alternate headline: man does job
|1 day 14 hours ago||When you're recruiting in New||
When you're recruiting in New England, which isn't known for churning out Ticonderoga-class linemen who run 4.3 40s, you kind of have to choose between big or quick. Guys tend to do things like play lacrosse or rassle or something during the offseason, rather than play more football or spend all their time eating and lifting. I think Brown chooses quick rather than go for the ones who are big but hopelessly slow. I also think he'll stick with that quickness, but now has access to players who might be both.
|1 day 15 hours ago||I've got my opinions on that,||
I've got my opinions on that, but I think they get too far into the banned politix section of the rules.
|1 day 17 hours ago||Time will tell on that one.||
Time will tell on that one. The Tennessean had this interesting nugget in its article:
A lot of the accusations in the lawsuit, if true, are a really bad look for the school. This one, though, I would hope is true of any instance where someone is accused of a crime. How this paragraph is part of the basis of a lawsuit is totally beyond my understanding.
|2 days 16 hours ago||They do not understand this.||
They do not understand this. Really - they don't.
|2 days 17 hours ago||You're welc.....HEY.||
|2 days 17 hours ago||OK, I am clueless on ultra||
OK, I am clueless on ultra high level physics, but help me figure something here. If gravity waves travel at the speed of light, and the Big Bang (I prefer HSK, by the way) gave off gravity waves, wouldn't those waves be "further out" from the Big Bang point than we are, and therefore we will never detect the Big Bang's gravity waves? The only way we could ever detect Big Bang gravity waves would be if some matter from the Big Bang, at some point, traveled faster than light, no?
|2 days 17 hours ago||I think it shows he's done a||
I think it shows he's done a LOT of growing up. Eventually, we all come to realize what rip-roaring dumbasses we all were at 13. To realize it at 19....I'd say he's definitely had some help from his Wings teammates, but it's a mature take nonetheless.
|2 days 17 hours ago||There's a very strong||
There's a very strong possibility the video was not uploaded right the minute it was taken.
|3 days 10 hours ago||Sankey would probably try and||
Sankey would probably try and get the NCAA to ban road games at non-P5 schools, claiming competitive imbalance.
|3 days 14 hours ago||Let's never forget that||
Let's never forget that Sankey is whining about using "students' off time" to practice for a sport THAT PLAYS ON FUCKING SATURDAY.
|4 days 10 hours ago||I am sure the SEC will be||
I am sure the SEC will be boycotting Christmas break bowl games any minute now.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Just wait til they do ban it.||
Just wait til they do ban it. Harbaugh will just tell the recruits that the SEC is so scared of him they made up new rules just to stop him....and it'll all be true.
|1 week 20 hours ago||I believe it was you who||
I believe it was you who called I'm Batman's musical tastes "smug, rockist" and continued to make the assumption that anyone who didn't think Kanye was the GOAT was coming from, essentially, a racist position. Victimhood doesn't suit you.
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't feel even a tiny bit||
I don't feel even a tiny bit bad for him. He made his choices and is still making them. Whatever issues he has, they're his own doing. He doesn't deserve a football career or any of the money or trappings that go with it, not when there are so many people willing to keep their nose clean (literally) and work a hell of a lot harder for it.
I find myself being unable to care whether he bounces back from rock bottom, or continues to dig. If he makes the decision to bounce back, then I'd hope for him to do so. But he's already, more than once, declared himself ready to straighten up, and played a bunch of people for fools. None of his situation is anyone else's fault.
|1 week 1 day ago||Funny, I wasn't aware that||
Funny, I wasn't aware that the blues or jazz (which are certainly included in the musical-instrument realm) were traditional bastions of white guys.
|1 week 2 days ago||I can't give a shit about||
I can't give a shit about where they assemble the cars or parts if I try. "Buy American" means Big 3 to me. Buying a Camry does nothing for the local economy.
In the past I've lived in a few different places around the country, but there's only one other place that "gets" that: Atlanta. Otherwise people say, "whatever." If you ask a native Atlantan where to find a Pepsi in their town, they figure out the Big 3 loyalty pretty quick.
|1 week 2 days ago||Good week for an open topic||
Good week for an open topic thread, 'cause there's plenty of big news in the car realm this past week. No more Dodge Dart or Chrysler 200? Jeez. I really like those cars. But I'm not sorry to see Scion disappear. Just in time to cut those awful "weird, right" commercials off at the knees.
|1 week 2 days ago||Being as I work for a car||
Being as I work for a car company, the boss carved out some time for us to go during work. Definitely a plus going on a weekday vs. a weekend. Best thing: Ford finally smartened up, stopped shoving Lincoln in a corner, and put it near the other luxury brands in the middle of the floor. And I'm biased, but the new Conti was Best in Show if you ask me, so it was good timing to get a more central location.
Also wished more than ever that Pontiac was still around, because that Buick concept, forget its name, was a beautiful car and would've worked even better as a Pontiac.
I might have spent a little more time than I meant to at the Alfa display. They had the best models on the floor. The cars were nice too.
|1 week 2 days ago||I believe it. You posted||
I believe it. You posted this at 12:08. It's now 1:27 by my computer. In the time between our posts, Ford booked almost eight million dollars of revenue from just F-150s. (Car companies always book revenue when a vehicle rolls off the line, those trucks come off about one every minute, and there are two plants building them.)
|1 week 3 days ago||I think my uncle knows him.||
I think my uncle knows him. He said he was dead.
|1 week 3 days ago||But he keeps on forgetting||
But he keeps on forgetting what he wrote down.
|1 week 4 days ago||UConn didn't get into the ACC||
UConn didn't get into the ACC because the southern portion of the conference, i.e. the more football-oriented portion, i.e. FSU and Clemson mainly, pushed for Louisville to pump up the football cred. This was before the agreement where everyone signed away their TV rights, so they had a lot of leverage and used it to pick Maryland's replacement. Literally nothing Manuel could have done.
Although I don't expect Michigan will ever need his "get us into a better conference" skills.
|1 week 4 days ago||I don't check the box either.||
I don't check the box either. I just think it's crass, is all.
|1 week 4 days ago||Is anyone else offended by||
Is anyone else offended by the "opportunity" offered by Infiniti to give them your email address and get spammed?
Sponsorship is one thing - hey, the damn thing needs money somehow - but using a charity challenge as a chance to harvest emails comes off as sleazy.
|1 week 5 days ago||The rest of the schedule is||
The rest of the schedule is murder. Only two "easy" teams left. Any kind of a winning record in the next nine would be a plus, and 4-5 would still be a reasonable expectation and not to get bent out of shape about.
