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08/24/2018 - 12:31pm Hang on, there is another…

Hang on, there is another side to this, and it's even WORSE for Maryland.

I live in DC area and was listening to John Feinstein describing all of this with the Sports Junkies, two of whom are UMd grads, these guys are all super-plugged into UMd.  Here's what really might be going on.

The current UMd admin has been regularly trying to throw shade on Kevin Anderson for a while, for no clear reasons since, like, the guy is gone.  So this is just an effort to distract attention from the current disaster they have.

The lawyer involved apparently said UMd's story, reflected in the ESPN article, is BS.  Apparently it was football staff who selected the lawyer and Anderson didn't step in, or just signed the checks not realizing, etc.  Something like that.  UMd is trying to blame Anderson as if somehow that is something they should be caring about right now.

Just more circle-the-wagon, MSU/OSU style.  Great effing conference we are members of.

08/22/2018 - 12:25pm Not a fan of a couple of…

Not a fan of a couple of these.

Capping at 10 pts:  Not all 20-point wins are created equal.  A 20 point win over Duke this year should get a TON of credit.  Not so much a 20 pt win over Little Sisters of the Poor.  While I get that they want a simple rule, it would make more sense to measure the point spread of a game compared to the other team's relative ability.  Meaning if you beat a bad team, likely their record has lots of lopsided losses (because, you know, they're bad).  So no credit for that.  I would leave it to statisticians and programmers to implement this rule, but it would be far more fair than just an arbitrary cap at 10, 20, etc.  But as between 10 and 20, I'd def go for 20, because I agree that there is a world of diff between 10 and 20 pt margin, versus between 20 and 30.

Equally weighting all games:  Totally disagree.  Teams change a lot during the season, and punishing a team that lost its first, say, three or four games but later made a charge is not fair.  If another team won early but fell apart late, it should get dinged versus the late-charger.

I suppose the comeback to all of this is, well, NET will be just one metric, the Cmte members will have to eyeball all of the teams anyway and these sorts of things will be remembered.  Like, giving a team a NET bonus for a 20 pt beatdown on Duke this year would double-reward them because likely all Cmte members will know they did that anyway.

08/02/2018 - 9:02am But we are tied to the B1G. …

But we are tied to the B1G.  The conference's overall reputation, especially with recruits, TV deals, branding, etc., is part of what enables us to be who we are.  That was TCU's problem before they joined the BigXII.  So we can't ignore the tirefires going on around us -- that soot has the potential of indirectly caking us too.

08/02/2018 - 7:54am B1G reputation?

PSU

MSU

B1G reputation?

PSU

MSU

OSU

Even Rutgers

We can be snide about bagmen in the SEC and lack of educational standards at some D1A schools but srsly no conference has enabled filth to the level of our conference. In fact our division.  Im surprised Delaney isnt looking to extend the division into Texas by adding Baylor. 

07/03/2018 - 10:26am CR7 TO JUVENTUS

 

News is…

CR7 TO JUVENTUS

 

News is breaking this AM.

06/17/2018 - 5:24pm They are, but they…

They are, but they deliberately gamed it.  By being very deliberate about scheduling friendlies, they were able to get very favorable advantages in the ranking algorythm. 

It was so blatant, FIFA has changed the ranking system going forward to attempt to eliminate what the Swiss did.  IIRC, Poland did the same thing. 

06/15/2018 - 4:04pm WOW

CR7

Stuff of legends. …

WOW

CR7

Stuff of legends.  That third goal -- perfection.  Never going to see a better fre kick.  Had de Gea fooled to think it was gonna miss, cuz it WAS gonna miss... then nope, it curles back in, waives "hi, beeyatch!" to de Gea while penning a note to Messi "Match this, dork!" and settled nicely into the upper corner for some sweet treats.  And I BE LIKE DANG. 

06/03/2018 - 7:16pm well

The Porto Ultras were probably hired or at least authorized by the team owner.

Porto is a mess. You think you Piston fans are upset with team management.

06/03/2018 - 7:14pm not the sport

Its not soccer that attracts them. IIRC this is a longstanding European cultural issue for centuries with young men. They just happen to be soccer fans bc soccer is the main thing that easily divided them. In Northern Ireland its religion. Etc.

Historically the thing that keeps these forces in check were wars -- these dudes would be the infantry whod get decimated every 20-30 yrs or so. But no war since 1945 means they are flourishing.

We need a good global war to clean up soccer, basically. And the NHL.

