|1 day 5 hours ago||True. I actually Google||
True. I actually Google Earthed that a bit ago and they're closer to Baltimore harbor than to Lake Erie by about twelve or fifteen miles. I'm willing to give them a waiver basically for being on the western side of the mountains. But, I also wouldn't bat an eye if we traded them to the ACC for someone more midwestern. Maybe Pitt. Then everyone who gives a shit about markets can still have their markets.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Yes, which makes Maryland now||
Yes, which makes Maryland now and forever not a real Big Ten school. Rutgers too.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Still don't want Oklahoma and||
Still don't want Oklahoma and Texas. This is not a game of collect 'em all. You don't win for having the coolest schools in your conference. Texas acts like hegemonic assholes. I don't know why any conference would want to invite the school that destroyed the Big 12 as well as the Pac-16 before it even left the ground. They'll come in acting like their shit don't stink and nobody will want to live with them.
Nothing against Oklahoma per se, I suppose, but you're not a Big Ten school if you're closer to saltwater than to a Great Lake.
I agree with the first one-third of your post. The rest, no.
|4 days 22 hours ago||Because Buzz City is a fake||
Because Buzz City is a fake nickname that nobody has ever used and Motor City predates the Pistons.
|5 days 12 hours ago||Offseason schmoffseason.||
Offseason schmoffseason. First off it only started about 11:30 last night as far as I'm concerned. Second....it's summer in Michigan. Time to go out and enjoy a life that doesn't revolve around football. I feel sorry for anyone who calls these the doldrums.
|1 week 10 hours ago||It's not mutually exclusive||
It's not mutually exclusive to acknowledge that Lloyd was both a highly successful coach that won a national championship, and a bit of a dinosaur who left the program in sore need of an overhaul.
It is, however, massively dickish to define him by the latter at the expense of the former.
|1 week 15 hours ago||Fuck that. Golden Girls is||
Fuck that. Golden Girls is great. Anyone who can't appreciate sassy old ladies isn't much of a man. Betty White didn't make a triumphant return to celebrity status because of her work on the Mary Tyler Moore show.
|1 week 1 day ago||"The Knicks wouldn't do this||
"The Knicks wouldn't do this because it is stupid" is not a real thing.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||No...no, it really isn't.||
No...no, it really isn't. You play it like the Wings were the only ones in the league who were spending. Colorado spent, Dallas spent, St. Louis spent, Philly spent, New Jersey spent. Congratulations and all for being smart enough to take Kane first overall and Toews third overall, but when your stars are grossly underpaid it's easy to build a team around them. They only just started making what they're worth last summer.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You must be joking. Anyone||
You must be joking.
Anyone who's not mentally sharp is going to bat .150, period. You can't hit if you're not paying attention and if you think you can just flip the paying attention switch when you need to, you're nuts. Fielders aren't just standing there. Baseball players are taught, every new batter, to re-assess in their mind what they're going to do with the ball. "If it's a single in front of me I'll do this, if it's a double to the corner I do that, if it's a short fly ball I do something else." There's a reason relievers have a reputation for being a little crazy: because if you're wound up too tight in a role where you're constantly getting up and down and never know when you'll play, you'll be a wreck.
And if you would be cool going to work for 27 weeks with an average of one day off a week and some weeks none at all, and jetting all over the country to do it, more power to you.
"Baseball isn't mentally taxing" is extremely ignorant.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Yes....and rifle shooting is||
Yes....and rifle shooting is an NCAA sport too.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||What....North? No zings||
What....North? No zings without ID, son, or a well-placed zing is mere trollery.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||By beating North, no less :)||
By beating North, no less :)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Think we had this thread||
Think we had this thread not too long ago, but I'll bite again. This is not my 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass Cruiser, but it's exactly like it. Got it as a graduation present in 2000 - my folks used the money I freed up for them by getting my college paid for by ROTC.
Pros: Insanely good gas mileage for a car of that weight and displacement. (Generally about 25-26 mpg, could top 30 under just the right conditions.) Has roof rack. Hauls enormous amounts of stuff and is therefore perfect for trucking my worldly possessions back and forth the 10-11 hour drive to school. Capable as well of hauling a sofa on the roof. Incredibly durable wagonbeast - only ever had to put about $30 worth of repairs under the hood. (The serpentine belt tensioner seized up and took the belt with it.) Seats folded very flat to maximize storage. Comfy cloth seats.
Cons: Vintage 1984 interior design. (Exterior, too, but I still kinda like it.) Had obnoxious dashboard vibration at exactly the freeway speed I like to travel. Really heavy gas pedal canceled out a lot of the pickup you should get with a 3.8L V6. Utterly stupid location of battery terminals made it incredibly difficult to jump/offer a jump. Handled like a warehouse.
Verdict: BEST FIRST CAR. One of my greatest regrets in life is not getting a picture of the car stuffed to the gills, roof rack piled high, and two bikes on a bike rack in the back - the result of driving myself and a buddy back home from school with both our stuff. That car was a trooper. Plus even though it wasn't much good on freeway entrance ramps, it was surprisingly excellent accelerating from 60 and up, the better to pass people on two-lane highways. And had I ever gotten in a crash I have little doubt I'd've been solidly protected.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Bullshit. I don't see even||
Bullshit. I don't see even one single sub.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Rather than bolstering the||
Pity, because that rule has been doing such a great fucking job of that, up til now.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||I don't see why your opinion||
Because acting like they're not happening just because you don't care about them is stupid.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Also the super regionals of||
Also the super regionals of the college baseball tournament, and the only day where all eight series are guaranteed to be playing.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||There's a fair chance your||
There's a fair chance your Grandpa and mine crossed paths. My Grandpa spent the war in Texas in the Army, training medics for the European theater.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, that quote is just||
Yeah, that quote is just nothing but inoffensive fluff. In fact that's pretty much the whole interview. The equivalent of a guy sitting at his locker saying "we just try to give 110%, take it one day at a time, hopefully things go our way." I see nothing to get worked up about.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Calling womyn "female" is a||
Calling womyn "female" is a common microaggression borne of a misogynistic cis-gendered paradigm that ignores the role of self-identified genderqueer identification in fulfilling modern sex roles and escaping the limiting factors of white Euro-male dominance in society.
Or something, I guess.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Here's a twist on the||
Here's a twist on the question, too: I was about nine, ten when Desmond was playing. That's the perfect age to watch the really amazing players. Wide-eyed wonder hardly begins to describe it. I sort of wish I'd been ten years old to watch Denard play.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Anthony Carter jumps right to||
Anthony Carter jumps right to mind. There've been so many really good receivers, but AC was really the original. He was doing things nobody had really done at Michigan before. That's why Desmond, Charles, Denard were so fun, too. AC was really the first electric receiver Michigan had. Among the first the country ever saw, really.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||They crootin' errbody up in||
They crootin' errbody up in here.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Grand Rapids was still in the||
Grand Rapids was still in the AHL playoffs. They were eliminated yesterday. Not going to announce it while he's still coaching them.....bad form.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||Of course they're dead for a||
Of course they're dead for a reason. Oldsmobile really lost its position in the marketplace. So did Pontiac. Doesn't mean it wouldn't be fun to have them back anyway.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||I remember seeing the new GTO||
I remember seeing the new GTO for the first time at the auto show, and it had come with a fair amount of hype, and my heart sank just a bit because my first impression was "aw man, it looks like a Civic."
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||Pontiac for sure, and the||
Pontiac for sure, and the first thing we're doing is bringing these things back to life:
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Besides, Russian soccer is at||
Like hell they are. They're decent enough to not embarrass themselves at major competitions and that's about it. Whoopee, they tied South Korea and Algeria at the 2014 WC. That doesn't say "major world power."
