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  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: #Windians!

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Comment 05 Jul 2019

Arm strength: Bauserman

Accuracy: Bauserman

Field Vision: Bauserman

Athleticism: Bauserman

Frame: Tathan Martell

Intangibles: Bauserman 

Comment 02 Jul 2019

Name one single good thing that has come from twitter.

Comment 14 Jun 2019

Halwani is a great under-the-radar spot in Grandview. 

Also PSA to the rest of y'all: ALWAYS ORDER THE BIGGER PIZZA.

One day last year, an engineer and I went to a pizza place for lunch. The engineer told me he wasn't very hungry, but he said he was going to get the 12-inch medium instead of the 8-inch small — because the medium was more than twice as big as the small, and it cost only a little bit more. This sort of blew my mind.

An 18-inch pizza is 1.7x as big as a 14-inch pizza, but the price difference is usually insignificant. Getting the XL pizza is almost always the fiscally responsible move. 

Comment 14 Jun 2019

Hell yeah, New Haven pizza.

Best pizza in the country, and I say that as someone who has a lot of family in NY/NJ & Chicago. 

Comment 11 Jun 2019

When I was at OSU, most of those players were driving top of the line Challengers and whatnot. 

I get that it's easy to draw a connection between the nice car and recruiting corruption, but payments on a Raptor are way cheaper than paying tuition + room and board + books. Cost of attending UGA for out of state students is something like $45k/year – so, $3750 per month. Payments on a Raptor over that same timespan (48 months) and at 6% APR (so, being pretty generous here) is about $1150 – so, less than a third of that.

Completely plausible that a lot of these parents had college savings funds set up for these kids, only to end up not needing them, and then decided to instead spend that money on something nice for their kid, right? 

Comment 10 Jun 2019

Stern was concerned with public perception of the players and took steps to protect the brand, is that wrong?

From a purely financial stance, yes, Stern's concern was misplaced, seeing as the league is seeing explosive growth now that is heavily driven by player personalities, and should pass the NFL in terms of yearly revenue in the next 10-15 years

 Stern wanted the league to be seen as professional. Today's NBA is trying to be seen as hip and fun instead, and it's clearly working far better. 

Comment 10 Jun 2019

Anyone getting rose-tinted glasses looking back at the Stern years because of a damn dress code is completely missing the point here.

Modern NBA players express themselves partially through their fashion choices. That expression makes them stand out from the other crowd of professional athletes. That gives them more visibility, which leads to more marketability. And the NBA is the one league in the country that's not afraid to leverage player personalities in marketing. 

That's played a big part in the NBA's recent growth. It's the most popular sports league from a viewership and merchandise standpoint in China. And then there's this, from Fortune Magazine. Emphasis is mine:

Overall revenues might be a better metric, and though that’s still somewhat opaque, it’s where the NFL’s weakness is most obvious. NFL revenue grew an estimated $900 million to $14 billion in 2017, or just short of 7% growth. Forbes, meanwhile, reports the most recent NBA season generated $7.4 billionfor teams, up a staggering 25% from the year before.

That suggests the NBA is growing more than three times as fast as the NFL – and that could have startling impacts in just a few years. Using the most basic sort of growth calculation, current trends point to NFL revenues of around $28 billion by 2029 – about in line with a goal of $25 billion by 2027 Commissioner Roger Goodell set a little over a decade ago.

But the same calculations using the most recent growth numbers suggest that by 2029, NBA revenues will be – brace yourself – over $68 billion.

Now, those aren’t projections based on detailed models, and the nature of TV contracts means revenue can be an imperfect measure of overall trends. The NBA’s huge 2017 growth was probably a one-time surge – growth was a little over 13% in 2016. But even at that lower rate, the NBA would close most of the gap with the NFL over the next decade.

And intangibles also suggest things are trending the NBA’s direction. The NBA has been propelled in part by a deep bench of charismatic megastars including not only LeBron, but the Houston Rockets’ James Harden and the Golden State Warriors’ Steph Curry. The NFL’s biggest names – including Tom Brady, Cam Newton, and J.J. Watt – arguably tend to be older or lower key. And, the NBA has much stronger ties to popular culture, especially hip-hop.

