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|29 min 49 sec ago||Sometimes hockey||
especially PLAYOFF hockey, feels like watching a random number generator. One team will put 40 pucks on net and score 1 goal, the other team puts 15 pucks on net and scores 2 goals. Playoff hockey becomes a game of "who has the hot goalie", which is why you see thoroughly mediocre teams winning the cup with decent frequency.
Of course, I'm not sure that the baseball playoffs are any less random. The two playoffs where the better teams seem to actually win most of the time are the NFL and the NBA.
|18 hours 40 min ago||Exactly||
Dad & Jr. apparetly can't be realistic about getting into college without athletics.
With a 3.1 GPA, there was ZERO chance he was getting into Michigan without football. Z E R O. Unless he had the best standardized test scores in history, which I would bet pretty much any amount of money he did not.
Some people do not live in reality, and when someone else tries to make them live there, they get very mad about it. You do not need these people around you. Have fun at Nebraska kid.
|1 day 32 min ago||Never Mind||
|1 day 11 hours ago||Right||
very good point. Ambient room temperature would be irrelevant if you just brought the balls inside. It is the temperature of the air INSIDE the balls that is important.
So I was just assuming the NFL isn't a bunch of idiots and that someone measured the balls again under the same conditions that they were originally measured. I.E. after they had been warmed to room temperature. If they were really measured at 25 degrees lower and wet, well then the NFL is a bunch of idiots and this whole thing has been a non-issue from the start. Anyone with an automatic tire-pressure reading on their car can tell you what happens when the temperature drops by 25-30 degrees.
If the NFL let the balls warm back up to 75 degrees and they are still down 2 PSI, well then someone let air out of the balls.
|1 day 12 hours ago||The real question is||
where did the NFL measure the Patriots balls as being 2 PSI low? If they measured them at room temp (75 degrees) then clearly something is wrong. If they measured them at 50 degrees, wet, as done in this study, well then you have the answer. No one let any air out of the balls.
I just assumed the NFL was measuring the PSI again at room temperature because the only way to measure a PSI drop would be to measure the pressure again at room temperature like when the original readings were taken. Any PSI drop that was observed at 50 degrees when wet should have mostly gone away once the ball was warmed back up again.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Yeah I was right there too||
Woodson read Leaf's eyes. Woodson was all the way across the endzone, but he broke on the ball HARD well before Leaf even released it because Leaf was staring his receiver down. Then of course he used his magical Woodson skills to pick the ball off. Unbelievable play.
|1 day 22 hours ago||Exactly||
It isn't that Hayes wouldn't have added depth and wouldn't have ever seen the field. But I'm sure he is looking to make his last year of eligibility really count, and that means going somewhere where he can get a bunch of carries. Outside of some Iowa situation where every running back we have goes down with an injury, that wasn't likely to happen here.
If he finds somwhere that will give him a chance to carry the rock a ton, he will have made a good choice IMO.
|2 days 14 hours ago||Hmmmm||
sounds like he ticked off a bunch of people in NJ, which would be bad for Rutgers. Doesn't really matter much for us, since we aren't exactly counting on NJ as a hotbed of recruiting. Otherwise it sounds like the guy was pretty good at his job, as he managed to build up a program pretty quickly to compete with the big boys.
Harbaugh likes guys who excel, and do so quickly
|4 days 13 hours ago||NFL is claiming||
that the balls were fine when they left the refs room before the game, yet were deflated at halftime. The Colts balls were not deflated. So someone deflated the Patriot's balls. Seems pretty hard to believe Tom didn't at least know about it.
|5 days 58 min ago||Exactly||
I'm sure the Pats have been setting the balls up soft on purpose because Brady likes them that way. And I'm sure the refs have been approving them, because they feel the ball and, yeah, it feels like an inflated football. Good to go.
Until this weekend, how many people had even heard about the 12.5 to 13.5 psi rule?
|5 days 10 hours ago||Yes||
that is the origin of the joke. I can't believe the joke has actually been around long enough now that people have forgotten where it came from! :)
Then again, the game is 24 years old now, so kids in college now weren't even born when it came out. <sigh>
|5 days 11 hours ago||Pisses me off||
That websites still do crap like this. We solved problems like this in application development over 25 years ago yet due to lazy website development you see crap like paying your bill multiple times or the dreaded multi-post.
People put up with so much s*** on the web that they never accepted in application software.
EDIT: Not calling out MGoBlog specifically. TONS of sites operate like this and I just don't get it. It is such an easy problem to fix, but so many web developers are lazy.
|5 days 17 hours ago||(No subject)|
|5 days 20 hours ago||Right||
I see it coming too. Brady will say he told the equipment guys to keep the balls as flat as possible and had no idea that the balls were actually illegal. They will blame this all on an overzealous equipment person who went too far tryinig to keep Tom Brady happy.
|5 days 20 hours ago||The temperature is irrelevant||
Unless the NFL measured the balls at game termperature, the temperature is irrelevant. If the NFL measured the balls at room temperature, the PSI of the balls would have returned to their original value.
