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01/17/2019 - 1:24pm I'll agree that single…

I'll agree that single-elimination hockey is very random (and thus a very stupid way to decide a champion), but that's also 11 years of data, so it does account for some of said randomness. If we go just by regular season performance, the Big Ten has had 5 #1 seeds since the conference formed in 2014, two of which occurred in that first year. In that time, the NCHC has had 7 (for other comparisons, Hockey East has had 3, ECAC has had 4, and the WCHA has had 1).

In terms of total tournament berths, Big Ten has had 14 teams make it in (I'm counting the Notre Dame berths while they were a member of Hockey East for the Big Ten, since that's where they currently reside), compared to 20 for the NCHC (and 18 for Hockey East [again, not counting the 3 for Notre Dame prior to them joining the Big Ten], 15 for ECAC, 8 for WCHA, and 5 for Atlantic Hockey).

And conference size isn't a factor here, since the Big Ten has 7 teams versus the 8 in the NCHC. The Big Ten averages 40% (14/35) of their teams in the tournament every year, the NCHC averages 50% (20/40).

01/17/2019 - 11:52am In no way is the Big Ten the…

In no way is the Big Ten the best hockey conference. The last time a team in the Big Ten won a title was MSU in 2007, back when the conference didn't exist. Right now, the NCHC is clearly the best conference, as they've won the last 3 titles (UND, Denver, Duluth), and currently occupy 3 of the top 4 spots in the Pairwise. Meanwhile, OSU is currently the only team in the Big Ten who is in a solid tournament spot at 5th. Notre Dame and Penn State occupy the 15th and 16th spots, and everyone else is in a jumbled mess between 21st and 29th.

01/08/2019 - 2:27pm Even for a pay raise, why…

Even for a pay raise, why would he take a demotion to a position coach? Unless you're thinking Brown is gone and he'd be a DC replacement, House is totally unrealistic.

12/18/2018 - 7:57pm I've always wondered, what…

I've always wondered, what is so special about football that you can only play it once per week? Basketball, hockey, soccer, etc., all of them can play multiple times per week.

12/06/2018 - 3:51pm No idea, but I didn't know…

No idea, but I didn't know York was even looking around until he committed a few days ago. I just want a top-shelf goalie because, frankly, our goalies are very much not good.

12/06/2018 - 3:13pm Now we just need to find a…

Now we just need to find a way to steal Spencer Knight from BC and have it stick this time. It'd be nice to have our first elite goalie recruit show up on campus since, geez, Montoya probably? 0.88 save percentage just isn't cutting it.

12/06/2018 - 11:47am This is a weird take. How's…

This is a weird take. How's LSU looking post-Saban? They have arguably better in-state talent than OSU on a year-to-year basis, and no other P5 team in state to compete with. They've won two titles since 2003, and played for another, but haven't done better than 10-3 since 2011. In fact, they've been under 10 wins the past 4 seasons, and could make it 5 if they happen to lose to UCF.

What about Texas? Sure, there's a lot of P5 competition in state, but they're the elite program in Texas and generally have their pick of the litter. When's the last time they won 10 games? Hint: it's 2009, and that streak will continue unless they find a way to beat Georgia.

What about Florida? 2 titles under Meyer, and 3 of his last 5 seasons they finished 13-1. Since then, they had one 11-2 season, one 10-4, and two seasons where they finished under .500 and missed a bowl entirely.

What about USC? Pete Carroll had a juggernaut going, and in the 9 seasons since he left they've won 10+ games 4 times and missed a bowl this year. You could argue sanctions helped that downfall, but those are long gone by now and they just wrapped up a 5-7 season.

It doesn't take much for a head coach to fail spectacularly. Don't just assume that any old schmuck can lead a team to 10+ wins solely on the name of the school. Remind me, how did that Luke Fickell coached team end up in 2011?

12/06/2018 - 11:08am My wife and I did a road…

My wife and I did a road trip from our home in Oregon out to Denver and back earlier this year, and I made sure we had a stop in Jackson Hole just to go to Melvin's brewpub (which also makes incredible Thai food). We also made the stop just down the road in Alpine at their insanely beautiful brewery/taphouse location.

