Mason NEEDS this, Pistons, after all you've put him through
|5 hours 59 min ago||Harris didn't play||
Harris didn't play
|21 hours 54 min ago||Sorry||
If the poets are to be believed, he's not even the best press corner in his class. Plus, Jourdan Lewis looked pretty good in press coverage a couple of weeks ago.
|21 hours 56 min ago||Nah||
He was bad in run support and generally shied away from contact. He was still a phenom, of course.
|1 day 21 hours ago||It isn't about being 100% predictive||
It's about whether there is any statistically significant difference in the likelihood of making the next shot.
The theory behind the article is partially predicated on the idea that players may start hoisting heat checks, or that the defense will start rotating more, etc. However, as has been pointed out, there are problems with the analysis that led to their conclusions.
|1 day 22 hours ago||The issue, though||
is that no one has really ever found statistical evidence that those hot/cold streaks are predictive. In other words, if you've got a guy who's hit four shots in a row, statistics should show that his odds of making the next one are better than his overall average. But no one has ever really found that statistical link.
This paper purports to explain the previous studies that found no predictive relationship, and to detect such an effect by controlling for the alleged endogenous variable bias.
|1 day 23 hours ago||I've played a lot of sports||
And I've been "hot." But the wisdom of Crash Davis doesn't necessarily override the volumes of research on the subject just because he's hit 247 homers in the minors.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Interesting||
Though there are some possible methodological problems, so you really can't say that this article replaces/subsumes all of the prior Hot Hand research.
|4 days 5 hours ago||Why||
So a kid who changed his mind is locked into a school he doesn't want to attend?
|4 days 16 hours ago||Sigh||
|6 days 5 hours ago||Death... I mean cake.||
YOU SAID DEATH.
|1 week 1 hour ago||Yeah... no||
I am not implying that the only reason anyone wants to see Morris play is because Gardner is black. That would be a stupid interpretation.
What I AM saying is that, for a certain small portion of the participants in this debate, you see a LOT of the code words and phrases that accompany traditional quarterback racism.
Fine, I'll just say it. Some people's views on this are tinged by race.
|1 week 2 hours ago||...||
A Michigan quarterback shout stand up straight and not spit up blood between snaps.
|1 week 3 hours ago||It was||
And while I stand by it, I don't necessarily mean to suggest that if someone thinks or suggests Shane Morris should start it is just because they are racist.
That said, I have seen plenty of "Morris looks more like a traditional Michigan quarterback" stuff when both are tall, strong-armed downfield throwers who primarily operate out of the pocket. Often it's purely football-related analysis. Sometimes it's not. And the line is... subtle.
|1 week 3 hours ago||That's fine||
But the point is that it IS manufactured. In the words of the coachspeak, no position is ever guaranteed. If Ben Braden had outplayed Taylor Lewan last year, he would have started. But we didn't get the regular stream of "Hoke won't name Lewan starter at left tackle" stories last year, and we aren't getting the stream of "Middle Linebacker spot up for grabs" stories this year just because Hoke hasn't explicitly said "Jake Ryan will start at the MIKE."
There is no reason to believe, based on history, statistics, rumor, or anything else, that Shane Morris will seriously challenge Gardner. And there CERTAINLY isn't enough to write the stories that are being breathlessly written.
|1 week 6 hours ago||Eh||
English is much different in Canada.
|1 week 1 day ago||Fair||
But the acting industry is a little more gay-friendly than professional sports.
There is also an extent to which "coming out" provides some protection; if Michael Sam privately told all of the teams, "I'm gay," they can blackball him without any public cost. By coming out, he protects himself somewhat from the 'old straight boys club.'
|1 week 1 day ago||Nope||
But that just works with caved users. Deleted comments get deleted everywhere.
|1 week 1 day ago||...||
|1 week 1 day ago||There are issues beyond violence||
In Michigan, for example, it's still legal to fire someone for being gay.
|1 week 1 day ago||Also||
FWIW, I deleted comments about gays being bad, AND comments about Christians being bad. Again. Sports blog.
|1 week 1 day ago||Ack||
There are two things that don't get tolerated. One is statements that are racist/sexist/homophobic/immature /inappropriate/offensive/whatever. The other is statements that will inevitably start off-topic fights. Regardless of whether a statement is part of the former, if it is part of the latter it's gone.
There's also a HUGE difference between respecting someone's opinion and having to provide the forum to espouse/debate those beliefs. This here be a sports blog.
|1 week 1 day ago||I don't know if it's "around the clock"||
He came out this morning. The Michael Sam thing was big for a few days, but it's largely died down. People barely note Jason Collins anymore.
Compare that with OH MY GOD DID THEY FIND THE PLANE YET, and I think the coverage of this issue has (for the most part) been pretty proportional to the level of newsworthyness.
|1 week 1 day ago||Indeed||
|1 week 1 day ago||...||
Well done, everyone. Really well done.
