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09/20/2018 - 9:18am Seas of golden maize


Seas of golden maize

Sun glitters in a Big House

Blue conquers the red.

09/18/2018 - 7:42pm You're absolutely permitted…

You're absolutely permitted an opinion. And the OP is--uhm--misguided in my view.

I think the issue is that people assume that insider knowledge about the program automatically equals heightened knowledge about football in general. You've proven your knowledge about the program. While I haven't read every message you've posted, I'm not aware of you sharing your background sufficiently that we can automatically assume that your thoughts on the play of the team as a whole are more valid than, for example, my craptastic opinions. This might be mitigated if you were giving long analyses of why, for example, you think the offense is too vanilla (Xs and Os plus weighing possibilities like JH is waiting for the meat of the schedule before breaking things out). Of course, you're free to post your conclusions without adding your reasoning, just like everyone else. But given your reputation here, people want to give your opinions heightened value. Not sure it's completely fair to you or us, but it's an outcome of perhaps holding you in too great of esteem not knowing your full background.

09/18/2018 - 12:57pm umbig is Chris Balas, but…

umbig is Chris Balas, but fast.

09/13/2018 - 1:06pm Excellent analysis. Thanks!

Excellent analysis. Thanks!

09/13/2018 - 12:58pm When you say "Cyans and…


When you say "Cyans and stars are relative," do you mean relative to the player's own team or viz the opponent? If they're relative to the team the player is on, shouldn't every team have, more-or-less, the same number of stars and cyan circles? If to the opposition, shouldn't some teams have none or a bunch? I always assumed these were somewhat objective and tied to performance against overall expectations of a D1 player.

09/12/2018 - 3:29pm I think it's a variety of…

I think it's a variety of Devin Gardner PTSD. Put them in too soon, they get absolutely smoked, and they lose confidence. Wait until the game slows down a little--let them struggle, but not so much that they give up or over-react.

09/12/2018 - 2:27pm I found this interesting too…

I found this interesting too, but I wouldn't read too much into it. With our running game, one small adjustment or juke can turn a bad play into a touchdown.

It also could be that they're willing to burn some plays in order to set up big-play counters. I think we may do a bit more shotgun as we get into B1G play, but don't be surprised if we keep a solid rotation of under center, knowing that some runs are going for short or no gains, but that they are constraints or could turn into major gains.

09/12/2018 - 1:16pm Love this level of analysis…

Love this level of analysis. Thanks, Seth!

09/10/2018 - 6:24pm Let's just shut this thread…

Let's just shut this thread down now. This is a discussion that requires taking into account a delicate balance between rights of accused and the ability of rapists and assailants to further harm their victims. The discussion needs to take into account the venue here, Title IX, as well as power dynamics and history. Given the past postings on here, including by the OP, I have zero hope that this will be a beneficial discussion.

With that said, I'm out of this thread.

09/04/2018 - 6:45pm Who the hell are you to tell…

Who the hell are you to tell a victim whether or not she should put herself through the hell that is testifying in court? It's her right to choose whether to do so. If you had paid attention to her story, she lays out the reasons for her choices. 

Would someone please, yet again, ban this ass?

09/04/2018 - 5:23pm This is pure trolling,…

This is pure trolling, consistent with your long history of saying jerky things to get a reaction. While it's certainly possible that you are this idiotic, I imagine you understand that not all activism is political activism, and that this is all about engaging athletes to help prevent rape/DV, not promoting a politically divisive viewpoint. 

Please just stop this. Whatever low self esteem or borderline personality issues you may be dealing with, they are best addressed with therapy rather than spreading your illness over the internet.

08/31/2018 - 2:55pm Minor clean-up note:…

Minor clean-up note: Apparently JKP is a Fr when playing Nickel but a So when a FS.

08/31/2018 - 11:46am Congrats and agreed! I deal…

Congrats and agreed! I deal with a lot of companies at all stages (start up to Fortune 10), and I find it fascinating how much equity drives decision-making--often for the worse. Large companies will make counter-productive decisions to appease investors with 3- to 9-month windows. Smaller companies are subject to VC whims. Sometimes smaller, home-grown companies, even without the help of A-team management, will make the better decisions because they have greater freedom.

