maybe i should have had greg howard write the brandon obit.
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|2 days 6 hours ago||One game I see missing ....||
29-October-2005 at Northwestern was a prime-time ESPN night game. 33-17 U-M.
|2 days 6 hours ago||That timeline (2006) isn't right .....||
The Tigers/A's game started at 4:30 PM ET (FOX), the U-M/PSU game started at 8:00 PM ET (ABC).
They ALMOST overlapped, but did not. I distinctly recall the Magglio HR being minutes before ABC signed on-the-air for the football game. Per box scores, the time of the baseball game was 3:23, which corresponds with what I remember.
|5 days 2 hours ago||30, 57, 87, 41, 22, 19, 17, 9, 32, 76||
those are Xavier's RealTimeRPI #s for the last 10 seasons. At worst, gotta figure U-M is getting an RPI 50-100 team. Very smart add to U-M's OOC schedule.
|1 week 1 day ago||Sure there's a way. Regarding ESPN and Fox Sports 1 ...||
It's a split contract. Both get Thursday and Friday night games, the conference works with the networks to see who gets what. Some weeks ESPN gets preference, some weeks Fox gets preference. There is no set order.
In 2014, Fox Sports 1 had a combined 5 Thursday/Friday night games, while ESPN networks had 4.
In 2013, they both had 4.
Note that ESPN doesn't have ESPN2 available on the Thursday before Labor Day (US Open Tennis), so that's one less place for ESPN to potentially show a game (UNC/South Carolina or TCU/Minnesota are also possible ESPN games).
|1 week 3 days ago||The basic idea of "mandated frosh ineligibility" is insulting||
it's basically saying --- you athletes, you are inherently dumber than your freshman peers.
They can all partake in unlimited partying, unlimited extracirrcular activity, unlimited jobs, unlimited whatever the heck they want. There is no restriction at all on what they can do: it is up to them to figure out how to "balance schoolwork with other stuff."
But you athletes --- you guys, you're inherently dumber than them. We have decided that you are incapable of figuring out how to "balance schoolwork with other stuff." We must restrict you. That restriction: no athletics for you.
|1 week 3 days ago||IMO, every school is primarily good fans with a few jerks||
the percentages may vary ..... but they only vary slightly. I've enjoyed every B1G city I've visited, and I've seen them all outside of Iowa City and College Park, MD. Similarly for the non-B1G cities (been to about 10-12 of them).
I'll get preachy ...... I'm not a big fan of stereo-casting people, which, to be blunt, is occurring a bit in this thread. In the long run, we're all just people. Our alma mater/school does not define us.
|1 week 4 days ago||Definitely Detroit Southwestern 1990||
Jalen, Voshon Leonard, Howard Eisley --- one team. And imagine if Webber went the Southwestern route instead of Country Day!
|1 week 4 days ago||San Diego Zoo is horribly overrated --- my visit was in 2013||
First off, it's like $55 per day. For a zoo!!!
Second, the big animals like bears and gorillas and tigers are in small areas there too. I felt horrible for the grizzly bear, he was pacing around and literally could only go 20 steps in each direction before needing to turn around. Such a beautiful animal, such a lousy existence.
I do prefer the safari zoos --- but even they aren't truly ideal. The best would be "safari" where animals like wolverines still got to truly interact. Even if that means attacking, killing and eating animals like deer. That's what wolverines do.
|1 week 4 days ago||Yeah, poor guy. Wolverines are animals that don't belong in zoos||
I get it, people want to be able to "interact" with animals and zoos provide people with that opportunity. And for some animals, zoos may not be ideal but neither are they terrible for the animal given the animal's nature.
But wolverines and bears and elephants and wolves and tigers? Nope. Much as us humans want to see them and "interact" with them ...... unless they are in danger of becoming extinct and we can help the species survive, those animals deserve a lot better than a zoo. Zoos aren't fair at all to animals of that nature.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Winnipeg clinches a playoff spot with a win tonight (@ COL)||
Nothing against Calgary or LA, who are also chasing a spot, but it would be really cool to see the Jets in the playoffs. Their last playoff game was against Detroit ... in 1996!
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Keep banging that drum ....||
at least you're consistent.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||If you go that route (which I don't believe one should)||
it's *Maryland, sorry U-M. Right?
|3 weeks 9 hours ago||Reds Opening Day --- I'll be there too||
I have a meeting in the 1-3 block, which is unfortunate, but my office is on the east side of the Chiquita Buidling (5th & Main), so I can see the parade from up high!
I've done Opening Days before in Detroit and Pittsburgh, but I definitely think Cincinnati's Opening Day is the best of the three. As you said, THE Opening Day event for MLB.
|3 weeks 21 hours ago||38 years old ... a bit older than I thought||
Bacari's not "old", but it does seem if he has aspirations to be a D-1 HC it's getting time "to make that move."
For the mid-major world, Green Bay is a fairly good job. Win the Horizon and make the NCAA a couple times and other opportunities will open up.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Good reply ...||
the UC/Graduation rate comment made me think I was in a time-warp. Huggins has been gone 10 years now. Bearcats do a good job in regards to graduating players these days.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Seriously, may as well have 64 Bowls at this point||
128 teams in FBS last year. Subtract UAB but add Charlotte, and we're still at 128 in 2015.
Anyway, that would mean one Bowl game for everybody!!! Which city and Bowl game last year would have got stuck with 1-11 Georgia State vs. 1-11 SMU? Or 1-10 Idaho vs. 2-10 Eastern Michigan?
|3 weeks 4 days ago||To play devil's advocate on JH||
he's the highest ranked head coach among those who have won zero conference championships at the D-1A (FBS) level.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Here's an exact quote from Emmert on 23-July-2012||
during his Penn State sanctions press conference:
"Our constitution and bylaws make it perfectly clear that the association exists not simply to promote fair play on the field but to insist that athletic programs provide positive moral models for our students, enhance the integrity of higher education and promote the values of civility, honesty and responsibility. "
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Except when that school is CalTech ...||
CalTech definitely has no academic integrity, they must be punished!!!
