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|15 hours 25 min ago||The Tigers and A's have been||
The Tigers and A's have been hoarding all the good pitchers and constantly one-upping each other.
|15 hours 28 min ago||I admit there's something of||
I admit there's something of an aspect of "you want money, fine, you got it" to that proposal. But it's not like players don't already cozy up to sponsors. Shoe agents infest every AAU tournament between the shining seas. And it's not like SEC recruiting isn't already a competition between boosters rather than coaches. So why not flip the script? Take what's now a capitalistic market and pinkoize it, and take what's now state-controlled and capitalize it. (The obvious answer is that it'll be, to put it mildly, difficult to convince the schools to submit to a huge heap of new rules about things like how much they can pay their coaches and where they get their gear from and such. But still.)
|16 hours 19 min ago||Here you go. So this||
Here you go. So this golf-loving church pastor wakes up on a Sunday morning and it is just the most beautiful day in the world. Sun shining, birds singing, and the pastor thinks: man, I really do not want to do three church services today, cooped up inside on a perfect day for golf like this. So he calls up the deacon and starts fake-coughing, going, "hey, I am just feeling terrible this morning, can you cover church services for me and apologize to everyone for my absence?" The deacon agrees and the pastor immediately splits for the golf course.
One of the angels in heaven sees this and runs off to tell God immediately. "Hey, God, there's this priest down there and he totally just lied to get out of church and now he's playing golf." "Oh, don't worry," says God, "I'll fix him."
So on the first tee the pastor hits absolutely the most beautiful shot of his life and it rolls straight into the cup, a hole-in-one. The pastor is so happy, jumping around for joy. And the angel goes to God and says, "hey, I thought You said You were gonna deal with this guy and now You let him get a hole in one on his first shot? How is that fair?" And God says, "Yeah, but, who is he going to tell?"
|17 hours 47 min ago||As a solution, I'd just||
I've come to the opinion that any amount of reporting requirements or limitations on money no matter how seemingly insignificant will be flaunted. This is why I'm just about dead serious when I say, throw the whole system wide open, and get rid of scholarships. Let the players pay tuition, require their accounts with the school to be paid in full before they can play, and let the boosters do the paying.
This wouldn't be all that different from real-life anyway. To my knowledge there's no foundation at Michigan like UVA's VAF or Clemson's IPTAY, but those foundations just funnel donor money to the athletic department to pay for scholarships anyway. This would just redirect the money and cut out the middleman and some accounting tricks. And then players could go out and have all the Nevin Shapiro parties they wanted and the enforcement money could be redirected elsewhere.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Huge fallacy there. "Let's||
Huge fallacy there. "Let's have one thing like it was 50 years ago" does not at all imply "let's have everything like it was 50 years ago."
|2 days 10 hours ago||I absolutely loved the Cersei||
I absolutely loved the Cersei chapters. I think they're incredibly clever. Seeing things through the eyes of someone who is - I wouldn't be so kind as to say unpleasant, I would say almost completely evil - I think that's fascinating. And not only evil, but incompetent, which is equally fascinating. It really made me wish there had been a Joffrey chapter. One of GRRM's real gifts is the ability to subtly shift his writing style to adapt to the POV of the individual characters. Plus you get so much in-depth knowledge about Cersei's motivations and complexities.
I suppose you could say that Cersei has chapters out of necessity, since you kind of need to know what's going on in King's Landing in order to keep abreast of the geopolitical situation. But they were my favorite in FfC because it's the first time we truly got a POV from a character we're supposed to be rooting against.
|2 days 15 hours ago||Before reading the FfC||
Before reading the FfC prologue you must re-read Arya IX from CoK, paying close attention to the parting between Arya and Jaqen H'ghar and the description of all that takes place.
It may be worth re-reading the CoK Sansa chapter in which Sandor barges into Sansa's room during the Battle of the Blackwater, paying attention to what doesn't happen, and then paying attention whenever Sansa thinks back to that event. GRRM has specifically said the way things happened there was on purpose, but hasn't explained why (and neither has the significance, if there's to be any, shown up in the most recent two books.) This isn't totally necessary to understand the next two books, but there's at least a little something to notice.
I suggest taking a look here:
If you're so inclined, that link has a suggested chapter reading order for the next two books, should you be interested in reading them together rather than first reading FfC then DwD. Link is spoiler-free unless you click on other links or unless you like being surprised about who are the POV characters, and the order of chapter reading takes care to preserve the mysteries until they're supposed to be read.
|2 days 16 hours ago||If she wants to be kept out||
If she wants to be kept out of it then she should stay out of it. But she didn't. You're fair game if you're making public criticisms.
|2 days 19 hours ago||I think you deserve all of||
I think you deserve all of the upvotes, unless your positions on said issues differ from mine, in which case you deserve all of the downvotes.
|3 days 16 hours ago||“What the case was originally||
This guy is not helping.
|4 days 7 hours ago||Well, on the majors thing,||
Well, on the majors thing, one thing the methodology did was to adjust by majors "to see whether students at a particular school earn more or less than would be expected given the mix of majors at that school." So if a school is heavily liberal arts, that's factored in, and I don't think that skews anything.