06/01/2018 - 10:01pm Whitney Houston

Based on singing talent and selection of music to show off her range, not based on choice of male companions, chemical dependency, or genral likeability. Sigh. What a waste.

05/29/2018 - 6:23am Pfffft

No Kyrie. So, not a continuation.

05/28/2018 - 9:55am 7 for 39

Celts lost for one and one reason only.  Cavs invented a timetraveling device that creates an Einstin Rosen bridge through intersectional microdynamic dimensions, which created a temporally distorational vortex with a probabilisic cloud at a statistically valid and average centerpoint at the intersection of the basket's average radial spatial locations, and with a net positive outward pressurization thrust of sufficient average radialized direction to exert a defectatory momentum impluse at the time-reverse-calculated chronospacial location of the 3 point attempts.

In other words, the Celts went 7 FOR 39 from the 3 line, and THAT was end of game.  Had they hit three of those suckers in the 4th, game maybe comes out totally different.

Warriors/Rockets, this wasn't.

05/26/2018 - 7:49pm hmmm

I watched Red Sparrow last night.  I am trying to think of a clever way to tie in this post with JLaw's Soviet-style bewbs.

Nope, can't say as I have thought of one.

Just, Russians, man.

05/26/2018 - 7:44pm You are SOOOOO right

That's why Americans LOVE our version of football, because a classic American strategy is for wide receivers to run past the defenders before the ball is snapped!!!

Wait...

No, ok, it's because hockey players can rush the blue zone and park in front of the goalie before the puck crosses the blue line!!!!

Wait, no, ok...

It's, like, the batter can charge for first base BEFORE the pitch is thrown, throwing the entire defense into chaos... or the base runner can bolt for the next base before the fly ball is caught...

Ummmmmm.

Looks like we have plenty of the same rules, buddy.  Indeed, some of them are even called "offsides" (ok plural version but whatever).

05/17/2018 - 6:14pm #3 on OP's list

Add to interesting developments today:

"3. Antoine Griezmann proclaimed himself today one of the 'top 3' players in the world."

WHOA, really, Griez? Top three? You'd have consider, at least:

CR7
Messi
Neymar ?
Suarez ?
Mo Salah ?
de Bruyne ?
Higuain ?
Lewendowski ?
Robben ?
de Gea ?
THE ZLATAN ? (in his own head, at least) (you're still welcome, L.A.)

You could even argue he's not the most valuable player on his own team -- Oblak might be.

What you say?

 

04/25/2018 - 11:21am dont hold your breath

You should rather hope Thanos puts MSU on his hit list, has a better chance of actually happening.

04/06/2018 - 9:03am Not OT

He is our asst coach now. Not OT.

03/31/2018 - 4:10pm Sooo...

Jay will have expertise if Mo or Duncan try to drop-kick a 3?

03/26/2018 - 2:04pm Useful info

I met Michael Dwumfour's dad this morning. Super-nice guy. And he confirmed his son is starting this fall. So, you are all now enriched with that bit of gold. Carry on.

03/18/2018 - 7:53am actually...

Didnt Higgins miss the 3 and Terry Mills put in the rebound? Or was the the other way around.

03/17/2018 - 12:59am UVa has two of them

Chaminade over Ralph Samson is on the list but that was a preseason game in Hawaii.

Its a different beast (season v single game) but Leicester City winning the Premier League two years ago has to rank as the most implausible sports result ever.

03/16/2018 - 12:28pm ummmm uhhh welll....

In 1984 and 1985, we wntered the tourney as a high seed. Laid an egg in each first game but thought welp, got that out of our system, will improve the next game. And laid eggs in both second round games for early trips home. (Yes yes, Villanova / team of destiny / cocaine fueled, I know I know).

So dont assume a bad game begrts a good one.

03/16/2018 - 12:55am At least

Your wife has sex with you.

03/06/2018 - 3:18pm Huh

So lemme get this straight.

This means that Nebraska and Pedo State basketball fans, all six of them (combined), will know immediately that their teams are NIT-bound?

I mean, I suppose that incrementally reduces tensions in Nebraska and Pennsylvania for about, oh, 45 minutes or something, so, good job, CBS/TBS/suits.

02/26/2018 - 5:19pm huh

Apparently the rest of the world is catching up to Wakanda now.

02/25/2018 - 10:37am ya but...

What's even MORE crazy is, for many players on all of those Minnesota teams -- they think going to college in Minnesota is "going south where it's warmer."

02/23/2018 - 1:25pm 6 > (5=4)

The five plays the four on the weekend, so there is not a significant difference. Both 12 and 13 seeds have somewhat similar tourney performances the first round.

