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Comment 25 Jul 2014

I scored a bottle of Blanton's last week, and it's pretty much blown me away since the first sip.  It's a high-rye mash bill, so if you're like me and into that kind of thing, you'll dig it.  It's great with my Bagpiper's Dream pipe tobacco.  Regarding cigars, I'd probably go with a Connecticut wrapper, it's spiciness would play nicely with the rye.  I'll second the Hemmingway recommendation, that's an incredible cigar, as well as offering up another: Padron 1964 or 1926 Annerversario.  Get either of those box-pressed beauties in a Maduro wrapper and you'll never look back.  The '64s are around $10 apiece and the '26s are around $18-30, but they're stupendous -- like smoking a bar of chocolate.

Assuming you live in Dayton, I can't recommend The Wharf in Beavercreek highly enough; phenomenal tobacco selection.

Comment 25 Jul 2014

The Drexel and Studio 35 are my two favorite theatres in Columbus.  I saw The Artist at the Drexel, and it was about the most perfect setting for a movie like that.  

It's a really beautiful pairing when you find the right theatre for the right kind of film.  For example, I saw This is Spinal Tap at Studio 35 before the (stunning) remodel, and the dinginess of the theatre really accentuated the feel of the '80s Rock n' Roll excess.  They also did a Founder's beer tasting before the movie, which was amazing.

Comment 23 Jul 2014


Comment 22 Jul 2014

I was just up in Ann Arbor (insert prostitute joke here) earlier this month, and I gotta say that it's a fantastic town.  I'd been there once before for an afternoon, but spending a weekend up there has made me really want to go up there and tailgate for The Game.  When you go, be sure to hit up Ashley's -- I was there three separate times over the course of 24 hours.

It's tough to admit this as an OSU alum, but I'd move up there in a heartbeat.  It's a really cool place -- kind of a more cosmopolitan Yellow Springs, if you will.

Comment 22 Jul 2014

No.  The team name is "Spartans", which is the plural of the singular (proper) noun "Spartan".  So if we were referring to the team's colors, it would be "The Spartans' colors never fade.", since the plural entity is in possession; but since the above example refers to a each individual member of the team (a Spartan), the apostrophe goes on the inside.

Comment 18 Jul 2014

There's nothing wrong with cooking a steak in a pan - in fact, by some metrics, you can make a better steak there than you can on the grill. Granted, you lose that smoky flavor the grill (you're using charcoal, right?), but it still makes a damned tasty steak.  

If I'm grilling a thick steak like a T-bone -- which I've been doing a lot since I bought my Weber --  I'll always make a two-zone charcoal fire, chuck a piece of cherry wood on the coals, put the steak on the cool side of the grill, and let it come up to about 10 degrees below temp (about 115 degrees for me), then chuck it onto the hot side while basting the hell out of it to build up a good crust (grill marks are so overrated).

I've been thinking about trying to cold-smoke steaks on my grill to infuse them with smoke, and then cooking them on a stovetop for maximum crust (or using some of the cold-smoked raw beef for tartare) -- indulgent, yes, but damned tasty.

Comment 17 Jul 2014

“Dave Brandon, the athletic director at Michigan, and I constantly have conversations that that should not be a night game, and it will not be a night game,” Smith said. “It won’t be (at night) this year, nor in following years.”

Comment 15 Jul 2014

That's strange, because, if I'm not mistaken, the photo above yours was taken in 2004, after a dejected Edwards dropped a gimme pass on fourth down trailing by fourteen with seven-and-a-half to go in the fourth quarter—effectively sealing his team's fate. 

Comment 14 Jul 2014

You're absolutely right that the catcher has as much to do with a pitcher's performance as the pitcher himself.  Mes has proved to be quite good at calling games, but pitch framing is a different part of the equation.  Over the course of a game, about 78 pitches are umpire decisions -- a decision that is based upon three factors (1) the pitch's placement, (2) the umpire's judgement, and (3) the catcher's ability to "frame" the ball in the strikezone (normally by centering the body around the pitch and keeping the mitt within the strikezone with the ball is squeezed).  According to Statcorner's ratings, Mes is firmly towards the bottom of the league.  His framing is actually better than I thought (near league average); but because he plays so much it translates to about .5 "missed strike" calls a game, or almost four runs below league average this season.  (Probably not enough to even write this much on it haha.)

Granted, he's made up for a lot of that with his bat, but one could argue that his "missed strike" calls average has been bolstered by one of the finest pitching rotations in the MLB.  I like Mesoraco a lot, and he's been more valuable than Hanigan in a great many ways, I just want to see him pick up Hanny's ability for stellar framing, too.  Maybe I just want too damn much haha.

Comment 14 Jul 2014

I'm loving what Mes can do with the bat, but I feel that he's a long ways away from the defensive catcher that Hanigan was.  Though he wasn't great with the bat, the guy was an expert pitch framer and had a cannon for an arm.  Mesoraco has the arm, but he's worlds away from guys like Molina and Hanigan in pitch framing.  And since that skill influences called strikes in a game, it's a pretty detrimental flaw in my opinion.

Hoping he gets that ship righted soon.

Comment 11 Jul 2014

LeBron is stupendously valuable recruiting capital -- for both Ohio State's basketball and football teams.  

The best player in the NBA a 2 hour's drive from a campus that he's adopted as home?  If you thought LeBron was involved before, just wait until now.

Comment 11 Jul 2014

Great article.  Short, sweet, and to the bloody point.  #SOMUCHGODDAMNNARRATIVE