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|10 min 41 sec ago||Ollantaytambo was the one||
Ollantaytambo was the one place I really wish I could've seen more of, but we had the train to catch. (And then it broke down 20 seconds out of the station.)
I will never forget the little girl of about 8 or so (who along with her brother had been thoroughly annoying our tour guide) who saw the little fountain at the palace ruins there and exclaimed, "Es como un baño!" The guide looked like she wanted to strangle the kid.
|55 min 40 sec ago||I lived in Newport for a||
I lived in Newport for a couple years and positively loved the place. Lived a stone's throw from downtown AND had off-street parking to boot - heaven. Honestly, after having lived there for a while, I can say this: the Red Parrot is nice and has good food, but it's for tourists.
These days anyone you see in uniform - 99% chance it's a NAPS kid. My reason for living there, it was my last tour in the Navy, working at the War College - and we wore civvies almost all the time, even at work.
|12 hours 23 min ago||About two years ago now I||
About two years ago now I went to Peru for a wedding and some sightseeing. I remember seeing places like Pisac and thinking, "this is incredible scenery, I hope it doesn't spoil Machu Picchu for me," and then getting to Machu Picchu and thinking, "wow, it definitely didn't."
I have a cousin, or really a cousin once removed, who's the kind of adventurous dude who never bothered having a car in college because he would just hitchhike his way there and back, all 500 miles of the trip. He found us a tour guide who gave us a terrific tour of central Lima, which is really beautiful, and bribed our way into some places we wouldn't normally have seen.
|12 hours 28 min ago||Last actual vacation trip I||
Last actual vacation trip I went on was to Paris and Cologne. Paris was incredible. For me, it wasn't at all overrated. Standing on top of the Arc de Triomphe, which for my money is the best view in the city, honestly, I was star-struck. Like meeting a celebrity, except way more famous than any silly movie star, and they let you stare all you want.
And the Cologne Cathedral is one of the world's most mind-blowing incredible man-made structures.
|22 hours 30 min ago||Step 1 is always quit lying||
Step 1 is always quit lying to yourself.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Well, comparing a||
Well, comparing a million-dollar administrator and grown-ass man to college students isn't a fair comparison for starters. But you know what - if the players were really so rebellious and intractible that a public rebuke were necessary, why not? I think it's safe to assume that one doesn't resort to that kind of thing without a really good reason. Seven regents don't get together to say, hey, let's take this public for shits and giggles. I wouldn't go so far as to call it humiliation. Humiliation would be if they publicly fired him and aired the full load of dirty laundry. But a public rebuke is a perfectly legitimate tactic, yes, when your previous ones haven't gotten results.
|1 day 19 hours ago||I fully agree with the idea||
I fully agree with the idea of a fine line. It's not an easy one to walk. I think the skyboxes are a perfect example of respecting that line. It's a big change, but it was respectfully done and people understood the need and accepted the effort to make it work. DB's throwing a lot of stuff at the wall to see what sticks. That's always going to result in some good things and some bad, but in the end, more problems than it's worth. The idea that it is, in fact, a fine line, necessarily demands a great deal more careful consideration than Brandon appears to be giving it.
|1 day 20 hours ago||That makes a ton more sense||
That makes a ton more sense if you're saying college doesn't get you straight to the major leagues; not how I read it, but if that's where you're going with it, I can see it. Still, I think you're letting college be a victim of its own success in a way. Part of the reason the minor league system is so huge is because there's so many players to fill it, and college is a big reason for that.
I have no way of doing this in two minutes, but I would bet that the difference in time between a player graduating high school and making his MLB debut isn't real big one way or the other if you compare the college and minor league route. They still come up at about the same age, all else being equal. That says to me that college is just as good a way to go as any other.
|1 day 20 hours ago||This is the most fundamental||
This is pretty much the very core of DB critique right here. Everyone else has uniformz so we should too. I've made this point before but it's one of my better ones so I think I'll say it again:
Brandon is 100% correct when he says Michigan is in competition with, say, the Pistons or the Lions, for entertainment dollars. But he doesn't seem to get a very fundamental principle of competition. You can compete on price or you can compete on differentiation. If you can do both, great, but you can't do neither. Brandon is trying to do neither. He's got the most expensive product in town - not just in terms of dollars but also time commitment required, given distance and traffic and all that - and he's working on homogenizing the product.
You'll go to Costco because it's cheap, or you'll go to Whole Foods because it's unique, but you sure as shit aren't gonna pay Whole Foods prices at Costco. DB is turning Michigan into Costco but charging a premium. If all these different teams are competing for my entertainment dollars, I think I'll go to a Tigers game for fireworks, thanks, and the Lions play pretty good music on the speakers. There's nothing unique about those big M uniforms we had against Notre Dame, because Wiscy and Nebraska were given the same template. It goes on. I don't think he gets that Michigan provides the wow factor, not adidas or the White Stripes.
|1 day 21 hours ago||I guessed, incorrectly as it||
I guessed, incorrectly as it turns out, that the "sometimes worse" link would be We Are ND. But that's still a pretty good guess, right?
|1 day 21 hours ago||I think even to make such a||
I think even to make such a list is to imply that college-to-MLB is a limited pipeline. It isn't. Claiming that college baseball is comprised almost entirely of players with no pro prospects - that is a thoroughly bizarre claim that is completely without merit. Really a stunning display of ignorance of the sport. There are over 8,000 MLBers in the Baseball-Reference database associated with a four-year school. That's out of roughly 20,000 or so who've ever played.
|2 days 6 min ago||Football and men's basketball||
Football and men's basketball don't need protecting. That's not really why people fight it. Those sports will exist regardless. People fight it because it limits opportunities for men to participate in any other sport besides those two.
And the reason Title IX should apply differently to "revenue sports" is: tell me how good the educational opportunity would be for women's volleyball players without something to fund them?
|2 days 11 min ago||From a competition||
From a competition standpoint, football still needs an overhaul. What we have now isn't bad, but it's extremely susceptible to being made much worse. Idea:
-- A 16-team tournament, set up the way the Big East used to run their basketball tournament. First round would be right after conference championship weekend in December. (Conference championship weekend, by the way, would be Thanksgiving weekend.) This year, the first three rounds would be the 6th, 13th, and 20th of December; losers in these first three rounds would end the season with a bowl invite. The semifinals, along with the big bowls, would take place New Year's Day (which is a Thursday); the championship would take place the following weekend (10 days later.)
-- The tournament would be a mix of conference champions and at-larges. However, it could NEVER be expanded. Eight conference champs, eight at-larges. Forever. If there end up being more conferences, tough; the best eight go.
-- No bowl may ever have a corporate sponsor for a name. That is, Weed-Eater Independence Bowl is OK. Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl is not. They must have wide-open books and a certain minimum percentage of their income must return to the schools, and to the NCAA for the above-mentioned compensation fund. Like, 75% of it.
|2 days 58 min ago||Problem is that if I were in||
Problem is that if I were in charge of the NCAA, I'd be impotent to make some of the changes I want to make, Title IX being prominent among them. I need to be King for a day instead of just Mark Emmert. Plus there is another constituency: TV.
Some changes I'd make to start with:
-- Title IX needs to account for the fact that, simply put, not as many girls as boys are interested in playing sports. For the money spent factor of it, I'd allow any ticket revenue generated by a sport to offset money spent on that sport, and for the participation aspect, I'd only count sports in which there's an equivalent for both men and women. (Thus, basketball, or baseball/softball. Not football or field hockey.) And so that colleges can't stash huge numbers of women on their rowing teams to comply, the NCAA would start sponsoring men's crew.
