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Five thoughts on The Alliance, which probably isn't what you think it is

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I've been self-employed now since last April, and I haven't regularly worked in an office in years. There are certainly some things I miss about it, like the casual mid-day conversations with colleagues, the unlimited Diet Coke, and the brief reprieve from small children who are constantly trying to commandeer your Twitter account, so they can tweet about farts.

But there's a bunch of other stuff that I certainly don't miss. I've essentially worn nothing but Homefield t-shirts and shorts for the last 12 months, and I'm not excited about having to wear grown-up clothes again on a regular basis. I don't miss the commute.

And you know what I really don't miss? The meeting that could have been an email.

I've mostly been able to avoid that, being my own boss and all, but Tuesday, I got suckered into another one of those meetings, thanks to the Big Ten, Pac-12 and ACC's "Alliance" announcement. Despite all that build-up, the actual press conference and subsequent individual interviews offered little in the way of substance beyond empty platitudes and generalities.

The concept itself is still pretty interesting. Will anything substantive ever come from it?

Here's a few thoughts on what we know, and what I wish I knew, about this entire operation:

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