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|20 hours 32 min ago||This game is a weird||
This game is a weird combination of crushing disappointment and sanguine acceptance. I really thought we'd win it and then lose the Elite 8 game. Coming so close to winning it and not getting there really sucks. But despite 2013 I couldn't see getting past Kansas, nor could I see beating Purdue after doing it twice - they'd be out for blood big-time.
However, D.J. Wilson does need to spend the summer practicing layups, putbacks, and dunks, while getting whacked with pugil sticks.
|1 day 19 hours ago||Free. Sure. They roll it||
Free. Sure. They roll it into the base fare, call it free, and then every sucker customer goes "oh yay, free wifi!"
No such thing as free.
|2 days 11 hours ago||4-0 USA in the 5th. I would||
4-0 USA in the 5th. I would LOVE to see Leyland, Tram, and Brookens bring home WBC gold.
|2 days 19 hours ago||I am not absolving Holland of||
I am not absolving Holland of blame by pointing a finger at Blashill. But Blashill has not shown he can coach in the NHL.
|2 days 19 hours ago||Regarding Vanek, I think it's||
Regarding Vanek, I think it's really more the case he got back to his usual self after finding a bad fit in Minnesota. Minny was the only place where his scoring was down.
Tatar has taken a pretty clear step backwards after his 14-15 season. He was 24 then. Most players don't step backwards or generally even plateau at 24.
|2 days 20 hours ago||I don't think Chicago State||
I don't think Chicago State is an HBCU. But yeah, it's a struggling school for sure. Geography as much as anything is also a problem for it. Probably in no way a candidate for any kind of conference realignment until the WAC finally finishes collapsing.
|2 days 20 hours ago||I'm not convinced of that.||
I'm not convinced of that. If one or two Wings were regressing from expectations, I'd blame the players. Pretty much the whole team is underperforming. Nyquist, Tatar, Sheahan (especially Sheahan), and former players like Jurco too - the power play sucks and the guys who were supposed to be building blocks of the offense are thin shadows of what we thought they'd be when Babcock was coaching.
This points to Blashill. Maybe he's a better college coach than NHL coach, but I've been completely and totally unimpressed by him and if it didn't hurt Michigan I'd love the opportunity for the Wings to go find someone else.
|2 days 21 hours ago||The thing about the Horizon||
The thing about the Horizon is that, for the most part, it's an urban-campus conference. NKU isn't actually a big footprint expansion - it's just suburban Cincinnati. Morehead State is also kind of close, but utterly rural. That's where the Indiana schools come in.
RMU would be in the tough position of trying to stay in the NEC for football and lacrosse. The MAAC schools make a bit more sense.
The hell with Chicago State. That school is seriously considering dropping sports altogether, from what I read. It's more likely that the Horizon would help sponsor a D-II school's jump to D-I (Indianapolis? Wayne State?) than add Chicago State.
|2 days 21 hours ago||More likely answer: The||
More likely answer: The league stands to lose more viewers to excessive touchdown celebrations than they do to a lack of touchdown celebrations.
|2 days 21 hours ago||The Horizon had better get||
The Horizon had better get cracking. It's actually at ten now, but if Wichita State goes to the AAC, I'd bet a lot of money on the MVC replacing them with Valparaiso. Already raided the Horizon once by replacing Creighton with Loyola. With the Summit League focusing itself west of the Mississippi, Ip-Foo and You-Pwee seem like logical targets.
|3 days 18 hours ago||I would like to live in a||
I would like to live in a world where Anastos coaches MSU in perpetuity, but to each their own.
|3 days 19 hours ago||Before I bought my Mustang I||
Before I bought my Mustang I test-drove a Crossfire. I even got to the point of sitting down with the salesman to go over facts and figures, until they went full slimeball mode. (In hindsight, these guys weren't very bright. I was young, stupid, and had some disposable money. They only saw the first two. The Ford guy saw all three and therefore the difference in the way I was treated was night and day. Don't regret the purchase for one minute, though.) Anyway, the Crossfire was wicked fun to drive. It was definitely overpriced and had a $20,000 interior in a $40,000 car, but it sure was fast, and turned on half a dime.
|3 days 22 hours ago||I've always thought we should||
I've always thought we should repeat a month sometime so that they line up according to how weather should be. Our April weather should be March's. March should be February. January should be December, December should be November, and so on back down the line.
|3 days 23 hours ago||A really good friend of mine||
A really good friend of mine from high school had a 1985 or 96 Nissan 300ZX, T-top. Just like this:
We pulled the top and went for a celebratory drive when he got into UVA, and did it again a week later when I did. This is one of the few Japanese cars I'll confess to really liking.
|4 days 57 min ago||I think they'll do well.||
I think they'll do well. Injuries up the wazoo last year and they still managed to just get pipped out for the postseason. Might see some regression from JV and Fulmer, but I expect a very good year from Castellanos and I think Matt Boyd will be a big breakout player. CF is a disaster and I think Jones doesn't go north, but grabs that spot by June 15. McCann should be better too now that he's healthy.
A weak division (CWS in full rebuild mode, Minny in full Twinkies-as-usual mode, and KC going down the tubes fast) means the Tribe and Tigers should be able to pile up wins and the loser of the division race is a likely wild card.
