here's one vote for "John Beilein's head in a Futurama jar"
|6 days 3 hours 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 week 4 days 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.
|4 weeks 3 days 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."
|4 weeks 3 days ago||NBA Jam skillz||
Lou Bullock and Brent Petway
I love Beilein so much.
|4 weeks 6 days 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.
|4 weeks 6 days 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.
|5 weeks 1 hour 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]
|5 weeks 2 hours ago||Other beneficiaries||
People who can't afford to own cars themselves, and people who like to not get killed by cars.
|5 weeks 3 hours 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...
|5 weeks 18 hours 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.
|5 weeks 18 hours 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.
|5 weeks 1 day 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.
|5 weeks 5 days 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.
|6 weeks 3 days 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.
|7 weeks 3 hours ago||Sorry for crazy-man||
Sorry for crazy-man self-reply; was responding to someone via the app whose comments have been caved.
|7 weeks 4 hours 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?
|7 weeks 16 hours 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.
|7 weeks 18 hours 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.
|7 weeks 3 days 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.
|10 weeks 20 hours 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.
|12 weeks 5 days 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."
|17 weeks 4 days 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.
|21 weeks 5 days 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...
|27 weeks 1 day 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.
|28 weeks 1 hour 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.
|28 weeks 1 hour 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.
|28 weeks 2 hours 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.
|31 weeks 2 days 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.
|32 weeks 1 hour ago||Thanks for sharing your||
Thanks for sharing your expertise.
|33 weeks 4 days 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.
|33 weeks 4 days 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.
|37 weeks 2 days 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.
|37 weeks 2 days 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.
|37 weeks 4 days ago||Calmer than you||
Calmer than you are.
|41 weeks 1 day 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).
|41 weeks 6 days 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.
|43 weeks 5 days 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.
|43 weeks 6 days 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.
|45 weeks 1 day ago||Adrian Witty with pick-6. Never||
Adrian Witty with pick-6. Never forget.
|45 weeks 4 days 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
|45 weeks 5 days ago||Whichever reporter kept on||
Whichever reporter kept on saying 'physicality' doesn't get it.
|45 weeks 6 days 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.
|46 weeks 5 days ago||Among other things, you're||
Among other things, you're not very good at
|46 weeks 5 days 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.
|47 weeks 1 day ago||When Jibreel leads with Phil||
When Jibreel leads with Phil Collins quotes, I be like dang.
|47 weeks 3 days ago||Pee Wee Pimpkins||
A legend in two games like he's Pee Wee Kirkland.
|48 weeks 5 days ago||In fairness, though, Carlos||
In fairness, though, Carlos Hyde does look like he's lost a little weight in the offseason:
|48 weeks 6 days 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.
|49 weeks 3 days ago||I really hope that you didn't||
I really hope that you didn't type that with a tilty head.
|49 weeks 4 days 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.
|50 weeks 1 day 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.
|50 weeks 1 day ago||If Kierkegaard were alive||
If Kierkegaard were alive today, he'd be writing successories.
|51 weeks 23 hours 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.
|51 weeks 4 days 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.
|51 weeks 5 days 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.
|51 weeks 5 days 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.
|51 weeks 6 days ago||Track record||
I see what you did.
|1 year 1 day 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
|1 year 4 days ago||Drago||
Dolph Lundgren just got a sudden urge to break you.
|1 year 1 week ago||phone typo correction||
Georgia = Ole Miss
|1 year 1 week 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.
|1 year 1 week 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.
|1 year 2 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)
|1 year 3 weeks ago||Alternative framing||
It's LTT conducting the experiment, and there's a donkey in the box.
|1 year 5 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.
|1 year 5 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.
|1 year 9 weeks ago||Don't you goddamn dare,||
Don't you goddamn dare, AIRBHG
|1 year 11 weeks ago||My first reaction:||
Will they still call it Midnight Madness?
