here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
|1 day 27 min ago||I never want someone to give||
I never want someone to give away the result if it's a game involving my team. If I'm "Bob," I recorded that game for a reason.
|2 days 46 min ago||Eh, it's Cleveland. They'll||
Eh, it's Cleveland. They'll still screw it up.
You know what's going to happen. After 11 years in the league, LeBron's body is ready to break down. He'll have season-ending surgery by Thanksgiving, and then get crappy advice from the team doctors and trainers during rehab that will turn it into a Grant Hill situation. Cleveland can always find a way to mess up.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Cleveland only had a 1.7%||
Cleveland only had a 1.7% chance of winning the lottery this year. So yes, they did luck into that pick.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Just finished watching the||
Just finished watching the stage. Wow, just wild. I feel for Froome but I have to admit that it adds drama having him and Wiggins out of the mix. Really exciting Tour so far.
|4 days 4 hours ago||I think that might be||
I think that might be overstating things - the current version of Contador (presumably less doped-up) is still a excellent, top 5-level guy. He's just not the world-destroyer he was when he was doping. He finished fourth in the Tour last year and two of the riders who finished ahead of him are now out. The lost time today hurts him, but I think he's still going to try some bold moves in the mountains and they might pan out.
|4 days 4 hours ago||I honestly can't imagine why||
I'm not a big negative guy about Brandon, so no, this isn't a knee-jerk thing, but I would be against a proposal to sell beer at Michigan Stadium.
You make it sound like selling beer at the stadium has zero negative consequences. Take a trip to an NFL stadium and then come to ours, and the difference in fan behavior is huge - and I think the drinking during the game is a big factor. (I am aware that a lot of people tailgate before the game and so forth, but still, outside the student section, you don't encounter that many really drunk fans at Michigan Stadium.)
|4 days 4 hours ago||Funny stuff. Seriously||
Funny stuff. Seriously though, I hate the pretentious types who insist on calling it "football" and using as much British vocabulary as possible. I knew guys like that in high school and it just turned me off from following the sport at the time.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Yep. Love to see the GC guys||
Yep. Love to see the GC guys make a gutsy move like that. It paid off handsomely.
|1 week 22 hours ago||Basketball, too - just think||
Basketball, too - just think of all the guys who have come from Croatia or Serbia. Plus tennis (Djokovic). Tito's regime must have established some excellent sports infrastructure.
|1 week 2 days ago||Disappointing. France had a||
Disappointing. France had a pretty spirited second half but didn't show enough creativity to create really good chances. Oh well. With more experience, they'll be tough to beat in the Euros on home soil in 2016.
Germany was terrific in the first half, looking more like the team that played Portugal. In the second they were a little more on their heels but didn't look nearly as vulnerable defensively as against Algeria. The Germany that played today can win it all.
|1 week 2 days ago||Allez les Bleus !||
Allez les Bleus !
|1 week 6 days ago||French fans have an||
French fans have an interesting dilemma here. Normally, they would obviously want Germany to be upset, given how strong their team is. But Algerians are the largest immigrant group in France and in soccer terms anyway, tend not to be very assimilated - they generally root for their country of origin (similar to a lot of Mexican Americans, I suppose). Algerian victories are often followed by rowdy street celebrations that sometimes turn violent. When Algeria qualified for the second round, 20 cars were burned in the city of Lille. That was against Russia. If Algeria is playing against France, it could get pretty ugly in the streets. French skinheads may also choose to join in the "fun" and battle Algerian fans. French policemen and firefighters (and probably the government) are going to be pulling for Germany.
|1 week 6 days ago||Actually, I think most of the||
Actually, I think most of the Algerian players aren't playing for their country of birth.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||The U.S. and France are alike||
The U.S. and France are alike in a lot of ways - two republics, two nations very proud of their culture, language and history, and role in the world. (France is also, to a surprisingly large degree, a nation of immigrants.) Both nations are constantly accused of arrogance and being rude, and at the governmental level, their foreign policies tend to be guided by a desire to remain as independent as possible from external forces.
This is part of the issue - opposites attract and similar types repel each other. We get along better with countries like the UK that follow our lead even when it may not suit them. The UK went to war in Iraq despite a huge majority of its population being opposed, something you'd probably never see in this country or France.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Wait, polite French||
I'm sure it wasn't your intention to cause offense, but a lot of unpleasant ecounters come down to just cultural misunderstandings.
The last time I was in France, there was a guy in front of me at a tourist office asking how to get to a certain place. The people there spoke some English (as people dealing with tourists usually do), but he was speaking way too fast for them. People forget how fast a normal conversational speed is to a non-native speaker, and how we often don't enunciate clearly when we're speaking quickly. Also, Americans have to remember that French people are more accustomed to hearing British English, since that's what they study in school.
So the guy was rifling off a paragraph worth of information (he had multiple questions), and the people behind the counter were struggling to follow him, and asked him to repeat himself. He responded not by slowing down his speech, but just saying it louder, to the point where everyone in the room could hear him. I finally stepped in (I can speak French) and helped translate for him. They said a few things in English to him at the end (just formulaic stuff, like "Have a good visit") and he (by now pretty flustered) said, "Oh, you do know how to speak English!" and barged out of there. That guy probably was convinced they were out to get him, but I was embarrassed for him. It didn't occur to him that he needed to slow down and speak more clearly.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Regardless of their||
Regardless of their motivation, this is a good thing - especially point #2.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||OK, I can meet you halfway||
OK, I can meet you halfway here - I can see giving the referee discretion to let play go on in the final action of a game if there's a scoring opportunity. (That's philosophically similar to how in American football, the final play can be made after the clock hits zero, if it started before then.)
But the referee shouldn't have to double as timekeeper. Aside from final-second stuff, I'd take that role out of his hands and have a separate timekeeper keep track, and make it visible on the scoreboard so everyone knows how much time is being added. That would strongly discourage time-wasting tactics and let the referee focus on the rest of his job.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||A soccer fan would find it||
Like on Karim Benzema's final goal (waived off) against Switzerland? They're not consistent about that as it is. Today's Italy-Uruguay game didn't end at a "natural" point either - the ball was in the air after being headed by a player and suddenly the whistle blew.
