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I’m frankly embarrassed by his comments. My support of HB2 is not because I wish for anyone to be discriminated against. To dismiss authors and supporters of this bill as hate mongers is either ignorant or disingenuous. Neither I, nor anyone else that I’ve spoken with, have any desire to cause pain for anyone suffering from gender dysphoria. As a husband and the father of a teenage girl, however, I a huge problem with anyone with male genitalia having access to public girls bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers. Opponents of HB2 have tried to make the case that transgender “women” are not there to harm other females. That may be 100% true. However, the law opens the door for sexual predators to use this provision to access these facilities and exposing our wives and daughters when they are at their most vulnerable. I can tell you that my daughter and her friends are very afraid. Before my wife and I ever talked with her about it she understood the threat this represented. Those who call BS on this potential threat should know that there have already been several documented cases of sexual predators dressing as women to access women’s locker rooms and department store changing facilities to spy on girls/women. The Charlotte statute provides legal cover for them. The media and opponents of HB2 have spent no time or effort to consider these very real consequences of not having the provisions of HB2 codified.
That said, I do think there are ways to make this law better. Anyone should have the right to legal recourse if they feel they are victims of wrongful termination. I would also be open to allowing people to legally change their gender once the physical process complete. Anyone with male genitalia does not belong in the women’s/girl’s bathrooom, locker room, showers, or changing room. I realize that this has a negative impact on a few people, but the risk to so many is just too great.
Feel like Cat will get an opportunity to play with a team in next round. Interesting that Cat was projected a second round pick while Marcus Paige was projected to not even be drafted and was taken in the first round.
Paige didn’t go first round. He went late second round; #55 out of 60 total picks.07/06/2015 at 2:17 PM in reply to: MBB: Pack In The Final Lists of Two High Profile 2015 Recruits #87523
I think what we’re dealing with is a language issue. By “after” I’m not sure he meant immediately after. I think he meant that he was concentrating on the tournament and would be thinking about where he wanted to go next after the tournament was over.07/02/2015 at 2:26 PM in reply to: MBB: Pack In The Final Lists of Two High Profile 2015 Recruits #87508
In this interview today GP mentions 3 teams that he’s considering. NC State popped out of his mouth first, followed by Kentucky, and it seemed like he had to think for a moment to remember St Johns. Who knows how much stock to put in that, but I’d rather be the first one mentioned than the one he’s struggling to remember.07/02/2015 at 10:03 AM in reply to: MBB: Pack In The Final Lists of Two High Profile 2015 Recruits #87502
With Bo Ryan announcing his retirement at the end of next season, I would think that Wisconsin likely falls off Rowan’s list, bringing it down to State and St Johns. Although frankly we seem to have a glut of players at that position. (Maybe one of the twins could play some point?) Between State and St Johns, the Pack is the more established team playing in the best conference in college basketball. However, he has some strong ties to St Johns which will be hard to overcome.
A lot of “if’s” with Big Papa. He may decide to stay in Greece next year. It will be interesting to see if the Greek economic situation plays a role in his decision. Assuming he decides to play in college Kentucky has one 7 ft incoming freshman and would become scary again with addition of Papa. I like how the Pack would compare to both St Johns and Oregon as far as opportunity to showcase his talent. The big threat is the Cats, IMHO.
Highstick, re: Chicago, I assume you were referring to food. If you like Chicago deep dish pizza, Bella Bacino’s on Wacker Drive (about 1/2 block west of Michigan Ave) is the best anywhere for my money. Love that place. For steaks or ribs I’d go with Carson’s (corner or Wells and Ontario streets).
I don’t know Memphis, but I’d think you’d have to go BBQ.
