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|21 hours 9 min ago||Our Justice Department has||
FIFA is always chest-puffing about how soccer transcends sport and is so incredibly meaningful in real-life ways to real-life people. They don't get to weasel out with "it's just a game" now.
|1 day 14 hours ago||Hockey's also different||
Hockey's also different because of the structure of the sport. College lacrosse gets 100% of the best lacrosse players and they always stay for all four years. Genuine hockey stars that go to college and play out their eligibility are very rare. The lesser talent pool and increased turnover increases parity. Probably more so than the nature of the on-ice game, because when I say parity I'm mainly referring to how things play out year over year.
That's really what drives the parity (or lack thereof) in lacrosse: the much slower roster turnover and the continual parade of elite talent to the same schools. In hockey schools like Union or Quinnipiac can and do win the national title. Quinnipiac hasn't even been D-I that long. In lacrosse, Quinnipiac doesn't even have the remotest prayer. The Final Four and final eight might get jumbled a bit, but it won't be the Quinnipiacs of the world. It'll be the teams that can buy their way into the club.
|1 day 14 hours ago||I think the idea is that the||
I think the idea is that the extra field-level seating allows these people to move between the tunnel and actually watching the game.
|1 day 16 hours ago||I don't think there's any||
I don't think there's any real parity in college lacrosse. One year's competition doesn't really define that. One of those "upsets" was a Hopkins win, which can't possibly be used to argue for parity. Ohio State is a huge-budget school. Albany I'll grant you, but let's see what happens when they lose Lyle Thompson. Colgate was the shit too, when they had Peter Baum, but now they're just as meh as ever.
There might've been 11 or 12 teams with a legit chance to win it all if we stretch the hell out of the definition of legit. That's not parity though, because mostly it's the same 11 or 12 every year. All that's really happened is a few new teams have cracked open the door, consisting pretty much of huge-budget schools or schools that hired a coaching legend.
Take a look at hockey if you want to see parity. Parity is Providence winning it all as a regional four seed. Parity is the large parade of different schools in the Frozen Four every year and the very diverse, almost random, distribution of seeds. Parity is powerhouse Wisconsin winning like three games all year. This year in lacrosse the Final Four was three of the same four teams it was last year. The only parity in lacrosse is among the same elite club of teams which sort of ebb and flow among themselves; the effort required to break down that door is enormous.
|2 days 21 hours ago||Should be no reason to neg||
Should be no reason to neg this post and people who do should be ashamed. Every single veteran you ask will point to someone who had it worse. Today is for those who had it the worst.
|5 days 13 hours ago||I don't see a justification||
Yeah, but, that's literally what happened. Some quotes from the Wainstein report:
So, uh, yes, basically what happened is these fraudulent classes existed, and the athletic department got wind of it and used them to keep athletes eligible. If the NCAA believes even one word of what they say about how important studies are and the mission and blah blah blah, they will leave nothing but a smoking crater in Chapel Hill to make sure other schools think twice about this kind of thing.
|5 days 23 hours ago||If only his book cover didn't||
If only his book cover didn't look like a For Dummies book.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Cool bro, congrats for||
Cool bro, congrats for winning the hardcorest fan competition. We're all so proud of you right now.
|6 days 7 hours ago||I honestly cannot figure out||
I honestly cannot figure out how you got to be so get-off-my-lawny about the stadium and so dazzle-eyed enthusiastic about uniformz.
|6 days 12 hours ago||I don't think there need be||
I don't think there need be such a gloomy prediction about the future of football attendance at Michigan. Students are one issue, but I bet you they come back with lower prices and a team worth getting out of bed for. But the season ticket waiting list didn't dwindle away like attendance at a lot of places. It went poof almost overnight because Dave Brandon. That's a very pinpointable reason. It won't reappear overnight, but when you consider that the waiting list and attendance survived the recession, things should look a lot better in coming years, evenutally getting more like they had been pre-Brandon.
Long-term, like, 20 years, I think expansion should stay on the table. And given the choice between having the traditional bowl shape and the biggest stadium in the country, I'd choose the latter.
|6 days 20 hours ago||True, and forced roster||
True, and forced roster turnover gives Michigan a lot better timetable, too.
|1 week 14 hours ago||You rarely see coaches at the||
Dunno if it's all that rare. It just happened on December 30.
|1 week 16 hours ago||I'm not gonna argue at all in||
I'm not gonna argue at all in favor of freshman ineligibility, but, devil's advocate-style here, freshmen would still be training for their chosen career. They're lifting and practicing and doing literally everything but playing in the game itself. It'd hardly be a ban on training. To use your analogy it'd be more like if the computer science program sent people to programming competitions but only starting with the 200-level classes, while the 100-level classes were reserved for building up the fundamentals.
|1 week 23 hours ago||Man, just looking at the||
Man, just looking at the video before hitting play I could already hear "I'm George Kell along with Al Kaline," and....yup. I really like Mario and Rod but those two were absolutely sparkling on the air.
|1 week 1 day ago||The stat I saw said about 95%||
The stat I saw said about 95% of FGs from that distance are made.