-- There'd be a luxury tax on facility improvement and coaching salaries, payable to the NCAA, and the money would end up in a player compensation fund as detailed later.
-- There could be a Players' Association, but not separate ones for every sport. Otherwise what would happen is the schools would focus all their time on football and ignore the other ones.
-- Players would no longer be "on scholarship." They would be responsible themselves for the full cost of their tuition. They can get student loans like everyone else. The one difference is they wouldn't be on the hook for a health plan; they'd have that free, as well as guaranteed dorm housing and a meal plan if they chose, all free. Schools would have to open their books to prove there isn't a dime of financial aid going to the players and that they've received every dime of tuition; playing a sport would make you ineligible for need-based financial aid. However, players would be free to take as much booster cash as they can get their grubby mitts on. Boosters and alumni can set up foundations to pay. It wouldn't be the least bit "illegal" to make money playing, so athletes such as tennis players could play on the pro tour. And any student loans taken out by an athlete can be replaced with an interest-free loan from the NCAA, plus a certain (hopefully fairly large, but I don't have the specifics worked out) percentage as a grant, following completion of a degree. A percentage of proceeds from apparel sales would support these grants. This would be team-based, not individual-player based. You buy a Devin Gardner jersey, even with GARDNER on the back, the football team benefits.
-- Educational shenanigans would be a LOT more strictly enforced. NCAA monitors will be at every school. UNC is not getting off the hook for phony classes just because a non-athlete or two happened to also take them. Enforcement resources no longer need to be directed at the Nevin Shapiros of the world, so they can go toward beating the shit out of the UNCs instead. The death penalty would get dragged out of the attic and used again.
-- To balance out the idea of some schools having the best team Phil Knight or T. Boone Pickens can buy, roster limits will be hard-capped at all times of the year (there won't be any more games with guessing how much attrition you'll have.) For example, at no time can a football team have more than, say, 90 players, or whatever seems best. Players may transfer as often as they like but must sit out a year, regardless of family hardship, unless: they have completed a degree; there is a coaching change at their school; or they did not meet a playing-time threshold. The sit-out year would not count as a redshirt year - it's just a year off. During this time, they don't have to appear on a roster. (This means they wouldn't be subject to financial aid or roster cap restrictions.)
|2 days 22 hours ago||It doesn't say they always||
It doesn't say they always know exactly what their best interests are.
|3 days 1 hour ago||The city has running water.||
The city has running water. They've just finally decided to limit it to people who actually pay for it.
|3 days 14 hours ago||There are legitimate concerns||
There are legitimate concerns any time gentrification occurs somewhere, but quite often - and particularly in Detroit - the alternative to gentrification is "allow the place to continue being a huge shithole" so I'm pretty much OK with improving the place.
|6 days 2 hours ago||There's a difference between||
There's a difference between shooting them off once on a holiday, and telling the neighbors they're going to have to put up with it seven or eight times a year on the regular from now until God knows when.
(Edit: On re-reading I think my thought process jumped from place to place without much of a link in between, the idea being that this year was going to be only two games but there would be no reason to expect it'd be limited to that in the future.)
|1 week 1 day ago||I do think you're over||
I do think you're over complicating things a bit. I've done a couple trips to Port Huron and back delivering sailboats for the Mackinac race. Honestly, just follow the shipping channel. There's good water on either side of it even entering the St. Clair River from the lake. Follow the green and red buoys and there will be zero problems. If a freighter comes, just edge a bit outside the channel.
The St. Clair River does have a heck of a current. The down bound travel time is going to be a couple hours less than up bound. Don't use your down bound time as a good indicator of how long it takes to go back.
Finally, in the Detroit River, give Peche Island a wide berth. There are sandbars everywhere. Again, best to follow the shipping channel.
|1 week 5 days ago||Mackinac race this weekend!||
Mackinac race this weekend! I'm pretty damn excited. This'll be my 4th one.
|1 week 6 days ago||I thought, for sure this is||
I thought, for sure this is going to be a two-way thing. I guess not. What a total waste of money. Apparently they learned nothing from the disastrous re-signing of Samuelsson. Cleary was a useful third-liner, once upon a time.
|1 week 6 days ago||Copper Bowl was still better,||
Copper Bowl was still better, but in the end I'm not complaining. Except....given the list of things the author of the article felt that Arizona evoked, the Retired People From The Midwest Bowl has a certain ring to it.
|2 weeks 2 hours ago||Which makes me raise a very||
Which makes me raise a very skeptical eyebrow at Dilfer's comments:
Like hell it is. An infielder doesn't have time to throw, for reasons that should be obvious to anyone who's ever watched one baseball game, and they're taught to be very compact in their motion. It's a quick snap and it's very sidearm, and it totally lacks those "long moving parts." If his delivery starts low as a previous poster mentioned, that makes a lot of sense for an infielder because time spent bringing the glove up high and then bringing the ball up over the shoulder is time wasted.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||Plus we don't even know how||
Plus we don't even know how much Schlissel even knows about the sports side of things. Sometimes the eggheads are thoroughly ignorant about that stuff. Wallace Loh at Maryland is the prime example. Schlissel may have things like the 100k streak on his radar or he may be utterly unaware.
|2 weeks 15 hours ago||So for those saying that||
That is emphatically not true. There's a certain amount of money beyond which you're just gilding the lily, and which won't help those teams anymore. I don't know for sure what it is, but my guess is we've passed that point. You can basically sink money into facilities, coaches, and scholarships, and you can't pour extra money into scholarships. Once you have good, well-paid coaches and gleaming facilities, what's left?
The point that I've been making for a long time now is, we are basically at that point, and there's very little left that's useful for spending money on. And I think that point was backed up by the revelation that the growth of admin salaries in the department is outpacing revenue growth by 2-to-1.
|2 weeks 16 hours ago||I have never seen a fan base||
They're out there. BC fans couldn't wait for Gene DiFilippo to retire. Debbie Yow has managed to rile two different fanbases. At UVA we not only argue about the AD but we obsess (in a very, very negative way) over the associate AD. Trust me, as much angst as we have over Brandon, UVA fans have U-M fans beat hands down in the obsess-over-the-admin department. (Not surprising, either, considering the presidency kerfuffle.) This is just examples from the ACC where I have half a clue; I would also venture to guess that USC fans have had strong opinions about their leadership, and probably quite a few fanbases had their admin in the crosshairs during the whole realignment business.
At any rate, the main flaw in your argument is that Brian is exaggerating for effect when he says you or I could've done the job; the point, I think, is that so much (or all) of that stuff that you list could be done by a lot of qualified people, many of whom would be better at the stuff we don't like about Brandon.
|2 weeks 19 hours ago||Sure they would. Either||
Sure they would. Either leave Cleveland once in a while or convince the Yankees and Red Sox to move all their games to where the Indians play.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||"Tiger Woods is loved and||
"Tiger Woods is loved and LeBron is hated" isn't too sound of a premise. Lots of people love LeBron and lots of people don't like Tiger. And lots of people don't like either.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Even more nauseating is that||
Even more nauseating is that Cleveland fans will eat it up, completely forgetting the "we've been wronged" act they put on when he left.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Nothing, because no matter||
Nothing, because no matter how hard whats-his-name-the-BTN-guy tried to make that nickname stick, it was dumb from the start.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Being taught to crash the||
Being taught to crash the boards on offense, and to get back on transition defense, are more or less mutually exclusive. They're opposing philosophies.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Shit, dude. I'm really sorry||
Shit, dude. I'm really sorry to read that. Please don't feel like you owe us anything right now.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||That wasn't meant to be||
That wasn't meant to be snarky, and I think you missed the point, which was that this was the first (or among the first) article to mention other people besides Brock getting tangible benefit out of Barwis's training. (None of the articles you just linked to did that other than the TED talk.)
