- Not sure there is a more overrated beer than Great Lakes Christmas Ale. How do they get $12 a sixer for that stuff?
- Once you put bacon bits and a hard-boiled egg on lettuce you shouldn't even be able to call that a salad anymore. It's more than next level.
- Can I invent the word Ohio Statriotic? I thought of it after seeing a gray portable storage crate with a helmet strip on it while driving through Appalachia.
- The Raptors even making the Finals without a top 10 pick offers proof of how the NBA has screwed up talent procurement and development. The pint-sized draft is all about potential and the more you have the less time you get to develop before people start writing you off. (Unless most teams are just terrible at scouting, which is not likely.)
- America's pro basketball league continues to do a disservice to America's young basketball players by keeping them out of the top level for a year out of high school but still welcoming in 19-year-olds who are barely less of a project then force feeding the highest-rated of them into that level whether they are ready or not. They often aren't, and usually having to do it on a bad team certainly doesn't help.
- It's really strange: First round picks are guaranteed a roster spot and little else while everyone else is left to scramble for few spots in the one minor league or must go overseas. Many of those guys beating the odds and carving out careers in the NBA is great, but what about the top prospects who get lost along the way? I just think we could be doing this a lot better.
- Meanwhile baseball (though it has serious compensation issues, especially at the lower levels) provides developmental spots for thousands of players throughout five levels and lets them be eligible for the draft multiple times so they at least have better choices when it comes to deciding when to make the jump. Hockey still does it best with two levels of minor leagues and the option of staying in college or juniors as long as they need to even after being drafted. The NFL needs to expand its rosters during the season or develop a minor league (or both) but is still ahead of the NBA in terms of how guys actually get into the league since the offseason rosters provide some room to keep some developmental players in the fold.
- Meanwhile, I was struck by the name recognition I had while reading a WNBA season preview. I don't follow the league closely but had heard of basically every player who was mentioned. Guess that says a lot about the value of the platform of college basketball.
- I don't know if young folks appreciate fully how much the ascendance of bacon and peanut butter has changed our society for the better in the past 15 or so years.
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