Here we go! It'd be nice if for once we can have a discussion that doesn't end with Covid conspiracies. A guy tested positive, this sucks for him and their team, that's really all we need to say about it. Also, can we put Justin Fields inside one of those inflatable plastic balls and have him walk around like that when he isn't on the football field???
I don't understand those who watch the team to just be miserable all the time about it. These football games and the teams we love are meant to be a diversion from the stresses we get at work Monday through Friday, or the crazy curveballs likes to throw us. I get being disappointed or upset or maybe a little too happy for a few minutes while watching games, but I can't understand the disgust and misery people seem to have over watching a group of college students play a game. Fuck, life is hard, enjoy watching a game where the team you like scored 52 points and beat the point spread. If that makes you miserable, what on earth will ever make you happy?
Overall, I was pretty impressed. Justin Fields may be the best football player to ever put on a Buckeye uniform. I don't mean that to be hyperbole or recency bias, he's just that dominant. Hard to believe the guy is going to be better than the guy who had over 40TDs and only 3INTs last year, but my goodness he looks like the best QB I've ever seen. His one incompletion probably gets hauled in if Olave doesn't get concussed or whatever it was that happened to him.
The D needs to tighten up a bit and I'm a little concerned about the RB situation, but plenty of time for that to improve. I can't believe how many people were so negative during the game. Bama damn near lost to Ole Miss. Anyone catch what they did today? What people fail to realize is usually the first game of the season where we can adjust to game speed is against a team like Tulane or Ohio U, or Florida Atlantic. They don't usually come against a conference foe who appears to be improved from last year. People can say, well that's not that big of a deal, but consider that the Nebraska team probably clobbers Tulane by 4TDs. I would expect that this team will improve tremendously as the season goes along. Be happy with the 52 -17 game, we covered the 28 point spread, that's pretty damn impressive.
If you are a franchise who is picking near the top of the draft, even if you picked a QB within the last couple of years, don't you have to look at the QBs available and say 10 years down the road could Lawrence/Fields be our Brees, Rogers, Brady, Peyton Manning or is Sam Darnold or Jones going to be that guy? If the answer is Lawrence or Fields, than you draft that guy and move on from who you have now. If the Bengals had drafted Haskins, there's no doubt in my mind with the number 1 pick they still go draft Burrow. Burrow gives you a better chance at winning down the road. I'm not one who is going to fall all over myself about how Burrow has preformed up to this point, but there's no doubt that despite INTENSE pressure, and lots of really bad hits, he has been far more composed than Haskins has in a similar situation.
I don't know where Fields ends up. If a team like the Bengals ends up in the top 5 of the draft, which isn't hard to imagine, they could always trade the pick to improve the line or pick an elite lineman in the first few picks of the draft helping FIelds end up in a better situation than the dumpster fires in New York or Washington.
We can't accept that there may be an entity out there who produces higher quality football than the Midwest, damnit!!!!!!!! Half of the times the B1G sent a team, that team didn't belong there.
There are a couple of reasons I think the B1G gets a second team in this year. A one loss East team who lost to Ohio State, especially if it were like the Penn State game last year, could easily get in. Especially, if that one loss team is playing a really good Minnesota, Wisconsin, or Iowa on championship weekend. That 1 extra data point could be huge. Frankly, after this season I would be really surprised if every Power 5 doesn't adopt this format for their conference championship weekend. I'd be VERY surprised if the B1G drops it. Getting everyone that extra data point could be HUGE going forward. Other conferences don't like it? meh who cares, get on board or have the B1G get an extra team in more than your conference. At the end of the day, I imagine the broadcast Gods would love a 2 SEC 2 B1G team final four. All 3 games would be viewed even more than they already are.
We actually don't know that Ohio State is up there with Bama and Clemson yet.
I wonder if that bonus game the B1G has on championship day, couldn't add an additional data point for PSU, Minnesota, Wisconsin, or TTUN(yeah right) to get a 2nd spot for the B1G.
I actually would go a step further and wager a guess if you pulled Ohio State from the B1G numbers and Bama from the SEC, that the Gap between NFL talent taken from The SEC compared to the B1G would be even greater. Even their bad teams like Kentucky or South Carolina are pumping talent into the NFL.
I would argue that the SEC is more talented across the board, though. Last year they had 15 first round picks. 2019 they set a record with 64 players drafted, the B1G was 2nd with 40. The last several years the NFL has show they like the SEC more than the other conferences. The SEC is the preferred conference for those who scout talent for the NFL. The B1G, ACC, Big 12, and PAC are all pretty similar, but the SEC just has more talent going to the league at this point.
No doubt, I just want to prolong it as long as I can. I feel treatment seems to be better today than april. I can only imagine that it's going to be better next April than today. I'd like to avoid it as long as possible. I've really taken a lot of precautions up to this point, haven't been to a bar since March, have ate inside at a restaurant only one time, avoided places like casinos or any indoor gatherings really. I'll continue to do so, but kind of feels like all those precautions are out the door now since I don't have a choice about getting exposed or not.
