I'VE HAD JUST ABOUT ENOUGH OF YOU SONNY
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|3 hours 21 min ago||Let's face it though: I know||
Let's face it though: I know that's not what was specifically said here, but when people complain about Dirks, foot speed is not usually why.
The platoon is probably a good idea, and Davis will be very useful in PR situations, but hopefully people aren't expecting him to be an upgrade at the plate, except to the extent that the platoon does that.
|4 hours 13 min ago||It's hard to claim an||
It's hard to claim an entirely private punishment is appropriate when you do something wrong and stupid in front of a lot of people. One of the lessons to be learned from stupidity is that if you do it publicly, expect to have the consequences (at least somewhat) publicized too. Goes hand in hand with the punishment.
|4 hours 18 min ago||But you're certainly being a||
But you're certainly being a puss about being in the minority in an Internet discussion. The overwhelming opinion is you're wrong (and it has nothing to do with communism) and you don't seem to be taking it all that well.
|4 hours 21 min ago||I wish you would stop using||
I wish you would stop using trivializing words, like, "some snow throwing" to make it sound like you're being ever so reasonable. Yes, I'd be OK with Gardner missing the Game if he did what Pharaoh Brown did.
The fact that you can't figure out the difference between consent and lack of consent is troubling. It's a very simple concept.
|5 hours 42 min ago||That "rose" looks more like a||
That "rose" looks more like a Dum-Dum anyway. He shouldn't be prosecuted for inciting a riot, he should be prosecuted for crimes against art.
|5 hours 45 min ago||Two players with normalized||
Two players with normalized 600-at-bat seasons from their 2013 numbers:
A: .256-12-51, OPS .686. Career BA .276, career OPS .745, career FP .986
B: .260-11-44, OPS .687. Career BA .268, career OPS .693, career FP .986
Obviously one is Davis and one is Dirks. Other than the basepath speed, why is one so obviously better than the other?
The answer is that Tigers fans seem to always hate what they have and want what they don't have.
|5 hours 54 min ago||Most of the critics talked||
Most of the critics talked about nothing but how bad the infield defense was and how slow the team was in the field and on the basepaths, and how bad the bullpen was. DD apparently decided they were right. I realize you may not have been one of them, but finding a guy with Peralta's bat and Iglesias's glove costs $18 million.
|9 hours 51 min ago||I'm not sure that the||
I'm not sure that the "lighten up" crowd (which is fortunately small) is the one empathizing with the victims of the mob mentality. The lighten up crowd appears to be mostly comprised of morally bankrupt hypocrites who are remarkably silent when asked (repeatedly) if they'd be OK about having this happen to their elderly father but otherwise loud and proud in their willingness to defend asshattery.
|10 hours 6 min ago||Wow. It's the fucking||
Wow. It's the fucking Internet. It's not like they physically assaulted you. Clearly there is a discussion going on, what do you expect driving right through it? People are so temperamental. #LightenUpFrancis
I find it utterly hilarious that you're whining about being the victim of a herd mentality after taking the side of the herd. How funny. Maybe it's not so exciting having a mob gang up on you after all. And these are just words on a screen; I'd hate to see how your thin-skinned ass would respond if you were the guy in the car.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Nobody is forcing you to||
Nobody is forcing you to watch the bowl games that you think should not exist.
|1 day 9 hours ago||I love me some Detroit, but I||
I love me some Detroit, but I still can't imagine the Bowling Green kids are real happy going to the Pizza Bowl while the NIU team they beat gets a trip to San Diego.
|1 day 9 hours ago||Yes, criticizing people for||
Yes, criticizing people for unprovoked assault is "snooty arrogance."
I hope someone breaks your nose with an unprovoked iceball one day and then calls you snooty and arrogant when you dare to be upset about that.
|1 day 11 hours ago||but it's at least a BCS level||
For another few weeks.
|1 day 11 hours ago||Lots of bitching and whining,||
Lots of bitching and whining, I see. We went 7-5, it's not like we were holding out hope for an Orange Bowl at-large invite. I hate spoiled fanbases who think they're too good to play Kansas State in December, which is not a bad matchup itself. We've never played KSU, so that alone makes it interesting. To me, anyway. Not sure about the New-Years-Day-or-I-don't-care set.
|1 day 23 hours ago||Copper Bowl: still one of the||
Copper Bowl: still one of the best lost bowl names.
