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MEMBER SINCE   February 13, 2012


  • SPORTS MOMENT: The entire 2002 football season which I got to enjoy as a sophomore on campus.
  • NFL TEAM: Cincinnati Bengals
  • NHL TEAM: Columbus Blue Jackets
  • MLB TEAM: Cincinnati Reds

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Comment 16 May 2018

Love Traverse City. There's a ton to do and if you're willing to drive a bit theres even more thats within an hour or two. You've got dunes covered, that's obviously the big draw. The Leelanau peninsula is pretty cool in general with a lot of cool little towns to check out, specifically Glen Arbor, Leland (offers a couple different lake cruises including a sunset cruise), and Northport. Old Mission peninsula is also really cool. Its like you've been transported to Italy. At the tip of each peninsula is a state park and lighthouse. On Old Mission, I suggest checking out Jolly is awesome (Truffle fries) and the beer is great, although heavy on sours/belgians. For wineries, I'd suggest Chateau Chantel. Im not much of a wine guy but ive enjoyed what ive had there. The draw here are the views as their outside tasting area sits atop a hill and offers panoramic views of both arms of Grand Traverse Bay at the same time.

A little further away, I'd highly recommend seeing if you can set aside a day for a trip to Mackinaw Island if you've never been. Mackinaw City is about 2 hrs away and the island is a 15 min ferry ride from there. It might be my favorite place on this Earth outside of my own home. Charlevoix and Petosky are both cool little towns with shopping and breweries/food options that are good. Closer than Mackinaw but still each over an hour away from you guys. We rented a boat on Lake Charlevoix last summer and it was a great time.

Brewery wise Ive been to Right Brain (best beer, not great atmosphere), Rare Bird, North Peak, Jolly Pumpkin, and Mackinaw Brewing. Nothing amazing about their offerings but they are all pretty solid. Theres a shit ton of golf courses but ive never played up there. There's also a couple of casinos on the east side of town.

I know you guys said you're going to hike the dunes ( you should) but i'd also recommend on the way in or out, checking out the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive. It offers a couple overlooks to stop at, the main attraction being a observation deck perched on top of a 200+ft tall dune face overlooking Lake Michigan. That is a MUST SEE.

The other thing I would note is that there is only one major east west route through town and it can get pretty congested with traffic especially in the evenings because there's little other options and ton of traffic lights. I'd look for any other possible options during dinner times and/or give yourself extra time to get to wherever. In August, it will be pretty heavy. Also check to make sure you aren't going during the Film Festival as that will make it even worse.

Enjoy your trip! I absolutely love it up there and will miss not being able to go this year.


Comment 04 Jan 2018

Apartments on NE corner of 12th and Indianola...drunk out of my mind. After Dorsey's throw hit the ground I ran across the street to a house party. Some guy there was challenging a girl to run out in the street naked. I told her i'd do underwear with her if she did. She agreed. If you saw a fat guy in his boxers banging on your car as you drove by...that was me.

Comment 10 Oct 2017

Going to have to ask you to refrain from starting any threads that begin with the words 'Dobbins out'....i had a mild heart attack

Comment 13 Feb 2017

See, the issue here is that as a Reds fan you are valuing Phillips way more than any major league club is. Additionally, trades require a willing partner who actually wants to give up something for your player. There was only one team remotely interested in Phillips as of yesterday and that was Atlanta. Phillips is also owed 14 million, has a no trade clause, and is in line for a reduced role. Hard to have any leverage in a deal if you are the Reds. This was nothing more than a glorified waive. It allows Phillips a dignified exit from Cincinnati, instead of the mess that would have been him on the bench all season. For the Reds, it looks good to other veterans because they tried to respectfully replace a player instead of just outright releasing him. It also opens up a spot for playing time for two top prosepects, Peraza and Hererra.

Comment 16 Jan 2017


Arcade Fire
Flogging Molly
Peter Adams
The Mars Volta
The Strokes
Neutral Milk Hotel

Rap/Hip Hop

Talib Kweli
Yasiin Bey (Mos Def)
Aesop Rock


Peter Tosh


Comment 24 Dec 2016

I'm currently in Tipp City. Schools are awesome, crime is low. It's relatively quiet but right off the highway for easy commuting. Its probably about 30 mins from the base depending on what area you are headed to.

I work in Beavercreek,  a few miles south of the base and it takes me about 35 mins. Beavercreek is another nice area. Its getting a little crowded but its also easy to access with 35/675/70 all within short distances. The area along Beaver Valley Rd. is pretty cool.  I wouldn't recommend too many areas of Fairborn.