I'm an idiot.
|1 year 12 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)
|1 year 13 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.)
|1 year 13 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.
|1 year 13 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.
|1 year 13 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.
|1 year 13 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.
|1 year 13 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.
|1 year 15 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.
|1 year 16 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:
|1 year 17 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.
|1 year 18 weeks ago||If feasible, I think someone||
If feasible, I think someone ought to photoshop a chihuahua-holding Mesko into this.
|1 year 22 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.
|1 year 22 weeks ago||Whoops||
Replied on my phone to message that seems not to exist. Carry on.
|1 year 23 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).
|1 year 23 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.
|1 year 23 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.
|1 year 23 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.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Nothing is fucked here, Dude.||
Nothing is fucked here, Dude.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Still less embarrassing than Freekbass.||
Still less embarrassing than Freekbass.
|1 year 25 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.
|1 year 25 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.
|1 year 25 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.
|1 year 25 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.
|1 year 25 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.
|1 year 25 weeks ago||Another thing that doesn't matter:||
Kyle Singler's career.
|1 year 26 weeks ago||Did you watch the first 39?||
Did you watch the first 39?
|1 year 26 weeks ago||To anyone who claims that the NBA sucks||
I refer you to Michigan State vs Iowa.
|1 year 27 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.
|1 year 27 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).
|1 year 27 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.
|1 year 27 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.
|1 year 27 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).
|1 year 27 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.
|1 year 27 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.
|1 year 27 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.
|1 year 27 weeks ago||One way to look at it:||
Maybe he likes the sun and dislikes enabling child predation?
|1 year 27 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.
|1 year 27 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.
|1 year 28 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.
|1 year 28 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.
|1 year 28 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.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||I've always come down on the Trout side...||
But you, sir, make a legitimately persuasive case.
|1 year 34 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.
|1 year 34 weeks ago||The Daquan shtick is one of||
The Daquan shtick is one of my least favorite things about life.
|1 year 34 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.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||It's like a combination of||
It's like a combination of Tom Green and Al Jolson, except less funny or tactful.
|1 year 35 weeks ago||MSU loves 3D pie charts.||
MSU loves 3D pie charts.
|1 year 37 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.)
|1 year 42 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."
|1 year 45 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.
|1 year 45 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.
|1 year 45 weeks ago||You should name him Bo||
But it should be short for Barkevious.
|1 year 46 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.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||(No subject)||
|1 year 46 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.
|1 year 46 weeks ago||The spirit of Freekbass is||
The spirit of Freekbass is alive and well.
|1 year 47 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
|1 year 47 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.
|1 year 47 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.
|1 year 47 weeks ago||Lou's in 4th.||
Lou's in 4th.
|1 year 47 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.
|1 year 47 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.)
|1 year 47 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.
|1 year 48 weeks ago||As a very-soon-to-be UCLA grad student||
I'm going to miss you, Brady Hoke.
|1 year 48 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.
|1 year 48 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/)
|1 year 49 weeks ago||Intimidation||
"DEs would speed rush the wrong way."
When encountering enormous men in Deliverance costumes, all ends are defensive ends.
|1 year 50 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.
|1 year 50 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".
|1 year 51 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.
|1 year 51 weeks ago||New strategy:||
never ever swing.
|2 years 2 hours ago||The bit about post-workout||
The bit about post-workout protein is super important.
I've found post-workout/peri-workout drinks consisting of quickly abosrbed protein and sugar to be really helpful in gaining strength, and I take it that there's a fair bit of pretty legit research to back this up. I've also found supplements like creatine, leucine, and beta alanine to be helpful, but the benefit-cost ratio of taking these is probably a lot lower than it is for just gettting the content and timing of your macro-nutrition right.