The whole "that's the way it's been done" doesn't do much for me. Goals used to be a judgment call and now there is technology to make it more precise. It's OK to tinker with the rules a bit here and there.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The clock is stopped for||
The clock is stopped for goals? I have my doubts about how consistently that's applied - especially in the first half of games. One goal can lead to 45-60 seconds being wasted before play starts again, and yet first-half stoppage time is almost never more than two minutes, barring a serious injury.
If fouls aren't automatically treated as stoppages, they certainly should be, or else you could kill a lot of time by just fouling people (or diving to draw them). I know referees take the really blatant stuff into account, but it should be automatic every foul - that would eliminate the incentive to waste time altogether.
I have no objection to the running clock itself; I just think the matter of stoppage time could be handled a little better.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||That may be the official||
That may be the official explanation, but I'm sure referees let more time be wasted than they should. All the routine stoppages alone (throw-ins, corner/free kicks, fouls, substitutions, the delay after a goal is scored) - probably add up to a few minutes, and yet you see many games with only one minute of stoppage time in the first half and only 2-3 in the second.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I like the running clock||
I like the running clock because it means no commercial breaks. But it should definitely be more precisely handled. There should be a separate timekeeper to do it and display the extra time on the scoreboards, so it's not a mystery when the final whistle will come.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||The thing that gets me is||
The thing that gets me is when teams waste time during stoppage play, and the referee forgets to take it into account and blows the whistle right on the minute anyway.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||True. CONMEBOL is a pretty||
True. CONMEBOL is a pretty awesome federation as it is.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||If Brazil, Argentina and the||
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Not really the same. Belgium||
Not really the same. Belgium has a long history in soccer, and has generally outpunched its weight as a country of only 10 million - it qualified for every World Cup from 1982 to 2002 (coming out of Europe no less) and reached the seminfinals in 1986.
That article is a bit overdramatic. Belgium just happened to hit a dry spell and miss out on qualification in 2006 and '10. Qualfying for the WC out of Europe is tough; there are always a few quality teams that miss out. France and Portgual nearly did this time around.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Actually it was under Carr||
Actually it was under Carr that piped-in music during the pre game was introduced. In 2009, it was added during game time, and there was a ton of it. (Watch the '09 ND game the next time BTN broadcasts it, and you'll hear the music constantly being played.) RR wanted it during the games to fill dead time, and got it.
Regarding student seating, keep in mind the GA seating was implemented in response to poor student attendance in previous years. It didn't create the problem (though it failed to solve it as well). The student attendance issue seems to be a problem all over the place.
As for there not being an drop off in ticket purchases in 2009, that year's schedule had home games against ND and OSU. This year's schedule has neither, nor does it have MSU. I think you have to go back about 80-some years to find a home schedule that didn't have any of the three rivalry games on it. It's terrible.
The decrease in ticket renewals this year can probably be pinned down to 1) the horrible schedule and 2) the aftertaste of 2013. I don't think the game day atmosphere is a big factor. Otherwise we would have seen more non-renewals in previous seasons.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||The piped-in music started in||
The piped-in music started in 2009, Martin's last year. Rich Rodriguez was in favor of it, thinking it would enhance our homefield advantage. I do think it has to some degree - there is less dead crowd time between plays, for better or worse.
I don't agree that it was louder in 2006. Even if you don't think the piped-in music has an effect, the boxes on both sides of the stadium definitely do a lot to hold in crowd noise. The stadium can get much louder post-renovation than it could before.
There are a lot of things you can say about the Michigan football experience, but you can't plausibly argue that the stadium used to be loud in the past (unless you're going really far back, like the 1970s). Our stadium was mocked for being too quiet for a long, long time.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Canham was the AD when the||
Canham was the AD when the Big Ten sent OSU to Pasadena over us in 1973.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||In what way is the French||
Well, we do say "Costa Rica" and "Ecuador" in English, and not "Rich Coast" and "Equator." Conclusion: the English language is a mess of contradictions.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Hmm, I actually seem to||
Hmm, I actually seem to recall you making a lot of posts like that during NBA threads.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Spain's elimination is||
Spain's elimination is fantastic news for fans of Michigan football. History has taught us that the fortunes of the two are inversely correlated:
From 1968-2007, Michigan had 40 consecutive non-losing seasons - 39 of them winning seasons. Over that same time, Spain won nothing in international play. The closest they came? 1984, when they reached the final of the Euro. That also happened to be Michigan's one non-winning season during that stretch.
Then in 2008, Spain broke through, winning the Euro. As for Michigan football, well, we know. Spain won more tournaments in 2010 and 2012 and Michigan football was mired in mediocrity.
This is the break we needed. Michigan will be back!
|4 weeks 5 days ago||France may be able to||
France may be able to overcome Ribery's absence. They experimented putting Karim Benzema in Ribery's spot in the last friendly and it worked very well (albeit against a crappy Jamaican team).
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Given how UK performed under||
Given how UK performed under Billy Gillispie and Tubby Smith for that matter (no Final Fours in Tubby's last nine seasons), I don't think there's much doubt that John Calipari is a good coach. Shady, yes, but good nonetheless.
I'm just curious if the school has an out clause if they get nailed by the NCAA.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Same here. I'm happy for||
Same here. I'm happy for Hagelin, but really wanted to see the Habs win it all this year.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||To take that money you have||
Come on - not only is endowing positions a common practice across the country (including at Ivy League schools), but the "tradeoff" is basically zero - few people outside the press even read these media releases. This is one of the more innocuous ways of raising money out there. There are certainly worse alternatives.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||But you know what? At the||
But you know what? At the end of the day you can still get a good workout at the CCRB. Yeah, it's old and kind of grimy, but when you're in college, you don't really care.
