well that's just, like, your opinion, man
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|2 days 9 hours ago||See comment from mgoblue0970 (above)||
"The donors didn't expect to have the building named after them. The regents voted on the name."
|2 days 9 hours ago||Actually||
If you saw some of the comments from the University minority community (especially the more vitriolic ones, which I felt were shockingly misdirected), you might feel differently. I can understand why the Bernsteins did this. It was an unfortunate, lose-lose situation.
In the end, the Bernsteins can donate to a project where their support is genuinely appreciated.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||You can't have one||
...without the other
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Opportunity||
Other than the annual tryout? We don't. The only two criteria for playing travel are you make the team (i.e., have enough talent to be one of the 11/12 best players at the tryout) and you finance your way. Perhaps your question is aimed at the financial end, following the discussion above about opportunity for all socioeconomic groups. Travel teams come from all over, not just the affluent suburbs. If a family doesn't have the money, then they can fundraise. In fact, most teams conduct organized fundraising to offset team costs (winter practice, uniforms, equipment, field use, umpires, insurance, tournaments, etc.). Examples include can/bottle drives, restaurant nights, bowling nights, golf outings, euchre tournies, working a charity poker room (like the one that closed at the Heidelberg), you name it. Another option is to secure sponsors, which is surprisingly easy; many community businesses are willing to chip in $100-500.
In my four years of coaching (travel and rec), it's been apparent that 1) there are rec players playing travel who shouldn't be, and 2) the development of travel-quality players in rec ball is likely stunted due to playing with less talented players who are just learning the game. In my first game coaching rec (8-10 year-olds), there were 42 walks issued by the two teams, in six innings. That benefits no one, least of all the kids who have talent/interest and want to play and improve. The kids who are learning and just happy to be there (or not...) don't really care. So in summary, every player may have the same opportunity, but not overy player should take it.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Differences||
There are some major differences between LL and travel that put LL at a disadvantage (or make it less attractive).
As a travel coach (9U-11U), I don't like the stealing. It means a kid on first will be on third within two pitches. Every player steals, no matter the circumstances. For a baseball purist, or someone who grew up in a previous era, that's a put-off. However, by 11U (and more likely 12U), the catchers are developing and beginning to throw out runners, so they don't steal as often.
Nevertheless, stealing is a part of the game. To make a player stay on the base until the ball crosses the plate is somewhat unnatural, and opens the possibility of players leaving early, etc. It also delays the development of pitchers, who need to learn to hold runners and avoid balks.
In 12U LL, the base distance is 60 feet. In 11/12U travel, it's 70 feet. In 9/10U travel, it's 65 feet (which about makes it about even with LL, if you're taking a 5-foot lead).
In 12U LL, the pitching distance is 46 feet, which is the same as 9/10U travel. In 11/12U travel, the distance moves to 50 feet. This makes sense, as the boys are growing, getting stonger, and throwing harder. To have these LL "phenoms" (like Chris Drury, Danny Almonte, or Mo'ne Davis) pitching "70 mph" from 46 feet is ridiculous.
In 12U LL, the minimum outfield fence distance is 200 feet; this was the distance of Lamade Stadium in Williamsport through 2006, at which time the fence was extended to 225 feet because home runs were becoming too common (Wikipedia); if you've ever watched the LLWS, about every other hit is a HR, which just isn't realistic. Travel fields aren't as regulated, but our 11U field is 200 feet (and is one of the smallest we've played on this year), and kids are hitting balls off the fence with regularity. I can't imagine how many HRs we'd see playing in the same bandbox at 12U.
LL/rec ball serves a purpose, as does travel.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||PSU||
I got negged for saying this is another thread, but I believe I can safely say it here:
Fuck Penn St.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Baseball and diversity||
While it may not impact viewership or youth play, I've heard from at least one minor league player that ethnic separation is very real in the minor leagues (especially lower levels). Latin players stick together and don't associate much with white/black players. I'm sure the language barrier has a part in this, but it may not be the only factor.
