|51 weeks 3 days ago||What's the feeling there about Bakich?||
As an alumnus of Vanderbilt (undergrad) and Michigan (master's) I was really happy for Erik to get the job there. What's the perception of the job he's done so far there? (I'm guessing fairly positive, but I haven't really been following U-M baseball closely.)
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Here||
Post #3 seems to be the most accurate, except for spelling.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||If it makes you happier, it's not one double elimination tourn||
The double elimination tournament is over. Michigan won. Maryland also won their double elimination tournament.
The SEC went even crazier this year: First day single elim, then double elim, then semifinals and finals are single elim. In practice fewer games is preferable to tiring the staffs out and not having any TV coverage of the deciding second game.
It's horribly crude--full double elim is still haphazard, heck, the MLB playoffs are haphazard--but no more arbitrary than the NCAA tournament. You might breeze through your regional but then it's a clean slate; you might then get knocked out 2-1 in the SR by a team that also lost in their regional.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Great to see!||
One game from the automatic NCAA bid. I'm a fan of Erik Bakich as well as U-M so I'm hoping he gets the job done and gets us in position for at large berths in future years.
|1 year 44 weeks ago||Congrats to softball. Today can we get some baseball coverage?||
I'm a little biased toward baseball because of Bakich's Vanderbilt connection (he was an assistant under Corbin), but U-M is just two games from making it to the NCAA tournament.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Careful with the Stanford ass-kicking machine||
My other alma mater, Vanderbilt, thought they'd hired the creator of the ass-kicking machine, or at least the guy who built a defense kept shutting down Oregon. It hasn't gone well so far. Fortunately, Tolbert hasn't been part of David Shaw's staff, since it seems Shaw is not good at mentoring assistants.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Fair enough, and I must add one word of advice:||
Never count out Touchdown Tom.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||College sports = really bad place to look for karmic justice||
No evil deed goes unrewarded.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Pelini over Mullen?!?||
Seems crazy. I'm surprised at the number of Michigan fans who apparently don't factor in the difficulty of recruiting at Mississippi State. State's gone 6-2, 3-5, and 4-4 in the SECW, which matches up against 5-3, 5-3, and 7-1 in the B1G, but State has done it with a worse recruiting base because Mississippi gets eviscerated by all the neighboring SEC schools.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Worst coach in the SEC West from March to New Year's||
is Les Miles. Give everyone in the division exactly the same talent level and Les's lack of clock management and taste for weird negative-expectation gambles probably sinks him.
But wait! He won a national championship! And went to another NCG (against a Bama team LSU had already beaten)!
That does count for quite a bit, but recall too that 2007 was the flukiest confluence of events to get LSU into the championship game. More to the point, LSU is often very good because they recruit extremely well. Most good recruiters would do well in Louisiana, but Miles has done extremely well. That is part of the coaching package, and you have to give Miles credit for it. It more than makes up for his game-day coaching.
His program develops this talent well too, but so does everyone in the SEC West, so that's at best a wash.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||NFL||
I noticed a little bit of a self-censoring halt in the answer about the swim lane charts, about how some coaches are preparing for bowls now, or... oh, other things. (Like the rest of the NFL season?)
|2 years 16 weeks ago||It doesn't hold up to close scrutiny||
For example, my alma mater (Vanderbilt) somehow managed to defy physics by swinging way to one side around 1940 and rarely crossing the halfway mark since then. ;-) So I consoled myself with the thought that inspirational rhetoric is what's needed now, not deep analysis of trends in college football.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||OONTS/TZ||
It's nice how the TS/TZ simulates a little hi-hat.
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Bacon's book?||
I thought I read somewhere (like an old post here) that Bacon's book strongly implied it was determined before the Gator Bowl that RR would not be back. I suppose he might have lost the team between the end of season and the bowl in a way that was obvious to the powers that be without needing a result, but that seems unlikely.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Give me a break||
The Vanderbilt administration gave him a lot of heat for recruiting the kids that led to this incident--supposedly the Chancellor used to meet with him until this happened, then gave him the cold shoulder, strengthening his resolve to leave (which, to be clear, would have happened anyway).
I grant that the rest of the SEC is by and large an ethical cesspool but let's be careful with the broad brush.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||As perhaps the only Vanderbilt fan here....||
I really miss his competent coaching and appreciate what he did for us--good heavens, I can't tell you how much I miss his competent coaching--but I don't at all miss wondering when his lack of integrity would lead to something like this. He wants to always be the center of attention, which is understandable for a major CFB HC, but now he's got what he wished for.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Kelly HC at New Hampshire? What am I missing?||
I see no evidence to support this assertion, but maybe I'm looking in the wrong places.
