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|16 hours 35 min ago||I can think of one pitch that||
I can think of one pitch that beats Arizona stone cold: W-A-T-E-R. You have none of it.
Arizona is not that goddamn great. Not everyone thinks it's the shit to be surrounded by sand and 105 degree heat. "Location to an ocean"? What, five hours away? I can be at a saltwater ocean in eight, that's not that big a difference.
You might need to recognize the bias you have instead of assuming that the only unbiased opinion is for everyone to move where you are. If you told me I had to move and could never go back to my home state again - to remove all the bias from the equation, see - you couldn't drag me kicking and screaming to Arizona.
|1 week 1 day ago||Looking age-appropriate is||
Looking age-appropriate is for work. I have to look age-appropriate 50 hours a week plus whatever other obligations I might have. Football games are quite possibly the most informal event you can attend. Why should I wear the same business-casual stuff I wear to the office?
Besides, a polo shirt at a Lions or Wings or Pistons game would probably make you look like the world's biggest stick was jammed up your ass, because nobody else is wearing them.
|1 week 1 day ago||Lemme get this straight. We||
Lemme get this straight. We pay rather large amounts of money to go watch representatives of one rich man's company play a game against representatives of another rich man's company and hope the ones in the right colors score more points. We've never met these people, but that doesn't matter. Many people also pay money not to learn about the decisions of a 16-year-old boy, but the feelings of a 16-year-old boy before he makes the decision.
All this is rational, but we draw the line at wearing the wrong kind of shirt? How irrationally picky is that?
|1 week 2 days ago||I didn't say that access to||
I didn't say that access to facilities was compensation, I said it was a cost to the school. Please read for comprehension.
Besides, as a matter of fact, access to nice facilities is certainly considered compensation of sorts when Google does it. Not taxable compensation, but it's certainly an attraction to working at the company vs. working somewhere else. It's a cost the company takes on because they think it helps them attract more talent, which is not at all unlike a university building those gold-plated locker rooms for athletes.
And limiting your argument to marginal cost of education vs. tuition is absolutely ignorant. Name a single company that ever charges nothing but the marginal cost of production for its product. Show me such a company and I'll show you a dead company. You've heard of fixed costs and capital investment, have you not? Companies - and universities - have to cover them. What you call gold-plating, I call fixed costs and capital investments, and we can argue til we're blue in the face about whether they're necessary, but they exist. Of course the marginal cost of educating one more student is less than tuition - but the actual cost of educating a student is certainly much more, else universities wouldn't rely on donations and public subsidies. As an illustration, if a prof teaches 200 students a year and makes $200,000, then the fixed cost per student is $1,000, a cost which you fail to include in your argument.
|1 week 2 days ago||"Less bloat" is not the||
"Less bloat" is not the reason those institutions can field Olympic sports teams. Massive subsidization tends to be the reason, or else the athlete pays their own way.
"Most revenue sport athletes" still covers a very small sliver of collegiate athletes. Revenue sports are football and men's basketball - the rest at best break even, and only when talking about big-time deals like lacrosse at Syracuse or hockey at Michigan. And even then, most revenue sport athletes really wouldn't do any better. Backups are pretty damn interchangeable.
Also, the actual cost to the institution of enrolling an athlete - any athlete - is MORE than the sticker price of tuition. Universities are nonprofits; tuition is basically the university's cost of operation, minus donations and state subsidies, amortized across the student body. Athletes require special facilities and services, all paid for by the athletic department. Even an athlete who pays their own way 100% gets more out of it than the average student, because of the extra access to facilities and services.
|1 week 2 days ago||True, there are Olympic-sport||
True, there are Olympic-sport athletes who could make some money getting endorsements. Thing of it is, most of them do, because they leave. That might be 1 in every 1,000 Olympic sport participants if we're being really generous. It's probably more like 1 in 10,000.
The system as it is now "screws" about 2% of its athletes, who could do better on the free market, in exchange for giving the other 98% an opportunity they wouldn't have. The more free-market college sports become, the more money will flow from the 98% to the 2%. Since this is a zero-sum game, that's a problem. I'm OK with the "victimization" of those poor exploited 2%, who have to delay (not sacrifice) their payoff, a situation, I might add, which they chose freely.
|1 week 2 days ago||Agreed. Unlimited ability to||
Agreed. Unlimited ability to transfer and play immediately would (as Space Coyote said above) mainly result in every star player at smaller schools transferring to bigger schools. Then those bigger schools would push someone out to make room. Can't see how this is a good thing. That kind of unlimited freedom is something not even the pros enjoy.
|1 week 2 days ago||Should that apply to only||
Should that apply to only football players, or to, like, wrestlers and swimmers too?
|1 week 3 days ago||If this year's NIT doesn't||
But, a great deal of the push for a 30-second shot clock is coming from people like Seth Davis who want it for the most utterly un-thought-out reasons. We're talking about folks who think two extra possessions per game makes all the difference in the world, because they haven't really considered that it's only two possessions per game. Do we really expect them to care about or even notice efficiency?
|1 week 3 days ago||No other game does that,||
No other game does that, because no other game has such a small risk/reward ratio for committing penalties.
If you want to see games broken up into totally unwatchable little 45-second segments with 80-100 stoppages along the way, I can't think of a better way than to get rid of fouling out. Why should I even remotely think of letting a guy have a layup if I can hack him without penalty and take my chances at the free-throw line? Why should I do anything other than hack-a-Shaq if I can do it with impunity?
KenPom did a study on a short period of time when two conferences experimented with six fouls as the limit instead of five. Even though the number of fouls per game nationwide dropped year over year, fouls in the two conferences went up. About two extra fouls per game. When they dropped the experiment, they immediately dropped to nationwide averages. Raising the foul limit is a horrible idea; removing it is unspeakably bad.
|1 week 4 days ago||Alanis.||
|1 week 4 days ago||You don't talk to enough||
You don't talk to enough people. There are tons of fans - and not just UVA and Wisconsin fans, sorry - that prefer the college game. You're coming from an incredibly biased viewpoint that can't see any more than one way of doing things.
I'm never going to prove that to you, and you're never going to prove that to me, but I can promise you this: yours is by far the more closed-minded viewpoint.
|1 week 4 days ago||If a lack of #1 seeds in 2006||
If a lack of #1 seeds in 2006 was a factor in the lower ratings from the previous year, then why did 2006 outdraw 2008? 2008 had all #1 seeds, and huge names to boot.
|1 week 4 days ago||"Quality" is highly||
"Quality" is highly subjective. Scoring and pace are not automatically the same as quality. Quality could just as easily mean more cohesive systems, better defense, and more parity.
|1 week 4 days ago||I don't think||
I don't think so.
Roll to the bottom.
Florida/George Mason outdrew UCLA/LSU that year. It was the 9th-highest-rated FF game of 22 possible since 2004. It outdrew Kansas/UNC, MSU/UConn, UNC/Villanova, and so on.
The pace of NBA play in 1990 was 98.3 possessions, so despite the higher numbers, the NBA isn't even halfway back. Scoring right now is exactly the same as it was in 07-08, but pace is up, so why is it more appealing to watch more bricks? And I'd say, yes, the age limit has a lot to do with it. Arguably, if the average age is smaller yet there are no 18-year-olds in the league, that means players are retiring earlier, which means the league is doing a better job of identifying young talent and pushing out older players.
|1 week 4 days ago||Homogenizing the games is the||
Homogenizing the games is the opposite of a good idea. When I want to watch up-and-down basketball with occasional attention given to defense, I'll watch the pro game. When I want to watch what college offers, I'll watch the college game.
|1 week 4 days ago||The NBA, no, actually not so||
The NBA, no, actually not so much. The NBA was a much faster, higher-scoring game 20 and 30 years ago, too. Teams averaged 106 points a game in 1990. Pace and scoring are way down. They bottomed out about 10 years ago and have been going upwards - and one thing that corresponds with that is the age limit, among other things. Rule changes helped, too. The NFL has been almost steady. Scoring is slightly up lately, by about a point or two per team, per game....and it happens to correspond almost exactly with a league-wide improvement in kicking accuracy. College football is different, sure, because in college football, tempo actually works. It doesn't work anywhere else.
And why should the low-talent teams be pushed against? Viewership and interest in March Madness would probably plummet without upsets. The first thing people talk about is who's most likely to get upset. The first games they cut to are the ones where the high seed is in danger of dropping. People loved the George Mason thing. If the crisis is a lack of viewers, the #1 way by far to exacerbate it is to make upsets disappear.
|1 week 4 days ago||Louisville and Syracuse,||
Louisville and Syracuse, actually, but you do have a point. Games between big-time teams are going to draw audiences, yes? Regardless of style. Anywa, I didn't say UVA was the reason they watched, I suggested that people didn't exactly turn it off.
