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|1 week 2 days ago||i'm not an insider so I can't||
i'm not an insider so I can't read the whole article, but from the summary, it sounds like they are ranking the next three years in total. They may think we're still not going to be great this year or maybe even next, but a significant turnaround in year three could have us as the 15th best team over that 3 year period.
|6 weeks 5 hours ago||Why does the MHSAA have to||
Why does the MHSAA have to change to get one of these academies? Don't most of them pull out of their state associations to play nationally anyway? Does the MHSAA prevent schools from playing these types of academies so that a michigan based national academy would not be able to schedule any local teams?
I get the argument that maybe if we didn't have the 300 rule and the limits on regular season games, a DCD or someone could become a Chicago Whitney type school where they're not quite national academy, but a local school that could compete on that level occasionally while keeping some kids away from the national academies. But I don't see what the MHSAA is doing that actually prevents a true national academy from setting up locally.
|6 weeks 7 hours ago||Floating an idea that has||
Floating an idea that has absolutely zero chance of happening is not a good strategy to scare the NBA into doing something.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I don't think that's what||
I don't think that's what he's talking about. I think he's saying that plenty of teams take a very long time to initiate the offense even after bringing the ball up. And he's probably right. The only way you need 35 seconds to get a good look as an offense is if you're really bad at offense or you're wasting time.
FWIW, perimeter passing with no other physical movement is the least effective strategy against a zone defense.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Often at the end of games TV||
Often at the end of games TV isn't going to commercial during timeouts anyway. I don't think less total timeouts in a game is going to lead to less commercial breaks. The exception probably being the NCAA tournament. My guess is that the NCAA will run these past CBS/Turner before they are finalized.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Doesn't go far enough, but it||
Doesn't go far enough, but it is a good start.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||That really should be enough||
That really should be enough to overturn the suspension by an indipendent arbitrator when it gets to that point. Especially considering that if you assume Anderson used the gauge he said he did and if you account for the Colts footballs being measured at the end of halftime when they had a longer time to warm up and add psi, the entire difference in psi loss between the patriots' footballs and the colts' footballs is negated.
Without that one presumption, of which there is questionable basis, there is no evidence of any tampering at all.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Agree on moving on, but how||
Agree on moving on, but how does eliminating the boundary not solve the problem of someone pushing the boundary?
The point is that the NFL allows (as they should) QBs to tailor the football to their liking yet they rather arbitrarily set inflation limits. Aaron Rodgers wants to go above them. Tom Brady apparently wants to go below them. I'm sure there is a wide range in between. If the NFL would just allow QBs to also dictate air pressure, then this wouldn't be an issue.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Or some other reason, like||
Or some other reason, like coaching (Tiki Barber greatly reduced his fumble rate mid-career), play design that doesn't lead to a lot of WRs getting hit shortly after gaining possession, etc. I don't doubt in theory that having a lower psi in the footballs could make it easier to hold onto the ball, but I imagine it is a minimal advantage.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||My questions/thoughts on the||
My questions/thoughts on the report other than that the rule is stupid and patriots personnel were deflating balls after official inspection.
There's really no evidence that Brady asked that the balls be illegally tampered with rather than at the low end of the allowable pressure. The only direct mention of Brady in the texts that are a large part of the "case," is that he is expressing his belief that patriots personnel should prevent officials from pumping up balls beyond 12.5 psi. The other mention of Brady understanding it is a "stressful" job or whatever could mean anything.
Who knows how long this was going on. Only an offhand mention in the texts of the guy calling himself "the deflator" serves as a basis for any belief that it wasn't just a result of Brady being pissed that the officials overinflated game balls for one game.
What about road games? The report basically said that the Colts, as the road team, had no chance to tamper with game balls after inspection. So are we to understand that the Patriots only tampered with game balls at home? Seems like this would be a problem with the conclussion that the Patriots are only good because of the deflated ball. This would also apply to 538's facination with the Patriots' fumble rates.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Are you denying the reports||
Are you denying the reports conclusions or are you deeming it not "cheating"? If the former, I think you have to be pretty naive to think that it was mere coincidence that the one game day the locker room attendant wasn't left alone with the game balls just happened to be the one day that he left the locker room alone without permission in possession of the game balls, and that this was not a pretty clear indication of the intent to tamper with the balls after official inspection. If the latter, how is knowing a rule, then breaking it in a secritive manner not the truest sense of "cheating"?
