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Comment 21 Sep 2016

When an editor purged a manuscript of split infinitives, G. B. Shaw reportedly called for his resignation, saying it would be "of no consequence if he were to go quickly, or to quickly go." (Probably a rehash of this story.)

Comment 10 Apr 2015

I guess I'm just kind of confused on the approach you are taking, clearly you're pretty intelligent based off your vocabulary so maybe I just need it dumbed down for me a little bit.

Maybe it's a little bit of a Socratic approach?

I've known a few people on both sides of the fence: one friend of mine has struggled with his upbringing and blames his parents for a lot of his present difficulties; another was abandoned by his mother while he had to care for a cancer-stricken father (who survived) as a teenager. While the experiences in both cases were negative, they've led in different directions.

There is a sort of opposition between entitlement and ownership, although it's not always very clear. Entitlement we understand, although perhaps we impute it too easily to others. Ownership, though, is a little more complicated. My fourth grade teacher made my older brother clean up someone else's litter once, which is pretty unfair—he didn't dirty the hallway. But my brother "owned" the school (he wasn't simply entitled to an education), so it was his responsibility to keep it clean. Sometimes ownership means taking responsibility for someone else's actions, not just your own.

I'm guessing that being a parent is like that, and probably so is being a child. At some point you have to own the mistakes of the previous generation—just like they have to own the mistakes of the following—and make different and better choices.

Comment 10 Apr 2015

What do you mean who taught me that?

I guess I thought the question was self-explanatory. I'm just curious who taught you that

Everybody is raised by someone and if we're a certain way then there is no one to blame except the people we learned from.

I'm not trying to draw conclusions—adulations that I've managed to solve the nature vs. nurture debate to the contrary—just asking where your own came from.

Comment 13 Feb 2015

The article was written by an Alabama fan so how can anyone take it as an impartial analysis?

You're only writing this because you're in Cleveland.

Comment 06 Feb 2015

I don't buy that.  Sure, some of these guys maintain a decent relationship with coaches but that's not why they commit.

Commitment probably comes down to a lot of things, of course, but it's hard to imagine that a minimal prerequisite isn't a good relationship with the coaches that recruit you.

Comment 06 Feb 2015

No your examples are not breach of faith and that is oysters point.

(a) Not my examples. (b) How is lying (by omission or commission) not a breach of faith?

I'm not accusing Drayton of lying; I don't know. But I guess I don't really know what else you'd call it if he did. Weber was apparently under the impression in the eleventh hour that Drayton would be his coach, and he was surprised to find that Drayton was moving on.

Comment 06 Feb 2015

Coaches are supposed to sell the program and the education, not themselves.  I have a hard time believing Weber committed just because of Drayton.

What is the interface between the recruit and the program / education? The coaches. If you have a good relationship with the coaches, then they sell you on the program and education.

Comment 06 Feb 2015

Your examples all break a law.  You should have put more thought into them so that there were in context with the point you were trying to make.

They all involve a breach of faith, which is the greater context. The question before us is whether Drayton lied (by commission or omission) to Weber about whether he would be his coach at OSU following his recruitment. Clearly Weber expected him to be his coach, since his move to the Bears seems to have taken him by surprise.

Perhaps it's not so black and white, but that doesn't make it an easier pill to swallow for Weber—or for fans who hope for a transparent recruiting process.

Comment 05 Feb 2015

I'd be happy to prove it if I knew how.  11W Moderators?  How do we do that?  Let's get to it.

The wizards can use IP addresses and the DB probably has them cached from sign up if they really want to. Not sure why anyone would, though.