And I don't see where "most people" are saying this. I see a few sportswriters. I also see lots of writers and announcers saying it's bull puckey. Either way, it's just media blather.
|1 week 4 days ago||One thing it's worth pointing||
One thing it's worth pointing out: Lacrosse is undergoing the same "crisis." I don't think it's sport-specific, for what that's worth, I think it's a thing where coaches know that slowing the game down is better for their team. Which makes the idea of writing rules to force a more free-flowing game, basically pushing against the tides.
|1 week 4 days ago||I'm not sure it's a great||
I'm not sure it's a great counterpoint. People don't know the game is going to be free-flowing beforehand unless they know the teams are, and Michigan doesn't have that reputation.
|1 week 4 days ago||Most CBB viewers do NOT agree||
Most CBB viewers do NOT agree with you.
If that were true, people would be running to the hills and ignoring teams like UVA completely.
Instead UVA, during the last week of the regular season had two of the top ten most-watched sports programs of the week. Not college basketball programs, sports programs.
There seems to be this very misguided idea that what UVA and Wisconsin etc. do is bad for basketball. Not a shred of evidence to support it.
|1 week 4 days ago||This is a great||
This is a great column.
|1 week 5 days ago||Oh my God I hate how old that||
Oh my God I hate how old that broadcast looks. 2006 and it looks ancient.
|1 week 5 days ago||So is failure to use||
So is failure to use quotation marks when quoting something.
|1 week 5 days ago||#1 completely undermines your||
#1 completely undermines your argument though. Like, all the way. On-field success is the point, not recruiting success. Besides, Wisconsin struggles to get elite recruits for reasons far unrelated to redshirting. Elite recruits tend to come from the South and want to play in electric Oregon-style offenses, not the Beef-Town Pro-Stylers from dairyland. (The coaching turnover of late hasn't helped, either.)
On the flip side, UVA does a pretty good job lighting up the recruiting boards on February, because Mike London does exactly what you propose, and flops miserably in the fall. You're basically arguing that it's better to be Virginia than Wisconsin. Bonkers.
|1 week 6 days ago||Rebuttals:1: "Come work out||
1: "Come work out real hard, study for a year, and then we'll see" is nobody's marketing pitch. "You'll get a fair chance and if you prove you belong, then you'll play" is a more common one. "I guarantee you'll play" certainly works on some kids, but then you're stuck actually having to follow through. I can think of at least one coach who uses this pitch: Mike London. It works ... um, great. London's doing awesome.
2: The choice isn't between starters and freshmen. There are veteran backups. It doesn't take a freshman to take advantage of a blown assignment. And veterans are less likely to blow their own.
3: Freshmen commonly say that there's a huge difference between high school and college ... and they say so without ever having played in a game. All it takes to open their eyes to the difference is practice. And nobody's going to get a good feel for the game just by running 50 yards to cover a touchback. I mean, that's an incredible leap of faith on Jarrod Wilson with zilch in the way of evidence.
4: This is sort of like saying every play that doesn't score a touchdown is a failure. If I've got a senior quarterback, and the freshman who comes in doesn't unseat him, and redshirts instead, only a whackjob would call that a failure. Let's say, for the sake of argument, you get that perfect 22-player class full of NFL-caliber players and they all start as freshmen. Next year, what happens? Do they move aside for the next class of perfect players? Or are they good enough to keep playing? Some of these are salient points; #4 is really stupid. Everyone in this room, no points, mercy on your soul, etc.
5: This point assumes a player would be equally productive whether a true freshman or a redshirt freshman. Which in turn assumes that practice and lifting is literally 100% worthless.
6: Sometimes you do get players who are NFL-bound and basically going to leave after three years. Not too many people argue for redshirting those guys. However, let's assume something very logical. Let's say a player gets better every year. Does that sound right? If not, you need a new coach. So if a player gets better every year, his worst year is his freshman year and his best year is his fifth year. Why would you trade a player's best year for his worst?
7: Since this is just points 1 and 5 repeated, I'll ignore the inflationary pumping.
8: It's certainly true that every fifth-year senior takes the place of a potential freshman. But it really shouldn't need explaining that if it were hurting the team to do so, the coaches wouldn't invite the fifth-year player back.
9: You do realize that a non-redshirted player actually finds it easier to transfer, because he can do so any time he likes and not lose a year of eligibility. Redshirted players, on the other hand, are forced to wait til they get their degree.
10: Getting a 6th year is not that onerous; the reason it's rare is because it takes a specific set of circumstances. It's no harder than getting a 5th year for a player who never redshirted but blows out his knee in the first game of his senior year.
11: If you have a problem with players lollygagging, and putting forth no effort because they know they're redshirting, you have MAJOR issues that go beyond redshirting. You have leadership problems, you have coaching problems, and you're recruiting the wrong players. Good coaches - most coaches, actually - know how to prevent that. If a guy is going to screw around during his redshirt year, he's probably not going to just flip a switch and be a hard worker when he's not redshirting, either.
Bottom line: You should play a freshman if it will make your team better by doing so. If the freshman brings nothing that you can't get from a veteran, redshirt him. No, it's not always as simplistic as trading the player's worst year for his best - but often, it is.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||There's no such thing as it||
There's no such thing as it being for the best when the season ends unless there's a bunch of guys playing hurt or it's a total losing disaster of a season. This one wasn't up to expectations, but there's no way to spin it as good if we get left out of the NIT.
|2 weeks 17 hours ago||I think such a law would have||
I think such a law would have a great chance of standing up to a court challenge. Discriminating among your customers is sometimes permissible, but tends to be very heavily scrutinized. Colluding with certain customers with the result that the price goes up for other customers has antitrust written all over it.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Right. I bet you can totally||
Right. I bet you can totally convince the NBA owners to spend billions on a minor league system that doesn't earn anywhere near what it costs to build, because reasons.
Besides, have you heard of the D-League? Which accepts players right out of high school?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I can think of several||
I can think of several reasons not to be worried about this.
1) NBA teams don't really have room to find diamonds in the rough, because they only get two draft picks.
2) The more good prospects that enter the draft, the more choices a team will have. A team outside the lottery will be OK with telling a prospect he's a lottery pick, because it just helps increase the talent to choose from.
3) Teams aren't going to zero in on a particular player that early.
4) If they sandbag too hard, the guy will stay out of the draft entirely.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||It's hard to tell how big of||
6'10", apparently. Jeez, I could do this job.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I've never seen so much as a||
I've never seen so much as a single episode of Breaking Bad, and never had much interest in it as drug dealing doesn't hold much interest for me as a premise. (Meth does horrible, horrible things to people. "I'm gonna ruin the lives of thousands of people and directly murder dozens of others just so my wife won't have to work after I'm gone" is a premise that would've had me rooting for Walter to die and the show to end, every episode. But I can definitely get into shady lawyering.)
Anyway, to me it's kind of like watching the Star Wars prequels, where Jimmy is Anakin.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||That doesn't make a lot of||
That doesn't make a lot of sense. BCS would've been canceled because of its slow start if it weren't a spinoff, but BB wasn't a spinoff, started slowly, and wasn't canceled?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||That would be a feature, not||
That would be a feature, not a bug. At least half the best moments of the show have come from the interactions between Mike and Jimmy.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'd love to indulge you, but||
I'd love to indulge you, but you might want to warn of spoilers if you want any responses other than "yup."
|2 weeks 4 days ago||There's a germ of truth to||
There's a germ of truth to it, but I think it's just a function of the fact that Catholic universities are a subset of smallish private schools in general. Those schools don't play big-time football - you can count on one hand the number of Catholic schools in FBS - so they plow money into things like lacrosse instead.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Jesuit = Catholic. (still not||
Jesuit = Catholic.
(still not sure what it has to do with lacrosse)
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I think it's mostly people||
I think it's mostly people being dramatic. It's true the NCAA program was put together differently than most, but I think the way it was done was the only way to do right by the people who put in all the work to build it. (And to give credit where it's due, it was under Dave Brandon's watch.)
This is only the third year of the program. They went 1-13 in year 1. Then 5-11 last year with Gerald Logan hurt for most of the season. They're poised to improve on that record again this year. Folks want to compare us to Marquette, but Marquette started recruiting D-I athletes before we did.
I don't know what John Paul is doing wrong or right on the coaching field, and some other folks have chimed in on that regard. He may not be the coach to get the team to the NCAA tournament and into the upper echelons of the sport. But he does have the team on the upward trend you want to see, even if it's not immediate.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The process takes time, and||
The process takes time, and despite the ugly score today, the team has still come a long way from where it started.