Like I said earlier. I think it's a stupid rule. I don't think it helped the Patriots in any meaningful way. But I find it hard to deny that they did cheat. I would give it a slap on the wrist fine and get rid of the rule. But that's just me.
|8 weeks 4 hours ago||But why? Football is the||
But why? Football is the rare game where it is convenient for both teams to play with the game ball of their choosing at no cost to the opponent. The NBA needs a consistent ball because both teams shoot with the same ball. Baseball needs a consistent ball because ball conditions affects both hitters and pitchers. Football has no such issues. The offense has the ball for the entirety of their possession but for potentially a few seconds a game after a turnover. Why in the world would we feel the need to dictate the ball conditions? Make sure they're the same size and that's all they should care about, in my opinion.
|8 weeks 4 hours ago||Why? At literally at every||
Why? At literally at every other level of football offensive teams choose their own footballs.
I think what is stupid is to mandate the pressure levels to begin with. There's nothing inherently better or worse about any particular pressure point as evidenced by two of the very few elite qbs in the league, Rogers and Brady, wanting radically different feels to the game ball.
It's obvious that the Pats cheated in the truest sense of the word. They knew the rules, utilized an underhanded method to circumvent them, and thus cheated. I'm sure Brady knew what was going on. It is a stupid rule and I think anyone pretending to really care is kidding themselves if they think it really matters one bit in the scheme of the things, but they still cheated.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||If we played Iowa this year,||
If we played Iowa this year, I doubt Iowa releases him to us.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||A two-loss team is going to||
A two-loss team is going to have a shot some years. Hell, a two-loss LSU already won the BCS. An 8 team playoff would mean that's true every year and would probably give 3-loss teams a shot now and then.
I'm not disagreeing with you that it would be difficult for a season to produce 8 deserving teams, but you also can't draw a line in the sand and say teams with 2 loses don't get a shot.
The absolute best system is also completely unrealistic, where you determine the number of teams at the end of each system based on what the season dictates. This year would have been a year to be expansive, with maybe 6 teams. Other years there is going to be a clear 1 and 2 when we will have too many teams in the playoffs.
|11 weeks 5 days ago||Hayes is staying as a||
Hayes is staying as a sophomore and Konig is back. That's a solid 1-2. Though I wonder if Hayes will struggle as he becomes more of the focus of the offense/opposing defenses. They also lose Dukan. So the only other returners that saw any minutes are Showalter and Brown who averaged 7 and 6 minutes a game respectively.
They will be relying on a lot of youth next year. Will be interesting to see just how far back they fall. Could see them as 5th or worse in the league pretty easily.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||With Towns, he shoots free||
With Towns, he shoots free throws well, so there's at least a sign that he could develop that outside shot. And Booker and Lyles will be drafted high on potential, so it makes some sense for them to go. Generally though I agree with you. I didn't think, outside of Towns, that anyone on Kentucky was such a great individual talent. Kentucky's big factor was depth. They had 8 or so guys that would have been the #1 or #2 guy on all but a handful of teams in the country.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Still two, I believe. I'd||
Still two, I believe. I'd guess DraftExpress had Harrison ranked higher than 60 and he assumed that meant he was a third round pick.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||Calipari is probably really||
Calipari is probably really smooth about it. He accepts commitments from the absolute minimum of guys he knows he is going to have room for. Then probably continues to recruit everyone else hard but says something along the lines of "I don't want you to commit yet until you see exactly what we have coming back and where you would fit on the roster. I want you to come to Kentucky, but I don't want you to step into a situation where your development would be slowed due to a lack of playing time." It can't be a coincidence that there are so many top-25/top-50 caliber players still undeclared when the rest of college basketball recruiting has sped up.
|11 weeks 6 days ago||He's great at recruiting,||
He's great at recruiting, great at managing players, pretty good at instilling a system. But, you're right, bad as an in-game coach. The last few minutes of the Wisconsin game were brutal for him.
