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|14 weeks 4 days ago||I'm down, but it's not up to||
I'm down, but it's not up to Celtic to get to decide which league they get to join. The Premier League has no interest in seeing how Celtic could do with real money.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||"the Nigerian defense||
"the Nigerian defense includes two local players, a couple of guys in the English second tier, and just one player at anything resembling a big club: left back Eldereson Echiejile plays for French runners-up Monaco"
And Efe Ambrose. As a Celtic fan, I swear, we're still a big club. No, really.
|33 weeks 6 days ago||But the role of college is to||
But the role of college is to prepare you for the real world in a lot more facets than just education. Stauskas is going to "further" his "career" (your words) by preparing for the NBA while at Michigan. Now, that's true for a very small percentage of even NCAA athletes, so the eggs should be put in different baskets, so to speak, and a Michigan degree is still worth a hell of a lot for many people. It's just that in this specific instance, Stauskas preparing for the NBA is worth a lot more, at this moment in time, than an education from Michigan. If some whiz kid programmer developed some great piece of software that required his undevoted attention to put out in the marketplace, would anyone bemoan the fact that he didn't finish school? Of course not. And of course, Stauskas can always come back and finish his degree when the time better suits him.
|40 weeks 4 days ago||Brazil's ranking was really||
Brazil's ranking was really hurt as they didn't have to qualify, and qualifying games count more in FIFA ranking than friendlies.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||No, I completely get your||
No, I completely get your point, but you're missing mine while you bluster about the good ol' days. You think that because some kids can't handle both parts of "student-athlete", then all of them should have to sit out a year. But this completely misses that all of these kids are different, some can handle both, some can handle only one, and some can't handle either part. There are kids that can handle both as a freshman, and all you're doing is cutting out a great opportunity for them.
You seem to think that if we incentivize the kids who are primarily thinking of going pro in a sport from going to college, then college sports will become pure and clean. I can't help but think how laughably naive that is.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||No, you're just taking the||
No, you're just taking the "athlete" out. If a kid still has to figure out the "student" part, then set up something specific to him to help him out, don't pass an across-the-board decision that hurts the kids who can handle both.
|49 weeks 2 days ago||And all the kids who want to||
And all the kids who want to enjoy going to a college and are good enough to play as a freshman? Just too bad for them?
|1 year 1 day ago||Stave shouldn't hand the ball||
Stave shouldn't hand the ball to the ref, and wait for him to spot it. The clock is still running. He should have left it exactly where it was, so that his team could lineup immediately so they could stop the clock.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||But a number of high||
But a number of high schoolers are good enough to go make a NBA roster, a lot more than could go make a NFL roster. Sure, its a risk for NBA teams, but they're more than willing to take that risk, as it pays off often enough, so let them.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Stauskas has to be 7' to be||
Stauskas has to be 7' to be able to get to the NBA early? Huh? He's going to have to put on some muscle, but 6'6" is plenty tall enough to be a shooter off someone's bench.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Sure, if we recruit enough||
Sure, if we recruit enough talent that we can tell the opponent what we're going to do and they still can't stop us, then we should mimic Alabama. But when we play teams that we can't clearly out-talent, we should have some alternate strategies.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||To both of you, I understand||
To both of you, I understand that this is a bit different, and a Kent St win would make them more likely to move up than TCU being idle, just that the voters have already seen that the lower end of the poll matters and somewhat made a statement last year.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||They saw this just last year.||
They saw this just last year. TCU was ranked 18 heading to the conf championship games, behind Georgia and Michigan St. They figured that with both teams losing, they would get bumped up the two spots necessary. They didn't.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Because, rightfully so, some||
Because, rightfully so, some people don't think that you order best teams solely by fewest losses.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||A big reason that Cabrera had||
A big reason that Cabrera had better numbers was because of the park that each guy had to play in.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||Actually Triple Crown doesn't||
Actually Triple Crown doesn't equal MVP. Not only, obviously, are they two different measures, but we have precedent that a Triple Crown winner can also not be the MVP. In 1947, the best hitter in the game, and a meh defender in a corner position came in second to a centerfielder who was pretty great with the bat too, and would have won gold gloves if they had existed.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||In the play, the three||
In the play, the three releasing lineman only hit two guys. Whether it was a miscommunication or whatever, the RG hits no one. If they each hit a guy, then either Demens or Kovacs are blocked, and Colter just has to guess properly on which one it will be and give or pitch accordingly.