Also, fuck Delany with a hot poker for giving us two games against Maryland and one each against MSU and OSU.
|1 week 5 days ago||Has to be Braylonfest. Was||
Has to be Braylonfest. Was able to "sneak" into the student section for that one. (Friend's brother's ticket and ID, which latter they didn't even ask for.) They say the Big House doesn't get loud, but that game is proof they're full of it. I swear there was a ringing in my left ear after one of Braylon's catches.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||His "work" on the VT 24/7||
His "work" on the VT 24/7 site earned him the nickname "Shurburtthole" among UVA fans. Wrote a lot of silly things designed to feed delusions. Three-star prospects would be the second coming, until and unless VT cooled on them, in which case they would lose half a second from their 40 time. Spent a lot of time pumping up Shane Beamer for the South Carolina job. "Hearing there's a lot of interest there. If they want a dynamic young coach with fresh ideas to take the program to the next level, the choice is obvious." By "lot of interest" he of course meant Shane wanted the job. He ended up as the TE coach at UGA, which is a long way from head coach.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Wait a minute, why should a||
Wait a minute, why should a school assume there are under-qualified people attending? They have an admissions process for a reason. And if diversity considerations are truly - and purposely - admitting under-qualified students, then that's an incredibly self-serving and destructive thing for the school to do. That would be just using under-qualified minorities as an excuse to wave a diversity flag.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||And not only that, but||
And not only that, but Michigan summer > Florida winter. More like >>>>.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Let's be honest: One of the||
Let's be honest: One of the absolutely critical reforms for student loan programs is that they be limited to certain majors. STEM majors, generally. You can get a gender studies degree on your own dime.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||First off, everyone wants #2,||
First off, everyone wants #2, so it's kind of strawman-y to suggest that someone arguing against a bailout doesn't. Second, #1 is hard to accomplish without a bailout of some kind. Lower the interest rate? OK. Work a little harder on payment plans? OK. But it's not mutually exclusive to argue for easier payments and that people who incurred an obligation should, in fact, have to live up to that obligation.
It might be that nobody here is arguing for a bailout, but certainly there is plenty of clamor for it in the "national debate."
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Possibly could say the same||
Possibly could say the same to you. What he said was, he and his family should get the same help. Also, he didn't say tuition or interest rates shouldn't go down. He said that if people are going to have their loans forgiven just for being too much to handle, he wants his cut.
And it makes sense. Punishing the people who made it themselves and rewarding people who got themselves into a bad situation (and believe me, not one person who is in student loan debt can say that literally none of it was their own doing), it should surprise nobody when that causes resentment.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I think it's perfectly||
I think it's perfectly logical to be resentful when, having worked hard to be self-sufficient, one is asked to bail out people who didn't take the same care. Paying twice for the same thing so that someone else doesn't have to pay at all isn't a good system.
This is not to say that everyone saddled with student debt that they can't pay is in that situation due to laziness or stupidity. But many are.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||There are lots of good-paying||
There are lots of good-paying trade jobs that don't require a college degree, and have workers in short supply. The world will always need electricians, plumbers, welders, etc.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||M got the ball. You toss a||
M got the ball. You toss a live ball out of bounds, the ref doesn't give you a do-over. You just hang your head and go on the dumbass list.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Stupid BTN Deprived us of a||
Deprived us of a replay
Of Rutgers brain fart
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Pretty much the only point||
Pretty much the only point worth making here is one you only sort of indirectly touched on: a lot of times, young football players don't always get the best advice. Some of it can be very self-serving.
But you know, football isn't the only way out of the hood. Other sports exist. Maybe football is the best way out for a particular kid. But the argument you've made basically boils down to that football is too good for its own good. Maybe football should only pay like $30,000 to the pros. Then it wouldn't offer such a hard-to-turn-down opportunity. Oh, sure, maybe it would no longer help anyone, but that's better, right?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I like that picture, it looks||
I like that picture, it looks like he's holding up a little hovering ball in his hand.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Here's one that absolutely||
Here's one that absolutely must have a mention in this thread. Way too much style not to be included.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The Bandit's Trans Am. No||
The Bandit's Trans Am. No doubt about it. Not even close to anything else. Black Trans Am, firebird painted on the hold, gold trim, and the all-important T-top. Gimme. The great thing about that car is it's equally good for slow cruising or racing around.
Second choice: Boss Hogg's white Caddy, minus the bull horns:
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Pretty sure it should||
Pretty sure it should actually be "Minnesoketball."
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Even that borders on the||
Even that borders on the completely impossible. A simple yes or no question like "will we be better off without the NCAA" will have 64 different answers. I mean, you won't even get the top 30 to agree who the bottom 34 should be. And dumping the entire NCAA structure and then recreating it from top to bottom again just for the sake of having a cooler football playoff (but a way less cool basketball one) is, to put it mildly, a tough sell.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I once had a professor who||
I once had a professor who started a lot of sentences with, "Imagine if...." or "Imagine a world where...." The sentence would invariably end with something that was neato to talk about but wildly unfeasible.
This idea, along with the one in the OP, falls in the same category. They're whizbang neato fun to talk about but they require some dictator to impose order on a chaotic system. Nice, but all such proposals will stay in happy gumdrop rainbow land until someone can get 128 university presidents to agree on something.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||Yeah, except a lot of what||
Yeah, except a lot of what you're calling "glorified guesses" are points made in the Spath article. Even if the sources are anonymous, they're a lot closer to facts than glorified guesses, and they're perfectly fair game to use for rebuttal against the Harbaugh = SEC argument.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||At first I thought that's||
At first I thought that's what the post meant. "Drive us all crazy" would be the most galactic understatement of all time, and recruits wouldn't want to do it because kind of the point of committing is to shut down the recruiting process, but it would be like all sorts of wild fun to unveil the whole surprise on one day.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Plus, I mean, saying it was||
Plus, I mean, saying it was Griffin's decision means nothing and says nothing about extenuating circumstances.. It's not like LeBron can walk into Blatt's office and say "you're fired." LeBron could point a gun at Griffin and order him to fire Blatt, and when Griffin does so it would still be "his decision."
|3 weeks 1 day ago||One of the main reasons I||
One of the main reasons I started reading MGoBlog was the high-quality fiskings that Brian used to dole out on the regular to people who deserved it. Hasn't been much of that lately. Feels like good old times again.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I think what you're trying to||
I think what you're trying to get at is that nobody before 1997 or so ever "wrote" (a term I use loosely) to someone in a real-time conversation. People used to write all the time. All. The. Time. But that was actual writing that they'd sit down to work on. It's only in the last 20 years or so that people "write" to someone they could talk to but choose not to. "Real time" writing - i.e., texting and IMing - got people trying to figure out how to save time.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Don't be the don't be the||
Don't be the don't be the don't be that guy guy guy.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||FWIW, my experience in my '06||
FWIW, my experience in my '06 Mustang, V8, is that gas mileage is not that bad if you have the chance to open it up and let it ride. Turns out the nice thing about eight cylinders is that they don't have to spin too fast to keep the car moving at a good speed - once you get there.
But if you have to do a lot of driving in tight quarters, slow speeds, and a bunch of stop-and-go, then the gas mileage will turn to shit in a snap. The Mustang will get me about 24-25 mpg on a wide-open, cruise-controlled highway drive. About 18-20 in daily driving around Detroit. All the way down to 12 when I lived in Newport, RI where the streets were narrow and cramped and you had to stop every few feet.
Course, you could pass on the Camaro and then end up posting that story in a thread like this one ten years from now.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||It's been almost 25 years||
It's been almost 25 years since these cars first came out and I still think they look damn good:
This doesn't quite meet all the criteria for the thread, because it was my dad's car (not this exact one, this is just a promo picture) and it's not like he'd still have it anyway. But it met an untimely demise when someone smashed into it while it was parked on the street downtown.