(There's also some pretty compelling research to suggest that creatine supplementation improves cognitive performance, so it's not totally embarrassingly meat-headed to take it.)
|2 years 1 week ago||Possible synonym of interest||
|2 years 1 week ago||Quon Tradwell is actually||
Quon Tradwell is actually RDT, and he plans on making dubstep beats with Leon McQuay. At Vandy.
|2 years 1 week ago||Yes and no||
The returns to a college degree (measured in income relative to non-college graduates) have been increasing, at least for dudes, for a while (these numbers end at 2000, but I'm under the strong impression that the trend is continuing):
That said, increases in the costs of college attendance have also been outstripping total increases in expected earnings for a while:
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Not the way it's supposed to be???||
I suppose this may border on the political, and if so I apologize, but:
You really think that prisons ought to feature more rapes, beatings, and murders? It's important to keep in mind that prisons house humans. Some of them are humans who have done horrific, inexcusable things, but they're still humans. And given the number of people we incarcerate, it's impossible to think that prisoners are all (or even predominantly) psychopaths or otherwise morally viscious. I'll take my penal system with as little barbarism as possible, thank you.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Taking less money to sign||
Taking less money to sign with a good team isn't all about rings and posterity. Anyone who has any competitive drive prefers winning to losing, and you're likely to do a lot more of the former if you surround yourself with a good team.
When I used to play at the CCRB, I'd go out of my way to not run with teams composed of middle aged guys with ankle weights and 130-lb kids who had never touched a basketball before. The game is a lot more fun when you're on the right side of ass beatings.
|2 years 3 weeks ago||You make an argument against||
You make an argument against coincidence, when it appears that you're trying to make an argument for causality. The fact that the Michigan coaching staff tends to like the same guys that recruiting services do shouldn't be taken to imply that the Michigan coaching staff gives a shit about recruiting services.
(And yes, I know you say "chicken and egg and all", but acknowledging the misapplication of causal reasoning doesn't mean that you should do it anyway.)
|2 years 3 weeks ago||Disclaimer: I don't really give a shit||
HOWEVA, the case against using "begs the question" in its colloquial sense is that there are countless ways of saying the same thing without also invoking a technical philosophical term for an entirely different concept.
For example, you could alternatively say: "raises the question", "prompts the question", "makes me really, really want to ask the question", "reliably precipitates the question in the minds of all who contemplate the issue", etc.
|2 years 4 weeks ago||Reynolds number||
It's been a long time since I've been in an aerodynamics classroom, but Reynolds number is a factor here. As humidity increases, rho increases, and the Reynolds number goes up. A higher Reynolds number will yield (I think) sharper bite on a breaking ball (or cutter or splitter or whatever).
So yes, changes in humidity have an effect.
|2 years 5 weeks ago||Yeah, if you've received 51||
Yeah, if you've received 51 resumes, and Jay Hopson's is the best one, it's safe to say that you ought to start calling every head coach in America.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Chesson||
"Fast, tall, smart, and wears cool shades: good package."
I'm really glad that that colon was not a comma. /Punctuation matters
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Per the terms of his||
Per the terms of his probation, he actually switched over to the slightly less creepy Head Tilt scale in 2009. Still pretty derivative on Rivals' part, though.
|2 years 6 weeks ago||Alcorn State breaking SWAC's||
Alcorn State breaking SWAC's coaching color barrier with Jay Hopson is sort of like the Dodgers breaking baseball's color barrier with Al Roker
|2 years 6 weeks ago||He's always been comfortable||
He's always been comfortable with the media, but he's never been anything approaching clever. Definitely not on the level of Kenny and Charles.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||Internet humor board game analogies||
Herm's playing chess, David's playing checkers.
|2 years 7 weeks ago||When that Kate Upton GIF||
When that Kate Upton GIF first started hitting these boards, I was honing my hand-eye coordination like two or three times a day.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Actually, we're so smart that||
Actually, we're so smart that we host extended blog posts giving nuanced statistical arguments for why unitary measures of intelligence are flawed.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||All else equal, give the MVP to the best player in basketball||
The Thunder without Durant are a better team than the Heat without LeBron. I'll take Westbrook, Harden, and Ibaka over Wade, Chalmers, and Bosh, and the remaining Thunder roster is better than the remaining Heat roster.