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Practical limits. Even if||
Practical limits. Even if Hugh Freeze would sign 100 players a year if he could, the thing is he can't. At some point you run out of useless players to
And players know who else is in their class. The more you have, the harder it'll be to convince them there's room for one more. Yes, even SEC coaches have limits, even if they act like they don't.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Agreed. Even SEC coaches||
Agreed. Even SEC coaches have a limit to how many they can sign. It's not like they're all going to glom 10 Midwestern recruits onto their already bloated classes. If they replace a southern recruit with a Midwestern recruit, I guess we'll just take that southern recruit and put some of that ESS EEE SEE SPPEEEEEED on our teams and they can have the plodding scrawny wastrels they seem to think Midwesterners all are.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Not gonna pass judgment until||
Not gonna pass judgment until something more official comes out, but some basic principles here:
No piping is always better than piping.
Maize outlines on the numbers look way better than no maize outlines on the numbers.
The best away jerseys ever were the Tom Brady-era ones. God those were sharp.
If the tradeoff for losing all the godawful stupid piping is having no maize outlines on the numbers, I'll take it all day every day.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Our Justice Department has||
FIFA is always chest-puffing about how soccer transcends sport and is so incredibly meaningful in real-life ways to real-life people. They don't get to weasel out with "it's just a game" now.
|5 weeks 6 hours ago||Hockey's also different||
Hockey's also different because of the structure of the sport. College lacrosse gets 100% of the best lacrosse players and they always stay for all four years. Genuine hockey stars that go to college and play out their eligibility are very rare. The lesser talent pool and increased turnover increases parity. Probably more so than the nature of the on-ice game, because when I say parity I'm mainly referring to how things play out year over year.
That's really what drives the parity (or lack thereof) in lacrosse: the much slower roster turnover and the continual parade of elite talent to the same schools. In hockey schools like Union or Quinnipiac can and do win the national title. Quinnipiac hasn't even been D-I that long. In lacrosse, Quinnipiac doesn't even have the remotest prayer. The Final Four and final eight might get jumbled a bit, but it won't be the Quinnipiacs of the world. It'll be the teams that can buy their way into the club.
|5 weeks 6 hours ago||I think the idea is that the||
I think the idea is that the extra field-level seating allows these people to move between the tunnel and actually watching the game.
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||I don't think there's any||
I don't think there's any real parity in college lacrosse. One year's competition doesn't really define that. One of those "upsets" was a Hopkins win, which can't possibly be used to argue for parity. Ohio State is a huge-budget school. Albany I'll grant you, but let's see what happens when they lose Lyle Thompson. Colgate was the shit too, when they had Peter Baum, but now they're just as meh as ever.
There might've been 11 or 12 teams with a legit chance to win it all if we stretch the hell out of the definition of legit. That's not parity though, because mostly it's the same 11 or 12 every year. All that's really happened is a few new teams have cracked open the door, consisting pretty much of huge-budget schools or schools that hired a coaching legend.
Take a look at hockey if you want to see parity. Parity is Providence winning it all as a regional four seed. Parity is the large parade of different schools in the Frozen Four every year and the very diverse, almost random, distribution of seeds. Parity is powerhouse Wisconsin winning like three games all year. This year in lacrosse the Final Four was three of the same four teams it was last year. The only parity in lacrosse is among the same elite club of teams which sort of ebb and flow among themselves; the effort required to break down that door is enormous.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Should be no reason to neg||
Should be no reason to neg this post and people who do should be ashamed. Every single veteran you ask will point to someone who had it worse. Today is for those who had it the worst.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I don't see a justification||
Yeah, but, that's literally what happened. Some quotes from the Wainstein report:
So, uh, yes, basically what happened is these fraudulent classes existed, and the athletic department got wind of it and used them to keep athletes eligible. If the NCAA believes even one word of what they say about how important studies are and the mission and blah blah blah, they will leave nothing but a smoking crater in Chapel Hill to make sure other schools think twice about this kind of thing.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||If only his book cover didn't||
If only his book cover didn't look like a For Dummies book.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Cool bro, congrats for||
Cool bro, congrats for winning the hardcorest fan competition. We're all so proud of you right now.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||I honestly cannot figure out||
I honestly cannot figure out how you got to be so get-off-my-lawny about the stadium and so dazzle-eyed enthusiastic about uniformz.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I don't think there need be||
I don't think there need be such a gloomy prediction about the future of football attendance at Michigan. Students are one issue, but I bet you they come back with lower prices and a team worth getting out of bed for. But the season ticket waiting list didn't dwindle away like attendance at a lot of places. It went poof almost overnight because Dave Brandon. That's a very pinpointable reason. It won't reappear overnight, but when you consider that the waiting list and attendance survived the recession, things should look a lot better in coming years, evenutally getting more like they had been pre-Brandon.
Long-term, like, 20 years, I think expansion should stay on the table. And given the choice between having the traditional bowl shape and the biggest stadium in the country, I'd choose the latter.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||True, and forced roster||
True, and forced roster turnover gives Michigan a lot better timetable, too.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||You rarely see coaches at the||
Dunno if it's all that rare. It just happened on December 30.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not gonna argue at all in||
I'm not gonna argue at all in favor of freshman ineligibility, but, devil's advocate-style here, freshmen would still be training for their chosen career. They're lifting and practicing and doing literally everything but playing in the game itself. It'd hardly be a ban on training. To use your analogy it'd be more like if the computer science program sent people to programming competitions but only starting with the 200-level classes, while the 100-level classes were reserved for building up the fundamentals.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Man, just looking at the||
Man, just looking at the video before hitting play I could already hear "I'm George Kell along with Al Kaline," and....yup. I really like Mario and Rod but those two were absolutely sparkling on the air.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||The stat I saw said about 95%||
The stat I saw said about 95% of FGs from that distance are made.
I happen to really like this, by the way. There were 8 missed PATs last year. A 95% conversion rate would mean 62 missed PATs, almost eight times as many. Assuming it only happens once per game, that would mean about a quarter of NFL games see a missed PAT. That's very significant. It could alter a lot of strategy. A 21-17 game is coached very differently from a 20-17 game. I think the 95% rate is just about the sweet spot where it'll still be just automatic enough that 7 points is a safe assumption, but it's still worth watching to find out.
|6 weeks 12 hours ago||Both football and lax have||
Both football and lax have offseason practice sessions during the other's season.
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||I read this headline as "Guy||
I read this headline as "Guy going to play quarterback at ND gets call from Jim Harbaugh and switches to lacrosse."
|6 weeks 13 hours ago||Born and raised.||
Born and raised.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||There is no more five second||
Eh, I think that was the case one-third of the time, and the other two-thirds it was the ballhandler forgetting or not noticing that the ref was counting down.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I doubt it. It's not like||
I doubt it. It's not like the system requires 32 seconds of passing before you shoot or else it won't work.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, that's the idea, but||
Yeah, that's the idea, but the likelihood is that you'll just see rugged, bogged-down basketball from the starters instead. Backups foul a ton because they're not likely to foul out so they go in with instructions to play really physical. If the starters are less likely to foul out, they'll just play more physical themselves.
KenPom did an analysis of a couple conferences that experimented with six fouls about 25 years ago. In the two years where they had six fouls, fouls per game spiked. When they went back to five, fouls per game went immediately back to normal.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||The NCAA will implement the||
That's because you're not an ACC fan. Those of us who are, will be rubbing our hands together with glee at the idea that someone on Duke or Carolina might actually foul out now.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Pffft. If you can't get off||
Pffft. If you can't get off a shot against the UVA defense in 35 seconds, how will you get one off in 30 seconds? Can't see it hurting.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Nautica. If we have a wine||
Nautica. If we have a wine and cheese football crowd, that should do wonders for apparel sales.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Connor Hellebuyck sure looks||
Connor Hellebuyck sure looks like a future star. He ended up with better stats for the tourney than Pekka Rinne even with Rinne's record-breaking shutout streak. The US might have some gold in the future if he continues to be in net.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Indeed, Nike has no history||
Indeed, Nike has no history at all of doing incredibly stupid things with uniforms.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I got a few since I'm the||
I got a few since I'm the kinda guy who's not really good enough or athletic enough - short and slowish is a bad combination - to be the star of any team I play on in any sport, but I am good enough to not look like a fool and occasionally pull off a hero play.
