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Elsmere, KY

Member since 30 August 2010 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Probably would have to be the 1990 Reds winning the world series. I was 9 years old,and it was easily the best day of my young life. I've had some incredible life moments, but the joy I felt that day has rarely been matched.
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

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Comment 26 Apr 2016

So, while Cardale did a great job in the playoff and B1G title game, he didn't exactly have amazing statistical games himself.  That always seems to be lost on people when they talk about his short comings last year.  He had an RB that basically ran for 700 yards in the postseason.  I guess, what I'm saying is, maybe it wasn't Beck's fault at all.  Maybe, we were seeing the real Cardale.  I will agree, that the staff fucked up the QB situation last year.  They were non-commital with who the starter was going to be.  That's just as much on Urban as anyone else though.  I think that lack of decisiveness hurt the offense greatly last year.  Had they said you know what, this is the guy who is starting END OF STORY and committed to that QB for the whole season, things could have been different and the QB, whoever he was, would have been much more comfortable and confident.  

Instead, we got that quite frustrating offense last year.  

Comment 26 Apr 2016

I missed Zeke today, but I heard Vernon Hargraves yesterday and that interview was awesome.  I hope that dude gets a shot somewhere.  Very entertaining interview.  I know it has nothing to do with Zeke today, but I listen to DP show on my way to work when I work late, and thought that was a great college football/draft interview.  

Comment 25 Apr 2016

Really 1200 sounds like a lot, but that's probably not much area.  You comparing it to planting 1200 tomato plants got me thinking about it, you don't need that big of a plot of land for 1200 tomatoes.  I know nothing about growing pot but if it's comparable to tomatoes in anyway, 1200 plants shouldn't be THAT much area. 

Comment 17 Apr 2016

Not at all.  We can say hey I think these 5 guys are the ones who are going to go for one reason or another.  That is saying based on the team and what I see, my belief is these guys are done. 

The second part that you quoted have more to do with a guy like Walker who committed and went somewhere else.  The coaches can get rid of guys willy nilly and it's fine.  A kid changes his mind and he's an asshole on the comment section.  

Those are apples and oranges right????

Comment 17 Apr 2016

I think posting names should be fine now.  It's clear that the staff is looking at names. The kids are supposed to be kept in the loop about where they stand. Though the Sibley situation says probably not. If the staff isn't afraid to hurt some feelings, we shouldn't be afraid of it on a blog that probably 9 out of 10 players and families don't even look at.  

I'm not bashing the staff.  It's just how business is done nowadays.  The guys getting paid 6 and 7 figures a year get to make a kid commit to a school and when that kid isn't useful to the program anymore he gets a gray shirt, his offer pulled, a medical redshirt, or whatever else they can get creative about.  Then bloggers talk shit about a recruit when he has a hard time committing.  College Football is really awesome huh?  

Comment 17 Apr 2016

I agree completely.  With Sibley's recruitment so far and what appeared to happen with Hill last year, there's no reason for these kids not to keep their options open and their recruiting fluid.  These kids really don't mean all that much to the school until they are here and it's clear at the level Bama and Ohio State are on with recruiting, there could always be someone at your position the school wants more, and if the numbers don't work out you could be on the outside looking in. 

Comment 16 Apr 2016

I don't see how Sibley would take the Gray Shirt at this point.  He seems to have been toyed with a bit in the last month by the staff and gone through quite a rollercoaster.  What happens if he gray shirts, numbers are tight again and the staff still thinks he's not the direction they want to go?  Then he's lost a year and needs to go somewhere he didn't want to go to.   I just hope he doesn't end up, Up North.  

Comment 16 Apr 2016

I don't care how many offers Saban or anyone else gave out that year.  Bottom line we are currently over 85 schollies, we don't have a lot of room in this class, we accepted kids offers because we didn't want anyone else to get them, and now we are changing our minds.  What's even more troubling about this, is the kid had a cryptic Tweet a few weeks ago and said something along the lines of needing some questions answered.  The staff did what ever used car salesman pitch that recruiters give these days and eased his mind, now this happens.  This is not OK.  Clearly a couple weeks back he wasn't worried after talking to the staff, then they blindsided him. 

This isn't a good look.  They better home they land these kids they want more now because this ship has sailed. 

Comment 15 Apr 2016

This Sibley situation is troubling at best.  Isn't this the kid that they just "cleared the air" with a few weeks back?  Now they drop this on him.  Not a good look at all.  This is the kind of stuff Saban would get roasted for on here.  I know recruiting is a rough business nowadays, but this kid has ZERO reason to stay with the Buckeyes now.  Feel bad for the kid, seems like the staff has jacked him around a lot lately. 

