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 on: July 27, 2014, 09:57:40 PM 
Started by LastWarrior - Last post by Jay Bee
Matt and his team lost a rough game Friday night. Had control the whole way through until it was tied with a few seconds left. Game was extended and they lost. Good first half by Matt... and Wojo, Carrawell and Phelps were there for the entire game.

That was the last game of pool play.. 3rd of 4th place in their pool for the Spartans. Then things clicked.. got a couple of close wins, including a triple OT quarterfinal win.. 5 in a row yesterday and today to win the 17U Diamond division.. non-Midwest guys watching Matt this week were mostly of the opinion that, "wow, this kid is really pretty good.. "

I'd bet on Scout having him in their top 100. Personally, I really like Matt. Just keep getting a little bit better every week and he'll be in good shape.

 on: July 27, 2014, 09:44:41 PM 
Started by Heisenberg - Last post by ChicosBailBonds
I agree with this totally, so thanks for saving me the time! I'm much too busy to keep prattling on about this subject ... gotta go finish watching the first season of House of Cards!

Well, you're wrong...totally...time saved.  LOL

 on: July 27, 2014, 09:42:47 PM 
Started by Heisenberg - Last post by ChicosBailBonds
C'mon CBB, you cannot believe this!

The best teams get all the attention and ratings.  And the best teams have the best players.  And those players are Pro caliber.

Otherwise, D1AA, D2 and D3 (or FCS) would attract the same attention as D1 (or FBS) and that is absolutely not the case.

Absolutely. As I've said many times here, I have known Mike Aresco for years and he is the one that brokered the deals on the television side for CBS.  When I ran Mega March Madness for Directv we would talk of what is the key to the tournament, what drives viewership and subscribers.  The story lines are the upsets, how far certain teams go, but the players are interchangeable.  That doesn't mean they don't have to be quality players, of course they do.  But when Duke goes down in the first game, is everyone turning off the sets because Jabari Parker is out?  Absolutely not.

Don't confuse my comments to suggest the talent doesn't have to be high, it does.  However, the viewership is not dictated by INDIVIDUAL talent per se, but the collection of it.  Teams get bumped all the time with great individual talent, or even great team talent, but the ratings hold.  

The best teams DO NOT get all the ratings, by the way.  A number of them do, but because of how the tournament is scheduled on television there is a bit of self selection going on, but doesn't always ring true.  

Be careful of just looking at the Final Four ratings, too.  It's not just the Final Four, though even a Final Four with Wichita State did extremely well, highest in 8 years.  This past Final Four with "ratings juggernaut" Wisconsin, higher still.  Then go look at some of the earlier round games.  Sure, Kentucky, etc pulls in high ratings, but so do many other games, especially those with great upsets.  

If you do wish to use only championship games, I'd point you to Butler v Duke rating of 24 compared to UNC vs MSU 17.6 separated by one year.  A Kentucky Utah did way better than a UCLA Florida.  It's not always about the heavyweights, having one there is huge but the other can be several notches down because people want to see the surprise upsets as well.

 on: July 27, 2014, 09:24:54 PM 
Started by Lighthouse 84 - Last post by saucy1_23
Jimmy Butler (groin) will miss Team USA camp
Jimmy Butler | CHI
(July 27, 2014 7:45 PM EDT)
Jimmy Butler will not participate in Team USA's training camp this week due to a slightly strained groin.
The injury doesn't sound serious but Butler is taking a conservative approach, which should please the Bulls even as it weakens Team USA. Earning a spot on the team would have given Butler an opportunity to learn from the league's best while gaining international exposure, so it's an unfortunate turn of events for the Bulls' 24-year-old shooting guard.

 on: July 27, 2014, 09:18:19 PM 
Started by LastWarrior - Last post by VegasWarrior77
Mark Miller @WisBBYearbook    3h (Sunday 7/27/14)
Matt Heldt of Neenah is underrated nationally. With the Spartans winning the Fab 48, it will be interesting to see if his stock rises.

Bill Maus ‏@bmaus1090  2h
@WisBBYearbook In your opinion, what should he be ranked?
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Mark Miller ‏@WisBBYearbook  2h
@bmaus1090 Top 100 for sure.

 on: July 27, 2014, 09:10:58 PM 
Started by Heisenberg - Last post by MarquetteDano
It is not.  If it was truly that marketable and profitable to run a league (football or basketball) with players that are 18-22 and not ready yet for the NBA or NFL, then someone would have created it.  Heck, they would instantly be competitive for the best talent, as the NCAA offers no money, beyond a stipend.

The reason it does not exist is that it is not financially lucrative, the audience base for NCAA stems from affiliation with colleges, that establishes loyalty.  Outside of that these players have no value.

Yup.  Summed it up very nicely.

 on: July 27, 2014, 09:04:13 PM 
Started by real chili 83 - Last post by PTM
Think we can start a Gofundme for MUScoop and make it the official MUScoop pad?

Now that hilltopper has passed (skypoint), this seems like a good idea.

 on: July 27, 2014, 08:55:11 PM 
Started by rocket surgeon - Last post by ChicosBailBonds
So what you are telling us is a Catholic ( a Marquette grad spelling Catholic with a lower case c tells me a lot about you.) hospital gives up its principles to accept Medicare and Medicaid.  These are funds that allow it to continue operating and continuing to serve a population that is underserved already.  Or maybe they should just move to the suburbs?

I can only imagine Brandx was responding to me.  smh   Apparently he doesn't realize the number of hospitals and doctors who no longer Accept Medicare.  The majority still do, but not all.

Also, should the 1973 Church Amendment should be ignored?

 on: July 27, 2014, 08:34:53 PM 
Started by real chili 83 - Last post by keefe
No, I practice full time

After all these years you'd think you would know how to do it by now...

 on: July 27, 2014, 08:34:21 PM 
Started by Heisenberg - Last post by 77ncaachamps
Skip Bayless is back in the news.

To him, that's #missionaccomplished and #donedeal

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