Not that long ago we had people boasting this team was all set to go 10-3. Now I see doom and gloom. Neither is on the mark. The main issue isn't with the team, it's with people falling into the trap of "what just happened will always happen" and not really recognizing that Canisius was one of the crappiest teams in the country and Brown is very good.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I suppose you're probably||
I suppose you're probably making a funny, but the Lions did draft a punter a couple years ago, and it happened to be a great decision.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think it's safe to||
I don't think it's safe to say that hockey is necessarily a higher profile sport with more resources. There are a lot more lacrosse teams and they have bigger rosters. It's just easy to think so from a Michigan perspective because hockey's been around so much longer. The two sports are just highly regional and on about the same profile as one another. Just depends on who you ask.
Thing about college lacrosse is, it gets all the best lacrosse players and all those players always stick around for four or five years, whereas college hockey competes with juniors for players and often sees its best players leave early. Penn State got a huge slug of money to build a brand-new arena and facilities, which is a major attraction. Our lacrosse facilities are still catching up. (Playing in the Big House is not as attractive a prospect for a recruit as having your own stadium and dedicated facilities.)
Besides, Michigan lacrosse is actually right about where Penn State hockey is, nationally. Penn State's 27th right now in both KRACH and the Pairwise. Very middle of the pack. That's right where Michigan lacrosse lands, too. Trust me, Brown is really good this year and shouldn't have been seen as a level competitor. In most other years they'd be a decent barometer, but not this one. I fully expect to win two more games this year and have a great shot at three others.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Which quarterback would you||
Which quarterback would you rather have in the league? I mean, you're not even good at criticizing Stafford. The usual line is he has inflated stats, not bottom third in the league, which is a really ignorant thing to say. So I ask again: which QB would you trade him for?
|2 weeks 5 days ago||There's a decent chance Brown||
There's a decent chance Brown is the top team in the Ivy this year.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||$13 million a year for a||
$13 million a year for a 30-year-old CB is beyond insane.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Were they? Between 1994 when||
Were they? Between 1994 when Kraft bought the team, and 2000, the year before Brady led them to the Super Bowl, the Patriots went to the playoffs four times. So did the Lions. Better, yes. "Different league," no.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The team that took Aaron||
The team that took Aaron Hernandez in the 2010 draft shouldn't be using that draft to lecture other teams on how to be meticulous about your draft picks.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||"Hi, I'm a stereotypical||
"Hi, I'm a stereotypical Patriots fan. Now that the Patriots are Super Bowl champs again, it's safe for me to pretend to forget what a shitted-up franchise the Patriots were for every year of their miserable-ass existence until they took a lucky flyer on a sixth-round quarterback who was a part-time college starter. This gives me the right to act like the world revolves around anything Boston and lets me pat myself on the back for being part of the self-described greatest fanbase in the world, all the while laughing at idiots who root for anyone not from Boston and the crappy teams they root for."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||People forget that the Lions||
People forget that the Lions had three top-five draft picks on their team that all got paid before the new rookie scales took effect, so they all got huge contracts coming out of college. None of them are going to take pay cuts just because a bunch of rookies are getting less now. The Lions got royally unlucky.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Not too surprising. Out of||
Not too surprising. Out of 31 other teams it's no surprise one of them would step up with money the Lions don't want to match given the contracts they had to hand to Stafford and Megatron. Would be smart of them to try and bring Fairley back, and they'll basically have to draft a DT in the first two rounds.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||This is a guy that Tony||
This is a guy that Tony Bennett pursued somewhat heavily out of high school. For that reason alone I'd love to bring him in as a transfer.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Went to the game last night||
Went to the game last night (and had a tasty Ghettoblaster while I was there to boot.) It's only fitting that Zidlicky scored the game winner because even aside from that I thought he had a tremendous game. Very, very solid in the defensive end. If he keeps it up that trade will be the steal of the year.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I've never seen the refs||
I've never seen the refs physically align the players' sticks like that. It looks like they're teaching the technique to seven-year-olds.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Whoa whoa whoa. You can put||
Whoa whoa whoa. You can put your own damn ketchup on your own damn burgers. That's why they got bottles at the tables, or ketchup packets, or what have you. Ketchup isn't exactly universally adored.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Most of those small||
Most of those small conferences know this, and rig the tournaments so the top seeds have a much easier path to the championship than the others.
I don't think it's any more unfair than a 64-team tournament for the national title when realistically maybe eight or twelve of them actually deserve it based on how the regular season went. It's theater.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I only have one request for||
I only have one request for these discussions: Get the fuck rid of the phrase "sexual assault." Somehow that phrase came into use to describe everything from unwanted touching even on body parts like the arm, to actual physical violent rape. Rape is rape. It's very bad.
Maybe it's because well-meaning victim's advocates, in trying to tell women "you don't have to take that shit," defined anything that made women feel uncomfortable as "sexual assault." Maybe it's because people got uncomfortable with the word rape and euphemized it. Maybe it all got lumped together for simplicity.
But "Rasheed Sulaimon is accused of raping a girl" means something a lot different than "Rasheed Sulaimon is accused of sexually assaulting a girl." Chances are it could've had a real effect on how the whole case was treated. "Rape" is serious, ought to be reported immediately, and you don't need to hear details to know that. "Sexual assault" could be an extortion attempt based on getting a little too close on the dance floor, for all anyone knows when they first hear it.
I hate the phrase "sexual assault" and wish it would go away.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Especially since that was a||
Especially since that was a primary justification for having a playoff in football in the first place, because wheeeee brackets.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Really an excellent trade for||
Really an excellent trade for the Wings. The way Craig Custance put it, Janmark could be a "top-nine forward." Cool, a guy whose realistic ceiling is third line. Backman's a throw-in. Two other defensemen from that draft (Ouellet and Marchenko) have already made it to the Wings; Backman's had a cup of coffee in GR. Slight downgrade in draft picks is barely worth a mention.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||I've read that theory and I'm||
I've read that theory and I'm not real conviced. Nill left for Dallas before we drafted Janmark, and Janmark is the centerpiece of the deal. No doubt he was in on some of the scouting process, but everything Janmark's done since we drafted him, Nill hasn't been privy to.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||You'd think by the responses||
You'd think by the responses in this thread that turning off notifications on your phone was some kind of hardship. Has this world really come to "it's too damn annoying to spend two seconds changing my settings"??
|3 weeks 4 days ago||See, you ask this question||
See, you ask this question because the Big Ten hasn't had one for very long, relatively speaking. If you asked an ACC fan what the point of a conference tourney is, he'd look at you like you had a third eye in your forehead.
The answer doesn't have to be the cynical money grab all the time. They're bloody fun. Why NOT have a conference tournament?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I think you have to remember||
I think you have to remember that even if we're favored in all of those games, it's not by a ton in many cases and simple math says it's gonna be tough to win every single one of them. Mathematically, even if we have a 75% chance of winning each game (besides JHU and UMD) we only have a 13% chance of winning out.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I like how we're already||
I like how we're already assuming the Rutgers game is a win. Rutgers does suck, and we should indeed beat them, but it's interesting to see the night-and-day difference between now and the past.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Johns Hopkins is an enormous||
Johns Hopkins is an enormous research powerhouse and lacrosse is the excuse to get them access to the CIC and vice versa.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||If WHL teams in Washington||
If WHL teams in Washington were interested in being competitive rather than making profits, they'd push incredibly hard for a minimum wage; it'd make it that much easier to convince their players to play for them and not pick another development route.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||Yes, he did clap in a||
Yes, he did clap in a player's face, did you see the video? Baldwin was being a punk. He felt dissed by something some Tennessee player said after the previous game (which was pretty innocuous) so he decided to take it back to the streets and dis them right back. Punk bullshit. Good for Stallings.
|4 weeks 21 hours ago||Regardless of how anyone||
Regardless of how anyone futzes with it or how long I look at it, I can't see anything but white and gold. I'm not colorblind, either.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||LOL. Right on cue.||
LOL. Right on cue.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||You're right and wrong.||
You're right and wrong. Chestnut Hill isn't a real city; it's a "village" under Massachusetts law which means it's not actually incorporated and is more of a traditional designation. Chestnut Hill is actually part of three different cities. Boston College itself straddles Boston and Newton, not to mention having a separate section of campus in a third city (I forget which, but it's in fact a part of BC itself and not along the lines of a U-M Dearborn) so technically speaking, not only does it count towards sharing the name of the city it's in, it also counts toward the question about being in two cities at once.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||It wasn't even that. I think||
It wasn't even that. I think he figured, he landed in the end zone, butt down, knees down, everything down, ball secured, I'll just put this down right here. I think he purposely let go because all human common sense in the world would assume that when you have control of the ball with all possible extremities landing inbounds in the endzone, that's a touchdown and what else do you need to do?
