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|12 weeks 3 days ago||Quite simply, to maintain||
Quite simply, to maintain this sort of action, you'd have to argue a damage to one's reputation.
Does calling Notre Dame chicken even harm their reputation, in all honesty?
|13 weeks 5 days ago||Someone told me that Craig||
Someone told me that Craig James killed five hookers while at SMU. Can anyone deny that statement? Anyone?
|14 weeks 5 days ago||I was 9 and sat through the||
I was 9 and sat through the entire game. To this day I know I can get through any bad weather game, based on that one.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||Its legal. Your concern, my||
Its legal. Your concern, my guess is, is the federal law prohibiting online gambling. The law differentiates between luck and skill. If the game is one of skill, its legal. Also, if the game is specifically exempted, its legal. Fantasy sports are exempted (and arguably a game of skill), so its legal.
I wrote on the UIGEA back in law school, so I'm pretty familiar with it, FWIW.
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Interesting move. There was||
Interesting move. There was much speculation that Johns Hopkins wouldn't join. How does this impact Virginia and Duke? I know the Grant of Rights is in place, but litigation could POTENTIALLY change that (as an attorney, potential is always a keyword, I know), but doesn't this make the Big Ten more attractive for those schools now?
|26 weeks 6 days ago||For all the complaints about||
For all the complaints about the 2014 schedule, the 2015 one will be awesome. I don't mind seeing body bag schools, as long as they aren't the same ones. Ditching Directional Michigan for UNLV is great (I wouldn't mind it if there was a return trip, either - maybe I could talk my wife into a Las Vegas trip).
|26 weeks 6 days ago||Sullivan was previously at UM||
Sullivan was previously at UM in a fairly high administrative role. I want to say she was provost of some sort (off the top of my head). She's got experience working from the academic side.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Touche, but isn't||
Touche, but isn't Northwestern a bit outside the Ivy League's footprint?
|31 weeks 5 days ago||It makes it more likely the||
It makes it more likely the Big Ten sends extra teams to bowl games, meaning more money. If the argument is that money is the driving force behind realignment, the best way to attract new members (should there be an expansion to 16), would be to increase the pot of money.
The top tier teams, even with "parity-based" scheduling, would still make bowl games - most would consider Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio State, and Wisconsin in this group (setting aside Penn State due to the bowl ban).
The "best of the worst" teams would have an increased shot at making a bowl game - probably Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Rutgers in this group.
Really the teams who are hurt the most are the programs considered to be good enough that they draw top teams, but bad enough that they can't win - Iowa, Michigan State, Purdue.
If you can figure out where to put Maryland and Northwestern, hats off to you.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||A terrible team? No. By||
A terrible team? No. By that logic, Maryland would have a significantly better shot at making the Title game.
A decent team who isn't great? Maybe, but keep in mind that a loss to a divisional opponent is effectively worth two.
Example: Michigan plays Nebraska and Wisconsin in crossovers; Ohio plays Iowa and Wisconsin; and Rutgers plays Northwestern and Illinois. Assume Michigan and Ohio lose BOTH crossovers, but both beat Rutgers.
Even if Rutgers wins out, they would need BOTH Michigan and Ohio to lose at least once more.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||Wait, Rick Pitino resigned||
Wait, Rick Pitino resigned from Minnesota midway through the year so his son could take over as head coach?
The two situations couldn't be anymore different, actually. Richard's dad probably had some influence, but he wasn't the most recent coach at Minnesota.
|35 weeks 3 days ago||While Minnesota has the money||
While Minnesota has the money to pay for a big time coach, there is little reason to take this job if you are established. Having to compete with Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, MSU, and Wisconsin on a yearly basis (not to mention Iowa, Purdue) is not exactly easy.
