guys sure look like they think the game is a meaningless joke. They're probably just carrying their coach off the field because he fell over from the boredom.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||It makes little to no sense||
I'm sure that you never complained about the Sun Belt officiating in the Alamo Bowl. I'm sure you never said a word about Lloyd's triumphant Citrus Bowl exit. I'm sure you didn't upvote the Malik McDowell comment below, or ever laugh at Sparty for not being bowl eligible. After all, they're the smart ones for not taking part in a glorified exhibition to line a sponsor's pockets. I'm sure you won't be watching the Orange Bowl. I'm sure you didn't care about beating Florida last year. I'm sure you haven't turned on a bowl game this year, nor will you.
Anyone who starts putting any stock in anything that happens during bowl games, cheering the wins, complaining about the reffing in the losses, or acting in any way like the games matter to any degree, has no business just waving off the quitters for blowing off their team.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Resting starters in week 17||
Resting starters in week 17 isn't a valid comparison. You can't see the difference between the coach making a decision for the good of the team, and a player making a decision for the good of himself?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I'm with you. Fuck you,||
I'm with you. Fuck you, teammates, my money is more important than you. Honestly, I think this is a shit trend. Bailing on your team because you're afraid of getting hurt is a character question, and if I were a scout I'd be asking at the combine, "Since you quit on your college team in the middle of a season, how do I know you won't do the same to us?"
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Did Izzo apologize to his||
Did Izzo apologize to his team after the game for scheduling yet another powerhouse?
|10 weeks 2 hours ago||For a great many of those||
For a great many of those loudmouths, there's no educating them, only temporarily shutting them up.
|10 weeks 3 hours ago||What a winning hand.||
What a winning hand.
|10 weeks 5 hours ago||I interpret it as "we're||
I interpret it as "we're better athletes because SEC, but we still lost, so I can only think of one reason why that would be."
|10 weeks 2 days ago||It's "taking information||
It's "taking information given to you and making decisions with that information." You consider it morally repugnant to make money but everything else is cool?
|10 weeks 2 days ago||You can literally go to a||
No, you can't. That's what got the Patriots in trouble.
UFR is an analysis of publicly available information based on publicly available film. "Tendencies" are nowhere near the same thing as having a direct, actual copy of their plays.
Playbooks are team property, so no, players aren't allowed to keep them. They are not publicly available.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Just try that argument in||
Just try that argument in front of a judge when your buddy at some company says "hey, I suggest you sell your stock in our company, we're about to announce a major recall."
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Ah, but that's where you're||
Ah, but that's where you're tripping up. The whole reason Wake caught on to this is because Louisville had detailed play diagrams of plays Wake had never run before and drew up specifically for the Louisville game. That makes it confidential. Head in the sand about whether or not something is stolen isn't a legal defense and it's not an ethical one, either. If you have reason to believe something is stolen, it's on you to call that into question, and it wouldn't fly in front of a judge to claim ignorance.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Uh, yes. I actually am||
Uh, yes. I actually am calling the coaches at Illinois to tell them someone is leaking their info. Because it's the right thing to do. There is no way that Bo would've done any different and therefore I think there's no way Harbaugh would do any different.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Sometime OL starter Wilson||
And I'd guess that it doesn't, because Florida State.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah.....this is a biggie.||
Yeah.....this is a biggie. And it's almost incomprehensible what Elrod has done to himself. Football alums have huge privileges. Enormous. It's like an exclusive club. He threw it all away, just for some petty revenge. Now he just about literally can never set foot on their campus again and nobody is going to want to speak to him. Persona non grata in the deepest sense of the phrase.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, I mean, it's kind of||
Yeah, I mean, it's kind of similar to insider trading. Even if you innocently hear a piece of material, non-public information, you're not supposed to trade on it.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||It's definitely about time||
It's definitely about time some other cancers got some attention from the marketers. By the very definition of the word, they could use some "awareness." Preferably, some focus on cancers that are a bit rarer but far deadlier.
