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09/10/2018 - 1:35pm I don’t think it’s…

I don’t think it’s undeniably good, as there just isn’t that perfect camera angle but it was a good deal better than 50/50 from what I saw.  The three angles they showed were “probably good”, “looks good”, and “can’t tell.”  Nothing looked “probably not good.”

09/07/2018 - 9:26am I’m not seeing the same…

I’m not seeing the same payout structure you advertise.  $1 million total, but on DraftKings I see:

15 correct — split $300k

14 correct — split $200k

13 correct — split $150k

11-12 correct — split $200k

8-10 correct — split $150k


(Sorry in advance for what looks like it will be a lot of white space in this post.  Haven’t figured out the text box in mobile yet.)


09/01/2018 - 4:21pm If we’ve replaced two…

If we’ve replaced two starting tackles by Week 5, inserting a true freshman and a redshirt freshman who switched positions, there is no way we go 10-2.  Certainly we’ve already lost to Notre Dame in this scenario.  That’s how we get to 8-4.

08/30/2018 - 1:25pm Huh, the games are won on…

Huh, the games are won on the field?  Well, I’ll be!

08/30/2018 - 1:20pm Crazy to think Chase could…

Crazy to think Chase could be as low as the 3rd to 5th best defensive player on this team.  Can’t wait for this defense.

08/15/2018 - 4:24pm You have the wrong composite…

You have the wrong composite score for him — I think you just reused Haskiins’.

08/13/2018 - 5:27pm Didn’t we flip Samuelson…

Didn’t we flip Samuelson from Nebraska? It didn’t work it with him, but it’s not like he was seen as a MAC-caliber talent at the time.  (Also, I think it was Funk who recruited him, not Mattison.)

08/13/2018 - 2:50pm You understand incorrectly. …

You understand incorrectly.  Contracts can be fully, partially, or non-guaranteed.

08/13/2018 - 2:29pm “Standard” probably means it…

“Standard” probably means it’s not guaranteed, meaning he could be cut and be owed only the pro-rated portion of his salary until January 10th.  (But the Bulls would be foolish to cut him).

08/13/2018 - 6:01am Not necessarily.  Given the…

Not necessarily.  Given the DL depth, the fact that he needs to add some weight to play DT, and the new rules, it seems like a redshirt is highly likely.  So if he moved to FB, it’d either be with Mason as a senior, or after Mason graduates if Woods found that the path playing time blocked.  I’d be surprised if Woods was a FB from Day 1 — seems more like a fallback option if he can’t get to the size requirements of a 3-Tech.

08/12/2018 - 7:45pm Didn’t win, but I’d say your…

Didn’t win, but I’d say your assessment of the situation was off.

08/12/2018 - 10:45am As a Maryland resident and…

As a Maryland resident and taxpayer, having read the report of the player’s death, I hope someone involved faces criminal charges.  Merely losing a job over this isn’t enough.

08/08/2018 - 2:41pm My understanding is that the…

My understanding is that the ability to return to school will only apply to undrafted players who were invited to the combine, so this would not have applied to Matthews (and would apply to very few players in a given year, as most underclass combine invitees who remain in the draft are drafted).

It’s an improvement to the system, but the NCAA is relying on the NBA’s combine evaluation process to make sure it only applies to a very small number of kids who are right on the edge of being draftable.  It wouldn’t be surprising for some of those players to stay pro anyway.  They’re unlikely to suddenly become first round picks with another year in school, and the difference between a late-2nd and an UDFA is marginal in terms of contracts (late 2nds sign 2-way deals or deal with low guarantees, the same as UDFAs.)

08/02/2018 - 10:33am Yeah, O’Keefe getting…

Yeah, O’Keefe getting involved bums me out, because now I’m less likely to believe any information coming out of OSU hasn’t been edited to suit a narrative.

07/26/2018 - 10:05pm Last year they seemed to go…

Last year they seemed to go 7-deep, with two freshman, two sophomores, two juniors, and one senior (who was the 7th in the 7-man rotation).  The only other two players who seemed to get some amount of meaningful playing tome were also freshman.  So while they weren’t good, they could definitely improve this year based on having a more experienced team and not losing much production (assuming there were no transfers).  Still shouldn’t be any kind of threat, but it’s readonanly likely they won’t be in the 300s this year.  Last year was also the first year of a new coach, so hopefully year 2 of his system helps bring growth as well.

07/25/2018 - 10:57am Nest Protect Smoke/CO Alarms…

Nest Protect Smoke/CO Alarms were my first foray into smart technology.  Mere weeks after my daughter was born, a smoke alarm went off in my house for about 3 seconds at 4 am.  I had no idea which one or why, and after searching the house for 15 minutes making sure there was no fire, my exhausted new dad brain promptly bought 6 of them at 4:30 am, and a Nest Cam for a baby monitor since I was lacking impulse control at that hour.

