...talks about how UConn hasn't been in contact and how they're out. (HT: UMHoops)
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|1 week 22 hours ago||the U of Illinois is in a class of its own on flat, though||
Purdue is on low bluffs overlooking the Wabash River. Iowa is similar, on the Iowa River. There's some roll to the terrain on MSU's campus. But Champaign County, Illinois, is as flat as it gets.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||If I could jump in on this one a bit...||
the deep country is third-world, but that's not to say conditions in (mostly right around) the big, wealthy cities are good, either. A couple years ago Shanghai had an estimated 5 million illegal workers (like CRex writes, poor people can't just move to the city - they have no Hukou, so no legal household, the children can't go to school, and so on. The city where I was living had hundreds of thousands of these people working doing all sorts of labor, but they couldn't generally live in the city proper. Consequently the villages around the edge of the metro area were overstuffed with migrants - these villages had little in the way of services even before they filled with so many others. You can imagine the state of the plumbing, electricity, etc....
The enormous gap between the mercedes-driving wealthy and the enormous numbers of very poor would be striking anywhere, let alone in a nominally communist country.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Fantastic story.||
I lived in China for four months last year with the family. I was teaching at a university in a wealthy eastern city while my three kids homeschooled in a 25 floor apartment tower. The incredible amounts of corruption you describe really brought that trip back to my mind.You hit it on the head - in some ways China seems poised to transcend us, while in others... it seems like they'll never catch up.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Also both have Memorial Stadiums||
IU's Assembly hall is more striking of the hoops arenas, but UI's Memorial Stadium is more impressive.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Ah, to be trapped in a bar.||
No honey, I'm safe, but it's really not good out there. I'll be home as soon as I can....
|3 weeks 16 hours ago||Sirens just turned off here in East Lansing||
but the storm is moving rapidly due east. Watch out in Livingstone or northern Washtenaw Co.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||and Lennay Kekua knocked the ball loose||
fantastic defense in that one....
|7 weeks 4 days ago||My own guilty emulator fun is Pigskin 621 AD||
Never played it in an arcade (it's a quarter-sucking game) but it works fine as an arcade emulator. It is a total blast against other people. My brothers in law and I take each other on at Pigskin at reunions.
|9 weeks 4 days ago||double posted... argh!||
So good I had to write it twice. Darn laggy internets. Clean out those tubes!
|9 weeks 4 days ago||Is "easting a hotdog" one of those things||
that you should never, ever look up on urban dictionary? I get worried by that bit you wrote about how it's exceedingly bad your your health.
|9 weeks 5 days ago||In the perfect world, all fans of your favorite teams...||
would be brilliant, witty, and highly knowledgable - not just about your program, its history, the current players, and the strategy and Deep Theory of the sport itself, but also on the best places to eat in town, the more challenging aspects of string theory, and the best up and coming bands no one else has heard of yet.
In short, just like you... only slightly less good looking.
That would also make trashing rival teams and fanbases so much more enjoyable. But in the real world, there are good fans and bad fans, and some of the mouth breathers do root for your teams, complain senselessly about your teams, or at least drink way too much and burn couches in honor (?) of your teams. Some of them are probably a lot better looking than you in spite of the wood alcohol they obviously drank in those critical developmental years. Thanks for the reality check, fellas!
|11 weeks 15 hours ago||Well, that wasn't an epithet slung at a player||
Not defending what he said, but my point was that this guy was hurling a different set of insults at his players.
|11 weeks 16 hours ago||In 1981 he shoved a drunken LSU fan into a trash can.||
Nearly twenty years later he grabbed an IU student hard by the arm, which was the action that led to his firing. Please keep your stories straight!
Bob Knight treated many reporters with contempt, and in return most couldn't stand him. They reported things that other coaches routinely got away with (profanity, rants, etc). Much of Knight's bad reputation is well-deserved, but it's important to understand that that reputation is also based on what you hear from the media. He was arrogant, articulate, profane, single-minded, and prone to anger, though a lot of the stuff he did was quite calculated.
His coaching style was direct and could be very negative. In that, Knight was really no different in that respect than most coaches of that generation. Bo Schembechler was a longtime friend of Knight. Canham was a longtime friend of Knight. They surely understood a lot about his coaching approaches. The recruits and their families understood what they were getting into when they signed up to play for Indiana. Knight was very honest.