Comment 10 Apr 2016

I once was in an accident in the middle of nowhere Georgia at about 3am.  We were rear ended while going 65mph on the freeway.  I was upset and scared.  The car wasn't damanged too badly, but I mentioned the cops and the guy got really agitated.  After talking a while I said I think it's better we call the cops.  He at this point got about 6 inches from me and said I don't think we need the cops out here.  I sat there, looked over at my wife, and said fuck it get out of here.   Called the cops at the next exit.  They ran the tags and his name.  He had a warrant for his arrest.  

Seriously folks, most of the time stuff like this doesn't happen, but if someone gets squirrley about it, paying for the damage on your car is better than your life.  I don't know if that's really what happened or not in this case, but just always have to be aware of what's going on and read the situation.  It's just better to live another day than to have something tragic like this happen. 

Comment 10 Apr 2016

I'm not making a political statement here, but if you own a gun either legally or not, and you have problems with road rage or anger in general, it may be a good idea not to carry in traffic.  I have both responsible and irresponsible carriers among my family and friends so I'm not making a statement on anything other than know yourself and make a good decision!  I hear these fucking stories so many times and it makes me sick. 

Comment 09 Apr 2016

I was trying to articulate that in my rant!!!!  I get so tired of the conspiracy theories.  Could you imagine the outrage if Nick Saban held a camp at Colerain, Glenville, etc????  The outrage would be real!  At any rate it doesn't much matter, they aren't allowed anymore and as I said and you repeated, Urban wasn't enthused about having to hold one of these deals anyway.  My guess is, it's quite an event to put on and it adds a much larger work load to something that is already an exhausting grind.  I presonally am all for making Urban's job the least stressful it can possibly be.  I'd like that dude to hang around a while. 

Comment 09 Apr 2016

Cubs will always find a way to fuck it up.  It'll be happy to watch them find a way to blow it again.  Only think I hate, now they have an excuse where if they lost full staffed it would be even more epic.  I hate the Cubs.  Only times I've ever had problems with anyone at a baseball game it's been some drunk assed Cub fan ruining everyone's time.  They won't win the world series this year, or likely in the next 100 to come. 

Comment 09 Apr 2016

I thought Urban actually didn't care for Satelite camps and said something along the lines of, well I guess we're going to have to start doing them now.  Really don't care that much about it.  We don't have any problem getting in front of the best recuits in the country.  Many of them don't seem to have a problem making their way to Columbus, I just don't see it as an issue for fo Ohio State. 

As for all the outrage over the SEC "winning" they weren't the only ones who voted against it folks.  The ACC has been impacted by satelite camps.  It's conceivable Texas would be impacted too, so the Big 12 voted against them.  Seems like there are 3 major conferernces that were impacted and voted against them, not just the SEC.  

Comment 06 Apr 2016

It's funny with Bonds.  He more likely than not was the best player in the game for a long time and everyone hated him and a lot of that was his fault.  He saw how the world embraced Sosa and McGuire in 1998 and made the decision to earn the fans respect, roiding up and breaking the homerun record was the way to do it.  I mean that's something that's been made pretty clear by Bonds, and those who covered Bonds while he was playing and those who have written about him since. 

If you look at Bond's career (and Physique) through 98, he was already a first ballot HOF and hadn't been a "cheater" yet.  I put cheater in quotes because no one is taking back games these guys won, baseball isn't apologizing for it, and coaches like Bobby Cox who knowingly had Roided up players playing for them keep getting inducted into the HOF.  

At any rate, through 98 Bonds had a ROY, 3 MVPs (tied for the most in MLB history at that point), 411 HR 445 SB (at that point in the 400/400 club) at that point he and WIllie Mays were the only players to ever be in the 300/300 Club.  For his Career Bonds bonds is in the 500/500 club again the charter member.   He had over a 1000 OPS 7 times through 98.  He lead the league in OBP 4 times.  He had 8 gold gloves, 7 silver sluggers, and 8 all star appearances.  He could have retired after the 98 season and would have ranked as a top 10 player in the history of baseball.  He didn't even need those insane years when he was juiced.  It's amazing how people never acknowledge how great he was in his first 11 or 12 years in MLB, and only talk about the years he "cheated".  Even without the roids, he was going to be a mid 900 career OPS player, over 400 OBP, probably 600 homeruns as well.  So yeah he was a cheater if you want to call him that, but the guy was simply amazing even before the HGH and clean and clear. 

Comment 06 Apr 2016

So, I think the steroid era has 2 types of guys.  Guys who got their name in the news because of steroids and flukey numbers (Brady Anderson) and guys who when they weighed 160lbs were already HOF's (Bonds and Manny).  At any rate.  My lifetime started in 81 so I can vaguely remember guys like Brett, Schmidt, and Yount.  So I'm going to be VERY late 90's to present heavy. 

1) Gwynn, best pure hitter, even if power wasn't his game.  

2) Bonds.  Guy was insane before he "cheated" was amazing when he was juiced.  Saw 1 or 2 pitches a game max and destroyed them

3) Larry Walker- is their a more under-appreciated player than Larry Fucking Walker!?!?!?!  He gets penalized by the dumbass writers because he played most of his career in Colorado, they ignore his 900 OPS in Montreal though.  3 batting titles, several years leading the league in OBP, just a great pure hitter no one ever mentions. 

