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

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Comment 23 Apr 2015

Buy this thermometer, and you'll never worry about that again.  I have their lesser model ($10 less, but nowhere near the range) and it's the most valuable tool I use.  

Comment 23 Apr 2015


Throw on a pea coat, slip a flask into a pocket, grab some hot chocolate, and do what NFL fans in Green Bay, Cleveland, and Foxboro do every week -- suck it up.

Comment 23 Apr 2015

This is like an Eleven-dub reunion, circa early 2012! 

Comment 23 Apr 2015

I just realized that neither of us have set our accounts up for direct messaging.  My account on the old site was; I suppose that I just assumed it would get carried over the way it was.  Anywho, my account's now set up for DMs -- get on it, man!

Comment 23 Apr 2015

Well said.  Though I haven't fallen away from sports at all, I've had a lot less to say on the site of late.  I'll always contribute to the whiskey and food pr0n forums, but it just seems like the forums are half full of joke threads now, and it's kind of limited the discourse for me a little, since I don't have the time to dig up the best conversations.

I've also been meaning to thank you, Denny.  Your recommendation of Serious Eats to be has been invaluable.  I cannot tell you how much it's upped my cooking game in the last year or so I've been on that site.

Comment 23 Apr 2015

Hasn't that been done before?

Best. Movie. EVER.
Comment 22 Apr 2015

Agreed.  It's sad -- we're getting to the point where half the topics in the forum are complete bullshit (and that's not counting double-posts -- which are almost always honest mistakes).  

I kinda wish we had a sort of "flag" option for useless forum posts (since upvoting/downvoting threads didn't work out so well), with a threshold set at, say, 10-15.  Once that's reached, the thread is flagged for mod review and deleted if they deem it a waste.

Comment 22 Apr 2015

Swung by The Old Fashioned in Madison on the way back from my honeymoon.  Best burger of my life.  Also: If I could, I would take up residence inside of Ashley's in Ann Arbor.

Granted, Columbus will always be nirvana to me.  I left for the Dayton area three years ago and miss it to this day.

Comment 20 Apr 2015

Holy crap man (pun intended?), that's insane.  Crazy to think how much sports can warp the sensibilities and corrupt the judgement of authoritative figures.  I'm as passionate as the next guy, but that's a whole 'nother level.

Comment 16 Apr 2015

Not really the regular season, but give me Cardale's first touchdown pass to Smith -- I think that play got us into the playoff more than anything else.  It punched the Badgers right in the face (a blow from which they never recovered -- I'm betting they were expecting to win handily), gave the offense the confidence they needed, and gave the defense the swagger to stifle Wisconsin.

At that moment, the rout was on, and the voters had the proof they needed that the Bucks could compete with Alabama, FSU, and Oregon.

Comment 15 Apr 2015

"Nothing is easier than rooting against a genuine villain."

That's exactly why Tressel was vilified -- everyone wanted to see him fall.  

Fandom is binary.  You root for your team, you root against everyone else.  Tressel won OSU a whole lot of games, and yet always seemed to do it the right way -- a behavior that made truly despising him an act of cognitive dissonance.  As soon as he slipped up, the wolves came out because they'd literally been waiting for a decade to tear him down.

An asshole being an asshole may be noteworthy; but it's completely unremarkable.  A coach who made their image on doing things the "right" way being exposed as a cheater?  Now that's a story that'll capture everyone's interest.

Comment 14 Apr 2015

We probably could, but those 4, 5, and 6-out saves impact his availability, too.  So far, the Redlegs have carried leads late into all but one of their games (the 4-1 loss to STL); in those situations (and especially with suspect arms elsewhere in the bullpen), you've got to have Chapman available.  And for maximum availability, you want him facing the minimum amount of batters possible.

Comment 14 Apr 2015

He was coming up on a contract year, and the Reds couldn't afford to resign him.  Not to mention the fact that he was also coming off an injury and didn't look good last year.  Nobody was willing to deal anything good for him when they floated him at the deadline last year, so they dealt him in the offseason for next to nothing.  Really, it was done to free themselves of his contract (it's the same reason they let Broxton go last year, as well); and, in their shoes, it was better to get something for him last offseason than nothing at all if they let him walk after this year.

Comment 14 Apr 2015

Rhinegeist's Truth and Pure Fury are two of my favourites right now (living in the Dayton area also affords me access to very fresh stuff from them -- which is especially essential for hoppy beers like IPAs), but whenever I make it back to the Capital City, I always make sure to get my hands on at least one pint of CBC's Bodhi double IPA -- it's probably the best imperial IPA I've ever tasted (and I've had Pliny the Elder, but, to be fair, it was stale).

Comment 14 Apr 2015

Yeah, they're a real pain.  They basically involve introducing a bacteria culture to the brew after its attained its desired alcohol content and letting the little guys "eat" the brew enough to develop its traditional sour flavor.  I had a friend who brewed a Flander's Red that let it sit an entire year with the culture.

Fun fact: those same bacteria are also present in sour cream, creme fraiche, and yogurt.

Comment 08 Apr 2015

Best of luck to you, mate!  Good to see you repping the scarlet and gray in SEC country!

Also, something to keep in mind is that OSU will take your best ACT or SAT score (at least they did in 2008), so don't worry if you don't do well on one.  I took both tests twice, and my best SAT score was the equivalent of 2 ACT points better than my best ACT score.  OSU accepts either on its applications, so make sure you're giving yourself the best chance possible to succeed!

Comment 01 Apr 2015

For me, this is the only song I want to hear before kickoff; he pent-up rage inside every note is so metaphorical to the lead up to the first contact of the game.  Who cares if they played their first show in Ann Arbor?  UM obviously hasn't claimed 'em yet.

Comment 01 Apr 2015

It was also the largest point spread upset in college football history, as the Buckeyes were 4.5 point underdogs.