It's a great play in that it forces the o-line to be perfect in figuring out their assignments, still leaves guys to make a play on each part of the option, and forces Colter to make a decision before he can probably figure out the defense, but it was really helped by a NW o-lineman doing nothing on the play.
|1 year 43 weeks ago||You can have your magazine||
You can have your magazine sent to our troops. I'm not exactly sure how it works so that you can still get your code for insider, but I think you just have to call ESPN Magazine and they'll handle just about everything.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||This is accurate. In just||
This is accurate. In just about every measure used in the BCS, Michigan's win over UMass is worth more than the loss to Alabama. No one gets credit for scheduling up and losing, and I'm not seeing how that will change.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Assuming Bama stays at #1,||
Assuming Bama stays at #1, I'd say close to 50-50, but I'll lean no. Sugar will get to pick an at-large team before the Rose will, so they'll take either ND or the top SEC team left.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Same network doesn't mean||
Same network doesn't mean everyone has the same opinion
And again, and much more importantly, these are completely unrelated. Guesswork for "fun" before a game is even played is different than understanding how the polls work in the majority of circumstances and then explaining that.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||I didn't see who said the||
I didn't see who said the Irish wouldn't pass an undefeated Bama or Oregon, but I would bet my bottom dollar that it was different from those who made those NC predictions.
And those two are completely different kinds of analyses. Not comparable in any way.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||And they beat better||
And they beat better opponents than us.
A big problem for Michigan in the computer polls is that UMass is dead last, and dragging down their strength of schedule. the Colley Rankings have a tool to add/remove games. Replace UMass with Bowling Green (still a blowout, but ranked #72 there instead of Umass' #138) and Michigan moves up to #27 from #38. This is the same exact problem that the basketball team had last year.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||Fine, completely ignore any||
Fine, completely ignore any thoughts you have about what Alabama and Notre Dame's defense would do to Ohio, or what Denard would be able to do against New Mexico St, Marshall, Norfolk St and Buffalo. But you have to find something more nuanced than "win is good, loss is bad".
|1 year 48 weeks ago||The Big Ten has no big wins||
The Big Ten has no big wins is the actual problem. I count 13 OOC losses, but five were to now top 10 teams, Alabama, Oregon St and ND x3. And Illinois, Iowa and Penn St lost to now a combination of Iowa St, LA Tech, Arizona St, and Ohio, all borderline top 25 teams, and it's not like anyone was expecting that former group to carry the banner for the Big Ten to begin with. Indiana has always been bad, leaving us with C Michigan over Iowa, UCLA over Nebraska and Virginia over Penn St. Not good, but Sagarin has the Big Ten as his 4th best conference, and that sounds about right.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Fine, compare the resumes.||
Fine, compare the resumes. Ohio's best win has come against a before-they-got-it-together Penn St, and in the only similar opponent to Michigan had to come from behind in the 4th Q to beat UMass. Ohio would have (at least) two losses with Michigan's schedule, and Michigan would be undefeated against Ohio's schedule.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||But you haven't teased out||
But you haven't teased out how many of those runs have to do with the guys hitting around those two. Put Trout in the middle of the lineup, but still ahead of a big bopper, and his % here will go up.
|1 year 49 weeks ago||I'm not sure you have any||
I'm not sure you have any idea what youre talking about. Sorry to sound so blunt. The "philosophy" of sabermetrics is nothing more than the desire to understand the game at a deeper level. That is, we know that AVG/HR/RBI isn't good enough by itself, and there is more to know. Sabermetricians has been trying to evaluate defense, and has so far determined that it is quite difficult, but certainly not unimportant. And they also say that it's not SBs that are not valuable, but the guys who get thrown out so many times while trying to steal bases that neutralize any return (Trout's SB% is fantastic though).
This is the biggest source of strife between the groups - not understanding what the others are saying.
|2 years 2 weeks ago||Don't treat Ohio like just||
Don't treat Ohio like just any other MAC team. They're going to be one of the best non-major-conferences teams this year.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Sure, a trial lawyer is going||
Sure, a trial lawyer is going to come off sounding a lot less offensive than a hothead former baseball player, that doesn't mean his position is any less damaging. The Marlins did what they did solely because it was good PR.