I happen to really like this, by the way. There were 8 missed PATs last year. A 95% conversion rate would mean 62 missed PATs, almost eight times as many. Assuming it only happens once per game, that would mean about a quarter of NFL games see a missed PAT. That's very significant. It could alter a lot of strategy. A 21-17 game is coached very differently from a 20-17 game. I think the 95% rate is just about the sweet spot where it'll still be just automatic enough that 7 points is a safe assumption, but it's still worth watching to find out.
|1 week 1 day ago||Both football and lax have||
Both football and lax have offseason practice sessions during the other's season.
|1 week 1 day ago||I read this headline as "Guy||
I read this headline as "Guy going to play quarterback at ND gets call from Jim Harbaugh and switches to lacrosse."
|1 week 1 day ago||Born and raised.||
Born and raised.
|1 week 2 days ago||There is no more five second||
Eh, I think that was the case one-third of the time, and the other two-thirds it was the ballhandler forgetting or not noticing that the ref was counting down.
|1 week 2 days ago||I doubt it. It's not like||
I doubt it. It's not like the system requires 32 seconds of passing before you shoot or else it won't work.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yeah, that's the idea, but||
Yeah, that's the idea, but the likelihood is that you'll just see rugged, bogged-down basketball from the starters instead. Backups foul a ton because they're not likely to foul out so they go in with instructions to play really physical. If the starters are less likely to foul out, they'll just play more physical themselves.
KenPom did an analysis of a couple conferences that experimented with six fouls about 25 years ago. In the two years where they had six fouls, fouls per game spiked. When they went back to five, fouls per game went immediately back to normal.
|1 week 2 days ago||The NCAA will implement the||
That's because you're not an ACC fan. Those of us who are, will be rubbing our hands together with glee at the idea that someone on Duke or Carolina might actually foul out now.
|1 week 2 days ago||Pffft. If you can't get off||
Pffft. If you can't get off a shot against the UVA defense in 35 seconds, how will you get one off in 30 seconds? Can't see it hurting.
|1 week 2 days ago||Nautica. If we have a wine||
Nautica. If we have a wine and cheese football crowd, that should do wonders for apparel sales.
|1 week 3 days ago||Connor Hellebuyck sure looks||
Connor Hellebuyck sure looks like a future star. He ended up with better stats for the tourney than Pekka Rinne even with Rinne's record-breaking shutout streak. The US might have some gold in the future if he continues to be in net.
|1 week 4 days ago||Indeed, Nike has no history||
Indeed, Nike has no history at all of doing incredibly stupid things with uniforms.
|1 week 6 days ago||I got a few since I'm the||
I got a few since I'm the kinda guy who's not really good enough or athletic enough - short and slowish is a bad combination - to be the star of any team I play on in any sport, but I am good enough to not look like a fool and occasionally pull off a hero play.
Let's go with basketball. I have the worst handle you've ever seen and I'm 5'7", so it's not my best sport. One day though, my friend Hooch and I were at the gym going one-on-one and horsing around, when eight other dudes roll up. These guys are all 6-foot, minimum, and look like they spend every waking moment on a court, and yes, I'll just say it, Hooch and I were the only white guys. They ask us if we want to go full court, five on five. Hooch was deceptively good at basketball and half these guys can dunk so here I am just as far out of my league as I've ever been in my life.
Good thing I can shoot a little. This particular day though, I couldn't miss. Could. Not. Miss. One of those rare in the zone days where I feel like I'm throwing stones in the ocean. I wasn't exactly the first offensive option on my team, or the second or third or fourth, but I knocked down a shot or two and they started finding me on the perimeter more often. Then I kept on not missing. I'm playing alright defense and on offense I'm just running to the most open spot I can find and hitting every jumper ever. Finally I'm open one more time for a catch and shoot outside the arc and as soon as I catch the ball I hear this panicked - I mean really panicked, like you would sound if you saw, say, me, being the only one between LeBron and the game-7-winning bucket - voice from across the court go, "Don't let 'im shoot!" Then of course it goes in again and the same voice goes, "god damn it man" and there's a string of curse words aimed at my defender for wandering more than three inches from where I was standing.
Never got to shoot again the rest of the day.
|2 weeks 8 hours ago||Well I don't care about the||
Well I don't care about the hate-spewing going on, I like it. Heck of a lot of work to do something like that and some of them turned out really well. Interesting series IME even if the Michigan-as-Ohio set looks more like Wisconsin. And yes, I'd be interested in seeing the green version and I don't care if it's "blasphemy." College football is supposed to be fun. This is fun.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||I can't see how that's||
I can't see how that's possibly safe. I've seen runners jogging down the middle of a traffic lane - and facing away from traffic, mind - because the sidewalk and curb had snow and ice on them. Could their fitness routine not be put on hold for one day for the roads to clear? If you're wondering why bike and running nerds have a bad name, that's why.
|2 weeks 14 hours ago||What is the point? So you||
What is the point? So you don't have to go all the way around the circle to go one street to the right?