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Phutatorius


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Comment 22 Apr 2015

This was gold -- then you name-checked Screamadelica and it went platinum.

Don't Fight It, Feel It, America: OSU is Loaded and Movin' On Up.

Comment 22 Apr 2015

Famous Jameis gets crab legs for free, walks out, and when caught and confronted, he can tell one of two stories: (1) "I got the crab legs for free" (NCAA violation), or (2) "I stole the crab legs" (matter to be resolved with Leon County law enforcement and internally). 

Within the warped reality of NCAA rules:, you go with Story (2) and take your chances with Jimbo and the friendly local cops.

Now that you want to be drafted, you revert to Story (1), because outside the warped reality of NCAA rules, stealing is worse than getting something for free.

Comment 19 Apr 2015

I haven't been on eBay in a while.  Is there an option to comment on postings -- a la "this item came from the Spring Game equipment sale, where people were acting like maniacs -- think twice before you support and reinforce this behavior by bidding/buying?"

Hopefully OSU fixes this in the coming years.  In the meantime, we can all do what we can to drive the price down for these jerks.  I don't have any illusions about how effective collective, concerted action can be, but every little bit helps.

Comment 03 Mar 2015

Seems like they put a lot of energy into their B-sides, because so many of them are great.  "Headshrinker," "Round Are Way," and "Take Me Away" jump to mind, and I'm sure there are others.

Comment 09 Feb 2015

Biggest (maybe only) downside of the CFP is that there are no home games.  Playing the semis and final in bowl venues removes a big chunk of college football's appeal, which has to do with the STADIUMS and GAMEDAY ATMOSPHERE.  Compare the excitement and intensity of a regular season game in The Shoe to last year's Orange Bowl -- it's not even close.  Columbus wins by a long shot -- this even though the parking and ease-of-entry/exit factors heavily favored Sun Life Stadium.

Add to this that home stadiums in many cases have greater capacity than the bowl venues, AND consider the burdens of family and fan travel: at least one round of playoff games need to be played on the home fields of the top seeds.

Comment 06 Feb 2015

Agreed.  The White Stripes is the best noise-and-racket this side of The Velvet Underground and NicoDe Stijl is right up there, too.  The sound on those albums was rawer than in the later issues.

Comment 06 Feb 2015

In no particular order (as the recruits always say):

  • The Clash
  • Ziggy-era Bowie
  • Joy Division
  • Black Sabbath (clips on YouTube from Live in Paris are amazing)
  • the Smiths
  • Syd-era Pink Floyd (just for the scene, man)
  • Curve (Not in the canon, I know, but I missed about nine chances to see them, and I had a big crush on Toni Halliday)
Comment 06 Feb 2015

I saw the White Stripes twice, touring on Get Behind Me Satan, and they blew the doors off.  Jack opened the show I saw in Providence by taking the stage in a white suit and old vaudeville style hat and his face painted with a death's head mask, to play "St. James Infirmary Blues."  Doesn't get cooler than that.  Saw them again following Icky Thump, and they didn't have the same kick.  Might have been the venue -- Agganis Arena, where BU plays hockey.  Not generally a good place to see a band.

Comment 19 Nov 2014

In no particular order:

*GTA Vice City

*Tecmo Super Bowl (Won the dorm-wide Super Bowl with the Vikes -- Cris Carter deep and the unstoppable curl routes.)

*NHL 94 (Phil Housley and the Jets: 'nuff said.)

*Gauntlet ("Warrior is about to die . . . Elf shot the food.")

*Contra

Honorable Mention: Pitfall, Arkanoid, Intellivision Baseball ("YER OUT!"), We Love Katamari.

Comment 10 Nov 2014

Here's how Hollywood would play this:

(1) An injury to Wilson thins out offensive playmaker depth.

(2) OSU shows strong in November to get to the cusp of the Final Four.  The Committee is on the fence about whether to include the B1G champ over the Big XII.

(3) On the eve of the Big Ten Championship Game, Jeff Heuerman unaccountably asks Urban if he can change his jersey number back to 86.

