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|3 days 19 hours ago||When did Dennis Franklin||
When did Dennis Franklin start coaching Penn State?
|4 days 17 hours ago||As long as the Penguins lose||
As long as the Penguins lose early, and preferably in a spectacular fashion, I'll be happy.
|1 week 1 day ago||1. Greatest event every year?||
1. Greatest event every year? Eh, not sure I can agree, but it's definitely top 5. Just too much else to compete with it, especially if Michigan is in a NC game for football, basketball, or hockey.
2. Greatest ever Masters performance is Tiger in 1997, but Sunday was a formality with no drama. These past two years with the playoff drama have been great, with some incredible shots (Bubba's 40 yard hook with a lob wedge, Cabrera's cold-blooded approach on 18 last year to force the playoff).
3. I'd like to see either Dustin or Rory win - probably Dustin with all the heartbreaks he's had, to pull through and win the big one would be nice. And Rory to atone for the atrocity that was his last 10 holes in 2011; he could have pulled a Tiger on everyone and just threw it all away.
4. I do think Rory pulls through and wins this week. Aside from Tiger, he's probably the most naturally talented player on the tour, and should be contending week in and week out. With two majors already in his pocket, he joins Phil in the "3/4 of the Career Grand Slam" club. And ignites some talk of him catching Tiger in career majors in the process.
|1 week 2 days ago||That seems to usually||
That seems to usually indicate that he and London had an agreement of sorts. I'd be incredibly surprised if he doesn't end up in the OHL.
|2 weeks 23 hours ago||To be fair, they have about||
To be fair, they have about as good a shot at Jackson as we do. Kid's almost assuredly leaving the state for college.
However, if you look at the other prospects with interest in MSU vs. those with interest in M, we better not get comfortable next year when they have a down year. Unless Izzo actually leaves (I'll believe he heads to the NBA the day after he coaches a game), they're not going anywhere because there's still a ton of interest from high-level basketball players in their program. And even if Izzo does leave? There will be plenty of interest in that job from some really solid coaches.
|2 weeks 1 day ago||WE'LL SELL YOU THE WHOLE||
WE'LL SELL YOU THE WHOLE SEAT, BUT YOU'LL ONLY NEED... THE EEEEEEDDDDDDGGGGGGGGGEEEEEEEEEEE!
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That Stauskas off the||
That Stauskas off the backboard one touch pass to Walton in the corner is just so remarkable. I can't stop watching it.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Complex does not imply that||
Complex does not imply that the plays were hard to guess. You can run 100% of the time and have a complex offense if it takes perfect execution and years of practice to run the play effectively. Unfortunately, at the college level, complex offenses don't tend to be successful because you rarely have the combination of talent and experience needed to run them.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Well, technically, Naz Long||
Well, technically, Naz Long was the difference as he didn't do anything, leading to his team losing...
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Unions are generally as||
Unions are generally as strong as the money at risk for the opposite side. For college sports, we're talking several billion dollars at stake when you factor in the revenue for the schools, conferences, and NCAA overall. There's a huge amount of power on the players' side; if they decide to strike en masse (unlikely, but theoretically possible), it won't be long until there are widespread changes to appease the players.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Very few athletes, especially||
Very few athletes, especially those in revenue-generating sports, truly utilize the value of a scholarship, and many of those are not exactly on their own accord. Look at our very own coaches trying to steer Da'Shawn Hand away from engineering because they deemed it "too much work to balance school and football." Look down the roster and see how many of the basketball, football, and hockey players are doing things like "sports management" or "general studies".
