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05/25/2018 - 4:47pm Yeah, it seems like blaming

Yeah, it seems like blaming the Fords is off base here. The trend with stadium deals seems to be as the basis of wider redevelopment plans. Gilbert seemed to be taking that approach until he realized he could get the jail site without the stadium.

If MLS starts to struggle finding cities willing to build stadiums, Detroit will be in good position again with Ford Field.

05/10/2018 - 11:13am It is absolutely true that in

It is absolutely true that in our legal system you are innocent until proven guilty.  But that ONLY applies to taking away the accused's liberty or imparting other criminal sanctions.  It has never been the case that societ has relied on the judicial system to determine if accused individuals had committed heinous acts.  From as far back as Lizzie Borden, society has deemed certain people acquited of crimes, or never charged, guilty, often with good reason.  It is absolutely not a new phenomenon.  

You also have to consider the fact that this is a sexual assault allegation and all the implications that come with it when considering how one should react to the news.  Sexual assualt allegations are extremely difficult to prove given the he said/she said nature of the crime, and the proceedings are extremely taxing on the victim for a number of reasons.  That the alleged victim decided at the last instance not to proceed with trial does not make the two accused men innocent of the charges.  As far as I can tell, despite what the Lions represented, the victim never recanted, the victim's statement led to an arrest, an indictment, and a prosecutor that felt strongly enough about the case to get all the way to the courthouse on the eve of trial.  I can't tell anyone else how to think, but to me that's enough smoke there to suggest fire, and I wouldn't want Patricia being the face of my team.

04/30/2018 - 12:40pm Yeah, I don't get it either. 

Yeah, I don't get it either.  It's like people can only remember the worst from the Rodriguez era.  Tate's stats are pretty solid for a true freshman and a sophomore who didn't work hard enough to fend off a classmate who was never a great passer.  Get a more talented version of that without the off the field issues, and everyone should be thrilled.

04/25/2018 - 1:00pm No, it's not likely that it's

No, it's not likely that it's better.  It's merely a historical artifact from college basketball developing before the NBA, and thus the NBA never having to extend the resources to create its own minor league system.  Which is a position they seem to be reconsidering. 

I don't know if Coach K can develop talent better than a g-league coaching staff.  Nobody really does.  It's not the g-league's job at the moment to develop 18-year olds.  Some would argue, it isn't Coach K's job at the moment either.  There's no doubt that Coach K can coach a talented group of players to win basketball games.  He's shown that at Duke for 30 years with on average more talent than pretty much every other program.  He's shown that at the olympics with even greater talent advantages.  That doesn't by itself mean college is the better route for players with pro ambitions.  

In a hypothetical world, with a broader NBA g-league, the biggest difference for a player seeking development would be that the individual's development is the number 1 priority of any g-league coach, whereas it is merely one part of a college coach's duties, along with a significantly higher emphasis on winning, and the time consuming process of recruiting.  "Knowing more" or even being a slightly better teacher doesn't matter if the coach isn't able to dedicate as much resources to making the player better. 

04/25/2018 - 12:12pm You think college is better

You think college is better for development only really because that's been the only method available for decades.  But just because you know Coach K and not your average g-league coach, does not mean a blue chip talent will develop better at Duke than in the g-league.  A college coach's job is to win college basketball games.  That's why sometimes a coach will play an illegal NBA defense, like Coach K resorted to when he couldn't get his team to play solid man to man.  Plus, the main way a college coach wins is by recruiting the best players, which says nothing about NBA development.

There are several reasons why the g-league would be the better route for any blue chip with pro ambitions: 1) no practice limits; 2) training designed for the individual's NBA future overseen by actual NBA teams; 3) 50 regular season games against the best non-nba talent there is v. 35-40 games against college players, 5-10 of which come against teams with almost no g-league talent.

I see no reason why expanded NBA minor leagues wouldn't immediately become a heavily considered route for all basketball players with professional ambitions, as is already the case for hockey and baseball players. 

