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|2 weeks 2 days ago||WVU is/was never an option||
It's not close to being prestigious enough academically for the B1G and its self-image. It's not considered a close to Top 100 school.
For example, I just looked it up: WVU's acceptance rate is 85%. Both Pitt and UMD are around 50% (and UM is 33%, FWIW). Even MSU is 67%.
Plus, if you got Pitt, you don't need the (very tiny) WVU market.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||They're still in trouble, now and in the future||
- They're not getting a "full" share, but they are getting some. They'd still have a deficit with B1G money.
- More to the point, Rutgers seems to assume that when B1G Network money comes fully "on" for them, that it will still be as high (or higher) than it is today. I think that is a terrible assumption, as unbundling will very likely be in meaningful, if not full, effect by then (e.g., Verizon already fire the first big shot about a month ago, and is currently being sued by ESPN and Fox). Sports networks are going to have to make it on their own, and the B1G Network won't be able to ride the coattails of the 95%-plus viewers who don't care about their network.
- Finally, Rutgers administration seems incompetent, and has been for a long time. Even with more money coming in, it seems they would figure out a way to have many more millions going out.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I don't necc disagree, but seemed like a package deal||
I agree Maryland is a) better academically and b) much better in revenue sports than Rutgers, and thus a better fit. But if I recall, one of the things Delaney & co trumpted about the expansion was that the B1G was adding *two* east coast teams, so they could link up with Penn State to form a nice set of "natural" rivalries.
So I'm not sure if the B1G would have added Maryland and, say, Pitt or Mizzou.
And if I had a choice, I'd rather take neither UMD and Rutgers than have to take both. UMD will be very, very good in b-ball next year, but they've never maintained their success for long. Perhaps this time it will be different, but still, Rutgers is such an anchor and the B1G is so good in basketball anyway, adding UMD was very nice, but not worth it.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Whoa||
So you're telling me at least they're running up deficits for a good reason, then?
I knew they had a good women's b-ball team but I didn't realize that's basically *all* they had.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I like Wyandotte...||
...but it is not a short drive to AA, at all. You have to go to the Southfield (the non-fwy part) to even get to I-94, and then you still have a ways to go.
It's still a fun town to a visit, and a good place to live if where you need to go is places like Dearborn, Detroit, the east side, etc. But if you're heading west regularly, there's a lot better options.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||It's the okie-doke move||
The biggest story of the Super Bowl should have been Kam Chancellor's hit on Julian Edelman in the 4th quarter. Not only was a helmet-to-helmet hit not called, but Edelman was allowed to stay in the game when it is 99% sure he was concussed.
Thus, when it was important, the NFL didn't flag a brain-rattling hit, nor did it care that a very, very likely concussed player was still out there running around. Edelman literally could have been killed if he received another head shot like that, as 2nd concussions are very dangerous.
One positive: quietly, after the season, the NFL changed its rules (which, in theory would prevent Shane Morris or Julian Edelman situations).
But sure...let's focus on the proper inflation of footballs. Because, the children.
|3 weeks 14 hours ago||Love that show, but Shaq...||
...is just OK.
He actually makes good comments sometimes, and as shown on this clip, can contribute (not necc on purpose) to the comedy. But his extremely low voice makes him inaudible for good portions of the show. That is a problem when you are a commentator.
Webber was actually better with this group, but now he's moving up the ranks of TNT analysts (I think he's essentially co-#1, tied with Reggie Miller now), so he's not going to be there.
But Charles, Kenny and Ernie? Awesome.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||He beat Joe Louis' ass.||
He beat Joe Louis' ass.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||Just went to Flint a couple months ago with my young son||
Had a nice time. Ate downtown at the Halo Burger (awesome) and then went to the Sloan Museum to see a traveling video game exhibit. The city definitely has fallen on some hard times, but still has some real gems (e.g., I had no idea it even had a Cultural Center), and hopefully it can get better through project's like #Eating.
Hopefully I'll make it to the Ypsi event. Corner Brewery is a fun place.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||A fantastic movie||
That movie has great dialogue. Val Kilmer kills it.
And in the scene above, "OK God.....Let me have it!"
|7 weeks 4 days ago||Was the reporter black?||
An alternate interpetation, rather than talking about Kaminsky, is maybe he was talking to/about the reporter. His whole comment was "Fuck that n*....oh my god", like maybe Kaminsky is the last person he wants to answer a question about (which is immature, but that's not out of play here). The "oh my god" is the part that indicates it to me, like he's exasparated at having to answer a question.
