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Member since 19 January 2012 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: January Third, Two-Thousand-and-Three.
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

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Comment 08 Feb 2016

The Audi one got me right in the feels.  Superb pacing and editing, and (finally) a car ad for a vehicle that could actually be condidered a "dream car".  Rest in peace, David Bowie.

Comment 04 Feb 2016

I guess I differ with you here.  Desperation is sleeping over at a recruit's house.  Holding part of your spring practice (or all, I honestly don't know how long they're spending down there) at the nation's premier athletic prep school seems like a mighty fine way to build your brand.  

Now, is OSU's brand equal to UM's at the moment?  No.  UM needs this kind of stuff to get a leg up -- and a lot of it does reek of desperation (again, see sleeping at recruit's houses).  But spring practice doesn't seem desperate to me; it seems innovative.  For god's sake, much of this site was thrilled to death that we'd be hosting our spring game in Cincinnati a few years back because we keep losing top recruits from the area to Notre Dame.  This seems like a similar move on a larger scale.

A thought experiment: if Harbaugh did this last year at St. Thomas Aquinas, and it squarely put UM in the driver's seat for Nick Bosa and Trevon Grimes, wouldn't you want Urbz doing something similar?

(For what it's worth, this is a fun debate.  Have some upvotes.)

Comment 04 Feb 2016

He's smart for doing it.  And let's face it: if Urbz were to do this exact same thing, we'd be applauding his cunning.

I think almost all of Harbaugh's antics are hyperbolic, irritating, and foolhardy (and I'm very thankful our coach succeeds on the field and without the gimmicks), but the IMG thing was a stroke of bloody genius.  

Comment 02 Feb 2016

Cash rules everything around me.  And those mediocre teams opened up vital media markets for BTN, lining the pockets of everyone in the B1G.

Dolla dolla bills, y'all.

Comment 02 Feb 2016

There's always 3 Card Brag, as explained by one of my favourite films, Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels.

Three card brag is a simple form of poker. You get three cards only. And these you can't change.

If you don't look at them, you're a blind man, you only put in half the stake.

Three of any kind is the highest, but the odds are - against getting any three. Then there's a running flush, all the same suit, all in order, then a straight and a flush and a pair, and finally, whatever the highest card you've got.

Now, there are some telltale signs that can help, but they took me long enough to learn so I'm not telling you. They can only help a player, not make one.

So, d'you wanna play?

It's certainly an interesting game.  Betting doesn't cease once everyone's put in the stake; it continues on -- whether through raises or continued betting -- until only two people remain.

Comment 01 Feb 2016

Are you implying that you're not a tequila fan?  I think somebody has a trip to Bakersfield in their future...

Comment 26 Jan 2016

Winner winner, chicken dinner.  

Seriously, you can't go wrong with either of these.  Occasionally, I need something simpler than a gin martini, and Luksusowa cannot be beat.  It's soft, it's neutral, it doesn't taste too much like turpentine (though I think all vodka tastes of this to some extent), and it's like ten bucks.

Outside of that, OYO (distilled off 5th Ave. in Columbus) is good, but it drinks more like a white whiskey, so it definitely has its own cocktail identity.  When I was in Jackson Hole last year, I snagged a bottle of Grand Teton vodka (from Idaho) for my friends who mainly drink Luksusowa and they say it's the best they've ever had.

Other than that, most of the "super premium" stuff is just marketing.

Comment 22 Jan 2016

So if a can opener is the Ellis Island of the kitchen (marvelous analogy, by the way), what would you consider to be the Statue of Liberty -- the symbolic embodiement of the kitchen's promise and greatness?

Comment 22 Jan 2016

Happy birthday, Brew.  Many happy returns.

If you could be reincarnated as any kitchen appliance, which would you choose and why?

Comment 15 Jan 2016

Fantastic cuts!  I'd never heard "Pale Blue Eyes" before (I've only recently started getting into the Velvet Undergound, so I don't know all of their work) -- that's an incredible song!

I posted this on Monday in the Bowie thread, but it deserves another drop here, too.  Mick Ronson knocks this sonofabitch out of the park.

Comment 15 Jan 2016

I'll be honest: I've never liked the New York Dolls. The MC5, the Stooges, and The Velvet Underground? Can't get enough of them (especially the latter two), but the Dolls just never did it for me. 

And I'll say this: hair metal is okay for kitschy sentiment, but I don't get it. Too many "la-la-la" choruses for me. 

But neo-classical speed metal? Well that's just plain over-the-top fun. 

Comment 15 Jan 2016

My mistake man. I honestly couldn't tell—which is more of a reflection of some of the childish shit I've seen on these kinds of posts (not from you, but from others). 

Comment 15 Jan 2016

You do know that Dwayne Haskins has done a community interview with 11W, right?  And that Ohio State's his likely landing spot, and that you're accusing him of taking money?

Now, it's not like he's going to be making his decision based on a few comments on an internet forum, but I wouldn't be surprised if he sees these posts.  Just suggesting it might be a nice move to show the guy some respect.