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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: Today at 10:27 AM »
His downfall was not realizing there was no way he got 5 years.

His downfall was Noel sitting a year, then Embiid requiring two years to heal his foot.  Then the Lakers taking Russell instead of Okafor.  Things would be further along if just a few more things fell his way.  But in the end, he'll get a ton of credit if things start to progress as they should -- if the Coangelo's don't screw things up.

The NBA doesn't need to fix the draft, it needs to do more to bring every team toward the middle.  Figure out how to get better players to sign with lesser teams.  Have a salary floor that actually has to be on the roster.  Eliminate the exceptions that allow better teams to sign veterans as depth players. 

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OT / Re: Kaepernick controversy
« on: Yesterday at 03:42 PM »
I applaud him, I want him to continue, and I want him to keep delivering his message.

I'm white.  I'm male.  I'm a veteran.  And I agree with you 100%.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: Yesterday at 09:38 AM »
The one thing? Sixers could get 2 top 5 picks in what could be the best draft class since 2003, and they'll get the Kings pick the year after DeMarcus Cousins' contract expires, yet the only thing Sam Hinkie did well was clear tons of dead cap weight? Come on.

He probably meant "One thing..." instead of "The one thing...".

Thanks to Sam Hinkie's work.

Trust the process.


There is still a lot of work to be done.  And still need a lot of luck to get it done.  But what Hinkie did might become the model for mediocre franchises down the road -- at least until the league steps up and creates rules that pull everyone toward the middle.

With improved guard play, we could push matching our combined win total of the last two seasons in one season.  I'm hoping we get enough quality wins to give the young kids confidence in years to come.  They really need to learn how to win regular season games before we can expect a playoff run worth talking about.

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OT / Re: Kaepernick controversy
« on: Yesterday at 09:27 AM »
I think what Kaepernick did is drawing a lot of attention.  Unfortunately, it's drawing more attention to him than his message.  Speaking as a veteran, I am not offended at all by his protest.  Hopefully he adjusts his action to point the attention away from himself and toward his message.  I don't have any suggestions for him though.  I'd just tell him to keep doing what his heart is telling him to do.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Recruiting
« on: August 26, 2016, 11:00 PM »

https://mobile.twitter.com/EvanDaniels/status/768894030679769088

The thought of a euro big makes me a little unsettled!

Euros are fine. It's the Eros that we don't want. Do I have that right?

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2016-2017 OOC schedule discussion
« on: August 25, 2016, 08:44 AM »
All of the above issues are exactly why this forum was created many moons ago.   The great thing is that it's still the go to spot for the die hard PSU basketball fan.  The PSU hoops team still isn't mainstream enough that there isn't lots of value brought by this community.  I fear it's only a matter of time before that changes though. 

That's how I came across this forum.  It was around the time ED was hired and I was looking for info on him.  The regular sites didn't have anything.  The Penn Live forum was a joke (does it still exist?).  Luckily I stumbled across this place and I haven't needed to look anywhere else since.  Heck, even when I see a piece of news, someone else here usually beats me to it and already has it posted.

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Football
« on: August 25, 2016, 08:22 AM »
A bit of a goon, won two Stanley cups and was part of the biggest trade ever......

His slash on Brashear made him a full fledged goon in my book.  Probably should have just played his entire career for the Flyers -- he'd have fit in better.

To answer the real question, I really like Trace.  He looked fine against Georgia -- better than Hackenberg.  His few plays against Indiana (or was it Illinois?) showed me a glimpse of what having a mobile QB can do for an offense -- and that was with the old OC calling plays.  If we can take anything away from the second half against Georgia and what we saw in the Blue / White game, it's that we'll be much less predictable.  And that's probably a good thing.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: August 24, 2016, 04:48 PM »

https://twitter.com/lions247/status/768534937318203393



Ugh, stuff like this makes the season seem so far away.  I take everything Chambers says with a little bit of caution.  But it does seem like we have a roster of new guys that could better than any roster we've put on the floor in quite some time.  Plus we have a bunch of guys like Reaves and Shep still around too.  I'm more excited than I can remember being in many many years.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Hot Hand controversy
« on: August 24, 2016, 11:03 AM »
I'm not a statistician, and I did not sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night, either.  Be that as it may, a few thoughts:

People aren't machines.  Whether the ball goes in the basket depends on a lot of different factors, and the article gets to a lot of them.  However, I didn't see any references to the preponderance of people getting "hot" because their technique is optimal on that series of shots for whatever reason.  For jumpers, where are their hands placed on the ball?  What are their elbows doing?  What type of elevation are they getting with their legs on the shot?  Are they jumping consistently in one direction?  Where are they looking when they shoot?  How tired are their muscles in the last shot versus the first shot?  All of these factors, and others, speak to the human element in basketball.  If there is optimal technique that needs to happen for the ball to consistently go in, some failure in any one of those elements or factors could cause the basket to not be made.  I think the hot hand exists because shooting baskets isn't random.  In my own non-professional/non-collegiate hoops playing experience, I tend to make a bunch of baskets in a row (albeit rarely) when my shooting form is what it should be for a bunch of shots in a row.  Most of the time, it's not, which explains the non-professional/non-collegiate part. 

Look at foul shooting.  Steph Curry is locked in and his technique is repetitive and precise and he makes nearly all of them.  He has a hot hand at the stripe, I would argue, because he's able to replicate all of the necessary human elements that contribute to making the ball go in.  Lousy foul shooters may on occasion get a hot hand if they somehow find their form for a series of shots that they lack on most of the others.  When jump shooters get "locked in" or "in a zone," to me that means they've optimized their form over a series of shots, doing it precisely how they should via muscle memory that fails them in the times they miss other shots.  It's similar, in my view, to kicking extra points in football: if you are a kicker and have optimized technique (a "hot foot?"), you're going to make them.  (Lots of factors involved in that, too.)

Fascinating subject.


I notice I will get a "hot hand" in golf.  I'll play poorly for a few holes, but then turn around and play the next six holes at 2 over (good stretch for me).  Confidence (the mental part of the sport) plays a big role.  But once I play a course for a while, I also realize that some holes are laid out better for my skill level than others (I hook more than slice off the tee, have a solid iron game from 6 iron distance on in, horrible at chipping, decent putter).  I am way more confident off the tee on these holes even if I card a 9 on the previous hole.  So what is it really?  Mental?  Physical?  Course layout?  I agree it's a fascinating subject. 

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: August 22, 2016, 09:16 AM »
The hockey roster is updated for this season --

http://www.gopsusports.com/sports/m-hockey/mtt/psu-m-hockey-mtt.html

-- except for the goalie pulled from the club team as the #3.  At least they have his name, number and class standing listed.  I'm not sure how hard it is to get the rest of the info -- I found it here in under a minute:

http://www.psuicelions.com/

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OT / Re: Penn Staters in the Rio Olympics
« on: August 19, 2016, 08:49 AM »

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: August 16, 2016, 11:30 AM »
Penn State men's hockey coach Guy Gadowsky previews upcoming season | Men's Ice Hockey | collegian.psu.edu

http://www.collegian.psu.edu/sports/men_hockey/article_1e47edfc-6242-11e6-ab66-3fa5216622b9.html


Finally got a chance to read this.  It answered my goalie question -- bringing up a club goalie as the #3. 

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OT / Re: OT: PSU Ice Hockey
« on: August 11, 2016, 01:18 PM »
Knights defenseman DeNaples makes NCAA DI commitment


http://nahl.com/news/story.cfm?id=18379

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OT / Re: OT - Music Thread
« on: August 8, 2016, 05:00 PM »
B.E. Taylor died yesterday.  Those around my age from the Pittsburgh area probably know his music.

http://triblive.com/news/adminpage/10928744-74/taylor-christmas-deblasis

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OT / Re: Golf
« on: August 7, 2016, 03:42 PM »
Congrats to Pa's own Jim Furyk! What an awesome, historic round of golf!

https://mobile.twitter.com/GolfDigest/status/762323582282305536

Wow, that's a pretty solid 9 for me on a course like that.

