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|1 year 20 weeks ago||A former member of the 1997||
A former member of the 1997 Michigan championship team was visiting the house of John Cooper as part of a charity event. Many of the attendees present were Ohio State fans, and all of them were eager to pick on him. After a nice dinner and a few drinks, the former Michigan player goes to use the restroom and finds a picture of Lloyd Carr above the toilet. The Ohio State fans are itching to find out what he says about it, but to their surprise, he doesn't mentioned it when he returns. Astonished, they ask him--"hey did you see the picture?" *snicker*. He replies, "yeah, it made a lot of sense, nothing makes John Cooper shit faster than Lloyd Carr".
|1 year 23 weeks ago||Donald Fehr: 6 labor||
Donald Fehr: 6 labor stoppages
Let's stop pretending the NHL is 110% at fault. The writing was on the wall when the players hired Fehr.
The reason the owners walked out of the last meeting is because while the plans were "reasonable" from a percentages stand point, the players association was attempting to redefine what constituted hockey related revenues. Essentially, they said sure we'll do 50:50 if we can redefine revenues such that 50% new revenues > or = 57% old revenues. HRR had already been agreed upon by the NHL and PA and the owners refused to start from scratch with those negotiations.
The owners certainly aren't perfect, far from it, but the players aren't giving a fair effort either. So can we stop with the Gary Bettman sucks worst commishoner ever? NHL revenues doubling over the past 7 years and unanimous support from the owners (i.e. his boses) would strongly suggest otherwise.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||You're demonstrating a lead||
You're demonstrating a lead time bias in your analysis. Take this example:
Day 1 = your first prostate cell turns cancerous
Day 100 = you die from prostate cancer
Scenario A: you wait until you have symptoms of prostate cancer before you go to the doctor. This occurs on day 75 because the cancer has to get big enough to start interrupting your normal functions. Your survival is 25 days after diagnosis.
Scenario B: you have a test done that can identify the cancer before it starts causing symptoms. You get your diagnosis on day 50. Your survival is 50 days after diagnosis.
Don't confuse survival time after diagnosis with actual increases in survival. Both of these scenarios end with the person living 100 days with cancer. Regarding prostate cancer, two large studies in the US and Europe demonstrate no significant differences in survival for prostate cancer with PSA screening at any age.
For breast cancer screenings, the data NEVER suggested that these tests be done in your 40s. The original data sets from the 60s and 70s all said start when you're 50. It was actually several politicians who had family members who died in their 40s from breast cancer who advocated for the old guidelines. All the actual data say 50.
Please consider the data before you start criticizing everything. Please go check my bank account--us scientists aren't getting paid big bucks to lie to the public. Also--USPSTF guidelines on screening DO NOT TAKE INTO ACCOUNT COSTS. They are strictly based on benefits vs harm to the patient.
|1 year 38 weeks ago||Crazy! The cap hit is 7.9||
The cap hit is 7.9 million. It's a high salary for the first few years with a tapered off salary as the contract goes on.
I think it would be a poor move for Nashville not to match. The four first round picks they would receive by not maching aren't worth much in the short term (they'll probably all be in the 20-30 range), and maybe not even much in the long term. The cap hit isn't unreasonable at all for Weber. This could facilitate a trade, but if I'm Nashville I'm starting at least with the two Schenn's + 2-3 first rounders, and probably another roster player.
Even then, Weber is the face of your franchise. What message do you send to your team if you lose your top two defensemen in free agency. Moreover, if Nashville matches then Weber--their franchise player--will be a predator for the rest of his career. Even if it means a bit more up front money, the benefits to not having a repeat of the Suter situation have to outweigh that.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
|2 years 17 weeks ago||As a former NOLA resident...||
Drago's - the charbroiled oysters are to die for; fantastic seafood!
|2 years 23 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
The difference is that all students can meet a GPA requirement, while in football only 11 guys are on the field at once. The more accurate comparison would be an academic scholarship that required you to be in the top 5% of your school, a significant challenge when a hypothetical incoming class of geniuses shows up. But how were you supposed to know all of them would come to UM?
|2 years 23 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
I agree that the academic scholarship model is a good comparison, but I believe you're looking at it the wrong way. For academics, you are told to meet a certain criteria (ex: 3.7 GPA) or you lose it. With academics, however, there isn't necessarily a limit to the number of students who can meet that requirement.
|2 years 24 weeks ago||Your left kidney or first||
Your left kidney or first born child.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||I don't really get it.||
I don't really get it. Objectively speaking, Ohio State actually has pretty decent looking uniforms. The red pops, and the helmets with buckeyes are distinctive. *sigh*
|2 years 26 weeks ago||Can you believe all of this||
Can you believe all of this started because the Big 10 wanted to go to 12 teams? Psh..and the Big 10 is irrelevant *rolls eyes*
|2 years 31 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
There are 2 garages up by the medical school that are free all weekend (starting 6pm on Friday - 6am on Monday). Go on the Michigan Parking and Transportation website, click Permit Parking and then the tab on enforcement. Scroll down and you can see the permit time enforcements for most of the garages on campus.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
There are some garages around the medical canter (Catherine Street) that are free all weekend. It's a bit farther of a walk, but it may be an option.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Their biggest issue is that the UN Medical Center, which has an appreciable amount of NIH/NSF research dollars, is a separate entity than UN-Lincoln and is thus not counted towards the University's research portfolio.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Well, with the amount of cases you're likely to have to handle in the buckeye state, they just want to make sure you're well prepared.
|2 years 41 weeks ago||McPhee is a mediocre GM at||
McPhee is a mediocre GM at best. The Capitals have managed to draft well in recent years, and I tip my hat to them for that, but McPhee's asset management post-draft is awful. He quite simply won't part with any of his NHL-level talent, which has led to log jams at certain skills and absolute dearths at others.