04/25/2018 - 11:24am It seems to me that these

It seems to me that these proposals will push forward the (inevitable?) change of the current pre-NBA basketball development model to a European soccer style development model, or a combination of MLB minor league and soccer youth development models.  The NBA seems to be on their way already with the expansion and development of the G-league.  Take away one-and-done, and NBA teams may be even more likely to use draft picks on guys that aren't quite ready and stash them in their G-league affiliate, especially in the second round.  Or even sign high schoolers to free agent deals that don't get drafted.  Long term, I wouldn't be shocked to see NBA expand the G-league to a true minor league system with a couple tiers, one perhaps as a youth division of only U-20 (or so) players.  Could even see NBA or NBA affiliated youth academies develop.  

I can only think of two things preventing this from happening: 1) the current structure of the draft, and 2) the "free" development system provided by college.  But the draft could easily change, maybe slowly at first with an additional round or two to fill G-league rosters.  And if the "free" development system at the College ranks is no longer the main route to the NBA, the league may be more willing to step into the development business to ensure that they are continuing to get properly developed talent.

I'd also wonder that if you start limiting the shoe company involvement in the youth ranks, by making it more difficult for them to influence college decisions, if shoe companies don't seek another route.  Maybe they start supporting youth academies that aren't geared towards college scholarships, but getting kids into the NBA developoment system.

04/20/2018 - 3:12pm A good chunk would come from

A good chunk would come from summer courses, I expect.  I think athletes these days (especially those looking ot possibly graduate in 3/3.5 years) spend most of the summer at school.  I'm not sure exactly how many credits one can reasonably get in during the summer, but over three summers, not hard to imagine that you can make up a lot of ground.  Especially if you are in a major that may not be too heavily dependant on specific order in which classes are taken.

On the football side, of course, there's the early enrollment factor.  Which gives an athlete a "free semester" towards graduation.  

04/19/2018 - 4:58pm Probably a similar issue on

Probably a similar issue on the composite score as Iggy.  Wagner was a foreign recruit, likely not ranked by ESPN or Rivals.  

04/19/2018 - 4:48pm Well technically that is

Well technically that is true, it seems to be saying that it was going to crash no matter what, and the choice made by the pilot actually led to the best possible result.

04/19/2018 - 2:21pm Interesting.  It didn't occur

Interesting.  It didn't occur to me that "rankings" and "ratings" were different, thought they were just accounting for different sites' terminology.  But I guess that makes sense, otherwise one ESPN "90" is the same as any other ESPN "90", even though ESPN actually ranks those individuals.  

That still strikes me as a flaw in their composite rankings that 247 could easily rectify, even if they do so in a conservative fashion.  

04/19/2018 - 1:36pm I really wonder how they

I really wonder how they determined Iggy's composite ranking.  They don't seem to be ignoring ESPN and rivals entirely (doubt being ranked 39 on one site and essentially unranked on the two others results in him being #73 composite), but at the same time they can't be using his actual individual assessments from those sites, because then he would certainly be our top ranked recruit.  


04/16/2018 - 6:11pm You may be right, may be more

You may be right, may be more like 20.  Point I was making was that I don't think anyone was expecting him to come in and have Stauskas/GRIII/THJ levels of playing time and usage.  Though, I do think that there is at least a possibility that Iggy or Johns could usurp Livers' role. 

I will say that it is reasonable to expect Iggy to be closer to the level of Stauskas/GRIII/THJ as a freshman than say, Zak Irvin.  And if so, they may try and figure out a way to get him an extra few minutes here or there through flexible linups.  Which, I think our strength at the wings would allow us to do, such as going with some small ball lineups (Johns or Livers at 5) and "big" lineups with Iggy at SG.  We certainly won't know exactly how it is going to play out, but given the loss of Wagner, MAAR, and Robinson, there are going to be a good chunk of minutes to be handed out.  Poole, Livers, and Teske/Davis won't be able to take all of them.   