Air pressure goes down when it the balls get cold, but it isn't permanent. The air pressure would go back up when the balls were warmed up again. I'm assuming the NFL measured the balls indoors at room temperature, not outside in freezing temps. So if the balls were low indoors at room temp, they were clearly underinflated. A miniscule amout of that could be attributed to use, but not 2 psi.
|5 days 23 hours ago||I don't feel bad for anyone||
I don't think Harbaugh will discount any QB's on the roster because they aren't "his" If Morris comes into spring ball and tears it up, he will go to the top of the list.
|6 days 11 hours ago||Guys, c'mon||
We just got listed as the #2 biggest offseason coaching change winner in what is essentially an NFL COLUMN. The fact that Clayton even put us on what is an NFL list, let alone put us at #2, shows how big a deal the Harbaugh hire is. So what that he put Buffalo ahead of us? He could have just ignored us because "college doesn't matter to the NFL".
|6 days 23 hours ago||Yeah||
that was what I was thinking. Even when he made that pick I was thinking--how the hell did that ball not just bounce off his arms? Probably because it was flat.
|1 week 3 min ago||I don't think the temp is relevant||
Isn't the NFL now measuring the balls at room temp? If the balls are now measuring 2 lbs low at room temp, then the cold weather is pretty much irrelevant. The balls were under-inflated. 11 balls didn't all lose 2 PSI just from being used during the game.
I don't think the NFL is taking them outside to measure them right now.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Well||
if that is true, then the Patriots weren't doing it to f*** with Luck. Someone on ESPN was saying that both teams used the same footballs. Maybe that was incorrect info.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Well||
1) The refs were careless and didn't check the balls very carefully.
2) Someone on the Patriots staff has a key to that ball locker
I'd say option 1 is likely. I mean, they played with the balls for an entire half and the refs never noticed anything wrong with them. If they felt super flat wouldn't they have notcied? They touch the ball on every play. I don't really notice my basketball is a bit flat until I go to dribble it. Just holding it doesn't really tell me it's flat. So maybe they never checked them super carefully to begin with?
|1 week 11 hours ago||Yeah||
that's what I was thinking too. Plus I'm assuming they are measuring the balls again now under warmer conditions, so the air would have expanded back. So if the balls are low even when they are warm, it means there were even flatter out there in the cold.
I would say the big question now is, did the officiials approve the flat balls, in which case the officials f***ed up, or did the Patriots take air out of the balls AFTER they were approved, in which case they are headed to Boliva?
|1 week 11 hours ago||Both teams supply their own balls||
HOWEVER I believe only the home team's balls are used UNLESS something is deemed to be wrong with them. That is what happened at the beinning of the 3rd quarter when the refs suddently switched out footballs.
This is different than in college where each team uses its own football on offtense.
|1 week 11 hours ago||The flip side||
is that this may be a case of "everyone does it".
Apparently the Packers often OVERinflate the balls and see if they can sneak them pass the officials. Aaron Rodgers even admitted it.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Well....||
Not the dumbest thing ever actually.
I was rooting for the Patroits. Still am. But it depends on just how low the balls were underinflated. If we're talking about a miniscule amount this is probably no big deal--it probably means that they were trying to put the balls at the lower limit of the inflation rules and then it got colder. Air pressure goes down when the air gets colder.
However if the balls were SIGNIFICANTLY underinflated, it would mean they setup the balls already outside of the rules. That could be pretty uncool, especially if they did it to f*** with Luck's ability to throw the ball.
Pretty hard to say exactly what effect it had on things, but it would be more than "nothing". It certainly didn't win them the game, but that was just because the game didn't end up being close. The league will punish them as if it had been a close game.
If they intentionally set up the balls outside of the guidelines, they will almost certainly get a pretty big penalty. If they can prove they setup the balls on the low end of the guidelines and it just got colder, it probably won't be so bad.
EDIT: Just re-read the link. If the balls were really low by 2 PSI, the penalties are going to be big. That is deliberate. Can't see how that could have been accidental due to the weather.
|1 week 11 hours ago||Yeah||
I can guarantee you the league does. They get pretty pissy when teams break the rules. C'mon, they get pissy when people wear the wrong socks.
|1 week 12 hours ago||Exactly||
18 year olds are physically fit and can take orders. That's about it. That doesn't make them "men". They may be brave and able-bodied, but they are not mentally mature.
|1 week 20 hours ago||Uh, are you serious?||
Harbaugh went from head coach to head coach. Sure he moved from the NFL to college, but his job title and salary didn't change.
Marrone just went from head coach to OL assistant. Not even OC. MAJOR demotion in job title.
I can't see how anyone could view this as anything other than a massive cluster f***, unless there is some wink, wink, nudge nudge stuff going on about him and the future Jags head coach job.
|1 week 1 day ago||I think we should go old school soccer||
And just play "extra time" with no running clock until whichever team the head ref has money on is ahead, at which point he calls the game over.
|1 week 1 day ago||Arbitration||
Dombroski seems to avoid arbitration like the plague for whatever reason.