The NFL is losing popularity among younger viewers, as MLS and the NBA gain popularity very quickly. The NBA, in particular, is far more progressive on social issues, has more pop culture ties and players that are FAR more active on social media than the other leagues. 

The NBA is surging in popularity because its players don't conform to the boring, team-first, don't-rock-the-boat mindset that players in the other leagues do. If you think they should conform to the same boring standard that players in those other leagues do, well, it's a good thing you're not running the NBA, right? If you're upset about the way players are dressing, you're not in their target audience – and that audience is what's going to propel them past the NFL.

It's not a matter of what sport is better to watch, it's a matter of which league is more fun to follow. I prefer sitting down to watch a football game, but following the NBA (even through highlights) is far more fun than the NFL. From a business standpoint, the NBA is thriving, and again, much of that success is because they don't try to stifle their players' personalities. 

So you can say that you don't like the way the players dress – and IMO the way you said that can very easily be read as a pretty clear dog whistle – but regardless, the league is clearly thriving because it's doing the exact opposite of what you're saying. The David Stern dress code was a response to players modeling their fashion after hip hop artists. Hip hop fashion has changed, and now the league is embracing it – and seeing far more success than they did under Stern. 

Comment 07 Jun 2019

Ohio City is pretty great, go to Townhall for Sunday brunch, they have a build-your-own crepe station that kicks ass.

Strong endorsement for Butcher and Brewer. Also a huge fan of Barrio but the downtown location has spotty service at times – sometimes you can get lucky though – but the Tremont and Lakewood locations are a lot easier all things considered.

Comment 06 Jun 2019

Is he wrong about OSU having talented kids transfer out, though? 

  • Joe Burrow
  • Tate Martell
  • Matt Baldwin
  • Keandre Jones
  • Antonio Williams
  • Trevon Grimes
  • Rodjay Burns
  • Kyle Trout
  • Malik Barrow
  • Josh Norwood
  • Jeremy Cash
  • James Clark
  • Evan Lisle
  • Warren Ball
  • Marcelys Jones
  • Joey O'Connor
  • David Perkins

And those are just the ones off the top of my head. Blu wasn't attempting a backhanded slap at all – OSU has been dealing with backups transferring for a while. That's literally how Urban got the roster down to 85 every year. The portal giveth and taketh away. 

Comment 05 Jun 2019

 i know they're 18+ year old men, but try and stop putting yourself in these situations where things can happen or allegedly happen

That's one possible lesson from this, but it's not the lesson to take away from these stories. 

Rather than teaching young people to avoid false allegations, we should be teaching them far more about consent, why it's important and the long-term damage that victims suffer when someone initiates an act without it. These aren't hard lessons to teach, either; it all boils down to respect. 

There are some things very prevalent in pop culture (and in, uh, NSFW places online) that try to act like there are blurred lines (i.e. the hit song literally called that) and acting like a "no" just means "try harder" or "make me say yes" – or the idea that being romantic for men means taking what they want. In reality, a no is a no, and asking first for consent before engaging in an act doesn't kill the mood – in fact, it shows the other person that you respect their boundaries. 

Comment 05 Jun 2019

You can't refuse to do something that you literally cannot do in the first place. That's like me saying that I absolutely refuse to date Beyonce. Dating Beyonce was never on the table to begin with. 

Ohio State cannot release confidential student information due to multiple student privacy laws. Acting like they have some more pressing obligation to explain to internet commenters why the Football Man can't play football anymore is so woefully misguided. 

Comment 05 Jun 2019

we have no way to know if he is actually guilty

In a strictly legal sense, he has not been proven guilty because the victim did not want to talk to law enforcement. 