As for the Tony Parker argument, I agree that he's a great player who had a great year, and that the Spurs wouldn't be nearly the team they are without him. But the exact same can be said about LeBron, and LeBron's simply a better player: he plays more minutes, he scores more and more efficiently, and his impact on the game offensively, defensively, and on the glass far exceeds Parker's.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||"...that was a first."||
Not to take this too literally or to bring up bad memories for Pistons fans, but there was that whole game 5 thing. Granted, Bron has crapped the bed in a few very big series, but he has more than his share of unbelievable late-game performances under his belt.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Misunderstanding||
The fact that my tribe is better than your tribe is a premise, not a conclusion.
|2 years 8 weeks ago||Risk assessment and the acceptance of costs||
The danger of motorized travel is a bad example -- we accept >30,000 annual deaths and many more injuries as the basic cost of getting around. The extent to which this fails to generate any society-wide sense of urgency is absolutely crazy. It's very likely that technological improvements will at some point yield far, far less deadly transportation systems, and that the societies that use them will look back in bafflement at the human costs we used to take for granted.
My point: we accept certain risk levels that make absolutely no sense, and we do so out of misplaced emotional reactions (consider how we would react to 300 annual deaths from domestic terrorism, and compare to how we react to traffic deaths). The proper response to the risks posed by football injury isn't to shrug, say "Man up, shit happens," and continue business as usual. The proper response is to take a careful inventory of the actual human risks, and to see if it makes sense to accept them upon reflection. Very loose analogies to painting and driving are not particularly helpful in this task.
|2 years 9 weeks ago||While clearly not as||
While clearly not as tremendous an academic institution as Michigan, OSU is generally considered to be somewhere in the top 50-100 universities in the world. That's at least sort of tremendous.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Library pals||
I think I know what buckstachioed gentleman Mr. Baugh sits next to at the library when he composes his tweets.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Miranda Sanford needs to step||
Miranda Sanford needs to step up her grammar game.
|2 years 10 weeks ago||Intelligence scales|
|2 years 12 weeks ago||I guess no Stone Arrogant||
I guess no Stone Arrogant Bastard Ale either. At least Alabamans can now legally purchase sex toys, so long as they're for "a bona fide medical, scientific, educational, legislative, judicial or law enforcement purpose."
Note to self: avoid arrest in Alabama.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Quick clarification||
Sexual coercion is bad, as is the view of sexual relationships as predatory and/or adversarial. Just saying: more arrogant responses than Molk's to one's own supreme feats of adrenaline- and interviewer-rage-fueled strength are possible.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||If I put 225 up 41 times, I'd||
If I put 225 up 41 times, I'd tell my observers that I will be adopting a one-word name, that they should avoid making direct eye contact with me, and that I'll be having sex with each and every one of their sisters.
|2 years 12 weeks ago||Situational irony and the reversal of expectations||
Situational irony and the reversal of expectations: Despite having a fanbase that seems much more preoccupied with quarterback depth, it is revealed that our actual quarterback depth chart is much less perilous than that of our instate rival. Thus reversing expectations.
(Once again, though, Use #1 becomes most prominent.)
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Ass-faced purple clown?||
Ass-faced purple clown? Red-assed clown-face? Clown-ass burgundy face?
|2 years 13 weeks ago||If you look at the UMHoops||
If you look at the UMHoops scholarship chart, we're filled up in 2013-2014. Obviously that can change, but things could get uncomfortable if Austin Hatch is able to make it to campus and Burke and Hardaway both come back for their respective junior and senior years. And even if that scenario isn't particularly likely, there are probably some more talented wings we could get in on in the 2013 class.
|2 years 13 weeks ago||As someone who got his done 15 years ago:||
(I will not let my petty-minded bitterness over the pace of medical innovation prevent me from wishing Brian a speedy recovery.)
|2 years 13 weeks ago||Logging in with the Android||
Logging in with the Android app and seeing THE PARTY ROOM posts makes me feel like Roddy Piper in They Live.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Not a contradiction||
"if he can't play, he's not going to last anywhere; not the nba, not europe, not the D league."
Do you really mean to imply that any returning college player who doesn't maintain his draft stock is therefore unlikely to cut it in any high-level professional league? So Kyle Singler isn't currently playing in Spain? Da'Sean Butler isn't playing in the D-League? Dominic James isn't still playing in Europe?
