Unverified Voracity Embeds Epic Oskee Again

Submitted by Brian on August 24th, 2016 at 2:58 PM

Ace took the best joke for this section. Tim Beck Man returns!

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — As the one-year anniversary of his firing at Illinois approaches, Tim Beckman has a new gig.

North Carolina officials confirmed Tuesday that Beckman is a volunteer assistant on Larry Fedora’s staff.

The Tar Heels play at Memorial Stadium in a prime-time game on Sept. 10.

Since Beck Man was referenced we are obligated to embed his greatest achievement despite the fact that nobody seems to watch this when we do:

That has just 8500 views and most of them are from the MGoStaff. Anyway:

The K stands for the coffee he fetches.

Around the league some more. More things keep happening. They're mostly not great for the opposition because the only solid news coming out of camp concerns guys who aren't going to play anymore:

  • Wisconsin OL Dan Voltz is forced to retire due to injury. Voltz was very good as a underclassman before an injury-wracked junior year saw a major dropoff. He was slated to start at guard.
  • Nebraska lost projected starting left guard Jerald Foster to an ACL tear.
  • Redshirt freshman DE Cassius Peat transferred away from Michigan State. Peat was a 3.5 star recruit. Academics appear to be the issue.
  • MSU QBs are going to run more this year, because they are bad at throwing.
  • Kirk Ferentz is a bit peeved that Drew Ott didn't get a fifth year despite the fact he was in the exact same situation as Mario Ojemudia. Both got injured a few snaps after they could not get an injury redshirt, and the NCAA doesn't bend on that.
  • On the other hand, this Tanner Lee thing is weird. The Nebraska QB and Tulane transfer got a sixth year of eligibility. Ferentz says it's because Tulane changed OCs, but it's a bit more complicated. Lee used a bylaw that "addresses student-athletes who feel they were 'run off' by a school." If he actually did not have a scholarship any more that would be a legit reason to give him the year he lost by transferring.
  • Indiana blog Punt John Punt projects JUCO transfer Richard Lagow as IU's starting QB.

BEHOLD THE THROW-GODDENING. Trevor Siemian has broken out of the funk where he is only an unstoppable throw-god when I am watching him play. Now he is unstoppable throw god 24/7:

The Broncos are going to die this season, aren't they?

The decline of daily fantasy. Long feature article from Outside The Lines on that brief period when every ad on ESPN was from DraftKings or FanDuel. Things got so oversaturated that we were annoyed with them despite the fact that DraftKings was paying us. I still have no problem with the business model—I played online poker successfully for years until a late rider was inserted into a port security bill that banned it. (I played in the WSOP main event, which was fun until it wasn't late on day two.) Daily fantasy was very, very close to that model. This kind of negative…

Yet they relentlessly promoted their games as a means to get rich quick when they knew only a tiny percentage of their customers were winning more often than losing.

…is something literally every state is guilty of with their lottery programs, and this one…

They failed to aggressively move against big-bankrolled players who dominated newer players, sometimes with predatory behavior or technological advantages.

…is actually an argument that daily fantasy is a game of skill.

But those companies were run by guys with huge blindspots and questionable ethics, so they blew it all up. This is indefensible:

And they allowed their own employees to play -- and win millions -- on their rivals' sites, despite their having access to odds-improving proprietary data.

During the online poker boom there were always new sites popping up and scamming people, so the big players strove to be as transparent and honest as possible. Daily Fantasy is poker if PokerStars and PartyPoker were rife with actual cheats, and the one thing you cannot do when collecting a rake is allow any impropriety that will sic attorneys general on you. This is on point:

"This industry blew up so quickly -- no one adequately planned or prepared for it," says Gabriel Harber, 29, a former high-volume player at DraftKings and FanDuel. "[The executives] didn't make the substantial investment on self-regulation and the regulatory side that was obviously needed. ... Every PR person and lawyer should be fired. How could you let your client engage in this kind of crazy advertising if every legal loophole wasn't closed? How stupid can you be?"

The execs brought it all on themselves.

Etc.: OSU blogs will post literally anything. That's the ticket, Rutgers basketball. WTKA adds an afternoon show with Jamie Morris and Marcus Ray. They've gone from four hours of live local content to nine over the past month. Not bad. LSSU faculty head wants hockey to drop down to D-III. #disrespekt will never die. Hugh Freeze created a mock funeral for himself, because motivation? Don Brown says his defense isn't high risk because it isn't.

Comments

Brodie

August 25th, 2016 at 1:21 PM ^

The MLive article missed a good angle... it focuses on the 13 schools offering NCAA athletics, but doesn't acknowledge that students at the other two public universities in the state (UM-Dearborn and Flint) also pay an activities fee that goes to the athletic department in Ann Arbor. The quid pro quo is that those students get student tickets to UM-AA sports, but it seems like something worth mentioning. 

Evil Empire

August 24th, 2016 at 3:46 PM ^

It was better when I thought it was an acronym he made up just for that jumble of themes.  You'd think I would know the fight song of our chief rival, Illinois.

It stands for something.

JeepinBen

August 24th, 2016 at 5:36 PM ^

I just did. I have so many questions. Was this written down in his speech? I assume that he explained "OSKEE" to his coaches/staff... did no one say anything? That it's not actually an acronym? Do you think players heard this and thought "YES!" as opposed to "did our coach really come up with something and this was it?"

Evil Empire

August 25th, 2016 at 8:39 AM ^

is "the official fight song" of the University of Illinois.  It's shorter and more up-tempo than "Illinois Loyalty," which I thought was their fight song.  Think of it as their Varsity vs The Victors

Yeah, I had never heard of it either.