I always thought there was a certain charm in having to "rough it" a bit in college. I visited East Quad recently, where I lived my first two years, and I hardly recognize the place anymore. The pre-renovation place was a little dingy, but had character. It has more creature comforts now, but feels sterile. But I guess when you charge what we do now for room and board, you have to justify it with fancier digs.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I got a letter from the White||
I got a letter from the White House once, a couple decades ago (as part of a school project where we had to write to the President). The form of the letter looked just like the one in the OP. I don't think there was anything below the President's signature. No idea why there would be anything blurred out on this one.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||its with the the thousands||
Meh. Frankly, the sooner most guys figure out that they probably aren't going to make a living playing sports, the better off they'll be in the long run. Even those who make it to the pros end up broke half the time.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||You cannot assume that||
You cannot assume that because a guy is a world-class player in one sport that he would also be world-class at another sport. It doesn't really work that way. Actually, there's usually a reason why the guy ended up in the sport he's in.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||I think the problem some have||
I think the problem some have is not that he is simply focusing attention on the issue, but that he seems to have decided that there is only one legitimate side to this debate and that opposing views (even those coming from former NCAA athletes) have no merit. I personally think it's a tough issue and there are valid points to be made on both sides.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Disagree. The increased||
Disagree. The increased emphasis on defense over the past 10-15 years has led to many possessions in a typical game in which a team is forced to shoot pretty late in the shot clock (not by design, but due to quality defense). If you shorten the clock, you simply reduce the offense's margin of error. It aids halfcourt D considerably - the defense has five fewer seconds to work hard.
I'm not sure how much impact it will have on pressing. Either way you still have 10 seconds to get it across. Changing that rule is what would impact pressing the most.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||It may speed up the game, but||
It may speed up the game, but you may simply see more bad shots being taken. I don't think shooting percentages will increase.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||This probably won't be that||
This probably won't be that big of a deal. If he's back in action by July, he's still got five months to improve himself before the season starts.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||How would "white" ever be||
How would "white" ever be used to describe a black player? I'm curious. Is it just that there are more black players with the last name White, and this is confounding the data?
|9 weeks 3 days ago||As for students, high-level||
The benefit to the average student of high-level athletics is not so much the chance to be on the team (which is slim to none), but the chance to have a high-level team to cheer for. Rightly or wrongly, in this country cheering for sports teams is a big part of the college experience.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||I believe the issue wasn't||
I believe the issue wasn't that he was ineligible on amateurism grounds, but that he simply didn't qualify academically.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Wasn't "Colored" actually the||
Wasn't "Colored" actually the more common term in the days of segregation?
|9 weeks 3 days ago||"Caucasian" is a holdover||
"Caucasian" is a holdover from the old days of classifying all people into three categories: Caucasian (white), Mongoloid (Asian) and Ethiopic (black). The other two have died out but Caucasian survives for some reason.
I agree that it's weird.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||The advantages are that for a||
The advantages are that for a lot of schools it means more home games, and probably more victories, than playing nothing but conference games.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I generally agree, although||
I generally agree, although choosing a university to follow into one specific course of study can be a little dicey - you may find you don't like it after all.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||But your description wouldn't||
But your description wouldn't apply to most of the schools on this list. Michigan, Northwestern, Duke, UCLA . . . those aren't exactly easy schools to get into.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Does anyone know V.||
Does anyone know V. Stiviano's first name? It's weird that she's always referred to by her initial.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I wasn't familiar with his||
I wasn't familiar with his defensive rankings. If he has room to improve defensively, then it would make more sense.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||I am aware of that. But UNC||
I am aware of that. But UNC and LSU are the flagship schools in their states and I figured a lot of kids just want to go there, and don't bother to aim higher. If you don't get into UNC, you probably aren't getting in Duke.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Duke (over UNC) and Tulane||
Duke (over UNC) and Tulane (over LSU) surprise me a little. I guess out-of-state applications tilt the playing field in their favor.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Does it say anything? It's||
Does it say anything? It's May, and football is next up in the revenue sport rotation.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, a big part of it is to||
Yeah, a big part of it is to make the recruits feel like they're a top priority. If a staff becomes less consistent about contacting the player, he'll assume they aren't interested. A goofy picture like this takes more work than sending out a form letter, so it should be appreciated.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||With his stat line, I'm||
With his stat line, I'm surprised he didn't just go pro.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||For the NBA, that's true IF||
For the NBA, that's true IF you can stick on a roster in the meantime. If you're too raw to contribute right now, and don't have a guaranteed deal, you'll be cut loose.
The NBDL is a whole other story. There's a definite stigma attached to being sent there, which is hard to shake. Witness Manny Harris being unable to find many NBA suitors despite absolutely destroying his NBDL competition. It's better to be in college than languish in the NBDL.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||So, the story about him||
So, the story about him contacting the Vandy rape victim . . . what came of that?
|9 weeks 5 days ago||MSU and IU's totals surprise||
MSU and IU's totals surprise me - more than OSU? I wouldn't have guessed that.
At other end, wow, Nebraska and Purdue alums seem to avoid DC like the plague.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I doubt it will sell out most||
I doubt it will sell out most of the time. Indy and Chicago don't sell out all the time and they're much more centrally located.
This isn't really about making money per se, but about bringing the Big Ten to the East Coast's consciousness so that they will come to see the league as "theirs."
|9 weeks 5 days ago||I honestly wonder how many||
So we should help out those Minnesota fans by . . . putting the BTT in an even more inaccessible location for them?
Putting the BTT on the East Coast is good for exactly three of the 14 fanbases: Rutgers, Maryland and PSU. That's it.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||There may be fewer grads in||
There may be fewer grads in Indianapolis itself, but that's not the best way to look at it. None of these tournaments fill up their seats with locals alone. Any city you choose is going to be a bit of a drive for a lot of fans. Ideally, you want to make it not too difficult of a drive.
Indianapolis is just over four hours' driving time from Ann Arbor. That's doable. In contrast, NYC is 10 hours by car, and DC is nine hours away. You basically have to fly to go to those cities from Michigan, and that's a big difference. Deciding to drive to Indy at the last minute is one thing, but deciding to drop a few hundred bucks for a plane ticket to NYC is another.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||"Most" is overstating things||
"Most" is overstating things . . . a lot.