The VT thing just wasn't even a catch. The ball hit the ground before the receiver did, how else would you define incomplete?
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Boo to two-toned shortzz.||
Boo to two-toned shortzz. Boo.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||My brother is a Purdue alum||
My brother is a Purdue alum so we went to a Purdue bowl game against Maryland in, oh, 2006 or so. It was at the Citrus Bowl stadium in Orlando, which they've been renovating lately but at the time was the biggest hole of a stadium in the world. As a UVA fan, pretty much every time you bump into Maryland fans you're going to hear it from them, but I figured it was just rivalry stuff and with Purdue gear on they'd just be normal. Not one bit. Seemed like they wanted to start something any time, any place - motel parking lot, random downtown bar, wherever. In the stadium we sat near a group of some 60-something Terps who kept loudly making passive-aggressive remarks to each other about how shitty everything Purdue-related was, purposely loud enough for us to overhear. Purdue ended up losing and the shit-talking during the walk of shame out of the stadium was brutal. My has since shared my extreme distaste for Maryland.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Man, you scared the crap out||
Man, you scared the crap out of this longtime seafarer. "Lost at sea" means something TOTALLY different than just being fogbound.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Then you should brush up on||
Then you should brush up on your history. It's not just "let's pick these cool jungle cats." There's LOTS of meaning there. The Lions and Bears were named to go along with the existing baseball teams in town, the Tigers and Cubs. (And the Tigers picked up their nickname organically for the stripey socks they wore.) The New York Titans were named to tweak the Giants, because "Titans are bigger and stronger." They changed to Jets after moving to Shea Stadium, which was near LaGuardia Airport.
The Tennessee version of the Titans was named for Nashville's self-maintained reputation as the "Athens of the South" as reflected in their full-scale Parthenon replica (and it helped that there was a past AFL team named the Titans.)
There's real history behind every name, believe me.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I think the problem is that||
I think the problem is that there's enough people in the world who think new is better, regardless of all other considerations. If it's new, it's better than the old one; nothing else matters.
These people are also the most likely to describe anything as "sick."
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Besides, everyone knows it's||
Besides, everyone knows it's the Mistake ON the Lake.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Lions need to remove every||
Lions need to remove every shred of black from the uniform wherever it exists.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Brad Johnson, hell. Trent||
Brad Johnson, hell. Trent Dilfer. Makes Marino look like a schmuck, not to mention those 0-fer putzes Fran Tarkenton and Jim Kelly.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||It's not very hard to believe||
Well gee that's hardly fair, it doesn't sound like something Brandon would ever have done....I dare you to find
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I like Max because it seems||
I like Max because it seems he'll play like two or three kind of average games in a row where he does some cool shit and some not-at-all cool shit, and then he'll break that streak with a huge explosion of amazing in some random game. I think usually that's called "maddeningly inconsistent" but I can live with it knowing he's asked to do some things usually demanded of much bigger players.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I really hope and expect that||
I really hope and expect that Bacon is fair-minded toward Brandon and presents viewpoints of those that liked him and some of the good he did for the program. (I think night games are a big plus.) Because I think it'll make the criticisms carry more weight. And a balanced presentation is more than enough to make people hate his guts, if they don't already.
I get the impression, for example, that he decided to be his smug high-and-mighty self in dealing with Jack Swarbrick, who then didn't chicken out so much as got tired of DB's shit. And then of course we know how DB presented it: oh my gosh you guys I'm so surprised. Can't wait to see what Bacon has to say.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Sure. We'll have a, a Coupon||
Sure. We'll have a, a Coupon Day, or something.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I agree with the point you're||
I agree with the point you're trying to make, but I think you're off by an order of magnitude there. Ford has about 8,000 employees in Dearborn and so probably 3,000 of them are engineers.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I'll take "discussion never||
I'll take "discussions never seen on the RCMB" for $200, Alex.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||60 degrees is||
60 degrees is shorts-and-t-shirt weather, you overdressed Nanook.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||The CIT, of course, is never||
The CIT, of course, is never going to invite Michigan, as it's a tournament reserved for mid-majors and below.
The CBI is almost always a money-loser.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I've often said how easy it||
I've often said how easy it is to get college athletes fired up over "disrespect." I'm sure that's something that doesn't limit itself to athletes. That is a generation that's convinced itself to "ignore the haters" and that a hater is anyone with any criticism whatsoever. (Or, a large number of people in said generation.) When most of the world finds their idea stupid, it's because the world is full of haters. And when they find themselves unable to get a job it'll be because the hiring managers are haters.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||According to the accompanying||
According to the accompanying article, it was registrations, not sales.
(edit: which I just noticed is not that easy to find in the OP. But there's an article.)
|4 weeks 6 days ago||He looks pretty fly.... for a||
He looks pretty fly.... for a white guy.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I wonder if Allan Houston||
I wonder if Allan Houston will make a comeback.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The only problem with that,||
The only problem with that, is that Antony was being ironic the whole time, and "I come to bury Caesar, not to praise him" was the exact opposite of his intentions.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||The reason PTSD is PTSD is||
The reason PTSD is PTSD is because you remember in excruciatingly vivid detail what it was that gave it to you in the first place. It's not surprising one would also remember in detail anything that triggered it.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||There's an N sound.||
There's an N sound. Poonch-key.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I don't quite get why||
I don't quite get why removing the total roster limit and putting in place a hard yearly limit would remove the opportunities for walk-ons. Are we assuming that every single year there'll be 25 signees? I don't think that's likely; coaches would certainly try, but circumstances would conspire against that happening. In years where there aren't 25 signees, there'd then be room for the Kovacs of the world to get a scholarship. More incentive and more room, in fact, because coaches wouldn't be incentivized to wait til their senior year. Am I missing something?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I finished up my MBA at||
I finished up my MBA at Detroit Mercy a couple years ago, so, a few insights:
1) I think the quality of your education is in large part dependent on the quality of your classmates, not just your professors. I had some GREAT professors at UDM. I consider myself to have gotten a very good education at an unbeatable price. (UDM gives you half off your tuition if you top 600 on the GMAT.) But the quality of many of my classmates was.... lacking. Very up and down. Some of them were just plain lazy, a few were incredibly rude, and would take lots of opportunities to complain about the workload. (There were also plenty of people who took it seriously and worked hard.) I would guess there would be less of that at a more selective school, but when you're sorting yourself into groups, try and gravitate toward people who actually expect more than just showing up and being handed a piece of paper two years later.
2) Take an extremely hard look at the quality of the career center at the schools you apply to. You can have the finest, most prestigious degree in the world, and it don't mean shit if you can't get a job. UDM's career center was excellent, IMO. My brother is at UW-Foster right now and he considers the career center to be so-so. He couldn't find an internship in Seattle and had to come back to Detroit for the summer to find one. (Now that's a backwards story if ever there was one. Maybe a good sign.)
3) Consider where you want to have a job when you finish. If you're dead set on getting a job in Michigan, you may not want to fly all around the country for business school; it might not be worth it. UDM and Wayne have just as good a name around here as any. If you want to look more nationwide for a job, then you definitely want a more nationally-recognized school.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Good for them. Kwame Brown||
Good for them. Kwame Brown had a reasonably lengthy career too. They're still colossal busts, all three of them. How much better would they have been with a stop in college? They couldn't have been worse. The best of that bunch is Telfair, a journeyman backup point guard whose career isn't worth 1/100th of the hype that used to surround him. A much better candidate for the pro-age-limit argument than the other way around, certainly.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||There are certain things you||
There are certain things you can't collectively bargain, yes, but keep in mind also, Maurice Clarett was denied by the courts in his attempt to overturn the NFL's rule, which is much more onerous than the NBA's.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Korleone Young. Jonathon||
Korleone Young. Jonathon Bender. Leon Smith. Kwame Brown. DeSagana Diop. Ousmane Cisse. Ndudi Ebi. James Lang. Robert Swift. Sebastian Telfair.
By the way, I have no way of knowing how many high school players declared for the draft and never heard their names called. It could be zero - but nobody of any intelligence would make that bet.
A few names of guys who thoroughly failed to live up to the promise. I left off some other names like Darius Miles and Amir Johnson, who've done alright but - surprise surprise - didn't really do anything in the league until several years had passed. Which would probably have been better spent in college.
