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Mad City, Wisco Disco (via Pittsburgh, PA)

Member since 07 February 2012 | Blog

"don't say anything mean about me or crack jokes on what i've experienced in life because i get butthurt easily and it makes me feel sad and unappreciated."
- 99% of 11w commentariat


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Taking home (and still having) a chunk of the field after the 2002 Michigan game
  • NFL TEAM: Pittsburgh Steelers
  • NHL TEAM: Pittsburgh Penguins
  • NBA TEAM: nba sucks
  • MLB TEAM: Detroit Tigers

Recent Activity

Comment 06 Jul 2016

My first inclination is the 07 NC game, but a large part of me has gained an appreciation for the changes that game sparked.  We couldn't perpetuate our weaknesses after that.  We had to become better, faster, stronger.  And we did.

My gut says 2005 vs Texas.  I don't think I've ever felt worse after a loss than that one, even considering our recent travails against Sparty.  We had that Texas game, but we just gave it away, on the field and from the sideline.  I still get a pit in my stomach every time i see a Longhorn jersey.  

Comment 25 Nov 2015

first of all, this isn't a "tragedy".  is it sad?  sure.  but this isn't some kid slipping on a negligent surface and falling and hitting his head, or getting crushed by a falling light stand, or drowning under a wild mob scene, or other things that have happened on other campuses.  some dude with bad genes couldnt handle the shock of cold water.  with his condition, diagnosed or not, he'd have likely had a heart attack anyways within the coming weeks.  quit overblowing deaths as automatically tragic.  wait till the autopsy comes back so we can see if he had a genetic hand grenade in his chest or was on whitney houston levels of drugs before we label it as "tragic" or "devastating".

secondly, the University could hardly wait until this kid was in the morgue before they announced they want to end this thing, which isn't a surprise.  they've been waiting for something like this for 20 years.  

Comment 21 Sep 2015

it most certainly would, but then again if one of them played well we wouldn't be having this dilemma.

the duel qb system is flawed from the beginning, and it degrades the position performance.  decent vs VT, mediocre vs Hawai'i, and downright offensive vs NIU.  it's a downward trend. 

we're seeing a redux of the Zwick/Smith experiment from 2005.  that was a failure as well.  

Comment 27 Aug 2015

gee, it's almost like VT considers it's student-athletes to be employees or something.  

except even then it's illegal to dock pay for classified employees, which VT players are because they are being paid out cost of attendance on a semester basis, not hourly...

Comment 04 Jun 2015

lived up on 13th and waldeck area, old standbys in the early early 00's were ziggs and out'r'in.  every once in a while we'd swing down to the stube for a night you wouldn't ever remember.  if skanks were on the menu, we'd either hit up the spot bar on south campus or quarters on north campus.  sadly, only the stube and out'r'in are the only one still alive, although out'r'in is likely a shell of its former self.  

i miss campus, but its a shame that the dives i loved are being overrun by sterile, gentrified cookie-cutter corporate establishments.  i remember having drinks and just shooting the shit with bar owners - something that simply isnt possible anymore.  campus is slowly losing its soul...

Comment 22 Jan 2015

it's like coming home to finding 3 gorgeous naked women lying on your bed.  

your mind starts racing at the possibilities, and only then you cruely realize that you can really only work one of them at a time, maybe two with divided attention and running a heightened risk of the train running off the tracks.

Comment 14 Jan 2015

damn Ramzy, spot on.

I was right there with you in Tempe...about 3-4 rows behind the band staring right down that fateful endzone line.  whole thing happened in slow motion - dorsey's count, cie grant getting shot out of a cannon, dorsey ragdolling in the air, the ball floating in mid-air for what seemed to be forever...

i saw the ball disappear into a crowd of green and white shirts...and then...nothing.  full sensory explosion to the point where sight and sound and smell were just obliterated.  it took what seemed like minutes to regain my place in the world.  i remember my little sister hugging me and picking me off the ground, i remember seeing a brass musical instrument falling back from the atmosphere to which it was cast in triumph, and i remember looking straight up into the air and screaming as loud as i could - and having that scream matched by some equally crazed lunatic hanging over the balcony above.

this year feels different though.  2002 was really a surprise for everyone, and it felt that way all over tempe and phoenix that week.  we were happy to be there, and we hoped our boys would show well knowing in the bottom of our hearts that Miami hadn't ever seen a D like ours.  when we won, it was a relief of pressure.  a wave of joy felt for the first time by a whole generation of buckeyes whose only experience of a national championship was in black and white stories told by our parents.

i think what makes 2014 different, though, is the leadup to the triumph.  i felt before the Wisconsin game the same feelings i felt before that Miami game, in part due to wondering what we were going to do with an unproven qb.  but ever since the end of the first quarter against Wisconsin, it all felt different.

it felt destined, maybe?  it felt the way i felt just before i saw that yellow flag fly into the air to disrupt the fireworks in tempe.

"it just just can't end like that. that's not how this is supposed to go."

in 2002 i felt joy.  in 2014, i feel contentment.  i feel vindication.  i feel peace.  i feel awe at having the privilege of watching this team grow up and develop and ensure unending hardship right before my eyes.

does this year feel better than 2002?  no, it doesn't.  but it does feel different in a very good and satisfying way.  and given the circumstances of this season compared to 2002, i think i can say that it feels like it's supposed to feel.

we won the whole damn thing.

Comment 08 Jan 2015

if memory serves me right, Miami had the same strategy back during the Larry Coker days.  

the 2002 Hurricanes average drive time on their 67 offensive touchdowns was 1:58.  18 of those 67 were scored in less than a minute.  they were a model of offensive effectiveness and efficiency.  

only difference between the 02 U and the 14 Ducks is that the U was damn near as effective and efficient on defense as they were on offense.  we shut down Miami not so much by limiting how many times they scored, but by how often they could score - they only punted 4 times and kicked 3 fgs.

we've shown that we can go toe to toe offensively against any team in the country.  as opposed to 2002 though, instead of our defense having to stand on its head all night, we may only have to make a small handful of defensive stands to win this thing.