I really like them, and recently added a Nest x Yale lock.  I am a little less enthused, but I think I’ll grow to like it as my daughter gets older and we don’t have to worry about her locking herself out of the house/have more random people who need keys (babysitters, etc.)

We also have a smart thermostat provided by our utility, which lets them control the A/C on especially hot days when they need negawatts, and theoretically will allow us to set our thermostat based on real-time energy pricing, if they ever move to that price regime from the Day/Evening seasonal prices they have set up.

We’re looking to do a kitchen remodel in 2-3 years, so I’m hopeful 17-year old refrigerator and range can make it a couple more years so that there are more and better smart versions on the market.

I have never heard of PumpSpy, and am quite curious.  I can’t imagine we’ll redo our home’s lighting — we have LEDs everywhere and that seems to be the correct balance for efficiency vs. cost.

07/25/2018 - 8:34am Yeah, Comcast is my only…

Yeah, Comcast is my only high-speed data option.  On top of that, their service in my area is not reliable enough for streaming (my neighborhood complains all the time but we can’t get any competitors to move in, which is sad since most of us would switch).

I’m very jealous of all you cord-cutters.

07/25/2018 - 12:32am When did Haskins sign?  Was…

When did Haskins sign?  Was it the early or late signing period?

If it was the early signing date, and he seemingly committed out of nowhere not much before signing, then I can buy it.  If he signed in February, then I don't.  If you really like the kid, then you should want to make certain you've got his LOI locked down as soon as possible.

07/24/2018 - 4:17pm Comcast has been dropping a…

Comcast has been dropping a lot of mid-level networks lately.  Tru TV is gone, which has the potential to annoy me in March.

07/17/2018 - 5:28pm Yes, although it’s tough for…

Yes, although it’s tough for me to tell if it’s because it’s the summer and thus less coverage of things I care about.

07/06/2018 - 1:53pm If memory serves, Stone was…

If memory serves, Stone was a Michigan target at one point.

06/07/2018 - 12:47pm I forget — is he class of…

I forget — is he class of 2019 or 2020?

06/04/2018 - 11:40am IBL

In before launch!

06/03/2018 - 11:06pm Didn’t realize Tark went to the NBA

But as he lasted all of 20 games, he certainly isn’t a datapoint in support of the Pistons’ pursuit of Beilein.

06/03/2018 - 7:42pm I’m sure the Pistons could turn over their entire roster

But that doesn’t mean they get to replace said roster with any players they wish. The likelihood that they could get substantially better players any time soon is quite low.

06/03/2018 - 7:37pm The reason this would be surprising is on the Pistons’ end

Beilein is 65. He’s never coached in the NBA. I’m not sure there’s ever been a late career college to NBA jump like this, especially when the coach has never been involved at the NBA in any level (as an assistant, player, or anything else). Beilein is a terrific coach, but there will be a learning curve. He’ll have about 1/3 the number of practices. He’ll have 29 new opponents to figure out, often with no time between games to digest film. There are a substantially different number of rules between the two levels, and certainly a difference in how things are called even where the letter of the rule is the same.

I’m sure he could eventually figure it out, but again, he’s 65. He could cost your team games relative to another potential hire in year 1, and maybe year 2. This is fine if he’s younger and you’re rebuilding and you hope that he’s the right hire for a decade or more, like Stevens in Boston or Snyder in Utah. This neither describes Beilein, who probably doesn’t have a decade left, nor the Pistons, who are a fringe playoff team with a high payroll hoping to take the next step forward.

If this happens, it would be a mistake for the Pistons. 5 years ago it may have made sense.

06/02/2018 - 1:32pm Carleton is teeny tiny

As is the town it’s in, Northfield, Minnesota. Having been there for my wife’s class reunion, I can say it reminds me very little of either Michigan or Ann Arbor.

Also, I think I’m going to ban our annual donation to Carleton this year on account of this. Careful who you hire, Carleton!

06/01/2018 - 1:50pm That would be disappointing

I was looking forward to it! I had assumed they were waiting for the UCLA and Texas home-and-homes to be done.

06/01/2018 - 1:13pm McDaniels

At least according to his Twitter handle. ESPN is the only recruiting site to drop the ‘s’ — don’t be like ESPN.

06/01/2018 - 1:01pm Basketball out-of-conference foes

Don’t forget Cincinnati as a high-quality OOC opponent this season. They could arguably be a tougher team than Nova or UNC.

05/30/2018 - 3:57pm As an NBA fan I’m disappointed

I think he’s ready for the next level and was looking forward to him in the pros.