04/16/2018 - 4:25pm It seems like you are underestimating freshmen contributions

I'm not sure if you're exaggerating what people are expecting of Iggy or underestimating what freshmen can be expected to contribute, but I think expectations for him are very reasonable.  A sixth man type game, providing 25 minutes or so as a flexible wing/SG whose main contribution seems likely to be offensive punch.  I don't think anyone is suggesting he'll give us 17 a game, and be first team all big ten.  But it seems perfectly reasonable to expect him to replace Robinson's contributions, with potential plus side.

You don't have to be an elite, obvious one-and-done recruit to have an immediate impact.  Iggy would certainly be in 247 composite's top 40 if him being Canadian wasn't throwing off the system.  And if you look at guys between 20 and 50 (just outside of the obvious one and dones) from last year's rankings, I bet you'll find a lot more guys that contributed more than Poole did last year.  There's obviously no guarantee that any of the incoming fresshmen will be solid contributors, but the odds are that a couple of them will be.  

04/13/2018 - 3:47pm While parties do often

While parties do often negotiate with each other outside the presence of their respective litigation counsel, this presents a series of facts that make MSU's conduct here outrageous and unacceptable.  If two parties are fighting a small claim, direct settlement negotiations outside of counsel presence should probably be encouraged as the most economic solution for all involved.  Similarly, corporations in litigation with one another are often well suited for direct negotiations.  But even then, the corporations will almost always confirm through litigation counsel who is going to be handling settlement negotiations on behalf of each party, and then only communicate for the sole purpose of negotiating.  

Here, however, the parties are on the one hand, a huge institution, and on the other, an 18-year old individual.  Given the imbalance between the parties, and the knowledge that the 18-year old was represented by counsel, Engler/MSU in-house counsel knew or should have known that settlement negotiations needed to involve the 18-year old's counsel.  Moreover, the meeting between Engler/MSU in-house counsel and the 18-year old was not for purposes of discussing settlement (at least from the 18-year old's perspective), but rather to discuss MSU's actions regarding cleaning up the toxic campus culture.  For Engler/MSU in-house counsel to take the meeting and use it as an opportunity to try and bully a settlement out of the 18-year old outside the presence of her counsel, especially given the subject matter, is in fact outrageous.  

04/13/2018 - 3:35pm It was either that, or try to

It was either that, or try to use that to set the bar low for other settlements.  

04/10/2018 - 1:29pm He's a pretty good shot

He's a pretty good shot blocker, especially off the ball.  I think the questions are: 1) how well can he defend the pick and roll, 2) how will he hold up in man-to-man against physically equal or superior athletes, and 3) how well will he rebound? 

I don't know much about his history, but he strikes me as being much more coordinated and a little thicker in this video than videos from last summer.  Possible the rest of his body has caught up to his height a bit.  Still think that he's a little skinny to provide great production in year one, but I can see why there is excitement for his future.  

04/04/2018 - 5:01pm Maybe you're thinking of the

Maybe you're thinking of the youthful offender's (or whatever it is called) provision.  If they keep their noses clean, this conviction won't appear on their public records.  Obviously won't keep it off google, however.  

04/04/2018 - 10:31am Are you saying that

Are you saying that Robinson's first half foul troubles were not an issue because he ultimately played close to his average minutes per game, and wasn't productive in those minutes?  If so, that completely ignores the reality of basketball.  Robinson played about three minutes in the first half, didn't attempt a fg, and never established himself in the game.  The foul trouble goes a long way towards explaining his poor statistical performance. 

Obviously it is hard to directly attribute causation in basketball, but when Robinson picked up his second foul, we went from up 5 to down 9 at the half.  Our offense bogged down in this time period at least partially because, without Robinson, we couldn't spread defenders out as efficiently.  

Also, FWIW, TBS (I believe) flashed a graphic that showewd Brunson with NPOY type numbers when being guarded by Simpson, and terrible numbers when guarded by anyone else.  That's not suggesting that Simpson is a bad defender or anything, just that attributing Brunson's performance mostly to Simpson may be offbase.  

