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Jeff Goodman @GoodmanESPN  ·  5m 5 minutes ago
Nova transfer Dylan Ennis told ESPN he has cut his list:
Purdue, Ill-annoy(s), Tennessee, LSU, Georgia Tech, Baylor, Oregon and Duke.

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Fixed it.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: Yesterday at 09:58 AM »
Interesting economics:

http://www.westernjournalism.com/15-minimum-wage-looms-seattle-restaurants-close-doors/


More like interesting politics:

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WesternJournalism.com is a news website and blogging platform built for conservative, libertarian, free market and pro-family writers and broadcasters.

The platform hosts hundreds of bloggers, and our content is widely distributed using social media.

New blogs are able to be successfully launched using the platform because of the large audience actively served.


Here's the Seattle Times on the claim:


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No wage increases have occurred yet in Seattle; they begin, incrementally over seven years, in April. The Seattle Magazine article itself notes that “none of our local departing/transitioning restaurateurs who announced their plans last month have elaborated on the issue.”

Well, now they are.

Renee Erickson is closing Boat Street Cafe, her first restaurant, but she runs three others and is in the process of opening two more. Asked in an email about the closure being associated with $15, she replied: “That’s weird, ha. No, that’s not why I’m closing Boat Street. Would have said so.”

Erickson continued, “I’m totally on board with the $15 min. It’s the right thing to do … Opening more businesses would not be smart if I felt it was going to hinder my success.”

Little Uncle proprietors Poncharee Kounpungchart (who goes by PK) and Wiley Frank are closing one location, having found the space unsuitable after two years, while remaining open on Capitol Hill and considering new opportunities.

“We were never interviewed for these articles and we did not close our … location due to the new minimum wage,” Kounpungchart and Frank said in an email. “We do not know what our colleagues are doing to prepare themselves for the onset of the new law, but pre-emptively closing a restaurant seven years before the full effect of the law takes place seems preposterous to us.”

Frank went so far as to send a note to the author of the Washington Policy Center post saying: “Our business model is conducive to the changing times and we would appreciate it if you did not make assumptions about our business to promote your political values.”

Shanik proprietor Meeru Dhalwala, who is also mentioned by Seattle Magazine, said in a Facebook message, “My closure is strictly due to location — nothing to do with wages.”

Sharon Fillingim, the owner of Grub, the final restaurant referenced, said on Facebook that Grub was “a huge success.” In fact, the restaurant was sold and is reopening imminently under new ownership as Bounty Kitchen.

Is this an unusual number of restaurant closures for Seattle? In February alone last year, before the Seattle City Council approved the $15 wage, Madison Park Conservatory, Marché, Belle Clementine, Azteca in Ballard and B&O Espresso in Ballard closed. The beginning of the year — after the flurry of dining and drinking and spending of the holidays, with taxes looming — is a tough time for the business. Just two prominent closures in Seattle in February could be interpreted as a sign of restaurant industry health. Indeed, 27 new bars and restaurants opened on Capitol Hill alone in 2014.




I should have noted that I had not vetted the source. 

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OT / Re: OT: Live bald eagle cam
« on: April 15, 2015, 04:35 PM »
What am I missing?  It's a link to facebook -- which I can't open at work.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Season Tickets
« on: April 15, 2015, 11:12 AM »
Just got an email about renewal, 4 months earlier than usual, 7 months before the first game.

Seems odd to set a deadline for renewal so far ahead.

The hockey ticket renewal deadline was last Friday (4/10).  Last year it was sometime in May (i think).  Football was also bumped up a couple of months.  Seems like a new trend in the AD's office across the board.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: April 14, 2015, 10:29 AM »
Wow, thanks rwd.  I'm getting a big lesson on the NBA draft here today. 

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: April 14, 2015, 09:31 AM »
Two teams can move ahead of Philly, and they can still end 3rd. So, your scenario is not a 1 case or the other.

How is that possible?  I thought they drew for the first two spots and everyone else fell in order.  So they could maybe pick 4th, but not 3rd since they can't pass Minnesota.  Or do I still have more to learn about this lottery system?

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: April 14, 2015, 09:11 AM »
Last pick update for the Sixers with one regular season game remaining and at Skeeza's request. Almost everyone has one game left (apart from Indiana), last day of the season is Wednesday:

Sixers Pick

1. Minnesota Timberwolves (16-65) - last game: home vs. Oklahoma City
2. New York Knicks (17-64) - last game: home vs. Detroit
3. Philadelphia 76ers (18-63) - last game: home vs. Miami

Nothing has really changed at the top of the draft and the Sixers being 3rd in probability. However, the Sixers could end in a tie for 2nd if they lose to Miami and New York beats Detroit. This scenario does sound at least plausible because I don't think there's a chance of snow's chance in hell of Philly beating Miami (we will see why when we get to their pick), so that's 1 part of the equation gone.

