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The Superbar / Re: Christian McCaffery
« Last post by 1.21 Jigawatts on Today at 07:16:52 AM »
I hope next year a couple of dozen players sit out their bowl games. I'd love to see Alabama lose the semifinal game because their top five or six players sit.

I wouldn't even be surprised if they sit out their conference championship game.   Look at the Bears draft pick Trubisky, he only started 13 games and that was enough to be the number 2 player in the draft. So just play 6 to 8 games prove what you are and shut it down.

It's the right thing to do for your family and your career. And if enough players do it it'll force necessary change in college football

http://www.espn.com/blog/nflnation/post/_/id/236866/2017-nfl-draft-takeaways-why-more-prospects-will-skip-bowl-games

If it wasn't obvious before, it should be now: Well-regarded prospects have nothing to gain from a professional standpoint and everything to lose by playing in an otherwise meaningless college bowl game. His participation in the bowl game can cost him millions of dollars. The 2017 draft provides a succinct explanation.

Running backs Leonard Fournette (LSU) and Christian McCaffrey (Stanford) both skipped their final college games to preserve their health. Did NFL teams question their commitment or love for the game? Hardly. They were among the first eight players drafted, to the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers, respectively.

On the other hand is the case of Michigan tight end Jake Butt, who suffered a torn ACL in the Orange Bowl. Before the injury, you could quite comfortably call him a top-50 prospect, meaning he could have been drafted in the first round, but no later than the middle of the second. Based on 2016's rookie scale, Butt would have been guaranteed about $2.8 million if he had been drafted at No. 50 overall.

The ACL injury knocked him down to Saturday's fifth round, where he was selected at No. 145. Based on last season's scale, he can expect guarantees of around $260,000. So even after collecting on an insurance policy ESPN's Darren Rovell reported would bring him $543,000, he is still roughly $2 million short of where he would have been.

In truth, the only time a bowl game is important to a player's evaluation is when it represents a rare chance to see him play against better competition or a bigger conference. Otherwise, it is a financial risk absorbed by the player for the benefit of his school's coffers.
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Hangin' at the Al / Re: Recruiting as of 4/15/17
« Last post by 4everCrean on Today at 06:43:05 AM »
Cooley and Company are  in the mix for Jeenathan Williams. That is a good sign.
https://basketballrecruiting.rivals.com/news/versatile-forward-jeenathan-williams-eyeing-two-visits

A lot of people might not get your point, but I believe I do.
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The Superbar / Re: CBS Sports Rips The Bears Draft
« Last post by dgies9156 on Today at 06:25:36 AM »
Bears season ticket (and die-hard Packers fan. I know, makes no sense) holder here. All I can say is, "yuck."

They need defense more than I need a way-back machine to take 20 years off my age. Their defense is porous on a good day and barely puts up a fight on a bad one. There is nothing coming that will fix the defense this year. I'm also not convinced the offensive line is there yet and the receiving core is something that not even Aaron Rodgers could make look good.

I suspect the best they could hope for would be probably two more wins than they had in 2016. That's not going to put butts in seats at Soldier Field. If anything, with this year's price increase, last year's deplorable team and the prospect for more disgust this year will make Soldier Field seem intimate (it's not!).

Yes, by the way, I renewed. But in a sign of how bad things are getting for the Bears, I was near the top of the west grandstand at the 50 yard line (trust me, a coronary in the making). Now, after re-seating, I'm halfway up the grandstand, still close to the 50. The Bears told me when they opened Soldier Field this would never happen. They also never expected 30,000 no-shows to a Packers game either.
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The Superbar / Hang a Banner
« Last post by real chili 83 on Today at 06:25:06 AM »
Congrats JB!

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The Superbar / Re: United Airlines
« Last post by dgies9156 on Today at 06:14:04 AM »
Huh ... before the plane takes off?  The plane is leaving the next day.  Are you suggesting that have to do all this before you get out of the seat you're giving up thus holding up everyone else?  Completely unnecessary.

All the information to generate a 1099 is already in the system and it can flag you for the rest.
As noted above, the reason this would not be done is it does not save money.  The idea that this is not doable because it requires too much bureaucracy does not recognize the reality of 2017.

Jig:  Afraid not. United does not have access to my Social Security number, for one thing. They have a Mileage Plus number which has my name and address. It also captures my activity with United since 1984. It does not capture confidential customer information.

I know they have contractors and other employees but adding systems and compliance is incredibly expensive just to give an iPhone or Cubs tickets away. While I'll acknowledge that United has sophisticated reporting and security systems in place for its IT on payments and on employee and customer confidential information, each of these systems has their own protocols and requires a significant investment in people and equipment. While talented, I question whether an airline's team could just heap more responsibility and a new reporting system on these people.