/curtain drops on the conversation.
|1 week 1 day ago||Or||
Has he ever been a robot from the future photographed with Michigan gear?
|1 week 1 day ago||ADDITIONAL GENERAL STATEMENT||
I have deleted several comments about how gay is bad, and about how Christianity is bad because it thinks gay is bad, and about how the Flying Spaghetti Monster is the only TRUE path to heaven.
I have done this in the name of restoring order. I don't know if this makes me Pilate or Torquemada or what. But we're staying away from such things.
|1 week 1 day ago||I mean||
The board is currently debating "Who Wore It Better: MGoBender or The Guy From Titanic."
A relatively significant new thing that is sports-related is probably okay.
|1 week 1 day ago||GENERAL STATEMENT||
This news is board-worthy and discussion-worthy and not politics.
Please keep the conversation OFF of politics and religion and religion-politics and so forth.
|1 week 1 day ago||Without getting into details||
Yes, that all does jibe with what the Google says.
|1 week 1 day ago||...||
|1 week 1 day ago||FWIW||
Through the magic of internet sluthery (i.e. a Google search), I can confirm that the email address kinda checks out to someone who might know of such things.
|1 week 2 days ago||(No subject)|
|1 week 2 days ago||Not really||
Law extends beyond merely "legislation." Court interpretations of statutes, federal regulations promulgated pursuant to statutes, and administrative rulings on the application of statues are all "law."
|1 week 2 days ago||Indeed||
The public/private thing is correct, as I pointed out below.
However, FWIW, there really isn't a distinction between "under the current interpretation of the law" and "under the law." The law is the black text as interpreted by the relevant body. You can debate how binding the precedent here is (Ohio and Evanston are in different NLRB regions), but barring an overturn, it's law.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yep, this.||
And it happens that all of the major football schools in Ohio are public schools.
|1 week 2 days ago||Kinda||
States can define "employees" for purposes of union rights:
|1 week 2 days ago||Well,||
Under federal law, yes. Yes they are. You can't just say "THEY DO SPORTS SO THEY AREN'T EMPLOYEES." It's a legal thing.
Now, Ohio can, to an extent, clarify that under STATE law, they aren't to be treated as employees for collective bargaining rights purposes. But, again, this isn't some self-evident truth we're working with here.
|1 week 2 days ago||Hey||
I have no problem with this as a night game. I'm just saying there's only so far you can go to brand this as something other than just a "night game" before you stretch credulity.
Penn State isn't a "big time B1G team" these days, and they're on the fringe of what you'd even consider a rival. Nothing about this game is particularly noteworthy other than the time on the clock when the kick the ball.
|1 week 3 days ago||Indeed||
So we have a team that wasn't good last year (Michigan) playing a team that wasn't good last year, isn't expected to be good this year, and is somewhere between Michigan's 4th and 6th biggest rival.
This does not scream "BIG GAME."
|1 week 3 days ago||A big time B1G opponent?||
Oh, cool. I thought we were talking about a heavily sanctioned Penn State team that was 7-5 last year.
|1 week 3 days ago||Ross||
JRIII was the most productive linebacker Michigan had last year by a lot, and while this might technically be a "new" position, it's rather similar to the 4-3 Under WILL spot from which he played well the last two years. Meanwhile RJS hasn't played any meaningful snaps at linebacker.
If he outplays Ross, sure he can start. It's just that from all external indications it's pretty damned unlikely.
|1 week 3 days ago||FWIW||
This is how they lined up on Saturday, NOT how he predicted them to run out against App State (good lord I'm going to hate saying "App State" for the next four months).
Por ejemplo, RJS is almost certainly not going to supplant James Ross.
|1 week 4 days ago||Technically||
This was the end of his redshirt freshman year. So he's been here for two years.
|1 week 4 days ago||The point||
is that many people, despite earning paychecks, enjoy collectively bargaining for stuff like health care and workplace/safety standards.
|1 week 6 days ago||If you have any goodbyes to say...||
Say them soon.
|1 week 6 days ago||Wait...||
So we need more Canadian sophomores?
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Sure||
But there were a few problem areas and one giant smoking crater. The crater will usually garner the most blame, and usually for good reason.
|2 weeks 1 hour ago||Oh yes||
It was definitely Gibson's fault
|2 weeks 1 day ago||C'mon||
What does it matter if they don't play HARD-NOSED SMASHMOUTH FOOTBALL?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hey now, no single posts||
Hey now, no single posts here.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Hey now, no single posts||
Hey now, no single posts here.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)||
|2 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)||
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Embed|
|2 weeks 2 days ago||"And that, kids...||
...is how I met the World"
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Depends||
Depends on how football season goes.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Sweet||
Perfect timing. We're *this* close to a shark tank in the MGoLair.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Not a bad season, eh?||
Going to be hard to write the feels on this one.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||This part, man...||
Okay, that's great. But that's not the rule for the primary defender. Morgan was in legal guarding position, he stayed vertical, and he moved laterally not toward the ballhandler.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||FWIW||
"Politics" in that context means the stuff that would fall under the "politics" section of a major news outlet. Like, stuff that involves Republicans, Democrats, Congress, Obama, Bush, Hitler, Stalin. And even then, some of those things are fair game; if Republican/Democratic Congressman X proposes rule Y about college football, people can discuss it until someone jumps in with "YEAH BUT [whichever party] IS RUINING AMERICA, YOU SHOULD VOTE FOR [other party] BECAUSE THEY LOVE AMERICA."