I would argue that these criteria are mainly (though not totally) objective, and that if the results of objective criteria fail to match up to subjective opinion, rejecting the criteria in favor of the opinion is the exact opposite of any kind of scientific approach. They set out to rank colleges by value, so it stands to reason that a very expensive school had better deliver awesome results or else fall behind. What good would it be to pay $200,000 for an education that doesn't deliver twice the results of a $100,000 education? I do agree that a look further out in one's career would be very useful, but then it might also dilute the effect of the school.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Well, of course it's a||
Well, of course it's a generalization....one could write a doctoral thesis on that topic and do all sorts of research into fields, cost-of-living, percentage of grads that stay instate vs. go out of state, etc.
Actually, U-M is probably insulated from the phenomenon much more than other schools in the state. I think it's more about the schools further down the list. Not the U-Ms and UVAs but the UDMs and George Masons.
|4 days 14 hours ago||I wonder....I think Michigan||
I wonder....I think Michigan colleges (and Midwestern ones in general) get a little hampered by the "salary of grads" thing. You stay in Michigan after school, you're naturally going to get a lower salary than someone out East or in California, but, cost-of-living-wise, would you rather make $60K in Boston or $50K in Detroit?
|4 days 15 hours ago||You may be right, but if you||
You may be right, but if you are, let's stop and think about that for a second. If the game is about getting on national TV, that is every goddamn thing wrong with Brandon in a nutshell right there. Does he lust so strongly for eyeballs that it doesn't matter how negative the coverage may be? We're talking about the most embarrassing game in 130+ years of team history. Is national exposure that important that it can be nothing but three hours of bad publicity and it's still better than being on the BTN for a week? Can we really be that desperate for "national exposure"?
|4 days 16 hours ago||Delaware State FORFEITED A||
Delaware State FORFEITED A CONFERENCE GAME in order to play at the Big House. I'm sure it would've been possible to find someone willing to show up.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Well, again, we're literally||
Well, again, we're literally one game behind in the percentage department. You make it sound like an insurmountable obstacle.
And what's this about Cal Ripken? In 1998, the year in which he ended his streak (and three years after he broke Gehrig's record) he hit .271. Last year only seven shortstops hit .271. Two-thirds of the teams in the league would kill to find a shortstop that hit .271. The year after, he hit .340. There's no basis at all for claiming Ripken kept his streak alive at the expense of the team.
|4 days 20 hours ago||Most wins = winningest. And||
Most wins = winningest. And the percentage stuff has been swinging back and forth for years. One win by us and one loss by them is all it would take to put it back where it belongs.
|1 week 1 day ago||Assuming you're talking about||
Assuming you're talking about Chris Kluwe, I rather doubt he's being "blackballed" for "supporting civil rights." He's not on a team because he's not a very good punter and has one of the weakest punting legs in the league, and he's old and expensive for a punter.
Plus it's very hard to want to sign a guy who makes incredibly loud noises about suing when he doesn't get his way. Michael Sam: not really a distraction. "I'm suing the team because they didn't do enough about a coach who said things I didn't like" = HUGE distraction.
|1 week 1 day ago||Ollantaytambo was the one||
Ollantaytambo was the one place I really wish I could've seen more of, but we had the train to catch. (And then it broke down 20 seconds out of the station.)
I will never forget the little girl of about 8 or so (who along with her brother had been thoroughly annoying our tour guide) who saw the little fountain at the palace ruins there and exclaimed, "Es como un baño!" The guide looked like she wanted to strangle the kid.
|1 week 1 day ago||I lived in Newport for a||
I lived in Newport for a couple years and positively loved the place. Lived a stone's throw from downtown AND had off-street parking to boot - heaven. Honestly, after having lived there for a while, I can say this: the Red Parrot is nice and has good food, but it's for tourists.
These days anyone you see in uniform - 99% chance it's a NAPS kid. My reason for living there, it was my last tour in the Navy, working at the War College - and we wore civvies almost all the time, even at work.
|1 week 2 days ago||About two years ago now I||
About two years ago now I went to Peru for a wedding and some sightseeing. I remember seeing places like Pisac and thinking, "this is incredible scenery, I hope it doesn't spoil Machu Picchu for me," and then getting to Machu Picchu and thinking, "wow, it definitely didn't."
