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|26 min 49 sec ago||Good Warning...||
This is a good warning to all - be sure that ESPN's family of networks airs your game on the channel and at the time that is in fact listed. You would think they would learn from their rather random assortment of programming back in the day, but you can never be sure when ESPN will cover a sudden lawn darts tournament and bump your desired programming even now.
|2 hours 42 min ago||Makes Sense...||
It's hard to speak to the odds this far out, and I can't say I agree with all of them if it were me making the prediction, but if I were to make a very preliminary stab at the order of finish in the conference, then the order of Big Ten teams above actually would make a lot of sense to me. I see Michigan - and take my "no data" prediction for what it is worth - in about that spot in the conference standings (hopefully higher, of course - we are going to be pretty damn good, I think).
That, and I see Villanova at 25/1 and the part of me still bitter about my ESPN bracket wants to ask, "Really? That high, eh?"
|4 hours 55 min ago||To Add A Little...||
The Sporting News had a short piece on this earlier today - LINK - wherein UNC is directly quoted as to how they plan to release the particulars of the NOA:
“The University will publicly release the NCAA’s notice as soon as possible. The notice is lengthy and must be prepared for public dissemination to ensure we protect privacy rights as required by federal and state law. When that review for redactions is complete, the University will post the notice on the Carolina Commitment website and notify the news media. When we respond to the NCAA’s allegations, we will follow this same release process."
I will admit to being intrigued - the outline of of these, if it involves all the things that have been reported on at UNC for years now, will likely be very damning for the university in general, not just the football and basketball programs, at least in my opinion. Not sure if the punishment levied on Syracuse is any good indication as the NCAA is a random entity in that regard, but on the surface it sounds like a bad time for UNC, to say the least.
|7 hours 19 min ago||Had The Same Thought...||
I had the same thought initially myself, but then at least Andrew Ridgeley would get another chance to make a little money again and - hear me out - I think a player doing a decent rendition of "Everything She Wants" randomly in the middle of a play probably wouldn't be a bad trap as it would certainly momentarily stun other players.
|9 hours 55 min ago||Friday Indeed....||
Let's celebrate the end of a week, a holiday weekend, softball's phenomenal success....a bit of everything....
|10 hours 59 min ago||Critiques...||
It's all in how people approach it *puts on mod cap*.
Typically, technical critiques stand as always - you can criticize play pretty much all you want around here and there's nothing wrong with that. The comments that go - when we catch them - are the ones that get personal with players. I tend to look at it like this - by now, a lot of these kids / coaches / what-have-you are used to hearing the odd critique of their play and probably brush off a lot of what fans on a blog say about it as we're not their coach. What is universally unacceptable is calling those same people names or questioning their emotional investment, intelligence or attributes like that.
|20 hours 9 min ago||Cool Story, Bro...||
I broke the ring and pinkie finger on my left hand (my throwing hand, so double farts as they would say in "Caddyshack") in 6th grade in what was supposed to be a nice, easy-going practice. To this day, although not nearly that pronounced, my fingers bend in awkward ways. I suppose it happens if you play a sport sometimes.
|22 hours 38 min ago||At Last....||
At last, we get some resolution. Cannot wait to see us sporting those shoes on the field in September....
|1 day 5 min ago||Now That You Mention It...||
I walked away for a bit, leaving this thread up - my wife would now like me to attend Camp Sanderson as well. I told her I would have to rearrange some meetings, but I am sure if I sold this right, I could get the company to consider a "teambuilding offsite" that just happened to involve a little training.
|1 day 3 hours ago||As I Recall...||
As I recall, something akin to #1 was talked about a few years back as a long-term opportunity if the demand should be there. I think the theory was that the south end zone would be enclosed and seats wrapped around all the way to the scoreboards. I don't remember how many people that they though such a plan would theoretically add though.
|1 day 5 hours ago||Very Cool...||
This is pretty cool, and actually, I think there were a few variations of this floating around at the time too. One had a maize border, as I recall, with a second panel saying something (can't remember what precisely) - that was at the Foot Locker at Twelve Oaks at one point many years ago, and I think I saw it at Briarwood as well.
|1 day 6 hours ago||To Be Fair...||
A sword through the head is not good, but to be fair, at least they didn't do what this store did to sell syrup (just to illustrate how badly you can in fact miss)...
|1 day 7 hours ago||Valuation...||
The Dawgs will receive $2.88 million annually in gear and $1 million in cash, plus a $2 million signing bonus. Georgia’s contract is ahead of what apparel powerhouses Texas, Alabama, Kentucky and Florida reportedly receive from Nike, though the ‘Horns contract expires next year.
It's rather hard to say if it is too much or too little - this contract is still in the upper half of Nike's contracts (and slightly up from the $2.5 million or so that Georgia was getting before), so it seems about the same really when you consider some of the other contracts in that range for Nike.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Trevone Boykin...||
I would think that Boykin is definitely one to watch on this list - he had a QB rating of 145.9 last season, threw for nearly 4,000 yards (completing over 60% of his passes) and rushed for another 700 or so. Boykin has been the reason that offense works at TCU in his time there, and he was 4th in the Heisman voting last year, as I recall. Definitely a fun player to watch.
|1 day 21 hours ago||This Thread...||
By offseason standards, this is a rather on point thread though - just meant to generate some discussion, and indeed, a cut above some of the things that have been floated as discussion points in the last several days.