Wikipedia lists him as OC at UNH until and including 2006, his last season before UO. This source checks out: On Aug. 15, 2006, UNH described him as "Chip Kelly, the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at the Univeristy [sic] of New Hampshire...."
This SBNation piece strongly implies that Sean McDonnell has been the UNH HC from 1999 to the present.
Am I missing something?
|2 years 24 weeks ago||On the hot seat with fans....||
On the hot seat because Miss State fans like most fans generally have an inflated view of their place in the CFB universe. I'm just curious, was there any indications he was really on the hot seat with the MSU administration?
As an SEC fan, I've always thought he did a stellar job.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Here ya go||
Yes, just line in Wolken's article, but stated pretty flatly. And Wolken is pretty reliable.
Oops, missed that the article was linked above but here it is again: College football gold mine.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Coach in waiting?||
But Chip Kelly was a I-AA coordinator before Oregon, right?
However, you make me wonder if Stitt could be lured with a handshake deal that he bides his time for a little bit and then is first up for the promotion if everything goes well.
I don't think it's really realistic because then you have to hire a HC who's close to retirement. But if Les Miles got enough flak in Baton Rouge this year and wanted to save the alma mater before hanging it up.... no, now I'm just being silly....
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Are 2PC really 50/50?||
That greatly changes this discussion. I thought they were more like 41/59 on average.
Of course, for Oregon or Auburn they might well be 50/50, and for Michigan or Vanderbilt they might be 30/70.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Don't worry||
He's not. As always, unsubstantiated. In the SEC they're pretty good about not leaving an audit trail.
Great coach though.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Ability and ethics||
Mullen is a fantastic coach. Miss State fans, like Ole Miss, So Carolina, Vanderbilt, Arkansas, indeed, like most fans, all think their school occupies a higher place in the pecking order than it does. Starkville is just a dystopian college town in the middle of the cow pastures, very hard to recruit to, and they split a low-population state with the more popular Ole Miss who actually plays in a town you might want to spend an afternoon in (and is closer to Memphis).
Around the SEC there are strong hints that Miss State cheats (as does most of the SEC), all unsubstantiated, so... make of that what you will.
My first allegiance is to an SEC school so I feel like I have a foot in both camps here.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Lot more legitimate things||
Agreed 100% on that last point. And good post in general. I'm just interested in understanding the game better, not adding to Hoke's bill of particulars, which is plenty long without game theory's help.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Game theory||
Glad to have something to take my mind off the Hoke/Brandon mess.
I agree that down 23 very late in the game, you should go for two early. However, I disagree with, "always do everything as quickly as possible." The down-23 logic only holds because it's very very unlikely that you can win if the opponent scores anything else after you're down 16. If your team somehow got down 23-0 in the first quarter, you would want to take the +EV option (in points), which for most teams is to kick it.
I guess something like late in the 3rd quarter down 23 with a decent offense (but still well below 50% to make a 2PC) could be a borderline case--it depends on if you think there's a reasonable chance you can give up more points and still win.
Somebody check my reasoning here, please.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||HIPAA||
Although I skipped pages 3, 4, and 5, one question I didn't see answered is whether the University can say anything about Morris's concussion status under HIPAA. I'm not suggesting they want to be transparent; I'm saying, even if they did, their hands might be tied.
"we're confident proper medical decisions were made" -- sounds like HIPAA vagueness.
But they do mention the leg injury, so perhaps that's in a different category or perhaps I'm barking up the wrong tree. Does anyone know?
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Interesting, yet...||
Even if it turns out he wasn't concussed, though, letting him go back in the game without a concussion test seems criminal.
Hell, even if Dr. Hoke somehow knew he wasn't concussed by sight, letting a guy with a leg injury so bad that the announcers think he's dazed go back in the game is irresponsible, isn't it?
|2 years 26 weeks ago||But the point is the enabling culture||
Of course they're very different offenses. I think I was pretty clear about that, but maybe the scarred emotionally/physically comparison was over the top. But the culture that allows them could easily develop along similar lines. Is that too nuanced a distinction?
I don't think that Hoke wants to do harm, and I want to better understand the mentality that allows him to act like he did yesterday. Comparisons to other out-of-control cultures don't imply that the misdeeds were comparable, just that we can learn from their enablement and avoid our own (despite the differing root cause).