Relevant policy stuff, legal stuff, regulatory stuff, etc. is almost always fair game. The only political angle here is whether the NLRB has a particular partisan/ideological leaning, and people have largely avoided that issue.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||True||
But the vast majority of athletic scholarships don't fall into the category set forth by the NLRB regional dude. Towson's gymnastics team doesn't have the requisite economic tie to make them employees. We're just talking about football (and arguably only relatively big-time football)
|2 weeks 6 days ago||When in doubt||
It is because I am right. And very handsome. And an above-average Scrabble player.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Eh||
It's more of a matter of there being a bazillion potential debates over taxable income nation-wide, and the IRS only addressing the material ones.
If you're the IRS, are you going to waste time on this when there are so many other issues that involve greater amounts of money and people who are much more deserving targets of scrutiny than a bunch of college students? Almost certainly not.
|3 weeks 4 min ago||Or||
A total team effort. GOOD JOB EVERYONE!
But yeah, this is probably not the first time that people who could run fast and/or jump high got by on that basis alone.
|3 weeks 9 min ago||Hmmm||
Odd to ask the question "what does MGoBlog contribute to college football?" and then like two sentences later say "this blog (and others too) have played a role in increasing the interest in college sports and that has brought even more money into the game."
Parasite: I do not think it means what you think it means.
|3 weeks 28 min ago||Nah||
We're talking a TINY drop in the bucket here. If the IRS taxed all 5,000 D1 players on $60,000 per year, that would be a grand total of less than 0.001% of the revenue they collected last year.
This isn't a cash cow. This is a cash fire ant. It might be good for a tiny fraction of a calorie, but it would hurt way, way more in the long run.
|3 weeks 39 min ago||You don't have to receive an hourly wage||
Many, many adults are paid annual salaries, not hourly ones. You just have to receive sufficient compensation such that:
[total dollars paid] / [total hours worked] > [minimum wage]
In a state with a $10/hour minimum wage, a $60,000 scholarship package is above the minimum wage for someone working 115 hours per week.
|3 weeks 44 min ago||That's sort of what I'm saying||
We're worried about the fallout from the ruling, not on whether the ruling was correct. If you're saying "they aren't employees because football isn't economic," that's an argument for why the ruling is incorrect. Your argument is more "the ruling may have been correct but it sucks because of what might happen." Which is a fine discussion to be had, but doesn't have anything to do with whether the board was right.
(Also, this doesn't affect non-revenue sports, and for the moment doesn't affect the revenue of the revenue sports).
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||Not the football part||
The football part is generally a cash factory. Athletic departments *overall* are usually in the red, but that's because football can't carry itself AND all the other sports. The work these guys do is absolutely profitable for schools.
|3 weeks 1 hour ago||Well||
Obviously it's just my opinion. But If anyone can make a reasonable argument that, given the facts we're looking at, that football players DON'T meet the definition of an employee as set forth in common law.
Now, you can make PLENTY of arguments that they SHOULDN'T be employees. Or that we should overlook it because it's a unique set of circumstances that should be granted some sort of exception. But in any non-sports-related setting, Northwestern's arguments would be laughed out of the room. These guys are employees under the definition we use for everyone else. Full stop.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Long-term benefits||
Workers comp has some long-term benefits if you are permanently disabled and unable to work (or restricted in your ability to work).
It's a limited slice of the pie, to be sure.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Not sure||
But theoretically they have to pay taxes on some stuff they receive, and don't. The IRS just doesn't much care.
It's like the Use tax. In theory, if you buy stuff from out-of-state on Amazon, you have to declare it on your state taxes and pay the sales tax on those items. A tiny fraction of people do that, and no one cares because it's a rounding error on a rounding error to the government. There is at least a touch of pragmatism with stuff like this.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||True||
FICA is 7.65% (I think?), but at $765 dollars most schools could afford a gross-up that would cover most of that without a problem. Heck, they're looking at a $2,000 stipend right now.
And if that's the worst case scenario, it's MUCH more reasonable than full taxation on $75,000 of income, which would be, what, $15,000?
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||The IRS can change its stance||
And it would affect all scholarship football players, public and private. They certainly CAN revisit their position in light of this ruling. But the same was true last week, and they didn't. The IRS has to affirmatively go after people, and they have been historically very generous (or at least non-dickish) when we're talking about scholarship money that goes directly to schoolin' stuff. These ARE still scholarships (players can't take them in cash or Starbucks gift cards instead).
