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Comment 9 hours ago

Apparently I didn't look for sarcasm dots.

Anyway, the intended interpretation of "That depends on the house and the neighborhood" was that some houses and neighborhoods took a hit in 2006 but some did not.  The fact that yours lost value (mine did too) does not prove that every house lost value even if the Columbus market, in general, was suffering.

Comment 10 hours ago

I might call Urban a Straight-shooter, but not one who "shoots from the hip".

Shooting from the hip is when you just shoot out there without aiming or really knowing what you are doing and you probably aren't going to hit your target.  Basically it's guessing, only with a firearm.  Urban hits his targets dead-on and does not guess.

Comment 13 hours ago

Columbus, GA is the home of Ft. Benning, the home of the Army Airborne school and the finest Basic Training / Infantry Training school in the US Armed Forces (I'm not at all biased from having trained there or anything).  

Maybe they should relocate Ft. Benning to Ohio, if they don't want to be proud of it down there.

Comment 14 hours ago

To me it is humorous when people talk about athlete salaries as if these people are filthy rich and are set for life.  They aren't.

For me, I make a decent salary.  It's enough to live off of and have a little extra, but I am not rich.  For me to retire at 65 and live until I'm 90, I will need several million dollars in my retirement account to maintain my standard of living, assuming that social security and medicare are dead by then, and further assuming that I'm not in a nursing home or requiring full or part time assisted living or medical care of some kind.  It will take me working until I'm 65 to earn that much, assuming regular annual raises at a percentage that beats inflation by 1% or more each year.  It also requires that my 401k earns 10% each year (which it is currently doing).

If I were to retire earlier than 65, the amount I would need to have in my retirement account goes up substantially.  Most athletes retire by the age of 40 or, in the case of linemen, much much earlier.  For them to live at my standard of living from age 40 until 90 they'd need over 10 million in a retirement account that continues to earn.  Despite the high salaries of the NFL, most professional football players aren't making enough money for long enough to get to this point.  The ones that do generally get jobs at ESPN or have enough endorsements to not have to worry as much either after football.

Anyway, the moral of the story is, 100k put in an IRA today will be a significant investment in his (or his mom's) future.  He may or may not make millions in the NFL, but if it isn't invested well, or if he spends it all living a high profile lifestyle, he's going to be hurting quicker than you might think.

Comment 14 hours ago

That depends on the house and the neighborhood.  And houses who lost value during that time will gradually balance back over the next 10 to 20 years.  A car will not.

Comment 16 Apr 2014

So when is OSU going to get slammed by the NCAA for players allegedly selling their own half-eaten burritos for free tattoos?

Comment 15 Apr 2014

I'm not saying that winning percentages and conference championships should be be the only metrics, actually I was implying that you were.  And I gave counterexamples on both fronts.  I also did not make it a JoePa vs. OSU debate, I just used OSU coaches for my counterexamples because frankly, I don't know or care about who the historic coaches for other schools really were.  I'm an OSU fan.  If I were a scUM fan, I'd cry outrage that Fielding Yost didn't win it and use him to disprove all your arguments.

Now you seem to be saying that tenure is more important than either winning percentage and conference championships, and if Kirk Ferentz does in fact coach 40 more years, averages 8-10 wins (which would be 75% win percentage), then by your logic he becomes a better coach than Joe Pa, and we all know that he is not.  That was the point of my comment.

I am going to agree with others who have reiterated that you cannot count accomplishments that occurred prior to PSU joining the B1G.  While JoePa was coaching PSU as a member of the B1G, his success is comparable to Kirk Ferentz, no better.  Maybe in his earlier days we could say he was a greater coach, but not while a member of the B1G.  Why don't we add Alabama to the B1G in a few years and then say that Bear Bryant was the greatest B1G coach ever.

Comment 15 Apr 2014

I think we should all agree that since Nick Saban once coached in the B1G, he should have won the poll.

Comment 15 Apr 2014

I'm curious as to what their basis for "fair market value" is.  And I'm also curious as to the comparison between that value and their current annual compensation.  I'd say that at Northwestern, and many of the private schools in Division I college football, the players are actually receiving a higher compensation than their "fair market value".  Even at Ohio State, if you consider the value of the use of facilities, training, nutrition, scholarship, tutoring, equipment, etc., I'd say 95% of the roster receives more than their fair market value already.  The Braxton Millers, Carlos Hyde's and Ryan Shazier's are not, but they are in the vast minority.

Comment 15 Apr 2014

So if Kirk Ferentz ends up coaching Iowa for another 40 years, and after going 7-6 or 8-5 all 40 of those years, somehow manages to eclipse JoePa's win total, you would say Kirk Ferentz is a greater coach?

No, you wouldn't, you'd be complaining about his 36 million a year salary that's guaranteed for another 10 years.

Joe Paterno did not have consistent success in the B1G as measured by his ability to win conference championships.  Woody Hayes and Jim Tressel both did.  So who is the greater coach as far as the B1G is concerned?  Winning 8-10 games a year for 40 years is not better than winning 10-14 games a year even if it was only 10 years.

