landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
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|4 weeks 4 days ago||Hey, man||
Them days we weren't able, there was always Cain.
|5 weeks 6 days ago||I was going to say same thing||
You can get to the 7th/Metro train station easily from your spot. From there, you can take the Red Line to Sunset/Vermont, which is proximate to what I'd imagine are some friendly running environs (including Griffith Park, if you're going on a long-ish run). Alternatively, you could take the Expo Line all the way out to Culver City, which is also proximate to some running-friendly spots (including a masochistically large hill).
|6 weeks 3 days ago||"Naturally, people assume the worst."||
You would need to make some pretty fucking heroic assumptions in Davis's favor to think that he shouldn't lose his job. We'll never know exactly what was said between coach and player, but every shred of a big pile of circumstantial evidence points to him circling wagons around team members accused of rape, in a way that undermines both accountability/justice in this specific instance, as well as undermining the broader goal of, you know, having Tennessee athletes rape people less.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||It would be interesting to||
It would be interesting to see how the dynamic would play out. I honestly don't have much of a feel for how deeply boosters at various programs would be willing to dig into their pockets for something that's essentially a straight-up donation (as opposed to something like a billboard spot for a business that might be closer to a genuine, face-value endorsement deal). My guess, though, is that there wouldn't be too many universities that would have the means to just throw 6-figures at multiple members of ever incoming class. Along these lines, I imagine that at programs like Ole Miss, the sum of funny-business payments right now might not be that much lower than what the sum would be when limited only by the willingness/ability to pay of boosters, unconstrained by NCAA "oversight".
|6 weeks 3 days ago||If I'm the highest paid||
If I'm the highest paid official at a universtiy, and I'm told that several students might have raped another student, I do everything within my role to facilitate a serious and fair investigation, and I certainly don't try to impede such an investigation before it begins. If I fail in this, I shouldn't continue to be employed by the university.
|6 weeks 3 days ago||It seriously strains||
It seriously strains credibility to think that the conversation between Jones and the player was anything more innocuous than "You're about to face some serious questions along lines X, Y, and Z; get your ducks in a row." And that to me is wildly immoral, and is ample grounds for firing.
Is it conceivable that the conversation *was* more innocuous than that? Perhaps, but at the very least it was unethical and extraordinarily stupid, and, given that we likely never know for certain what was said, I'm completely fine with acting on the existing circumstantial evidence (which is substanial, and includes not just the direct circumstances around the call, but other documented incidents of Jones going way beyond any lines of ethical conduct to circle wagons around team members accused of sexual assault).
|6 weeks 4 days ago||By contacting the players||
By contacting the players first, he sabotaged a process aimed at getting closer to the truth of the alleged offense. In doing so, he demonstrates completely straightforwardly that he doesn't give a shit about that truth, or about getting to justice for potential victims. If you don't see what's wrong with this, I don't really know what to tell you.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Maybe in the sense of an actual commission of a||
Maybe in the sense of an actual commission of a crime (though I'm really out of my legal depth here), but Butch's actions go way beyond what I'd consider a fireable offense. Basically what he did was demonstrate in the clearest possible way that he didn't care to know whether two of his players are rapists, or to help a grave legal and moral matter progress toward its best possible outcome. It's a travesty if this guy stays on at Tennessee or gets a head coaching job anywhere else, as he's clearly unfit for the position.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I don't think an open-palm grip is that dangerous||
I don't think an open-palm grip is that dangerous if you're doing it right. The USC kid was apparently trying to do some stunt plyometric nonsense, throwing a heavily loaded bar medicine-ball-style at top of movement and catching it on way down. That, indeed, is a poor idea.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Meta point about "data-driven" X||
The framing of this issue highlights an important pitfall with respect to obsessions over "data-driven" decisions. Obviously, it's better to know more about the world than less, and we should use real knowledge to do smarter things. But good (less charitably: non-useless) empirical work can be *really* hard. As highlighted in this thread: there are a million things -- changing body types, different training methods, different approaches to pitching intensity -- that confound and are likely endogenous to pitch counts. Teasing out all the different causal pathways to pitcher injury rates would be an enormously difficult thing to do well. Which is not to say that we shouldn't try to do it, or that it wouldn't be useful if we did. But the absence of solid empirical evidence in favor of pitch counts doesn't count as evidence against them. More generally: there are other good reasons to do things besides overwhelming empirical evidence.
|9 weeks 3 days ago||Recruiting advantage||
I could see this story getting used advantageously as part of a broader recruiting pitch. When you read interviews with kids that choose Kentucky, they always cite Calipari's record of putting guys in the Lottery, and it's obvious that this is a huge part of how they sell themselves to recruits. Calipari can point to this declaration business and say more forcefully, "I'm going to do everything I can to help your entry into pro basketball." I think it could have a real positive effect in cementing a perceptual advantage: Calipari will get you in the NBA.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||So exactly what I said?||
So exactly what I said?
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Bar exercises stay in style||
So I fully acknowledge that appearances matter, and I'm fine with catering to them. But "old school out-dated" doesn't make much sense when you're talking about the actual equipment. If guys are pressing, squatting, deadlifting, and cleaning a lot of weight, I'm not sure how much else you need in terms of strength facilities. Granted, you might want to do some boutique stuff for rehab/pre-hab and to address specific weaknesses, but even that is generally best accomplished through free weights/kettle bells. The marginal benefit of whatever hi-tech machine is going to be really small relative to the benefit of a loaded bar.
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Weightrooms being up-to-date||
Not that aesthetics don't matter, but it looks like the primary differences across schools are just aesthetic. I mean, it's not so hard to stock enough squat racks and powerlifting platforms. After that, everything else is pretty much auxiliary.
(In other words, the functional difference between a state-of-the-art facility and a serious meathead's garage is not as great as I think a lot of people imagine.)
|19 weeks 1 day ago||Money at Ole Miss||
I used to to date the older sister/close confidant of a highly regarded kid coming out of SEC country a few years ago. She said that at most places he was looking at, there are vague assurances that you'll be taken care of. At Ole Miss, there were essentially dudes carrying burlap sacks with dollar signs on them.
|20 weeks 2 hours ago||Very historical||
|24 weeks 4 days ago||Big man development||
The bigs on this roster have been tough to watch. But Mitch McGary showed real development in his abbreviated time here, and Jordan Morgan's development was nothing short of phenomenal. I think our main problem with bigs has been an inability to consistently recruit at a high level. That said, I'm excited to see how Wagner and Wilson progress.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Fighting to keep a state||
Fighting to keep a state institution racially segregated by law is also wrong in this day and age, and it was equally wrong in Byrd's day and age.
Byrd is a guy who actively faught against any reasonable notion of racial equality while acting as the head of the institution that still valorizes him. His moral failures are, in my mind, just as grave as Paterno's, and I'm not sure that I see an argument for keeping monuments to one but not the other.
|24 weeks 6 days ago||Remembering and valorizing||
Remembering and valorizing are two different things. Was it "PC bullshit" when Penn State took down the Paterno statue?
|29 weeks 5 days ago||Interesting writing||
Interesting writing personified as Whitlock. Does not compute.
|32 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.
|32 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.
|32 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.
|33 weeks 5 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.
|34 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.
|39 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.
|41 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.)
|47 weeks 3 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.
|47 weeks 3 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.
|1 year 4 weeks 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."