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|1 day 3 hours ago||Great defense. "Hey, he's not||
Great defense. "Hey, he's not even a real chief! He's just a stereotype!"
There were lots of native students at Illinois who were understandably offended by a white guy dressed up in a stereotypical costume doing a made up "Indian" dance. There were also some native students who weren't offended. But I find it strange that so many people need to cloak their defenses in a belief that no native people were offended when there have been both movements on campus to get rid of the mascots and while the most prominent American Indian political organization (the National Congress of American Indians) has called on colleges to get rid of mascots since the 1940s.
Here's the resolution from the Peoria Tribal Council, the most direct descendents of the Illini people, asking the University to stop using the mascot:
When this passed, the Peoria tribal chairman said, "I don't know what the origination was, or what the reason was for the university to create Chief Illiniwek. I don't think it was to honor us, because, hell, they ran our asses out of Illinois."
|1 day 3 hours ago||Your friends are pretty much||
Your friends are pretty much telling partially true stories that they want to hear. The Spirit Lake tribal council endorsed the name, the Standing Rock tribal council didn't.
There's certainly no consensus among Indian people about Indian mascots. For example, the Seminole Tribe of Florida endorsed FSU's nickname but the Seminole Tribe of Oklahoma has denounced it. The NCAA has allowed FSU to maintain the name because of the "local support."
My sense from talking with folks reporting and writing about the UND issue is that the fairly overt racism and inequality experienced by many Indian people in the Dakotas, plus Engelstadt's in your face effort to plaster the logo everywhere, plus the fact that he was kind of a Nazi sympathizer*, has led to more opposition.
*On Engelstadt... http://deadspin.com/5256436/deadspin-classic-north-dakotas-nazi-loving-alumni-donor
|1 week 6 days ago||It's generally thought in NBA||
It's generally thought in NBA media circles that Thibs is gone no matter what happens to the Bulls this year, with most people pointing toward Orlando as the probable destination (Simmons and Zach Lowe, also the article below).
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Copa||
U.S. is playing in the centennial Copa in 2016, (which is out of the normal Copa cycle) since we're hosting it.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||NCAA officiating||
In the NCAA, #2 for the Lakers would, when he guessed wrong on the pick, reach out and hand check Wade on his hip, allowing him to recover back over the pick, prevent the drive, and therefore not force the set of defensive choices faced by everyone else on the Lakers. That kind of impeding of motion is rarely, or unpredictably, called in the NCAA (watch any Louisville or Duke game, where their defense is largely based on using their hands on the perimeter rather than moving their feet). It's called every time in the NBA and it makes offense much more free flowing.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||All this is exactly right on.||
All this is exactly right on. The Piston's are letting Monroe walk because it no longer makes sense to construct a team with two big guys on the floor because it kills spacing. As I say below, the only decent teams that have isos as a core part of their offense are OKC (out of necessity), and Cleveland and Houston because of the particular players they have.
Almost every other team is trying to score by getting into their offenses early enough to be able to run multiple sets and forcing the defense to constantly shift and move to defend the space created as players shift around the perimeter.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||NBA Offenses||
I took Cuban's point to be more about how officiating (college refs with the charge call fetish, as well as allowing far more perimeter hand checking than ever goes on in the NBA) doesn't prep college players for NBA defense, how the longer shot clock doesn't teach guys to get into the offense early (which is far more important with a 24 second clock) and how the staccato flow of the game, with all the stoppages and over coaching, doesn't teach players to manage energy and solve game problems for themselves in the way the NBA stresses. But understanding exactly what Cuban means is always a pretty futile exercise.
Your characterization of NBA offenses, at least now, is almost completely off base. Of the teams playing iso/hero ball right now that are even in playoff contention, it's pretty much
1. OKC with Westbrook, who both has a terrible coach and has been forced into it because every other offensive threat is hurt, and
2. Cleveland with Lebron and Kyrie, who are the two best offensive players in the East, and
3. Houston with Harden, which is both about his particular skill at getting to the hole, getting fouled or finding an open man, and the result of a pretty bad coach.
Almost every other playoff contender is playing some kind of variation on pace and space, with a ton of ball movement, multiple pick and rolls with off the ball action, and dedication to giving up decent shots for good and great ones (essentially trying to avoid mid-range jumpers for layups or open 3s. You can't seriously watch the best teams in the league (Spurs, Hawks, Warriors) and say that the NBA is the land of hero ball and isolations.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Presumably, the supposed||
Presumably, the supposed starting group played together for most of the spring practices. The spring game was a way to inject fun competition into the end of the process. It certainly was more interesting and seemingly fun than what we've seen in the immediate past.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Newsflash. Writing is hard||
Newsflash. Writing is hard
|3 weeks 5 days ago||They can keep the 5 time outs||
They can keep the 5 time outs if they allow a TO called before one of the media timeouts (which happen every 4 minutes) to substitute for the media timeout. That would stop the awful pattern of TO called at 16:10, 20 seconds of game action, dead ball, media timeout, that totally and unnecessarily kills the flow of the game.
Don't see it happening because it would hurt the ad revenue, but it would dramatically improve the flow of games and stop some of the overcoaching that plagues college bball.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||The first part of this post||
The first part of this post is right on (won't comment on the last part b/c I'm not entirely sure what the reference is to). NBA ball right now, with some exceptions (OKC most prominently, but also Cleveland, both of which still rely to a significant extent on iso ball and 2-man games) is being played with incredible levels of offensive and defensive sophistication.
