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|5 days 18 hours ago||Ha ha so funny||
I don't remember seeing any ghosts, aliens, or antiques on the field, so the History Channel is probably the wrong place to look.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Possibility of frost||
Is it OK to plant outside yet? I have some herbs/veggies in pots indoors that I picked up at a farmer's market last weekend, but the Monday/Tuesday cold snap made me spooked to put them in the ground.
Edit: This website says the last frost in Grand Rapids is usually around May 16... so I think I'll wait a weekend or two. My daughter would be pretty upset if she helped me plant things and then they all died.
|5 days 21 hours ago||The old B&D||
Barbecuing (lamb) and Drinking (Centennial IPA). Good times.
|5 days 22 hours ago||My point is that if teams||
My point is that if teams generally didn't have a surplus of timeouts available at the end of the game, no player would just take one a la Webber without explicit directions from his coach.
|6 days 15 hours ago||Interesting||
I think the exact opposite. First, the Heat are in win-now mode, as Wade and Bosh are getting old and there is the possibility that the big three could all leave as free agents. Second, the Heat have built a unique offense that utilizes essentially no inside presence. It all relies on James or Wade penetrating into the lane and either scoring or kicking out to a shooter. I don't see where a guy with McGary's skill set fits into that.
I actually think McGary would fit better on the Spurs. Their offense relies on big men being active screeners and making intelligent passes and cuts, which are all strengths of McGary's.
|1 week 18 hours ago||We can do better||
The First Annual Monrovia Bowl. Played at noon on Christmas in Monrovia, Liberia, so it can be shown live on ESPN2 at about 4 AM Christmas morning.
|1 week 1 day ago||Counter-counterpoint:||
If players weren't so used to taking a timeout to set up every single offensive possession in the last minute and a half, maybe the thought to do so wouldn't have even crossed Webber/Talley's mind.
|1 week 2 days ago||Spoiler?||
That's only a spoiler for anyone who just booted up their computer for the first time today.
|1 week 2 days ago||2nd contract||
The NBA rookie pay scale is pretty flat once you get past the top 10 or so. The key for NBA guys looking to maximize their earnings is to become a free agent and get their second contract as soon as possible, because if they're even average that second deal will dwarf their rookie one.
|1 week 2 days ago||The original post||
The original post says "As always, no book spoilers."
Was there any part of that that was unclear?
|1 week 2 days ago||Doesn't make sense to me||
I don't see any way that he could fit even 1/100th of the character development, history, and intricate plots of any of the GoT books into a 2-hour movie. The only thing that makes sense, as mentioned below, is some sort of prequel about the Targaryen rise/fall, but even then he would have to drastically alter his storytelling style to fit the time constraints.
|1 week 2 days ago||Game on the moon?||
Can we take the band?
|1 week 5 days ago||C'mon, man||
The last time we had a head coach try to give a coach on the opposite side of the ball specific instructions as to what scheme to run, we switched between a 3-3-5 and 4-3 defense all season long and ended up leaving mediocre Penn State receivers open by 15 yards as a result.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yes||
When the first subheader in the article is "What a shitty offense," I think Borges is all but named.
|1 week 5 days ago||Yes and no||
The media still writes those stories, but they need to fill column space, so there's desperate to note any event no matter how irrelevant. I don't think anyone pays attention to them, though. For instance, I read a lot about football and particularly about the Lions, but I hadn't even noticed that Jim Caldwell was their first black coach until you mentioned it. Pretty soon the reaction will be "wow, I never even realized that this guy is the first gay professional motocross racer, neat" even if the story still gets written.
|1 week 5 days ago||Surprising, and not||
I'm not very surprised that Collins has quickly blended in. But I kind of wonder if the reaction would have been different if he played in a city like Oklahoma City or Dallas (to pick two well-known more socially conservative areas) rather than in Brooklyn.
|1 week 5 days ago||Sure||
Increasing the number of plays in the game is a Goliath strategy, to be sure. But the previous discussion of strategy was independent of team strength.
|1 week 5 days ago||That's not an advantage though||
Other than factors 1, 2, and 3, though, "more plays" shouldn't be an advantage in and of itself. If you go fast, you get more plays, but so does your opponent, so they get the same advantages/disadvantages you do. The value in going fast lies in confusing/exhausting the defense, not just in getting more plays per game.
|1 week 5 days ago||Politics? We talkin' 'bout politics?||
The reason people like Michael Sam and Jason Collins get attention for being openly gay is that no one in a major sport has done that before. I agree with you that being openly gay shouldn't be a reason for a player to be singled out, but the fact is that discrimination still exists, and players like Sam and Collins are doing something groundbreaking. Plus, there's the idea that a guy like Sam might inspire some gay teenager who feels like no one accepts him and who needs a role model to say "if he can exist in a masculine culture like football, then why can't I?"
