Coaches' timeouts are worse. Basketball teams should get one, full stop.
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|1 day 15 hours ago||Probably the first time||
Probably the first time anyone has beaten 11 B1G teams in one season, no? Last year I think Indiana beat everyone but Wisconsin. Maybe OSU or MSU in 2012, but I'm too lazy to look it up.
|3 days 13 hours ago||Interesting that they have so||
Interesting that they have so many close wins this season, given this kenpom article from last season which talks about how they were 0-6 in close games last season, and "predicts" that they will lose a close game in the tournament. Of course they did lose, but it was gloriously not close.
|5 days 11 hours ago||It's probably selfish and||
It's probably selfish and short-sighted to think of our team as the most interesting, because every team has good stories when you study them deeply enough, but I have to believe the last few years of M basketball have been some of the best. The cast-off/underdog stories, the quirks each of the guys have, the famous relatives, nearly everyone has something interesting about them.
|5 days 11 hours ago||Not only is Notre Dame not a||
Not only is Notre Dame not a tournament team, they also just dumped adidas to go to Under Armor, IIRC. Maybe adidas has a contractual obligation to include them in the special uniform programs until their contract runs out, but I don't think adidas would be inclined to go out of their way to promote ND.
|1 week 3 days ago||Has Kenpom ever applied his stats to the NBA? You||
Has Kenpom ever applied his stats to the NBA? You would think with more games and fewer teams it would be much more effective (I'm not sure accurate is the right word).
|2 weeks 1 day ago||Brian writes his best by||
Brian writes his best by thinking of what makes him sad, or at least putting things in perspective. He being happy usually just ends up sounding like the Michigan Tube guys.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||I wonder how much it helps||
I wonder how much it helps though. How many olympic sports really benefit from the college training athletes receive? Right now I can't think of many, especially in the winter olympics--hockey to an extent, maybe skiing? In the summer there's track, swimming, gymnastics, crew, wrestling, maybe a few others? I feel like most olympic level athletes in the U.S. skip college to concentrate on the sport full-time. Michael Phelps, remember, never swam competitively for Michigan. So while our college system probably helps in a few cases, overall I don't think it has a very significant effect.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Not until we beat them again||
Not until we beat them again in the B1G tourney.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Babcock is the best hockey||
Babcock is the best hockey coach in the world right now (even though he has criminally never won a Jack Adams). He's 50 and been with the Wings nearly 10 years. They seem to be going down rather than up right now, and it's plausible that in a couple years they might "want to go in a different direction." If Babcock decides he has nothing left to prove in the NHL (a Stanley Cup, two other trips to the finals, plus whatever he does between now and then), maybe he'll want to go to the relatively low-key college job, where you have 30 games a year instead of 82 plus playoffs.
I don't think the pro to college jump is as big a deal as people are making it. Hockey is hockey, the only new issue is recruiting, and keeping guys from going to the OHL. I think he can handle it.
I know the whole Babcock-to-Michigan thing is kind of a pipe dream, but there is enough smoke around it that I want to believe. If it happens it would be awesome, but I'm not really counting on it.
|2 weeks 3 days ago||No, IIRC Belichick resigned||
No, IIRC Belichick resigned on a handwritten note the day of his press conference introducing him as coach of the Jets, and took off to coach NE. I'm not gonna look it up either, but there is a good story about it out there somewhere.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||When they resume the series,||
When they resume the series, they'll make a big, surprising announcement:
"FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE TATE FORCIER'S FINEST HOUR, MICHIGAN AND NOTRE DAME WILL PLAY IN MICHIGAN STADIUM DURING THE DAY, ALLOWING ALL FANS TO ENJOY SUNLIGHT AND TRADITIONAL MICHIGAN FOOTBALL"
|2 weeks 6 days ago||appropriate||
|2 weeks 6 days ago||I hate how like half the||
I hate how like half the countries in the world have red white and blue in their flags too. Get your own colors, world.
Sweden has the best colors, obviously.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||I kind of understand what the||
I kind of understand what the author is saying, though I totally disagree with the attitude and arrogance she uses. Ice Dancing, as compared to singles and pairs skating, never had that wow element for me. It always seemed like "yeah, I could probably do that if I tried" (in the same way I think I could drive a bobsled down the track without killing myself, so no I can't really do that). It doesn't have the brute strength/skill element that the other figure skating disciplines have. In some ways it's like comparing curling to hockey: both take special skills and deceptive strength, but one just looks more difficult to do. That being said, I respect the hell out of all olympic athletes, they are truly the best of the best.
One thing that I think ice dancing has working against it: it's not obvious when someone fails. Unlike skating, gymnastics, the extreme snow sports, there are no spectacular falls. To the uneducated viewer, it basically all looks the same, so we can't appreciate how hard it is.
|3 weeks 15 hours ago||Eh, it's part of the game.||
Eh, it's part of the game. Speedskating is roughly the equivalent of track or swimming in the summer games, and they have a similar number of medals awarded for various distances.
