landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|2 weeks 4 hours ago||UM tied for #5 in title odds per CBS sports||
The odds below reflect not just the strength of teams but their chances of winning it all given their schedules.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Actually, Columbus did use this map.||
That's why he got lost in the ocean, thought he'd found India, but--according to a buckeye alum--actually landed in the capitol of Ohio.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||The satellite camp ban was one symptom of an NCAA problem||
that will continue, unless the NCAA is forced to be more transparent
With the satellite camps, the bad press and the DOJ threatened to expose the NCAA. We began to discern the non-representative and self-interested dealmaking that has long corrupted the NCAA.
But there is so much more. Witness the often-too-secret deliberations of the enforcement committee. Why on earth is it now led by the head of--what many think--is the most corrupt league in the country?
(Perhaps this is a rhetorical question)
|4 weeks 22 hours ago||What the DOJ seeks to determine seems obviously true:||
The ban harms prospective student athletes.
While it is always gratifying to see that something which is completely obvious can be proven, I hope that the DOJ will also study deeper issues.
Why would the NCAA committee vote to restrict student opportunities? Did members seek to profit by restraining competition? Also, did the big money making schools essentially buy off the lesser conferences votes? For example, did they pay them multimillion dollar fees to play one-off games at the bigger school's stadiums?
If profiteering was a main motive for the NCAA ban, then would that not be a problem for the tax-exempt status of committee members' schools--indeed, for the NCAA itself? They claim to be non-profit institutions.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||many non-Pat or UM fans disagree||
They include many scientists who essentially have proven that the balls were not deflated abnormally in the first place. In fact, I know of no reputable scientist who has said otherwise (and agreed to explain his reasoning).
Here is a link that summarizes the scientific data, as well as other issues
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I think that as soon as Brady leaves the Pats||
I'm done watching the NFL. The league's corruption is widespread and deflategate was just a symptom of this problem. Consider them hiring former cigarette company attorneys to deal with the CTE fiasco. Consider the undemocratic shenanigans pulled in the league's recent move to LA. Now the NFL execs also apparently favor fantasy sports as legalized gambling (and may even move the Raiders to Las Vegas).
Even WWE seems more honest than the NFL.
Maybe I'll start watching that instead.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||It's not over 'til it's over||
The Chief Judge dissented from the other two (see link). He said that Goodell changed the basis of the discipline after it was initially handed down and that he made the ridiculous judgment that steroid use penalties should apply to deflating a football (if it occurred, which is not the even true).
My understanding is that the Pats expected this verdict; and they will appeal swiftly for an en banc hearing before a large number of the circuit court judges.
So far, the vote of the four judges (incl Berman) is 2-2. Brady had the support of the Chief appeals judge and the judge who exhaustively reviewed the initial case (Berman). Of the other two appeals judges, one was in the pocket of the NFL, as he had repeatedly ruled to favor management in such cases. The other appeals judge had a remarkably poor grasp of the facts of the case judging from his comments during the hearing.
I am not sure why he was so ill-informed, but a law professor accused the NFL's new, high-powered attorney of lying to the judges on matters of fact in the appeal.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||They have many reasons to feel their school is inferior to UM||
But there is a very personal reason why Elliot-and many other JH detractors---feel inferior to JH.
Their accomplishments just don't measure up to his.....it's not even close.
Elliot--and the other detractors--have done nothing of note at the highest level of competition. But consider Harbaugh's NFL accomplishments.
As a player, he was a Pro Bowl QB who won an AFC player of the year award.
As a coach, he won AFC and NFC championships, and NFC coach of the year award, and his win pct is among the top 4 NFL coaches in history.
So Elliot can publicly disrespect JIm Harbaugh, like he did with his own coaches..
But as far as accomplishments go, an unproven NFL rookie like Elliot wouldn't be qualified to carry JH's jock strap.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Finebaum's ironic, inconsistent and self-serving use of Elliot||
Finebaum wants it both ways: one day he rips Elliot for stating his opinion of one coach, the next he elevates Elliot's opinion of another. Finebaum recently condemned Elliot and absolutely ripped Urban Meyer's response to Elliot's behavior.