4) Albert Pujols- His prime rivals some of the greatest offensive players in baseball history

5) Paul Molitor- guy could rake

6) Manny

7) Joey Votto-  Hits to all fields with power, has a better vision/understanding of the strikezone than any player I've ever seen.  If he plays his full contract out here (he wants to and can tell the Reds to piss off on trades) he's going to go down as the best hitter in Reds history.  (I know i know but Pete will have More hits), again I said best hitter, not most hits. 

7) Ichiro- I only wish that guy could have played his whole career in the MLB.  We'd have 3 players in the 4000 hit club. 

8) Miguel Cabrera- Probably should go higher on the list actually, his Triple Crown Year was probably the 4th best offensive season he's ever had, crazy! 

9) Mike Trout-  May have 3 MVP's if not for Cabrera's insane 4 year stretch

10) Frank Thomas-  Definitely should be higher on the list, but one thing that always bugged me about the Big Hurt is, he was so incredibly good for a long time, then just overnight felt like he wasn't that great anymore.  Kind of like Jr.  The guy was amazing, but almost like a light switch, he just wasn't good anymore. 

Other guys I could have included, and maybe could be coaxed into adding would be Albert Belle, Bryce Harper (in 5 years he'd definitely be on this list)  Andres Galaraga, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, and Roberto Alomar. 

Comment 05 Apr 2016

If we look at those classes, Tressel had Ohio by the balls and because he liked to take Ohio kids first and foremost the Ohio High school coaches loved him and it helped "build a wall" around Ohio.  That's by and large while people around here loved his recruiting so much.  I think because of that, though, in general is why we saw big misses on guys like Sharriff Floyd.  Again, I'm saying IN GENERAL.  Obviously he landed big time recruits from other states, but it was always a major frustration around here when he missed out on a lot of those elite out of state recruits (and some in state like Hicks and DePriest) to coaches who just recruited nationally better than Tressel. 

Tressel also used a couple scholarships per year on guys who were walk-ons as a "lifetime achievement" award or something.  I know it was a feel good story and Tressel was loved for that, but it was generally not a productive scholarship for the success of the team or depth. 

Tressel could spot some diamonds in the rough and people love championing that here.  He did have a knack for developing certain positions as mentioned above, but I just don't think recruiting wise he was even in the same universe as Meyer and honestly, from the first 5 classes numbers we're seeing I think that is pretty clear. 

Comment 02 Apr 2016

What's special about historic feats is that the team achieving them is great all the time.  Last night the Warriors earned that loss.  It wasn't a fluke upset by the Celtics.  The warriors turned the ball over 22 times and got out rebounded.  Those are lack of focus/effort stats.  The Celtics outshot them, but it wasn't dramatically.  At the end of the day, if you want to break records you have to be special or great all the time.  The Warriors were mediocre last night.  Now they are in trouble staring down the barrel of 2 games with the Spurs.  Everyone just made it a foregone conclusion that they would split those games, maybe that is an incorrect assumption.  

Comment 01 Apr 2016

I had a kidney stone, that the Dr said would just pass and it wouldn't take long.  They gave me percocet for the pain and said I could take that to manage the pain til it passed.  It took 5 weeks for that thing to pass and I had to take the meds for that entire time.  It made me extremely ill.  I itched non stop.  Felt like my skin was crawling.  I threw up a lot.  I said to the Dr this stuff is making me sick. He said yeah that's normal.  Take Benedryl for the itching and Dramamine for the nausea.  So, I was fucked up on percocet and basically a zombie from the Benedryl and Dramamine on top of it.  I asked the Dr just to go in and get the stone or blast it.  He said I could do that, but it's near your bladder now, you should pass it any time.  Anyway, I did stop taking them immediately after passing the stone, and I have never taken the garbage since.  That was 10 years ago.  I sure hope I'll never have to take the crap again. 

Comment 27 Mar 2016

Is it really wasting 3 or 4 years if he ends up in the NFL anyway???? He's not winning a title in a B1G school named something other than Ohio State, so if you win 10 or 11 at MSU or 7 at UK is it really any different? 

Comment 26 Mar 2016

When I was a kid, my granpda had fried spam sandwhiches for lunch all the time.  I loved the stuff back then.  We also consumed a fair amount of vienna sausages on my visits to his house.  He would eat canned sardines too, but I never could do that.   At any I haven't had either in years, but suspect I'd still like them if I tried them.  

I saw a post above about potted meat.  It's not a cheap spam alternative, it's something that has a completely new layer of disgusting.  It's more of a "spreadable" meat that Hormel produces.  It's made mostly of tripe and Mechanically separated chicken, pork, and beef lol.  I've never tried the stuff, but I've read the ingredients and I've seen an open can of it.  You'll probably find better quality in an ALPO can.