(4) To the utter shock of the Fox Sports announcers, Braxton Miller takes the field at starting H-back in Indianapolis, scoring 3 TD in a Buckeyes rout.  In post-game interviews beside JT Barrett, a beaming Brax declares: "I told Coach, 'I want to do anything I can to help this team win a championship.'"  Tim May of the Dispatch asks Miller if he's worried about protecting his right shoulder, which hasn't fully healed.  Braxton answers: "I just try not to get tackled. And if I do, I try to land on the left one."

(5) The Mark Mays and Paul Finebaums of the world immediately step to mikes and cry foul, declaring that Coach Meyer will pull any kind of stunt to get the Playoff Committee's attention.  Said Coach Meyer shrugs and says, "Show me four better teams in college football.  'Cause I haven't seen 'em."

(6) OSU heads down to the Sugar Bowl on January 1, and a barnburner of a game with Alabama breaks wide open when Braxton, checking into a wildcat formation to spell Barrett early in the fourth quarter, executes a masterful play fake, and with a bum shoulder heaves the football fifty yards downfield to a streaking Devin Smith for the go-ahead touchdown.  Fans flood Twitter with mentions of Jake Taylor and Major League.

(7) A week later, the Ohio State Buckeyes rout the Florida State Seminoles 38-13 to win the first every College Football Playoff.

Roll credits.

Comment 21 Oct 2014

Let's keep the Power Five and expand the playoff to 8 teams.  Five conference champs get automatic bids, leaving three spots open for at-large teams.  Top four ranked teams host quarterfinals in their home stadiums — not at some distant, "neutral" site in an antiseptic NFL stadium, but in stadiums in college towns: the repositories of tradition, pageantry, and all the cool that we associate with Saturdays in the fall.  Play the semis and finals in the bowls if we absolutely have to, in order to get this done.

Comment 21 Oct 2014

True that ESPN has deals with the B1G, but they don't have the deal they wanted.  Delaney played hardball in negotiations to extend the coverage contract, threatened to go off and start his own network, and when ESPN called his bluff, BTN was born, with the support and midwifery of Fox.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2011-07-01/sports/ct-spt-0701-big-ten-nebraska--20110701_1_commissioner-jim-delany-john-wildhack-espn-officials

Not long afterward we saw wildly differential journalistic treatment accorded to NCAA-rulebreaking "scandals" at OSU vs. USC, Oregon, Miami, Texas A&M, Florida State, etc.  And so much smoke pouring out of Tuscaloosa and Baton Rouge, with very little corresponding interest from ESPN's reporters as to whether there might be fire there.

I agree with Andy that I don't see anywhere near the same level of cross-promotion between FS1 and BTN that we're seeing with ESPN and the SEC Network.  But whether or not the conflict of interest is as pronounced, B1G fans have every reason in the world to watch — and drive ratings for — FS1 sports journalism over ESPN's.

Comment 20 Oct 2014

I've wondered whether this was why the Spences chose to frame this as a medical issue -- i.e., to tee up the redshirt argument to the NCAA.  Not likely to be a winner, but worth a shot, especially given that the suspension was by the B1G for a violation of B1G rules.

If that logic prevails, maybe he's med red, but he won't be playing in this conference.  Or the medical issue appeal gets him off the hook in the B1G, and he sticks with us and ours but loses his junior year.  I'd take that result.  If he picked up where he left off, he'd only be with us one more year anyway.

Comment 07 Oct 2014

Talk about Ohio State will swell through October, in anticipation of the OSU/MSU night game.  Even ESPN has a stake in stoking interest in that game.  Already the whispers are out there in the national media: Don't sleep on Ohio State.  Has anyone seen what JT Barrett is doing?  And so on.  Those whispers will grow louder if our Buckeyes keep going out there and crushing inferior competition.  Always better to take your one loss early in the season.  (The key there, ladies and germs, is one loss.)  From there much depends on how much the committee weighs <how good right now> versus <overall body of work>.

Nice post, Citrus.  Don't let anyone constrain your optimism.  And never, under any circumstances, sell out your avatar to Capital One.

Comment 28 Aug 2014

That's fascism, and I say that as a higher ed attorney.  All they needed to do was write you a trademark license, then kick back and bask in the glow of their own reasonableness.  Pfft.