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Penn State Basketball / Re: 2016-2017 OOC schedule discussion
« on: July 28, 2016, 09:05 AM »
George Washington is the only road game - nice.

Yes, but far from the only game away from home.  The number of neutral site games is interesting. 

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Re: PSU hoops articles, videos, etc.
« on: July 28, 2016, 09:02 AM »
I just think back to the transformation that Brandon Taylor's body went through and I think that if Hampton puts his mind to it, he'll be there too.

I know Joe was thick his junior year, but I'm sure the knee injury didn't help his conditioning over the last 10 months or so.

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OT / Re: OT - NBA
« on: July 26, 2016, 01:25 PM »
I've never understood all the anger at thread-jacking .... until now. :)

Sorry, I didn't mean to be that disgusting.  I was just trying to make the point that public restrooms already suck and some changes that wouldn't be that expensive could solve a lot of problems (including the restroom part of the NC issue).

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Penn State Basketball / Re: Next year's roster
« on: July 26, 2016, 01:18 PM »
I go back and forth on Washington

Washington needs to hit his shots.  He has nice form, poor results so far.  But he's still young.  Hopefully he practices a lot and gains confidence in games.

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OT / Re: OT - NBA
« on: July 26, 2016, 11:54 AM »
I'm curious as to what the problem is that the law is trying to fix?   Has North Carolina suddenly been overrun with transgendered people assaulting women in restrooms?   I don't think so.

I don't know about the law or what it tried to fix.  However......

In my opinion, all public restrooms could use more privacy.  I find it disgusting hearing the guy in the next stall dropping a giant, wet, gassy, runny deuce.  I'd welcome floor to ceiling walls and a real door with a lock on every stall.  Then it wouldn't matter who was in the outer room or in the other stalls.

How do you feel about hearing people vomiting?  Which is what I feel like doing after reading what you just wrote?  I feel bad for whoever is in the stall next to me...

Right, which is why I want more privacy.  Reading it is enough to make you want to vomit, so actually hearing it and smelling it is on another level.

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OT / Re: OT - NBA
« on: July 26, 2016, 11:08 AM »
I'm curious as to what the problem is that the law is trying to fix?   Has North Carolina suddenly been overrun with transgendered people assaulting women in restrooms?   I don't think so.

I don't know about the law or what it tried to fix.  However......

In my opinion, all public restrooms could use more privacy.  I find it disgusting hearing the guy in the next stall dropping a giant, wet, gassy, runny deuce.  I'd welcome floor to ceiling walls and a real door with a lock on every stall.  Then it wouldn't matter who was in the outer room or in the other stalls. 

I think we can all agree on one thing. When it comes to restrooms, there's nothing like the home field advantage.


Amen.

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OT / Re: OT - NBA
« on: July 26, 2016, 11:04 AM »
I'm curious as to what the problem is that the law is trying to fix?   Has North Carolina suddenly been overrun with transgendered people assaulting women in restrooms?   I don't think so.

I don't know about the law or what it tried to fix.  However......

In my opinion, all public restrooms could use more privacy.  I find it disgusting hearing the guy in the next stall dropping a giant, wet, gassy, runny deuce.  I'd welcome floor to ceiling walls and a real door with a lock on every stall.  Then it wouldn't matter who was in the outer room or in the other stalls. 

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 18, 2016, 12:40 PM »
I find it unsettling that you include Simmons with the post players.   Why don't you think that Simmons will play the 3 ?

Because the entire world (other than you) has him listed as a power forward.  Coach Brown thinks he might eventually be the point guard.  But even he says he's a power forward right now.  So that's why I don't call him the 3.  In certain situations, he could play any position on the floor.  But his main position, according to his coach, is power forward.

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OT / Re: Sixers draft
« on: July 15, 2016, 02:10 PM »
Embiid hasn't played. As excited as I am for him, I would hesitate to trade Nerlens, who can legit anchor the defense.

I just hope they don't give up either for less than equal value -- like when they traded Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, the first overall pick, etc.  I know it's a different management team now, but I still feel the sting of those muggings.

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