Things to root for:

1. Philly to lose against Miami (for multiple reasons)
2. New York to beat Detroit

Lakers Pick

4. Los Angeles Lakers (21-60) - last game: home vs. Sacramento

The Lakers are locked into the 4th pick, meaning that the Lakers will need to fall two places through the lottery for the Sixers to get their pick. As I have said before but will say again, the Lakers pick is top 5 protected, so the Sixers will only get it if it is outside the top 5. There's nothing to root for in regards to the Lakers pick.

The Sixers' odds of getting this pick this season are 17.2%.

Heat Pick

10. Miami Heat (36-45) - last game: away vs. Philadelphia
11. Brooklyn Nets (37-44) - last game: home vs. Orlando
15. Indiana Pacers (37-43) - last games: home vs. Washington, away vs. Memphis

It's necessary to include the Pacers in this because there is a scenario where the Heat still get into the playoffs. Miami's pick is top 10 protected, so if the pick ends in the top 10, Miami gets it, and if it ends 11 or 15, Philadelphia gets it. Miami's pick requires two breakdowns, one scenario where they end in the playoffs, and another where they end 11th

Miami Scenario to finish 15th

Here's the Heat scenario to make the playoffs, they need Brooklyn to lose to Orlando, Indiana to lose to Washington and Memphis, and Miami needs to beat Philadelphia. This isn't an implausible scenario but an unlikely one.

http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/25148305/nba-playoff-races-and-magic-numbers-update-for-april-14-2015

The CBS Sports link above lays out the entire playoff scenario if you want to read up on it and details the Miami pick a bit more, though I covered the scenario above.

Miami scenario to finish 11th

I think you can determine what the scenario is for Miami to end 11th, but to avoid confusion, it is best to break it up.

The scenario is Miami to beat Philadelphia and Brooklyn to lose to Orlando. It's important to note that Orlando is locked into #5. However, there is a twist with Miami to end 11th. Even though Miami owns the tiebreaker over Brooklyn, this is not the tiebreaker for the NBA Draft.

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In the event that teams finish with the same record, each tied team receives the average of the total number of combinations for the positions that they occupy. In 2007, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Portland Trail Blazers tied for the sixth worst record. The average of the 6th and 7th positions in the lottery was taken, resulting in each team getting 53 combinations (the average of 63 and 43). Should the average number not be an integer, a coin flip is then used to determine which team or teams receive the extra combination(s). The result of the coin flip is also used to determine who receives the earlier pick in the event that neither of the tied teams wins one of the first three picks via the lottery.


As mentioned above, when teams tie in the lottery, there is no tiebreaker, the two teams share the same probability to move up in the draft. However, what if neither team moves up in the draft? The answer is a COIN FLIP. There's a distinct possibility that the Sixers' chance of getting Miami's pick comes down to Heads and Tails. That kinda sucks.

Things to root for:

1. Miami to beat Philadelphia (required)
2. Orlando to beat Brooklyn (required)
3. Indiana to lose to Washington and Memphis

The Miami pick is a MESS to put it in as few words as possible.

Oklahoma City Pick

14. Oklahoma City (44-37) - last game: away vs. Minnesota

Oklahoma City's pick is top 18 protected. OKC can still end in the playoffs but they can't end higher than 18th. Since the 18th pick can't move down in the draft from that spot, the pick is staying with OKC. It seemed like OKC was going to keep pace and end 19th or 20th. They were in those spots for a while but they have gone 3-7 in their last 10, which ended their chances.

There's nothing to root for in regards to the Thunder's pick since they will keep their pick regardless.


After all that, the most likely scenario is for Philly to only have its own pick in this draft.  Based on who is available, what is the better outcome?  Philly staying in the third spot and getting one pick (or moving up one or two spots)?  Or two teams moving ahead and Philly picking 5th and 6th (the Lakers pick)?

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Nice job by PC & company.

http://pennstate.247sports.com/Bolt/Penn-State-waiving-student-admission-for-non-con-hoops-games-36719507


Hope it works.  But I know for me, if I pay for tickets in advance, I'm far more likely to not let them go to waste.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: April 10, 2015, 09:51 AM »
yeah i'm sure that's really going to shake things up.

Whatever you say oh King of Forumland.

But it's only in IGT's though, right?  😛

MJG getting his feelings hurt and mikey trying to piggyback on somebody taking a shot(?) at me... are we sure it's the off-season around here?

You two are adorable.

Geno, you've added exactly nothing to the conversation.  Both of your comments were 100% antagonistic.  Get over yourself.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: April 9, 2015, 10:51 PM »
yeah i'm sure that's really going to shake things up.

Whatever you say oh King of Forumland.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Newbill
« on: April 9, 2015, 03:29 PM »


2,225.3 minutes per game seems pretty incredible.  How many OT's is that?  And 75,660 minutes total would cover about 60 seasons of 40 minutes per game and 32 games.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: April 9, 2015, 02:15 PM »
I may be wrong, but if Hack were able to come out for THIS draft, I would think that he is taken 2nd overall in front of Mariota.  I think that in the eyes of the NFL, Hack is a better prospect.

I think he would be the first QB taken.  He has all of the tools without the baggage.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: April 9, 2015, 01:13 PM »
The knock is he's not a good QB.  Plenty of large guys have gotten to the NFL with a cannon and not done anything.