|12 weeks 5 hours ago||I don't think that's||
I don't think that's necesserily fair to the Harrisons. While I doubt their pro potential, they are still very good college basketball players who would be epxerienced juniors. I don't think Calipari would force them out over what could possibly be an upgrade. Besides, I think he knew they were going pro.
|12 weeks 5 hours ago||I think they had one open||
I think they had one open scholarship this season (assuming you can take one back from a walk-on). Kentucky currently has three players signed with a potential fourth that could reclassify. So they are only two over before defections. I think they were pretty safe to assume that Cauley-Stein and Towns would be gone. So they're set right now even ignoring the Harrison twins and likely departure of Lyles. If you told Calipari he could keep those three and not add anyone else, I think he'd gladly accept. So, no, I don't think he's encouraged anyone to go for his own benefit.
|12 weeks 5 hours ago||Great idea in theory. But I||
Great idea in theory. But I think the thing that may prevent it from becoming a reality is Title IX. Scholarship count for men's and women's sports is a factor in Title IX equality analysis. Now, I would think that normal attrition would probably bring the total number of scholarships used down to 85 or lower for most schools, but would the schools be forced to calculate football scholarships closer to the total possible? Hard to know.
|12 weeks 5 hours ago||I agree with you. They have||
I agree with you. They have NBA body types but I wasn't all that impressed by either's skill set.
As to the point in the OP, I thought it was assumed that they were both going pro, so I don't know if this changes anything for Brown. If Booker goes pro, that may change the equation.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||That's how it's called every||
That's how it's called every single time. Jackson got away with a more blatant example against UK on a 3. If Koenig wasn't beat on the play he wouldn't have given Jones the chance to make that play.
I think the blame on officials in this game is way overdone. They blew the two out of bounds plays and probably the first Winslow charge, but that's really it. The second Winslow charge was a good no call. You think there weren't equally dubious calls that went Wisconsin's way?
Duke was in the double bonus early because they were aggressive and consistently beating guys to the hole. The aggressiveness made the body bumps that is the hallmark of Wisconsin defense obvious fouls.
Let's not be like MSU or Wisconsin fans that think every call against their team is a bad one just because their coach doesn't believe his team has ever committed a foul.
|12 weeks 1 day ago||I'm one of the last people||
I'm one of the last people that would defend Duke in an officiating debate, but if you're really arguing that call (it was Jones by the way) then you are letting your personal bias get in the way. If the defender leaves his feet and is not straight up, it will be a foul if there is contact every damn time.
I thought officiating was bad but equal. First half went Wisconsin, second half went Duke. What decided the game was Okafer eating Kaminsky's lunch in the last three minutes.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||An established mid major is||
An established mid major is still a mid major, is it not? I don't see 5-star recruits knocking at the door begging to come play for VCU.
I also think it's silly to compare Jeff Capel and Anthony Grant to Smart. The level of success is just not comparable.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Isn't that where a talent||
Isn't that where a talent disparity would hurt you more? Transition buckets are easier shots. Tougher to get good looks in the half court, no matter the coach. If you're not as talented, it's going to show in the half court.
People seem to hold Smart to a higher standard because he's had consistent success for the last five years at VCU. Meanwhile they ignore the fact that he's had that success with a grand total of two guys in that time period to see time in the NBA.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Why won't his system succeed||
Why won't his system succeed at Texas? WVU changed to a very similar system this year and had far better success in the Big 12 than they should have based on talent alone.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||Is his system really that||
Is his system really that unique? It's different press defenses. Sure he may deploy them a little differently or whatever, but the concept still isn't that new or even that unique. Plus, in general, I don't think there really is a "system" that allows teams with lesser talent to compete with greater talent in basketball that wouldn't translate to better talent. Maybe you could argue that some of the extreme plodding offensive systems that try and limit possessions to keep games close shouldn't translate, but Tony Bennett is doing a pretty good job of making that system work at the highest levels.
I wouldn't be too worried about Smart's system translating with a year or two to make sure his roster fits his system. After all, is it really all that different than Nolan Richardson's "40 minutes of hell" defense? He seemed to do all right.