We definitely have a decent contingent in those cities but the idea that the average U-M grad ends up there is a stretch. Most probably remain in the Midwest.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||We had excellent defenses in||
We had excellent defenses in 1995 and '96 - not all-world like '97's was, but very good all the same. The offense was almost solely responsible for our losses those years.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||We are still talking about a||
We are still talking about a guy that the local chapter of the NAACP wanted to honor not once but twice. I don't doubt that he personally is racist, and certainly the league needed to do something after these latest comments. Still, hiring lots of black employees isn't the worst thing you can do. There have been plenty of NBA owners that have never hired a black coach or GM.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Countries shoudln't be||
I think excluding a country for geographic reasons is perfectly fine. In fact, I think that's probably fairer than excluding countries for political or cultural reasons (which can open up charges of hypocrisy). Geography is pretty cut and dried. The World Cup is a summer event and in Qatar it's too hot in the summer - end of story.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I don't know if I totally buy||
I don't know if I totally buy that. He had Elgin Baylor as his GM for a long, long time - people around the league couldn't believe how patient he was with Baylor despite a pretty dismal record. And he did hire a lot of black coaches - more than most other owners. Many ended up getting fired, but that's not that surprising given that the franchise was consistently bad. I think people are now looking back at things through the prism of his latest comments and looking for racism in the way he ran the Clippers, but I don't know how much you can really find. (His non-basketball businesses are another story.)
I have heard about him being a tightwad, though,
|10 weeks 2 days ago||Outside of 2002, that's a||
Outside of 2002, that's a "meh" record at best.
If we ever want to be an actual WC contender, I don't think it's going to happen playing in CONCACAF. We just don't face enough high-quality competition in it. There are way too many games against the likes of St. Kitts, Costa Rica, Suriname and the rest. It makes qualifying for the WC easy, but doesn't prepare us to play the big boys. Mexico is in the same boat. They've qualified for umpteen WCs in a row but never make it past the round of 16 despite having a lot of talent.
If the powers that be wanted to merge the two federations in the Americas into one with like eight WC bids or whatever, I'd be okay with that. We just need more competiton that we're currently getting. Make us play Brazil and Argentina on a regular basis and we'll be prepared for anyone.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||I can't envision the Euro's||
It would be more like the opposite (the African federation playing in Europe) - a poorer region hosting its tournament in a rich country.
|10 weeks 2 days ago||The next step is for us to||
The next step is for us to leave CONCACAF and join CONMEBOL, the South American federation, so we can actually compete in this. CONCACAF doesn't offer enough competition. Put us in CONMEBOL and we may not qualify for the World Cup as often, but we'll be far better prepared when we do.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||You can't seriously be||
You can't seriously be comparing the pressures of coaching college hockey with those of coaching in the NHL?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||'88 Finales||
Games 6 and 7 were at the Forum in L.A. The Silverdome hosted the middle three games in that series.
|10 weeks 4 days ago||the adjectives and names||
People on this message board used those terms to describe him?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||BTW, how does a roof end up||
BTW, how does a roof end up like that, with the center panels mostly intact and the other ones totally gone? Are vandals stealing the teflon?
|10 weeks 4 days ago||Calling it an "iconic||
Calling it an "iconic building" might be a bit of a stretch. It was a carbon copy of the Metrodome, RCA Dome and some others I'm forgetting.
Still sad to see a building abandoned less than 40 years into its existence. Our society's got to get it right when it builds stadiums. Replacing them every generation is such a waste.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Steve Fisher would be||
Steve Fisher would be surprised to learn he is Jewish. (He's a devout Christian.) Some sloppy research by the author there.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Officially, Rangers did close||
Officially, Rangers did close two years ago. They are a new company now, although they've been allowed to keep their old trophies.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||After 2010-11, we lost Darius||
After 2010-11, we lost Darius Morris to the NBA.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||LeVert was second-team||
LeVert was second-team All-Big Ten this year, as a true sophomore. Who cares what his NBA stock is - he's an excellent college player.
|10 weeks 5 days ago||You don't get late April||
What was LeVert's offer list again?
I think Beilein has earned the benefit of the doubt.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Southern Europe is pretty||
Southern Europe is pretty bad as well. Banana-throwing seems to happen a few times a year in the Spanish and Italian leagues. One issue, I think, is that there aren't many black players from those countries, so black players are regarded as foreign in addition to having different skin color (and xenophobia is always strong in Europe). Maybe this will change as you see guys like Balotelli coming through the ranks.
England and France used to also have a lot of overt racism, but it's declined in recent years, accompanied by an increase in black players playing on their national teams. (Not that there isn't a lot of covert racism, still.)
|10 weeks 6 days ago||.Branden Dawson is only 6ft6||
Not to mention a couple of guys named Novak and Robinson.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I don't have an issue with||
I don't have an issue with the fact that pot is banned or that there is testing, but the severity of the punishment seems totally out of proportion. The NCAA normally leaves player discipline up to its member schools or conferences. In the few cases where it does discipline a player (as here, since it took place during the NCAA Tournament) shouldn't it adopt penalties that would mirror what a school would typically give? I can't imagine many schools would ban a player for a year because of one failed test for pot - the vast majority probably issue a short suspension, as we do. So why is the NCAA going so far beyond that?
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I think the punishment is||
I think the punishment is disproportionate here, but drug testing is normally supposed to be random, no?
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I'm sure athletes in Colorado||
I'm sure athletes in Colorado have to follow the same drug standards. This is the NCAA , not the law.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||I don't have a problem with||
I don't have a problem with the NCAA drug-testing players - and our guys have to know that they're going to be tested during the season - but a year-long suspension for a first offense? That is crazy.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||Horford hasn't transferred||
Horford hasn't transferred anywhere yet, has he?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Wait, you're a student and||
Wait, you're a student and bought three season tickets last year? I didn't think students could do that. Or do you mean you were in a group of three that bought tickets?
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Yes, guys who sit out due to||
Yes, guys who sit out due to transfer rules still count against the limit.
I'm not sure if your proposal would really make sense. A transferring player only has to sit out one year. If teams could recruit other players to fill the spot, what would they do after the year's over? They'd have one too many players.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||Agree||
McGary/LeVert/Walton/Irvin would be a pretty nice core to build around. I could see a team led by those guys making a deep NCAA run.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||1. Alumnus2. Tickets since||
2. Tickets since 2005 (not counting student tickets a few years prior to that).
3. 2 tickets renewed
4. No tickets dropped
5. There was never really a "decision" to make - I'm a diehard. I can't give the tickets up.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||He's made a lot of money, but||
He's made a lot of money, but it's tough to tell a 20-year-old to be fiscally responsible. I hope he's put some of it away. As for this...
