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|4 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 2 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 1 day 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 1 day ago||NBA Jam skillz||
Lou Bullock and Brent Petway
I love Beilein so much.
|4 weeks 4 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 4 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.
|4 weeks 5 days 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]
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Other beneficiaries||
People who can't afford to own cars themselves, and people who like to not get killed by cars.
|4 weeks 5 days 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...
|4 weeks 5 days 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.
|4 weeks 5 days 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.
|4 weeks 6 days 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 3 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 1 day 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.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Sorry for crazy-man||
Sorry for crazy-man self-reply; was responding to someone via the app whose comments have been caved.
|6 weeks 5 days 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?
|6 weeks 5 days 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.
|6 weeks 5 days 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 1 day 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.
|9 weeks 5 days 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 3 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 2 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 3 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...
|26 weeks 6 days 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.
|27 weeks 5 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.
|27 weeks 5 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.
|27 weeks 5 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.
|31 weeks 2 hours 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.
|31 weeks 5 days ago||Thanks for sharing your||
Thanks for sharing your expertise.
|33 weeks 2 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.