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Comment 22 Oct 2015

I studied music for a month in vienna one summer in college, I can't agree more about getting to the opera.  It really is world class.  Little known fact- the pit orchestra from the staatsoper is comprised of members of the vienna philharmonic.  They rotate members throughout the year.  tickets to the philharmonic are pretty expensive and hard to come by, but opera tickets are much more reasonable.  If you can't do opera or would rather not, try and see something in the musikverein (the golden hall), even if it's a less accomplished ensemble.  It's one of the best music venues in the world, but only holds something like 3,000 people.  Just make sure you get to something musical in the city.  there is also the volksoper which is like the city opera, but still very good, and i believe there is something like a city orchestra if you can't do the vienna phil.  Vienna has a musical heritage really unmatched in the world, you shortchange yourself by not checking it out.    st. stephens is a must too, right in the city center.  Sachertorte for dessert too, google it.  Prepare yourself to spend like 2-3 hrs having dinner too.  It's a cultural thing, I didn't really get it, but they are in no hurry to turn tables like the US.  I was in prague for a couple days, but don't have much to offer, except that it's beautiful, and staropramen beer is really good if you see it.  try the dark.   The museum scene is pretty crazy in vienna too. the belvedere for more modern and the kunsthistorische for the old masters.  Vienna is organized around where the old city wall was, they tore down the wall and built a huge boulevard that circles the old city, the "ringstrasse" buy a transit pass and take it around the loop once, you'll be amazed how easy everything is to get to.  I spent a month there, and I felt rushed to see everything, so good luck, lol.  The public transport is on a level with NYC and the city center is basically pedestrian only.

Comment 17 Oct 2015

I read this and thought damn, that's hardcore, he's not even gonna start drinking until like 11:30!  party animal!  and then I remembered time zones are a thing.  I admire your fortitude if you can have football on tv and no beer in hand though.  better man than I.

Comment 17 Oct 2015

I always stand in front of the beer in the store, thinking I should get something new or seasonal or different, and half the time I end up getting the Dortmunder.  It's my beer happy place.  It's just so damn delicious.

Comment 16 Oct 2015

I bought a samsung plasma back in about '07.  I watch alot of tv, at least a couple of hours a day.  It's a little old, It's only a 42 inch and it's only 720p, but I can't bring myself to replace it because the picture and everything is still as good as the day I bought it.  all the controls, the bezel and everything still look new.  It has survived several moves also.  I cannot recommend Samsung highly enough quality-wise for sure.  I personally will definitely be buying another one if I need a second or this one finally bites the dust.  No experience with other brands really.  There's my 2 cents.

Comment 13 Oct 2015

http://espn.go.com/blog/sec/post/_/id/108342/looking-back-at-steve-spurriers-best-quotes

hopefully he is on tv quickly to add to this list.  

Comment 12 Oct 2015

It's not completely unheard of for younger guys to put on that kind of weight.  You have high levels of testosterone when you're that young, it's natural.  Not to say he wasn't.  but if a 30 year old guy puts on 40 lbs of muscle in a year, pretty much no doubt he's juicing.  Most of these guys playing major college ball are basically already in the genetic elite, and he was pretty underweight to begin with, so I could be convinced it wasn't steroids

Comment 12 Oct 2015

I think they would have loved to have done the "mutual understanding" thing, but the reality is it would have been a huge distraction, probably for both parties.  Every press conference would have a few minutes of Sark questions, there would have been a million op-ed pieces, etc.  If anyone's read the forum posts about this topic lately, it seems to bring out the asshole in everyone, and he's not even our coach.  Best to just cut the cord and let Sark get on with his life, get treatment, hopefully get sober.  I don't think there is a universe where he got to keep his job after showing up to practice drunk.

Comment 10 Oct 2015

The added element of him catching passes this year makes me think he's the best all around back.  Now that he has two healthy hands, it's a whole new facet that just wasn't there last year. He really can do it all.  Fournette runs with bad intentions though, there is no doubt about that.

Comment 09 Oct 2015

Hey neighbor!  I am hating all the construction.  Really f-ing up my universe.  Hopefully it will pay off when it's done, but I have my doubts the 161 roundabout has to be one of the bigger ones they've put in, right?  Between roundabouts, the screwy 270/sawmill interchange, and the screwy roberts rd/270 interchange, and all the construction, driving this little corner of Cbus is an adventure.  Every time someone visits from out of town I'm like "you know, I'll just meet you somewhere, don't even bother".