I'm sure there are strong arguments to be made that Burke's expected draft status/skill development/career earnings will benefit from returning to school. It just seems that many people here are unaware of what a strong argument would actually look like.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Singler's stock fell sophomore to junior and junior to senior||
Check out his DraftExpress profile:
In March of his sophomore year, they were projecting him as "a mid-to-late first round pick if he declares". By February of his junior year, DraftExpress wrote that "Singler may be kicking himself for not even attempting to test the NBA draft waters last year, as there is a very good chance that he would have been a first round pick. This year, his draft position is less certain." By his senior year, they were noting his lack of overall progress, the regression in his rebounding numbers, and the fact that he might be "destined for a role as a one-dimensional player, one who is not particularly consistent at that particular dimension—shooting."
Passing up on draft opportunities can hurt.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Yeah, good call. That Duke||
Yeah, good call. That Duke team definitely fits the mold of a championship-caliber team that didn't have any one-and-done level players (though it wouldn't have been absurd for Singler to have gone pro after his freshman or sophomore years). I think the broader point -- that this is a relatively rare thing -- still holds.
As an aside, I think that the case of Singler is instructive vis-a-vis Burke. Singler could have gone pro early, and probably would have been a late first-round pick if he'd have done so. But he decided to stay all four years to develop, and he wound up getting drafted in the 2nd round and is now playing in Spain. The assumption that more college leads monotonically to better draft position and more productive overall career is foolish, but it's continually trotted out by a majority of the people here who feel that they know exactly what's in Burke's best interest.
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Can you name any championship||
Can you name any championship teams over the last 15 years that didn't receive prominent contributions from players who entered the draft before their junior year? I guess there's Florida in 2007, but that seems like an outlying case of a team that featured several players that could have gone pro as sophomores but who basically decided that they wanted another championship (plus Speights contributed a bit, and he went pro after his sophomore year).
|2 years 14 weeks ago||Not the point||
"The bottom line is that Trey is making a huge mistake. The only way he is not making a huge mistake is: ..."
Nobody's saying that you should never speculate about anything ever. The point is that these incredibly condescending claims about the certainty of Trey's error are completely bogus. Congrats to SteveInPhilly for producing the first intelligent thing written on these boards about Burke's likely departure.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Response||
A. Shit-talking, player-coach spats, and extra-marital sex in pro sports?! [Gasps, reaches for smelling salts]
B. Again, given all the venom people see fit to hurl at today's NBA, it would be nice if a majority of your list actually involved current players. It does not.
C. What jmblue said
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Given your avatar||
I'm assuming you can count to ten.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Calling someone out for||
Calling someone out for offhandedly disparaging hundreds of men on zero grounds is not, in my opinion, nitpicking.
And I'm glad you've decided to bring some evidence, but I think it's a bit telling that three of your five "superstars" are no longer in the league, and a fourth is currently a rotation player. When you say you could go on are you thinking of Derrick Rose? Or Kevin Durant? Or Dwight Howard or Blake Griffin or Dwyane Wade or Kevin Love or Chris Paul or Brandon Jennings? Do you think any of these guys are somehow worse human beings than a median Fortune 500 middle manager or the pharmacist at your Walgreens?
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Majority?||
I'm legitimately curious here. Are there even ten (out of the ~400) active NBA players who you have strong reason to believe are assholes? I mean, I'll give you JR Smith and Zach Randolph, but is there anyone else who makes it "obvious" in their "public image"?
As a counterpoint, I'll say that my personal experience (within both realms) leads me to believe that a higher percentage of MGoMembers are egregious dickheads than are NBA players.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Thanks for that insight,||
Thanks for that insight, Coach Fitzgerald.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Psychoanalyzing tweets is a rube's game||
It's easy for me to imagine Trey simply expressing frustration at the number of people whom he's never met who feel entitled to tell him that he'd be a moron for choosing Life Course A over Life Course B. Even if he were already leaning strongly toward returning, I'd imagine he's feeling more than a little irritation at the intrusiveness and self-absorption of some of the twittering fanbase.
|2 years 15 weeks ago||I wouldn't point to gaming to||
I wouldn't point to gaming to explain the particular rank of any given school (and I agree that you certainly can't infer anything about the honesty of, say, OSU's admissions practices by looking at their position on the list). What I think the existence of many forms of gaming indicates, though, is both the accuracy limits of any sort of comprehensive ranking scheme, as well as the potential perverse consequences of these schemes.