“Urban Meyer has done a poor job from the very beginning….the way he managed the QB situation and how he let it fester……For a player (Ez Elliot to publicly criticize his coaches)--that is it for me..and Urban just shrugs his shoulder. He hugs him …even one who says he’s done before the biggest game of the season We’ve seen this at Florida…Urban has a pattern of enabling athletes."
(a less than subtle reminder of Aaron Hernandez and multiple others).
|5 weeks 4 days ago||per NCAA website: committee includes Emmert's daughter-in-law||
It conceals her married name, which she uses elsewhere. Although it lists her as nonvoting, she could play a significant role in the arm-twisting due to her family ties.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Texas and La schools need $$$||
They can't afford to lose big payouts from pro-ban conferences. They also can't afford to alienate voters from financially depressed states, like Texas and La, which already are threatened with tax increases to support these state schools.
Consider just the money that Sun Belt teams get from the big conferences that favored the ban (like the Big 12, ACC and SEC). Since the NCAA roster shows Louisiana Lafayette as the Sun Belt conf rep, I researched its schedule. It has gotten big money each of the last five years for playing visitor to the ACC and SEC (Ga, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Fla). Teams get as much as $1 million every time they play such one-time games as a visitor. That's as much as $5 million in 5 years. The same probably applies to other no-name Sun Belt schools like Texas State--which has four neighboring SEC or Big 12 schools.
So if a no-name Sun Belt school--whether it's Texas State or La Lafayette--did not vote with the big boys (Big12, SEC or ACC), they could easily be dropped from those league's schedules.
And not only would they lose big paydays. Their existence is already threatened by voters who do not want to pay more taxes to support them. All such state schools in places like Texas and Louisiana are in big financial trouble due to the collapse of oil prices. The governor of Louisiana even said they might have to cut LSU football without big state tax increases. And if the pride of the state--LSU FB-- is threatened, just think of the precarious position of no-name programs in LL or Texas State.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||And JH's NFL win pct||
puts him together with Madden, Allen and Lombardi as one of the 4 best in modern NFL history. So, you really can't mention him in the same breath as Kiffin. A slightly less ridiculous comparison would be Kiffin vs. the SEC's best coach: Saban. They both had losing records in the NFL.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||SEC slappies now distort the truth with ad hominem attacks||
i.e., logical fallacies in which an argument is rebutted by attacking the character, motive, or other attribute of the opponent.
Not only is this SEC slappie's attack inconsistent with his prior statements about JH. It is also ridiculously misleading. Harbaugh just coached his 1st UM team to a 41-7 beat down of an SEC div champ. He also has the 4th best win pct in modern NFL history. In the wake of the 49ers burial last year, people in SF are literally sick that JH left. They blame the 49ers management for that.
But most importantly, the SEC slappie's ridiculously distorted attack is an admission that they really have no acceptable argument for the satellite ban.
And every time they open their foolish mouths, they prolong a public argument that they've already lost.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Or||
The Urban-Meyer-gets-clocked-by-Michigan Bowl.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Yes. I do not see this ending well for the NCAA||
Your line of thought is interesting and I would be delighted to see it pursued. But in any case, the NCAA will face many pending and yet to be filed lawsuits. And the satellite ban's implicit restrictions of opportunity for unpaid student athletes may not sit well with many judges. .
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Four score and seventy years ago||
Some southern media tread dangerously close to a topic they really shouldn’t. In effect, they liken the northern schools to a bunch of opportunistic carpetbaggers.
In so doing, they try to obscure the important issue. When poor high school kids can’t afford to come north and be seen, they often can’t get scholarships there. They have their choices limited. They are denied the opportunities now offered by northern schools to travel to their area. Why? The sloth and greed of the people who run things.
Granted, it’s a far cry from the sloth and greed that—many northerners believe—once motivated the unjust practices of those living in their areas. Four score and seventy years ago, we amended our nation’s constitution to stop that.