04/03/2018 - 5:26pm He did it too, acting like he

He did it too, acting like he had just gotten drilled by defenders in good position on drives to the hoop directly led to two and-one opportunities (I think, not absolutely positive the foul on MAAR resulted in a made bucket).  

That stuff was on the officials, they fell for it consistently... 

04/03/2018 - 1:12pm Castleton is going to have to

Castleton is going to have to redshirt, no?  In addition to typical first year struggles for Beilein bigs, Castleton looks like he needs to add a lot of strength.  Obviously highlight videos only show you so much, but there are a couple instances where he has to make a nice block only because he was muscled off the boards.  

03/28/2018 - 7:01pm Absolutely should acknowledge

Absolutely should acknowledge that winning six straight against tourney teams deserves recognition. My argument is more that any team in the top 15-20 pre-tournament is likely to end up in the top 3 after winning the tournament. Thus, I'm not sure ending in the top three says anything other than that it was one of the top 15-20 teams that just happened to have the right winning streak.

03/28/2018 - 6:43pm Doesn't the fact that a team

Doesn't the fact that a team won six straight games against tourney teams give it a leg up in all these end of year rating systems?

Look at us this year. If we win it all are we more deserving than we would have been had Poole's shot not fallen? Don't see any way to say that we are, yet our year end statistical profiles would certainly be different, perhaps significantly so.

Not arguing that the tournament isn't fine as is, just saying that the logic in support in this post seems circular.

03/28/2018 - 5:46pm I thought it was a

I thought it was a combination of giving more make-up opportunities early in the season as well as allowing for a slightly earlier start to the playoffs to accomodate the wild card games.  But I'm not really sure.

03/28/2018 - 5:44pm I'd say that sounds like a

I'd say that sounds like a worst case scenario for the Tigers, but I suspect that if Miggy truly rebounds, we may be looking to deal him near the deadline to a contender.  

03/26/2018 - 3:30pm Aaron Craft is the name I

Aaron Craft is the name I think of.  Great shut-down type perimeter defenders, with iffy jump shots.  

03/23/2018 - 12:39pm Not to mention, conferences

Not to mention, conferences don't play in the tournament, teams do.  It infuriates me when, as last night, someone says "it's the Big 12 vs. the SEC."  No, it's Kansas State vs. Kentucky.  The outcome of this game says virtually nothing about the respective conferences.  

About the only time you can say it really is one conference vs. another is in events like the ACC-Big 10 challenge, where they actively try and match up teams based on conference pecking order.  And even then, the results can be skewed by poor predictions on conference pecking order or simply based on how the matchups worked.  


03/21/2018 - 3:10pm They called it.  That was the

They called it.  That was the 5-point play.

03/21/2018 - 12:20pm I'm not sure I'd say that. 

I'm not sure I'd say that.  Losing the first game of the regional double elimination is such a detriment that unless you're a powerhouse who had a fluky loss, it's extremely difficult to get out.  

Super regionals can be tense for 27 straight innings if the three games are tight.  

03/21/2018 - 11:41am It's funny that you use

It's funny that you use baseball as the example but also ignore that baseball super regionals use a best 2 of 3 series at the home field of the higher seed.  

03/20/2018 - 2:15pm I don't think slow pace of

I don't think slow pace of play automatically makes a team more vulnerable to upsets.  And Roy Williams is only correct if both teams are playing at the same speed.  In other words, if to increase possessions, UNC is taking a bunch of quick shots, but their opponent is settling in on each possession and getting the best shot it can, UNC's talent advantage may be negated by taking less quality shots over the course of the game than its opponent.  But if UNC gets its opponent into a track meet, where both teams are taking quick shots, UNC will certainly have an advantage.

I think Virginia's problem is that the slow pace of play isn't a result of their offensive goals, but rather is the goal.  Michigan plays relatively slowly because it is searching for a great shot on every possession, and will turn down a not-great shot early in the possession with the expectation that something better will come along.  Virginia strikes me as something different, they don't run 30 seconds of good offense to get the best look whenever that may be, it almost feels like they actively try not to take a shot in the first 20 seconds of the shot clock and sort of hope that the last 10 seconds yields the best shot of the possession.  

