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Member since 19 June 2014 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 National Championship
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: "Steely Eyed" Craig Krenzel
  • NFL TEAM: Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Blue Jackets
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs (although I really dislike the NBA)
  • MLB TEAM: Reds
  • SOCCER TEAM: USA & Colombia, Crew, Arsenal

Recent Activity

Comment 25 Apr 2016

This is sometimes what I hate about message boards. There's inevitably some douche that wants to be the first to post something as a "look at me" and as a result really shitty rumors start to fly for no reason.

That's what happened with the Bosa thing. Someone wanted to be first and then everyone else starts piling on and speculating without any substantiated evidence anywhere else on the internet.

Comment 19 Apr 2016

This to me is part of the problem with cable companies and broadcasters. For years they've fought tooth and nail, through lobbying efforts in Washington, against allowing a la carte options for consumers. And they've done so successfully.

Now you have netflix, hulu, amazon prime, and hbo now that combined could provide you with most of your programming for $45 per month as opposed to the $125 I'm paying. Additionally, the networks put their programs on their respective websites for free typically 24 hours after airing them.

So, the fighting in Washington partially created the situation that we have today where traditional cable companies and networks are losing money because of the online models.

Unfortunately, I'm an avid sports watcher so I dont see being able to cut the cord but I'm sure my wife wouldnt mind.

Comment 04 Apr 2016

I dont really see the difference in a tax break given to oil companies in the event they drill a dry well versus an emissions credit given to Tesla that they can then sell to entities that need the credits.

Either way, the taxpayer is footing the bill you're just calling it something different.

Comment 04 Apr 2016

We've been subsidizing oil and natural gas for nearly 100 years at an average of $5B per year. The taxpayer has always foot the bill but for some reason people have a problem when the assistance goes toward renewable sources.

Comment 04 Apr 2016


Avoid Politics, Religion & Hot-Button Social Issues

Sorry, we just don't want any of that stuff around here and discussing one of those topics is the quickest way to earn the banhammer.

Nobody cares about your hot takes on these issues and there are plenty of other places on the internet for you to talk about politics, religion, gun control, immigration, abortion, etc.]

Comment 04 Apr 2016

What I find interesting is that some of the most [mod edit-no politics]

Count me as one that is OK with the gov subsidies going to Tesla who is producing a technology that will make our nation less reliant on foreign oil and with the growth of solar and wind technologies more integrated into renewable energy sources.

Comment 03 Apr 2016

Proof of concept. Don't many startups operate at a loss during their proof of concept phase?

Comment 01 Apr 2016

The Model S was the proof of concept and improving the technology. They have done both of those things exceptionally. The Model 3 is where the bread is going to be buttered.

Comment 01 Apr 2016

When you link Jim Cramer you automatically lose an argument.

Comment 01 Apr 2016

Because people on this forum are telling Elon Musk and the other geniuses that he has hired that they dont know how to run a business and that he must conform his company into this specific box of how an auto manufacturer typically runs. That's why it's arrogant!

If people always conformed to old business practices then we wouldnt have Southwest Airlines.

Comment 01 Apr 2016

Well, I think people are crazy if they're being critical of the gigafactory. I live and work in Arizona and I remember in 2014 when politicians were hosting Tesla at sites in Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, and Texas to decide where they were going to put this gigafactory.

At the time they were indicating they wouldnt even begin cell production until 2017. The fact that the factory is fully built and operational in 18 months is a MAJOR accomplishment when you consider the scale of that project!

Comment 01 Apr 2016

According to Fortune the model S is operating at a $4,000 loss per vehicle (not 5 digit). Yes, that is a lot when you sell 40,000 vehicles but Elon also has indicated in the past that the gigafactory in Nevada would help bring the costs down.

The factory, from what I understand, is now operational.

Comment 01 Apr 2016

There's always a couple naysayers. I don't know how anyone can see Tesla going under. I put in my $1,000 yesterday for the chance to get my Tesla in 18 months.

Let's assume the company does go under at some point, don't you think the investors and debt purchasers would wait until the full launch of the Model 3 to see how that goes and what the demand is? If they were to go under I would be surprised if that happened any time sooner than 3 years.

It's like any entirely new industry, they take time to build up. Satellite radio needed to put satellites in the sky and that costs a ton of money and yet now they have 30 million paid subscribers.

That being said, this is different than satellite... there isnt a new technology coming out to replace cars. Solar vehicles are decades into the future. So, Tesla is the alternative to traditional internal combustion options and they have proven that they are continuously ahead of the traditional car manufacturers when it comes to technology and design.

