Friday, March 12, 2010

Head of BCS snipes at senators but will answer letter - NCAA Football - CBSSports.com

Head of BCS snipes at senators but will answer letter - NCAA Football - CBSSports.com - March 10, 2010:
"BCS executive director Bill Hancock said Wednesday he will respond to a question-filled letter sent to him by two U.S. Senators.

'I'm looking forward to taking a longer look at the letter. I sure do think that Congress has more important things to do, with all the issues facing our country,' Hancock said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press. 'The BCS is fair. Access is fair. Revenue is distributed fairly. And frankly, we welcome the opportunity to tell our story every chance we get.'"
Your word in God's ear, Bill.

What Hancock does not understand is that the BCS is not fair, access is not fair, revenue is not distributed fairly and the BCS thinks it is above it all. In fact, it is a monopoly, and we have laws against that. Just ask the players at Boise State and their fans last year if they think the BCS system is fair. Bill, you are living in a dream world of your own creation which has no relation to sports reality at all. Money is your world. Money, not sports.

Does the Senate have better things to do than investigating the BCS? Very few. The BCS sucks. It is the antithesis of the American dream. It is the world the American founders wanted to get away from. It is the world of perks and politics, connections and favoritism, backroom dealings and citizen connings. It is about as far removed from purity in sports as all the drug-laced athletes that monopolize the sports pages of the tabloids. Cheaters. Con artists. Bamboozlers.

The BCS stands for all of what is wrong with America at the moment, Bill - and that is a lot. The country has degenerated to such a degree that national champions in sports are no longer determined by performance but by politics. When that is straightened out, Bill, then maybe we can get sensible laws about health care and similar things desperately in need of reform in a country now sunk so far below its potential, that it is pathetic.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Most Popular Schools by Yield Rate - Proportion of Those Admitted Who Enroll: National Universities - US News and World Report

Here is a great statistic for some schools for recruiting athletes: school popularity by the yield rate of acceptances to admissions (we show only the top ten - see the rest of the rankings - and others - at the link below). We went to both the University of Nebraska at Lincoln as wll as to Stanford University. We were not surprised to see Stanford ranked in the top five, but Huskerland was a real surprise.

Most Popular Schools: National Universities - US News and World Report
March 5, 2010 [see the original link for this data in proper tabular form]
"One of the best indicators of a school's popularity among students is the school's yield—the percentage of applicants accepted by a college who end up enrolling at that institution in the fall. The figures in this table are from the fall 2008 entering class and show the admissions yield and overall acceptance rate. If a school has a high yield (a large proportion of those admitted enroll), it means that the school is probably very popular and has a top reputation and that the students are highly motivated to go there. A very low yield indicates that the school could be a 'safety' school or second choice for many of those who apply. Colleges use yield as a key factor in determining how many students they need to admit each year....

National University...................................U.S. News Rank.........Acceptance Rate....Yield


1. Brigham Young University–Provo (UT)............................ 71......................... 69%........ 78%
2. Harvard University (MA).................................................. 1........................... 8%........ 76%
3. Stanford University (CA) .................................................4 ...........................9% ........71%
4. University of Nebraska–Lincoln (NE) ...............................96......................... 63% .......69%
5. Yale University (CT) ........................................................3 ...........................9%....... 68%


6. Yeshiva University (NY) .................................................52.......................... 67% ......67%
7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MA) ....................4 ..........................12% ......66%
8. University of Pennsylvania (PA) .......................................4 ..........................17% ......63%
9. Columbia University (NY) ............................................... 8 ..........................10% ..... 60%
10. Princeton University (NJ) ...............................................1 ..........................10% ......59%"

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Go, Go, Golfers: Car of the Year 2010 : Garia? Mercedes Audi Aston Martin Lamborghini Bentley Land Rover Jaguar Porsche Shelby Allard Aileron BMW

The current issue of the Robb Report is a feast for car drivers not only with its Car of the Year 2010 competition - plus its unrivaled Car of the Decade - but also because of additional photographic feature reports on the long-awaited Lexus LFA, Maserati and, for the golfers of this world, the incomparable Go, Go, Garia:
"The Danish-designed Garia Golf Car (www.garia.com) ... is the first golf cart manufactured in an automotive facility—the same Finnish factory where the Porsche Boxster and Cayman are built. Notable features on the cart include handstitched weather-resistant seats and a roof-mounted air scoop that channels fresh air into the cabin. Priced from $17,500, the Garia comes in three standard colors (cream, white, and red) but includes custom painting—along with bucket seats and an onboard mini-fridge—among its many options."
You know what. The Garia is OUR choice for Car of the Year 2010. Why don't we all drive more of these around town and less so the gas-guzzling giants which are essentially road machines not well-suited for city driving?

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Modern Golf is Being Destroyed by USGA and R&A : Now Grooves on Irons Being "Rolled Back" : Absurd!

For someone who yearns to play golf the way the game was played in days of yore, there is the laudable Hickory Tour of the Hickory Golfers, where players play tournaments with hickory-shafted clubs and otherwise bask in golf nostalgia. Nothing wrong with that.

But holding back the development of the game of golf - which has otherwise been keeping pace with technological development - is idiotic, and in recent years, that is precisely what golf's ruling bodies, the USGA and the R&A have been doing, neither preserving the "original" game of golf nor permitting the modern game to develop naturally. These "brakers" on the game of golf are in our view nothing more than people overimpressed with their own importance.

We love the game of golf - but by no means its ruling bodies - and recently posted our opinion about the new "grooves rules" in golf - which make a laughing-stock of the sport, requiring irons used by the pros to be individually measured to make sure they abide by arbitrary stuffed-shirt specifications effective starting this year 2010, but exempting recreational golfers, who will be bound by the new rules only starting in the year 2024. The whole thing is absurd and is intended by some self-appointed "golf gods" to make it more difficult for pros - and in 14 years also the amateurs - to impart spin on a ball when it is in the rough. Hah! Why not have the pros use a "rake" to strike the ball if it is out of the fairway - that will send the scores up.

We have no idea who these idiotic new equipment rules are intended to serve. Fans want to see birdies and eagles by the pros and not bogeys and double-bogeys - they see enough of that in their own game. If we read the USGA correctly, they are telling us that the pro golfers are getting to be too good and that they are starting to impose artificial impediments to keep those scores higher. How stupid is that!!

We are NOT fans of the current USGA nor of the European R&A. Both of these bodies are outdated, anachronistic throwbacks to an age long gone by and they have outlived their usefulness. Moreover, they have gotten to be far too big for their knickerbockers. Golf does not need them and would get along better without them. I can not think of a single instance in my golf life where they were useful for anything. A simple rule book - the USGA and the R&A now produce the "Rules of Golf" - can be produced by high-school students and calculating golf handicaps is child's play in the computer age.

The manner in which these bodies are increasingly meddling in golf club construction in recent years is a case in point, now even outlawing both new and 20-year old clubs because of the type of grooves on the clubface. In our view, this is simply insanity personified, as Phil Mickelson is quoted as saying:

Grooves problem resolved after Ping waives legal rights | Reuters
"'It's cost manufacturers millions of dollars. It continues to cost them money as we now have to hire people to scan, document and store data of every groove on every single club.'"
One way for Tiger Woods to get back on the positive side of fans like me would be to team up with Phil Mickelson, opt out of the idiotic USGA and R&A and their stuffed-shirt leadership and paternalistic nostalgia, and start up a new MODERN golf association permitting golf club and golf course construction according to the state of the art of current technology.

This leaves everyone at the USGA and the R&A to join the Hickory Golfers, who can straighten them out as to what the game of golf "used to look like".

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