03/20/2018 - 10:23am No reason he can't cheer for

No reason he can't cheer for Purdue until at least the championship game, and if we're not lucky enough to be there, no reason not to cheer for Purdue to win it all in order to win his pool.

03/19/2018 - 12:40pm Eh, if Michigan lit it up for

Eh, if Michigan lit it up for two games and cruised to 20 point wints, a top  2-3 "reseeding" would at least make some sense with a overall body of work approach.  That would be the culmination of a 23-4 streak with six straight tournament wins, and shiny KenPom and RPI number, etc.  It wouldn't be unreasoble to think Michigan would be at the top of a group of similarly ranked teams. 

As it is, Villanova is probably the only team left that has put any separation from the rest of the top teams remaining.  There isn't a ton of difference between Duke, Kansas, Michigan, Gonzaga, Texas Tech, Purdue, West Virginia, Clemson, and Kentucky.  A&M, Nevada, FSU, Kansas State, Syracuse, and Loyola are clearly in the next group.  Any reseeding is probably fair as long as those groupings are maintained.  And if you want to use performance in the last two games as a basis at that point, it is not unreasonable.  

03/19/2018 - 11:41am The article is pretty

The article is pretty hilarious.  He says this:

Before Selection Sunday, Virginia had lost just twice, and it earned the No. 1 overall seed. A UMBC squad that lost to Albany by 44 points in America East league play deserved one of the four worst seeds in the NCAA tournament. An uncanny upset did not change that.

Yet, he reseeds and Michigan comes out at 15 apparently because we did not play well for two games.  The whole article is a contradiction.  It reads as a seeding based on how teams played over two games, but then talks about how initial seeding was still correct even with the results of the first two games.  Can't be both!

03/12/2018 - 7:10pm I'd guess there's some anger

I'd guess there's some anger at the system that he associates more with the university and athletic department than he does specifically with the basketball program.  From his perspective, he was a world class talent who the university and athletic department promoted and made a killing off of, yet he didn't see any of that money (for purposes of this post, I'm not debating the merits of scholarship money equaling pay).  He may think that as a result of his bitterness over the situation, he was more susceptible to the influences of a two-bit hustler who used Webber in a criminal enterprise leading ultimately to Webber's later guilty plea (obviously leaves out self-determination and questionable decisions even after he should have known better, but just trying to explain how he might feel).  

03/09/2018 - 2:25pm To show just how ridiculous

To show just how ridiculous it is to simply look at distance. According to Google maps, from campus to Arena, Nashville is actually the shorter trip (ever so slightly) than Detroit for both Xavier and Cincy. It is a bit ridiculous that one or both of those schools would get sent to Detroit over the higher seeded Michigan school.  

Purdue, I get, it's about an hour difference. But Xavier and Cincy could go to any of three sites and essentially have the same result for their fan bases. It's a little ridiculous to go strictly on milage difference under those circumstances.

03/05/2018 - 12:08pm No tinkering

Some coaches over tinker.  This team is executing the system at an extremely high level, and are about to play (hopefully) a string of games against opponents relatively unfamiliar with the offensive system.  Don't mess with team concepts.  

Instead, work with individuals on deficiencies.  And, yes, obviously that would include free throw shooting.  

02/23/2018 - 11:02am Flip side, it's easier to

Flip side, it's easier to defer millions of dollars when you know there is a source of money in the interim.  

02/09/2018 - 10:23am This is the key point, it is

This is the key point, it is quite possible that a false claimant comes out just looking for a buck.  Even if MSU's lawyers privately acknowledge there will be heavy payouts to the vast majority of claimants, not investigating to make sure that there aren't any false claimants in there would be malpractice.  Certainly a bad optic for MSU, but not entirely avoidable, either.  

All that goes out the window if they are being particularly aggressive in their investigations, and bordering on intimidation.  