...it's not as simple to make it big in Europe as a lot of people here seem to think. There aren't many roster spots available to non-EU citizens, and contracts aren't guaranteed. Also, living in a foreign country is quite a bit different than just being there as a tourist for a week.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||Its pretty damn rare for a 23||
I can think of a guy right up the road. Adreian Payne (who turned 23 this past winter) is now a consensus 1st rounder. He was not a year ago.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||To say it's never a mistake||
To say it's never a mistake to leave is as ignorant as to say it's always a mistake. Each case is different. Forfeiting your college eligiibility isn't a small thing, and if you go pro when you aren't in high demand, you may never be able to get yourself into demand again. Once a guy washes out, he rarely ever has a chance to make it back.
Also, making a good European team is harder than you're making it sound. Most (if not all) leagues have quotas of non-EU players, which makes competition for those few roster spots pretty fierce. Stu Douglass for instance is playing in Spain, but he's not playing in their top league but a second-division one, which doesn't pay much. Americans playing there also have to deal with elevated expectations - European fans expect a lot out of their American players, and they will let them have it if they don't turn out to be superstars. (European sports fans in general are pretty insane - it's not unusual for players to have objects thrown at them from the stands, even from their own supporters.) Playing overseas is a double-edged sword.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||You can find random||
You can find random exceptions to every rule.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Is there a double-standard?||
Is there a double-standard? Or is it just that Hoke's first two years (19-7) were much better than RR's (8-16), which meant that he entered year 3 with no pressure while RR was on the hot seat?
|11 weeks 5 days ago||One possibility: if Nuss does||
Brady Hoke has been a head coach since 2003. He is not going the Luke Fickell route. That's not plausible at all at this point in his career.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Bo was not an assistant on||
Bo was not an assistant on Woody's staff when we hired him. He'd been a head coach at Miami (Oh) for several years.
We wouldn't have hired Bo straight off Woody's staff, and we mostly likely will never hire Narduzzi or any other assistant as our head coach - with good reason. Assistants are a gamble. Some aren't cut out to be head coaches.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||We have had one strong year||
I would say we've had three (2004, 2006 and 2011), but in any event, the current staff wasn't around for seven of them. You can fault Hoke for what he's done, or not done, over the last three years. You can't fault him for what happened before then.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Not all of the initial 30%||
Not all of the initial 30% may necessarily end up voting for unionization, either. It's one thing to favor holding a vote on the issue, and another to actually favor unionizing.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||It's one guy. No one guy||
It's one guy. No one guy "speaks to the state of the program" - especially in a sport with 85 scholarship players.
We should at this point be able to field a halfway competent interior OL given the players we've recruited the last three years. The 2012 recruits are in their third year - it should be time for them to step up. If we can't count on them, our issues run too deep to be covered up by one rent-a-senior.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I'm not sure how easy it is||
I'm not sure how easy it is to come as a lineman in the fall and take over a starting spot just like that. If he had transferred in January and had the benefit of spring ball at his new school, he'd be a stronger position. As it is, he's going to have to learn the playbook and develop chemistry with his fellow linemen in a matter of weeks.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||People should calm down a||
People should calm down a little. We're talking about a guy with one year of eligibility, who already missed spring ball. Yeah, he may have been a decent stopgap measure but we'd be replacing him in a year's time anyway.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||"Competitive balance" might||
"Competitive balance" might be a better way of putting it than "competitive fairness," but yeah, there's basically no way to allow athletes to capitalize on their own likeness without the rich schools exploiting it like crazy, what with boosters coming up with "endorsement deals" up the wazoo.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I remember being at a couple||
I remember being at a couple of parties at U-M when the cops came. The AAPD wasn't too unreasonable, though - I think only some really drunk kids got MIPs, and they let the rest off. East Lansing police are a lot stricter from what I've heard.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Or he arranged to take it on||
Or he arranged to take it on a different day for whatever reason.
I would imagine that John Beilein expects his guys to finish the school year, regardless of what their decisions for the next year are.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||It's a road game.||
It's a road game.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||I assumed Johnson was fired||
I assumed Johnson was fired by Iowa; this feels reminiscent of the Jim Boccher mid-season departure. But then I clicked on that Iowa link and the fans were upset/shocked he was leaving. Weird.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Those were awesome. You||
Those were awesome. You could never really fit anything in the pocket but it was still cool to zip it up.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Not a basketball fan?||
Not a basketball fan?
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Definitely. Real is one of||
Definitely. Real is one of the very best clubs in the world while ManU (which usually is very strong) is going through a rocky transition.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||I think it's just hard to||
I think it's just hard to change course in mid-stream. Implementing something like this in mid-season would seem like a panic move.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||The age limit didn't exist||
The age limit didn't exist when Darko was drafted. It was introduced in 2005. Europeans can't enter the draft any sooner than Americans can - the age limit is 19 in either case.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not sure why these kinds||
I'm not sure why these kinds of statements bother anyone. I would have been surprised if he'd said otherwise. It's April, and pretty much everyone on the team (Gardner included) needs to have a strong offseason if the team is going to take a step forward. I don't see the staff guaranteeing anyone else a starting spot, either.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||There are a couple of things||
There are a couple of things at play here:
First, in many European countries, kids are winnowed at 14 or 15, with the serious students going on to high school and the weaker students going to a vocational school to learn some kind of trade. The NBA can't require a kid to finish high school if he never is allowed to attend in the first place. (Actually, they don't require American kids to finish high school either. They just have to be a year removed from their class's graduation.)
The other thing is that school age varies from one country to another. In some countries you can finish high school at 17, some 18, some as late as 20. The NBA isn't going to have a different rule for every country.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Is there any evidence that||
Is there any evidence that players who enter the league at 20 have shorter careers than those who enter at 19, or those who entered at 18 when it was allowed? I'm not sure.
