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Penn State Basketball / Re: Tim Frazier in the NBA
« on: Today at 08:55 AM »
Frazier's contract isn't guaranteed until August 1. The Trailblazers have 16 players under contract for 15 roster spots. They just brought in Pressey, who has the same game as Frazier.

Say a prayer for Tim. He may not get the best news tomorrow.

Given how much cap room the Blazers have and how small Tim's contract is, they very well may keep him for now. NBA teams are allowed to carry as many as 20 players in the offseason.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: Yesterday at 09:13 AM »
They have, you just happened to talk about Brown not being there for long a couple days before a report about "lack of coach control" comes out.

OT / Re: Deflategate and Other NFL news
« on: Yesterday at 08:46 AM »
There's something really bizarre about Tom Brady serving the same suspension that Greg Hardy is serving.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: Yesterday at 08:44 AM »
Chances of SMU either not having Brown as coach or having NCAA sanctions before either player would get through college: high.

Possibly your most well timed comment ever.

Penn State Basketball / Re: General College Hoops
« on: Yesterday at 08:43 AM »
So about hiring Larry Brown instead of Pat Chambers....

Y sources: SMU met with NCAA Committee on Infraction; Larry Brown facing "lack of coach control" charge.

« on: July 27, 2015, 01:27 PM »
By stricter gun laws, I'd suggest such things as mandatory training and licensing.

And who has to make sure everyone gets a license and is trained? What kind of program is sufficient? What kind of license does someone need? Do all current gun owners have to go through these same requirements? These are all relevant questions that make your idea a false hope because it is going to expend a vast amount of government resources to implement and we just don't have the resources available to do such a thing.

Mental health care is not something we would "enforce".

Thank you for your obedience but I'm not sure why you were so hung up on the word enforce. Clearly a prospective gun owner would have to go through a mental health check sufficient for the government to render them capable of owning and handling a firearm. Surely this would require some level of enforcement to make sure (1) that the mental health check is being followed appropriately and (2) that the people who own guns meet this requirement. Then you have the issue of competency and incompetency to own/handle a firearm, which may cause re-testing if necessary. 

We have issues treating mental health for some reason.  I saw several articles on Penn Live last week about poor mental health care in our criminal justice system.  If we'd figure out how to get these people treated properly, maybe they never enter the prison system in the first place. 

There's plenty of literature regarding this topic if you want to do more research on it and think if you are interested you may want to expand from PennLive. I've been researching it often because I've been wondering if I've been going through some kind of depression and/or anxiety over the past couple of years. But I think a large part of it is that the public just doesn't understand much about mental illness and how it impacts a person. It's a hard topic to read about and understand, the fact that the criminal justice system may be guilty of this as well just speaks to the difficulties it is to figure these kinds of things out. A lot of the science is good but it's just not well known among the population.

Almost 15m people are depressed in the United States in a year, and almost 40m people are diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. Sure there's some overlap but we're talking about approximately 1 in 4-5 people having some kind of depression and/or anxiety.

Personally speaking, I think finding more and properly diagnosing mental illness would go a long way as opposed to finding some haphazard way to enforce gun laws because more people die of depression related suicide than homicide. Let's figure that out, then move on to guns if they are still the major issue. Guns are so entrenched at this point that I find it nearly impossible to find any readily available solution for the US.

« on: July 27, 2015, 11:33 AM »
I am in favor of at least these two things that could help reduce the number of homicides by gun AND the number of homicides overall.

1.  Stronger gun laws.
2.  Better mental health care.

Given what we've seen of the government over the years and the lapses that often occur when things should've been done, do you really believe that we can enforce these things effectively? It seems like a good idea but I have little faith any of that could be specifically enforced in any sort of meaningful way.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 26, 2015, 02:30 PM »
Corey Evans has predicted PSU getting both Carr and Painter per the 24/7 Crystal Ball.  Believe he has Stevens going to Indiana.

He hasn't made a prediction regarding Stevens. Jerry Meyer has Stevens to Indiana though.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: July 25, 2015, 07:00 PM »
This isn't a common story in B1G Basketball! Iowa C Adam Woodbury is forgoing his last year of college basketball to sign a deal with WWE and go to their developmental program.

EDIT - Never mind, this is a joke article.

OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 25, 2015, 05:37 AM »
Erickson had zero, zilch, nada, no reason to agree to the consent decree.  NCAA had nothing and the entire world knew it.  The only reason to do so is if you're complicit in the grand scheme.

Nah, that's not an overstatement at all.

OT / Re: Jerry Sandusky - all relevant threads consolidated
« on: July 24, 2015, 09:27 PM »
Erickson?  Give me a break.  He sold his academic soul to get a better retirement.


« on: July 24, 2015, 07:09 PM »
Guns don't commit murders. Look at the other charts TA posted. We have a violence problem. Eliminating guns won't solve that problem. We need to focus our attention on solving the violence instead of arguing over guns. Think about it. Who ever heard of road rage 20 years ago?  Bullying has gotten out of control since I was in school. It goes on and on. Guns aren't the cause. Why don't we fix the actual problem for once?

