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|1 day 23 hours ago||More to the point, Rob||
More to the point, Rob Pelinka was Kobe's agent so if nothing else he knows NBA salary bylaws like the back of his hand. To stay on Kobe's good side for all his career and be a well-regarded agent is no mean feat so this makes me feel a lot better about the team Magic will be bringing in to helm the Lakers.
|2 days 2 hours ago||Thanks for the statement,||
Thanks for the statement, it's much appreciated.
|2 days 2 hours ago||That will never happen -||
That will never happen - agents leak Laker trade rumors all the time, real or fake, as a shot across the bow towards their clients' teams because it's a guaranteed ESPN headline.
|2 days 2 hours ago||One of the few(?) Laker fans here||
As you can imagine, I have a LOT of things I think I think about this.
Point the first - MGrowOld is 100% spot-on about how consultants roll, though anyone who's watched Office Space won't be surprised by this. My current firm was much smaller 6 years ago and "business consultants" would walk in the door unannounced all the time to do a cold pitch to my boss on how he could grow the firm. My boss may drink too much coffee and may have the attention span of a headless lemur but he's the fundamentally most savvy, decent & fair guy I've ever worked for so he noped the fuck outta those asswipe charlatans with a quickness.
Point the second - did Jim Buss/Mitch Kupchak deserve to get fired? A lot things happened to put the Lakers in their current dire straits. Many of them were out of the front office's control - most notably the 'basketball reasons' CP3 trade, which is why David Stern and Cavs* owner Dan Gilbert (* - sorry, MGrow and other Cavs fans) can rot in the same trailer-trash circle of hell alongside the Boren family. There were many other missteps - Deng and Mosgovs' contracts, hiring Mike Brown - that can only be laid at the feet of the front office. On the other hand, Mitch and Jim Buss did some good things that deserve recognition - Kupchak engineering the Gasol trade gave us two titles and although he's a sad punchline now, Buss picking Andrew Bynum also played a role there. And we unloaded dross for dross when we traded him for D12 so that's a wash. However the record is mixed and the team is years away from contending. I would argue that the aborted CP3 trade was the single biggest culprit and David Stern bears the lion's share of the responsibility in throwing the Lakers under the bus(s) However, our front office did not make enough right moves to get out from under the bus. David Stern cannot be fired from the Laker organization, however Buss-chak could, and were. C'est la vie.
Point the third - is Magic the right guy for the job? Here's why he is: If you were going to craft a resume for running a team that didn't include 'running a team' his is as good as anyone else's. His business mentor was Dr. Jerry Buss who is arguably the greatest team owner in history and his own track record as a business CEO is excellent. He's at least in the top 10 percentile of business savvy people in the country and as far as basketball IQ he is in the top 10 of people who ever lived. I'm not going to hold his disastrous stints as talk show host or Laker coach against him, because a) those are not what he's doing now and b) it's OK to fail and most successful business people would tell you it's essential to do so. And his stint with the Dodgers was encouraging, they did pretty well with him as part of the braintrust. To the extent that you need to build relationships to lure in top talent, Magic should be terrific. Everybody - even Celtic fans - likes Magic. So he has the tools and the smarts to maybe to a good job and he's been saying the right things, except when he hasn't. Which brings us to....
Point the third-and-half - Here's why he isn't: My main concern is that the story has, and continues to be, Magic as a player in the ongoing Buss vs Buss drama. If you look at the best team owners - Micky Arison of the Heat, Dr Jerry Buss, Peter Holt of the Spurs, Mike Ilitch (RIP), the Rooney family, etc - they tended to be very good at getting out of the way and not being the story. Magic isn't like that - he has an ego. Granted, he *should* have an ego but his outsized personality is, to me, not conducive to having a drama-free tenure as team-runner.