I don't think the perverse consequences are necessarily a knock on US News itself; any list that has as much of an impact as theirs does will generate a lot of incentives to skew the results. Maybe the broader point should be that we all pay too much attention to ranked lists generally, and it would be better for everyone if more college appraisals/attendance decisions were based on more detailed personal inspection of programs of interest. Of course, this would seriously limit the ability to engage in dick-measuring contests, but there's always football.
Finally, wrt the virtues of aggregated scores of objective measures, I guess I'd have to look through the research you mention on score composition. It seems intuitive, though, that a great deal would ride on the relative weights that score components receive, e.g. deciding whether alumni donation levels are worth 2% or 15% of the final score would seem to have a great deal of impact on the ratings of many schools, as well as on the average ratings of public vs private schools. Given the extreme arbitrariness of any scheme, I actually prefer ratings that basically just say: "Here's the average of what a bunch of more or less informed people think. Take it fwiw."
|2 years 15 weeks ago||US News is not respected||
The US News rankings are probably the most influential amongst prospective students, but they're deeply flawed, both in their "objectivity" and their impact on the actual project of, you know, teaching people stuff.
One aspect of US News being so "objective" is their susceptibility to gaming. Schools do things like hiring recent graduates to pull books off shelfs and then put them back on, encouraging already admitted students to retake entrance tests, encouraging applications from students who have very little chance of admission, making sham adjunct hires on ridiculously high salaries that are then "donated" back to the program, falsifying test scores, etc. All of these practices are in direct response to the measurement tools employed by US News, and beyond their dishonesty and their ability to skew the "objective" final rankings, many of these tactics result in concrete harm for actual college entrants.
There's also the issue of aggregating measures. Is there really an "objective" way to combine scores of prestige, student-teacher ratio, selectivity, alumni donations, etc. into a single mark of quality? Given some thought, the answer clearly is no. Finally, the bogus nature of the rankings shows up in their instability. If the rankings were effective at ascertaining some enduringly true quality of schools, one would expect much less variation from year to year. (Of course, if you're US News, this volatility is a feature, not a bug -- it drives sales/page views. Who's going to be top 25 this year?!?)
|2 years 15 weeks ago||For all their fan- and||
For all their fan- and athlete-based shenanigans, OSU is actually a really good school. 57th in the world, ahead of Vanderbilt, Rice, Tufts, Rutgers, Notre Dame, etc., is IMHE pretty impressive.
(That said, arbitrary rankings are arbitrary rankings. These appear to much less open to gaming than, e.g., US News, but their chosen method for aggregating opinions over diverse fields and geographies is bound to have a huge influence on results, and there's no reason to think that any one method is the most appropriate.)
|2 years 15 weeks ago||Hearing Creed on the radio vs. getting a Creed tattoo||
The difference between vigorously disliking a song you randomly come across and vigorously disliking a song commissioned and featured by the athletic department is pretty big. Only in the latter case is personal embarrasment at stake. It's not just that focus-group rock songs like "In the Big House" are really unpleasant for me to listen to, it's that I have a real sense of shame (however insignificant) when they're part of some cultural thing that I voluntarily associate with.
Think of "We are ND". The reason most people here are aware of the song isn't just that it's preposterously bad by most standards; the reason is that it's preposterously bad and important people working for Notre Dame thought that it would be a really good thing to associate themselves with. And from there we can reason about what incredible twats Domers are and great mirth can be had.
In the end, I realize this issue is of pretty miniscule importance, and I don't really give much of a shit. But if I have to live in a world where Pop Evil exists, I'd prefer that my cultural links to them were minimal.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Any chance we could get||
Any chance we could get Sebastian Telfair and Omar Cook to come do a scared straight program?