I've been to many, many breweries, and tons of brew festivals, and countless taphouses and bars with 20+ IPAs available, and I still haven't found a brewery that does imperial/double IPAs even remotely as well across the board as Melvin does.

12/04/2018 - 11:12am I could be wrong, but I'm…

I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure KenPom uses previous season data and recruiting information, which is effectively what preseason rankings are, at least this early in the season where there isn't nearly enough data to accurately compute a predictive ranking. Sure, sometimes a team returns a ton of previous season productivity and then proceeds to look bad (Wisconsin football this year is a prime example), but by and large a good team who returns most of their best players projects to be good and usually is.

Now as to what BPI is using, I have no idea, because their rankings are all sorts of wonky looking compared to everyone else. Preseason computer-based rankings do have some merit when used appropriately, but my guess is BPI is massively overvaluing its projections coming into the season when compared to KenPom or T-Rank.

11/29/2018 - 5:07pm Venables, currently 47, was…

Venables, currently 47, was only 36 when he was first nominated for the Broyles award as a DC, and has been a DC for 14 years now with no HC stops. That's why I used him as the primary comparison.

I only brought Brown up because he's been a high-level DC for the past 10 years after spending some time as a low-level (DI-AA/FCS) HC without ever moving up to a truly high-pressure Power 5 job; Kingsbury wasn't great as a HC for Texas Tech, which is why I think he should go back to being an elite OC where he can make a lot of money without the pressure of running the whole program.

The argument is basically, long-term it's better to be an elite coordinator than a mediocre-at-best head coach.

11/29/2018 - 3:57pm If I'm Kingsbury, I try to…

If I'm Kingsbury, I try to carve out a career like Don Brown or Brett Venables. Don't worry about all the bullshit you have to deal with as a HC, find a situation where the HC understands you're one of the best in the business at that side of the ball and gives you free reign to do as you please. Venables is making $2 million a year, which is more than enough to do anything you could want to do. Why add unnecessary pressure and responsibility?

However, USC and the hot seat that Helton is on is not a situation I'd have tied myself to.

11/26/2018 - 1:07pm Literally the year before…

Literally the year before Gary, Trenton Thompson was the #1 guy in the 24/7 composite. After an uninspiring 3-year stay at Georgia, he left early, went undrafted, signed with the Browns, and was cut before preseason games even started.

11/26/2018 - 12:11pm What exactly about this team…

What exactly about this team gives you confidence in that game next season? The defense we played against is probably only losing Dre'Mont Jones, and we only put up 19 points (6 of which were 90% due to OSU making an unforced error) while the game was still competitive. OSU's offense, while it likely wouldn't be as pass-heavy without Haskins, will still heavily rely on athletes in space, which Michigan couldn't defend one bit, and also there won't be any Bush, Gary, or Winovich on next year's defense.

Unless you're banking on Martell being a total bust, along with Meyer retiring and being replaced with a coaching staff inexperienced with running a spread offense, I see no reason to think next year will be any different.

11/26/2018 - 11:40am Then the scary thing for…

Then the scary thing for Michigan should be that they had no answer on how to slow down OSU's offense or put up meaningful points on their defense while the game was still reasonably competitive. No halftime adjustments worked (if there were any), because OSU scored a TD on every drive they tried to except the first one, and Michigan didn't score any points until they were already down by 22.

11/16/2018 - 7:15pm 1st day has been 1st round…

1st day has been 1st round only since 2010 I believe.

11/16/2018 - 12:31pm I mean, I like Higdon in…

I mean, I like Higdon in this offense, but in no way, shape, or form is he a 1st day (i.e., first round) draft pick. He might sneak into the 3rd round, but that's about it.

10/25/2018 - 2:08pm I'm assuming this only…

I'm assuming this only counts P5 vs. P5 games? Because last year we put 51 on Alabama A&M in the first half of a 97-47 win.

