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Member since 13 February 2013 | Blog

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


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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!

Comment 09 Oct 2015

Why is this surprising?

Dude would play in a pro-style offense with opportunity to compete for carries almost immediately.  And there's a heavy New Jersey pipeline they're leveraging.  Not to mention -- it's Harbaugh we're talking about.  It's not friggin' Randy Edsall over there.  Harbaugh is intriguing for any elite kid who sees himself at the next level.  Let's not pretend Michigan doesn't have a compelling argument for kids like this.

Still, I'd bet a gallon of Graeters he stays S&G.  We shall see....

Comment 12 Aug 2015

There has been a lot of discussion on this very topic since the balance of "debt to earnings" has changed dramatically over the last two decades.  The math has changed the decision from an easy one to a much harder consideration.

You have to be realistic with the numbers.  Check out the article below (great read, albeit depressing).  If you come out of grad school with an average debt load of $140K, you'll need to make $190K to have your payments equal 10% of your income.  If you're hardcore about killing off debt, you can change the math to, say, 25% of your income which would make a big difference obviously.

If it's me, I'd rather have minimal to moderate debt going to decent school than heavy debt going to a stellar one.  But, I'd be UNwilling to go to a lesser school -- even if it meant zero debt.  But that's me.