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|2 days 14 hours ago||Rams comparison||
The big similarity there is Jamie Vardy. The guy was playing non-league football (5th tier of English football or below) until his mid-20's (in a sport where top guys often break into an elite side in their teens) and didn't appear in a top-division game until last season. He's now the leading scorer in the EPL at 29. It's an insane, once in a lifetime type of story going on there right now.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Didn't try||
Haden basically didn't conduct a search at all. And the last one he did resulted in choosing Sark over Petersen, so not sure it would've mattered this time.
You only need to drink at McKay's for a short while to realize what a weird, insulated world the SC athletic department is. Pat had enough gladhanding douches in his circle to feel great about things on a constant basis, even when anyone with any perspective would see plenty of signs for alarm. Or to freak out and make spur of the moment decisions with lasting repercussions when those people seem pissed (firing Kiffin on the bus, dumping Coach O in favor of Sark's magic beans, but then giving Helton a 5 year deal on the basis of one game against a mediocre UCLA team, etc.).
On the flip side, he did a great job with facilities upgrades and hiring Enfield is looking like a pretty slick move.
|3 days 12 hours ago||Improvement||
At least that would be better than Drunk Hoke. Baby steps...
|4 days 8 hours ago||Cherry Coke Zero||
The fucking bee's knees.
|5 days 8 hours ago||Crazy||
Next year Wheatley, Eubanks, McKeon, and Asiasi will be competing to be the #4 tight end on the team. And that guy will still get a chance to see the field and make plays.
When you factor in Harbaugh's ability to get the most out of guys (Williams finally catching balls this year, Houma finally carrying the rock, Chesson scoring on end arounds and kickoffs rather than watching Funchess and Norfleet do it unsuccessfully, etc.), you get people excited and seeing potential in all of these guys.
|1 week 2 hours ago||Yup||
IIRC, you're a UCLA fan and/or season ticket holder? But I think you're right on the money here. Mora is in a fantastic position and can wait for his spot if he ever wants to go to the NFL. Bruins had a ton of injuries this year and still had a pretty good season. And expectations are never what they are across town, so 9+ wins is going to keep him on NFL radars permanently, especially with his pedigree in the league.
People joke about Carroll leaving USC, but he did so after 9 years and with personnel control and one of the highest coaching salaries in the NFL. Then won a Super Bowl and went to another. The NFL is about talent and if Mora can pick his spot he will do very well if/when he makes the jump. But he ain't in no hurry to give up what he's got unless the deal is too good to pass up (as it was for Carroll).
|1 week 2 hours ago||Grammar police||
You misspelled "Titty Bar"
|1 week 5 hours ago||Not a thing||
Both schools will admit him if he meets the NCAA minimum standards. If there is doubt about whether he will meet those standards, SC may have less of a numbers crunch this year and be willing to take a chance (sign him up and if he doesn't enroll deal with it or hope he'll come back eventually after some juco time).
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Facts||
6 of the top 10 leaders in innings pitched came from the NL last year, and 10 of the top 20. The idea that the DH makes it more likely that good pitchers will be taken out of games doesn't correlate with reality in practice.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||More popular with fans||
The Dodgers, Cardinals, Giants (top 3 teams in attendance last year), Cubs, etc. have no shortage of fans. The DH, lack of scoring, length of games, etc. are things people who aren't fans use to criticize the sport or justify their own lack of interest. Catering to people who already don't have an interest in baseball is a futile effort.
Catering to people who aren't fans already is how you end up with a glowing blue ball around a hockey puck on TV. That really drove up the ratings for the NHL didn't it? Soccer has grown in America as more people have access to seeing it played at its highest levels and embracing the sport as it is, not by allowing the players to pick up the ball or turning games into 25-21 shootouts as dumbass old sportswriters often suggest.
