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Comment 26 minutes ago

Les Miles would be a lot of fun. Lloyd Carr would lose his shit, and the traditionalists might as well, but he's a good coach (albeit with terrible game management skills) who can recruit like a madman, and, unlike Hoke, he has a proven track record of developing elite talent. Not to mention the fact that, unlike after the Rodriguez firing, the team is loaded with high-quality recruiting depth that fits exactly into his preferred scheme.

The real question is whether he's blacklisted in Ann Arbor. I've heard mention of an affair (I think) when he was an assistant that led to Carr's scorn. 

Comment 20 Sep 2014

I give Wiscy all the credit in the world for coaching to their recruiting strengths—it's the same thing Meyer and Dantonio do—it's a lesson the rest of the Big Ten could learn from. 

Comment 20 Sep 2014

He was Oklahoma's OC before being hired at IU. He'd won the Broyles award in 2008 as well. For the record, his offenses have looked pretty good, it's his defense that's lacking. If IU were to open the purse strings and spring for a decent DC, who knows how good they could be?

Comment 20 Sep 2014

It's coaching, too. I don't know why the league's lesser schools are hell-bent on hiring subpar pro-style coaches when there are other schemes that don't need elite athletes to succeed. 

For example, Tiller's "Basketball on Grass" offense helped Purdue into relevancy in the '90s; why isn't anyone in the B1G looking for an airraid guy?

Its obvious that raiding the MAC's cabinets hasn't been good enough; so why are so many schools content to keep going back to the well?

Until we stop rewarding shitty play with massive payouts from the B1G Network, we'll never see any improvement. It'd be nice to see the league cut payouts to schools at the bottom of the league based upon how many standard deviations below the league's mean record they are. 

Comment 13 Sep 2014

Can't see him coming back with the B1G policy of permanent ineligibility. Hoping he turns himself around, but barring a miracle, we'll probably never see him in scarlet and gray ever again.

Glad Meyer isn't booting him, though; he seems like the kind of guy who can partially resurrect himself by leading his team after he rehabs. 

Comment 11 Sep 2014

I find it ironic that Jack is always considered such a "manly" drink.  The Lincoln County process (filtering the sour mash whiskey through Sugar Maple charcoal) produces an incredibly sweet whiskey.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

You know, I really didn't think that Hoke was going to have that much trouble keeping his job after this season -- he is Brandon's bell cow, after all -- but I'm really starting to doubt his future as the Wolverines' head man.  Being shut the f*ck out by Notre Dame in their rivalry's final chapter is an enormous blow to the program -- especially since ND has been in a downward trend since Holtz left.

I'm sure that Brandon's patience with Hoke has largely been because of the offense's migration from spread to pro-style, but last Saturday's results have only further reinforced the results of last season.  There's a ton of pro-style coaches out there that are superior to Hoke and damn near all of them would take the UM job in a heartbeat; it's not hard to imagine this season being his swan song.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

Sixth grade for me.  I remember it distinctly.  I had just returned from art class, and our teacher told us exactly what happened (at the time, it was just the first tower that had been hit) and we proceeded to watch the news for the next two hours.  

What really struck we was how surreal it all felt.  I was shocked, saddened, but mostly detached -- it was such an unnatural, implausible thing that I felt like I was watching a movie.  

Comment 11 Sep 2014

I worked in Urbana for a little while -- now I have a serious craving for Crabel's cheeseburgers.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

Does he have traditional cider apples?  I've read that most true ciders aren't made from sweet apples, but from heirloom varietals that are damn near inedible.

My roommates and I tried making hard cider once in college, didn't work out so well haha -- we forgot about it and it turned into a science experiment.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

Anyone know any good dry ciders?  Angry Orchard's Traditional Dry is pretty solid (I can put back a handful of those way too fast), but I'm always looking for alternatives.  

If you're looking for some fun riffs, Woodchuck's Smoked Apple (Cellar Series) is awesome, and Crispin's Imported English Perry (hard pear cider) is probably my favorite hard cider overall.

Comment 11 Sep 2014

Hard cider is most certainly not a bitch drink -- in England, you'll find almost as many people downing pints of it as you would lagers and ales.

In fact, hard cider is the drink that helped settle the Northwest Territory (of which Ohio was the first state).  Hard cider was at damn near every family table in the 18th century.  Back then, apples were seen not as the snacking and dessert fruits we think of them as today -- they were more important than water.  With no adequate means to filter contaminants out of water, alcoholic beverages were the drink of choice almost by necessity.  And due to the fact that beer consumed staple grains, cider was a natural choice as apples were relatively easy to cultivate and press.  Families would make enough hard cider in fall to last them throughout the year, as well as burying a few barrels in the ground as the weather started to turn.  Over the winter, the diurnal freezing and thawing of the cider would freeze the water in the cider and concentrate the alcohol in the center -- this (dangerous) freeze-distillation process creates what was known as "Applejack", or Apple Brandy.

Contrary to popular belief, Johnny Appleseed wasn't some random-ass dude who wanted to spread the gospel of fruit conservation -- he was a noted applejacker and cider producer.  Since orchards were essential to American expansion in the 18th and 19th centuries, Johnny Appleseed would plant nurseries that became very popular real estate on the frontier.

TL; DR - Hard cider is not a bitch's drink.  Without it, there's a good chance there'd be no Ohio State football, because there'd be no Ohio in the first place.

Comment 10 Sep 2014

Let me say this first: what Rice did was inexcusable and NFL botched their response in just about every conceivable way.

That being said: Rice and his wife's relationship is their business.  I've never suffered what Mrs. Rice has, but I know that if I did, I wouldn't appreciate it being spoon-fed to the world's population for their consumption and subsequent judgement.  Outside of one inexcusable act, we have no idea about the nature of their relationship, and though we may be unable to fathom why she would want to stay with him, it's her right to do so.

Many people saw the video's release as a way to ensure that Ray got his just due; they never took into account the toll it might take on his victim.  I sincerely hope for the best for her, whether it's with Ray or not, but it's not anyone's place to tell her how to live her life -- nor is it their right to judge her for how she does so.

Comment 09 Sep 2014

Six String Samurai is pretty fun:

As is Tears of the Black Tiger, not really a bad movie, per se, but a batshit-crazy Thai Western:
Comment 08 Sep 2014

I like the idea of 100 helmet stickers as a threshold, but I also favor the idea of awarding one sticker for every three comments made (instead of the standard one for every comment) -- comments should be about quality, not quantity.  Yes, this puts more emphasis on the voting system, which will cause some whining, but it should help influence the creation -- and rewarding -- of insightful commentary.

Comment 08 Sep 2014

Dude -- Herman and Warinner's offense was the most prolific in OSU's 125-year history.  You don't do that "in spite of" coordinators.

Comment 07 Sep 2014

Exactly. A lot of Barrett's throws were in the right place, and the receivers just couldn't come down with them. His relentless targeting of Smith and Thomas tells me that they were the only ones getting a lot of separation or that they're his first and second reads. 

Comment 04 Sep 2014

I prefer Anaconda, myself.  But I have heard tell about some serious side effects...

Comment 04 Sep 2014

Skip the natty/keystone and go for a Yuengling or a Buckeye Beer.  If you're in Columbus, you should be able to score it at Giant Eagle Market District or Whole Foods for, like $10-12 for a 12-pack.