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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 16 hours ago

Moondance is a damn fine album.  "And It Stoned Me" is one of the greatest leadoff tracks ever laid to wax.  Right up there with "Rocks Off" on Exile on Main Street.

Comment 03 Aug 2016

Huge Votto fan too, but he's shown in the past that he has a pretty short fuse.  I remember a story where Dusty Baker had to talk to him because he was dropping F-bombs whenever he'd strike out -- when Dusty's young son was well within earshot.

Comment 21 Jul 2016

Does the Big Ten really have a prohibition on hiring coaches from member institutions?  I mean, I'm sure it's kinda frowned upon, but I know Bo Pellini thought he had the OSU job (instead of Meyer - lulz) and Glen Mason interviewed for what ultimately became Tressel's job.

Comment 20 Jul 2016

Cheers, mate!  I'll be thinking of these posts next time I light up a stogie -- which'll probably be a Padron '64 Anniversario (box-pressed, maduro wrapper) paired with a steaming hot mug of dark-roast coffee to accompany it.

Comment 08 Jul 2016

RE: Prime - Since my account is linked to my old buckeyemail email, I'm currently running a 6-month free trial of Amazon Student (no streaming on the trial) -- which is a 1-year Prime subscription for $49 instead of $99.  Provided you still have an active college email, it's definitely worth looking into -- especially if you're skeptical of taking the $99 plunge.

Comment 30 Jun 2016

I've linked this before, but it's still probably my favourite cover.

This one's pretty close too.

Comment 30 Jun 2016

Obligatory "AJ Hawk was a three-star recruit -- and Malcolm Jenkins was a two-star" reference.  But yeah, there's a lot to be said about blue chips -- but a chip on the shoulder goes a long way as well.

EDIT - nevermind all that stupidity below.  Harbaugh's been killing it, and I'm delusional because Meyer's been on another level of late.  Talk about spoiled.

Question for ya, though: how do you feel Harbaugh's recruiting has compared to Hoke?  Outside of Gary, UM's recruiting doesn't seem to be quite up to the standard Hoke was setting, but admittedly, I haven't been following the Wolverines' recruiting efforts as closely of late.  There's no question that Harbaugh's a better coach, but Hoke was a helluva salesman.  We'll see how the relentless satellite camps enthusiasm plays out, but so far it's seemed to create a lot more sizzle than it has steak.

Comment 30 Jun 2016

BT, I just stumbled across your series and I gotta say: this is awesome, man!

Haven't had the pleasure of trying Russel's Reserve bourbon, but my parents just did the Bourbon Trail a few weeks ago, and scored me a bottle of Russel's Reserve 6 Year Rye -- and they even got Jimmy to sign it for me!  I'm a huge fan of Wild Turkey's 101 rye, and the Russel's Reserve doesn't disappoint!  Shit, I think it's even better than the bottle of Jefferson's 10 Year Rye that I've been holding onto for the last few years.

Oh yeah, and speaking of Wild Turkey, one of my most interesting whiskies is an old dusty bottle of Masterson's Station 16-Year Rye, which my grandparents bought in the '60s or '70s.  The price tag was, like, 10 bucks; and they'd drank maybe a few drams of it.  Turns out that after a bit of digging, it was actually a release from Wild Turkey -- could you imagine how much they'd charge for a 16 year Rye nowadays?  I ripped through most of it quick -- it's strong, goddamn luscious stuff -- but I've got a little bit left kicking around.  It's awesome.

Here's a pic of it from reddit:

Comment 24 Jun 2016

Honestly, Chicago's probably one of the few cities that could actually do without blowing up their economy.  They have so much infrastructure already in place for that kind of an event -- kind of like LA did when they hosted.

Comment 21 Jun 2016

Whether he did it on national television or through an exclusive Sports Illustrated article (like he did when he came home) -- or even conventionally -- he was going to rip Cleveland's heart out regardless.  Why not leverage your brand and make someone's life better while doing so?

RE: giving $5m to charity himself - He's doing a whole hell of a lot more than that.  By most accounts, he's one of the most generous athletes out there.

You're completely right on your last point, though; it's all moot now.  

Comment 21 Jun 2016

Was it self-serving?  Yes.  But it also raised $2.5 million for the Boys and Girls Club of Greenwich, Connecticut and another $3.5 million for James -- who promptly donated all of it to various charities.

It might not have been a massive blue-ball for Cleveland, but it did have a positive impact for some.

Comment 20 Jun 2016

Question on that, though -- cause I'm seriously considering dropping Time Warner for Vue -- how does live sports work on channels like ABC, FOX, NBC, etc?  I'd heard that if you weren't in a major market, basic cable channels are available as "next day recordings" only.