A few of those are really sad stories:
I'd never argue that college would've definitely helped this guy's career come to a better end than that. But you'd have to be a complete moron to argue that it wouldn't have at least given him a better chance. If this guy ever had one positive influence in his ear I'd be surprised. Give him a college coach for a year, and who knows. Certainly, tossing this guy to the wolves at age 18 was a stupid thing to do.
There are two possible injustices in the age limit debate. One is that a deserving player has to wait a year to get filthy rich. The other is that a completely unprepared player with no positive influences in his life gets thrown into a grown-up world without one shred of warning or preparation and becomes a complete waste of talent. The fact that some people think the former is worse than the latter is incomprehensible.
If the age-limit rule has a chance to prevent stories like Leon Smith or Robert Swift, then it's abso-fucking-lutely the right thing to do.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Why do people insist on||
Why do people insist on thinking the NCAA makes the age-limit rule for the NBA?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||We tell legal adults they||
We tell legal adults they can't do all sorts of shit that older people can do. Drink. Get cheap car insurance.
I think the rule is fine. I would argue that the harm done to the numerous unready players who declared anyway greatly outweighs the 12-month waiting period for making loads of money. I don't consider it a horrible hardship for someone to be forced to wait a year. It's a protection against exploitation of people who in many cases aren't legal adults.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Then why not again? If it||
Then why not again? If it was that cut and dried then there would've been a lawsuit immediately following the announcement of the rule. To answer my own question: Collective bargaining. The age limit of 19 was collectively bargained, the previous one was not, and a collectively bargained agreement can go against all sorts of otherwise established law.
This rule is the result of a collective bargaining process and is therefore perfectly legal.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||It's been waiting for almost||
It's been waiting for almost ten years to be challenged. Hasn't yet. The NFL, even longer. Lots of jobs have age limits to them, both upper and lower. The military. Air traffic controllers. If there were a legal case to be made against age limits in sports leagues, it would've been made by now.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Styx is probably not the||
Styx is probably not the greatest band of all time....but it is my favorite band of all time.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||True, the Law Quad is||
True, the Law Quad is gorgeous, but on the other hand, it's the only thing of that style, and it's one of the things that make the campus so disjointed. Plus, there's a reason that style is called Collegiate Gothic - lots of places have it. The most dominant theme (of several) is brick and glass with stone accents and if that was a lot more common it'd be very cool. And, dare I say it, extremely unique.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||The campus itself is nice in||
The campus itself is nice in many places but thoroughly unremarkable and has more than its fair share of butt-ugly buildings. It's really the seamless integration between campus and town that makes Ann Arbor a really nice place to be.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||They might've been if Three||
They might've been if Three Days Grace hadn't shown up on the scene. I hadn't bothered with it here because I really hope it's not an unpopular opinion, but words cannot describe how fucking shitty Three Days Grace is.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||http://achewood.com/index.php|
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||You'll have a really tough||
You'll have a really tough time convincing people that The Who, U2, and the Beatles were American.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||I'd actually go with American||
I'd actually go with American Pie, but Napoleon Dynamite is a strong candidate.
|6 weeks 11 hours ago||Nah. Thanks but no thanks.||
Nah. Thanks but no thanks. I don't think I'd be missing out if I decided not to buy a more expensive version of something I hate just to see if I hate it less.
|6 weeks 12 hours ago||Really. I can't stand it.||
Really. I can't stand it. The only time I ever eat it is when I cook with it or when it comes on some fast food burger, which is why I usually don't get burgers unless it's something like the Baconator.
|6 weeks 12 hours ago||Ketchup sucks.||
|6 weeks 12 hours ago||The Big Lebowski is pretty||
The Big Lebowski is pretty damn overrated. It's got a good quotability factor, but it's otherwise a disjointed mess of a plot and uninteresting characters.
|6 weeks 12 hours ago||Smashing Pumpkins actually||
Smashing Pumpkins actually more or less sucks.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Honestly, don't you think it||
Honestly, don't you think it was a little bit of a jerk move to be 6'4" and make a ten-year-old kid try to see around you standing up? I'm guessing you don't have a lot of experience being short, but I'm not anywhere near that tall and if you were standing up in front of me, it wouldn't matter whether I sat or stood, you'd be blocking me. I have to deal with it all the time. I don't complain if someone tall is sitting in front of me at a concert or game and I can't see, because they can't help being tall any more than I can help being short, I just try to peer around them as best I can. But if you (or you and a buddy or two) were the only people standing in the section, I totally get why they'd be disgusted with you.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Commercial, touchback,||
Commercial, touchback, commercial.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Amen. I'm at the $#%@ing||
Amen. I'm at the $#%@ing game rooting for the $#%@ing team. 99.99% of people don't wear jerseys around just to wear them, but why the hell should I wear business casual crap, or whatever grown-ups wear, to a game to root for my teams? The "no jerseys after 30" thing is the dumbest rule ever.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Applying to football - not||
Applying to football - not waiting until between plays to get out of or into your seat. It's 3rd and 1, I want to fucking see what happens, not have the whole row in front of me stand up just to let you through. You can wait like three seconds.
(This is at Lions games mainly. People don't stand most of the game.)
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Interesting logic in the||
Interesting logic in the article, but a major trip-up is that college teams, much more so than pro teams, are dependent on the coaches' systems. And we already see instances in the pros where the GM and the coach disagree on talent because it's not a system fit. That'd be much more so in college. So a recruiting coordinator is still dependent on the head coach to identify the talent. And that's pretty much the whole recruiting game right there - identifying players that you both want and can get.
The rest is admin and marketing. And a lot of it still has to fall on the head coach, because the recruiting coordinator might say, "I've set up Coach Joe to be in Chicago today to meet with so-and-so" and the head coach goes "nuh-uh, I need him here today." When the head coach is doing that - or when it's someone on the coaching staff - the communication is a lot easier. So admin is still not entirely in the hands of the "college GM" either. That leaves marketing. I'm guessing coaches would love to have some of that stuff taken out of their hands, but then you've hired a marketing manager, not a recruiting coordinator.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||O I C. I think we're more or||
O I C. I think we're more or less in semi-violent agreement then.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Hang On Sloopy got adopted||
Hang On Sloopy got adopted kind of organically by the Ohio fanbase. The band played it and they liked it enough that the band did it again and again. It'd be fun if that happened here (who says it didn't happen with Temptation?) but it's not gonna happen just by going "This Is Officially Our New Tradition."
|6 weeks 2 days ago||That is a better idea, in the||
That is a better idea, in the same sense that cutting off just one of my nuts would be a better idea than cutting off both of them.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I think there's a big||
I think there's a big difference between this and Mike Weber. Weber was trying to make a decision for himself. Emphasis on the last two words. That's all he was trying to do. He's not asking for approval.
This dude is presenting an idea to the world. The world is not obligated to like it. Even more than presenting it, he's asking the world for money. Nobody is entitled to protection from the reaction to their ideas. Inherent in what he's doing is approval or disapproval, especially from people who your idea affects.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Your logic has a big hole.||
Your logic has a big hole. Boiled down:
-- Unless you're one of the top 16 teams, you have little to no chance of winning the championship. (I'll buy it.)
-- You can play more games in the NIT and therefore gain more experience.
But can't you gain experience by winning a couple games in the NCAA, and wouldn't that experience be way better, not having to make the tradeoff between publicity and experience? It's not a question of automatically losing vs. automatically winning.
The 9-12 seeds win their first game slightly over 40% of the time and win their second game about 43.5% of the time. 17.5% of 9-12 seeds have made the Sweet 16. Not terrible odds.
And worst-case scenario - absolute worst case - you miss out on four games. Four. It takes five to win the NIT and you're guaranteed one either way. Four games makes that much of a difference? No way. No way at all.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||No kidding. I really liked||
No kidding. I really liked "Beautiful", especially, especially the video.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||I hope bad news doesn't||
I hope bad news doesn't actually come in threes because I like Bobby Knight on TV.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||This discussion comes up||
This discussion comes up every year among every bottom-of-the-bubble fanbase, without fail.
It always goes something like "should we like it better if we go to the NIT because it means a long tourney run instead of being one-and-done."
And it's always wrongheaded because there's no guarantee of making a long NIT run.
Given hindsight, it's possible to argue that it might be better to win the NIT than to go 0-1 in the big tourney. But we're not talking in hindsight. You get immeasurably more publicity for going to the NCAA than the NIT. Publicity aids recruiting. And it's not like every NIT game counts extra for measuring experience.
Besides, even given hindsight, I haven't seen Minnesota get a whole lot of benefit out of their championship NIT run last year.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||"things he enjoys doing and||
"things he enjoys doing and cares about"
It's not like he's pursuing his model airplane hobby.