This isn't AirBnb or Uber. United carries more than 430,000 passengers worldwide each day. They have to position nearly 1.000 aircraft, 20,000 pilots and only God knows how many flight attendants, mechanical staff, gate agents and support personnel. For on-board teams, they must make sure they're not "over the limit" both daily and monthly. It does take a massive support team to make this happen.

A seemingly simple task, like an iPhone give-away, sorry to say, has regulations and reporting requirements that for most companies create a ridiculously expensive compliance burden. Our current President is trying to deregulate but "Draining the Swamp" is proving much harder than he thought!
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The Superbar / Re: CBS Sports Rips The Bears Draft
« Last post by rocket surgeon on Today at 06:11:13 AM »
there must have been quite a few teams knocking down glennon's door to sign.  after all, qb's with an 84.6 rating with a 59% completion rate don't grow on trees ya know  ?-(
 


3 years @ $45 M ???  the kapster would have signed for half that, cut his hair and sing the national anthem
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The Superbar / Re: United Airlines
« Last post by 1.21 Jigawatts on April 29, 2017, 11:23:31 PM »
It is not a "few lines of code".  You would have to have the passenger fill out a W-9 with their name, address. and social security number (and that would probably have to be done before the plane takes off), make sure that form gets to the accounting department, enter that information into the ERP system, send out thousands of 1099s at the end of the year, and then deal with hundreds of phone calls from people who received the 1099 who want to argue about the dollar value you placed on their IPhone.  I know; in my organization, I am responsible for all that kind of stuff.

Huh ... before the plane takes off?  The plane is leaving the next day.  Are you suggesting that have to do all this before you get out of the seat you're giving up thus holding up everyone else?  Completely unnecessary.

All the information to generate a 1099 is already in the system and it can flag you for the rest.  The "accounting department" is a computer program.  This is all mechanical stuff that requires no human interaction.  It is just filling out forms on a computer screen that already has 80% of the information.  Since no judgment involved in the process, no employees are needed.

(JP Morgan produces millions of 1099 a year.  Can you point me to the several hundred thousand employees that do this?  IF you not sure, try zero, the system produces all of it automatically.  All they need is electricity.)

All you people that are insisting that this is too hard, too complicated requires too many people ... let me introduce you to the retail industry, the newspaper industry, the taxi industiry, the hotel industry (AirBNB).  Becuase you have exactly the attitude that makes you next.

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As noted above, the reason this would not be done is it does not save money.  The idea that this is not doable because it requires too much bureaucracy does not recognize the reality of 2017.
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The Superbar / Re: CBS Sports Rips The Bears Draft
« Last post by 1.21 Jigawatts on April 29, 2017, 11:10:40 PM »
You're overstating it by creating another thread, not the content.

Jackass.

Wow, this really bothers you.

Time to reevaluate
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The Superbar / Re: UWM talking to MVC
« Last post by BagpipingBoxer on April 29, 2017, 11:00:21 PM »
No. You're basically comparing zero with zero.

I'd say no. 70's/80's success vs. 1963. One NCAA since 1968.

To your first response I disagree, I've dated/have grown up around/have cousins/great friends who are alumni or were students at the time of both schools. Loyola definitely has more engagement. Modern DePaul is essentially a commuter school.

Your second response I can understand the thinking.

Your right about the alumni engagement favoring Loyola. However, sports fans being what they are, if DePaul miraculously had a Renaissance, there would be people coming out of the woodwork talking about Mark Acguirre, Terry Cummings, Rod Strickland etc. Media would be full of stories about Ray Meyer and George Mikan.  I guarantee if DePaul become a consistent tournament level team, their new arena would be packed and TV viewership would be improved. Hence, DePaul gives us optionality that Loyola doesnt.

That said I think we and others in the Big East should schedule games with Loyola.

See I agree with what you're saying about old Aguirre and Cummings stories however there is something to be said about Championships. Right now there GTown MU and Nova. That's the worst distribution of all the power conferences. If adding Loyola gave them a return and the media would write about 63 and 85 then I might be inclined to take it.
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Hangin' at the Al / Re: ESPN Layoffs
« Last post by Billy Hoyle on April 29, 2017, 10:54:18 PM »
You do know that Tebow is treated 100% differently than liberal heroes Sam, Jenner or Kap by the talking heads on both ESPN TV and Radio?  He is/was mocked incessantly.  From First Take to Around the Horn to PTI to Lebatard to ESPNW's The Trifecta, Tebow is made fun of. 

I don't recall a single negative word from anyone at ESPN about Sam, Jenner or Kap.

Alternative facts right there. Please tell us you didn't graduate from MU and really believe that.
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