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|9 hours 48 min ago||He's not a "top level talent"||
He's not a "top level talent" and never was. He's a good player, the kind of guy who could make the NHL if he develops and finds the right niche, but nobody has ever considered him a dynamite prospect.
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|9 hours 52 min ago||Even the best case||
Even the best case interpretation of what's "really going on" is bad. That would probably be pressure from the Jets to sign with the loud hints that he is unlikely to develop enough to be worth signing next year. So this would be, possibly, Copp's only shot to catch on with a team that will offer a track to the NHL if he develops.
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|5 days 22 hours ago||Money? When the realignment||
When the realignment occurred, one of the few negatives I anticipated was the annihilation of existing, robust conference tournament traditions. Particularly the Final Five.
So we knew this could be a negative. But I did not imagine it would be this bad. It seems that the compromise option to alternate locations between locii at St. Paul and Detroit (which I favored) has made the tournament less than the sum of its parts. People have gotten out of the annual habit of attending, and they can look at the prices and decide they won't miss it too much.
This is not a college hockey fanbase problem. Michigan and Michigan State sold out a Friday game at the Joe merely weeks ago. And it's not specifically a basketball problem (though I'm sure many fans who saw the game from home appreciated having games to flip to) because MSU played early in the day and Michigan isn't participating at all.
It's alienation of the customer base, I guess. I'd be interested to know your thoughts.
|6 days 7 hours ago||Different culture, different||
Different culture, different situation. The MN high school tournament is a unique event that does not translate to anything else. Meanwhile, the Joe sold out for UM-MSU earlier this year. Won't be close to that tonight.
|6 days 8 hours ago||This post makes me angry.||
This post makes me angry.
Not because I disagree with the content, because I don't. I have long been on the fix-the-NCAA wagon.
It angers me because I was considering a long, exhaustive diary to post next week, arguing for a change of NCAA tournament format.
My anger is completely selfish. And, really, unnecessary--Brian here makes very good arguments that don't overlap with mine all that much. Save for one crucial exception--the fans are getting the shaft, and it is ridiculous. The NCAA hockey regional system is a complete and total embarrassment to the sport.
It's worth mentioning that prior to the formation of B1G hockey, the WCHA held a Final Five every year in St. Paul that frequently sold out. There is, therefore, precedent for a big one-weekend championship. However, that tournament worked because so many large fanbases lived in close proximity to the site. Even if Minnesota didn't make it, NoDak, UMD, St. Cloud, and others were likely to and would draw well. The B1G has none of this available. It can't work in any venue.
|6 days 22 hours ago||Prediction? ...Pain.|
|1 week 1 hour ago||Yeah. Trolling the media is a||
Yeah. Trolling the media is a jab comment at a presser. Practice time is important; there's no way any competent (or even incompetent) coach wastes a fraction of the time and effort needed to rep a player at an unusual position just for the benefit of someone not on the team.
|1 week 3 hours ago||The problem is that you have||
The problem is that you have six teams and you want them all in a playoff. And, frankly, you want Minnesota in St. Paul and both UM and MSU in Detroit. So they regurgitated the "Super Six" concept and here you are. They'll probably draw 6-8000 for the nightcap with Michigan in it, and MSU's presence tomorrow guarantees a fair gate (but not necessarily half-full) tomorrow.
Assuming you have a neutral site final, a best-of-3 format would not involve all teams. The play-ins would have such a series, while the top seeds would not. Even so it would be more fair to lower seeds, because they wouldn't have to win 3 games in 3 days in the final.
|1 week 1 day ago||We got them in Minnesota, big||
We got them in Minnesota, big time. Easy to photograph.
|1 week 2 days ago||Your trolling is poorly executed||
Actually I was talking about today's thread discussion of a PSU frat, and I hadn't accounted for the possibility that you may not be utilizing the peripheral vision necessary to see that thread on the sidebar, quite literally right below this one. My apologies for the confusion.
I see you are defending the actions of the brothers in question based not on the choices they made but on the financial status of the victim. It is improbable that you really believe this, since such logic befits someone young and immature enough that they would not be able to write complete sentences on August 24, 2008, the apparent date you registered on this site. I suspect you are quite a bit older than that.