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Counterpoints||
1) Deron Williams's contract negotiations are not influenced by the availability of additional replacement-level point guards, and replacement-level point guards already make relative peanuts and are readily available in the 22+ age bracket.
2) Nobody gives a shit about the D-League, including NBA brass.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Speed and age||
With training and good health, speed improves through your mid-20s: Tyson Gay ran his fastest 100 at 25, Asafa Powell ran his fastest 100 at 25, Donovan Bailey ran his fastest 100 at 28, Maurice Green ran his fastest 100 at 25, etc.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||I appreciate Smot's skill||
I appreciate Smot's skill with the ball, I'm gratefull for his effort this year, and I wish him well wherever he goes. But with Robinson and McGary likely taking the minutes he would have played, we're almost certainly a better rebounding and defensive team. We won't be able to stretch the floor nearly as well offensively, but McGary and Robinson both look pretty skilled on that end as well. Obviously, we're going to be relying more on true freshman, but I expect both those guys to step in pretty smoothly.
EDIT: I originally read "I do not think" as "I do think" in your post.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Even back in college,||
Even back in college, Randolph carried around some extra weight, and he's never been an explosive leaper. He's always just been strong with really good hands and a knack for scoring. In terms of body composition and explosiveness, I think he's always been pretty similar to Sullinger.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||I see Sullinger as a more||
I see Sullinger as a more mentally put-together version of Zach Randolph. Other body-type comparisons: Elton Brand, Luis Scola, Paul Millsap, Carl Landry, David West, etc. None of those guys will be going to the Hall of Fame, but they've all been very solid NBA power forwards. I don't necessarily see Sullinger being a superstar, and he's got a pretty limited ceiling defensively, but I could definitely see him being a very productive player at the next level.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Wait a second, didn't you||
Wait a second, didn't you just say that you can't name more than two people on most NBA rosters? For a guy who pays almost zero attention to the league, you seem to have a lot to say about its players' personality profiles.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||Flower vs Root||
I would suggest paying less attention to advertising campaigns and more attention to actual games. This would 1) allow you to actually recognize rosters, and 2) allow you to appreciate basketball at its highest form.
This WSJ essay goes a little overboard in knocking college ball, but it's clear that the level of play in the NBA is far, far superior: better shooting, higher basketball IQs, much better defense, etc.
|2 years 16 weeks ago||This is a really interesting||
This is a really interesting interview, but I wish someone would have asked about Will Campbell.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Manny Harris||
I think the bigger impact of this trade might be on Manny. The Cavs trading both Sessions and Eyenga might hopefully clear some minutes in their backcourt that Harris could fill.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||I stand corrected! I remember||
I stand corrected! I remember him being invited to the 2004 (2006?) USA camp, and for some reason I thought they brought him along and stashed him on the bench, but it doesn't look like he made the final roster: http://www.basketball-reference.com/awards/uso.html
The broader point remains, though: sometimes Ecksteins suck at free throws.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Everything is obvious once you know the answer*||
I won't rehash 2003's convential wisdom on Darko, but what makes you think that GMs should have known to pick Wade or Bosh over Carmelo? Carmelo was clearly the best player in college basketball that year, turning Syracuse from an NIT team to a national champion as a freshman, putting up better numbers than Bosh or Wade (who he's a year younger than), and generally looking like the strongest pick at #3. It turns out that Wade and probably Bosh would have been better picks, but this was anything but obvious at the time.
*I highly recommend the Duncan Watts book.
|2 years 17 weeks ago||Melo||
I'm not a huge fan of Anthony's game, and I think the Knicks made a pretty big mistake trading for him. But it's not like he's terrible at basketball or anything. He can be infuriatingly lazy on defense, but he's always been one of the better rebounding wing forwards in basketball. And as much as he dominates the ball, he's also been a pretty efficient scorer throughout his career. His TS% is down this year, but he's generally been around 55% throughout his career, which is actually pretty good for a guy who shoots as much as he does -- the median team TS% is usually around 53-54%. There was also that business of him carrying an NCAA championship team on his back as a freshman -- the guy's at least won something.
All said, I agree that he's overrated, but it's defiitely possible to go too far in knocking his game.