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|4 days 23 hours ago||(No subject)||
|4 days 23 hours 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.
|1 week 2 days ago||Let's not drag Harbaugh into||
Let's not drag Harbaugh into this.
|1 week 3 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.
|1 week 3 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?
|1 week 3 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.
|1 week 3 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.
|1 week 4 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.
|1 week 4 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.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Calmer than you are.||
Calmer than you are.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||So you were right.||
So you were right.
|15 weeks 4 days 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.
|18 weeks 3 days 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.
|19 weeks 12 hours 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
|21 weeks 1 day ago||Harumph||
|25 weeks 1 day 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.
|25 weeks 3 days 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.
|27 weeks 6 min 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.
|27 weeks 16 hours 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.
|27 weeks 1 day 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.
|27 weeks 6 days 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.
|28 weeks 1 hour 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.
|28 weeks 1 hour 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.
|28 weeks 1 day 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.
|28 weeks 2 days 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.
|28 weeks 2 days 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.
|28 weeks 2 days 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").
|28 weeks 2 days 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).
|29 weeks 4 days 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.
|30 weeks 3 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.