08/31/2018 - 9:36am Sorry--our one rule is no…

Sorry--our one rule is no socks in bed.

08/31/2018 - 9:32am All it says about time-frame…

All it says about time-frame is that data in the report is from the start of 2006 through the end of June 30, 2018. I think it's tied to companies that were VC backed during that period, not when the owners graduated, but I could be wrong.

08/30/2018 - 3:15pm Sorry to hear that. Best…

Sorry to hear that. Best wishes for a speedy recovery (health-wise and CB-wise).

08/30/2018 - 12:03pm What you're talking about is…

What you're talking about is selling a security. Crypto-currency would be one tool to do it, but wouldn't be necessary--there are lots of old fashioned ways of selling securities. Selling interests in future income of student-athletes likely would be regulated like any other security. My guess is that the NCAA would come down hard on it, and it likely would violate NCAA rules, but the NCAA reg's are not my area of expertise.

Then again, they could work part time issuing unrelated ICOs like everybody else and enjoy the bubble while it lasts.

08/16/2018 - 9:39am Yes. In fact, if you store…

Yes. In fact, if you store PHI (info subject to HIPAA), they require that you use only particular products and sign their form business associate agreement. The problem is that their BAA is, as expected, completely one-sided towards Amazon (as much as the law will allow). They don't negotiate that agreement unless you're the size of a CVS.  

If you are downstream from a covered entity, your BAA with the covered entity will not be as one-sided towards you, so there's potential liability. The flip side of that, however, is that AWS is pretty secure, so the likelihood of AWS losing data is very low. If it happens, though, you may be screwed contractually.

08/16/2018 - 9:34am Good point. A vendor…

Good point. A vendor assessment guy I worked with told me about reviewing a contractor that used AWS. He thought it would be an easy review because he knew that data was hosted in a secure environment, so mostly had to worry about access. He was on site and asked the company about how they monitored usernames and passwords. The would-be vendor said, "oh, we have a list right here," opened up a desk drawer and pulled out a hand-written list of all the company's usernames and passwords for accessing AWS.

08/16/2018 - 9:28am All the major cloud sites …

All the major cloud sites (and even the larger companies that store a lot of data) have backup generators that kick in within mili-seconds in the event of a power outage, and they can run for days without outside power. If there is a major outage, the data is much safer with the cloud. The issue is whether your business will be able to connect to it, but the nice thing is you can access it from anywhere.

08/15/2018 - 11:16pm Definitely cloud. If you…

Definitely cloud. If you aren't worried about the contract, I'd try AWS for the best security. Google and Microsoft Azure are the other big names. All 3 are secure, but they don't give you much comfort if there's a loss (e.g., agreeing to indemnification). Depending on your business (e.g., if you have client data), that can leave you exposed and basically insuring any loss by your cloud provider. There are some solid, slightly smaller providers, like Rackspace, that are solid, can manage your cloud, and are a little easier to work with. Often they will use AWS themselves, but provide broader services as well.

If you're maintaining info subject to HIPAA or GDPR, it's a whole 'nother thing.

08/08/2018 - 9:29am Only take with you the…

Only take with you the minimum amount of cash needed for hookers and blow, and don't have any credit cards on you.

08/06/2018 - 6:51pm This made me curious about…

This made me curious about ol' Hammering Panda, and a quick interwebs search found this, just 3 hours old: 

Hill (shoulder) was waived/injured by the Seahawks on Monday.

At fullback, it was always going to be an uphill climb for Hill to make the Seahawks' final roster. He'll now revert to the team's injured reserve once he clears waivers.

Here's hoping for a quick bounce back and successful career/life for him.

08/03/2018 - 2:05pm I believe he rides with Don…

I believe he rides with Don Brown, reminding him to keep a cool head and not get in trouble with the Lieutenant. 