I have a cousin, or really a cousin once removed, who's the kind of adventurous dude who never bothered having a car in college because he would just hitchhike his way there and back, all 500 miles of the trip. He found us a tour guide who gave us a terrific tour of central Lima, which is really beautiful, and bribed our way into some places we wouldn't normally have seen.
|1 week 2 days ago||Last actual vacation trip I||
Last actual vacation trip I went on was to Paris and Cologne. Paris was incredible. For me, it wasn't at all overrated. Standing on top of the Arc de Triomphe, which for my money is the best view in the city, honestly, I was star-struck. Like meeting a celebrity, except way more famous than any silly movie star, and they let you stare all you want.
And the Cologne Cathedral is one of the world's most mind-blowing incredible man-made structures.
|1 week 2 days ago||Step 1 is always quit lying||
Step 1 is always quit lying to yourself.
|1 week 3 days ago||Well, comparing a||
Well, comparing a million-dollar administrator and grown-ass man to college students isn't a fair comparison for starters. But you know what - if the players were really so rebellious and intractible that a public rebuke were necessary, why not? I think it's safe to assume that one doesn't resort to that kind of thing without a really good reason. Seven regents don't get together to say, hey, let's take this public for shits and giggles. I wouldn't go so far as to call it humiliation. Humiliation would be if they publicly fired him and aired the full load of dirty laundry. But a public rebuke is a perfectly legitimate tactic, yes, when your previous ones haven't gotten results.
|1 week 3 days ago||I fully agree with the idea||
I fully agree with the idea of a fine line. It's not an easy one to walk. I think the skyboxes are a perfect example of respecting that line. It's a big change, but it was respectfully done and people understood the need and accepted the effort to make it work. DB's throwing a lot of stuff at the wall to see what sticks. That's always going to result in some good things and some bad, but in the end, more problems than it's worth. The idea that it is, in fact, a fine line, necessarily demands a great deal more careful consideration than Brandon appears to be giving it.
|1 week 3 days ago||That makes a ton more sense||
That makes a ton more sense if you're saying college doesn't get you straight to the major leagues; not how I read it, but if that's where you're going with it, I can see it. Still, I think you're letting college be a victim of its own success in a way. Part of the reason the minor league system is so huge is because there's so many players to fill it, and college is a big reason for that.
I have no way of doing this in two minutes, but I would bet that the difference in time between a player graduating high school and making his MLB debut isn't real big one way or the other if you compare the college and minor league route. They still come up at about the same age, all else being equal. That says to me that college is just as good a way to go as any other.
|1 week 3 days ago||This is the most fundamental||
This is pretty much the very core of DB critique right here. Everyone else has uniformz so we should too. I've made this point before but it's one of my better ones so I think I'll say it again:
Brandon is 100% correct when he says Michigan is in competition with, say, the Pistons or the Lions, for entertainment dollars. But he doesn't seem to get a very fundamental principle of competition. You can compete on price or you can compete on differentiation. If you can do both, great, but you can't do neither. Brandon is trying to do neither. He's got the most expensive product in town - not just in terms of dollars but also time commitment required, given distance and traffic and all that - and he's working on homogenizing the product.
You'll go to Costco because it's cheap, or you'll go to Whole Foods because it's unique, but you sure as shit aren't gonna pay Whole Foods prices at Costco. DB is turning Michigan into Costco but charging a premium. If all these different teams are competing for my entertainment dollars, I think I'll go to a Tigers game for fireworks, thanks, and the Lions play pretty good music on the speakers. There's nothing unique about those big M uniforms we had against Notre Dame, because Wiscy and Nebraska were given the same template. It goes on. I don't think he gets that Michigan provides the wow factor, not adidas or the White Stripes.
|1 week 3 days ago||I guessed, incorrectly as it||
I guessed, incorrectly as it turns out, that the "sometimes worse" link would be We Are ND. But that's still a pretty good guess, right?
|1 week 3 days ago||I think even to make such a||
I think even to make such a list is to imply that college-to-MLB is a limited pipeline. It isn't. Claiming that college baseball is comprised almost entirely of players with no pro prospects - that is a thoroughly bizarre claim that is completely without merit. Really a stunning display of ignorance of the sport. There are over 8,000 MLBers in the Baseball-Reference database associated with a four-year school. That's out of roughly 20,000 or so who've ever played.
|1 week 3 days ago||Football and men's basketball||
Football and men's basketball don't need protecting. That's not really why people fight it. Those sports will exist regardless. People fight it because it limits opportunities for men to participate in any other sport besides those two.
And the reason Title IX should apply differently to "revenue sports" is: tell me how good the educational opportunity would be for women's volleyball players without something to fund them?