Moreover, the ongoing perception that Jim & Jeanie Buss aren't on the same page is a problem 100% of their making and they're both at fault here (Jim Buss can be forgiven for not wanting his sister's ex-fiance around - I love the guy for the five titles but Phil Jackson is caustic, passive-aggressive asshole) and Magic's didn't help by throwing gasoline on that tire fire with his very blunt Twitter shots at Jim Buss. The optics, as they say, were bad.
Point the fourth: Where do we go from here? Crossing our fingers once again. I'm very leery of change for its own sake. The first thing male lions do when they take over a pride is kill all the cubs so they can sire their own cubs on the females. So it is an ingrained tendency to clean house but all things in moderation. In fact the most alarming thing Jim Buss did when he took over the franchise from his father was to fire all the long-time Laker employees like Ronnie Lester, their head scout, and a whole slew of other people. Again this will sound quite familiar to other MGoReaders. Still, it is what it is. And the biggest problem the team had that no one talked about was the cloud of uncertainly as to which Buss child was calling the shots. It wasn't solved to anyone's satisfaction but the hope here is that the coup, while bloody, is finally over and we can move on.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Nice, nice - logged in just||
Nice, nice - logged in just to upvote this.
|3 days 20 hours ago||Welp||
It is, as they say, what it is.
As was the case with that payola job in The Toilet Seat last November, we made too many mistakes to overcome the other team's plays and spotty refereeing and that's on us. At the same time, while the other team - to their credit - made enough plays to win and did, their play alone wasn't enough - they did need refereeing to put them in a position to win. These things are not mutually exclusive statements.
|4 days 6 hours ago||I agree with almost||
I agree with almost everything you say, but strawberry ice cream is objectively tastier than vanilla unless it's for a sundae.
|6 days 4 hours ago||Hopefully you see this before||
Hopefully you see this before it gets caved but this sounds like a very obviously rough situation and I sympathize with your pain. Although your particulars are uniquely yours, I'm certain there are many other good fathers out there who have walked in your footsteps - here is hoping better things are in store for you and your children and that you're celebrating a Michigan national championship with them in 11 months!
|6 days 7 hours ago||Seems like a good idea to me||
Seems like a good idea to me even though I personally have no interest in futbol - I'd suggest putting a consistent header like [[OT - weekly EPL thread March 4]] to clearly delineate it for other soccer fans but I figured you'd do that anyways.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Co-signing this||
But let's go further - I'd be OK with anyone coming to a soccer thread to whine about why there is a soccer thread to just get sent straight to Bolivia, pass go do not collect $200.
I'm not even a soccer fan so I wouldn't be participating in a Premier League thread but there's clearly a lot of people who are so weekly threads would be great for helping to strengthen the MGoCommunity.
|1 week 7 hours ago||Thanks for the clarity||
Thanks for the clarity regarding the site technical issues. I'm only speaking for myself here but some clear and responsive communication is all I really wanted. Best of luck in the process!
|1 week 1 day ago||Dakich's comments were 100%||
Dakich's comments were 100% low-class and bush league and frankly unbecoming of a supposedly professional person type thing. That said, I disapprove of his tweetering in the same way you'd disapprove of your son borrowing your car without permission and getting caught - but he's in the backseat with a girl waaaaaaaaaaay out of his league.
|1 week 2 days ago||I know you are but what am I?||
I know you are but what am I?
|1 week 2 days ago||Warde Manuel is black but is||
Warde Manuel is black but is light-skinned enough that one could plausibly think he's white. He's certainly a spitting image of Daredevil's Kingpin so my working theory at this point is that he's the genetic fusion of Vincent D'onofrio, who is white, and Michael Clarke Duncan, who was black.
|1 week 4 days ago||The last 3 minutes of the||
The last 3 minutes of the half:
MICHIGAN: Hey IU, we're gonna slack off a bit if y'all wanna get it back to a single-digit lead before half
INDIANA: Nah, fam, we're good but thanks anyways though.
|1 week 5 days ago||Although I'm a mostly||
Although I'm a mostly indifferent Wings fan and was never a baseball or a Little Caesar's fan, I was always a fan of Mike Ilitch and the way he conducted himself. He's in the top 3-5 of greatest sports owners of all time at a bare minimum and the world would be a better place if we had more people like him.