Baseball is doing fine. Changing the DH rule in the NL is only going to piss off actual fans, not add any new ones.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Hyperbole||
Ole MIss finished #14 in the AP poll in 2008 and #21 in 2009. They had two shitty seasons under Nutt before Freeze showed up, and he won 7 games in year one. Calling that a tire fire (especially considering the competition in the SEC west at the time) is a pretty big leap.
They also haven't been recruiting at "Saban levels". Last year's class ranked #21 on Rivals (between Arizona State and Michigan State). The 2014 class ranked #19 (MSU was #22). The 2013 class ranked 7th, but the one before was 40th.
Saban had the #1 class in 2012, 2013, 2014, and was #2 behind USC in 2015. So yeah, they aren't really close at all.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Nowhere near Mississippi||
Since Freeze has been there, all of their 4-star or higher guys on Rivals have been from the southeast except for two guys from Texas (and two more from Texas in the current class) and Treadwell.
Outside of one guy, they are getting people from the SEC footprint, not luring blue-chip kids from the backyard of OSU or USC. They are getting guys who live within driving distance of Oxford for the most part.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Gradual improvement and history||
Johnny Vaught won 75% of his games over a 20+ year period in the 50's and 60's, so there is history there. He won the Sugar Bowl 5 times and the Cotton Bowl once, in addition to finishing in the top-10 of the AP poll ten times.
Starting in the mid-90's they've been on a decent upward trajectory. Tuberville took them to bowl games that they won in each of his last two years. Cutcliffe started with 5 straight winning seasons and added three more bowl wins, before getting fired after one bad year. And Houston Nutt won the Cotton Bowl twice before back to back losing seasons got him replaced by Freeze.
So it isn't like they've sucked of late, and they do have a pretty elite run under Vaught to point to as the gold standard. Throw in the nice campus, the fact that recruiting rankings skew toward the SEC (all the other teams are having highly rated classes too, so it isn't like Ole MIss is an outlier). Since Freeze has won 7-8-9-10 games in his four years, they should be able to keep the ball rolling somewhat.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Warren||
He got a 3rd round grade and was already an all-conference player. Problem was he showed up injured (ankle) at the combine and ran a shitty 40 time so nobody wanted to take a chance on him.
Shazor was a consensus All-American and one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award (along with future Pro Bowlers Antrel Rolle and Carlos Rogers). People watching college football failed to realize he played more like a linebacker than an NFL safety, but you can see why he would've assumed he'd at least be drafted.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||So...||
All I have to do is be on Elaine's Christmas card list?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Facts||
How long does it take to drive to Dodger Stadium (from any random point in the city) at 6:30? Though I'm sure the owners of a team with the highest attendance in MLB are pissed that some may stop buying concessions after the 7th inning. As for "ditching" the Lakers, they have the #11 attendance in the NBA (despite having the 2nd worst record in the NBA). If you look at StubHub, tickets for Sunday's game against the Rockets start at $70 (plus fees). When the Rockets play the Clippers the following night, tickets start at $19 (plus fees). You can't buy a nosebleed seat to a Laker game all year on StubHub for under $50 (and nose bleed seats at Staples Center are atrociously bad).
USC was 18th in CFB attendance this year and UCLA was 22nd. Both had fairly mediocre seasons. And I don't know about UCLA, but SC has been quite willing in recent years to sell fewer tickets if it means keeping prices high (in fact their planned renovation of the Coliseum will reduce capacity by about 15,000 seats to somewhere between 75,000 and 80,000). I won't bring up how difficult it is to drive in and out of both venues on game day, since I'm sure in your 17 years in LA you've made that trek at least once.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Winning||
MSU has made the tourney 18 years in a row. Half of those years (9 times) they've made the Elite Eight. 7 times they've gone to the Final Four.
Wisconsin has made the tourney 17 years in a row and won a game 13 of those times.
IU has insane history, no football or hockey success to distract from basketball, and even Mike Davis (title game appearance) and Tom Crean (two Sweet 16's) have had at least some success there.
Michigan didn't make the tourney for over a decade. Beilein has done a tremendous job, but has missed the tourney twice since we got the ball rolling in 2009. We've made it to the second weekend of the tournament twice in the last 20 years (compared to Izzo's 13 Sweet 16 appearances).