By the way, Brian's full name is public knowledge, so he's not exactly hiding behind a keyboard. What's your name? Is it Adam Weiss?
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I doubt this is a quick||
I doubt this is a quick decision. This kind of thing doesn't just happen without some serious study of the problems.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||The number of times he has||
Bingo. Rod's really, really sharp along those lines. One instance I particularly remember is when a base stealer got thrown out at second and Mario said it looked like an odd time to run, and Rod pointed out it was probably a botched hit and run because the runner was looking back at the plate; normally a base-stealer just focuses on the bag.
Plus I actually kinda like his goofy schtick, too.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Kind of a disappointing move,||
Kind of a disappointing move, because Mario and Rod do an excellent job IMO. Underneath Rod's goofy exterior is a guy with a ton of insight. He's a lot like Bobby Knight actually. Points out all sorts of game tidbits that you wouldn't think of but make perfect sense.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I'm reasonably confident that||
I'm reasonably confident that GRRM can get the sixth book out before the show catches up to it. The seventh, not so much.
|7 weeks 8 hours ago||The RB coach can't "fire" a||
The RB coach can't "fire" a kid officially, but one, he's the guy who Weber would have the most contact with during his time there, and two, he'll have a lot of say in Weber's role on the team. In that sense he's very much like a supervisor or boss.
In this case it's not really even all about that, though; the fact is that Urban Meyer and the Ohio State staff flat-out lied to him for their own benefit. I can't think of any situation at all where it'd be beneficial to have zero trust in the people who'll supervise you, instruct you, set examples for you, and lead you.
|7 weeks 8 hours ago||Funnily enough, I've never||
Funnily enough, I've never seen a single episode of Breaking Bad and never had any interest in doing so..... but could easily see myself watching Better Call Saul.
|7 weeks 10 hours ago||Call me crazy, but I think||
So I guess what kind of a boss you have has no bearing on how much you like your job?
Also, Ohio State is not a bad school. A degree from there is a perfectly good degree. 99.99% of these kids aren't aiming for careers on Wall Street or some fancy law firm or Harvard medical school, so they have absolutely no need to give a shit about the prestige of the school handing out the diploma.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||Sorry, but indecisive high||
Sorry, but indecisive high schoolers - even obnoxious, attention-whoring ones - and grown-ups who flat-out lie to high schoolers are not equivalent.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||Bait-and-switch coaches are||
Bait-and-switch coaches are EXACTLY why an early signing period is a rotten idea. It's not a problem in basketball because the early signing period is in the middle of the season. It'd be a huge problem in football because it'd fall right in the middle of coaching carousel season.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I say that because I can't||
Elliott Porter could tell you all about it.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Except that an early signing||
Except that an early signing period would only cause scummy coaches to manipulate recruits into signing early. "I know you want that scholarship, but if you don't sign in December there may not be a spot for you. We need you to prove your commitment." Never mind that maybe the guy blew up his senior year and other opportunities might be on the horizon; never mind that maybe the assistant coach he bonded with moves on in January; never mind that the head coach might take another job literally two days after the recruit locks himself in.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Your signature seems rather||
Your signature seems rather apt.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||It's sort of mind-boggling||
It's sort of mind-boggling that you think a player who's uncommitted, but with a number of legit offers on the table, is more SOL than a player who has no offers on the table because he accepted one he thought was in good faith.
Petrino lied. There is no excuse for it. None.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||That argument is - let's see,||
That argument is - let's see, how can I put this delicately..... - complete horseshit.
"If your life is really hard and people give you money to make it easier, you're a scumbag if you keep most of it." That deserves all of the downvotes because it's one of the scummier things I've ever read.
Maybe you should be donating whatever fortune you have to homeless shelters, down to where you're at the poverty level this guy is in, before you decide what other people should do with their money.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Education has nothing to do||
Education has nothing to do with it. It's not an entitlement mentality to expect people to live up to their word, which Petrino deliberately failed to do.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Here's a solution I prefer,||
Here's a solution I prefer, rather than bind recruits to a commitment they may want to get out of for myriad reasons:
Allow written scholarship offers to go out the day after Signing Day (instead of this stupid September 1 date) and standardize their language to force schools who send them to explicitly state when the scholarship takes effect. Then set up a commitment clearinghouse to let a recruit commit to a school, bind the school (but not the recruit) to the letter, and make it so that registering the commitment makes it illegal for other schools to contact that recruit unless he rescinds the commitment.
Early signing days will only result in the schools pressuring the recruits to sign, sign, sign. Did you enjoy watching Roy Roundtree at Michigan? He'd have been a Boilermaker if we had early signing days.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||It still is, because they||
It still is, because they always word the question, "where is the car usually parked overnight?" or some variation of that.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||We have been discussing||
We have been discussing Midtown and downtown and the influx of more upscale housing in that area, yes? In that context there hasn't been a huge land giveaway, except in bankruptcy court. TSMH referred to land giveaways that resulted in expensive housing, which there hasn't been. You're talking about land giveaways (or dirt-cheap sales) that resulted in trees. Think about that: the land was so worthless that apparently the best use of it was to turn it back into its original forested state. (Not the original plan, by the way; the original plan was actual farmland, but some of the neighbors put up a fuss and so the compromise was to plant trees, something that I simply cannot see the economic benefit in, but hey, community input and all that.)
There isn't exactly a lot of return available on burned-out houses and empty lots in ruined neighborhoods. The city can either hang on to those lots forever and watch them never become anything, or sell them at a price that someone's actually willing to pay (and if that's $0, so be it) and watch them at least turn into something.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I'm still at a loss to||
I'm still at a loss to understand why "at least middle class" is synonymous with "no connection to Detroit's history." There are tons and tons of people living in the suburbs whose parents grew up in Detroit and who could afford to live in Midtown. If they moved back to Detroit, they absolutely would "have a connection." We're not talking about Atlanta or Phoenix or Raleigh here, where the city is loaded up on transplants from out of state. It's going to be many, many years before Detroit is the kind of city that attracts out of state transplants en masse.
This is not one of your better arguments. It's an incredibly broad brush and an incredibly tenuous connection to make.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Well, that's just rude. I||
Well, that's just rude. I have been following and I do know what I'm talking about. What exactly is "uninformed"?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||What has the city been giving||
What has the city been giving away for dirt cheap? It doesn't, itself, own most of the buildings that people have been refurbishing, or most of the land that people have been building on.
And whether or not things improve as planned depends largely on city management. If it's as grotesquely incompetent as it has been in the past, no strategy at all is going to save it from ruin. If it's run efficiently by intelligent people, then attracting the wealth they need to implement solutions is the only way to give them the resources to fix things. Attracting wealth continues to be preferable to not attracting wealth.
That means that there absolutely is a clear answer to what is better in the financial long run. Tax base > no tax base. Wealth > no wealth. Without wealth you can't fund the things you need to help lower-income residents. That is plain, unavoidable reality.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||No, companies don't always||
No, companies don't always make the correct decision, but we're talking about the exact same decision being made by every company in the region, based on more or less the exact same information. Are they all making the wrong decision (in terms of profitability)? Occam says probably not.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Oh crap. That's awful to||
Oh crap. That's awful to hear. I had a chance to meet the guy once or twice when I was growing up and he was really one of the good guys without a shred of doubt. As nice as could be. The kind of guy who made it so easy to root for the Tigers.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||While an interesting and||
While an interesting and diverse city is a laudable goal, shunting aside money concerns is one of the many reasons the city landed in receivership in the first place. It's simply impossible to ignore the reality that the city needs money, and setting aside opportunities to increase its cash flow is very poor management.
No, it doesn't need to improve its profit margins, but what it does need to do is improve its services, because its services are vastly, woefully substandard. If the city has a choice between an extra $1 million in revenue and an extra $2 million, it would be shirking its duty if it chose the $1 million, knowing that the extra million could hire 20 extra cops, or tear down 100 more houses a year, or buy 200 more streetlights a year. That is a very tangible way to help current residents of the city.
And why should new residents moving into Midtown necessarily have no connection to its history? I think that's an unfairly broad brush to paint the supposedly "rich" with. Detroit is not Midtown and Midtown only. And much of the land being used now for housing is completely vacant. Given the choice between fixing up a derelict building with more upscale housing, and not fixing it up at all, the answer to me is a no-brainer. Why scare out people willing to make an investment, just because they're not making the kind of investment you'd prefer?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Well, they weren't really||
Well, they weren't really forced outside the city limits. There's housing available in the city - even in stabler, decent neighborhoods - that's affordable at that salary. What you're saying is they couldn't move into a specific neighborhood they wanted to move into. I also disagree it took away useful tax base. Someone with more means moved into the housing, that's all - and more means = more income tax revenue than your girlfriend's coworkers would've brought to that particular property.
