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11/11/2018 - 10:52pm Let me correct that:

Let me correct that:

... the biggest thing separating him from Haskins is volume of attempts and a competent running game, awesome defense, and unfathomably better education.

11/11/2018 - 12:38pm I suspect his sudden…

I suspect his sudden downfall is due to a few things.

First, as has been reported in the media, his coaching staff couldn't get hired at a good high school.  He has a couple family members on it, neither of whom ever coached before.  I am sure every halfway-decent assistant coach has steered clear of UL because, well, Petrino.  Why hitch yourself to that sure-disaster.

Second, I'm going to guess, the payments that went to UL basketball players weren't ONLY going to basketball players.  I'm also guessing that's all stopped, and starve the football team of just a handful of key recruits at skill positions, and suddenly it tanks.

Third, KARMA.

11/10/2018 - 1:06pm WHERE'S THE THREAT.



Both these _SU schools suck at football.

It's clear that if _SU in red & white gets time to throw, they can move the ball.  But, as the original and actually good Spartans once, said, "If."

11/05/2018 - 10:03am ... and offscreen, Don Brown…

... and offscreen, Don Brown is pointing the Hadron Enforcer at Columbus ...

11/05/2018 - 10:00am But then he'd have to give…

But then he'd have to give up coaching the football team.

11/04/2018 - 5:20pm Sparty.  We are winning the…

Sparty.  We are winning the division next week (not mathematically but as a practical matter), although at this point, that feels like settling.

But I have another question.  I am going to bite the bullet and DUCK QUICKLY, but I completely missed the bit that is making it fashionable to drop the "S" on THE state university of New Jersey?

10/26/2018 - 3:23pm ... LOATHE ENTIRELY!!!!!


10/26/2018 - 11:21am They achieved a Rutger with…

They achieved a Rutger with that plan!

10/22/2018 - 6:31pm Compare the level of…

Compare the level of attention and quick response time between (1) MSU putting out an official statement about their players clotheslining our players during a pregame walk, and (2) MSU getting reports of their team doctor raping and molesting women and underage females.

Sorry, what was MSU saying today? Wait, I don't care.

10/22/2018 - 1:10pm I have zero problem if that…

I have zero problem if that is, in fact, his decision, because I look at it from the larger picture.  The NCAA is getting what they asked for, so eff the NCAA.

The NCAA continues to piss into the wind, claiming these are STUDENT athletes who aren't worthy or, or don't deserve, to get paid, and that they are getting more than their market's worth in the form of free education.  The existence of bag men shelling out 5- and 6-figure amounts disproves that argument.  Isn't the very definition of market value, "what a willing buyer will pay a willing seller."  Well, there's a market for players, and the NCAA is basically trying to run a communist system to ignore the black market for these players.

So with the NCAA refusing to pay players, here's a shocker:  If some players know for a fact they are going to get a big pay day, they might be refusing to play for free.  If that's what Gary is doing, or Peppers, or Bosa, or other guys, that's just PURE capitalism and market economics.  We should all be fine with that.


10/03/2018 - 10:41am Mike Leach is so awesome…

Mike Leach is so awesome that his awesomeness alone is just awesome.

But my biggest take-away from that story is -- that RRS had no less than EIGHT future head coaches.  Leach, Herman, the current North Texas coach (who is killing it this year, and will be at a bigger program next year for sure).

10/01/2018 - 2:49pm Alabama 2018 just called,…

Alabama 2018 just called, they want to know why you have forgotten about it.

09/28/2018 - 10:21am I will refrain from my…

I will refrain from my insider "cool stories bro" about Elon, because I have a few, but they are too insider.  (OK OK one that is public -- you can google how Robert Downey Jr. based his Tony Stark character on Elon Musk, after spending time with him.  And, related to that, Hammer's rocket factory in Iron Man 2 was, in fact, filmed at SpaceX.  Which is why Elon got a cameo in that movie (it was payoff for using the factory to film in), as well as the real-life Pepper Potts, named Mary Beth, who is also in that scene in IR2 standing against the wall in the background watching Elon and Tony talk.) 

I will say, I think a large chunk of his employees at SpaceX would take a bullet for him -- they literally believe (and, perhaps, rightly so) that they are changing the future of mankind.  They have already nuked the rocket industry, causing industry megagiant Arianespace to have to completely redesign new rockets if they want to compete in the future with SpaceX and Blue Origins.

The dude is weird, no question about it, even anti-social in his odd, unique way.  But that is necessarily part and parcel with who he is.  He is a true genius, but the manner in which he thinks and communicates doesn't meet everyone's norm.

09/24/2018 - 12:21pm Let me correct what you…

Let me correct what you meant to say:


"If I'm Pat Fitzgerald, I'm hoping for a monsoon to come through Evanston on Saturday and force the cancellation of this game."

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?



B1G reputation?




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…



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


Stuff of legends. …



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!!!


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...


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:

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."


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.