Let's go with basketball. I have the worst handle you've ever seen and I'm 5'7", so it's not my best sport. One day though, my friend Hooch and I were at the gym going one-on-one and horsing around, when eight other dudes roll up. These guys are all 6-foot, minimum, and look like they spend every waking moment on a court, and yes, I'll just say it, Hooch and I were the only white guys. They ask us if we want to go full court, five on five. Hooch was deceptively good at basketball and half these guys can dunk so here I am just as far out of my league as I've ever been in my life.
Good thing I can shoot a little. This particular day though, I couldn't miss. Could. Not. Miss. One of those rare in the zone days where I feel like I'm throwing stones in the ocean. I wasn't exactly the first offensive option on my team, or the second or third or fourth, but I knocked down a shot or two and they started finding me on the perimeter more often. Then I kept on not missing. I'm playing alright defense and on offense I'm just running to the most open spot I can find and hitting every jumper ever. Finally I'm open one more time for a catch and shoot outside the arc and as soon as I catch the ball I hear this panicked - I mean really panicked, like you would sound if you saw, say, me, being the only one between LeBron and the game-7-winning bucket - voice from across the court go, "Don't let 'im shoot!" Then of course it goes in again and the same voice goes, "god damn it man" and there's a string of curse words aimed at my defender for wandering more than three inches from where I was standing.
Never got to shoot again the rest of the day.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Well I don't care about the||
Well I don't care about the hate-spewing going on, I like it. Heck of a lot of work to do something like that and some of them turned out really well. Interesting series IME even if the Michigan-as-Ohio set looks more like Wisconsin. And yes, I'd be interested in seeing the green version and I don't care if it's "blasphemy." College football is supposed to be fun. This is fun.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I can't see how that's||
I can't see how that's possibly safe. I've seen runners jogging down the middle of a traffic lane - and facing away from traffic, mind - because the sidewalk and curb had snow and ice on them. Could their fitness routine not be put on hold for one day for the roads to clear? If you're wondering why bike and running nerds have a bad name, that's why.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||What is the point? So you||
What is the point? So you don't have to go all the way around the circle to go one street to the right?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I was going to post this||
I was going to post this article but the ranking number kept changing and I kept losing track of it.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Agree and you'd think people||
Agree and you'd think people in Michigan more than anyone else would get it when it comes to the subject of intersections that seem confusing at first but in fact improve traffic flow in large and noticeable ways.
|7 weeks 5 hours ago||Division winners only would||
Division winners only would be great, but with three division winners it's nigh-impossible to do. Maybe if they expanded to another team in each league and had four divisions each like the NFL does.
At any rate, to me the complaints made sense, that the division winners didn't get enough of an advantage. Too many wild cards in the WS was a valid complaint, I think. I just think of it as, the wild cards aren't actually in the playoffs yet until they win their way in one more time, and then the wild card gets the disadvantage of starting their rotation with their #2 pitcher. The only team really "hosed" by it is the first wild card. The second wild card would never even have gotten to pull the lever. Anyway, it remains to be seen in practice if it's that much of a disadvantage. Last year we had another all-WC Series.
|7 weeks 8 hours ago||The home-field advantage||
The home-field advantage prize for winning the ASG is dumb, but it has roots in an even dumber overreaction. Because a game ended in a tie, everyone acted like that was some colossal travesty, and MLB decided to "fix" it. The game is nothing but the single most glorified exhibition in sports, who the fuck cares if it ended in a tie? Why people thought that was bad, I have no idea. Who gives a shit? The only thing that matters about ASGs is if they're memorable, and that one certainly qualified.
Second, the play-in game is supposed to put the wild cards at a disadvantage. That's the whole point. And doing so is a good idea.
|7 weeks 8 hours ago||We have a new record for||
We have a new record for get-off-my-lawniest comment ever in the history of MGoBlog.
|7 weeks 8 hours ago||Maybe if they'd chosen a name||
Maybe if they'd chosen a name that didn't sound like industrial-strength laundry detergent.
|7 weeks 12 hours ago||Definitely. A couple||
Definitely. A couple instances does not make anything the "new normal." The normal is still for players to be offered as sophomores, juniors, and sometimes as seniors.
|7 weeks 14 hours ago||Exactly. IME it's not so||
Exactly. IME it's not so much about deflating balls per se, it's the fact that it's not the first time the Patriots have been caught deliberately and obviously breaking rules. They're a cheater organization and deserve no sympathy. They're the Alabama of the NFL with maybe even more annoying fans and the only reason anyone here (besides actual Pats fans) puts forth an ounce of defense for them is Tom Brady. I mean, there is a ridiculous amount of inconsistency in the general attitude that SEC teams should be nuked for their cheating ways while the Pats should get off easy because "everyone does it."
And Brady's suspension for me only rises to the level of outrage because of things like Ray Rice and the attempted two-gamer. That said, having screwed that one up doesn't mean the league must always and forever come down lightly on any kind of punishment in the future.
|7 weeks 22 hours ago||How did we get this far||
How did we get this far without nominating Isiah Thomas, who drove a fifty-year-old basketball league into bankruptcy and oblivion within two years of purchasing it?
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I race sailboats. It's a||
I race sailboats. It's a blast. An average week during the summer has me racing three days a week and there's three different boats I regularly crew for. And not only do I race locally but once or twice a year I fly to Connecticut to race with folks I used to race with when I lived in Rhode Island.
The water is the place to be in the summer. Sailing is both relaxing and very competitive. Plus there are parties. Lots and lots of parties, especially around Mackinac week where you get to feel like a bigshot because of all the parties going on and the hundreds of people who turn out to watch the boats leave for the start. It's great because it doesn't take an ounce of talent to get into in some way and not a ton of money if it's not your boat. But it does take a fair amount of learning, and it's fun to have knowledge and a high comfort level with something that some people consider a cross between a Goldberg machine and a wild bronco.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||"Refuse" to get bullpen||
"Refuse" to get bullpen help?
You mean signing Joe Nathan, Joba Chamberlain, and Tom Gorzelanny, and trading for Ian Krol and Joakim Soria doesn't count?
Say what you will about the methods. Personally I'd be happy if we never again signed another over-35, $10 million closer. But saying Dombrowski "refuses to get bullpen help" is just ignorant blather.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||So, I would argue that easy||
So, I would argue that easy access to the Southfield is a bug, not a feature. When I was taking classes at UDM and working in Dearborn, it would take about 15 minutes to go the three-ish miles up the Southfield to 96. Then, if you happen to live out Plymouth / Canton / Northville way, I understand the 96/275 interchange is a holy terror.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I live in Grosse Pointe Park||
I live in Grosse Pointe Park and work in Dearborn. Some hopefully helpful notes:
- The commute is about 25-30 minutes without traffic, 30-35 with. It's longer in the afternoon than the morning by about five minutes. 94 is a pain in the ass and occasionally a huge pain in the ass, but there are lots of alternate routes that help limit my commute to no more than 40 minutes if traffic is really nasty on the freeway.
- You can find a house for around $200K. The selection would be more limited than if you were looking for one around $500K, but they're there. In general, proximity to the border with Detroit depresses a home's value and you should be able to find something with some patience.
- Excellent schools. Crime is basically limited to petty thefts. Things like bikes and power tools have a habit of occasionally making their way into Detroit. It's not exactly rampant, though.
- GP sorta has a few downtown spots. Each of the Pointes except the Shores has a little bit of a downtown, and there are nice restaurants and bars to be found although not so many that you don't want to go out and around, too. But fortunately we're only about 15 minutes from downtown Detroit.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||The phone-loving people are||
The phone-loving people are godless communists. I can read, process, and delete an email in like five to ten seconds. And if it's important I have a searchable, file-able record of what's been said. It takes way longer to dial the voicemail and listen to a message all the way through because people refuse to get to the point. I can't search for it later, either, if I want to keep it I have to listen through all the other saved voice mails til I get to the one I want. Voice mail is a waste of my time. Email all the way.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Only thing that stopped me||
Only thing that stopped me from eating cuy in Peru was "hmm, the cuy is 60 soles and everything else is 10-12. I'll wait til another place where it's cheaper." It never was. Alpaca steak is great stuff, though.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||If so, probably on Webex most||
If so, probably on Webex most likely, as I'm in Dearborn and not Livonia.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Have you been to Paris? If||
Have you been to Paris? If not, here's some random advice for your first day. Drop your crap off and get situated, and then first thing you do, head for the Arc de Triomphe. It's not the tallest thing in Paris. But it has the best view. You're not lofted way above Paris - you're in it and yet above it. It feels like being in the whole city at the same time. It's on the far west side of the historic and interesting part of the city so you can stand on one side and see just about literally every landmark in the city. That was my first impression of the city and since Paris is easily among the absolute most famous cities in the world, it was breathtaking.
