this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
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|3 weeks 1 day ago||You have to be kidding me||
What does this have to do with her soccer skills, the USWNT, or sports in general?
A prevailing attitude among the folks running women's sports can be summarized with the saying, "When in doubt, pimp them out." Let's take a few examples. First, from (former) FIFA president Sepp Blatter:
I can't make a stronger statement against this than Pauline Cope (same article):
Maybe you'd like a more recent example? Done. Provided to you by the WWL.
Maybe we should start calling it the world wide leader in sexism.
To be clear: Women should wear what they want, what they feel comfortable in. And they should feel free to do that without having cretins like Feel The Strength ogle them and objectify them (who is, sadly, only a symptom of a larger problem). Those of us who have daughters, sisters, wives, and mothers need to stand up against this shit whenever we see it.
Also MODS: Don't (auto)ban it. This needs to be called out, not swept under the rug. We need to build our culture around respecting women, and not hide those of us who don't.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||In other news...||
...water is wet.
|26 weeks 23 hours ago||Now everyone||
If you approach quietly and with care, you will witness the exceedingly rare internet apology.
|26 weeks 4 days ago||Good luck to your friend and||
Good luck to your friend and his family. It is both amazing and wonderful that we live in a country that is able to create treatments for cancer so that it is not an absolute death sentence. It is ALSO amazing and wonderful that we live in such a generous country that people will help their neighbors (both near and far) when they have the fight of their life on their hands.
|26 weeks 5 days ago||Tangentially related||
On a tangentially related note, the Mythbusters show did an episode where they filled footballs with helium to see if they would fly farther.
The article there says that regular air-filled footballs fly farther, though my recollection was there was no significant difference between the two (I watched the episode a couple of years ago). Either way, there was no measurable advantage to having a helium-filled football.
|27 weeks 5 days ago||With a 1 year old and a 5||
With a 1 year old and a 5 year old, I cannot agree with this enough.
And could someone please explain to my son that at 6:00 on a Saturday morning, Daddy needs his sleepy time? Thanks in advance.
|27 weeks 6 days ago||(No subject)|
|28 weeks 3 days ago||Video analysis - in social science research||
People scoffed a bit about Singletary watching recruiting film, but I bet he's one of the first filters before it actually goes to the coach's level.
I just wanted to pile on this thought a bit more. I'm a social science researcher (in the education field) and one of the things that we do is study video of classroom interactions. The technology and techniques that we use are not altogether different than those used by athletic departments. In fact, the software that we used in my previous job was the same as the software used by the basketball team at our institution.
The cool thing about having video data is that you have TONS of data to look at. As a scientist (my roots are in physics) I firmly believe that having data is COOL! But a big problem is that much of the data is CRAP. So we collect tons of data, so that we can learn what we want to study. With minimal training, someone who does not have deep expertise in the field can watch the video and code different events, marking them with different labels and create videos which can be watched by others who do have an eye for detail. For example, let's say I wanted to do this with a football game to match a UFR style analysis. An event is a play, which must be labeled with a few important things: Down & distance, who has the ball, personnel, formation, type of play run, was there a penalty, yards gained (lost), etc. And this can be using multiple synced video sources with multiple angles (all 22, line of scrimmage, other angles???) Then they can generate specific video packages for different coaches. For example, the OL coach will want to see the line of scrimmage view for all offensive plays with the run plays and the pass plays sorted out to analyze run blocking and pass protection separately. He may want to generate video to analyze 1st and 2nd string separately. Or label plays where the defense sent a blitz and watch how they picked it up. Then he can take some of the themes that he noticed and bring them to the attention of the OC and even the HC.
Like I said, I'm in science, not sports, but I know how video analysis works. And I think that this is a decent idea of how this might go on in a real athletic setting. (Although, I've made it a little more solitary than it might really be in practice.) I just want to highlight the role of pre-processing in the video analysis process. We don't need to hear Brent Musberger talking about AJ McCarron's girlfriend...we just want to see what happened on the field.
|28 weeks 4 days ago||Can't you just fix it with||
Can't you just fix it with your White Wizard wizardry?
|28 weeks 5 days ago||^^^ wins the internet.||
^^^ wins the internet.
|29 weeks 4 days ago||Except the data we have is so||
Except the data we have is so incomplete (12 games and 128 teams) that it is not enough to provide the resolution that we need to clearly define #3 from #4. Regardless of the format, there will always be the first snubbed team that just wasn't included. Does the committee get it wrong when one of the last four in loses big and one of the first four out win the NIT? I think not.
My argument for why FSU should have been left out is that the big 12 was stronger than the ACC. Therefore winning the big 12 was more impressive than winning the ACC, regardless of the number of losses between the champs (within reason).
|32 weeks 5 days ago||Almost perfect...||
I think that you meant to finish that with all caps, and maybe an expletive. Something like:
That would have been perfect execution.
|33 weeks 23 hours ago||Logged in just to +1 this...||
...and -1 the OP.
