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TraditionCounts


Member since 13 February 2013 | Blog

Huge fan of college football, and in particular the greatest rivalry in sports.

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Comment 20 Aug 2016

Spent three days in Calgary in -35 (which is almost the temperature where Celsius and Fahrenheit are the same).  It was so cold, the inside of my nose froze on a five minute walk between buildings.  My nuts were up in my chin.  When it's that cold, everything shuts off except your brain screaming at you.

Bad as that was -- dinner with my mother in law is worse, and colder.

Comment 08 Aug 2016

First job out of school was selling long distance services (dating myself here).  Sold the service going door to door in office buildings.  Had a Buckeye boss who would demand to see how many business cards I had at the end of each day.  Nice enough dude, but he was ruthless if any of us had less than 35 cards, and would expect us to be able to talk about each interaction.  Half the reps would go to restaurants just to grab a handful of business cards out of the free-lunch fishbowl at the register.  Rough 18 months in that job, though I will admit I learned a ton, and still use stories from that job in my career as a Senior Vice President today -- 25 years later.

Comment 08 Aug 2016

It wasn't that long ago this board ridiculed Michigan for essentially being tOSU's campsite dump-hole for going on a decade and a half.  And with good reason.  Them sucking like a first day prison suburbanite didn't help Ohio State (or the greater B1G) in any meaningful way.  Besides -- this rivalry was starting to really be sad, wasn't it?  And that takes some doing.

RichRod was interesting, but handled the alumni and media like a West Virginian "Veruca Salt."  Hoke was the better Michigan-man.  Unfortunately for everyone, he set that program back another five with the damage he caused.  Pathetic.

So now we watch the rebirth (again) under Harbaugh.  The difference is - this one is for real.  We all knew it was when the hire was announced.  So why is anyone complaining?  UFM finally has the competition he needs to fuel an awesome rivalry and push tOSU into competing with perennial powerhouses like 'Bama and LSU.  Is Michigan ready for the playoffs?  Until they beat tOSU (and how about Sparty) I find these projections ridiculous. 

Michigan is getting good -- no doubt about it.  But they're not ready -- yet.

Comment 02 Feb 2016

(in order)

1.  Almost Famous

2.  American Beauty

3.  Godfather 2

4.  Outlaw Josey Wales

5.  Anchorman

Comment 02 Feb 2016

Was with you on your first two -- but I cannot support your last three.

Still, I upvoted you purely for American Beauty, which is in my Top 3.

Comment 02 Feb 2016

That's beautiful...

Comment 25 Jan 2016

I loved 11/22/63, but fear this mini-series idea.  When they attempted it with The Stand (my fav Stephen King book) it was an epic fail.  I also hated the recent attempt at Under the Dome, but apparently it was a huge ratings success, so what do I know.

Stephen King adaptations RARELY work, with notable exceptions:

-Shawshank, Misery, Stand by Me, and The Green Mile.

Comment 22 Jan 2016

Let's get real.

First off, no one is in the same league as Saban.  Not even Urbz.  Don't be such a homer.  And second, the creep just took a sh*tty Hoke team from 5-7 to 11 wins in one season.  

Let's not get crazy about saying he's "not in the same league" as anyone.  He's a crazy mother-effer but even we can agree he's a great coach.

Comment 22 Jan 2016

100% agree with this.

My issues continues to be the term "commitment."  It cuts both ways.  The purpose of a school wanting a "commitment" is so it can direct its resources intelligently moving forward.  A program shouldn't have to recruit a committed player.  Similarly, when a recruit commits, they should know the spot is theirs provided a set criteria.  If the criteria isn't met, they risk losing their spot.

I think the NCAA should support the program by putting teeth into the the term "commitment."  Doesn't mean that a recruit can't open back up their commitment, but it should be under very clear circumstances.  Otherwise, this whole thing is just stupid, and reeks of bad intentions...

Comment 13 Jan 2016

I disagree with your point.  It's not the attorney's job to say he's innocent.  It's his job to cast doubt on his GUILT.  He's not God, after all. He wasn't there, and is in no better position than the prosecution to say for certain that he did it.  But the judicial system requires the prosecution to prove guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt."

So this correct answer to the question isn't "he's innocent."  It's "he can't/shouldn't be found guilty.."

Comment 13 Jan 2016

Call me if Nick Bosa flips.  

Otherwise, there's a new season of Shameless (and Emmy Rossum's boobs) which requires my attention...

Comment 08 Jan 2016

Got it.   Yeah -- missed your point.  I was taking it literally in terms of coaching ability.  Harbaugh is seriously mentally unstable.  Everyone can see it.  Even recruits.  But dang  if the dude doesn't coach well. And that was my contention with the circus comment originally.

The Cowherd interview may be the most uncomfortable five minutes in radio history. After listening, I actually was wondering if Harbaugh was on the autism spectrum.  And I'm not joking. 

But -- the effer wins.  This cannot be denied.  And -- Urbz is not exactly a bastion of stability himself. I think we'd all agree they have that in common.  

Maybe you HAVE to be be crazy to win at this level?

Comment 08 Jan 2016

Just because I'm willing to challenge the "circus" comment, I now have "buds on the ttun boards"?  I can't challenge anything without being disrespectful to  the Buckeyes?

How's the weather in Pyongyang ?

Comment 08 Jan 2016

Ok, I'll bite.  I'm just curious why UM football is a circus with Harbaugh in charge?  Last I checked, he took a horrible 2014 team and turned it into a 10-win 2015 team with essentially the exact same Hoke players. Now he's recruiting possibly the #1 or #2 team in the country.  

I'm confused as to why any team in the country, besides tOSU, wouldn't want to have that circus. 

Comment 07 Jan 2016

I've never understood this, either.  Here is my take on it:

Let's be real.  If you're an "elite" athlete, you're going to want to take your abilities to the NFL for what realistically is a three to six year career.  You'll make more money in those years than you will in five lifetimes via the academia route.  And then you can choose whatever path you want, post-football, financially secure.  Coming to a great FOOTBALL program like tOSU increases the likelihood of that exponentially.

However, if you're an athlete with less potential to play on Sundays, then I can see hedging your school choices to those who can open the most doors for you post-college.  There's where the two and three-star guys should be more likely to filter your football choices via academics.  That's where tOSU might struggle for (some) recruits outside of Ohio.

tOSU is a solid school with solid academics.   It's the PERFECT choice for elite athletes like Gary - who clearly are heading to the NFL.  However, it's not the caliber of schools like Stanford, ND, or even Michigan.  And OSU will lose out to many of those schools for the kids who need the degree.

Clearly, Rashan Gary does not qualify.

Comment 06 Jan 2016

It's too bad Roger Waters is such an effing douchebag, or I'd actually still listen to Pink Floyd.  Love their musical creativity -- which is truly genius, but the hell if I'm gonna give that group a nickel of any further streaming royalties.

But Syd Barrett is a huge talent, agreed.

Comment 04 Jan 2016

I'll give it points for jumping on the Star Wars theme, but Michigan lost both its rivalry games, and won a meaningless bowl against an awful opponent.  I'm not sure how anything has "awakened."

Still, being fair -- it's not terrible.  I've seen worse.

Comment 21 Dec 2015

Great job!!!

I fired up the smoker myself on Saturday for a dinner I was attending.  Smoked four racks of St. Louis spares in 24 degree temps in the Detroit-area.  They were KILLER...

If you're into BBQ -- weather is not a factor, baby.

Comment 23 Nov 2015

This seriously has wrecked my morning.  What happened?  What was affirmed by him doing this?  And why?

It's all so troubling!