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|2 days 3 hours ago||Just don't trademark John L||
Just don't trademark John L Smith, as that name tends to lose a lot of money.
|1 week 5 days ago||"[Met] Pauli Shore...Not one||
"[Met] Pauli Shore...Not one bad memory from that week..."
Does not compute.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||I'm willing to give you that||
I'm willing to give you that they likely overpaid for Meeks (assuming he doesn't have a big year this year). The Baynes deal is in line with market value.
Jackson was playing at all-star level towards the end of last year and his contract is comparable to what other FA point guards were getting this year (slightly more than Brandon Knight, slightly less than Goran Dragic). I'm willing to admit that the deal is rife with boom or bust, but Detroit isn't going to attract a lot of top FAs so unfortunately they need to "overpay" to get talent.
All the contracts you listed where the Pistons overpaid for sub-all-star players were under Joe Dumars. You could argue that the Jackson signing is a continuation of that, but this deal has way more upside on a player with a lot more potential than any of those Dumars moves. Hamilton, Gordon and Smith were all known, over the hill commodities at the time of their respective signings.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||How are they locked into a||
How are they locked into a below average roster?
They have five players with contracts that will expire after this year (1-2 they will have to cut to meet roster restrictions). The only player they have signed to a max deal is Reggie Jackson (a bit of a gamble but he played at an incredibly high level at years end). Josh Smith's contract will continue to bite them, but with the salary cap set to increase that won't sting nearly as bad. Aside from Jackson they have exactly 4 players signed past the 2016-2017 season and not one of those contracts exceeds 5 mill/year.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Lanknows misquoted the||
Lanknows misquoted the article. It wasn't that he got locked down by elite defenders, it was that he got locked down by "elite" college point guards (Quinn Cook, Yogi Ferrell, *sigh* Aaron Craft).
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I would say that the Pistons||
I would say that the Pistons roster moves under SVG are indicative of a team that is being patient (thinking big picture) rather than being panicked (making a hard playoff push).
|4 weeks 3 days ago||https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki||
This should give you a good idea of why Michigan has such a hard time recruiting. There are two schools listed on there that have less tournament appearances than Michigan and consistently pull better recruiting classes: Memphis and Florida. Both of those teams have been more successful and nationally relevant than Michigan in the past 15 years.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I was taking issue with the||
I was taking issue with the fact that the OP said Beilein hasn't built any sustained on-court success, which is incredibly inaccurate when looking at it in a historical context. It's also difficult to quantify "sustained on-court success" when the guy spent 2-3 of his 8 years rebuilding what was in place. Since then he's taken Michigan to heights it hasn't seen since the early to mid 90s.
The biggest complaint around here about Beilein, bar none, is his recruting, which to me is overblown. I won't deny that Michigan has whiffed on several big names. Whether we want to accept it or not, Michigan is not a traditional powerhouse in basketball and, for most kids, hasn't been relevant on a national level like a Duke, Kentucky, Kansas, MSU, etc. during their lifetimes. The program is still feeling the effects of being irrelevant for almost 15 years. Just because Michigan has experienced recent success doesn't automatically make them a household name amongst basketball's elite recruits...ask Butler or Wisconsin.
And all the success that Beilein and Michigan have experienced has come on the backs of some rather unheralded recruits. The same type of recruits that people come into these threads and piss and moan about. One down year (largely due in part to multiple key injuries and NBA departures) and people act like the ship is sinking. That is the type of criticism that I don't think he deserves.
Foul issue is also overblown and is mainly cited by people who are upset about losing and want to armchair quarterback to make themselves feel better about a loss. There was maybe one game this year where that was a credible argument (vs. MSU). There's been one game in Beilein's entire tenure where I've been upset with his foul policy and that was the championship game (taking Burke out in the first half). However Burke's removal coincided with Spike Albrecht channeling his inner Reggie Miller.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||He missed the tourney in his||
He missed the tourney in his first year with a group of a abysmal talent. No one was going to coach that team into the tournament. The second year that he missed was a let down given the lofty preseason rankings, but he was basically working with a group of guys that weren't his own (whom he had gotten into the tournament the prior year).
He's made the tournament four out of the last five years, including a trip to the National Championship and a trip to the Elite Eight. Last year was an utter disappointment and Beilein's lack of recruiting should shoulder some of that, but to say it hasn't translated into sustained on-court success is ignorant at best, especially when looking at it historically. Michigan has had more success under Beilein than any other coach, save Steve Fisher.
I don't know that he deserves blind faith quite yet, not many coaches do, but I don't think he deserves anywhere near the amount of criticism that he currently receives.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Well if he's not great at||
Well if he's not great at creating his own shot Cincinnati is the perfect landing spot. Their offenses have been brutal under Cronin (probably wasn't much better under Huggins).
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Let's be honest...it was for||
Let's be honest...it was for dad too.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||It was no secret that Pipkins||
It was no secret that Pipkins was facing a medical hardship. Pipkins himself was telling people that he was going to have retire due to too many concussions.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Mad hoes, ask Beavis, I get||
"Mad hoes, ask Beavis, I get nothing Butt-head." - Big L
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I personally don't, but SVG||
I personally don't, but SVG does. I thought the team was at its best when Jennings was at his best. The wheels really fell off once he went out and they traded for Jackson. Jackson seems like a real high risk, high reward kind of guy. SVG seems to think that he can get Jackson to reach his potential and that that provides more upside.
