|3 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting writing||
Interesting writing personified as Whitlock. Does not compute.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I really enjoy watching||
I really enjoy watching Draymond Green in the NBA. And it's interesting for me to note that a lot of what I like him for now was on display in East Lansing, but I...couldn't really appreciate it as much then.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Fumbles are weird, and also the denominator||
Fumbles are weird, and also the denominator matters: all else equal, a team that forces more 3-and-outs and controls the ball longer will force and recover Fewer fumbles.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||I know it's a different||
I know it's a different sport, but Brian Cardinal was allowed to play 13 years at Purdue.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||You're certainly free to not||
You're certainly free to not like the piece, but the important point -- relevant to overhead ballistics -- is that it's a satire of SAS's own standard mode of polemic. Again, you can reasonably not enjoy the satire, but when you criticize it as something other than satire, Hard Gay's diagram becomes vindicated.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Bird's track record||
Other not-super-hyped wings who excelled under Larry Legend (and not necessarily elsewhere): Paul George, Danny Granger, Lance Stephenson. Hope this recent success continues.
|13 weeks 5 days ago||I don't know if this has been||
I don't know if this has been covered before, but Drevno looks a lot like Louis CK sometimes.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||Marketability||
Besides the beard, I think Harden is also actually a pretty skilled comedic actor (probably second after Blake Griffin, IMO). I know bupkiss about marketing, but I'd have to think that this factors. Kia commercials aren't just effective because Blake Griffin is a well-known basketball player, they're effective because they're actually funny. (Caveat: perhaps they're not effective. Again, bupkiss.)
|21 weeks 4 days ago||I'd feel worse for him||
I'd feel worse for him staying on the Kings. Both franchises have been awful on the court, but the Sixers have a (very tenuous) path forward, which Nik could potentially be a part of. I don't see any evidence at all of such a path with Sacramento.
|21 weeks 4 days ago||Yeah, I dunno, I'd probably||
Yeah, I dunno, I'd probably decide on "better franchise" based on something along the lines of their respective chances of being late-round playoff teams in the next five or so years. By that metric, I'd go with the Sixers. Who could be all means continue being terrible. But given their assets -- lottery 5s and otherwise -- I think they def have a better chance of breaking through than do the Kings.
|30 weeks 6 days ago||The occurance of disasters is||
The occurance of disasters is an excellent prompt to donate, and I also encourage everyone who can to do so. I'd also encourage everyone to do some research about where their money is going and how it's likely to be used. Specifically, I'd strongly encourage givers to resist the urge in give in such a way that their money is earmarked for Nepalese disaster relief. The bottleneck in providing immediate disaster relief is generally not money (as we saw in post-earthquake Haiti, post-Sandy NY, post-tsunami Japan, etc.), and making generalized donations now can help improve the responses available for future disasters.
Along these lines, Felix Salmon, in the aftermath of Sandy, made what I thought was a strong case for giving to MSF rather than the Red Cross:
"Which isn’t to say that donating money is a bad idea, when disasters hit. But it is to say that donating money to the Red Cross might not be the best use of your dollars. My advice is to give instead to MSF, or an organization like it, which is dealing with disasters every day of the year. That gave them the experience ability to respond quickly when disaster struck in the USA — and it also means that if your money would be put to more urgent use somewhere else, like Zimbabwe or Honduras or Chad, then that’s where it will go. We should spend as much money as is needed here — but don’t force the matter and earmark $117 million for Sandy relief, when no one knows whether even the Red Cross thinks it can sensibly spend that much. The Red Cross didn’t need to promise to spend all that money on Sandy and Sandy alone, but it made that promise anyway."
|31 weeks 3 days ago||This point tends to get||
This point tends to get carried too far. No reasonable idea of usefulness would reduce to immediate and specific vocational preparation. Case in point: the training that a good student receives in a good philosophy department (cultivating, namely, the ability to think precisely and to manage complex ideas) can be of enormous value, both in a variety of employment contexts and in the general practice of citizenship.
|37 weeks 3 days ago||So in otherwords: you like||
So in otherwords: you like the aspect of the uniform that looks very much like a million other uniforms Michigan basketball has worn, but you're not a huge fan of the glaring dick-cumberbun that's been vomited onto the shorts? To me, that would mean that I don't like the uniform.
|38 weeks 2 days ago||Head injury vs. joint injury||
I never played past high school, but I did manage to accumulate a fair amount of joint injury: a torn ACL/meniscus and four subsequent knee surgeries and continued wear left me unable to do anything ballistic with my legs at a young age, and I already have a fair amount of arthritis in that knee and same-side hip, both of which I assume will have to get replaced at some point going forward.
I know that this pails in comparison to the joint injury/pain that a lot of guys go through, but I say it to establish the fact that I can appreciate the costs of joint damage. That said, I'm grateful that, aside from getting my bell rung a few times, I never accumulated much head trauma. I just see a qualitative difference between brain injury and bodily injury; bodily injury can alter your life, making it inconvenient and painful (in ways that I acknowledge can be pretty awful), but brain injury can fundamentally change who you are. And this is what I, and I assume others, find so frightening about the risk from concussions. I could see myself with full information trading a few years of playing a sport that I love for a future of moderate physical disability. I could never see myself making that trade for a future of middle-aged advanced dementia.
|38 weeks 3 days ago||It's interesting to see this||
It's interesting to see this outcome after reading a really fascinating Grantland piece recently on advanced defensive metrics: http://grantland.com/features/department-of-defense/. Among other things, the article makes the case for Chris Paul as the best perimeter defender in the association.
|39 weeks 10 hours ago||Honest, straight-faced answer: I would give zero||
Honest, straight-faced answer: I would give zero fucks if I was largely clueless about where guys would end up before they committed somewhere. I would care more about losing scouting content, but that content doesn't seem to me to be dependent on the element of the business model in question.
|39 weeks 10 hours ago||Me directly answering your question does not||
Me directly answering your question does not qualify as going off on a wild tangent.
|39 weeks 10 hours ago||With respect go the question of whether anyone||
With respect go the question of whether anyone would pay him a cent: possibly, though at the margin, certainly fewer. my broader, more tangential point: the world would not be a poorer place if some of these hypothetical guys were to empty their contact lists of 16-year-olds and go back to selling insurance or whatever.
|39 weeks 10 hours ago||The 'certain definition of value' I referenced is||
The 'certain definition of value' I referenced is the one that you presuppose: the one that centers entirely on the guy running the site. A piece of recruiting info also carries value for (at least some) of the people who absorb it, whether or not they pay. It also carries some (possibly negative) value for the players/coaches/families from which it was extracted.
|39 weeks 11 hours ago||Under a certain definition of 'value', yes.Also,||
Under a certain definition of 'value', yes.
Also, I'm not entirely convinced by my own argument, but I'm much less convinced by your fact/opinion distinction, either with respect to its logical structure or its application to statements about what recruits will do.
|39 weeks 11 hours ago||I dunno, man. I have a really hard time swallowing||
I dunno, man. I have a really hard time swallowing the notion of statements of fact about the world as property. Whatever the legal framework, items of prose seem to me to be qualitatively different from kernels of knowledge, and it seems to me that the latter can't properly 'belong' to anybody.
Granted, there's a collective action problem here; if everybody gets info for free, then nobody gets paid to collect it, and everybody gets less recruiting bits. But I feel confident in saying that the socially optimal level of recruit pestering is way lower than what goes on now.
|40 weeks 3 days ago||I could be mistaken, but my||
I could be mistaken, but my impression of the twitterverse is that you could find a cure for cancer, and you'd still get a dozen people telling you that you're a vagina that rhymes with "punt".