10/06/2018 - 2:36am A little off the board, but…

A little off the board, but I'll be at the Oregon State vs. Wazzu game tomorrow, and the latest I've seen has Wazzu -17. Take them to cover easily, Oregon State is terrible and Mike Leach's crew know how to put up a lot of points on weak teams.

09/21/2018 - 6:50pm Let's go by school:

Kansas …

Let's go by school:

Garden City CC - Player died in his dorm after workouts, medical personnel were called as soon as possible. Not the same situation.

Maine - Player died on the field, medical personnel were called as soon as possible. Not the same situation.

Northwestern - Player died on the field, medical personnel were called as soon as someone noticed there was a problem. Not the same situation.

Cal - Player died on the field, medical assistance wasn't provided, and the university accepted liability. Similar situation, and I would be fine if Cal's team was given a death penalty.

Rice - Player died after practice due to an undiagnosed disease, and medical personnel were called as soon as possible. Not the same situation.

Maryland - Player died in the hospital after showing signs of heat stroke for over an hour before anyone thought to call an ambulance. He wasn't even taken off the field for 34 minutes from when his symptoms first showed up. That's straight up gross negligence towards the safety of a student-athlete.

Look, I don't care if your school pays recruits. I don't care if your coach has consensual relationships with cheerleaders or administrative assistants. But I do care if you can't take medical issues with your players seriously. If you hire a coaching staff who won't take the health and well-being of student-athletes seriously, you don't deserve to have a team.

09/21/2018 - 6:18pm Normally I think the death…

Normally I think the death penalty isn't a reasonable response, but here the university is responsible for the death of a student-athlete. They've shown themselves incapable of being in charge of the well-being of football players. Why should Maryland be given a second chance?

09/18/2018 - 4:11pm If he's worried about where…

If he's worried about where he slots in this draft among QBs, what about 2020 when he's potentially behind Tagovailoa, Haskins, and Fromm?

08/26/2018 - 2:14pm Who can we lose to the NFL…

Who can we lose to the NFL besides Perry? Schoenle if he comes out of nowhere for like 1500 yards and 15 TDs?

08/24/2018 - 12:31pm I guess I don't understand…

I guess I don't understand the point of having lists like this so early. Signing day 2021 is what, 2 1/2 years away at this point? 0% chance the top 100 list looks anything like this by then. Half of the kids in the 2021 high school graduating class haven't even hit puberty yet.

08/23/2018 - 9:36am The sad thing is it won't…

The sad thing is it won't affect their reputation at all. 30 days from now, after he's served his suspension and is back on the sidelines coaching, only a dwindling minority of people will care enough to remember this charade.

If their reputation was actually at stake, they would have done something meaningful. But they know that continuing to have a team contending for national titles every year washes away a lot of sins in most peoples' eyes.

08/22/2018 - 8:39pm Yeah, it's shitty, but not…

Yeah, it's shitty, but not surprising. I guarantee you that if the roles were reversed and it was Harbaugh under investigation, there would be seedy pockets of Michigan fans doing the same thing. Shitty people exist everywhere, especially when they can hide behind twitter handles.

08/22/2018 - 12:41pm Last I checked, recruiting…

Last I checked, recruiting is a part of coaching in college, so while quite a few coaches could win with Alabama's talent, very few can acquire talent like he does.

At the end of the day, Saban has 6 national championship rings, so it's nearly impossible to overrate him. Dude straight up gets results better than anyone else currently coaching.

08/15/2018 - 11:41am I don't work for the Big 3,…

I don't work for the Big 3, but my thoughts on Tesla are that they just aren't affordable to the average person. Sure, they're pretty fast, but only really when you get to the top of the line models. A base Model 3 starts at $49k and does 0-60 in 5.1 seconds. I can walk onto any Chevrolet lot and buy a Camaro 1SS for $37k that does 0-60 in 4 seconds. Plus I can take my Camaro on a road trip anywhere the hell I want and not worry about spending 30 minutes at a supercharger every time I want to fill up or having to take a different route than I want just to make sure I'm not too far from a place to plug in.