Given the tiny amount of revenue involved and the epic shit-storm it would create, I just don't see it happening.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||This.||
Besides, the effective tax rate on even $10,000 of income are really, really small.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Interesting||
Hadn't thought of whether those apply on a year-to-year basis, or on the whole. They probably can't revoke a scholarship mid-term, but they probably can do so from year-to-year. The ruling doesn't really specify which they meant.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||That's why I doubt it'll happen||
Nothing about the nature of the work is changing, and nothing material about the nature of the compensation is changing. They remain students, and they are still receiving money going toward education. The fact that the NLRB might consider those facts to be an employee arrangement does not necessarily mean the IRS will follow suit, and unless something about the factual nature of the relationship changes, I really doubt they will.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||Taxes||
Read the part about the taxes. I'm not 100% sure about my analysis, but I think it's pretty solid.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||If it helps||
The original line was "a good parody of a bad parody," which would put them in the "good parody" slot.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||My bias||
is a legal one. Of course kids learn, grow, and develop as people in their athletic careers. But you can say the same for a really cool job right out of college, too. I learned a HUGE amount in my first year in my current job. But I was still an employee.
"Educational" means "related to education." They tried to argue that having football players play football is, from the school's standpoint, primarily about education. Which is hilarious.
That was one of my complaints about Northwestern's arguments in the case; they were incredibly focused on stuff that doesn't MATTER from a legal standpoint. SURE you treat your kids as well as you can. Lots of bosses do that. SURE you care about their well-being. My boss does that. SURE the kids geniunely enjoyed playing and got a lot out of the experience. Lots of people like their jobs.
They argued the general conversation about athletics, not the specifics of what it means to be an employee. Which is one of the reasons they lost so bad.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||My bad||
Here, try this one:
|3 weeks 3 days ago||To be fair||
Other Hello posts have been written. They just haven't been published.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I am||
I am whatever you say I am. If I wasn't then why would I say I am? In the paper, the news every day I am.
Radio won't even play my jam.
|4 weeks 1 hour ago||Yup||
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||THAT'S IT||
/send the drones
|4 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)||
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Obama's Bracket||
Yeah, relevant or not, some threads never have a chance.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Wofford||
is in South Carolina. AVENGE VINCENT SMITH AND HIS LOST HELMET
|4 weeks 2 days ago||To clarify||
I am NOT advocating exposure to Barney. There may be no documented risk of autism or any other health problem, but he's really freeking annoying.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||As best I can tell...||
the part about the science.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||That's the problem||
Autism is a serious issue that deserves more attention.
Autism also has exactly as much of a documented correlation with vaccinations as it does to exposure to Barney the purple dinosaur. That is to say FUCKING NONE.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||This isn't politics||
This is science, and MGoBlog has taken a firm stance in favor of science, you know, existing. Also, while we steer far away from the pro-life/pro-choice debate, we have stated a solid pro-life preference in terms of people not suffering and/or dying from shit they cured two generations ago.
VACCINATE. YOUR. CHILDREN.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||From the Spartans' Facebook page; the "Afghan widow" fan.||
From the Spartans' Facebook page; the "Afghan widow" fan.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||The problem||
is that you are trying to gain useful knowledge from this.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Wait||
Why sarcasm. That's the way it works. BE RIGHT, OP...
|4 weeks 6 days ago||FWIW||
No request for secrecy was passed along to the normal recruiting folks from the school, or apparently from Rosen himself.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Eh||
I talked to Brian, and it's public enough (TomVH, RIvals, MLive, etc) that we aren't spilling any beans that aren't already spread all over the floor. I did delete the tweet from one source who deleted his stuff per the kid's wishes.
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||Sorry||
The mob has spoken. MOAR GRIII STUFF.
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||Ah||
You are correct on cachet. Stupid spell check not catching homophones.
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||I meant it||
like "queue up," though cue would certainly also work.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||I think the value||
is that this team doesn't show the tendency some other teams have shown (like Iowa and Wisconsin) to let a loss turn into a slide.
Granted, a few of those rebound wins were over cupcakes, but four were against legit opponents.
|5 weeks 1 day ago||According to the Weather Channel||
This is Winter Storm Trololololooooo.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Sigh||
...it's just that...
|5 weeks 6 days ago||...||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Yep||
This needed to be added.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Jordan Morgan.||
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Michigan||
|6 weeks 32 min ago||No one has addressed the real concern||
WHAT IF THIS JINXES MICHIGAN AND THEY DON'T MAKE THE TOURNEY???
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||Eh||
I've seen plenty of teams with a 3 win, -3 loss non-conference schedule.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||No chance||
Even if they beat Michigan, they'd be 18-14 with 11 losses in conference play, including losses to Northwestern, Purdue, Illinois, and Penn State, plus they beat absolutely no one in non-conference play (their only Top 200 wins were #89 Washington, #163 Stony Brook and #177 Oakland).
