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06/14/2018 - 1:09pm That begs the question -…

That begs the question - what is the proper usage of begging the question?

06/11/2018 - 1:37pm What have you got against AI…

What have you got against AI?  Version 3.0 uses data gathered by Google and predictively determines what you will up/down vote, so you no longer have to do it yourself.

06/07/2018 - 1:40pm It does seem like beating a …

It does seem like beating a (dead) horse at this point . . .

05/31/2018 - 1:36pm The round kind . . .

that you kick . . . .

05/30/2018 - 1:46pm There are no words . . .

The most appropriate response to Section 1.8 (next to farting noises, I suppose):

05/29/2018 - 1:03pm You've let us down . . .

Should've posted the same comment at the top of each post.

05/25/2018 - 1:28pm Tempted to neg this . . .

as an unpleasant reminder of what's coming.  But maybe that "feature" has been abandoned?  After all, it lasts about 6 months -- sure seems that way -- and they haven't started yet, so they've probably run out of time and decided to skip it this year.  Right?  RIGHT??!?!?

05/21/2018 - 1:00pm You first . . .

What is not "shiity" about this post?

05/21/2018 - 12:56pm Next door to my son's orthodontist . . .

there is a Dr. Gut.  Sadly, he is an endodontist, and not a gastroenterologist.

05/17/2018 - 1:03pm Check out the comments for Part 1 posted a couple days ago

Some knowledgeable folks (which I am not) explained this pretty well, in a few paragraphs rather than the tome that would be necessary to fully address the subject.  No, you are not alone in being confused.

05/04/2018 - 3:45pm Missing the point (bluebyyou)

I'm not saying Michigan's management of its endowment is a non-issue or that there shouldn't be an audit -- which, by the way, is already underway.  I'm just saying that any alleged mismanagement of the endowment -- much less the lack of transparency that the Freep is mostly complaining about -- does not exist in the same universe as MSU's malfeasance with Nassar.  Obviously, it only makes sense to take steps to assure donors that their gifts are being managed properly -- otherwise, duh, the donations will dry up -- but donors clearly are able to defend themselves in a way that Nassar's victims were not.

05/04/2018 - 1:22pm Not to mention . . .

that the alleged fiscal irresponsibility involves a University endowment built on private donations, and not public funds.  If donors don't like the way the University is managing its endowment, they can vote with their feet and stop donating.  Is this also true of the MSU victims?  Uh, no.  Once again, the Freep tries to manufacture a scandal from a slow-moving audit while whistling past the MSU graveyard.

05/03/2018 - 2:39pm Who said anything about a "conspiracy"?

Each scout is part of an organization that has a vested interest in making its decisions sound like the right ones.  As explained by others in this thread, NFL teams tend to be risk averse, and I'm not questioning their right to make whatever cost/benefit analysis they wish, even at the price of settling for a marginally worse player.  Once that decision is made, however, I wouldn't count on a team's scouting staff (quoted anonymously) as the best, most neutral source of the information that went into that decision.

05/03/2018 - 2:12pm Hmmm, who to believe?

The medical professionals at a school where Hurst doesn't play anymore (so there's no "on-field results" to prioritize anymore) and ALSO at another school (Harvard) that has no dog in the hunt whatsoever, or anonymously quoted scouts (with vested interests in making themselves look good by passing over Hurst) in a bleacher report post?

05/01/2018 - 2:29pm Totally agree

I'm predisposed to prefer baseball over basketball -- i.e., I'm old -- but the baseball leadership is doing nothing to address the many problems with their sport.  Every proposed change -- e.g., shortening the season to less than 12 months and 1,000 games -- is met with the objection that we won't be able to make apples-to-apples comparisons with statistics from games/seasons dating back to the last millenium.  Yet, every sport (including baseball) has endless arguments over players from different eras, so what is the problem exactly?

05/01/2018 - 1:28pm Having read through this entire thread . . .

I will now synthesize everyone's suggestions into one brilliant solution.  Change the rules of baseball so the sport is played with a big orange bouncy ball that the players throw through a hoop.  Cut the season in half to about 80 games or so.  Form a new league called the NBA (National Baseball Association).  I guarantee this will make the sport more popular.

05/01/2018 - 1:13pm Also . . .

Would be nice to start the MLB season about a month later to avoid playing baseball in the snow.

04/20/2018 - 1:57pm I'll go in with 6 others . . .

I call Saturdays!

04/20/2018 - 1:16pm Don't these things . . .

usually involve lemons in some way?

03/23/2018 - 1:26pm Delayed gratification . . .

If you DVR the game, Comcast has an app that will let you watch the recording later, once you have access to decent WiFi.

03/22/2018 - 1:41pm Geez Louise . . .

This preview has been up for almost 24 hours and this has yet to make an appearance?  There are rules, people!

03/20/2018 - 1:59pm And an extra downvote . . .

for a failed sense of irony, given that this thread is all about narcissistic arrogance and martyrdom.

03/19/2018 - 1:31pm Totally agree . . .

The game to that point was such a slog.  Sure, it was close, but it seemed like the sort of game that would be decided by someone dribbling the ball off his own foot or some such.  Poole's shot was such a bolt of lightning, with no inkling that something like that was coming.

03/16/2018 - 1:39pm Yeah, well . . .

It's either this or admit my ignorance about what the heck "Match Day" and "3:16 Day" are.  (Before reading the thread, I guessed the latter was some sort of gateway to 4/20.)

