The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
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|11 hours 16 min ago||analytical: relating to or||
analytical: relating to or using analysis or logical reasoning
analytics: the systematic computational analysis of data or statistics
You can be analytical without using analytics; he used the correct word.
|11 hours 55 min ago||I look at it this way.||
Whoever's on these shows will not be given game responsibilities, which means I can choose never to hear them. If they'd put Rod Gilmore on here alongside Galloway I'd be mighty happy.
|1 week 6 days ago||Whether they could have could||
Whether they could have could have done more internally i don't know, but as far as responding to prospective employers/schools is concerned, "refusing to recommend" is the absolute maximum their attorneys would have allowed Boise's coaches to do in a situation like this.
|2 weeks 7 hours ago||When someone asks you for a||
When someone asks you for a reference regarding someone your firm has fired, are you totally open about the cause?
|2 weeks 2 days ago||That's an advantage of Draftkings.||
I don't think there's any way to see inside a Yahoo game if you aren't playing. I don't have any idea how the point totals change there with the size of the stakes.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||You need a porter?||
I always carry my own bags, but if you have a lot of wives I can see how that might be hard.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||I think you've got it.||
Simple and grossly oversimplified illustration:
Let's say you want to take two players from an offense; you've got your choice between QB+WR and QB+RB. (For simplicity we'll assume there's just one of each.)
If you choose the QB/WR pair, you'll miss out on each rushing TD but you'll double-score on a passing TD. If you choose the QB/RB pair you'll score either way, but only once.
One pair's correlated, the other's anticorrelated (in this respect only, of course--they're correlated to the extent that they're part of the same offense). In a top-heavy game you might lean towards QB/WR, in a 50/50 you might prefer the QB/RB combination. (Or, in the real world, you might want to avoid combining teammates at all.)
|2 weeks 2 days ago||as mentioned above...||
...whether that's the smart play depends on the payout structure. In a 50/50 you're trying to minimize variance and you don't want to tie players like that.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||To be honest...||
I prefer the vistas in Zion. But you have to work to get to them, while in Bryce they're pretty much handed to you.
But I second the Narrows suggestion, especially in September.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||It's been mentioned above but I'll repeat...||
Red Iguana on West North Temple is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Don't waste your time and money on the usual taco/combination plate fare; you want one of the molés. Any of them. In fact you might be able to talk your waiter into bringing you a sampler so you can try them all.
Don't get confused and find yourself at the Blue Iguana.
|2 weeks 2 days ago||Some observations from a recent dabbler.||
I've only played baseball.
(1) I've had better luck at Yahoo than at draftkings. I think the competition's significantly weaker because it's a new platform and it has a ready audience of casual/unsophisticated players. There are also some small scoring differences that maybe some of the older players have been slow to adjust to, or that are keeping some of them away.
(2) Your strategy of minimizing variance is sound in 50/50 games; I've had some success so far with the opposite strategy in standard leagues where the payout is topheavy, trying to maximize variance by piling into correlated players to the extent the rules allow. At Yahoo, anyway, where the competition is weaker.
(3) The dollar games are fine but I think the rake's too big for me to ever be willing to play with real money. There's a point where the competition's too strong and you can't keep consistently pulling in the 10% you need just to break even, and I suspect that point would hit me sooner than I'm willing to admit. (In fact, I got my start at draftkings by winning a ticket in one of those newbie freerolls they occasionally run that are only open to accounts before you've played in a cash game, so it's been house money since day 1.)
I'm hoping competition will drive down the rake--actually, I thought Yahoo would open with a smaller rake to attract players from the other sites. Surely they've got the financial heft to pull it off. These sites don't really need the 10% to cover costs, do they?
|2 weeks 3 days ago||So they can bargain with||
So they can bargain with Northwestern over Northwestern policies or bargain with the NCAA over NCAA policies, but they can't bargain with Northwestern over NCAA policies. It's not a nonsensical decision.
Seems to me what the players need to try to do is organize more broadly, not just within a single team. It'll be a lot harder to put together, but it would have a lot more force if it got done.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||"I got all the details wrong||
"I got all the details wrong but it's still true that a lot of football alums hate Brandon" is a pretty low bar for a reporter.
Nobody doubts that part of the story--it was common knowledge around here, as I recall, long before Henson broke the news to us.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||Smith/Kaepernick?||
We're going to trade Morris to Georgia for a 4-star recruit and he's going to take them to their first major bowl in seven years?
|3 weeks 3 days ago||http://web.archive.org/web/20||
"remarkable growth in gifts to VCU’s annual and capital funds"..."growth of the VCU brand"..."at UNC...an eight-year, $20 million contract with Learfield Sports and a first ever on-premises signage partnership with Wachovia in the Dean E. Smith Center"...
I doubt any of his references mentioned any history he might have had in the harassment arena.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||I suppose not.||
But the e-mail Henson published included banter among the players (let alone the Hitler comment) that wouldn't have been intended to be included in a final version. It's possible somebody drunkenly forwarded the draft to the board, but if that's what happened a competent reporter would have reported it that way.
My minimal expectations for a reporter are that when a source forwards him something, he'll make some effort to figure out what he's been sent and present it accordingly. Somebody forwarded Henson an e-mail circulating among some former players, kicking around ideas for a letter to the Board. Henson reported it as if it were the final version.
Any reporter with half a gram of sense would have noticed the Hitler stuff, noticed that the e-mail seemed to be addressing the Board as "boys," wondered if maybe he had the frame wrong and gone back to his source for an explanation.