Which is not to say that York hasn't earned some vitriol.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Whatever. Facebook is rightly||
Whatever. Facebook is rightly horrified at Swift's suggestion:
|41 weeks 5 days ago||Before or after the game?||
Before or after the game?
|41 weeks 6 days ago||The success of autodidacts||
The success of autodidacts doesn't mean that schools are useless. And I think we may have to agree to disagree on the interpretation of my experience; in my view, there is vanishingly little danger here, and the use of (very modest) university resources to encourage students to be less shitty than I was at times in undergrad seems reasonable.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||So if I'm Roma, and I'm kind||
So if I'm Roma, and I'm kind of bummed out that my ethnic identity is used as a shorthand for fucking people over (an association that has been used as a pretext for my ancestors' systematic extermination at various points in history), I should realize that I'm part of the problem. Got it.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||The thing with a simple "be||
The thing with a simple "be considerate" message is that many people (and I would place my 20-year-old self firmly in this camp) have no idea that some of the things they're saying actually are deeply incosiderate.
I would regularly call things retarded, and I would regularly admonish my friends to not be such fags when they wouldn't want to go out in the cold and such. I don't do this anymore, not because I'm such a better person now, but because I realize now that I was being demeaning and shitty.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Self-control vs. understanding of context||
In requesting that people not say certain things because other people find them hurtful and demeaning, the university isn't providing a nudge to exercise self-control so much as it's letting people know that some of those things actually are hurtful and demeaning to others.
I used to say a lot of things in friendly conversation that I now consider socially unacceptable and, with the exception of the occcasional slip up, rarely use. It's not because I'm so much more in possession of myself, but because I now realize in ways that I didn't before that I was kind of being an asshole.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||Free thought||
There is an enormous gap between 1) censoring ideas, and 2) requesting that people be civil to each other.
The notion that my ability to formulate and openly argue for ideas is somehow compromised because Big Brother has asked that I not call anyone a fag is...not particularly compelling.
|41 weeks 6 days ago||An onerous task: don't be an asshole||
"98% of what people angrily claim is “Political Correctness” is just manners. Politeness. If something I were saying at a dinner party offended another guest and my host explained why, I would stop saying that thing, in all likelihood. I myself used to call things “retarded” all the time when I was a kid, and I carried it into adulthood, and then people on the internet made it clear that they found this hurtful and demeaning, so I stopped. I explained to my children, I have a left-over bad habit in that I will occasionally call something retarded and it’s not an appropriate thing to say; will you please correct me when I do it? Thinking about what I wanted my children to say helped me here. Likewise, although I don’t know that I said anything particularly unpleasant about it ever, I was comparatively ignorant about issues facing trans people until some years back. Does this make me angry because the word “cisgender” exists now? No, because I’m not an asshole."
|42 weeks 3 days ago||I'd actually disagree about||
I'd actually disagree about Westwood village being awesome. It's kind of like a scaled-up South U, except with more douchebags in Maseratis and 50-year-olds with plastic faces.
Other things of note: CTools is a lot better than UCLA's course computing website, and people get ticketed for jaywalking on campus all the time, which totally sucks. Let the negative recruiting commence!
|42 weeks 3 days ago||Another thing to not click on||
Burt and Ernie did MOP's Ante Up:
|42 weeks 5 days ago||As a current UCLA grad||
As a current UCLA grad student, that is absolutely true. I went to the Oregon game this year, and most of the stadium seemed to not completely realize that a football game was happening. The campus in general seems pretty detached from football.
That said, the university is not without amenities...
|42 weeks 6 days ago||Statistics||
Article is paywalled, but you can get the gist from the abstract:
Auto insurance 'redlining' is an empirically verifiable thing. To your initial point: this isn't to say that insurance companies are extracting excess profits from people in affected neighborhoods. But it does demonstrate that a lot of (potential) drivers take a huge hit on premiums through no fault of their own.
|43 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)||
|43 weeks 6 days ago||This raises an interesting||
This raises an interesting point over what counts as "political". I'm assuming that you're objecting to the comments on race and racism because they cross the no-politics line. But I'd argue that discussing the stability of Grosse Pointe's elite status without acknowledging that the form of segregation from which it draws its status represents one of the biggest moral failings of 20th Century America is, at the very least, a tad political.
|44 weeks 3 days ago||Let's not drag Harbaugh into||
Let's not drag Harbaugh into this.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||The point is that "grown men", as used in the||
The point is that "grown men", as used in the initial comment, refers to the stage of life development at which dudes are likely to be not so into being led around on a string. Yes, 22yos are often asked to bear tremendous military burdens, and we should all solemnly introduce this point in as many threads as possible. But the relevant sense of "grown men" has a lot more to do with not getting care packages from mom, making solo trips to Bed, Bath and Beyond, etc.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Maybe it's the case that the||
Maybe it's the case that the attributes that make a person well-suited for infantry do not overlap precisely with the attributes that make them resent being dragged to cocktail parties?
|44 weeks 5 days ago||Option for posting unsavory links||
I came across this site the other day: http://www.donotlink.com/
It allows you to link to a page you'd rather not support without that link affecting the page's standing in search engines (I think). The page still gets whatever marginal benefit from the extra views, but presumably that benefit is fairly small.
|44 weeks 5 days ago||I remember seeing McGuffie at||
I remember seeing McGuffie at the CCRB right before he transferred and being struck by the fact that he had a tremendously unironic mustache, a really hot girlfriend, and could benchpress way more than me. Everything seemed right.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||Politics != ideology != moral||
Politics != ideology != moral reasoning. Criticizing a movie because of what you perceive as its moral or ideological failings is entirely reasonable. As this is not at all the place for the discussion, I won't offer my own opinion on the merit of specific critiques. But, regardless of your own commitments, it would be a mistake to write off a critique simply because it addresses what it takes to be the underlying ideological commitments of the movie.
|44 weeks 6 days ago||I take it as a positive sign||
I take it as a positive sign that Harbaugh and Clark exchanged pants before the picture.
|46 weeks 2 days ago||Calmer than you are.||
Calmer than you are.
|1 year 3 weeks ago||So you were right.||
So you were right.
|1 year 6 weeks ago||The people who don't get why||
The people who don't get why it's so fucked up for an athlete who's been accused (very plausibly) of raping one of his classmates to yell sexually aggressive obscenities, in public, at other classmates, clearly have no idea what "rape culture" means. But boys will be boys.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||The lesson I take from this||
When people self-select into taking an IQ test on a football blog mid-season while their team is doing poorly, the IQ test will not go well.
|1 year 10 weeks ago||Concussions||
I have no special insight here, but if he's "researching the neuroimmunological, physiological and biochemical responses of elite contact sports athletes to training and competition", then I'd have to assume that a lot of his work is going to be focused on studying and working to improve players' brain health, short and long term. This seems like a very smart move by the University, both in terms of protecting the wellbeing of students and in terms of limiting future liabilities (though again, I have no expertise in terms of legal-type things).
Also, has anybody seen that Rippetoe article? /s
|1 year 12 weeks ago||Harumph||
|1 year 16 weeks ago||MSU sign||
I've been on a bit of an Eastbound and Down kick lately, and the thing that strikes me about the MSU sign isn't the carelessness with spellcheck or the unfamiliarity with "whereas", it's the fact that the whole sign is written in straight-up Kenny Powers prose. Not in the sense of explicit references to genitalia or intoxicants, but in the sense of being a pompous impersonation of some made-up narration of a virtuous warrior on a solemn quest, or some bullshit.
|1 year 16 weeks ago||Analysis and reflection vs. the reading of recruiting tea leaves||
I'll admit to not following Brandon's posts very closely, but I'd agree that both the content and style of his writing seemed quite a bit different than those of Brian/Ace/Seth. This is obviously very subjective, but I just don't care much at all about predictions about where a guy might end up committing in 6 months. Which is not to say that I don't care about recruiting -- I love reading scouting reports, seeing the strengths and weaknesses of the guys who are coming here or going elsewhere. But when it comes to psychoanalyzing tweets or terse phone interviews with16yo kids who would rather be doing something else, I'll pass.