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Not much that's really news||
Oh? I thought the possibility of Barwis being able to use the methods he learned on Brock to teach other paralysis victims to walk as well was potentially earthshattering. This is something that a lot of people have tried and failed to do.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||OSU-MSU-ND. It's never not||
OSU-MSU-ND. It's never not that way.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Belgium: A much less||
Belgium: A much less effective buffer zone than France expected.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Beyonce.||
Also, who calls Celine Dion just Celine?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Happy birthday, eh!||
Happy birthday, eh!
|3 weeks 2 days ago||With you all the way, but||
With you all the way, but hell, it's the Internet. Why stop at 15 minutes?
|3 weeks 2 days ago||True fact: When Maryland and||
True fact: When Maryland and Rutgers play Michigan State and Ohio State, I'll be pulling for Sparty and Brutus.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Only one problem with that||
Only one problem with that idea.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Usually it's because the team||
Usually it's because the team doesn't want to sign them yet.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Just don't scratch anyone's||
Just don't scratch anyone's anchor.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||She Doesn't Know. The Other||
She Doesn't Know.
The Other Woman.
(neither of those are exactly original, either, but I like 'em.)
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The NHL drafts you once: at||
The NHL drafts you once: at age 18. (There may be rare exceptions to the age, I'm not sure, but you get drafted once and that's it.) The NCAA lets players keep their eligibility until they sign, and their NHL rights stay with the team that drafted them ... I think for four years, and if they don't sign after four, they're a free agent. I think.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yep....in the rare cases||
Yep....in the rare cases where their first or second rounder is a college player (Smith, Abdelkader, Sheahan, Howard off the top of my head) they've spent at least three years in college.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Two sides of the same coin,||
Two sides of the same coin, really.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Take the Soo Locks boat tour.||
Take the Soo Locks boat tour. Did this when I was 11 or so and thought it was really cool. Also, at Tahquamenon Falls you can do canoe or kayak rentals (or, you could back then.)
The Grand Rapids Public Museum is worth a couple hours and it has a focus on the state of Michigan.
I'm sure you're planning on seeing the fort while you're at Mackinac, but also there's a museum on Market Street which I totally forget exactly where, but it's there somewhere and it's got some interesting stuff about the island too.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know whether to think||
I don't know whether to think "ok, he wouldn't have been around at 9 when the Pistons picked anyway" or "dammit that was where the Pistons were supposed to pick if not for Cleveland's dumb-ass luck."
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I highly dispute the notion||
I highly dispute the notion that Africa stunk. Getting 2 of 5 teams into the knockout round is very similar to Europe's 6 of 13, and it's the first time ever that Africa has had more than one. And they were about 30 seconds from having three teams in, plus a very strong Ghana team was stuck in the Group of Death. Despite the 27% of points available thing, Africa really had an excellent showing.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Really, it's easier to||
Really, it's easier to qualify through the Asian process than it is to rely on the 0.5 bids Oceania had, which is to say, pinning their entire hopes on two matches against usually a South American team. Getting one of Asia's four guaranteed bids is easier.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Even if you were right I||
Even if you were right I would say, so what, but the drum you keep banging isn't correct in light of the statement in the articles, "FIFA officials have said he could be transferred during the four-month ban."
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'm telecommuting today. Had||
I'm telecommuting today. Had a meeting for the first half hour of the second half. I'm on my couch with a headset, watching the game, talking with everyone else in the office.
Totally a coincidence that I scheduled my telecommuting day today, I swear it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I loooooooove you Cristiano||
I loooooooove you Cristiano Ronaldo.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah, this. Ghana can tie it||
Yeah, this. Ghana can tie it up in the 90th minute, not right now. I got kicked in the dick last night and I'm gonna get kicked in the dick again today. I just know it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Solid B for the first half, I||
Solid B for the first half, I think. We're tied in a game where nobody's trying to tie, we've fended off the German advances pretty well and created an occasional chance of our own. Not bad.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Because he's French, duh.||
Because he's French, duh.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Dafuq you mean. Landon||
Dafuq you mean. Landon Donovan, Mia Hamm, and Norman Schwarzkopf. There, bitches.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||One country is a little more||
One country is a little more sensitive than most about bringing up embarrassing actions of the past, and the other hates ties with a passion, so this isn't terribly surprising.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Portugal scores! It's 1-0.||
Portugal scores! It's 1-0.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Plopping an ultramodern Frank||
Plopping an ultramodern Frank Lloyd Wright-wannabe in Detroit's old-style art-deco, somewhat industrial downtown would've been a horrible idea.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Solid shot from Zusi||
Solid shot from Zusi there.
We clearly don't have the ball skills of the contenders in this tournament, but you have to admit, we shoot from distance awfully well.
|4 weeks 54 min ago||If the Pistons take Joe||
If the Pistons take Joe Harris like Chad Ford predicted, I will be the diametric opposite of totally pissed off.
|4 weeks 58 min ago||My guess is he'll be back for||
My guess is he'll be back for the 2016 one. Worst case for Uruguay, he misses one game now, 4 at the 2015 Copa (assuming they use the same format and Uruguay doesn't crash out at the group stage) and then, in 2011, Uruguay had four WC qualifiers in the fall (or their spring.) That'd leave him one match left at the 2016 Copa - assuming I haven't missed anything - and then he can easily make that up if Uruguay goes past the first knockout game either this year or in the 2015 Copa.
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||No, not quite - I believe||
No, not quite - I believe it's any match but a friendly, which means what he'll miss is the Copa America and likely some qualifiers since CONMEBOL will probably start their qualification process next year.
|4 weeks 16 hours ago||I don't see myself rooting||
I don't see myself rooting for Uruguay in very many future competitions. Shame. They have a cool flag.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||MGrowOld works for one of||
MGrowOld works for one of those touchy-feely new age companies that has a ping-pong table in the lobby.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||It's both. FIFA can assess||
It's both. FIFA can assess anything from two matches to two years.
Two years would carry a reasonable significance. He'd miss next year's Copa America, the centennial Copa America in 2016, and several WC qualifiers. One year wouldn't mean squat - a couple friendlies maybe, that's it.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Months would be worthless.||
Months would be worthless. All it would do is ban him from friendlies unless the ban extends to his club. Uruguay won't play meaningful games for another year.
How about five years, to keep him out of the next World Cup and its qualifiers entirely? I wouldn't say that except that he's a repeat offender.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Now that I get off my duff||
Now that I get off my duff and watch the video.....yeah, that couldn't be clearer. How pathetic.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The front page of ESPN shows||
The front page of ESPN shows Suarez holding his teeth, the way you would if you bit on something unexpectedly hard. That's awfully conclusive too, when added to the rest of it.
I was rooting for Uruguay because I always root against Italy, but Italy's behavior this tournament has been pretty benign, so maybe my mind is changing a bit here.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Every sport needs something||
Every sport needs something to make it difficult. Baseball: here, you have to use this stick. Hockey: it's on ice. Basketball: you have to dribble. Football: those other guys can try to kill you. Soccer: no hands. Simple.