By the way, you might've been planning on this already, but don't rent your car until you leave Paris. Traffic actually isn't that bad, but I'll be damned if I ever saw where anyone parked. The Metro takes you anywhere you need to go.
Where you're staying, take a look through booking sites like Orbitz. I stayed at a place called the Hotel Eden Montmartre - nice little place, learned later that it was one of the few hotels in Paris that provides Kleenex - and booking through Orbitz got me a deal where breakfast was free. This was important because ordinarily it would've been 7 euros per person per day. Look for stuff like that to save a little money. The room itself was awfully reasonable for Paris.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Age?||
Occupation? I work in finance at FoMoCo. At the moment, on prototype transmissions.
Location? GP Park
Alum? I turned Michigan down once, and they turned me down once, so we're even.
Most MICHIGAN thing you've ever done? - I got made fun of when I first got to school in Virginia for saying I was going to "Teeter's."
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I only have a few days, and||
I only have a few days, and Venice is harder to get to than Rome and doesn't have as many Vatican Cities as Rome does.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||There's lots of reasons to go||
There's lots of reasons to go to Pattaya besides hookers. There's also massages, go-go shows, "beer bars," cabarets, "karaoke", and other institutions which no doubt have absolutely nothing to do with prostitution.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Growing up, our extended||
Growing up, our extended family took several trips to Ocean Isle. Nice beach. About midway between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach so you can take day trips to do things like see the battleship and be back in plenty of time for dinner and evening beach time.
Dumb story bro: last year my boss told me she was going there for vacation, and I was like, "oh, good idea, your kids will like the waterpark if they get bored with the beach." She didn't know there was a waterpark, so we looked on the map. No waterpark. They tore the damn thing down :(
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Going to Italy this summer||
Going to Italy this summer for a wedding. My cousin decided on a destination wedding, so off we go. The wedding is in some Tuscan town somewhere, so my own plans are to hit Rome and Florence before coming back.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Don't worry about the age of||
Don't worry about the age of the boat. Someone else beat me to saying it above, but if the engine and hull are both in good shape, which can be determined with a survey which should be done regardless of whether you're buying a year-old boat or 60-year-old boat, age is nothing. Boats don't take the beating cars do, and freshwater boats can last a ridiculously long time. No salt, no potholes, and diesel engines are notorious for their ability to take a beating.
If you like a boat and the price, have the survey done and if it checks out, the phrase "age is just a number" was never more apt.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I agree, anything at all||
I agree, anything at all above about 27 feet and you're looking at a major, major investment to trailer it around. Your average F-150, Silverado, Tundra, etc. isn't going to haul anything bigger. You'd be surprised how damn big a 25-foot boat looks on a trailer.
I wouldn't limit your search locally. Deals can be had by looking out on the East Coast. It will cost in the neighborhood of $1500-2000 to have it delivered from there to Michigan, so factor that into the price, but it's worth looking to see what you can find.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Besides the student loan||
Besides the student loan issue, I'm disappointed the article didn't mention the proliferation of shiny palaces on campuses. Dorms, dining halls, classrooms - every building is starting to be gold-plated. The author provided one figure to back up his claim: a four-fold rise in the number of administrators. Well, tuition has gone up much more than four-fold. Probably the only expense that has kept pace with the tuition hikes is capital and building expenditures. There's the culprit.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Most of those analyses that||
Most of those analyses that say School X lost money on the bowl game completely neglect to mention the bowl game's actual payout; they just ask the school how much they spent on travel and compare it to the bowl's travel allotment.
|8 weeks 7 hours ago||Admittedly the jealousy thing||
Admittedly the jealousy thing is outta line and as much an amateur psychology troll as everything white pony is saying. I figure, since he's already pegged me as snobby and arrogant and has no intention to change that opinion, I might as well play it up all the way. And I have no idea how big or small his dick is.
That said, you know as much as anyone how long and bizarre the "douchey" rant was, and if you combine that with these other posts, I have no problems calling him baselessly judgmental. He has no idea who I am or what I did or who I knew in high school, but he's got no problems coming to irrevocable conclusions anyway.
|8 weeks 15 hours ago||Yeah, OK. I actually had -||
Yeah, OK. I actually had - have - no problem hanging out with most people, because most people aren't jealous and judgmental dickheads like you. Tell me, what exactly is it that makes you "cool people and a good friend"? The raging envy, or the immediate leap to judgment about people you've never met? It's not like you've proven yourself to be the kind of person people like.
|8 weeks 22 hours ago||Right, this from the same||
Right, this from the same life's loser who got turned down from U-M and the resulting feeling of inadequacy and small dicked-ness caused him to go on an unhinged rant about how U-M students were all arrogant whiny rich kids in a post entitled "douchey MGoBlog users." Did your amateur psychology work out that totally idiotic and off-based conclusion about me all by yourself, or did you need help from someone who was smart enough to get into Michigan?
|8 weeks 23 hours ago||I would add something to||
I would add something to this: Starting in sixth grade I was on a double-advanced track in math with a whole class of about 30 students. In eighth grade, which I think was Algebra 2, most of the class slammed into the wall. Hard. A small handful of us stayed on the double-advanced track and the rest dropped back to single-advanced. I don't think it's inconceivable that a particular class just struggles with a particular subject all of a sudden.
That said - geometry is rarely anyone's tripping point. Most math walls seem to be in the really abstract stuff. Geometry is probably the least abstract math class anyone will take in middle or high school.
|8 weeks 23 hours ago||I dunno about that. I||
I dunno about that. I definitely don't mean to come out and say a kid should be ashamed of himself for dropping down to the "regular" class. But a lot of smart kids won't want to consider that as an option. The original question was "what motivated you in high school?" and for me the answer (besides the various carrots and sticks laid down by my parents) was hanging out with smart people and not wanting to fall behind. If your friends are all in honors and AP or IB classes, then you'll probably want to be as well. It sounds like the frustration here comes partly from not wanting to admit defeat, as it were, by dropping down a level.
Plus, in a regular class there might be the opposite problem. Instead of the teacher focusing on the top of the class, they're likely to focus on the bottom. If the real issue is that you just do. not. get. it. - that's helpful. If the real issue is quality of instruction, it's not going to do the least bit of good.
|8 weeks 23 hours ago||Opinion: The fact that he's||
Opinion: The fact that he's demoralized by getting lousy grades is a good sign. Much easier fix than not caring at all. Getting used to having to exert more effort to succeed in school, that takes quite a bit of time. It did for me.
Does the school maintain a list of student math tutors? Learning geometry from an upperclassman who did well on the subject could be very helpful, even if it's just because it's coming from a different voice. Also, do a little homework on the math teachers at the school. Sometimes a particular teacher-student combo just straight-up doesn't work.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||When you list a bunch of||
When you list a bunch of songs that I think are just actual good songs and not guilty ashamed-of-myself pleasures, it makes me wonder whether I'm the screwed-up one, or you are.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Sounds like someone got run||
Sounds like someone got run over by the waaaahmbulance. You've been here five weeks and have bitched about the same thing I don't even know how many times. This is how the blog has been for years. Get over it.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Livin' La Vida Loca is||
Livin' La Vida Loca is actually pretty fun.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||That's not quite what it||
That's not quite what it looks like. First off it's several years old. Second, from what I've read, it's more of a weird motivational tactic where the Attention NFL Scouts sign would stay there and the coaches would post a list of players who missed a class or were late for a workout or something during the week. The list is much newer looking and hastily typed up. I don't think it actually means "La'El Collins is such a selfish waste of oxygen that Les Miles actually thinks you shouldn't draft him."
