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Re: Rich rod to vt chokies
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Weren't some of his 'investments' in Blacksburg?


Not what I meant but...yes they were.

Posted on: 4/21 9:49 pm
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Re: Rich rod to vt chokies
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I could see this happening very easily for Rich's personal reasons. I'll leave it at that.

Posted on: 4/21 12:22 pm
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Re: 2014 Hottest Year on Record
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DAMN!

It sure is COLD sitting here by the Inner Harbor today.

April 21st??? That can't be right.

BRRRRR!



Hmmmmm. Interesting. The weather channel app says it is 63 there right now. The historical average temperature for April in the inner harbor is 55.5 per internet historical records.

Amazing how our bodies gets used to and expects global warming and when it is only MODERATLY hotter than the historical average we think it is cold......its all relative.


http://www.weatherbase.com/weather/weather.php3?s=74081

Posted on: 4/21 12:17 pm
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Re: Is coach K overrated?
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Should we just do away with replay in ncaa? Even replays on TV?


I think we should get rid of instant replay in all sports everywhere. We have a false belief that with replay we will get better answers. While it may be the case sometimes, the bias which goes into the call overshadows any value the replay system gives you. As a result, I think it hurts the game. Not to mention everyone standing around tightening up waiting for a ruling.

In another thread, which people may not have read about the Pirates I lamented watching two fat guys and a nerd holding headphones while someone somewhere tried to determine if the white blur of a pitched ball made contact with a brown blur which was McCutheon's bat. In the end the umpire was overruled and it was called a foul ball. I have no idea how two blurs are undisputable evidence.

Posted on: 4/7 4:24 pm
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Re: WVU a Jeopardy Answer Today 6/6/15
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What was the questionanswer?


Morgantown is the home to the Mountaineers of this university.


Posted on: 4/7 1:13 pm
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Re: WVU a Jeopardy Answer Today 6/6/15
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But the guy answered University of West Virginia. His answer was ruled correct.


I think that technically he would be correct. I am pretty sure if they haven't changed it the official name for WVU is:

The University of West Virginia, West Virginia University.

I could be wrong about that. Anyone else remember that from when the state went to a single university system?

Posted on: 4/7 12:34 pm
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Re: Is coach K overrated?
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Some might say that this is John Wooden's best move as a coach, associating with this guy.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam_Gilbert_%28businessman%29

Posted on: 4/7 8:09 am
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Re: Is coach K overrated?
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Throw is the lack of 1 and dones and/or kids leaving early.


While that is true, there is a lot more scrutiny of programs today than there was back in Wooden's day. Wooden's booster program was as corrupt as they come and Wooden went through life "not knowing" what they were doing. They were paying players and getting the best players by far. How does a single coach get one of the greatest big men in NBA history (Jabar) and then follow that up with, had he remained healthy, the next greatest in the game (Walton). A Jabar or a Walton come along to a coach once in a career.

Posted on: 4/7 8:07 am
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Re: Is coach K overrated?
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No.

I don't know anyone that is saying that he is the greatest coach in the history of the game. He is certainly a great coach. He has played in 9 finals. That is pretty good. Certainly the last 12 years have not been as good but it shouldn't detract from his greatness. How many Final Fours has Huggins been to? Not 12 I will tell you that.

John Wooden had 12 final fours in 30 years. 12 in 40 years is pretty good. Getting to the final four is VERY HARD!

He has won Gold Medals in the Olympics also.

EDIT: This is the 12th final four for Coach K not the 10th. It will be the 9th finals game.

Posted on: 4/5 8:18 pm
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Re: Anyone think a Huggins team/player would get a pass on this one?
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I mean rally and burn a gas station,


....And then where will we get our news?!

Posted on: 4/5 2:53 pm
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Re: WVU Football Thread for Things That Don't Need Their Own Thread
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I had trouble finding Holgorsen and couldn't find him. I thought if the new KU coach and the new Pitt coach were ranked higher than him the whole poll was BS but I see him at 43 and I think that is pretty fair.

Posted on: 4/3 1:28 pm
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Re: 2014 Hottest Year on Record
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Yes, 100% proof of gravity - you experience it every day.

100% proof of evolution? Whoa, that's another topic alllll together.


Actually it is funny that, in fact, MORE is known about evolution than gravity but we all agree about gravity but not evolution. We experience EVOLUTION every day too but most people are too stupid or stubborn to realize it.

