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Comment 4 hours ago

I'm excited by the potential impact LeBron will have on Ohio State, the Cavs, and the Cleveland/Ohio economy.

As for the latter item, LeBron's return might have a significant positive impact on the regional economy, but maybe for reasons not being emphasized by the regional media there. These economic impact studies that project increases in retail, Cavs revenue, restaurant sales, etc. tend to be all over the board (read: pseudo-scientific), as evidenced by the Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office projecting a $500 million impact, while another Cuyahoga executive is estimating a $50 million impact. Also, some of the increases on jerseys, food, tickets, etc. in Cleveland will be from residents of other places in Ohio that maybe otherwise would have spent their disposable income in Columbus or Toledo.

That said, LeBron's return - coupled with the Johnny Manziel circus - has the potential to really raise Cleveland's profile, its media coverage, the image of Cleveland as a destination community for young talent, good workers, and risk-taking entrepreneurs, and so forth. LeBron's passion for giving back to the communities of his youth - he has the potential to be a powerful role model and icon of community renewal (not to out too much on his shoulders).The real impact of LeBron would be very difficult to estimate, but it's potentially far greater than what these flimsy "studies" suggest.

Comment 5 hours ago

On paper, the Buckeyes' OOC schedule figures to score high with the computer models - because they play three opponents projected to be in the top 50, maybe even top 40.

I've long wondered, though, if teams like Ohio State, that are in the hunt for a national championship, should be given more credit for playing one OOC top 10-15 opponent (that has a good chance of beating them) and three nobodies, or three decent OOC opponents.

For example, would we rather Ohio State play Wisconsin's OOC schedule: LSU, W ILL, BG, USF?

Comment 20 hours ago

I'm with you until you get to that last part. I'd prefer that Michigan - as a self-anointed member of the "Public Ivy" league - remain in the Big Ten as the conference's token exemplar of the traditional 19th century amateurism. Their "fans" can constantly complain that "our academic standards are too high to compete with those damn football factories!" 

Then, one day, they beg to join the Ivy League, by the athletic boss of that conference denies their request, saying, "Well, Michigan would have been a decent, if somewhat substandard academic fit for our conference, but we need to add football programs that turn on t.v. sets in big urban markets."

Comment 29 Jul 2014

I don't buy the argument that it's important to Ohio State for Michigan to be a top-program.

If you look at some of the best all-time cfb dynasties, few of them appeared to need a top-notch rival to help fuel their successes. For example:

  • USC under Pete Carroll: UCLA was mostly bad and the Pac 10 was mostly down overall
  • Between 1960 - and 1981, during one of the golden ages of Alabama football, Bama beat Auburn something like 18 wins to 4 losses.
  • FSU in the early days of the ACC had very little competition in-conference, although they did play Miami annually.
  • Nebraska had that great run in 1994, 1995, 1996 during a period when Oklahoma was in a program low point.
  • During Oklahoma's amazing run 1953 - 1957, Nebraska was a middling program.

Perhaps we tend to remember the Ten Year War in the 1970s, and the 15-year war in the 80s/90s between FSU and Miami, and wrongly extrapolate that dominant programs need to have a dominant rival. Yet that almost seems like an exception to the rule.

Comment 29 Jul 2014

That's a good point - it would be difficult to make comparisons. The contingent of teens writing letters in the 1910s - especially letters that ended up being well-preserved - probably wound't be so representative, probably well skewed toward upper-middle class. On the other hand, the kids that bother to write letters today probably tend to be on the elite side, too. 

What if we compare soldiers letters from WWII versus Iraq War (2003 - 2011)?

Comment 29 Jul 2014

These days, every once in a while, teenagers and young adults will write a letter. It might be interesting to collect thousands of these letters and then pull a thousand random letters from teens in, say, the 1910s (a hundred years ago) and convert all the letters into electronic files all using the same format - font, etc. Have an independent panel - like those that review the written part of the GRE - give scores to each letter based on syntax, grammar, style, etc. Then compare averages between the generations.

My money is on 1910s team kicking the s--- out of the 2010s team, but I could be wrong.

Comment 29 Jul 2014

It depends - if the readers/audience of your informal communications via text, forum posts, or facebook aren't put off by your typos, spelling errors, loose grammar, etc. (do you also use those code-like acronyms?), then it's all good.

Otherwise, think about why you take shortcuts in informal communications: because it saves you time and effort, right? But what if your time/effort shortcuts force readers to take more time and effort deciphering your gibberish? Then, it's like you're passing the burden on to them. Obviously, in formal (academic, legal, or business) writing, it doesn't pay for you to burden the attentions of your professors, your boss, or readers of a formal publication. But you might also want to take it easy on your friends and loved ones, too.

