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El Caballo de Sangre

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Comment 04 Aug 2015

Yes, I am talking about the "huge physical advantage, such as a male 135er would have". The way you say it, you make it sound unfair, but I don't see it that way if we are discussing who is a great MMA fighter. If anybody wants to say that she's the best female MMA fighter ever, so far, I'm not going to argue with them. I'm a fan of MMA fighting; I hope the version of it that she competes in gets a lot better someday.

Comment 03 Aug 2015

When I say that she is not one of the best MMA fighters, I mean exactly that - she is an MMA fighter, & there are lots & lots of other MMA fighters who can beat her, right now. I am applying an objective standard for judging a particular athlete against the other athletes who also compete in that sport. What's strange about that?

Comment 02 Aug 2015

All that said, here are the 3 *Greatest* athletes I ever saw:

1.Bo Jackson. I was born in 1969 (I saw Archie play in Ohio Stadium in person, y'all), & there is just no question that Bo is the best athlete the world has seen in my lifetime. If track & field were a bigger deal in this country than football & baseball, Bo Jackson would undoubtedly have become the best decathlete the world had ever seen.

2. Usain Bolt. An unorthodox body type/running style for his event, which means that he is *even faster* than he appears.

3. Beau Havens. I am cheating a bit here, but he is a guy I went to high school with, & was a very, very good basketball player & track & field athlete. He had some personal issues that threw up more than a few obstacles in his life, & he has sadly passed on, far too young & lost. However, those of us who knew him are in agreement that if you tweak the course of his life somewhat, he would have been a world-class decathlete. The reason he's on this list is because he is someone whose prowess I was able to witness up close, with my own eyes, & he really was an unbelievably talented athlete, as well as being appropriately sized - 6'4", 190 or so - to be able to take full advantage of that talent. We had an excellent track program, & his Senior year he was our fastest at every distance from 200M to 1600M, as well as our best at literally every field event other than the pole vault, & he would certainly have been our best at that if he had spent even a little bit of time on it.

Comment 02 Aug 2015

I think Rousey is an amazing athlete, but it's hard to know exactly where she stacks up with the *Greatest* athletes of our times & the recent past because the "sport" she participates in is a joke. Not to mention that, as amazing as she is, she is nowhere near to being one of the *best* MMA fighters. There are literally thousands of MMA fighters in the world who can beat her, & tens of thousands - at least, probably more - of people in the world who could beat her in almost any kind of fight.

Apologies if this seems like kind of a Hot Take - it's just that when I think about who is the *Greatest* athlete, I tend to default to the Olympic standard: citius, altius, fortius - Faster, Higher, Stronger. The results of objectively applying that standard to athletes are pretty clear sometimes.

Comment 21 May 2015

The explanations offered at your link are not at all satisfactory - the meaning of the lyric, as written & sung, is clearly a defense of George Wallace, & specifically of his tenure as the Governor of Alabama. If we can't take it as a given that George Wallace, when he was the Governor of Alabama, was a total racist in both word & deed, then I guess you're right that for some people the word "racist" is meaningless.

Comment 21 May 2015

That's me :) I used to try to engage with rational Michigan fans every once in a while. Sometimes I succeeded, more or less. I think MGoBlog is great, & that Brian is a great writer, even if frequently a dick. I also used to be a regular at Vico's old blog Our Honor Defend.

Comment 12 Mar 2015

Holy shit, I remember Jimmy Ratliff. Didn't Gerald Eaker shoot at Killer's car or something like that?

Comment 11 Mar 2015

This sounds right to me, though it seems there should be quote marks around a lot of it, maybe even a link :) My 1st thought was, well, that's just creating a pain in the ass for somebody else someday, but that's just like me to be thinking of my own lazy needs 1st, ha ha.

On the other hand, I don't know BuckeyeGroove, so I guess it's possible he's got a few acres somewhere, & he/his wife are very knowledgeable & conscientious people, & that they will have done what's needed to ensure that these animals are cared for properly.

My sense of it is that if an animal could *generally* be called *exotic*, & you are just a regular person, then in the vast majority of cases you don't need that animal.

Comment 02 Mar 2015

Ha ha, Jack, well done :)

I cannot, in truth - at least not with certainty.

Comment 01 Mar 2015

Oh, I'm relaxed - like I said, I love you :)

Also, there's nothing at all that bothers me about "off-color" language; I use it all the time. Lots of my comments here include it. I'm also not worried about some kind of reign of terror where users get banned for *unpopular* opinions, or anything like that. I just thought, & think, that you were out of line in the 2 specific instances I mentioned. Like I said, ugly. Not impolite.

Comment 01 Mar 2015

Sometimes people get called idiots because they've done something idiotic - like using their ownership of an online forum to say that another person has a half-inch penis, or to call another person a "miserable pig fucker", over a disagreement about the use of that forum. You made a bad choice when you "chose the latter". I'd be interested to know if any staff member here has ever used words like that towards a user of this site.

Sorry, I love you, Ramzy - & I know I'm risking getting burned by the hotness of this #take - but I couldn't not weigh in. It's ugly.

Comment 24 Feb 2015

Olbermann was right in the 1st place. While $13M is indeed a whole bunch of money - especially free of context - philanthropy is just one of the things that gets done at colleges. PSU & its students deserve no *special* credit.


Comment 24 Feb 2015

The beauty of it is that, aside from teams with the Buckeyes' level of talent, & notwithstanding the randomness of college kids' performances on a given day (both individually & collectively), it doesn't *matter* how much or what kind of work the opposing teams do. Urban & Co. have an adjustment ready for the adjustments you make, & they can do it seamlessly most of the time because all of the adjustments are already part of their *identity*.

Comment 23 Feb 2015

right on this is bullshit :)

Comment 21 Feb 2015

My own opinion about our QBs notwithstanding, I don't like - not one little bit - George Whitfield lobbying for his client Braxton as the starter. His interests would obviously be better served by, say, a Braxton-led Buckeye team that loses in the playoff than they would be by a Cardale/JT-led one that repeats.

Which makes me glad that George Whitfield has exactly zero influence on who starts at QB for the Buckeyes this fall :)