Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
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|5 hours 10 min ago||Bonus points||
I would agree that getting some bonus points based on class, or seasons attended, or even both would be nice. It could be small and still be worth it. Three points for a senior, two for junior, and one for sophomore.
|5 hours 15 min ago||That's only for 2014 though||
The hybrid system is only for 2014 though. 2015 will be a strict points system based off of 2014 attendance and class standing will count for nothing. You get three points for going to a game, and three more points for showing up 30min before kickoff. With six 2014 home games, you get a maximum of 36 points for a season. My understanding of it is that if you're a junior and your senior and sophomore friends all have 36 points, you'll all have equivalent seating. No "bonus points" for being a senior.
|5 hours 58 min ago||Outstanding Freudian slip.||
Outstanding Freudian slip.
|21 hours 46 min ago||The guy I was talking to||
The guy I was talking to mentioned this. He was saying that its pretty easy to nail down around 63 or so of the 68 teams in the tournament. The last 4 or 5 are the really hard ones that take the most time.
Most of the information and tools that the committee uses is also available to the public. So your Joe Lunardi and Jerry Palm's of the world are using a lot of the same tools.
|1 day 57 min ago||Bingo||
Yup. Turns out the committee doesn't wake up Sunday morning and say HOLY SHIT, WE'VE GOT TO FILL OUT THE BRACKET!! QUICK, WHO'S GOOD THIS SEASON?!?
|1 day 2 hours ago||Football committee||
This is what will make the football playoff committee interesting. Since its a much, much smaller pool of results and matchups to look at, things like margain of victory will have to be looked at. And not just that. Say two teams beat Team X 42-21. But the first team pulled their starters midway through the second quarter, but the second team left theirs in until the start of the fourth. Team A's victory becomes more impressive.
But what if team A was playing at the start of the season, and Team X had some players that really came on during the season and became major players during the latter part of the season when they played Team B. Is Team A's win still more impressive since they were possibly playing a weaker version of Team X?
The football committee debates will be really interesting. Football is a much harder sport to try and pick a playoff from using a selection committee.
|1 day 3 hours ago||Actually spent the weekend talking to a member||
I actually spent the weekend talking to a committee member. Super nice guy. His big point of emphasis was that it really comes down to who you play, who you beat, and where you played them. Conferences and all of that other crap don't matter. Its all on a team by team basis.
So to answer your question, yes things like this do matter. If it comes down to it (and it might since they are 21-10/10-8 and 20-10/9-9), they will put up Utah's resume next to Arkansas's resume and compare the two. They will ask, OK, why did Arkansas get beat so badly in those games? Or why/how did Utah play their top teams close? And then they'd probably throw in a third team like say Iowa (also in that 20-11/9-9 range) or one of the three 20-11/10-8 Big East teams and compare their results. And then they'd vote on which of those teams they will continue to consider, and which ones get left behind.
The committee memebers watch a TON of basketball, have a ton of data at their disposal, and are all very well informed. Each member is assigned a main conference (like ACC, SEC, Big Ten, etc) and then a couple of smaller conferences to be the "expert" on. So when "hey, how did Utah play these games close" gets asked, they'll turn to the person that's been monitoring the Pac-12 for some insight.
|5 days 5 hours ago||No way||
No just wants to leave an $800K a year job.
|5 days 6 hours ago||He needs one good skill||
I agree with the guy above, a 3pt shot is the last of GRIII's worries. He needs to develop one great to excellent skill to survive in the NBA. Currently he has none. Given his outstanding athleticism, focusing on defense and/or rebounding would be a good place to start.
|6 days 1 hour ago||This might be my favorite mgoblog comment of all time.||
This might be my favorite mgoblog comment of all time.
|6 days 1 hour ago||Probably right||
You're probably right. Just wondering why break things up if you didn't have to. Just seems odd to me. Just push the spring game back a week or two and then everything will be fine.
|6 days 1 hour ago||I'd disagree||
Anytime you're learning new stuff, its best to keep repeating it and building on it. By having a long break in between, you're going to have to spend a lot of practice three and four reteaching what you did the first two days.
Think about your own spring breaks. It takes a little bit to remember what the hell was going on before you left. And having grown up around teachers, I know that they always complained that the days before a break were a waste because the kids don't remember what you were teaching them when they come back from break.
|6 days 2 hours ago||Cool idea Dave Brandon||
Maybe we can put a giant noodle outside too, and then fly a plane over IU's campus dragging a banner that says "Suck It Losers #GoBlue #NotRed #LOLOLOL"
|6 days 2 hours ago||Why break it up like that?||
What's the point in breaking up practice like that? Seems like a waste of two days of practice.
|1 week 9 min ago||Pennsylvania is gonna be tough now||
Recruiting kids out of Pennsylvania is going to be pretty tough with Franklin there now.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think recruits will start to question him||
Given the last two years, I think recruits will start to question signing up to play for Cal. The teams have underperformed and I don't know if any of the players have gotten much better. Out of 2013's supposed "best recruiting class ever" only three of the five are projected first rounders, and only one is lottery bound. If you're a one and done player, that's not exactly the results you're looking for.
|1 week 4 days ago||Oh man, the quotes||
Read the front page after doing this, and the Devin Gardner "quote" from today is priceless:
"Practices is straight-up fast, we git a shitload of reps. This was probably tha fastest practice I've eva been a part of ... I feel like, up in dis biatch, there be a a shitload of juice up in practice. I be aiiight wit dat shit. ... Coach Nuss definitely pushes tempo, make shizzle we git ta tha bizzle fast, git tha calls out, do every last muthafuckin thang you need ta do n' then git tha bizzle hiked. Y'all KNOW dat shit, muthafucka! Dat punk pushin dat all muthafuckin day. It make me wanna hollar playa! And sometimes our laid-back asses just go hurry-up ta git mo' reps."