I could even argue I want the six, to avoid the one seed in the regional semis.

02/16/2018 - 12:19am dood

This is ancient news. Well established. Not a rumor. Fake jobs etc.

02/15/2018 - 9:41pm POPCORN!!!

Can't wait -- not holding my breath, but would be great.  I mean, there is a chance we are swept up in this too. While Coach B isn't the type, all it takes is one rotten alum, assistant coach, parent, etc., and we're in the mess despite how clean our Coach is.  But if Dook and UNC and UK and MSU go down, then it's a pox on everyone's house.

(Haven't we all heard rumors for years Coach K is the dirtiest of all. Let's find out huh.)

But really, I feel like by "burning it down," it's not just for the fun of it -- it's that the new world order should result. Just pay the damn players.  We live in a capitalist society, you're supposed to get paid your market value.  If some future NBA'er is worth $1000's/$10,000's a year to some school or booster, why can't he get paid it.  Tennis players, baseball players, hockey players, soccer players, etc. all make it.  What's so sancrosanct about basketball or football?

So by "blow it up," I mean, BLOW IT ALL UP.  The whole damn system is Communist.  This is Murica, let's let capitalism reign on college sports too.

(Yes, I'm serious.)

02/14/2018 - 8:46am dont look now

That Qatari team will be able to smoke the US team. They are basically paying good players to change their nationality. They will have a competitive team.

02/12/2018 - 10:59pm UGH ME

ME: "Alex, I'll take Stoopid Things to Come out of My Mouth for $200, Please."

ALEX: "The answer is... Incomprehensible triple negative."

BEEEP

ALEX: "Superstringer?"

ME: "What ... did I just type?"

ALEX:  "That's correct."

02/12/2018 - 5:39pm DUDE

You don't think the Dogs didn't make a deal the Drones couldn't refuse?

(The dogs can reprogram stuff, so, that's probably your explanation.)

02/12/2018 - 5:36pm in fact...

IIRC, the black mirror "dogs" were based on a Boston Dynamics robot -- probably THIS one.

02/09/2018 - 11:44am Interesting theory, but...

Penn State says "Hello, and, you're wrong."

02/09/2018 - 11:42am Cynical explanation

Lawyer here. Think of it this way.

There are 265 victims, of which some number are named plaintiffs and some others might be witnesses.

Investigating the background of each takes several to dozens of hours.

MSU's lawyers are paid by the hour.

You do the math.
02/04/2018 - 12:34pm I'm going to politely disagree...

As a lawyer, I sort of shake my head when someone says "you should be in prison for murder" when the judicial system said, "Nuh uh."  Awefully easy of you to convict without knowing all the facts.

The other thing that HAS to be said about Ray, and which you are 100% ignoring, is that... Ray completely changed as a human being as a result of that.  Never once afterwards did he have any off-field issues.  Became a quiet leader in the Baltimore community w/ kids' projects.  Was the unquestioned leader of his locker room -- and guys like Harbaugh and Ozzie Newsome will be the first to tell you that.  He completely understood his role as the face of the Ravens, if not the NFL, and lived up to it.

So while you want to pretend you know Ray so well that you can castigate him for those unproven issues early in his career, the remnants of coming out of Thug U, I suggest you take a more wholistic approach and look at Ray as others saw him, the men who worked side by side with him for years.  Apparently, though, you know more about him than Jim Harbaugh's brother.

Here is my Ray Lewis anecdote that is the man he became.  I took my son to a Ravens two-a-day, the afternoon session, about 7 years ago or so. After the practice, as the team filed into the locker rooms, some players lingered behind to work the lines of fans giving autographs (there was one line for kids, and another for adults).  Ray, however, ran into the locker room by himself while his teammates did autographs.  Then... after the entire team went into the locker room, Ray came back OUT, by himself, and worked both lines, giving everyone an autograph who wanted one -- took him 45 minutes, in the heat after the second of a two-a-day.  Entire time laughing up with fans and interacting as he signed.  That is the 'face of the franchise,' he GOT it.

So if you think you know him well enough to say he's a murderer... fine.  Awfully easy to be so confident.

01/30/2018 - 11:03pm srsly

Does anyone even get charged with littering anymore?

Thats like charging someone with failure to hitch your horse when at the post office. Like it might still be in the books but I cant say anyone here ever met someone accused of littering.

Although , I suppose, leaving a girl out cold sprawled on the ground like trash ... yeah, littering, I can see that, sure.

01/30/2018 - 5:36pm yes

Name checks out.

