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|2 hours 11 min ago||Looked At Another Way...||
Perhaps the only minute consolation here is that, in the row beneath the pair of socks bearing our colors, there is a pair that basically has the same color scheme as the title sequence of "Miami Vice", and somewhere there is a team that might very well - and perhaps literally - run with those socks. Not that it was a bad show - I watched it - but it is definitely...well...no one will NOT notice them. Otherwise, I am again bewildered with Adidas.
|2 hours 45 min ago||Quiet Evening Here...||
There is not too much going on here tonight - MGoBlog, the Tigers game and some Guinness and I am a rather happy camper. I had the house to myself even for a few hours there, although it did not come without a to-do list rife with preparations for a party next weekend. Incidentally, this party will involve a bouncy house and I might need people to make it worth the $140 for the rental, just so everyone is aware.
|8 hours 42 min ago||Building It Up...||
All indications say Beilein & Co. are using these summer months as a clean slate. When I asked Beilein about this during his off-season press conference in early June, he quickly responded, “I think this is a great time to start at ground zero and build everything up.”
I know we've talked about how one of the neater facets of Beilein's system is how it seems to recombine and reinvent itself as players depart or experience injury, but it seems like there is a lot of raw statistical production to replace this season, particularly the absence of Nik Stauskas. I would imagine that "building everything up" is simply a way to describe this "morphing phenomenon", if you will, so I am intrigued to see who steps into the Stauskas, GRIII and McGary (or what a healthy McGary can bring) gaps.
|10 hours 2 min ago||Well, That's Done It...||
In a related story, a south Florida artist released this rendition of the seats at American Airlines Arena this coming season...
|12 hours 38 min ago||Some Of It...||
Some of these things are definitely backed with in-game and seasonal data.
Turnover margin, for example, was something I had some data for - 2005 to this past season - and if you do a little quick summary figuring, a typical 10+ win team (which we'll assume is good enough to potentially make the BTCG) has an average in-game margin of 0.504 and an average total margin of 6.560. Only in rare case (2012 Nebraska or 2005 Ohio St. being two) did a team who lost this battle handily obtain an 10-win season or better.
|13 hours 12 min ago||Not Delta...||
I have a few Braniff souveniers and some old Eastern Airlines stuff in my home office - actually got them at an auction when they were renovating the North Terminal at Metro Airport. My father found an old TWA Ticket Counter sign too. If he wants stuff from non-defunct airlines, we can't help sadly.
|14 hours 1 min ago||The Weekend In Brief...||
Tonight, yard work and some lounging about as I will have the house mostly to myself - my wife is working and the kids will be out with their grandparents until basically bedtime, so for about 4-5 hours, I get to pretend that I am in charge. It is the final portion of my birthday gift, these hours of solitude, so my in-laws say anyway.
Tomorrow, in one final act of celebration of my birthday, I shall make grilled tuna steaks with some veggies and hopefully have the entire dinner ready before my wife goes to work again.
Sunday, given the forecast for Saturday night, I might very well be back at my desk already - only time will tell on this one. Otherwise, the serious push to get the house clean and purged before my kids' joint birthday party begins that day. Also, Sunday happens to be my daughter's actual birthday - she'll turn all of eight years old.
|14 hours 43 min ago||Nice Read...||
It can be argued, though, that LeVert’s freshman-to-sophomore improvement was more impressive than that of Stauskas.
The stats provided actually provide a reather compelling case for this, I would say. When you're talking about in-game averages for FGM, 3FGM, made 2-pointers and the like which jump, in most cases, 8% to 12% year-to-year, that is one hell of an improvement on a season really. I wouldn't expect as dramatic an increase this coming season, of course, but it will be fun to watch how LeVert's game as evolved since April despite the injury.
|1 day 20 min ago||Thought About This...||
This Book is for the Fans
I thought about this for a while, but the edit of the previous thread and the lack of traction here in comparison to the other HTTV thread makes me think that the conversation might be better served with just the one thread for now. No offense to the OP here, of course.
|1 day 1 hour ago||New Perhaps, But...||
Just as a matter of note here, although the rule is enshrined in the CBA, it is not a secret that the NBA and the NBPA are generally in favor of changing it to a situation where a player must be two years removed from high school. There have been some misgivings not so much about technical acumen on the court, if you will, but on-court leadership - the proprosed remedy has been mandating the extra year for staying in college or going to Europe perhaps or even the D-League but not the NBA right away.
|1 day 2 hours ago||The Tiered System...||
I do like the tiered system actually, mainly because Florida being more or less the Big Ten's destination of choice outside of the Rose Bowl for quite a long time was becoming a bit mundane, in my opinion. To have teams that could rotate through several places over the course of years - something not really possible in the straight ranking, especially if you consistently finished in or near certain spots - seems like it could be a bit more entertaining.
|1 day 4 hours ago||Don't Mind At All...||
One of the people that I supervise brought in a lovely carrot cake for a belated birthday treat this morning, so that was a pleasant surprise and I will have to repay everyone with subs or pizza in the near future. Not a big deal when you can reconcile the expense under "teambuilding activity", right? Anyway, that made an otherwise stressful day for me.