Basketball is different than football, where the physical grind is almost as bad in college as it is in the pros. College basketball players have a far lighter schedule to play than NBA players. Michigan's season lasted almost as long as an NBA regular season, but we played 37 games (39 including exhibitions) instead of 82. The toll on your body should be less severe going through a college season.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Overseas players face the||
Overseas players face the same age limit as Americans. They currently can't enter the league before age 19, and it will be 20 if this passes.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||The "service with attitude"||
The "service with attitude" thing stopped awhile ago, or at least that's how it seemed when I went the last few times.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Agree about that location,||
Agree about that location, but then again, I've seen plenty of non-students at Blimpy's whenever I've gone.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Seems to have quite a bit of||
Pretty simple: they'd like players to be more finished products when they arrive in the league. They hate paying big bucks to watch a guy slowly develop over a few years. Also, they want their rookies to be well-known before they enter the league.
The owners wanted a two-year rule all along, but the NBPA initially balked and the one-year rule was a compromise. Now it seems that NBPA is more amenable to the idea.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||I like that idea, but college||
I like that idea, but college coaches don't want to wait until the end of June to have their rosters set. They voted to move up the draft withdrawl deadline to mid-April for that same reason.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Given that 1) most pro||
Given that 1) most pro careers are very short and 2) the NBPA itself claims that 50% of its ex-players are broke within five years of retirement, the current method doesn't seem to be a winner for a lot of guys. Getting a guy on the road to a degree, even if he doesn't finish it right then, can pay dividends down the road if he needs it later on. Keep in mind that even many sports-related jobs require a college degree.
Even if you think all of these athletes are going to be taking UNC-style joke courses, there is still something to be said for having some extra time to mature as a person and player before entering the dog-eat-dog professional world. Some 18-year-olds can make the transition, but a lot can't. (And while McGary might be an exception, the risk of career-threatening injury in college basketball is not all that great, and definitely lower than in football.)
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Actually, most people assumed||
Actually, most people assumed McGary was a one-and-done guy during his recruitment.
As for top 5 guys, Jerod Ward was one, as was Kevin Garnett (who would have come here if he'd qualified academically). If you expand it to the top 25, the list is pretty extensive. Recruiting has not historically been a problem for us.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Is it really a "problem" that||
Is it really a "problem" that talented athletes are steered to college? Generally speaking, don't most people benefit from additional education?
|12 weeks 2 days ago||That was awesome. I miss||
That was awesome. I miss those teams.
I do a little bad about Joe Dumars after watching that, but at the same time, the last several years have been pretty rough. Passing on Trey still gets me - he has that same "tough kid with a chip on his shoulder" mentality that this franchise has thrived upon.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Does an internet blog||
Does an internet blog message-board post qualify as "literature"?
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Was he the guy who claimed to||
Was he the guy who claimed to be best friends with all the athletes while also having teenage children himself?
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I'm not sure what you're||
I'm not sure what you're arguing . . . does anyone honestly claim that the NBA/NHL playoffs contain nothing but elite teams? The Atlanta Hawks have a (theoretical) chance to win the NBA championship despite going 38-44 this season.
Europe is even more skewed though, because the gap between, say, Germany and San Marino is humongous. That's not like the Heat playing the 76ers - it's like the Heat playing a team from the local YMCA.
UEFA contains a bunch of microstates which have no prayer of ever qualifying, making them easy cannon fodder for the big boys, who will qualify with ease now that there will be 24 spots.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||The FA Cup and Copa del Rey||
The FA Cup and Copa del Rey are not league cups, but national cups. League cups are different and are only open to professional clubs, whereas national cups are open to literally every club in the country. Pro clubs thus compete in both each year (assuming their country has both competitions), in addition to their league schedule and (if they're good enough to qualify) either the Champion's League or Europa League as well.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I think they care (being a||
I think they care (being a World Cup champion is the surest ticket to legendary status), but the lack of time together on the national teams, compared to the time spent on club teams, is an issue - players aren't as familiar with their teammates. Also, the big international tournaments are in the summer, when players are normally recuperating from the long season.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||We should note that none of||
We should note that none of these leagues have salary caps or anything along those lines, so there isn't really anything preventing a club from becoming a powerhouse if it just gets ownership willing to spend. PSG for instance plays in Ligue 1 (France), which isn't supposed to be all that strong, but they're a power club now because of their super-rich ownership.
Generally speaking, a typical European league will be very stratified, with only a handful of clubs in realistic contention. In Germany and France, it was a one-team race all season.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||From here on out, the Euro||
From here on out, the Euro will have 24 teams in it, so it's no longer just the top European nations.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||You honestly think that no||
You honestly think that no one in our athletic department - guys whose job revolves around Michigan sports, and who are often alumni of the school - cares if the team wins or not?
Do you call in regularly to sports radio?
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Having a mock draft with guys||
Having a mock draft with guys in it who haven't declared seems in poor taste.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||have to believe that with||
When you buy a Michigan jersey, Michigan gets just a small sliver of the proceeds (in the neighborhood of 5%). The rest goes to Adidas. That's true for all apparel deals. The school doesn't get that much from royalties even if it sells a ton. When we set records for merchandise sales, when the Fab Five were here, our royalties were only a couple of million dollars. It's the money up front that's much more lucrative.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I'm surprised that even a||
I'm surprised that even a Michigan fan - who should know better - is trashing General Studies.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||It was about $3.5M per year,||
It was about $3.5M per year, IIRC.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I don't like the gray ones.||
I don't like the gray ones. Nike is really pushing gray for some reason, adding a gray uniform to every school, it seems.
Otherwise the design is OK, but the italicized lettering seems overly cute.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||What kind of numbers are||
What kind of numbers are those? They look like a little kid drew them on.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Although we ended up losing||
Although we ended up losing the game, I like that Jordan's career ended with him making a last-minute putback - a bit of redemption.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||What kind of system would||
What kind of system would serve Horford better? If Beilein could make it work with Jordan Morgan, who never attempted a three in his entire career (and probably took only a handful of shots from beyond 10 feet), I'm not sure why he couldn't with Horford, who occasionally displayed a bit of shooting touch.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I wish there was a time limit||
Problem: there could be multiple angles of the play, and the refs may not see the best angle until very late in the 45-second clock, if then.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Players have been doing that||
Players have been doing that for a good generation now. I don't know if you can put the genie back in the bottle at this point. Having a lot of timeouts is annoying but at least avoids that awful way to end a game (I think teams have more available now than they did in '93, but may be wrong).
