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|6 days 4 hours ago||So you don't watch MLS and||
So you don't watch MLS and you haven't been to a game but you still know it's a far cry from the European football experience.
For what it's worth, I find that MLS games in the smaller stadia (and seattle, I guess, though I haven't been) have an atmosphere equivalent to the lower tier EPL games/ first division. Pretty constant noise and dedicated support from the supporters sections. A lot of people sitting and watching elsewhere. The main differences in atmosphere (not quality of play) are 1. there's not as much at stake because of the playoff system instead of single-table and the lack of promotion/relegation; and 2. there's not as much consistent traveling support given the distances between teams.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I'm willing to give MCW a||
I'm willing to give MCW a pass for his regression, based on the utterly embarassing team that Philly's put on the floor this year. It must be really hard to maintain a standard of responsible, efficient play on a team that's not trying to win. The danger the 76ers face is that, in tanking this year, they may have instantiated a series of bad habits in the 2-3 guys they plan to keep that will take multiple years to solve.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Wisconsin's really going to||
Wisconsin's really going to struggle offensively against UK. About the only thing they do that can threaten UK is the ability of Kaminsky to play on the perimeter, forcing their bigs into positions they're not used to guarding. Kentucky's backcourt size means that Ryan's philosophy of inverting the court and posting his guards is unlikely to work, unless it results in open looks for Kaminsky from 3.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||I think he's way too slow to||
I think he's way too slow to stay in front of 4s that have any kind of ability to put the ball on the floor.
His biggest problem, though, is going to be figuring out how to defend the pick and roll with his limitations. He's not laterally quick and he doesn't provide much rim protection, which is a really bad combo at the NBA level with all the pick and roll that centers get put into. That combo means that Kaminsky's not going to be effective at either the hard hedge or the sag and contain strategies that are the two main ways that NBA teams use their centers to contain the pick and roll.
Indeed, we killed Wisconsin in the first game by putting him in pick and roll situations and hitting the mid-range J or getting to the hole when he hung back. A lot of Wisky fans blamed Ryan's defensive philosophy, but I think it's more likely that game just reflected Kaminsky's inherent defensive weaknesses.
The good thing for him is that Ryan teaches defense in much the way that NBA teams do, so he'll have a step up on picking up defensive philosophies.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Kaminsky||
For what it's worth, si's draft analyst is saying that Frank Kaminsky has NBA scouts very intrigued with his combo of height and skill set. He says that Kaminsky was considered mid-2nd round coming into the tournament but that if he can duplicate his game against Arizona in the Kentucky game, he'll jump to a much higher grade.
Dekker, by contrast, is seen as having hurt his NBA stock, at least for next year. Sounds like scouts want to see him fix his jumper.
Stauskas tabbed in same article as a potential late lottery pick.
|4 weeks 4 hours ago||NLRB and Grad Students||
For what it's worth, it's pretty broadly thought that the current NLRB is going to eviscerate the 2004 Brown ruling (related to whether grad assistants are employees or apprentices) the minute it comes before the board. That ruling was itself a reversal of a ruling by the Clinton era NLRB that grad assistants were employees.
NYU recently agreed to recognize and bargain with their graduate student union (itself a local of the UAW) in an effort to keep the Brown ruling from going before the current NLRB. They, in effect, took one for the private university team in an effort to prevent broadscale organizing of graduate students at private institutions.
|4 weeks 6 hours ago||Based on my very quick skim||
Based on my very quick skim of the ruling (and it's not long) the chair of the NLRB Chicago branch based his ruling not only on the time demands and other constraints that playing football put on players, but on the revenue that football specifically brought into the university. So that might allow for a football specific bargaining unit (while still allowing athletes in other sports to pursue their own unions), similar to the way that there are different unions for differing employee categories in many institutions. (For those familiar with labor history, the difference between the AFL craft strategy and the CIO industrial strategy).
I would expect that CAPA will pursue the AFL's strategy of trying to discretely unionize different "crafts" within the athletic department and try to get a chapter of just football players certified if the appeal goes through, since the revenue brought in there is greatest.
What happens to a unionization effort in a non-revenue sport isn't clear from the logic of the ruling, nor is it clear what happens if say, women's lacrosse players (to choose an example of a very successful but non-revenue sport at NU) want to join the established CAPA union, as the ruling rests on both work conditions and revenue production.
Any ruling about the proper size of the bargaining unit is pretty far down the road, though, at least past the appeal.
