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OT / Re: Racism - homophobia discussion
« on: Yesterday at 05:48 PM »
I was talking about the white people in the audience that did NOT raise their hands, not the black ones who did.  They are the ones who would have reacted 2 different ways depending on the situation.

But those people aren't racist. They just don't want to do anything that would make them seem racist. That's the whole point.

Sure it is.

As soon as you react to on person or group differently than you would act towards another based solely on their race, ...well, that's racism.

People always assume that bigotry and racism is the are interchangeable, but that's not the case.

Racism does not always have to do with negative characteristics.  If you assume an Asian is good at math, that's racism.

It depends why you believe that.  If you think it's because of their race, then I agree.  If you think it's because their culture does a better job of teaching math in school, then I disagree.

racism [rey-siz-uh m]

noun
1. a belief or doctrine that inherent differences among the various human racial groups determine cultural or individual achievement, usually involving the idea that one's own race is superior and has the right to dominate others or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.

2.  a policy, system of government, etc., based upon or fostering such a doctrine; discrimination.

3.  hatred or intolerance of another race or other races.

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OT / Re: Re: 2015 NCAA Men's Basketball Transfer Speculation
« on: Yesterday at 06:02 AM »
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I was at Joe Rogan's stand up show last October in Philadelphia. The comic he had on before him was Ian Edwards. Ian (who is black) asked the audience a question, "if you saw three black men in hoodies walking down the sidewalk towards you, would you cross the street?" Pretty much no one raise their hand except for the black guys in the audience and he was laughing at all the non-blacks for trying to be so accepting (and he made it far funnier than I did). It's cool to admit that you'd be uncomfortable in that situation, just like it's cool to admit that some elements of some cultures make you feel uneasy or you don't understand them.

BRAVO !!!   DEAD ON !!!

If the situation were the same, and it was 3 white "rednecks" in hoodies walking towards you, would you cross the street?  Sure.  So, are you making a judgment or action based on race?  Yes.  ...That's racism.

If you cross the street with 3 whites in hoodies walking toward you, and you cross the street with 3 black men in hoodies walking toward you , why is that racism? 
Maybe it is just prudent to cross the street when 3 men walking in hoodies are approaching.  That in itself, probably has me crossing the street.  That does not make the decision to do so racism.

Right. Three thug looking dudes are scary regardless of skin color. Three dudes in business suits are not scary regardless of skin color. It's how people are acting, how they are dressed, many other factors, not skin color that trigger fear for me.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: NCAA tourney
« on: Yesterday at 05:57 AM »
I picked 7 out of the 8 teams that are in the elite 8. Unfortunately the one I got wrong is the team I picked to go all the way. My bracket is toast.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: March 27, 2015, 03:44 PM »
Eric Holder is right after all. There is racism in the US, and we are cowards for not having a discussion. Our President is an anti-Semite. A nihilistic, narcissistic anti-Semite. What a petty, petulant, self centered loser. A scholar? Anyone have a single brief he's written? Harvard Law Review editor without a single legal publication? How is that even possible? I mean, don't editors sort of write things before being annointed editors? Yes, Virginia, this is "The Emperor's New Clothes" in real life. Wow, what a cipher. This is an unprecedented breach of a security relationship honored by every other US President. Little man. Loves Iran though. Congress will crush him on the Iran deal.

A Shocking Breach


So kid, when Italy's high court uphold's Amanda Knox's conviction, but the State Department refuses to hand her over, is Obama going to be an self-centered anti-Italian loser who refuses to abide by international law?   Or when he does hand her over is he going to be an anti-american coward who fails to protect his citizens from the vagaries of fascist foreign courts?

Care to take a stand on this one ahead of time?   Or will you, like usual, just wait til Obama does something, then rant against it? 


Screw the Italians.  Make them try her here under our rules if they want her back.  If Obama goes against me I'll rant against him.  If he keeps her here, I'll slap him on the back and raise a glass in his name.

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Derrick Gordon from UMass?

He's somewhere in the non-graduate transfer guard mix.


A recent Boston Globe article said Gordon was going to graduate this spring.

I saw he would graduate this summer and be eligible to play this fall.  Interesting that he's the first openly gay play in division 1 basketball and nobody seems to care.  Imagine that.  I guess society is making progress.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: March 26, 2015, 02:47 PM »
None of this has answered my original question.

Is this situation some sort of an epidemic that most of us are unaware is happening?

Which was related to this comment.

A female texts a male and asks him if he wants to come to her room. She includes in the text that she has condoms. He goes over, they have sex, and a month later she accuses him of rape. He gets interrogated by campus personnel, is not allowed to have representation, and the board who interrogates him, finds him guilty, and he gets expelled.

Which I certainly assumed was a rhetorical question. 

It was bait that went uneaten.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: March 26, 2015, 02:11 PM »
None of this has answered my original question.