EDIT: I think this distinction is too nuanced. I'd probably delete my OP if I could even though I think we can learn something from looking at dysfunctional cultures. It's just too emotionally charged, and understandably so, to try to draw a lesson about org. culture without sounding like I'm comparing the deeds.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||No authority to override the HC for player safety?||
Then the culture of U-M football is screwed up, more than just winning and losing, and must be rooted out and rebuilt from scratch.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||"...no idea what was going on.": Our Penn State moment||
I'm headed for a probable firestorm, but I'll say it: I see parallels between where U-M stands today and where Penn State stood when the Sandusky stuff broke.
First, the obvious: They're very different issues, of course. PSU scarred kids emotionally for life. U-M, if this goes unchecked, risks scarring older kids physically for life.
Yet, here's why I can't escape the parallel: Paterno was the proud epitome of old-school values. I sincerely doubt that he ever intended to cover up child rape; he just, in a very intergenerational way, didn't understand why it required his immediate action. I am not saying that past generations would have been OK with those crimes, just that with each generation we have a better idea of the gravity of the situation and the need for immediate action. I don't think Paterno ever quite got that.
Hoke clearly is stubbornly old-school. He clearly pines for a day when people just played through injury. See his quotes about Gardner limping after OSU.
So I don't think he actually wanted to put a concussed S/A in the game, and I don't think he was cognitive unaware of the fact that Morris was stumbling around. I think he quite simply processed it as that Shane had "had his bell rung" (what a disturbing old euphemism) and just needed to play through it.
That doesn't quite explain putting him back in, but it's of a piece: If getting your bell rung requires stepping to the sidelines to get your bearings back, then a few plays later it should all be OK. I mean, that's the kind of toughness you want in your players, right?
I will be embarrassed for the University if they fall into the same sort of yes-manship that defined the culture at Penn State.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||"Brady Hoke killed a guy"||
I'm sure Brian or whoever set up that tag in 2011 had no inkling whatsoever that it would become so close to reality. I wouldn't care if he had the track record of Bear Bryant at this juncture. Letting him coach versus Rutgers is inconscionable.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||You're not alone in thinking RR got a raw deal||
But because 2010 was my first year caring about Michigan football (because I started school there), and because everyone was so adamant that RR was incompetent and that M could do so much better, and because there was this seemingly inevitable choice at San Diego State--why, he was even a Michigan Man!--I just kept my mouth shut and presumed those who knew more than me were right.
Then, 11-2. So clearly they knew more than me.
But I still wouldn't (and won't) be surprised if Arizona ends up in really good shape.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Totally premature interest in the next coach... is still valid||
I suspect many of us would actually prefer to see a UFR of games coached by some of the top coaches who viably might take the Michigan job. (And not just dream candidates like Harbaugh; midmajor stars, too).
I mean, yeah, it's unseemly for the media to assume the incumbent's out the door after four games but we all know that's where this is headed. In some ways tracking would have as much relevance to the future of this program.
|2 years 28 weeks ago||Scurvy incidence on MGoBlog is down 23%, though.||
|2 years 28 weeks ago||OSU / Addams||
The OSU band video wasn't bad, but to really impress me they need to have Thing snapping around 2:45. (Bonus points if they managed to work Cousin Itt in there.) Ah well, better luck next time, guys.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||I'm going to be really unhappy if it was Infractions Appeals....||
and David Williams of Vanderbilt voted to uphold the penalty, but I guess we'll never know for sure.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||About the marching band full of assholes....||
It's a great line, but regarding the NCAA, my understanding is there's no there there, no decision-making staff. What I mean is, NCAA staff is just sort of minimal investigative staff along with I guess other marketing (top notch!) and what-not. But the decision making is in the committees, and the committees are made up of people from member schools.
Alas, the Wetzel story tells us only that McGary "appealed the decision to the NCAA in early April." Unless the appeal was heard by the custodial staff or by the genius who came up with that marching band commercial, I have to think it was heard by some committee. Anyone know which one?
I also did not know that Lloyd Carr serves on the Committee on Infractions.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Not an item I'd highlight in my portfolio||
Although I'm sure even with those black-and-blue lookalike courts the craftsmanship of the wood is excellent and it's just the stupid Indianapolis bureaucrats or college administrators to blame for those monstrosities.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||With the joyless||
With the joyless standard-issue black-and-blue NCAA courts throughout the rest of the tournament, the FF is the only time the court doesn't disgust me now. Seriously, why does every site need to look exactly the same?
