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Comment 23 Aug 2016

I scored a 29 in the fall of my junior year, 2003. I went to an academically weak high school. My GPA was 3.3. At that time, I still hadn't taken a few of the courses that would've better prepared me for the test. I never took it again, as 29 was an exceptional score at the time. Even then, I thought the test was easy. 

I'm not sure that these scores are really as impressive as they seem. I feel like I could've scored 32-33 once I had taken more math and science classes. I'm a pretty smart guy, but I'm not sure the test is difficult enough. 

Comment 21 Aug 2016

That's kind of what I meant. You have to assume Guyer will be LF against all lefties. The consideration is between Naquin and Chiz. Rajai will be the other platoon, so I'm thinking Rajai in center and Chisenhall in right. Naquin has looked lost at time against lefties. 

I think against righties you play Rajai over Guyer most of the time. What he's done on the base paths has been invaluable. I also like him in the lead off spot to move Santana to 5th. 

I just hope Tito doesn't fall in love with Martinez as an OF platoon. He's a good utility guy, but doesn't have much pop. Taking Naquin and Chiz out at the same time leaves you lacking for power in the bottom half of the lineup. 

It sounds weird, but I'm hoping Gomes can get back for the playoffs. Despite his terrible year, he's still brought more upside than Perez/Gimenez. 

Comment 20 Aug 2016

While we're talking Tribe, let's talk playoff outfield. As of now you'll have Lonnie, Naquin, Guyer, and Rajai. Almonte won't be eligible for the playoff roster. They've been platooning the entire outfield, sans Almonte. With him out of the picture, where do they turn? Will Naquin or Chiz play against lefties? Or will Rajai or Guyer play against righties? As your resident Chisenhall apologist, I'm hoping he gets the full time RF job, as he's hit much better against lefties this year. 

Comment 17 Aug 2016

I've become quite skilled in ice maker removal. I've found that thawing and cleaning it will usually get things going. The manual reset, however, never works at all. 

Comment 15 Aug 2016

This was a big debate around here a while ago. Without going back into it, I'll add that it gives employees motivation to provide service above and beyond what may be necessary in an attempt to make more cash. 

Comment 11 Aug 2016

I never knew waterboarding was legal in Ohio, let alone on a boat. Learn something every day. 

Comment 10 Aug 2016

I think you make a good argument, but you may as well be talking to a wall. Tressel violated NCAA rules. As such, he was punished by the NCAA. Briles and Baylor broke societal laws. They're to be judged in the same way you or I would be. 

Comment 05 Aug 2016

I think downvotes for taking the phrase too literally. He would've lost a year, but he could've transferred then or as a graduate transfer. 

Comment 05 Aug 2016

Kudos to you as well. Obviously we're just on different sides of this. No harm in that. 

I will agree that the production and purchase of the jerseys is legal. I disagree that the sale is legal. Admittedly, I don't know the exact law, but I believe selling the jerseys to the USA is illegal. Selling the jerseys in China would be perfectly legal, still shady, but legal. 

Comment 05 Aug 2016

Nike also pays for the exclusivity. It's not like they were chosen by random drawing. They have a ton of money invested into being the official apparel brand. OSU sold the rights, Nike is only trying to get return on investment. 

Comment 04 Aug 2016

I didn't bring morality into this, someone else did. I simply pointed out that it's not morally any better to buy fraudulent jerseys. The labor practices are likely identical, as you said. 

Do I think people don't "deserve" to have the product or brand? No way. I won't pretend to know what someone deserves. The fact is, when you buy imitation products, you don't even have the product or brand. At best, you're trying to trick others into thinking you have the genuine article. So yeah, I frown upon people who buy fake Oakleys.

When you start talking about something like sunglasses, I actually have stronger feelings. Fakes saturate the market with gear that isn't nearly the quality of the imitated brand. People can no longer tell if they're getting a great deal on Oakleys or if they are paying $50 for sunglasses that won't last a year. Worse yet, some people will pass the fakes off as the real deal for a slight discount. 

Trademark laws exist to protect the companies that spend time and money creating a brand and reputation. When someone is allowed to imitate their work and undercut their price in the process, your damn right I have a problem. In the case of the jerseys, Ohio State and Nike have spent billions of dollars to build their image and reputation into what is has become. They're the reason you want the jersey. Chinese Company X simply copied some logos and built a website. It may not be illegal to make fraudulent jerseys in China, but it is here. You don't vacation from  Ohio to West Virginia and marry your sister while you're there. Just because that sort of thing is accepted down there doesn't mean you can come back home to Ohio with your sisterwife and live a normal married life. 

Comment 04 Aug 2016

I was once stuck on the Batman ride at Six Flags Ohio. We sat stuck halfway up the hill for about an hour. Fortunately, we didn't have to exit the train. We were eventually reversed into the station. 

Comment 04 Aug 2016

I had always heard the reason it was still standing is because the ground there was too unstable to support a modern ride. It also took a ton of maintenance to keep mean streak standing. Maybe they found a way to get past that. 

Comment 03 Aug 2016

If you have to ask, you shouldn't be buying it. The jersey was illegally made and illegally sold. This really isn't hard. Anyone who doesn't see it is just trying to justify it. 

Comment 03 Aug 2016

It's not an overinflated price. It's the price. The jerseys from Aliexpress are illegal counterfeits. You may as well try to find some fake game tickets for the upcoming season. 

I just don't understand being upset about this. I really don't even understand buying the fakes in the first place. Trademarks aside, you can't sell jerseys with an  amateur athlete's name on them. If you can't afford (or refuse to pay for) a real jersey, you don't get a jersey.