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Re: Now that Obama is on record stating that influencing American elections will not be tolerated
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First off, as a person that used to be a hacker.....this is not hacking in the least. Hacking is a case of actually using code or holes in operating systems to actively get information or some other benefit to the hacker.

Is it a problem to refer to it as hacking? I think it is and I think that it detracts from the real problem.

Podesta gave his password to whoever (Russians?) that asked for his password. I agree that it was given by trickery but the fact is that one would like to think that our national brain trust would be smart enough to know simple password security.

NEVER, EVER click on a link sent to you to change your password. This is especially true when your old password is asked for. This is either stupidity of the highest level and/or laziness of epic proportions.

We, as a nation, could have a real dialogue about password safety and procedures everyone should go through to ensure their passwords and accounts are secure.

But we will ignore Podesta's idiocy and focus on the access to the data.


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Re: Dearly departed roll call
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Proud, so sorry to here that. So very sad. This is horrible!

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Re: WVU BBall Thread for Things that Don't Need their Own Thread
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Texas just announced leading scorer Tevin Mack has been suspended infinitely. He appears to be their best 3-point shooter, too.

The Longhorns have seven healthy scholarship players for Saturday.


Infinitely?! The paperwork must be never ending!

WVU needs to take care of business on Saturday. You want to be a top program you need to bury these guys. Regardless of what I hear about how they "match-up" with us. They are basically a .500 team. Finish them!

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Re: WVU Football Thread for Things That Don't Need Their Own Thread
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Yeah, its not Crawfrord. if its anybody (I htink its probably not) but if its anyone else its going to be Bosch.


I know he makes a heck of a router.

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Re: The champ is
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How do you not call a pick play on both of Clemson touchdowns? Those are illegal, right? Bama got fucked hard by BUG 12 REFS. What else is new?


Are you sure this is illegal in college ball? I know it is illegal in the NFL but I didn't think it was in college and high school.

EDIT: Here is an explanation of the legality of the play.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/ea ... y/?utm_term=.a90042e9e83c

EDIT EDIT: When a Harbaugh says it is legal that is pretty impressive.....I didn't think they like anything.

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Re: Transition Trouble
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I find it very interesting that, aside from Sandstone, no one wants anything to do with my very simple question:

Why do you think Putin/Russia found Trump to be the preferred candidate?


Because Putin hates Hillary! No two ways about it.

He disliked the fact that she conspired to create problems with his leadership in his country. This is a pretty easy question. It really doesn't take a long look for a reason.

Hillary supported (materially, in the KGB's eyes) the protestors in Moscow.

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Re: RIP Craftsman Tools
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If I break a tool, they replace it. No questions asked. It's not just tools, but garage storage, mowers, etc. I've had good stuff from them.


My dad had a Craftsman lawnmower from the 60s. That mower mowed grass well into the 80s. Went to the junk yard because parts weren't available not because it wasn't any good.

So....

I bought a Craftsman lawn tractor, 24 HP. two cylinder. paid $2,400 for it.

Crappy transmission.....
Crappy Engine (Carburator replacement, new oil sump gasket replacement)
Pathetic deck (Blade shafts breaking a number of times.)

The crappy engine brings me back to another problem. I can remember when I would ask for Briggs and Stratton engines as the gold standard of small engines. Tecumseh ran a close second and I would not argue with those that wanted to flip them around. Now, this is the second of my B&S engines that I have had to replace the oil sump gasket WAY too soon.

My dad had a Craftsman chain saw around '72(?). That chain saw was a beast. It sawed most of our winter heat for about 15 years. The next series of Craftsman chainsaws probably didn't saw as long as that one all put together.

I suspect John Deere will be the next brand name that will succumb to the race to crap.

I do love their hand tool return policy. They replace even when it was clear the tool was misused. I have towed cars with screwdrivers and wrenches.

EDIT: I now have two lawn tractors. My new one (this year) is a Cub Cadet.

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Re: WVU vs. Texas Tech - referees
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At the end of the day, the officials are evaluated every game and are graded out. They are also graded out in the last 4 minutes. If you don't make the grade, next man up. There are thousands of people waiting to take that next step.


So, there are no bad calls and no bad referees?


Sure there are. But as I say, if you don't grade out high enough they have a name for you.....a DIII official.

I would say that end of game evaluation is something of a problem. I have brought up the error in the system.....but just like my statement of error in the instant replay system it goes unheeded. Until that time, I play by the rules I am given.

