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|22 hours 27 min ago||I was surprised to learn that||
I was surprised to learn that the Seminoles Booster Club, with "$150 million in assets," pays 1/4 of the university president's salary. If anyone still objects to the use of the term "football factory" to describe such a school, please explain the rationale for such an arrangement.
The NYT investigation is disturbing, showing FSU is not only a football factory, but, unfortunately, a sexual assault factory as well.
|1 day 8 hours ago||Floyd Mayweather made a LOT||
Floyd Mayweather made a LOT more than $75 million last year, those fees were just the minimums that he paid himself under his business model, where he puts up all of the money and even pays his opponent, takes all of the risk and keeps all of the profit. He made $85 million off the Alvarez fight alone. That's why a Mayweather-Pacman fight won't happen, Arum offered him a cool $100M at a 60/40 split and he said no. He wants control and knows that fight could generate $250M that he shouldn't have to share with a promoter.
And for the poster who said boxing isn't popular any more, tell me about any other entertainment event that generates 2.2 million PPV sales at $65 a pop.
|1 day 18 hours ago||I accept your first point, I||
I accept your first point, I over-stated the impact of this research in my title, which makes me guilty of ... using a demonstrative title to attract attention to something I've written. I'll go flog myself later.
On your second point, my impression of sabermetricians is that they are all over the place, not readily lumped together on an opinion as you do. The field seems to attract serious mathematicians and statisticians who love baseball, and baseball nerds who throw caution to the wind and wade into the muck of confounding variables that adhere to any phenomenon in the game. Show me a research paper without flaws, I'll gladly read it.
|1 day 18 hours ago||A fair question, but I will||
A fair question, but I will point out that publication in a journal is not the only indicator of "peer review". It's the most common and very important in MOST academic fields, but not the only. That said, I don't know the answer. The Stanford paper is a business school working paper, a common model at major business schools, with varying degrees of "peer review" input and varying standards for publication. I just don't know Stanford's process.
The Harvard/MIT paper was submitted to a sponsored conference research paper competition, therefore subject to some sort of review but I couldn't tell you what. Obviously not at the level of a peer-reviwed journal. So take both with a large grain of salt, as interesting contributions to the debate that note an important flaw in prior studies but no doubt have their own flaws.
As someone who publishes regularly in peer-reviewed journals, I can tell you that it is a process with inconsistent standards across journals for methodological rigor, bogus standards that get bent all of the time due to reviewer or editor bias, but it's the best thing we've got. Or so we keep telling ourselves.
|1 day 22 hours ago||I found it amusing to read||
I found it amusing to read the comments section of that Times piece. In addition to readers reacting to the content of the piece, a few deans from university journalism programs not mentioned in the article had to write in to toot their own horns, including...Sparty's journalism dean.
|1 day 22 hours ago||That horse was let out of the||
That horse was let out of the barn a long time ago, the Web opened the door. The pressure to post instantaneously combined with shoestring budgets for mostly free content means little to no editorial oversight of most news pieces posted online. I know several people in journalism here in NYC, and an "editor" these days usually just means a writer who is responsible for editing his/her own piece. There are very few exceptions, the Times is one.
|3 days 17 hours ago||Ok, I'm in. Sierra Nevada||
Ok, I'm in. Sierra Nevada Torpedo. Just rode 50 miles on 50 year old legs, I think I earned it. Here's hoping Fred Couples makes a run.
|3 days 19 hours ago||If you're on a budget your||
If you're on a budget your best bet is to buy a used car 2-3 years old off lease and certified. Avoid New car depreciation. While you will have a shorter comprehensive warranty, you'll still have the drive train warranty. And if you go with a Toyota or Honda, you'll be less likely to have major warranty issues. Chrysler never seems to figure out how to build a transmission that will last. The Honda and Toyota minivans are consistently better in quality and safety, and have higher resale value. However, 2-3 years off lease they will still be a bit pricey.
|5 days 22 hours ago||That must be some pole you||
That must be some pole you got if it needs a barn.
|6 days 16 hours ago||I'm surprised that Antoine||
I'm surprised that Antoine Mason of Niagara is not on that list. He was one of the leading scorers in the nation, mainly by getting to the line a lot. He redshirted his freshman year due to a foot injury and will graduate with one year of eligibility.
