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Comment 27 Jun 2017

Good points, except from my observations, it's not inbreds that start most of the trouble in "happy" valley. It's the Jersey/Philly contingent. 

Comment 22 Jun 2017

. . . if you keep the ball in the short grass and roll it well on the greens . . .

Is that all it takes to lower my golf scores? All these years, I've been wildly blasting my drives into peoples' back yards and three putting from 12 feet.

Now that I know that I am supposed to keep the ball in the fairways and roll smooth, accurate putts . . . I am ready to break par!

Comment 21 Jun 2017

I don't. Riley keeps getting jobs he is not yet prepared for.

In his first two seasons as OC at East Carolina, he was actually pretty bad. ECU's offense ran up lots of yards and points against bad defenses, but were ineffective in key conference games (they went 9-7 in CUSA in 2010 and 2011 combined). My impression was that Riley came to ECU with a "Air Raid" cookbook and was basically just calling plays on a sheet. He seemed to have minimal grasp of "situational football" (down and distance, field position, game flow, etc.) and/or how to counter what the opposing defense was doing. It was offensive paint-by-numbers. He eventually got better in years 3,4, and 5 at ECU . . . even if his offense was too horizontal for my tastes.

When he got a promotion to be Oklahoma OC, though, Riley was again ill prepared at first. After they lost to a bad Texas team in October 2015, Stoops read him the riot act, saying, "run the damn ball, dude!" After Riley got a clue, of course, the Sooners went on to make the playoffs.

Now, once again, Riley has been a thrust into a position too early. He might turn out to be a good coach, but Oklahoma will have to be very patient with him. Is that even a possibility at a place like Oklahoma?     

Comment 20 Jun 2017

My bad. I didn't mean to suggest that all such claims should be dismissed. I was merely saying that we hear that quite a lot today . . . race factoring into police shootings, whereas how often is race cited as a potential motive in a black-on-black violent crime?

Now, if I switch perspectives, maybe I could argue that the message on the tee shirt implies something to the effect of . . . (1) the condition of "being black" in some places often means that kids/young adults are trapped in certain high risk environments, and (2) society is complicit in trapping young black people in those high risk conditions, such that the gunman might be pulling the trigger, but society is partly responsible for killing the victim for "being black." 

But you see how hard I have to try to explain the message on the shirt?

Comment 20 Jun 2017

You definitely have a point about drugs and mental illness, but I think you're on to a bigger factor with "domestic violence." Except, it's not just domestic violence, but - as BSanders notes below - most violent crimes involve people who know each other. Of course, it gets complicated when a drug user and/or someone with mental health issues commits a violent crime against someone they know . . .   

Comment 20 Jun 2017

When you say that 90 percent of crime is associated with drugs and mental illness . . . do you mean that literally or figuratively? If the former, am I likely to be able to find some social scientific literature on the internet supporting that statistic?

Comment 20 Jun 2017

Devil's advocate: if you have to explain the shirt, maybe the message on the shirt isn't very effectively communicated?

Sorry, but I can easily see how someone would get the wrong initial impression from this shirt, without (or prior to) Smith's much better explanation of the shirt . . . when young black males murder other young black males, how often is the motive based on race, as opposed to a beef over a girl or a business dealing, being in the wrong place at the wrong time, etc.?

Whereas when a police officer shoots a black suspect, some people will actually claim that the suspect was merely "driving while black" or otherwise got killed primarily for "being black." 

Comment 12 Jun 2017

Occam's razor suggests that the most likely scenario is that Jeff Goodman tried to get a scoop, prematurely, and just go the story wrong. As far as I saw, Goodman's report was the sole basis of this rumor, but perhaps I missed other reports, independent of Goodman's original report, which came to the same conclusion?

Comment 12 Jun 2017

Holtmann was very impressive: he came across as natural and down-to-earth, yet also as a leader with strong authority.

P.s., reading between the lines, Smith hinted that Jeff Goodman's "report" on Ohio State offering the position to McDermott was f.o.s., without Smith being able to confirm that point explicitly (due to confidentiality agreements, etc.). Just like we suspected . . . 

Comment 10 Jun 2017

The two things I'd like to see from the Buckeyes bball team in Holtmann's first season are toughness and improvement. Beyond that, I have modest expectations.

So, I was happy to read Providence coach, Ed Cooley's comments about Holtmann, which appeared in an SI article (sorry if this was previously referenced/linked at 11W):

That ability to connect resonated with Cooley in competing against and scouting Holtmann. He’d listen to his huddles on TV games and hear him on the sideline. “I think Chris’s best attribute is he gives confidence to his kids when they’re on the floor,” Cooley said. “He’s got a great way to get his kids to play ultra-tough.”