After a game in one of the Power conferences, the tape is handed off to an grader. That grader then puts down 3 categories for each individual in their primary areas:

1. Blew the whistle - Correct call
2. Blew the whistle - incorrect call
3. Didn't blow the whistle and should have.

Category 2 is a HUGE NO-NO. If you are not 100% sure you shouldn't blow the whistle. The official needs to achieve better than 92% in this area. However, too many #2 is a quick trip to the Bush Leagues.

After that measure. the grader re-watches the game from the 4 minute mark to the end and sees where the official blew the whistle and evaluates the call. In the last 4 minutes the official has to be 95%+ in the last 4 minutes. However NOT blowing the whistle gives a little bit of a pass because they don't want to see that. If an official is not absolutely sure in the last 4 minutes he or she is not going to blow the whistle. I don't really think that is right because it puts at the very least an unconscious bias in the mind of the official but that is the way it works.

With that being said, I would suspect that coaches have the ability to scratch some number of officials each year. Officials are not usually aware of these although sometimes I have known by the fact that I have a coach chasing my down to my locker room screaming, "You'll never work here again." It happens. At the same time you would be surprised how soon a coach can come back to you and unscratch you.....I have been scratched and unscratched.

Game management is sometimes worth as much as getting calls right often. I think that many coaches like Jim Burr for his game management skills towards the end. Games management is how you apply rules to a game situation. A number of years ago I was doing a Washington High-Charleroi basketball game. Already a rivalry game. We were tied with 5 seconds left in the game and both teams in the double bonus. Charleroi has the ball out under the Wash High basket and calls a time out. I got my crew together for a quick "chat" so we were all on the same page.

Instructions were quite clear. From the inbounds to the midcourt line, We seriously have to see dismantled body parts lying there for a foul. From midcourt to the three point line, we need to see visible blood before there will be a whistle. If they run the court in 5 seconds and get in the 3-point arc we call the game just like we have the whole game...but....before you call a foul make sure everyone would agree its a foul.

In those kinds of situations you want to just set the clock to 4 (in HS) and you let the teams sort it out in OT. You don't end the game by putting a guy on the line who got fouled 80 feet from the basket.

Most of the time coaches don't really care about a particular call. Oh, they will scream at you and try to get it but MOST of them are not really about that. They want to see consistency. Also remember that there are 3 officials out there and sometimes I have to call things I wouldn't normally because my partner has called it earlier or vice versa I would like to call something like a travel but my partner hasn't called it all game. My tantamount duty is to be consistent through the whole game.

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Re: RIP Craftsman Tools
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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/01/05/ ... stanley-black-decker.html

After controlling the Craftsman name for 90 years, troubled department store operator Sears said it will sell the famous tool brand to Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

Stanley, which makes and sells tools under the DeWalt and Black & Decker names, wants to grow the Craftsman brand by selling its products in more stores outside of Sears. Today, only 10 percent of Craftsman products are sold in other stores. Sears said it will continue to sell Craftsman, including at its Kmart and Sears Hometown stores. The Hoffman Estates, Illinois-based company first took control of Craftsman in 1927 when it bought the trademark for $500.

Stanley will pay Sears about $900 million for Craftsman, which includes $525 million when the deal closes this year, $250 million after three years and a percentage of sales for 15 years. After 15 years, Sears will start paying Stanley 3 percent of the Craftsman sales it makes. Shares of Stanley, based in New Britain, Connecticut, rose 1.4 percent to $117.90.

Stanley said it plans to hire more workers and open a new U.S. plant to make more Craftsman products, but didn't provide details.


Its kind of fitting. Black and Decker used to be a heck of a power tool. Gradually, the idiot MBAs that ran the company decided that, rather than compete with good quality, they would race their way to the bottom. The last B&D jigsaw I bought, I bought for $15 with the idea of just throwing it away after I was done.

Crafstman has done the same thing. You used to know that by buying Craftsman all of the shopping was done. By them putting the Craftsman name on it....it was GREAT!

The last 20 things OTHER than hand tools I bought that were craftsman I regretted it from a few days later till the product finally failed at a reduced age. So they completely lost credibility in the powered tool market.

I like the hand tools but, let's face it, the competition on either side of them is killing them. Kobalt and Husky tools are almost as good and Snap-on isn't all that much more expensive any more.

Good luck to Craftsman but that is a product line that has had too many years of mismanagement to survive, I think.

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Re: WVU vs. Texas Tech
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I posted earlier about the ref Higgins, but before I wrote his name I looked up "Higgins" to be sure that was him. The search brought up, "Higgins, the most hated referee in the NCAA".


Is it the right Higgins? Tim Higgins is the old guy from the Big East. John Higgins is mostly a Big 12 official. I don't think they are related but I may be wrong.