Justifying serious vandalism because the property involved is having financial issues is an amusing version of the tired, discredited trope that vandalizing/stealing from an organization is justifiable because they're "rich enough to afford it." In both cases such logic is hogwash. Such "it's not a big deal" thinking is, however, tragically widespread, frequently infecting easily-corrupted organizations as widely varied as university athletic departments, Wall Street financial firms, municipal police departments, and federal government agencies.
The results are bad. And the activity ought to be condemned and opposed. No matter how much one wishes to airbrush it, it is wrong.
And your "defense" of it is scarcely believable.
|1 week 2 days ago||This whole attitude is||
This whole attitude is repugnant. Whether it's police, a chapter of the AFL, a frat, the administration of a religious organization, or any other such group, the idea that it is understandable or acceptable to refuse to name people who have committed serious violations of the law because they are "one of us" is absolutely garbage.
A culture that encourages this kind of behavior or the kind of behavior being discussed at Penn State is corrupt; a culture that then attempts to shield its membership from being accountable for such choices is morally bankrupt.
|1 week 2 days ago||If you're picking a winner,||
If you're picking a winner, absolutely. But if you are assembling an entire bracket in a large field, the calculus changes. Every year, in every bracket, there are dozens of low-probability choices to be made. A particular upset, a certain 4-seed running to the Final Four, etc. Even a chalk bracket is a low-probability risk since we know things never stick to chalk.
So what we are talking about is simply a very prominent, visible low-probability pick. It is little different in principle from picking, say, a 14 over a 3, except that it looks like a bigger deal.
|1 week 2 days ago||I strongly suspect Kentucky||
I strongly suspect Kentucky is dirty. Cal does not have a track record of integrity at other locations; why would he clean things up now that he is at the program that wants to win the most?
But that is kinda beside the point, because if Kentucky is dirty, so are a bunch of other schools. We know, for example, that UNC is staring at the guillotine. Syracuse just got pinched. Whispers about programs like Kansas abound. Even apparently "do it the right way" schools like Duke are known for pulling recruits from cities that are rife with misbehavior.
That's the landscape. Either the sport is mostly clean, or it is widely dirty. Either way, what Kentucky is doing this year is impressive.
|1 week 2 days ago||Let's tap the brakes on any||
Let's tap the brakes on any specific assessments until we have more details. A bundle of 25 channels that includes some ESPNs for $40 is a bad deal. A bundle of 40 channels, or a serious sports package that includes BTN (Fox is involved, so this is plausible) that starts at $30 is rather a bigger deal. These "small" details make a big difference, and we don't know what they are yet.
But I'll say this: within weeks of the Sling rollout (I subscribed) Charter offered me the best TV package deal I've ever gotten from them. They are already my internet provider, and the bundle price they gave to add a basic but decent TV package cost me... An extra $20. Isn't that interesting?
The key here is that competition is on the market. And that means we will all be better off.
|1 week 2 days ago||Also true for WatchESPN. If I||
Also true for WatchESPN. If I am using that app I cannot watch anything with Sling on another device.
|1 week 2 days ago||Game theory. The trendy game||
Game theory. The trendy game theory pick this week is to not pick Kentucky to win, because "everybody" is and therefore if you get that right your chances of winning a bracket are still very low. Pick them to get upset, though, and in the small window of scenarios where they actually lose, you're playing against a much smaller field.
That's the premise, anyway.
|1 week 2 days ago||I agree, I think Kentucky's||
I agree, I think Kentucky's run to be one of the greatest teams of all time is fascinating. There are years when a playoff begins with no clear favorite, and those are entertaining as we watch things play out on the field/court/ice. But there are also years where there is a clear-cut favorite, and their primacy brings an order and perspective that can also be very entertaining.
Kentucky is the storyline. But they are not a sure thing. And, helpfully, this is not the second or third year running of this, which would be boring. So I'm interested in what will happen.