The NCAA and their leadership seriously confuses me --- they do seem to lack a "unifying principle" among all their various actions/inactions.
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||Those #s do bring up an interesting question ......||
Now, one can certainly say (I say it myself) that JH is worth $5MM considering U-M football brings in $85MM. His $5MM salary, after all, is only 5.9% of what U-M football brings in.
But look at the above numbers: Moeller was making $130,000 (!!!) just 20 years ago. If we use that same 5.9% number, that would mean U-M football was only bringing in $2.21MM in 1995. HA HA HA, no, I think that 1995 revenue number was larger than $2.21MM.
That's only 2 data points, but college coaches' salaries as a percentage of program revenue do seem to be continually increasing. Don't know how long it can increase, but it can't increase forever, of course.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||Enrico Blasi = the ANTI-Tom Izzo||
Miami is 1-5 in their last 6 NCAA tourney games. In all 5 losses, Miami was the better-seeded team.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I've heard Barry tell that story a few times on Cinci radio||
It's a good story. Odd thing: Barry's brother Byron was also an All-American in High School in football at Moeller. Byron also skipped out on football entirely at the next level, instead playing hoops at Xavier. Though he never made the NBA, Byron is arguably he most impactful hoops player ever in Xavier's relatively storied history.
On a side note: If Barry is in Cooperstown, there is no reason Alan Trammell isn't either. Barry made it with ease, whereas Trammell isn't even close. Honestly, that still baffles me.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||My favorite OSU "self-reporting of violations" story||
So the Monday after the Sandusky story broke, I joked with one of my Buckeye colleagues "you know, this would be a pretty good time for Gene Smith to self-report a bunch of violations."
Fast forward 3 days, and Ohio State DID do exactly that!!! November 10, 2011, literally the day after Paterno's firing, when nobody was paying attention.
Excellent job Gene Smith.
|4 weeks 6 days ago||I get why JH answered it the way he did ...||
that's the politically correct answer.
But honestly, he IS worth the $$$. Absolutely. And he shouldn't necessarily be ashamed to say so.
There was a big kerfuffle about 5 years ago when UConn BB HC Jim Calhoun was asked the same sort of question, and Calhoun said "yes, I'm worth every penny I get paid." Some people were annoyed by his frankness. But for what Calhoun did for Connecticut basketball, and raising the value of the program (and extra publicity for the school), he was exactly right.
|5 weeks 23 hours ago||Your buddy just has an extra $1140 I guess||
If he wants to give it away, lucky you! Everyone has an expected ROI of $1.46!
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Let's say the odds of picking a perfect bracket||
were 1 in a trillion. One trillion is, of course, a very large number but it's still a hell of a lot smaller than 147.57 quintillion.
Anyway, the odds of NOT having a perfect bracket are then (1 trillion - 1)/(1 trillion).
If 12 million people selected brackets, the odds of ALL of them being non-perfect are that number above, multiplied by itself 12 million times.
Excel indicates that number is 99.9988%.
Or, the odds of at least one of the 12 million brackets BEING perfect is 0.0012%.
Anyway, that's the math. Even if one were to follow rules like "always advance 1s into the Sweet 16 automatically, always pick 2s over 15", to make each individual bracket truly non-random, that 1 trillion number is likely unrealisticly small versus the actual number we should be using for this exercise.
Big picture: the odds of a perfect bracket ever occurring are incredibly small.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I don't know if this is viable, but to assuage Wisky and OSU ...||
(honestly I do get the concerns about reserving an arena that may well not be needed), how about this:
Tuesday of this week: 3 plays 6, 4 plays 5, both games on-campus.
Friday & Saturday: #1 seed gets to host B1G Semifinals and Final.
That way, it's all on-campus, plus it's only 1 weekend to reserve an arena.
Admittedly, the Tuesday attendance would likely still be "non-great.", but given what we saw yesterday, a neutral-site 1st round attendance is an incredibly "low hurdle" to clear. Also, there's not a lot of time for logistical planning.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||A rather "out of Left Field" post, but to answer your ?s||
Feel free to peruse my historical posts: http://mgoblog.com/users/nittanyfan
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Yep, public schools recruit too, no doubt||
Like clockwork, the following is a topic of discussion happens every November: "X Private schools won a MHSAA football title at Ford Field, that's XX% of the state titles when they only make up 12% of the schools in the MHSAA. What do we do about that??"
I respect the public-school coaches who come out and say "nothing. Yes, private schools recruit, but many of US have opportunities to recruit too. Besides, we welcome the challengies playing those well-coached private schools provide."
Clarkston, Ithaca, Ishpeming, Mendon, Menominee, East Grand Rapids. I fully respect what those public schools do, as they want to face the challenges of a Brother Rice, Monroe St Mary, Detroit Loyola, Muskegon CC, Jackson Lumen Christi or OLSM. And they've held their own, tending to split 50-50 over the long run.
Anyway, recruiting: privates do it, public schools-of-choice do it, and we should all proudly admit it. Nothing to be ashamed of.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||It does seem SU would be well-served by a "clean break"||
Yes, they'd bottom out --- but they could follow the IU hoops path. Bad teams for a couple years then build back up to Top 25 caliber teams. And everything would be completely fresh.
Boeheim's ego seems like it would never allow such a thing. I guess they'll just tread water and go 17-14 and play in the NIT for 3 years. Oh well.