Comment 29 Jul 2014

In the first half of the twentieth century, long distance phone calls were considered an expensive luxury or "special occasion" event for many families, so people still wrote lots of letters. I'm not very familiar with the history of the telephone industry, but I think I once heard that long distance calls became more affordable in the 1960s (with the help of satellites?). Obviously, the popularization of email, texting, instant messaging changed everything in the last twenty-five years.

Comment 29 Jul 2014

DJ, you make a compelling argument for why Americans were bad at English grammar in the past, but the problem got worse in recent decades even though the archaic and arbitrary rules of English remained relatively constant.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

The Run_Fido identity has been on 11W since about 2009, probably 2 or 3 years before Abu-9Route. So if I am actually 9route, I've been running a long con that took a 3 year "dry run" to set up in the first place. Now, 9route can't be that diabolical, can he? 

Comment 28 Jul 2014

A feeling of utter terror just ran up my spine. My little girl is 3 years old now. At what age in her life will our American Girl nightmare begin?

Comment 28 Jul 2014

Fair enough. Although I will say that Tatgate was, in certain respects, essentially evidence against the prevalence of such practices at Ohio State. The Tat Five were so poor of pocket change that they exchanged their mementos for services/cash, trading with a guy who ran a crappy little tattoo parlor on the freakin' west side of town (i.e, most certainly not a "bag man"). That the media made a federal case of such an affair while suggesting that it reflected a culture of corruption at Ohio State was always absurd.

Maybe some sophisticated shenanigans happen at Ohio State, similar to what takes places in the SEC, and so maybe the Tat Five were trying to get extra goodies on top of what they already got from other sources. Maybe. But then the tabloid media and other professional grievance mongers shouldn't have pretended that the Tat Five deal was something it wasn't.   

Comment 28 Jul 2014

The difference is that schools like Ohio State and UCLA are trying to comply with the NCAA rules, but sometimes stuff happens anyway, whereas the SEC schools aren't really trying to comply, they're mostly concerned about not getting caught - the SEC programs use elaborate systems that provide ample degrees of separation and devote considerable resources to deflecting problems as they arise.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

I watched the press conference. Reading between the lines (and knock on wood), it seems like Urbz is pretty bullish on this team. He didn't say that, per se, but it was just the vibe I got from what he was saying. You can tell that he likes how LB and WR units, respectively, are developing and improvements in those two units will go a long way for this team. 

Comment 28 Jul 2014

Shhhhhh . . . these are not the droids you're looking for. 

Comment 28 Jul 2014

"One troll is a tragedy; a hundred sock-puppets is a statistic."

--Joseph Stalin

Comment 28 Jul 2014

That is fair. But in exchange, Abu-9Route demands an unlimited supply of crunchy peanut butter. If it's creamy, the deal is off.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

I don't follow national recruiting lists and star rankings very closely, but my gut feeling in watching/reading espn of late is that the network/website has been moving in a more neutral direction concerning Ohio State - i.e., a bit less tabloid-esque.

Part of the reason might be that a series of non-espn articles have come out in recent years exposing SEC bagmen and other shenanigans down south, and other semi-related stores, which somewhat undercut their over-the-top Ohio State tabloid strategies.

I guess, whatever it takes - I've been able to watch/read more espn lately without getting annoyed.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

Yes, that's a great point. Maybe now 9Route has become better acquainted with his other personalities (or housemates? or identity thieves?). It's painful to be banned from 11W, but perhaps now 9Route is closer to shedding his chimerical cocoon (which must have felt like a cyber straitjacket) and now he can be reborn as truly autonomous 9Route?

Let's wish 9Route well on his path of self-discovery.

Comment 28 Jul 2014

I wonder if we're being a little overly objective here.

Okay, let's assume that the 9Route "personality" (i.e., subjectively aware entity) shared the same  I.P. address as these other personalities (or internet identities), which in turn were all created by one flesh-and-blood Pennsylvania resident (who only exists, in theory, and in his own mind, but cannot be confirmed to exist in some objective physical reality). Does the bad behavior of these other internet beings (or identities) invalidate the goodness of the 9Route entity? Who's to say that 9Route is even consciously aware that the other identities/personalities exist? Maybe the 9Route personality rescue-upvoted the TenGinnisFast personality because he had strange, inexplicable feeling of connection to TedGinnisfast that he needed to explore more deeply.