"What (Michigan coaches) told me is that they're focusing on point guards right now, but if anything opens up, they'll definitely come back on and recruit me as hard as they were," said Towns
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|7 weeks 1 day ago||oh no||
|10 weeks 4 days ago||As many have written||
Incredible work Mr. Cook.
Your humanity, honesty, humor, information-processing facilities, toughness, and literary talents are a genuine pleasure to drink up.
And thanks to triangle_M for posting the D H Lawrence piece; great stuff!
|23 weeks 4 days ago||Seidel Moralizing||
" . . . the only person served by his column is himself."
Agree, and love you calling him out.
"This, by the way, this is a great example of the pointless moralizing I was talking about."
Nice again. You and some readers may find this evolutionary perspective on morality interesting; it's by Peter DeScioli:
excerpt: "Second, morality is among the most selfish, coercive, backstabbing, and destructive adaptations that evolution has ever produced in its four billion year history. This shocker comes with a crucial corollary: morality is different from its kinder, gentler, and more ancient doppelganger, altruism. Humans show many forms of altruism and compassion that do not require or depend on the capacity for moral judgment."
and: "Evidence from experiments reveals the mind’s moral algorithms."
and: "In fact, humans are more eager to judge other people than to follow their own moral advice."
|23 weeks 5 days ago||Yes||
Great humanity exhibited yet again Mr. Cook, including acknowledgement of your thrown punch. Think you're contributing to the acceleration of cultural evolution with your humanity, your writing. Appreciate thee.
|34 weeks 4 days ago||Not Being Negative . . .||
Brian, don't think you're being negative.
Here's some ammo that, granted, you may already have.
Citing physicist David Deutsch, from his incredible book: The Beginning of Infinity. The context is a fictional dialogue between Socrates and Hermes. Socrates inquires about how we get to objective truth:
“Could it be that the moral imperative not to destroy the means of correcting mistakes is the only moral imperative? That all other moral truths follow from it?” (His italics)
We need your astute and artfully-rendered observations. Even if they're occasionally wrong, they move us on the path.
|34 weeks 6 days ago||Glasgow y Miller, et al||
Per the tea bongs, is Hoke's Miller praise a send off of sorts . . . thanks for your efforts, enter Glasgow? Think Coach likes to give props to the Milers, Johnsons, Jenkins-Stones, Burzynskis, etc., for hard work, capable backing up, and teamster attitudes.
What'd y'all think of Joey Galloway's announcing work? I liked it. Cracked up when he said De'Veon Smith had to be tough to wear hair like that . . . because someone is going to try you.
|1 year 8 weeks ago||Subjective||
Brian brilliance, in thought-dot connecting and artristy-of-presentration, "riding out of the north night" yet again, slaying fictious thought bubbles floating in the memesphere. . . Thanks man. Call me a kiss-ass, sure, but what an ass! One of the best sports writers in the country. Kenpom says BRIAN BY 11.
|1 year 41 weeks ago||Fan-ation||
Fat thanks to Seth and to all who write here. Great work!
Where you gonna such quality humor and skies of BLUE?
Sure you're drowning in accolades, but y'all are fine Artists!
Audible laughs all the time . . .
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Teamness Bio Metrics||
greater team synchrony yields greater endorphin release, yields greater ability to handle pain, yielding a greater ability to "finish."
automated bio response to teams working togther . . . tangible, measureable ubermensch qualities generated by team synchrony.
Bo's The Team concept has measurables, probably numerous measureables. Scientific validation, cappesh?
that be "The fuck?"
|2 years 27 weeks ago||Physics of Team Pain Thresholds; Laughter, too.||
Verily, Ubermensch mechanics . . .
Increases in Team synchrony yield greater pain resistance.
Excerpted from NYTimes article on laughter . . .
"The physical act of laughing contributed to the emotional response of finding something to be funny.
Why the interplay of endorphins and laughing should be of interest to those of us who exercise may not be immediately obvious. But as Dr. Dunbar points out, what happens during one type of physical exertion probably happens in others. Laughter is an intensely infectious activity. In this study, people laughed more readily and lustily when they watched the comic videos as a group than when they watched them individually, and their pain thresholds, concomitantly, rose higher after group viewing.
Something similar may happen when people exercise together, Dr. Dunbar says. In an experiment from 2009, he and his colleagues studied a group of elite Oxford rowers, asking them to work out either on isolated rowing machines, separated from one another in a gym, or on a machine that simulated full, synchronized crew rowing. In that case, the rowers were exerting themselves in synchrony, as a united group.
After they exercised together, the rowers’ pain thresholds — and presumably their endorphin levels — were significantly higher than they had been at the start, but also higher than when they rowed alone.