Yes, it's not exactly fair that some sports have more chances to win than others, but it's really not that big a deal.
|3 weeks 4 days ago||Can anybody explain to me||
Can anybody explain to me what NBC is doing with their Olympics coverage, specifically online? I have been watching their streaming of every event online, which has been wonderful. Thank you Comcast for allowing this.
However, I just realized something that I probably should have picked up on earlier. The online content is slightly different than on TV. The Sweden-Swiss hockey game this morning had Doc Emerick and Pierre MacGuire calling it on TV, I think, but the stream at work was being called by a single British guy. And the curling online often doesn't have play-by-play announcers at all. Is there some kind of broadcast rights issue that prevents NBC from mirroring their TV content online, or are they just being dicks because they don't sell/show commercials online, so they are not streaming the full experience.
Has anybody else noticed this?
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||Explain to me how a sport can||
Explain to me how a sport can be revenue negative?
|4 weeks 17 hours ago||The British women's curling||
The British women's curling team somehow just scored 7 on the US women.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||7-4 Norway in End 9. Shuster||
7-4 Norway in End 9. Shuster & Co. need to steal at least 3 in the last two ends.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||PSA:||
I know not every reader is in the Detroit area, and even fewer have Comcast, but I just discovered that I get CBC in HD on channel 999. Previously I believe I only got SD on channel 99, so if I wanted to watch the Olympics or Hockey Night in Canada it would be relatively crappy quality. Now there are even more options to watch the Olympics non-stop all day, as I did yesterday!
EDIT: Can we add a link to the NBC streaming coverage in the daily OP? It's not easy to find on the NBC website, especially if you want to watch replays without getting spoilers.
|4 weeks 4 days ago||Whoever makes the daily open||
Whoever makes the daily open threads for the duration of the Olympics should copy and paste, or at least link, to this post, so everybody knows the law.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||I'm not saying that either||
I'm not saying that either one deserves to lose their multi-million dollar careers over what seems like "normal" banter between friends (note, I didn't read them all), but this basically proves the front page lesson. You should try to avoid doing things that would reflect poorly upon you if put on the front page of the New York Times, or internet, or whatever. They both put themselves in a position to look like dicks, whether it's in or out of context. Kind of like Riley Cooper at the Chesney concert last summer.
Now, I do plenty of bad stuff when I'm in the safety and privacy of my friends, so I don't want to sound preachy. But if something I did like this did come out, I would have no one to blame but myself.
|5 weeks 18 hours ago||The ultimate annoying guy who||
The ultimate annoying guy who totally had the Final Four correct in his bracket and won't stop talking about it.
|5 weeks 2 days ago||False||
|5 weeks 2 days ago||Why no "big game maize" uniforms? I can't remember||
Why no "big game maize" uniforms? I can't remember not wearing them against Indiana recently. I was also surprised we wore blue against MSU last week.
|5 weeks 3 days ago||I missed most of the game,||
I missed most of the game, and I just saw the replays going into overtime. Can someone explain why the near-goal where the Wisco player batted the puck out of the crease with his hand, behind the goalie? I thought the rule was hand on the puck in the crease = penalty shot. Is that not the case in college, missed call, or what?
Also, how is that not a penalty? He elbowed Nagelvoort into the back of the net?
|5 weeks 4 days ago||The Syracuse top is awesome,||
The Syracuse top is awesome, but contrasting-color basketball shorts don't work for me.
|5 weeks 4 days ago||Is Nike getting their uniform||
Is Nike getting their uniform names from Buzzfeed headlines? "Hyper Elite Dominance," really?
|5 weeks 5 days ago||I hope some people who||
I hope some people who applied more recently than I (fall of 2007, was it really that long ago?), and the others commenting, would reply. From what I have heard, it has gotten significantly harder to get in in recent years. To the OP, several years ago you would be golden, now I'm not so sure.
Apply early, of course, but everyone should know that the university is no longer on rolling admissions. Since the switch to the Common App, everyone (who applied before about Halloween) finds out at the same time, right after Christmas this year.
Also, because of the Common App, applications have skyrocketed in the last four years. I don't know how much it would help, but you should demonstrate that you are more likely than the average applicant to actually attend. They get a ton of applications from people who end up at other schools because it's relatively easy to apply with the common app, only an extra couple essays, not a whole new process.
I can't speak to out-of-state or scholarships, unfortunately. Good luck OP!
|5 weeks 6 days ago||This actually brings up a||
This actually brings up a good point--could schools count football practice and games as a class, and offer a major in football, to make the scholarship related to education?