Either Henson's an idiot or he's the most asinine clickbaiter in the history of journalism. I'm going to give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he's an idiot.
|3 weeks 3 days ago||And the 100 former Michigan||
And the 100 former Michigan players sending an e-mail to the Board of Trustees comparing Brandon to Hitler.
That was about as wrong as wrong gets.
It's clear he's somebody's useful idiot, which means he gets some good information. It's also clear he has no clue how to evaluate any of it.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Flip phones?||
We had a 300-baud dial-up modem. By the time she got the message the semester was over and everyone had gone home.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||He was facing a room full of||
He was facing a room full of players worrying about their futures in a completely different system that they weren't recruited for and that many of them might not fit into, and he talked them off the ledge. Talked them out of any hasty decisions. You'll note that not one player took him up on his offer. You might also recall that Rodriguez and Carr were still on speaking terms, still being seen in public together, after this meeting took place.
It was no more an "invitation" than dropping the transfer papers on a desk in a closed-door meeting was. It was calculated to have the opposite effect, and it did.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||It's not correct for more||
It's not correct for more reasons than one. Threet would have been making do; Sheridan was a choice. I'm guessing there are very, very few football coaches who would have started Sheridan over Threet. Rodriguez chose to play the walk-on because he picked up the offense faster and the priority for that season was to implement the offense.
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||No plural.||
"an SEC team in a BCS bowl."
|4 weeks 9 hours ago||I don't recall this "Year 3||
I don't recall this "Year 3 success." I remember a third year with yet another losing conference record, a 30-point shellacking at OSU, and finishing the year with three losses by an average score of 46-16. I remember a fortunate 7-6, with four of the seven wins by a touchdown or less but all six losses by double digits.
That was a bad team, one of the worst Michigan teams of my lifetime.
|4 weeks 10 hours ago||Remember this one?||
I think it's kind of funny, because Michigan 2011 and Arizona 2014 had a lot in common--they were seasons featuring a quite astonishing load of gold-pooping good luck. Narrow wins over a couple of bad non-conference opponents. Down 15 to Cal with five minutes to play, come back to win. Get to play Oregon without three of their starting offensive linemen. Washington could take a knee and win, but they decide to run a play, fumble, and lose.
It's all fun while it's happening, but at some point you have to recognize that you aren't as good as your record might make you think.
|4 weeks 10 hours ago||Who knows?||
Letting Shafer go might have been OK too.
What I'm sure of is this: you can't call a staff meeting to do defensive game planning and leave the DC out of it. Fire him, if the relationship has reached that point. Don't just turn his chair towards the wall and leave him sitting there. It's an absolutely elementary management lessson: if you can't trust your people to do the jobs you hired them to do, you have to work it out or you have to let them go.
You can't treat people that way. Word of that kind of crap gets around. It makes it hard to hire good people; it changes how people inside the organization look at you. I know I never saw RR the same way again, and I wasn't even involved.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||Mallett was told to choose:||
Mallett was told to choose: do what was expected of a Michigan football player or leave. He chose to leave.
How that became a blot on the record of either Carr or Rodriguez is completely beyond me.
|4 weeks 11 hours ago||He made the offer for||
He made the offer for precisely the opposite reason than is usually implied when the story is told.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||It's just a hunch...||
...but I think in five years or so Texas is going to look back on their recent history and recognize the value of a good CEO.
|4 weeks 12 hours ago||I don't know the answer to this...||
...so let's do it and see what we find. Draft positions is the easiest--I'll pull up the drafts from 2009 to 2012 and see how many were drafted from each B1G school, by round. To make it easier I'm going by school drafted from, which will miss the transfers. You can eyeball the Malletts back in if you like.
I'm including supplemental draft players like Pryor, in the draft position the team forfeited the following year.
The teams are in the order of the first player taken from the team in that draft. I'll also mention notable players that went undrafted but have had decent pro careers.
Undrafted: Brian Hoyer, Jonathan Casillas, Alex Boone.
Undrafted: Jeff Cumberland
Undrafted: can't think of anybody.
2012 (admittedly this might include some players still in HS in '08):
Undrafted: nobody of note.
Total drafted over the four years:
Drafted in the first three rounds:
First round picks:
Tied for 6/7 each time--not literally "better than half the teams in the conference", but close.
(And isn't it amazing that Illinois, with four future first-round picks and ten in the top three rounds, went 5-7 while Michigan State and Northwestern went 9-4? Minnesota somehow managed a bowl appearance as well, with only two future draft picks on their entire roster.)
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||Mallett||
When Carr called a player to his office and dropped the transfer papers on the desk, there was a reason. When said player responded, eventually, by transferring, it's possible that it wasn't for the worst.
It may be hard to remember now, but there was a time in there when Carr and Rodriguez were seen in public together and were clearly on speaking terms. RR's application for the job had been at Carr's suggestion, after all.
I'd be shocked if they didn't discuss the Mallett situation then. Maybe I'm wrong, but it was my strong belief at the time, and nothing ever happened later to shake it, that Rodriguez made an informed decision not to chase too hard after Mallett based on what he heard from Lloyd. I can't imagine Carr making a recommendation, but I can easily imagine a frank discussion that left RR thinking "nope, that's not something I want to deal with."
Sometimes you have to base a decision on the longer-term health of the program--Beilein's handling of the basketball program is instructive here--and if it means a couple of extra losses in the present, so be it. I've been one of Rodriguez's most vehement critics around here and especially regarding his handling of personnel, but that's one I don't hold against him AT ALL.
|4 weeks 14 hours ago||That's not accurate.||
He didn't hire "someone who would be a yes man and run his defense."
He hired someone who wouldn't. Then he kneecapped him.
The yes man arrived in year 2.