I'd love to have a Tesla, don't get me wrong. I'm just currently in the market for a car under $20k and that's not Tesla territory. I assume a very large percentage of America is also not Tesla's target market because $50k for a car is still a lot when 75% of people in this country have annual household incomes under $100k before taxes.

08/15/2018 - 10:43am I hate listings that lie…

I hate listings that lie about the model.

The ZR-1 wasn't produced in 1987. The only years the C4 came in ZR-1 form were 1990-95.

The Z06 wasn't part of the lineup until the C5s were around, and even then their first year was 2001.

08/15/2018 - 10:36am Gotta be extra careful with…

Gotta be extra careful with buying them, a lot of them ended up heavily modified and then returned to stock.

I nearly bought a 2004 about two weeks ago, but had to back off because one of the previous owners bolted on a turbo and had to notch the frame rail to fit the compressor housing. The dealer subsequently tried their best to return it to stock. At least for me, it just wasn't worth the worry about how structurally sound it was if one were to get in an accident, not to mention an insurance company could tell me to get lost if they deemed it totaled due to having an altered frame.

Regardless, they're fun as hell to drive.

08/07/2018 - 5:20pm Brandon Herron's two…

Brandon Herron's two-touchdown performance from his LB spot against WMU that resulted in being a career backup.

08/07/2018 - 5:17pm I was really confused as to…

I was really confused as to what you meant by things being connected, and whoops, I realized I had originally replied to the wrong post. I meant to reply to ramenboy's post about hacking into a dam, and was referring to how, at least in nuclear plants, you can't actually hack in and change the plant configuration.

Anyway, yes, it was a cascading failure due to the grid being connected everywhere and the systems that are supposed to alert operators of cascading failures didn't react appropriately due to some buggy software. Too much demand and not enough supply will cause basically all power generators to fail into a safe mode to protect against mechanical failure.

08/07/2018 - 1:58pm The power grid is extremely…

The power grid is extremely flimsy, but it's also something that's kind of difficult to make extremely secure. I work in the commercial nuclear power business, and I've talked to folks that maintain electrical grids; the only suggestion for some enhanced security of the grid itself is to turn back time and run the wires underground. But it's too late for that in cities (where you'd have to spend a fortune to dig up sidewalks/streets) and can't be used in locations with active fault lines. And it still doesn't solve the possibility of someone hacking into a control system and flipping breakers remotely where possible.

Speaking from experience only with nuclear facilities, but plant control systems are intentionally not hooked up to the network so that it is impossible to remotely force the plant into a dangerous configuration. I have no idea if other plants (hydro, gas, wind, etc.) have the same type of air-gapped system or not.

08/07/2018 - 1:47pm I remember just playing a…

I remember just playing a lot of cards with my parents via candlelight, since I was 18 at the time.

On an interesting note, I was later an intern at the Fermi 2 NPP in Newport, MI, and at one point they had a few of us interns go to the simulator as part of a tour. I asked what it was like to be in the control room when the blackout happened, and the guy operating the simulator at the time laughed and said it was such a big deal that they actually saved the logs and programmed it into the system as part of training. Then he triggered it and seemingly every alarm and warning light sounded; I couldn't imagine how chaotic it was to be in there at the time. It's a good thing that a loss of offsite power is a well-understood scenario and all plants are designed to enter a safe shutdown if it happens.

08/06/2018 - 11:44am 1000% chance that James…

1000% chance that James Franklin was frantically calling every OSU commit 15 seconds after McMurphy's facebook post to negatively recruit.

08/03/2018 - 9:52pm He doesn't have to wait out…

He doesn't have to wait out the clause, all the clause says is that if he takes another job in sports media, ESPN doesn't have to pay him the rest of his contract. Apparently his lawyer even states that if he were to start "brentmcmurphy.com" that it would be considered sports media and they'd be off the hook. Hence the release via social media instead, where he can continue using all of his contacts but has no financial backing for his stories.

08/02/2018 - 11:26pm I wouldn't lump the Duke…

I wouldn't lump the Duke case in there, given that it turned out the woman lied about the entire thing.

