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|2 days 18 hours ago||Why is this a surprise?||
I'm having trouble thinking of a prominent case that wasn't openly discussed before trial. We were talking about Aaron Hernandez for months. We were watching O.J.'s Bronco before he'd even been apprehended, let alone brought to court.
|2 days 18 hours ago||I see what you mean.||
It did pretty much all go to hell the day Bo died.
|2 days 19 hours ago||That would be the message...||
...if the predominant impression the kids had of Singletary was of someone that wasn't doing his work. I'm guessing that's not the case.
I don't think it's that easy to predict what message other people will take from a firing--it depends so much on how it's handled. Brandon sent a lot of people packing during his time here and I don't think the message sent was positive at all.
|4 days 19 hours ago||Maybe, maybe not.||
Matt Cooke's still got a $2.5M/year job.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Basketball, soccer. Curling.||
But basketball's a clear #1. I'll watch anybody, anytime.
They've gone to smaller venues now to save money but in the old days they used to play early rounds of the Ohio high school tournament at big arenas like U of Dayton and Miami U. and the Gardens. The first Saturday of the tournament in Dayton there'd be 8 games in 12 hours; I'd go for the duration every year unless my own school had a game that day. My parents were the same--we started going when I was 9 or 10, probably.
|4 days 23 hours ago||I hope Harbaugh doesn't read||
I hope Harbaugh doesn't read this blog, because he's probably smart enough to figure out that the best thing he could possibly do for his Michigan career is go 0-12 his first year and make sure the trajectory is forever on the up.
|4 days 23 hours ago||Wouldn't the same argument||
Wouldn't the same argument apply to ethnic and community newspapers? The reason Chicago has a Defender, a Polish Daily News, a Korean Times, is that there were stories of interest to the community that weren't being covered adequately by the big dailies or were being covered from an angle foreign to a particular readership.
I don't know if the situation in the national sports media is in any way comparable, but I don't think it's in Whitlock's power to create a divide where none exists in the first place. Either there's already a divide, or his project will fail. (It could, of course, fail on its own merits even if there's a perceived need.)
|5 days 42 min ago||I'm sure you're right about||
I'm sure you're right about the value of this move to Goodell; I'm not sure I'm convinced that the change in tax status will really cost the league office that much. Won't they restructure the income flows so that the money that flows back to the clubs never shows up as NFL income in the first place, now that it would be taxable? Or am I misunderstanding the structure here?
|5 days 1 hour ago||I don't think it has anything||
I don't think it has anything to do with whether it's on- or off-topic. It's not that the headline is misleading, it's that it's a contemptible attempt at a smear.
|1 week 3 days ago||They're the same thing.||
Jack Hammer's accountant is Craig James.
|2 weeks 6 days ago||Why don't people get fired or...?||
Craig James, Ron Franklin, Jay Mariotti, Rob Dibble, Jason Whitlock...
Holtz didn't get fired because he was the right kind of awful, creating buzz without backlash. Awful's not so bad from the network's perspective; what they can't have in that spot is bland...which it's kind of degenerated into, now that the shtick's gotten old (Corso's probably getting to that point too and I won't be surprised if he also doesn't get renewed the next time his contract is up).
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||Quality of coaching aside...||
...the point of the D-league is personal development and showcasing. The goal isn't winning a championship, it's landing a ten-day contract. A demanding coach can make some progress with the teamplay aspects, just like a good AAU coach can, but the environment doesn't foster it.
|3 weeks 2 hours ago||You're probably right, and||
You're probably right, and that's sad.
But to me the real chasm in life is between having a net under you, vs. always being a crisis away from catastrophe. Knowing you can fix your car if it breaks down, knowing you'll be able to make your rent/mortgage at the end of the month and that the food money won't run out--that's the truly life-changing experience, no matter how much money you make the rest of your life.
It makes complete sense to me that someone that's been on the wrong side of that line would want to optimize the chance at the first million or two, instead of the $30 million. These long-term rational-choice exercises are a luxury that comes with comfort. Most of us here are pretty comfortable; it's easy to forget that some of the players we're talking about aren't.
|3 weeks 3 hours ago||That comment got me thinking...||
In the NBA, teams like the Mavs have a coach hired specifically for each player...
There was an interesting article in the print SI a few weeks ago on Jeff Teague, how the basketball his father taught him when he was young got transformed in AAU ball, where he learned the importance of showcasing his own talents and "consciously morphed into an Iversonian gunner." When the new staff took over in Atlanta, Teague would get pissed when teammates made cuts or set screens because it was just somebody in his way. You can see the results after they finally got through to him.
I think the primary need of a lot of NBA prospects these days isn't personal skill development, it's learning to play with the other four guys on the floor. Teague was unusual because he'd learned it the other way first, but some of these guys have spent their entire careers in environments where the only expectation is that they'll show off their stuff.
You can't learn that riding the pines in the NBA no matter how much attention you get from your individual coach. The only way to learn it is to play, for coaches and with teammates that demand that you play as a team.