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Wichita State||
Beat the team that beat OSU, among other reasons to pull for them up to the final.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||But not these championship muppets|
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Best part of winning by 20||
Bringing in the subs. It was crazy.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||Conversely, I felt very much||
Conversely, I felt very much part of the community when pursuing a master's at U-M. Something about autumn Saturdays in Ann Arbor does that. (I'll still pull hard for Vanderbilt the next time the two schools play, though. That really should have been the Gator Bowl matchup this past season.)
Now I'm in a doctoral program at another school that's been to a fair number of Rose Bowls, and I go to some of the games, but it's just not the same. No one in my cohort, even those who care about sports, goes to games.
|3 years 51 weeks ago||I dunno, that sounds pretty crazy||
On the Dial Global national radio postgame, they asked Beilein something about what he'd to do celebrate or have fun in Atlanta. He responded something totally generic, like, "I don't really know what to do to celebrate," but his tone expressed so much bafflement about cutting loose and having a good time that it conjured up images of the Beilein house with the grandkids when someone brings over subs.
|4 years 6 days ago||Elite 8, I suppose||
Closer to the same number of contestants -- although it's really not comparable, because
|4 years 6 days ago||Havoc has indeed been wreaked||
|4 years 14 weeks ago||Which game did Alabama do this?||
I don't recall them, as the home team in a bowl, electing to wear white shirts with crimson sleeves and crimson-outlined white (or silver, or black, or anything but crimson) numerals.
I assume you're talking about the Pro Combat uniforms worn in a 2010 game against Mississippi State (and maybe sometime after that):
But Nick Saban has nixed the idea of anything more radical , proving that he doesn't like to land recruits and secretly hopes for his athletic department to wither away from lack of funds.
Kausler, D., Jr. (2011, September 14). Uniform changes at Alabama? Nick Saban makes his feelings perfectly clear. AL.com. I'd share the link but the spam filter said no.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||What game was that worn in?||
I'm actually from the state of Alabama and I don't recall ever hearing about Bama wearing that in a game. I could easily have been unaware though.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||See above -- these sort of ARE the home jerseys||
I'm unclear on whether U-M technically declined to be the home team or just elected to wear white as the home team, but either way, when you decline to wear the best uniforms in the sport to wear this, it effectively IS your choice of home uniform.
|4 years 14 weeks ago||But won't this be the home uniform for this game?||
As I understand from this thread, Michigan is the designated home team and elected to wear white, much like LSU, Georgia Tech, or the Dallas Cowboys. So for a game, at least, this is Michigan's choice for a home uniform.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Yeah, i wasn't trying to be||
Yeah, i wasn't trying to be opaque, it's Vanderbilt. Good grief, man, Tennessee? Couldn't you just guess Arkansas or Miss State?
Saturday was a sweet sweet day.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Exactly. The plausibility of||
Exactly. The plausibility of it really is funny. (Especially to me as an SEC fan at a B1G institution... i shall now run for cover from the flying MGoBrickbats....)
|5 years 17 weeks ago||The line that sort of gives it away....||
You could be right, but my intiution is pretty strong that it's a hoax for a couple of reasons:
1. Giving away tickets to something people paid money for is terrible business, because next year in a vacuum no one will buy tickets. (Next year Michigan will be a favorite to win the West so CG tickets will be in higher demand, but never mind that detail. In general it's bad to make people think tickets will be available for free.)
For $75 pp a better strategy is to find local charities that would like something for kids to do, give them tickets, and buy them popcorn and a piece of Spartan or Badger gear. Or just give them to corporate donors. To be fair, they probably already give them to corporate donors, which doesn't create the most engaged fans.
And a CL ad isn't exactly secret. What gives it away is....
2. The line, "Must have red or dark green casual clothing to wear," just sounds like a subtle dig at the participating teams. Of course you'd want to dress your extras as fans and of course it could just be an early holiday party with a huge crowd, but.... it's pretty obvious what event they're referring to, and it's only supposed to be obvious if it's satire.
I'd like it better (and be surer of myself) if they'd said, "Must tolerate moderate ambient noise and relatively small crowds."
|5 years 17 weeks ago||It says that virtually no one cares about conf chamipionships||
...any more. I thought the same thing about the argument that Alabama's in a better position than LSU because they don't have to endure the risk of competing for a conference championship, losing, and dropping in the polls. Apparently the SEC championship itself doesn't mean much to anyone.