I recall a column run by the Detroit News, written by a staffer who'd just been diagnosed with breast cancer, and the introduction to the whole thing stated she would "chronicle her journey to being a breast cancer survivor." That right there made the whole thing jump the shark in my mind, though it was already halfway there. Breast cancer is actually awfully damn survivable - rather similar to diabetes, in fact. On the other hand, there's no such thing as a "journey to being a pancreatic cancer survivor" and no cheering support club - you simply resign yourself to the extreme likelihood you'll never vote for another president.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Passing on a rumor implies||
Passing on a rumor implies some level of substance to said rumor. People who think there's even a microscopic iota of value or substance to these rumors deserve the ridicule they're setting themselves up for.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Oh, OK. It doesn't matter||
Oh, OK. It doesn't matter whether you win or not, as long as you think you should.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Even my mom says Devin||
Even my mom says Devin Gardner's lack of development was the biggest crime that the Hoke coaching staff foisted upon Michigan football.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Truthfully, theirs is a||
Truthfully, theirs is a little different from ND's. Domers think it's their right to be good. Noles think they always are, and when they lose it has nothing to do with the other team.
Wait til we beat the schnot out of them - the only thing it'll prove to them is that their team just didn't show up and that was the one time out of ten they'd lose.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I actually like the guys who||
I actually like the guys who run Tomahawk Nation quite a bit, but the FSU fanbase at large has more of a "Florida Man" contingent than UF does, and more of a superiority complex than the Domers, and that's saying something.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Get snubbed from that system||
That's nice and all, except that the larger you make the tournament, the more the tournament itself becomes a prize. Nobody thinks the last at-large teams in March Madness really have a shot at the national title, but the tournament is always considered its own prize (witness the lame attempt to convince us that the play-in games are actually "the first round of the tournament" so that they could all claim they made it) and so the bellyaching is no less emphatic. So while you think you should be able to tell anyone who just missed out to go away, that's not what will actually happen.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||The Weedwhacker Bowl didn't||
The Weedwhacker Bowl didn't pull the Big Ten and Pac-12 champs out of the Rose Bowl. CFP did that.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||And all this, without the||
And all this, without the beating they're getting in two years.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||That's what puts the Ohio||
That's what puts the Ohio loss on a higher hilarity level. IU can go on to have a good season and make people forget they had a little slip-up. Ohio's loss is more likely to indicate they suck.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Navy definitely looks better.||
Navy definitely looks better. I may be in the minority too but I actually hated the Army look. Wearing the same color helmet, jersey, and pants never, ever looks good no matter what the color.
I actually really wish we could just see Army's traditional uniforms vs. Navy's traditional uniforms and not these excuses for Nike's designers to continue being employed, but now I know for sure I'm wandering into minority territory.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||The NBA needs a few Bill||
The NBA needs a few Bill Laimbeers in it. Laimbeer would've fouled him into next week.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||It really doesn't even matter||
It really doesn't even matter if it's "natural" for his leg to do that or not. What Dray-Dray doesn't seem to understand is that intent doesn't matter at all. Kick a guy in the head, it's a flagrant.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Hell, they probably should||
Hell, they probably should let that go, too.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||The networks might, but the||
The networks might, but the conferences won't. You can't get anyone to pay real money to sponsor a regular season game, except for things like Michigan-Ohio State and then people rightfully go apeshit. You can, however, get sponsors to line up around the block for your conference championship.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||And how, precisely, do you||
And how, precisely, do you propose to force everyone to agree to this?
|12 weeks 3 days ago||As a diehard fan of, uh, the||
As a diehard fan of, uh, the two teams I'm a diehard fan of.....tonight is kind of a big deal.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||And the ranking systems||
And the ranking systems pretty much agree, as would almost anyone, but the point of the OP's article is that they should be considered top four, not just top twenty.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Every time someone makes this||
Every time someone makes this argument they neglect to mention how many times G5 teams lose to complete schmucks. New Mexico: 6-2 in the MWC, lost to shitty Rutgers. CMU, standard-bearer for the troll's argument, lost to shitty UVA. You win a conference that went 4-10 against P5 teams - not good P5 teams, we're talking like Boston College and UVA and Indiana - that's not an argument in favor of being included with the big boys.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Uh, yes, I would. I don't||
Uh, yes, I would.
