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- Three guys run off.
- Three guys run on.
- Butt breaks huddle early.
- One guy runs off.
- One guy runs on.
- One guy breaks huddle early.
- Obtain tracker: http://physlets.org/tracker/ (free software for doing video analysis on moving objects).
- Get the time lapse gif from the BTN broadcast which shows the entire field
- Analyze that.
- Tuition waiver (scholarship). Basically the department paid everything except for about $30 of fees/semester. Note: when the department is footing the bill, they get charged out of state tuition.
- Health Insurance. It was crappy, and I had to go to the campus "health center". But it was better than no insurance or a crazy high deductable plan that I could purchase on the open market.
- A stipend (~$15k/year).
- OSU's SOS is 76, UM's is 30
- OSU's best opponent is VaTech, ranked 46
- UM's best opponent is Utah, ranked 14
- OSU's next best opponent is Northern Ill, ranked 65
- UM's next best opponent is BYU, ranked 37
- OSU's best opponent is Western Mich, ranked 102
- UM's next best opponent is Oregon State, ranked 67
- OSU's worst opponent is Hawaii, ranked 108
- UM's worst opponent is UNLV, ranked 93
- Step 1: Compare the records of everyone in the tie. This would eliminate Michigan (shakes fist in the general direction of Salt Lake City)
- Compare head to head record of remaining teams (MSU def OSU)
- Find out if there are fellowships/scholarships out there. I found this http://www.bestmswprograms.com/top-25-scholarships-for-social-work-stude... within 30 seconds of googling.
- Talk to the department. Find out what resources they have. Leverage them.
- Some sort of federal work-study program may be an option.
- The department may have assistantships to offer. Inquire. This may even be a good time of year to find them.
- Talk to other campus resources (athletic dept, career services) what ideas do they have?
|19 hours 35 min ago||Totally agree||
Looking @ the Depth Chart by class, you can see that all of the NT, DT, and SDEs will be back. I think WDE will be figured out (especially if Ojemudia gets a medical approved, which is admittedly probably <50% probable). The LB core at least has bodies which should compete. (6 scholarship players on campus for 3 spots, with 3 commits on the way). It will easily be the most popular position group where the "working hard to get better every day" and "if you aren't improving, you are getting worse" cliches will be deployed next season. And if there is even a functionally competent replacement for Wilson...Yeah, I think that the Defense will be back. And their biggest area for improvement: forcing turnovers.
As far as the offense goes...yes they'll be replacing their QB and FBs and C. There are so many bodies at TE, that I don't think Williams' graduation is going to be a blip on the radar. OL should improve. (This will be the #2 group for the "getting better every day" cliches to be deployed). Worst case: The line returns 4 starters who were competent, not great. With both FBs graduating, I'll expect more H-Back/multiple TE sets with the bounty at that position (and maybe some "position switches" from TE to FB -- wasn't Poggi recruited as a TE? Or am I an idiot?) Butt, Chesson, and Darboh all return, so there should be ample targets for the QB to find. And QB? Let's just say that while I have no idea who the QB will be next season, I'm not concerned about it. I think there will be a solid qb option due to coaching excellence. ;)
Hell, I think that 10-2 would be a disappointment barring some unforseen disaster.
|20 hours 55 sec ago||I agree||
Was talking to a colleague who is a OSU alum, and we agreed that the 1st half was solid and "felt like the game". Now the 2nd half...yeah...
Also, I would have liked to see how the D fared with Ryan Glasgow, Brian Mone, and Mario Ojemudia healthy and ready to play...
|6 days 13 hours ago||Reminiscent of a diary from 2012||
This reminds me of a diary [edit: Picture pages article] from 2012, when Michigan played Air Force. (Right after the Alabama loss.) I think that would be this article. The gist of the article is that the deep safety (Kovacs in this case) has to be all-everything, including omniscient...and that does not go well.
(for those of you who do not remember, this was somehow NOT a touchdown).
|2 weeks 3 days ago||Open Source||
|2 weeks 3 days ago||52-12 Michigan||
|2 weeks 4 days ago||How about||
Fielding and Bo, or maybe Yost and Schembechler as they are the second and winningest coaches in program history respectively.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Cool Story Bro...||
A storm similar to the one that sank the Edmund Fitzgerald blew 35 years earlier, and was also responsible for the collapse of the Tacoma Narrows bridge.