Aside from my (again, very subjective) disinterest in the content of recruiting speculations, I don't think that they lend themselves to the sort of prose that makes this site really extraordinary. It's that prose that I think is really indispensible to this site, and I'm more than OK seeing the task of bugging teenagers take a back seat to it.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Joakim Noah||
I wouldn't mind seeing another true center on the team, and I think he'd be the best candidate. I know we're building for the future and all, but I'd still rather see him then Cousins, given his passing ability and the team-centered nature of his emotional volatility.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||To my ear, Illmatic is||
To my ear, Illmatic is probably the best thing ever done, though I'm not prepared for a vigorous defense of my ear.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||Fluctuations||
As you say, it takes a while to put on good weight without also adding a lot of bad weight. But it also takes time to lose a lot of bad weight without losing good weight.
In other words: a guy who slowly gets to a lean 250 lbs is probably going to be a lot stronger than the same guy who gets to a fluffier 275 and then drops down to 250 in a month.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I make no arguments about||
I make no arguments about what effects the athletic department at Michigan has on the University as a whole, nor vice versa. These have nothing to do with the claim of ultimate importance -- you can argue that a healthy AD is good for the rest of the University, but this does not at all rebut the claim that the rest of the University is what really matters.
That last bit is all I'm claiming: that the University of Michigan is an educational institution. What matters in the end is its performance as such.
I.e. academics are more important than athletics.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||"athletics and academics are both equally important"||
Granted, we're on a Michigan sports blog. But these are shockingly misplaced priorities.
As an earlier poster noted, the University's mission statement doesn't preclude a strong role for athletics, but it certainly doesn't necessitate one, either. The reason universities exist is to train young people and to advance scholarship. End of story.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Honest question||
Is it really the case that robust football and basketball programs increase non-athletic alumni donations? Looking at a list of universities with the largest alumni donation sums, it's clear that prominent athletic departments aren't a prerequisite. (http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-02-12/college-donations-rise-to-recor...) But is there some evidence to suggest that sports play a big role once you control for alumni wealth?
I'm genuinely agnostic on this and would welcome persuasive evidence either way.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Great essay||
I don't know if it has more to do with Michigan's prior NBA drought, the circumstances of his tourny run, or with the character of Trey himself, but I get the feeling that there were a lot of us who turned out to see the Trey Burke NBA Tour last year. I donned all the Michigan gear I own to watch him come to the Staples Center and play the Lakers.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I'll go along with that||
My main point is just that I don't see Walton solidifying himself as a 1st round pick in the next two years (as Lawson was able to do, and as I doubt Ferrell will be able to do either). I'd be happy to be wrong about that, and I'll be happy to have him running point in either case.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||Agree on Kaminsky||
As for Walton/Lawson: I like the size comparison, but Lawson has freakish end-to-end speed and can get up a lot higher than Walton. Lawson was also a lot more productive his freshman year.
Like I said above, I love Walton's game, but one of the reason's that I'm so stoked about his play last year is that I really don't see him leaving before his eligibility is up.
|1 year 19 weeks ago||All bigger than Walton||
Every guy you mentioned measured out at 6'1" or better (given the...idiosyncratic...standards of combine measurement) with wingspans of 6'3.5" or better -- this is significantly bigger than what I'd expect Walton to measure at.
EDIT: I see that Silva and Napier actually only had 6'3" and 6'3.25" wingspans, respectively (which is still longer than I'd expect Walton to measure). Probably not coincidentally, these guys were both also 4-year players. The other guys are also either much more explosive than Walton (Flynn, Bledsoe, Walker) and/or have a much longer reach (Burke at 6'5.5", Bledsoe at 6'7.5").
|1 year 19 weeks ago||I love Walton's game, but I||
I love Walton's game, but I don't see him as having the size to be a first round pick. He's listed at 6'1", but I'd be very surprised if he measures out at that, even with shoes, and he seems to have really short arms for his height. The only player drafted at all in the last three years who's as small as Walton is Pierre Jackson, and he was taken in the 2nd round (and has significantly more vertical explosion).
|1 year 20 weeks ago||"Fighting for the right to be||
"Fighting for the right to be assaulted by much larger people" is not, I think, an accurate reading of any form of feminism.
|1 year 21 weeks ago||Effect of being taken in the 2nd round||
My initial inclination was to agree more with Mat, re: the costs/benefits of being taken in the 2nd round. However, it looks like there really is a fairly sharp downgrade in career prospects for players taken at the beginning of the 2nd compared to those taken at the end of the 1st: Harvard sports guy.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Clay Travis||
Clay Travis is "not sufficiently sophisticated/wordly in the way I'd prefer" in the same sense that a man defecating on my front lawn is "not sufficiently mannered/hygienic in the way I'd prefer."
|1 year 24 weeks ago||NBA Jam skillz||
Lou Bullock and Brent Petway
I love Beilein so much.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||I don't disagree that serious malfeasance went on||
I don't disagree that serious malfeasance went on at UNC. But the point that I think Perrin makes is that UNC (to the extent it exists as a monolithic entity) doesn't actually disagree either, that Willingham and Smith are presenting a false narrative of obstruction and denial on the part of current University administration, and that meaningful steps have been taken to avoid future malfeasance.
Getting back to the OP, none of this is to necessarily let Williams off the hook. But I'd be hesitant to throw too much shade on the current UNC leadership, and I'd be especially wary to accept arguments from Willingham and Smith at face value.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Thanks for the link||
I don't mean to come off as a reactionary defender of UNC (I really don't have much at stake personally), but I'm not overly persuaded by the arguments layed out here. They basically attack a press release for...being a press release. It's not clear to me that the absence of scathing, public self-critique in such a communication is any evidence at all that the university hasn't taken misconduct seriously. Further arguing from the presence of multiple committees to the necessary failure of each committee also strikes me as weak, as does their attack on the use of aggregate GPAs among student athletes.
There also seems to be a lack of attention to factual detail in the piece, referring to [James] Michael McAdoo a football player. While this might be a meaningless typo, it seems congruent with a general carelessness with facts that might be characteristic of the arguing parties. The people responsible for the article, Jay Smith and Mary Willingham, were called out specifically by the sociology professor Andrew Perrin in the 2nd link I provided above http://scatter.wordpress.com/2014/04/28/media-sociology-from-the-other-side/:
"Early on in the scandal, the paper — mostly through the work of Dan Kane, who is the main journalist working on this set of stories — has developed a viewpoint that believes the University is monolithic, defensive, and evasive. This viewpoint isn’t particularly amenable to evidence; rather, it seems to structure the way Kane approaches each element of the story, assuming and expecting malfeasance. This is facilitated by the active work of Jay Smith and Mary Willingham, who are fostering that narrative and viewpoint.
I don’t believe that viewpoint is accurate; in fact, I think that the university administration has been remarkably methodical and transparent in its approach to the situation, has provided lots of information, and has been unusually open to involving faculty in the processes of investigation and reform. Despite there being ample information available on these processes, the N&O has not reported on any of that, preferring instead to focus on sensationalism. Examples include the focus on Ms. Willingham instead of investigating the substance of her claims; the recent article essentially reprinting an evidence-free claim of “bullying” by the Government Accountability Project; and a news story in yesterday’s paper about the fact that a group of retired faculty wrote an op-ed in the same paper. In each of these cases, there is no serious attempt to assess the situation."
"CNN has gleefully reprinted, with no skepticism whatsoever, claims that have turned out to be either factually untrue or highly questionable, such as the content of Mary Willingham’s MA thesis, the number of very-underprepared student-athletes at UNC, and the actual character of a now-famous “paper” she insinuated was a final paper that received an A- grade (it wasn’t, and it didn’t)."