I don't know how the national title evolved into the be-all and end-all of college football, but it only really became that in the '90s or so. Now there's this idea that everything else is subserviant to it.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Except that Delany is not||
Except that Delany is not spelled with two E's, so if you're going to try that email formula, better make sure you have the spelling down.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Lucky you, it'll be summer in||
Lucky you, it'll be summer in Bolivia soon.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||If anything in sports||
If anything in sports happened for A Reason, we'd have won this game as there is no way a program run as SEC-esque as Ohio's deserves to have that much of a golden horseshoe stuffed up their collective asses.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||All the time, in sports like||
All the time, in sports like basketball, baseball, lacrosse, or hockey, people watch their teams lose and then say, "that's OK, just get it done when it counts." Or, "these games don't matter, just perform in the real tourney."
The moment that ever happens in college football, the entire essence of the sport will be lost. And if the playoff were eight teams, Michigan would still be a lock, and that's exactly what everyone would be saying right now.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||At first I read the headline||
At first I read the headline with the numbers flipped and thought, awww, feewingsball, evwybody deserves to dweam if they tried hard. Then I checked myself and realized the guy is spot on. As much as it sucked to lose that game, even worse would be to water it down and take away what makes college football great.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||All rational coaches and||
I mean....kind of. This analogy works better in basketball, but if you score 51% of the points and the other team scores 49%, you should win. Shitty, slanted refereeing is like saying one team needs to score 55% - if they score 54%, that's not enough. It ought to be enough. It's certainly a good idea to just blow the other team out if you can, but you should only just have to play better than the other team. You shouldn't have to play better and then some while the other team can play worse and still win.
The refs were a clear fuckjob today, from the first blatant PI they missed in the first quarter all the way to overtime.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Fuck Black Friday almost as||
Fuck Black Friday almost as hard as Ohio. The day after Thanksgiving is for sleeping way in and decorating the house for Christmas. Never could fathom why I'd want to get up before dawn to stand in line in a strip mall.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||The model you want more or||
The model you want more or less exists in the NFL, and it hasn't made anyone in the NFL stop caring about money. I don't think there's any evidence to believe that corporate money grubbing types will stop money grubbing. The Dave Brandons will always care about money - Jim Delany didn't put Rutgers in the conference so that Big Ten teams could more easily sponsor tennis. In fact, what you want is to more directly tie money-spending to money-making. That's always going to lead to more money-grubbing, not less.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I strongly disagree with this||
I strongly disagree with this here:
I don't think there's any such measure as "degree of exploitation." A football player is no worse off whether his athletic department makes $1 million or $100 million. His situation is exactly the same. I don't believe he's "owed" anything more. If a company becomes more profitable, they don't just run out and give everyone raises - they generally hire more people. Similar to how an athletic department might add a new sport. That doesn't mean the "degree of exploitation" has increased for the current workers. It means more people got an opportunity.
This will sound harsh, but there are people running college sports with outlooks like yours and MileHigh's - where everything is seen only in terms of monetary value. They have names like Jim Delany, DeLoss Dodds, and Dave Brandon. Their cold, calculatimg, money-only approach is why we play Rutgers every year instead of playing for the Jug. Its why Texas doesn't play Texas A&M and why Kansas doesn't play Missouri. It's why we have games against Alabama in Jerryworld that we don't want to bring the band to. The band cost money, and didn't provide value, so we tried to cut that. How many people were in favor of that? It's why our team was forced to wear bumblebee uniformz that distracted from their MSU prep. Game prep doesn't sell jerzeez.
Those people have killed rivalries and destroyed traditions and generally accelerated the slow walk of college football toward the soulless corporate ways of the NFL. Does anyone like that? And I will guarantee you this: if you and he were to get your way, and nine-tenths of college sports were killed off, the money would not go to altruistic things like reducing ticket prices or academic support. Don't kid yourself it ever would. You'd turn college football into professional football, and a couple hundred players would have ever-growing millions waved at them while they were 17. This would not improve anything one iota.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, they can and do get paid||
Yes, they can and do get paid millions in Europe. The few that bother, anyway. Brandon Jennings signed a contract worth over a million and a half for three years. That's not peanuts. $500K+ a year is a lot. So what if it's far from home? You're the one being capitalist here. If that's not a sacrifice that's worth it to them, then obviously the money isn't worth it either, is it?
