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|2 weeks 1 day ago||Doubt he comes back||
Good for Juwan - always a very likeable athlete. Something tells me he's not coming back - only 51 regular season minutes and 0 in the playoffs - I don't think he even dresses most nights unless there's injury/suspension.
He's known for motivational speeches - hope he has a career as a coach.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Very good stuff||
I forgot how terribly calculated our out of conference strength of schedule was.
Gonzaga - they have one team on their schedule that is currently ranked in the AP Top 25 (Oklahoma State).
Michigan - has 9: Pitt, K State, Ohio (x2), Indiana (x2), Wisconsin, Mich St (x2)
Goes to show that some of those SOS calculations used are absolute bogus.
|19 weeks 4 days ago||Who cares about coaches? QB is where it's at||
The Manning family is pissed that they haven't been mentioned in this thread yet.
|28 weeks 2 days ago||DB has opposite reaction||
I think Dave Brandon's reaction to the story would be the opposite: hmm, I wonder how I can charge students more?
|37 weeks 5 days ago||Boise State?||
You say there are no mid-majors left that the big conferences would want, but I would not rule out Boise State so quickly. They are not quite as strong this year, but I think they will still be in the national conversation for the forseeable future.
On another note, I still don't fully understand why Notre Dame doesn't want to be in the Big Ten - it just seems to make way too much sense logically. But that could be it's own diary in and of itself.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Still need a receiver to avoid intentional grounding||
To avoid intentional grounding, there still needs to be a receiver plausibly in the vacinity of the pass - Brady's safety in the most recent Super Bowl is a great example of this.
On two of Bama's passes, there were clearly no receivers anywhere near the pass - simply trying to avoid a sack. It was without a doubt intentional grounding in the literal sense of the phrase.
As with several other items, it by itself did not matter in the outcome of the game, but it was annoying to me as a fan.
|49 weeks 6 days ago||Follow-up on Youth comment||
The Lakers are an old team, and with trading four draft picks to Phoenix for a (relative, in basketball terms) old guy, they are not getting any younger anytime soon. The last few months, all of the pundits have been talking about how the Lakers need to get younger.
The Lakers will look for some young guy like Sessions or a bench guy like Morris to develop in lieu of those draft picks (or maybe just cross their fingers for more free-agent signings and trades to pick up some youth).
|49 weeks 6 days ago||You do know that they won the title, right?||
You use the Heat as an example of why it won't work when . . . the Heat reached the Finals in their first season with Lebron and won it all in year two.
|50 weeks 2 days ago||Informative||
Thanks for the insight - as a whole on a per at-bat basis, I think it's pretty clear that Austin Jackson has had at least as good if not a better season thus far than Curtis Granderson. Of course home runs are a slightly "sexier" stat, and that didn't hurt Curtis with the voting.
Always interesting how little these hard statistics actually factor into things like rankings and All-Star selections - which I guess is why it is going to be good to de-emphasize polls in college football and go with a selection committee.
|51 weeks 2 days ago||Would like to see median as well||
I would like to see the median as well. It's not exactly time-wasting per se - it's an excel formula that takes maybe two minutes to copy and paste to the 12 teams in the rankings?
Then again, I'm a financial analyst - I live for data. Must . . . . have . . . . .input . . . . input!
|1 year 1 day ago||My pet peeve:||
I hate it when people say "I seen it" - saw is not that hard to say people!
|1 year 5 days ago||Durant||
The real reason that people should be down on Lebron's fourth quarter performance is that Kevin Durant scored 17 in that frame. If you want to be the best of your generation, you have to do more than just your average when the game is on the line.
|1 year 1 week ago||* on averages||
The long snapper addition sure made our averages look funny - almost more meaningful to exclude him from the averages . . .
That would put us at 3.84 for the average of averages.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Academically a junior||
He redshirted his first year. Academically he's a junior, but he has soph eligibility.
That's very common practice for universites to only list academic year and not eligibility.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||McLimans not listed 2013-14?||
For 2013-14, I would expect Hatch's spot to open, and fairly likely an early NBA entry (such as Burke). What about McLimans - is his spot subject to availability?
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Also this|
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Good weekend to visit||
Between it being St. Patrick's Day and one of the first really warm weekends, campus was crazy. I got a collider at Rod's Place Saturday night and there were students seemingly everywhere.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Not getting this tournament winner argument||
I'm not getting this "the winner of a hypothetical tournament is a tournament winner, not a national champion argument".
