landing spot. will be interesting to see how he does.
- Member for
- 6 years 47 weeks
- View recent blog entries
- This is a power play from the content providers. No matter how you get your live/current television content, be it through traditional cable/fiber or though the Internet, you are going to be paying for the same bundles -- directly or indirectly -- the days of your cable company, big or small, negotiating for content on your behalf will be over soon. The prices will be set by the content providers and there will be little wiggle room -- Apple, Sling, Sony, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, Time Warner, and local/regional cable will all be in the same boat, negotiating for their cut.
- It looks like the Michigan football schedule will be largely contained in one bundle, thanks to this marriage (affair?) between Fox and Disney. The only game I can think of that might not make it is 2019 at Arkansas (an SEC home game, so likely on CBS).
- True à la carte programming that allows you to pick and choose live sports is still a long, long way off. This is all controlled by four or five conglomerates, and my wife is going to keep on contributing to Tom Brady's salary in order to get her HGTV. [Just kidding -- she's actually a rabid OSU-hating fan born and raised in Ann Arbor. But you get my point.]
|20 hours 18 min ago||A gamble for United||
He did some serious damage to his standing with players and staff last year at Chelsea -- it seemed qualitatively different from his past stops. It may be harder to turn that around than he (and the Man U leadership) thinks.
Gotta feel for Juan Mata -- #10 at Chelsea, then the Chosen One sells him to United -- he establishes himself there and then, well, it will be interesting to see where he ends up.
|3 days 20 hours ago||You are probably right, but||
You are probably right, and you know more than me about this, but I guess I just think the books are not that hard to write -- the reason the story spun out of control after he blew up the original (trilogy) ending is because it is far too easy for him to churn out chapters.
So I don't see writer's block as being in play. But not giving a shit, as you put it, could fit into it. Having other projects that pay more for less work, too.
The Winds of Winter could be the last book published in the series. HBO is going to stage the finale regardless, and you may be right that after it is completed there will be little incentive for him to finish.
|4 days 13 hours ago||Not just a blueprint||
IIRC, he has said that more than half of the next book is done. The writers were working from finished material up to this point. The books have a sort of pattern -- the first part is where all the loose ends from the previous book are tied up, then everyone heads out to their new adventures. So this episode is that point, the transition where everyone heads out into the unknown.
It wouldn't surprise me at all to learn HBO made a deal to have this season come out before Winds of Winter. I'm not sure I buy the whole story about him not being able to finish it on time -- I'd say it's a win-win -- HBO makes more money from having these "exclusives" while Martin has more time to tinker with the cliffhangers at the end of the next book, which are integral to the start of the final book, which is what HBO really needs from him now -- not the end of Winds of Winter, but the start of the final book.
|4 days 14 hours ago||I don't know||
I think the Waif (the older girl) has got it right, and Arya will leave them, but not until she is one of them.
|4 days 14 hours ago||Doubt||
Doubt the Children are gone -- Meera will need some help getting south. Benjen Stark is the most likely candidate, but the Children could also be involved, especially if he's been living with them all this time.
But it's also possible that was the last of the Children, driven to extinction by their own creation. If so, it (the origin story of the White Walkers and its consequences) is probably a major thread in the next book.
|1 week 20 hours ago||You answered your own question||
My kids are grown and none of them ever had the slightest interest in playing football, so I can't honestly say what I would have done if they had.
But you answered your own question when you said "this is not about whether or not football is dangerous" ... Bullshit -- this is exactly what your "question" is about -- the politics of the sport. What you are saying, and I agree, is that the only way football can survive is if parents (and fans) get involved and force the game to become safer. But you are saying it in the most tribal way possible. You think someone who is a fan but wouldn't let their kids play is a hypocrite. Why don't you just say that?
Then the answer can be as follows: I'll let my kid play when the sport shows that it gives a damn about safety, and not just lip service. I love the game, and I support the current players, but I want it to become safer. You want my kid to play? You want me to be a fan? Make the game safer. Make the people who coach my kids' team go through a not-a-joke training program and then maintain their certification as the sport evolves. Take this shit seriously. It starts at the top -- the NFL -- the culture has to change. I believe it is changing, but the pressure must be maintained. The only power parents (and fans) have is to set conditions on their participation.
|1 week 6 days ago||Pass protection||
For me, the biggest worry is questions about the OL/RBs and whether they can give the new QB time to adjust early in the season without being under constant pressure. It's not just about winning -- it's about giving the QB time to build confidence.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Thanks||
I didn't realize he had played so little this year. Seemed like he played a fair amount last year (during the regular season) ...