BTW, those odds: the odds for Kentucky beating the 16 are way higher than 99%.
|1 week 3 days ago||Let's be patient: the||
Let's be patient: the consequences for this sort of thing we're almost certainly spelled out when Glasgow was reinstated. We don't know what the conditions were, but scenarios for what would happen if he violated probation were probably considered. And Harbaugh would either explicitly state how his rules were different, or that he was keeping Hoke's conditions in place.
If the rule was, one drink and you're off the team, he's gone. If the rule was that any kind of probation violation gets him off the team, he's probably gone.
But then, those might not be the guidelines. It sounds like he's not getting jail time here, so we'll have to wait and see. But Graham surely knew what the potential consequences were.
|1 week 3 days ago||I actually think AA has some||
I actually think AA has some problems and may not be the best solution...
But when a huge part of your life (football) and your future (small chance at a lucrative pro career, vs. jail time and putting education in jeopardy) requires you to abstain from alcohol due to a serious offense, and you are incapable of abstaining from it, that's a major warning sign.
This is not just him being one of the guys the weekend before St. Patrick's day. This is doing something he knows can get him in serious trouble, knowing there is a high probability of being caught.
|1 week 3 days ago||I agree that there isn't that||
I agree that there isn't that much that needs to change. I do, however, find the default "it's the ADs that are the problem" explanation inappropriate here. Late-game basketball has long been hard to watch, and that is a structural problem basketball has that is difficult to change without fundamentally altering the nature of the game. The exception is the number of times out, which I would love to see reduced.
Long replay reviews are a drag and a problem. Of course, the alternative is that crucial officiating decisions would be more likely to be wrong. That's the tradeoff. Until someone innovatively streamlines the replay concept and applies it to basketball, this is what we're stuck with. I want faster finishes too, but I want decisions to be correct most. Would we trade a sleepy four-minute stoppage to have that bogus foul called on Burke's clean block of Seva reversed? Yes.
I do favor a shorter shot clock. A cerebral coach like Beilein may use all of the clock now, but he would do just fine with five or nine fewer seconds. It seems like a no-brainer to me.
|1 week 3 days ago||Here's an idea: punish||
Here's an idea: punish fouling by disqualifying players who commit too many fouls. Say, five or six.
|1 week 4 days ago||Not too upset here. It's the||
Not too upset here. It's the NIT. Michigan simply lost too many games.
But this might have been one of the most enjoyable mediocre seasons of any team I've ever followed. After Levert and Walton went down, it was a given thaf the season was lost; watching a team assembled in an episode of Junkyard Wars grow into a competitor twice every week was a delight. There was no pressure, and every game seemed to reveal a new feature of a player we had never seen before.
And because there has been so much recent success, and because Michigan doesn't have a huge basketball reputation to uphold, a down year is ok. It is much less discouraging than watching a mediocre football team with an uncertain future, or a hockey team that ought to be in the tourney every year fall short. This is a team having a blip year, suffering from defections driven by recent success and injuries, growing into a contender.
It was fun.
Wait till next year.
|1 week 6 days ago||People aren't fleecing their||
People aren't fleecing their consumers, because the consumers are willing to pay the prices charged. This is not food or water or gasoline; this is an entirely non-essential recreational activity. One that is, almost without exception, accessible on television for those who cannot afford the cost of attendance.
It sounds like you want tickets to be simultaneously available and affordable. This is neither reasonable nor realistic to expect all of the time. And it is unfair to the regular fans who invest in tickets before the value of the game has been determined.
|1 week 6 days ago||The exception is when a home||
The exception is when a home team plays in a final. There is known value in those tickets. But generally you are correct.
|1 week 6 days ago||The premise against scalping||
The premise against scalping from the OP appears to be that brokers allegedly hoard large quantities of event tickets acquired before "regular fans" can get them.
I'm not in the habit of attending tough ticket concerts, so perhaps ticketmaster safeguards are indeed inadequate in that area. But this is an unsupportable assertion when considering most sporting events. Michigan games, for example, are predominantly ticketed to season holders; brokers do not have first access.