Knight's teams at Indiana won a ton of games, and his teams often performed far better than the sum of their parts. He ran a clean program that graduated kids at a fantastic rate, kids who went on to successful careers in and out of basketball. Off the court, Knight was heavily involved in charity work and regularly visited hospitals around the state. Abusive bully and generous with his time and money, that's Bob Knight.
By the mid to late 90's, there was a sense that he was slowing down as a recruiter and he had a couple of disastrous classes. Some felt his methods weren't changing with the times - certainly I had that sense. Knight's arrogance and obsession with winning must have made those mediocre seasons especially frustrating. Poor seasons also eroded the tolerance Hoosier fans had for his outbursts. I was upset when he was fired, even though I was tired of his antics. I've gotten over it years ago, and I'm sorry that he won't reconcile with IU.
As an IU alum from the glory years, I get why people couldn't stand him, but I also really enjoyed watching Knight's teams develop, and I enjoyed the reflected arrogance - mostly he was hated because his teams were better - and better coached - than most teams he faced. I always thought there were strong parallels between IU basketball and Michigan football.
What's weird about the Rutgers video is how dated it seems. Why would a kid in the 21st century put up with that - especially for a losing program like Rutgers? I have to add that Knight's rants were not much like that. His profanity specialized in the scatalogical. As far as I know he avoided abusive female or gay terms - very progressive in a sense, that Bob Knight.
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Yes it is!||
As a kid in Ann Arbor in the early-mid 70's, I got a #74 jersey. Obviously I followed Lewis' football exploits very closely. That's why I chose it as my avatar. That and the awesome hair.
|11 weeks 2 days ago||To add to this...||
I watched the Michigan-IU game a couple weeks ago at BW-3 in downtown East Lansing. Several hundred people were packed in there to watch a long evening of hoops. Rather obviously, most of the place was decked out in green and white. There were at least twenty maize and blue-clad fans as well. As far as I know my wife and I were the only IU alumni there. I heard a little talking, but all good-natured, between MSU and M fans.
The swirls around that game were complex; on the one hand MSU fans generally do not root for Michigan (talk on campus earlier in the tourney tended to the conference-love position, but maybe 60-40 so), but at that point a Michigan win would get MSU a share of the conference title. Finally, everyone in conference seems to be a little down on IU since the Hoosiers have rebuilt things. Not much Crean love, to be sure.
For the most part, though, State fans basically wanted to watch a good game. It was loud throughout, and louder whenever someone from either side made a play. In the final minute, I'd guess the noise swung a little to Michigan, but I could be wrong.
In my thirteen years in East Lansing, I've seen some unpleasant treatment of fans in M gear, but by in large interactions I've actually witnessed have not seemed uncalled for. My dad visited for a game (the OT win over J.L. at Spartan Stadium), and we walked down through student neighborhoods and across campus in maize and blue... and received a few comments, the worst of which was, "you're going to lose today!". And nothing on the way back after a tough loss. That said,there are places I'd avoid on game day in my Michigan sweatshirt (looking at you, Cedar Village).
Drunken idiots of course, are drunken idiots, and, though State sometimes seems to specialize in that, no university can claim to have cornered that demographic. I witnessed some stuff on St. Patrick's Day in Ann Arbor just the other week that rivals any stupidity I've seen up here.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||They lost their point guard...||
and in their case it was an absolutely critical injury. Think Michigan without Burke. The Ducks look very dangerous now, though.
|12 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, but look at what the Griz were able to do after the half!||
Oh, wait. It was 55-17 a couple minutes into the second half.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||Right, because the FF walked away with the NCAA title.||
Who would have guessed this year's Wildcats would go on to lose to Robert Morris in the first round of the NIT? Not me. But I'm damned happy about it. Clearly, even John Calipari can't simply put a bunch of NBA-projected 19 year olds on the court and win a title. He managed it last year, but flopped this year. I for one will wait to see how his next crop of 'student-athletes' does.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Wow, I really appreciated this video||
Really a view of a different era in college hoops. Thanks for sharing it!
|14 weeks 2 days ago||Here you go.||
Roth says in fact they'd been in contact about the scholarship situation all summer. However, the final numbers weren't clear until after the semester started.