I think they're in good shape against the cap, too, despite some obvious anchors. If for some reason they tailspin, JD and Frankie are great trade pieces. Almost $30 million comes off the books with Sanchez, Pelfrey, and Lowe after this year, so they should be able to do a little rebuilding on the fly. They could be in better shape in places, but they're still contenders.
|4 days 17 hours ago||I'm sure I've told this story||
I'm sure I've told this story before, but it supports your argument so perfectly I had to bring it up again. Several years ago now, UVA was playing UNC and the Heels were flopping all over the place in the first half. They called a foul on UVA's Mike Scott when his elbow got a little up in the air, and UNC's John Henson (I think) flung his head back to make a Dookie proud. That was Scott's fourth and they'd already called a bunch of ticky-tack and phantom shit on UVA already so the crowd was going ballistic. They went to the monitor to see if it was a flagrant elbow, and discovered that the crowd had seen what the zebras missed: no contact whatsoever and an Oscar-worthy flop. That was with 15 minutes to go in the game, and they never called another foul on UVA until stop-the-clock time.
So yup - I'm convinced that there are definitely times where the refs not only do a make-up call, but have a really bad mistake in the back of their heads the rest of the game and let stuff slide that they wouldn't have before they screwed up.
|4 days 18 hours ago||#1 basketball pet peeve is||
#1 basketball pet peeve is when ballcarriers (which is what they become) drive to the rim with the ball carried like a football. It's never called but it's easy to spot the instant you see it. James Naismith wrote the single most basic of basketball rules specifically to prevent people from doing that.
If I were king of basketball, I'd make it a point of emphasis to instantly call traveling when the ball is tucked away like that.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Yeah, but the point remains.||
Yeah, but the point remains. The whole world knows that end-of-game fouls are obviously intended to stop the clock and many times players are just flat-out grabbed with no attempt at the ball. By the letter of the rule, those should all be flagrants under #2. It's just that the refs operate under a sort of unwritten covenant that says, hey, at least make half of a half-assed effort to look like you're going for the ball and we won't call a flagrant on you even though we should.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Kansas looks scary. They've||
Kansas looks scary. They've got to be the favorite to win the whole thing right now. MSU hung with them because MSU has that golden horseshoe up their ass, but unless Swanigan goes apeshit I can't see them having any trouble with Purdue.
|5 days 1 min ago||They get away with those||
They get away with those dorms by having N basketball players stay there and N+1 regular students. That way they can claim, by the letter of the law, that it's not a benefit specifically for athletes only. Even though it really is.
|5 days 18 hours ago||Yeah, they would. Because||
Yeah, they would. Because people spread dopey rumors mainly for attention, and they're not the type of people to weigh evidence.
|5 days 18 hours ago||I mean, they're pretty||
I mean, they're pretty white-collar. You just gotta be about toughness and together and pride yourself on defense and work to get better at it.
That should work once, but their future opponents might be pissed at you.
|6 days 21 hours ago||Root for Sparty if it||
Root for Sparty if it directly helps Michigan. This would not directly help Michigan; it's at best a vague possibility of being slightly better for us. Maybe.
|1 week 1 day ago||"In retrospect, having the||
"In retrospect, having the best ballhandling point guard in the country is probably useful against a pressing defense" is one of my favorite collective post-game realizations of all time.
|1 week 1 day ago||The team has safely arrived||
Not even, like, a little bus trouble along the way? Sideswipe a speed limit sign or something? Run a yellow light?
|1 week 2 days ago||That was one of the||
That was one of the killshots, but Scotty actually spent the entire tirade launching them. The linesman would be trying to calm Crawford down and Scotty would go, oh, that's OK, don't worry about him, he's just trying to fire up his team. It had the very intentional effect of spinning Crawford up even harder.
|1 week 2 days ago||If there's an incentive for a||
If there's an incentive for a power-conference team to play Illinois State home-and-home, I can't think of one. I suspect that's why hot-take columnists always have to resort to calling them chicken for not doing so - because they can't base their argument on logical self-interest for one side of the agreement.
It's especially funny when the argument is they need those wins in order to be seen as a tournament team, and power conference teams should be willing to give them those wins. Uh, in exchange for what, exactly?
The best bet for the ISUs of the world is to cheat the RPI by road-tripping it and winning. A win over Somalia State on the road counts just as much in the RPI as a win over Duke. Hurts the opponents' WP portion of RPI, but still. Yes, an NCAA quality team can be expected to lose "some" games on the road, but ISU went 1-3 on the road OOC. 2-4, counting neutral sites. Or maybe a power-conference team will go for a 2-for-1 arrangement. I wanted to see ISU in, but the most likely fact is the committee looked at them and said, hey, you lost almost every time you played someone not in your conference on the road. That's not much persuasion to bring you on the road and play someone good.
|1 week 2 days ago||I have the book on this||
I have the book on this rivalry, Blood Feud, written by Adrian Dater. I thoroughly recommend it to any hockey fan. It's authoritative. It even has the entire transcript of Marc Crawford's infamous tantrum directed at Scotty in Game 6(?) of that '97 series.
I'm pretty sure it doesn't have the part where Crawford somehow came up with the line "you started this, Draper." That's the dictionary definition of gall right there. The complete dickheadery of that man goes up yet another notch.
|1 week 3 days ago||Being the poster boy for the||
Being the poster boy for the NBA's age limit.
|1 week 3 days ago||That was nice of you to give||
That was nice of you to give Jeeves the day off from driving you around on hols from Eton. Did he accompany your parents on the family yacht or fox hunt, or was he needed to step in while the gardener and laundress were ill?