They need a miracle to get in. Probably several miracles.
|6 weeks 2 hours ago||Yeah...||
That probably wasn't accurate.
|6 weeks 19 hours ago||Oh yeah||
Because the regime is always so forthcoming about injuries.
"Devin Gardner's head fell off. Hoke described the injury as an 'upper body boo-boo.' His status for Saturday is unclear.
|6 weeks 20 hours ago||I think you mean||
*fire's of hell.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||They don't just coach for the money||
Some guys genuinely enjoy their life-crushing jobs.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Yes and no||
Rumor threads like those pan out like 1/3 of the time, and when they do, people are always like, "SEE, Y U NO LEAVE OTHER THREAD UP." But people rarely say anything the other 2/3 of the time. The whole point is that it may or may not be accurate, but without a source (and no, teh RCMB doesn't count as a source), it goes away.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||These are kids||
Gesturing to each other out of happiness. This isn't the throat slash/choke sign/showing-up-your-opponent stuff.
Is it juvenile? Sure. But they're KIDS. so "juvenile" works just fine.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Media blackouts||
Are to guarantee you sell out the stadium.
Michigan sells out the stadium.
This idea is bad.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||That picture of Spike||
|6 weeks 3 days ago||First warning, last warning||
No name-calling... especially stupid juvenile name-calling of a guy potentially in the hospital.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Quick follow-up||
Did you read the post?
|6 weeks 4 days ago||100%||
That sounds too high. That would mean the chances of not winning a Big Ten title are 0%. Which means, uh... SOMEONE BRING ME MY CALCULATOR, ASAP.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Not surprising||
Because Vegas can react to stuff a passive algorithm wouldn't pick up, like injuries, suspensions, etc.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||FWIW||
It's summer in Bolivia.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||No||
I do not recall this event. No sir, never happened.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||No||
He really doesn't have a case for defamation.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Well, shit||
If they're just declaring live people dead like this, no wonder the life expectancy numbers are low.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||...||
Da Seminolez is goin ta be a funky-ass bubble crew right ta tha end here, so peek-a-boo, clear tha way, I be comin' thru fo'sho fo' realz. A win over Pizzle puts dem back up in tha picture yo, but they probably need at least four mo' wins. They have Georgia Tech, Boston College, Syracuse, n' tha ACC tournament left, so tha clock aint they playa.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||See my update in the OP||
It's a real stretch to say they are school officials, let alone that their role as school officials requires that they have access to this information to accomplish their duties.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I know||
But it's basically the Ann Arbor News now, so despite the reputation of its comments sections, it's too reputable to run crap like this.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||C'mon||
"Fisking" has come to mean this type of paragraph-by-paragraph critique, regardless of the type of content. The man's Wikipedia page even says so.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||The best argument against it||
Is that the University doesn't choose the members of the CSG. The students do.
FWIW, I'm not upset about being challenged. I rather enjoy legal debates like this. But I'm pretty confident that regardless of whether they consider themselves a committee, they don't fit the definition.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Not really||
The University defines "school official" as follows:
A University official is any person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support position; a person elected to the Board of Regents; a student or a University graduate serving on an official University committee or assisting another University official in performing his or her tasks; or a person employed by or under contract to, or serving as the agent of, the University to perform a specific task.
The CSG is not an "official University committee." It is, by its own description, a student organization. Further, the definition of "legitimate educational interest" is as follows:
Legitimate educational interest is the need to review an education record in order for a University official to carry out his or her responsibilities in regard to performing an administrative task outlined in the official's duties, or performing a supervisory or instructional task directly related to the student's education.
(Emphasis mine). Even if we're somehow assuming students on CSG are officials, reviewing such cases is almost certainly not part of their outlined duties.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Is your argument||
That the CSG is a committee of the University? Because it certainly isn't a disciplinary committee.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Where||
did you see this?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Like Jack Bauer?||
That actually works.
"TELL ME WHERE YOUR TRUMP CARDS ARE!!!!!!!"
|6 weeks 6 days ago||That's sort of my point||
In terms of governing what educational records can be released by the University, the Review Code IS meaningless.
I'd also challenge your assertion that they can release the information you indicated. The only reason we found out about the Gibbons thing was because it was leaked.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Ya know||
Sometimes your 3:00 call cancels and you simultaneously read something that makes you go BLEEERRRRRGGGGGGHHHHHHH
|6 weeks 6 days ago||There are areas||
in which FERPA is irrelevant, and there are plenty of questions the school and Athletic Department CAN answer. But there are some core things that are protected, and investigation reports are absolutely included.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Well... yeah.||
There are a bunch of reasons, but the main one is that RPI is hilariously over-simplistic. It's 25% on your win percentage, 50% on your opponents' win percentage, and 25% on your opponents' opponents' win percentage. It doesn't take into account some of the most basic considerations, like margin of victory.