But maybe we need to remind them-- and especially the NCAA--how things are supposed to be different now. Northern schools are not a bunch of carpetbaggers. And southern schools do not have a right to “own” high school kids in the south.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||3. Smaller school reps voting vs apparent conference interests||
The Mountain West rep was born in Fla and previously also held a job at Ga Tech.
The Sun Belt conference voting rep is listed as a student from Louisiana. His small school—like others in his conference—is hurt by a satellite ban. However, like many conference schools, Louisiana Lafayette Tech regularly plays--and presumably gets large payments from—SEC and ACC schools (2016 Ga, 2015 Kentucky, 2014 Ole Miss, 2013 Arkansas, 2012 Fla, 2011)
Non-votiing members who apparently had a voice on the committee include 2 UCLA students, one of whom played FB for an ACC school (Ga Tech)
and--(if you can believe it)
Lisa Campos—whose full (unlisted) name apparently is Lisa Campos-Emmert. Mark Emmert, the head of the NCAA was publicly against Harbaugh’s spring break practice in Fla. . http://www.zoominfo.com/p/Lisa-Campos/1859451283 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Stansbury http://web1.ncaa.org/committees/committees_roster.jsp?CommitteeName=1FBO... Members
|5 weeks 5 days ago||The Pac 12 rep||
The link below suggests that the ASU AD would have been voting but instead it was the PAC 12 rep: UCLA AD Dan Guerrero. Guerrero still has not explained why he voted for the ban, despite calls in the media and from other Pac12 schools. The Pac12 overwhelmingly was against the ban according to the WSU AD (and consistent with the OP’s link).
Why did Guerrero vote the will of the Pac12? Possibly, he did so to guard UCLA’s advantage in So Cal. But also note that he may be looking for another job.
His high-profile coaching hires (including Neuheisel, Mora and Alford) have also been highly criticized—some for ethical and not merely performance related issues.
If the UCLA AD might have to look for a new job, he want to position himself to get recommendations/help from people who have worked with him---like other conference ADs (including the SEC or ACC) and possibly even the NCAA (eg Emmert).
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Who voted against the best interests of their conferences?||
Personal and political reasons may explain why non-SEC/ACC members members may have voted against their conferences apparent interests. Consider the committee representation (which included the nonvoting but apparent daughter-in-law of Mark Emmert).
1. The Big 12 rep
|8 weeks 2 days ago||In other words, by following an absurd rule||
you make it unilikely to succeed in the long run. In today's meida-driven world, you nearly assure your eventual failure
|8 weeks 2 days ago||another reason||
why it is absurd to say that we cannot respond to OSU insults.
OSU was 2-10-1 vs UM in the years prior to the Tressel regime. OSU then cheated for at least a decade under Tressel, The year he left, OSU also had to vacate all its wins due to its corruption. The next year, OSU also lost to UM. Their new coach has since ridden the momentum from the prior decade, even using some players recruited under a regime that allowed illegal recruiting benefits.
Especially, it is appropriate—indeed, necessary—for the UM HC to respond to insults from an OSU AD who was part of the corrupt Tressel regime. Harbaugh was more than justified in reminding the OSU AD that he--least of all---was qualified to claim the high ground vs UM..
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Other reasons why it is absurd||
to say that we (on a message board) cannot respond to OSU insults until "we" win more often
We (on a message board)—who respond to OSU's trash talking—do not win or lose to OSU. The players do.
But it is impossible for current players to have beaten OSU often, on average. How many games have current UM players had vs OSU? The 4th year players have had 3 games,. 3rd year 2, 2nd year 1, and 1st year none. Assuming an equal distiribution of players across years, that would be an average of 1.5 games per player.*
Regarding our new coach at UM, beating OSU more “often” is even more impossible, since he has coached only one game vs OSU. If you want to consider more than one game, you need to consider Harbaugh’s record playing as a QB vs OSU too. During those years, he was 2-0.
