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|1 week 14 hours ago||Brian||
used to write about the Pistons on this site pretty regularly during the Haloscan days. This long predates Trey Burke.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Basketball||
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Stokes is a very, very good college player||
He might be too much of a tweener to be an NBA guy, but he'll be a handful for Robinson (assuming they put Morgan on Maymon).
|3 weeks 4 days ago||They Beat Virginia||
by 35 in Knoxville, and scored 87 points. Would guess that's doing a lot of the work.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Lagavulin||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Beat Them in 2009||
Came back from 20 points down in the second half. Laval Lucas-Perry hit a late three that hit the front of the rim and somehow bounced up and in. If they don't win that game (against a very, very bad IU team), they probably don't make the tournament that year, and who knows where the program is right now.
|12 weeks 10 hours ago||The argument||
is that teams generally don't take contested 3 pointers. If you have a hand in someone's face, he's not going to end up taking a 3. Thus, 3 point field goal percentage is mostly measuring how well teams shoot in situations where they had a good enough look to actually pull the trigger, and most of the variance in that is random chance.
|17 weeks 13 hours ago||Doesn't matter if it took .3 or not||
Here's the rule:
|17 weeks 13 hours ago||It DOES have to be a tip in||
if there's .3 left, you are not allowed to catch the ball. Even if you catch it and get it off in time.
|20 weeks 1 day ago||This assumes||
That it is desirable, or even acceptable, to turn college football into a profit maximizing enterprise.
|22 weeks 2 days 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.
|24 weeks 6 hours 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:
|24 weeks 7 hours 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.
|24 weeks 8 hours 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.
|24 weeks 10 hours 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.
|29 weeks 1 day 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.
|30 weeks 5 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.
|32 weeks 6 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.
|35 weeks 5 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.
|37 weeks 1 day ago||Good||
Death to the LOI.
|37 weeks 6 days ago||Sounds like NSFMF on Fournette visiting*||
|39 weeks 2 days 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.
|39 weeks 2 days 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.
|39 weeks 2 days 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.
|40 weeks 4 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.
|40 weeks 4 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.
|40 weeks 4 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.
|40 weeks 4 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.
|40 weeks 4 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.
|40 weeks 4 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.