I don't really blame Shaughnessy for repeating himself, because consistency is usually good. Most of the rest of the time, gotcha-fiskers are hitting people for just the opposite. ("This guy said X, but he said Y before!") I do think that's a really, really dumb reason not to like a sport, though.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||There's a ton of truth here||
There's a ton of truth here and the Miami reference is an especially good point. I agree with the people who say there'd be less bitching if we were winning on the regular. Michigan football means a lot of things, winning being one very big one. But if the winning's not there - there damn well better be the other things to fall back on.
And if I tune into a game or go to one, and the team is wearing sikk bumblebee uniformz with khrom helmetz, and rokk muzic instead of the band is playing, and the stadium isn't crammed to the gills, and we're playing Rutgers, instead of Minnesota for the Brown Jug, what's left? Michigan football isn't a set of discrete and separate traditions. It's the whole package. You can't say "it's still Michigan" if you take away half of the things that make it so.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Can't take credit for this||
Can't take credit for this observation, but I forget who deserves it; someone made the excellent point in another discussion that it's not about "what if Kobe played soccer." It's more about, how many guys out there would've been perfectly suited for soccer and had all the physical tools for it, but wound up with high school football or D-III basketball or something as their ceiling because they chose those sports instead?
I think we pretty much maximize our talent pool in basketball and football because everyone plays pickup games at some point. That used to be baseball. In Canada it's hockey. But everyone in the US pretty much knows how good they are at hoops and football. We don't do the same in soccer at all, and as a result the average person in damn near every other country in the world is better than the average American in soccer. That point was driven home pretty clearly during my time in the Navy when we played friendly matches overseas with other navies. Unless the teams were mixed, we got totally creamed, every single time. Indoor, field, or beach. (Beach soccer is really, really hard, by the way.) And this was in places like Malaysia and Thailand where the actual national soccer teams are total minnows.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Calling someone "not American||
Calling someone "not American born" is a strong implication that they're "less American," and I have a huge problem with slapping some kind of foreigner label on guys like Fabian Johnson and Jermaine Jones. I don't get when the "son of a serviceman" thing became a problem and made those guys foreigners.
Aron Johannsson is "American born." Does that make him OK while Fabian Johnson is not?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||If you think Pepe got ejected||
If you think Pepe got ejected for trash talk then you totally missed the game.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I tend to agree with Brandon||
I tend to agree with Brandon that Michigan football is competing against the pro teams for entertainment dollars. I don't understand why Brandon thinks it's good marketing to make his product the same as the others only more expensive.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Sorry, not buyin' that. If||
Sorry, not buyin' that. If it really was "scanned at the gate" then we would've already sunk below 100,000 just based on the student section alone. Many, many games you can look at the stadium and see that it's not filled all the way to capacity.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||So I keep asking, what is the||
So I keep asking, what is the point of raising all this money and what will they use it for?
To me, a 37% increase in the size of the budget and a 72% increase in administrator compensation answers the question at least partially, and not in a good way at all. Having admin salaries increase at twice the pace of the budget (to say nothing of the 80% marketing and promotion increase) really lends a lot of fuel to the argument that people are making themselves rich off of this.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Honestly I've always wished||
Honestly I've always wished that overtime PKs were taken from further back. Don't even need the defenders IMO or to make it sudden death - just, enough space that the goalie has some reaction time instead of purely guessing and hoping he's right.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||The fact that Algeria called||
The fact that Algeria called that the Anschluss is one of the funniest things in sports anywhere.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I didn't see much if any of||
I didn't see much if any of that. Maybe you're thinking of when Besler went down, which wasn't a foul at all, it was a hamstring twinge or a cramp. Not a Portugal player to be found nearby. The same for Jones(?) in the extra time or very close to it.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Plus - although this is not||
Plus - although this is not France's fault in the least - the format change midway through the qualification, where the playoff went from a totally random draw of second-place group finishers to having the top five ranked teams in one pot and the next five in another. FIFA should never have allowed that.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||And at least in my opinion,||
And at least in my opinion, everything that was karmically deserved for the way they qualified in the first place.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Well, I would guess a lot of||
Well, I would guess a lot of the employees don't live in Ann Arbor proper, nor always shop there, and the county has about the 350K people in it. Figured that's what you meant by "Ann Arbor as a whole."
If the university handed out a whole bunch of raises across the board, I might be more into the idea that it'd boost the AA economy, but I don't think there are enough employees in the AD for it to matter much.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Pepe's disbelieving smile is||
Pepe's disbelieving smile is honestly even more offensive than the crap he did that earned him the red card in the first place. What the hell man, you hacked a guy in the face and then headbutted him while he was on the ground and you're surprised that you're being sent off?
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Kind of a drop in the bucket||
Kind of a drop in the bucket to the local economy, when it's just, what, a couple hundred people in a mini-metro of about 350,000. Especially since the money, I'm sure, is offset by the fact that a lot of it came from Ann Arbor as a whole in the first place.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Isn't a little strange that||
Isn't a little strange that these kids perceive these camp events like the Opening as having such sway and power that they feel like they need permission from the camp to not commit while there?
|4 weeks 6 days ago||There's my confession in a||
There's my confession in a nutshell. I didn't hate the halo at all. I thought it looked pretty good, actually. Not enough to be care that they pulled it down, but still.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||If you believe Wikipedia and||
If you believe Wikipedia and "local legends" the Florida city was almost named Detroit.
|5 weeks 5 hours ago||Calling them "Ohio" is great||
Calling them "Ohio" is great not because I take such joy in the disrespect of it all, but because I take such joy in the Bucknuts who whine about it being disrespectful and totally miss the irony.
Besides, calling them "tOSU" and thinking it's a clever, subtle jab is like them calling us "U-M" and thinking it's a clever, subtle jab.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||I really believe his reaction||
Ditto. It's like, he had the normal reaction to scoring, which is, "YES!" and then realized where he was when he scored.
|5 weeks 21 hours ago||I'd buy that if the team name||
I'd buy that if the team name were "Fighting Leprechauns." There was never a real person named Chief Illiniwek, either.
|5 weeks 21 hours ago||And even then I'd rather||
And even then I'd rather watch a thousand ice dancing tournaments than read one post directed at ice dancing fans telling them that their pastime is stupid.
Just another example of the Internet encouraging anti-social behavior. If you walked into a bar that you normally frequented because you like what's on TV, and then the World Cup came on instead, you'd leave. You wouldn't go, "HEY EVERYONE IN THIS BAR! THIS IS STUPID AND BORING!"
|5 weeks 22 hours ago||To be honest, I'm not even||
To be honest, I'm not even thinking about the "Fighting Irish" name, just the cariacatured logo. Let's say for a minute that we believe any racial cariacature is equally bad - then what would make Chief Wahoo any worse than the silly-looking leprechaun with his dukes up?
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||Yes, the moves make||
Yes, the moves make sense....for reasons that are largely irrelevant to fan interests. Sure, there may be a lot more money in it. And what is that money for? Awesomer facilities? They're already gleaming palaces. Coaching salaries? I know there's an arms race aspect to this, but there's also the aspect of paying people more to do what they already do. These schools are fighting tooth and nail to not pay the athletes more (so that's clearly not what they intend to do with it) and even I'm sick of their dumb arguments and I've been long on the side of not paying them.