Given their history of sensationalism and carelessness with factual argument, I'd at the very least treat arguments orginating with Smith and Willingham with a healthy dose of care.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Insider UNC perspective||
Andrew Perrin, a sociologist at UNC and a contributor at a fairly prominent academic social science blog, wrote a few weeks ago on his experience as a member of the UNC faculty group that sought to investigate and reform academic misconduct. http://scatter.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/the-unc-athletics-scandal-in-context/
Give the post as much credence as you'd like, but it certainly appears as though the university as a whole took the scandal seriously; there have been concrete actions to improve institutional oversight, and the people in charge of the most grievous failings have been fired and in one case prosecuted. (Perrin provides a bit more detail here, focusing more on the nature of the media coverage of the scandal. As Michigan fans, we might not be surprised to see the local paper erring on the side of sensationalism in the scandal's aftermath.)
[Full disclosure: my girlfriend is a UNC grad]
|1 year 24 weeks ago||Other beneficiaries||
People who can't afford to own cars themselves, and people who like to not get killed by cars.
|1 year 24 weeks ago||The ax in question||
Whatever the cause, it seems like McCants and his family have had a strong dislike for Williams for some time. Most notably, his dad made this oft-quoted statement a few years ago:
"THE CURRENT COACH IS A PIECE OF (EXPLETIVE) (EXPLETIVE) AND i DON'T RECOMMEND ANYONE GET RECRUITED BY HIM HE WILL WRECK YOUR CAREER IF YOU ARE NOT AWARE OF HIS UNDERHANDED TACTIC AND INSINCERITY. BEWARE!!!!!!!" [all-caps in original]
I don't make any claim to knowing the backstory here. But the fact that just about everyone who has ever come in contact with McCants has a pretty low opinion of him is enough to provide me with some priors...
|1 year 25 weeks ago||True but not new||
I don't doubt that McCants (and players like him, at UNC and just about every other big-sports university) received academic treatment well outside of the standards professed by the NCAA. I would tend to doubt, however, the veracity [voraciously] of any of his specific claims; he clearly has an ax to grind, and he's regarded as hyper-untrustworthy, even by people who have no interest in seeing UNC dodge scandal. In other words, I don't think his claims give us any new information RE unethical behavior at UNC.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||McCants||
McCants isn't exactly a reliable witness here. Quite a few people have come out saying what a head case he is since he came forward the other day, including people like Julius Hodge who have no UNC affiliation. He also apparently has a long-standing antipathy for Williams, one that doesn't appear to be shared by many other players. Beyond this, McCants had a media quote from his playing days in which he compared his experience at UNC to being in prison, on account of how he was always expected to show up to things like class.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Not just the corporate world||
James C Scott wrote a really interesting book, Seeing Like a State, on the consequences of state programs to make complex entities more measurable from a centralized perspective. Bending over backwards to make outcomes more legible does bad things.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||I really like the Jamal Crawford comparison||
Crawford's quicker and Stauskas is stronger, but in terms of their length, fluidity, ability to score off the dribble, take a few minutes at point, weaknesses on defense, I think they have a lot of similarities.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||I'm not sure if "Xs and Os"||
I'm not sure if "Xs and Os" is the right term, but I think that understanding a team's defensive philosophy -- being able to mike the right rotations in a reflexive sort of way, knowing which way you're forcing the dribbler in different situations, etc. -- is a pretty big deal. It's not the same as memorizing a 100-page play book, but it can still definitely take some time. If you look at players' defensive win shares, for example, they tend to rise for their first few years in the league, even when those players are physically well-developed (see Kawhi Leonard, Jimmy Butler, etc.).
Also, with respect to physical maturity, I think McGary definitely has room for improvement. He's old for his class, but I'm assuming that his "weightroom age" is still pretty young. I think he can definitely still benefit from dropping body fat, adding lean mass, and gaining more explosiveness.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Sorry for crazy-man||
Sorry for crazy-man self-reply; was responding to someone via the app whose comments have been caved.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Let me assure you||
If traveling were called differently 20 years ago, you'd still be on this message board griping about the decline of the NBA, with reference to your past non-career. Also, did you ever watch Patrick Ewing play?
|1 year 27 weeks ago||There have definitely been some rough spots --||
There have definitely been some rough spots -- I've been disappointed with the Thunder all postseason, most of the East is still a relative tire fire, etc. But we're still likely to see two legitimately great teams in the finals in the Heat and Spurs. And what's the comparison group? Whatever you feel about the excitement and loyalties at play in college, the level of play in (even a relatively down) NBA playoffs is massively higher. And I'd also argue that overall quality of play in today's game is at the very least comparable to the Golden Era of the mid-/late-80s.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||This comment describes 95+%||
This comment describes 95+% of anti-NBA gripes. "I never watch the game, but let me tell you how much it's declined. THUGS TRAVELING LAZY THUG ISOLATION TATTOES. Also, let me tell you about how defense is so much better in college basketball, which explains Adam Morrison's career shooting percentages."
Tonight we got to see impressive 2nd half performances by arguably the best overall player and arguably the best shooter to ever play, both playing within (pretty fucking intricate) team offensive and defensive concepts, for the right to face a GREG FUCKING POPOVICH team in the finals. And yet the game has gone to shit.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||Stauskas and the Suns||
I agree that Stauskas would fit a lot of places, but I think that playing under Hornacek in Phoenix would be especially good for him. Bledsoe and Gerald Green were able to produce way beyond expectations this year as scoring wings (particularly Green, who at 28 was basically residing in the NBA scrap heap up til now). Nik would face a bit of a logjam in the backcourt, but I think he'd ultimately be very productive on a team that's definitely on the rise.
|1 year 30 weeks ago||Huge asymmetry by race||
The problem with this point, though, is that Jones centered his argument on the really negative effects of spatially concentrated poverty, and the role that people like Sterling play in creating and perpetuating these concentrations. Concentrated poverty is really an issue of residential segregation, and it's far, far more of a problem for blacks and Latinos than it is for whites.
As of the 2007-2011 American Community Survey, 25.7% of blacks lived in poverty, compared to 11.6% of whites. But the effect of racial residential segregation amplifies this difference when it comes to the sort of neighborhoods that people live in. Looking at Census block groups in 2000, 44.8% of metro blacks lived in neighborhoods with >20% poverty concentrations, compared to 11.6% of whites. And this isn't just an effect of higher black poverty; 70.9% of poor blacks lived in high-poverty neighborhoods, compared to 36.9% of poor whites. One way of looking at this: a poor white resident is less likely to live in concentrated poverty than is an average black resident. (see http://intl-cjres.oxfordjournals.org/content/1/1/51/T3.expansion.html; may be paywalled)
We know that living in concentrated poverty is associated with all sorts of bad outcomes and that blacks (and to a slightly lesser extent Latinos) are far and away more likely to experience such living conditions, even after controlling for income. These conditions are largely the result of residential racial segregation. Bomani's point: propping up this segregation through illegal housing discrimination is a way more grievous act than is saying shitty things to your mistress, and people who ignored the former need to step off their soapboxes with respect to the latter.
|1 year 32 weeks ago||The all-knowledgeable Andrew Gelman provided a few comments||
FWIW, I think his 4th point is important and pretty incontrovertible:
"4. Whatever the latest results on particular sports, I can’t see anyone overturning the basic finding of Gilovich, Vallone, and Tversky that players and spectators alike will perceive the hot hand even when it does not exist and dramatically overestimate the magnitude and consistency of any hot-hand phenomenon that does exist."
|1 year 37 weeks ago||I don't think you ever did||
"[Michael Jordan] put a bunch of scrubs and a solid player on his back and willed his team to the playoffs and championship almost single handidly."
"I am glad i no longer watch that horseshit they call NBA basketball."
I posit that you're not entirely familiar with the early '90s Bulls roster.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||If there's one thing KD taught us...||
"Kid has a lot of bulking up to do if he wants to be anything like Durant."
If there's one thing KD taught us, it's that we shouldn't write off scrawny dudes who are monsters on the court. Keep in mind that KD was 215 lbs at age 19 -- meaning that young Thon needs exactly one Caris LeVert offseason to be his equal in bulk at the draft.
