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Comment 14 Jul 2014

My time here has been mostly split between Coolidge Corner, Brookline and Quincy.  Ipswich area is classic New England, love driving around those parts.

Comment 14 Jul 2014

You nailed it.  As we have seen with Dantonio at MSU (and in the past at Wisconsin), it's possible to coach up lesser ballyhooed kids and defeat big boys in a BCS game.  If some other schools in the Big Ten can significantly improve their coaching staffs and consistently beat power conference teams in bowl games, you'll start seeing more kids choosing to come to the Big Ten over other conference teams again.

Comment 10 Jul 2014

Still holding to what I posted a couple months ago to the extent that I think if we TCOB on the field, we'll finish strong.  If we lose two or more games, including the bowl, then we could miss a top-5 class.  Regardless, plenty of talent on the roster to absorb one sub-superelite recruiting class, not to mention a great staff to coach everyone up.

Comment 10 Jul 2014

Hilarious.  Nots rue why, but took me literally about ten watches to see the girl in stripes do her kick.  Definitely added some mystique to my experience, haha.

Comment 10 Jul 2014

15-year resident of my beloved Boston here.  All of these are great recommendations (DO NOT MISS THE PUBLIC GARDEN OR THE FENWAY TOUR), and to them I'll add:

Island Creek Oyster Bar near Fenway, tastefully upscale, but not stuffy, compared to some of the others, with great raw bar (of course)

Your wife might love strolling up and down Newbury Street, full of boutiques, cafes and great people watching.  

Beacon Hill, the neighborhood around the State House, is gorgeous, with beautiful brownstones and cobblestone streets.

The "South End" (not to be confused with "South Boston"), is a hub of beautiful side streets with restored brownstones and many bistros and restaurants along the main ones (Tremont St, Columbus Ave).  For dinner/drinks with a lively adult crowd and live jazz and blues, try The Beehive:

Go check out MIT Campus (partially because it's on the river and has beautiful views of Boston) and Harvard (to get some Ivy "feel", plus Harvard Square is a very cool area to walk around, with interesting shops and restaurants).

If you're into Halloween, Salem (home of the witch trials) is a big destination.  Cute historic town in general, never been there in October, though.

In town with the lady, do the Harbor Walk along our downtown waterfront.  It's just nice to be along on the water.

Rent a car for a weekend and drive to: 

Portsmouth, New Hampshire.  It's a gorgeously quaint but vibrant little New England city (feels like  a big town) on the ocean, an hour north of Boston.  Rye Beach is nice and near there, or drive another 30 mins to Ogunquit in Maine, another quintissential New England beach town.  

...or one of the other places here.

In October, it should be prime foliage season, so you should rent a car and drive either up to the White Mountains in New Hampshire or Green Mountains in Vermont, either camping or doing a B&B somewhere, or going west instead to the Berkshires, near towns like North Adams, and Williamstown.  Just the most beautiful rolling hills and mountains, with Norman Rockwell towns and GREAT culture (Williams, Amherst, Smith colleges all around here).

I can't recommend enough the weekend getaway to one of these places.  You won't have gotten a real taste of New England without it.

Okay, back to work!  Hit me up with an email before you come, and we can exchange #'s if you think you might find yourself needing a friendly face or want a guide for an night (Lippertini at gmail).  Happy to help a fellow Buckeye!

Comment 07 Jul 2014

Quick edit for you:  it's "den of iniquity" with another "i", not "inequity" with an "e".

Comment 03 Jul 2014

Sorry, gonna be that guy...  Hausmann was already 100% (16/16) crystal balled to the good guys before Hilliard's decision, so prob not much of an impact, though nice to hear from him.  Would be great to have some difference-making pass-catching TE's. 

Comment 13 Jun 2014

Not saying the US won't, but:

a) FIFA rankings are about as reliable as pre-season college rankings, since they count friendly matches.

b) The Netherlands finished third at the last World Cup, and in general produce far more quality at the very top (Robben, Van Persie, Sneijder etc) as well as more overall depth (starters for big European clubs, Fulham or Everton don't count) than does the US.

We aren't in their league, unfortunately.  But, that doesn't mean we couldn't get a lucky bounce or two, or play a couple games above our pay grade.  I'll certainly be hoping...

Comment 15 May 2014

At the beginning, you say "it appears Meyers and Ash are closing in on the top safety in the country" but then much deeper in the story you say, "Now before everyone gets too excited, I do think Rashad is going to be a tough pull out of the Southeast."  

You really got me excited there at the beginning, only to backpedal faster than a db trying to cover James Clark on a go route.  "Closing in" connotes a very high likelihood of....yup, closing.  As in almost sure thing.  

Not very nice to tease us like that.

Go bucks.

Comment 27 Apr 2014

Ok, painful truth time.  The people who are saying that they aren't worried at all are the same folks that said not to worry about the defense last year through 10 games because they hadn't lost yet.  Fact of the matter is that the Buckeyes are having a bad EARLY recruiting period.  

Depth due to our recent recruiting success is surely one part of the problem, and another is that the Bucks lost both of their games against elite competition last year.  

Like it or not, OSU hasn't OFFICIALLY won a bowl game since the end of the 2009 season.  17-year olds have SHORT MEMORIES.  

But that will turn into a huge plus if the Buckeyes win a BCS bowl game next year, and infinitely moreso if they run the table.  But if they lose the last two games of the season again, a top-5 recruiting finish is out of the question, imo.  

Even if that were to happen, I have faith in Urban-the-Coach-and-Leader-of-Young-Men.  This team can survive a bad recruiting year and be elite for some time based on the talent already here and top-20 class level reinforcements.

Just please no more nonsense about not being worried about this class, okay?

Comment 09 Apr 2014

Not compared to Ohio, Pennsylvania, or the southern states.  MIddle of the road.  

Be nice to see these full rankings per capita:

Comment 08 Apr 2014

I'll see your Zidane move and raise you a very recent Juan Mata:

Comment 05 Apr 2014

Exactly, +1.  And each situation is always unique with regard to players, coaches and schedule.  From the title, I was hoping for a more in-depth analysis of the actual team vs. our competitors, along with the author's prediction.

Comment 15 Feb 2014

Great game!  I'd feel a bit jobbed if I was Russia, though, that disallowed goal was brutal.  

And yup, TJ Oshie was amazing, and, also yup, so weird that he could just keep shooting!

Comment 07 Feb 2014

<begin grumpy old man rant>  Just because everyone else is doing it doesn't mean you have to as well.  

I work on web & mobile, and user experience trumps flashy in my book.  As others said, though, change is always tough at first, so I'll also give it some time before making a final verdict, but seems harder, not easier, for me to use at this point.