In my opinion, it's great that you're for gay marriage, but you're implying a double standard when you say that you "don't want to hear announcements about players coming out." You hear stories about players' heterosexual exploits all the time, whether it's Christian Ponder and Samantha Steele, Lamar Odom and whatever Kardashian he was with, Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson, or even Patrick Ewing at the Gold Club. It's unfair to accept a constant stream of information about specific heterosexual romances but to tell a gay player he can't even say something as simple as "I like men."
Anyway, Brian sure opened up a Pandora's Box with this one. Looking forward to delete in 3, 2, 1...
|1 week 5 days ago||Just moved to Grand Rapids||
Unpacking boxes, setting up the house, and unpacking my bike stuff because it's going to be freaking beautiful and I want to get out for a ride.
|1 week 6 days ago||Closing the barn door||
I can sympathize with your sentiments regarding the egalitarianism of college football.
The thing is, at least at the BCS-conference level, that ship sailed a long time ago. As the SB Nation article makes clear, star players just about everywhere are already receiving benefits roughly proportionate to their expected performance. If payments are legal, then the only difference is that they can receive them from upstanding boosters, out in the open, rather than dealing with shady guys under the table. And even if we pretend that no players are getting paid, you're still going to see Devin Gardner's jersey at the M Den but not Kenny Allen's. Why shouldn't Devin see a cut of what is essentially his name being sold?
Also, you talk about some schools being able to outbid others as if that isn't already a thing. You think a prospect gets a different feeling when he walks into the locker rooms at Alabama or Oregon than he would at Purdue or some MAC school? The only difference is that players will benefit more directly if they get the money rather than having it spent on putting an Xbox in every locker.
|1 week 6 days ago||Already did||
I own it and I've read it twice. I think basketball is a subject where he really shines, both because he knows a lot about it and because he has an empirical basis for his opinions. He obviously still colors his opinions with pro-Celtics and anti-Kareem/Wilt bias, but he's fairly open about that. Even though the bulk of the book is his rankings, they're more along the lines of his articles than his random rankings on ESPN/Grantland.
I'm talking more about his "authoritative" take on pop culture. Listing action movies, or sports movies, or songs or whatever is an inherently subjective pursuit, but he writes about that as if he's the final arbiter.
|1 week 6 days ago||Requirement||
"Stauskas showed that he was far more than just a spot-up shooter this year."
Glad the WWL got that into the article. At this point it's almost self-parody.
|1 week 6 days ago||Before/after||
Canadians must be the only people who get less tan in the "after" photo.
|1 week 6 days ago||Furthermore||
His father also said this morning that he has not chosen an agent.
|1 week 6 days ago||Inspiring shot...||
... but who chose that camera angle, the BTN's football crew?
|1 week 6 days ago||BREAKING||
Stauskas will be starting at QB over Devin Gardner.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||Some times more than others||
I think he's really good on articles like this. He becomes insufferably arrogant when he tries to create a definitive list of anything based on his own personal opinion, like his recent action hero ranking.
|2 weeks 21 hours ago||That's an oversimplification||
I'm theoretically in the target age range for this article, but I can understand how it wouldn't be that interesting to milennials, since I didn't watch television much until I was 20 or so. It's still an interesting article to me on the basis of its exploration of late-night TV, but like many things Simmons writes, the value of the article lies half in encyclopedic knowledge of sports/culture and how things work, and half in bits of nostalgia that will only be relevant to someone who was there.
As a comparison from one generation back, last year was the 50th anniversary of the Beatles arriving in America and going on the Ed Sullivan show. It was interesting for me to read about that, but I didn't have the same excitement and visceral reaction to the anniversary as my dad did, since he was in middle school at the time and was pretty much the target audience for the Beatles. Just because I don't find it as interesting as he did doesn't mean that I can't pay attention to or learn from anything that happened before I was born.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Fantastic||
I don't understand what Calipari's qualifications are to be a NBA coach. He's a recruiting genius, but nobody thinks he's a strategic wizard, and he already failed once in the NBA. Smart NBA teams should be looking to hire college coaches like Brad Stevens, who didn't have the best talent but developed a team that was greater than the sum of its parts.