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Comment 5 hours ago

I was eleven, and on the receiving end of a near half-decade of grief of the majority of my friend group -- a group of people who, despite being born-and-raised in Columbus -- all rooted for Michigan.

Comment 20 Aug 2014

For a fun twist, dilute maple syrup with a bit of hot water and sub it in for simple syrup in the recipe.  Then, if you're feeling kinky, you can sub in the Bourbon for Rye and pour the whole damn thing into an Absinthe-washed glass and you've made a slightly-altered Rattlesnake -- which will either cure a rattlesnake bite, kill the snake itself, or make you hallucinate their presence.

Comment 20 Aug 2014

He was at practice last week.  Prior to Braxton's injury, he picked us over FSU for the title; without him, he's got us losing to MSU and maybe one other game.  I don't see how that's not a pretty objective analysis of where we are without the "most dynamic playmaker in college football".  I still think we've got a shot at a Final Four run, but it's a significantly slimmer chance than we had prior to Monday.

Comment 20 Aug 2014

Not a new game, per se, but I've got a suggestion to make it a little more interesting.  Every time the deal goes around, have everyone throw in an ante (equivalent to the big blind).  Then pick a Trivial Pusuit card at random, and ask the question from the top category (as you continue playing, keep drawing new cards and asking the question from the next descending topic, e.g. card 1 - geography, card 2 - entertainment, etc.).  Everyone writes their answer down on a piece of paper and shares it out loud; after the answer is revealed, whoever was right splits the pot (or no one wins until only one person gets a question right, and then they win whatever its grown to).  It's a bit weird, but it's a nice change-of-pace for trivia nerds like me.  Hell, I won $40 one night because no one else knew what the second Mad Max movie was!

Comment 20 Aug 2014

Five card draw in this format is a doozy, too.

Comment 20 Aug 2014

Herbstreit was on a little later and basically said that this team still has more talent than anyone outside of Michigan State (though he did mention that Barrett will probably have a few hiccups), and went on to say that we'd be competing for a B1G title, not a berth in the Final Four.  

Comment 20 Aug 2014

Dave Biddle was on Dayton Sports Scene (local radio show) yesterday and said that he thought Barrett was equal to Braxton as a passer right now.  Doesn't think he has Braxton's arm, but he thinks he's better at intermediate passing.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

I keep coming back to one of Urban's quotes from Florida.  In 2006, just before the SEC Championship game, Urban was really nervous and called his mentor, Earle Bruce, for advice.  His words were as succinct as they were effective:

"Let the motherfucker go"

Urbz responded with a fake punt that swung the momentum of the game early and resulted in a blowout victory.  This season, I'm thinking that he needs to revisit that statement.

Comment 19 Aug 2014

Well gents, shit happens. 

As much as this sucks, I'm looking froward to seeing what JT Barrett can do in this offense. Besides, it's not like Meyer hasn't been stockpiling offensive talent since he arrived here—he'll actually have to use them now, as opposed to falling back on what's comfortable. 

Rest assured, there are going to be some growing pains, but this is a damned good team—new QB or not—with a damned good coaching staff. I have faith in both entities to make this an exciting season, Miller or not. 

Go Buckeyes, gentlemen. 

Comment 18 Aug 2014

Holy shit, that's some disturbing stuff.  I don't say this a lot, but -- if these stories are true -- fuck every last one of those guys, as well as the coach who's willing to play them.

Comment 15 Aug 2014

...fail to recognize the legitimacy of his double-Heisman win.  Therefore, Archie would still remain the only two-time winner.

Comment 14 Aug 2014

I'm pretty loyal to my Buckeyes, but even more so to my Coonhound. The day I lose her, I don't think even a win over Michigan would make me feel better. 

My deepest, sincerest condolences. 

Comment 14 Aug 2014

The West Coast IPA is absolutely spectacular -- a true benchmark of the style.  Their Palate Wrecker is pretty fun, too; but the alcohol balances out the hops, so it doesn't really "wreck" one's palate.  My friend absolutely swears by their standard Imperial IPA.

Comment 14 Aug 2014

As long as a sizable portion of the country's population discriminate against homosexuals, coming out in a publicy-visible position is a big deal -- especially when doing so will make you a very visible minority.  I'm looking forward to the day when this isn't news, but it's going to take a while and we're going to hear about a lot more gay athletes before that happens.

It's okay if you don't agree with his lifestyle, but discrimination is a pretty nasty thing.

Comment 14 Aug 2014

Ahh, see I'd call Sammy Smith's porter an English Porter versus an American Porter.  Bell's is my fiancee's favorite porter, but I prefer that deep bitter bite of Eddie Fitz.  If you dig on Bell's Porter, I highly recommend Founder's version; it's a touch more robust, with an exceptionally smooth finish.  Think of it as Black Butte meets Eddie Fitz.  Smuttynose's version is pretty exceptional, too.

Comment 13 Aug 2014

Doesn't hold a candle? Edmund Fitzgerald is arguably the best American Porter on the planet and their Oktoberfest is frequently cited as one of the top examples of the style. Also, let's not forget their two universally-acclaimed lagers in Elliott Ness (Vienna) and Dortmunder Gold (Dortmunder). 

Fat Head and Hoppin Frog are top-notch breweries as well, but Great Lakes deserves it's world-class reputation. 

Comment 13 Aug 2014

Interesting note about Fat Head's.  I've tried their Head Hunter IPA and wasn't all that impressed, I'll keep a lookout for their imperial (as I mentioned further on down, Spooky Tooth Imperial Pumkin is phenomenal), though.  Granted, it is worth mentioning that IPAs have about the most variation of any one style -- different hops can make for totally different beers.

Personally, Great Lakes is in a category all its own in the state.  They just don't make bad beers; period.  Jackie O's is pretty damn good too; their Mystic Mama IPA, Matriarch Triple IPA, and Oil of Aphrodite Imperial Stout are all truly transcendent.

Comment 13 Aug 2014

I wasn't very impressed with Pliny. Granted, I don't know how old the bottle was, so there's a good shot that the hops had degraded by the time I tried it. 

The best IPA I've ever had was Three Floyd's Zombie Dust. Though it's technically a hopped pale ale, I've never had a better hoppy beer.