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||Not necessarily the case||
At Michigan, it was clearly understood that grad students were employees when teaching as GSI's and that the tuition waiver was an untaxed benefit that accompanied the appointment. When teaching, you got a W-2, normal payroll withholdings, and a tuition waiver.
This carried across departments. My wife, for example, GSI'd in the History Department while pursuing her MPP at the Ford School. She received a tuition waiver and was not taxed on it.
At the institution I currently teach at, employees receive a sizable tuition remission for their immediate family members (Michigan does not do this, Northwestern does). It is not taxed.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||As you suggest, the next, and||
As you suggest, the next, and likely most important ruling (apart from the appeal), will be what exactly constitutes the bargaining unit. If it's just football players, then a union certification vote would have a good chance at passing, given the widespread support there seems to be for this measure within NU's team. If it's all athletes at NU, then the outcome of such a vote is much less clear. I don't think it's clear that it necessarily has to be all athletes, but we'll see.
If the unit is limited to football, or even to revenue sports, however, it will almost certainly lead to a Title IX complaint, which would be, if anything, a fascinating bit of jurisprudence.
|4 weeks 19 hours ago||Northwestern may have the||
Northwestern may have the lowest proportion of alums and current students who would go nuts, though. Athletics just aren't as important there as they are at other Big 10 institutions.
Those who would be upset, however, do have a big megaphone, as NU has a lot of people in very prominent media positions.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||I don't think that bears out,||
I don't think that bears out, as tuition waivers for grad student instructors and tuition remissions for university employees and their families* have never been regarded as taxable income, but as untaxed benefits.
*at universities other than UM. UM doesn't grant tuition remission to employees, thus the many faculty that begin looking for other jobs when their kids are in their early teens.
|4 weeks 20 hours ago||Given the precedents of grad||
Given the precedents of grad student unions, the answer is most likely no. (not a lawyer) Grad student instructors have been deemed employees at both the public and private level. The vast majority receive tuition waivers either as part of fellowship packages or as conditions of their employment. Those waivers, however, are not taxed.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I think this is an after||
I think this is an after affect of the defensive fiascos of the Rich Rod Era. Call it the Tony Gibson Effect.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Jalen||
Jalen's probably done more to explain, to people who care to listen, how the daily life of athletes (at home, during road trips, in the off season, and during games, in the beginning of careers and at the end of careers) actually occurs. In so doing, he's spread a great deal of knowledge and understanding to the world of sports fans, from a perspective that's too often guarded and hidden (for good reason).
I'd suggest that, whatever your perception of his intelligence (and I think you're deeply wrong and listening to him on countdown or on a podcast will reveal that pretty quickly) he's deepened our understanding of the social lives of athletes and, more generally, sudden wealth.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know, it could be a||
I don't know, it could be a completely unconsious part of throwing his hands up in the air in frustration. To be clear, the amount of time we're talking about here is the time between his heel and the rest of his foot hitting the ground. That's what, maybe .25 seconds?
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Bottom guy||
I don't know if Irvin's quick enough to get out to contest the corner 3, which is one of the main duties of the bottom guy in the zone when the point and wing are trapping the ball on one of the wings. Normally teams are willing to sacrifice size for quickness down there.
As Ace says, that guy has a really tough job and is frequently caught in no win situations when penetration splits the point and the wing.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||1-3-1||
It seems like the times when the 1-3-1 has been most consistently effective lately has been when the opponent is coming out of an offensive timeout, because it essentially makes them scrap the play that's been drawn up, recalibrate, and get into their zone breaking offense. If opposing players don't recognize the zone quickly, it can burn quite a bit of the shot clock and get them into a late clock situation before they force the zone to adjust to much ball movement.
I know it changed the momentum of several games (Florida State is the one that comes to mind, but I know there's at least one other) but after those games, I think most teams are now drilling against it. When it gets pulled out multiple times in a row, teams know how they want to attack it and can revert to what they've done in practice.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||And would be right in the||
And would be right in the middle of finals...
|4 weeks 3 days ago||Scoring lull||
That was the least concerning scoring lull of all time, made anxious only by the stakes and finality of it all. Like Brian says, the lull was the result of a missed Stauskas dunk, a missed GRIII tip, a missed half-hook from Morgan that went in and out, a wide open GRIII shot from the bottom of the circle (after which the announcer actually said "He can't believe he missed that"), a couple missed free throws from Lavert, and turnover after a nice slip pass from Horford to a cutting GRIII.