I work at a school in Cincinnati. My space in the building is large, but there are 3 other adults in here and come next week we could have up to 20 students in the space. I don't like the prospects of me making it through the next few weeks without contracting the virus. I do sit at my desk all day with my mask on. Other adults in here don't adhere to that. They say well you are 30 feet away. I say yeah, but we all spend the entire day in here breathing. It's going to be in the air. They disagree. I was hoping to avoid this stuff through the winter, but I don't see how that'll be possible in the school setting. My wife teaches here also. I told her we may as well just accept that we probably both are going to get sick while kids are in the building. It's not really a matter of If but when.
It really is troubling. Can't imagine future historians are going to look back at America in 2020 with any kind of positive light.
I suppose they could happen. I think Georgia may actually have the best defense in the SEC at this point so I don't think Florida will beat them, and it appears anyone can score on Florida at this point. Maybe I've disregarded Florida too quickly, but I picked them as the 4th team in the playoff coming into the year and seeing how terrible their defense is makes me think there's no chance they are going to get there. I actually think it could be Bama who is the 3 loss team getting consideration.
Just depends on what the criteria is. Natural Beauty? I'm not sure Ohio is the worst state, but Ohio's Neighbors (other than Indiana) would all rank higher. Socially, f you blindfolded me and left me outside of a Chillis in Columbus, Ohio; Grand Rapids, MI, or Florence, KY I wouldn't be able to tell you the difference socially between any of the 3.
I've never understood collecting the trophies from achievements along the way. I mean I never won a Heisman but I did play a lot of sports at an amateur level where the only thing we could play for were trophies, and even at that, I couldn't tell you where most of them were. I don't display them. I have the stories of those games and seasons to share. I'm sure for many professional athletes it's the same way.
I have friends who are now over 40years old playing softball and darts and they save every trophy for their special room hahaha. I'm like here take my trophy from this dart tournament, I just want the check lol.
Where are Georgia's 3 losses on the schedule? Honestly, with Bama's D I could see UGA winning that game.
Can I ask what good playing 4 games at this point would have done if everything blows up and makes the rest of the season not happen anyway?
I'm certain that there are more than 2 college students nationwide who have ended up in the hospital over Covid 19. Also, how many have been hospitalized after college students have exposed them to the virus?
Let's see where some of the top teams like Bama and Georgia are by the time the B1G gets rolling. I expect that there are still some rough edges being sanded out that normally happen in all the spring and fall prep that didn't get to happen as normal this year. Florida is actually the team that surprised me the most. I really thought they may be one of the 4 best teams this year.
I have about 3 pours of a Pappy 20 bottle left. It's fantastic. It's not 1000 bucks or whatever secondary is fantastic, but fantastic none the less. I have a 12 year Lot B and a 10 year Van Winkle as well. I like the 15 and 20 better than 23, as I think the 23 is just too dry and oaky myself. I also had a bottle of Willet Family Reserve 22 year old bourbon which was probably better than the Van Winkles. I really stopped unicorn chasing (and all the money involved with that) a few years ago and started buying store picks I really like. My liquor store usually still hooks me up with some allocated stuff, like the other day I got a Michter's 10 year Bourbon, but in general I won't get to sniff BTAC or Pappy bottles anymore, which is fine.
Also, I may have a few extra bottles from our pick . I live in NKY we should get them in about 4 weeks. If you are interested just let me know. I think it's going to be a pretty darn good pick!
They've got some in the pipeline, it just takes time lol. When they first opened, they were selling the OKI sourced stuff from MGP, once they got to 4 years they started selling their own stuff and stopped the OKI bottles completely. They set aside 1/2 of their first barrels to age to 6,7, or 8 years but as they grew in popularity they had to grab some of those bottles too and sell them as part of their regular offering. Some of their single barrels and store picks are getting close to 5 years now. They have a bunch of barrels that are 6 or 7 years old right now. So it's coming.
He teased at a special gift shop release around the holidays. I'm predicting it'll be a 6 year old release. That's just my opinion, I have not heard anything from anyone in the know. I just know there is going to be a special release soon.
They also have some barrels aging that are a Malted Rye. Those barrels are sitting at about 7 years right now. The girl who did our tour said be on the lookout for that bottle in the future. We got to sample it during our barrel pick, and it's really good stuff.
I used to get Jim Beam Black all the time back when it had the 8 year age statement on it. I'm sure it's still great stuff. I picked up a bottle of the Red 7 before it was taken off the market a few years back. I doubt it's anything valuable, but I think it's a neat bottle to have, and down the road may be something people are looking for.
I just went to New Riff yesterday to pick my group's single barrel. It was a great experience. Seriously, that distillery is going to be one of the best, if not the best one in the business in the next 5 years. Can't wait to see what is coming down the pick from them.