Video for those of you who have never seen it :) (Link if embed fails: https://youtu.be/j-zczJXSxnw)
Neat articles about the collapse just published:
|3 weeks 17 hours ago||Not exactly||
The approved ruling still only involves 1 guy coming in. I mean, seriously, let's bring three guys in and only send one off and see if the refs let us play with 13? How is that, deceptive?
And how tight does a huddle have to be in order to be a huddle? They were all (Butt included) loosely bunched together.
Also, it's not like this was done with the intent to be illegal like some other plays -- See Buddy Ryan's polish goalline tactic, it was intended to put Jake Butt in a favorable matchup (preferably against air).
My point is this: The play does not fit the letter of the ruling which was seemingly applied and relies on definitions which don't exist in the rulebook. I think clarification needs to be made of some fashion. Otherwise, you should never defend the receiver nearest your opponents sideline when the team is going no-huddle and substitutes. Because the act of him lining up so near the sideline is clearly "intent to deceive." (Last sentence is only a little sarcastic. But srsly, by the definition that I saw applied, I'd like to know why every play that Baylor runs is not intent to deceive. I do not see a difference).
|3 weeks 20 hours ago||I don't think it is _exactly_ the same||
I would agree with the use of "exactly" if Michigan had only subbed one guy in/out. But they subbed three. Here is the process Michigan used, as I see it:
Because you can't sub three guys for one (though the argument is that Butt is just that good?) this is either not deceptive, or is a poor deception. The ruling is very clear about this process:
I don't see clear rulings about when the huddle must be broken. I think the question that I would be asking the refs is this:
How long does Butt have to wait on that play to make his early break of the huddle legal?
Here is my proposed answer: All three subs have to join the huddle for a time long enough so that 12 men in the huddle would be called if there were, indeed, 12 men in the huddle.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Approved rulings||
Need to look at the approved rulings too. Most of them apply to kicking related situations. This is most appropriate.
A1 leaves the field of play during a down� Team A huddles with 10 players� Substitute A12 enters, and A2 simulates leaving the field but sets near the sideline for a “hide-out’’ pass� RULING: Penalty—15 yards from the previous spot� This is a simulated replacement of a player to confuse opponents�
Still does not seem appropriate. The scenario, as I saw it. 3 players come on. 3 players run off. After they have moved 15-20 yards, Butt breaks the huddle and lines up near the sideline. Rest of team breaks huddle. Oh wide open.
Here's the thing, if only 2 had run off, and the third person had waited as long as Butt did to leave, Michigan gets flagged for 12 men in the huddle. I don't see a rule that says that all players must break the huddle simultaneously.
|4 weeks 1 day ago||Former D1 XC athlete||
As a former D1 XC athlete, let me say that there is no single distance that is run every (other) Saturday for our races.
Most of the time, men run an 8k, but they sometimes run a 10k. Most (all?) conferences run an 8k for their championships. But the NCAA regional and national meets are a 10k. So some invitationals run a 10k to prep this distance, but it is not compulsory.
Women, on the other hand, traditionally ran a 5k every week as this was the distance for the NCAA competitions until about 2002 or so. Since then, the standard distance became 6k, and most competitions reflect this distance now, though there may still be a few invites who run a 5k for historical reasons and/or laziness.
I will also point out that not all courses are standard (especially the weekly invite courses) so 8k at Chicago State may not equal 8k at EMU...spend some time to talking to current team members and coaches and you'll know who has notoriously short courses.
|4 weeks 5 days ago||Meta:||
Not sure that this qualifies as "Very" OT on this blog. USWNT related material has appeared on the front page of this blog and is VERY frequent on the MGoBoard. Note that there is a tag for the USWNT and the USMNT here. I've seen more OT things on the board all of the time.
|6 weeks 5 days ago||Average vs. Instantaneous||
All this means is that he's calculted an _average_ speed, rather than an instantaneous speed. Which is really the best that can be done without a more sophisticated analysis. At least initially it should be clear that Chesson will have a large, non-zero jerk. Possibly with some snap, crackle, and pop thrown in for good measure. (All of this means that your constant acceleration ideas are moot.)