The Frozen Four mentioned in the OP is an interesting case, too, since those tickets are distributed to requesters by lottery long before the teams are set; preference is given to long-time holders. The FF is an annual menagerie of college hockey jerseys and colors because the majority of it's dedicated fanbase goes every year. Other tickets are distributed to participant schools.
In these cases, most of the tickets available originally belonged to legitimate citizen holders who want to recoup value. Why shouldn't they profit from a popular event? I scalped a ticket to the 1997 Ohio State game from a couple who needed the money to make rent. I had the cash to spend. Why should that be wrong?
The OP references the 1998 hockey championship. Not mentioned is the fact that Boston College was playing for the title... In Boston. So, naturally, there was high demand. And there were fans (particularly fans of the teams who lost the semis) who could reasonably think the extra money was more important than attending the final. What's wrong with that?
Now, it can be fairly pointed out that many of those tickets wound up in the hands of brokers. Well, yeah, that will happen. Brokers often buy from people looking to sell quickly and resell at a higher price. They can do this because they are committed--they have a lot to sell and are willing to keep working until after the event begins. They will do all the legwork. This offers something to Joe Average Fan who has an extra or who has a wedding to go to on gameday; he doesn't want to spend the time dealing with finding a buyer, or waiting near the gate, or (if he's going to the event) risk missing anything. The broker offers to do all of these things in return for part of the profit.
Scalping offers the opportunity for people who really value attending an event an opportunity to spend what they value on it. It allows ticket holders to make some money from a ticket that has market value. It should not be restricted.
|2 weeks 3 hours ago||I sat in that section once or||
I sat in that section once or twice at Munn, but it's not very big. If you don't already have a ticket, it's kinda weird to try to elbow a fellow Michigan fan out of their seat.
But SRO at Munn isn't bad at all. Find some other SRO fans and stake out some space.
|2 weeks 10 hours ago||Not a banner year for NCAA||
Not a banner year for NCAA women's hockey coaching changes. UMD has elected not to renew the contract for coach Shannon Miller and the ensuing uproar is big-time ugly. Words like "lawyers" and "discrimination" are involved.
Bad year for the sport.
|2 weeks 11 hours ago||I love DST and would||
I love DST and would absolutely loathe a rollback. Here in the central time zone it's a big plus to have daylight until 9pm or so in the summer; in the winter I am indifferent about it but it is dark by 4:30pm on standard time. To me, winter darkness has to be endured anyway, so it's not significant whether or not the hour is later or not.
In spring and summer, though, having the daylight later is huge. There's nothing quite as exciting as going out to do something after work at 6pm knowing that the day is still young.
If they eliminate DST, the time should be an hour ahead permanently. But I think it should be kept.
FWIW, if Michigan were to drop it, it wouldn't make them pioneers. Indiana and Arizona are already standard-time-only states, except (I believe) for the corner of Indiana that is metro Chicago.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||I was pretty sour on his||
I was pretty sour on his prospects in the last thread about him, but I may have been engaging in excessive pessimism coupled with vague ignorance. T-Wolves coach Flip Saunders spoke about the move on his weekly radio appearance (which he keeps whether he's associated with the Wolves or not) and, in addition to the boilerplate platitudes about how GRIII would be a good pro, made a good point about his fit in Minnesota:
He has basically the same body type and role of not only Andrew Wiggins but also Shabazz Muhammad, both guys Minnesota is working hard to develop. There simply aren't minutes for him.
Wiggins was, of course, not on the roster when GRIII was drafted, so he made more sense for them then. Now, behind two young top 10-type guys, his inability to get minutes makes sense without meaning he can't cut it.
In Philly he'll have the opposite issue--the only way they won't give him floor time is if he is so good that he threatens to win games for them.
|2 weeks 5 days ago||He wavered quite a bit when||
He wavered quite a bit when it was time to decide to go to Houghton, too. I recall the word being that he changed his mind a couple of times. I think he loves Ann Arbor, and it seems very logical to think that he would love to come back.
And let's not kid ourselves: the ceiling is a lot higher at Michigan than at Tech.