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11/30/2018 - 1:11pm I think you need to go back…

The whole point of the website link you provided is that correlations exist for many unrelated/spurious events, but that does not mean there is CAUSATION.  

11/30/2018 - 1:10pm I don't think that's the…

I don't think that's the case.  It looks like it is essentially just calculating points per possession (for and against), taking into account the strength of the team they played (among other factors), and then adding together a score based on how well their points per possession look offensively and defensively.  It does not take into account the actual wins and losses that take place.

So a team like UNC still has ridiculously high points per possession and looks good in this type of ranking.  

11/29/2018 - 7:33pm Your link is about the…

Your link is about the difference between causation and correlation.  It does not make the case at all that there is no correlation.

11/29/2018 - 7:26pm This came up a little while…

This came up a little while back and Harbaugh was asked about it in a press conference, I believe (or maybe it was B1G media days?).  As I recall, the rule is that if you're a current student-athlete then it's against the rules but there's nothing stopping them from doing it once their eligibility runs out.  The issue from a few months ago turned out to be a former player (or multiple players.)

11/21/2018 - 12:07pm Agree. 33% of the “with Bosa…

Agree. 33% of the “with Bosa” sample is Rutgers...

11/14/2018 - 12:17pm Think you're over-estimating…

Think you're over-estimating Gentry.  He has the potential to get there, but right now he's not an elite pass-catching tight end nor is he a plus-blocker.  With Butt (or Funchess if you want to pretend he was a tight end) they clearly had NFL receiving potential.  Gentry's not there yet.  Someone may grab him because of his size and potential, but I suspect it would be in late rounds.

11/14/2018 - 12:14pm Reminds me a bit like Clay…

Reminds me a bit like Clay Matthews (OLB) and I'm sure at least some of that is because of the hair.  Clay was more LB-like in college but played a hybrid DE/LB position.

09/27/2018 - 11:13am Agree.  Generally, when you…

Agree.  Generally, when you look at the chart you see that the QBs who performed best in college didn't transfer and the ones who got passed on the depth chart did.  The exception seems to be Shea, who transferred under different circumstances.

So the moral of this story isn't '5-stars highly likely to transfer' like the OP is suggesting, but rather '5-stars who don't perform at the 5-star level will transfer for playing time.'

08/31/2018 - 9:01am It is literally the first…

It is literally the first thing that comes up if you google "Figthing Irish".  Just saying...

07/10/2018 - 3:58pm Remember that post from…

Remember that post from earlier this week in which a Miami beat writer opined that the Heat could potentially lose Duncan Robinson if they didn't lock him up to a contract? 

The writer actually opined that the Heat may need to give him a one-way contract with a six-figure contract to keep him.  But still, good for Duncan!

07/02/2018 - 10:37am This didn't actually have to…

This didn't actually have to get shut down until comments like this...

05/25/2018 - 10:25am If you respond to someone's

If you respond to someone's post they can't edit it...

03/30/2018 - 11:50am There's definitely a lot more

There's definitely a lot more to it than social monitoring.  I pay for a lot of social monitoring and $500,000 is either them getting fleeced or it's much more than that.

03/30/2018 - 11:48am Pretty sure all he was saying

Pretty sure all he was saying is that 'he was listed at 280 before and is now 288.'

03/28/2018 - 7:18pm No.  Monitoring of social

No.  Monitoring of social media is a normal thing that happens all the time.  There is no expectation of privacy when you post things publicly on social media.  Agree with prior comments that it is very tone deaf in these circumstances (and perhaps as a public school in the first place since inevitably the public will learn about this type of spend and won't like it.)

03/26/2018 - 10:27am Not disputing it, but the

Not disputing it, but the ranking also puts Duke ahead of Kansas, and Virginia over virtually everyone (and especially UMBC.)  When the n=1 anything can happen.

03/25/2018 - 1:29pm While hypothetically true,

While hypothetically true, this is not what happened in Atlanta 5 years ago. There are so many corporate purchases and so many more people interested for the two teams that win in the Final Four that the championship game tickets start expensive and stay expensive.

03/20/2018 - 6:37pm StubHub does local pick-up

StubHub does local pick-up for these types of events near the stadium.  

Also, my experience in 2013 is that the Elite Eight ticket prices fell A LOT after the Sweet 16 game.  I was able to get top-notch tickets for relatively little, so I think the math (and/or the ability to get even better tickets) favors just buying one game at a time.

03/17/2018 - 11:15am Do you really think it

Do you really think it matters? Whatever funds they use, they will take funds from other places to cover that spend.

