this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|5 weeks 1 day ago||Never gets old||
The spectacle of sports journalists sneering at the lowly people who *gasp* actually play the sports they cover and *shock* may not be as pure as the driven snow, which the journalists themselves assuredly are.
Who gives a crap about the HOF.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I think this conversation is great||
The "no politics" rule of mgoblog is frankly silly (and in any case it really just means " no politics that steps outside of our comfortable space").
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Prediction: this will not end well||
A relevant detail: Kipnis got into trouble for writing an article which was essentially: male professors used to sleep with female graduate students all the time, what's the big deal?
The big deal, of course, is that this was part and parcel of a system where 90%-plus of the top jobs went to men.
I've worked on college campuses for not-quite-20 years. I can just about see where Chris Rock's coming from but to be honest I think the issue he identifies (people not wanting to be offended) is a far smaller one than the general reluctance of people to think outside of a pretty narrow neo-liberal worldview. More often, complaints about "political correctness" continue to be a convenient way for the old guard to defend their positions of privilege.
|24 weeks 5 days ago||Exactly||
Plenty of other countries/sports have figured this out with pre-professional contracts, apprenticeships etc.
The main problem in the US is that there's no incentive for colleges or the NCAA to actually offer terms that are advantageous to the kids and their families.
|35 weeks 5 days ago||Sounds defensive||
I didn't stick around for long enough yesterday to respond to this. I'm sorry if my original comment was overly aggressive, but look: if two of Irvin's shots had rimmed out, you would not now be writing an article saying "Zak Irvin's mid-range jumpers are just as likely to go in as early-in-the-shot-clock heaves, so we may as well bomb away".
8/19 is also a very small sample from which to draw any firm conclusions. Again, if two of those shots rim out he's suddenly under 33%, Compare and contrast the treatment of Irvin here ("what a player") with Bielfeldt and his equally tiny sample of three pointers ("very unlikely to continue").
Basically, this "throwing numbers around" approach to sports writing is easy, which is why the hacks do it. I generally find mgoblog to be better than that, which is why I read and (very occasionally) post.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||5 of 8||
Come on. This is a meaningless sample.
|40 weeks 8 hours ago||Sigh||
"Tuition should be lower" - sure, and then you lose all your best faculty to competitor X because you have to stiff them with 1% 5 years in a row.
"Reduce unnecessary costs" - why does everyone always assume there's a ton of unnecessary cost to cut? Hint - there isn't. The top 5 public universities already spend ~1/3 per bachelor's degree compared the Ivy League. You're cutting bone at this point.
"Meetings should be more open" - until you go to the first two meetings and realize there's a reason you don't let the voting majority run your state's flagship research institution.
On the plus side, the guy seems nice enough. I doubt he could do any serious damage.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||Not sure about the game plan||
I don't think the US really changed their game plan - I just think they didn't pass the ball well. Giving away possession was more caused by misplaced passing and general lack of vision than by going into some kind of conservative mode, from what I saw.
|1 year 5 weeks ago||I thought both teams||
were bad in possession, but compensated for it by doing a lot of running around. Frustrating to watch, and spells trouble for the US in the next two games.
I also thought Jones left the boot in - fair enough he'd just been clattered from behind, but still a stupid thing to do.
|1 year 14 weeks ago||It's a college actually||
|1 year 17 weeks ago||If they had overturned||
the out of bounds with Stauskas at the end I would have throttled my cat.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I don't have time to stick around||
for an answer, unfortunately, but I'll point out that the athletes are in fact working to pay for their education (unless I'm mistaken and their scholarships aren't dependent on continued participation in their sport).
The argument, to me, is whether it's OK for colleges and the NCAA to agree on the limits on pay in this particular arena. I suspect that if there was a system in place that limited compensation in your field, you would not think it was particularly fair.
The question of whether people will follow non-amateur sports is a different one, but then big-time college sports are not really amateur at the moment, if you think carefully about it. Athletes are receiving a benefit with financial value in return for their participation in a revenue-generating activity.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I also take issue||
with the $40K, $50K or (even worse) $200K figure that gets thrown around in this discussion. (In what other context would you talk about someone's 4-year earnings as a measure of value?)
It totally confuses cost with value, ignores opportunity cost altogether, and finally is a tacit agreement that players are already being paid, and that the only debate is around how much and whether it can legally be capped by a monopolistic organization.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I don't find it particularly surprising||
To be honest, it seems logical that the hypocrisy of "amateurism" in big-time college sports would be in sharpest relief at an institution with high academic standards.
It probably also helps that they're being taught to think critically.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||As long as your build is||
As long as your build is pretty "athletic" you can definitely do well in rugby without being massive. This guy looked fine from the youtube footage.