To help, I've come home and am now on the second pint of Guinness Extra Stout and currently trying to convince my daughter that there are other shows that aren't "Victorious" or "Sam & Cat".
|1 day 7 hours ago||Other Candidates...||
Looking at the list, I wouldn't mind the Tilted Kilt Cactus Bowl or the Jobing.com Cactus Bowl if only to do a salute to the time not so long ago when bowls and the tech bubble were virtually one in the same. If we wanted to think out of the box perhaps, we could use one of the NLJ law firms as well - the Snell &Wilmer Cactus Bowl has an interesting ring to it.
|1 day 7 hours ago||Indeed Yes...||
Not surprisingly in today's world, I was actually alerted to the fact that the e-mail was going out thanks to Twitter, so I have already sent in my information based on my donation level. I actually am curious as to how quickly we'll get the electronic copy as that will come in handy for meetings and the like.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Well, Since There's A Thread...||
As there is a thread on it, I managed to find Tomahawk Nation's take on the whole thing, which you can read here - LINK
Long story short, in the arrest report, it is noted that the scooter, valued at $1,000, had nearly that much in damage due to an accident in which Jesus Wilson had been. WIlson at first claimed to have borrowed the scooter from a student named "Drew" (real owner is one Sebastian Bellini). He initially reported having no contact information for this "Drew", but promised to get it the next time he saw "Drew". Only yesterday did Wilson admit finally to taking the scooter, but he made it clear that he had not intended to have it for long.
So, I guess "Drew" is going to be pissed when he finds out about the scooter, eh?
|1 day 9 hours ago||We Might Get There...||
Assuming no repeats (which there are, but let's run with this for a moment), there are 453 players among all the released lists to date. If we pretended for a second that all 126 FBS teams carried a 125-man roster (just a nice round figure - specific teams will vary, of course), then that's 15,750 players theoretically on Division I rosters. We then have 453 out of 15,750, or 2.876%, so about half after all the lists are released, I agree.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Embedding...||
I don't know if there has been any resolution to this since the last time I checked, but there is some quirk with the site coding, so far as I know, that makes using the old embed code from YouTube (which would start with <object...>) a little less troublesome in the original thread post - not sure if that's a Drupal thing or not. It doesn't matter which code gets used for replies, in my experience.
|1 day 13 hours ago||Other Topics...||
Mark Emmert was grilled on a few topics beyond this actually, in the even that people weren't following this hearing, including a report released by Sen. McCaskill of Missouri that about 20% of the largest public institutions and 15% of the largest private ones apparently allow their own athletic department to investigate cases of misconduct (the examples given were sexual assault cases)by their own athletes.
The full article from the Washington Post is here - LINK
When it comes to scholarships, McCaskill also dropped this one on Emmert:
McCaskill released NCAA records showing that a majority of member schools sought to keep the one-year scholarship limit in place in a membership vote in 2012 that fell just short of the 62.5 percent majority needed.
|1 day 14 hours ago||"Max Impact"...||
I think we would need to know how this person to whom they spoke defined "max impact" to evaluate this statement a little more accurately. Our offensive line is indeed composed of highly rated talent, but many of them save for the ones who just arrived are experiencing their second coordinator and a new offense as well, so there has been some reset on the learning curve. How steep the curve and how fast the learning? We shall see. The best hope - and other sources make it seem hopeful - is that a simpler scheme and an actual foundation from which to build leads to improvement. I don't know that we need to expect a complete 180 here in the first year with Nussmeier, just a turn in the right direction might do the offense wonders as a whole.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Regarding This...||
I believe that Malzone plays various position in the infield for Brother Rice, and if you watch the video posted in yesterday's update again, his arm mechanics sort of have some "3B / SS" qualities to them, at least in my opinion. That being said, even if there's some adjustment required - and Malzone himself has said that there definitely is - the evidence seems to point to him having a strong, accurate arm all the same.
|1 day 23 hours ago||My Two Cents...||
I am sort of with others here - I've been on a few such trips as well over the years and the best experiences that I've had overall are Wisconsin and Penn State. Both of these are on very cool campuses and have excellent pregame and crazy in-game atmospheres. I would also back up the people that have had only ho-hum experiences in West Lafayette - Purdue fans were very kind, but Ross-Ade is just a sad atmosphere for a game on many levels.
|2 days 56 min ago||Thanks To All...||
Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes both here and on other platforms today.
