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Comment 12 Oct 2016

Turns out Carl had two ex-wives (married in '57 & '68) as well as his third wife (married in '81) whom he remained married to until his death in 1996.

I've heard rumors there were billions and billions of them, actually.

Comment 07 Sep 2016

You will never see a perfect stadium with these things because someone always wants to wear the clothes they want to wear.

I'll bet the North Koreans could pull off a flawless stadium stripe out. They do blackouts very well, also. Every time the sun goes down. And man could they march a halftime show. I've seen film of them doing some pretty incredible things, and that was just for some guy's birthday party.

Comment 28 Aug 2016

What the 11W crew has created is so much more than another sports blog. Through the forums, at a particularly difficult time, I made a post about a personally difficult situation. I was recovering from a seemingly endless run of surgeries (I was at 16 or 17 at the time, I think) and had moved in by myself to care for 2 terminally ill parents, one of whom didn't know who I was any more.

My parents had been scammed of their life savings, and I was trying to care for them physically and financially, while balancing my own health and marriage at the same time. Dark days. I wasn't sure there was light at the end, and was even less sure I wanted to even find out.

I was alone with bad health and the impending death of parents who could no longer care for their most basic daily needs; bathing, feeding, bathroom needs included, 24 hours a day - 7 days a week. I felt alone, until that post. The outpouring of support from members of the 11W community kept me going. Offerings of personal emails for direct contact, and general encouragement helped me regain a focus and perspective that helped me through. 

My parents have since passed, I have only one more planned surgery on the horizon, and life is regaining a more positive focus.  Had the collection of individuals I heard from on 11W at that time not been there, I'm not sure I would have made it through. 11W is more than a sports site. It's a gathering place for some of the finest people humanity has to offer.  For that I give Jason and the gang my heartfelt thanks.

Comment 23 Aug 2016

I do not really care have no idea what happened here, but I am willing to admit I'm an asshole. In fact, I'll be the Official 11W Asshole if it helps resolve issues amongst or between my 11W brethren. Just blame me. It's a tactic that the devil my ex-wife has used to great financial gain, and I am willing to take one for the 11W Team. The Tin Man has no heart. That's not only a coincidence, it may be my 11W destiny. 

Comment 19 Aug 2016

We currently have 3 rescue dogs, all formerly abused. One is a Doberman/Gordon Setter mix, one is a Pit/Border Collie mix, and a small purebred Italian Greyhound. The most loving dogs anyone could have, and loyal members of our family "pack."

We recently lost a MinPin we rescued from an abuse situation when he was 10 years old. Abused, overweight, and trachea issues from being lifted by his twisted collar and force fed hot sauce "for fun." When we rescued him, the vet gave him possibly 3 months to live. He just passed earlier this summer. He scoffed at that 3 month prognosis and was nearly 21 years old when he died, old, content, and happy in my arms. 

If you are looking for a commitment to a dog, please rescue! The love and devotion you shower on your pet will come back to you ten times over. 

Comment 11 Aug 2016

May you join me on the medal stand recliner of your choice as the Star Spangled Banner Buckeyes game plays, and over the roar of the crowd you can hear the adoring shrill cries of my wife calling out her endless list of events chores she thinks I should currently be competing in completing. 

Comment 10 Aug 2016

I used to be very fit and active. Pretty decent middle distance runner. Now I sit on my ass, mostly.  Actually, I fancy myself the reigning North American Freestyle Ass-sitting Olympic Gold Medalist. So at least I have that.