These cars had it all - great name, elegant design, ahead-of-its-time interior. Load them with updated tech and make sure the quality is there, and they'd compete very well even in today's marketplace.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Shamelessly biased plug||
Shamelessly biased plug here:
I have an AWD one of these. Got it just before the record-setting snow season we had a couple years ago. It does brilliantly in the snow. It's a C-platform car, good for the city, easy to park in a tight spot.
AWD does kill the gas mileage somewhat. Frankly, it doesn't get the advertised gas mileage, even as specified for the engine and drivetrain I have. But it's not like it's a 12-mpg pig, either.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||He thought that Vito was too||
He thought that Vito was too much of a nice old softy.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Disney made Bedknobs and||
Disney made Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Pete's Dragon essentially to try and duplicate the success of Mary Poppins. It didn't really work, and Pete's Dragon in particular has some painfully dippy songs.....but I like 'em both anyway. Bedknobs has some tremendously underrated songs and scenes and Pete's Dragon is rescued by an all-star cast.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Not really....it was really||
Not really....it was really to force them to actually play the game, because the Four Corners offense was starting to become a thing. Eventually, pitchers will pitch the ball because their team can't win if they don't. Basketball teams were starting to figure out they could get a lead early in the first half and then let the entire game bleed away.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I dunno man, a 360 mm tall||
I dunno man, a 360 mm tall receiver seems like he'd struggle.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Doubt that. I think it is in||
Doubt that. I think it is in fact an NFL rule that says you can't even ask for interview permission til the regular season is over. They had Ernie Accorsi advising them. I'm very sure he knows the rules about interviews and wouldn't have let the Lions fool around til January if they didn't have to.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||This is a team with plenty of||
This is a team with plenty of talent. It doesn't need to be imploded and started from scratch. Despite the "parity" meme, it sure seems the same teams are around in the end every year. Patriots, Steelers, Broncos, Seahawks, Packers. Gee, look which teams are still in it, just like last year and the year before and so on.
It's easy to blow things up, just ask the Niners. It's a lot harder to climb up from the bottom even when you've been having high draft picks year after year. If starting from scratch worked, the Browns and Jaguars would be champions by now. This team doesn't need to be torn apart. It needs a winning culture. Caldwell is a better option right now than any shot in the dark, and a shot in the dark is literally what you're advocating.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||And hiring a new coach would||
And hiring a new coach would be the single biggest decision of Quinn's tenure. Why not give yourself a year to do that homework instead of doing a rush job on a decision that has to last for several years? If Caldwell does well, great. If not, at least Quinn isn't trying to blow through a huge coaching hire in one week.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||COULD YOU SPEAK UP I CAN'T||
COULD YOU SPEAK UP I CAN'T HEAR YOU IT'S KINDA LOUD IN HERE K THX
|4 weeks 4 days ago||True, but if Brian is going||
True, but if Brian is going to dismiss hockey as a money-making sport at Wiscy for the sake of the argument, the same holds true for baseball in the SEC.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think Alvarez is||
I don't think Alvarez is necessarily full of it. When he says "more broad-based" I'm sure he's not just referring to quantity of sports. Alabama, UGA, etc. fans give zero flying fucks if they have a good basketball team. The only SEC schools that do care about basketball are Kentucky, Tennessee, Florida, and I guess maybe Vandy and Mizzou. The rest of the boosters are like "oh, we have a good team this year? cool. when's spring practice?"
I don't think there's any doubt, actually, that Big Ten teams invest more in non-football sports than SEC teams do. I mean, if you're going to dismiss rowing as a cheap Title IX compliance sport, gymnastics has to be in the same category and not something that UGA invests pots of gold in.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I work at Ford, so my bias is||
I work at Ford, so my bias is obvious.
But holy shit is that a nice car. Want so much.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||I think a true, for-real||
I think a true, for-real self-driving car is further away than the starry-eyed Silicon Valleyites would have us believe. Google thinks it can just code away all the obstacles. I don't think so.
But when they do come, I will be one of those crotchety old fossils who swears they can pry my steering wheel out of my cold, dead hands, and yeah, I very much worry that driving your own car will one day be illegal. I think that would be a terribly sorry world. Driving is fun.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Similarly, I'm disappointed||
Similarly, I'm disappointed that leather seats are considered luxury and cloth seats are for rentals. Leather seats are freezing in the winter and scorching in the summer. I probably will never again get a dark-colored interior because I hate sitting my butt on a griddle in August.
I think luxury ought to mean something that's comfy as hell to sit in, and no leather seat I've ever used in my life can beat the plush cloth seats in my grandpa's old Bonneville.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||I'll take, "Threads that||
I'll take, "Threads that would not be found on the RCMB" for $1600, Alex.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||There needs to be more||
There needs to be more acknowledgement and/or accolades for the use of the fantastic word "autodefenestrations."
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Boston College is a great||
Boston College is a great example of the question, but not the way you've shown it. Offenses and defenses aren't binary choices between great and not great. Their defense was excellent. Their offense was indescribably putrid. Degrees matter.
In fact, BC's games were all low-scoring. That should be evidence right there that defense beats offense more often than not. The premise isn't that "if you have a great defense, you'll win the game more often than not." It's that defense simply has an inherent advantage over offense.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||For the same reason it takes||
For the same reason it takes ten seconds to destroy a building that took years to build.
Offense requires organization, synchronization, balance. A runner needs to stay balanced on his feet. Completing a pass requires timing between QB and receiver. In order for a running back to find room, the blocking has to go according to plan.
Defense is entropy and chaos. There are a million different possible trajectories of a thrown pass, most of which will fall incomplete. The offense has the advantage of being able to dictate the pace and direction, but the defense only needs to introduce a little bit of disruption into those plans to make the offense fall apart.
Chaos is always much easier to achieve than order, and offense is order. Defense is chaos.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Could be lower. Could be||
Could be lower. Could be massively increased capital gains taxes. Either one of which would point you toward an annuity. Trying to guess tax policy 20 years from now is a fool's errand.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, you're at the top of the||
Yes, you're at the top of the tax scale. But not every dollar is taxed at the same rate. If you earn $1 million as a single filer, $415K of that is taxed at something less than the top rate. Only $585K is taxed at 39.6%.
Hence, if you break up the payments, you're moving more money into lower tax brackets.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Because the government taxes||
Because the government taxes you on the money you make that year. If you take all of it in one year, it's almost entirely taxed at the highest income bracket. Take the cash, close to 100% of it is taxed at the highest rate. Take the annuity, and for a $100 million jackpot (which is about what people usually win) only about 85% of it is taxed at the highest rate.
Sure, you can beat the taxman by taking the cash and then investing it such that the income isn't taxed at the highest rate.....but then, you're not beating the income you'd have gotten with the annuity, either.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Not true. The annuity is an||
Not true. The annuity is an asset like anything else and can be transferred to your estate.
What surprised me when I read it, was an article that said in the past seven years only one jackpot winner has taken the annuity. For smaller jackpots especially, the cash option is incredibly moronic from a tax standpoint.