Evolution was hypothesized over 150 years ago. It has since made predictions about biological life that was not even KNOWN when it was created and it passes EVERY test. We found an entire new family of life in undersea thermal vents and they validate that evolution is not violated.


....and yet we go.....that is another topic altogether. It is another topic than gravity that is true but why call attention to its difference?

Posted on: 4/2 8:25 pm
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Re: 2014 Hottest Year on Record
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historically that is wrong, the catholic church scientifically proved there was a god, so how could that even be questioned.




WOW! I don't even know where to start. Can you please refer me to the "scientific" study that "proved" there is a god?

You can always question science! That is what makes it great! If you choose to discredit a theory go ahead. Test it and try to make it fail. If you make it fail you will become quite famous. As famous as the person that found the theory in the first place.

On a related note, Tylenol has "scientifically" proven that Tylenol is a miracle cure for every ailment known to mankind.

I think anyone that uses the Catholic church and science in the same sentence has some serious issues. As a scientist, I find that offensive especially when you realize the number of scientists that have been murdered by the Catholic church.

In full disclosure there have been a few priests that have been quite important to science but these are gross exceptions and not the rule. Religious leaders in other Christian denominations have been far better contributors to science.

Posted on: 4/2 7:31 am
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Re: Concerned about Egypt? You BETTER BE!
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Do you know if they made every model of vehicle in America get 7 miles more to the gallon we would not be dependent on foreign oil.

Here's a better idea alcohol can be made from the fermentation of organic materials such as switchgrass and then converted to ethanol. Why can't they start a program where you set your lawnclippings out with your garbage and they be taken to a central facility and be made into ethanol. Low cost and not much profit gas and oil companies is my guess.


THat is interesting. I don't think the two are compatible. I have a Chevy Volt. I can't use gas with Ethanol in it.

As for the whole Ethanol problem I don't think it is very effective. I mean even Al Gore admits his touting of Ethanol was a huge mistake. The amount of energy you have to utilize to get the energy out of it is pretty close. I don't see that happening anytime soon. I am more intriqued with the idea of using large amounts of algae to produce oil. I don't know if this will be feasible anytime soon but that would be CO2 neutral. Certainly solar energy is the way to go. I also agree that to some extent energy companies' have a lot of incentive to make only methods that are highly capital intensive to be the way we get energy since they are highly capital leveraged.

I actually don't think WE specifically are dependent on foreign oil anymore but it doesn't matter because all of our trading partners are.

Posted on: 3/26 8:02 am
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Re: Which alum would you like to see at the game?
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I think it would be awesome if Ira Rodgers showed up. I would like to see him there.

Posted on: 3/25 12:24 pm
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Re: Bring on Maryland
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That is a ridiculous statement.


Really? Because I have played more sports than many people have watched on TV over the course of about 15 years and I have NEVER blamed any loss on the officials. I have lost games by one point and won games by one point. I also have NEVER said that a referee GAVE me the game. If I felt my talent won the game I have to say that my talent lost the game. That is called being accountable.

Add to that the myriad of great coaches that I have had I have NEVER heard ONE of them state that the officials in general, and A SINGLE CALL in particular was EVER the reason we lost a game. Even in the privacy of our practices. The kid who touched the ball admitted that he shouldn't have done it. How much more culpable do you have to be? I feel really bad for the kid but I agree with him. Are you telling me he knew he had it legally? He didn't. That is just too close to know for sure.

The excuse of a bad call cost the team the game is just that. There are COUNTLESS things SMU could have done, SHOULD have done.

Once again, not saying that officials are perfect but as long as their imperfections across the game and season are unbiased, THEY did not win or lose a game. There are errors in every part of the game. These errors can have an effect on the game. The officials call had an effect on the game. Did it lose the game? No. The guy who bricked 2 shots at the end lost the game and the poor shooting and the poor free throw shooting during the game.

EDIT: Now if you want to talk about whether the officials have biases or not that is another topic, and one which has merit but to say anything about a single call worth 3 points out of 120 points is like trying to say that OJ walked because the prosecution messed up 2 sentences in their closing argument. Now how idiotic does that sound?

Posted on: 3/24 5:39 pm
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Re: Bring on Maryland
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Yeah just imagine if Adrian wasn't held. But I forgot, perfect video evidence of a hold is "pathetic".


You believe that he couldn't make his move with the guys arm laying on his bicep?

Posted on: 3/24 1:30 pm
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Re: Bring on Maryland
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Thanks for posting the link to the play.....