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Why on earth was the Ramirez||
Why on earth was the Ramirez trade stupid? That was a GREAT move. Get an extra fifth rounder, move back just five spots, and get the best OG in the draft as well as a guy who has tons of starting experience and can play anywhere inside the tackles. Why on earth was that a dumb move???
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, I don't get the hate.||
Yeah, I don't get the hate. Considering Rob Sims is an overpaid putz, moving back in the first round and getting the best OG in the draft is a great move. And Manny Ramirez is a great insurance policy for anywhere on the interior O-line. People demanded a DT but OG was just as big a need.
And anyone who complains wasting a second-round pick on Titus Young and his character issues has no right to bitch about the first two picks here. By all accounts Tomlinson and Abdullah are as high on the character scale as it gets. I don't think RB is a position of much need but it's not like we're stacked, either. This is a solid draft. It's not flashy, but I like it so far.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||1. Malcom Brown 2. Laken||
That's a great plan except that all the guys you listed were gone by the time the Lions picked, except for Malcom Brown. Tomlinson would never have fallen to the Lions' 2nd round pick.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||OK, Lions. 11 picks left||
OK, Lions. 11 picks left before yours. If La'El Collins is still there at your pick, he better not be there after.
P.S. Would also be happy with Grady Jarrett.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||I'd be annoyed about a||
I'd be annoyed about a running back, but pretty much all the guys I wanted out of that pick went off the board already.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Eh, I like Corey Fuller as a||
Eh, I like Corey Fuller as a 3rd WR, and with the three pass-catching TEs they have, that still counts as the weapons they need. Bell and Riddick make two RBs...unless you were going to take Gurley or Gordon, I can't say I'd be big on taking a guy who wouldn't bring much extra to the table.
CB, DT, DE are more pressing needs, and I wouldn't argue against another OL - an insurance-policy OT would be a very solid investment unless you really, really like Cornelius Lucas.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Nice to meet you, Mr. Millen.||
Nice to meet you, Mr. Millen.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||If the Lions take any kind of||
If the Lions take any kind of player who handles the ball before the fifth round I will be most upset.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||FIFA sucks because there is||
FIFA sucks because there is no oversight. As long as there's no oversight and billions of dollars moving around, it is going to suck. The major pro leagues in the US don't suck because there are laws governing their conduct and because at their core they're essentially a club of 30 or so rich guys whose gravy train relies on mostly upstanding conduct. And even then they look for ways to boost the output of that gravy train even if it makes their product worse.
Of course FIFA can improve. And I can get elected president of the US, technically speaking, once I reach the required age. Now, ask yourself, who is going to make FIFA improve? Who holds their gravy train by the balls to make it happen? Of course the NCAA is better than FIFA - it too is governed by the laws of the US. FIFA is governed by no laws but its own.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Nobody watches golf for the||
Nobody watches golf for the best athletes in the world. They walk around the course and swing a stick. It's like saying I watch Jeopardy for the smartest people in the world when really it's just people who have a particular brain skill. So I'm not sure how the "few thousand people" thing applies (and I'm sure there are more than a couple thousand people growing up playing golf.)
|8 weeks 4 days ago||The problem with "imagine how||
The problem with "imagine how it would be without FIFA" is that something has to organize the thing, and given the nature of the event and the money involved, whatever organizes it is just going to be that way, or at best, drift in that direction.
Better would be, "Imagine how it would be if human nature were such that ambitious powerful people weren't also corrupt pieces of shit," which would make a lot of other things better besides just the World Cup.
It's like when people say "I wish the NCAA would just go away." College sports is going to be organized by something, and that something is going to be put together by the same people who run the NCAA.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Gotta be the FIFA World Cup.||
Gotta be the FIFA World Cup. It's not really a six-week tournament every four years. It's really a three-year-long tournament where the whole world gets to play (unless they fall before the arbitrary mercies of FIFA's disciplinary committees.)
Honorable mention goes to March Madness, the Stanley Cup playoffs, the Winter Olympics, the swimming at the Summer Olympics, and the IIHF championships, which have a delightful promotion-relegation system.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, the protest in question||
Yeah, the protest in question took place in St. Louis or thereabouts, so the Cardinals gear is almost unquestionably the original.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||That was one of the single||
That was one of the single best things ESPN ever did. Actually being responsive to fans. It was stunning that they actually did that, but I think they would've been in real danger of losing ratings. I cannot say enough how much I hated the practice of spoiling the pick before it was announced. I don't care what other networks do on Twitter because not looking at Twitter is the easiest thing in the world.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||When some asshole parks their||
When some asshole parks their shit in the passing lane and goes the exact same speed as the guy next to them, thus piling up traffic behind them. Fuck people who do this.
And chewing noises. I cannot stand loud chewing.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||If you like having no water||
If you like having no water and living on ground that shakes, sure.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, but the fact that||
Yes, but the fact that Stannis Baratheon is one of the people gathered around the table is fantastic.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||True. In fact there's no way||
True. In fact there's no way to get rid of it at all.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||At least three of those||
At least three of those commercials belong on the shit list.
- The hitch up horses one: if Viagra Guy is at an age where he knows how to get shit done, surely he's old enough to have the common sense to drive around the damn mud hole.
- The one where Viagra Guy is driving through the desert and his car overheats, and pouring a bottle of water in the radiator is all it takes to fix it? Bullshit. Most of that water will evaporate before he even turns the ignition key again. A commercial about a smart car guy written by someone who knows fuck-all about cars.
- When Viagra Guy is on a sailboat, the frickin sail is on the wrong frickin side of the boat, and backwinded. Clearly the guy's solution is not to retie his knot, but to find a powerboat to tow him through the water and hope nobody notices. A commercial about a smart sailboat guy written by someone who knows even less than fuck-all about sailboats.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||The woman at the beach house||
Pretty sure that woman is Cersei Lannister. Which gives the commercial a certain je ne sais quoi for GoT fans.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||How do you hate those||
How do you hate those commercials so much and not even mention Petunia Dursley and her nebbish wanker of a husband, getting caught spying on the neighbors and using binoculars to look at something ten yards away? I do love the little wave the Garcias give, though. "Hey, yeah, we see you staring at us. I'll just give you this neighborly wave to let you know we can totally see you."
Plus that valet appears to be the only one at that party. Didn't he park the damn thing???
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Of course you can use a noun||
Of course you can use a noun to describe another noun. SInce when is that a rule? You never said anything like "car door?" "Bedroom window"? "Your phone"? "Cat hair"? And wouldn't you sound silly saying things like "open the bedroom" or "vacuum the cat" when you really mean the window or the hair?
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I really, really hate the||
I really, really hate the Infiniti commercial that's supposed to show how the automatic brake thingy can save your children. One vignette shows a guy backing out of a space in a completely empty parking lot and yet he can't see the one car coming down the aisle. His Infiniti saves the day! (Best part: There's no car in front of him! He could just go forward!)
The other has a lady who can't see a big fucking yellow school bus rolling down the road and almost backs into it while her daughters look at her like "mom, you almost got us messily killed!" Then Idiot Mom smiles contentedly in silent thanks to the godsend engineers at Infiniti who gave her the peace of mind she needs to continue driving like an ignorant twitmuffin.
So many commercials basically boil down to "Our customers are idiots! If you're an idiot, you can be one of our customers too!" but this one really takes the cake for putting people behind the wheel who are barely competent to function in society.
|9 weeks 3 hours ago||Yeah, but when there's a||
Yeah, but when there's a public outcry against the tax-exempt status, and the NFL says, "Ok, we'll drop it," the public doesn't then get to say "oh that's just a crass PR move."
|9 weeks 3 hours ago||I don't get what your||
I do. His argument is that, because Love touched Olynyk while attempting to free himself from the five-second-long foul Olynyk was committing, everything that happened after is Love's fault.