His father is Anthony Mason who played for the Knicks. Not as big as his father but a very physical player.
|6 days 19 hours ago||"...because if everyone were||
"...because if everyone were doping they would all have the same benefits." Simply not true, physiologically. Besides the fact that there is substantial evidence that different bodies react differently to the same doping stimulus, these athletes are obviously not participating in a controlled experiment where their doping inputs are exactly the same (as well as other variables such as diet, exercise, etc.).
It is precisely because people react to doping very differently, that we can never say, for example, whether someone like Lance would have won any TdF's with a completely clean field. We'll just never know.
I also disagree with your statement that cycling doesn't gain as much advantage from doping as other sports; other than weightlifting, I cannot think of a major sport where doping provides as much direct advantage as cycling! Among the top athletes, cycling is purely a matter of extended physical endurance and muscle recovery, two things directly and immediately improved by current doping methods. This is why some have said that cycling's major events place way too much emphasis on pure endurance, it actually encourages doping.
While I believe at some level cycling is "cleaner", in that some of the most obvious tactics are tougher to get away with, I also believe that the science of doping will always be at least one step ahead of the science of doping detection, almost by definition. That is one reason why, in my late middle age, I focus more on my own cycling with my club and my friends, and now my sons, and don't pay much attention anymore to the grand tours.
|1 week 2 days ago||Yes, collective bargaining by||
Yes, collective bargaining by state employees is governed by state law, but the definition of what an employee is, or rather, who is NOT an employee, cannot be inconsistent with Ohio state law or Federal law. I don't know anything about the former, but I could see a Federal suit arguing that such a law violated the equal protection clause of the fourteenth amendment. Such a law might exclude student athletes from the benefits and protections afforded other employees, if the courts accept the idea that they are in fact employees. You might scoff at this, but the equal protection clause has been used in more bizaare ways than what I am suggesting.
|1 week 6 days ago||It's also important to note||
It's also important to note that OCR opened the case after the alleged victim filed a complaint in early March.
FSU will cover their rears and at worst receive a reprimand and be forced to kick some life into a process that clearly takes a back seat to the needs of the football program. The question is, what will the NCAA do? Pre-Penn State, nothing, or at least not much. Post-Penn State, ? Jameis will be playing on Sundays before this shakes out.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Billy Donovan's average||
Billy Donovan's average salary will be $3.7 million under the new extension. Sorry to nitpick.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Sequana Russian River Valley||
Sequana Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.
One of the founders of Brooklyn Brewery has an Op-Ed piece in the NY Times today about how archaic state franchise laws put small craft breweries at the mercy of powerful distributors in most states. Michigan is one of the few states to pass legislation to protect craft brewers.
Tomorrow is my 50th birthday, it will be Duchesse De Bourgogne Flemish red ale, Telegraf CDP, Gouges les Vaucrains, and a Michigan victory.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||Does he know how to lie down||
Does he know how to lie down on the floor after missing a shot? Because they're going to need that next year.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||I guess the reporter's view||
I guess the reporter's view from the sideline was better than the referee's view right in front of his face.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||A la Willis Reed, Game 7,||
A la Willis Reed, Game 7, 1970 NBA Finals, joining the team for warm-ups, and the Garden goes nuts (OK maybe not as dramatic, it was Game 7 and Reed was still seriously hurt, but still):
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|2 weeks 5 days ago||Tom Brady's "mansion?||
Tom Brady's "mansion? estate?" is under construction in Brookline; he witnessed this from a brownstone they are living in on Beacon Street.
