Friday, October 28, 2011

The Big 12 is Stupid

This is what the Big 12 should do and if it doesn't, it is stupid.
  1. Let Missouri go. They don't want to be in the Big 12.
  2. Grab the following schools: West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, Houston, Tulane.
  3. Bribe Arkansas with whatever money is necessary to pry them away from the SEC. Give them $30 or $40 million. Lock them into the conference for 10 years. That's only $3 or $4 million a year.
  4. Bundle every school's Tier 3 rights into a set of regional TV networks. So, for example, something like this: A network for all Texas schools. A network for the Oklahoma schools, Kansas schools, Arkansas and Iowa State. A network for West Virginia, Louisville, Cincinnati, Memphis, and Tulane. These networks would have both regional college and high school sports programming. The revenue from these networks would go into the conference "pot" and these networks would make a ton of money.
  5. Go to unequal revenue sharing of conference money. The most important teams get shares of 3. The next tier get shares of 2. And the last tier gets shares of 1 (sorry Iowa State). In the scenario described above, the 3's would be Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The 1's would be Iowa State and Tulane. Everybody else would be 2's. This could be adjusted as need be. And, if Iowa State didn't like this, they could go find another conference.
  6. Have a conference championship game in football. I don't care if Texas doesn't want one. It makes a lot of money and it's a big event. If a school wants to win the national title, win the games that are on the schedule. The winner of the Big 12 championship game would almost always have to be considered for the national title game.
  7. Go to a "pod" based system for scheduling in football and other sports. So, for example, the four pods could be (West Virginia, Louisville, Memphis, Cincinnati), (Iowa State, Kansas, Kansas State, Arkansas), (Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, TCU), and (Texas, Baylor, Houston, Tulane). In football, all the teams in a pod would play each other each year. Each pod would play one other pod each year on a rotating basis. So, for example, Texas would play conference games against Baylor, Houston, and Tulane every year and they would play conference games against the teams in the other pods once every 3 years.
  8. The pod scheduling system described above would result in 7 conference football games each year. That leaves 5 non-conference games for each team. That would allow teams to schedule their "natural rivals" every year. So, for example, Texas could schedule Oklahoma and Texas A&M every year for a non-conference game (if Texas and Oklahoma were not playing a conference game).
  9. The pod system described above would allow the Big 12 to schedule aggressively outside of conference and the Big 12 should make a commitment to do just that. Imagine Notre Dame signing a contract to play 4 Big 12 teams a year for 8 years, each team in the conference gets a shot at Notre Dame at home and on the road during that time.
  10. Also, under the pod system, the far-flung teams would always have 3 conference games with nearby opponents. So, if these far-flung teams scheduled nearby schools for their 5 non-conference games, they would have 8 nearby opponents every year (and 2 of the remaining 4 games would be at home). That would be very good for both the athletes, other students, and fans.
  11. Also, under the pod system, the two divisions of the Big 12 would be different each year. Special names could be given to the different divisions. So, if Texas' pod was playing Oklahoma's pod, that division could be called "Rivals Division" or "Red River Division" or something and the other division in that scenario could be called the "Riverboat Division" or something.
  12. The conference should drop the Big 12 name. The Big 16 is an option. However, I would go for a name that didn't include the number of schools in the conference (in case the Big 12 wanted to do something crazy like go to 20 teams). A lot of good names are already taken (like Conference USA and the Mid-America Conference). I'll leave the list of possible names for this conference as an exercise for the reader.
The above conference would be awesome and it would make a ton of money. It should happen tomorrow (if not sooner). If it doesn't, the Big 12 is stupid.

The World's Worst Disc Golf Video

Why upload this to YouTube?

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Disc Golf Survey

The Pro Disc Golf Association recently surveyed over 4,000 disc golfers.

Here are the sometimes shocking results of that survey.