I sure as hell don't see this money offsetting the scrapping of seat licenses or the cutting of ticket prices. All this money is great and Dave Brandon and the other ADs can pat each other on the back for making more money. What are they going to do with it all? They can't buy tradition with it and they don't plan on passing any of it to us. Anything at all that we fans might be interested in seeing? If not, then we do have the right to say these moves make no sense.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I really don't understand the||
I really don't understand the position of "some racial cariacatures are OK as long as they're of people who didn't rise to a certain level of oppression. And the oppression had to take place in this country."
|5 weeks 1 day ago||Pepe head-butted the German||
Pepe head-butted the German guy. Head-to-head contact. That will be a red card every single time (the referee sees it.) The Ghana dude only shoved Jones a little.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||A bit worrying that our team,||
Defense is more tiring than offense and we spent a good 75 minutes playing defense. All the more reason not to do that against Portugal, not that giving Ronaldo that many chances would be a healthy strategy to begin with.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||If the Brits don't like it,||
If the Brits don't like it, they should go fix all the Wikipedia articles about national baseball and hockey teams to not say "Japan have competed in the World Baseball Classic."
|5 weeks 2 days ago||I was thinking the Big 12||
I was thinking the Big 12 might like to have an Atlantic coast presence to keep WVU company.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||An acronym for a character in||
An acronym for a character in a portion of Storm of Swords that was left out of the show.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||It's for this reason I don't||
It's for this reason I don't actually want the World Cup. If there aren't gonna be games in Detroit (or AA) then forget it. Unfortunately Detroit doesn't seem to get much respect from the US soccer world in general. MLS wants to expand everywhere but Detroit, it seems.
I've read Australia would be under consideration as a backup 2022 venue. That'd be a fantastic location.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Oh please. That's exactly||
Oh please. That's exactly the kind of attitude that is the reason everyone hates politics. If you agree or disagree with someone on one issue you must therefore agree or disagree on absolutely everything. It's possible to like UTL and still dislike the overall attitude DB brings to the job. I suppose, being a Brandon lover, you think there should be more giant noodles everywhere?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||At least if we lose this one||
At least if we lose this one we can still go out and beat Germany, just like in every World War ever fought amirite?
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Stauskas and Robert Traylor.||
Stauskas and Robert Traylor. Stauskas because I'd spend the whole game on fire, and Traylor because of the no-fouls rule. Every rebound would be mine, I don't care how fast and athletic you are. It's like NES Ice Hockey. Just pick four fat guys.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||What is Jon Snow in the||
14 in the beginning, 15 by this point. Though GRRM has said he wished some of his younger characters were a little older and we're coming up on the point where he intended to have a five-year gap in the story to age his child characters up some, but decided he didn't think it was plausible that everything would just freeze for five years.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Plus all sorts of Theon stuff||
Plus all sorts of Theon stuff - some of which are just the show depicting what was happening during book 3 timeline-wise but that you don't read about til book 5, and some are actual events that take place during book 5.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Makes sense. The ESPN poll||
Makes sense. The ESPN poll map is always fascinating to interpret and in this case when they asked whether or not you believe Pete Carroll when he said that, the whole country said no by about a 3-1 margin, except for Washington and Montana which said "sure we believe him."
Thing is, in the pros, there's no such thing as dirty, at least, not the same way college is. It just doesn't exist. In college you can be dirty just by being passive. In the pros you have to actively work at it.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||I am so fucking sick of||
I am so fucking sick of hearing people in charge of things - sports, politics, corporations, you name it - claim they didn't know about the shit that went on in their organization. Maybe it's just my military background and in the civilian world it's OK to be in charge of something and be totally clueless about what's happening to it. I dunno. Someone tell me if that's how things actually are supposed to be.
Fire enough assholes for cluelessness and eventually some of them start getting the idea that they should get a handle on things. Unfortunately, college football coaches are set up with the exact opposite incentive.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||If I remember right, and I||
If I remember right, and I could be wrong and I don't want to look it up, but I think the A-10's contract with the Barclay's Center happens to run through 2021 as well. I believe in coincidences, but not that one.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||It'd be absolutely marvelous||
It'd be absolutely marvelous to have the NCAA require a very specific sport-by-sport breakdown of revenue and expenses, as well as by category - that is, ticket revenue, ancillary revenue, TV revenue, coaching expenses, scholarship expenses, travel expenses, and so forth. I'd love to see that. In a sense, that's exactly why they don't do it.
|7 weeks 56 min ago||Why are they spelling OUTO?||
Why are they spelling OUTO?
|7 weeks 14 hours ago||College teams are bound and||
College teams are bound and determined to make the poor Helmet Project guy snap and spend the rest of his life in a white jacket and white room.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||One of these sentences is||
This is what I strongly disagree with. One outcome being more common doesn't make it worse for the individual involved. I think you're making a fallacy of failing to separate the actual act of rape or sexual assault with the outcome for the perpetrator. Is rape traumatic? Yes - but it's traumatic whether or not the perp is punished. It's just that it's some degree more traumatic if not.
On the other hand, there is a 100% difference between being the victim of a false accusation, and not being one. And there are very tangible effects on those victims. Look at it this way: We as society consider it vile and unforgivable to deny an opportunity to someone for something they couldn't control, like their race. Donald Sterling wouldn't rent to black people, and that helps make Donald Sterling the most hated man in America - and those people he wouldn't rent to can find another apartment relatively easily. So I can't reconcile the idea that it's acceptable to deny someone these opportunities for the rest of their lives because of something they didn't do.
Even if it's less common - well, it should be. And - this is important - persecuting people who didn't do anything is not going to make sexual assualt go away on campus. At some point, which Duke and U-M probably reached, you're not preventing sexual assault. All you're doing is making sure the perception of your own actions cannot possibly construed as being tolerant of rape.
And, I'm sure I don't have to remind anyone, false accusations hurt actual victims too. Viciously stamping out false accusations and making sure that an accused person gets his (or her) due process is another way to ensure that when someone does speak up, they're taken seriously. So to me, it's just logic. Err on one side and you risk hurting victims of rape. Err on the other side and you also risk hurting victims of rape, plus the victims of false accusations. I know which way I'd rather go on that.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||No, the answer to your||
No, the answer to your question is yes. I'd rather not, but there is absolutely, positively no way to nail down, with 100% unimpeachable certainty, every guilty party, while also with 100% certainty allowing every innocent to walk free. That's a fantasy land that doesn't exist.
The choice between imprisoning innocent people and allowing guilty people to walk free is not a desirable one but it's an absolutely necessary one and I prefer to let guilty people walk.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not ok with confirmed||
That's not the same thing as what you said, though. Neither of us is OK with confirmed rapists being enrolled. Only one of us is OK with slapping the "rapist" label on people who aren't rapists.
You've created a terrific paradox in your own position. You're saying that rape is such a heinous crime that it justifies tyrannical methods to stamp it out - yet you're fine with innocent people carrying the stigma of it. That's supremely fucked up.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||You're OK with punishing||
You're OK with punishing people who don't deserve it?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||The state doesn't require you||
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Will lawsuits on behalf||
Yes. Any cause, no matter how good, if pushed sufficiently hard in one direction, will eventually see pushback. You only have to look at breast cancer awareness to know that. Well, here comes the pushback for sexual assault. Efforts to prevent sexual assault have been going on for a long time, and no university would dare be seen as anything other than zero-tolerance on sexual assault. Eventually it was bound to happen that universities would get a little too zealous in that regard. Always erring on the side of zero tolerance was bound to catch someone that shouldn't have been caught.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||But it's not like they're||
But it's not like they're leaving the NCAA. They would stay in the NCAA and they'd still participate in the basketball tournament (and therefore presumably the other ones except football, too) so what really would be the difference?
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I have yet to figure out what||
I have yet to figure out what is the difference between a "Division IV" and the autonomy the Power 5 are aiming for. What they're saying sounds like "Let us do what we want or we will do what we want."
