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|6 days 7 hours ago||I subscribed to the magazine||
I subscribed to the magazine a few weeks ago (after my 2-year insider subscription expired), and when I called today I still wasn't in the system. The guy went ahead and gave me 30 days free while I wait.
There was also no wait time to talk to somebody. ESPN's customer service seems to be better than their programming.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Being a top-50 national||
Being a top-50 national recruit might give one that impression.
|4 weeks 3 days ago||I'm surprised it hasn't been||
I'm surprised it hasn't been mentioned, but the "good" seats really aren't very good. I was on the 9th row last year, and because of the slow rise, you end up not being very high off the field. The seat I got around the 35th row for UTL was actually much better.
|5 weeks 4 hours ago||I don't mean to be||
I don't mean to be contrarian, but I don't think it's reasonable to expect everyone to be emotionally affected by these events. The bombing in Boston wasn't even the worst thing to happen in the world on that day. If everyone were expected to be highly affected by every tragedy, we'd all be depressed 24/7. That's why we each have a relatively small "monkeysphere" -- a group of people to which we are emotionally connected. If no one affected by these events is in one's monkeysphere, it's perfectly normal to not feel emotional tumult over it.
|5 weeks 4 hours ago||He wasn't a great recruit,||
He wasn't a great recruit, but would be a solid pickup given our situation. It's also possible he just didn't enjoy being at FSU enough to ride the pine there but would be willing to do so elsewhere (i.e., here) if he thinks it's a good fit.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Pardon if this has already||
Pardon if this has already been brought up, but did anyone else notice that the refs weren't even standing in the right place? There were several times in the first half when Spike couldn't have driven left if he wanted to, because the ref would have been in the way. There was another time when Burke almost sprained his ankle because he stepped on the ref's foot. I was convinced that the refs were so nervous that they not only were getting tons of calls wrong, but they couldn't even remember where to stand! Just wonder if anyone else noticed that.
It's visible in Spike's highlight reel on the frontpage if you want to see what I'm talking about.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||I guess jinxes aren't a thing||
I guess jinxes aren't a thing afterall. Who knew.
But yeah bump this shit.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||I'm guessing it's just that||
I'm guessing it's just that Caris was having a good game (unusual for him of late), while Stauskas' shot was off. Outside shooting was really all Stauskas was going to provide this game, so since that wasn't happening, so sense in keeping the better defender (LeVert) on the bench.
|7 weeks 7 hours ago||I'm not a fan of this idea||
I'm not a fan of this idea that Michigan plays slow on offense. I mean yeah, they're 200 in number of possessions, but they don't foul, they don't draw fouls, they don't turn the ball over, and they don't force turnovers. Bump all those factors up to average and I bet their pace ends up above average. "Pace" isn't a perfect way to characterize number of possessions.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||I don't blame Hardaway, but I||
I don't blame Hardaway, but I do think he could really shine next year when Burke's gone, which could result in a net increase in his draft stock despite being a year older.
Still, I expect Zak Irvin to step right in and fill that spot, along with some help from LeVert. They should still be a very solid team next year.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Worst comment thread ever. Is||
Worst comment thread ever.
Is all this freaking out done ironically? Maybe the entire Michigan fanbase majored in witchcraft or something.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Don't try to be a martyr.||
Don't try to be a martyr. Dissenting opinions are welcome, even yours. It's just that your opinion is really stupid, so lots of people are going to let you know. That doesn't mean we're trying to censor you or something.
For the record, my high school coaches also swore constantly. I don't think using naughty words is the problem here -- it's directing them at the players personally that is the problem, along with how it reflects on the university to have an absusively homophobic person in such a high profile position. I also agree to a small extent about the physical stuff; physically moving players where they need to be is categorically fine, but his style of doing it was very close to the line. Then the other stuff like kicking a player or throwing the ball at folks is obviously way over the line.
|7 weeks 3 days ago||Anyone notice that McGary||
Anyone notice that McGary doesn't actually "roll" in the traditional sense after he sets the pick?
For example, if he sets a left pick on Trey's guy, a traditional roll would entail his planting his right foot, effectively pinning that guy to his back, before heading toward the basket. Instead, hHe tends to just run in an arc toward the basket without pivoting.
Perhaps this is more effective since bigs started hedging and there's not a lot of need to keep the guy defending the point behind you.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Can someone explain this to||
Can someone explain this to me? I mean, how did this get started? This is like if Buckeyes started shitting in coolers after losses. It just seems like something you would avoid, if for no other reason, because folks mock you for it.
|7 weeks 6 days ago||Alford is a decent coach, but||
Alford is a decent coach, but not a great one. He also doesn't seem the best person, judging from some profanity he yelled at BYU forward Jonathan Tavernari after a game a few years ago.