I tend to agree its a very good hire. Somewhat risky given Richard's lack of head coaching experience, but he's a great recruiter, when given the resources. The Gophers are going to have to upgrade facilities if they expect to keep him, and if they want him to do well.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||I've actually heard the||
I've actually heard the samething. I don't remember where I heard it from, and while it would be a different style than Beilein, it should would help bring recruits in. Not to mention the resources are greater at Michigan than VCU.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||Its also a coincidence that||
Its also a coincidence that Florida got one of the easiest draws for their Sweet 16. Let's connect the dots . . .
Florida plays FGCU. Who at Ohio used to be at Florida? Urban Meyer. This was clearly Gene Smith's way of appeasing Florida fans after stealing their coach.
I might have upvoted your post if you would have added that tidbit, but alas, you did not.
|36 weeks 2 days ago||On a serious note, don't||
On a serious note, don't waste your time with Caesars Windsor sportsbook, unless you are cashing the winning bet in person. I wagered on a parlay, won, mailed in the ticket and was told that I did win, but they couldn't mail the winnings. They offered to hold the money at the casino or I could pick it up on Toronto.
|38 weeks 1 hour ago||The argument has been used in||
The argument has been used in the past by various committee chairs when stating why a Big Ten team was not seeded on the 1 line. It's been a few years but the statement has been made before.
|38 weeks 4 hours ago||One thing the committee has||
One thing the committee has been consistent on from year to year is that the Big Ten Championship is played too late. Unless the game paired a team, or teams, that wouldn't make it in without an autobid, the game is meaningless for the committee.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||I think Wisconsin is probably||
I think Wisconsin is probably too low right now to worry about them taking Michigan's spot in Auburn Hills. There are two potential spots in Auburn Hills - MSU likely gets one. Worry about Marquette - as they could stake a claim.
As for Lexington and Dayton - those places are likely going to be hosting the winners of the play-in sites. I've seen Lunardi project other places as hosting the winners of the play-in games but the distance simply doesn't make it likely.
|41 weeks 4 days ago||Given the latest rumors about||
Given the latest rumors about membership offers on the table to North Carolina and possibly Virginia/Georgia Tech, this is extremely timely.
Which leads me to one of two conclusions, either (1) you shared this with Jim Delany a short time ago or (2) you are Delany himself?!?!?
|41 weeks 4 days ago||All your conferences are||
All your conferences are belong to us.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Sandwich game for Michigan -||
Sandwich game for Michigan - coming off big win against Illinois and a huge game against Indiana coming up. I'd take the 'Cats with the 19 (eventhough Michigan is 13-6 ATS), but Michigan still gets the win.
The line is down to 16 now, after opening at 19.5 FWIW.
|44 weeks 4 days ago||Agree with The FannMan, but a||
Agree with The FannMan, but a couple other thoughts . . .
Procedural and substantive are different - Procedural is sort of like getting off based on technicality; substantive is getting to the meat of the issue, if you will. Most, if not all, attorneys will seek to bounce a case procedurally - you avoid having to litigate the case, etc.
Doesn't mean the NCAA can't win, but former players have at least a somewhat viable suit, giving them some leverage to negotiate.
The key issue here is class certification. In many cases, if a judge certifies a class for a class action, more likely than not, the defendants end up settling with the class. That may not be the case here, since there is likely billions on the table. A number of factors go into class certification, one of which includes how the members of the class are or are not similarly situated to one another. For example, how similar (or different) are Ed O'Bannon and Kris Johnson (little used frosh on the 1995 team)? The more the defendants (NCAA) can show that the members do not have common claims that predominate, the less likely the judge would certify the class. Keep in mind, this could (eventually) apply to multiple sports, possibly even sports that do not have video games (or other external revenue streams).
|1 year 1 day ago||On another note, Goodell has||
On another note, Goodell has discussed eliminating the NFL entirely.
|1 year 2 days ago||I am denying rumors that I||
I am denying rumors that I have accepted the Tennessee head coaching job.
|1 year 1 week ago||They need help too, though. A||
They need help too, though. A win and a UCLA loss might not be enough - there is a pretty large point differential.
|1 year 1 week ago||If ECU is only joining for||
If ECU is only joining for football, where do the rest of their sports go? I assume C-USA won't keep them for the rest . . .
|1 year 5 weeks ago||So-so week for me last week.||
So-so week for me last week. 2-4 ATS, 4-2 O/U = 6-6 overall.
