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|1 day 6 hours ago||Good to know. I am||
Good to know. I am definitely a believer in advanced statistics informing our analysis of sports, yet every time I hear people claiming that statistics show there is no such thing as a "hot hand" or a "clutch performer" I have to stifle the urge to yell that they must have never played a sport in their lives, and scream at them to get off my lawn.
At the risk of coming off like a 60 year old print journalist, I do think that anyone who has ever played a sport knows that there are some days that you are "on" and some days that you are "off" -- the ball feels right in your hand and it seems like you can throw a watermelon through the basket, or everything feels discombobulated and the easiest lay up is no given. It never seemed to make sense when people insist that, if a player is a 40% three-point shooter, the next shot has a 40% chance of going in, regardless of how the player is performing on a particular day. Nice to have some actual analysis backing up my gut feeling.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Yes, let's go back to||
Yes, let's go back to rebanning politics immediately after I've said something silly so that no one can call me on it.
If you really think that Jason Collins, who was in the league for 12 years and was the last player to try to call attention to himself, came out for "greater fame," I don't know what to tell you.
If you think that Michael Sam, who was solidly projected as a third round draft pick, came out for "greater fame," despite the fact that a number of anonymous GMS have admitted that they would be less likely to draft him because of potential locker room issues, I don't know what to tell you.
You say you don't want to hear "announcements" about players coming out, but you don't think that if a player started dating men openly and publicly there would be a million news articles and Internet reports on it? You don't think that NFL teams would have learned that Michael Sam was gay, after he came out to his teammates?
If something is going to become news anyway, it is perfectly appropriate for a player to make the announcement on his own terms, rather than have it come out through rumor and innuendo. That doesn't make the player a fame whore. Hopefully someday it will be the case that a player being gay is not news at all, rendering announcements unnecessary, but we ain't there yet.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Even if we didn't get the||
Even if we didn't get the charge call, we had the steal. It will be ridiculous if there's any controversy about that call.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Dear god, I love this team,||
Dear god, I love this team, but they sure like to give me agita :)
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Me too. And then I felt||
Me too. And then I felt ashamed. Really ashamed. Really, REALLY ashamed.
And then interested ...
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||I wouldn't want McGary to||
I wouldn't want McGary to come back unless those-who-know have great confidence that he is healthy enough -- don't risk your future for our sakes, Mitch.
Even if he was completely healthy, I probably wouldn't want him to come back during this tournament -- it takes time to (re)develop chemistry, and there is no need to mess with a rotation that has been great for us this year.
That said, the one scenario in which I would possibly want McGary to come back during the tournament is if we play MSU in the finals -- after what happened on Sunday, I think the need for a more powerful inside presence against those guys outweighs the risk of adversely affecting chemistry.
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||Amazing article, and great||
Amazing article, and great highlights. For some reason my computer froze when I was about halfway through the article. Oh well, I'm sure I didn't miss anything worthwhile.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Absolutely.||
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, if we lose to Wofford it||
Yes, if we lose to Wofford it will be all my fault.
Setting aside the fact that absolutely nothing I post will have any effect on the result of Thursday's game, do you really think that Beilein and his staff are going to spend the next three days exclusively scouting Wofford, and are not going to watch any film of either Texas or ASU until Thursday night? If so, you are very, very wrong. I just think it's strange that its OK for our coaching staff to think a little bit about potential second round opponents, but god forbid someone on a message board ask a question about one.
Also, I assume that you also called out Brian for daring to mention to #1, 2 and 4 seeds in our region on the main page, since they are all irrelevant right now and he is just tempting the karma gods. Everyone knows that once the NCAA brackets come out you have to ignore every aspect of them other than your first round opponent.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Fortunately none of us||
Fortunately none of us actually play for the team, so if we look ahead to the second round it will have absolutely no impact on what happens on Thursday.
I'm curious why it is apparently no problem for everyone to assess the strength of the 1, 3 and 4 seeds in our region, yet people are jumping up my ass for asking about a 7 seed who I assume Kenpom will give us approximately a 60% chance of actually playing.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Thanks. Those rebounding||
Thanks. Those rebounding numbers scare me. Go ASU, I guess.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Didn't mean to suggest that||
Didn't mean to suggest that Texas is a lock, or even a good bet, to beat ASU. Just that I have a better sense of who ASU is, and while I respect them I'm not overly concerned that they pose a potential matchup problem for us. Just trying to get a sense of a team that I know less about, and whether they are particularly built to take advantage of our weaknesses.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||'We will win by turnover if||
'We will win by turnover if we have less than seven tens.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||You've posted the same thing||
You've posted the same thing in two threads now. Are you a self-appointed moderator?
And you're incorrect. The presence of an open thread to discuss the BTT generally does not preclude a specific thread to discuss our next opponent after a game ends.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I am so confused right now.||
I am so confused right now.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Seven's the key number here.||
Seven's the key number here. Think about it. 7-Elevens. Seven dwarves. Seven, man, that's the number. Seven chipmunks twirlin on a branch, eatin' lots of sunflowers on my uncle's ranch. You know that old children's tale from the sea.
|9 weeks 4 hours ago||I can't decide if your post||
I can't decide if your post would have been funnier or less funny if you added a /s at the end of it.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Again, he's questioning the||
Again, he's questioning the length of the procedure, not saying that he should have been expelled without any process whatsoever.
Be honest -- if an MSU or OSU football player was accused of rape in his freshman year, and then expelled in his senior year (after his eligibility was essentially expired), would you be so charitable in assuming the university was just following proper procedure.
I'm not saying UM did anything nefarious here. But at the very least by allowing the process to take so freaking long they opened themselves up to an unnecessary shitstorm.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||What does that have to do||
What does that have to do with questioning the slowness of the investigation?
It is bizarre that he would be expelled three years after the incident took place.
Even if there was no sinister reason, the University has unnecessarily opened itself up to criticism. A football player is expelled THREE YEARS AFTER a rape allegation, coincidentally after his eligibility is all used up? Let's be honest -- what would we be saying if this happened at MSU or OSU? Not "innocent until proven guilty" I'm sure.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Why? He didn't presume||
Why? He didn't presume guilt. He questioned why the investigation took three years.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Anyone have any video of the||
Anyone have any video of the Appling/Levert noncall that set Beilein off? Missed it during the game, and I'm having trouble finding video on the world wide interwebs.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||And you just won the||
And you just won the championship of douchebaggery! Congratulations!
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Don't you mean three straight||
Don't you mean three straight top 10 wins?
Oh, sorry, my bad. i accidentally posted this FROM THE FUTURE bwah ha ha ha . . .
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Can't believe Stauskas missed||
Can't believe Stauskas missed the dagger :)
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Yep, I've been lurking but||
Yep, I've been lurking but had to log in when that happened!
|12 weeks 1 min ago||Irvin just got "not just a||
Irvin just got "not just a shooter" props! But he is just a shooter! I'm so confused!
|13 weeks 22 hours ago||He was trying to get one foul||
He was trying to get one foul shot for Penn State so that Kenpom would be exactly right.
|13 weeks 22 hours ago||Kenpom looking really good||
Kenpom looking really good right now.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Whooosh.||
|24 weeks 7 hours ago||Dear lord - was that a Lloyd||
Dear lord - was that a Lloyd Brady sighting at 2:24? Is Lloyd Brady immortal? Is Lloyd Brady a . . . gasp . . . vampire?