Comment 31 Mar 2016

I think this is the one major negative to Thad Matta, that he doesn't get his bench consistent minutes and appears to have little faith in them.

There are two things in particular that I love about Tom Izzo: 1) that he will play any team early in the season in an effort to ensure his team is battle tested by tournament time and 2) that he reaches deep into his bench at any point into the game to give players minutes.

Yes, I know he has 2 players transferring this year but that is not common for MSU. Four guys gone from a class of 6? That's insane! All because he'd continue to ride Lyle when he showed little to know effort and no interest in playing D. Meanwhile AJ Harris was always giving 100% effort and averaged 13 minutes per game. As much as I love Ohio State everything I would never play for Thad Matta.

He doesnt use his bench and his offensive sets seem to consist of a boring NHL cycle game where he runs screen after screen on the perimeter only to create a contested shot. Consider me no longer confident he's the answer.

Comment 29 Mar 2016

dont you think the players would wait to see who the new coach is before making that snap decision?

Comment 21 Mar 2016

Here's what I dont understand about your comments... during the past 2 transfer windows it has been said that Arsenal had $200M in the bank to spend on players and that Wenger didnt have his hands tied. In the past four years they have acquired Sanchez, Ozil, Cazorla, Monreal, Giroud, Cech, and Welbeck.

It doesnt seem to me that they have had their hands tied. Yes, he hasnt gone out and signed Sterling or DeBruyne or Depay but they havent been inactive.

Also, as it relates to rooting for Leicester. I am rooting for Arsenal but I think Leicester is a good story. At the same time I dont buy your argument about the EPL having less money if they have 3 teams in the CL rather than 4 or 4 rather than 5. The reason I am not buying that is because of all the money these EPL clubs are going to come into next year with their new European television contracts.

So, will they have less money than they otherwise would have had? Potentially. Will they have less money than they have today? Not likely. Finally, Leicester will only be one of 4 or 5 EPL teams in the CL so if the other teams perform then there will not be a loss of English clubs in the CL. I think I could easily see Leicester escaping the group stage but not getting beyond the round of 16... in that instance how are they any different than Arsenal?

Comment 18 Mar 2016

I didnt get into relegation but in the event you dont know what that is, the 3 bottom teams in the EPL are relegated to the Championship and the top 3 teams in the Championship are promoted to the EPL (I believe there is a playoff between the 3rd & 4th teams in the table to see who is promoted).

For each of the lower divisions there is promotion and relegation but it isnt always 3 teams and teams can get relegated to semipro if they're @ the bottom of League 2.

Comment 18 Mar 2016

EDIT: The English leagues also have the Community Shield which is a game played between the winner of the FA Cup and the winner of the EPL table. It was played at the beginning of this season between Chelsea and Arsenal.

Comment 18 Mar 2016

I'm relatively new too but I've learned a bit so here's a quick breakdown:

English Premier League (MLB of English soccer)
Champship (AAA baseball of English Soccer)
League 1 (AA baseball)
League 2 (A baseball)

Within the EPL they play on a points system for the EPL title 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw. Then there are cups like the Capitol One Cup and the FA Cup which are played tournament style. The FA Cup is far more important than the Capitol One Cup and 700+ teams participate in the FA all the way down to semi-pro teams. The major clubs skip the first couple rounds of that tournament but people love it because a smaller club not in the EPL can compete for and possible win the FA Cup. The Capitol One Cup has around 100 teams and would be like winning the Maui Invitational.

La Liga is the main Spanish League and really the only one that matters in that country. They have their league table and the Copa del Rey which is like the FA Cup of Spain. Then they have the Spanish Super Cup which is a competition between the winner of the league and the the Copa del Rey.

Bundesliga is the German League

Seria A is the Italian League

Ligue 1 is the French League

Each of those league have their tournaments that are similar to the FA Cup.

Finally, you have the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. The Champions League is the top 4 teams from the EPL, a few from La Liga, Seria A, Ligue 1, and Bundesliga. The remaining are made up of teams from all over Europe that one their respective leagues.

Europa League is for the teams in Europe that were in the top portion of their leagues table but didnt make it into the Champions League.

These are very simplified versions but you have a general idea now.

Comment 17 Mar 2016

Vardy seems like an arrogant douche every time I see him on MiB or hear him speak. I would've gone with Drinkwater just because it sounds like a public service announcement at the same time you're supporting a club.