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I don't think the idea is to||
I don't think the idea is to have Septon Meribald for Septon Meribald's sake. At least not for me. If we don't have Septon Meribald then it's likely they won't answer a particular question about a certain hooded character. The show can answer the question immediately for the same reason the show couldn't have "Arstan Whitebeard" and I'm hoping they do it.
(I hope this is vague enough not to spoil anything but enough to let book readers pick up what I'm putting down.)
|7 weeks 4 days ago||But athletes in all sports,||
Economically speaking, this isn't really true. Demand for these scholarships far outstrips supply, which suggests that schools could offer far less to the athletes and still fill the slots.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I already prefer that the||
I already prefer that the seasons change from hot to cold instead of hot to fucking hot, but that would be an even stronger preference if I had to do "fall" camp in that heat.
|8 weeks 7 min ago||I think it's a load of crap||
I think it's a load of crap that other sports do. It creates all kinds of problems and doesn't solve any except to give coaches peace of mind. Something that tilts the recruiting playing field more in the direction of coaches isn't a good idea.
I submit that we would never have had Roy Roundtree had football had an early signing day; I further submit that Devonte Graham wasted a whole year of his life because basketball has one.
(Graham signed early with Appalachian State, then played his senior season, during which other schools found out he existed and tried to get him to flip. App State wouldn't let him out of his LOI. He spent a year at prep school trying to get out of it and finally got out this spring, and ended up at Kansas.)
About the only benefit to recruits is the ability to get unwanted attention off their back - and sometimes even that backfires, as above. You could easily do the same by creating a do-not-contact list that any recruit can sign up for at any time and take himself off of at any time. Everything else about an early signing period benefits coaches only.
|8 weeks 1 hour ago||An early signing day would be||
An early signing day would be such great protection for recruits. I'm sure not one football coach would ever tell a kid, "Signing early would prove your commitment to us. We can't consider you committed unless you do."
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Well, I think the value of||
Well, I think the value of the autobid was proven this very season; Notre Dame's bid would've been seriously at risk if they hadn't won the whole damn thing. And then they went and made the championship game. Consider that if they had lost in the first round of the ACCT, they would then have been completely ineligible for an at-large bid with a loss to Army in their last game. (They didn't lose to Army, but still.) I think they probably would've made it without the autobid, but that's not 100% by any stretch.
To me, the question is whether there's anyone in the conference offices who has both the interest and the influence to push one of the nonparticipants to take the leap. Both BC and VT recently got rid of very stodgy and reticent ADs and replaced them with much more open-minded directors. VT just made a colossal investment in their basketball program by hiring Buzz Williams; some might suggest that sucks up all the resources but it says to me that they just might be interested in something besides football tunnel-vision. James Johnson was clearly a cheapo don't-give-a-damn hire by the previous administration. I think Buzz represents a culture shift there.
True, the ACC is a lacrosse powerhouse that doesn't need the autobid like most conferences do, but the lacrosse landscape is expanding and it's a zero-sum game; if the powerhouses don't make moves to fortify their position, the game will slowly pass them by. Here's a very crucial thing to remember: if you don't have an autobid, the tournament committee doesn't consider you a conference and will pit your teams against each other in the first round if that's what it feels like doing. Having the autobid forces the committee to separate the teams.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||That park appears to likely||
That park appears to likely favor right-handed batters a little bit.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Usually - not always, but||
Usually - not always, but usually - new programs tend to be announced over the summer, so hopefully one or two will crop up in the next few months. The ACC has a two-year grace period before they lose their autobid again, and you'd really have to make the announcement this summer in order to be up and running in time for the autobid not to run out. Hopefully someone in the conference will take the plunge.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I've been sort of rooting for||
I've been sort of rooting for the Canadiens just as a thank-you for getting rid of Boston. Not, like, fervently though. Plus an LA/NY final....meh.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||With you completely. It's no||
With you completely. It's no insult to the living vets to set aside a day for the ones who gave all, and who aren't here to receive the gratitude that's usually offered to the living.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||What Klinsmann is saying by||
What he's saying is that Donovan would have less value than the guys he picked, not zero value. "Donovan is not worthless therefore he should've been picked" is a fallacy of logic.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Alright.....what was that||
Alright.....what was that last thing Landon said in the commercial just before he runs off?
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Color me skeptical that this||
Color me skeptical that this could work everywhere (as usual with solar cells.)
For one thing, I have such a hard time buying that these roads would just instantly melt snow that lands on them. Freeways already do that up to a point - they get pretty darn warm from the heat generated by traffic. But snow has a way of falling much faster than the road can melt it. And, uh, it's always cloudy when it's snowing. And usually for hours, if not days, beforehand. Will the road be storing all the solar-generated power it gathers (that it has about six hours a day to gather in the winter)? Meaning, it's not feeding back into the grid as promised. And if it needs to be hot for hours during a nighttime snowstorm, I doubt it's managed to store enough. Forget snowplows, of course - they would ruin the thing, so it's melt or nothing.
Plus if the freeze-thaw cycle is hell on asphalt and concrete, imagine how bad it would be on electrified solar panels. Remember, it's not the water on the road, it's the water underneath it, in the soil. It only takes a little bit of heaving and sinking to warp the roadway - trucks will take care of the rest.
The trench for cables and power lines and phone lines and stuff is a great idea, but it's already been had. We don't usually do it because it's like, exponentially more expensive to bury them. I forget why, but I've read that in the past.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||You know, this, I think, is a||
You know, this, I think, is a small part of the problem the US has in soccer: no other country in the world has so many of its residents rooting for other countries instead. I doubt that sort of thing goes unnoticed abroad.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||This is probably setting||
This is probably setting myself up for a flying negbomb, but....I actually kind of liked the vuvuzelas. It was fun to hear them ebb and flow with the match.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||1. I mean, pretty much||
1. I mean, pretty much obviously yes, unless the dude was armed.
2. The only people who even think we have "lightly-toothed farm dwellers" are Sparties, and they would hate us anyway. Outside the state borders the concept of the "Wal-Mart Wolverine" doesn't exist. And if such a demographic existed, it couldn't afford to go to games. (On the other hand, let's not trash the filthy rich too much. Part of the reason Michigan is so damn good at everything is because it has a lot of rich alums.)
3. As we speak DB is trying to find a sponsor for what he left behind, so the answer is "yes."
4. He's headed back in there right now with a new magazine to read that he paid like $900,000 for, so let's see.
5. FUCK NO.
6. Kitty corner.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||This is largely on Tom||
This is largely on Tom Gores. Well, Dumars for signing Ben Gordon in the first place. But from what I've read, Dumars would've amnestied Gordon if Gores had been willing to sign the check to do so. Gores didn't want to, so Dumars made this trade to offload the contract instead.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||That stupid thing on||
That stupid thing on Jefferson. When it opened up in January they said it'd be fixed by the 31st of the month, or a week later in February. Welp, guess what.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||Let's Go Peay into a hole?||
Let's Go Peay into a hole?
