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MEMBER SINCE   November 28, 2016

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Comment 03 Feb 2020

Massachusetts considered making Daylight Saving Time permanent by switching to the Atlantic time zone a few years ago, not sure if they intend to do it.

Comment 31 Jan 2020

My company recently issued a travel rating chart for our employees and Mexico is listed as high risk and requires security approval. All Western European countries are listed as low risk and none require special approval. 

Comment 24 Jan 2020

Great forum topic and great suggestions. It's hard to pick just a few historical events to see but I guess I would go with:

1) 1989, Berlin Wall going down. This was the beginning of the end for the USSR. I watched it on TV and I hadn't felt that good since Apollo 11. The cold war was finally coming to an end.

2) 1969, Apollo 11 landing on the Moon. This was probably the greatest engineering achievement in history and also played a role in bringing an end to the USSR years later. It showed that an oppressive dictatorship can't compete with free people and free markets. 

3) 1787, Beginning of the ratification of the US Constitution. This is one of the greatest events in human history. It was the first nation ever created for the purpose of self-governance.

4) 2500 BC (or older), Building of the pyramids at Giza. I only include this because it has been the subject of so much speculation for so long that I would simply like to see how they did it. My guess is that we are overthinking it. We don't give ancient people enough credit for being clever and resourceful. 

Comment 18 Jan 2020

Terrible news. Early Rush was divinely inspired, I'm blessed to have lived during their time. Check out this tribute to them. Tyler Warren covers the entire album "Permanent Waves" perfectly, all instruments and vocals. It's incredible.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GD5Xo1Tkh4U

Comment 17 Jan 2020

Excellent post, MB. I hope the off season brings me back but right now I'm pretty disillusioned with FBS football. Every year it's the same 5 or 6 teams that have a realistic chance to make the playoff and win it all. That's not healthy for the sport and it's getting boring. The SEC is almost guaranteed 1 or 2 spots in the playoff every year and Clemson is almost guaranteed another one. There are so many things that need to be fixed. Clemson should be treated like UCF was a few years ago: they went undefeated but were snubbed by the CFP committee because they played a weak schedule. Clemson should NOT be getting an automatic bid to the playoff. The SEC games the system shamelessly and no one seems interested in stopping it. Regardless of how the Buckeyes do next year, I don't know if I can watch another playoff dominated by the SEC and Clemson and I don't see that changing anytime soon. They both flaunt NCAA rules and get away with it. PED use? Stealing money to pay players? FBI wiretap? None of it seems to matter. FBS football is losing its appeal. 

Comment 22 Dec 2019

My grandmother's brother was killed in Germany near the end of the war but he sent back a Nazi banner before he was killed. It's still in pretty good shape, it probably belongs in a museum. 

Comment 22 Dec 2019

I met the daughter of one of the original flag raisers on Iwo Jima. Her father was chosen to be part of a US delegation to honor or memorialize the war with Japan. He didn't want to do it because he was still upset about what the Japanese soldiers had done to our guys. He did it anyway and the US soldiers were kept separate from the Japanese soldiers until the very last event to keep something from happening.

Comment 21 Dec 2019

Thanks Major H, that must have been a great visit. I have a relative who was part of a tank crew (commander, I think) in WWII and he was involved in the cleanup after the Battle of the Bulge. He has interesting stories about living in a tank and fighting SS troops. I would love to visit the battle fields in Europe. 

Comment 10 Dec 2019

Yes there are. I have friends in SC who are big Clemson fans and they are so sure Clemson is going to beat us by double digits, they sound like 2002 Miami fans. They really think we are the same team they beat 31-0 a few years ago. 

Comment 09 Dec 2019

I've changed my opinion on this over the years and now I feel the same way. I bet even low-level bowls aren't meaningless to the players. It's a great experience so why not let them have it? If I'm not interested I don't have to watch it. 

Comment 08 Dec 2019

After the game, Day said that Fields had a bad first half because he didn't practice much this week. I would expect him to be better prepared in 3 weeks. 

Comment 07 Dec 2019

This year's OSU team might be one of the best ever so let's beat Clemson and LSU and solidify it for everyone. No whining about not playing the best. But let's beat a good Wisconsin team in the CCG first. 

Comment 01 Dec 2019

Wisconsin had rematches with Michigan State in 2011 and Nebraska in 2012. Wiscy split the decisions in both years, winning one of the games and losing the other. 

https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/wisconsin/2011-schedule.html

https://www.sports-reference.com/cfb/schools/wisconsin/2012-schedule.html

Comment 01 Dec 2019

I'm thinking of rematches in college football that I can remember. OSU-UCLA 1975, UF-FSU 1996, Alabama-LSU 2011, Wisconsin-Nebraska 2012, Oklahoma-Texas 2018. Maybe rematch upsets aren't common at the college level but these are the ones I remember. 

Comment 20 Nov 2019

Putting Alabama in over a 1-loss Pac12 champ might be the final nail in the coffin of our 4 team playoff. According to Klatt, the Pac12 is already on the verge of collapse because they can't get in and then they get snubbed again just so the SEC can get a 2nd team in. 

Comment 14 Nov 2019

If Joel Klatt is correct, an 8-team playoff is coming in the next 3-4 years and will include autobids for the P5 champs. No playoff system will be perfect but, after 2015, I would rather have too many teams in the playoff rather than too few. I'm ok letting a 9-4 Pac12 champ in, it's just another game to watch. Hopefully they won't load it up with 4 SEC teams but even if they do, we are still guaranteed to get a Big10 team in every year.

Comment 07 Nov 2019

Yeah, I hope the new playoff will have rules that limit the number of teams from the same conference. Otherwise they could stack it with SEC teams just like they're trying now. 1 champ + 3 at-large could be Alabama, LSU, Georgia, and Florida. With Auburn waiting in the wings.