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jhart

Naperville, IL (by way of Columbus, OH)

MEMBER SINCE   February 21, 2011

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Comment 15 Aug 2019

I find the whole transfer thing/experience with OSU/Alabama vs *ichigan interesting as it's a bit of a view into the mentality of the programs.  I think the actions taken by Ohio State and Alabama show the programs as very confident in their abilities to field competitive teams.  They're not going to block a player who wishes to take his talents elsewhere, and in fact will help them, because they know they will be fine going forward.  Perhaps a rising tide thought process, etc.

*ichigan/Harbaugh on the other hand...the actions perhaps suggest a mindset of low confidence in their ability to field competitive teams.  You want to transfer? Fine.  Good luck.  We're not helping you.

I dunno, just my $0.02.

Comment 28 Mar 2018

I, admittly not the smartest man in the world, was slightly confused by the Skully post and the article it linked to...is it that Tech is building an on campus studio for the ACC Network, or that they are pitching in $10MM for a centrally located studio (assuming along with other member schools)?

The skully read, to me, like the former, but the article read like the latter...maybe I need another pot of coffee...

Comment 14 Mar 2018

Agreed.  I did NOLA for the first, and only, time about 2.5 years ago.

The quarter is worth it just to experience it, but it's a one and done thing.  I wouldn't invest too much time there.

The Bulldog is a cool spot.  The area kind of felt like where young professional natives of NOLA hang out, and it did have a decent tap list when I was there.

If you're into beer, I couldn't recommend Courtyard Brewing more.  It was awesome.  Avenue Pub is cool, and had an eclectic draft list.  NOLA Brewing was better than I anticipated, and - at least at midday - walkable to/from Bulldog.  DBA was cool too, on the edge of the quarter and felt like it was in an art-ish area.

Comment 13 Dec 2017

But save them for Illinois or UNLV. Stop adding distractions to games like Penn State and Michigan that require no manufactured juice. A peaceful world is built upon compromise.

Comment 12 Dec 2017

I think the mystique of the award itself has decreased a bit recently.

Maybe it's a factor of who's won it the last few years (as noted above) and/or...in my opinion, more so...it just goes to the best QB or RB on a winning/the best team.  This makes it incredibly boring.  As the season draws to a close, you pretty much know who's going to win.  I mean...Lamar Jackson has a better year than the year in which he won the Heisman, and he finishes third?  It that a factor of Mayfield and Love being that much better than him, or that his team finished 8-4?

Comment 30 Nov 2017

Weak attempt at humor with a Seinfeld quote ("The worst, Jerry")...I wouldn't classify them as the worst fan base, but they're not great, and not representative of the average Wisconsin folk I've encountered.  Almost Jekyl and Hyde-ish.

I've heard similar about Penn State fans being horrible.

I can only speak about my experience in Madison in 2010, and they were jerks.  The only non-jerk fans I came across were a gray haired couple that set up shop next to my entourage, and we attempted to befriend them and share our tailgating bounty. Not surprisingly they declined...(I would too if I were them, we were half in the bag by the time they showed up!).

When I was in Nebraska last month multiple Nebraska fans I encountered said the same thing about Wisconsin, that hands doen their experience in Madison was the worst for them.  It got to be a joke amongst us, "We like being in the B1G...but Wisconsin...they're terrible." - Nebraska fans.

Comment 30 Nov 2017

And though they've spoiled Ohio State's season a couple times (those that remember the 1980s might say it was more than a couple), I just can't find any hate in the charred apricot that is my heart for the Badgers since Bert Bielema moved to the Ozarks to extort a public university for millions of dollars in buyout money.

I'm assuming you've never been to a game in Madison.

I live about 1.5 hours south of the Cheddar Curtain and will say this...in general the people of Wisconsin are great, the culture up there is great...but Badger fans? The worst, Jerry.

Comment 17 Oct 2017

I was going to post something about this myself...if I was an employee and there was no talk about the future, I wouldn't be feeling too confident.

In my experience there last week, the Nebraska fanbase wants 2 things: Frost for coach (there were a lot of election themed "Frost 2018" t-shirts), and, surprisingly, they're waiting on Osborne to pass away to eliminate his lingering influence on the program (their words).

Comment 16 Oct 2017

I was there last weekend, and would second Pastor's comments. The fan base, and the people of Lincoln in general, were very pleasant.  I received a lot of 'Welcome to Lincoln's while walking around.  I didn't her any negative comments made to either me, or anyone else.  There my have been an odd look, or two, here and there...but those originated from the younger side of the fan base. The people we sat around in the stands were nice, and almost funny in a self-depreciating kind of way (hope you don't beat us by 50, rooting for first downs, etc.).

I thought this was kind of funny...I was curious to get their feedback from a fans perspective on joining the Big Ten.  Across the board they like it from a financial viewpoint, but they all talked about feeling like they're on the outside looking in.  They also talked about how they felt like it was a hit to their recruiting, saying not regularly visiting the Texas schools for games limits their ability to recruit that state.  And the funny thing, everyone I asked the question to finished their comments up with a, "...but Wisconsin...they're terrible." comment...referring to the Badger fan base being less than hospitable to them when they've played there - saying they've never experienced anything like it before.

Comment 22 Aug 2017

In the dozens of trips we have made to Columbus for games, we have flown exactly once. The drive, while boring, is not a difficult one at all, and with all the rigamarole surrounding a flight out of Chicago I think we even save time as well as money. 

100% agree.  15 years ago when you could fly between Chicago and Columbus for $130 round trip made it an easy decision to fly, for me (and, since I was in college and was more than likely not feeling tip top on Sunday morning - didn't want to make that drive).

Now that the expense to fly has crept up combined with when you consider you have to get to the airport 2 hours prior to your flight (MDW security is a wildcard), plus the time it takes to actually get to the airport, you're basically in Indianapolis (halfway there) if you would've driven.