If they had started it today, and it didn't have a sponsor name, they'd have just called it the Arizona Bowl. Place-named bowls, with one exception (Las Vegas) are almost as grating as corporate-named bowls. They're boring and unimaginative.
|2 days 4 hours ago||I've never wanted to both neg||
I've never wanted to both neg and upvote a single post so much in my life.
|2 days 4 hours ago||There's that silly rule about||
There's that silly rule about "going to the ground" to do a touchdown celebration, isn't there? Otherwise there would only be one acceptable celebration on a day like this.
|2 days 4 hours ago||Conventional wisdom might||
Conventional wisdom might that the passing game will suffer because of the weather, but I think a receiver has a big advantage here - he knows which way he's going in advance. Much easier to move first than react. Calvin could very well have a beastly game.
|2 days 4 hours ago||In that case, no argument||
In that case, no argument from me. I'm reveling in the ridiculousness.
|2 days 5 hours ago||Pretty ironic given your sig||
Pretty ironic given your sig quote. If football is a manly sport then sometimes you gotta suck it up and play in conditions like this. Why should every single game be "speed and skill?" Sometimes let's just have a game of endurance, too.
|2 days 5 hours ago||This is awesome. If I were||
This is awesome. If I were coaching I'd go apeshit for blocked punts, it's the likeliest way to score. If you rough the punter who cares?
|2 days 8 hours ago||No.||
|4 days 1 hour ago||It'd be even cooler if you||
It'd be even cooler if you could vote as much as you wanted on any one post, with each vote giving or taking away points from the poster, with that stipulation that every vote cost you points as well. At the very least it'd be interesting to see if I had a tolerance threshold for just going FFFFFUUUUUUCCCCKKKKK YYYYYOOOOOUUUUU and clicking the down arrow 5,000 times.
|4 days 2 hours ago||I think the most likely||
I think the most likely outcome - not that I'm doing anything but opinionating - is that a "Division 0" is created for what we now call the BCS teams and what next year we'll call the Power Five or whatever. Those teams do have a considerable amount of leverage and are probably tired of D-I continuing to add schools like Incarnate Word and Grand Canyon just because nobody will rewrite the rules to make it more exclusive. And the more of those schools, the less voting power they have. Totally get that part of the argument of why there'll be a schism. But I think the obstacles are larger than their collective will to try and overcome them, and the concession they'll wrest from the Indiana States is a new football division with different rules.
|4 days 3 hours ago||I know I've never seen the||
I know I've never seen the two in the same room before.
|4 days 3 hours ago||That's a colossal if. A much||
That's a colossal if. A much bigger one than it's ever given credit for. People tend to assume it's a given that the big-power schools can make more money by leaving the NCAA, but duplicating the necessary infrastructure is not cheap. Everything from new rulebooks to compliance manuals to layers upon layers of bureaucracy to 30-odd new national championship tournaments - and it apparently takes two years just to leave a conference, so surely it will take longer to split from the NCAA. Especially when you have to create all that new crap from scratch, or at a minimum delve through the layers and decide what you need to change right away. Even issues like, do we all leave as a conference or do we use the opportunity to kick a few unwanteds to the curb? And then you're also expecting everyone to agree on the idea in the first place - because it's not gonna happen without a critical mass.
In short, there are hundreds of decision makers each looking to do what's best for their school. All those stars have to align before this schism occurs. It would take a lot for that to happen.
|4 days 3 hours ago||Yeah, it's been kicked around||
Yeah, it's been kicked around for years, because people want to imagine patterns and orderliness. That won't happen without a centralizing influence to force order to come from chaos. The NCAA is not that influence.
|4 days 3 hours ago||If anything increases||
If anything increases pressure I think it'll be the extra losing. Playoffs force everyone to end the season on a down note, except for one team. Fans of teams that get to a BCS bowl and then win it will feel better than fans of teams who get to the playoff and lose. It's the bronze-medal phenomenon.
|4 days 4 hours ago||I probably only speak for||
I probably only speak for myself here, but I think unfairly grayed-out comments are easy to spot - they're usually followed by non-grayed-out comments of a reasonable tone. Plus you could see the headers.
Ultimately I think my broader opinion is that practically any moderation system is better than no moderation system. I'd rather have the problems that come with one than the problems that come with not having one.
|4 days 4 hours ago||Here's the other thing the||
Here's the other thing the negbangs did: people could express their displeasure of a post without actually having to write about it, and when people write about it, they do so with a distinct lack of civility. I'm as guilty as anyone. I'd much rather click a little arrow. Does that sometimes result in groupthink and undeserved negbangs? Yeah. Is that still better than when every time Gnarly Face posts, five posts pop up underneath calling him a jackass? Yes. If we could somehow have a combination of the up-and-down arrows and the graying out of posts that'd be faboo.