Comment 14 Apr 2014

I'm more concerned about the starting holder.  I mean, Kenny G. had that locked down last two years...

Comment 14 Apr 2014

I want to know what the guy that thought the PA guy at the Spring Game was drinking was drinking.

You want to know what the guy that wants to know what the guy that thought the PA guy at the Spring Game was drinking was drinking was drinking.

Recursion is fun.

Comment 11 Apr 2014

I'd vote for this if it kept the OSU player in one eye, a la the matrix (red pill, blue pill), which was the idea I first had for this pic before you did this :)

But I have no photoshop skills, so I'm not going to make the attempt.

Comment 08 Apr 2014

They also want to make sure the loss in the first round of the NIT last year is vacated too.

Comment 07 Apr 2014

A scholarship is generally an amount paid or allowed to a student at an educational institution for the purpose of study.

But wait, the NLRB says that it is payment for work performed on the field, not "for the purpose of study".  According to them, it is not a scholarship, it is a wage.  Now, that doesn't stop the players from claiming deductions for tuition paid, reducing their tax burden, but the fact remains that the link you provided does not prove your point and they would still be required to pay some tax on this amount that they previously would not have had to pay.

It also seems like a lot of costs such as equipment, travel, room and board, etc. provided to the athletes for free should be taxed already and probably are not reported by either players or the Universities.  It would be interesting to see the itemized value of all of the benefits that student athletes receive, as this ought to count as income which is rightly taxable.  And the $7.25 per hour for 20 hours a week during the season and off-season practices is not going to pay the tax on all that particularly at schools like OSU with state of the art facilities, personal training, nutrition, etc.  

So it looks like athletes are already cheating the IRS if we want to get technical, but opening up pay for play is going to give the IRS an avenue for audit and collection because they will now be necessarily involved in the process due to regular withholdings on each paycheck.  The IRS is going to see a gigantic cash cow here and don't believe they won't try to get their hands on it.

Comment 07 Apr 2014

If Football revenues shouldn't support non-revenue sports, than neither should the Johnny Manziel's support the non-drafted members of his own team especially those that do not start and will not eventually make it to the NFL.  

In the case of Ohio State, Ohio Stadium will sell out regardless of who is starting.  It has an established brand.  You could field only the marching band (who doesn't get paid and I don't even know if they get scholarships -- and they put twice as many hours in as the Football team and their job isn't guaranteed week to week) and we would sellout.  So how is it that the players are the ones generating the revenue?  The brand is.  The current roster is just the lucky few that were good enough to make the cut for 3-5 years.

There are schools unlike Ohio State that require a big name star or good performance on the field to sustain their ticket sales.  You'd have more of a case for paying players with schools in that situation.  If Texas A&M had issues selling out their stadium prior to Johnny Football, and all of a sudden he starts setting records and they start selling out, should Johnny get all the money or should all of the players?  You can't just throw the blanket term "players generating revenue" when that isn't true across the board.  "Well, the scout team defense helps Johnny prepare for the games!  They deserve just as much credit!"  Um, no...

Also, comparing Football revenue to Basketball or Hockey, who have significantly reduced costs and rosters sizes, is foolish.  And you are also comparing 120 schools to like 60 franchises in total.  I'm sure Alabama and Ohio State generate more Football revenue than most NFL teams, but they are exceptional cases and the vast majority of BCS schools will not generate more revenue than NFL teams.  Also, why don't you factor in expenses as well and see where the actual profit margins are at.  You can slice and dice the data and statistics any way you want to make your argument look favorable, but I could slice and dice it different to make you look stupid too.

Comment 30 Mar 2014

Not that these movies are bad necessarily, but any movie named "X Rises" or "Rise of X", where X is the name of a prequel/sequel within the same franchise.  There seem to be movies that follow this pattern everywhere lately.  

Comment 29 Mar 2014
I had been a SGT in the Army prior to college as well, so no sweat off my brow either. But these kind of restrictions are very common in private, particularly religious, schools so they shouldn't be used as a basis to declare an individual to be an employee. However, I didn't contribute to millions of dollars in revenue (unless the 30k per year of tuition I paid counts).
Comment 29 Mar 2014
For what it's worth, I went to two different private Universities that had to approve my living arrangements (including off campus housing), had a dress code, restricted my internet access, restricted off campus travel, and required me to register my vehicle (the first one also required a registration fee each semester). I had an academic scholarship that required 40 to 60 hours of work per week in order to keep the grades necessary to renew. I was still a student, not an employee. With that said, I disagree, not with the decision, but with the reasoning, used to declare student athletes as employees.
Comment 28 Mar 2014

My wife had OSU, MSU, UM, and Wisconsin as her final four.  Needless to say, her rooting interests are aligned with yours.  Any scenario where UM doesn't win the whole thing is also good, as you say.

Comment 28 Mar 2014

I have the LEGO DeLorean model and it is fantastic.  The mini figure of Doc has that same exact facial expression!  Proceeds from the sales of these models also benefits Parkinson's research, so if you like LEGOs and/or you like Back to the Future, go buy one!