Is this situation some sort of an epidemic that most of us are unaware is happening?

Which was related to this comment.

A female texts a male and asks him if he wants to come to her room. She includes in the text that she has condoms. He goes over, they have sex, and a month later she accuses him of rape. He gets interrogated by campus personnel, is not allowed to have representation, and the board who interrogates him, finds him guilty, and he gets expelled.

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OT / Re: NCAA
« on: March 26, 2015, 11:25 AM »

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: March 26, 2015, 11:05 AM »
I am wondering how good Noel can be on a good team.  He is looking like he is developing into the top pick in his draft.

But bad teams elevate players stats, just like Roy Hinson whom Sixers fans remember as the player we got for Number 1 pick Brad Daugherty and the start of our downfall.

like MCW was a part creation of his chance to play and his good but not great skill set, if you can get someone to overvalue your players at this time and get good return in trades do you consider it.

By the end of the year Noel will be at a premium value.   Does Hinke dare trade him if we can draft Okefor?

Problem with this is, you are almost betting Embid is going to stay healthy.

The Penguins did this by pairing average players with Mario for a year and then trading them with inflated stats they never again achieved for the components of their cup teams.

As far as picks, I don't see them getting the lakers pick and I see the lakers getting back into the playoffs next year.  Something like Milwaukee's assent.  Need the Lakers to make a run and some luck.  The last of which rarely happens for Philly fans


Noel will block shots, play great defense and rebound regardless of the other players.  Guards tend to elevate their stats more on bad teams than big men since they have the ball.  The offense doesn't flow through Noel much either, so he isn't padding his stats like the black hole also known as Armon Gilliam used to do.  I'm not worried about him.  I think he'll be fine.

The Lakers won't do anything until 2016 when the cap explodes upward. That's when a bunch of big name free agents will be available.  They won't make the playoffs next year.  I can't imagine them being much better than this year either.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: March 26, 2015, 01:08 AM »
The Sixers are up to 18 wins -- on shy of last year. Noel had another solid night with 14 points, 15 rebounds, 4 blocks and 4 steals.

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Did we forget about Alexis, when he transferred to Philly U, and played us in an exhibition game, also came back and TORCHED our front court?

I forget, was that against our front court this year?  Or are we trying to use our roster from 3 years ago to make this analysis?
May not have been this year, but Jon Graham made our bigs look silly, and that was this year.

I wouldn't argue that point.  But Pete Alexis? 

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: March 25, 2015, 05:18 PM »
Nice to see there are some PSU basketball fans who have money, too :)

http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/032515aab.html



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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Penn State long-time supporters Peter and Ann Tombros have committed the leading gift to begin renovations to the Penn State basketball film room and training table.

The gift will propel the $1.1 million project, which encompasses the creation of a state-of-the art film room in the Bryce Jordan Center. The training table updates include a new server and eating area for Nittany Lion student-athletes, coaches and support staff as well as additional storage


A server? Really? I guess our boys just can't serve themselves.





Define "server".  Could just be the person who sets out the food.  On the other hand, while I can serve myself, I hate buffets because other people touch the food.  So I'd rather have a server as the only person with their hands near the food.

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Did we forget about Alexis, when he transferred to Philly U, and played us in an exhibition game, also came back and TORCHED our front court?

I forget, was that against our front court this year?  Or are we trying to use our roster from 3 years ago to make this analysis?

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: March 25, 2015, 02:26 PM »
And what has happened to sexual freedom?

Is that a serious question?

Yes. Here's an example of what is happening on campuses. A female texts a male and asks him if he wants to come to her room. She includes in the text that she has condoms. He goes over, they have sex, and a month later she accuses him of rape. He gets interrogated by campus personnel, is not allowed to have representation, and the board who interrogates him, finds him guilty, and he gets expelled. He gets an attorney and the school settles, but this is just outrageous. Men have zero rights. 

Women need to make up their minds. Are they sexually liberated, able and willing to control their own bodies and sexuality? Or are they unwilling and unwitting fraglile beings unable to make decisons on sexual matters?  A higher ed bubble collapse is already starting. This just expedites it.

Is this situation some sort of an epidemic that most of us are unaware is happening?  I've seen an example or two here or there.  But I had no idea this was a real problem on our campuses.  I was apparently under the false impression that actual rape was the more prevalent issue.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2015-16 OOC opponents thread
« on: March 25, 2015, 01:55 PM »
OK, if he isn't playing both sides, then he's certainly straddling the fence.

He acknowledges that it was a "pretty good schedule" but goes on to say "I don't like the schedule".

He acknowledges it's a pretty good schedule for RPI terms in my eyes when I see his quotes. That doesn't mean he has to like the schedule. To say he doesn't like the schedule and to be fearful that it didn't prepare us adequately for the rest of our season doesn't mean the schedule wasn't pretty good for RPI terms (given that 10/13 teams ended up in the 100-250 range that was a fair assessment at the time and is still one today).