As a general note, I am just impressed (and a little saddened) to see that we now have games scheduled basically into my 50s. I know I am by no means the oldest person here, but the advance scheduling puts things in perspective somehow.
|2 days 13 min ago||The System...||
People talk about "the system" in various places around football and it means different things to different people. Weis, on the other hand, through the process of building a name, getting hired, getting an extension, taking a team to a new low, getting fired, laying low and then repeating everything elsewhere, has earned the right perhaps to have what he does termed "The System". One day, I can only hope to be that good at getting paid to fail in most things that matter in a given field.
|2 days 1 hour ago||Ferentz At #12||
I think they need to be a little more in line with Iowa's thought process on this and ease Ferentz up the list through time as the buyout slowly decreases. Eventually, he leaves and we see once and for all that Bret Bielema was merely biding his time until that job became available. At that point, Bielema could simply assume Ferentz's position on this list at the same point in, say, 2006 or 2007.
Or is that now how Iowa works?
|2 days 1 hour ago||For Those Interested....||
The presser is tommorrow....
|2 days 1 hour ago||As I Recalll...||
As I recall, Lunardi or someone else actually did a way-too-early bracket for the coming season back in April - I could be deluding myself, but I am pretty sure it made the board. I am rather perturbed though by the lack of 2016-2017 hoops predictions from the gurus. You simply can't get good predictions based on no data anymore, it seems.
|2 days 5 hours ago||The Search Tool...||
For those interested in the searchable database of APR, the NCAA provides it here - LINK
Keep in mind, that it is a running four-year average, but considering that for football - for example - the 2012-2013 average was 975, I will be very interested to see what it is when the updated figures are rolled out. Basketball's 2012-13 figure was 990, for those who didn't know. Great work indeed.
|2 days 6 hours ago||The Loading Issue...||
Yeah, that has happened a few times recently to me - usually, reloading the page will take care of it although it takes a moment to load regardless. One of the site's embedded cookies is the holdup, but I've not gotten to watching the load process flashing by at the bottom of the screen to see which one is causing the problem (kind of like what TiqIq will do to this site on occasion).
|2 days 20 hours ago||So, Over At SBNation...||
SBNation has already done a mock draft now that the lottery order is known - LINK
For Pistons fans like myself, they predict this:
8. Detroit Pistons: Kristaps Porzingis, PF, Latvia
Kristaps Porzingis is the anti-Josh Smith and would fit perfectly next time Andre Drummond. Porzingis is a knockdown three-point shooter and could also develop into an effective scorer from the high post.
|2 days 20 hours ago||Data Points...||
I was going to run over to Massey and start running some numbers, but I realized very quickly that this is sort of a clean break and it would likely be very dangerous to use past data to predict future results with Harbaugh in the equation. As for the prediction specifically, 7-5 is on the low end of what many predictive threads around here in the last few months have stated, and I admit, I would not be shocked if we finished north of Athlon's prediction.
|2 days 22 hours ago||Always Wondered...||
"What did the NFL really accomplish?" said kicker Jay Feeley, a 14-year NFL veteran, via Twitter. "It's still nearly automatic (90%vs 99%) but greater risk of injury to Oline."
I kind of wonder this from a technical standpoint myself. I could be wrong, but I don't know how much drama - if any - they've added to this aspect of the game. I supposed I could be totally wrong and this makes the PAT way more entertaining, but on the surface, it does not seem so.
|2 days 23 hours ago||About This...||
You know, just from a glimpse at the formatting here and I am already irritated because whoever did this is far better with Visio and process mapping than I am. Indeed, I will sometimes hear, "Lorne, you need to document these processes a little more..." and this thread will serve as some odd reminder of that recurring statement.
|3 days 1 hour ago||On A Lake...||
I believe his main residence is in Orchard Lake, just southwest of Pontiac. Actually, he lived in Lincoln Park until he was six or seven and subsequently spent one year attending Lincoln Park High School. I had someone who worked under me a few years back whose parents lived on the same street as the Segers back in the day and knew the Tyners, as in Rob Tyner of MC5.
|3 days 1 hour ago||Heard About This...||
I heard about this from my brother-in-law, who works in the Duderstadt Center. It actually sounds like it will be an awesome space. Concept art from the article:
|3 days 1 hour ago||Problem Indeed...||
"I know they're problematic for a lot of other leagues, and in the end I'm sure something will come down in terms of regulation," Minnesota's Norwood Teague said. "They're new, for the most part, and when something new like that happens they'll probably get (tightened up)."
Well, they are largely only problematic because those other conferences let it be a problem, or rather, have restrictions that other conferences do not. I would hate to see the SEC win this one in the end, of course - the removal of social media as an outlet seemed like a half-hearted "make nice" move, but still a net loss for conferences wishing to bar such camps. I agree with the Big Ten ADs - there are far bigger fish to fry, as it were.
|3 days 1 hour ago||A Random One...||
It randomly popped into my head the other day as I was thinking about things I would wait all week for when I was a kid and it has not left my head since -
|3 days 4 hours ago||I still prefer a more||
I still prefer a more scientific method -