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  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: JT Barrett and Happy Jamarco
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Comment 19 Mar 2020

Then why did you try to refute me with them first?  They're your numbers.

Comment 19 Mar 2020

Thanks for proving my point.  22k out of 34M is around 0.06%.  1.4% for COVID-19 is 21x the rate.

Comment 19 Mar 2020

Probably because this quote is patently false:

As many have mentioned, the actual mortality rate for this virus is comparable to standard influenza.

The death rate is anywhere from 20 to 50 times standard infuenza and rises based upon lack of available treatment were hospitals to become overcrowded.

Comment 13 Mar 2020

Given the epic and unprecedented collapse of the stock market in recent weeks, I highly doubt there is some conspiracy to make money by the wealthy elite.

Though I do wish I had moved my 401k to bonds prior to the drops so I could move them back into index funds in a few weeks/months and double my balance when the market recovers.  But it's too late for that at this point.

Comment 13 Mar 2020

PSA: Flushable wipes aren't actually flushable.  They do not break apart in water the way TP does and can majorly clog septic systems for major cities.  There was a dirty jobs episode on it if I recall correctly, where divers had to literally go in and hack apart these giant masses of flushable wipes in the sanitation system to unclog it.  Don't contribute to that problem unless you want to go swimming in feces.

Comment 13 Mar 2020

Bidets are better for sanitation and the environment but we have an aversion to them for some reason in America.  It's interesting that the history of TP is barely 100 years old anyway, and for most of that it was equivalent to sand paper or worse.

I recently saw an ad for bamboo based TP claiming to be more sustainable and environmentally friendly than wood based TP that we typically use.  Because shipping bamboo halfway across the world is somehow better for the environment...  just sell and market bidets if you actually cared.

Comment 13 Mar 2020

I'd say that individuals on their last season of eligibility should be granted an additional year that doesn't count towards the scholarship limit.  That way new freshmen aren't negatively impacted beyond playing time.  I don't think other situations merit additional eligibility.

Unfortunately that is really going to hurt a lot of school's budgets for next year, since a lot of schools already operate in the red.  With the canceling of March Madness, that has an overall revenue impact across the NCAA which compounds that (even if only slightly).

I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of schools cut certain non-revenue sports for next year.  They already have to figure out how to deal with student populations if online courses aren't available and how tuition, etc, should be affected by that.  Example:  your college doesn't have the network infrastructure so they cancel spring classes.  You've already sustained some of the costs, how do you refund tuition?  How do various forms of financial aid get impacted?  Student Loans already dispersed?  It's going to be ugly for a lot of people and really sports is a drop in the bucket.

Comment 11 Mar 2020

I wish people would quit this comparison.

Obviously the flu has a wider footprint, which is why the death toll is higher at the moment.  However, the rate of transmission for COVID-19 is higher than the flu (so given equal exposure to the flu virus or corona virus, you are more likely to get corona virus than the flu).  Additionally, the mortality rate for the flu is about 1 in 1000 where it is 1 in 50 for corona virus.  You also have about a 1 in 5 chance of developing severe respiratory issues with corona virus.

The whole point of all these precautions is to prevent corona virus from becoming as widespread as the flu because once it hits it is way worse.  If we can't control the flu, how are we going to control something the spreads easier and is more dangerous?  That's why all these drastic measures are happening.

Comment 03 Mar 2020

That's not at all how I read the comment I was replying to.

If you are in the situation where you have no shot to make the tournament unless you win your conference tournament, then in what way are you deserving?  Or maybe you were on the bubble and you got passed up because the 0-18 Purple Aces beat you and somehow make the NCAA tournament by winning their conference tournament (which is what the comment seemed to be implying).  Are you still deserving?  Is it wrong if an 11-9 Big Ten team gets in over you?

The only reason small conferences sniff the tournament is because of automatic bids.  Over the last 20 years, some of those automatic bids have made names for themselves and have changed the narrative to where you don't have to be in a power conference, and now we are seeing mid majors routinely ranked in the top 10 or 25.  But if you are some small school in a small conference nobody knows about and you have a great season but lose in your conference tournament, why should you still get in? 

There are roughly about enough spots in the tournament for the AP top 25, then all the automatic bids, then like 5-10 more schools.  Chances are your little story book season that didn't have the ending you want doesn't justify bumping anyone.  If we are comparing bubble teams and the power conference school, or the school with a bigger fan base or media exposure gets in over you when objectively not having a better resume, ok, but that isn't what we were talking about.  Yes it would be bad if the Purple Aces bumped out a decent team that was on the bubble because of their automatic bid, but they had to win a conference tournament to make it, and sometimes teams not on the bubble get in for that reason.  That's fine.  Don't be on the bubble, and don't get rid of automatic bids.  Gonzaga in it's present form wouldn't exist if not for automatic bids 30 years ago.

Comment 02 Mar 2020

68 teams make the tournament each year and somehow we're still talking about a "deserving team" not making it.

Who exactly is this deserving team?  Mid-major conferences are starting to have multiple invites, not just their conference champion.  So some bottom tier conference team has a decent season but loses in their conference tournament finals because of a bad game (to a sub-100 team?) is somehow deserving?

Let's not forget the NCAA Tournament exists to find and crown a National Champion.  Not to reward bad teams for not terrible seasons.

Comment 28 Feb 2020

Part of the reason for Haskin's effectiveness against Michigan was that there was no tape on him and the offense we ran was completely different.  Give Michigan an entire season of tape (or a game or two) and maybe it doesn't go quite the same.  He also threw some absolute lasers in there and clearly showed his talent, but an offense is more than a couple great throws.

Case in point:  The Iowa loss in 2018.  Haskins had like 400 yards passing which sounds great until you realize we couldn't score touchdowns in the red zone and lost by a ton.  JT for all his faults could get the first down when it mattered and could get into the end zone.  He didn't do it the flashy way but got it done.

Comment 26 Feb 2020

Speaking of educational points, someone maybe should have read the "Great Circle Route" explanation to "Mad Mike" Hughes.

I wish I was making this up but flat earthers believe the earth is a disc with the Arctic ocean at the center, and some giant ice wall in Antarctica surrounding all of it, and will use "why do airplanes fly over the arctic but not Antarctica?" as proof.  Most maps have a giant line of Antarctica at the bottom right?

It's amazing how many people don't understand map projections, most famously the Mercator projection.  I remember being taught in Elementary school that map makers were racist because Greenland isn't actually bigger than Africa despite being larger on most maps.  It turns out that taking a 3 dimensional shape and making it 2 dimensions is actually hard so you either have to sacrifice scale near the poles or sacrifice continuity/shape.