|9 weeks 2 days ago||That profit table says we||
That profit table says we really ought to be in favor of anything that reduces conference revenue, not raises it. Let's cut the conference payout by about $2.5M and put Sparty and Wiscy in the red.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||So the way I very roughly||
So the way I very roughly figure it, U-M could charge $20 less per game, per seat, at football games, including the student population, and still come out a bit ahead.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||Students at UVA don't pay a||
Students at UVA don't pay a cent to go to athletic events though.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I think the ACC tourney||
I think the ACC tourney format completely blows. Brian is always going on about how the NCAA hockey tournament is just a game of plinko. The ACC baseball tournament even more so. Here are the seeds of the championship game participants from the years this format has existed:
1 vs. 6 - 1 wins
6 vs. 8 - 8 wins
1 vs. 2 - 1 wins
5 vs. 7 - 5 wins
1 vs. 6 - 6 wins
1 vs. 6 - 1 wins
2 vs. 8 - 2 wins
Pure randomness. The 8 seed has played in the championship game as often as the 2 seed, and no 3 seed ever has. A better tournament would only have four teams in it, but the ACC would never give up the extremely good chance to get a bid thief into the tournament or risk leaving out its Carolina teams.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||That doesn't mean he's||
That doesn't mean he's right. Sometimes people are just in charge of things etc. Almost everyone else associated with A&M including other former players are offended by the idea. I'm going to go with the majority opinion.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||The argument also sucks that||
The argument also sucks that Manziel is worth $450 million to A&M, which is the implication you're making. Was A&M playing to empty stadiums before him? No. Sold-out ones, in fact. Were they worth a lot before him? Yes. What's more valuable to that program, two years of Johnny fever or indefinite SEC membership?
Sure, there are several other programs where "Johnny Football" could've been born. There are also hundreds more where he would not have. That means that A&M gave their value to Johnny Manziel. By your own admission that's the case.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||And he would've been a first||
And he would've been a first round pick even if he had played for Sam Houston State.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||On the one hand, you can't||
On the one hand, you can't blame Cleveland for finally being able to jump at the chance to draft someone who actually wants to play for the Browns.
On the other hand, maybe part of the reason they have such a lousy track record with QBs is because their decision making process goes, "this guy wants to be drafted. Good enough."
|9 weeks 6 days ago||I can simplify things for||
I can simplify things for you: Wiscy and PSU aren't rivalries, they're just games that are somewhat more interesting than Illinois.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Soccer has red cards which is||
Soccer has red cards which is basically fouling out.
Also, two technical fouls gets you ejected, so unless you get rid of that (I assume you are) then it's really just eight fouls and you foul out. But then, there's a reason two techs gets you kicked out, and it's because techs are usually handed out for acting like a dick.
I think there are much worse things in the NBA than families having to watch Blake Griffin for 25 minutes instead of 35 minutes. That's not really what I consider deprivation, even in a strictly basketball sense. I don't have a problem with fouling out. It adds an element of strategy.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Goaltending on GRIII. That||
Goaltending on GRIII. That ball is clearly on its way down.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||So I read Tom Long's||
So I read Tom Long's "criticism" of this movie in the Detroit News and it reminded me, as if I needed reminding, why everything he says should be ignored. According to him, the characters are boring. IT'S FUCKING GODZILLA I'M NOT WATCHING IT FOR DEEP AND INTROSPECTIVE CHARACTERS.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Honestly, Illinois is more||
Honestly, Illinois is more House Westerling (it doesn't exist in the show.) It's a very old house and they have very lofty opinions of themselves because of that, but "old" is just about all they have going for them.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Right there with you. What I||
Right there with you. What I hate most is the cradle where you can drive the lane by taking two dribbles, then tucking the ball underneath your arm as you take four steps before shooting. It's exactly the thing traveling is supposed to prevent and yet it's how Kobe got at least half his points.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||It's the defense that drives||
It's the defense that drives UVA's slow pace, not the offense, and the defense is also ridiculously good at getting back and preventing transition. If it's hard to score in 35 seconds on UVA's defense, it'll be harder in 30 seconds. This is a plus, not a minus.
|10 weeks 21 hours ago||I was thinking about that||
I was thinking about that list and possible errors in it and realized (for the umpteenth time) this is why the Hall of Fame needs to adopt Simmons's five-level pyramid idea. Baseball debates are a blast. Take a guy like Yastrzemski, who is plainly not one of the really elite hitters but plainly also a no-brainer Hall of Famer - everyone agrees on that, but now, what if we're debating as to whether he belongs on the second or third tier? The whole Hall is open for debate again. It'd be brilliant.
|10 weeks 21 hours ago||FWIW....I think changes are||
FWIW....I think changes are coming to the NCAA's rules that will let the ACC and B1G not have such stupid schedules. The B1G is in better shape because they'll be playing nine games and have no protected crossover, but it's still hard no matter how you shake it to have a decent schedule with two divisions of seven teams. The ACC has already made a public push for more flexibility in scheduling, i.e., get rid of the rule that requires divisions in order to host a CCG. The NCAA is expected in August to hand over the autonomy that the "power five" conferences want, and I do think part of that will be freeing up the scheduling rules. At which point we'll probably see more than one conference scrap its divisions.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||The only way there's a debate||
The only way there's a debate about Hank Aaron being top ten is if you define "best hitter" to mean "best in his prime." My opinion is that anyone saying Aaron isn't top ten is penalizing him for having his prime last so much longer than everyone else's. Aaron's best single-season numbers don't place him top ten, but a guy who hit .301-40-96 when he was 39, without needles being involved, belongs in the tip-top of the pantheon.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Not so. I actively||
Not so. I actively participate on the message board for UVA baseball, which is heavily populated with Nats and O's fans, but also Braves, Red Sox, Yankees, etc., and the very same conversation has been had in the past there too. It's not just Tigers fans who are in awe of Cabrera's accomplishments.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Plus, I mean, Ty Cobb had a||
Plus, I mean, Ty Cobb had a .945 OPS in the dead-ball era. Better than A-Rod, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron, without the benefit of being easily able to smack the ball over the fence.
Miggy is going to finish with numbers that make what I said above about personal preference ring very true. Miggy, Cobb, and Greenberg will be a top three in whatever order floats your boat. Personally, watching Miggy hit makes my jaw drop sometimes, but then, I also happen to love the story where Cobb disputed the idea that hitting a bunch of home runs made Babe Ruth the best and said, I could do that if I wanted, I just choose not to, and hit three dingers that day just to prove his point.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||WAR also includes adjustments||
WAR also includes adjustments for position, and first basemen don't fare too well in that calcuation. The only first basemen I see in the top 50 are Lou Gehrig and Albert Pujols.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||All three of them.||
All three of them.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||He could retire right this||
He could retire right this minute and be a Hall of Famer.
If he cruises on pace for another eight years or so, counting this one, he'll be very comfortably a member of both the 3,000-hit club and 600-HR club. At that point the greatest-hitter conversation just becomes as much a matter of personal preference as anything else.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Well, the last 6 months have||
Well, the last 6 months have technically been after a horrific football loss.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||Nothing like hiring three||
The only available coaches who've never been fired are ones who've never been hired. What are they supposed to do, make Jerry Sloan an offer he can't refuse?
|10 weeks 2 days ago||That poor exploited football||
That poor exploited football player.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||He was a little forward,||
He was a little forward, true... but in his defense, there's plenty of public information out there - episode title, trailers, comments from the writers (it was mentioned above that the show hasn't used the nickname Viper yet, but the writers already did) - it all points that direction and IME it's not really fair to expect people to account for people maybe not noticing all of it. As a book reader my knowledge is biased, but I have to think, even without that, that if I knew who the Mountain was and I knew who the Viper was and there was an episode called "The Mountain and the Viper", that would be a fairly dead giveaway as to what happens in that episode.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||It hasn't caught up, but it's||
It hasn't caught up, but it's pulled ahead a few bits of material here and there. For the most part it's approaching the conclusion of the third book, with two more books' worth of material to go yet.