Give me the jackpot and I'm taking the annuity every single damn time. This big a jackpot, the first cash payment would be in the neighborhood of $20 million. Fine by me.
|5 weeks 19 hours ago||That's the last time we beat||
That's the last time we beat Wisconsin, partly because RR's defenses weren't too good and partly because fuck you very much Jim Delany and your magical new world.
We'll play them again this coming season, by which time it'll have been almost six years between games against them.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Nobody has to win, but||
Nobody has to win, but someone is going to. Literally every jackpot in the history of the game has been won by someone eventually, except for the current one, so the pattern is not likely to break. And that someone won't be you unless you play.
From a pure ROI standpoint it is stupid to play any kind of gambling game, but some people walk out of the casino winners anyway.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Conference realignment is not||
Conference realignment is not Pokemon. Do not collect 'em all.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I'm sure I think||
I'm sure I think Houma/Kerridge should go ahead of A.J. Williams in the significance department. We have many tight ends and will easily develop more. I mean, just having Jake Butt means it's OK to lose Williams regardless of the awesome boost in awesomeness Williams underwent. In fact, it's that very development that makes me not worry. We can develop more fullbacks, too, and it's kind of an easy position to develop, but without any experienced ones on the roster, it matters.
Houma is the distinct opposite of the 12 years of eligibility granted to all Wisconsin basketball players. Hoke buried him so thoroughly that I swear I thought he was a sophomore until a month into the season.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I really don't even get why||
I really don't even get why anyone (who isn't some kind of Delany-minded freak) would want this to happen.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Jed York is Dave Brandon.||
Jed York is Dave Brandon. Wants all the credit for building a champion.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I would not like this||
I would not like this matchup. George Washington is a mighty and supreme pillar of basketball awesomeness. Completely and totally unstoppable in every way.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Butt O'Korn.||
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Not necessarily, we would've||
Not necessarily, we would've just gotten the ball needing to score a touchdown rather than knowing we could settle for a field goal. We got the ball back with a tie game and decided not to risk a turnover.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Too pretty not to count is||
Too pretty not to count is right. I've had this notion for a while now where the rulemakers need to add an Awesome Catch rule that says, "A pass that would normally be ruled incomplete, but was an awesome catch regardless, shall be ruled complete."
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Nah. White pants look good,||
Nah. White pants look good, maize pants look better, and are much more iconic and traditional besides.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Going to be tough to retain||
Going to be tough to retain JBC if they don't keep Caldwell.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||By the way, there are seven||
By the way, there are seven SEC West teams, and they each play four OOC games, so 28 slots. Of those 28 slots, five were filled by P5 teams and six were filled by FCS teams.
Of the 28 slots in the B1G East, nine were filled by P5 teams and three by FCS teams. Chickenshit scheduling doesn't make you totally awesome.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||"What people have to realize||
Toledo, for one. Can't tell whether there's more fat on Bielema's brain or his ass.
At least his division is 2-0 against Tennessee-Martin, though.
|6 weeks 17 hours ago||Sorry not a Wal-Mart||
Obviously not, that would mean you had an ounce of class. You're more like an RCMB Sparty, by the looks of it.
|6 weeks 19 hours ago||He's won national||
He's won national championships. What have you done?
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Time for my annual bitchfest||
Time for my annual bitchfest about left-lane jackassery. I believe it should be legal to PIT-maneuver left-lane fuckwits off the road if they refuse to drive faster than the cars in the other lane. And by "faster" I don't mean passing a 62-mph truck at 63 mph. Also you suck if you pass at 1 mph faster and then when you've FINALLY completed the pass, speed up 10 mph.
Look behind you every once in a fucking while and realize that if you see a bunch of nice clear road in front and a whole bunch of cars behind, you're being a dick.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Leadyres and Legyndes.||
Leydyres and Legyndes.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||I'd feel pretty bad-ass too||
I'd feel pretty bad-ass too if I pulled that off, but first I'd have to get over the absolute certainty that I was about to fry myself. Every time I have to do anything with the battery, I have visions of jolting myself.
Over on one of the UVA boards we had a DIY thread not too long ago, and one guy said his idea of DIY was dialing the telephone and paying someone, as he felt the time spent on stuff like that wasn't worth not doing things he actually likes to do. I was like, welp, hope you got AAA. I would hate if I couldn't at least do some simple fix its when things go wrong. This particular case is what got me realizing, hey, fixing stuff doesn't have to be a mystery.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||A CD player in an '85||
A CD player in an '85 Mercury? That had to be one of those deals with a cassette adapter, no?
|7 weeks 4 days ago||This is a dumb story but I'll||
This is a dumb story but I'll tell it anyway.
Driving to Rhode Island from Virginia one weekend, my trusty Oldsmobile wagon suddenly craps out somewhere near Mystic, CT. Power steering dies, battery light comes on, etc. I pull off to a rest stop and open the hood, at the time not really knowing that much about cars or what to look for. A friendly local stops over and points out the shredded serpentine belt and ruined tensioner, and jumps my battery to boot.
So I drive a mile to the closest hotel, put myself up for the night, and go the next day to Autozone to buy a new belt and tensioner. This is Sunday and nothing's open where I can take the car, and I HAVE to be in Newport that day, so I buy a socket set and belt and resolve to fix the damn thing myself. I bring the tensioner in as well, tell the clerk my car's make and model, and he produces a new one from the shelves.... which looks nothing like what I have in my hand. He double-checks, assures me it's right, but I decline to buy it because they don't look the same at all. The new one has a black plastic wheel on it, mine doesn't.
I go outside to put the new belt on, with the help of the diagram in the manual, and figure it only needs to last 40 miles or so because I don't need the car much in Newport and I can take it to a garage there. As I'm tightening up the (remains of) the tensioner, I spot something laying on the frame, way on the bottom. I twist myself into contortions to reach and grab it - a little black plastic wheel. Or what used to be one. It's all melted and deformed.
So I go back inside, buy the new tensioner and a spare belt just in case, re-run the belt, and take off. Never did need to go to a mechanic. I figure what happened is: the bearings on the tensioner seized up and the wheel stopped spinning, and the friction from the belt melted the wheel, which popped off, the belt shredded, and by some damn miracle the wheel landed on the frame of the car at 75 mph and stayed there for miles. I would think a lot of miles, since the battery could have powered the electrical systems for a little while without the alternator. (If not, at least the miles I drove to the rest stop, hotel, and parts store.) This is all up and down hills, too, stop and start, everything. That little wheel sat on the frame of the car without falling off for Lord knows how long. If I hadn't spotted it, who knows if I'd have even gotten the last 40 miles of the trip with that belt the way I had it.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||It is, in fact, entirely||
It is, in fact, entirely possible to be utterly incompetent at your job and still liked by the people in the organization.
Between your username and your apparent seething hatred for just about everyone, I don't think you're a useful judge of who's a stand-up guy.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Better yet: Make the coverage||
Better yet: Make the coverage team stand still until the ball is kicked.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||LOL.||
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Great. I wonder what happens||
Great. I wonder what happens when they decide to include college towns because it seems that "actually having a college" was not one of the criteria for being a college town. Chesapeake, VA doesn't have so much as a community college. Neither do other towns on that list. Meanwhile, there is no mention of Charlottesville, Chapel Hill, Ames, State College, West Lafayette, East Lansing, Clemson, Blacksburg.....
