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|1 hour 9 min 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.
|2 hours 13 min 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.
|2 hours 24 min 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 day 10 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.
|2 days 6 hours 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.
|3 days 5 hours 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.
|3 days 5 hours 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.
|3 days 6 hours 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.
|3 days 7 hours 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.
|3 days 7 hours 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.
|6 days 7 hours 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.
|6 days 9 hours ago||Smug grin||
Smug Grin should be a 1-seed
|6 days 9 hours 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.
|6 days 9 hours 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.
|6 days 9 hours 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.
|6 days 9 hours 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 1 day 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days 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.
|1 week 2 days ago||No way to tell right now||
Fox also has Big 12 and Pac 12 rights and there's always pecking order associated with these deals as well to determine which networks get first choice of the good games. Its why the good SEC games are always on CBS.
So a noon Michigan-Indiana game could easily wind up on FS1 or FS2 if Fox and ESPN (assuming they get the other half) pick higher profile games in that time slot. It would get even more complicated for 3:30 games since you get a lot more Big 12 and Pac 12 games in that time slot.
Basically, you're going to need some sort of cable package with a lot of channels or hope Fox gets their shit together with some sort of streaming app for FS1/FS2/Fox games.
|1 week 2 days ago||Once broke up with a HS||
Once broke up with a HS girlfriend on the way back from the movies. She was basically of the opinion "oh, good. Me too!" Then we had a great conversation on the rest of the way home and are still friends.
|1 week 6 days ago||It would be the same as if||
It would be the same as if when MSU hired the guy that ran the SMSB camps they didn't hire him as a full time coach but instead as a consultant and he was also still allowed to run his camps. The conflict of interest makes a whole lot more sense when you think of it like that.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||No they're not||
Medical redshirts are generally only granted when you actually qualify for them. The NCAA doesn't hand out bonus years just for fun. The hard and fast rule is you have five years to play four seasons. Beyond that, you can try and go for a fifth season in which you play by doing the medical hardship waiver.
To be elligible for a medial redshirt, you need to qualify for both statements:
1. You can't have played past the halfway point of the season in question.
2. You can't have played in more than 30% of the games on the schedule.
Ott qualified for the first one, but since he tore his ACL in game 6, that's at the 40% mark. Its the same thing that happened to Ojemudia.
Now Ojemudia heard back from the NCAA back in December on his case, and both he and Ott applied for it around the same time. So no idea why Ott's took so long, but its not the NCAA's fault that he opted to wait for their hearing and passed up the chance to apply for the draft.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||I fail to see how this is the NCAA's fault||
I fail to see how this is the NCAA's fault. By the letter of the law, Ott wasn't eligible for an extra season. He tore his ACL in week 6, which is a week or two too late to get a medical redshirt. Same thing that happened to Ojemudia.
If it ruined his NFL Draft chances, that's on Ott, not the NCAA. If he really put all of his eggs in the medical redshirt hail mary plan, that was a bad decision on his part. Its like buying a lotto ticket and getting pissed at the lotto agency when your house gets foreclosed on. He could have been doing NFL Draft prep this whole time, and could've/should've had contingency plans ready to go on the extrememly likely scenario that his appeal got rejected. If he was smart, he would have gone with the contingency plan on Jan 15th (the deadline to declare) and beyond that, he should have just declared himself eligible for the supplemental draft about 2 months ago when the delay started to impact his likely future. Participate in Iowa's Pro Day, conduct interviews...he wouldn't have been that far behind.
Did the NCAA take a long time to make a ruling? Sure. But, should Ott have known going in that there was no timetable for a decision, and that could impact his draft chances? Absolutely. He'd be stupid to not know that.
He made a choice to try and go with an unlikely medical redshirt season, and paid the price. That's his fault. Not the NCAA's.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||So stupid that at 98 and 99||
So stupid that at 98 and 99 they are like OK, things are good. And then pitch 100 comes around and its first class ticket to Oh Shitsville.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||He's coming off Tommy John||
He's coming off Tommy John surgery, but 100 pitches is a completely arbitrary number. There's no science or anything that says 100 pitches is better or worse than 80 or 120. It's just a nice, dumb, round number that fucked up some kid's shot at a no-no.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It's stupid. Another 20-30||
It's stupid. Another 20-30 pitches isn't going to make a difference. And if you're really worried about strain on the arm then skip his next start to give him extra rest.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||That was a bad time to swear off the Pistons||
That was a bad time to swear off the Pistons
|3 weeks 11 hours ago||I think they remembered||
Pretty sure they remembered that. They're projecting Michigan to win the Big Ten.