this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
- Member for
- 7 years 3 weeks
- View recent blog entries
|17 hours 16 min ago||Nay to Vanderbilt. Doesn't||
Nay to Vanderbilt. Doesn't pass the saltwater test. Close but no cigar, they're closer to Mobile Bay than to Lake Michigan. If you're closer to salt water than to a Great Lake, no Big Ten for you. That rule if actually enacted would've saved the Big Ten a lot of trouble.
|1 day 6 hours ago||Where have you been the last||
Where have you been the last 60 or 70 years?
|3 days 15 hours ago||How did we get this far into||
How did we get this far into the discussion and not mention the impact of Dave Brandon Junior on this whole thing? Sounds to me like Saban to Texas could've been done quite easily until Patterson pissed off his agent.
|1 week 3 days ago||My all-time favorite band,||
My all-time favorite band, playing one of their very best songs:
|1 week 3 days ago||And in most cases that's a||
And in most cases that's a good thing. Here, maybe not, I just really like the very chill vibe of the studio version, but Billy Preston is killing it anyway and the whole band is as '70s as '70s can be, so hey.
|1 week 3 days ago||TMNT while it was on, then||
TMNT while it was on, then Animaniacs. Definitely some Animaniacs.
|1 week 3 days ago||I like the non-live version||
I like the non-live version of this song better than live, it's a bit more laid-back, but the OP said live, so I'll be obliging.
|1 week 3 days ago||I like this game. It's a||
I like this game. It's a great deal more memorable than pretty much any other game that year. Hell of a lot more interesting than your basic run of the mill 24-10 win.
|1 week 3 days ago||There's an xkcd for||
There's an xkcd for that:
|1 week 3 days ago||If you like the Garcia page,||
If you like the Garcia page, also read up on Operation Mincemeat. In general the whole story of intelligence during WWII is fascinating. The Brits absolutely ran circles around the Germans throughout the whole war.
|1 week 3 days ago||https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki||
Read and learn, everyone.
|1 week 4 days ago||Fking grammar Nazis.||
Fking grammar Nazis.
|1 week 4 days ago||Amazon's a retail company||
Amazon's a retail company like any other retail company. Which means they hype up sales to try and generate, you know, sales. Probably 100 years ago Sears or Montgomery Ward or Hudson's would have these big posters up advertising a sale and people would walk out going, "I say, old bean, that was a dilly of a letdown." Why anyone expects Amazon to be magically different because it's an Internet company and start selling $50 TVs is beyond me.
|1 week 5 days ago||The change from calling it||
The change from calling it Big Jim's is a really recent development, so I don't know all that much about it.
|1 week 5 days ago||Nobody from UVA ever said UVA||
Nobody from UVA ever said UVA had the "largest mall in the country." Just the only one that's a World Heritage Site.
|1 week 5 days ago||The interesting thing to me||
The interesting thing to me about the Craig Ross blurb is this:
Ross said he wished Franklin and Leach threw the ball more (and better) - which is basically RR's offense. Thus the highly ironic and idiotic nature of whatever boogeymen were out there during the RR era, pining for the good old days. Ever since Bo left, the offense we've run that bears the absolute least resemblance to Bo's offense..... is Lloyd Carr's!
Lloyd's model was to find a bazooka statue and have him either give to the RB or shoot off rockets. I figure this is partly because Harbaugh showed what could be done with a QB with passing skills, and that combined with that being the direction the world was moving anyway, convinced Bo's successors to go find strong-armed QBs. Thus, Grbac, Navarre, Henne, etc. Bo's offense would've had little use for John Navarre; RR would never have recruited him.
|1 week 5 days ago||I gotta admit....Pluto is a||
I gotta admit....Pluto is a cool-looking ball of rock. I did kinda think maybe it could be re-planetized. But putting Pluto back in the planet category is kind of like adding Rutgers to the Big Ten. Sure, Scarlet Knights is a cool nickname, and Rutgers was great back in the day....way back in the day. But they don't bring anything and they mess up the symmetry and if you think Rutgers is worthy of being in the Big Ten then why not dozens of other programs?