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think it's a question||
I don't think it's a question of morals. It's a question of how people will view the game if they think the players and managers are doing things based on what will provide a favorable outcome with the bookie. Or, God forbid, they get too far in debt with the bookie and the bookie comes to them with an easy way they can repay it.........
|8 weeks 5 days ago||No. The punishment is one||
No. The punishment is one hundred percent appropriate to the crime. You're not understanding the existential threat to MLB if gambling on it by its own participants is anything but the most unforgiveable of mortal sins.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed - this is not just||
Agreed - this is not just about "behavior." Cheating to improve your own performance is one thing. Being a scoundrel is one thing. I don't think it's being dramatic to say that if players and managers gamble, it threatens to destroy the whole fabric of the sport. Even if it's "only" betting on your own team. You cannot do it, period. When it comes to people trusting in the integrity of the competition they see, there literally is no greater threat.
Rose has to stay banned at least for life.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I don't think it makes one a||
I don't think it makes one a racist asshole. I just think it makes one an asshole, for posting in a themed thread about how much you hate that theme. I can't think of a worse contribution to any discussion.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Crappy, crappy news. Spike||
Crappy, crappy news. Spike has definitely been one of my favorite U-M hoops players of all time. Loved his willingness to jack up a shot from ten feet outside the arc and hit them. Loved the white chocolate and nonstop energy in his game. Just fun to watch at all times.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||What can you do to a coworker||
What can you do to a coworker that you would use to discipline a child?
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Home Alone 1 and 2, the||
Home Alone 1 and 2, the Grinch, and the George C. Scott Christmas Carol.
edit: and somehow I missed It's A Wonderful Life.
Worst? A Christmas Story is probably not the worst, but it's thoroughly overrated.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I really wish they had a||
I really wish they had a clause where if there weren't enough 6-6 teams, tough shit for the bowls. Rank the bowls by seniority and if the number of eligible teams falls short, the most junior bowl get the short straw. Too bad, you don't get to play the MegaZoomWow Weedwhacker For The Cure.com Bowl in scenic Meridian, Mississippi this year, invite some local high school teams or something and better luck next year. You might get better attendance with the high school teams anyway.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I like the idea, but I would||
I like the idea, but I would tweak it some. 2-6 in conference plus three MAC snacks would get you to a bowl at 5-7, and it shouldn't. Try this one: three points for a P5 win, two points for an FBS G5 win, one point for an FCS win, -2 points for any loss. Finish positive or even, and you're eligible. That would keep this hypothetically crappy team out where they belong.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Some people do seem to think||
Some people do seem to think that conference expansion is a game of collect-em-all and would love it if the B1G added 20 of the best schools in the country.
Personally, the preferred alternative isn't adding Texas - it's adding nobody at all. More Michigan-Rutgers games and fewer Brown Jug games sucks the hugest donkey dick.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Hmmm. As much as anyone I||
Hmmm. As much as anyone I think Rutgers needs to GTFO and go to the AAC or something. But I'm not sure what the connection is between their move to the B1G and the problems they're having. Maybe the idea that they felt pressured to spend, spend, spend without actually having the full B1G revenue share yet. But shitty management is shitty management regardless of what conference it's in. If the NYT was trying to make the case that their move to the B1G caused their problems, they didn't get far.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||No, there's a difference||
No, there's a difference between having people that disagree with a sentiment, and that sentiment being the prevailing one of the time. Again, you're using contemporary people to make your point about a historical figure. That will never be valid.
In Curley Byrd's day, being a segregationist didn't make you a bad person. It's very misleading and very dangerous to view historical people through a contemporary lens, because one day, you'll be a historical person viewed through a lens you had no control over and no hand in creating. You might be some kind of meat-eating evildoer, or anything else. Who knows? One of the raging moral and political choices of the day was the gold or silver standard and now nobody gives a shit.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Try this then. What Rumeal||
Try this then. What Rumeal Robinson did was considered both illegal and morally wrong in his own time. Byrd's views are being judged through an inappropriately modern lens. Are today's morals and mores absolutely perfect and not at all subject to improvement or evolution? Byrd's name should only be removed from the stadium if you think the answer is yes.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Off by one. Cleveland||
Off by one. Cleveland counted as two.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||So I'm not sure what the||
So I'm not sure what the difference is. If that's his claim, the idea is drinking is bad but you can self-medicate with anything you like regardless of effect and that's cool? Would that be an accurate representation?
And wouldn't it be hard to show that anti-anxiety medication had the effect of making you appear drunk.....and even if it did make you appear drunk, shouldn't the school be able to say that Sark should have known the effects of it after the first time and never done that again?
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Not really. MSU is a larger||
Not really. MSU is a larger school with less out-of-state draw or job cachet.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||It's really hard to sound||
It's really hard to sound objective considering a former hated rival of one of my teams hired the DC belonging to the other team. But I'm sure if UVA had hired a coordinator with no HC experience and a relatively short and not much to go on to evaluate him as a coordinator, I think I'd be underwhelmed.
Durkin may turn out to be a great hire, but i think Maryland could have had more. It's well-known that a concerted effort in terms of salary and investment could have pulled Dan Mullen out of Mississippi State. Maryland could have done that if they'd wanted to. Maryland could also have had a coach with, y'know, coaching experience. Durkin has done a nice job here, but Maryland settled, plain and simple.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Well obviously it's||
Well obviously it's Mendenhall I mean duh.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Thread status: posbanged.||
Thread status: posbanged.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, and from what I've read,||
Yes, and from what I've read, those two hated each other. Internet wisdom and all, but it seems to me Damon Evans is the reason Richt won't end up at Maryland rather than the reason he will.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I'll be kinda pissed if he||
I'll be kinda pissed if he doesn't at least make 4th.
|11 weeks 21 hours ago||Sounds like they're doing||
Sounds like they're doing just fine for now.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Question about anything at||
Question about anything at all related to intangible concepts that exist mainly in the minds of sportswriters as pertaining to the upcoming Ohio State game?
Question about just about anything else?
*enlightening and interesting answer*
You'd think they'd have gotten it before the psyche question.
"Confusing word that would not resonate" is also fantastic. "Are you not satisfied?" Does not compute.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Boy, someone in the media is||
Boy, someone in the media is just desperate to get a quote about why the team is winning on the road. First Harbaugh and now "if you could all three of you give me a separate quote that'd be cool kthx."
|11 weeks 6 days ago||We could also be a more||
We could also be a more self-sufficient place. One way to do that would be for OPs to find the answer to their own damn questions. It can be done in a few easy steps:
1. Go to official website of Michigan State.
2. Find roster.
3. Find which players are seniors.
But that's hard and requires a couple minutes of effort, I guess.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||That PhD from State is really||
That PhD from State is really paying off.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Sorry, but it would take||
Sorry, but it would take immense chaos to even consider putting us in the playoff.