How many other sports can you think of that DON'T have a tournament? Soccer outside the US and that's about it that I personally am aware of without doing research (Brian has argued that a tournament is not necessary here because every team plays every other team home and away and the system is actually fair).
Are you saying that all these other sports are wrong?
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Doesn't sound like a bad gig||
Doesn't sound like a bad gig - to have your first official practice with the team on location getting ready for a bowl. All expenses paid trip to a spring break-like locale learning from the best.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||NCAA basketball tournament is a big difference||
I don't think a cinderella team getting to the Elite 8 means that college football should have autobids in an 8 team playoff format.
Since the tournament expanded to 32 teams in 1975 only one team seeded 8 or lower has won the tournament (Villanova 1985). The champion is predominantly a 1, 2, or 3 seed: http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/ncaa-tournament/history/finalfourseeds. You have to go back 15 years to find a national champion that was even a 4 seed.
In other words, if the team had any real likelihood of a national title, they would be ranked high anyway and wouldn't need some crutch of an auto-bid to make it into an 8 team tournament.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||RB overrated||
I agree with the sentiment that the RB position is overrated. Especially these days with the rules so much in favor of passing attacks, the quarterback position is the clear king. The scheme and strategy/game plan is also important, which is why I believe that coaches are very underrated.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||Big East and AQ||
I personally think you need to look no further than the Big East to realize that we need to get rid of automatic qualifiers.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||3 weeks, Top 6||
I would say three weeks and Top 6 based on BCS ratings. I would consider some stipulation that any undefeated team ranked 7, 8, 9, or 10 would take the #6 team's place in the playoff.
The big question is how to fit three weeks into the schedule - ideally, you still want the players to have an opportunity to spend Christmas with families, study for and take final exams, and be in class for a new semester (granted, the current format and relatively recent changes to the system don't really seem to care about such considerations). Hopefully, the two teams with bye weeks in the first round would be playing in conference championship games anyway.
Round one (in this calendar year) would be December 12 - higher seed hosts
Round two December 19 - probably rotate these among the BCS bowl sites to take the place of the normal contest (Sugar, Fiesta, Rose, Orange). It would be a challenge to pull this off though when there's a low likelihood of being able to keep the same conference tie-in's.
The championship game would be at its regularly scheduled time in January. I could also see moving week two to New Year's.
|1 year 28 weeks ago||If I may summarize||
In summary, the article says that we shouldn't pay players because in theory, football and men's basketball players are paid already in scholarships and they are funding gymnastics and non-revenue sports. The only ones that are really exploiting the athletes are the coaches and athletic directors that make millions of dollars, and if we wanted to reign in some of the sanity than the NCAA should consider capping those salaries.
Not quite sure that I completely agree with that argument - you could take that argument a step further and say that we should be a communist country because if you work the same amount of hours as someone else, the two of you should get equal pay regardless of the marketability of your product or services.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Just want to make sure I'm getting this right||
So, after a 67-65 game last year, you're thinking a 9-7 outcome?
Stranger things have happened, but I want to make sure you didn't mean to put a 39-37 or something.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Link||
"The color blue coincides with the Blue Ribbon Campaign to Prevent Child Abuse.
The official Facebook event page for the Blue Out states that McLanahan's in State College will be selling "Stop Child Abuse, Blue Out Nebraska" shirts, and that 100% of proceeds made (after cost) will go to Prevent Child Abuse PA."
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Thanks for the clarification||
Couldn't OSU still redact that information though and hand it over to ESPN?
|1 year 31 weeks ago||DId he actually blow the whistle?||
If he is protected under whistleblower laws, then wouldn't Joe Paterno be as well?
Joe Pa told two guys, only to find out much later they were covering Sandusky's tracks. I wouldn't be suprised if those guys lied to Joe Pa on multiple occaisons and told him they had the situation under control.
(EDIT): my guess is that you have to actually report something to the police or an independent federal agency of some kind to get any type of whistleblower protection.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||Ehhhh||
It was months between tatgate initially breaking and Tressel leaving - not even close to five days.
|1 year 31 weeks ago||It's a good thing we don't play them this year||
The defense is good - only giving up 12 points per game.