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Comment 17 Jan 2017

I second the Sugarlands Distillery. Seems more genuine than Ol' Smokey. The apple pie is unique and quite delicious. 

Comment 17 Jan 2017

I went this past May. The only thing I strongly recommend is Cade's Cove. That's the best place to go if you're hoping to get a glimpse of a bear. I'm not sure how the weather will affect their activity, though. I was able to get some amazing pictures of a mom and two cubs. There was a park ranger there, but we were able to get within 20-30 feet of them. Maybe not advisable, but a nice little scene if you don't mind the risk. 

Gatlinburg itself is touristy, but fun. Nothing to spectacular, but the breakfast restaurant towards the end of the strip was really good. I can't remember the name, but it was a log cabin looking place. Very authentic. 

Comment 15 Jan 2017

The show has gone downhill in the last couple years by having too many guest hosts and guests in general. They were really good when it was just the two of them talking sports (and other things). Unfortunately, this move probably makes it more of a hodgepodge. 

Comment 13 Jan 2017

I just upvoted all of your posts in an attempt to keep you on the leaderboard. And then I discovered that I'm closer to falling off than you. It's a cruel world we're living in. 

Comment 06 Jan 2017

You also have to remember the redshirted when adding up the classes. It's almost like you always have 5 classes instead of 4. That's why it's even muddier when you're taking 20+ every year. Transfers and early entrants help, but guys are still left in a situation where they may want to stay but are persuaded out. 

Comment 03 Jan 2017

I think Herman was more of a fundamentals guy. He taught him where to look and go instead of looking at everything. I assume Beck is the kind of guy who wants to take what you have and make it work. JT was much less confident and less in control the last two years. I blame a large portion of that on his position coach. I don't think the philosophy was all that different with the coordinator change. 

Comment 02 Jan 2017

We need to stop recruiting 20+ every year. The medical hardships and transfers have skyrocketed in the last few years. A player should never be persuaded to leave. You can't deny this is happening behind closed doors. Culture is achieved by having a mix of veterans and young guys. I feel like the coaching staff has become addicted to bringing in tons of talent and sorting it out later. Hardships and transfers should count against your scholarship totals. Maybe then we'd see truth in recruiting. 

Comment 02 Jan 2017

Rated capacity is 5000lb, but you could safely pull 6000 occasionally. The chassis can handle, but the transmission is the reason for the rating. 

Comment 30 Dec 2016

I think Northwestern deserves some consideration. They're built for a nice season next year. Anyone who returns a quality QB and RB is dangerous. I also think they impressed some people by beating a Pitt team that people thought was pretty good. 

Comment 30 Dec 2016

Sometimes the right choice isn't the most fun choice. In the mainstream brands, Mazda is the fun, Toyota is the boring. Everything else falls somewhere in between. And no matter how informed people are, there's still personal preference. It's why even the worst cars still find buyers. 

Comment 30 Dec 2016

A lot of Car and Driver's love fest over Mazdas is for driving dynamics. Something I appreciate, but I'm in the minority. Similar to their love of BMWs. Car and Driver does almost zero research into real world reliability. I've been a subscriber for about 9 years, and I've wished the whole time that they paid more attention to the ownership experience. The closest they get is a few 40,000 mile tests conducted over 1-2 years. If a car can't do that nearly flawlessly, there's a real problem. 

Consumer reports tries, but has developed a bias. They also draw their reliability ratings from subscriber surveys. It's turned into a bit of an echo chamber. They view audio problems the same way they view engine problems. Manufacturers on the cutting edge of technology suffer because the customer perceives their difficulty understanding features as problems. From my experience, at least 75% of audio/HVAC problems are operator error. People have more trouble with Bluetooth compatibility than anything else. They don't realize a manufacturer can't ensure compatibility with a phone that doesn't exist when the car is developed.  

Comment 30 Dec 2016

Can't be a real man unless you have a 10,000lb towing capacity you never use. Opinions like yours are the reason Honda won't sell 100,000 of these per year. When egos are put aside, people would realize this truck does everything that 90% of truck buyers need. If you're more concerned about how your truck makes you look and what it makes others think of you, there's plenty of Rams, Silverados, and F-150s just begging to be driven to the grocery store and soccer practice. 

Comment 30 Dec 2016

We have a customer who has an 06 Civic with 780,000 miles. He does medical equipment testing. Original engine and transmission. I replaced the head gasket at 748,000. He's done every maintenance we've recommended since it was new. It's never been on a tow truck. He just drove it from Ohio to Miami for Christmas. And he probably didn't give it a second thought. 

Comment 30 Dec 2016

It's an awesome truck. It has all the capability that 90% of America could ever need. It's the truck that most people would buy if they were honest about how much truck they actually need. We had  little problem with a major connector not being waterproof on the first few thousand built. That's all fixed now going forward. There's a few audio issues on some trucks, but the new ones built from here on are good, and they'll be releasing a software update soon to fix the others. I'd strongly recommend the Ridgeline. I'm considering adding one to the fleet once my Accord is paid off. 

Comment 30 Dec 2016

I'm a Honda Master Tech, so my only input is to reconsider your options. 

Ok, I'll actually try to help. The Mazda will be a better long term reliability option. But Kia has an exceptional powertrain warranty. You'd probably need it. Both are of average reliability in non-powertrain parts, in my opinion. It kind of depends on how many miles you put on a car and how long you plan to keep it. If you don't plan to have it for more than 100,000 miles, I'd say the Kia would be ok, as that's the length of the powertrain warranty. The Mazda powertrain is better built, so if you're keeping it more miles than 100,000, I'd go with the Mazda. Both companies have problems with cheap components because of volume in the Mazda and general Korean car cheapness in the Kia. 

Comment 30 Dec 2016

You're pretty much hosed. Construction speed limits apply whether there are workers or not. You can go to court, maybe get the speed and fine reduced, but you're still missing a day of work to do it. Unless you were legitimately wronged, it's better to just pay the fine and move on.