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||New question - what type(s)||
The Nissan Cube. I mean you have got to be the world's biggest dumbo-tron to actually want to be seen in a thing like that. It's not a car, it's manifest stupidity on wheels. Driving one says, "Look at meeeeeeeeeeee I'm so artsy and quirky I just have to be looked at!"
|9 weeks 6 hours ago||Like hell it is. It's||
Like hell it is.
It's originally "soda pop" which makes "pop" the correct short form. Do you call a hot dog a "hot"?
|9 weeks 7 hours ago||Since you didn't limit it to||
Since you didn't limit it to racing with wheels, the answer would be sailboat racing, being as I can actually participate in it, and spend most of the summer doing just that.
|9 weeks 8 hours ago||Wings game 7, no doubt about||
Wings game 7, no doubt about it. Baseball is tops for me but the hockey game is bigger. Never had much interest in actually going to either the NFL draft or Kentucky Derby. The draft is much better as background TV than a thing you actually go to.
|9 weeks 9 hours ago||Dr Pepper all damn day every||
Dr Pepper all damn day every day. Or I would if that wouldn't make me disgustingly fat.
Vernors makes all other ginger ale taste like a watery mess. Root beer is great, A&W being the best. Faygo Red Pop and Rock'n'Rye are amazeballs. Cherry Pepsi is delicious too.
But Dr Pepper is the king of kings.
|9 weeks 15 hours ago||Carolina Panthers. And||
Carolina Panthers. And Hurricanes.
|9 weeks 23 hours ago||The new owner changed it to||
It also just so happens the city of Glendale stuck a clause in the arena lease requiring the team to be called the Arizona Coyotes as a condition of basically having financially propped the team up and finding ownership that would keep the team in the area. The rest of the explanation is just the ownership trying to pander to the local fanbase.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I'm bowled over by the||
I'm bowled over by the turnabout in this series between the Wings of years past and the Wings of now. They're winning with the exact style that used to frustrate them to no end. I still have bad memories dating back over 10 years of series where teams ground the Wings' superior offense into submission with clogged-up lanes and obnoxiously good goaltending. I like seeing the shoe on the other foot.
P.S. I'll take Cooper more seriously if he has a little chat with his guy Paquette.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||If we did it the "correct"||
If we did it the "correct" way, this would be the second season, not the fourth. Marquette was 6-10 in their second season.
There's nothing to blame. You're just being impatient. This was one of the few things DB did right. This isn't DB being DB, because there wasn't a dime to be made doing this. He didn't just throw them into the fire with no input from the program itself. John Paul worked his ass off to build this program and deserved the chance to coach it rather than being tossed aside the moment his work paid off. And I bet the club guys from the first couple seasons wouldn't trade it for anything.
Instead of being impatient and starting to throw things because the team isn't good in its fourth season, a better approach would be to consider this the "real" second season. I'm glad they went about doing it this way. I'd rather they do the right thing by the people who did the work to put this program together. In short, I'm glad they were actually playing instead of waiting two years after the announcement to put the team on the field.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||So either DC or one of the||
So either DC or one of the weird states that enjoys fancy words like "commonwealth."
|9 weeks 4 days ago||And yet there's one common||
And yet there's one common thread to all the incidents the Royals have been involved in.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||That would be odd, if that's||
That would be odd, if that's what he said, but clearly that was "Chuck who?"
|9 weeks 5 days ago||This guy Paquette is both the||
This guy Paquette is both the dirtiest and the dumbest SOB in the league.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||That's a real bummer for him,||
That's a real bummer for him, especially at his age. But not really for the Tigers.
|10 weeks 6 hours ago||I'll take Notre Dame back,||
I'll take Notre Dame back, thanks. They may have chickened out of the rivalry but Dave Brandon all but dared them to. Rivalries aren't something you create. IMO the rivalry should have a 2-years-on, 1-year-off cadence.
|10 weeks 9 hours ago||And you want a Ferrari? I||
And you want a Ferrari? I mean....
"Let's use pictures of neglected rusty old 30-year-old cars to prove that modern ones suck" is a silly strategy.
|10 weeks 9 hours ago||All the downvotes to you.||
All the downvotes to you. Wagons don't even need to be performance to be awesome. They just need the backward-facing seats.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||He was just checking to see||
He was just checking to see if she'd be an effective recruiting aid.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||My personal favorite (as||
My personal favorite (as might be guessed from the above) was:
The worst replay trend these days is the super-slo-mo high fives. That just screams "way too much dead air." Broadcasts could cut way down on media timeouts and between-innings time without losing a cent of revenue if they just cut immediately to commercial without all the lame attempts at winning an Emmy and trying to turn a two-second celebration into an EPIC DISPLAY OF EMOTION.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Joe Buck's idea is the||
Joe Buck's idea is the stupidest piece of shit idea known to mankind. If baseball broadcasts started having interviews with the hitter in the hole, I'd watch so much less baseball it's not even funny. I want to watch a fucking baseball game, not a bunch of dipshit interviews or some guy warming up in a batting cage. Coaches' interviews at halftime are already a waste of everyone's time. Batters' interviews would be 10,000 variations on "well I'm just gonna look for my pitch and see what happens."
I'm sick of the media trying to interject themselves into every single goddamn moment that ever takes place. I don't want "access," I want to watch a fucking ballgame and I want the announcers to shut the goddamn hell up for five fucking seconds every now and again. Ernie Harwell knew to shut his piehole every so often and that's part of what made him so unbelievably great and he was on the damn radio. And on the instances I do want to hear what's going on, I want the unscripted version, not some bubbly blonde jagoff asking shitty questions like "tell me how this makes you feel." It's assholes like Joe Buck who think I'm here to watch them that make TV broadcasts insufferable.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||It did indeed. GM had some||
It did indeed. GM had some really forgettable clunkers during that time. Namely everything with "Geo" on it. And I once had a driving school Chevy Corsica plop its full load of antifreeze onto the parking lot surface after nothing more strenuous than driving range practice.
But when they had a good design, they rode it long and hard and the result was some terrific cars. The design for the 3800 engine went back to the '60s and that Olds wagon was virtually unchanged from 1982, both inside and out. Could you imagine if today they still sold, for example, the 2002 Chevy Malibu? If they'd never put a diesel in the early versions they might've sold millions of those Cutlasses.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Because all possible||
Because all possible scenarios, where the NBA keeps its 19-year age limit and the NCAA institutes freshman ineligibility, are bad for the NBA.
Players might bolt for the league after never playing a game in college. Tough to scout them that way.
Or they might skip college and go to Europe, where Brandon Jennings was paid $1 million to, as Jennings himself put it, play D and take open shots. And sometimes not get off the bench at all. Tough to scout them that way, too, and more expensive to boot.
Or they might stay in college two years, which is the best case for the NBA but makes them wait another year to draft a player they would've had a year ago.....but if they have to wait two years, surely they'd prefer the players be playing during both of them.