08/02/2018 - 5:41pm I follow Brenda Tracy on…

I follow Brenda Tracy on Twitter, and she's amazing. She was at OSU last week doing her regular talk and didn't speak about the particular situation there until later, and she has been pretty diplomatic about the whole situation while being clear about domestic violence.

An OSU idiot on Twitter was trying to accuse JH of trolling OSU by having a picture taken with her, but she made clear that this address was scheduled long in advance, and that she was the one wanting the picture with JH because he was unusually involved in learning about her message.

07/13/2018 - 1:48pm Woot! Time to spend all…

Woot! Time to spend all those points!

07/12/2018 - 6:16pm Looking at his TE/WR tape, I…

Looking at his TE/WR tape, I wouldn't be surprised to see him play a bit on the offense, just because of the joie de vivre he shows in blocking. Anybody who relishes burying skinny HS kids that much would be hard for JH not to give a chance to bury someone. Besides, he is a Hutchinson.

06/29/2018 - 1:41pm My biggest complaint is my…

My biggest complaint is my dick and paycheck are too small and my ass is too big. Ribbon size is wayyy down the list.

06/07/2018 - 10:09am Not exactly the most elegant…

Not exactly the most elegant way of doing it. Seth, can we get a link from our ID at the top (Welcome [Username]) or a menu item for "profile"?

06/07/2018 - 8:44am I admit to not being the…

I admit to not being the most tech savvy, but I can't seem to find my main profile page. I can see my history, but not sure how to see or modify my profile.

06/07/2018 - 8:41am Baseball has always been as…


Baseball has always been as much gimmick as sport, imho

04/26/2018 - 1:15pm CAFE Standards

As I understand them, mileage standards apply to sales across the entire fleet. How are they going to meet those standards if 90% of sales are of trucks/SUVs? Make the trucks more efficient? Seems tough, particularly if a new administration/congress come in with higher standards. Maybe they plan to push electric/hybrid, but I'm not sure how soon they're ready for that, and GM is pushing hard into that segment.


04/26/2018 - 9:38am Good advice

Don't take it for granite.

04/02/2018 - 2:02pm Control the things you can control

Win or lose, sane fans will see this season as an amazing, unexpected success. Most on here will lose their minds, hopefully in a good way, but I'm not that worried about the threads--we're big kids. The issue I have is the Tweetters and Insta-texts and My Faces where 13 years old kids off their Ritalin will send idiotic texts. Those are viewed by potential recruits, and are annoying, but not much you can do about idiots other than wish them well, send out a bit of metta and block them.

03/27/2018 - 1:37pm GDPOS

2 monsters in one administration--hardly seems coincidental. Something truly disgusting in that culture that needs to be ripped out root and branch.

03/19/2018 - 11:59am As long as we're at it

I'm hoping that I will get a spare few minutes away from cleaning up bodily fluids from my job as Assistant Crack Whore and part-time sex slave in back alleys of Bangkok. Anyone know if there is a brothel or public square where I might happen to overhear talk among tourists discussing the outcome of the game?

03/09/2018 - 5:17pm ...

Thank goodness, just in time for Friday night.


03/06/2018 - 2:19pm Not a hill to die on

If I'm the Crew, I send in notice today of our intention to move. I would then offer the team for sale for more than any sane person would pay.

This is a terribly worded statute. No fair market value requirement, or even "on commercially reasonable terms" modifier. No statement that the team actually has to move out after 6 months. If I'm the DA, I'm not pursuing this based on that statute, but I don't get paid the big bucks like they do.

03/05/2018 - 9:03pm Hmmm

I'm a bit confused by the article--I think it misinterprets what the "experts" are saying, or they aren't explaining it well. The Commerce Clause has been interpreted broadly to permit the Federal government to pass laws involving commerce (which is everything). That doesn't mean that local governments can't also pass laws that have an impact on commerce (e.g., a state regulating insurance, credit cards, what cars can be sold, etc.). Here, yes, there are interstate implications, but this is involving the lease of land--hard to get more local.

Are there constitutional issues--absolutely (e.g., right to contract). But I think, ultimately, it's just not practical--too many ways to just pack up and leave.

Again--I'm hardly the expert here, though.

