OT - Five Stupid Questions, Vital Answers

OT - Five Stupid Questions, Vital Answers

Submitted by Space Coyote on July 16th, 2013 at 8:32 AM

The board has been fairly tame lately, and likely will be once more today. Football season is drawing nearer, but is still to far ahead to create much discussion which hasn't been had before. Damnit, I need a good ol' passionate argument about something that confuses the lady in my life when I claim "this guy is wrong on the internet!" Because of this, I present to you five questions that on the surface seem stupid, in reality are stupid, but the answers could be of vital importance for those that desire to live by social norms, or for those that want to call their friends idiots.

Spurred from a debate long ago about toilet paper orientation, in which consensus seemed closest to: if you have a stupid cat or a stupid kid (face it, the kid's about 3 years old, he's likely pretty dumb still) you can put your TP folded back to the wall; otherwise, fold it over the top.

I'll post my answers below as not to clutter the OP. Here are the questions:

  1. When serving cake, should it be served warm, cold, or room temperature (this question does not include ice cream cake)?
  2. When placing cups in the cupboard, should they be placed open-side up or open-side down?
  3. When talking about the midwest region, does "midwest" imply the plains states or the Great Lakes region?
  4. When eating Oreo's, should they be eaten whole or should they be twisted apart and eaten seperately?
  5. Are stars in the night sky our past kings, fireflyies that got stuck up in that big blueish-black thing, or balls of burning gas billions of miles away which appear as a massive, luminous sphere of plasma held together by its own gravity until their ultimate demise forces them either become massive or collapse upon itself?

Worst... draft(s)... ever?

Worst... draft(s)... ever?

Submitted by blueheron on January 25th, 2010 at 7:27 AM

Worst... draft(s)... ever?

With the help of some historical NFL draft data (at the end here) from CBS Sportsline, I decided to try measuring (by proxy) Michigan's talent level the last couple of years. I'm assuming that it would be positively correlated with the total contribution of the team to the draft. Specifically, three first-round picks would obviously be a bigger contribution than three seventh-round picks.

I'd have to assign points to rounds to compare more complicated mixtures (say, two second-round picks versus four fifth-round picks). Time permitting, I'll do that at some later date along with a look at prior years where all future NFL draftees are known for a team. (In that case, there will also be a class multiplier. That way, I'll be able to compare a freshman Jake Long to a senior Morgan Trent.)

Anyway, a very quick look at last year's draft and this year's likely haul (Graham, Warren, maybe Mesko) was somewhat enlightening. '09's total number of players is the lowest in the last 10+ years. As well, note the rounds of Taylor and Trent. Also remember that Taylor didn't make the final cut at Indy. Now, I'm sure Graham and maybe Warren will go high. It's also fair to say that Carlos, Brandon, and Stevie will be just on the outside. There's no easy way to account for successful free agents (e.g., Tim Jamison and Houston). But, when the projected '11 draftees are considered, it's not a reach to say that the upperclass talent pool has been a bit shallow recently. Seriously -- I see no one (with the exception of possible early entries for Martin and Stonum) draftable other than Schilling, Mouton, and Webb. Wow -- I have to reach a bit to get to those. Let me know if I'm missing anyone.

This might make me sound like a RichRod apologist. Fine. I'm not completely sold on the guy and never have been, but he's taken some unfair shots. I do not mean to suggest that Lloyd "left the cupboard bare." It would perhaps be more appropriate to say that the cupboard was a bit bare when he left. Important arrangement of words...

One other note: It would be helpful to factor in the length and quality of the NFL careers. Steve Hutchinson, to take an extreme example, would be worth more than Tim Massaquoi (that is, even more than his better draft position might suggest).

2010 ? Brandon Graham
2009 4 Terrance Taylor
2009 6 Morgan Trent
2008 1 Jake Long
2008 2 Chad Henne
2008 3 Shawn Crable
2008 3 *Mario Manningham
2008 6 Mike Hart
2008 7 *Adrian Arrington
2007 1 Leon Hall
2007 2 *Alan Branch
2007 2 LaMarr Woodley
2007 2 David Harris
2007 5 Steve Breaston
2007 6 Prescott Burgess
2007 7 Tyler Ecker
2006 4 Gabe Watson
2006 4 Jason Avant
2006 7 Tim Massaquoi
2005 1 Braylon Edwards
2005 1 Marlin Jackson
2005 2 David Baas
2004 1 Chris Perry
2004 3 Jeremy LeSueur
2004 7 John Navarre
2004 7 Tony Pape
2003 2 Ben Joppru
2003 2 Victor Hobson
2003 3 B.J. Askew
2003 6 Cato June
2003 7 Charles Drake
2002 3 Marquis Walker
2002 4 Larry Foote
2002 5 Jonathan Goodwin
2002 7 Hayden Epstein
2001 1 David Terrell
2001 1 Steve Hutchinson
2001 1 Jeff Backus
2001 2 Anthony Thomas
2001 2 Maurice Williams
2000 2 Ian Gold
2000 4 Aaron Shea
2000 4 Josh Williams
2000 6 Dhani Jones
2000 6 Tom Brady
2000 7 Rob Renes
1999 2 Jon Jansen
1999 5 Jerame Tuman
1999 6 Tai Streets
1999 6 Andre Weathers
1998 1 Charles Woodson
1998 3 Chris Floyd
1998 3 Brian Griese
1998 4 Glen Steele
1998 5 Chris Howard