Since that's the case, let's blow up the whole system and go to a playoff. If only college presidents were rational people....
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Only one way to know for sure....||
Send 'em an email. I'm curious what'll happen. (But i don't expect you to really get offered $75 to go to a game.)
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Paging PT Barnum?||
I find it amusing that some people seem disposed to belive the Craig's List posting is an advertisement for extras rather than a witty commentary on the lack of demand for the B1G CG. (No, i'm not including Brian in this. I presume he knows better.) Then again, maybe i'm the sucker and people pretending to believe the B1G would pay $75 for fake fans managed to fool me.
|5 years 17 weeks ago||Blessed to be part of this 2-year slice of Michigan football||
I came here 3 semesters ago to start a master's program. My first game ever here was the opener vs. Connecticut with all the renovation fanfare. I'll graduate in a month, so this will be my last game here as a student.
Aside from just being fortunate to attend the University of Michigan, i feel oddly blessed to have been here at such a tumultuous yet exciting time in Michigan (and Big Ten!) football history. It feels like these 2 years have seen a decade or more worth of change: the excitement of the renovation; the first night game; U-M, OSU, and PSU all change coaches; NU joins the league and the B1G CG is born (and that weird tempest in a teapot about moving the OSU game to earlier in the season); on and on it goes.
I'll always cherish the memory of that on-field party today. It took a good half hour to get down there, but i got to walk across the Block M on the 50 yard line and the best-looking end zones in all of college football. Thanks for letting me be a part of this.
Go 'Dores! Go Blue!
|6 years 24 weeks ago||Miles? Seriously?||
I know there was a lot of animosity back when he turned Michigan down, but I truly can't tell if your irony is just beyond my understanding as a U-M n00b or if someone you came into contact with really has a screw loose.
Les Miles? The guy LSU fans want to run off even though every week he pulls some ridiculously improbable win out of his posterior?
|6 years 27 weeks ago||Glad it's not just my SEC||
Glad it's not just my SEC homerism. SC-Bama looks like a great choice, especially if Lattimore continues to play like that.
|6 years 27 weeks ago||How to contact?||
Good advice. Is there a way to send direct messages on here that I'm just overlooking? Or is it considered polite to just go stalk someone's blog and post a moderately-OT comment?
|6 years 27 weeks ago||Ha||
Ha, well, the hammer/nail quote is a good snapshot of where my knowledge is. At least I hope I'm open-minded about learning better ways to do things.
IIRC Steele's methodology is something like:
The results he comes up with are pretty convincing, IMHO. (I also tend to take his opinions pretty seriously because does so well in the Stassen predictions tracking.)
But I know that eyeballing it to call it convincing can be deceiving, whereas conventional statistical methods are a little more objective. I just don't know enough about those methods.
|6 years 28 weeks ago||Injuries and scholarships||
I'm under the impression that injured players who won't play in a season can easily be moved onto a non-athletic scholarship, and that schools usually do this as a courtesy for their injured players. Is that not the case? Or does it have something to do with his injury being non-football-related?
|6 years 28 weeks ago||Too few Southern schools.||
Like, six too few. :)
Seriously, Harvard, Yale, and RISD seem really out of place, but apparently they wanted to meet some quota for the Northeast. Harvard's in a really cool city but the campus is uninteresting. (The Statue of the Three Lies or whatever it's called is about all I remember, and I lived there several years.) Harvard Square is great, though, although I've heard it's been "cleaned up" so it's probably ruined now.
RISD's a neat school, not an interesting campus. Yale? I like the buildings, but I like the same buildings more at Duke.
But yeah, I've liked Ann Arbor the 3.5 weeks I've been here. Seems to have a nice town/gown situation with the location of Central Campus. The buildings are kind of a weird pastiche; why is everything from the Law School south gothic?
|6 years 29 weeks ago||First game||
First time I've ever been to a game here. I feel the same way.
OK not exactly the same way, because I haven't been part of this all my life. But absolutely infatuated with your program right now, and laying the groundwork for true love.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||Amazing experience||
Just... wow. Hopefully I'll write a very-low-content diary about it. :)
|6 years 29 weeks ago||But how much market is there for televised *real* analysis?||
Versus human interest stories and all that. It's gotten to be like the Olympics. I would assume that consumers of deep football analysis would seek it in niche media, i.e. on sites like this, more than on a mass-market TV show.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||Come to think of it, the||
Come to think of it, the reason I called the brass one a block "M" was because that was the way it was described to me on an informal campus tour last spring. So perhaps I'm inferring a correspondence where none was originally intended.