That's an odd concept to me, being on a team where you don't associate with your teammates.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||As a coach and parent||
I would say the same thing: I want my players (and kids) to play other sports, because it makes them more athletic, makes the better in all the sports they play, and reduces the likelihood of injury.
However, that doesn't mean I want them to play all of their sports in the same season of the year.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||Thirdly||
Fuck Penn St.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Moms!||
|6 weeks 3 days ago||In for the IBD mom bang||
In for the IBD mom bang
|7 weeks 2 days ago||We can fix that||
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Point of clarification||
Michigan didn't tell Spike he couldn't leave. He announced he was leaving (having graduated), and Michigan said he couldn't transfer to a B1G school.
I get your point, that restricting a player's options (be it release from LOI or restricting transfer destination) isn't in the player's best interest. But these are also two very different situations.
EDIT: Sorry, beaten by a few seconds.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Lloyd and dumb questions||
Specifically, with Todd Harris (11/24/03), at 1:31:
|8 weeks 6 days ago||I think a blind Girl Scout||
I think a blind Girl Scout from Peru could, as well. Not just a leader. From Bolivia, too.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||WD, I don't care what anybody||
WD, I don't care what anybody else says about you. I think you're just alright.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||Board, bored, boored||
I agree -- should be bored.
Having said that, has there been a definitive post on favorite board/tabletop games of MGoBloggers? I don't find one on the site search.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||If that was a tranny||
That was the Mona Lisa of transvestites.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||NSFMF||
I am in no way defending PSU, Paterno, Sandusky, or anyone else associated with that school. It should be kicked out of the B1G immediately. It's sickening, and continues to get worse. I knew when the NCAA withdrew the punishments that they would use it as justification that nothing was done wrong.
However, I don't read the article as saying PSU was paying out to victims in 1971. I read it as, PSU has paid out (no time frame provided) to victims who were victimized dating back to 1971. The former would be much, much worse. As it is, the school is simply acknowledging that they've settled with and paid out to victims dating back to 1971, and it's highly (understatement) unlikely that Paterno and someone in the administration didn't know about the claims.
Having said that, burn it down.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||YAY YAY||
|13 weeks 3 days ago||This one hurts||
RIP, The Kid.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Late||
I'm late to this party, but it feels like an opportunity to commisserate after 20 years, so better late than never. I even had to check my transcript, because I couldn't remember the course that was so bad I had to withdraw. Memory is getting bad, too. But maybe that's a good thing, for these courses.
ME210 (Solid Mechanics) - frustratingly bad
PHYS401 (Intermediate Mechanics) - should've withdrawn after the first exam; A- for a score of 21/100 made me think I should stick it out. Bad decision. Pretty sure I still have recurring nightmares about not being able to answer even one question on the exam after the first pass.
PHYS406 (Statistical and Thermal Physics) - only W on the transcript; completely lost.
|15 weeks 6 days ago||W IH||
It helps to get 100 points in a sport only five other schools play.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Welcome, LeonardI think||
|16 weeks 6 days ago||It's notable||
...that cro-magnon made no reference in his filthy tirade to the driver's alleged anti-Semitic provocation. It seems, if that had previously happened, it would be a basis of his rant. But it wasn't.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||I'm bad, I'm nationwide!||
Now in the NY Daily News (and likely other NY outlets):
|17 weeks 13 hours ago||AgreeAnd I'm curious. What||
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Technically, "woop woop" is||
Technically, "woop woop" is not a Yost original. It dates back to Larry Murphy and his time with the Caps. He had a reputation for (whoops) making bonehead plays, which compelled the impatient Caps fans to make the catcall when he touched the puck after leaving the Caps. Its adoption at Yost may have been organic, but it wasn't original. In fact, only a fraction of the cheers at Yost are original to Yost.
|17 weeks 6 days ago||*sigh*||
I logged in to enthusiastically report that I just e-mailed Mr. Traviolia (true), and as a result, you should all expect the games to be moved back to campus sites in 2017.
But then this. A cynical wind for my wishful sails. Thanks.
|18 weeks 2 days ago||Oh, and both arenas in the same town.||
Oh, and both arenas in the same town.