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|3 hours 29 min ago||I'm not so sure it will. Look||
I'm not so sure it will. Look at the current TV landscape - especially in sports. Everyone is dropping quality programming in favor of cheaper "hot take" content. FS1 is making that their whole strategy going forward because they can't make money with good programming or features.
|3 hours 33 min ago||$40 for Hulu, $50-60 for a||
$40 for Hulu, $50-60 for a good internet connection $10-20 for some extra services not included in Hulu...and you're right back to having an expensive cable bill.
|3 hours 35 min ago||That sounds like a great way||
That sounds like a great way to get people to go watch games live. People bitch incessantly about the JV quality of BTN broadcasts and you think a shit camera streamed over a shit connection is the answer. OK.
|10 hours 36 min ago||They = CFP committee too||
Should also be noted that they equals the college football playoff committee since they are the ones that set the schedule. ESPN hates the current setup since it lends itself to shit ratings. But it is what it is until the brain trust that brought you such classics as "people don't want a playoff" decide that people don't want playoff games on NYE.
The good news is that the following year, the games are back on New Years Day. Potentially after that is when you might see a change.
|10 hours 40 min ago||TV networks and advertisers||
TV networks and advertisers care, and they schedule the games. Why compete with the NFL when you don't have to?
|3 days 5 hours ago||Lets just hope the raven||
Lets just hope the raven hasn't shown him what Melisandre looks like naturally. Otherwise he might wind up blind like his sister.
|3 days 10 hours ago||They missed Tom Herman. A LOT||
I was one of many that thought they'd win most of their games by two TDs easily. I also thought they'd rival '01 Miami for a shear amount of talent drafted. I was half right.
They struggled early on in the season because they missed Tom Herman A LOT. They had no offensive identity and played the wrong QB for much of the season. The shear dumbfuckery of their coaching on offense came to a head in that MSU game. It got much better after that. Defensively, I think they had issues on the coaching front as well because with that much talent across the board on defense, they shouldn't have had any issues.
But, they got things straightened out on both sides of the ball in the last few games of the season, so who the hell knows what that means going forward. The coaching staff may have figured out what works, they lost a ton of talent, but they also have a ton of (inexperienced) talent coming back.
The Buckeyes will likely remain a mystery right up until the last game of the regular season.
|4 days 10 hours ago||Recruits don't seem to flip||
Recruits don't seem to flip away from new coaches that often from what I remember.
Props to Durkin either way for landing some talented players early. If can get it going on the field too, Maryland could make the East brutal.
|5 days 27 min ago||Or...maybe the offense being||
Or...maybe the offense being able to stay on the field will help the defense out.
|5 days 13 hours ago||Agreed||
He annoys me more than just about anyone in sports. Its the whole hypocritical pious attitude that pisses me off.
|6 days 1 hour ago||They don't turn a profit||
They don't turn a profit intentionally. And there is no incentive or reason to turn a profit. They keep getting more and more money to spend, so they spend it all and then some.
|6 days 2 hours ago||2 out of 5 fakes||
I'm scaling back my FAKES scale after I saw it was Ole Miss' asst. AD for football operations. Old guy not quite understanding how technology works makes this more believable for me.
|6 days 3 hours ago||5 out of 5 fakes||
This just looks fake as hell to me. No bagman would communicate via text message, and if they did they sure as hell wouldn't text incriminating info like that.
|1 week 11 hours ago||They always stick to the||
They always stick to the motto the 5-stars should be rate talents, which I like and agree with.
|1 week 1 day ago||Not according to FS1||
FS1 is building an empire of hot take artists. With Whitlock, Cowherd, Bayless, and Clay Travis they are assembling a who's-who of sports asshats. The exec that was responsible for the "Embrace Debate" culture at ESPN is now running things at Fox.
So maybe scale back those happy dances that Fox is getting a big chunk of Big Ten rights. Because all of your least favorite sports people are going to be the ones providing analysis on it.
|1 week 2 days ago||Who will now be heard from a whole lot less.||
Who will now be heard from a whole lot less. With Costas and Micheals still around, there's just not enough places for him. Maybe NBC cans Dan Hicks and Tirico picks up his rando golf tourneys and ND football, but that's not an upgrade in assignments.
|1 week 2 days ago||Reminds me of Josh Elliott||
The reason this whole thing reminds me of Josh Elliott leaving GMA for NBC is it was just as surprising and there was nothing for Elliott to do at NBC when he moved. Same as Tirico. He's supposedly getting the TNF package, but there's nothing else high-profile for him to do with Michaels and Costas there.