Comment 09 Oct 2015

People joke about this being a stereotype, but it is a fact.  Gotta keep your head on a swivel in Dublin.  Stop Signs are for other people, turn lanes are express lanes to the front of traffic jams, and god help you in any Dublin parking lot.  Every man for himself.

Comment 09 Oct 2015

great minds, Scottie, great minds.  They're putting a roundabout in at the corner of riverside and 161, I live about a mile away.  I'm strongly considering moving.  I predict 10 mins tops after they open that before I hear CRUNCH from my patio.

Comment 09 Oct 2015

For my northwest Columbus homies - roundabouts and the whole foods on sawmill parking lot.  I rarely find myself in the whole foods parking lot, but it is a clusterfuck.  I have one message for everyone- Right of way is a thing, and other people have it sometimes.  No, really.

Comment 09 Oct 2015

I think that under armour thing is undersold.  Maryland has been pumping university money into their athletic department to keep it afloat.  They clearly are willing to pay for success, and once they get stabilized, it would not shock me at all to see Kevin Plank jump in and pull a  Phil Knight.  He's an alum, he has a product to sell, he has lots of money, and Maryland wants to be good.  They would be smart to open up the checkbook for an experienced coach who knows what they need to win.  That said, they have been terrible for years, that is a tough road to hoe.

Comment 05 Oct 2015

Born in 81, so don't remember Earle, Remember those heartbreakers in the mid 90's with those absurdly talented teams, then Tress got me back on an even keel.  I still get a little queasy during tun week, no matter how bad they are.  Cooper years taught me that ugly wins are better than losses, which is coming in handy lately.  I still think about those 95-98 teams and am pissed they didn't win a national championship.  Have to be some of the most talented teams in the college ranks ever.   I have yet to be as shell shocked over a loss as I was after '98 MSU.  

Comment 04 Oct 2015

I live in columbus, and it's sad how few bengals fans there are.  There are more Steelers fans.  And browns fans outnumber us at least 50-1.  I love watching Browns games with Browns fans though.  They are just waiting for the other shoe to drop.  You all live with the utter certainty of disaster in the near future, and embrace it pretty stoically.

Comment 04 Oct 2015

As a Bengals fan, I know from bitter experience if they play at the same time, Browns are on 9 times out of 10.  Even when the Browns are like 3-10 playing a team that's 4-9. and the Bengals are fighting for a playoff spot against another playoff team.  I get it, we're outnumbered.  I actually was looking forward to watching both today, so of course they didn't show the Browns.  Probably something with the nfl tv contracts.  

Comment 04 Oct 2015

If there were a "September Heisman" in pro ball, Dalton would win it, lol.   I'm totally drinking the kool-aid though.  The d-line is unbelievable.  If no major contributors get hurt, I think this is the year they win a playoff game, maybe more.  Need Geno Atkins and A.J. green to stay healthy. Is there a better d tackle combo in the league than Peko and Atkins? The rest of the team is good enough Dalton can "Trent Dilfer" them to a playoff run.

Comment 04 Oct 2015

I think the problem is that in the NFL, a win is a win basically.  win by 1 or 50, to a terrible team or to a great team, they all count the same.  There is a tendency among fans to move on quickly when teams win ugly, because a win is a win.  It's not the same in college though.  If you're undefeated, great, there is not going to be 4 undefeated teams.  You are in the playoffs.  It's when you lose a game that people start freaking out, because then you need to look at the resume.  There will be what...maybe 5 1 loss teams, maybe 2 undefeated teams in any year?  in our hypothetical, there are 2 undefeated teams guaranteed spots in the playoffs, assuming they're from power conferences.  Let's not even talk about lesser conferences.  So there are 2 spots for 5 teams, and all the stuff that doesn't matter in the NFL suddenly matters a great deal.  who did you beat, how much did you beat them by?  did you look good doing it? So when we don't look good, people freak out, because we might lose a game.  And if we lose a game and look shitty in some other games, then we could get left out of the playoff. And there is that line between "I'm going to go voice my opinion on our subpar line play" and "ED WARINNER IS GARBAGE"!  If you're getting that worked up over ugly wins, I question why you subject yourself to this too.  If you can't enjoy a win at all, what's the point?