I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|2 weeks 3 hours ago||This assumes||
That it is desirable, or even acceptable, to turn college football into a profit maximizing enterprise.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||The actual meaning of the term||
is a very useful concept. People really do beg the question all the time, and it's nice to have a pithy phrase to describe the fallacy. If people would just start saying "raises the question" when they mean "raises the question," everyone's life would be better.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not talking||
About whether Michigan can get top 20 players (they beat everyone, including UK and Duke, for McGary). I'm talking about whether they were ever going to get Kevin Looney. Analogy time:
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Chatman's family||
Has said that Michigan was the first school recruiting him, and was recruiting him hard from the start. You can fault Beilein for Bates-Diop and Booker, but suggesting he missed on Looney is like saying he missed on Karl Towns. Neither was ever a remotely realistic option outside of the perpetually optimistic sector of the Michigan internets.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Chatman||
Was absolutely not a plan B. he just hadn't visited. Beilein has a firm, no-exceptions policy that he won't offer players until they visit campus. We were on Chatman longer than anyone, and his rankings are indistinguishable from Booker and Blackmon.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I agree it's not a disappointment||
But if they don't pull Bolden or a late-rising top 50-ish guy, it's hard to call it an unqualified success either.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||First Rule of the Internet||
Anyone complaining about "free speech" or the First Amendment has no idea what the First Amendment says (hint: the First Amendment requires government action).
I second the comment above that this place has turned into MLive. I miss Haloscan.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Serious question||
Assuming (1) women aren't being coerced; (2) everyone is of legal age; and (3) the women aren't being paid, why does it cross a line? Obviously it's different if any of those assumptions are false, but I haven't heard anything yet about Oklahoma State suggesting they are false.
I don't see why we should care if 18+ year old kids are having consensual sex. A lot of the discussion (not referring to your comment) sounds like slut-shaming.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||Worth Noting||
That ESPN is a pretty serious outlier on Cornell. 247 has him at 18, and Scout has him at 47. The Michigan Rivals guys have said they don't think he's anywhere near the #1 player in the class either. He's clearly a major talent, but doesn't sound like there's any reason to think he ends up #1.
|17 weeks 3 days ago||Don't think it's accurate||
to say Michigan is the prohibative favorite. Premium guys have been warning about UCLA for weeks now. No idea whether the rumor is true or not, but it wouldn't be a shock at all if it is.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Good||
Death to the LOI.
|19 weeks 5 days ago||Sounds like NSFMF on Fournette visiting*||
|21 weeks 1 day ago||The real test is going to be sponsorship||
Man City got a 400 million pound sponsorship from Etihad Airways, a company associated with City's owner. Under FFP, those types of related-party deals aren't supposed to count toward profits, but no one knows whether UEFA will actually refuse to credit the deal or not.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Meh||
it's not at all clear Chelsea will be in compliance with FFP. They made a small profit last year, but that was largely due to accounting stuff, and was also the result of huge purchases not hitting the books during that window (Hazard, Oscar). They lost like 67 million the year before.
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Here's as detailed a primer||
as you could ever want:
Bayern will never be affected by this. They're the most consistently profitable soccer team in the world. It's teams like PSG and Man City that are theoretically in trouble.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||No disagreement with any of that||
I have no idea whether this is coming from Dumars, from ownership, or from both.
But wherever it's coming from, it reflects a lack of commitment to a strategy. The Pistons have been surprisingly successful the last few years in the draft, and have actually built a young core of legit talent, that, in a few years, might be really good. Especially if they can add a couple more pieces through the draft. Signing Josh Smith now is the classic bad management two-step of (1) committing to rebuilding, then (2) deciding that losing sucks, and making a panic move to get back to the gray area between rebuilding and competing. There are very, very few instances where that has worked in either the short term or the long term.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Oh I'm absolutely advocating||
for them to tank. The fact that their pick is only top 8 protected makes this decision far worse in my mind, not better.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||The worst decisions||
are generally those made by GMs fighting to save their jobs. "We need to make the playoffs this year" is not a good reason to sign a guy. It's the definition of short-sighted decision-making.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||They have a better chance of getting there||
down the road if they keep drafting awesome young talent. This signing makes it less likely that they will do so.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Since they won't actually be "good"||
being better is a net negative. All it does is get them a worse draft pick in a loaded draft. There is no benefit in the NBA to being mediocre.
|22 weeks 3 days ago||Bah||
So many GMs are terrible at rebuilding. If you're going to rebuild, commit to rebuilding. Signing a guy who will maybe help you steal an 8th seed or get a terrible lottery pick is just a waste of money. Just accept that you'll need to suck for a while before you can be good again.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||The point is that||
they don't have to sign a NLI to get a scholarship.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||That Brian Phillips CL Preview||
is beyond amazing. Everyone should read.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||Really?||
John Beilein has it for basketball.
|29 weeks 1 day ago||All of the QBs you mention||
have one thing in common: they're not pro-style QBs. The Elite 11 is probably a pretty terrible judge of dual-threat QBs, but Speight's a pure pro-style guy, and there's no particular reason to think Dilfer's evaluation is way off, especially when it's backed up by most of the rankings. Honestly, a lot of the complaints about Dilfer seem to boil down to nothing more than the fact that he didn't love a guy committed to Michigan (even though he didn't overly bash him either).
|35 weeks 2 days ago||It was a block||
but gets called a charge more than half the time.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||The "benefit of the doubt" point||
is where we disagree. I have too much faith in the power of variance to think that two hires says much about anything. You're ascribing the success of the hires to VCU's institutional advantages or Teague's process. I think an equally valid explanation is "random luck."
I hope the hire works out for Minnesota, since I like their program and their fans. But from here, it looks like a super-risky move.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||Even if you're not throwing darts||
the level of uncertainty in hiring a young, generally unproven guy is much higher than in hiring someone with a track record. Maybe he's got unique insights, maybe he doesn't. But two hires isn't a basis to draw a real conclusion.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||The list of young coaches||
with no real track record who became as good as Shaka Smart is much shorter than the list of young coaches with no real track record who did not.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||I'm sorry||
but "two" is not a sample size that is worth betting on. It's just not.