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|4 days 3 hours 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."
|5 weeks 3 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.
|9 weeks 4 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...
|15 weeks 3 hours 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.
|15 weeks 6 days 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.
|15 weeks 6 days 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.
|15 weeks 6 days 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.
|19 weeks 1 day 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.
|19 weeks 6 days ago||Thanks for sharing your||
Thanks for sharing your expertise.
|21 weeks 3 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.
|21 weeks 3 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.
|25 weeks 1 day 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.
|25 weeks 1 day 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.
|25 weeks 3 days ago||Calmer than you||
Calmer than you are.
|29 weeks 20 hours 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).
|29 weeks 5 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.
|31 weeks 4 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.
|31 weeks 5 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.
|33 weeks 6 hours ago||Adrian Witty with pick-6. Never||
Adrian Witty with pick-6. Never forget.
|33 weeks 3 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
|33 weeks 5 days ago||Whichever reporter kept on||
Whichever reporter kept on saying 'physicality' doesn't get it.
|33 weeks 5 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.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Among other things, you're||
Among other things, you're not very good at
|34 weeks 4 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.
|35 weeks 7 hours ago||When Jibreel leads with Phil||
When Jibreel leads with Phil Collins quotes, I be like dang.
|35 weeks 2 days ago||Pee Wee Pimpkins||
A legend in two games like he's Pee Wee Kirkland.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||In fairness, though, Carlos||
In fairness, though, Carlos Hyde does look like he's lost a little weight in the offseason:
|36 weeks 5 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.
|37 weeks 2 days ago||I really hope that you didn't||
I really hope that you didn't type that with a tilty head.
|37 weeks 3 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.