It isn't about fans. It is about history and success. College freshmen weren't conscious beings the last time MSU or Wisconsin missed the tourney. Conversely, a kid who enrolled at Michigan in 1998 had to wait until nearly his 30's to experience a trip to the big dance (a trips that was emphatically ended by Blake Griffin).
We're getting there, but other programs currently have a leg up. It looks like Wiscy's run may be ending. Hopefully a similar fate can befall the folks in East Lansing before too long.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Roof||
It won't make things any hotter (not that LA weather is ever really "hot"), and will allow the venue to host indoor events like the Final Four. This "roof" will also be able to project ads/video to everyone flying into LAX, which will produce a nice chunk of ad revenue, which is just part of the reason Kroenke is willing to build a stadium on his own in LA rather than accept public money in St. Louis, and why other NFL owners are happy to let him do it.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Post NIT run?||
Even that seems like glory days stuff. My last year with student tickets was 2002-03 (team that started like shit, then played all the freshmen and went 10-6 in B1G but was ineligible for post-season). All the season tickets were GA as far as I remember and if you showed up a half hour early (I usually did because of my Marine dad and OCD) you could pretty much run around on the court doing cartwheels and nobody would stop you (I usually didn't because of my Marine dad and OCD).
|3 weeks 6 days ago||How far we've come||
Just be glad students are willing to sit in the upper deck. I remember a few seasons where I probably could have gotten some playing time in the actual game with just an MDen purchase, a little hair gel, and some Gavin Groninger-esque temporary tattoos.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||On the same page||
I replied above as well, and I think most of those LA/OC "fans" Spanos and Fabiani trumpeted to justify their move to LA aren't really "fans" at all, but rather ticket brokers, people who casually buy tickets for a year or two and then realize it isn't worth the effort to travel down to SD 8 Sundays every fall, and maybe a few deranged football fanatics who just want to see NFL games and the Chargers are the only remotely feasible game in town. Maybe as an alternative to the Raiders in Carson the Chargers could have developed an LA fanbase (Raiders have lots of fans but also lots who would never become fans). As an alternative to the Rams there really isn't any alternative. One is an historic LA franchise and one isn't.
Rams always had the best plan, Chargers had the most to lose, and Raiders had the least to go back to.
NFL went with the best plan, and I think Spanos was surprised what he thought were longstanding personal connections didn't mean shit when it came to an anonymous vote with billions of bucks on the line.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Chargers number||
Having talked to a handful of former season ticket holders in very southern OC, I would like to know how many of those supposed customers are really just ticket brokers. Or football fanatics going simply because there is no other NFL option.
That 25% number was used by Spanos and Co. to justify moving, but they only brought it up after Kroenke was ready to actually come to LA. I really think the Chargers actions have been about protecting a low-investment business model that worked when there wasn't another pro football team within 300 miles.
Now that that ship has sailed, I think you'll see Spanos attempt to mend fences and embrace SD. Playing second fiddle in LA can't appeal, and he doesn't have the money to be a true equity partner with Kroenke (especially post relocation fee). He better step up in SD and has to be hoping a deal can get done in Oakland for the Raiders.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Based on...||
Last year the Dodgers led MLB in attendance and the Angels were 5th (Bay Area teams were 3rd and 27th, NY teams were 4th and 12th, Chicago were 6th and 26th, Beltway teams were 11th and 19th). Kings and Ducks were at 100.2 and 98.3 percent of capacity last year (attendance and capacity were higher than the NY teams and no other market has multiple NHL franchises). The Lakers and Clippers essentially sell out every night, with both averaging 19,000 fans. Nobody gives a fuck about the Clppers and they draw more than 2/3 of the NBA. In the same building as the Lakers. The Nets are 28th in attendance.
