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|11 weeks 5 days ago||Pods||
once you hit the 16-20 range, you need to split into 4 pods, with 2 pods forming a division on an annually rotating basis. Could be done with 14 teams and the experience would be much better imo. you would play every team in the conference 2 times in a 4-5 year period at a minimum.
Here's a pretty detailed write up someone did for the SEC when they went to 14.
It would apply perfectly to the Big Ten, and I would love to see it happen. Not holding my breath
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Get ready for a WOW||
Get ready for a WOW experience...
|26 weeks 6 days ago||"Rains of Castamere" FTFY||
"Rains of Castamere"
|34 weeks 1 day ago||More important question...||
Are we atributting Glasgow's emergence to:
1) The Heninger Certainty Principle
2) The Order of St. Kovacs
3) both, and if so, relative contribution of each?
The science of Mattison or the faith of walk-onabilty? Where shall my MGoPrayers be directed?
This is the 2nd time I've asked this and you're ducking me Cook. Straight duckin'. Got my eye on you, Pal.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||I'm not the type of person to||
I'm not the type of person to make demands, but I need an answer on this one, Brian. A question like this going unanswered is the type of thing that will make my brain implode.
|43 weeks 21 hours ago||This is Crazy||
"Winged Helmet" is my dad. The site he started "The Alamo" still runs off an iMac in his basement. To think someone remembered him and his handle from 16 years is mind blowing. although thinking back to some of his posts from back then, they were pretty memorable.
|1 year 2 weeks ago||"and I'm tall so I'm not too worried about the 3 seats in front"||
congrats on the upgrade! Pre-emptive:
"DOWN IN FRONT!!!"
|1 year 10 weeks ago||To this I say...||
|1 year 19 weeks ago||MOVE!!!||
|1 year 42 weeks ago||Ester looks strikingly like||
Tom Osborne. Or should I say Tom Osborne has a striking resemblence to Mrs. McCleery?
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Clever way to argue balls and strikes||
I know this thread is pretty well settled, but as an aside regarding balls and strikes...
I know a former minor league hitting coach, and he and his manager had a creative way to argue balls and strikes with the umpire. Instead of arguing after the ump made his call (directly arguing balls and strikes), they would ask where the ump saw the ball:
MGR: Where'd you have that, Ump?
UMP: A little inside.
MGR: Aw, that's horseshit. Even I could see that from here.
UMP: Don't argue balls and strikes with me.
MGR: I'm not. I'm just telling you that wasn't inside.
By doing this he wasn't arguing whether it was a ball or strike, just where the ump said he saw the ball cross over the plate. Just a semantic difference, I know, but it worked pretty well for them.
Also, when the hitting coach was a player, he drew a line on an Ump in the dirt a full six inches off the plate for what he thought was a bad call. He encountered that ump several times afterwards, and each time he'd head up for his at bat, the ump would say: "You better start swinging, because these are all going to be strikes." Ump never called another ball for him.
Lesson: Umps are dicks. Don't argue balls and strikes.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||If you start allowing players||
If you start allowing players and managers to argue balls and strikes you'll see a lot less baseball. Games would take twice as long to play if managers, hitters and pitchers all got to say their piece after every throw to the plate. It's a "rule" intended to ensure a bit of decorum and to keep the game moving.
Imagine if head football coaches were allowed to challenge every play on whether or not any penalty was committed and got to have a discussion with the ref about it. Would that be fun to watch?
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Setting aside the way other||
Setting aside the way other sports are officiated, the perceived American bullshittedness of this occurrence and what you think "should" be acceptable, any pro player or manager will tell you that when you argue balls and strikes you're at risk of being thrown out of the game.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Ump is well within the||
Ump is well within the boundaries of accepted behavior to toss someone for arguing balls and strikes, whether star player or legendary manager.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Am I crazy here? Arguing||
Am I crazy here?
Arguing balls and strikes with the home plate ump puts you at risk of getting tossed. Ump is well within his right to do so.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||reading that took me from 80s||
reading that took me from 80s neck roll to full pylon. Season cannot get here soon enough.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||No, Mr. Utah,||
Thank you. Nevermind this minor fact-quibble, what you posted over the last week or so was an EXCELLENT series. It was well-written, informative and interesting, which is not easy to do when your subject matter is so numerically intensive.
Looking forward to Part V: Al Borges, Champion next off-season.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Correct||
I believe B Toledo was incorrectly referred to as the the HC at SDSU in Part 3 as well. Bob Toledo was brought on as an OC @ SDSU this offseason
|2 years 26 weeks ago||"Research" determines what it||
"Research" determines what it is that students are educated about. Those textbooks don't write themselves. So, yes, "research" is education. And it affects everyone being, you know, educated.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||I think on 60 minutes they||
I think on 60 minutes they said something about a $40M indoor rowing facility? And don't worry, DB will find something, anything to renovate, or demolish and build something entirely new. Want a state of the art indoor ultimate frisbee facility to go along with that shiny new bicycle polo arena? You got it! - courtesy of the BTN and conference expansion
And if you're not building a new facility now, please believe that you will be soon. Didn't DB say something about filling in the south end of the stadium with seats to the top of the scoreboard by the end of his tenure? PSLs won't pay for that.