For a very simple example, Team A blows the doors off four teams and lose one game by one point. Team B beats all five of those teams by one point. Which of those teams is probably better?
No statistical model is perfect, and sport is often random... but I'll take a predictive model that incorporates all available data over a three-variables-assigned-random-weights addition problem any day of the week.
There's a pretty comprehensive takedown here: http://www.theonlycolors.com/2014/2/26/5444872/death-to-the-rpi.
|7 weeks 10 min ago||No, but they honored him||
His replacement took over on Monday, but today is apparently his actual last day in Schembechler.
|7 weeks 32 min ago||REMINDER||
We're talking about an underage rape/criminal sexual conduct/whatever victim. DO NOT CROSS LINES, PEOPLE
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||Probably||
26-5 (13-5) with a better RPI/KenPom probably trumps 23-7 (15-3), especially given Wisconsin's pretty solid non-conference schedule.
|7 weeks 1 hour ago||I think he was pointing out||
That I goofed the records in the heading. Which I did. Because I are no smarts sometimes.
|7 weeks 2 hours ago||Gracias.||
|7 weeks 2 hours ago||Thanks||
Fixed. It was an 11:00 game, so yeah that wasn't happening.
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||I dunno about AC||
But Sammy Watkins was like 180 as a freshman, and he was pretty okay. Plus, they still have 6 months before it actually matters.
|7 weeks 21 hours ago||DAMMIT||
That's one of my pet peeves, too.
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||Sammy Watkins was 180||
He was good.
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||THERE IS ONLY ONE PREDICTION||
75-68, Michigan, in a 65 possession game.
Tempt not the KenPom Gods.
|7 weeks 23 hours ago||Kugler||
Was 287 last year.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||And down||
Like 28 pounds. Which is probably good.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||...||
/stands alone atop Mt. Syracuse, waives tiny flag
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Yep||
45 degrees (plus or minus 20 degrees).
48% chance of rain (plus or minus 43%)
|7 weeks 2 days ago||Obviously||
Beilein learned how to coach in the fall of 2010. He was terrible, but now he's awesome. That's exactly how it works.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Yep||
They pulled it down. I saw it yesterday, and sufficed to say that Payne was visibly crushed. He mumbled almost inaudibly about needing to be better and lead the team, and then turned around mid-sentence and just kinda slumped.
He apparently didn't stick around for much media stuff.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Gee||
Sounds like someone's got a case of the Mondays...
|7 weeks 3 days ago||"Sit in the corner for five games"?||
Point me to those five games. I'll buy you a Coke.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||The Only Colors||
Does a similar analysis, and they largely confirm your conclusions: http://www.theonlycolors.com/2014/2/24/5441230/projecting-the-2014-big-t...
In summary, WHEEEEEEEEEEEE...
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I dunno...||
If we send everyone who talks politics to South America, we can't be surprised when the folks in South America start talkin' politics.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Dwayne Stephens' halftime interview||
Dwayne Stephens' halftime interview
The tribe has spoken.
|7 weeks 4 days ago||So||
Your theory is that the police were enforcing trespassing laws on UofM property without the school being involved? And that they STOPPED enforcing those laws at the exact moment the school designated as "line-up time"?
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Wasn't saying he was right or wrong||
But people are often confused by (or unfamiliar with) private sector pensions vs. public sector pensions. I wasn't trying to get into a debate or provoke an argument. I come in peace.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||It was a different age||
Back in the day, people worked for the same company for a billion years, and the retirement age was much closer to the average life expectancy, so it wasn't that ridiculous to have a guy work for you for 40 years and pay him for the last 5 to 10-ish years of his life.
And as an FYI, section 401(k) was added to the tax code in 1978.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Okay||
EVERYONE quit bitching about the politics thing. This is a thing ith political implications, but as long as people behave themselves, the thread will be fine. It is of interest to Southeast Michigan, as well as to legal and finance nerds.
And yes, yes, we get it. Retirees are good. Fiscal responsibility is good. Puppies are good.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||So||
We're not going down this road very far, but FWIW, you should familiarize yourself with the PBGC:
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Think of it this way||
If you're not sure if you want to go nickel with a Peppers-like object or heavier with a Ryan-line object, half-way between them is James Ross.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Well||
I just checked, and this column was at a 9th grade level.
Next week we return to the standard ass butt butt ass.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||I'm a little concerned||
Correct me if I'm insane, but the 4-3 Under requires the SAM to be able to hold the edge without just sitting on the edge. I don't think Morgan is athletic enough to do that, and I worry about Bolden's discipline out there. Beyer struggled in space, and Gant is still an unknown. I like the idea of Ryan in the middle, but I would also feel better with Ryan on the edge.