With respect to Durant size comparisons, though, I think it's interesting to note that KD actually has the longer wingspan (7'4.5" vs 7'2" for Maker). Puts in perspective what a freakish toolset Durant has...
|1 year 47 weeks ago||If you use the 8th pick in||
If you use the 8th pick in the draft to try and get a rookie-year go-to scorerer, you're doing it wrong. Other 8th picks of this millenium:
2012: Terrence Ross
There are two players on this list who remotely qualified at any points in their career: Rudy Gay, who just made the Raptors better by not playing for them anymore, and Jamal Crawford (bless his heart) who's entirely one-dimensional. Realistically, you want an 8th pick to be a solid rotation player, which both Burke and KCP definitely have the potential to be.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Thanks||
A couple points:
-While I acknowledge no first-hand knowledge of the events, it seems as though you might want to refrain from claiming that no prosecution implies no rape. It doesn't exactly help with one's credibility.
-I was never under the impression that Lewan made his threat directly to the accuser. "Tell your friend that I'll rape her" still seems to lack a certain...moral clarity. Perhaps he was acting out of loyalty to a friend that he truly believed was falsely accused, and perhaps he would have phrased his threat differently upon reflection. Neither consideration remotely excuses his behavior.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||What looks to my untrained||
What looks to my untrained eye to be an actual police report -- without scare quotes or anything -- describes the actions of a man purported to be Lewan. These actions include the intimidation of an alleged rape victim, through the particularly noxious (even if just rhetorical) use of the threat of further rape as a cudgel.
Not all crimes get prosecuted, and not all grossly immoral acts are crimes. I acknowledge my distance from the situation, and I'm open to updating my priors under some new evidence/argumentation. But as things stand now, I'll be happy to see Lewan leave.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||If the police report of his||
If the police report of his actions vis-a-vis Gibbons's accuser are close to accurate -- and I have no reason to believe that they aren't -- then I'd just as soon Lewan not be affiliated with the same university as me.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||I agree with your takeaway.||
I agree with your takeaway. It somehow makes me feel better about the current state of Michigan football to know that Rosenberg is a tiny little man.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||Thanks for sharing your||
Thanks for sharing your expertise.
|2 years 1 week ago||If your initial thought is||
If your initial thought is that I'm objecting to the general objectification of brunette woman, I'm not really sure what to tell you.
|2 years 1 week ago||This is my sentiment, as||
This is my sentiment, as well. And it'd be nice if people would stop with the "brunette girls" thing.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Among other things, the||
Among other things, the reference to Stauskas running the pick-and-roll made me very happy. I can imagine this being absolutely deadly, given his ability to see over help and knock down 3s off the dribble with even a sliver of space.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||I was thinking the same||
I was thinking the same thing. It seems like the last couple of years, broadcasters would consistently over-state the role of the 1-3-1 in Michigan's defense. But imagining (say) Stauskas at the top, Levert running baseline, GRIII and Irvin on the wings, and McGary/Morgan/Horford in the middle, I'd have to think that it gets broken out as more than just an occasional change-up.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Calmer than you||
Calmer than you are.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||"All the defectors I've talked to wanted to||
"All the defectors I've talked to wanted to leave." You don't say. Also, I have no real expertise here and don't want to conjure any P words, but the proper comparison might not be between limited healthcare and great healthcare, but between limited healthcare and no healthcare (e.g. I've spoken with people in Haiti who seemed rather pleased with Cuban nurses).
|2 years 9 weeks ago||Calling an opponent||
Calling an opponent "inferior", even after a very close game that could easily have ended in a loss, isn't necessarily a reflection of some inflated sense of self worth. In the cases of Akron and UConn, it's simply a recognition of the opposing team's standing among all FBS teams. When we say that Akron and UConn are "inferior", we could very plausibly simply be claiming that they rank in the very bottom tier of FBS teams, based on prior results and the general size, athleticism, and skill of their players.
For a similar case study in the use of the word "inferior", see Minnesota, University of.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||Totally agree with this. There's nothing||
Totally agree with this. There's nothing incompatible with saying that 1) There are many woman on campus who might be eager to have sex with players/recruits, and 2) Having university-paid positions where part of one's job is to have sex with recruits is enormously problematic. Whether a girl joins one of these hostess groups naively, or she has a change of heart but needs the position, or she's just not feeling it one day, it's easy to see how such an institution can be terribly, terribly coercive.
|2 years 11 weeks ago||@sjd183: Message board etiquette||
If you're going to visit a new message board to leave a shoddy rationalization for terrible behavior, it's only polite to keep it under 1000 words. And, you know, vaguely on-topic.
Also, vis-a-vis the actual rationalization bit of your screed: arguments against intentionally injuring people McGahee-style don't necessarily rest on the NCAA rule book. Some minimal shred of morality might also enter in.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Adrian Witty with pick-6. Never||
Adrian Witty with pick-6. Never forget.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||It's like a mashup of Bo||
It's like a mashup of Bo Jackson and Christian Okoye, except controlled by the computer in Week 16 when they'd always cheese you with those super-fast break-away runs.
/8-bit Fred Jackson
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Whichever reporter kept on||
Whichever reporter kept on saying 'physicality' doesn't get it.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||A spam-free tool?||
The spam-bots have become self-referential!! It's been a while since I've read GEB, but I'm pretty sure this means that full sentience/global domination is right around the corner.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Among other things, you're||
Among other things, you're not very good at
|2 years 14 weeks ago||With respect to topics like||
With respect to topics like this, hiding from them because they're embarrassing to the institution seems like a pretty despicable response.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||When Jibreel leads with Phil||
When Jibreel leads with Phil Collins quotes, I be like dang.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Pee Wee Pimpkins||
A legend in two games like he's Pee Wee Kirkland.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||In fairness, though, Carlos||
In fairness, though, Carlos Hyde does look like he's lost a little weight in the offseason:
|2 years 16 weeks ago||A few potential differences||
Lack of alcoholism/better work ethic, better body composition, more speed/better burst. I think the arrow of causation runs from the 1st through the 3rd factor, and it will likely amount to a pretty enormous difference.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||I really hope that you didn't||
I really hope that you didn't type that with a tilty head.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||@ stephenrjking||
I think there's an important distinction to be made between attacks directed at the person vs attacks directed at the praxis. I agree with you that the former is poor form (and I'm reminded of the section of Kwame Anthony Appiah's Cosmopolitanism in which he makes a compelling case for his father being a seriously intelligent and humane person, despite genuinely holding onto an ontology that most in the West would find (justifiably) ridiculous).
However, I also agree with others in this thread that faith healing is a seriously (and indisputably among reasonable people) harmful thing, and whether or not outright mockery is the right tack, calling it out as such is almost an obligation.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Worth noting:||
The first link in the OP contains a video that ends in a Furbush interview in which he says 'tremendous'. He seems to be progressing well.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||If Kierkegaard were alive||
If Kierkegaard were alive today, he'd be writing successories.
|2 years 18 weeks ago||To add to this||
The impression of Saban's personality among the kids/families that Alabama recruits is certainly different from the impression among, say, the Michigan fan base. I'm friends with an older sister of a kid in last year's Alabama recruiting class, and she absolutely loves Saban -- he'd do things like call her on her birthday, and he was apparently at least passably charming in all their interactions. I make no claims about how ingenuous these interactions were, but the man's certainly capably of coming off as non-robotic.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Really nice graphics||
It's interesting for me to see that, as down as everybody is on the Big Ten right now, it looks like the conference is actually at about the same relative strength now as it was for much of the '80s/early '90s.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Note though, that likely many of the successful||
Note though, that likely many of the successful 4-year starters have been on campus for 5 years, so the data aren't necessarily all that incongruous.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||I thought that was interesting, too. My||
I thought that was interesting, too. My interpretation: this is probably in large part an effect of overall team quality. Teams that are forced to start a true freshman tend to be on the dumpster fire end of the cfb spectrum, and thus even as these freshman starters age, they're still surrounded by relatively adverse situations.
|2 years 19 weeks ago||Track record||
I see what you did.
