Glad I'm not the only one around here who gives a shit about the rules...
I think their new front office is smarter than that. My guess is Barkley will have a career similar to Reggie Bush. That's nothing to sneeze at, but crazy to draft #1 overall.
So you're blaming Iowa on the refs? I must be missing the joke as wildly as you're missing punctuation...
Since when should I have been keeping that a secret...
Thanks! I skipped Airwaves 2017 after having attended 5 years in a row. It was apparent for me even from across the pond that they were going a different direction, and not in a good way. Talked to my buddy in Iceland during the Sigur Ros curated festival end of Dec, and he confirmed Airwaves was indeed a huge failure. I'll be monitoring to see if they get their shit together for 2018 to see if it's even worth considering making time to attend. It's a shame, because it it was brilliant the first couple of years I went, and still good though less so the last few years. KEXP was and still is great though. Same shit happened with SXSW; was awesome, now I no longer even consider it. In short, the cost kept increasing whereas the experience was lessening; that's a bad formula.
Treefort 2018 is one I'm definitely doing and Haven is more likely than not. The Decemberists thing is a coin flip. Treefort being so much less expensive than SXSW is a big reason I still have the wherewithal to attend Haven. These festivals are how I choose to vacation, generally incorporating in regional sight-seeing before / after the event itself. I'm also much more of a do stuff person than a have stuff person, so whereas no one would ever be envious of my car, I sure do have plenty of great experiences I wouldn't trade for anything.
The National were in high contention for my favorite as well. Most recently saw them at their Haven festival, which I highly recommend as a multi-sensory gluttonous extravaganza. Saw them open for Arcade Fire at Radio City Music Hall, but the best might have been seeing them at Johnny Brenda's, which is excellent but tiny.
Most recent: Nordur og Nidur (featuring & curated by Sigur Ros)
Best: this is difficult. Probably have to go with the first time I saw Explosions in the Sky when they played Bowery Ballroom.
Sounds like Treefort 2018 might be right up your alley; it's my favorite domestic music festival these days. Full disclosure, I cannot stand the mass of humanity set-up (Coachella, Bonnaroo, etc.) no matter how appealing the band roster may be.
First move: boot Butler and hire Schiano before NE has a chance.
Trade Bell for best deal available to get more draft picks.
Try to trade up & draft Wyoming QB Allen.
Draft heavy on secondary & ILB.
Superbowl I want: Steelers vs Saints.
Superbowl I'll get: Patriots vs Vikings. And we know how that will turn out...
Did August sneeze?
You know, it would be a lot easier to "move on" or "let it go" if people would stop trying to pump sunshine up our assess...
All in all, it indeed was a good season. But there wasn't an open competition for the most important position on the field AND there were times the performance at the position would likely have led to an in-game substitution had it been pretty much anyone else performing that way. And seeing Saban do exactly that, yank a very accomplished starter when he was under-performing, was an extra kick in the gut. To be clear, my beef is with Urban and his decisions not the effort of JTB. And it's not like there's no evidence that the back-up wouldn't be able to provide a spark, considering it was Mr Haskins who led the Buckeyes to victory against Michigan.
Again, never would have posted this but apparently some folks feel there is no room to have any mixed feelings in considering how this season might have played out with a legit passing threat under center who as a result would also lead to less usage of the QB draw. I'll never know if Haskins would have been undefeated or lost 6 games, just like we'll never know if JTB finishes the job in 2014 or if he even beats Michigan this year.