Okay, new plan. We need at least two Jake Ryans.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||The water thing||
was from 2010. They gave everyone a free water bottle during the UConn game, and that was the "trade." And to find a stadium that allows sealed water bottles, you have to travel a full 65 miles: http://www.msuspartans.com/tickets/msu-fb-faq.html
As for the seat cushion thing, I'll let someone else recap that battle. It was... somethin'.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly||
There are probably ways to ban water bottles that cause people to just say, "eh, whatever." Sell water at a reasonable price, make a bunch more "watering stations" available, etc. But when you make it obvious that you don' give a shit, people will notice.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Yes and no||
If some of this stuff was ACTUALLY safety-related, I'd be more okay with it. Like how you can't bring a bag into the stadium anymore: pain in the ass for some, but safety-based. The water/seat cushion stuff is about the Benjamins
|7 weeks 6 days ago||No more trough||
It moved to a piss waterfall, and now us just a series of normal urinals.
BRING BACK THE PISS WATERFALL.
/whistles "Splash Waterfalls" for the next two hours.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Here's the thing||
"It's because of 9/11" is a cop-out. If terrorists want to bring in a bomb/thing of poison stuff/container of angry bees so small that they fit in a seat cushion or a water bottle, they will probably, like PUT THEM IN THEIR POCKETS. The only people who it will affect are people who want to use seat cushions and water for sitting and drinking, respectively (I really hope 'respectively').
They stopped letting water into the stadium because they SELL water. They tried to stop letting seat cushions into the stadium because the RENT cushions. If they could make you take your shoes off airport-style and rent you stadium-approved Freedom Slippers, they'd consider it.
Litigiousness is also a BS argument. Again, you can bludgeon someone to death with a shoe, but unless the University breached a standard of care, they aren't responsible.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||*||
*Free Free Hot Dog Man
|7 weeks 6 days ago||One suggestion for a minor fix:||
Let people bring sealed water into the stadium. Oh, I forgot, IF WE DO THAT THE AQUATERRORISTS MIGHT GET IN.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Two separate issues||
They're trying to increase actual show-on-time attendance (which is good), but in doing so they are making life harder for people who actually attend, and they aren't solving the problem they're trying to solve.
At the same time, they're being dicks about things that people enjoy.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Ah yes||
The feeling of "WHY IS THERE SO MUCH STUFF IN THIS BAG... CRAP WE NEED ALL OF THIS STUFF DON'T WE"
|8 weeks 1 day ago||I forgot to answer the diaper part||
And like the issues with the basketball team, it all comes down to youth and the ability to deal with shit that unexpectedly arises.
Early on, you'll need a larger bag because the moment-to-moment needs are greater. you'll need diapers, wipes, full sets of spare clothes (because babies SHIT SO HARD IT DEFEATS DIAPERS, and will occasionally just urp all over the place for no reason), changing pad, toy to distract the baby from rolling in its own shit, bottles/formula, etc. It's also more convenient to have a ready-to-go mobile poop station, as getting out of the house with an infant is remarkably difficult as is.
As they get older, you can pare down to a few diapers, some wipes, and maybe a spare pair of pants and a snack. That should get you through most shorter trips. You'll also get to the point where you don't need to always be prepared for EPIC SHIT STORM OF SHIT at any moment, so if you're running to the store with the kid you can just take, you know, the kid.
You will also want a system to deal with poop on clothing. We had a sink dedicated as the poop sink, complete with OxyClean, shit scrubber, and shit scraper.
Did I mention the shit?
|8 weeks 1 day ago||(No subject)|
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Nah||
LOTS of schools are still doing big home-and-homes. Michigan just isn't one of them.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I mean||
You do know you named five of the highest usage players in the conference, right?
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Probably||
But there was still a possibility of a snowshoe effect, where the size of the saucers on the landing craft allowed it to stay up on a deep powdery surface that a human might sink through. Not to the center of the moon, of course, but deep enough to be effed.
Unlikely, of course... but how sure would you really be?
|8 weeks 5 days ago||I asked him on Twitter||
You can read our exchange: https://twitter.com/georgedohrmann/status/434389018650755072
Bottom line, SI has either terrible lawyers or terrible taste in columnists. Or both.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Here are the facts:|
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Huh||
You know who else liked unicorn farms?
/internet balance restored
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Come on||
Such people have no place in civilized society.
And I should clarify, I didn't mean that your personal religion may have a problem with homosexuality. I meant "your religion" as in "some peoples' religions" . I got the sense you were largely representing the arguments of such people, whether or not you were one of them.
Now, again, if your faith condones the existence of Ohio, I can't help you.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I'll say this much||
The board, like the blog, is not opinion-neutral. There are certain positions that are, frankly, less acceptable. If someone says racist stuff, and someone else says anti-racist stuff, only the racist stuff will get nuked. Same with sexism. Same with personal attacks on players. Same with opinions on whether quinoa is real food. Some views aren't as welcome, regardless of how genuine the belief or how deeply-rooted the source of those beliefs.