Turns out that in addition to the many other things he did for Detroit, he at one point paid Rosa Park's rent when she was in financial trouble.
|2 weeks 6 hours ago||I mean, if you watched the||
I mean, if you watched the game and Sparty's collective inability to rotate onto open shooters Tuesday night, you could believe that Ward's footwork maybe was just that bad.
|2 weeks 9 hours ago||I'm more than aware that our||
I'm more than aware that our hoops team has some systemic flaws but anyone who thinks that Hoke is even in the same ballpark as Beilein as a coach or that the embarassement of the 2014 football team (on and off the field) is even close to this admittedly frustrating hoops season isn't watching the same program I am.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Even if you're a Patriot||
Even if you're a Patriot hater (and even us Michigan fans would impartially concede that there are legit reasons for 99% of NFL fans to hate the Pats), you gotta be happy that Roger Goodell got served with a well-earned heaping of boos.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Also, I've said it before and||
Also, I've said it before and I'll say it again - 'Players-only meetings' are the sports equivalent of 'I think we should see other people for a while' in that you're not officially broken up but you actually are.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I just don't know, man.||
You have to evaluate the good with the bad unless the bad is so overwhelmingly monstrous that it sucks the oxygen out of the room - e.g., Art Briles and Joe Paterno.
With Beilein there's been both good and bad, and needless to say his bad isn't even in the same ballpark as those two wastes of oxygen. So if the time is right for him to step aside let's remember that while his shortcomings have come to the fore this season, he left Michigan basketball in better shape than he found it and for that he deserves to be remembered in an overall positive light. I know I will.
Just remember, while I'm as frustrated at Donnal and other members of this squad for being Freddy P. Soft, they've done nothing to disgrace us off the court. I sure as hell wish they'd played better this and last seasons but at the end of the day I'll still root for them to do well after their hoops careers are over and done because they wore the block M with honor.
But JEEBUS FARKING CRIPES DONNAL YOU ARE SIX NINE WOULD IT KILL YOU TO DUNK EVERY NOW AND THEN?!?!?
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I'm not saying this to defend||
I'm not saying this to defend Beilein because - even as a staunch backer of his - it's getting harder and harder to do so, but whatever our frustration with Donnal is, the coach's is probably that times a thousand. That said, I'm more and more certain that Teske isn't the answer right now or else we might've seen him more. Admittedly I have no evidence to support this other than the Indiana football game where O'Korn started in place of Speight, so... yeah. :P
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe the silver lining is||
Maybe the silver lining is this win by OSU buys Matta another season and this loss by us is the last spark of kindling to ignite the much needed butt-kicking we apparently need? Full disclosre - I'm 100% spitballing here.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||But I'll you you all whatfor...||
The NCAA was ON THE BALL when it came to protecting college kids from the depredations of coaches forcing them to go south to Florida on their spring break so I don't wanna hear any rabble-rousing from the lot of you about how the NCAA doesn't care about students. Not a word.
|3 weeks 5 hours ago||DPJ is a five star receiver||
DPJ is a five star receiver who will be counted upon to make clutch receptions in high stress situations, so I'm mostly okay with that scenario.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||“It means so much to me.||
“It means so much to me. Never has that resonated more; brought home our seventh child yesterday. Came right out, gave it to Eddie McDoom on a fly sweep."
Far be it from me to question to coaches but I feel there are better, more rules-compliant ways of teaching our players the importance of ball security.
|3 weeks 7 hours ago||It's really hard not to be||
It's really hard not to be excited about this class.
