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Comment 20 Apr 2019

If only this post could be auto-magically "watermarked" behind all recruiting threads.

Comment 29 Mar 2019
I turned on the Purdue - Tennessee game last night with about 1:35 left in OT. I changed the channel about 10 minutes later, with about 0:55 left in OT. I wish there was a solution to the end-of-game foul fest; it makes what should be a dramatic conclusion feel like a slow-motion root canal.
Comment 27 Mar 2019

Live sports is one of the prime draws for cable TV contracts, and TV deals are lucrative for that reason.

Comment 26 Mar 2019

There is no question that the Indians still have a core of very good players. They still have a theoretical "window" of opportunity.

Dolan had a choice:gamble by spending some money to patch the holes in the roster, and go for the World Series win; or cut spending, let MLB revenue sharing pad his bank account, and count on a weak AL Central to limp into the playoffs.

If his goal is to win the World Series, then cutting the payroll is dumb.

If his goal is to milk the system for profit, then cutting the payroll is smart.

The unfortunate truth is that winning the World Series means a lot more to the fans than it does to Dolan.

Comment 25 Mar 2019

Now teams will know for certain that we're trying to dump him

Every other MLB GM knows the deal; or at least, the 10 who will have the money to sign Lindor.

Comment 21 Mar 2019

It's possible that, with respect to the value they provide to society, both professional athletes and CEO's are vastly overpaid

In the case of a baseball player, there are reasonably quantifiable methods for determining what a guy is "worth", based on the value of marginal wins, ticket sales, TV contracts, jersey sales, team value, etc. Trout might be "worth" the huge salary because of what he contributes to the Angels' bottom line (which is, itself, ridiculously out of proportion).

Is there a way to do that for a CEO? Is there way to be confident that there aren't dozens of people who could match the performance of the $4M CEO, and be willing to do it for $2M?

Yet people bitch and complain because a CEO makes $4 million and actually employs hundreds of people

I suspect that a lot of the b & c is due to the suspicion that the CEO will make $8M as soon as he figures out how to employee dozens, rather than hundreds, of people.

Comment 13 Mar 2019

This headline from the Columbus Dispatch:


Somewhere, a copy editor is very proud of himself.

Comment 13 Mar 2019

Recall the old saying: "Every time the NCAA catches UCLA cheating, they give UNLV another year's probation."

What is the NCAA's response going to be for the shameful college briber scandal we are all seeing his the news?

Probably, some hard talk and some soft punishment. 

Comment 11 Mar 2019

The Avengers have laid a trap for Thanos on Titan.

I'm having a tough time getting going today, maybe because it's the first Monday of DST. I can't recall what team has "Avengers" as their mascot, and I don't recognize this Thanos guy; is he some 5-star recruit?

Nonetheless, if I have to defend a trap play, I'm going with Mike Vrabel and Andy Katzenmoyer to make the proper read, and blow it up.Gotta maintain gap discipline.

Oh, and another thing: does the 50% of the universe, that is planned for destruction, include Bama, Clemson, and Penn State? Because I am totally OK with that plan.

Comment 08 Mar 2019

I have watched a fair amount of football in my life, and I have never seen a play that involved a QB starting in a 4-pt stance, then sprinting 40 yards in a straight line. The 40-yard dash time is greatly influenced by the start, and there is no reason for any QB to waste his time at perfecting his sprinter's start.

Why the NFL measures this performance for QBs is beyond me. The NFL is a multi-billion dollar enterprise, and they should have the resources to devise a new drill that better measures something that QBs do. For example: Standing with the body turned 90 degrees from the start line, and the football held with both hands at shoulder level (i.e. imitating the pose of a QB looking downfield), take off and run 15 yards. This drill would simulate stepping up in the pocket and trying to run for a first down on 3rd-and-8 (something that QBs actually need to do on occasion).

Comment 08 Mar 2019

I recalled this as a William DeVaughn song (it is on the "Cruisin' 1974" compilation, which I have on vinyl), so I wondered if perhaps Curtis Mayfield had done it first. A search at allmusic.com produces:

Singer/songwriter/guitarist William DeVaughn had a million-seller the first time out with his inspiring "Be Thankful for What You Got." Those who first heard the smooth track thought it was a new record from Curtis Mayfield. DeVaughn's high tenor does bear some resemblance to Mayfield's ...

So the OP can be forgiven for the mix-up.

Comment 02 Mar 2019

Unless the Law of Unintended Consequences is repealed, here is what will happen:

Refs, assuming that a "false positive" targeting call will be overturned, will call targeting whenever they believe it may have occurred. Expect about 7-8 per game, and the concomitant reviews to add another 15 minutes to the length of the game. Perhaps they can run one of those split-screen commercials, with half the screen showing refs huddled at the monitors, while the other half keeps us up-to-date with Peyton and Brad.

Thank god for DVRs.

Comment 26 Feb 2019

Having watched McCaffery's sideline antics for a while, I wonder:

1. Why would any high-school basketball star willingly sign up to play for McCaffery?

2. How does a guy manage to get that worked up, and then avoid having a stroke? The blood vessels in his head must be made of kevlar.