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Sports

October 31, 2014

"Which NCAA Football Teams Outplay Their Recruit Rankings?"

Short answer:

. . . Navy had the most distance between talent and success. Despite military-academy restrictions that make recruiting top players difficult, Navy made bowl games in four of the last five seasons as they outperformed their recruiting expectations by 57.4 spots on average.

October 28, 2014

"Defining 'Lack of Institutional Control'"

Here's the Door's prediction for what the NCAA will do regarding the recent revelations of awful malfeasance at UNC-CH: they'll find that Chapel Hill guilty not of "lack of institutional control" but of a "failure to monitor". That will probably cost them a few scholarships for a couple of years, but will preserve the 2005 national championship, their accreditation, and everything else they really care about

Not saying that that's right--it isn't--but that's what will probably happen.

(In this I'm in accord with Dennis Dodd's blistering column, "UNC should get death penalty in academic fraud case, but it won't".)

Oh, and note this choice bit from the AP report:

The AFAM department escaped external reviews required every five years because it lacked a graduate program. Nyang'oro was also exempt from peer reviews for tenured faculty because he was a department chairman.

You can't make stuff like this up.

October 26, 2014

"The Biggest Flaw With The New College Football Playoff Is Already A Huge Problem"

As I knew they would, the bellyaching about the new playoff are already starting in earnest.

I'd like to think that people will eventually realize that with the necessarily limited number of games college football teams can play, there never will be a perfect playoff system. 

But I won't hold my breath. 

October 25, 2014

"What Makes Chip . . . *Chip*?

Long but very interesting profile of the Eagles's coach.

October 24, 2014

"U.N.C. Boosters Outraged That Some Athletes Took Real Classes"

Andy Borowitz, not trying to satirize conservatives for once:

An organization of University of North Carolina athletic boosters expressed shock and outrage today over a report that a few members of U.N.C. sports teams may have taken real classes, despite the widespread availability of fake ones.

"The Best NBA Doppelgängers"

"You’ll never be able to unsee these."

October 16, 2014

"In Defense of Coaches Who Yell"

Jennifer Wilson, writing in Esquire. Bravo.

My kids have great egos. Their dad and I tell them when they're rocking it, and we tell them when they screw up. We hug them either way.

But when they are beyond the boundaries of our loving home, most people won't consider them the perfect little starfish that we do. And they have to know how to deal with that. How to prove their worth. In swimming, that means they'll do so by not sucking.

So no, I'm not scared of the old-school coach and his vigorous saliva spray of enthusiasm. But you know what I am scared of? I'm scared of kids who have the crap pampered out of them. Who think every single thing they do is precious and correct.

October 12, 2014

"The Ring Leader: Bill Russell helped the Celtics rule their sport like no team ever has"

A fine tribute by Frank Deford to the greatest team athlete ever, William Felton Russell.

October 11, 2014

"The Left Arm of God: Sandy Koufax was more than just a perfect pitcher"

Fine piece. Sandy is pretty much a mensch.

October 10, 2014

"AC Milan Player Passes Around The Goalie, Fools Everyone With Backheel Goal"

Pretty darn good

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