The best class I can remember in terms of top-to-bottom depth and four-year productivity over the last 8-9 seasons was Hoke's first full 2012 class that has 27 guys, and 16-17ish contributors amongst them.
I'm leaving out last year's also-stellar 2016 group since they've only been here a year but this class is even larger as the 2012 group, much higher rated and the gap in quality of coaching they're gonna get vs the previous regime's is, to put it mildly, cavernous. When you consider that this class will be bookended by the excellent 2016 class and 2018/19 classes that will also be top 10ish...
Hold on to your butts.
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||I figured that might be the||
I figured that might be the case - thanks for your perspective. All the same, it does underline the frustrations of many people. If revamping from Drupal essentially constitutes a ground-up rebuild that isn't feasible to do in the near or far term, that's a valid reason to keep things the same. Not everyone is going to agree but it's something we can live with and it's an understandable explanation for keeping the status quo.
If that's the case, tell us.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||And there's the rub. There||
And there's the rub. There are probably very compelling reasons to keep the site the way it is - like perhaps the management wants to keep everything under their yoke, or the expense involved would be cost-prohibitive. That's a valid and defensible position. If we got a Meta post or whatever delineating those reasons, that'd be fine. Many of us might disagree with it but that's fine, it's American and you're allowed to disagree. It's also Brian's site and his word should be final. The radio silence on this issue is probably the worst response though - a case of making a one-day story into a one-week story (a situation we're all too familiar with)
To me the best way to address the Error 502 issue is to, well.... address it. I mean, it's not like the MGoManagement has ever been reticent or inarticulate when it comes to stating their position - that's half the reason we're all here in the first place.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||At least Brian is keeping us||
At least Brian is keeping us updated on what's going on. He realizes if we all leave, his income goes with it and that's why he continually puts out posts and comments regarding the status of the site and apps. As a consumer, that's really all you can ask for.
Vis a vis today, I can't really agree with that. There was a tweet that he was aware the site was down and to the team's credit it was fixed but not much beyond that and it's symptomatic of radio silence from the blogrunners about the technical issues.
I'm only one person and I'm not going to pretend my voice carries any more appreciable weight than anyone else's but the impression that this MGoUser gets is that the site has outgrown its current capacity to function and had indeed outgrown it a good while ago. And what I'm most concerned about is that I haven't heard any direct communication from the management as to whether there are any plans to address it.
And I hate that I'm writing this post - I'm generally on the side of the mods and the guys that have worked so hard to bring the MGo community together. I don't want to come across as ungrateful. And I'll be the first to tell you that I know nothing about running a website and don't pretend I could do it even 1/1000th as well. Almost none of us do unless there are Google VPs here I don't know about. I get that malfunctions happen. I get that it's not as simple as waving a magical fix-it wand. I even get that there are likely exigent circumstances the MGoCommunity is not, nor should they be, privy to that prevent site upgrades.
The thing is, at this point it's hard not to see that a lot of people here have had technical problems with the site. That the site conked out in National Signing Day and that it wasn't a surprise was the proverbial straw. I'll fess up and say I've made snarky comments here about how we, as M fans, aren't happy unless we're complaining. And by and large I do think that to be the case - it's a constant with internet forums but it doesn't mean I have to like it. Thing is - I'm complaining here and I'm really really unhappy that I have to. Bottom line is that if I didn't care I wouldn't be writing this.
What I'm asking is this: Please provide some clarity as to this issue, because the optics aren't great. If there is a plan to upgrade the site's technical functionality, then what/when/how? If it's not feasible in the short term, then tell us so we can find something else to grouse about. I understand this may be the case and that in life you give up X to get Y, but if that's the case then tell us. Anything other than radio silence on this matter is preferable - the impression I get is that a growing percentage of the blog community is finding MGoBlog to be increasingly unnavigable and this complaints are falling on deaf ears. And if we've gotten word from on high and I missed it than I apologize. Either way I hope the blogrunners will take my comments in the spirit that they're meant.