03/16/2018 - 1:13pm I hate this comment

Thank you for posting it, I feel so much happier and worthier.

03/16/2018 - 11:28am Now that they've parted ways with the former director . . .

he's back to being the director again.  See how that works?

03/16/2018 - 10:28am You chose wisely

The announcers were dull as dirt.  It's possible that they also said stupid things, but I had tuned out the drone by then.

03/16/2018 - 10:22am True, but . . .

most of the first half deficit was with the starters in the game (except for MAAR, who drew the quick phantom foul).  Some of the subs (especially Simmons, and also Brooks) helped to overcome the early deficit -- seems like they were having more success than the starters with the sloppy playground ball in the first half.  As you point out, however, the starters played much better defense.

Two theories for the lack of substitution in the second half:  (1) Beilein wanted to give the starting five a chance to shake off the rust and make some shots, or (2) Beilein was so discombobulated by the screaming lady that he went into a trance and forgot to substitute.

03/16/2018 - 10:12am Interesting . . .

I somehow didn't notice the screams.  Maybe good living has paid off, and I'm too far from the gates of hell?  Or, since I was playing catch-up for most of the game, maybe my DVR doesn't capture the shrieks of demons?  Or maybe I need to get my ears checked -- although I think I'll wait until after the tournament, just to be on the safe side.

03/16/2018 - 7:19am Not sure a game like that deserved a writeup like this . . .

But thanks, Ace!

03/16/2018 - 7:17am Weird as in none

With Robinson in for Livers, they pretty much stayed with the same five for most of the second half. Unclear why.

03/15/2018 - 1:23pm Hey, how come the new guy's not a part of the Roundtable?

Potato's his name, I think?  Kid really brought the strong takes on the last podcast.

03/14/2018 - 1:13pm One downside . . .

You hasten the point at which the opponent gets 2 free throws.  Maybe okay if your opponent sucks at free throw shooting (uh, I can think of an example), but otherwise problematic.

Also, is there a greater possibility that an intentional foul will actually be called as intentional?  Sure, they never call that near the end of a game, but things might be different if a team is obviously fouling as a strategy earlier in the half.

03/07/2018 - 12:49pm Also . . .

As ace journalist Mitch Albom would tell you, it's not necessary to attend an event in order to report on it.

03/07/2018 - 12:46pm Now that I made it through this . . .

I'm ready for a lighter read, like War and Peace.  Thanks for the A+ effort, Adam!

03/03/2018 - 8:48pm MSU should look on the bright side

They don’t have to worry about vacating a win.

03/02/2018 - 8:13pm On behalf of those of us at Yost . . .

Thank you for starting this thread

02/28/2018 - 4:28pm Testing testing

Hello, is this on?

854774

02/14/2018 - 1:22pm Not gonna happen . . .

because the U.S. team won't be there . . . .

02/06/2018 - 1:10pm Congress didn't grant that exemption

The rule that collective bargaining is exempt from antitrust law is a rule made by the courts, not Congress.  As already noted in this thread, the district court in Clarett's case determined that the rule should not apply, partly on the ground that it would be unfair to allow the parties to a collective bargaining agreement to impose restrictions that don't limit them, but only outsiders (i.e., college athletes that want to join the league).  Although the court of appeals disagreed, it's hardly a foregone conclusion that any future cases will come out the same way.  The rationale that parties have to collude in order to collectively bargain doesn't really apply to the sort of collusion that is directed solely at outside non-parties.

02/05/2018 - 1:47pm Agreed that this is how the courts ruled in Clarett's case . . .

but even after reading some of the relevant decisions, this never made any sense to me.  Seems like such an obvious conflict of interest to allow the league and players' union to collude in their collective bargaining to keep others out of the pool of eligible players. And the "don't have a right" argument overlooks the monopoly position of the professional leagues -- sure, a player can go elsewhere but, uh, there's nowhere else to go.

02/02/2018 - 1:20pm Writing up my business plan . . .

but had omitted the absinthes, so thanks for the tip!  Should be a nice complement to the "mindful drinking" portion of the menu.

01/29/2018 - 4:13pm The mascot is a good start . . .

Can they get rid of that annoying drum while they're at it?  Drives me crazy on TV, can't even imagine how bad it would be live and in person.

01/29/2018 - 4:05pm Not so fast . . .

Always heard that Billy Ocean was kind of a dick.

01/26/2018 - 12:38pm Whenever I think back on Burke . . .

I always wonder how good he could have been if he were properly coached.

(obligatory /s)

01/19/2018 - 1:43pm Unique ability to develop QBs?

I must have missed that part of his Michigan coaching career.  Although I suppose "unique" might be accurate in the one-of-a-kind-bad sense . . . .

01/19/2018 - 1:15pm Not a history expert . . .

but things weren't much different in the days of the Founders, were they?  Newspapers owned by rich dudes, most of whom had chummy relationships with one political faction or another.  They'd print stuff that was ghostwritten by the favored politician that slandered the disfavored politician.  Despite the monopoly concern you mention, the media probably is more independent now than it was back then.

01/17/2018 - 1:19pm I actually like "Win The Game" best, but . . .

here's another suggestion, player-specific but not creepily so:

01/17/2018 - 1:01pm How about . . .

one of the many Andrew Dakich bench celebration GIFs?  Surely the tattoo technology now encompasses moving pictures, right?

01/17/2018 - 12:56pm Go with the Michigan version . . .

A bright yellow, cheap-as-heck looking halo around the arm.