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Re: WVU vs. Texas Tech
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A 1 point away OT loss to a 2 loss team...not that terrible. (Vegas won big though)

As said, FT's killed us along with home cooking from the refs.

I'm not sure I've ever seen so many travel calls in a game since middle school.


I'll give you a couple of guesses what the point of emphasis is for the 2016-2017 NCAA rules.


Hmh....I didn't know that.

3. Travels are also going to spike

Collins calls it a "focus on obvious travels on the perimeter and post travels -- picking up the pivot foot."
It's become normal basketball movement to accept a pass and then take a tiny hop to set/square one's self. That's technically a travel. It will now be called as such. Players in the post who use that ever-so-slight adjustment to their pivot foot to set before dribbling the ball to make a move will also be whistled. "They seem incidental, but it's a huge advantage to be able to reset his feet like that," Collins said.



But good ol' fashioned travels to save a Blue Blood team from losing are alright apparently.



The one that I hate is when a player receives a pass in front of the three point line and hops behind the three point line for a shot. That is a travel. I call it but there are a lot of officials that don't. That is the same thing that they are calling now.

One thing that would help the game immensely is to call the spin move a travel as it is. 99.99+% of spin moves are travels. It really isn't all that difficult to make the call. If they call it the players will stop doing it. If it looks like a shitty spin move it MAY be legal but if the guy makes a full 360 spin without dribbling through it. Stop watching and start blowing the whistle.

Players are very resilient if you are consistent. I like how the incidence of hand checks have gone down. The players are no longer grabbing and clinging as the ball is coming up the court.

EDIT: It is really hard to tell from one play whether the travel was a problem during the game. This is clearly a travel but the question is how many travels during this game were called? What just happened on the other end of the floor? I didn't see this game so I can't really comment on it. They may not have called a travel all night and both sides looked like an NBA game. I have no idea.

At the end of the day, the officials are evaluated every game and are graded out. They are also graded out in the last 4 minutes. If you don't make the grade, next man up. There are thousands of people waiting to take that next step.

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Re: WVU vs. Texas Tech
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A 1 point away OT loss to a 2 loss team...not that terrible. (Vegas won big though)

As said, FT's killed us along with home cooking from the refs.

I'm not sure I've ever seen so many travel calls in a game since middle school.


I'll give you a couple of guesses what the point of emphasis is for the 2016-2017 NCAA rules.

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Re: WVU Football Thread for Things That Don't Need Their Own Thread
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Skylar was not tall enough for those quick hits over the middle


I don't think you are allowed to say that. I brought this point up and was soundly ridiculed because of simple math. Some people on here think three inches or so is not that big of deal.

They have never constructed a 20 yard triangle with a height of 3 inches at a distance of 6 feet. It turns out the distance is greatly too high at 15 and 20 yards.

This could be overcome with quickness to scramble away from the D-linemen but when you scramble like your feet have been submerged in Quickrete it is tough to move to a passing lane.

I am not a Skyler hater...I really like him. There are just times when it would be nice that everyone understands his limitations.

At the same time, you would think our vaunted offensive line that was in the top 10 in the country could have provided a little more engagement to their defensive line.

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Chicago murders hit all time high in 2016. [blamed on liberals policies].


You've picked a bad example of the ills of liberal policies. The carnage is Chicago is due to the free flow of weapons caused by NRA-inspired gun laws, which enable the supply of gang-bangers and mexican drug cartels. Chicago tried to halt the bloodshed with a law banning the possession of handguns, but the rabid-right Supreme Court, overturning 200 years of precedent, held the law unconstitutional. The NRA argument that more guns lead to fewer deaths is clearly absurd here. Many of the deaths were of armed gang-bangers. Their having guns didn't help them. Many of the others were drive bys. Having a gun is no protection in that case.

Happy New Year to you also!


This may be the biggest amount of misinformation and myth that I have ever read on here....and I have been a longtime member of this website.

The fact is that Chicago has had strict handgun laws for a long time. In fact, there has been no legal ability to carry a concealed weapon in the state of Illinois for A LONG time. The murder rate in Chicago

Here is the murder rate in Chicago.

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As you will notice, the murder rate is lower now than it has been in the past. Let's not blame the NRA for a populace that is gunning each other down like there is not tomorrow.

The problem ISN'T guns. The problem is the environment of no hope and no future. Fix the economic problems and the murders will go away. You don't need to mess around with guns.

EDIT: I have no idea how you can say that 200 years of precedent were overturned by the Supreme Court. That is probably the most egregious statement.

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Re: The official Sane Jane exploding head what uniform combination thread.
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We haven't wore assless chaps all year so I'm keeping my fingers crossed.

