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|1 day 5 hours ago||This.||
Yeah, I have to think that he told the Bears, "I've got the Jets on line 2 and the Browns on line 3 -- what'll you give?"
|1 week 10 hours ago||Nonsense||
|1 week 3 days ago||Well golly...||
Nice to meet you too.
Every year I see people treat their tax refund like a windfall bonus, seemingly unaware that they're spending their own money that has been withheld from them. Entire industries revolve around this practice (I'm looking at you, 'Instant Refund' tax preparation places).
Every year I wonder if those people would make those same purchasing decisions if they'd saved the money on their own. Maybe they would have, or maybe they would have budgeted more toward savings, or fixed the leaky faucet one month earlier, or whatever the case may be.
The comment to which I applied suggested an incomplete understanding of these issues, so I replied in order to offer advice not only to the commenter but also to the rest of the community.
If this somehow offends you -- well, I've been hated for worse.
|1 week 3 days ago||I disagree...||
How is writing a check a defeat? Paying a penalty is a defeat. Writing a check just means that you held onto your cash a little longer -- I don't see a problem there, as long as you're expecting it and plan properly. I'd hate to get hit with an expensive bill that I didn't anticipate. :-)
|1 week 3 days ago||....||
Getting a few hundred back means that you loaned the US treasury money, at zero interest. :-) While savings accounts don't exactly have great returns these days, there still must have been something better to do with your money than let the treasury use it for a few months. :-)
|1 week 3 days ago||Oh no...||
(Get well soon, Eddie. Michigan football is better with you in it. :-)
|1 week 3 days ago||...||
When you start telling people whether or not they're real fans, you sound like Sparty.
I didn't attend Michigan. I've been a Michigan fan since elementary school; it probably would have been a little awkward for me to have attended college classes at age 6...
I chose to go to school in a place where I could get a good education and wear shorts, outside, in December, without enduring Hoke-ian levels of physical discomfort.
I do not use a personal pronoun to refer to any of Michigan's athlletic teams for the simple reason that I am neither a student, alumnus, nor administrator at the University of Michigan.
I don't consider myself less of a fan for it.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||So long, Drake|
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Bits...||
So many wasted bits! Bits of storage! Transmission bits! Parity bits!
Won't somebody please think of the bits?!
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Fire...||
|3 weeks 3 days ago||No.||
Doing things cleanly makes victory over cheaters that much sweeter.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||...||
The original title left out 'MBB'.
I saw the best comments of my generation destroyed by editing an OP...
|3 weeks 4 days ago||...||
Username checks out.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||...||
Now Gonzaga's falling apart? Nothing they can do...
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Healthy||
A community behaves like an organism, with the ability to envelop and to neutralize threats. Sometimes, this is a bad thing, and the community becomes insular, rejecting any challenge to its collective notions. Other times, this a good thing, as it protects the community from infection.
Some on this board believe that we lean toward #1. When it comes to duplicate posts, I see their point, but I understnad the board's reaction too; I believe most people use the 'new posts' widget, and posting two or three copies of the same thread means nobody can find anything. When it comes to stupid posts by belligerent users, well, I think this board does just fine. :-)
PS: I ignored the post yesterday because it was so obviously a bad April Fool's joke. I rectified my error today and donated my negs to the cause. :-)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Except..||
Hmm. Upon further review, you're right -- I got so caught up in the strange motion of his knee that I didn't notice that his foot stayed behind. I don't think I've ever seen somebody be that off-balance after shooting a free throw.
OK -- I take it back. There have defintiely been worse calls than this one. :-)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Eh...||
I decided after the Michigan / Oregon game that the traveling violation must have been erased from the rulebook when I wasn't looking. :-)
The lane violation call does involve looking at two things at the same time, which is admittedly difficult. I think maybe I noticed it right away because it looked so unnatural -- I'm used to watching Michigan free-throwers race back on defense rather than going in for an offensive rebound. (I'm also not used to seeing free throws as poor as all four that UNC hoisted :-).
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Well...||
To be fair, Oregon got hosed. On his second free throw attempt, Meeks clearly committed a lane violation by rushing in for the rebound when he realized how bad the attempt was. They even showed a replay from overhead -- it wasn't even really close. (Rule 9.1(c) -- it is a violation if "[t]he free-thrower breaks the vertical plane of the free-throw line with either foot before the ball strikes the ring, flange or backboard or before the free throw ends.")
He didn't touch the ball, but it still should have been Oregon ball out of bounds under the basket at that point.
Edit: And in the postgame, none of the national guys seem to have noticed. (?)
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Sure they do...||
Sure they do. For example, "Bill Self, like you or me, should have to buy a ticket for admission to the Hall of Fame."