- The SEC champ has a lock on one spot. The only way that game isn't Florida-Alabama is if Bama loses to Auburn and Ole Miss beats LSU and MSU. Not happening. The winner takes a playoff spot and the loser might still be ahead of us.
- Clemson is in unless they lose to Wake Forest, South Carolina, or the ACC CG. And if that ACC CG opponent is an 11-1 UNC - very likely - UNC will have that spot instead.
- ND could lose to Stanford, but all that would do is keep Stanford in front of us. And it doesn't guarantee we leapfrog ND.
- Unless chaos reigns supreme in the Big 12, we're not passing the Big 12 champ. There are three Big 12 teams in front of us. One of them is certain to stay that way.
- The Pac-12 champ is Stanford, USC, or Utah. If it's Utah, there's no way we're leapfrogging them. If it's Stanford, well, they're already in front of us and probably staying there, unless they lose to ND. (And if that happens ND is a lock to stay in front.) The only way to take the Pac-12 out of the picture is for USC to win it.
I don't get how you can so confidently say we'll be at least 6th in the playoff if we win out, because chances are at least decent that ND, two SEC teams, an ACC team, a Big 12 team, and a Pac-12 team are still in front of us. There is way too much that has to go right for us to be in contention.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||We don't need to "bolster" a||
We don't need to "bolster" a possible win over Ohio. If it's because of slim playoff chances, that's a fool's hope. If it's for any other reason, well, c'mon, there is no other reason, it's Ohio and if things swing right it's for the division.
I'm rooting for them to blow the doors off MSU just for its own sake.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||The whites look better than I||
The whites look better than I thought they would, but maize is still correct.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Don't give them any ideas or||
Don't give them any ideas or we're going to have to start rooting for the Large Water Wolverines.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Why's it have to be plant and||
Why's it have to be plant and animal "brothers"? Huh? Take your cisgendered womyn-hating sexist bigotry out of my safe space.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||It's no longer the case that||
It's no longer the case that drafted players can't be traded for a year. Now they can be traded after the WS is over. So it's more likely that the PTBNL is actually unknown at this point.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I guess I'll stay a little||
I guess I'll stay a little skeptical still considering that the track record of acquiring relievers with considerable mileage on them has been up and down at best. On the plus side, with the new rules in place we don't have to assume that the PTBNL is someone pretty decent from the 2015 draft.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||There's one very big flaw in||
There's one very big flaw in the common argument that the death penalty is costlier. They tend to make bad assumptions about the cell costs. Namely, that while every death row prisoner is kept in maximum security (true), the comparison is to average cell costs in general, including minimum and medium security (ludicrous, since prisoners who commit a crime worthy of the death penalty are going to maximum security anyway.)
Also, if we didn't have the death penalty, the hours charged by the attorneys who work on them wouldn't just disappear. Billable hours are billable hours, and life-sentence convicts appeal, too.
Even "commonly known facts" can be scrutinized and shouldn't be accepted as gospel.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Y'know, this is why I didn't||
Y'know, this is why I didn't want a playoff in the first place. No team with two losses should be dreaming up scenarios in which they win the national championship.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||The emperors play the||
The emperors play the original Civilization board game.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||It helps to have an alliance||
It helps to have an alliance buddy where you agree just to keep trading a territory back and forth to get a card every turn. Take South America or take Australia, they both work, but you absolutely must get a card every turn.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||I try to snark, I get||
The Circle of MGoLife.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||You're going to be one||
You're going to be one extremely disappointed fellow on Saturday.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||"Who would you rather" is a||
"Who would you rather" is a different point entirely than "is it interesting or not?" BYU's a very interesting matchup.
Also, Marquette is a very established program. Every bit as much as Arizona.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||1. Denard 2. Grbac 3. Henne||
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Don't get the idea that it's||
Don't get the idea that it's gotta be blue-blooded to be good. I mean anyone with that line of thinking had better never complain that all ESPN wants to talk about is Duke. There are six teams in there who are all really good (or could be - Cal) with plenty of accomplishments lately and who could win that tourney.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||You're thinking of the La Paz||
You're thinking of the La Paz Roundball Classic. Tickets offered for the best comment in any political thread.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Short RPI lesson: it only||
Short RPI lesson: it only consists of three components. Your record, your opponents' record, your opponents' opponents' record.
The quality of your opponent boosts the middle category, and indirectly the last category, but it never has anything to do with the first. But they do adjust your record for whether you played the game at home, on the road, or at a neutral site. Effectively, you get 1.25 wins for every road win, 1 win for every neutral win, and 0.75 for every home win. (So if you're 1-1, but both games are on the road, the "your record" component is .625, not .500.) Likewise you get 1.25 losses for a loss at home, and so on. Doesn't matter whether you play Kentucky or Grambling State. If you beat them on the road, it's 1.25 wins. So you can juice your RPI by beating crappy opponents on the road.
|13 weeks 2 days ago||Probably because some senator||
Probably because some senator from Illinois made it happen. I mean, the Navy's personnel center is outside of Memphis.
But it really doesn't need to be near the ocean.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Can Sparty pleeeeez come to||
Can Sparty pleeeeez come to the ACC so I can watch the meltdown the first time they play Duke in hoops and the ACC refs foul out every single one of their players?
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Went to Bloomington for a||
Went to Bloomington for a UVA-IU game a few years back. No problems at all, except for the note left on my UVA-bedecked car that said "hokeys suck." [Sic.] I still don't know whether the guy was a several-levels dumbass who is bad at trash talk, or showing support in a weird way. The first, probably, but it was such bad trash talk that it was pretty ambiguous.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||So a thing on the pressure||
So a thing on the pressure metric. In general, a + basically means "got pressure on the play" and a - basically means "did not get pressure on the play". So a final pressure rating of zero would more or less mean (assuming the numbers all balance out pretty much with a +3 here and a -3 there, etc.) that we got pressure on half the offensive plays.
Shouldn't that be considered pretty frickin' awesome? The worst thing that happened in this game on a pressure+ play was a two-yard scramble. Everything else was incomplete, INT, sack. All three of these things crank up the probability of ending the drive on that series. If half the time the QB drops back, he is pressured, I would think that's fantastic. A +5, I know it doesn't mean we got pressure on five more plays than not, but it seems to me any time the pressure metric is positive, let alone +25, that would be beyond exceptional.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||A while back I went to a bowl||
A while back I went to a bowl game between Purdue and Maryland. My brother's a Purdue grad so I packed all Purdue gear and duly looked the part of a Purdue fan. UVA and Maryland fans don't get along but I figured, what the heck, these teams don't know each other from Adam, it's a bowl game, everyone's in a good mood, things will be just peachy. Boy was I wrong. Every Terp fan we met had some shit to say. Nearby our seats was a group of 50s-ish Maryland alums who spent the whole game talking loudly and passive-aggressively about how shitty Purdue was, the Big Ten was, etc. etc. They liked to stare our way until we glanced their direction, look back, and then pipe up loudly as if they were just talking to each other all along.
I'd always figured bad experiences with Maryland fans were just because of the rivalry with UVA, but nah, they appear to be just plain assholes. My brother now thinks so too.