What might be best would be to actually track his motion...which can totally be done:
Sure there will be difficulties (like severe parallax error), but you should have tools available to help you solve that since there are "stripes" on the field every 5 yards.
|7 weeks 5 days ago||Grad school is a good parallel to draw||
I have a PhD in physics. While in grad school, I had an assistantship (either a teaching assistantship or a research assistantship). This gave me a few things:
I only paid taxes on the stipend. You don't have to pay taxes on benefits.
Think, also, about this scenario. Suppose your office has an employee gym, which you are allowed to visit as a perk. You don't have to add the cost of a gym membership to your income even though access to a gym was provided to you as an employment benefit. Or suppose your boss takes everyone on a retreat to some cool vacation spot and foots the bill. You don't have to add in the cost of that trip as income.
One last example, health insurance. When your employer pays your health insurance as an employment benefit, you don't have to declare it as income. When you fall and cut your head (because you should have quit drinking and gone to bed...) and have to go to the hospital and get stitches and get stuck with a big hospital bill, your insurance pays it and you don't have to include their payments as taxable income.
tl, dr; A scholarship is not income. And the tax code makes my freaking head hurt. Give me Maxwell's equations any day of the week instead of that nightmare.
|8 weeks 3 days ago||Currently living in eastern NC||
And we've been getting rain every day for ~2 weeks now. Been really wet, and there is a trough of moisture which will continue to soak the eastern seaboard for a good while. I think that the biggest reason for fear was Joaquin's potential interaction with this system.
Massive overreaction? Probably not. There are a great deal of logistics to consider here, and at some point, waiting is not an option. Think about this, should UM leave at noon on Friday or 5pm on Friday. 5pm is better so that students can go to classes, but noon might be necessary to ensure a timely arrival at the team hotel (which is MORE important for a noon game than an 8pm game.) There are other concerns too. Fans making plans (cuz we're important too). TV crews. etc. We are talking about a small city which will be directly affected by when the game time is.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Agree||
You could tweak the fractions. And my iterative idea would reduce the need to have the pre-season rankings fade out (because you're using last week's rankings).
|8 weeks 5 days ago||"Objective" analysis of social systems||
No, you can't be truly "objective" when analyzing social systems, but you want to be "predictably subjective". Basically, I want others to be able to repeat what you did, but there isn't enough information to do that here.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Ok...||
So how do you define good/solid/not good? My feeling is that it is purely subjective. Could you comment on this definition a bit?
An idea for how I might try it within the spirit of your model: Develop an iterative algorithm. For the first 4 weeks use an "all teams are solid" definition. At this point, you have (some) data which you can base future rankings on. Start by defining all 4-0 teams as "good", 3-1 teams as "solid", and all other teams as "not good". Then use these definitions for the 5th week rankings. From that point, you can use your rankings to set good/solid/not good definitions for the next week.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Good point||
I'll state my disagreement first: I have to believe in a prediction that I'm making...but yes, predicting football games is an exercise in futility. Gambling is a tax on people who can't do math...right?
But I agree, I am immensely enjoying watching this team play this season. I'm especially enjoying watching them get better every week. And that defense is REALLY fun to watch. I find myself looking forward to each Saturday more than the last. Being a football fan can be fun again?
...well, at least it can on Saturdays. On Sundays, I watch to see how the Lions will find a creative way to lose THIS week...
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Wow...||
...You're right. That has to be the worst piece of professional technical writing that I have ever seen. Somebody needs to fire their lawyer, because this:
Means exactly what I said that it means. While this:
would be much more clear. Seriously, you shouldn't have to read the whole procedure to understand each step properly.
So in that case, the division champ would be left up to the pollsters. That means OSU has the inside track since Urbz is the biggest politician of the bunch.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Meh...||
It's an algorithm. And right now, Michigan's best opponents (Utah and BYU) are better than the best OSU has played (VaTech, who is 2-2 right now) by a margin which is probably not small. When there is almost no data, an algorithm will strongly weight a difference like that.