In case you haven't noticed, I really don't give a shit if sports can't pay for themselves. It's worth it to have them. It provides multitudes of benefits to hundreds of thousands of people, and frankly, society at large. Yes, I mean hundreds of thousands. Athletes, coaches, administrators, construction workers building rowing palaces, parents who don't have to help pay for college, and by the way, easing up on the government-provided student loans. If a couple hundred people have to forgo being paid millions for a couple years so that those hundreds of thousands can have "artificial" benefits, I really do not give a fuck.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I did not play a sport in||
I did not play a sport in college, for whatever that's worth.
And you're missing the point on the "what difference does it make" quote. The point is, why should we care if our way is different from the rest of the world?
You and others, by the way, are making one big contradiction. You don't like the cost of tickets and you think they should be less "so more people can enjoy them." Well, they're charging what the tickets are worth. If you're going to demand the athletes be paid what they're worth, you shouldn't have a problem paying what the tickets are worth. You can't be a champion of capitalism except when it hits your pocketbook.
For the record, I don't like ever-rising ticket prices either and can give you a rock-solid guarantee that paying football players "what they're worth" will not result in lower ticket prices. If you think it's an arms race and a money grab now, wait until schools need that money to compete for recruits. If you like advertising and the money chase, by all means pay football players loads of money. They might be able to fund that for a short time by telling five hundred or so athletes they might want to get acquainted with a FAFSA form, but only temporarily.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Wait, so coming from a more||
Wait, so coming from a more privileged background means its OK to take away the opportunities we currently provide them? I thought I was the one being a communist in this thread. Who cares about the economic disparity? And for the record, you will probably find thousands of soccer players, women's basketball players, sprinters, and so on, spread all around the NCAA, with stories like Jabrill's.
Basketball players, by the way, can absolutely go pro. They can go straight to the D-League or play in Europe. Europe will pay those guys millions. They did for Brandon Jennings, and they'll do it for others. Why do they all go to college if it's so unfair?
|13 weeks 3 days ago||That paragraph you don't like||
That paragraph you don't like is central to the point. You are talking about taking away opportunities for tens of thousands of athletes so you can pay a few hundred. Do you deny that?
|13 weeks 3 days ago||If there's one thing people||
If there's one thing people always say about college football, it's that it should be more like the NFL.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||What exactly is the proper||
What exactly is the proper proportion? They're already compensated better than literally 99.9% of the student body. I wouldn't hate giving them a fixed stipend of some kind, but as I've said in the past, 1) capitalism is a lousy system for college sports, and 2) on the list of injustices, having a couple hundred athletes temporarily not paid what they're capitalistically worth is way down there, somewhere below throwing a player out of a game for a bogus targeting call.
We have a system that works pretty well for probably almost a hundred thousand athletes. Making it worse for most of them so that a small handful can have it better, because capitalism, is a terrible idea.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||The Ivies already sponsor a||
The Ivies already sponsor a ton of non-revenue sports, and so do the "small, wealthy" schools you propose would pick up the slack. You're saying that one door would close and another would open, but that door is already open. People already pay to go to Williams or Amherst and play tennis and whatnot.
What you propose is to take away a couple million dollars from athletes in some sports and give them to athletes who already stand to make millions of dollars. Why, exactly? To what purpose?
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Your argument would only make||
I mean, what difference does that make? We have our ways and they have theirs. They also find it strange we care so much about football and use that word for a totally different sport than them.
The justification in spending enormous sums of money is that we have that money and have to spend it on something. Do I like the incessant revenue chasing? Not one iota. But since they have it, what do they do with it? I'm not in favor of paying players like professionals. That would only drive the revenue chase into even more of an overdrive than it is now. It might be a bit silly to build a $20 million rowing palace, but I have no problem with giving rowers the same support as football players. The last thing I would want is for the level of support for various sports to be perfectly correlated with how much money they bring in.