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Comment 7 hours ago
I also like that it makes the QB less of an outlier with respect to salary. Less money sunk into that position means more to spend elsewhere; theoretically making the entire team stronger and more able to overcome injuries no matter the position.
Comment 26 Mar 2015
Well at least your expectations are reasonable... perhaps the Buckeyes can make the NFL playoffs too? I mean as a wild card, keeping it real and whatnot.
Comment 26 Mar 2015

Crazy unexpected number of Our Lady Peace shout-outs - I've probably seen them 5 or 6 times.

First was U2, Public Enemy, and Big Audio Dynamite in Tampa in 1992. Was stationed in Orlando for Navy nuclear power program and 2 of us made the road trip. Crazy line-up, sweet show.

Best is really damn difficult... probably have to go with the 1st time I saw Explosions in the Sky. They destroyed it in the Bowery Ballroom. I've seen them 10+ times and was only disappointed once when they played for free at SXSW but the sound guys were awful (which folks who had seen previous acts said was regrettably the case all night). The upside to that show is that there were literally explosions in the sky at the finale with fireworks lighting up the night.

Other favorite live performers: Sigur Ros, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Middle East, Mono, Pelican, Russian Circles, Modest Mouse, The National, Radiohead, Arcade Fire, Flaming Lips, Gil Mantera's Party Dream, Rancid (bitd), The Lunachicks, Balmorhea, Mother Falcon, Flying Lotus, The Dead Science, St. Vincent, Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, Clear Plastic Masks, ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead, Bjork, Árstíðir, Jeffrey Lewis, The Family Cactus, My Brightest Diamond, Lightspeed Champion, Billy Nayer Show, That 1 Guy, and my current favorite (from SXSW 2015) East Cameron Folkcore

Comment 26 Mar 2015

It's simply noisy pop music... style & show are more important than substance. There's nothing wrong with that mind you, but you cannot convince me this is "all-time great" material when the writing is on the level of a horny 6th grader. Lyrics such as "jump, might as well jump... go ahead & jump" are simply not compelling; other examples include "hot for teacher" & "Panama". Kiss, Motley Crue, etc are comparable. Take away the cranked up guitars and drum crashes (replace with machine) and I've also just described Katy Perry, One Direction or any other pop outfit. They are far more alike these 80's "metal" bands than they are different.

So if you want to head bang without thinking and like pyrotechnics, then this is for you; whereas I personally appreciate songs & lyrics that are moving, well arranged orchestration, and just basic sincerity. End rant.

Comment 15 Mar 2015
Evil Dead: the Musical (the "splatter zone" of course).
Comment 14 Mar 2015
Bands, booze, & bbq... heading to Austin (via Houston and Lockhart) for SXSW. The weather is a treat too for northern folk like me. It's the most insanely fun thing I do (almost) every year.
Comment 13 Mar 2015
Yeah, you'd think 85% of posters have Alzheimer's based on how frequently we're told we forget shit; especially very recent events. For the record, I remember all the way back to when Braxton started at QB, Craft was our PG, and grunge.
Comment 11 Mar 2015

The field is the logical "head" choice for both, but I like the Buckeyes' chances better than UK's. If I had to bet, it would be "field" & "Buckeyes" as I never in my life have or will bet against my team.

Comment 11 Mar 2015

In the Superdome screaming "go"... paused to verify no yellow... resumed jumping a screaming unintelligibly.

Quick story - at kickoff, dude next to me seemed disinterested in the game. Around mid first quarter, he is replaced by a girl wearing Bama gear who is just having a blast in enemy territory. I find out later she's the daughter of an Ohio State fan / grad the next seat down, she attends Bama, & the lame dude is her bf. On topic, following the Zeke run to glory, the Bama gal disappears in a solemn state and the disaffected bf dude returns for the remainder of the game. At least dad was ecstatic along with the rest of us.

Comment 09 Mar 2015
You certainly did not let Birm down. BUT, are you just as certain that you'll never run around and desert him?! /RR'd
Comment 05 Mar 2015
My first response in the thread answered the OP's question succinctly and accurately. The rest of the time I've simply tried to temper those who would have me believe I (& apparently NBA talent scouts) didn't recognize the defensive GOAT playing right before my eyes. William Wallace was less exaggerated. Riddle me this... if Craft is indeed the greatest on the ball defender, how is it he wasn't drafted? Are you insinuating that's not a valuable asset? I mean surely the GOAT would be valued enough to get drafted at some point. And if the NBA places so little value on defense, one should conclude that given similar talent levels that offense is >> defense in today's game. Hence, the offensive dynamo would clearly get the better of the defender. Perhaps you should let Golden State know all they have to do to beat OK City is put Craft on Westbrook as he'd surely shut him down. Then you can rightfully claim the NBA front office position that somehow had eluded you all of these years.
Comment 05 Mar 2015

Really? People make outrageous claims about how Craft could "score at will" which I refute with a fact and that equates to not having seen him play? The homerism is strong with you.

Comment 05 Mar 2015

I'd go with Hurley as an equal. Gary Payton comes to mind as well, though honestly I remember him almost entirely from the NBA.

And Russell could light up either of them as well if he's "on". The game today favors offense, it's that simple.

Comment 05 Mar 2015

I love how everyone is supposedly "forgetting" things except for the select group who somehow think Craft > Russell. I didn't forget sh!t (in that respect). Russell is arguably the best talent (not definitively, but a strong case can be made) in the Matta era. I saw plenty of games with Craft and I certainly remember him creating havoc on defense. But he's not in Russell's class, plain & simple.

Comment 05 Mar 2015

The assertion was "best in history" so I'm not responding to your comment which changes the parameters of the argument. On point: I'll submit very recently Anthony Davis as a better defender and Dikembe Mutombo as likely the best I can recall without straining my brain too much.

Comment 05 Mar 2015

This is more sensible of a comparison than some of the wackiness espoused in the Craft vs Russell thread. At least these are players of comparable talent, though the skill sets are different. I'm giving a slight edge to Russell in this one. I 'd love to see his assist numbers if he had low post players who actually caught the ball and / or finished with authority.