On the other hand, my mom has always insisted the worst fans in the land are Arkansas fans (she's a Texas alum) and there were some Arkansas fans behind us in putt-putt golf and they were the funnest people we met on the whole trip. We weren't playing them, though, so there's that.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||To fifth grade.||
To fifth grade.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||You're telling||
You're telling me.
Fortunately I got out just before I would've had to go buy $500 worth of aquaflage. Aside from the working stuff, though, Navy uniforms are the second-best looking of the services.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Norfolk, VA on an amphib;||
Norfolk, VA on an amphib; Everett, WA on a frigate; Newport, RI at the War College. My old ship (the amphib) is the first thing ever in world history to be equipped with an actual, functioning, operational laser gun. A steam-powered laser gun.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||If RPI is the goal, some||
If RPI is the goal, some respectable-ish teams from conferences like the A-10, MVC, SEC, and AAC are the sweet spot for RPI-pumping. Detroit and Oakland on the road would be excellent. Also, that December 23 game against Bryant? Play games like those at the Palace, or in the future, the Wings' new arena. Students are gone for the holidays. Moving the game to the Detroit metro would pump the RPI a little and give people a game that's easier to get to. Everybody wins. Well, except Bryant.
Also, more Duke. That game is somewhere between a rivalry and just another game and it's interesting.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||I hope and pray I never have||
I hope and pray I never have to make a decision like this. The world just ain't ever gonna be right until there's no such thing as adorable little kids with shitty fucking diseases. I pray for whatever relief and strength the Carr family can find in what promises to be a very tough holiday season.
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Former Navy here. Always||
Former Navy here. Always interesting to see how many other veterans are on the blog. Happy Veterans Day to all who have served or are serving!
|13 weeks 3 days ago||Some of us lucked out and got||
Some of us lucked out and got to wear far more appropriate colors :)
|13 weeks 4 days ago||No, for that to work you have||
No, for that to work you have to go to the store and say "Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary, Bloody Mary" while facing a box of her favorite cereal. I'm not telling you which one that is though.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||A few months ago I was||
A few months ago I was looking at the Cinnamon Toast Crunch on the grocery shelves and going "man, I wonder what happened to French Toast Crunch. I want some."
Literally the very next time at the store there was some sitting on the shelf. PROFIT.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||I know, /s, but in actuality,||
I know, /s, but in actuality, a Columbia grad.
Cool Story Bro: The Mackinac Bridge was specifically designed (by another Columbia grad) with the failure of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge in mind, and while successful in that it hasn't twisted itself to death and never will, it requires you not to stop while driving over the grates in heavy wind.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||It's supposedly peaceful,||
It's supposedly peaceful, once your lungs fill with water. But not many people can testify to that, and I can't think of many scarier events than having your ship fall out from underneath you.
|13 weeks 4 days ago||You're right that the Fitz||
You're right that the Fitz had radar and the storm knocked it out. LORAN, however, wasn't put in place on the Lakes until the 1980s.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||I do find it amusing that the||
I do find it amusing that the conference rushes to put out a statement and tell everyone when they think they're right on a controversy, but nary a peep when they're obviously wrong.
|14 weeks 7 hours ago||"Real" Big Ten teams are ones||
"Real" Big Ten teams are ones that are closer to a Great Lake than to saltwater. Nebraska's cool. Technically that rules out Penn State. I'm OK with that or I'm OK with the overlooking the very small difference (about three miles) and letting them stay in the club.
Such is my disgust at Delany destroying the Midwestern character of the conference that I root for Sparty and Ohio against the interlopers.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||Normally running up the score||
Normally running up the score is a little distasteful in my mind, but any time it's in response to a bunch of assholes woofing like idiots after giving up five touchdowns in the first half, I'd be disappointed if we'd scored another touchdown and didn't do it again.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||Man, 2035 is gonna be a||
Man, 2035 is gonna be a crappy year.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||This is what I want to happen||
This is what I want to happen to Rutgers every time they play a (real) Big Ten team.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||From a refereeing standpoint,||
From a refereeing standpoint, we'll just go with yet another idiotic decision on a targeting call, an idiotic pass interference penalty on an uncatchable ball, and missed holding calls out the wazoo, to say nothing of a bizarre application of an arcane rule.
|14 weeks 9 hours ago||I'm all in favor of onside||
I'm all in favor of onside kicking when you're working off of a 15-yard penalty. What's to lose? Even if you don't get it, the field position isn't disastrous.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||I also call shenanigans.||
I also call shenanigans. This isn't a walk-off goal-line stand, the offense still had to run time off the clock. Nor is this the "last" instance of it.
I'm OK with "inside the five" as a cutoff for goal-line stand, so Akron qualifies. So, I think, does the Illinois basketfootball game during RR's tenure. 2PCs are goal-line stops too.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I don't think 2,000 is too||
I don't think 2,000 is too small, at least for now. They just barely scraped 2,000 for Ohio last year and averaged 1,300 for Big House games. Maybe 3,000 would've been better, but some of those games didn't even come close to 1,000 people. To me the dumb thing is jamming the field all the way up against the street so they can't expand on that side. Nothing wrong with 2,000 if it's easily expandable, but how can they do that now?
As for having their own facilities.....why the heck not? Personally if I were a recruit, sharing facilities with other teams would be a major drawback. Bring me to campus, show me the stuff that's ONLY for the lacrosse team, I'd consider that a massive point in favor of that school. Huge, huge selling point. I can't be the only one who thinks that. I doubt I'd be in the minority.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||I mean.....do you really have||
I mean.....do you really have the right to complain about uniformz when you yourself (and specifically, your buying habits) are literally the reason they exist? You fed this beast, man.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Yeah, but if you ever want to||
Yeah, but if you ever want to do the designed QB sneak, the last thing you want is anything that puts the linebackers in the mindset of run defense. You want to wave the IT'S A PASS flag as hard as you can and have the routes clear out one part of the field to open up wide swaths of green space.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||They're for the sports where||
They're for the sports where you chuck heavy shit as far as you can.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I just wanna get in a||
I just wanna get in a complaint about announcing here. What Peppers and Chesson ran was a reverse. IT'S NOT A FUCKING DOUBLE REVERSE YOU FANCY TALKER WANNABE.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Ditto. You ask a question he||
Ditto. You ask a question he doesn't like, he's just this side of rude about it. Brusque. But more like a Lloyd Carr gruff rather than just plain dickish. Ask a question he does like and he'll happily talk your ear off and for just a minute there, the gates to the Fort are open.
Maybe, just maybe, if he keeps at it, he can train the media to ask good questions.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||So, so, so not a catch on||
So, so, so not a catch on that fourth and five. I paused the action and the receiver's hand came off the ball entirely, until it hit the ground and bounced back. Lazy-ass replay official.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Because football player.||
Because football player.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||That's it. If you aren't one||
How can you do such a great job of listing all the rulebook examples of a defenseless player and then make a silly statement like that? The rulebook also very specifically says "examples include but are not limited to" and also "when in question, a player is defenseless."
