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|9 hours 50 min ago||Oh, I get that some people||
Oh, I get that some people may not care about football. But here's the thing. the people scheduling the wedding may not care about it, but their guests do. I have never been to a fall weekend where people didn't bitch about missing games, not one.
There's also the fact that in the fall everyone has paid for the summer weddings they had to go to and are starting to get tapped out.
|11 hours 28 min ago||The only reason I've missed||
The only reason I've missed Michigan games has been because there is a wedding that directly conflicts, such as my cousins for the 2011 Minnesota game.
I just don't understand fall weddings, everyone already spent their money on the summer wedding season and people are sick of them, and it's football season and your guests are going to be distracted.
|3 days 14 hours ago||I think the crushing||
I think the crushing disappointment was a completely appropriate response to the dumbest game ever.
|1 week 1 day ago||Unless he's continuing to get||
Unless he's continuing to get the feeling that Coleman is trending away and that he'll at best be a highly regarded second choice. I think last years SG follies may have made him extra cautious in this regard.
|1 week 1 day ago||Last year was a total tire||
Last year was a total tire fire that was built on a bed of hopes and dreams at the beginning of the season. It changed people's perceptions of the program and of the overall media relations piece. Skepticism is just going to be built in at this point. Be happy you're not broken, but realize that you are......indeed....one of the few.
|1 week 6 days ago||BYU fans don't have a||
BYU fans don't have a compelling united dislike of another school. All non Mormons, Utah St., and Utah fans dislike BYU. When BYU were kings of the Mountain West their fans were also pretty unbearable so you have a lot of lingering resentment there as well.
|1 week 6 days ago||Yeah it should be BYU unless||
Yeah it should be BYU unless the Vegas transplants are shifting the numbers,
|1 week 6 days ago||Nevada has a lot of||
Nevada has a lot of transplants. Likely looking at that plus a low population and a state with no compelling college rooting interest for the natives and you get weird results like that. As a native Nevadan I still am mad at my state for this. Glad Air Force is no longer Idaho's most hated.
|1 week 6 days ago||Woohoo, this is great news!||
Woohoo, this is great news! and most surprising!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That's not exactly accurate,||
That's not exactly accurate, but it does have a tangential relationship to the truth. There was a commandant of cadets years ago(Walsh or Welsh I think was his name), who had a problem with proselytization and it gave a man named Mikey Weinstein, who is the definition of a pain in the ass advocate an in to talk about all the perceived slights he suffered at the academy. The academy bent over backwards to get Mikey to shut up, but he took it as encouragement to continue being a pain in the ass and escalate every little incident he comes across as being a "major problem". I never heard or saw much proselytizing while I was there, beyond chaplains ensuring cadets knew when services were(across all faiths BTW). Some cadets would send out e-mails about events their faith group was holding, but they were A) invitations and and B) mostly ignored. Someone getting offended by any of that is going out of their way to be difficult.
I think the big thing is that academy/ies are made up of a (mostly) conservative student body, that may seem to be overly religious to a kid from New York City. And I can see how an invitation may be seen as pressuring, but to an extent the question that comes up here is how far do you go to make sure a group of 18-22 year old kids locked up in a tower far away from the public never offend each other as they try to live their lives. What is seen by one person as reaching out and offering an invitation can be seen by another as proselytizing or pressuring and if you're encouraged to take your complaints to the authorities or a group of advocates trying to stir up trouble instead of, Oh I don't know, "TALKING TO EACH OTHER AND FIGURING IT OUT LIKE ADULTS." these are the kind of bullshit stories that are going to come out because everyone sees the academies as their own little petri dishes with specimens they need to control instead of places where a lot of young adults are doing a lot of growing up really fast in a difficult environment.