For example, let's look at Sagarin's rankings:
Based on resumes, yeah, I could see how the two teams would be viewed as about equal. But I have PTSD* from the past 8 years, so I'm not exactly ready to say that I believe that out loud...
* This is fake football fan PTSD, not real PTSD like some people actually suffer from.
|8 weeks 5 days ago||Wellllll...||
This assumes that the losses you describe are the only ones that the teams suffer for the remainder of the season, so OSU and MSU would be 11-1, while Michigan would be 10-2.
Short version, MSU would win.
The good news: Michigan still controls it's own destiny. Win out, and they are in the B1G championship with a 11-1 record. (The MSU/OSU victor would be 11-1 as well, but their sole loss would be against Michigan). After that...B1G championship against whoever wins the west. A win there would give a good shot at the CFP.
Not sure this is worth more than being a fun fantasy for the fans. But it is good to hear the coaches and the players talking about working hard, getting better every week, and having fun. And if they do that, the sky is the limit. Isn't this fun?
|10 weeks 3 days ago||Dress for the job you WANT||
Good advice even for this. Remember, you can always bring the Jersey and change when you go to your seat. Be a part of the tribe in the press box, then join the tribe in the bowl.
And have lots of fun!
|10 weeks 5 days ago||56-0 Michigan||
|10 weeks 5 days ago||C'mon, he said COKE, not||
C'mon, he said COKE, not KOCH!
|10 weeks 5 days ago||Lots of places||
For one, Sagarin's rating system:
He has them at 86 overall, 83 among FBS teams. This is slightly below average (out of 128 teams) but still squarely in the "fat part" of the bell curve.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||I hear you||
My ideas aren't exactly earth shattering -- "Have you googled it?" being a first step -- but I also have a very different experience of knowing that there are opportunities to find ways of funding graduate education. I've also got the unique perspective of having spent the last 12 years after getting my BS in different academic settings and learning about the different ways that things get funded in academia. I'm in a STEM field (physics) but I have to believe that there assistantships available despite the relative funding levels of physics and social work.
Remember, Academia is all about networking. (That's kind of like calling it an old boys' club, except they aren't ALL old boys anymore, especially in social work). Talk to people. Make connections. Bring the secretaries coffee and find out about them, they'll point you to faculty. Delonte is also somewhat of a celebrity, and an article about him is screaming to be written in the alumni magazine which would reflect well on the social work department.
Lastly, I KNOW that Delonte knows about hard work. I'm sure he's spent more time working out before 7am over the past 4 years than I have in my entire life. If he uses that same work ethic he developed with the FB team over the past 4 years in his pursuit of grad funding, he'll be just fine without taking a dime from a gofundme.
|10 weeks 6 days ago||Better ways to pay for grad school||
I'm a big proponent of avoiding debt when I can, so I applaud this effort. That being said, I think there are other places to look than a sports blog. Here are a few ideas.
My wife has a MA in counseling, which is a close cousin of a MSW. She had an assistantship which covered some of her costs at Ball State (in the pre-Hoke era). Ultimately she took out some loans too. But (as we are still paying them off) I can understand why you wouldn't want to do that forever.
Delonte may have considered some of these ideas already--it is hard to know with the scant information presented here and on the gofundme page; and I wish him the best of luck in his grad-school endeavors. One more idea: talk to some local high schools and try to cobble together a job which he can do while he works on a MSW part time. I'm guessing that part of the reason that he wants an MSW is to work with kids with troubled backgrounds and find ways to help them build skills and gain confidence to set goals which will drive their future success. He can do that right now, without a MSW, in the right situation. Sometimes it is all about finding the right way to make that happen and being willing to be somewhat creative while you do it.
|11 weeks 21 hours ago||Right...Paid Professionals||
Dude, they make like $3000/game
More like stiffed professionals. I, for one, am not shocked that dedicated fans, coaches, and former players know the rules better than them. Do you want to quit your day job for this?
|11 weeks 1 day ago||Holy crap...||
Giants showing how an opportunistic defense can really help a struggling offense.