I'm afraid I don't have a lot of sympathy for the argument that someone couldn't move to an area they wanted to move into. I'm more sympathetic when we're talking about people who already live there, and gentrification brings a certain set of problems for current residents of the area which are worth addressing. But I don't think those problems outweigh the consideration of turning a run-down area into a nice one.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I think you're misreading||
I think you're misreading what I'm saying. I'm not suggesting a single authority as if it's new. I'm taking it as a given in terms of ideas to improve transportation in Detroit - as in, I think it's undeniable that one system would be better than two - but I'm saying it's far from a magic bullet, and shouldn't be treated as such.
Bus rapid transit isn't a new and novel idea either, but IMO it's the only good one.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I'm gonna suggest that a||
I'm gonna suggest that a single regional transit authority would be an improvement but by no means fix things. Detroit is too sprawled out for even a well-run bus system to be efficient. A light rail system would be a disaster too. Bus rapid transit is the only answer, IMO, and I don't think any city in the world is better set up for such a system than Detroit is.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Sooo....are you ascribing an||
Sooo....are you ascribing an overabundance of generosity to the developers, who build something that is more lavish than it needs to be and charge too little for it? Thus allowing people who couldn't afford such a decadent lifestyle to now be able to afford it?
I think the whole conversation works better once we all realize that TSMH was using "lavish" as a synonym for "pricey." I doubt he'd have a problem if, out of the goodness of their heart, someone came in and spend scads of money fixing up the run-down places people live in to any level of lavishness desired, up to and including "Saudi oil baron palace" and let them pay the same price to continue living there.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||"Unnecessarily lavish"? That||
"Unnecessarily lavish"? That would only be true if nobody moved into them.
There is only one way to go about fixing up a city: with money. I challenge anyone to try and fix up Detroit without money. Where are they going to get that money if not from additional tax revenue?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I don't get the idea that||
I don't get the idea that redeveloping portions of the city doesn't help "the neighborhoods." It absolutely, positively helps everyone living in the city. The city needs tax revenue. It must have tax revenue or it dies. Tax revenue pays for cops and firefighters and streetlights and funds to tear down crack houses. Adding wealth to the city adds tax revenue. The city collects from every worker that works in the city and from every resident, renter or owner, and from everyone who owns property in the city. If that property value goes up, as it's been doing in Midtown, the city benefits. If rent goes up, the city benefits from increased income tax collection. If someone sells a parcel of land for four times what they bought it for, the city benefits from higher property tax assessments. And that extra money gets spread around the neighborhoods.
All that redevelopment is paying for things the neighborhoods need. It's not easy and it's not instant, but it's also not right to say it doesn't help. If downtown and Midtown start really, really flourishing, they're going to subsidize a lot of improvement all over the city.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Well, I'm making the same||
Well, I'm making the same point above, but: truth is, there's got to be some motivation behind so-called redlining. It's not arbitrary, because arbitrariness costs companies money, and companies aren't in the business of capriciously costing themselves money. If the insurance companies could make money by offering the same rates regardless of ZIP code, they'd do it. Detroit is obviously an untapped market for insurance. Hundreds of thousands of people without it. If just 10,000 people bought a $1,000 car insurance policy, that's $10 million of new revenue per year. Insurance companies would leap at the chance, and the fact that they haven't is proof that it would cost them more than $10 million in payouts.
I know that "get off your ass" platitudes haven't solved any problems, but neither has blaming companies for causing them. Companies just want to make money, that's all they want to do. If they could make money by selling affordable insurance in Detroit, you bet your ass they would. Asking them to just be nice and lose money in the city doesn't work.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I'm skeptical of a||
I'm skeptical of a declaration that says "insurance rates are this based on ZIP code" but doesn't include any data for crime. It's not enough to say "those same issues happen." Happen how often?
The narrative that says companies are redlining and preying on poor people for no discernible reason is puzzling. Even if we assume companies are ruthlessly profit focused, it makes no sense they'd arbitrarily price people out of the market. Why cut off a customer base on purpose? Fact is, companies are trying to make a buck. If they could make a buck by offering the exact same rates on either side of 8 Mile, they'd do it.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Not entirely based solely on||
Not entirely based solely on ZIP code. Deciding to throw political caution partway to the wind here, Michigan has bizarrely high rates largely because of the lack of a cap on lifetime medical benefits from car accidents. No other states have a system of unlimited lifetime personal injury protection.
Get rid of guaranteed lifetime medical benefits on the backs of the insurance companies and they won't charge so much for auto insurance. Almost nobody actually needs them, but everyone has to suck it up and pay for them.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||"Preying" is a pretty||
"Preying" is a pretty politically loaded word. Fact is, insurance companies would lose money hand over fist in Detroit if they couldn't charge higher premiums. Carjackings, auto theft, parts theft, and vandalism being the enormous problems they are inside the city, why would a company volunteer to toss money down the drain?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||What he makes is enough to||
What he makes is enough to buy a shitty car. It's not enough to insure it. If we're talking about "what should we do to fix this situation" then there's no possible way not to include making insurance affordable, and asking ourselves why Michigan has the most ridiculously expensive auto insurance in the whole country. Why does the average premium in Michigan cost $2,551 and the average premium in Ohio, right next door, cost $926? And it's just even worse in Detroit where people can least afford it.
I'd answer the questions myself, but then I think I'd be too far down the forbidden political road. I'll leave them as rhetorical for now.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||You know, there's a good||
You know, there's a good point in all that. Although "gave up" seems to be the opposite of what happened. I don't recall a lot (if any) of "let's get serious for a minute here" Super Bowl ads before the Chrysler one with Eminem. Then that one came on, and it was absolutely brilliant, and people went "......wow." It was a jarring contrast from the usual parade of GoDaddy frat brahery and slapstick and puppies and what have you, and people paid attention, big time.
Of course it spawned a parade of imitators. At least three companies went the "dad appreciation" route this year and it just dripped with goop. Then we piled on with the domestic violence ad and the dead kid ad. And some of these were heavily previewed beforehand. Chrysler worked because it was well-made and unexpected. Now that the copycats have come out, it's already moved into yawn territory and starting to explore pissing-people-off territory.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||If they were not trying to||
If they were not trying to sell insurance, then why attach the company's name to the commercial? You don't need the Nationwide logo to "start a conversation."
|8 weeks 14 hours ago||Fapping in the shower.||
Fapping in the shower.
|8 weeks 20 hours ago||Tropp currently plays for||
Tropp currently plays for Columbus, which makes sense.
|8 weeks 20 hours ago||O I C. I'm no mod / admin,||
O I C. I'm no mod / admin, but I think that means he got caved, and nobody can see when he posts anything, and that feature doesn't work on the app.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||What?||
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I hadn't really planned on||
I hadn't really planned on anything, but now that I think about it, I think I'll pour me some Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey to celebrate a good day in B1G basketball. Two real Big Ten teams beat the fake ones by a combined 44 points. That the winners reside in Columbus and East Lansing makes no difference to me.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Worth||
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Never forget.....the||
Never forget.....the Spartiest thing that ever Sparted:
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Senator Joe McCarthy.||
Senator Joe McCarthy.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||You're arguing against things||
You're arguing against things that people didn't say and basing a huge crusade of some kind around an assumption, and you're the one lecturing on reading comprehension? Talk about 10,000 spoons when all you need is a knife.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I did a search for||
I did a search for "advantage" and "spoiled" on this page. You're the only one who's said those words. I don't know what kind of personality disorder you have that intentionally confuses being angry at vandals with being angry at spoiled rich kids.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||It would be hard to get more||
It would be hard to get more than the trade-in value if all you got was "the cost of the damages" as you proposed above.
Second, business property is not somehow more OK to destroy than personal property.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||You don't think paying back||
No, it's not punishment enough, because it sends the message that you can trash anything you like, no matter who it belongs to, as long as you pay for it. How about I take a baseball bat to your car and call it OK after I write you a check?
Yes, they should have a record and jail time.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||OMG Class of 2000 also.||
OMG Class of 2000 also. Besties! The rest of my identity shouldn't be too hard for you to track down from here, given I wear my undergrad on my sleeve.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Had a 20-yard pool. Four||
Had a 20-yard pool. Four lanes, 20 yards, dating all the way back to the original construction of the building way back in 1928. When the new pool was finished, they tore it out and replaced it with a student commons sort of thing. It used to be miserable. It was like swimming in a Jacuzzi. Great for jumping into on frigid January mornings until you actually had to start swimming in the thing, and 30 minutes later you'd be panting like a dog without even doing anything really strenuous. It also wasn't deep enough to do any starts.