I've always loved Michigan's "M" (the ubiquitous, non-split one), and especially how it naturally anchors such elegantly classic field markings -- neither pretentiously plain like ND's nor gaudy like Tennessee's. Maybe I should have applied to the School of Art and Design instead given the amount of time I spend thinking about this stuff.
Can't wait to experience my first game later today.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||It's good to step back||
I really enjoy posts like this, about the reason why any of this matters to any of us. I'm glad that attending U-M is giving me a reason to come over here regularly, even though I actually care very little about the game-to-game minutiae of Michigan's team.
Does college sports matter too much? Is the fact that it matters to so many people, people who don't necessarily share the stated mission of intercollegiate athletics, ultimately college sports' undoing? That's something I think about a lot.
|6 years 29 weeks ago||Did the MAC ever abandon their experiment with that setup?||
I know they were doing that a few years ago, with cross-divisional games only counting as tiebreakers. Do they still?
I tried Googling for the answer but ended up on some thread on Spartan Tailgate blaming Dave Brandon for that idea. Really? Did I miss that?
|6 years 29 weeks ago||East and West||
I was actually going to make the same suggestion, including the "champions of the West" reference, so count this as +1 vote for East and West. They'll probably do something that makes way less sense, like the ACC with Florida State in the "Atlantic" and Va Tech in the "Coastal".
|6 years 30 weeks ago||As for counting only divisional games||
The only instance I've ever heard of such a thing is the MAC. Do they still do that? I find it hard to believe the Big Ten would follow suit.
It actually would be fairer, but it would also leave four near-meaningless conference games. I think I heard the MAC used non-div games as tiebreakers, but it's hard to get people excited about a "conference game" that's only a fraction of a tiebreaker.
|6 years 30 weeks ago||To a total outsider this seems crazy||
I'm just an SEC guy about to attend your fine school, but to me this whole idea of moving the game sounds like lunacy.
College sports uses tradition as a façade for big business. Chipping away at the façade to make a few bucks seems not to have any negative consequences, but it's starting to get out of hand.
|6 years 31 weeks ago||Can someone explain that lumping maneuver again, reeeeeeal slow?||
I sort of skimmed and thought I understood what was going on until this part:
and then the chart and the whole "Schizophrenic statistics" section.
I need to read up on R2 but that's fine. (I think I vaguely understand it's generally a measure of how much variation is explained by your model, yes? Been way too long since I took undergrad stats.) It's this lumping stuff for which I can't seem to find a good background reference.
Unfortunately, to me this is the most interesting part. Sustainability of turnover margins from year to year is a topic that seems to drive a lot of heated discussions with fans convinced that their team's prowess in causing/not giving up TOs is being unfairly overlooked.
|6 years 41 weeks ago||It's too bad the SEC didn't think of the "Scholarship Division"||
With a name like that they could have gotten ESPN in a bidding war with the Comedy Channel.
|6 years 41 weeks ago||This approach makes a lot of sense IMO||
My only questions would be about competitive balance -- both with OSU and PSU in the same pod and with Michigan and Illinois playing both teams as permanent opponents. But I like the general approach.
|6 years 41 weeks ago||Don't recall it being a problem in the SEC||
Despite internecine hatred and petty whining second to no conference, I don't recall schedule imbalance because of fixed rivalries ever being cited as an issue in the SEC. Maybe it's because two of the rivalries in particular, Auburn-Georgia and Alabama-Tennessee, are revered as more important than competitive balance. Maybe it's because the other two rotating games provide so much schedule variance that it doesn't matter. Maybe it's because of fairly stable conference standings: LSU and Florida are always pretty good; State, Kentucky, Ole Miss [usually], and Vanderbilt are almost always pretty bad. No one complains when the rivalries are fairly evenly matched.
|6 years 41 weeks ago||SEC hoops divisions||
The SEC setup was particularly bad this year, where the top four teams were all in the same division so inferior W-1 and W-2 teams got byes over E-3 and E-4.
The men's hoops scheduling is pretty sensible though. That's how the Big 12 did it: home and home against opponents from your "division", only one game against teams from the other "division", but no official impact of the divisions on conf. tournament seeding.