Watch the Spurs, Warriors, Hawks, any teams that have bought into post-Dantoni pace and space offenses, and you'll routinely see teams running 5-6 pick and rolls a possession at the same time there's a ton of off the ball movement to get shooters open and defenses unsettled. If you watch a significant amount of NBA, college is hard to watch just because the offenses are so static, with a lot of 3 out, 2 in sets and guys just rotating the ball around the perimeter before jacking up a shot. (Belein actually gets about as close as any college coach to running an NBA type offense).
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Khalid Hill||
Hill's been forgotten because of the ACL, but if he's reasonably healthy, he could fit in really well to the way Harbaugh has liked to have his H-back play. Delanie Walker was a really important and sneaky player in his first 49er team who could either come across the formation on a trap block, find soft spots in the short zone, or get down the sideline on wheel routes. We haven't seen enough from Hill to know about his blocking, but he did show a knack for getting open and actually catching the ball last year before he got injured.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Um, central defense seems||
Um, central defense seems like it continues to be a bit of a problem.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||Rimando's got to come out for||
Rimando's got to come out for that ball. A high looping cross inside the 6 has to be his.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Bliss is without a doubt the||
Bliss is without a doubt the winner. Trying to frame a murdered player posthumously in an attempt to cover up illegal payments. I don't know how anyone could top that.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||You're not alone||
I agree entirely. He reads to me as a Hunter Thompson knock off (which is what he's really trying to be) but without Thompson's sense for language or interest in the humanity of his subjects. The people in his books feel like charactures rather than actual people.
Tom Sugrue's Origins of the Urban Crisis remains the indespensible book for understanding contemporary Detroit.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||I'm pretty sure they'll find||
I'm pretty sure they'll find him a grad program who will take him, if there's mutual interest, since it would probably be a net revenue gain for the program, but I can imagine some fairly reasonable questions about his commitment to a program/the propriety of going outside normal admissions guidelines to admit someone who might not complete the program (assuming a 2 years MA) to help out the AD, etc.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Grad admissions occurs on a||
Grad admissions occurs on a departmental basis. Rackham and its equivalents in other schools are largely administrative (ie, they tell departments how many students they can admit but don't make any actual decisions). Cases like Rudock certainly lie outside the admissions numbers initially allowed by Rackham, et al, but I can imagine some departments might balk at admitting him for fear he wouldn't be committed to the program. I would think he'd have to have at least decent grades and make a compelling case to the faculty administering the program why he wanted to pursue that particular line of grad work.
|7 weeks 6 hours ago||The real problem is Nantz,||
The real problem is Nantz, who never seems like he actually enjoys the game. Hecomes across as biding time until he can announce the Masters, where his sanctimony is right at home.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Team play (Pop's ball||
Team play (Pop's ball movement sets oriented around multiple pick and rolls that have taken root in Atlanta, Portland, Golden State and elsewhere) and strong defense (Thib's help side shading and the Heat's insanely aggressive pick hedging) are basically the two trends that have defined the NBA over the past five years.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Admit it, you haven't watched||
Admit it, you haven't watched an NBA game in five years.
Or you're a Sixers fan.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||According to the deadspin||
According to the deadspin story, academic support staff would collect email addresses and passwords for bball players, and tutors were logging into email, corresponding directly with professors as if they were the athletes and submitting assignments. The metadata contained in the assignments indicates original authors other than the players.
On the one hand, that's pretty bad. On the other, very efficient!
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Yeah, it's hard to see him||
Yeah, it's hard to see him starting the rebuild job in Boston and leaving without seeing what he could do with a team that's actually trying to win.
|9 weeks 1 day ago||I believe the correct term is||
I believe the correct term is Winkelvii
|10 weeks 22 hours ago||I think he's still enrolled||
I think he's still enrolled at Stanford, on track to graduate this June (Stanford's on quarter system) and then will enroll as a graduate student at UM in the fall. So no weight because he's not officially a Michigan student yet.
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Semis||
I'm all for changing the schedule for the semifinals so theyre always on New Years Day. A lot of folks with a normal work schedule on the west coast is going to miss the early game (NYE is not an official holiday) and the New Years Eve evening semi is idiotic.
|15 weeks 4 hours ago||Going to be a lot more than||
Going to be a lot more than that when you figure in the settlement with the resort for lost earnings on two floors of rooms for 2-3 weeks plus increased insurance rates for the chapter. I'd guess at least twice the costs of the damages themselves, more if the rooms can't be repaired by Presidents Day weekend.
|17 weeks 1 day ago||Free Speech?||
The logical fallacies in this post are almost too numerous to detail... but what the heck.
1. Not a free speech issue b/c Brian/mgoblog isn't a government entity.
2. Neither would it be censorship because it would not be a policy backed by state enforcement power.
3. Mgoblog is in no way affiliated with the university, so it would not be the university promoting censorship.
4. If mgoblog were to decide to eliminate such avatars, the guidelines would be decided by the owner of the site, and those he has delegated to act in his stead.
5. If only Brian had provided some type of guideline...
|17 weeks 5 days ago||Rose Bowl||
Rose Bowl will always kick off at 5 on NYD. The playoff semis will actually be on NYE next year (which is dumb).
|18 weeks 3 hours ago||Also Khalid Hill, who's||
Also Khalid Hill, who's essentially a doppelgänger of Delanie Walker