A little further away you have Oakwood, Springboro, Centerville which are nice but pricey and getting to the base everyday could be annoying.

Yellow Springs is another neat little town but if you have certain political leanings then it won't be for you. Its a pretty liberal area and I have friends who live there that have said it is noticable.

I personally, would stay away from riverside, huber, fairborn, kettering (some nice areas but a lot of cheaper housing and crowded), anything west of downtown.

I grew up in Englewood/Clayton and while they are nice areas they are about as far from the base as you can get (no direct way to go). Additionally, alot of neighborhoods in that area are struggling with maintaining property value. In fact this was a contributing factor in the wife and i's decision to buy in Tipp rather than Englewood.

I know there are also alot of great properties out in the country if that is something that interests you. Nothing that's more than a few mins from some suburb, yet is quiet and away from the hustle and bustle.

Welcome back to Ohio!

Comment 02 Dec 2016

I hesitate to say the system needs changed because I can't really see a viable alternative that will be both fair and make the powers that be the same money they're making now. Honestly the best solution would be to backtrack to the previous conference small conference, no championship game, total round robin. Committee then picks best four teams in country. That's not going to happen though.

It's silly to put so much emphasis on conference championships when who plays in them is only determined from 3/4ths of the season. Like others have mentioned, it would have been better for OSU to lose to Rutgers/Maryland etc than Penn State even though those are far worse losses. And while Penn State did it 'on the field', their body of work in conference play (let alone entire season) is not equivalent to ours (no wisky, no braska, no n'western, no back to back road night games with team coming off of bye).

Another factor that won't matter but is interesting is the value of playing in a conference championship game against a team you already beat, on their field. Not really gonna get a ton more credit than that and you have everything to lose.

These are just a couple things that don't make sense due to the nature of two uneven divisions and a championship game format.

Like I said earlier thought...not sure what the alternative is.

Comment 13 Nov 2016

I think an important factor in all of this is Wisc being the representative from the west, which looks like its going to be the case (might already be set, too lazy to check atm).I think the committee looks at OSU and says 'they missed out on division representative from tie-breaker' and 'they already beat the team they'd be playing in title game at their place'. Which imo means missing out of the conference championship game isn't going to be as harmful as it normally would. Throw in what would be 4 wins over top 15 teams (if it plays out like it should), the perception that, talent wise, OSU is one of the only teams comparable to Bama, and the always important OSU brand and alumni base and I think you have a lot of factors working in our favor.

​Additionally, I agree with a lot of others on here that its put up or shut up time for the committee. If you are truly trying to get the four best teams in then OSU's situation is about to provide you with the perfect opportunity to embrace that. If you they do leave 11-1 osu with 4 really good wins out because they lost a tie breaker in their division then just come out and say you have to win your conference title to make it to the playoffs.

Comment 27 Oct 2016

For me top 3 IPA's / Pale Ales
1) Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale - Trillium (this is the nectar of the Gods)
2) Lunch - Maine Beer Company
3) PseudoSue - Toppling Goliath

Top 3 Non IPA's
1) Black Maple - Jackie O's
2) KBS - Founders
3) Vanilla and Coffee Bean Dark Apparition - Jackie O's

We have a seriously awesome gem of a brewery pumping out amazing beer in southeast ohio.

Comment 27 Oct 2016

I don't want to be 'that guy' but for me ZD is not the same as it used to be. Its lost some of its big citrus crispness and is more malty (in line with Alpha King). Its still a damned good beer though. And I fully admit the last couple of Dusts i've had may have just been  less than stellar batches or my tastes may have changed.

Heady Topper is freaking amazing and is worth the effort if you like citrusy IPA's/Pale Ales. Its like drinking candy.

Comment 21 Sep 2016

Was in the hospital recently and the other guy in my room got pissed at the nurses one day and started yelling at them. They told him they would call security because he was being combative. After they left the room he repeated "Tell me i'm being combatant. I'll show them combatant!" I laughed

Comment 21 Aug 2016

I'm interested, but only for a small entry fee (10-20). I also have 3 drafts coming up in other leagues so if the draft time doesn't work out then I would probably have to respectfully drop out.

Comment 05 Aug 2016

Im interested. I've been playing fantasy sports for damn near 20 years and have yet to do a dynasty so I'm very interested to check it out.

Comment 12 May 2016

Everything in my post was made up. I was trying to channel my inner Onion, Guess I did it too well lol.