I see they have recalled him from the D-league ten [!] times this season:
I guess that's a good sign? They want to get him playing time, but can't do it without sending him down. [Falls into the category of "good problems to have."] But they also want him up-to-speed with the Thunder in case they need him -- so a lot of shuttling back and forth. You don't do that with someone you don't think is useful, right?
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Ironic||
Had same question, looked it up.
Used satirically for a meme that has become cliché.
Brian is saying that he is way too old to have any idea if any particular meme is current, but that's not going to stop him.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Wildlings||
The Wildlings stay at the Wall? Nobody understands the threat better than they. I don't really see them involved in taking Winterfell. But probably I'm wrong.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Three remaining, not two||
Bran's direwolf is still out there, right? So there are three left.
I too hope the Rickon thing is a ruse and that was not his direwolf's head. But remember that all this comes from finished material from Martin (the bulk of the sixth book is finished, including all of the first part, where he always wraps up the cliffhangers from the previous book). This feels like something that is covered in detail there.
But I tend to think, against hope, that Rickon's wolf is dead -- so far, the two confirmed dead are those of non-warg Stark children -- Robb and Sansa. It's known Jon and Bran are wargs, and Arya seems like a prime candidate -- her wolf will almost certainly reappear in the books if not the series. But little Rickon is a bit of a wild card, and so we don't know. But he never really felt like a warg to me.
I still think Bolton is destined to be torn apart by a direwolf, or perhaps a pack of wolves/dogs led by the direwolf last seen here:
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Associated Press||
Has confirmed that PSU settled with the 1971 victim, and the court document suggests they also did so with the 1976 victim. PSU hanging its hat on the fact they settled with these accusers and thus that abuse will always be "alleged" without additional criminal proceedings is, well, disingenuous to say the least.
These both seem to be victims who emerged after the end of the 2012 trial. Likely there are more, but it's also possible the assistants who saw whatever they saw in the 1980s did enough that they interrupted Sandusky's grooming process long enough for some of his would-be victims from that period to escape.
But the bottom line is the hashtag should be simple: #JoeLied
I'm not sure where I stand on the Penn State football program, but I will point out that the B1G is in a position not unlike that of PSU's insurers -- there should have been full disclosure when they joined the conference.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Dunno||
I don't know. I mean I always thought maybe he was hanging on because he wanted his son to replace him or something like that. Or maybe it was all about passing Bryant and getting his name on the NCAA title trophy like he did. There was something selfish about it. It never made sense that it was just about love of the program.
No doubt his suppression of this thing was driven by more than just self interest. But he made a terrible mistake as a younger head coach and then repeatedly, every few years, was forced to perpetuate it even as the culture changed and the excuses (ignorance, whatever) he might have once had eroded away -- and the worst thing is the foundation, with Paterno standing by, knowing what he knew, while Sandusky was given access to large numbers of vulnerable youth.
|3 weeks 5 min ago||Another thing||
Another thing that makes more sense in this light is Paterno's hanging on in his position of power, way past the point where he should have retired and taken up an emeritus role within the university. There was always something off about that. But now it makes a lot more sense -- he couldn't give up that power because he needed it to maintain control over the thing he had been suppressing for more than 30 years.
|3 weeks 53 min ago||Not coincidence||
These look like things dug up by the insurance company's investigators. They have at least 90 million at stake, so unlike Freeh's preliminary work, they had the time, resources, and incentive to dig into the past and find what anyone with actual experience with these kinds of cases likely knew was there.
Frankly, it all makes a lot more sense now. It never really quite added up.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Review from OP||
Okay, after having mused on this with the fire of an OP, here's what I think are the takeaways:
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Right||
I was going to log in to say I thought football recruits who excel at that level are pretty much the opposite -- they work harder with more drive and focus than most, under close scrutiny -- but you hit the nail on the head.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||More or less||
I think in general it is moving toward each company offering its programming, live or otherwise, in a bundle. Or, in this case, two or three of them banding together to offer it all together.
So to get CBS, you'll still need to get their bundle, since they aren't a part of this deal. Not to mention HBO and the like.