Not sure what you mean by a good time to start. The sooner the better, I would argue - I suspect if I'd seen the show before the books instead of vice versa I might find the books a little slow to get to the point. (On the other hand, I've found they're worth a second read just for the sake of finding missed details or things that didn't seem important at first but really were trying to tell you something. So maybe the first read for you can really be like a second read. I dunno.)
|10 weeks 3 days ago||That's because the court||
It's pretty obviously a kangaroo court to begin with.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||One thing Mayhew is rarely||
One thing Mayhew is rarely accused of is reaching to fill a need, plus if you pick a guy in the 3rd that was projected to the 4th, it's definitely not the same as picking a guy in the 1st that was projected to the 2nd. We knew we needed a center, we got what I assume is a good one and he can learn the ropes for a year from Raiola. No complaints frome me. I cocked a very skeptical eyebrow yesterday but the Day 2 work is pretty much unimpeachable.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||+1 Informative.||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||In terms of how people felt||
In terms of how people felt when the pick was made, Suh was a wildly popular one. Undoubtedly the most-liked pick. Most OL picks were popular too (Reiff, Backus) - the exception being Cherilus, though it wasn't because of the position, it's because there were other more highly-rated tackles available.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Best I Can - Queensryche||
Best I Can - Queensryche
|10 weeks 5 days ago||If WCF is running this draft||
If WCF is running this draft it's from the same place Russ Thomas is.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||It's still been less than||
It's still been less than 25. Not much less, but still.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||I don't mind that. I'm of||
I don't mind that. I'm of the opinion that teams have had half a year to set up these draft boards and they ought to know who sits where on their board, especially in the top half of the first round. The ten minutes are for trades and gamesmanship.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Not for the price. Holy||
Not for the price. Holy crap, not for that price.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Why did the Browns move up||
Why did the Browns move up one slot to grab him? Logically, you do that only if you think the Vikings would take him....and logically, the Vikings would only do it if they figured the player the Browns wanted was not the player they wanted (which of course would make the trade superfluous.)
It makes sense only if the Vikings would've taken either Barr or Gilbert and didn't care which, but the Browns had incomplete info and thought the Vikings would've taken Gilbert. If Minny had a preference for either, they wouldn't move for fear Cleveland had the same preference.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||The man is a shining beacon||
The man is a shining beacon of hope for lying weasels everywhere. You too can have a job you're uniquely unqualified for if you just win some football games.
Aw hell, who am I kidding? Tressel is perfectly qualified. He can hand the academic workings over to some minion, just like he always did, while spending his time on the glad-handing circuit squeezing cash out of rich Bucknuts who never had any connection to YSU but would blow him and pay him for the privilege, if that's what he asked for.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||What I didn't say was that||
What I didn't say was that being in an unfashionable location keeps you from winning even if you have a quality organization. Incidentally, nearly every Pacer was drafted by the team or traded for. Even more so for OKC - almost that whole team was drafted by that organization.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||No, I lose. I can't argue||
No, I lose. I can't argue with "hurr durr," it's the kind of superior persuasive tactic that's clearly been working for you ever since second grade.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Finding out that you think||
Finding out that you think facts are dumb tells me a lot about how your mind works, or more correctly, fails to.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||No, why don't you tell me||
No, why don't you tell me what that's like? Is it cool, knowing stuff about football?
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I remember how that exact||
I remember how that exact philosophy played out 10 years ago.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Yes, "obviously untrue" is a||
Yes, "obviously untrue" is a synonym for "disagrees with me." Congratulations, you have an opinion, and you've done a beautiful job of confusing it with a fact.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||We didn't have Reggie Bush||
We didn't have Reggie Bush two years ago, Nate Burleson was hurt at the same time, and Golden Tate wasn't even included in the "four first-rounders" stat.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||In what world is having four||
In what world is having four first-round picks - and that's just at the skill positions - not enough firepower on offense?
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Everything you said, I agree||
Everything you said, I agree with, except that in basketball, I think there's certainly something to the idea that a lot of free agents prefer to be in more glamorous locations. Hockey and baseball players are a different breed; hockey players in particular aren't nearly as interested in the club scene. A lot of basketball players are interested in building a personal brand. They want to sell shoes, clothes, start a rap label, whatever. And if you want to do that you're better off in Brooklyn or Miami or LA or as close as you can get.
I appreciate that there certainly are NBAers who want different things - more stable family life, good organization, etc. On the other hand, Chris Paul wanted to go to LA so bad he forced a trade to the Clippers when he couldn't go to the Lakers. There is no way a franchise like the Clippers would've become a title contender if they were in the Midwest. They would've just bumbled along playing crappy basketball for decades.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||#BringBackAlanis||
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Alright, time to go on||
Alright, time to go on record: I think the Lions take Aaron Donald. They're looking at a very real possibility of having to replace both Suh and Fairley next year and I think they will look at cornerback and safety as positions that don't have that much bottom-out potential. Mayhew has a history of not really agreeing with the pundits about the team's bigger needs, which is why he's done things like draft Fairley and Ansah and sign Bush. Barring a trade, I say Donald in the 1st and a WR in the 2nd.
|11 weeks 20 min ago||Because it's like rain on||
Because it's like rain on your wedding day.
|11 weeks 1 hour ago||I confused him with Matt||
I confused him with Matt McGloin. The similarities are so eerie, you can see how anyone would've made that mistake.
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||Not to tell you what your||
Not to tell you what your tastes and preferences should be. But if that tiny little nuanced difference is all it takes to flip your switch, is it fair to be giving people the double-barreled shotgun blast you've been serving up? People don't want to have to go through life tiptoeing around a single letter for fear of crossing the line between "ok" and "IGNORANT-ASS RACIST" especially when nobody really knows what exactly is the line for the individual person they're talking to.
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||The Raiders traded for Matt||
The Raiders traded for Matt Schaub and they have Pryor as their developmental flyer.... I don't see them using a first round pick on a quarterback.
I agree that Clowney doesn't rate the #1 pick. People got all hyped up about the V. Smith hit, forgetting the part where 98% of unblocked D-linemen would've made the same hit.
|11 weeks 3 hours ago||Also, speaking as a white||
Also, speaking as a white guy, I sure as shit ain't from the Caucasus. How I somehow became "Caucasian", I have no idea.
|11 weeks 5 hours ago||I gotta say, not only are the||
I gotta say, not only are the Tigers heating up, but Rod Allen's in midseason form too. We got an "I see you" last night, we got some of his little predictions that always seem to turn out right, and I love the tone he uses sometimes - Victor's home run elicited a "that was an 0-2 pitch" in chuckling disbelief. Mario's a very solid announcer but I honestly think Rod's a delight to listen to.
|11 weeks 22 hours ago||I'm saying that sometimes||
The only problem there is that today's old fuddy-duddies with their closed-minded views are yesterday's progressives. "Separate but equal" was once considered a progessive enough viewpoint, as it was an improvement over those old unequal standards. Now it's reprehensible. Likewise, I don't doubt that when the millennial generation disappears, the replacements will be glad to see their intolerance disappear with them; the only difference is we just don't yet know what that generation will consider intolerant.
|11 weeks 22 hours ago||Some exceptions, but mostly||
Some exceptions, but mostly just a list of flagship institutions. The interesting part is where the "most desirable" is neither the state flagship nor simply the biggest school.
|11 weeks 22 hours ago||"Gretzky had it, lost it,||
"Gretzky had it, lost it, Yzerman picks it up, Yzerman moving, blueline chance...."