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Comment 24 Apr 2015

I could go on at length critiquing the NFL product (obviously their players are great), but the short version: 

  • Watching the NFL on tv, it seems like 50 percent freakin' commercials.
  • most of the teams now, by design, are equally mediocre. The Super Bowls might involve fewer NFC blowouts like in the 80s and 90s, but then the playoffs have turned into a "whichever flawed team gets hot" scenario. We don't get to see greatness like the 90s Niners or 90s Cowboys teams. No more Ali v Frazier heavyweight wars. 
  • There is way more regional flavor, passion, tradition, cultural grudges, etc. in college football. 
Comment 13 Apr 2015

I'm pretty critical of Q. Tarantino. I feel like he doesn't have the cojones to put 100 percent serious effort into his movies, anymore, so he "cops out" by going completely over the top with cartoonish satiire, cartoonish violence, campy kitschy gimmicks. About half of Inglorious Basterds was funny, interesting stuff and the other half was silly. The first 70 percent or so of Django Unchained was hilarious and edgy in a good way. 

Well, it just so happens that Django went downhill AFTER the Christopher Waltz character, Dr. King Schultz gets killed. And, of course, the best scenes in Basterds involved the Col. Langa character. 

My conclusion is that Christopher Waltz is an awesome character actor, while Tarantino is hanging on by a thread.      

Comment 13 Apr 2015

Yeah, but it's not that we trust Urban to always be right; it's that we trust his recruiting assessments to be right more often that other coaches' assessments and a whole hell of a lot more often than our (the fans) own. 

What's the old joke . . .  to get away from a tiger, a man doesn't have to be faster than the tiger; he just has to be faster than his (human) companions? I trust Urban to get bitten much less often than the other bums.

Comment 11 Apr 2015

I know that looking up the definitions of words can be tedious and thus possibly sleep-inducing, but if you're confusing provincialism with hometown pride, you might want to give it a try some time. 

Comment 11 Apr 2015

I am a Reds fan. I've had many good times in Cincinnati and lots of good things to say about the town.

But admittedly, I've been a pretty outspoken critic of the tendency of Cincinnatians to have this streak of arrogant provincialism.

My impression is that this Cincy v. Ohio argument has usually been about Cincinnatians saying nasty things about Ohio State and then crowing about the Queen City's unique specialness that makes it more sophisticated and cooler than the rest of podunk Ohio.

In other words, they start talking trash and then we psychoanalyze their behavior. I don't know if it's possible to better capture this dynamic than by reading BucksFan's rant, which is so true-to-type as to not require any psychoanalytical cliff's notes. 

Comment 08 Apr 2015

This is OUR town. Reds, Bearcats, Musketeers, Cyclones. 

So, this guy doesn't want Ohio State support to creep into Cincinnati. Does that mean that support for Cincinnati teams, e.g. the Reds and the Bengals, ought not creep outside of the parochial confines of the city of Cincinnati? I'm sure Carl Lindner will back that thesis 100 percent . . . 

Comment 20 Mar 2015

Part me wants to say that these rivalry matchups would be great if only the Selection Committee would admit that they set them up on purpose.

The other part of me figures that it's probably random. If we ever tried ourselves to set up a 64 team tournament, with all the different requirements, variables, and special considerations that come into play, we'd realize that it's next to impossible to avoid accidentally "setting up" rivalry and "story line" matchups. We couldn't avoid them even if you we tried really hard to do so. 

Six degrees of separation and all that. Also, the thing about random patterns is that they don't appear to be random to our intuitions.

Comment 18 Mar 2015

If Solzhenitsyn had spent eight years in Detroit instead of Siberian gulag, his most famous novel would have been titled, "One Day in the Life of Go F--- Yourself!"

Comment 18 Mar 2015

Now that you're out of jail, don't go out tonight and get drunk, smoke meth, rob a liquor store, and get thrown right back in the pokey.

Comment 18 Mar 2015

Good call - I love El Yucateco green sauce!

Comment 18 Mar 2015

Colon Blow was brutal.

Another sauce with a funny name based on the same theme is called Ass Reaper Sauce:

Comment 18 Mar 2015

Two classic hot sauces. Tasty, but I usually want more kick than these two bring. I'll put Tapatio or Cholula on Mexican food (or other foods) when I don't want to have to worry about potential post-digestive after effects. 

Comment 18 Mar 2015

I like to eat very hot spicy foods, but I'm not a big on habanero flavor. It can be good on certain dishes, though, like chicken. For example, BW3's mango habanero is very good on chicken wings, especially if I cook the wings myself on a grill (BW3's sauces are much better than the actual skins/meat of the chicken wings, themselves). I rarely order mango habanero at BW3's, though, because two of their other sauces are even better - Spicy Garlic and Thai Curry.   

Comment 18 Mar 2015

Yes! Trader Joe's Jalapeno Hot Sauce is the best, IMO. Some hot sauce purists consider it a bit on the salty side, but don't listen to those bums! I literally pour this stuff over more foods than I can list. One of my personal favorites is red beans and rice drenched in this delicious hot sauce.

Comment 17 Mar 2015

Between Michael's excellent post and all the good comments in this thread, I can't add much to the list of of potential "break out" starters or major contributors already mentioned in this thread.

But I will be excited to hear any news on the progress of a few other players who don't figure to be major contributors in 2015 but might be important contributors or future stars: QB Stephen Collier, WR/TE Noah Brown, DT Michael Hill, and CB Jamel Dean.   

Comment 16 Mar 2015

I don't know if I can do this without listing movies that I really dislike. Examples: Dances With Wolves, Titanic, the last three Star Wars movies, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Harold & Maude, Sid & Nancy.