Two things I didn't realize when I first saw the play was the look that the "center" has on the whole play. He is the guy you see over Staten's shoulder I was hoping at least that another player would be hiding this debacle.

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One - the reason Adrian was "late" to the screen was because the Maryland player was holding him. He clearly has Adrian wrapped around the right shoulder preventing Adrian from getting up to set the screen ... SO FOUL on Marylnad was the CORRECT call.


You think that this is a hold on Maryland? Really? The guy has his hand on Adrian's shoulder and this prevents him from moving his feet? That is pretty pathetic. Adrian is 6' 9" 240 pounds or so and an armed touching his bicep keeps him from getting to his spot? And you would call a foul on this? Talk about ticky tack fouls.

Even with the contact, Adrian has the screenee in sight. He should know the rule that AFTER he stops the guy has to have a normal step to miss him. Staten sees Adrian so Adrian can stop any time. With Staten on the correct side of Trimble he can aim for Adrian's hip utilizing the screen. Adrian doesn't have to go anywhere at all after the arm is lifted from his arm. It isn't like Adrian has to get to a specific spot on the floor.




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Re: Bring on Maryland
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You are delusional when it comes to discussions about referees. If one team would have won BUT FOR the wrong call, then the game was decided by that call, by definition. You can stick your head in the sand about it, but the reality is that one team moved on and one team didn't as a result of the referee's mistake. Apparently your argument is that referees have no responsibility whatsoever because the teams might have done something different during the game to put themselves in a different position. The fact is that the team put itself in a position to win, the other team didn't, and the refs changed the outcome. You cannot ref a game that might have happened, you have to ref the game that actually happened.


I am not delusional at all. I am pragmatic. It is delusional to believe that the only period that determines the game is the last 20 seconds. The game of basketball is a 40 minute game. So in the game that you refer where the game is extremely evenly matched the first 20 seconds is JUST AS IMPORTANT as the last 20 seconds.

By the way....AFTER the goal tending was awarded SMU had not one but TWO chances from VERY makeable distance to win the game. They missed their shots.....but the referee lost the game. That is an asinine comment any way you make it. Did the officials err in fact. Yes. Would I have called goal tending on that play? Probably. The rule says that it is a makeable basket the official cannot know that the ball is an inch and a half below the rim. You simply can't know that. Anyone that thinks you can obviously has never refereed a basketball game, especially when you are ALSO trying to determine if people are on the rebounders back.

I never said that the referees have NO responsibility. They have a responsibility to referee the game to the best of their ability. They do not as you DELUSIONALLY believe have a requirement to be RIGHT 100% of the time. NO ONE was right 100% of the time. In the end, let's say the officials missed 5 calls during the game (Not an unreasonable assumption given that the the average good official grades out between 92-94%.

Now realize that SMU shot 36% from the field.

36%

I know there are a lot of morons on here that say shooting doesn't matter but even if you MATCH the other teams percentage of 43% that is 6 more points right there. As I say there is no way that in a game of 120 or so shots to say that 1 is the deciding factor in the game is crazy and to further say that a ruling on ONE of those is the difference in the game. It was 6 versus 11.....take care of business and when you don't don't blame the official.

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Re: Bring on Maryland
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Then why is there never an intentional foul called on teams that are losing late in the game who are forcing the other team to shoot free throws? Those fouls are clearly INTENTIONAL fouls so why is it never an INTENTIONAL FOUL?


I would not say never. In general, I agree that there should be more intentional fouls called but it is a normal convention of the game that both sides want the ability to foul late in the game. I do occasionally call an intentional foul. One that should be called is when the foul is made with the clock stopped in order to keep the clock from starting.


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Also every now and then you see those monster picks when a player gets knocked to the ground in a muddled heap of writhing flesh and there is never a foul called for that either. Also, like it's been mentioned, Adrian is clearly held. No call on the Adrian hold, no call on the incidental contact.


Had Adrian stopped one step before he did and the same effect occurred it is not and issue of incidental contact or foul it is LEGAL contact. You have the legal right to screen provided it is legally done. I have seen MANY legal screens in which a player gets hurt. I even had a girl life flighted to Children's Hospital from the effects of a LEGAL screen. Was a foul called? No.

As I said above, just because a screen is illegal DOESN'T make it a foul. In this instance, clearly a player was placed at a disadvantage. It is a foul.

As for the hold, two wrongs don't make a right. I didn't see a hold but I will try to watch it again to see what I see if I can find it on youtube. Does anyone have a link to the play?


Posted on: 3/24 8:43 am
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