(And in passing it occurs to me that maybe this is one of the drawbacks of being a one-sport athlete; maybe it's an advantage to have spent some time playing a sport that wasn't quite as perfect a match to your abilities, to not be the star three months of the year?)
|3 weeks 1 day ago||This sort of depends on where you're coming from.||
In a comfortable middle-class household that's true. For a child of a single parent making, say, $15/hr., $1.2 million is pretty close to the parent's lifetime income. Even after taxes and agent cut we're still talking about a couple of decades of income at least. If your family's barely treading water, or worse, that can be life-changing.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||See a non-media college game sometime.||
There's no such thing in D1 any more, but drive over to Hope or Calvin during basketball season and see how fast two 20-minute halves fly by when there aren't any media timeouts.
D3 is all I watch in person these days. And high school. Coaches' timeouts don't bother me at all--they happen when the game flow demands them. But there's something about having the flow stopped by an outside force that irritates me, to the point that I've stopped going to D1 games altogether.
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|3 weeks 1 day ago||Absolutely right.||
Linc Darner's record:
He's won the conference 6 times, won the conference tournament 6 times, gone to the NCAAs 7 times. And since year 2 he's won 80% of his games.
Green Bay's a good job, they interviewed quality coaches, they chose one. Everybody moves on.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Looking at the same drafts I quoted for Dekker...||
I think that's probably about right. Johnson's size will get him drafted somewhere, it's the Harrison twins that are the question. You can count me among the people that don't think anyone's going to use a pick on Aaron.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||You expected higher than that, even?||
I mean, that's eight of nine mocks that have him going in the top 18. Some have him ahead of Kaminsky.
Of course he's coming out. He was already easily first round before the tournament; now he's moved up another 5-10 slots.
To answer your question, I just noted that one of the CBS guys hasn't updated his mock since the end of January (and of course that's the one that has Dekker the lowest). Of the others, 7 are current and one was done after the regionals but before last weekend.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||Other than Harris...||
...have they ever had a player faced with the choice before?
Here's a list of their first-rounders since 1990:
Dekker's borderline lottery; they've only had one junior rank as high, ever, and he came out. Kaminsky last year was "25 to 45".
What they don't ever have happen, except for Rashard Griffith, is for someone to come out before he's ready. Nobody comes out and goes undrafted, as is about to happen at Kentucky. But you can't expect a lottery pick to stay in school.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||A random selection of mocks...||
I don't vouch for any of these individually, but there seems to be a consensus here.
It's not just the tournament; he's been moving up these lists since last summer. I'm surprised there was anyone that thought he might come back.
|3 weeks 2 days ago||No, there wouldn't be any push-back on that one.||
I can certainly see how giving each team five timeouts per game instead of the current five timeouts per game is a no-brainer and will improve the game right away.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Not sure why people want a lane-clogging big.||
Beilein's offense runs best with bigs who can shoot and can pull the other teams rim protectors out of the lane.
A 20-year-old Arvydas Sabonis probably means a championship.
Bird would work, too.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||All-time college football winning percentages...||
...as of the end of the 1941 season:
Army was 13th, Ohio St. was 29th.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Wisconsin.||
But I still can't win--I had Virginia on the other side.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||A lot of really good players grew up in Wisconsin.||
Off the top of my head:
Maybe Porter doesn't belong on the list because he wasn't heavily recruited by any means, but he's exactly the kind of player Ryan looks for (he played for Bennett, after all).
I'm sure I'm missing some people.
Dekker's a good player but he isn't historically unique--except that he went to UW instead of leaving the state or going to Marquette like everyone else.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Fans are never happy.||
I remember people being pissed about the one-loss seasons in the 70s.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I think what I'm really trying to say is this||
I basically agree with your assessment of Calipari. He's never been known as a teacher of the game, his game management isn't that great, the only schematic advance he's got to his name is that 1-4 iso play you're describing that's been a staple of AAU offenses since forever. From a pure basketball standpoint you could count on one hand the number of coaches in the tournament I'd put him ahead of (and yes my hand has room for Rick Barnes).
So maybe it's worth thinking through why the best talent in the country keeps coming to play for him. It's not bribery. I can see how people might have interpreted some of what I've written on this thread that way, and I should have been more careful.
He comes highly recommended by people that are likely to have a hand in the future income of a top prospect. He offers a comfortable one-and-done year (or two, if necessary). He's not particularly demanding, nobody's checking to see if you showed up for your 8am class, he won't do anything that might embarrass you and threaten your future career, he can be counted on not to ask any questions if you need some extra assistance with your eligibility like Rose or have some unusual personal requirements like Camby. He understands a player's need for media exposure, won't get too upset if you piss away a possession trying to get yourself on that night's Top Ten.
He's trustworthy, from their perspective, like few other coaches are, so the Worldwides of the basketball world are happy to refer future stars to his care for a year. The player knows he'll be taken care of in return, won't drop too far in the draft if he gets hurt for example (Nerlens).
It's successful. It wins. It's self-perpetuating. The looking-the-other-way part can be problematic in the long run but nobody much cares at the time.
The question is: is it a reason to put somebody in the Hall of Fame?
And it probably is. It's the essence of college basketball now. Calipari to the Hall, Ryan and Beilein to a museum--I'm grudgingly learning to accept that that's where we've come to.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||I'm absolutely certain he's||
I'm absolutely certain he's got the basketball knowledge to make it work. I just don't know if he'd put up with it for a whole season--I think he much prefers what he does now.