Have no idea, and my guess is he was talking about Kaminsky, but I think it's a possibility.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Lean out your car window and||
Lean out your car window and say loudly, with two fingers in the air..."Utah! Get me two!"
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Yeah, how is this debatable? Men's bball has a scoring prob||
There have been some atrocious games this season. Teams basically either drive to the basket and/or chuck long three pointers. It's a brick-fest. The average team can't run a set to save their life most times.
Of course there are exciting games (e.g., ND-UK), but even for the good teams, teams are really limited offensively. This leads to a lot of games in the 50s and 60s, or even worse, which unless your team is really good at passing and just happens to want to limit possessions, is boring to watch.
An exception to this is NCAA tourney games which people a) just remember the close/exciting games and b) are interesting, even if they are poorly played b/c people have money on the line. That's why gambling was invented -- it creates excitement. Outside the tourney, though, the product has to stand on its own. And right now, men's bball has a problem.
And I say this as someone who has no time for women's bball. But the headline part of what the pompous Geno A say is correct.
|9 weeks 5 hours ago||Hackett's got another tough job to do; hope he's on top of it||
His first one was firing Hoke and finding a great replacement. He beat the odds and knocked that out of the park with the Harbaugh hire.
He now has to confront how to gracefully, yet firmly, guide Red out. Next year needs to be the last. This is a Bobby Bowden-situation. That wasn't handled perfectly by FSU, but they got it done. With Jimbo Fisher in place, instead of an all-time great past his prime, it is not a coincidence that FSU is now back to being an elite school.
If UM waits for Red to end it, on his own, that could 2-3 more years of desultory performances. UM owes Red a lot, but they don't owe him a job for life.
|9 weeks 2 days ago||He didn't miss!||
Anyone who shoots 100% from the field is a good recruit in my book. Sign him up.
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I don't know how you can call it anything else||
This isn't little league or high school sports. This is big-time college sports, where hundreds of millions get spent by programs and billions by TV networks. Players at Power 5 conferences seek that spotlight and top competition out. It's OK to be honest.
The season was failure. Not a total one, as there were some nice building pieces for next year, but they were (at best) NIT-bound before all the injuries due to horrible losses at home to NJIT and EMU. In the end, they weren't even that close to making the NIT because they were (understandably) not seen as one of the best 75 teams in the country. That is not good.
I'm looking forward to next year, even though I expect Levert to go pro, and think they should be an easy NCAA team (and perhaps contend for the B1G title if Dawkins continues his meteoric rise, Irvin continues his late season rapid development, and Walton returns fully healthy). But this year was a bust.
|12 weeks 2 hours ago||Did that once for a job interview||
Got dressed in the darkness. Didn't realize until I got to the parking lot of the place I was going (where it was now light b/c the sun had come up) that I had a Drevno-like ensemble on b/c I'd grabbed the coat for suit A and pants for suit B. Couldn't do anything about it, so went on in.
Needless to say I did not emphasize my attention to detail when discussing my strengths as a candidate.
|12 weeks 2 days ago||Knowing Philly fans, my guess||
Knowing Philly fans, my guess is there is more frustrated rage than bewildered resignation.
|12 weeks 3 days ago||Straight cash, homey.||
Straight cash, homey.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||"Little bit of money"?||
We're talking about $2 million. That's literally more money than 95% of Americans have. And that's assuming they have no other assets (e.g., retirement income) which is highly unlikely for someone making $250k.
This is not about "selling your soul" -- millions of people happily move to other great areas b/c they can get more for their dollar. It's all about what you value and the choices you have, and this family has plenty of options, much more than any reasonable "middle" class could ever hope to have. That's a great lifestyle. Not pefect, but it's comparatively great. The options are there -- they just have to choose what lifestyle they want to lead.
If this family really wants to live in Palo Alto, great. They might have family, jobs, whatever. Then it costs $2 million to live there. That's b/c where they live is highly, highly, highly coveted, which means it is highly valuable. That makes you wealthy.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Who says they have (much) of a mortgage? That doesn't make sense||
I highly doubt they are highly leveraged. The writer doesn't mention that and besides, basic mortgage math doesn't suport that.
With an income of $250k (I assume pre-tax), it is basically impossible that they bought a $2 million house recently; they wouldn't be able to get the loan, as the mortgage payment & property taxes would be $9k a month (or more) -- that's $108k per year. That's not happening, esp when you've got $50k a year in tuition. They wouldn't have any money for food or clothes!
