Dear Diary Versus Politics

Submitted by Seth on April 22nd, 2016 at 11:32 AM

THE WORST ELECTION IN HISTORY. My favorite Youtuber CGP Grey loves talking about how electoral processes can subvert the will of the electorate (of the animal kingdom—no politics). Grey’s choice for “worst election in history” was the latest U.K. one, but the professors may change his mind when he sees how the NCAA’s vote on satellite camps turned this electorate…

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…into a vote for green. As it says in the title, Mr. Elbel went about the internet collecting published opinions from coaches and administrators. Keep in mind that the Power 5 conferences on the left count double, but still, the totals:

AGAINST BAN: 39

IN FAVOR OF BAN: 20

HAVEN’T SAID YET: 51

ON FENCE, LEANING AGAINST BAN: 10

ON FENCE, LEANING IN FAVOR OF BAN: 6

NO OPINION; UNSURE: 2

I couldn’t exactly recreate his breakdown. Like in that HBO Kevin Spacey movie (which is not reality), one side showed up ready to leverage every crack for a victory while the other sat there disorganized and oblivious to what was going on. That’s how the dill hole at Texas State could vote to duke his own coach, and the Pac-12’s representative could be manipulated to vote against his whole conference.

Going forward the concern here is that the version the Pac-12 was trying to avoid—the one that basically says Harbaugh can’t go to Bowling Green’s camp but the vice versa is okay—might get passed instead, since it addresses the main concern of those Other Five undecideds, many of whom are inclined to vote against the Big Ten out of dislike for Delany.

Mr. Elbel is the Diary Dude of the week.

SPEAKING OF CORRUPT THINGS RUN BY JERK-OFFS stephenrjking was inspired by the stupid Hobey vote to offer…um…reforms for college hockey. Here perhaps the troublesome bloc working for parochial advantages to the detriment of the sport are the small eastern schools, for whom moving a playoff game from a campus arena to the NHL Garden four subway stops down the line is a boon. Of course nobody wins by having the Frozen Four in Tampa, except whomever’s pockets get lined by the Tampa tourism bureau.

#ISTANDWITHACE STANDS WITH ACE, IF YOU CAN CONVINCE ACE TO STAND THERE. Brian has this pet opinion that Happy Gilmore is a terrible movie. I’ll admit I haven’t watched it since college, when my opinions on movies were clouded by, um, clouds. Though never meaning to take an extremist position on the subject, poor Ace kind of became the defender by default of an Adam Sandler movie. The argument took to Twitter last week, where a final vote decided that Ace is correct.

In MGoSlack chat, BiSB made the comparison of Sandler movies to Nickelback: no one production is so awful itself but whole of the suck is worse than the sum of its parts. Of course if your position is “this thing I am defending is like Nickelback” you’ve already lost.

THROWBACK THREAD DAY: The wiki hasn’t been updated in ages, so this thread on great funny threads in history was a fun one. Some of the classics:

  • Wife Day
  • The time WolverineInaBag outed himself while pretending to be a visiting Bama insider
  • Nebraska fan says hai guys, perfect response, thread locked.
  • Rich Rod’s staff has a netmeeting

I should probably do a Dear Diary all-time article one of these days.

Etc. OSU lost a DT. lol UNC. Things I noticed re-watching the spring game. Welcome a West Coast cop to the bandwagon. The money cannon continues unabated. No mercy.

YOUR MOMENT OF ZEN:

Runnin man

And you can’t have one without the other

Comments

ItsHarambe

April 22nd, 2016 at 11:51 AM ^

The more I read about the satelite camp ban, the more I realize there is some shady shit going on here. Imagine the stuff going on that isnt highly publicized. 

Mr. Elbel

April 22nd, 2016 at 11:56 AM ^

I figured someone more skilled than me would chart-itize all that information somewhere along the line. Someone table-ized it in the comments on the diary itself too. Thanks for doing that. Very helpful to visualize it.

dragonchild

April 22nd, 2016 at 11:57 AM ^

His video lectures on democratic processes are concise, entertaining, and excellent.  I honeslty didn't think much about the various implementations of democracy (I figured as long as people could vote you're good) until he crushed that notion.

I insist unconvincingly that his lectures on Middle-Earth improve his standing in my book in no way whatsoever. :P

Crootin

April 22nd, 2016 at 12:01 PM ^

SEC is running scared.  They'r scared of Harbaugh.  They want to protect "their turf" like this isn't a free country and kids should be able to talk to any college and attend any college they want.  The SEC has had great success, but they have all the built in advantages in population, weather, demographics, etc.  They lie, cheat, oversign, play non-FCS opponents, declare medical "hardships", never play bowls outside their footprint, and apparently will do anything to maintain their cartel.  

 

Cali Wolverine

April 22nd, 2016 at 12:18 PM ^

...in a juvenile kind of way...pre-2000 Adam Sandler Films (Billy Madison, Happy Gilmore, The Wedding Singer, The Waterboy, Big Daddy) were actually very funny and entertaining films.

Then in 2000, Sandler created this steaming pile of shit called Little Nicky, and ever since, 99% of his films have been absolute crap that appealed to the dregs of society. That said, do not let post-2000 Sandler films ruin the five very funny Sandler movies he made in the '90's.

Hail-Storm

April 22nd, 2016 at 12:37 PM ^

or is it just an internet thing?

I'm no super fan or anything (like go to a concert), but I like a lot of their songs when they come on the radio.  Just wasn't sure if people truly hate or dislike their music, or if it's just an internet meme type thing. 

PopeLando

April 22nd, 2016 at 1:25 PM ^

It's because Nickelback is awful.

They are the epitome of paint by numbers rock. They take themselves way too seriously. They pretend to write deep songs, but never got beyond a middle school mentality. They appropriated every style choice which was once authentic and made it into a Hot Topic fashion. They are basically Creed.

They suck, and if there is any justice in this world they will burn in the fires of hell for their crimes.

dragonchild

April 22nd, 2016 at 2:10 PM ^

People don't like being told what to do.  Nickleback is basically the darling of the music industry for all the wrong reasons.  They started out as a cover band and their MO was to steal the breath of real talents.  Which is all fine, if this was a matter of sustaining a following in meaningful proportion to their talent level.  But, no.  They got full label backing and as a result the airwaves got polluted with Nickleback for a goddamn decade.

I have to clarify that by saying I've never actually heard a Nickleback song that offended my ears.  They're not bad in that sense.  But since they have zero creativity, their songs are all completely forgettable.  Literally forgettable, as in, despite being subjected to regular, daily, incessant exposure to Nickelback for years, for the life of me I can't remember a single song, lyric or tune.  What they really did was bore me.  It's like if a computer reverse-engineered popular music and puked out the kind of blahnd tripe a committee of MBAs would lap up.  I've seen plenty opinions that their songs are likeable, but they're not a group that anyone asked for, and got shoved down our throats anyway.

It's like, tofu just might have a chance with your palette if you discovered it on your own, but if your parents made you eat tofu every day for ten years, odds are you'll have negative feelings about it.

Hail-Storm

April 22nd, 2016 at 3:12 PM ^

never thought of it that way, but their songs never seemed bad and seemed catchy, even if they are formulaic. When I am just listening in the car and they come on, it's usually catchy or familiar enough for me to leave on and listen to. 

It's funny that they are compared to Creed, whose songs I really don't enjoy.  I was just wondering if that's how others felt about Nickelback songs. 

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