The D-League as petri dish for weird basketball concepts.
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|10 weeks 3 days ago||won't lie, i read it as||
won't lie, i read it as "shame" the first time.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||2007. Michigan. Cleveland. Lazio.||
let me preface this with my allegiances: grew up in Cleveland, raised a Wolverine and went to U of M 2003–2007, studied abroad in Rome and became a (apolictal) Lazio fan.
now, 2007 for those teams.
Michigan basketball: completely forgettable NIT season
Michigan hockey: bombs out of tourney in that insanely terrible 8-5 game to NoDak. watched it in the State St. BW3 because they were the only place that had whatever cable backwater it was airing on.
Michigan football: The Horror &c.
Browns: 10-6, one of their better years, miss playoffs on a tiebreaker.
Cavs: utterly shellacked in NBA finals. beginning of the end of LeBron.
Indians: go up 3-1 in ALCS against the Red Sox, proceed to boot the rest of the series. while driving on I-90 and listening to one of those games on the radio, the brakes in my car failed and i spun out at 75 mph in dry conditions.
Lazio: winless in two derbies against Roma. a Lazio fan gets shot and killed by a policeman at a highway rest stop, causing country-wide riots and the suspension of the entire league.
that's a bad year. this year, i dunno. the tourney run _strung me out_ in an unhealthy way. i knew i had to retreat a little after that. now my prevailing sentiment is, "welp, SPORTS." ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
|15 weeks 4 hours ago||well, except hockey, who won||
well, except hockey, who won 6-0 on Friday and are generally exceeding expectations. they're even on BTN this week. watch that game, so you have a chance of being able to say "we beat Ohio State!" in the near future.
|1 year 1 week ago||for a second there, you had||
for a second there, you had me convinced that CBS was so out of touch with technology that they were still developing apps for WebOS.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||i'm shocked that this game is||
i'm shocked that this game is even on the board in Vegas. that said, i'm still excited for the carnage.
|1 year 12 weeks ago||kinda. i can't tell if Brian||
kinda. i can't tell if Brian didn't know how to spell it, or whether he was putting in the excrescent P for comedic effect.
i live about 45 minutes from there (Ithaca), so it kinda baffled me that anyone would get it wrong. especially when we have nearby place name spelling disasters like "Taughannock".
|1 year 13 weeks ago||if saying||
if saying "Fußball-Bundesliga" isn't fun enough, you can augment it by adopting Borussia Mönchengladbach.
|1 year 50 weeks ago||the view from Lynah||
[sorry for the loooong comment, don't have enough points to diary]
i'm almost certainly the only person on here who's actually a Cornell season ticket holder (M alumnus, doing grad school here now). Brian didn't say anything inaccurate, but i figured i'd chip in a few additions:
overall, Cornell was a very solid team this year, definitely tournament-caliber. most of their losses were nights that they came out and looked inexplicably slow, distracted, and just plain bad for 60 minutes. (i didn't see last weekend's Harvard game, but by all accounts, it was one of them.) by the end of the first period on Friday, you'll know if it's one of those nights. otherwise, they will definitely contest the full 60.
Cornell does almost all of its work around the boards, and their neutral ice game is next to nonexistent. they are a dump and chase, dump and change type of team. in a dozen games that i made it to this year, i remember just a couple odd man rushes, and i think most of them were shorty attempts. Michigan should have no trouble keeping them from walking over the blue line in numbers.
on offense, Miller and Collins are the workhorses who have points in quantity. senior Locke Jillson doesn't show up on the scoresheet every day, but when he scores, the goals are pretty, high degree of difficulty pieces of work. John Esposito is your speedy midget — he's listed at 5'10" on the roster but that's either a joke or they measured him with skates on.
Iles is definitely solid, and it's a major benefit to have him as the all-time starter after unsuccesfully platooning him last year. he has a tendency to lackadaisically wander behind his own net. "ANDY GET IN THE NET" is frequently heard in the Lynah stands. Cornell also likes to have players stick-handle in their own crease when setting up a possession, which draws a lot of "AARGH" from me.
dunno what to say about the PK numbers. all i know is that ECAC refs make the Gongshow guys look like they know what they're doing. during a playoff game a couple weeks ago, Dartmouth got whistled offsides for carrying the puck into their own zone. it was the second overtime, but COME ON GUYS.
i have so much fear. it's very, very, very small consolation that i'll be watching the Saturday night game regardless of Friday's outcome. go blue.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||i am apparently bad at||
i am apparently bad at reading. i DEFINITELY need to go to bed.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||no chance for Air Force?||
i know it's a bigger flip, but is there no chance that the committee gives us the other non-CCHA four seed? i know one of the factors is travel, and as an M alumnus and current Cornell student, trust me, i spent way too much of my time on hipmunk tonight. bottom line is it costs over $1K to fly to Green Bay from central NY, or it's a 14 hour drive. Worcester is 4.5 hours by car. AFA has to fly no matter where they're put.
also, i'm just praying they don't give us Cornell because then i'll really want to go. at least the temptation will be mitigated by the strong rumors that we have a regular season matchup in the works for this fall.
anyway, might as well quit speculating and go to bed. we'll know in less than 12 hours…
|2 years 2 weeks ago||i love the attempted foot||
i love the attempted foot block by Craft on the Morgan pass. what's he doing, playing ultimate?
|2 years 23 weeks ago||6 in 13?||
yes, 6 games in 13 days, but more importantly, 5 in 8(!) and 4 in 6(!!!) the team is going to be dead tired after the first week of the season.