01/17/2018 - 10:58am Agree 100%.  To my knowledge,

Agree 100%.  To my knowledge, LastPass has never had a hacking incident where anyone had access to passwords stored through them.  Considering they'd presumably be a great target and have not yet had that happen, I presume they are doing a good job.

Also, LastPass has a lot of other useful features.  Password-sharing among family members, for example, so that my wife can access various accounts.  Synchronization across desktop and mobile experiences is another nice feature.  

12/08/2017 - 1:18pm Define "really well".  They

Define "really well".  They are recruiting a bunch of lower-ranked prospects who are mostly reporting offers from MAC or other schools that are clearly less attractive than Wisconsin.

10/23/2017 - 9:55am In PR you don't care about

In PR you don't care about hits on your own site with a press release.  The whole point is wide distribution of the knowledge.  Most press releases aren't seen on the website of the company that released them; they're picked up on the wire and in other news services.

10/23/2017 - 9:53am He only got a short stint

He only got a short stint when Winovich was benched.  He played a bit longer when Winovich went out with an injury and missed (at least) two series.

10/19/2017 - 10:51pm Press releases are considered

Press releases are considered "public domain" and can be copied freely.  They are, in fact, designed for that very purpose.

10/19/2017 - 10:45pm In all fairness, it's not

In all fairness, it's not like it was the same turf for 30 years, either...

10/11/2017 - 9:19pm During the game this past

During the game this past weekend the announcer definitely said it was Crawford when it was Thomas, and the TV announcers have been struggling with this, too (and which kicker is on the field.)

10/03/2017 - 12:26pm None of the starters are

None of the starters are freshmen.

10/03/2017 - 12:21pm Sure, there aren't a ton of

Sure, there aren't a ton of colleges that can claim this, but many of the elite programs can.  Offensive line skews more heavily towards upperclassmen than any other position, which means needing to replace starters frequently. 

10/02/2017 - 9:23pm Especially since, in college,

Especially since, in college, rushing stats include negative yards from sacks. So the relationship between bad offense and rushing less than 100 yards is even stronger.

10/02/2017 - 5:54pm @Ohio State, Meyer has never

@Ohio State, Meyer has never won with less than 100 yards rushing

@Alabama, Saban is 5-6 when rushing for less than 100 yards.  Interestingly, several of the wins when they won with low yards were games with one-sided scores.

@Penn State between 2000-2011 Paterno went 5-30 in games where they had less than 100 yards (and again, a couple fo those wins were in blowouts).

(Too lazy to go back through more years of PSU game logs.  Though along the way I got to see the 25 carries for -14 yards they put up against Michigan in 2006).

10/02/2017 - 5:03pm Here's a fun fact to help

Here's a fun fact to help make my point: Urban Meyer has never won a game at Ohio State when the team has rushed for less than 100 yards.

10/02/2017 - 4:53pm I'd argue there's an even

I'd argue there's an even more important cause and effect element than simply 'winning = run' and 'losing = pass'.  The other aspect of cause and effect is that you're more likely to rush for 100 yards against teams with bad defense and less likely to rush for 100 yards against very good teams.

In essence, this may as well say: Michigan wins more against inferior opponents; loses more against better opponents.

Now, if the OP were to assess whether Michigan/Harbaugh is more or less dependent on 100-yard rushing games than other teams in similar situations, and if that showed a significant difference then we would be on to something interesting.

09/03/2017 - 3:51pm Conceptually, sure. But in

Conceptually, sure. But in reality you're not going to trade a bunch fo snaps from Mo Hurst for a bunch of Mone snaps. Fro a personnel-standpoint, Michigan gets much more out of a Winovich-Hurst-Gary line. If you wanted to go bigger a Hurst-Mone-Gary line may make more sense but am not sure that would really play into the strengths of those players and you sacrifice a ton of pass-rush (which, granted, is usually not what a 3-4 line is designed for).

08/25/2017 - 1:08pm OSU is the only power 5 team

OSU is the only power 5 team in a top 5 talent state.  

Wait, what?  I'm assuming you didn't mean "power 5", but even from the list above, almost all of the teams above are in states with very high talent levels.

Top 5 talent-producing states: Florida, California, Texas, Georgia, Ohio

(OSU, FSU, UGa, USC)

And when you look at the top 5 talent states on a per capita basis, which is also a huge advantage, you add: Louisiana, South Carolina, and Alabama.

(Alabama, LSU, Auburn, Clemson)

Which means of the remaining teams in that top 10, only Michigan and Notre Dame are not in highly concentrated talent areas.  Every other team is.

