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Comment 26 Mar 2016

The only way I like to eat it is spam musabi. Probably like it is with spam fried rice, the sushi rice cuts the fatty richness of the spam and together they really complement each other. 

Comment 20 Mar 2016

The segment of that film that will always stick out for me was when Van Sandt sings, "Waiting Around to Die," with everyone sitting around the kitchen table. Very powerful.

He says in that clip that it was the first song he ever wrote. Well, I have only a passing familiarity with his work and outlaw country in general, but that clip is the best thing I've heard from Van Sandt. So, maybe his first was his best (which happens a lot in art, writing, etc.).

Comment 02 Mar 2016

The Velvet Underground is one of my all time favorite bands. I don't have time to get into how much I've loved this band, but just wanted to say that one of my favorite underrated VU songs is sung by Maureen Tucker . . . After Hours. As you say, VU was tremendously influential, but there were also a bunch of other proto-punk and garage bands during the 60s that were influential in the later rise of punk and related genres. 

Comment 21 Feb 2016

I don't have any idea, but normally you'll start to hear some rumblings of hype coming out of the locker room before you see a new star emerge on the field.

Comment 21 Feb 2016

The way I see it . . . Ohio State is currently not even in the bubble, but if they win two out of the last three, they blast right past the bubble into the NCAA tournament.

If they only win one of those games, they'd need to win three games in the B1G tourney to get into the NCAA tourney because they don't stack up well as a "bubble team." 

I know that doesn't make any sense, but I just feel like 12-6 in the Big Ten regular season would essentially require the committee to select Ohio Sate, but if the Buckeyes get into a beauty contest, that's when the antiquated RPI comes into play, etc.

Comment 12 Feb 2016

Breaking: Area businessman doesn't understand why taxpayers won't fork over millions of dollars to his organization and a shitty NFL team run by an owner who could be indicted; more news at the top of the hour.

That's a compelling argument, DJ, but care to extend it more broadly?

Every month in Ohio, taxpayer money is forked over to businesses/organizations, most of which will underperform or fail, for the stated public purposes of economic and/or community development. And many of those organizations are run by people who do shady things and might get in trouble with the authorities.

The very same NE Ohio politicians that led the fight against this Browns training camp deal have arranged dozens of such deals in the past and will be lining up at the trough the next time it suits their agendas.

Comment 08 Feb 2016

I'll be very excited to see the 2016 offense. The big losses were Decker at LT, Thomas at WR, and Zeke at RB. Braxton Miller had a great career at Ohio State and is an amazing athlete, but they were working out the kinks with him at WR/HB this season. I love all the Borens, and Jacoby Boren is tough as nails and was part of the heart and soul of "the Slobs"; but he was also undersized. Chase Farris had an up-and-down season as the starting RT. Both J. Marshall and Vannett were really good players, but I anticipate that the incoming starters will be able to match their production.

So, to me, it mainly comes down to whether the OL - which will be loaded with talent - can gel as a unit and stay healthy.

JT Barrett has the ability to be one of the top 2 or 3 QBs in the nation.

The WR corps will miss Thomas, but the size, athleticism, and depth of talent overall might end up surprising folks. I don't know which two or three WRs are going to light it up this year, but I am confident that the numbers are in their favor.

The Weber/Samuel/Dunn/Wilson RB/hybrid stable can't match Zeke's all-around production in every facet of the game, but still has the potential to be an elite group.   

And look out for this sleeper, listed as #2 TE by Eric above: AJ Alexander.

Comment 06 Feb 2016

The worst Ohio State team in my lifetime was 1988 - John Cooper's first year. That team didn't just go 4-6-1. They literally oozed crappiness. That was the team that led Cooper to complain that he had "too many slow white guys."

And, if we put a bookend on Cooper's career, maybe the least likable Buckeye teams - which had good talent but underachieved - were Cooper's last two teams, 1999 and 2000. I always defended Cooper, but even I threw in the towel at that point because Cooper lost control of the locker room. 

Comment 31 Jan 2016

I couldn't really do a top 5. Also, I'd have a hard time differentiating between best and (my) favorite. Like, Laurence Olivier should be on the "best" list, but he wouldn't make my top 30 of favorites. So I will list some dudes that I simply like, even if some of the following weren't great actors per se . . .

Henry Fonda, Bogart, Peter Sellers, George C Scott, John Wayne, Clark Gable, Gary Cooper, Sean Connery, Edward G Robinson, Russell Crowe, Gene Hackman, James Cagney, Clint Eastwood, Robert Duvall, James Stewart, Ben Kingsley, Tommy Lee Jones, Jason Robards.

I also really like Christoph Waltz, who stole the show in two of Tarrantino's recent movies.

Comment 21 Jan 2016

Yep, 4, 5, 6, and then 7. Please skip 1, 2, and 3! Watching 1-3 as a prequel to 4-7 would like watching The Jetsons as a prequel to 2001: A Space Odyssey.  

Comment 17 Jan 2016

You're the one being crazy: taking a scenario that figures to have about a 1 in 3 chance of happening and instead essentially suggest that the chances approximate 1 in 100. Remind me not to go to Vegas with you.

Comment 14 Jan 2016

He ain't a Texas guy unless, when he dies, they gonna bury his bones in Texas . . .