@mlaw2010: i'm a Michigan alumnus, current Cornell grad student. haven't heard any rumblings around here about potential Michigan matchups, but i too would be very excited. i'll ask around among people who might be in the know here.
[semi-OT: of course, not renewing with BU would make some of Cornell's cheers even more outdated and ridiculous. i'd also like to see Cornell play home-and-home with Penn State when the time comes.]
|2 years 28 weeks ago||fantastic summary. could||
fantastic summary. could have used it before i made a couple (rare) stops in A^2 this summer. looks like there's a lot of new, quality stuff since when i graduated in 2007. in three meals i did manage to hit BTB, Silvio's, and Blimpy Burger.
also, whoever mentioned it before, i second Afternoon Delight for a brunch option. they do a good eggs benedict (with interesting variations, including smoked salmon), with half the wait of Angelo's.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||thanks for pointing it out.||
thanks for pointing it out. since that space is usually occupied by advertising cruft, AdBlock Plus de-wolverined the background for me.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||birds in gloves||
i think it has sadly been lost, but one of my friends was a Daily photog during the 2004-05 season and had a brilliant (unpublished, obvs) photo of Milan Gajic flipping off the ref through his glove because there were five Wolverines in the penalty box and they didn't have anywhere to sit. if i can find it i'll be sure to post it.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||i'm surprised they gave us||
i'm surprised they gave us the goal. but the end zone cam was conclusive.
if that puck isn't flush on the ice, it's magically hovering 6 inches above the goal line, perfectly flat. and then somehow continued to levitate forwards in a perfectly smooth motion. white space = lateral space, not vertical space, and it's a goal.
complainers aren't just wrong, they hate physics.
(one thing i was confused by: they blew the play dead to go to review. is that a rule change? i thought they had to wait until the next whistle, even if like in that very uncomfortable review scenario last year where the puck went through the net, it meant letting them play for several more minutes and giving the other team the chance of putting the puck in the net and [wrongly!] thinking they won the game.)
|3 years 10 weeks ago||an absurd and overbearing||
an absurd and overbearing rule.
it was still a terrible call, not just accurate enforcement of a terrible rule. i did see this live, and it was none of "delayed, excessive, prolonged or choreographed." in fact it was immediate, moderate, brief, and spontaneous.
|3 years 10 weeks ago||and there was much rejoicing.||
and there was much rejoicing.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||at least one of the officials||
at least one of the officials didn't know either, because you can hear somebody yell "move! move!" as they typically do when there's a scrum over the puck. the ref behind the net did figure it out and make the goal call immediately though, so good on him. (does anybody know who that ref was?)
|3 years 23 weeks ago||back to back wolfpacks ftw.||
back to back wolfpacks ftw. that is all.
|3 years 29 weeks ago||is the implication then that||
is the implication then that the OT board would be a point-free zone? on the one hand that makes sense, but it could backfire tremendously and just turn into a giant flame-pit.
|3 years 30 weeks ago||seconded||
i finally started taking the trouble to sign in and vote on things a few months ago. now i'll probably just stop.
|3 years 36 weeks ago||and the Brits have no problem||
and the Brits have no problem with the full name of rugby (i.e. "rugby football"), which is American football's closest cousin besides Canadian football (but that's a whole different thread)
that said, i'm a linguist by trade, and i still can't figure out how we got from "association football" to "soccer". it's a bit like when ZA was added to the Scrabble dictionary a few years back and everyone went "wtf?"
|3 years 36 weeks ago||@$%^ing Vermont||
actually it's Montpelier. only one "i".
|3 years 36 weeks ago||"preseason games"||
man, if that quote isn't damning, nothing is. the ADs (or at least Purdue's AD) realizes that the sweet cuppin' cakes non-conference games are so marginal that they shouldn't even be considered part of the real season. the logical step from there sounds like having sanctioned exhibition games, which would still make money but not count towards standings.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||no fair play tiebreaker||
at least according to the wikipedia (and another article i read involving similar unlikely scenarios in group F), there's no "card accumulation" tiebreaker this year. if the situation where the US and England have the same points, GD, and goals scored, they draw lots.
|3 years 37 weeks ago||wow, the North Koreans are||
wow, the North Koreans are terrible at filling in forms. first the problem with listing the goalie incorrectly, now this.
|3 years 38 weeks ago||got stuck on the first hill||
got stuck on the first hill of Mantis for 20 minutes once. we limped around the park the rest of the day.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||at the time the seating chart||
at the time the seating chart was released, there was no plan to use anything but the permanent bowl seating. i doubt that changes.
|3 years 43 weeks ago||Huh? Why imaginary lines?||
the proposed rule uses an imaginary line that runs through the two faceoff dots. not even kidding. no way a CCHA ref/linesman could rule on that consistently (from halfway down the ice). might as well say it's a judgement call, it'll stave off the whinging.