The Laich contract was a bit excessive, but he's one of the few character guys on that team so it's probably worth it. Joel Ward had one good playoffs, and now he's suddenly a 3 million/year player? Hamrlik was a decent signing, but not exactly a steal.
I'm not sure the Capitals could have done anything really this off season with the poor crop of UFA, but they wouldn't have been in this position in the first place with a better GM.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Assuming the main reason for||
Assuming the main reason for the tuition increases is state budget cuts, why does out of state tuition go up by such a significant margin? If the whole reason in-state students pay less is because they're being subsidized by the state, and that money from the state is cut, why do out of state students pay more?
I know there are other factors, but I strongly believe the University could do more to alleviate students' financial burden. They don't, because college is an arms race and they don't want to fall behind. People are still paying, so why not?
Still, I think its a poor decision in the long run. More important than the state funding is the University's endowment. Donors are so critical to the growth of the endowment, and now the University is creating a generation of students with unprecedented financial debt relative to their age. I think in the long run, they'll see fewer and smaller donations, which will be a real financial challenge for the University if they keep up with their current pace.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Sparty is a nightmare for Sparty recruiting.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||.||
And Pete Carroll used to do some fantastic charity work and mentoring in some awful areas of LA.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||I'm really excited about this||
I'm really excited about this hire. You mentioned that Wiseman is willing to put in the effort to make some serious strides up the coaching ladder, which should pay dividends for the program. Two questions in that regard:
1.) Is being an assistant at Michigan considered a big step up from a similar position in the AHL?
2.) How long do you think he'll be at Michigan?
|2 years 47 weeks ago||I don't think most of you||
I don't think many of you realize how infrequently offer sheets are used (i.e. the process of trying to sign a restricted free agent like Weber, Yandle, Doughty). Brief recap on the process: if you want to sign a RFA, you tender that player an offer sheet. The team who owns his rights can either match it (and then the player can no longer consider the outside team at that offer) or they can allow the deal to go through. If the deal goes through, the outside team aquiring the player must give the team losing the player draft picks dependent upon how much the offer is worth.
Since the lockout, only six offer sheets have been tendered, and only one has NOT been matched (Dustin Penner). To get someone like Weber or Doughty, who are expected to earn in the 18.104.22.168 range, you'd have to offer significantly in excess of that. Offering more than ~7.8 million means that if the team does NOT match your offer and you aquire the player, you must give up your next FOUR 1st round draft picks to that team. In the day and age of the cap, losing four 1st round picks is a nightmare.
Ken Holland is too cap conscious to even consider sending an offer sheet to one of these guys. He'll likely look at the crop of UFA defensemen, as underwhelming as they are, and go from there.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||But the Kings have the right||
But the Kings have the right to match any offer we make to Doughty because he is a RESTRICTED free agent. If the Kings match the Red Wings offer, then Doughty can only consider the Kings offer. Any reasonable offer would be matched by the Kings, because Lombardi is a good General Manager who understands how important Doughty is to their future.
Thus, to get Doughty, the Red Wings would have to go significantly above market value, let's say in the 8.5-9 million dollar range. If the Kings did NOT match an offer in that range, then Doughty could sign with Detroit. As a result of this offer sheet process, however, the Red Wings would then owe the Kings FOUR 1st round draft choices. That is an absolute nightmare in the cap age, and why only six offer sheets have been tendered post-lockout, and only one has NOT been matched.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||One of Bieksa or Ehrhoff will||
One of Bieksa or Ehrhoff will be available, but they're getting a lot of expsore/hype right now due to Vancouver's deep run into the playoffs. My guess is that they'll be overpaid. Wiesnewski will probably be the best bang for the buck.
Unfortunately, though the Wings will have lots of cap space to play with, especially if Lidstrom retires, this just isn't a good year for UFA defensemen. Last year would have been ideal, with plenty of 2-3 type guys available like Paul Martin, Dan Hamhuis, and Zybenek Michalek.
The Wings could go after Richards, but I don't think he's the answer. He'll be overpaid, and though he's still a great player, he's on the backside of his career. If you sign him to a 5-6 year deal, you won't be getting the same player at the end of that contract. The Wings, instead, need to get younger.
Craig Adams will likely sign in Pittsburgh. He's critical to their penalty kill, and I'm guessing he'll show loyalty to the team that picked him up off waivers and won him another Stanley Cup.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||An $8.5 million dollar offer||
An $8.5 million dollar offer sheet would cost the Red Wings four first round draft picks. Weber is amazing, but that deal would be a fiscal and draft killer. I highly doubt Holland would even consider it.
I would be VERY surprised if Weber was not in a Predator's uniform next year.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||posted from iPhone||
Conflict of interest due to familial relations?
|2 years 47 weeks ago||.||
I'm pretty sure it only hurts you if the player is academically ineligible at the time they leave.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||"natural" goal scorers are||
"natural" goal scorers are overrated. Look at the goal distribution so far in the playoffs. Where are all the goals from the Sedins, Semin, Heatley to name a few. It's the guys like Bergenheim, Pavelski, and Ward who have been most critical for their team's success.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||I certainly have my||
I certainly have my preferences for North American players, but the problem isn't that the Red Wings Europeans don't want to play physical. It's that they're making awful turnovers and not competing at a high level for 60 minutes.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||I know all concussions are||
I know all concussions are different, but after the Savard debacle last year (came back even though he probably still had symptoms leading to post-concussion symptoms most of this season) I hope they exercise some caution with Bergeron.
|2 years 49 weeks ago||At what point, however, do||
At what point, however, do the Wings realize that the Sharks are going to try to draw calls and the refs are going to make them? Awful dive by Thorton, but why swing the stick in the first place knowing he's probably going to flop?