The only time it really becomes an issue is when you're being asked to defend against a significantly bigger opposite number. Fortunately Jonah Lomus don't come along every day.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||27-23 Michigan||
|1 year 44 weeks ago||On the lam||
It's "on the lam", not "on the lamb", though that is an interesting mental image.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||In the midwest||
In the midwest that's possibly true although Wisconsin is probably rated a cut above them academically. Then they're in a chasing pack with Illinois, Minnesota etc., as above.
Nationally, other than Berkeley which you already mentioned, UCLA, UVa, UNC Chapel Hill and UT Austin would generally be considered to be stronger academically than OSU. Those institutions are typically considered to be U-M's peers among the state flagships.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Michigan Creative||
You could start here:
There may be more stuff under the "VP for Communications" umbrella. Or you could search the job site:
|2 years 10 weeks ago||U-M web jobs||
Have you looked at U-M jobs? They have a central web development service, and several academic units and research labs have their own web people too.
The University's a pretty good employer, especially if you're in the "continuing business" (job security can be a bit looser if your position is funded by research grants).
|2 years 11 weeks ago||My point||
is not that a college scholarship is a terrible deal (it's obviously not, otherwise some fraction of athletes would do as you suggest and sit out). It's just that it's not as good a deal as some athletes would get under a more market based system. Which is why I compared it to the general student situation, where colleges do not agree to limit the amount of merit aid they give to academically-inclined students.
In fact, when the Ivy League did do something a bit like that, they got taken to court. Kind of "surprising" that the NCAA doesn't suffer the same fate.
You say that you're happy with your decision. That's pretty much the ballgame right there. Is Denard Robinson happy that he wasn't able to make a couple of million dollars from endorsements before taking his chances in the NFL?
By the way, my personal political stance is actually at odds with the "reward the brightest shining stars" philosophy. I just think it's hypocrital in the extreme, with strong class/race undertones, for colleges to make a ton of money out of college athletes, a lot of which they then hand over to athletic directors, coaches and bowl executives, under the banner of "amateurism".
|2 years 11 weeks ago||No||
De Gea can be a long-term great keeper. Howard's fine but he's not going to go there and wait for him to screw up, and I can't see a new manager wanting to mess with that setup in his first couple of months.
Great article on De Gea (and Andy Carroll) here:
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Difference||
You made a rational economic choice to attend college, figuring that your debt would be paid off by your increased earnings (or that it was worth it for the happiness you derived from attending college).
You could alternatively have attended a cheaper college, a less selective college that might have offered you a full ride on academic merit, or not attended college at all.
This rational economic choice is denied to upper-tier college players, who are forced to attend college and be "paid" less than their market value for 1-2 years at the minimum, while suffering the risk of career-ending injury. This is the problem with the shamateurism situation.
(The fact that some people are better off than others and do not have to make the tough choice you had to doesn't really enter into it due to the "no politics" rule.)
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Athletic Directors||
Are "worth it" and apparently they also "should be paid", despite the fact that their job is apparently an audition for the US Senate or similar political bauble (the fact that only a small minority of ADs manage to go this route is irrelevant since the same fact applies to college players with respect to the pro leagues).
I will only listen to pro-shamateurism arguments from people who explain why they don't apply to coaches and ADs.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Moyes||
I could see Moyes doing OK but he's pretty much unproven at managing in the SAF style, i.e., maintaining ruthless order over a very strong lineup and eradicating anyone who gets too big for the dressing room. Moyes has certainly maintained order at Everton but he hasn't had to deal with the issue of getting rid of a Ronaldo, Stam, Ince etc.
He'd at least be worth a go though. Better than a lot of the dross out there.
Unfortunately it would surprise me not one iota if the owners now get on the "6 months to win everything" merry-go-round and trash the club.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||The atmosphere||
and high level of play...
Not sure if serious.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Bonjour youself||
And with that, I am at the magic threshold of 100 points. What happens now?
EDIT: OH... MY... GOD...
|2 years 18 weeks ago||That's awesome||
I'd never seen that Star Wars episode before. I have to find out more about this "Woody Alien" character.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||Not to be "that guy"||
But jejune doesn't (originally) have anything to do with "childlike", sappily ironic or not. It comes from the Latin for "fasting" and, used in a non-literal sense, means "dull", "insipid", or similar. Used literally it simply means "empty", or possibly "hungry".
I will grant you that it has a recent usage of meaning "something like childlike", because it sounds and looks a bit like "jeune". But when people use it this way they usually have trouble defining exactly what it means, which I think is not unrelated to the fact that there isn't an established historical usage to fall back on. In this case, people are essentially saying "it means what these other recent writers have thought it means".
All words are like this, of course, it's just that when the pool of references is small, meaning is harder to pin down.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||jejune||
That's not what jejune means. People think it means something like "young" or "childlike" because of the closeness to "jeune", but in fact it means something closer to "jaded" or "insipid", which is not what springs to mind when I think of the music of Chantal Goya.