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BuckGnome


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  • SPORTS MOMENT: The 2003 Fiesta Bowl, everything else pales in comparison. That season and especially the way it ended was incredible. I had an awesome rush for two to three weeks after that game, and it was far and away the greatest sports-related moment of my life.
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Chris Spielman
  • COLLEGE BASKETBALL PLAYER: Jimmy Jackson
  • NFL TEAM: Steelers
  • NHL TEAM: Blue Jackets?
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Indians
  • SOCCER TEAM: umm ...... soccer, really???

Recent Activity

Comment 19 Aug 2014

Site was down late into the night for me.  I finally gave up and went to bed. 

#MOARBANDWIDTH

Comment 16 Aug 2014

Dude can ball.  His game winning catch in the Superbowl was as good as it gets.  Reminded me of Chris Carter on that one.

He'll do fine with Cutler, certainly and upgrade from the QB's he's had in NY.

Comment 13 Aug 2014

There are all of those things.  Back in the day, when the University would drain the lake, they would firehose all the muck down to the deep end to be sucked out by a big pump that was brought in.  The lake bottom is brick.  While this was going on, all you had to do was keep your eyes peeled for the glitter.  The workers got the first crack, but they were cool about kids at the time joining the treasure hunt.  Non of them gave a crap about the fish.  So there was free reign on those.

We were young and never asked permission, and back then nobody cared.  But yeah, if you could take a metal detector to that muck concentrate in the formerly deep end of the lake when the big pump wasn't on, you would definitely find lots of valuables.  But its 2014 and even if there was somebody to ask permission I would be stunned if the university would consent to any such thing.

Comment 13 Aug 2014

Ahh Mirror Lake, the memories.  20 years ago, myself and a few buddies would gather when they'd drain the lake in the fall and round up thousands of gold fish and sell them to area bait shops.  Besides the gold fish, there were always engagement rings and other jewelry tossed in by jilted lovers, as well as huge piranha and other exotic fish that fellow students tossed in at the end of the school year.  Sold them to pet shops.   Made for good beer money.  We'd even use a cast net sometimes when the lake was full, nobody gave a shit back then.  (what can I say, I'm a redneck)

Used to enjoy hanging around there after Red White & Boom also.  Every year some the chem students would always show up with some homemade "fireworks" to toss in the lake.  Holy Mother Of God some of those things put Boom to shame!

And it has always smelled like rotten eggs!

Comment 08 Aug 2014

Same here.  That part of the ruling makes this a very manageable loss for the NCAA.

Still, there are other torpedoes in the water aimed at the NCAA's definition of amateurism.   Long way to go before this is over.

Comment 07 Aug 2014

I have no doubt Love will sign an extension assuming the trade goes through.  My point about his current contract though was, to me at least, it didn't give Minnesota much leverage since they were likely to lose him next season anyway.

Comment 05 Aug 2014

That is saying a lot.  LeBeau's defense is not an easy one for rookies to pick up.  It usually takes a player a couple seasons to grasp it.  Even a player the caliber of Troy Polamalu, who didn't crack the starting line up till year two, struggled his first season in that defense.  It wasn't until his second season that really started to show the potential he had.

High praise for RDS.

Comment 04 Aug 2014

The algae blooms, while there are several contributing factors, are due in large part to an increasing amount a phosphorus from farm fertilizer runoff making into the lake.  The algae problem is getting worse year by year, and unfortunately the lake is regressing to the mess it was back in the 70's.  In those days, the source of the problem was the amount of phosphorus in laundry detergents etc. finding its way into the lake.   That problem was dealt with and the lake began to clear up.(while everybody understandable hates them, zebra muscle also contributed to the reduction of algae in the lake)

Today, the problem is farm runoff.  Yes, a storm to stir the water and push the bloom out in the lake would be helpful, but weather is not the culprit here.

Comment 30 Jul 2014

Its impossible for the defense to attain the level of suck it reached last year. 

I'm relieved it was blown up, and encouraged that new schemes and philosophy will be utilized on that side of the ball.  There's no shortage of talent.