Though TH Jr. isn't markedly better than KCP, this move would at least provide depth while also allowing the Pistons to move up in the draft.
|6 weeks 21 hours ago||I wasn't trying to equate the||
I wasn't trying to equate the crimes that I listed with downloading music. I was taking issue with the OP's point that someone was justifying criminal behavior when we all do it everyday.
|6 weeks 22 hours ago||What If? by L-Fudge (circa||
What If? by L-Fudge (circa 1998, Rawkus Records).
12" single that is only available through discogs or e-bay ranging anywhere from $10.00-$30.00. A single that was released on a now-defunct record label by an artist who hasn't made music in over 10 years.
If I purchase that thing online neither the artist nor the label are seeing a dime of my money. Sure, it's available legally, but it's absurd to pay upwards of $30.00 for one song when the only person whose pockets I'm taking money out of is some e-bay lister.
I can come up with more examples if you'd like...
|6 weeks 1 day ago||A better analogy would be: A||
A better analogy would be: A tesla costs $90,000. I'm going to steal 1/90,000 of a Tesla everyday. Or 1/9000 of a Tesla every week.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||You don't speed? Never gotten||
You don't speed? Never gotten a parking ticket? Never jaywalked? People rationalize criminal behavior everyday.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I used to "pirate" a lot of||
I used to "pirate" a lot of music when I was younger, but I rarely do nowadays. As Gucci Mane has pointed out pirating music rips off the labels way more than it affects the artists (generally speaking), but I do feel morally wrong about doing it which is why I have largely stopped.
As others have mentioned, spotify premium is a pretty good deal. You get access to tons of music, can save it to your phone or computer and with a student discount I'm only paying $5.00/month which is damn near a steal. That being said, spotify is limited in its selection of stuff, especially considering that I listen to a lot of underground/old-school/out of print stuff.
As Bando mentioned, if it is out of print I will either torrent it or get it off youtube. It's ridiculous to pay an arm and a leg when I just want the B-side of some 12" (phrasing?). There used to be a ton of blogspots with rare singles available for download, but since they also offered current albums for free download they got shut down. :(
I collect vinyl, but it can be a bitch to rip to your computer, so any time I buy vinyl that doesn't offer an acompanying MP3 download I will usually torrent an MP3 version. I figure I've already given the artist money and often times the vinyl is more expensive than the CD/MP3 version. I will also torrent any CD that I have previously purchased that is no longer playable due to overuse (this hasn't happened in years).
If there is an artist that I really like (find their album playable from front to back), I will purchase their album as a show of support, especially if they are on an independent label. The most recent albums I felt were worthy of purchase were Logic's Under Pressure and J Cole's 2014 Forest Hills Drive.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I sincerely hope you are||
I sincerely hope you are under 20 years old with that BS backpack rap shtick.
"That real shit" is an annoying term that people in rap use to justify why their taste in music is better than someone else's. I cut my teeth on Native Tongues, Rawkus Records, Subterraneous Records, Rhymesayers, Def Jux, all that shit. I also love me some Kanye and Lil Wayne.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Tough break for Hyman...||
Tough break for Hyman...
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I think that only helps to||
I think that only helps to prove my point. What I didn't include in the sports analogy is that with a lot of guys it's like going to the pros straight out of high school. Their musical careers start when they're 18 so by the time they're 30 they're bound to fall off.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I'm a huge Mos Def fan, but||
I'm a huge Mos Def fan, but I'm not going to act like everything he put out after BOBS was even half as good as that album. His musical career has lasted due to the fact that he put out two incredibly influential underground albums (Black Star and BOBS) in the late '90s. He's been living off that fame ever since.
I'm not saying he can't continue to perform (I've seen him live a couple times in the last 5ish years), but he's a shell of himself as far as his lyrics and sound are concerned.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I like to think of rap||
I like to think of rap careers as analagous to sports careers in terms of age and corresponding decline. I don't know why that is. Perhaps because rap is treated as more disposable than any other form of music, especially by the artists themselves?
I think a lot of rappers start out with dreams of hitting it rich rather than actually creating a respectable catalog of music. I'm a huge rap fan and can think of very few artists who have created solid album after solid album (especially mainstream artists). The way that artists/music were promoted compounded this problem, especially during the late '90s and early '00s.
I think things are beginning to turn a corner, with popular artists churning out respectable album after respectable album (Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Big Sean, etc. -- I think Kanye deserves a tremendous amount of credit for this turnaround). Time will tell whether or not this adds longevity to their careers.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||We are in agreement there.||
We are in agreement there.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||He's just old now (all the||
He's just old now (all the greats have fallen off after hitting age 30). But he was dropping that heat from like, '06-'09.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||You think every athlete with||
You think every athlete with above average muscle mass does steroids.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||His name is Robert||
His name is Robert Viramontes.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Catchers and pitchers||
Catchers and pitchers absolutely put a ton of stress on particular joints, no disagreement there.
Baseball games contain only about 20 minutes of actual gameplay, whereas the majority of NBA starters play roughly 40 minutes a night. While baseball players run at full speed, they are usually only running 90 feet at a time and get to follow that up by standing in place for a little while. Basketball players (usually) are constantly moving, even if it is a jog at times.
|7 weeks 4 min ago||Ahem...not many other sports||
Ahem...not many other sports where a team full of guys that look like your friends' dads can win a Division Title.