“We don’t know why synchrony has this effect, but it seems very strong,” Dr. Dunbar says.
So if you typically run or bike alone, perhaps consider finding a partner. Your endorphin response might rise and, at least theoretically, render that unpleasant final hill a bit less daunting."
|2 years 36 weeks ago||Brock Walk||
Cried. Absolutely Beautiful!
What a courageous man. Great to see.
Thank you for posting. And thank you Mr. Barwis.
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Elephant in the Stadium||
What adjustment variables are the stats dudes going to add their equations to account for climate change?
Elephant in the stadium and no one says sheeiiit?
How that's leadership thing going "for the kids"?
Love the blue, the game, the hard work, the precision and speed of the neural processing, but I know it's silly, archaic, tribal DNA stuff, the hormonal drops, testosterone increases/decrease tied to winning and losing.
The parade has already been rained on, and it's only going to get worse.
Don't think our defense will have enough bullets for this one.
It's probably going to be some ugly manball ahead, for all of us . . .
|3 years 34 weeks ago||Stuff . . .||
Great and funny writing. Love it.
"Turnovers regress like a mofo."
"Communist Football Almanack"
Beautiful. Where you gonna get that?
The Blue Robe is the closest thing to a religious experience . . .
All that tribal, group selection stuff banging hormonally.
Just another DNA-transport vehicle throwing elbows in the long dance.
Brian is a mofo tribal priest.
It's Christmas Eve!
My therapist says . . .
Screw him. He don't evol psych.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Jonas Salk on Intuition||
Salk said that intuition should lead a respectful intellect. It is fair.
And the tougher presence thing, I'd bet on Harbaugh.
Here's a quote from primatologist Frans de Waal about the hierarchy that is established unconsciously in every conversation between two people. . .
" . . . when a voice is filtered, removing all higher frequencies, one hears nothing but a low-pitched hum. All words are lost. But then it was found that this low hum is an unconscious social instrument. It is different for each person, but in the course of a conversation people tend to converge. They settle on a single hum, and it is always the lower person who does the adjusting. This was first demonstrated in an analysis of the Larry King Live television show. The host, Larry King, would adjust his timbre to that of high-ranking guests, like Mike Wallace or Elizabeth Taylor. Low-ranking guests, on the other hand, would adjust their timbre to that of King. The clearest adjustment to King's voice, indicating lack of confidence, came from former Vice President Dan Quayle.”
I think RR adjusts to Harbaugh.
That's leadership baby, and that strength is communicated to all the players on an unconscious level . . . and that counts, too, in the margins.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Evolution and Victory are in the margins . . .||
I sense that RR is a good guy. HIs offense is exciting to watch. I've been for bringing him back for most of the year, but now, I think if we could get Harbaugh, maybe we should.
I don't think that makes me a raving lunatic (other qualities, maybe, but not those particular thoughts.)
In evolution, one gene can make a huge difference in a species ability to survive. The competitive margins are so tight. In athletics, the margins are extremely tight, too. Look at olympic champions, i.e., swimming times, skiing times, etc., the margins of victory, (of selection), are often miniscule.
I think RR can build a consistently winning program, but my sense is that to build a program that consistently competes for national championships you need an especial coach. For me, his lack of attention to the D and special teams do not speak to that ability.
Maybe he's a top 12, top 15 coach. My sense is that Harbaugh is maybe a top 10, maybe a top 7 or 8 coach who will get better. Plus he has the Michigan blood line and I think that counts for something, as does being a former pro quarterback. I also sense that his teams are tougher, more physical. His presence emanates more power to me than RR's does.
Again, I like RR. And if he's retained, I think we'll continue to improve, possibly even win a national championship. But in the long run, I think his ceiling is lower that Harbaugh's.
The margins are victory are so tight that any slight advantage can have significant long-term payoffs.
Peace unto you Brian. And thanks for all yous dos.
|4 years 23 weeks ago||Harbaugh and Rodriguez||
|4 years 24 weeks ago||Mental||
Okay, I know they're good kids, and extremely hardworking, but Gallon consistently makes poor decisions on returns; letting the ball roll and losing yardage, running it out of the endzone and not making the 20, having the ball bounce off of him, signaling for a fair catch then running. Everyone makes mistakes, but his mental play makes it seem like the guy isn't coached. He scares the hell out of me on every return.
And Rogers doing laterals on the last play of the half. C'mon, when you're relatively deep in your side of the field: knock the ball down, or if you're going to intercept, don't be throwing it around in the rain!!
That's basic last play stuff.
You can forgive lack of physical ability. The mental errors though, they're less forgivable, like that time that transvestite fooled me. But I didn't have a coach that night, or a season to prepare.