Nick Saban and Brett Bielema are definitely not a fan of makin shizzle ya git ta tha bizzle fast..
|1 week 6 days ago||OMG!!!||
HE'S GAINED TWO LBS IN TWO WEEKS!! IS HE GOING TO BE 250 BY FALL?? WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN?!?
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||Still impressive though||
Say what you will about his motivations, what he's been able to do takes a whole hell of a lot more dedication than most people put into things. He's been grinding on this for a long time, and for one dude has made a good amount of progress. That's what I find impressive. Most people when going up against large entities usually acquiesce.
Side note, Arrogant Bastard beer is delicious.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Championship team recruiting||
Good post. The only thing I'd disagree with is Michigan not taking players that can contribute to a championship team. Michigan needs to take any and all players that can contribute to any sort of team. If that means you take some three stars you can coach up instead of swinging and missing on 5-stars do it.
They need to focus on winning their division first, and then they can worry about winning conference championships. Doing anything else is being tone deaf to their own situation. Don't set a goal of being president of the company when you're a mid-level manager. Maybe aim for being head of your department first.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||Supposedly came from Hoke though||
It sounds dumb as you and many others have suggested (and I would agree), but Harris was apparently told by the coaches that they are only taking one RB in this class. And since he's holding out until signing day to make a decision now, if Michigan wants Harris, they either have to tell him something different about their RB situation, or wait for an all or nothing situation with him.
I don't think they can afford to wait. You absolutely need one RB in this class. At least. So if Weber or someone else good wants to commit, then you have to take that commitment and hope you can convince Harris to be part of a two RB class.
The whole just clarifies what an absolute fuck up the last six months of recruiting have been for Michigan.
|2 weeks 4 hours ago||That's what I'm wondering||
That's what I'm wondering too. How does Title IX factor into something like this? The only thing I can figure is that maybe it has something to do with this part:
(3) subjecting any person to separate or different rules of behavior, sanctions, or treatment, including rules pertaining to appearance;
If Gibbons got different treatment and punishment because he was a football player, then you do have a Title IX argument.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Doubtful||
Given the way the NCAA punishes people (like Penn State and Miami) it would be the current staff. And since Gibbons played three of his four years under Hoke, if (big IF here by the way) they find evidence that there was some sort of discouragement it very well could have come from the Hoke era football dept. But again, big, big IF there.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Its Doug Smith (Washtenaw Watch Dog)||
Doug Smith is out for blood. Both of the complaints that the feds are investigating were made by him. Gotta give the dude some credit. He's gone full V for vendetta on Michigan here. Kudos for having the balls to go up against a massive instituion.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Maybe?||
Depends on what they find. They are basically looking into whether or not Michigan properly responded to the original allegation and why the hell it took four years to do something about it. If they find that Michigan didn't respond in a timely fashion, and then can find evidence that the reason they didn't was because of pressure from the football program, then things could be very, very bad.
But, that's a lot of ifs.
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||Title IX||
Looks like it has to do with Title IX. Not really sure how that factors into something like this, but there was a Title IX complaint that prompted the feds looking into things.
Jim Bradshaw, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education, confirmed Tuesday morning that the Office for Civil Rights is investigating a Title IX complaint involving U-M.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140225/SCHOOLS/302250059#ixzz2uM2bwJaS
|2 weeks 5 hours ago||It's been six long months||
Its been six long months since Michigan got a 2014 or 2015 commitment (2016 OL Swenson committed 11/25). That's an eternity in recruiting. And the lack of a backup plan to either Hand or McDowell (two very hard to read recruits) was just naive by the staff.
Supposedly they've told Damien Harris that they are taking only one back in this class, and since he's not announcing until signing day, it could be another all or nothing year at a crucial position.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||No camping until its sponsored||
Camping out will not be allowed until it is sponsored. Your "Cabela's Pregame Campout, brought to you by Kingsford Charcoal."
Only then will you be allowed to campout ahead of time.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||No kidding||
I remember getting up for those noon football games was a serious chore some weekends. Especially after a late Friday night. If I had to wake up at nine or hell, even 10 to go stand in a line for a couple of hours, I'd say fuck that. BBQ on the deck with some beers and College Gameday sounds like a much better alternative.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Um....sports?||
Never been to a meeting or anything, but I would imagine a group dedicated to watching basketball probably spends a fair amount of time at their meeting talking about the team. Which to my old, married, kid-raising, job-having ass sounds like a pretty solid way to spend an hour a week.
And frankly, its smart that a group of fans has taken the time to organize themselves. By doing so, they create an advantage of numbers; they can create a plan of action and ensure they get the majority of the best seats.
Strength in numbers is smart. Maybe dickish, but smart.