LA was a town without a legit stadium because of politics surrounding the Coliseum and a pair of shitty owners shopping for a sweetheart deal (Georgia and Al). Those deals got them tarped upper decks in Oakland and a ditched dome in St. Louis.
Now that an actually well to do owner is building the finest sporting venue on the planet, I think Angelenos will be more than happy to turn up and watch the nation's most popular sport in person.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Chargers aren't moving||
If they were they would be doing so right now. They wanted to stop the Rams from entering the SoCal market (which allows the Chargers to sell out at high prices even with a shitty stadium because fans of midwest and east coast teams will pay a premium when their favorite team visits every 4-5 years). They failed to do so. Now they will use their option as leverage to get as much public money in SD as possible.
Raiders may end up in LA if Oakland can't get things together, but the Chargers will now make a deal in SD. They have no desire to play second fiddle to the Rams, a year or more behind schedule, playing God knows where (Coliseum can host one, Rose Bowl is out, and nobody else is lining up to be an NFL venue before 2019).
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Privately funded||
Kroenke is paying for the stadium himself without any public funding. The Chargers/Raiders proposed Carson project was also going to be 100% privately funded. The Rams turned down public money in St. Louis.
You are shouting at spirits.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Politics||
Fabiani's comments all stem from the Chargers business position, which is all about blocking the Rams (or anyone else) from moving to LA, not about the situation in San Diego. And it makes sense. If you track StubHub, the Chargers had far higher ticket prices than the Raiders or Rams this year, despite a shitty stadium and a team planning to leave town. Why? Because Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, and PIttsburgh came to town (in addition to the division rivals, especially the Raiders). Every transplant fan in southern California is going to make an effort to go, especially when his team only comes a few times a decade. Tickets to the Steelers game were going for close to $200 bucks, even in the upper deck, on the secondary market. If the Steelers played regularly in LA, maybe even twice as often, nobody would drive down to San Diego or pay those crazy prices. The Chargers spokespeople regularly talked about how much business of theirs is generated from counties north of LA as justification for moving, but really it was about fear of losing that business that has nothing to do with the Chargers at all and everything to do with them being the only NFL game within 300 miles.
Spanos has benefitted from an empty LA market for 20 years. When Kroenke took real steps to move, he plead poverty and tried to form an alternate plan. When money trumped his assumed personal connections with other owners, he didn't jump to join the Rams in Inglewood.
My guess is the option will be used as leverage and SD will build a stadium (they weren't that far away from a legit proposal if the Chargers hadn't abandoned the bargaining table). Spanos doesn't want to play second fiddle in LA. He just didn't want Kroenke horning in on his non local fan business.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Tails never fails||
I'll fill out the tax forms and Hackett can put the check for my consulting fee in the mail.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Scott||
He was more recent. Committed in the early days of Hawkins' tenure, largely because his uncle was on the team at CU. Played less than expected as a freshman, his uncle transferred to UCLA, so he ended up leaving too and landed at USF. Sat out a year then had an 800+ yard season, immediately went pro only to go undrafted and end up quickly out of football.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Marcus Houston||
Ton of hype, played sparingly as other guys had a lot of success (he was there when they had the big upsets of Nebraska and Texas to win the Big 12 when Nebraska still ended up in the national title game because of the BCS computers). RB coach called him by a girl's name and he eventually transferred to CSU.
According to a buddy of mine who went to CU, he also put on some entertaining in-class presentations where he was somehow able to relate any important literary or historical figure/event to rap stars of the day.
EDIT: And it was 15 years ago, not 10. OP is old.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Better deal for most||
Alabama had seven guys drafted last year. At least one didn't make a team and appears to be out of the league already. They signed 25 new recruits to replace their departures.
Average salary in the CFL is about $80K and in the Arena League it is under $50K and most guys have a second job (with the same short average span as the NFL).
For the overwhelming majority of college football players, getting a free education and room&board (plus the perks mentioned in the article as well as the increased name recognition and the job opportunities that can come with that) ends up being a vastly superior deal to what they would receive on the open market, even at the supposed football factories.