05/30/2018 - 3:55pm I think the NFL system is far stupider

It gives most kids a week to decide after their season for a draft that’s nearly four months away, and a combine that’s two months away. You don’t even know if you’re getting a combine invitation at the time of your decision, which comes right on the heels of the playing season. The NBA gives players 3-6 weeks to declare after playing, and then a month to gather information. It’s way more rational, and does a better job of encouraging kids to stay who aren’t ready.

Most of your complaints are the NCAA’s fault. The NBA would allow a kid to play in college after being drafted. They do allow players to develop in Europe for years already, similar to hockey.

05/30/2018 - 12:13pm Seems like he’ll be picked in the 25-35 range

That will get him a few million in guaranteed salary. Makes sense for him to go pro.

05/30/2018 - 10:16am There are still some grad transfers left

In case Matthews remains in the draft. Khwan Fore is a wing with 2-years as a starter at Richmond, who decommitted from transferring to Tennessee in the past couple of days. There are also some potential grad transfers who are deciding between that and the draft today.

But I really hope Matthews comes back — he’s looking at a 2-way contract at best next season. And we need him.

05/30/2018 - 7:20am And the Missouri Governor resigned

As the legislature led by his own party was moving towards impeachment.

05/29/2018 - 11:32pm I hope not

If Darius Morris tells him about the $3.2 million he made in the NBA despite being a fringe player, Matthews is gone.

05/28/2018 - 9:25am I don’t think Perry starts

He might get the 3rd-most WR snaps, but I think DPJ and Black are ahead of him, and I think we’ll run too many 2 WR sets for us to be said to have three starting WR.

05/24/2018 - 6:16pm The Magic are a terribly run franchise

The Kings have been the worst over the past decade, but I’m not sure anyone can top the Magic for number 2 (although the Knicks and Nets can both be nominees, as can the Suns). That team had 5 top 10 picks in 5 seasons, and they’re right back where they were 5 seasons ago.

Izzo can please go there so we can watch him fail badly in the NBA. That team and coach deserve each other.

05/24/2018 - 2:43pm Given how enabling that institution is top-down

I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the next coach’s players behaved the same way.

05/21/2018 - 12:49pm Below 100 now

Good job team.

05/21/2018 - 12:37pm It’s posts like theae

That make me go through a user’s posting history and downvote everything so that he gets below the 100-point new post threshold.

Of course, the OP made it very easy when he had a 15x post (upvote to whomever can tell me the word for fifteen-tuple — Google was not my friend.)

05/14/2018 - 11:55pm That wouldn’t be surprising

If he sits out this year, he should absolutely qualify for a medical 6th year, as he would have missed two full seasons with an injury. That’s about the best I think we can hope for with him — as long as he’s been out, I think it would be very tough for him to get ready for this season with just summer’s training camp, especially as he still hasn’t been cleared.

Keep healing, and get all the degrees!

05/14/2018 - 10:58am No implications for online poker

That is a different law.

05/13/2018 - 4:42pm As a Celtics fan

I’d be quite happy if the Cavs did indeed leave the gym for the rest of the game.

05/13/2018 - 4:12pm Celtics have come to play

Doubling up the Cavs in the 1st quarter, 36-18. Horford is going to dominate Love in this series when they’re matched up.

05/11/2018 - 4:02pm Not officially

We currently have one open spot for 2019, but Matthews is a pretty safe bet to go pro, and I’d guess the third-place finisher in the PG battle next year is a decent bet to transfer, especially if we get a PG commit shortly.

05/11/2018 - 3:58pm Coach of the Year Award

It should be noted this was a COTY voted on by coaches, and not the traditional one voted upon by the media (which Karl won when he was axed). It was the second year of the award, and the voting quickly become controversial when Brad Stevens was not one of the 7 or 8 coaches who received any votes. (As far as I can tell, each ballot contains only one name.)

05/10/2018 - 2:49pm Two things:

1) Reaves is not a grad transfer. He will have to sit out a year wherever he winds up.

2) He is now visiting Purdue.

05/10/2018 - 1:58pm Put me on Team Russell

Bill Russell that is, not Westbrook.

05/09/2018 - 1:22pm I agree that’s exactly what they were doing

I think the NFL mostly knew too — the Osweiler trade was a giveaway. I think it’s a pretty poor strategy in the NFL given the massive uncertainty in the draft, the violent nature of the support creating substantial injury risk, the much stricter salary cap in the NFL relative to the NBA, and the huge amount of variance in year-to-year results caused by unbalanced schedules and a small number of regular season games.

But yeah, my comment wasn’t off the cuff. I think the Browns actively tanked last year, and their defensive scheme of lining Jabrill 20 yards deep was part of it.