P.S. By "We" I don't mean me


So what you are saying is you have worn assless chaps this year?


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Re: Russell Athletic Bowl
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Miami is favored now by 3 points and that concerns me. Something smells very fishy when a team with a lesser record is favored, Miami (8-4, 5-3 ACC) over a 10-2 team. These guys in Vegas are pretty good BUT I hope they are wrong. The point spread tells me this could be a bad match up for WVU. Miami 37 WVU 31.


This is a VERY difficult game to predict. This is because both of these teams are very inconsistent. THe results depend greatly on which teams show up.

For WV, will the team that showed up against TCU and Texas Tech and the first half of BYU show up? Will the team that showed up through most of the Kansas State game, the first half of the Oklahoma and Oklahoma State games, BYU 4th quarter?

Which Miami team will show up? The team that played at Notre Dame? The team that showed up against Pitt or Florida State?

I think there is a slightly better chance that a more stable Miami team shows up than a stable WVU team shows up.

With that being said the spectrum of results for this game run the gamut from a WVU blow-out to a Miami blow-out. I would put my prediction to be a 2 point Miami win but I don't feel the game will be a two point game if that makes sense. I am just adding up all the possibilities and taking the average point differential.

I hope like everything that the team that played TCU and most of the Texas and team shows up and we win this one!

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Re: A piece from the Sunday (12/18) NY Times.
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Brobesen, Please go back and get some education! You are in need of some knowledge. The communist party has been the dominant party for 100 years and until the latter part of the twentieth century it was the only party allowed. Only someone totally lacking in knowledge of economics would assume a country could do without monetary units. Some private ownership is now allowed as long as it is allowed by Putin and the central government. For your information monetary units are required because every country buys and sell to other countries. Putin was originally the head of the KGB for the communist party. If you belong to the Russian Mafia which is headed by Putin you have many rights including the right to erase competition. If you are in the Mafia you have many economic rights and power as permitted by Putin. Originally only invited personnel could belong to the communist party. Communism is both a political party and an economic system. Go to Wikipedia and look up communism.and increase your knowledge a bit. Communism has always had rich people and being a communist doesn't preclude its dictator from having great wealth. Where on earth did you get that strange idea?


I have plenty of education. I also have plenty of education in economic systems. Apparently, from what you write to me....I see you do not....but keep making up things....eventually you might be right about something.

You keep bringing up the communist party. First off, the Communist Party in Russia dissolved and BANNED in 1991 by Boris Yeltsin. But don't let your complete ignorance of the matter stop you from spouting the same tired myths that were always spouted about Russia by our leaders. Putin is NOT a member of the communist party. His party is the United Russia party.

You keep talking about communist dictators. There is absolutely NO REQUIREMENT to have a single ruler, or to have a particular method of government. One could have communism being ruled by a democracy.

You seem to be so clueless about the issue that you can't hold a reasonable discussion of this point.

The meaning of Communism is seen in the word.....COMMUNE-ism.

A commune has no ranking by wealth as there is no NEED for wealth. People receive resources according to their need.

Your view about money further shows your complete lack of knowledge about the requirement for money. There is absolutely no need for a monetary unit to trade with other country's As long as my country maintains trade with other countries there is NO NEED for a local currency. If I sell oil to the US I get dollars. I can hold those dollars in my central bank until I require something from another country and pay for those goods ans services in other countries by converting dollars to say Euros or South African Rand. I do not in the slightest need Rubles to trade across borders.

In fact, capitalist countries wouldn't want Rubles. As a company owner, since I can't operate in Russia there is no use to me as a company to hold any Russian currency. Local currency in a society that does NOT allocate resources by wealth as a communist country is BY DEFINITION is a waste of time. It is useless!!

As for wealthy people existing in communist Russia....when Russia was closer to communism back in the 70s there was a lot less wealth segregation than there is now. As I say, Russia has NEVER been a communist country. They were attempting to BECOME a communist country in the 50s, 60s and 70s but that was then.

The US has a communist party also, does that make us communist? Oh, and by the way, the communist party of the US supported Hillary Clinton so if you supported Hillary you are a commie, right?

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Re: A piece from the Sunday (12/18) NY Times.
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brobison go back to school starting with the sixth grade and learn about the world during the last 100 years. Russia was and is dominated by the communist party. Putin was and is a communist and a dictator. Its easy to be a strong leader when you are a dictator. No wonder this country elects fools when many voters don't have a clue.


I don't need to go back to anything. What is the definition of communism?