Highlights include:
  1. 53 of the 4,000 disc golfers claimed to make over $250,000 per year.
  2. Only 8.1% of respondents said they were unemployed.
  3. The 3 most popular soft drinks among disc golfers are Coke, Dr. Pepper, and Mountain Dew. Only 16.4% said they consumed Pepsi most often.
  4. Subway won in the fast food restaurant category with a whopping 51.5% of respondents saying they have eaten there most often.
  5. In the mid-market chain restaurant category the amazing winner was Applebee's with a 28.0% response ratio.
  6. Major League Baseball was the winner in the pro sport event attendance category with 49.7% of disc golfers saying they had been to a MLB game in 2010.
  7. 331 disc golfers claim to have been playing the sport for more than 25 years.
  8. 19.0% of respondents claimed to own over 200 discs.
  9. 42% of respondents say they would pay $4 to $6 to play at a really nice pay to play disc golf course.
  10. 86.6% of those surveyed own a computer.
This survey is likely to change the course of disc golf history for years to come (no exaggeration).

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Perfect Movie

I think I just saw a perfect movie. Surprisingly, this movie was made in 2011, in Hollywood and Owen Wilson was one of the costars. (I kid. Wilson has made a number of movies that I like.)

The movie was positive, end to end without being sappy or stupid. All the main characters spent the entire movie chasing and choosing among different values without sacrifice. Not a single despicable character haunted the screen. Not a single "message" was added for the audience's "education". The movie took no shortcuts. The movie had a plot that didn't feel contrived.

Anyway, I was shocked to see such a movie.

Oh, by the way, the movie was "The Big Year" and starred Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson.

Somehow the movie only got a 40% on Rotten Tomatoes. I guess critics are stupid (like arguing with people on the Internet).

For the Record: My Use of Blogs, Social Media, and My Personal Website

Twitter is fine for very short, quick messages. Anything even just slightly more substantial must be done elsewhere. My tweets are generally just random observations, updates, and pictures. I often tweet from my phone.

My personal website is where I put my most substantial content, content that I want to "endure". Having said that, I haven't added anything there recently and my personal website is in drastic need of a redesign, harsh editing, and more good content.

I use my blog to build my personal brand. If you want some "Greg Lange", that's where you need to go. My blog posts are essentially what you'd get if you had a conversation with me face to face (minus the hilarious homages I'm famous for).

I use Facebook mainly to keep up with friends and family. Also, anything I tweet gets posted to my wall over there. That's because a substantial number of people in my circle don't use Twitter but do use Facebook.

I like Google+ a lot. However, it is currently populated by "techies", social media "stars" (or "wannabes"), "hipsters", and "leftists". I don't really put much content up over there right now. I'd like to push my tweets over there easily but there doesn't seem to be a decent way to do that right now.

For The Record: Human Blood

Human blood is 92% water but it tastes nothing like water or tea.


Arguing With People on the Internet is Stupid

Arguing with people on the Internet is stupid. There are too many wrong people and too many people who are wrong by choice (in effect). You should just say what you think is right and move on. Maybe that's what a blog is for.

The Flat Tax is Stupid

Proponents of the flat tax say that it will simplify the tax code. However, the complicated part of the tax code is not the part which determines the rate at which taxpayers are taxed. The complicated parts of the tax code are the parts that deal with:
  1. Deductions
  2. Treating different types of income differently
  3. Treating different taxpayers differently
Simplifying the tax code needs to focus on removing or refining those three areas.

A flat tax would simplify the least complicated part of the tax code.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Utter UTSA Football Insanity

Read this.

If UTSA ends up in C-USA any time in the next 5 years (and if C-USA is essentially at the same level it is now), that would be insane.

UTSA had no football a year ago. Leaping over the Southland Conference and the WAC to C-USA in such a short time is mind boggling.

Maybe the article is just wishful thinking.

A Coworker's New Album

Image from ArtStudio for iPad
It's all drum solos.

True Dat

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Friday, October 14, 2011

Thursday, October 6, 2011