He seems to me like a good recruiter but not a great coach, which I have to think is the opposite of what UCLA needs right now.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||Playing at Hawaii is always a||
Playing at Hawaii is always a good thing. It means you get to schedule a 13th game (i.e. another home game).
|12 weeks 4 hours ago||The explanation that HS||
The explanation that HS 40-times are phony is a good one, but it's also worth noting that HS players probably tend to go by their best-ever 40 time, whereas those times are being compared to what you get on a single, high-pressure day at the combine. Along with a lot of players having bulked up significantly in college, I don't necessarily think HS times are quite as untrustworthy as this article makes them seem.
Personally, the best I ever ran was 4.75, which I did twice in a row. The rest of the story is that I did so on a track. Wearing spikes. Which is cheating. Still, not terrible for a 6'3' 230 DL.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||I think that's a browser||
I think that's a browser setting. Mine don't disappear until I move my cursor off them.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||The number of games Denard||
The number of games Denard couldn't finish due to injury has to be over a dozen (8 in 2010 alone). Regardless of his extra weight, I doubt any NFL scout will consider his durability a positive.
I still think some team will take a shot at him earlier than some expect. I'll say either late 2nd or late 3rd.
|12 weeks 5 days ago||I would agree with this. I||
I would agree with this. I don't really see any practical advantage to the CIC anymore. Penn State has benefited greatly from the prestige of being in the Big 10, but that's not due to anything practical. The Big 10 is just a very nice academic brand. The only non-athletic thing I worry about regarding expansion is the dilution of that brand via adding less-respectable institutions.
|12 weeks 6 days ago||I chose Michigan because it||
I chose Michigan because it was the #1 graduate school in my field. That ranking was heavily influenced by faculty that have since retired or semi-retired, but those rankings only happen once every decade or more so Michigan seems to be stuck at #1 for a while.
|13 weeks 1 day ago||This is definitely not||
This is definitely not Gonzaga's toughest remaining game. They've still got to go to BYU, a team that pummelled Santa Clara twice this season. I very much doubt BYU keeps it close against Gonzaga, but if you're looking for an upset that's your only hope.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||Mone is not playing||
Mone is not playing basketball because he wants to get in shape? I'm not sure what that means. When I was in HS I couldn't keep enough fat on me during basketball season to prevent losing strength. Maybe he doesn't want to lose too much weight?
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Can we assume you drive on||
Can we assume you drive on whichever side of the road you want? Social norms can be extremely important despite being constructed.
|14 weeks 3 days ago||Hard to tell from the minimal||
Hard to tell from the minimal and low-zoom highlights, but it seems like he uses his hands extremely well. Combined with his athleticism, he could be really good.
|15 weeks 1 day ago||Somebody named||
Somebody named "BalognaFadeOut" tried to post a youtube video of a specific size. It seems to have exploded the thread.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||I'm not sure that GR3 has a||
I'm not sure that GR3 has a position in the NBA. I really doubt he can play 4, and he hasn't really shown he can create his own shot, which would seem to be pretty important at the 3. I think coming back next year and developing that aspect of his game will be essential. Maybe his talent is enough to yield a high draft pick from a team hoping to develop him, but he seems like a big risk to me at this point.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||Cool. I'm teaching a class on||
Cool. I'm teaching a class on this stuff soon so I'll do some more research. Anecdotally, I threw both shot and disc in high school, the latter of which does require the "hips before hands" decoupling, and the former of which as you've pointed out doesn't. I was a lot better at disc. Interestingly, the a spinning approach to shotput does require a little bit of that decoupling, moreso than the traditional technique (I forget what it's called).
It's also important to note that a lot of "arm strength" is developed during development, as a kid who throws every day is going to end up with a lower degree of humeral torsion on that side, and therefore a greater ability to externally rotate the shoulder, leading to much greater leverage during the "catapult" motion of throwing. So even someone with a great throwing motion and great musculature might just be out of luck if they don't start early enough.
So yeah, if a high school quarterback has a "weak arm", it's a bad idea to assume that will improve very much after reaching college.
|16 weeks 1 day ago||I don't suppose you have||
I don't suppose you have sources for that? I agree with everything you're saying, so this isn't a "citation needed" situation; I would just love to see an extended scientific discussion of that. My research tangentially includes other non-muscular factors of athletic performance and I haven't seen this particular aspect treated in the literature.
|16 weeks 3 days ago||I wonder if you could combine||
I wonder if you could combine this analysis with transition data. My subjective impression is that it often takes M a while to get into fast break mode,and this may coincide with McGary entering the game. Whether McGary is the direct impetus or not, his numbers would benefit from that. It does seem true that he's a good outlet passer, so he's probably responsible for at least some of the variance.