Everything else I'm on board with. Every conference has its warts.

08/02/2018 - 7:37pm As good as Quinn is, I don't…

As good as Quinn is, I don't think he's necessarily in the "best player in college hockey [...] and it's probably not going to be close" category, at least not like Eichel was, or Jack Hughes would have been had he accelerated high school. There are a few other guys that will challenge for that: Brady Tkachuk (though totally not worth the 4th overall pick, he's still really good), Oliver Wahlstrom (*sheds tear*), and Joel Farabee (overshadowed a bit by fellow linemates Wahlstrom and Jack Hughes, but every bit deserving of his top-15 draft slot). He will be, by far, the best player who doesn't play in Boston though.

07/31/2018 - 7:53pm McSorely is a gym rat? I bet…

McSorely is a gym rat? I bet he's a white guy.

07/31/2018 - 7:43pm Honda did sort of bring back…

Honda did sort of bring back the CRX in the form of the CR-Z, though it is somewhat compromised with the hybrid powertrain. It's actually what I drive right now, and though it does ultimately have very little power (112 hp from the gas engine and 14 hp from the electric motor), it's pretty peppy around town because the electric motor brings 58 ft-lbs of torque instantaneously and the car is still pretty light at 2670 lb with the 6-speed (which is actually delightful to shift compared to my old WRX).

Honda still should have dropped the K20 from the Civic Si [197 hp] in it; without the weight of the battery packs/electric motor, and with 70 extra horsepower on the top end, it'd be an absolute riot.

07/31/2018 - 4:22pm Regarding affordable…

Regarding affordable Porsches, you can get a brand new Cayman for under 60k, about the same price as a Corvette. When the 944 came out, it cost just under $19k in 1982, about the same price as the Corvette at the time.

The original 914, at $3500 in 1970, is probably the last 'affordable' Porsche that you could buy new that isn't also a SUV.

07/31/2018 - 3:11pm There are a lot of mid…

There are a lot of mid-engined cars, but they're mostly supercars that are so far out of my price range. The only affordable truly mid-engined cars (i.e., the S2000 is technically mid-engine since the engine sits between the front and rear wheels, but let's be honest, it's a front-engined car) are Fieros, MR2s, Caymans, and Elises. Maybe some old imported cars that were never originally sold in the US like the Honda Beat if you know where to look.

07/31/2018 - 1:42pm I'm a fan of small, light,…

I'm a fan of small, light, and nimble vehicles, so three stand out for me:

Honda S2000

Toyota MR2

And, if I were a masochist who wants to rebuild rotaries on the regular, the twin-turbo version of the Mazda RX-7

07/27/2018 - 3:42pm Are you implying that our…

Are you implying that our defense is better than Alabama's? Or does "great D" and "very good D" mean the same thing to you?

07/27/2018 - 3:40pm He's also competed on the…

He's also competed on the PBA tour, and bowled a 300 in competition once.

07/26/2018 - 1:09pm I guess the question is, do…

I guess the question is, do people like Harbaugh and Beilein factor into this average? Harbaugh's salary of $7 million factored over 368 positions means he alone accounts for $19k of that average.

If coaches count, then taking a look at the next highest earning coaches in the department, Brown, Drevno, and Hamilton combined for $3.6 million, and Beilein is at $2.84 million. Add those 5 in with Harbaugh and we're already at $13.44 million; averaged over 368 positions and we're at $36k.

368 positions at $100k each is $36.8 million in compensation, so the other 362 positions in the AD would average (36.8m - 13.44m)/362 = $64k a year. That's not nearly as bad as this looks. The real question is, what is the reason for the increase of 115 people in 7 years?

07/24/2018 - 6:38pm The little 4-bangers with…

The little 4-bangers with lots of torque is strictly because turbocharged engines tend to have a lot of torque. The turbos on those cars are sized to come on boost fairly early; the 2005 WRX I had made full boost around 3500rpm. It also didn't have much of a top end, since the stock turbo wasn't efficient at high revs. So you get a lot of low end torque and some high end horsepower. A current example of this is the Civic Type R, which is a heavily turbocharged (22.8 psi) 2 liter that makes a peak power of 306 hp at 6500 rpm, but peak torque is 295 ft-lbs at 2500 rpm.

