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Comment 19 Oct 2014

Give the Big Nut a break. While I am not a fan of grown men face painting and dressing up in costumes for games, he seems to be a decent guy and better him in the parade then Buck I Guy. Of course, that's like saying living in Ann Arbor is better than living in a cess pool. It's all relative.

Comment 15 Oct 2014

Makes no sense on why he wasn't arrested.  Other Alabama players who have gotten caught with weed and stuff were arrested immediately, and those were guys who were starters/contributors.  This kid played in garbage time in 2 games last year, and hasn't even practiced with the team this year, I just don't get it. 

The only thing I can think of was the weed and cash were fond in a common area in his dorm room and thus not directly tied to him so if he denied it then the cops might not arrest him. Way back when I did "Health and Sanitation" inspections if we found drugs in a common area we basically wrote up all 4 and let them sort out whose it was. 

That's not to say they police didn't cut him a break because he is on the football team but it could also be part of a long term plan to get someone who is a bigger fish.

Comment 15 Oct 2014

I found the non-compete fro JJ's interesting. No doubt some lawyer through it in and no one really thought it through. What legitimate business interest or trade secret would an hourly employee have that required protection, especially for two years? While IANAL, I doubt JJ's non-compete would stand up in court; especially since it essentially denies the worker the ability to work in their field for two years.

Comment 13 Oct 2014

You lost me at airline screener.  I fly a lot for business.  Sorry to burst your bubble, but those are some of the most underworked/overpaid people I have ever seen.  They are slow, unmotivated, and often have an attitude.  As if the passengers are a nuisance to them.

The flip side is they spend the day dealing with passengers who seem to think they personally are responsible for every inconvenience Congress has decided is need to prove they are doing something. I do a bit of flying as well and see first hand the crap they put up with as well. For example, I recently was stuck behind a women in the Pre line who couldn't seem to understand that paying $250 for Global Entry did not entitle her to the Pre line every time but that random screenings can occur an since her ticket didn't say Pre it didn't qualify; she also may have forgotten to enter the TT number in her profile. So she stood there holding up the line while she argued and demand to see a supervisor.

Comment 13 Oct 2014

You can spin this anyway you want. For example, based on your skill level criteria:

-Airline pilot (keep me safe) -- 100% agree

Planes pretty much fly themselves today so while flying once required a very unique skill set that is not as true today. Look at the number of pilots versus available slots and you'll see why many make 30k/year at some regional carrier.

-K-12 Teachers - No fucking way. There are some teachers out there in K-12 who are fantastic teachers, but by and large, no fucking way they are among the highest wage-earners. Again, this is not a difficult position.

You get what you pay for. While some teachers do it because they love it many who would be great teachers leave because they can make much more at a "real" (their words) job. We clearly do not value education because we are unwilling to pay for it.

In the end, people are paid based on what the market demands, and you get the employees you pay for. A sales person can clear a million a year if they bring in enough revenue; are they worth it? Sure, because that is what someone is willing to pay for; just as people pay to see athletes perform and thus they are compensated based on what people are willing to pay. 

I am an engineer, but left that to do something else because I could make a lot more money and have a lot more fun doing it. No profession is intrinsically worth more than another, it's a simple matter of supply and demand. Life would be petty miserable without garbage collectors just as it would without doctors.

Comment 10 Oct 2014

Yea, Richt is a good coach who does his best to run a clean program. The joke in GA is "Who's Auburn's new starter? I don't know, who'd Georgia kick off the team this week?"

Comment 09 Oct 2014

I think Brandon's biggest problem is he is seems not to understand a key part of the football / revenue equation:
     Football is the gateway drug to future donations.

You need to hook the students so that as they get more successful football pulls them back to reconnect with the school and open their wallets. If you miss out on the opportunity to hook them as students you may never get them back; even worse they may go to grad school and shift their loyalties. 

He understands how to wring money out of the corporate world but is building on the investments made by earlier AD's in getting students to become lifelong fans. He may have taken heat over the "Buy two coke and get a ticket..." deal but if it got students to the game it was a worthwhile investment; especially since tickets are a very perishable commodity whose value rapidly approaches zero as the game clock ticks away.

Comment 09 Oct 2014

I wouldn't say Cooper had the program in a mess. We remember his record against TSUN and his bowl record, which was abysmal, but his overall record was second only to Woody. He in the CFHOF, won 3 B1G titles, defeated ND twice, beat ASU in the Rose Bowl and finished #2 in the nation. He had two non-wining seasons in his career at OSU. I wasn't sad to see him go but the program was hardly a mess, and JT won the championship with a bunch of his recruits.

Comment 09 Oct 2014

I think it still is a high profile high prestige program. Even with the dumpster fire they've become they still recruit well; have great facilities and a lot of tradition. Go in there and turn it around and you will be a hero for the ages (or at least until you go 9-3 afterward) and cement your legacy. What they lack is leadership. Hoke isn't a bad person but doesn't seem to have what it takes to be successful at the top of his profession.  it's like the guy who is a great CEO at a medium size company all of a sudden running GM; same job but way more different skillets are needed to succeed. We got lucky with JT, although he had proven himself very capable with his record at YSU, he still was a bit of a gamble. We drew an Ace and TTUN drew a joker.