|2 years 20 weeks ago||I was tricked into watching||
I was tricked into watching that video like 10 years ago, and I've never really been the same.*
*Not because I have a really stretchy urethra now
|2 years 20 weeks ago||Drago||
Dolph Lundgren just got a sudden urge to break you.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||phone typo correction||
Georgia = Ole Miss
|2 years 21 weeks ago||My cool story RE Ole Miss recruiting, bro||
I'm friends with an older sibling of a member of last year's Alabama recruiting class, and I asked her once about the class that Ole Miss brought in. She said that at most (SEC) places, there's a wink and a nod and an assurance that you'll be taken care of, whereas at Georgia, kids were basically getting burlap sacks with dollar signs on them.
|2 years 21 weeks ago||In a few years, it's not||
In a few years, it's not inconceivable that our pass rush could be led by a two-headed monster named TACO FURBUSH. Yes, I'm 12.
|2 years 22 weeks ago||Actually, I dunno||
It's great to see that GRIII probably got stronger over the course of a month, but those body fat numbers mainly indicate that he probably did a lot of eating in April -- 10.4% is quite a bit higher than where you'd like to see your bouncy wings, with 9.8% still leaving a lot of room for improvement. For reference, perpetually out-of-shape assemblage of physical tools Lance Stephenson checked in at 9.3% at his draft combine. (http://www.draftexpress.com/nba-pre-draft-measurements/?year=All&sort2=DESC&draft=&pos=&source=All&sort=7)
|2 years 23 weeks ago||Alternative framing||
It's LTT conducting the experiment, and there's a donkey in the box.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||What I'm saying is that the||
What I'm saying is that the cross-year comparison of #29s doesn't really indicate anything at all vis a vis Winovich's true status relative to other OLBs, as the observed (tiny number of) offer lists are fully compatible with multiple, contradictory accounts of said status.
|2 years 25 weeks ago||Interesting use of data, but||
Interesting use of data, but the more illuminating comparison is among offer lists across rankings within 2014. Showing how #29 offer lists stack up across years fails to distinguish between cases 1) where Winovich's offer list really is commensurate to his ranking this year; vs. 2) where there's a ton of noise in the rankings across years.
I think that what people here are saying is that there's a ton of noise in the rankings, and that Winovich's offer list indicates that he's better than what these rankings would indicate. The lists you gathered for #29 guys across years (of whom only Phillips's is as good or better) fail to provide strong evidence against that claim.
|2 years 29 weeks ago||Don't you goddamn dare,||
Don't you goddamn dare, AIRBHG
|2 years 31 weeks ago||My first reaction:||
Will they still call it Midnight Madness?
I'm an idiot.
|2 years 32 weeks ago||It reminds me of the classic||
It reminds me of the classic Kids in the Hall sketch "The Home Run", except, you know, marginally more wholesome. (relevant bit starts @ 1:50)
|2 years 32 weeks ago||Not a fan of Lawrence Lessig?||
Not a fan of Lawrence Lessig?
(Point being that many people would consider the common practice of congressmen transitioning into lobbyists to be a very big and very harmful deal. I do think the analogy to this NCAA/Auburn case is pretty apt.)
|2 years 33 weeks ago||I don't think we should be||
I don't think we should be expecting Burke to turn into Chris Paul in the pros, but he's really not that far off physically. Looking at Paul's draft combine measurables (http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Chris-Paul-14/), I'd actually expect to see Burke measure out very similarly in terms of height/length, speed, lane agility, vertical, and strength. I think Paul has really outsdanding lateral quickness, which might not necessarily show up in the lane agility drill, but I also think that his hands make him seem a lot more explosive than he actually is, both off the dribble and on defense.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||But Paul doesn't, nor does||
But Paul doesn't, nor does Lowry or Jameer Nelson or Maurice Williams or DJ Augustin. The point is that there are many guys who have been anywhere from serviceable to HOF with comparable physical tools.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Size and speed are nice, but||
Size and speed are nice, but there are numerous NBA points with similar physical makeups to Burke who range from serviceable (Kyle Lowry) to good (Andre Miller) to great (Tony Parker, Chris Paul). None of those guys have elite athleticism, all are 6'2" or shorter, and all get by primarily by being good at basketball. Which Trey Burke is.
Also, I think you might have a misconception of what teams are expecting in the 6-13 draft pick range. Look through prior years' drafts -- getting a solid starter here is really what you're hoping for.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Expectations for stardom||
I absolutely agree with this. Once you get to the bottom half of the lottery, I think most teams would be very pleased to get a guy who turns into a solid but unspectacular starter. Just looking at the last few lotteries, you see a bunch of point/combo guards who don't nearly have the tools to be superstars -- Brandon Knight, Kemba Walker, Damian Lillard, Austin Rivers, etc. I think Burke compares favorably to that group.
|2 years 33 weeks ago||Morris might be a bad example||
He's actually had every opportunity to establish a role with the Lakers (injury to Nash, injuries to/horribleness of Blake and Duhon), but he's been pretty bad offensively in all the minutes he's gotten. Granted, part of that might be the system he's in, but he just hasn't looked like an NBA point guard, and I'm not sure that additional time in college would have changed that.
|2 years 35 weeks ago||Attractiveness of a UCLA job||
Whatever the culture of expectations and the current dysfunction of the program at UCLA, it seems to me that it really ought to be one of the easiest places to recruit to in the country. There's the historical aspect, but the combination of UCLA's campus/climatic/lady-in-tiny-shorts beauty, its academic strength, a newly renovated Pauly right on campus, and the general cultural draw of LA would also have to make recruiting pitches much easier, especially given the number of high-caliber players that come out of Southern Cal. Also, there seems (to me anyway) to be a very distinct lingering cultural presence of John Wooden, which has to appeal to Right Way coaches/players.
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Statistical noise||
How is MSU fandom like anomolously high bowel cancer mortality rates? Measured over small populations, they're both most likely the product of statistical noise:
|2 years 37 weeks ago||I think that the decrease in||
I think that the decrease in offensive efficiency under a 25-second clock would be great enough to lead to a net decrease in scoring, even with the added possessions. At the college level, I just don't see there being enough guys who can consistently generate quality shots out of nothing to make the short clock work.
|2 years 38 weeks ago||If feasible, I think someone||
If feasible, I think someone ought to photoshop a chihuahua-holding Mesko into this.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||I dunno||
As a UCLA grad student, I didn't go to any football games this year because Pasadena is far, man. And granted, my loyalties lie elsewhere and there's a big difference between graduate and undergraduate student perceptions, but I get the strong feeling that people on campus give much less of a shit about football here than they might elsewhere, and I have to think that the stadium's location is part of that.
|2 years 42 weeks ago||Whoops||
Replied on my phone to message that seems not to exist. Carry on.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||I dispute your premise, sir||
These quotes are a manifestation of panning out. Marques Slocum, his fuck lion, and Carla will forever live in the pantheon of Michigan men (and women and fuck lions).
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Wait, so are you implying||
Wait, so are you implying that LeBron isn't a better on-ball defender than any college player who has ever lived? If so, you might want to rethink your line of reasoning.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||Given his ability to create||
Given his ability to create off the dribble, size, and the likely defensive struggles he's going to have in the NBA, I think a decent player comparison for Stauskas might actually be Jamal Crawford. Crawford's a good bit quicker, but I think Stauskas might be able to play a similar role as a designated scorer off the bench.
|2 years 43 weeks ago||A few things in McGary's favor||
He has pretty legit size for an NBA 4, and even though he's old for a freshman, this is probably his first year in a really advanced strength program, so I imagine his body still has plenty of developing to do. Also, he shows really good instincts with things like outlet passing, he has a great motor, and he has great per-minute rebounding numbers. I'd be surprised if he was ever an all star, but I wouldn't be shocked at all to seem him stick in the league for a while.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Nothing is fucked here, Dude.||
Nothing is fucked here, Dude.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Still less embarrassing than Freekbass.||
Still less embarrassing than Freekbass.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||On my phone, the only app||
On my phone, the only app that I really couldn't do without is Google Reader. On my tablet, I also use EZPDF Reader (really good for reading and annotating journal articles) and the Kindle app quite a bit. On both phone and tablet, I use Google Play for music, along with the gmail app, MGoBlog, Facebook, etc.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||I was about to type the same||
I was about to type the same thing, but you said it much better than I would have. I think you're exactly right.