The NBA put a lot of political capital into that rule during CBA negotiations, because having high school players enter the draft and then bomb and/or take years to develop was hurting the league. It's tough for them to babysit a guy fresh out of high school. Just that one transition year in college is big for one's maturity. It might seem like they have other fish to fry, but that rule is important to them. The NCAA would prefer to either lose the rule or make it two years so they don't look like a stopover.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||For some reason he went back||
For some reason he went back to the dugout to find out if it was worth reviewing. Dumb decision. Waiting for your coaches to bust out the DVR is a 3rd-inning move, not a 9th-inning move.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Those cars were great for new||
Those cars were great for new drivers to have, but they were not great for new drivers to learn on and then drive something else. The street cars in my driving school were all Cutlass Cieras, something like '92 or '93. They had gas pedals that you really had to mash down to make the car move. So of course, the first time driving something different, mash down the gas pedal was exactly what I did. Mom's minivan never moved so damn quick.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||This is not actually my old||
This is not actually my old car, but it's the spitting image right down to the color and the wheels. Bigger inside than it looks on the outside. Hauled all my worldly possessions to and from college with room to spare. Roof rack, useful for getting my "new" couch from the Salvation Army to my house. And those old GM V6's were incredibly underrated. With cruise control on the whole time and a decent downhill stretch, I could coax 30 mpg out of this thing. More normal conditions, 25 or 26. Six years of ownership between 60 and 110K miles and the only thing that ever went wrong was a seized-up serpentine belt tensioner, a $30 fix. I'm convinced the car would disintegrate before the engine stopped running.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not convinced this isn't||
I'm not convinced this isn't a ploy - an awkward one, but a ploy nonetheless - to try and get the NBA to move the 19-year-old age limit one way or the other.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||We definitely haven't gone||
We definitely haven't gone through two head coaches and lost a whole bunch of bowl games and missed some others and driven out one head coach with infighting and fake newspaper stories and had another head coach put a concussed player on the field and had to give away free tickets to keep the 100,000 streak going because the AD was a soulless corporate buffoon remaking the program in his own image until he was torch-and-pitchforked out of town. Nope, nothing like that.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||I wish I could ever find the||
I wish I could ever find the one from 2002 where Pav passed the puck to himself off a defender's skate, then through the guy's legs to a teammate crashing the net who finished off the play with a goal. I watched that happen and immediately got up and offered a 2nd-round pick for Datsyuk in the keeper fantasy hockey league I'm in. Pavel's still on my team.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||That is not the Dave||
That is not the Dave Brandon-approved M. This place is just going to shit without his leadership.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Truthfully, the idea isn't||
Truthfully, the idea isn't even good. If the technology for solar roadways becomes cheaper, it's safe to assume regular solar cells are also becoming cheaper. A solar roadway cell will always be more expensive than an ordinary one because of the engineering required to make it durable enough to handle traffic, whether it's semi trucks or just bicycles. So you have both a more expensive road (which requires total replacement instead of just patching any time it needs repair) and a more expensive solar cell.
Solar roads are basically the wrong answer to a question nobody asked. Opportunity costs make them a really horrible, wasteful idea.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Why install a solar-roadway||
Why install a solar-roadway parking lot, though? Why not just cover a parking lot with carports that have solar cells on top? It would be cheaper to install, cheaper to maintain, it wouldn't reduce the generaion capacity if cars actually use the lot, and it wouldn't be susceptible to the freeze-thaw cycle. It makes literally no sense to install solar panels in the parking lot roadway itself.
A solar road is one of the most utterly pointless ideas ever hatched. The idea has been thoroughly fisked in a couple articles that are floating around out there.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Other actual lawyers have||
Other actual lawyers have covered this premeditation thing, but I thought I'd also add that when you drive someone to an isolated location where nobody else is around, and you kill them there, premeditation is very easy to establish.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Anyone who says football||
Anyone who says football would be safer without helmets is forgetting how many people died playing football before them. Literally about a dozen players a year, just in college, to say nothing of high school players. Football at the turn of the 20th century was literally killing people left and right. Sometimes multiple players died on the same day. All sorts of nasty brain injuries which sometimes saw players extracting themselves from a pile-up only to find a dead guy on the bottom.
|11 weeks 4 hours ago||They do indeed, but Maryland||
They do indeed, but Maryland asshattery isn't limited to rivals. My brother's a Purdue grad, so some years ago we went to a Purdue-Maryland bowl game, and even in Purdue gear we got the full Maryland-fan experience. Best part was probably the 50-something alums sitting near us who spoke in purposely loud passive-aggressive tones to each other - and kept looking our way to see if we noticed - about what a worthless place Purdue must be.
I'm curious to see what the Michigan-fan experience will be this fall. Not good, I predict. Maryland had the same burn-all-the-couches reputation in the ACC that Sparty has in the B1G. My cousin is a Duke alum and once I saw some of the cheer guidelines they pass out at Cameron. Inside info on opposing players to taunt them with, that kind of thing. At the bottom there's a reminder - "NO PROFANITY - WE ARE NOT MARYLAND."
|11 weeks 8 hours ago||I mean, on the other hand,||
I mean, on the other hand, the Lions didn't hire a GM who had "destroyed an entire league" on his resume.
|11 weeks 8 hours ago||They filled his house with||
They filled his house with popcorn because they couldn't fill his car with popcorn, which is normally what they do.
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||You can't see it from that||
You can't see it from that angle, but the near side has a bit of an overhang.
|11 weeks 10 hours ago||The Lions aren't really that||
The Lions aren't really that bad of an organization. Really all they do is lose. Other clubs treat their fans much worse and make much dumber moves. Off-field stuff has to count too. Gotta put the Browns below them. The Marlins, no doubt. The Knicks for sure. The Maple Leafs. The 49ers are certainly on their way. Lions might be in the bottom third, but there are some really badly-run teams out there that let the Lions off the hook.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||I'm going to do my best to||
I'm going to do my best to avoid this show this season. Because from what I hear it spills over into the sixth book, which I don't want spoiled for me. If I'm wrong, someone go ahead and correct me ASAP.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||The police make arrests and||
The police make arrests and their investigation goes as far as finding out who to arrest. When people saw "law enforcement should handle it" they also mean the courts, which universities aren't properly equipped to be.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Take it from someone who has||
Take it from someone who has the same first name: that's a losing battle you're fighting.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Also this is just a little||
Also this is just a little bit sweeter because Boston is most likely hosed. They have to beat Tampa and then hope that either Ottawa earns no points against already-eliminated Philly, or that Pittsburgh gets one or zero points in two games.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Stafford's actual biggest||
Stafford's actual biggest problem is that Lions fans see Aaron Rodgers twice a year and think Stafford should as good or better. He's the second-best QB in the division, which isn't bad in a division with Rodgers. There might be five, maybe six, QBs in the league you could reasonably want over Stafford.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||We always knew Chicago fans||
We always knew Chicago fans were nothing but a bunch of testicles.
|12 weeks 9 hours ago||You're making the mistake of||
You're making the mistake of viewing the game through the lens of hindsight. But decisions that affect the outcome of the game can only be made during the game. Hence, that's the only proper way to view things like instant replay. It's not a matter of confidence, it's a matter of probabilities. A three-pointer has a completely different effect on the game and the probability of winning, depending on when it's scored.
Besides, your argument is contradicting itself. Does it have an effect on the game if a star player gets into foul trouble early? Of course it does. And why is this? Because not all minutes of the game are created equal. If they were, there would be no such thing as foul trouble. Coaches would only substitute based on matchups and rest and just let their players foul out when they fouled out. But they don't do this because it's more important to have them playing with a minute left than with 15 minutes left.
Here's further evidence that a point is not just a point and they really don't all count the same. Picture the situation of a player at the free throw line with two seconds left and his team down two. If the effect of making a free throw were "just one point" then you'd expect that if you studied every situation where this ever happened, there'd be a random distribution between making none, making only the first, making only the second, and making both. It would be nothing more than a weighted coin flip. But that's not the case. You'd find that it's very rare a player misses the first and makes the second, because he needed to make the first in order for the second to matter. Missing the first causes him to purposely miss the second, in order to try for a rebound rather than give the ball up. One point is worth the same as zero points. This situation would be skewed toward three of the four possible outcomes. That alone is proof that the effect of a miss on the first shot is not just one point.
To say that the effect of a three-pointer is just three points regardless of when it happens is to assume basketball is equivalent to a weighted random number generator much like a lotto drawing. But since it's infinitely more preferable to win than to lose, that's the wrong way to look at it. It only makes sense to view it that way if a basketball season were ultimately determined by your point margin at the end of it, and not wins and losses. And even then, an "ending" implies changing your strategy at some point and accepting more risk. So it's probably more accurate to say it makes sense only if the outcome of a basketball season were determined by point margin over a randomly-chosen stretch of the season.
|12 weeks 10 hours ago||That's exactly what the News||
That's exactly what the News does. I have a subscription and they have a digital version of the print version of the paper, sort of like an Adobe Reader version but more sophisticated.
|12 weeks 11 hours ago||Of course it holds up.||
Of course it holds up. Answer any of the questions I posed in the post and you'll see why. It's not possible for a bad call's effects to be exacerbated over 15 minutes of play unless you think there's some kind of psychological effect to it that causes the screwed-over team to give up.