Comment 08 Oct 2014

If his record is mediocre I'd hate to see what they call some of the other coach's records. I read the article in the WSJ and they simply found a 7 game stretch where two of the arguably best coaches in the country lost some games.I doubt there are many schools that wouldn't take a mediocre Saban or Urban and their overall record in a heartbeat. Maybe UT would like to weigh in why they purportedly offered $10mill/year for such a mediocre coach.

Sadly, the WSJ has slipped from being a really good business paper to one with some decent articles, the tombstones and shilling for Murdock. then again, if anyone knows mediocrity it's the WSJ.

Comment 08 Oct 2014


2. Bama War Eagle, 'nuff said. Also some of the most obnoxious fans, who usually never set foot on UA's campus let alone go there; although I have to give them some credit for carrying a roll of toilet paper and some Tide so they could clean their pants after they discovered that 1 second was 109 yards long. Kick, Bama, Kick.

I doubt really hate any other teams and merely pity the fools who think rooting for the SEC somehow makes up for their team losing.

Comment 08 Oct 2014

As a young man born and raised in southeast Georgia I will defend the use of "ain't" and "y'all " until the day I die.

Be sure to explain to them the difference between "y'all" and "all y'all" when y'all is fixin to educate them on proper Southern grammar.

Comment 06 Oct 2014

I disagree. If a coach can come from the SEC, do a credible job at a second tier school in the B1G, he sets himself up for the next jump. The agreement would be "he did good at X, imagine what he could do here ..." He wouldn't have to set the world on fire, just make them competitive and maybe win a major bowl.

Comment 06 Oct 2014

Simple - the polls give them a starting point and that way they don't have to defend what they think the standings should be; rather they can attack the polls and generate discussion and attract viewers. As much as they say they're meaningless (which they really are other than the frame the starting point for post season match ups) the need them in order to drive the discussion. If they didn't have them they'd have to voice their own opinion and defend it rather than interjecting why they think the polls are wrong. A subtle difference but vital one.

Comment 06 Oct 2014

I have a separate take on bye weeks. While a later one would be nice to heal injuries prior to a big game, they run the risk of leaving us off the radar at a time when the selection committee is starting to firm out their viewpoints of teams in contention. A bye risk use being OS who? in their minds at a critical time.

Comment 03 Oct 2014

Maryland's name honors Queen Henrietta Maria (1609-1669), wife of Charles I and his second wife, Marie de Medici (1573-1642), not the Virgin Mary. The flag is from the coat of arms of Lord Baltimore and his maternal family the Crosslands.

Lord Baltimore was Catholic, and Maryland enshrined religious tolerance into colonial law for Christians who believed in the Trinity which protected Catholics as well as Christians whose beliefs did not conform to the Church of England. As a result, Catholicism flourished in Maryland along with Protestantism. Interestingly, Catholics and Protestants, lead by William Stone, the Protestant Governor of Maryland, united to put down Puritan revolt and reestablished the tolerance law following the Puritans outlawing the Catholic and Anglican faiths. 

Comment 02 Oct 2014

While I agree that ES certainly has the right to pull his scholarship and that it may be the right thing to do given the negative light it cast on ES; I disagree with the idea that somehow athletes should be held to a different standard when they do something equally dumb. They are also given an opportunity that many others never had, and if they mess up they should suffer the consequences and not be given a pass because they can perform on the field. Their scholarship money doesn't magically appear; it is paid for by the university and those who support it. They represent the university and where their actions reflect negatively on the university they should suffer the consequences. Unfortunately, people are willing to give them a pass because they can throw or catch a pass and thus those whose jobs depend on that give them a pass and say "it is a teachable moment." It is a teachable moment, and unfortunately they learn that they are somehow free from the same rules that apply to others. Pull their scholarship but let them play; and give the money to some other kid who is doing things right and not embarrassing their school, their team and their teammates.

Comment 01 Oct 2014

A few points:

1. National Beer is no longer brewed in Charm City but still best drank Baltimore style; with a side of Utz Crabby Chips

2. That flag looks like a pendent since flying it as a flag would have Mr. Boh's head sideways

3. The Maryland flag uses a gold cross botany on the top of the flagstaff; many places get it wrong and use the same tip as all the other state flags

4. Asking Marylanders to change their flag would meet the same reception as asking an Ohioin to make their flag rectangular like everyone else's

5. Anything is better with Old Bay

Comment 01 Oct 2014

Also, did I read that right?  Scholarships for people who have worked as golf caddies?

Yes, there are all kinds of scholarships out there beyond athletic and academic.

Comment 01 Oct 2014

I understand the point you are making, however the fine analogy doesn't work for one reason: you are entitled to the money you have. It's yours, you've earned it. You are not, however, entitled to other people's money. Yes, fining someone $40k for running on the field is ridiculous. However, the kid's scholarship isn't his money- it's someone else's (Evans Scholars). He's not entitled to it.

While I agree that you are entitled to your own money and not someone else's; the fundamental question as i see it is what penalty is commensurate with the deed? A fine is designed to punish so your actions resulted in a consequence no matter whose money it you forfeit. Es is perfectly within their rights to end his scholarship; the question is do they do the same for someone who commits a similar offense, in terms of what they are charged with, or did they react to him being on TV?