See? Easy. ;-)
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Well...||
If you count the Fab Five era, Michigan is #10 all time in Final Four appearances, and tied for sixth all time in championship game appearances.
Michigan is a basketball blue blood by those standards. The reason that we, as fans, don't always recognize that is that Michigan has fallen to fourth in the Big Ten in Final Fours (OSU, MSU, Indiana), and, of course, is 1-5 in national championship games.
I do expect continued success, but I really fail to understand the posters here who say "recruit better," as though John Beilein is sitting around thinking, "Golly, I sure don't want any of those top players to come to my team." The kids have to want to come to Michigan, where you're going to have to go to class and play team basketball, and they have to want to play for a coach who actually wants to coach them instead of stroke their egos.
John Beilein is demonstrably an excellent coach, because he can beat any team in the country without a markéd talent advantage. In the last five years, Michigan is two shots away from (a) overtime to go to the Final Four and (b) an Elite Eight matchup with Bill Self. That's what happens in single elimination tournaments; the length of your run is extremely heavily influenced by luck. He's done that with the players he's been able to recruit. I think he's recruiting just fine.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Zone...||
"Not in his nature?"
Years after the fact, analysts still think Michigan plays the 1-3-1 because Beilein was famous for it at West Virginia.
If Beilein (and Donlon) think that a zone is the best defense to play in '17-'18, they'll teach a zone. End of story.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Some...||
Some of the thread police stuff will probably go away with an updated design that makes it easier to find new content; the fact that board pagination doesn't work reliably in the sidebar is a serious usability issue.
Some of it won't, because people.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||uh...||
Without the ads, how will I know which dating sites to visit?
|5 weeks 8 hours ago||No...||
It really doesn't work.
First of all, you want the people planning the regionals to know their schedule in advance. The logistics involved are significant. Hotels get reserved, practice locations get set up, etc. -- there's a ton of planning involved.
But that's not even the biggest problem. The biggest problem is that you can have teams playing in the same Sweet 16 game who played in different pods.
Let's take a look at this year. Last Sunday, you had three games in the Midwest region, three in the South region, and two in the East region. It isn't possible for all three of those regions to be on a Friday / Sunday rotation without changing up the schedule substantially (2 games on Thursday, 6 on Friday, 1 on Saturday, 3 on Sunday). TV would never go for that.
|5 weeks 9 hours ago||Pods||
It's because of the pod system. Pre-pod, it was set up exactly that way. However, with the pods, they now assign teams to a first/second round site regardless of region -- so Michigan played a Midwest Region game, followed by Kentucky playing a South Region game.
The only way to go back to a consistent Thu-Sat-Thu-Sat / Fri-Sun-Fri-Sun rotation is to scrap the pod system.
|5 weeks 11 hours ago||This is a tired take||
This is a tired take and not the least bit accurate.
Michigan eschews the offensive rebound because they prefer to set up transition defense, which worked remarkably well -- Oregon had its third-worst two-point shooting performance of the year. (Admittedly, part of that is because Boucher is hurt).
I swear, some people would rather lose 90-70 in a fast-paced, inside game than win 71-69 in a slow-paced, outside game. Michigan was within a bounce of doing the latter, despite having an off night offensively.
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||...||
Next on Big Ten Network: Ann Arbor Gladiators: Camp Sanderson Edition
What Michigan fan wouldn't watch that? :-)
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||:groan:||
Beilein didn't get outcoached, and there's more depth to the bench strategy than you're giving him credit for.
If Wilson is in the game, how many Oregon possessions consist of "drive at Wilson, then shoot or kick?" The answer is "most of them." He would have been super-tentative on D, because if he picks up a third foul, not only is he sitting the rest of the half, but he's handcuffed in the second.
Michigan trailed by 2 at halftime, and ceded less than a point per possession. (The second half played at a much, much slower pace -- 27 posessions vs. 37). Yes, the last couple of minutes of the first half were off defensively, but it wasn't the difference in the game.
Michigan held Oregon to its 7th-least-efficient offensive output of the year. This game was not lost on defense, and it wasn't lost on coaching. The two teams were evenly matched, and Michigan missed one more halfway-down shot than Oregon. Full stop.
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||Sadly, I agree.||
Either call it or get the rule off of the books.
The one I noticed from Walton was actually the kind that normally does get called -- he shuffled his feet at the top of the key before beginning a drive -- like, move one foot, move the other (establishing the first as the pivot foot), pick up the first again and start driving. It was noticably awkward and I was surprised it wasn't whistled.
|5 weeks 12 hours ago||Traveling||
I don't believe traveling was called the entire game. Oregon got an extra step on many of their drives to the lane; Wagner traveled twice and Walton did once, and those are just the ones I remember.
I felt it was unbiased incompetence.