As others have said, there is a time and a place. A father of three and a Corps veteran are gone, doing what they chose to do, running in while others are running out.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||Wisconsin's win was||
Wisconsin's win was thoroughly enjoyable. Watched it in a bar here in NY, turned to the guy next to me during the first half and said exactly what you did, "textbook Wisconsin basketball. Very frustrating to play against. We'll see how good Baylor's coach is in the second half." Well, we did.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||There was a McDonald's there,||
There was a McDonald's there, I didn't know they tore it down. I remember my first year of grad school, 1987, I was talking to a beautiful grad student from Taiwan and she mentioned eating there. I was shocked, I didn't think anyone with a brain ate at someplace like that. I'm somewhat more jaded now.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||For a while, Dirty Sanchez||
For a while, Dirty Sanchez was dead last in just about every statistical category for a starting QB over the past five years with a certain minimum number of starts (which I cannot recall now). That was right before the Jets gave him an extension.
But they had a good defense, featuring the best shut-down corner in the game on one side and the corner with the highest child support payments in the nation on the other. And Rex Ryan's foot fetish. Pure entertainment.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Dirty Sanchez + Chip Kelly's||
Dirty Sanchez + Chip Kelly's high-speed offense = possible NFL records for fastest 3 and outs ever.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||From the VP of Communications||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I'm glad you pointed to that||
I'm glad you pointed to that 2004 NLRB decision regarding graduate assistants at Brown, because it is important to note that that decision was a reversal of a previous reversal. In other words, we cannot predict how this will pan out in the end because the NLRB tends to be highly inconsistent and at times unduly influenced by the prevailing politics of the time.
Which also happens to be true of the Supreme Court, where this may be headed unless Congress steps and legislates an answer. Since the latter is unlikely given the inability of the current Congress to get much of anything done, we have to wonder what might happen if either side is inclined to appeal this all the way to the Court. The current Court would no doubt overturn this decision.
But I think that also is going too far. As you point out, many of the complaints, predictions, etc. are based in the weeds, and we are nowhere near there. And much of the screaming is around NCAA rules, where the NCAA is not the employer but rather a trade association. The athletes would have to unionize first, then challenge the conditions under which NCAA rules force them to work, wait for Northwestern to respond then sue both the NCAA and NU. That is way, way down the road.
I think during the upcoming appeals process, if they get the sense that the decision will stand, the NCAA and Northwestern as well as other private universities are likely to consider the possibility of negotiating a very limited CBA addressing the few issues that CAPA claims are its main concerns. That will be potentially expensive, and some smaller schools may eventually decide to drop down to D3, but this too is just conjecture far off in the future.
And thanks for pointing out that tax issues are completely separate and have never gotten in the way of higher education funding scholarships. The IRS has bigger fish to fry and is has long been generous in its definition of non-taxable benefits to full-time students, including tuition waivers. Stipends are another thing, that was a big change for UofM TA's and RA's back in the late 80s, they had to be treated as wages, but that's sensible and a minor piece that doesn't even apply now to athletes. It may, eventually, if the rules get bent to allow larger stipends to cover living expenses.
|3 weeks 12 hours ago||I have to disagree. The back||
I have to disagree. The back of his jersey should have the Sanskrit for "Om".
|3 weeks 1 day ago||It's been 20 years since I||
It's been 20 years since I lived there with my wife and infant son while in grad school, so I'm sure it's much different today, but it was fine. Between the city bus and the campus bus sevice it was always easy to get to class and work. And it was quiet, which you will definitely appreciate. I actually preferred the private housing options to the grad family options, even though they cost a bit more they were in much better shape back then. I moved from family housing to Willowtree, which at the time was much nicer. It was mostly families back then, maybe different today.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||And the Rex Ryan clown||
And the Rex Ryan clown show/drama pageant/media circus is guaranteed to continue. They'll continue to fill the seats, Ryan's defense will keep them in many games, they'll beat the Pats once in a while just because the Pats have a bad habit of tripping over the Jets once in a while, but in the end it will just be the Rex Ryan clown show. It is entertainment, I'll give it that, especially the foot fetish thing.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Albany's shorts were||
Albany's shorts were clownish. I half expected them to jump on unicycles and juggle.