You could probably fit two of the old pool room into the footprint of the new pool.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||OK smarty, would it change||
OK smarty, would it change your mind to know that growing up in GP, I had some very good friends who were Jewish, moved there over 30 years ago, are still there, and are awfully far to the left side of the political spectrum? The latter, meaning that they would be the kind of people who'd be loud and vocal about any discrimination they noticed and assuredly wouldn't have stuck around if there were any of it directed at them.
It probably wouldn't change your mind, which is sort of the definition of an intractible stereotype, but keep on stereotyping in a way you feel is acceptable.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||It's pretty sad to see that||
It's pretty sad to see that people think that if it happened in the '50s it must still be exactly the same today.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I just made my hotel||
Ha....and here I was afraid I'd be boring you. To be honest, from what I remember seeing from state meet results over the past few years, I'm not sure that North has declined precipitously - some, but mainly, South has jumped into near-elite status. I say this with a full load of bias as a South swimming alum.....my freshman year was also the first under the new coach, and North beat us at the dual meet for three years and the division meet for two. We won divisions my junior year and I don't think South has lost that meet since.
I really, really would've loved to swim at that new pool instead of borrowing Brownell for regular practices, South's terrible old 20-yard pool for morning practices, and North for meets. That place is a palace.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||What happened to GPN swimming||
What happened to GPN swimming is Gators Swim Club. Used to be that Pointe Aquatics was the only swim club in GP, and run by the GPN coach, therefore it became a feeder for GPN swimming. If you were on or headed to the South team, the coach would give you the time of day and not much else. Now South has a feeder club too, coached by the South coach.
Plus, South just plain got great coaching. The guy who vaulted South's program over North, about 15, 16 years ago, was a tremendously popular middle school teacher, so incoming freshmen knew who he was and wanted to swim for him. The size of both South swim teams more than doubled in just a couple years.
Probably more than you ever wanted to know about that subject, but there you go.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Crime in Grosse Pointe||
Crime in Grosse Pointe consists almost entirely of thieves from Detroit (and drunk drivers on Lakeshore.) The most recent murder to actually take place in GP was perpetrated by some guy from Detroit via Louisiana who was illegally living in the attic of the flat he shared with the victim. A high school kid from GP was recently gunned down just a couple blocks from the border and that crime will never be solved because snitches get stitches. Another resident of GP was recently beaten up in the same neighborhood after taking a wrong turn home from a bar, not long after the Utash incident. Every road leading into and out of GP from Detroit is a potholed moonscape and there are more vacant lots than buildings, and more vacant buildings than occupied ones.
But it's a couple racist sheds, which formed a visual barrier but not a real one because a bypass was set up through the alley, that are the REAL problem in relations between GP and Detroit.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||OK, I live in Grosse Pointe,||
OK, I live in Grosse Pointe, so, you can either take the word of people who live here or you can take the word of people who read the Freep comments sections and conclude "THATS RAYCISS."
GP is still, basically, GP. As in, the schools and the area have not declined in any noticeable way in the past however many years. Yes, the schools still feed U-M pretty heavily. I graduated from South 15 years ago and the joke was that half the school was on the GP College Plan - apply to Michigan, MSU, and the directional school of your choice, and go to whichever was your best acceptance letter. Still more or less the case as far as I know.
Yup, the schools in Ann Arbor, Northville, Rochester, Birmingham, etc. are all also quality schools. No reason, though, that the GP high schools should be taken out of that league.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Sounds like the journalistic||
Sounds like the journalistic (in a loose sense of the word) equivalent of SEC dipshits who make fake Twitter accounts and harangue recruits pretending to be fans of other teams.
In other words, proof that you take the monster you created way too friggin' seriously.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||Exactly. The Smith signing||
Exactly. The Smith signing went down exactly like people said it would before the ink was dry: he couldn't play the four because Monroe and Drummond and he makes a horrible three so this is stupid. And lo, it was stupid. There wasn't a pundit or GM or scout anywhere who didn't absolutely drool over Darko. There's no debate about this. Drafting Darko wasn't even one of the top-five worst moves Dumars made.
|9 weeks 11 hours ago||Mateen Cleaves gives White a||
Mateen Cleaves gives White a run for the money. White, at least, was less of a reach and didn't smack of "crap, I haven't had much time to research this stuff, let's go with the hometown popular pick."
|9 weeks 1 day ago||No, but you'd be surprised||
No, but you'd be surprised how well being a Beater translates to playing tight end.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Do you honestly think there's||
Do you honestly think there's a functional difference between pine tar and scuffing the ball? MLB doesn't seem to think so, because rule 8.02 lists a whole litany of things the pitcher can't do to the ball, scuffing and pine tar included, and they all result in ejection. You asked if scraping up a baseball should get you banned from the World Series. I told you it already does. Just because the example I gave is from 1988, what difference does that make? How the fuck is that being both sanctimonious and wrong? You're the one being pedantic and obnoxious - and yes, making a huge fuss over the difference between scuffing a ball and pine tarring it is extremely pedantic.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||So Chris Clark goes to||
So Chris Clark goes to Hogwarts then?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I never said the Pats should||
I never said the Pats should be kicked out of the Super Bowl. Here's the question for you:
Since you think deflating footballs against the rules gives an advantage to the team doing it, does that mean you think teams should refrain from doing it? And do you think a small fine will stop the Patriots from doing it?
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Pitchers who are caught||
Pitchers who are caught scuffing the baseball are chucked from the game and suspended - even if it's the World Series. Same goes for hockey. It's not like that's a radical thing. In 1988, a Dodgers pitcher was tossed from Game 4 of the NLCS and suspended for three days for pine tar on his glove.
IMO Belichick should be suspended from the game, simple as that. And the Pats should lose draft picks, more than they lost for spying on practices, because they don't seem to get the "don't cheat" message.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Not the same thing. As I||
Not the same thing. As I noted below, on every play there's a foul or a holding call, there's a penalty. The Patriots used a deflated ball on every play and got a penalty on none of them. If their center were found on tape to have blatantly ripped the facemask of his defender and it was never, ever called, wouldn't that be cause for outrage?
And this isn't just "rubbin' is racin'." There's a difference between something you do in the heat of the moment and something you plan to do to try and gain an advantage that you know is against the rules and you hope nobody notices. If you want the NASCAR analogy, you do realize they take away points in the standings, sometimes even wins, for cars that fail to meet the standards. This isn't at all analogous to a little rubbin', this is like to a team changing the car with parts that don't meet specifications. And NASCAR beats the shit out of you for it.
NASCAR came with fire and blood for a connecting rod that was too light. If they didn't, they'd have these problems all the time.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Holding happens on one play||
Holding happens on one play and you get a 10-yard penalty every time you do it. The Patriots used a deflated ball on every play of the first half, so by your logic, they should've gotten perhaps a 5-yard penalty on each and every play.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||That's really not the point.||
That's really not the point. I'm not pissed off that they deflated some footballs. The Colts would've lost regardless. The actual infraction is on the level of a corked bat. It's the fact that Belicheck and the Patriots have been explicitly told to stop cheating and they keep trying to find ways to cheat. The practice-spying punishment was pretty severe and it didn't seem to faze them. Whether or not they would've won anyway is beside the point. They don't have a shred of ethics in them.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||The News has quite a few more||
The News has quite a few more pictures as well:
|9 weeks 2 days ago||IANAP (I Am Not A Physicist.)||
IANAP (I Am Not A Physicist.) However, 3 PSI difference in your car tires is roughly 10%, depending on what you're supposed to inflate to. A little less, if it's like mine, which are supposed to be about 33, I think. The same percentage applied to the 13 PSI that the NFL aims for is only about 1 PSI - which is why there's a range of acceptable pressure given of about that much.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||I say potato, you say||
I say potato, you say potahto. This conspiracy stuff about how the NFL is manipulating its fan base by picking and choosing villains is a fancy way of saying woe is us. I'll bet you're just full of sympathy when a Lions fan claims the league is purposely rigging outcomes so the big-market teams play in the big-market playoff games.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Yes, it's an issue because||
Yes, it's an issue because it's the Patriots. Because the Patriots are known cheaters. And the "wah wah woe is us" stuff for supposed marquee teams doesn't fly. The Saints got hammered too, when they were caught in the bounty scandal, and nobody thinks the Saints are a marquee team. The Tigers caught tons of flak for Kenny Rogers's pine tar, and nobody thinks it was because the Tigers get sooo much attention.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Funny, then, if cold weather||
Funny, then, if cold weather causes this, how you never see this happen in Buffalo or Cleveland or Chicago.