Got more important shit to do than read that...
|33 weeks 3 days ago||Nope||
The only thing that will stop the CC threads is an actual new coach. Give it long enough and we'll start discussing our old HS football coaches (which will be interesting for me since I ran Cross Country), family members, friends, and distant relations.
...but no frenemies...is that even a word still?
|34 weeks 5 days ago||Weakest. Beard. Ever.||
Weakest. Beard. Ever.
|35 weeks 6 days ago||It's times like this...||
that I miss the "+1 funny" option.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Not likely||
Just moved to Texas (San Marcos) and heard that story on the radio. Apparently NFL teams are always courting San Antonio in order to convice their home cities to build a new stadium. Or sweeten the pot in some other way. The radio guys were extremely cynical about it. (Saying things like: "Why do we do this to ourselves?")
It should be noted that there is no NFL-ready stadium in San Antonio.
|36 weeks 4 days ago||Any time I see correlations calculated...||
...I post a link to this:
Enjoy learning about all the things that are correlated.
|37 weeks 14 hours ago||Nah...||
|37 weeks 3 days ago||On it's face, not so absurd||
On its face, the premise is not so absurd. Any academic department faculty chooses the chair of their department. They may even solicit feedback from their students while doing this. A search for a new Tenure Track professor gets feedback from anyone and everyone willing to give it. Search committees choose the new college Dean with feedback from the departments that the Dean will supervise. University presidents, provosts, ... I think you catch my drift. This isn't reserved to academia as well. Many companies, as a part of the interview process, ask people to form opinions and give feedback about their potential future bosses. The idea, in and of itself is not absurd. In fact having influential coaches and players in the athletic department form some sort of committee to help select the new AD is an excellent idea.
What I am struggling with is the fact that Brady Hoke IS the football coach. And I'm not sure that this route is appropriate. After all, what does the coach of the San Franciso 49ers have to do with the Michigan Athletic department? While we are at it, should we be talking to Bill Walsh too? (Ok, he died, but if he were alive...) Moreover, this screams CONFLICT OF INTEREST. Basically, you'd be having JH help select an AD who would (1) Fire Brady and then (2) hire Harbaugh. I'm not a lawyer (MGo- or otherwise), nor do I play one on TV, but this sort of thing just has wrongful termination suit written all over it. So unless Harbaugh (Jim or John - because that would be nepotism) isn't interested in the job, he should stay off the committee.
Lastly, what message does this send to the current team? Right now, the team is still fighting for Coach Hoke. We may not enjoy the games we are watching, but the team is playing hard, and haven't given up on him. We have not yet seen the 52-14 thrashing in the Gator Bowl that ended Rich Rod's tenure. I think a move like this would send the absolute wrong message to the team, that message being that Coach Hoke is not well-respected enough to keep his job, and the department is going to stab him in the back, rather than following protocol and firing him.
TL, DR version: Steering committee with current and former coaches and players = Good idea. Putting Harbaugh on that committee = bad idea because it is a conflict of interest (unless he isn't interested in being the football coach at Michigan) and would be damaging to the current team.
|40 weeks 5 days ago||Nah, Mattison wins. But we||
I'd pay even more money to see a royal rumble with Brandon, Hoke and all the assistant coaches
Nah, Mattison wins. But we knew this already.
|40 weeks 6 days ago||Nope||
We root for slope because we are NERDS!!!!!
|41 weeks 21 hours ago||+1 for making me laugh||
+1 for making me laugh
|41 weeks 22 hours ago||Hmmm...||
So this assumes that if Hoke had been hired in 2008, he'd have been fired in 2011 (when RR would have been hired). I'm not sure the premise is valid.
I think that Rich Rod was doomed by two things:
A third could be added (the cupboard was bare), but I tend not to believe that as much since he'd done more with less at WVU. I doubt that 3-9 would have happenned under fictional Coach Hoke in 2008, due to, in some part, philosophical similarities with Carr. RichRod was asking Steven Threet to run the read option offense. Part of his failing that season was pushing the players he had into an offense that didn't suit them.* So my question is, if RR were hired for the 2015, what offense would he run with Shane Morris, Russell Bellomy, and Wilton Speight as his 3 scholarship QBs? Does anyone see one of these guys running the Zone Read more than once or twice a game?
* And before the spread zealots say, "but what did you expect, to have him run the pro-style offense?" my response is, "Of course not." But he could have run an offense more like he did back at Tulane: http://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/players/shaun-king-1.html It wasn't exactly the spread and shred back then...
|41 weeks 22 hours ago||Then go to the poll and say||
Then go to the poll and say why! And note the question mark. I'll edit the title to see if it makes people happier.
|41 weeks 23 hours ago||Second...||
Frankly, most of the state of Indiana is part of The South. I think the Mason-Dixon line is US-30.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||It's called gamesmanship.||
It's called gamesmanship. It's also why coaches don't talk about injuries.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||Way to execute the double||
Way to execute the double post.
|41 weeks 2 days ago||It would have been||
It would have been appropriate then too.
|42 weeks 3 days ago||No way...||