For better or worse (put me in the "worse" column), college sports are a zero sum game, unlike most professional sports that have salary caps and inverse draft order based on performance to help level the playing field and maintain some semblance of a competitive balance. There are a limited number of blue chip recruits and WE MUST HAZ ALL TEH REECRUUTZ!!
When looking at potential schools as a recruit, knowing you'll be spending north of 30 hours a week in the athletic facilities, would you rather those facilities be shiny, new and full of flatscreens? Or would you rather spend the majority of your time in a building that's old, dingy, probably has some asbestos, and have multi-media carts that get hauled into the filmroom because they're shared with the basketball team?
|2 years 26 weeks ago||More money builds better||
More money builds better facilities. Better facilities attract better recruits. Better recruits play better. Better players win more games. More wins brings more money and better recruits.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Indeed I did. I am an expert||
Indeed I did. I am an expert at answer questions that weren't asked. Ask my wife.
First, I don't see 4 superconferences as an inevitability. I imagine the playoff bracket will grow to 8 the next time around which leaves room for 5 conf champs and 3 at large bids. Plus, I don't think the ACC is at any real risk of breaking apart here. Maryland's athletic department was woefully mismanaged which brought about this move. Unless the B1G starts picking off UVA and/or UNC, I'm not sure that any more teams will leave. They've got a $50M buyout, plus the difference in payout between the ACC and B12 is roughly $3M. That takes several years to get an ROI.
Another reason is I can't see the Pac taking any of those teams. BSU and BYU are the only ones that are close geographically, and there isn't the academic fit there. I think Stanford and Cal would leave the PAC before voting either of those schools in. If the PAC expands, I think they're taking Texas and a few other B12 schools. And at that point we're looking at picking apart the B12 and the list looks very different.
Wait, I sitll haven't answered your question.
Ok. B1G takes: UVA and UNC
SEC takes: NC State & VT
B12 takes: Louisville, Clemson, FSU, Miami, GT & BYU
PAC 12 takes: ??? and this is where the 4 team superconference logic breaks down.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Yes. Because so many B1G||
Yes. Because so many B1G alums live in the DC and NY area, when their schools come to play Maryland and Rutgers, you can expect that Maryland and Rutgers' attendance and season ticket sales will rise accordingly.
I think adding Maryland means the BTN is a lock for basic tier status in Maryland and the DC area. I think adding Rutgers means the BTN is likely going to get basic tier status in NJ. When you add UM, OSU, RU, PSU, NW, etc all together, and have them playing in the shadow of NYC, then I think basic teir status in NY becomes possible, but I don't think even that is necessary for this to be a net positive move for the B1G, financially speaking.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Pitt Notre||
These are the only teams on that list with AAU membership (+ ND, because they would get a pass), so this is what you're looking at as possible membership, if you expect the B1G Chancellors & Presidents vote to invite a school into the B1G.
Other possible schools include:
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Right, but those estimates||
Right, but those estimates are without considering basic tier rights in the Baltimore/DC (holy lock) NJ (lock) and NY(we'll see) markets. So these teams are adding considerable value. #'s 15 & 16? I'm not so sure. But if you're bringing in the markets in VA and NC, my guess would be that there's a net positive there as well. And the populations of those states are growing.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||The reason MSC is not doing||
The reason MSC is not doing that is because the B1G is different than most other conferences in that all of the graduate programs accross the conference collaborate and share resources between the departments of each institution. The ACC does this to a degree, but no other major conference does. It's one of the things that makes the B1G a special snowflake in the barren post-apocalyptic wasteland that is the remains of conference realignment. So not only does the addtion of Maryland, a large flagship research institution deliver another TV market (or markets), but it incrementally adds to the resources of the research side of the institution. This is one of the reasons (if not the reason) that B1G membership is so coveted. Not only do you get a pile o' cash for your sports programs, which makes your alums very happy and willing to donate more money, but your faculty and graduate programs now have more resources to pool from, creating more opportunity for increased prestige through discovery.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||As much as I despise ND and||
As much as I despise ND and their self-proclaimed Irish Exceptionalism, it appears more and more that this is a real thing, and that there will always be a place at the table for ND.
|2 years 26 weeks ago||I don't think we're too far||
I don't think we're too far off from seeing the power conferences (whichever combination of B1G, SEC, PAC, ACC/B12 are remaining at the end of this) break off from the FBS "mid-majors" of Big East, C-USA, Sun Belt, MAC and MWC. There's clearly a gap in competitiveness, both on the field and financially, and those smaller schools would benefit from not having to compete (and lose - again, academically and financially) against major college programs.
This is a good thing in my opinion. Goodbye MACrifice, goodbye Appy State, hello 8 team playoff for the 60 or so teams left in the Major Tier of CFB with autobids for the 4/5 conference champs and 3/4 at-large bids. Please play at college campuses, please please please.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||This thread is a good||
This thread is a good reminder that, even if another 19 teams across 7 time zones join the Big Ten and we only play a given team once every 28 years, all teams will share a common bond of laughing at sparty.
|2 years 27 weeks ago||unless "coeds" is also in||
unless "coeds" is also in said sentence