More plays means more chances to do something that covers up the effect of the call. Fewer plays means fewer chances to do something. That's such common sense it's practically a tautology. Any play that happens afterward helps to erase the call's effects.
|12 weeks 11 hours ago||I'd be terribly disappointed||
I'd be terribly disappointed to see that. The News is by far the superior publication, for many reasons.
|12 weeks 15 hours ago||As we all know, two points||
Wrong. Only in hindsight is that true. In the moment, when actual decisions have to be made, the earlier the event, the more time there is for that event to become lost in the shuffle.
What would you rather do? Hit a three-pointer to go up four with 14 minutes left, or hit a three-pointer to go up four with 1 second left?
If you could pick a time where the referees would screw up in your favor and give you possession and a one-point lead, when would you rather have it? At 14 minutes, or at five seconds?
You've just scored a basket and you're now down by two points. There are 14 minutes left. What do you do?
You've just scored a basket and you're now down by two points. There are 14 seconds left. What do you do?
The closer you get to the end of the game, the fewer chances you have to change the outcome. Every decision means more. Getting it right at 1:32 is far more crucial because there are far fewer possessions left. The two-minute mark for automatic replays is trying to strike a balance between not disrupting the flow of the game and trying to get it right at the most important moments. And it's a fallacy to say that if an undeserved basket is scored at 30 seconds, it's the same as if an undeserved basket is scored at 13 minutes, because taking away the undeserved basket at 13 minutes doesn't just mean the game would have proceeded exactly the same as it did only with two fewer points. Lots of different decisions might have been made and there is plenty of time to wipe out the effects of the mistake. There is no time to wipe out the effects of a mistake at the end of a game.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||Needs moar JMFJ.||
Needs moar JMFJ.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I think it's a lock that we||
I think it's a lock that we have to win one more to make the conference tourney. Impossible to get there without it. The rest of the schedule is Ohio, Hop, and PSU - losing all of them would guarantee we finish behind Ohio and Hop in the standings and no better than tied with PSU, which of course would then own the tiebreaker.
In order of winnability from easiest to hardest, I'd say PSU, Ohio, Hop.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Gettin' totally destroyed at||
Gettin' totally destroyed at the faceoff X but still winning by two. That FOGO is probably worth two of Rutgers's four wins all by himself.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Fake Big Ten teams don't||
Fake Big Ten teams don't count.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||My parents didn't want to||
My parents didn't want to spring for cable when I was growing up, which meant a totally different set of cartoons than Nickelodeon's offerings:
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, there are several||
Yeah, there are several problems with the comparative advantage thing. One is that the US is too big to be considered a homogenous economy. It has a lot of different regional economies within it. For another, if the US just stopped producing cars, the short-term shock to the economy would be so great that it would cripple our efforts to switch production to something we're supposedly better at.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||To be honest, you're both||
To be honest, you're both completely right. Not that you're both arguing the same point, but both points are smack on.
The problem we have, and I don't know whether this is recent or not, is that holding offensive opinions - or saying the wrong things - now makes you a worse person than actual criminals. What did Donald Sterling do? Say things - that's it. Obnoxious, offensive things, but he got banned for life, while two players who threatened to kill each other with guns got a handful of games. The NFL suspended Mike Priefer three games for saying offensive things ("homophobic remarks") and tried to get away with suspending Ray Rice two games for beating the shit out of a woman. Or, if you prefer, suspended Andy Moeller two games for DUI and Priefer three for saying things.
So it's really not that society dislikes certain opinions - it's that society has now decided that opinions are a worse crime than real crimes.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||I never understood the hate||
I never understood the hate for Azteks. They're not exactly lookers but how the hell did Honda get away with the Element while Pontiac took all the jokes?
|12 weeks 4 days ago||The worst part about that||
The worst part about that idea is that it's so much more fitting for Lane Kiffin and his middle-school jaunts.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I had to look up manscape. I||
I had to look up manscape. I now regret this action.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||In the spirit of the thread,||
In the spirit of the thread, I give zero fucks about what happens with the coffee pots at work, because I never drink the stuff.
Also, totally different subject, airports: Most people seem to think airports are a necessary evil of traveling. And I get that - standing in line is usually a pain in the ass, the food's expensive, the parking's expensive, airlines aren't well-known for amazing customer service, and everyone's had the experience of spending way more time at the airport than they meant to. And none of that shit bothers me. I like airports. Quite a lot, actually. I'm just fine with the standing in line if I have enough time before my flight and if it's even just sorta moving. I like the various modes of transportation, I like walking past all the gates and seeing where everyone's going, I like the (usually) incredibly extensive selection of food even if it's a little costly. Actually, come to think of it, I pretty much like just about every aspect of traveling, air, road, sea, or rail, even all the mundane crappy stuff that most people hate or don't care about.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||acronym [ak-ruh-n||
|12 weeks 5 days ago||They need to couch their||
They need to couch their argument much more narrowly, and then I'd agree. Can they actually operate the departments at their member schools? No. Can they use carrots and sticks to ensure academic integrity? Yes, they can, and they do.
Here's the argument I'd buy from them: "The NCAA uses all available tools to ensure the integrity of the academic experience its athletes receive. When we find that an institution is not living up to our standards, we take appropriate action, and are doing so in this case. However, the NCAA is not in the business of operating the academic departments at each individual member institution, which is by agreement of the same member institutions. The athletes' agreements are with the schools themselves and therefore the ultimate responsibility lies with the schools themselves."
But that would be laying UNC out to dry, which they're scared to do, so they scurry under the blanket statement of "no legal responsibility to ensure the academic integrity" of the schools. Which is crap, because the schools give the NCAA plenty of authority to do so.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||McGary actually deserves most||
McGary actually deserves most of the credit IMO. VCU has proven capable of handling talented guards. The system they run assumes that the bigs are useless in press break except to stand there, be tall, and hold the ball over someone's head. McGary's ability to run the floor opened everything else up.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Bullshit. They have all||
Bullshit. They have all sorts of requirements for eligibility for the athletes. They sit there and make sure high school athletes have their transcripts in order with qualifying classes, or the athlete doesn't play. Why do they have these requirements then?
I'm normally very, very slow to criticize the NCAA. But this is a steaming pile of bullshit. Out of one side of their mouth they talk academics first, "most of our players go pro in something other than sports," and build a whole case against player compensation on academics. Now they're afraid of getting sued because one of their schools went rogue, they're too scared to punish that school, and they don't want to fork out for their negligence.
Fucking A right they're responsible for the academic integrity of their schools. I think the schools kicked out of the basketball tournament for APR sanctions like oh say UConn would agree.
Horseshit. They just don't want to punish a golden boy school for running a diploma mill.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||It's interesting that most of||
It's interesting that most of Canada goes for the Blue Jays. Even as far away as Vancouver. I like that only three non-Canadian teams have any pull anywhere in Canada and one is the Tigers.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||You want this if you can get||
You want this if you can get ahold of it:
I have one and it's awesome and you can't have mine. Among the terrific things on there are five of the best Wings games from the really big dynasty era, in their entirety. The turtle game is one. The Yzerman double OT winner against the Blues is one. I believe the sweep-clincher against Philly is one. Plus I think the Carolina series Game 3 (3OT) and the game after the Statue of Liberty game where the Wings scored seven.
Plus of course all sorts of other highlights. I'm sure Ozzie's fight with Roy is on there, I think Crawford's meltdown, whatever. If you can get your hands on one of these, do it.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Let's face it: a lit-up EXIT||
Let's face it: a lit-up EXIT sign over top of "Those Who Stay..." is an awfully interesting bit of irony in and of itself.
|13 weeks 6 hours ago||"I couldn't get in at State."||
"I couldn't get in at State."
|13 weeks 1 day ago||Whoa whoa whoa. It's just an||
Whoa whoa whoa. It's just an 11-year-old's birthday party. No need to get crazy.
|13 weeks 4 days 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.
|14 weeks 5 days 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.
|14 weeks 5 days 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?
|14 weeks 6 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.
|14 weeks 6 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.
|14 weeks 6 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.
|14 weeks 6 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.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Should that apply to only||
Should that apply to only football players, or to, like, wrestlers and swimmers too?