03/05/2018 - 8:56pm I'll take a stab back

I'm a healthcare regulatory attorney, so this may not be worth the 1s and 0s it's printed on, but that was my take too, though I can imagine a set of facts where the below market cost was clearly tied to public funding, e.g., the city offered $X, but the team requested a reduction in lease fees so that it wouldn't take an immediate tax hit.

The other thing to take into account is the government's power to self-regulate. As long as the law isn't ex post facto, the courts could give the city some latitude on how it interprets its own statutes.

My guess is that the team will just wait 6 months and then trust that no one local is willing to pay the price for the team knowing that the buyer would be buying a lawsuit.

02/23/2018 - 10:29am I take offense at all of this

I'm a proud member of D.A.M. (Mothers Against Dyslexia) 

02/22/2018 - 8:08pm I was told...

it's okay if the touching is religious.

02/21/2018 - 9:00pm MGoStore

We could put that on the back of a T-Shirt with Henry the Otter on the front.

02/21/2018 - 3:46pm Spitballilng it here

They may well prefer it if the defendants couldn't afford counsel or a long litigation process, but that would also mean that they could never collect on any remedy (can't afford an atty = can't afford to pay on the claim). This sort of suit, to me, sounds silly on the surface--unlikely to win, and more likely to make RR look bad than help in any way. So my guess is that you're right--the ultimate goal is to get them to withdraw their statements or, better yet, make them look bad so that the statements are given no weight.

RR has one big asset--connections with Ole Miss. That connection is threatened by the NCAA and its investigation. RR has no standing to get involved in the NCAA's actions, so limited options. My guess is that there's no actionable claim against the NCAA at this point (no final sanctions or showing of harm yet). RR can, however, point to harm from the recruits' statements. They have only one button to push, so they're pushing it. I have no inside information on any of this, so no idea if this strategy makes sense.

02/21/2018 - 3:35pm There are stronger arguments

Measurements of the Higgs Boson suggest strongly that the universe will collapse in a little over 2 billion years. Which, yeah, we'll all be dead anyway. But it also means the conservation of information (physics concept that all information is retained in some way, so nothing that happens is completely lost) will cease and, in a very real, practical and final sense, any impact any of us has ever had will cease. If your life feels meaningless, it is--just add time.

Or, to put it in Biblical language, all is vapor. Eat, drink and be merry while you can. If you are tempted to let 8-5 ruin your life, remember just how few seasons each of us has. 

02/21/2018 - 12:45pm Unfair

...Eunuchs would like a word.

02/21/2018 - 12:44pm Love

I love a family tree that goes straight up.

02/21/2018 - 12:42pm Business is the plaintiff

The business isn't pleading innocent because it isn't a defendant and this isn't a criminal case. The business is suing the recruits and mom. I think the argument is that the defendants were commiting libel or slander (depending on whether in writing or oral) because they lied about getting free shit, and they lied with an intent to hurt Rebel Rags. Of course, the truth is a complete defense, so RR has to argue that the statements were false. To support that, it says, "We have no knowledge of giving out free shit," which then forces the defendants to show that they did, in fact, get shit for free or else admit that they lied.


02/21/2018 - 12:04pm Follow the money

My guess is Rebel Rags has a contract with the U that pays the U a percentage of whatever Rebel Rags brings in that is university-related. (Which, btw, gives Rebel Rags an incentive to have the team be successful (higher sales for a team that doesn't suck), thus an incentive to give free stuff to 4- and 5-star recruits.) The U is going to fight to keep the affiliation because, otherwise, it has to terminate a lucrative contract.

If I read you correctly, the U isn't suing the individuals, so it probably doesn't have much stake in that litigation, though RR will likely try to use any leverage it has. The NCAA could just shrug and not care who RR wants to sue, other than it doesn't want its chief witnesses to be found to be unreliable.

Bottom line: NCAA will do its thing and cave like it always does. Not sure any of this has much to do with Patterson if Ole Miss isn't arguing that it didn't lie or withhold info from the recruits.

02/20/2018 - 6:52pm An excuse for drinking

in other words.