Sorry long rant. Basically yes, there was an issue with a commander that was proselytizing to cadets. It got shut down and dealt with, but the academy continues to deal with the echoes of it because an advocate realized he could use it to further his own agenda. I think it points to the fact that generals lose touch with reality and tend to think they can do whatever they want rather than the place being a hotbed of religious activism.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||This probably serves as the||
This probably serves as the other side of the story: The Gazette Journals OSI source was a kid who was kicked out of the academy, because he said he was working as an OSI informant in a confidential program. For the last year he has been trying to put pressure on the academy to let him back in and has spoken to OSI about alot of the "operations" he was in. The fact that the program exists pisses me off to high heaven, but I know from several academy sources that the relationship between this particular young man and the truth is not exactly tight. The Gazette-Journal always sells a lot of papers when it sensationalizes events at the academy and while I am sure there is some truth to the report, I can never get over the suspicion that the gazette-journal is twisting the facts to its own purposes. Finally, the Title IX thing that is causing so much pressure on other schools has been causing pressure on the academy for even longer, Back in 2002/2003 there was a huge scandal there on the same thing, so you're looking at a long period of time of having that type of lens at the school.
As far as what the culture there is actually like, this is based on what I remember from my time at the Academy(Long ago when dinosaurs ruled the earth), keeping in mind I was both A) not an intercollegiate athlete and B) not especially good friends with any intercollegiate athletes so most of what I heard was second or third hand.
1. I never heard a damn thing about roofies or date rape drugs and simply cannot imagine that being something that was widely passed around as the athlete's didn't really need them. Most cadet athlete's got all the play they wanted as they were the ones that the cadet women tended to want(I think it's a bad boy thing writ in academy terms) and they also tended to have civilian buddies on the outside at the other campuses. I can imagine wild parties where lots of stuff happened that the girls may not have been proud about the next day happened, but I doubt very highly that date rape drugs were required, this feels like the embellishments of the confidential informant.
2. There has always been a tendency at the Academy to make things look worse than they are, so that cadet leaders and officers can make nice bullet points about, "Things they've done to change the culture." There's a ton of politically correct BS at the academy and given the academy is such an easy target it tends to capitulate to whoever has an issue so they will get left alone. The problem is that advocates never give in when they smell blood and instead push for more and more concessions. I am willing to bet that most of the articles cited in the above pissing contest came from the work of one Mikey Weinstein, who has had a stick up his ass about the academy being too Christian ever since he graduated. He's noisy, never satisfied, and made a ton of hay at the right time and so his megaphone has never really been turned down even as the "controversies" he highlights get dumber and dumber.
3. The academy has always had trouble incorporating intercollegiate athletes into the overall program, although I'll say the same thing I have always said, the life of an intercollegiate athlete at the academy is HARD(if not quite as hard as the media makes it out to be, every grad rolls their eyes when the announcers say these guys have the full burden of military stuff on top of school and athletics) and I would not have traded places with any of them. Seeing those men and women come back up to the dorms after practice, grabbing something to eat really quickly and then studying until they fell asleep exhausted along with the fact that during the season their weekends were SHOT, did not fill me with any particular envy and it was understandable they let the military stuff slide or would be excused from certain military events. The simple fact is there's a significant number of cadets at the academy who are there only because it allowed them to play their sport at a D1 level. There's a place for them in the military, but they're generally going to have a harder time buying into the overall program.
4. Finally, bad apples have always made it into the academy and always will, you can't control for that, some people just suck and endless appeals to honor and discipline aren;t going to move their needles. There should be higher expectations for the academies and their cadets, but this continually acting like they are all suppossed to be paragons of light and virtue is bad marketing and unfair to everyone involved.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||It may quiet the noise from||
It may quiet the noise from reporters and fans, so to a certain extent if it turns down the volume even a little I think it's worth a go if thats what the guy wants to do.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I think that's somewhat||
I think that's somewhat mitigated by the fact there were other strong leaders on those teams to be the yin to Hutchinson's Yang(similar to how Art Shell and Gene Upshaw kept the Raiders together in the 70's despite the cast of "colorful" characters that were on the roster). I wonder if there was much of a counterbalance to Lewan's style from a similarly strong personality. If there wasn't then I can see how chemistry could have been a problem last year and made things worse once the cracks began to show.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Dee Hart comes to mind. I||
Dee Hart comes to mind.