Besides, neat as Pluto looks, there are some moons in this solar system that look way cooler. If that's the only criterion I propose Callisto as a planet. It hasn't managed to get rid of Jupiter from its orbit around the sun, but I don't know how you could turn down a giant floating disco ball.
|1 week 5 days ago||Grounds grounds grounds||
Grounds grounds grounds grounds grounds. It's not a campus. Or, it's a campus that's called grounds.
|1 week 5 days ago||May I humbly suggest you take||
May I humbly suggest you take an hour or two and walk around the UVA grounds. It really is worth the experience. I don't think they'd be doing tours in the summer, but you never know. Also, Monticello isn't the only presidential mansion in the area; someone mentioned Montpelier which is maybe 30 minutes away, and Ash Lawn-Highland is the house of James Monroe and right next door to Monticello. Actually there are two former houses belonging to Monroe in the area; one is smack in the middle of the UVA grounds.
|1 week 6 days ago||I'm not letting Brandon off||
I'm not letting Brandon off the hook for hiring a coach that required an expensive firing. He made the choice and he signed the contracts.
|1 week 6 days ago||And yet Dave Brandon left||
And yet Dave Brandon left behind a deficit.
|1 week 6 days ago||Yep....Martin is actually one||
Yep....Martin is actually one of the hardy souls racing the Supermac, a once-a-decade-or-so race from Chicago to Port Huron (or vice versa, depending.) Over 500 miles, and then Stripes will turn around and do the regular Port Huron race.
|2 weeks 12 hours ago||If everything comes to||
If everything comes to fruition - never a safe assumption but things do seem to be rolling - the whole thing will work out brilliantly, I think. That's a huge empty space separating Midtown and downtown. The project as designed would be a huge, huge link, not to mention bringing very badly needed residential development to an area absolutely screaming for it. I don't know about the JLA site development, it sounded like a lot of wishful thinking, but it'd be great if they actually did build a 30-story skyscraper there, especially if that too was part residential.
|2 weeks 13 hours ago||Let's be clear: The new Wings||
Let's be clear: The new Wings arena isn't being financed with public money in the same sense these other stadiums generally are.
I outlined this in another thread, but the "public portion" of the Wings arena is Downtown Development Authority money. DDA money is required by state law to be spent on economic development downtown. The DDA is financed by property taxes - but only that portion of property tax above the property's assessment prior to inclusion in the DDA.
In other words, a parcel's taxable value before inclusion was X, when it was included it became X+Y, and Y is taken by the DDA to support downtown economic development - which again, by state law, is the only allowable purpose. X continues to go to the city for police and streetlights and whatever. This is why the DDA is called quasi-public. It's basically a homeowner's association for downtown businesses. And the DDA, by the way, will own the arena.
This is a far cry different from the usual public funding mechanisms. The DDA exists precisely to fund things like this. And Oliver is not being honest by not noting the difference.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Frankly, in the case of this||
Frankly, in the case of this project, people who hate public funding of stadiums should be cheering the new Wings arena up and down the block. The bonds issued to pay for this thing are being paid back by the Ilitches and the DDA - NOT "Detroit taxpayers" which seems to be what fronts all the headlines. The Downtown Development Authority is more akin to a homeowners' association than anything, except its members are downtown businesses, and it's them who will pick up half the tab. It is most emphatically not being paid for by city residents.
The DDA is funded by property taxes paid by downtown businesses, but only that portion of property tax above and beyond the value that the property would be assessed at if it wasn't in the DDA. And since state law requires that money go to economic development in the area, the arena is a more than logical use of the funds. Oh, and the DDA will own the arena, not the Ilitches.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Old proverb-like substance||
Old proverb-like substance says you can have a product three ways: good, fast, or cheap, but you can only get two of the three. Little Caesar's is the only pizza place where you can get fast and cheap. I don't care if it's not gourmet. It's still a hell of a deal.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||"The 2015 gloves are out" -||
"The 2015 gloves are out" - pretty sure this is exactly the point where uniform obsession jumps all of the sharks.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||1) they'll do no such thing||
1) they'll do no such thing because they don't want to spend all the money duplicating the process of setting up all the various infrastructures, rules, championships, and so on. And because breaking from the NCAA would cost a ton of money as it would essentially destroy the basketball tournament. The value of March Madness is 1+1=2 where one part is the power 5 and the other part is everyone else. The value of two separate tournaments would be 1+1=1.5. That supposedly more lucrative football setup will be canceled out by all those other costs, and in case you haven't noticed, college presidents and ADs are fairly risk-averse.
2) those college presidents and ADs don't even give one tenth of a shit if the system organizes into cute little patterns. Zero fucks are given. All they care about is what's best for their institution. Even if the NCAA falls apart and something new is formed, all the motivations and decisions processes will be precisely the same as before. And they're not going to force a total rearrangement of all their relationships and institutions to satisfy some pretty little organized system that somebody wants.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Buried somewhere in my stuff||
Buried somewhere in my stuff is a logo-ed bottle opener that plays the fight song when you open a bottle that my cousin gave to me. That'd actually be a very cool knick-knack if my cousin weren't an Ohio State fan.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||No it won't. It's just||
No it won't. It's just another completely meaningless masturbatory exercise in a very long list of adorable little ideas that will never happen because they require order and harmony to result from an inherently chaotic system.