And what about walk-ons? What if we're at the 85 scholarship limit and another Kovacs shows up. Now he's paying $40k as an out-of-state student for tuition and housing, playing football for a team that has a profit of more than $60 million a year.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||At the risk of trashing their||
At the risk of trashing their APR, and as long as they can convince any kids to hop on board knowing the university has no problem firing kids for having a bad week of practice.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||On one hand, I'm happy for||
On one hand, I'm happy for the players, and I think it's completely justified given that they've been basically unpaid university employees for a very long time. However, the implications of this and the O'Bannon case could spell total doom for amateur athletics in the NCAA, which isn't fun.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||?||
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Maybe because a lot of||
Maybe because a lot of parents of kids who are top-tier athletes in money-making sports like football and basketball see their kids more as meal tickets than wanting a classy coach. Hence the desire to play on glorified AAU teams like Kentucky, Kansas, Duke, UNC, etc.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Oiho: still better than Ohio.||
Oiho: still better than Ohio.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Stopped there on the way back||
Stopped there on the way back to Pittsburgh from vacation in Myrtle Beach on Friday. Food was pretty good and the beer selection was quite solid. Don't spend much time at all in Virginia, so it was nice to see a lot of VA micros available to sample.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||You mean Mike Pressler, who||
You mean Mike Pressler, who had players who were falsely accused of a heinous crime? To which the NCAA responded by granting all of the players free transfers because Duke themselves decided to cancel the season? I'm not sure what you're implying by bringing the lacrosse case into this.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||You play... to win... the||
You play... to win... the game.
|6 weeks 2 days ago||Are we limiting it to the||
Are we limiting it to the hash marks, or do you actually expect teams to try to kick an XP from, essentially, the sideline if a touchdown is scored while leaping over a pylon?
|6 weeks 3 days ago||Yeah, unless you're well||
Yeah, unless you're well versed in the financial and legal side of everything that goes into these contracts, probably not the best idea to negotiate yourself. Especially in the land of unguaranteed contracts like the NFL has.
|6 weeks 4 days ago||Balls to the face never||
Balls to the face never ceases to amuse.
|7 weeks 1 day ago||Why isn't Izzo on the list?||
Why isn't Izzo on the list? The way he's fought through so much adversity, with all those injuries, and still has a shot at a split conference title if everything goes his way... it's just a spectacular coaching job.
|8 weeks 18 hours ago||Pretty sure||
Pretty sure www.nbcolympics.com is streaming everything in the Olympics it can.
|8 weeks 21 hours ago||Sweden up 2-1 at the end of||
Sweden up 2-1 at the end of 2. Olli Jokinen with the goal for Finland, and Loui Eriksson and Erik Karlsson score for Sweden.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Sweden with a huge mistake in||
Sweden with a huge mistake in the 9th end. 4-3 match, they have the hammer, and Canada scores 2 to go up 6-3.
|8 weeks 2 days ago||I hope that game ruins the||
I hope that game ruins the psyche of Malkin and Ovechkin for the rest of this season. Those two played like garbage the whole tournament except the first 5 minutes against Slovenia in the first game.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||I think, because of the||
I think, because of the endurance and athleticism required to pull off the moves they're required to do, it can be safely considered a "sport."
My issue with competitions that are "judged" is the lack of clarity when it comes to scoring. If the scoring was so clearly written out, I don't understand why sometimes the scoring has such a range to it amongst the judges. I also feel that reputation has far too much impact in the scoring. For example, in the men's half-pipe snowboarding, I thought Shaun White had a terrible second run in the finals, and still got higher than 90. He landed on the lip of the pipe twice, and while he didn't fall, I can't for the life of me figure out how that scored higher than some of the guys that hit the 80s without anything nearly as 'unappealing' to the average viewer. It just seemed like he got the benefit of the doubt since he is so widely considered the best snowboarder in the world.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Holy hell, Netherlands sweeps||
Holy hell, Netherlands sweeps the men's 10k speed skating, and have now won 20 speed skating medals so far - 19 in long track skating, 1 in short track. They lead the medal count and haven't even had to journey outside of the skating track.
|8 weeks 4 days ago||The IOC is ridiculous. Sure,||
The IOC is ridiculous. Sure, let's get rid of women's hockey due to competitive issues, but still insist on having table tennis in the summer games when China has won 24 of the 28 gold medals ever awarded, and 47 of 88 total medals.
You can't grow a sport if you give up on it before the competitive balance ever gets a chance to be seen.