That's not standing on the fence, that's taking two positions that aren't all that inconsistent with each other. Unless you are operating under the assumption that if the schedule is pretty good for the RPI, so that means he should like it, you can't view his position as inconsistent. I don't necessarily think that it was inconsistent to think the schedule could be fine for RPI terms but bad in terms of preparing us for the B1G.

Right, but Lar has never hedged a bet in his life.  So this concept has him all kerfuffled.

Au contrare.   That's exactly the point that I'm making.   Call it what you want - "taking both sides", "straddling the fence", "hedging the bet".  They are basically the same thing.   I'm not the least bit confused about his statements.   

Not really, but okay.  If you want it that way.  Taking both sides and straddling the fence are very similar.  Hedging the bet is more like covering your back side than taking both sides.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: March 25, 2015, 01:51 PM »
And what has happened to sexual freedom?

Is that a serious question?

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2015-16 OOC opponents thread
« on: March 25, 2015, 01:15 PM »
OK, if he isn't playing both sides, then he's certainly straddling the fence.

He acknowledges that it was a "pretty good schedule" but goes on to say "I don't like the schedule".

He acknowledges it's a pretty good schedule for RPI terms in my eyes when I see his quotes. That doesn't mean he has to like the schedule. To say he doesn't like the schedule and to be fearful that it didn't prepare us adequately for the rest of our season doesn't mean the schedule wasn't pretty good for RPI terms (given that 10/13 teams ended up in the 100-250 range that was a fair assessment at the time and is still one today).

That's not standing on the fence, that's taking two positions that aren't all that inconsistent with each other. Unless you are operating under the assumption that if the schedule is pretty good for the RPI, so that means he should like it, you can't view his position as inconsistent. I don't necessarily think that it was inconsistent to think the schedule could be fine for RPI terms but bad in terms of preparing us for the B1G.

Right, but Lar has never hedged a bet in his life.  So this concept has him all kerfuffled.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: March 24, 2015, 02:54 PM »
A 3-guard set with a 6'5 Reaves at the 3 could be our best bet...

Assuming Reaves gets his high school number (23), I like a "3" guard offense that has 3, 13, 23 and 33 on the court together.  Not for long stretches since we'd have serious height issues.  But for a couple of minutes here and there to change the tempo.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: March 24, 2015, 02:48 PM »
have a "carefrontation" with someone from Lycoming county

NO.  Definitely NO.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: More Big Ten expansion Talk
« on: March 24, 2015, 02:40 PM »
Nothing but someone daydreaming.  But still an interesting read.

http://www.statecollege.com/news/columns/why-the-big-ten-needs-to-be-in-gator-country,1463296/


Someone explain this to me.....
Quote from: Why the Big Ten Needs to be in Gator Country
None of the other four "Power Five" conferences has a footprint that covers as many top-twenty markets. The Pac-12 covers six, the Big-12 covers two, and the ACC covers two. The SEC covers three but guess what, they are all in Florida.

Of the 12 AAU school options above, only four, Georgia Tech, Florida, Texas, and Texas A&M, bring a top-twenty market with them, and of those four schools, Florida brings the most three markets.


1.)  if Texas A&M "bring a top-twenty market with them", then how can all the SEC top-twenty markets be in Florida?   ???
2.) If Georgia Tech brings a top 20 market (I assume Atlanta), then why doesn't UGA bring that market as well?


Did you read the bio of the writer?  He's not a sportswriter.  So don't assume everything he says is factual.  I noticed the GA / GT thing too. 

If I was in charge of B1G expansion, and I had to add two schools, I go after Florida too.  Plus GT or A&M (I'm assuming Texas is off the table).

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Penn State Basketball / Re: More Big Ten expansion Talk
« on: March 24, 2015, 10:51 AM »
Nothing but someone daydreaming.  But still an interesting read.

http://www.statecollege.com/news/columns/why-the-big-ten-needs-to-be-in-gator-country,1463296/

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: March 23, 2015, 08:28 PM »
Just heard on the radio something interesting about Obamacare.  In the last three years we've seen a drop in healthcare costs after years of double digit increases.  Dying to hear Kid's take on this information.

That's a pretty generic statement.  What do they mean by a "drop in health care costs"?

No clue. That's all they said.

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OT / Re: OT: Live bald eagle cam
« on: March 23, 2015, 05:19 PM »
Still haven't hatched yet. Just saw one of the adults shuffle the eggs around.

Hmmm, hope the harsh weather didn't kill the eggs.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: March 23, 2015, 04:04 PM »
BJ Johnson to La Salle per Rothstein.  Back home to Philly and a nice little pickup there by Giannini.

Might get him the "closer to home" waiver.

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