Very impressive analysis. The only reservation that I would have, especially as it relates to the Wolfpack, is that these calculations are based assuming normal distribution. With the Jekyll and Hyde nature of Pack’s performance historically, and especially this season, I’m not sure of the predictive value of an average. While I haven’t taken the time to run the numbers on Defensive Efficiency, just looking at average defensive scoring from before the 2nd UVA game to the average from the 2nd UVA game going forward, I believe you would see a significant bipolar distribution; the two lapses being the BC game and the Duke loss in the ACCT. I’m sure that each team has this to one degree or another. For the Pack the UVA game in Raleigh seemed to mark a very definitive mean shift in defensive performance that I would think you could measure in defensive efficiency. The controlling factor seems to be defensive intensity. The performance at BC and the Duke ACCT game proves that this is still a variable, but one that was controlled better in the last part of the season than the first. In the less favorable mode the Pack is capable of losing to anyone. In the more favorable, UVA-esque defensive mode the Pack is capable of beating anyone.
Jigs, you are a far better statistician than I. Is it possible to weight these two modes and control them based on the likelihood of controlling the defensive intensity variable? I would think that, based on the fact that lately the coaches have done a better job controlling this than earlier on, this would give a higher weight to the more favorable mode and therefore yield a higher projected ceiling for this team.
Staats is not a slouch. He’s a pretty good player who could be a starter at smaller schools. He was awarded a scholarship this year because of putting in the hard work. I’ve seen him scrimmage with the team and he holds his own pretty well. If Coach started Dez at point and Ralston and Staats on the wings we would be fine for a few minutes. I hope he gets his chance.
Jalen McClendon was described by the recruiting services as a Pro Style QB/pocket passer. What’s nice is that he can run when he needs to. If you’re still unsure go back and look at the film from his senior year in high school.
BJD, while I wouldn’t agree with your conclusions about Falwell, I understand that his tactics and choice of words often gave people reason to question wonder. Either way I appreciate your comments. And I couldn’t be happier with the way things have turned out for Hess.
BTW, HOW ABOUT THAT PACK!!!!!
“good thing Herr Hess was a very stereotypical Falwell U man and was racist.” Cheap shot at Liberty U folks. I’ve got no love for Hess, but a know a lot of Liberty grads and not a one of them is racist. That comment is as ill-informed as Hess’s to Mit Shah.
What a confused joke this Racist, Sexist, Cheating “liberal” University is. So clear they put athletics over education at the expense of the uneducated. So clear they would protect “The Carolina Way” over protecting the rights of their young female students. How could any employee of this “University” sleep at night? AND this is a “liberal” university? I’m not a liberal but I’m more liberal than the individuals running this cheating dinosaur. The whole athletic program should be suspended and all banners during the “cheating years” cut down.
This is only confusing if you make the mistake of equating conservatism with racism/sexism and liberalism with the absence thereof. This mischaracterization is purely a liberal construct designed to demonize their opponents. You don’t have to look far to see inherent racism in liberal policies.
So of the 12 coaches cited (can’t include Al Michaels, since he didn’t have a 2nd season) only 5 had fewer wins in their 2nd season. It would appear then that “Sophomore Jinx” is a faulty premise.
I had the opportunity to see the team play a couple of weeks ago in a player led practice. BeeJay is already very noticeably leaner and more mobile. He could be on his way to becoming a real beast. Not mentioned above, though, was Kyle Washington. Although Kyle really didn’t need to lose weight he looks like he has taken full advantage of Coach Alejo’s program. He looked like he’s packed on muscle and looked really strong on the court. I’m excited to see both of these guys continue to develop. Both seem coachable with a high ceiling on their potential.
In the player led practice on Monday night (basically a glorified pick up game) Dez Lee played point opposite Cat Barber. My guess is he’ll pick up the point guard duties when Cat’s not on the floor. With Trevor Lacy shoring up the 2 spot, Dez can slide into either spot as a backup.
Knocking Pitt out may not be our best chance of getting into the ACCT. Pitt has a very weak opponent this weekend in Notre Dame. Chances are high that they sweep the Irish. The Pack’s best chance may be to displace Wake Forest. Although Wake has a 2 game lead, they play Virginia this weekend. If Virginia sweeps Wake and the Pack wins just 2 of the games at VT, State and Wake would be tied with State owning the head to head advantage. If the Pack sweeps VT, then Wake would have to win 2 against UVA to hang on to their spot. The common prerequisite for all of these scenarios is that the Pack must win.
Just stay in Jersey. Hotel bill drops by 60%. Secaucus has some nice hotel options.