06/26/2017 - 11:51am Wait until really close to

Wait until really close to the game (definitely less than a week; ideally within a day or two depending on your priority of getting seat locations you want vs. the best price possible).  If you don't want to go the scalper route then the decrease in ticket prices (compared to where they are today) will offset the additional fees.   StubHub actually has a default setting that progressively decreases the ticket prices within a few days of the event.

05/31/2017 - 11:21am I chatted with DJ on his way

I chatted with DJ on his way home from the combine (we sat next to each other on the flight to Sacramento) and he spoke very highly of his combine experience, even despite his injury.  He hadn't made a decision at the time (or at least, wasn't going to volunteer to me that he had and I didn't ask him directly), but was clearly very happy with how things went.

05/31/2017 - 11:11am While there's upside in the

While there's upside in the initial contract, people often overlook the fact that the biggest impact - if they can stay at the NBA level beyond their initial contract - isn't the initial contract but their last contract.  DJ Wilson will likely retire from the NBA at the same age regardless of when he enters the NBA.  So by staying in school another year, he's actually giving up a year of salary at the end of his career (i.e., peak earnings, not the capped rookie earnings).  If he thinks he'll be making $10 million/year, that's what he's giving up by staying in school for a year (which may or may not be offset by the extra guaranteed money if he thinks he can move up in the draft).

05/02/2017 - 2:07pm Because the mini-packs are

Because the mini-packs are the best way to make sure they sell tickets to the games nobody wants to buy.  i.e., package them with more attractive tickets.

03/28/2017 - 1:56pm How do you know they're not

How do you know they're not having discussions behind the scenes?  But out of respect for Red and his timeline for an announcement, it would make zero sense to go public about an opportunity when there isn't currently an opening.

02/22/2017 - 4:24pm My corporate experience is

My corporate experience is that things like this have a tendency to be from a different budget than the general 'corporate giving' budget.  Different departments, etc.  In this instance they're using it as a hook for Marketing purposes and that usually means Marketing is paying the bills.  But even if that's not the case, you're still missing the point.  The whole reason these companies do a lot of that is for the publicity they generate (or other similar, non-altruistic goal).  If they don't generate publicity, then they don't make the donation.  Your desire to make this 100% altruistic and free of ulterior motives would ultimately sink it.

Not to mention the free publicity that these charities get along the way.

02/22/2017 - 12:06pm Nobody is stopping you (or

Nobody is stopping you (or anyone) from using this as a prompt to visit the site and determine which charity you feel is 'most worthy' and vote based on that rather than your affiliation with Michigan.

But I think you're missing the point.  If nobody shows any interest in clicking, then ESPN and Infiniti don't feel compelled to have a charity tie-in, and the alternative use of these dollars are additional advertising.  In this case, at least someof the ad dollars are going to charities that likely would not have otherwise.

01/10/2017 - 11:17pm Think you got that backwards.

Think you got that backwards. Germany is much better known for whites and Italy for reds.

But just going by a region (or country) and assuming it will be good is a bad idea. Go to a wine store that has tastings, try different things and see what you like. Just like beer, hard alcohol, and everything else in life, people have individual preferences.

01/10/2017 - 11:14pm I've acquired a bunch of

I've acquired a bunch of timber, but this will be my first attempt at building a wine pallet. Is it different than other kinds of pallets?

01/04/2017 - 9:02pm  that's the reason why they

 that's the reason why they should start collecting those paychecks as soon as possible!

01/04/2017 - 8:48pm Except you don't really have

Except you don't really have one opportunity to enjoy the college environment.  Most NFL players aren't in the league as long as Woodson - most are done long before they even turn 30.  You could go do an MBA if you wanted, still be a similar age as your classmates, and while it's not the exact same as undergrad, it can be just as fantastic an experience.  Most top MBA schools typically have a handful of former pro athletes in their classes.

 

11/14/2016 - 6:57pm The spread only matters when

The spread only matters when it comes to my sanity (are we winning the game comfortably enough that I don't have to be stressed out).  Beyond that, the thing that matters is winning.

11/04/2016 - 11:57am Colorado also probably isn't

Colorado also probably isn't int he B1G unless I missed that announcement, and should MSU now be on here?

10/17/2016 - 9:02am In theory, that sounds good,

In theory, that sounds good, but then you're talking 30-40 roster spots taken up by the o-line and a lot less spots available for other positions.

10/09/2016 - 9:15am This was not a waste of your

This was not a waste of your time. Or, thank you for wasting your time.

10/05/2016 - 12:55pm If you hit the 'play' button

If you hit the 'play' button you would have had the answer in less than one second.