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Moreover, there are more||
Moreover, there are more possessions per 40 minutes in the NBA anyway, because of the 24-second clock.
I think giving college players 6 personals would just lead to more fouling in general and make the game bog down more.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I was wondering if he'd wait||
I was wondering if he'd wait out Painter at Purdue (his alma mater). Apparently not.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Counterpoint: the way the||
Counterpoint: the way the 1993 championship game ended was brutal.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||If Mitch returns, I'm not||
If Mitch returns, I'm not sure we'll drop at all record-wise. A healthy McGary is a game-changer.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||If McGary does leave, would||
If McGary does leave, would Horford possibly reconsider?
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Nah, 2003 was the best.||
Nah, 2003 was the best.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Why "one-and-a-half" and not||
Why "one-and-a-half" and not "two"?
|12 weeks 6 days ago||If Horford indeed knows||
If Horford indeed knows Mitch's decision (he may not), I would have to imagine Mitch would be staying, because why else would Horford transfer for more playing time?
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I don't doubt that this is a||
I don't doubt that this is a factor, but the presence of the University of Michigan was probably the biggest reason why A2 stayed more or less afloat. Elite-level higher education is about as recession-proof an industry as you can have. U-M increased tuition, and enrollment, during the height of the recession.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Other schools could build||
Other schools could build more seats than us. It's not like they're all restricted by zoning laws or whatever. They just aren't confident they can fill them up. PSU hasn't been able to, for one. So we can have some measure of pride that we lead the nation in attendance annually.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||McGary coming back would be||
McGary coming back would be fantastic. It was so exciting to have an All-America big man entering this year . . . only to lose him to injury. I love Jordan Morgan and think he absolutely squeezed every ounce out of his ability, but a healthy Mitch (which we never saw this year, even in the eight games he played) is a force to be reckoned with. I'm still unsure if it happens, though; his age could push him to declare.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||GR3 has gotten the||
You don't recognize him as a member of the last two teams?
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Of course, there was no shot||
Of course, there was no shot clock at that time.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Except that I believe||
Except that I believe Rosenberg and Snyder both went to Michigan.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Upvoted for being||
Upvoted for being informative, but I don't think we really need to worry that much about MSU at this point. We are functionally a peer program of theirs by now. They will probably always be pretty good with Izzo, but we will be as well with Beilein.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||If Chris Webber and Ed Martin||
Sarcasm? The idea that the Ed Martin scandal was some kind of time-release punishment that lasted a decade is farfetched, to say the least. Many schools have gone on probation. This does not have to mean a decade in the wilderness. Look at OSU in the wake of the O'Brien and Tressel scandals.
Our problems post-Fisher came down to 1) hiring a terrible coach (Ellerbe), 2) replacing him with a mediocre coach (Amaker) and 3) falling way behind in the facilities race. The solution was not that complicated either: we hired a very good coach (Beilein), and gave him the facilities he needed to help sell us in recruiting.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||The tournament. If you have||
The tournament. If you have to be in the NIT, winning it is OK, but it's never better than being in the NCAA tournament.
We won the 2004 NIT, but no one remembers that. They do remember that we didn't make the tournament between 1998 and 2009.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know, I'd say his||
I don't know, I'd say his senior year was very good (17.6 ppg, 5.3 apg, 1.9 steals, .447 FG /.391 3FG /.906 FT). Those numbers are pretty similar to Stauskas's this year.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Amaker didn't bring in either||
Amaker didn't bring in either Blanchard or Bernard Robinson - those were Ellerbe recruits. But he did sign Daniel Horton, Dion Harris, Chris Hunter, Lester Abram, Courtney Sims, Brent Petway, DeShawn Sims, Manny Harris . . . all top 100 guys. Recruiting really wasn't his problem. Player development, much moreso.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Gavin Groninger. Seriously,||
Gavin Groninger. Seriously, he was supposed to be a great shooter. Put him in this system (and have him practice with the Beilein Ball) and maybe he pans out.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||"Boston College||
"Boston College University"?
|14 weeks 3 days ago||We should note that this took||
We should note that this took place at 7:15 in the morning. Stunned silence at that hour from college students is not that unusual.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||If you are assuming that past||
If you are assuming that past history (i.e., last season) is prologue, our program history suggests we'll have a good season, because we historically have when we've had an experienced senior at QB. That's actually been one of our problems; we've rarely gotten to have a senior starter there.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||A school that doesn't have an||
A school that doesn't have an awesome basketball program to make up for underachievement in football, for starters.
Even if you restrict it to football only, I'm pretty excited to see what Nussmeier can do with the offense.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Given that he's a 7-footer, I||
Given that he's a 7-footer, I don't see why he can't guard opposing centers. He certainly would cause matchup problems for other big guys with his perimeter skills.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, I wouldn't say Amaker||
Yeah, I wouldn't say Amaker won the big games. He beat MSU a couple of times but his teams never seemed to be able to get the signature wins they needed to make the NCAA tournament.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I'll be definitely annoyed if||
I'll be definitely annoyed if Izzo somehow gets another year out of Harris. That guy was ready for the pros a year ago. I can't imagine he'll stay another year once the emotions of the UConn loss die down.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||He could use some extra bulk,||
He could use some extra bulk, but he seems to have the frame for it. I wouldn't pass him up because of it.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||If we could get McGary back,||
If we could get McGary back, that would be huge. Beilein's offense is such that I'm confident that almost any perimeter player will look pretty good, given all the great looks at the basket and regular mismatches they draw. But the post positions are a wild card. Add a proven commodity like Mitch in the middle, and we could well be a national title contender even with Stauskas and Robinson gone.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||One of the sites ranked||
One of the sites ranked Kaminsky as the #48 draft prospect. I don't understand it either. He's seven feet tall, a decent athlete, and seems to have a complete offensive game.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I would agree with him. Hash||
I would agree with him. Hash Bash increasingly seems to attract a scruffy crowd that doesn't seem to have anything to do with U-M, and which seems to have no qualms about leaving garbage everywhere and tying up all the public bathrooms.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Can you imagine Blanchard in||
Can you imagine Blanchard in Beilein's system? He would have been the perfect 4 for us, at both ends of the court.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Hmmm - who won the Big Ten||
Hmmm - who won the Big Ten championship this year?
|14 weeks 6 days ago||And we also grabbed a ton of||
And we also grabbed a ton of offensive rebounds ourselves. Did you know that we outscored them on second-chance points, 23-17?