Your first sentence definitely holds, though; this was a really great piece by Seth.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||I don't think we disagree||
About a third of motor vehicle deaths in the US involve a driver with above-legal BAC. These deaths still, though, accrue to driver failings of judgment, perception, and reaction. Widespread automation, I would think, stands to reduce motor vehicle deaths involving both sober and drunk drivers. This is especially true when you think of what it might mean for the price and availability of taxis, as well as other systemic factors that would reduce the incidence of people driving themselves when they absolutely should not be driving themselves.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||In terms of sharpening one's||
In terms of sharpening one's mind, I think you'll agree that the effect of technology depends on how it's applied/consumed. I probably err in reasoning from my own experience too generally, but I maintain that I grapple with serious and varied ideas much more in the current technological environment than I would in an environment without Google Reader in bathroom stalls. Looking at likely more popular activities, is the average American duller now than she would be in the absence of Angry Birds and texting and all the rest of our stream of modern informational/sensory inputs? Maybe, maybe not, but it doesn't strike me as intuitively likely, and I'd need to see actual systematic evidence to be convinced.
While I'm probably extrapolating too broadly based on my experience of actually reading worthwhile things on my phone, I think you're almost certainly making too much of the guy who cut you off. Yes, driver alerts and autonomous features need to be carefully designed to avoid causing the sort of behavior you describe, but there's no question at all that they have the ability to supplement/replace our driving performance in vastly preferable ways. Our failings behind the wheel certainly include drowsy, drunk, and distracted driving, but they by no means end there. Our perceptions and reactions are limited in myriad ways, in terms of our field of vision; our limitation to the visual spectrum of light, compromised as it might be by weather or lack of daylight; our ability to precisely discern distance, velocity, and acceleration; our ability to mentally process the unexpected; and our ability to react quickly and in precisely appropriate ways. All of these failings kill people. That information/automation technologies offer the likelihood of helping us kill fewer people is, as far as I can tell, beyond dispute.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||I disagree pretty strenuously||
I disagree pretty strenuously with respect to progressively advanced information/automation systems in cars. On our own, we're pretty awful at correctly perceiving and responding to things at highway speeds and distances, and these failings are primarily responsible for the 30k+ who are killed in cars domestically every year. Technological improvements have real potential to meaningfully reduce this number, which ought to be seen by everyone as unacceptably high.
As to mental atrophy in the face of ubiquitous computation: you'll have a hard time convincing me that my smart phone makes me think less when I'm standing in lines. More generally, I think it's mistaken to think that living amdist computational sophistication will somehow crowd out the thinking that we do on our own.
|2 years 45 weeks ago||Another thing that doesn't matter:||
Kyle Singler's career.
|2 years 46 weeks ago||Did you watch the first 39?||
Did you watch the first 39?
|2 years 46 weeks ago||To anyone who claims that the NBA sucks||
I refer you to Michigan State vs Iowa.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Seeing LeVert handle the ball||
Seeing LeVert handle the ball last night made me feel a lot better about (likely) losing Burke next year. He looked plenty strong enough with his dribble to break pressure/set up an offense, and, as happy as I am to have both of them, I'm glad that LeVert will be an option alongside Spike and Walton.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||I actually take the opposite||
I actually take the opposite view on your Stauskas point: I hope that the hype of his shooting percentage doesn't make him back away from taking shots on the margin of his abilities. If he shoots 60% from 3 on the year, I think it probably means that he didn't shoot enough. 3-point shots that he hits 40% of the time are still good from an efficiency standpoint (1.2 points per possession is pretty stellar, though Michigan as a team sits at 1.21 right now).
|2 years 47 weeks ago||I get that just about every||
I get that just about every medical treatment carries some risk. My (likely naive) impression from reading the ABC article, though, is that the risks associated with the NSAID in question are unreasonably high when adminstered as it has been to football players.
I think the key point here is the environment under which consent is given. I think it's certainly likely that some players -- on reflection, with full information, and without any external pressures -- would chose to take the painkiller in order to play. But I also think that it would be extremely difficult, if not impossible, to adequately remove such external pressures or to distinguish between players who are making free and informed decisions from those who are taking on a risk because they feel that they have no other acceptible choice. Given this, I think it's on the university to just not offer (or to be extremely judicious about offering) the risky treatment.
EDIT: I'm open to being convinced that the treatment really isn't that risky and ought to be permitted. My main point of argument with some of the comments here is over the role of consent in situations like this.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||What else would I expect a doctor to do?||
I would expect a doctor to not offer a drug that he knows to have serious potential adverse effects and about which he knows a player is unlikely to be able to make a decision free from coercion, especially when this doctor is acting on behalf of a university toward a university student.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Not how blocking assignments work||
Giving Clowney a free run on handoffs was not, surprisingly enough, part of Borges's game plan. As described illuminatingly in the Borges thread, the Clowney hit resulted from a miscommunication between Lewan and Kwiatkowski -- Kwiatkowski thought he and Lewan were going to be doubling Clowney, Lewan blocked down instead, and Clowney took advantage of the mix-up to decapitate Smith, exacting revenge for the earlier dong headbutt. Lewan actually describes this error in a post-game interview (again illuminatingly linked to in the Borges thread).
|2 years 47 weeks ago||So his limp back to the||
So his limp back to the huddle after that run was just some sort of avant garde celebration, and not related to the foot injury he suffered against Tennessee and has re-injured repeatedly? Because it's impossible to make any plays while fighting through injury?
I get being mad about the loss, and we're all 14-year-olds at some point in our lives, but I think the board would benefit if your thought-to-post ratio would increase.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Shaw came up limping numerous||
Shaw came up limping numerous times throughout the game, and the announcers made frequent reference to a foot injury he suffered earlier in the year and had re-aggravated recently. For someone with so much to say about it, you don't seem to have given the game much attention.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||I'm no Borges apologist, nor||
I'm no Borges apologist, nor do I think that 8-5 makes for a very satisfying season. But I also think that the offense outperformed expectations today, and Borges deserves a lot of credit for that. I don't know how you could watch today's game and not see a lot of productive creativity in what he drew up.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||One way to look at it:||
Maybe he likes the sun and dislikes enabling child predation?
|2 years 47 weeks ago||LA Geography||
Compton is about 10 miles south of USC. The neighborhoods you're thinking of are Exposition Park/Adams-Normandie/Historic South-Central. All places with unfortunate (though often perhaps over-stated) levels of violence, though not all actually the same place.
|2 years 47 weeks ago||Lack of fundamentals/proper manly virtue||
NBA players are pussies and/or fundamentally weak? I don't know, man. I look around the league, and I just don't see it. At all. You can always point out the isolated Bargnani/Blatche, but can you name a single roster where guys aren't willing to mix it up and the players who see the floor aren't substantially more polished than the best NCAA teams? I can't.
As to the other faults: you can make an argument that the level of play in the NBA would be higher if the season had fewer and more meaningful games, but I'd counter that the average early March contest still features a vastly higher level of play than you'd see in a standard big-conference NCAA game. The same goes for officiating. And with respect to being a "superstar" league, I'm more invested in basketball than marketing and so don't really care how the NBA brands itself.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||The Lakers went with the same||
The Lakers went with the same lineup in Nash's first game back against Golden State. For whatever reason, it looks like they prefer bringing Artest off the bench. I wouldn't read too much into Morris starting -- it looks like he's still destined to top out at around 10-15 minutes a game. But he does seem to have carved out a legitimate role for himself as a perimeter defensive specialist. He was a much bigger contributer in that Golden State game than his stat line indicates, as he was really disruptive on the defensive end, and the Lakers always stick him on the other team's best perimeter scorer when he's in the game.