* (actually, since players drop out, it would be less, even if you account for a handful of 5th year players too)
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Some comments below suggest a logically absurd rule:||
that to respond to insults, you must first win often on the field.
But if you cannot respond to insults, you will not likely win the war of words, If you do not win today's media-driven war of words, you will not change public perception. If you do not change public perception, you will not often win the recruiting war If you do not win the recruiting war, you will not consistently win on the field.
So, by following the absurd rule above, you will not likely to satisfy its conditions.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||My favorite MSU troll story||
In a Starbucks in Sarasota sat a middle aged, morbidly obese man wearing an MSU cap and a Hell’s Angels jacket. Holding a cappuccino, he approached a frail, elderly lady sitting near me. After pointing an angry finger at her UM hat, he started the typical MSU rant about “arrogant” UM fans in Ann Arbor. He proceeded to tell a long, long story about he once dealt with them. After calling him for tow-truck service outside of Ann Arbor, two UM fans once got huffy with him and complained that he was late. He allegedly retorted that they needed him more than he needed them. So he told them to fix their own car and left them stranded in a desolate area.
After finishing his rant to the elderly female UM fan, he laughed and started to walk away. But I stopped him and asked: what is a Hell’s Angel doing in Starbucks, ragging at frail ladies about their hats? He left without saying much.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||Many thanks for this interesting analysis. I have 2 questions.||
How well does a team's initial seeding predict performance after correcting for schedule difficulty? eg the fact that a #1 starts with a #16, the #2 with a # 15 opponent etc. For example, a #1 does not have to play another #1 until the the final four, if at all. However lower seeds may face this double jeopardy.. For similar but more complex reasons, I suspect that the chances of a #2 to advance in the tournament would be greater than that of a #15, even if they were equally good.
I also wonder how well a team's seed would predict performance compared with computer ranks, which have been validated vs teams' actual performances.
Perhaps one could also improve the latter by considering relative distance from each site, (but that would take a lot of work). In any case, if a #1 seed is more likely to play its first round near home, that could give an even greater advantage vs. lower seeded teams.
|11 weeks 3 days ago||an important part of any job's desirability is salary||
UM and Ala are virtually tied for the top. Granted, a lot of factors go into determining salarty, but UM and Ala are far above the others.
|11 weeks 4 days ago||I'm sorry the Tenn radio host is so easily confused by facts||
But there is a good reason why JH gets so much attention—why he gets invited to places like the State of the Union address and the Pebble Beach Pro-Am (3x)---also why he can recruit guys like Brady, Jeter and a host of famous entertainers to his own events.
That's because JH too is a celebrity. And he became one not just because of an inspiring but brief college coaching career. He attained his celebrity because of what he accomplished at a much higher level. Not only did he have an amazing NFL career as a Pro Bowl QB He also had a historic record as an NFL coach. Indeed, only 3 modern day coaches had a higher NFL win % than JH. John Madden, George Allen and Vince Lombardi—after whom the Super Bowl trophy is named.
By contrast, the best coach in the radio host's preferred conference (Nick Saban in the SEC), actually had a LOSING record in the NFL.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||His team finished at -10 but did not make the cut ie top 25of156||
His Pro partner, Bettencourt, finished at +9, near the bottom. Bettencourt seems like a very nice guy and did wear a Michigan hat for JH. But he is 40 and seldom plays anymore. Even then, his career has been marginal. He has had 1 PGA tour win in his entire career. In 2014, he made only 4 cuts in 14 events and lost his PGA Tour card. Ultimately, he had to go back to the Web.com Tour Qualifying School.
Two years ago, JH did make the cut with Jason Day--in fact, they led after two rounds
(see video below)
|14 weeks 2 days ago||A lot of people are "OK with paying players" in one sense||
ie in favor of changing the rules to allow schools to pay them.
But that is a far cry from being OK with violating current rules.
Paying them under the table is not ethical, especially for someone who heads the NCAA ethics committee (JB).
That said, I am happy that Bullock is back in the fold. When he took money, he was a very young player and it was a long, long time ago.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Harbaugh at the 7th hole|