"Obviously, the scholarship situation didn't work out in my favor. Prior to the end of the school year and our meetings, they were very positive. They wanted me to keep building my game and train, even if it was on my own. At the same time, they wanted to help me in any way possible, whether that was play somewhere else or play overseas in a certain league here or there. They did make those options available and offered a lot of support."
Believe what you want to believe, but do note that Mo Creek is on his fourth scholarship year even after devastating knee injuries (he has played some this season), and that Matt Roth has come to IU games this season. So there's evidence that Crean is not kicking IU underperformers off the bus.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Depends on the sport, I think. And the kid!||
I took my then 4 year old to a hockey game, and we stayed for two periods. At a game a week later my then 6 year old stayed and enjoyed the whole thing. Hockey has big advantages: it was easy to get to the bathroom and for food, you get to sit pretty close to the action, and the game moves right along. Plus the kid doesn't have to understand much at all - they'll probably love the violence of guys hitting the glass (I did explain to my girls that the players had lots of pads to keep them safe), and they get the basic idea right away. Then there's the band... they had a great time.
Football on the other hand is pretty tough for little kids. Usually you're sitting pretty far away from the action, and they can't understand it well anyway. Even if they kind of get it on tv, they will be mystified in person - no slow mo, no closeups. Then there's the problem with how slow the game actually goes, and challenges getting from to and from your seats. Plus the weather issues - kids get cold a lot faster than us big people. I took my then 10 year old to a football game, and frankly it wasn't that great even then. Football is a lot more fun for you with friends, anyway.
|14 weeks 4 days ago||that would explain the rather unfriendly crowd, wouldn't it?||
still not much of one, though!
|14 weeks 4 days ago||That's a really great idea||
Low-angle camera views of tose first round NCAA games show tons of empty seats.
|14 weeks 5 days ago||If he'd schedule a Senate home and home with Appy State||
I'd vote for him. If it were full pads, I'd buy a ticket.
|15 weeks 5 days ago||What about Terry Hoeppner?||
Aside from the brain cancer, I mean. Hoeppner got the program on the right track, IMO.
|16 weeks 2 days ago||I'm on the faculty at a CIC school||
and... I just don't get this aspect of the B1G expansion.
It's true that conference schools are in the CIC. So is Chicago, and UW-Milwaukee is a guest member. It's a prestigious group of research universities. There are certain rather modest advantages to collaborating with scholars at those other universities. We share libraries (though that is not such a big deal in the Internet age). A plus for grad students is they can take courses at other CIC institutions. As far as I know, not many do this - one grad from my department has done so in the dozen years I've been here.
I can see that CIC membership could be perceived as an advantage by a university thinking of joining the athletic conference. Administrators probably get warm fuzzies thinking of the annual trips, lengthy hand-waving presentations, banquets, paid golf outings, and whatever else it is that administrators do at top-level meetings.
That said, I can't think of a single colleague who ever pointed to CIC membership as a factor in why they decided to work with anyone at another school. It's no easier or harder to obtain a big Federal research grant with a team comprised only of CIC members. It was just as likely or unlikely that I would join forces with a professor at Rutgers or Maryland before the athletic merger.
The athletic dollars is what is driving this bus. Academic research collaboration may be correlated, but is certainly not causal. Just look at Nebraska.
|16 weeks 6 days ago||That's the problem with you Michigan hoops fans.||
Too much emphasis on the three. Look what that otter is bringing you in the lane! Not just the high-efficiency two, but the opportunity for and-ones at the line! Foul trouble for the opposition bigs! Cute otter accessories for the ladies!
|18 weeks 18 hours ago||It seems fairly clear what happened.||
The fans were counting down the shot clock on the other team. This girl got confused and thought time was running out - when she got the ball she heaved it. Just a teenaged kid making a mistake, but having it pay off. I'm sure it's happened to all of us in different venues.
|18 weeks 6 days ago||Poggi would be a great dog name.||
Poggi the doggie!
|19 weeks 14 hours ago||Way late to this party, but what the heck.||
Maybe Jalen knows something we don't?