At some point, Morris is going to have to improve on the offensive end, but his defensive has improved to the point that I think he's a pretty safe bet to keep getting minutes until it does.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||Work ethic||
It's hard for me to imagine him showing that much polish on his mid-range game without him having a pretty impressive ethic. He seems like the kind of kid who's already spent a zillion hours in the gym, and I'm sure he and Beilein are going to love working together.
The thing I like so much about his video is how well it looks like his game is going to translate to a high-level college setting. Given the elevation he gets on his jumper, the smoothness of his handle, the quickness with which he can elevate off the dribble, and his length, I don't see him having any problem at all getting his shot against quality competition. It also looks like he has the tools to be a really elite perimeter defender, and to make the 1-3-1 into a turnover machine.
|2 years 48 weeks ago||The improved title reads a||
The improved title reads a little like a Kim Kierkegaardashian tweet. And now that I think of it, a coach-speak version of the Kierkegaardashian Twitter account might not be a bad little side project for someone with the inclination.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||I've always come down on the Trout side...||
But you, sir, make a legitimately persuasive case.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Wait, so the upper-middle||
Wait, so the upper-middle class white kid doing a lightly updated minstrel act for a sea of upper-middle class white kids isn't really speaking with his natural inflection? Get the fuck out of here.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||The Daquan shtick is one of||
The Daquan shtick is one of my least favorite things about life.
|3 years 2 weeks ago||Gelman weighs in||
"All statisticians use prior information in their statistical analysis. Non-Bayesians express their prior information not through a probability distribution on parameters but rather through their choice of methods. I think this non-Bayesian attitude is too restrictive, but in this case a small amount of reflection would reveal the inappropriateness of this procedure for this example."
David Berri is still the dude on the left.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||It's like a combination of||
It's like a combination of Tom Green and Al Jolson, except less funny or tactful.
|3 years 3 weeks ago||MSU loves 3D pie charts.||
MSU loves 3D pie charts.
|3 years 5 weeks ago||Laval Lucas-Perry||
(Per usual, perhaps I should read to the end of the thread before making lamely repetitive jokes at people's expense.)
|3 years 10 weeks ago||"Except dirtier"||
And when she shows up, you think you see a little bit of an Adam's apple, but you're like "Whatever, I already payed."
|3 years 12 weeks ago||Agreed||
It's really important that us fans not look ahead to future weeks, otherwise our performance might slip on Saturday. What's that you say? None of us are actually playing? Nevermind then.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||I think the point isn't so||
I think the point isn't so much that you need X number of 4-star players to be a competitive team, but rather that teams that are consistent BCS contenders need to be able to win head-to-head recruiting battles against other elite teams. Coaching up underrated 3-stars is great, and it's something that I think Dantonio has done really well at. But relying on that type of talent to comprise an entire roster gives you a best-case scenario of an up-year Wisconsin/Iowa/Boise St/etc. If you want to compete consistently with the Oklahomas and Floridas and Alabamas of the world, you need elite talent, and Dantonio hasn't, in my opinion, shown any ability to recruit nationally at that level.
|3 years 13 weeks ago||You should name him Bo||
But it should be short for Barkevious.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||The text on the shirt in the||
The text on the shirt in the background shows a legible "1878", so looks like the photo isn't reversed. Also, bummer for the guy whose pit-sweat is all over the internet now.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Turing test||
In situations like these, I think reporters ought to perform a sort of reverse Turing test, asking a series of questions to determine if the interviewee might actually be a robot. This strategy would make for marginally more interesting Countdowns to Kickoff.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||The spirit of Freekbass is||
The spirit of Freekbass is alive and well.
|3 years 14 weeks ago||NOTY and cultural lags||
High school football player names serve as a pretty neat time capsule. I thought the abundance of Shaq-based names the past few years was a cool echo of O'Neal's burst onto the sports world in the early '90s, and now the first reverberations of the Wu are starting to make their way back to us. In the class of 2022, I fully expect to see a top 250 player list featuring at least one or two Kanyes and LeBrons
|3 years 14 weeks ago||Interesting report from Scout||
Plus: Nasty streak.
In this respect, I guess Williams is sort of like every other lineman-type player who's ever been scouted ever.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Oh man, I never thought to||
Oh man, I never thought to apply that Friday reference to Wormley. I'm not sure how I'd feel about him getting a perm, but I think I'd probably be alright with it.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Lou's in 4th.||
Lou's in 4th.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Rawls||
Rawls's tattoo has vaulted him into 2nd place on my all-time favorite Rawls list; a strong season might see him take first.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||The math is a little different||
You get 4.24 if you take a straight proportion of [time] X [36.576yd] / [40m].
HOWEVA, 100 meter champions apparently accelerate through the first 50 or so meters, so a better estimate can be made by taking times at 30m and then estimating the time run in the last 6.576 meters by prorating the runners' 30-40m split. For Bolt's '08 Olympic run, this yields a 4.35. (Though since he was still accelerating through 40m, his true time at 40yd might have been closer to 4.36; I refuse to use calculus on a message board, dammit.)
|3 years 15 weeks ago||Metric conversions||
Looking at the splits here, Bolt covered the first 40 yards in Beijing in '08 in 4.35 seconds, and all the fastest times in the world leading up to that run (by Maurice Greene, Asafa Powell, etc.) covered the first 40 in approximately the same time.
On the one hand, 4.35 definitely seems doable for Denard. On the other, I have a hard time thinking that he'd beat all the fastest people who've ever lived, in the primes of their career, and having comitted themselves to training programs aimed purely at increasing sprinting speed.
|3 years 15 weeks ago||As a very-soon-to-be UCLA grad student||
I'm going to miss you, Brady Hoke.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||As a matter of fact...||
The NYTimes graphics department actually maintains a blog in which their members discuss in some amount of detail the processes by which they produce their many really excellent graphics. There's nothing up on this particular graphic, but I wouldn't be surprised if something got posted soon.
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Positive vs negative feedback||
My favorite anecdote RE positive and negative feedback in a military setting comes from Daniel Kahneman in his time with the Israeli airforce. Instructors would yell at pilots after poor performances and praise pilots after good performances. They noticed over time that pilots who got yelled at went on to perform better, and pilots who got praised went on to perform more poorly. They attributed the change in performance to their motivational techniques (and hence concluded that yelling was better than praising), not realizing the role that regression to the mean plays.
I guess the morals of the story are that it's easy to get confused about the impacts of motivational techniques and that Daniel Kahneman is really smart. (http://crookedtimber.org/2010/09/28/mean-and-regressive/)
|3 years 16 weeks ago||Intimidation||
"DEs would speed rush the wrong way."
When encountering enormous men in Deliverance costumes, all ends are defensive ends.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Decisive points||
By writing out "fuck", as opposed to some cutesie character-substituted version of a profanity like "sh!t" or "d@mn", you automatically win the argument. That, and you make much better points; the UVA analogy is absurd (Penn St. is not getting hammered for the crimes of Sandusky, but for the absolutely unconscionable conduct involved in the cover-up of these crimes), and the idea that the NCAA in dealing with its member institutions is beholden to the same form of due process spelled out in the US Bill of Rights is totally off-base.
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Not my statement||
I appreciate the sentiment of not wanting to use the occassion of a man's death to take pot shots at a sports rival. But saying that "thoughts and prayers" ought to be the official response of a fan base means that either
1) You want me to attach myself to a completely meaningless cliche,
In either case, I will not be saying "thoughts and prayers".
|3 years 18 weeks ago||Looking for explanations||
When you hear of something as terrible as this, I think there's a temptation to draw facile conclusions about why it happened, but I'd hold off on putting the finger on some aspect of modern American culture. Whatever makes someone lapse into brutal violence of this magnitude, it's certainly not unique to modern America -- you can find examples across the world and throughout history.