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/communism

Here is a list of purported Communist countries. You will note that Russia is not listed.

http://geography.about.com/od/lists/tp/communistcountries.htm

Having a communist party doesn't make you communist. The name of the organization tells you what it is:

The Union of Soviet SOCIALIST Republic.

Communism is an economic system not a government system.

Could you have private property in the Soviet Union? Yes. You could. Therefore there is no communism.

What is the monetary denomination of the Soviet Union? The Ruble. Communism has no need for currency because all property is public property.

Putin is a LONG LONG LONG way from a communist. If you think he is a communist you are sadly mistaken. The man has a net worth of $70 million. Doesn't sound much like a communist to me.

http://www.bornrich.com/vladmir-putin.html

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Re: A piece from the Sunday (12/18) NY Times.
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By the way 92WVUGRAD do you consider Communism right wing or left wing? Trump has a great love for communist Russia as does his newly nominated secretary of state, just asking. Think hard which side you are on.


Russia is not communist. Russia has never been communist. The Soviet Union was not nor has it ever been Communist.

Communist China was closer to communism but it was not communist either.

Short of Native Americans I do not know of another group of individuals that have ever been communist.

I think the biggest problem with our populace is that they do not understand basic economic fundamentals.

Trump and his people have a great love of Putin. Putin is a strong leader as opposed to Obama. That is factual given by how Putin has pretty much bested Obama at every turn and the reason that Asad's regime will win the Syrian civil war.

The other reason that Trump and his SOS love Russia has nothing whatsoever to do with communism and EVERYTHING to do with capitalism.

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Re: WVU Football Thread for Things That Don't Need Their Own Thread
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If you have a way WVU can make up the $475,000 or so difference, I am sure they'd love to hear it.


This is probably the weakest argument I have ever heard. We went from about $9.5-ish million a year in the Big East to $25.2 million from the Big 12 and another $8 million or so from tier 3 rights. They have also received an EXTRA $1.1 million in contributions to the MAC.

The average PROFIT from a home football game is north of $2 million per game. So paying $475K more for a MAC team is going to break the bank?! Come on!!!!!

That is just pure unadulterated greed. You can not make a reasonable business case for NOT playing a better opponent....well you can...but come on this is insane.

If you want to move up to the big boy table in sports....you need to move up to the big boy table in scheduling. Since we aren't an SEC powerhouse or a named team. We need to do that via scheduling.

As bad as people didn't want to play Marshall, Marshall would be a better opponent than Delaware State. But I guess we have to schedule them for recruiting purposes right?


Know what WVU football cleared in 2014? $5,094,659 (the lowest in the Big 12 FYI) after being paid 3.2 million to play Alabama in Atlanta. Take that away and it was $1,894,659. You want to pay Charlotte or Ball State $900,000 to fill the Alabama spot that season? Come on.

Even with more of the Big 12 television revenue, there is no reason to go spending like a drunken sailor.

WVU likes making money and if they can save they are. Who care if we are playing Delaware State? It will draw the same amount of fans as a MAC or Sun Belt team. And WVU will walk away with more money in the athletic department.

It seems like big money to us, but WVU is small potatoes compared to other programs. It feels like some of our fans cannot understand that. If WVU can save 500,000 dollars on a game no one will care about, it will. And it should.


In 2014 we didn't receive a full share of the $25.2 million. We only got about half that. About $14 million. So now. Add $11.5 million to that $5 million and see where you come out in the Big 12.

It isn't like Ohio State makes all that much more. They get about $33 million this year. Seems like they can pay MAC teams.

I don't really care what they do, but when you guys bitch and complain about how we aren't given the respect we deserve when we struggle to beat Delaware State next year I don't want to hear your complaints. You, in effect, sold out for $475K. Take your $475K to the bank and stop wanting to have respect when you have pimped yourself out for that much money.

Now realize that all things being equal it wouldn't be an issue, but all things aren't equal. The Big 12 has been claimed to be the weakest conference in the Power 5. We sit and rip on Baylor for their OOC schedule over the last number of years and we schedule a team.....THAT HAS ONLY WON 3 GAMES AT THEIR LEVEL OVER THE LAST 3 YEARS, and NONE last year!!!!!

Do we get MORE money for scheduling them?! You will find that this game will be the weakest attended game on our schedule by a long shot. There are plenty of teams we could schedule that would actually FILL our stadium....Marshall being one of them.

EDIT: You can't run a sports program by pinching pennies. I know that people in West Virginia and Southwestern PA have gone through the Bob Nutting program of sports management but that program does little to bring respect to a team....and in the end makes a team the laughing stock.

Posted on: 12/15 11:10 am
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