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I don't know if that's||
I don't know if that's actually the work of a UK fan. "Kenturkey" doesn't look like a typo, and I don't think UK fans hate us enough to do something like that. I suspect it's Buckeye or Spartan handiwork.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||We didn't lose because of||
We didn't lose because of size or rebounding. We lost because UK unexpectedly matched us in three-pointers made (seven). If they shoot their usual percentage, we win.
We are not a conventional, defensive-oriented team. We are offense-oriented, and our offense is extremely good. As noted above, we just set a record for offensive efficiency. In many games this season, we recorded the highest points-per-possession average our opponent had given up all year. (Against MSU, we recorded the two highest PPPs they gave up.) This comes from having four skilled perimeter guys playing together and spacing out the defense to make it hard to rotate.
A lot of fans seem to have this notion that we could play two bigs at the same time and still have an awesome offense. That's very doubtful. Playing two big men will only work in this offense if one has perimeter skills. Otherwise, it screws up the spacing that is essential to the offense's functioning.
What you can expect from a Beilein-coached team is that we aren't going to be dominant on defense or the glass, but we will be dominant on offense, and as long as we are just adequate on defense, we'll win most of our games. We have won two Big Ten titles, gone to two Elite Eights and one national championship game using this formula. It's a good one.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I definitely thought so a||
I definitely thought so a couple of times - on Stauskas and LeVert's airballs, in particular.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||There is a risk there. If||
There is a risk there. If you lightly foul away from the ball, the officials won't call it in that juncture. If you foul him hard, you could draw a flagrant foul call.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||The article sounds promising,||
The article sounds promising, but keep in mind that guys often say those types of things in the heat of the moment. Darius Morris was definitely staying - until he wasn't.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I think Horford lost||
I think Horford lost confidence as the season went on and Morgan seized control of the center position. In January, when it really was "Morford" at center, he played very well at times. He dropped 14 and 9 against a big Minnesota frontline. I think that if he gets more consistent minutes, he'll be more consistent. By the end of this season, Morgan was playing 30+ minutes every night if he wasn't in foul trouble, which didn't leave Horford a lot of time. He was on a short leash.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||I would agree, but that's||
I would agree, but that's tough - you don't want to wait too long and miss your opportunity. We ended up with what should have been a good outcome (a so-so shooter launching a 3 with LeVert in his face) but it went in.
|14 weeks 6 days ago||Man, what a game. It was||
Man, what a game. It was like a heavyweight fight, with Kentucky throwing haymakers and us fighting back every time. So impressed with our resolve - there were times (especially when it was 45-39 and 62-55) when it looked like the dam was about to burst and UK would run away with it, but we always kept our composure and got back into the game. Our last real possession, with the three offensive rebounds against a much taller team, said it all - this team wasn't the deepest or strongest (especially inside), but it had an incredible mental toughness and kept plugging away. Usually in the end, the other team felt apart. Just not today.
|15 weeks 5 hours ago||Nothing lower than a Final||
Nothing lower than a Final Four in the tournament gets a banner. We can avoid this potential issue by winning the game today.
|15 weeks 5 hours ago||Relegation is a total||
Relegation is a total disaster from a financial standpoint and makes it extremely difficult for small-market teams to rebuild sensibly. It's fun for fans of teams not involved, but terrible for those affected.
|15 weeks 6 hours ago||It's not too common for||
It's not too common for college-aged guys, though.
|15 weeks 18 hours ago||But they're guaranteed a||
But they're guaranteed a top-4 pick, so there is an incentive to tank. The team with the next worst record is guaranteed top-5 and so on.
|15 weeks 18 hours ago||While that is kind of||
While that is kind of annoying, it's much less so when we're able to go to the FF ourselves.
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||The lottery (in its original||
The lottery (in its original format) was a great idea. The current weighted lottery, which gives the worst teams the most ping-pong balls, is what's wrong.
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||The NBA needs to go back to||
The NBA needs to go back to the original lottery format, where every non-playoff team had an equal shot at the #1 pick. The point was to discourage tanking. Having a worse record than other non-playoff teams meant nothing, so you could actually keep playing hard all season long. It was a good idea. But then Orlando won it twice in a row in the '90s and they freaked out and made the lottery weighted, which rewarded tanking again. Stupid.
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||I'm surprised how many people||
I'm surprised how many people are upset that Wisconsin won. Yeah, they can be annoying to play against, and I haven't forgotten two buzzer-beaters against us, but that's not enough for me to actually hate Wisconsin when they're out of conference. As far as I'm concerned, they're not a rival, just another conference opponent, albeit one that's had more success against us than we'd like.
In NCAA play, I root for all Big Ten teams other than MSU, OSU and IU (because of Crean; I'd root for them otherwise). Ryan/Wisconsin don't quite move the "hate" needle enough for me.
|15 weeks 19 hours ago||That one was iffy. But -||
That one was iffy. But - just as for Tennessee last night - the offensive foul actually helped them, because if the refs had let them play on, it would have been Wisconsin ball - Johnson missed the shot and Wisconsin was going to get the rebound.
|15 weeks 23 hours ago||I just noticed that Mitch||
I just noticed that Mitch came back with the epic sign last night:
|15 weeks 1 day ago||And they had three senior||
And they had three senior starters last year. Donovan has had pretty good fortune in this area.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Nah, I think Florida runs||
Nah, I think Florida runs away with this. This game has been their big hurdle - they've lost in the Elight Eight three straight years - and now, after maybe a few early jitters, they're pouring it on.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||But wasn't THJ the guy we||
But wasn't THJ the guy we ended with instead? That worked out.