The E stands for Emesis.

wolverine1987

August 24th, 2016 at 4:05 PM ^

IMHO. It was the misguided rush to protect people from themselves by government regulators, combined with the competition that governments surely did not want for their lottery games. Fantasy WAS a way to get rich quick--the fact that it was a tiny portion who did so is meaningless. As long as one person per week won--good enough. No person with a functioning brainstem ever once thought to themselves that this was actually a way to get rich. And if you allowed no advertising at all the exact same people would still try to play, thinking they would be the one guy who won. Stop trying to cater to the lowest 1% of adults. 

wolverine1987

August 24th, 2016 at 4:58 PM ^

that you choose, even though my tone was purely rational and non-emotive--that's your choice. But what "shit got pulled" exactly? Did they (Draftkings) cheat people? Is there some fact about it that I'm unaware of (sincere question)?

wolverine1987

August 24th, 2016 at 5:11 PM ^

when someone like you denigrates personally, for no reason whatsoever. I assume you are used to debating people online and perceived me as one of those from a certain viewpoint you have little respect for, that's cool. I however just think you have a different opinion from mine.

Blockquotes: they "relentlessly promoted their games as a means to get rich quick." Heavens, away to my fainting couch!

"They allowed employees to play other sites despite..." Um, ok sorry won't happen again, pay fine.

"They alowed big bankrolled players to dominate..." see fainting couch analogy above. Every single gambling business has smaller players "dominated" by larger players--that's why, along with the odds, hardly anyone wins in gambling--it's quite literally stacked against you--that's the business model! 

 

Monocle Smile

August 24th, 2016 at 5:24 PM ^

So insider trading is just no big deal? Yes, we do have different opinions, but opinions can be wrong and dangerous.

Even worse is that you don't see any value in preventing people from advertising their product by lying out their asses. Writing this off with the implication that "stupid" people deserve to have their money taken from them by people who con them out of it makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up a bit.

Somehow I'm still the one with a problem.

wolverine1987

August 24th, 2016 at 6:01 PM ^

Hilarious. 1- I didn't mention insider trading. 2- saying people win every week and featuring them is not even remotely close to a lie--they did win, they showed the people who won, that is a fact. And as Brian pointed out this is what the lotteries do everywhere. "lying their asses off" lol. I said that people with functioning brain stems (that's everyone who comprehends advertising, even you) never once mistook those ads as some kind of invitation to get rich--everyone knows what gambling is. The fact is, all adults know that gambling is likely to cost you money. Saying that emphasizing the unlikely good of gambling is the same as lying is a little simple. People played, almost everyone lost--just like every gambling house everyhwhere on earth--and saying that's a con? Again, a little simple dude.

Lastly, never once said people deserve to lose their money. If distorting my words is what works, go ahead. I can see you're a person who stand up for the people against those awful corporations, so I can see why that's necessary

MichiganTeacher

August 24th, 2016 at 6:56 PM ^

What part are you calling insider trading? The part where the employees were allowed to play on another company's site? I mean, I can see the analogy, but it's just an analogy. That's not insider trading. It's more like if I were to tutor kids in physics after my day job.

Besides, laws outlawing insider trading are basically whining, and everyone from the Washington Post to the WSJ has run articles supporting insider trading, detailing how it would stop scandals like Enron, etc. Being against insider trading is kind of like being against coaches' kids playing football. How can we possibly let coaches' kids play? They have insider knowledge! They hear things over the dinner table that the public does not! Oh the humanity! Level the playing field!

ish

August 24th, 2016 at 4:34 PM ^

brian, you just noted that zander diamont will not be the starter at indiana without:

A. noting that we don't get to see zander diamont!

B. posting a yakety sax of zander diamont! or

C. having 1000% more zander diamont content.

as you can see, i am disappointed in the lack of zander diamont.

superstringer

August 24th, 2016 at 4:52 PM ^

Reading Mandel's Mailbag, he has this statement in discussing the Pac-12 South:  "Arizona could be really good on offense and really bad on defense."  Gee... when has that ever been said about an RR team before?

WBALLZ

August 24th, 2016 at 4:55 PM ^

Ugh. Salt in the wound. I miss online poker. At least I can take solace in the fact that the UIEGA opened my eyes to how our government is truly run.

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PeteM

August 24th, 2016 at 10:30 PM ^

The video is hilarious, and what he is accused of at Illinois is reprehensible. That said, I have to say that going from a Big Ten head coach to essentially a grad assistant breaking down film is a big fall, and I'm surprised a bit at the articles that suggest that Beckman is not being made to pay a price b/c he is back in football after just one year as if his position at UNC is even close to analogous to what he was before..

SportsFront

August 25th, 2016 at 1:19 AM ^

It really helps people realize how little they actually know about sports. Absolutely a skill game. You are as good as the work and research you're willing to put into it.

ScruffyTheJanitor

August 25th, 2016 at 8:15 AM ^

Tim Beckman is a national treasure.I demand that he gets a half an hour of national television coverage where he tries to explain things everyone already understands. 

"You see, water covers 70% of the earth, but alot of people don't know that it means something. The W stands for the Wetness Acually covering The Earth, Really..."

tjt52297

August 25th, 2016 at 11:43 AM ^

 Brayden . I agree that Lucille `s posting is surprising... last week I got a top of the range Lancia after I been earnin $6086 this past 5 weeks and just over 10/k last-month . it's certainly the nicest work I have ever had . I actually started 9-months ago and almost immediately started bringin home at least $81, per-hour 

 
 

ouj28556

August 25th, 2016 at 11:51 AM ^

Kate . you think Rose `s comment is good, last friday I got a gorgeous Lotus Carlton since getting a cheque for $8035 this last four weeks and in excess of ten-grand lass-month . without a doubt it is the nicest-job Ive ever done . I actually started 9-months ago and immediately started to bring home over $70, per-hour . 

 
 
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