It does mean quite a bit to me to be part of this community, and to know that people appreciate the efforts to keep it at least semi-respectable. This is a special group indeed, and like I've told a few people, it is something I wouldn't do if I didn't care about you guys. Thanks for being part of one of the better fan sites yet conceived certainly :-)
|2 days 3 hours ago||Happy Birthday To Me...||
I happen to have an excellent reason to drink as I turn 36 today, so I am enjoying a Guinness and some of the funfetti cake that my kids helped make for me. My daughter even said, "We couldn't find 36 candles, but you can blow out these three...", which made me feel old for a moment, but she has the family sense of humor, to be sure.
|2 days 8 hours ago||Amusing Wager...||
Did anyone else see the wager on Reddit that someone placed on yesterday's game, out of curiousity? $20 on the score and a Khedira goal, and well...
|2 days 9 hours ago||Here's One...||
Well, if you run the last set of Sagarin numbers, which is admittedly of somewhat limited usefulness as it is last year's data on teams and superimposing this year's schedule, you would still max out at 9-3 if you assumed - for the sake of the hypothetical - that all positive margins in the arithmetic meant a "win". Not all wins are equally likely, of course, but let's just go with this for a second.
That being said, we don't even need to talk about wholly brilliant things on offense - just visibly better will do if the offense as a whole isn't nearly as discombobulated as a whole this year. If the transition is going as well as folks seem to say it is, then we can manage this and 9-3 is probably reasonably achieveable. Further, with players on both sides of the ball maturing another year and a staff shakeup that we hope optimizes talent (which we have in abundance), then 9-3 is something I could definitely live with given the organizational / schematic shift.
To the OP's question about expecting 10 or more wins, I think the internal shakeups and schematic shifts probably make 10 wins something towards the upper limit of the average prediction for me anyway (for this year), a scenario which plays out perhaps if the learning - particularly on offense - is going better than anyone really imagined, which would be awesome if shown to be true.
|2 days 9 hours ago||Embed For The Board...|
|2 days 11 hours ago||Well, The Numbers Work...||
It seems like the numbers work out for Cleveland, if indeed the intent is to bring LeBron James back to the Cavaliers. Per ESPN's story here - LINK:
According to ESPN's Tom Penn, the trade of Jack sheds $9.5 million in salary (Jack, $6.3 million; Zeller, $1.7 million; Karasev, $1.5 million), giving the Cavaliers $21.7 million in cap space.
I could be wrong, but I think the cap hold on James is something in the neighborhood of $20 million, so they may very well have cleared sufficient space just by making that move with the Nets.
|2 days 12 hours ago||The Ann Arbor News Piece...||
The Ann Arbor News (or MLive d/b/a The Ann Arbor News, if you prefer) did their own writeup on Malzone's performance at the Elite 11, if anyone is interested - LINK
Their review is quite positive, as you may expect, but the piece does have a few quotes from Malzone himself which people might find intriguing enough, including one which expresses relief that he has resolved the question of where is going and can more easily concentrate on improving his game. I will say though that the clips that OP posted do look rather good - very nice, accurate throws highlighted there.
|2 days 13 hours ago||Interesting Stuff...||
It is an interesting list, to say the least Austin's incredibly unlikely and very moving story of unimaginable loss and pressing on all the same somehow...it just tells you so much about Hatch and his strength of character.
One thing I will say about this list, however, is that #1 has a pretty good case for being #1 within the bounds of what is being discussed here, but yeah, I am a little surprised that Hatch is not at least higher on the list.
|2 days 13 hours ago||The Rookie Scale...||
The rookie scale for the 8th overall pick comes out to a decent amount of money indeed, if you look at Basketball.RealGM.com. According to them, the 8th pick on this coming season's scale would except to get:
1st year - $2,288,200
2nd year - $2,391,200
3rd year (option) - $2,494,200
I am not sure what it might be subject to, but it sounds like a nice start monetarily in the NBA.