I understand that your faith may condemn homoexuality. I draw no judgments about you as a person as a result of those beliefs. But in 2014, the position that homosexuality is a choice, or that homosexuals may reasonably or justifiably be discriminated against, is far enough outside the mainstream that it just doesn't get equal footing. And if a conflict arises between such comments and the orderly maintainance of a thread, the comments go.
If other mods disagree with this stance, I'm all ears.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Yeah||
This comment is why we couldn't discuss this the first time around.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||That's not true||
"Players will play until given no choice, and the only way to give them no choice is to give them intense crippling pain or have a coach order them off."
Michigan's D-linemen rotate regularly. Several are allowed to choose their own rotation, and opt to rotate out after a certain number of snaps. The idea is simple: if your being out there for a given snap would be a detriment to the team, you have the obligation to get off the field. If that means sitting down because you're too hurt to effectively play the next snap, you sit your ass down.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||SCHUSTER!!!!!!!||
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Nope||
As someone of BOTH Native American AND Irish heritage, you can't out-flank me on this one. The Irish were treated poorly by the British, and were treated poorly by modern standards in the late 19th century/early 20th century. However, the treatment of Irish people is, by historical standards, LIGHT YEARS beyond the treatment of Native Americans, African Americans, and a bunch of other groups.
There is also a big difference between attributing a moderately undesirable quality to a group and just flat out naming your team after a slur. If they were the "Notre Dame Fightin' Micks," or the "Notre Dame Shamrock-F***ers," you'd have a better case.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Uh... yeah.||
That's. The. Point.
You KNEW it was related to a post that was already active. You just did it to be contrarian and to try to prove a point.
I'm done moderating your posts. You shall not create any new ones for a month.
|9 weeks 20 min ago||OT: Columnist discusses media coverage re: Michael Sam.||
OT: Columnist discusses media coverage re: Michael Sam.
Topic being discussed two posts below. Obviously political website. No analysis provided by OP. Flamebait. Take your pick.
|9 weeks 26 min ago||If it makes them feel better||
Let them know that there are already gay men in their locker rooms, and they have already seen their junk. A gay man will almost certainly see their junk again this year, even if Michael Sam is 3000 miles away.
The issue isn't "a gay man will see me naked." The issue is "I will KNOW that a gay man has seen me naked." And that is a bullshit issue when compared to the rights of a gay man to do a job he is fully capable of doing.
|9 weeks 29 min ago||Yeah, no||
Browns are very obviously a reference to Paul Brown, seeing as (a) it is an objective fact, and (b) there is absolutely no evidence that it has ever been taken otherwise by any rational person ever.
The Washington Nationals is a reference to the fact that Washington is, in fact, the seat of power of our "nation".
The "Fighting Irish" is a little racist/jingoist/etc, but we didn't systematically kill the Irish, rape their women, take their land, and destroy their culture, and then name a team the derogatory slur to which we referred to them as we systematically killed them, raped their women, took their land, and destroyed their culture. So, I guess that's a difference.
Mascots can make a "select group of people" uncomfortable and be within the bounds of good taste. I'm not sure everyone likes the Vikings mascot. But there is a line of decent taste, and HOLY SHIT IT'S 2014 AND WE STILL CALL A TEAM THE REDSKINS.
|9 weeks 37 min ago||I'm saying||
Is that where it is related to peoples' jobs, there are a number of situations in modern society in which people are exposed to the types of genitals that they would gravitate towards in their personal/social lives, but those people can nevertheless be mature and adult about such exposure because they are adults.
For example, women breast feed in public, and occasionally a nip will slip. Some people flip out, but for the most part people can be mature because it is not a huge deal.
Now, if I have a daughter, I won't be fine with her being around heterosexual males EVER, for any reason. But that's a different story.
|9 weeks 53 min ago||You can't "ban" words||
But you can sure as hell punish their use. For example, people who drop the f-bomb around here (not fuck, you can say fuck) are Bolivianed or worse. "Redskins" is a racist anacronism that will go away sooner or later.
|9 weeks 1 hour ago||I mean||
There are thousands of heterosexual female doctors (including ER docs and urologists), and more than a handful of male OBGYNs. And let's just say you'll get WAY more than a passing glance from them. And the universe seems to continue to function.
|9 weeks 1 hour ago||One thing you're forgetting||
The team that cuts him will be the same team that DRAFTED him. Who is going to give shit to the team that valued him most highly on draft day if they subsequently cut him?
"Gee, the Lions must be really homophobic because they knowingly drafted the first openly gay player and then cut him."
|9 weeks 23 hours ago||I agree||
That the "you can't talk about next year until next year" thing isn't a real rule.
What I WOULD say is that there are just way too many unknowns for next year (see: McGary, GRIII, Stauskas) to really be able to gauge anything. If they all come back, WOO PARTY TIME. If they all leave, less party time. If it is one of the other 6 combinations (a likelihood, I'd say), it'll be somewhere in the middle.