1. Illinois @ Ohio (-27.5, +/- 51.5)
Illinois is 2-6 ATS, including 0-3 on the road. The Illini have looked to pack it in for the year. I'll take Ohio to cover and the over.
2. Michigan @ Minnesota (+12.5, +/- 46.5)
Looking at the numbers makes this pick against conventional wisdom (Minnesota 4-1 ATS at home, Michigan 1-3 ATS road). With that said, give me Michigan to cover and the under.
3. Penn State @ Purdue (+3.5, +/- 51.5)
Nittany Lions are 3-0 ATS in road games. Must win game for Purdue, as they very well could be short the minimum six wins for bowl eligibility. Penn State to cover and the under.
4. Nebraska @ Michigan State (+2, +/- 44)
I've gone back and forth on this one. I think Nebraska is the more balanced team, but Sparty has the better defense. The situational numbers for both teams are dreadful - Nebraska 0-3 ATS road, Michigan State 0-5 ATS home. Spartans haven't hit the over at home this season, either. Give me Michigan State with the points and the under.
5. Iowa @ Indiana (-1.5, +/- 55.5)
When I see a line that is completely unexpected, I usually stay away from it. I tend to think Iowa is the better team, but the Hoosiers are coming off a big road win (hey, when you are IU any road win is big, right?) and must beat Iowa in order to have a shot at being bowl eligible. Oh and Indiana controls their own destiny for the Leaders Division. I'll take the over and reluctantly take Iowa with the points.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||1. Michigan State @ Wisconsin||
1. Michigan State @ Wisconsin (-6.5, +/- 41.5)
Since 1999, home team is 8-3 SU, but 6-5 ATS. Including the Big Ten Championship, four of the last six games have been decided by less than seven points. With that said, I'll take Wisconsin, who seems to have hit their stride, but I'll take the under.
2. Iowa @ Northwestern (-6, +/- 49.5)
Crucial game for the Hawkeyes, as a loss likely eliminates them from the division race. Iowa has been tough to figure out this year. I'm inclined to take the under with a weaker play on Iowa with the points.
3. Purdue @ Minnesota (+3.5, +/- 51)
I'm still of the belief that the Gophers will be bowl eligible, but that makes the game against Purdue a must win. I'll take Minnesota with the points and the over.
4. Michigan @ Nebraska (-2.5, +/- 57.5)
At the beginning of the year I took Nebraska, here. I'm really unimpressed with Nebraska, and seeing how the 'Huskers defended Ohio State's offense, I'm less concerned about Michigan's chances here. Still, its very much a tossup. I'll take Michigan ATS and the under.
5. Indiana @ Illinois (-1, +/- 58.5)
Illinois has become a complete tirefire. It wouldn't surprise me to see them lose out. When was the last time Indiana won a road conference game though? November 27, 2010, against Purdue. Still, I'll take the Hoosiers and the over.
6. Ohio @ Penn State (PK, +/- 50)
I'll admit, I was wrong on Penn State. They have proved to be much better than I thought and have shown the ability to bounce back after an 0-2 start. The Nittany Lions defense has been pretty good - that could very well be the difference. If the Buckeyes win, I expect the over to pay. But I'll go with Penn State, and the under, in a rare 5:30 PM start.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Given that my wife and I are||
Given that my wife and I are expecting our first on October 14th, but her doctor says the baby could come any day now, mine could very well be spent in the hospital.
|1 year 13 weeks ago||Point taken. Still, the Irish||
Point taken. Still, the Irish have won 4 of the last 5, with 3 of those wins coming by double digits.