01/27/2018 - 2:50pm No one in control now

For everyone hoping Izzo and/or Mork are forced to quit -- seriously, WHO IS GOING TO FORCE THEM?  MoleStU (I will now be using that moniker, like Pedo State, because OTL shows it clearly fits) has no President, has no AD, and its BoT is a bunch of jackoff tonedeaf yesmen who didn't even want to fire Simon.  So who is going to tell the two big dicks on campus they have to quit?

And the new AD, which will take MONTHS to install (they need a new President first), if not longer than months, is not going to fire the two biggest dicks on campus as his first official action.

Those two enablers are gonna be in place as long as they want to be.

01/25/2018 - 2:52pm MSU = the real SCUM. Here it is in its full glory

Rachael Denholland is the first victim to come forward -- she was the first one to put her name on this, going to the Indy Star, and to the police in Lansing.  She was, for that reason, the last victim to read her statement just before Nasser's sentencing.

Here is the full transcript of her comments to the judge.  The second half of it just completely annihilates MSU. She goes, fact by fact, through all the things MSU knew and how they turned their backs on the girls. Even told the girls not to report.  And the lies they are telilng the courts to defend themselves, and twisting words ("we didn't know" means "we didn't bother following up reports") and putting their head in the sand, and how they internally and publicly belittled the girls.  I had never seen all of this mountain of disgusting evidence compiled in one place against MSU, but... it's way, way worse than PSU.  Way, way worse.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/01/24/us/rachael-denhollander-full-statement/

If after reading this you don't want MSU out of the Big 10 along with PSU, then you need to read it again.

01/20/2018 - 8:15pm its the LAW

Legal obligation (entailing liability) versus moral obligation are different. A legal brief is just on the law. Sorry to sound like a lawyer there but this is my job. The lawyers are just focusing on winning the case. Litigators are not PR guys. I have to write briefs mindful of the potential PR impact but I have to tell the client, do you wanna win a PR war or do you wanna win the case. Guess what they always choose.

01/16/2018 - 9:07pm All wrong

What you heard was the MSU administration's "we didn't know" defense going kabloooeeeey today.

01/16/2018 - 12:46pm Y'all are paying for it

Since I'm not a resident of the state of Michigan, I can confidently say that I'm not contributing to MSU's defense of itself. But all of you living in the state are probably having some portion of your tax dollars go to MSU's legal defense.  MSU hired not only the biggest-name firm in the state (Miller Canfield) but also one of the most expensive firms in the country (Cravath) to defend itself.

Priorities, man.

01/09/2018 - 1:34pm No

No

Each year there are maybe 1 or 2 teams with colorable beefs they were excluded. OSU this year; PSU last year; TCU and Baylor the first year; etc. There has never been a situation where 4 teams all had legit gripes.

So going to 8 teams just opens the door for some wannabes to ignore their clear problems -- a bad loss (USC), lousy schedule (UCF or Wiscy), etc.

Maybe a 6 team would be justified but not 8, at least in terms of moral right to it. I still think a 16 team tourney would rock but just for the fun of it. Heck, the FCS is 24 teams right?

01/07/2018 - 9:28am I'll have....

...what he was having when he wrote this.

Srsly, I'm sure, OP is a very stable genius.  You just can't tell that from his post.

12/23/2017 - 10:15am I got one

Wives who get boyfriends then ask for a divorce.

12/20/2017 - 6:51pm Best gift ever???

My spouse got herself a boyfriend and gave me my walking papers. I think this is the gift that is going to keep on giving.

12/13/2017 - 1:29pm Minority reviews

I read that one too. CNN also didnit like it.

But most others are extremely positive. I read a few that basically said, just go see it. As someone pointed out, Rotten Tomatoes has a massive score.

I will report back with my review when I have seen it like five times, so, by Tuesday.

12/13/2017 - 1:26pm Different markets

Comcast and Time Warner were networks with customers. It was a political fiotball but came to too much consolidation in the cable industry. (Think of Verizn and ATT trying to merge as local phone companies -- they do not serve the same markets and so are not direct competitors but the FCC would never allow that.)

But Disney and Fox, for the merger, are content providers. The argument is the industry has several large producers and numerous independent ones plus overseas ones. So Comcast is not a good example.

If Disney and Fox were to merge ABC and Fox TV, or ESPn and FS1, that would probably not be allowed. But thats not the deal.

12/13/2017 - 1:22pm Not quite

Fantastic Four production rights are controlled by some third party. Fox only has distribution rights for that. There is an article on screenrant about that. No automTic ability to jam FF into Avengers 5 or anything.