Much, much more likely is they bought the house 15-25 years ago (when they started having kids, prime home buying time) for about $500-$700k and then they rode the price appreciation, as Bay Area real estate has skyrocketed, going up 175-250% over the past 15 years. So my guess is if they sold the home for $2 million, they'd clear at least $1.6 million, if not more (as beyond price appreciation, they'd likely mostly paid off the mortgage over time).
They're wealthy. They have assets. Selling is an option, if they want to take it.
|13 weeks 6 days ago||Exactly -- you are paying for N CA. They're upper class||
As stated, they have an asset worth $2 million. They could sell that and take the proceeds and buy (as she points out ) a really nice house in Ann Arbor or, if you want to go even bigger (3000 square foot), in Canton, Plymouth Twp, etc for $400k. This scenario can be replicated in literally hundreds of very appealing cities across the U.S.
With the $1.6 million remaining*, they could literally live off the interest without eating the principal. If you earn 5% a year, that's $80k a year. That's the median income for Canton and 10% more than Ann Arbor.
But you want to live in Palo Alto? Fine. Then it's worth $1.6 million to do so. Only non-middle class folks (i.e., "upper class") folks have the opportunity to make those million-dollar plus decisions.
* I know I'm not taking into account taxes on the house proceeds, but I'm also assuming these folks couldn't find any work once they move, which seems very, very unlikely and that they have no retirement savings which seems even more unlikely. Also, if earning 5% seems high, fine; they can take $40k out in principal every year, which will last for 25+ years until retirement.
|14 weeks 1 day ago||We need to get Michael Shannon to read that end section...||
...of 9 paragraphs in a dark room with some ominous music in the background.
http://youtu.be/dngOH9G4UPw (Embedding unfortunately restricted by Funny or Die)
|15 weeks 2 days ago||We can schedule East Coast teams...||
...without them being in the conference. The UConn game was a perfect example of this (e.g., it allowed Derek Jeter and his hottie girlfriend Hannah Davis to easily attend).
Maryland and (especially) Rutgers is/was a mistake. The B1G is now an amalgamation of teams, some of whom occasionally play each other, when the moon phases hit.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Phil Knight is the Emperor||
He changes up the helmets and uniforms every once in awhile to get new recruits.
|15 weeks 2 days ago||Search is very, very, very profitable||
I could have probably stuck a few more "very's" in there.
They dominate a key aspect of the economy, search (particular web search), like few companies dominate. They literally are a verb (let me Google that). Thus, they make billions and billions from search ads every year, as there are not many alternatives (Yahoo? AOL? Or even Bing? Please).
They are using this search cash to buy and develop anything and everything, as web searching is becoming less important (e.g., on mobile, there is less screen size to display results or you might just ask your Twitter follower or Facebook friends for the "answer" to one of your searches). That's why they bought Android, YouTube, Waze, Nest, etc, and why they are developing cable systems. They want to dominate the "Internet of Things", and use their search technology across all devices -- from refrigerators to homes to cars to phones.
|15 weeks 3 days ago||The Illini can do worse than the Stormtroopers*||
Let's look at their record: I know they lost in IV. But they won in V. Then lost again in VI. But in I, they no-showed, Then in II they won(?) over the droid army and in III they won(?) again (after switching sides)?
So that is a record of 3-2, which prorates to 7-5, which I think Illinois would take at this point.
*I might have this wrong, as I found the pre-quels hopelessly boring and confusing (e.g., so Obi-Wan is going to that planet get the Storm Troopers, i.e., Clones, to help battle the droid army and Count Dooku, who is really a double agent working for Chancellor Palpatine, aka the Emperor, who really is going to take over the Storm Troopers once there becomes an empire -- so all this means I should have been rooting for the droid army in II? Ah screw it...I wouldn't have to think of these dumb pre-quels if I did have young family members who asked about these things)
|15 weeks 6 days ago||O'Korn is effectively a 2016 recruit||
He can't play in 2015; Malzone and Gentry can.
So unless you think it is a "game" or somehow unethical for UM to recruit QBs for 2016, your post isn't even apples to apples. It's just dumb.
|16 weeks 3 hours ago||Old Dennis Miller joke||
Back when he was a stand-up:
"Jimmy Cracked Corn, and I don't care.......now what the hell kind of attitude is that?
|17 weeks 14 hours ago||It's now up to $125k in damages||
This fraternity may get blamed for dog & cats living together, as this continues to get assessed.