Apart from the long contested Stauskas 3 against the 1-3-1, they never fell into the passivity around the perimeter that they did against Illinois. Great looks that just didn't fall. Oh well, that's basketball. If the looks like that are there for this team, it's going to be extremely rare when they don't go down at that rate.
Also, nice announcing team for these games. Particularly like Ian Eagle's "Morgan with a rack attack!" call.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Qatar||
Qatar's really, really easy to get to from Europe. Like a 5-6 hour flight from almost every European capital. That whole stretch of coast from Qatar to Abu Dhabi is already a pretty big tourist destination. They'll have no problem selling the tickets.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Spike, despite a couple||
Spike, despite a couple timely threes, had a rough game. A couple bad turnovers and he overdribbled against the zone.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Woodson's an OK coach. His||
Woodson's an OK coach. His biggest problem is that he coaches for a team owned by Tommy Boy. No coaches are successful under Dolan because players quickly discover that the owner wants to be their friend and will cater to their every demand.
|5 weeks 5 days ago||Because he just signed a new||
Because he just signed a new contract before last season and has an $8 million buyout.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Sterling's a better owner,||
Sterling's a better owner, but a worse human being...
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Disagree about the Knicks||
Disagree about the Knicks talent.
Once you get beyond Carmelo, who can opt out after this year (and this move is all about convincing him to stay) the Knicks are remarkably talent poor for the amount of salary they have committed. They have $50 million committed next year to three frontcourt players that are breaking down and that no other team has remote interest in ($23 million to Amare and his uninsurable knees, $14.5 million to Chandler, who's breaking down, and $12 million to Bargnani). Add in $12 million committed to JR Smith and the $9 million committed to Ray Felton over the following two years (ie 2015-16 season) and you have a team with very little flexibility in the short term.
They've also shipped away all but one of of their draft picks in the next three drafts. They retain only their 2015 first round pick.
About their only decent assets beyond Carmelo are THJ and Shumpert, who are also the guys they should keep as they're on inexpensive rookie deals.
I guess Jackson can try to sell Carmelo on one more tough year and then the opportunity to build around him once they clear the terrible frontcourt contracts, (plus the additional money the Knicks can offer), but Carmelo should really think hard about Houston, with no state taxes and the chance to play with Howard and Harden.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Stauskas||
Given the rookie salary structure in the NBA, there's not a vast difference, finanicially, from being a late lottery pick and a guy in the early 20s, roughly $1 to $1.5 million over the five year life of a contract (15% total). That difference is mitigated by the ability to get to a second contract (where the real salary escalators take effect) one year earlier.
Here's the rookie scale:
Now, it if was a matter of him pushing himself into the top 5-6 picks, then it would probably be financially worthwhile to do so (though the extra year of salary might still weigh against it) but if it's just a matter of 5 spots or so, it doesn't make sense, financially, to return.
Also, the place that Stauskas is going to learn what skills he needs to develop to play in the NBA at this point is the NBA. He's not going to learn how to play NBA defense (laugh all you want, teams are paying a huge amount of attention to complex defensive philosophies in the post-Thibs era) at the college level. It's going to take him a year playing in the NBA at least to understand how to play NBA help defense (watch how lost THJ and Burke are defensively sometime). He's also going to learn a lot more about how to run wing pick and rolls and occupy floor spacing positions (the two things he'll be called on to do a lot in the NBA) playing in the league than in his role in college.
I'd love for him to come back, because he's really fun to watch for M, but financially and basketball-wise, he should probably move on.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Read Zach Lowe on grantland.||
Read Zach Lowe on grantland. You'll learn an incredible amount about how defense in the NBA works and how much attention coaching staffs pay to defensive design and coordination.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Stauskas is listed as the #17||
Stauskas is listed as the #17 prospect by Chris Mannix at SI. If he's got that kind of grade, he should probably go. Getting picked in the first round gets him 3 years of guaranteed money, plus two more team option years. He could come back and get into the back end of the lottery, but waiting a year for a jump of 5-6 places may not make sense financially.
He's not NBA ready defensively, but almost no college players are (NBA defensive systems are just much more complex).
|7 weeks 6 days ago||No, I'm just refuting the||
No, I'm just refuting the "now, everyone is boring" argument.
I actually find, apart from Shaq, that late 1990s, early 2000s moment the historical low point of the league in terms of being interesting, both on and off the court.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Really?||