I think the answer here is, as Wanda Sykes would say, F___ Florida!
(Remembers Denard, Gallon, Vince Smith, Odoms, et al and joke no longer funny..........).
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||I don;t think that's a given||
I don't think that's a given at all. There're way too many breadcrumbs in the R+L=J direction and it only becomes more obvious on re-reads, the first time I was searching the text for the reasons behind the theory and trying to argue it and the subsequent times it more felt like I was confirming my bias, but I have a hard time seeing how the argument gets made another way.
That all being said it is patently obvious that George likes to "F' with us, so while this could have been his original plan I can see him switching it up, just because he doesn't like feeling predictable.
|3 weeks 6 hours ago||The Jaime and Arya pieces||
The Jaime and Arya pieces were good and the Cersei pieces are critical to understanding events in the land, just filtered through the lens of an extremely unpleasant character.
Otherwise agree, large portions of that book were nigh unreadable and I wonder how much him being pissed off at the Iraq war and "needing to say something" contributed to it(for reference the part where the BoB comes back is a pretty powerful allegory). Not arguing it being right or wrong, just wondering at the effects.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Agreed. Definitely taking a||
Agreed. Definitely taking a SH%* happens sometimes approach on this one.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Either somebody has been||
Either somebody has been drinking or the stream of consciousness writing style is getting more popular than I thought.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Was not expecting this!||
Was not expecting this! Great news and welcome aboard!
|4 weeks 5 hours ago||It's especially heartbreaking||
It's especially heartbreaking considering Spurs were seven points clear with only two months to go in the season, before England fired Capello and 'Onest 'Arry just stopped giving a damn and Spurs got pipped for the Champions League, what a bummer.
My bias is obvious, but pick Spurs, Michigan fans love heartbreak or we wouldn;t be Michigan fans, the ride with Spurs is painful, but infinitely more interesting. plus the color scheme is good. Arsenal's color scheme has red in it(gross!)
|5 weeks 5 days ago||We'll lose but it's nice to||
We'll lose but it's nice to be in the conversation.
|7 weeks 2 days ago||I'd say the beer and food are||
I'd say the beer and food are better in Belgium than they are in Indiana though, so they make up for the inherent boringness.
|8 weeks 12 hours ago||Generally the most annoyingly||
Generally the most annoyingly smug anti-American lectures I have gotten when overseas have been from French people or Francophone Belgians and they tend to be unsolicited(I have never figured out why people feel they can tell you everything that's wrong with your country the first time you meet them, doesn't seem to happen to anyone but Americans and I am always polite and find nice things to say about whatever country I am in or where someone is from, it gets tiring)So from my angle there's a certain, "Oh, yeah. Well the hell with you too." aspect to it.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||False. Jake Ryan exists as||
False. Jake Ryan exists as well.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||As a Tottenham fan I both||
As a Tottenham fan I both love and hate it, love because they used my team, hate because it shows Gareth Bale still as a Spur and I miss that Welsh magician.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Put the booze down and sleep||
Put the booze down and sleep it off.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||They were exhausted and not||
They were exhausted and not the desperate team trying to stave off elimination tough situation to last through against a team with as much offensive talent as Portugal.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Just like Ghana was supposed||
Just like Ghana was supposed to get blown out by Germany as well, eh? Sounding like a negative ass isn't exactly being the voice of reason.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Ronaldo is sometimes just||
Ronaldo is sometimes just going to do that. US looked completely worn out and the goal felt like it was meant to happen. I'll take the positive that the USA looked very good and had some great moments against a good Portugal team.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||That was an absolute sitter!||
That was an absolute sitter! Just a sign of Portugals luck right now. US acquitting themselves well but that may be the chance of the game.