02/02/2018 - 8:28am But hasn't it long been known

But hasn't it long been known that sub-concussive trauma is a bigger part of the problem, as far as CTE is concerned, than actual number of concussions?

01/30/2018 - 4:24pm Step 1 is pretty much

Step 1 is pretty much dictated by TV.  TV wants 7 and 9 because it gives them two games that can be watched in the easter time zone.  Switch to the more convenient 7:30 or 8:00 and they only get one.  As multiple people have pointed out TV is where the money is at, and now that pretty much every game is on TV, 7 and 9 are basically the only timeslots.  

01/26/2018 - 3:38pm That's so incredibly dumb. 

That's so incredibly dumb.  Yes, not having Izzo there would make competing against MSU in basketball easier.  But I don't want him gone because of that.  I want him gone because seemingly the only way to make sure that every college program takes sexual assault seriously is the realization that if you don't, not even being living legend Tom f'n Izzo will save your job.  

01/25/2018 - 6:13pm I'm willing to bet that for

I'm willing to bet that for every person taking your position, there is someone who is boycotting the NFL because nobody signed Kaepernick, and a nother person (maybe more) who can no longer watch knowing the damage these guys are doing to their brains.  

I'd also imagine that people in each category greatly over estimate the number of people taking their respective positions, because people tend to operate in an echo chamber.  

01/24/2018 - 8:50am I know it's Brandon and all,

I know it's Brandon and all, but doesn't making a toy store "more fun" seem like a reasonable idea?

01/12/2018 - 12:38pm Says graduating in May, so

Says graduating in May, so no.  Likely, given his major, and the small size of Rice, trying to put a schedule together that fit with his football requirements and allowed him to graduate in 3.5 years would have been difficult. 

01/10/2018 - 10:40am I missed the game, so don't

I missed the game, so don't know if this applies here, but the replay rule on out of bounds plays is at it's worst when there really is a ticky-tack foul that could legitmately have been called but the official in real time made the justified decision to just reward an out of bounds to the offense.  Then on review, it shows that the ball hit the offense last, which they have to overturn, but can't go back and then award the ticky-tack foul the official would have called to provide an equitable outcome.  

Basketball is a fast game with many, many close calls over the course of the game, and several calls a game where an official reaches for an equitable result without having to enforce each rule to the letter.  While I wouldn't argue that reviews shouldn't exist in basketball, I think they should be limited to 30 seconds and not show slow-motion reviews.  If you can clearly tell the call was wrong at real speed in a short amount of time, overturn the call.  If you can't, let it stand.  

12/14/2017 - 10:51am I don't think it changes

I don't think it changes much.  I don't believe Disney was active at all in the regional sports network market, now they will be, but at the same time Fox exits the market.  I don't see that making a big difference to anything.  

12/12/2017 - 5:36pm The flip side to the "he's

The flip side to the "he's not been cleared more than a year after the injury, etc." argument is that he also hasn't received a medical hardship more than a year after the injury.  If there was simply no way that Newsome was going to come back at or near his prior level, I think that decision would have already been made and he would be on medical hardship (or transferred because he disagreed with Michigan doctror's determination).  The fact that he's still with the team and training in hopes of playing next year tells me that it's still a real possibility. 

On the other hand, maybe that's just what I hope to be true...  


11/28/2017 - 5:10pm That's a trait that is pretty

That's a trait that is pretty common among high level coaches.  

11/14/2017 - 3:03pm What is the appeal of

What is the appeal of Tennessee to Gruden? Yes, he spent two years there as a grad assistant, but there has to be more to it than that for him to jump at that opening, right?  If he just wanted a high level college gig, he could have practically had his choice over the years.  

I don't see anyway he risks his persona and reputation to take over a can-lose job at a level of football with which he's had very little professional contact.  It just makes no sense.  I also agree with your implication that Tennessee shouldn't want him.

11/09/2017 - 5:36pm As hilarious as the pass was

As hilarious as the pass was that lead off this post, it appears to have earned an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.  Free 15 yards.  Good play!