Probably their underlying goal is to end the byzantine, localized negotiations that go on for content -- this is a way to bring the cable/fiber companies into line. Once these bundles exist, you'll still be able to get them through your cable/fiber provider, but basically you'll be getting the same thing that someone licensing the bundle directly gets.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||You have plenty of brains||
With excellent focus and a decent work ethic. Your activity here shows that. You have a lot to learn, but the same can be said for us all.
You maybe have some trouble putting yourself into other people's shoes (like John Beilein's, for example), but that's something most people learn to do in their twenties. If not, they become life-long, know-nothing assholes. No way you end up there. So just relax and enjoy the ride.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||The dogs||
I said this above, but I think they carried it through because they wanted to reinforce the point about Ramsay's relationship with his dogs -- they are central to his character, and most of his cruelty involves them -- and of course to train them to do that he has to abuse them.
I'd look for him to be ripped apart by righteous dogs, preferably his own, but I would settle for pissed-off direwolves.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Mmhmm||
I'll say it again (see below) -- Spike will start at Purdue.
He's making a good choice, and Beilein is right in supporting him.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Yes||
Purdue is similar to Michigan in that they have one returning point guard and an incoming freshman. Difference is that the returning guy (P.J. Thompson), while ostensibly the starter last year, I guess, isn't the kind of undisputed starter when healthy that Walton is. The incoming freshman (Carsen Edwards) is not bad, but not nearly as ready for B1G play as X is likely to be at Michigan. Spike, if healthy, could easily start at Purdue.
Also, it isn't clear to me which member of the recruiting class WD et al. think should have been told to go elsewhere to make room for Spike to come back (before Dawkins left). Is there some evidence that Spike and JB are not good? I find that very, very unlikely. Maybe they talked about it after Dawkins left, but this is what is best for Spike, simple as that. A no-brainer for Beilien to support it.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||It was justice, in my mind||
If anyone was responsible for Ramsay being what he is, it was his father -- who did nothing to make him pay for his depravity, and instead elevated him, just because he needed a "mad dog," as in:
"If you acquire a reputation as a mad dog you’ll be treated as a mad dog - taken back to be slaughtered for pig feed." [Roose Bolton, moments before said mad dog killed him.]
Too little, too late.
The whole reason they kept the second scene was for the "I am Lord Bolton" line -- it's all just a set up for that, and that's why it didn't work for most people -- the line would have been just as chilling without the build up. I think they kept it because they wanted to remind the audience of the abused dogs which are central to his character -- a good bet Ramsay gets ripped apart by dogs in the end, or perhaps a direwolf.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Thanks||
For articulating this.
I believe they have a manuscript to work from for most of this season, and an outline for whatever is unfinished. The only real question about that is whether he has been able to return to form and put everything into place for the final book, or whether he is having the same problem with Winds that led to rearranging the chapters of Feast and Dance.
I kind of suspect it is the latter. HBO simply cannot wait. They will go ahead and finish the series without anything more than a rough outline of the final book where everything comes together.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Dragons||
I think the idea is that they can now go find themselves something to eat...
Perhaps roasted Dothraki horsemeat will be on the menu...
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Yes, but||
Yes, but remember all those good players with "offers" who committed but then were rejected by the Admissions office because they had problems with their transcripts or flunked out at mid-season (or were never really serious about meeting Michigan's academic requirements in the first place, and thus were never going to commit) and Michigan was screwed?
Oh, wait. That never happens. I wonder why?
When this happens in the football program, it's not a problem as long as it's not a regular thing. In basketball, even one is a problem.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Bowen||
Bowen actually not a lost cause, as he transferred to a prep in Indiana with high academics, so it seems likely he's waiting for Duke. Also, I see Calipari visited him on March 26.
So MSU doesn't really seem right for him -- if he was set on that he would have stayed in Saginaw. No -- he's waiting for Duke, Kentucky and the like. If those offers don't come, then Michigan has a shot -- it's not like he's never been on campus.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||Two at once||
Whatever it was, it is likely something they did together. So some sort of behavior thing, and not academic. And they are off the team, but no mention of their status with the University. And no mention of "team rules" so it kind of feels like there are privacy concerns here, and it is a University-level issue?
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Better question||
Better question is how many players will still be under par after today? Less than started the day, unless the weather improves considerably. Nobody with more than a few holes played right now is under par for the day.
Maybe 20% chance both Spieth and McIlroy hold it together and end up in the final pairing tomorrow? 50% way too high?
Langer seems like he's in a good position -- bad weather good for the old dogs? He's off to a fast start, anyhow.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Hmm||
1. Regular season > Conference tourney