"If you aren't one of those, you aren't protected" is precisely the opposite of what the rulebook says.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||One thing you don't want to||
One thing you don't ever want to ever do, ever, is face a good team after they just had a crushing loss. Especially after a bye week. This one's not about matchups, it's about the fact that our team has had two weeks to build up some good old-fashioned wanna-hit-someone and I'm betting Harbaugh's pretty darn good at inciting that even further. Blowout city.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||And Mark Titus. His weekly||
And Mark Titus. His weekly college hoops column was fantastic.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||They want Rich Rod.||
They want Rich Rod.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I know of one fanbase with a||
I know of one fanbase with a hoped-for vacancy that is head over heels in love with Campbell.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||I will either agree||
I will either agree wholeheartedly or remind you NO POLITICS, depending on whether or not I agreed with the derogatory reference.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||A defensive tackle doing CPR.||
A defensive tackle doing CPR. If that don't do it, nothing will.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Or, y'know, some intern just||
Or, y'know, some intern just grabbed pictures from last year that seemed useful. I'm not sure I'd read much into that.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think it's specious||
I don't think it's specious at all. fomo's point is that football is basically safe, and no, I don't think it takes away from the tragedy of when it does happen. When Volvo advertises the five-star safety ratings of their cars (i.e., "you're less likely to die in this car"), nobody thinks it takes away from the tragedy in cases where someone did die in a Volvo.
And if you're trying to make it relatable, you have to broaden the scope. If you were trying to convince someone to go (or not to go) into the armed services, would you compare the Army's rate to the Navy's (or vice versa?) That wouldn't be useful because the person you're talking to would have no idea whether those are even good or bad fatality rates. Likewise, comparing football to other sports is only useful if you're trying to make the case that it's more or less safe than those other sports.
In other words, your comparison is only helpful in answering "is it safer?" Only by comparing it to other activities that people can relate to, can we decide "is it safe?"
Look at it this way: Let's say high school sports had completely unacceptable fatality rates, ranging from say 50 deaths per 100,000 in cross-country to 500 per 100,000. You're making the case that cross country is a dangerous sport, which, objectively and obviously, it would be at that rate. Are you going to accept it if anyone says you can only compare to other sports? And how would you know, and how would anyone know, that that death rate is unacceptable?
|15 weeks 5 days ago||HOORAY||
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Your||
Your highways-vs.-armed-services thing falls into the obvious trap of death rates vs. total fatalities because of sheer numbers, so we'll just go ahead and ignore that, because it's "faulty in the extreme."
According to the study I linked below, which is as comprehensive as anything you'll find, high school football has a fatality rate of 0.29 per 100,000 participants. Driving in the US has a fatality rate of 11.6 per 100,000 inhabitants. (And obviously higher per participant, since not everyone drives.)
Yet we accept driving and don't accept football?
Given that, the onus is on you to answer these questions: Why do you think an activity with an 11.6 / 100,000 rate is safe, and an activity with a 0.29 / 100,000 rate is not? And why is it faulty in the extreme to compare them?
|15 weeks 5 days ago||This is the most||
This is the most comprehensive set of numbers I've seen. It's not very well-arranged, but it's got all the data.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry, but the numbers fomo||
Sorry, but the numbers fomo provided are not "false perspective." Football being much less dangerous than many everyday activities is a very important point. Football being more dangerous than other sports is much less meaningful.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||If you manage to block the||
If you manage to block the kick then you can do anything you like to the kicker.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Most Germans I know revile||
I've had currywurst. They got no right. It's both delicious and vile at the same time.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I think you missed where the||
I think you missed where the beating traffic part comes in. I don't know why it's so amazeballs to get up at 4 in the morning and so unthinkable to be still up at 1.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I honestly don't understand||
I honestly don't understand how you can be compelled by nature to run out and purchase literally every single uniformzz debacle that ever existed and then be getoffmylawny about something that is actually fun, particularly for students.
Waking up at butt-thirty in the morning to get to a noon game in decent time to find parking and tailgate and beat a little bit of the traffic isn't any better than waiting til 1 AM to leave the game.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||Bummer....that's exactly how||
Bummer....that's exactly how I got in to see Braylonfest '04.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Not really. ESPN has the||
ESPN has the clout and infrastructure that nobody else has, which lets them do things like ESPN3. ESPN3 is the single best sports invention in the last, like, 25 years. I can live in Michigan and watch my alma mater 750 miles away in a totally different region of the country play women's soccer (let alone, you know, football and basketball). ESPN didn't invent the concept of "national TV", they did something even better: make the concept of "national TV" commonplace and uninteresting.
ESPN's sins are myriad, sure. Most of them revolve around the soapification of sports, and their desire to turn literally everything into a talk show (or more accurately, hype show) has ruined Sportscenter, made most of their game broadcasts annoying, spawned wildly obnoxious "personalities", and turned our athletes into automatons. This is not to mention the diktats they force on schedules and matchups, and the influx of money they've sent into college sports, most of which has been used to make them worse.
But the access they provide to previously inaccessible things is not insignificant. In fact it's a tremendous good. A healthy ESPN is in general a good thing, if it means having a great many more options on what we can watch and consume, when we want to consume it. My hope is that the system is moving towards something where I can ditch the $150 or so a month I pay the cable company and replace it with $150 or so a month I can pay sports providers directly. Because here's the deal: nobody's forking over shit to watch Pardon the Interruption or Cold Pizza (thank God that was a short-lived thing). We're all forking it over to watch our favorite teams live. We watch PTI because we don't have anything else to do and we've already spent the money. A healthy ESPN is a good thing if it means I have the option to watch UVA vs. MEAC-snack in basketball, which 15 years ago I couldn't even do in Virginia let alone Michigan.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Because fuck playing nothing||
Because fuck playing nothing but MAC schools.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||There is a difference, yes,||
There is a difference, yes, and what Petrino did was scummy while Spurrier's move was not, yes, but it's not because Spurrier won a national title at Florida.
|16 weeks 4 days ago||Refspectation: 60%.||
I have a rule. Like most people, I tend to follow the ball during games. If 1) while following the ball, 2) I notice an obvious penalty that 3) is just as obvious on review, and 4) the refs miss it, I am allowed to be livid even over something like a hold or offensive PI that "happens on every play" that the refs usually miss. This was the case on the Peppers moving pick. Yes, the refs usually miss that sort of thing, but that's usually because coaches are taking advantage of the gray area between blocking and the obvious pick. But obvious moving pick is obvious and that's what the official on the top right of the screen is for.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||I am shamefaced and you are||
I am shamefaced and you are right. Paying attention fail on my part. I can only plead that the botched punt is still too fresh in the mind.
|16 weeks 5 days ago||He ran it three straight||
He ran it three straight times because running the clock down to ten seconds and then punting so that the other team has to Hail Mary it from their own 10 is a one hundred percent perfectly acceptable strategy and a great deal better than risking an interception even if your quarterback is friggin' Johnny Unitas.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I bet you're the kind of dad||
I bet you're the kind of dad where if your kid makes a mistake and costs his team the game you bawl him out for disgracing the family and make him walk home alone.
Edit - also, you called him a kid in your first dumbass post so using your second dumbass post to criticize someone for calling him a kid is even more dumbass.