And I'm sure there will be talk about him doing Olympics stuff, but that happened with Elliott too and then he wound up doing a lot of nothing.
|1 week 2 days ago||No, I'm saying this is||
No, I'm saying this is Tirico's decision. I highly doubt ESPN wanted to let him go. And from the rumored TNF package he's getting at NBC it has to be a pay cut too. You don't go from MNF and NBA and assorted other jobs to 5 Thursday night games a year and make more money.
|1 week 2 days ago||That's the only thing that||
That's the only thing that would have this make sense. If he's only getting the 5-game Thursday Night Football package, that's a likely pay cut for him. There's no place for him on Olympics coverage, so what the hell is he going to be doing? It's like when Josh Elliott left GMA to go do nothing for NBC for a year or two and then left.
|1 week 2 days ago||I doubt this one is about||
I doubt this one is about money. He does so many high profile things for them it'll likely cost more to replace him than it would have to keep him.
|1 week 5 days ago||You're partly right||
That's part of it and its also why its a big story. For non-athletes, bad water and scary mosquitos is something we wouldn't risk dealing with because there's no reason to. The risk/reward is way off for us.
But for every single Olympian I talked to, none of them were worried about either thing. 1) because of the years of training part, and 2) because a lot of them have already been in that water, and don't see it as being any different the water they compete in elsewhere in the world. People they compete with aren't getting sick from it, so there's no reason to be worried about it outside of the normal concerns you'd have anywhere you compete. So there really is no risk in their eyes. Rinse off good when you're done competing, clean all of your equipment good, and you'll probably be fine.
|1 week 5 days ago||Smug grin||
Smug Grin should be a 1-seed
|1 week 5 days ago||Overblown||
I think a lot of those fears and concerns are overblown. I talked to a bunch of Olympians about a month or so ago and asked them about that and none of them are concerned. A lot of the ones that will be competiting in Rio have already competed in the waters there and they aren't worried about it. There hasn't been any more or less sickness due to being in the water there than anywhere else they compete.
The thing is that they all travel and compete in varying degrees of nice/poor conditions around the world and are just accustomed to it. They know how to take care of themselves when they have to compete in literal shitty water. Its not the same as if you or I took a dip in the water there.
I also think Zika concerns are overblown. The game will take place in Rio's winter so mosquitos won't be at their peak. Plus, with the world watching, they'll spray the shit out of everything. Every Olympics has some OMG its gonna be awful thing. The water and Zika appear to be Rio's.
|1 week 5 days ago||Everyone||
Its everyone. But a handful of the men have said they aren't going to play. Louis Oosthuizen was the fourth one to announce he's not paying today. He joins Adam Schoot, Vijay Singh, and Migual Angel Jimenez in sitting this one out.
Personally, I don't know why you'd pass up a chance at it. You only get one crack at a gold medal every four years. If you have to miss a random dumb tourney to do it, so be it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Crazy thing about Phelps...||
The crazy thing I've heard from a bunch of swimmers is that they are all expecting Phelps to be better than ever. Supposedly he really only started training hard for London 6 weeks prior to the games. For Rio he's been much more locked in and serious and has been training hard for a while.
|1 week 5 days ago||Mikulak will be fine||
Mikulak will be fine. He's about 90-95% healthy according to him and he's one of the top gymnasts in the world. There's also this guy Michael Phelps who is pretty solid.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||None||
They have none. Which I can't decide is a problem or not for the Big Ten. On one hand, its nice to have teams like Purdue to inflate your win total. But on the other hand, from a fans' perspective, you'd like to see more competitive games.
So Purdue can dump an extra $20M a year into their athletic programs, or they can spend $20M a year building gold trains around campus, and the net result will be about the same.
On a side note, I now want Minnesota to build an 80-foot tall gold-plated Goldie the Gopher in front of their stadium.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||A shit ton of money||
Honest question: Schools like Michigan and Ohio State can find ways to spend all of the extra millions they will be getting pretty easily, but what the hell is a school like Purdue doing with all of their money? They don't do shit with it now, so what are they going to do with another $20M or so a year?
This is like when a grandma wins a new jetski on the Price Is Right.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Say what you want about ESPN,||
Say what you want about ESPN, but their streaming services are pretty top notch, and they are definitely being proactive about the number of places you can watch it. If there's a game on an ESPN network, I can be pretty positive I can watch it anywhere I'm at. Can't say the same about Fox, CBS, or other networks.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I like broadcast Joel Klatt.||
I like broadcast Joel Klatt. Twitter and other media forms Joel Klatt is a bag of dicks. Guy just says way too much dumb shit for me to like him.