Jones has 3 games under his belt.  An amazingly impressive 3 games.  But 3 games.  And he's not even guaranteed to start this year.

First off, ranger said "he could see a scenario where....".  So can I.  Cardale wins the starting job and has a great year.

Second off, the knock isn't that he's not good, it's that he's only played three games in college and nobody can say for sure if he's good enough for the NFL or not.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: April 9, 2015, 01:06 PM »
Not basketball, but Urban Meyer has already carefronted a member of the 2015 recruiting class.  An early enrollee no less.

I saw that.  Keep it up Urban.  Give Coach Franklin more ammo to use against you.

Ohio State just won the National Championship with a rebuilt O-Line and a 3rd string QB.

I don't think Urban cares about Franklin's "ammunition".

I hope you are right.  I hope Urban doesn't care.  That's pretty much exactly what I said.  And I hope recruits do care.  We took them to two overtimes last year with our worst team in a decade.  If not for a few horrible calls, who knows.  So if Urban wants to keep overlooking us, I'm just fine with that plan.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Big Ten hoops news
« on: April 9, 2015, 09:22 AM »
Not basketball, but Urban Meyer has already carefronted a member of the 2015 recruiting class.  An early enrollee no less.

I saw that.  Keep it up Urban.  Give Coach Franklin more ammo to use against you.

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: April 8, 2015, 06:57 AM »
What my point was is that most religions care more about people who believe in the same things that they do than they do about actually doing good.

Hence you get religious Crusades or Jihads, i.e. eliminate those who don't believe in what I do.

Sorry for the double response, but I can't help pointing out how much this post reminds me of something kid would say.

Yeah it does.  I'll have to figure out a better way of phrasing what I mean.  Unfortunately, I wasn't an English major and can't write as eliquently as

That's something I have in common with you.

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OT / Re: OT: Live bald eagle cam
« on: April 7, 2015, 04:20 PM »
maybe one of the parents can go and pick up some Alka-Seltzer?

Does the legend of alka seltzer (or rice) making birds explode still exist?  Haven't heard it lately, although nobody throws rice at weddings anymore. 

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: April 7, 2015, 04:16 PM »
What my point was is that most religions care more about people who believe in the same things that they do than they do about actually doing good.

Hence you get religious Crusades or Jihads, i.e. eliminate those who don't believe in what I do.

Sorry for the double response, but I can't help pointing out how much this post reminds me of something kid would say. 

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: April 7, 2015, 03:39 PM »
Wow that's a big time nitpicking there -- even for you. He was talking about what he thinks Christ would have wanted, not another poster.

Which isn't inconsistent with what he said. He was saying that a big problem with religion is trying to figure out what a Christ would have wanted, as opposed to just doing good deeds and being a good person.

He said "They are more interestested in who believes what than actually doing real good".  "Who" is pretty non specific and I took it as calling out Mark (as if he knew Mark didn't do any good for society).  If he meant "They are more interestested in what Christ believed what than actually doing real good", then okay.  I can see that.  But it's not exactly what he said.

Well, you're right about one thing.  "Who" is non specific - and I wasn't making a statement about Mark, I was making a statement about religions in general (and by no means am I limiting it to just those that embrace Christ). 

What my point was is that most religions care more about people who believe in the same things that they do than they do about actually doing good.

Hence you get religious Crusades or Jihads, i.e. eliminate those who don't believe in what I do.

Or you get missionaries (past and present) traveling the globe trying to "spread the word", i.e. convert those who don't believe in what I do.

The world would be a much better place if those Crusaders, Jihhadists, and missionaires would focus their efforts on just doing good.



Well it seems as though you are talking about small pockets of extremists instead of the majority of religious people.  So I'll still call you out as being a tad overboard.

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OT / Re: OT: Live bald eagle cam
« on: April 7, 2015, 01:31 PM »
I hope I am wrong about this but the one eaglet does not look like it is doing well to me. One of the adults is currently feeding the one eaglet at the back of the nest. The other eaglet is laying at the front of the nest on its stomach and it seems to be breathing heavily.  :(

I've noticed that one has been more lethargic than the other for the past few days. Initially I just wrote it off to being a few days younger and bit less physically developed than the other.

Now I'm not so sure.

It looks like it's eating something to me.

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OT / Re: Sports World Taking Some Big Hits
« on: April 7, 2015, 12:51 PM »

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OT / Re: OT's GONE WILD!
« on: April 7, 2015, 09:38 AM »
Wow that's a big time nitpicking there -- even for you. He was talking about what he thinks Christ would have wanted, not another poster.

Which isn't inconsistent with what he said. He was saying that a big problem with religion is trying to figure out what a Christ would have wanted, as opposed to just doing good deeds and being a good person.

He said "They are more interestested in who believes what than actually doing real good".  "Who" is pretty non specific and I took it as calling out Mark (as if he knew Mark didn't do any good for society).  If he meant "They are more interestested in what Christ believed what than actually doing real good", then okay.  I can see that.  But it's not exactly what he said.

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