We do have a violence problem but if you don't think the efficacy and availability of guns has an impact on that violence you are mistaken. The ideas that bullying or road rage are somehow worse today I don't necessarily agree with absent some kind of unbiased statistical measure.

You seem to just be shouting about a variety of things in a way to deflect from guns, which I'm not sure why you are doing so.

« on: July 24, 2015, 06:16 PM »
My point was simply the manipulation of the statistics in the article.  There is clearly a much larger problem that deserves more focus.  Seems like we keep trying to wave the gun thing out there to distract us from the real problem.

How can guns not be a part of the real problem? They are readily available and the most efficient way to kill someone. There's a reason they are chosen over other means that someone could use to commit homicide. If you think it is solely people, that's wrong. If you think it is solely guns, that's wrong. It's a mix of the two, they both are intertwined with one another.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 24, 2015, 04:22 PM »
The Sixers drafted Mudiay?  Can't wait to see him in uniform.  (I'm assuming you knew he was drafted by Denver and just had a brain fart).
Brain cramp, though with all the picks the Sixers had this year, saying someone was drafted by them is probably a safe guess  ;)

Nah, because then that would imply that they'd be on the floor this year. ;)

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 24, 2015, 03:38 PM »
Just for clarification's sake, Mudiay was drafted by the Nuggets.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 22, 2015, 02:34 PM »
How exactly does this crystal ball non-sense work?  I mean, 86%? Not 85%  Or 87%?

oh i see, it's literally just 7 dudes predicting where he's going. such methodology

See picture above.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 22, 2015, 12:20 PM »
LOL. Am I being way too cautious with my internal cautiously optimistic mind game strategy? 

Just a little rib sir.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 22, 2015, 09:42 AM »
We could get 86% of 100 crystal balls and it doesn't mean anything unless he suits up for us.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 21, 2015, 10:52 PM »
Kegler we had offered already. Don't know much about Blackwell.

Penn State Basketball / Re: General College Hoops
« on: July 21, 2015, 03:11 PM »
P.S. Is Staten playing in the NBA summer league? How is he doing?   
P.S. #2  Another team I usually enjoy watching is VCU! Maybe I just like defensive hustle and pressure! BUT I never enjoyed watching Louisville and their press. Funny, huh.

Juwan Staten played for the Sacramento Kings in Summer League I believe. Not sure what his status is now that SL is over.

I do agree with the distinction between VCU and Louisville. I think a lot of it may have to do with perception of the two teams. One is a giant in the collegiate landscape, the other is a mid major out of Virginia, albeit a very successful one. I also think that VCU just plays a more fun brand of basketball because they get out and run. Since Shaka Smart was there, VCU was top 100 in AdjTempo 4 out of 6 seasons, Louisville in that same time period only achieved top 100 in AdjTempo once.

I do like tough defense and full court pressure, like you, my issues tend to come from hand checking and fouling. Getting some of the unnecessary physicality out of college basketball would go a long way I think in making the game more fun to watch.

Penn State Basketball / Re: General College Hoops
« on: July 21, 2015, 07:51 AM »
WVU was fun to watch last season. Intense full court pressure defense!!

I thought they were the dirt worst and disagree that they were any fun to watch last year. It was like watching a football team try to play basketball, they were trying to be a bunch of bullies on the floor. They fouled at an alarmingly high rate (They were dead last in D1 with the highest Defensive FTA/FGA in the nation) and the quality of games they played just weren't there. Everything was so stop start, there's a reason they gave up so many points. I hope the era of coaches like Huggins comes to an end soon, cannot stand him even in the slightest.

But his argument that we're going to see less scoring when there will be more possessions per game is most likely going to be wrong. The NBA talk of his is just incorrect, if he thinks NBA teams are struggling getting shots up v. a 24 second shot clock, then he's wrong, just like if he thinks driving will be precluded by the new arc under the basket, he's wrong too.

The 30 second shot clock is going to up the tempo and create more possessions per game. That alone will create more scoring opportunities and almost definitely more points.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 21, 2015, 07:27 AM »
I think Eric is arguing that the staff would be unlikely to jeopardize a crowning achievement like a Carr commitment by aggressively seeking a commitment from Moore.

This would be fine and I agree that we shouldn't jeopardize Carr's commitment but no one has said on any site (that I frequent anyway) that we should aggressively seek Moore's commitment or even really suggested it. It's just been speculative talk for the sake of it in the summer months when there's not much to talk about but recruiting.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 20, 2015, 08:41 PM »
This Alani Moore talk is getting out of control.

How dare us not have a conversation about different possibilities to your liking.

Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: July 20, 2015, 05:53 PM »
So, if Moore verbals, what would that mean for Carr?  Would we take both?  Would Carr still be interested?


OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 20, 2015, 04:24 PM »
This would be the first time I've been mad at the front office if this is true. They have in general been up front and honest vut not about this.

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