But I think that the actual facts that we do know speak pretty loudly in this case:

  • OSU spent two months investigating the allegation 
  • OSU then kicked Snead out of school over their findings 
  • OSU can't share any of the information due to privacy laws 
  • OSU's student code of conduct is separate from the criminal justice system 

This isn't about Snead getting kicked out of school after a mere allegation; Snead got kicked out of school after a two-month investigation. Looks like OSU found enough to justify kicking him out of school. The criminal justice system is a different beast entirely and many victims don't want to come forward or deal with all the shit that comes with actually pressing charges in these cases. 

Snead hasn't been proven guilty in a court, but let's not act like he hasn't had any due process whatsoever. Let's also not act like courts are infallible or that someone only committed a crime if they're convicted in one. If someone has never been given a speeding ticket, does that mean they've never driven above the speed limit? 

The standard for criminal guilt makes sense in the court system, but it is not a standard by which the court of public opinion needs to abide. 

Comment 05 Jun 2019
  1. OSU's student code of conduct is different than state or federal law 
  2. A criminal conviction is not required to determine whether a student violated that conduct code 
  3. Ohio State did its own two-month investigation of the allegations, which likely included plenty of evidence
  4. At the conclusion of that investigation, OSU decided to kick him out of school
  5. The victim is entitled to privacy 
  6. OSU has to respect that privacy and cannot release any of the investigation's findings as a result 

Sure, there's a lot of speculation and conjecture, but the facts that we do know strongly suggest (IMO) that OSU's investigation found that he more than likely did what he was accused of doing, but the victim didn't cooperate with police which is why Snead didn't get criminally tried for it. 

If you're wondering why a victim in this case wouldn't cooperate with police, well, it's very common in these situations. Here are a few reasons why a victim might not report:

  • Fear of retaliation or being 'silenced' by their assailant 
  • In cases like this one, specifically: fear of being doxxed, harassed and potentially harmed by unhinged fans (every CFB fan base has their share of lunatics and OSU is no different, unfortunately) 
  • Not wanting to re-live their trauma by confronting their accuser through the legal system 

Most of these cases go unreported, even fewer make it to trial and a small percentage of the ones that even make it to trial rarely end in convictions. The criminal standard of guilt (beyond a reasonable doubt) means that most defense lawyers in cases like this resort to downright character assassination against the victim to sew enough doubt in their credibility rather than disputing the facts directly. There's a very slight chance of any given victim getting justice in these cases, and the pursuit of that justice more times than not just leads to more trauma for the victim. 

Comment 05 Jun 2019

My spouse is also a survivor (happened long before she met me) and still has nightmares pretty much every night stemming from it. Until meeting her, I had no idea that survivors of that type of violence often experience the same type of PTSD that combat veterans do. 

As you said, deeply caring about someone who has to live through that shit and hearing their story completely changes your perspective when hearing similar stories from people who you don't know. It's so frustrating to me to see the same chorus of bullshit bad-faith questions asking why the victims didn't come forward sooner, etc whenever these stories come up around here.. The answers to those questions are well-documented, yet the same people ask them each time as if doing a single damn Google search is impossible. 

Comment 02 Jun 2019

If Fields and Lawrence were running a 400m race against each other, Lawrence has already lapped Fields after just one loop, and Lawrence will likely only run three laps.

Listen man, I've never run track in my life, but I'm pretty sure that you literally cannot lap someone in a 400m race, lol 

Comment 31 May 2019

He's basically saying "don't be a twitter asshole because a high school kid didn't pick us" and, well, that's a lesson that every fan base could learn from. We've got plenty of bad apples who are just as embarrassing as the Penn State fans he's talking about. 

Comment 31 May 2019

I never took the SAT, but if 1430 is equivalent of a 31 or 32, I'm not sure that's Stanford-level impressive.

It's still very impressive, though. Probably closer to a 33 than a 31 if you had to compare it to the ACT. 

While it might not be good enough to get him into Stanford without an athletic scholarship, it does show that he's a very bright kid. Shows that at least intellectually he'd be able to handle the academic rigors of Stanford. He could go there, be a star running back (and Stanford's had plenty of them lately) and get a phenomenal education. Hard to do anything but applaud him if that's the route he takes.