V8s have lots of torque because you have twice as many 'bangs' per revolution of the crankshaft than a 4-cylinder. They, generally, don't rev as high, so it's easier to tune a flat powerband as you don't have to span as large of a rev range (though flat-plane cranks like the Mustang GT350 and the Ferrari 488 can rev to the moon since they're inherently more balanced, and some four cylinders are real bad at going too far up the tach, like the Subaru boxers).

I think the reason you don't see 6 cylinders having significant torque figures is that they're generally not supercharged/turbocharged like their 8- and 4-cylinder brethren are. Most 6s end up in commuter cars, minivans, and small SUVs where they can be efficient in traffic. You don't need torque in those situations, and the horsepower comes from the efficiency at the top of the rev range that older models didn't have. The only boosted 6s I can think of are the Porsche flat-6, GM LFs (Cadillac XTS/CTS/ATS-V) and the Nissan V-series. All of those have similar torque-vs-horsepower as other boosted engines.

Overall, the higher horsepower you're seeing these days is primarily due to efficiency at high revs and, in general, engines that can rev out a bit further. The C4 Corvette had a redline of about 5500; the newest Corvettes can go up to 6500. Given the same torque, at redline, an engine at 6500rpm makes 18% more horsepower than one at 5500. Looking at the specs, the Gen-II LT1 engine in the C4 Corvette made about 300 hp at 5200 rpm and 340 ft-lbs at 3400 rpm. The newest (non-supercharged) Gen-V LT1 in the current Corvettes makes 455 hp at 6000 rpm and 460 ft-lbs at 4600 rpm. 52% increase in power, 35% increase in torque.

07/24/2018 - 12:28pm It's great to look back at…

It's great to look back at some of the cars I always wanted as a child and see how terribly outdated their performance is.

One fun example is that the 1993 Corvette ZR-1 and the 1990-92 Lamborghini Diablo both did 0-60 in 4.4 seconds, which is still pretty fast, but that's now attainable by the Dodge Durango SRT (which, while a 60k SUV, is still a SUV).

It's also great to look at the progress in model lines.

- The 1995 Mustang Cobra R hit 60 in 5.1 seconds. By 2013 the V6 version of the Mustang was also at 5.1.
- The 1993 Camaro Z28 was at 5.5 seconds. The slowest Camaro you can get now is at 5.4.
- The aforementioned 1993 Corvette ZR-1, at 4.4 seconds, would get walked by any new Corvette (the Stingray is the slowest at 3.7). The newest ZR-1 is at an incredible 2.9.

Even the legends can't compare from a pure performance aspect to the latest "budget" supercars. For example, the holy grail, the 1994 McLaren F1, a car which fetches $15+ million whenever an auction comes up, takes 3.1 seconds to hit 60. The new BMW M5 takes 2.9; the Porsche 911 Turbo takes 2.6. The F1 is actually the second-slowest 0-60 road car that McLaren has ever released, surpassed in slowness by only the 540C (3.4).

07/17/2018 - 11:48am I absolutely always name my…

I absolutely always name my cars. I use female names which are somewhat derived from the type of car it is. I've personally owned four different cars: 1998 Pontiac Grand Am (Amber), 2000 Pontiac Grand Am GT (Gertrude), 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX (Roxanne), and now a 2011 Honda CR-Z (Cheryl).

My wife also names her cars for as long as I've known her, but she generally uses male names (or at least gender-neutral): 2000-ish Mercury Cougar (John, obviously), 2005 Kia Rio (Duran, again obviously), and now a 2016 Subaru Forester (Ash).

07/12/2018 - 1:49pm Also a reminder that tonight…

Also a reminder that tonight they're just going until the first 3 players are eliminated. Tomorrow they'll go from 6 to 3, and Saturday will be the final night of the ME.

07/12/2018 - 1:07pm He's not actually an alum,…

He's not actually an alum, just a fan.