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from Middletown, Ohio.

MEMBER SINCE   October 16, 2010

Proud Ohioan proudly serving in the world's greatest navy.


  • SPORTS MOMENT: Watching the 2002 championship game onboard the USS Barry, with about 6 other Buckeyes. It was awesome!
  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: Tie between Ryan Shazier and Troy Smith.
  • NFL TEAM: Cleveland Browns.
  • MLB TEAM: L.A. Dodgers.

Recent Activity

Comment 08 Jan 2020

Never been to Marbella, but if you are interested in a road trip I would suggest Sevilla. Beautiful city. It has the castle used as Dorne in Game of Thrones, the largest cathedral in the world (besides The Vatican), offers informative walking tours, horse buggy tours, and great places to eat. Malaga is also a renown beach town. Ronda is a spot locals go to sight see in a more mountainous area. Definitely partake in the Sangria. You can also travel to Algeciras and take the boat to Morocco. Southern Spain tends to be windy so bring a jacket even if is warm and if traveling to the beach have sunglasses and scarfs for the ladies because the wind is so strong the sand stings your face. Windsurfing is popular in Tarifa and probably Marbella as well. I haven’t been to Gibraltar in years, but  I didn’t like it. They use the British Pound and things are expensive. I don’t recall there being a lot to do outside of the rock and the monkeys steal your food, bags, shiny things and can react violently if provoked. But, I haven’t been in over 15 years.  If traveling by road highways begin with A instead of I. Toll roads begin with AP. Tolls tend to be fairly steep compared to most places in the states and parking is really expensive. It could cost upwards of 50 Euro to park in a garage all day depending on the city. Using public transportation or even cabs could be cheaper so do your homework. If you do get a car rental it should be cheaper in the winter months. Last thing it tends to rain a lot in the winter, at least on the southwestern coast. 

Comment 10 Nov 2019

Personally I would be a little disappointed if he ran up the score because he thought they told the NCAA. I would imagine a coach has an obligation to report a violation, so I don’t think snitching is the right term. Now if Maryland waited to report so that he would be suspended specifically for this game, I can understand running up the score. But, to do it because they did what they are required to do is childish and petty. Also I will say that something sounds fishy with his story. If it was a family friend, why didn’t his parents take out the loan? He could have still paid it back through his parents if they didn’t have the money. I don’t understand that. I hope this all blows over soon and doesn’t affect the team too much the rest of the season. Go Bucks!

Comment 10 Jul 2019

I would suggest doing a walking tour in Barcelona. You can learn a lot of the history of the city and country. We did a hop on hop off tour in Paris and found that enjoyable as well. 

Comment 20 Mar 2019

I disagree that it doesn’t matter who is playing. Some people will come just to see a player of his caliber, some people will become life long fans of the Angels due to his efforts on the field, some people will visit the Angels website to view highlights of him playing or read news about him. All of these affect the Angels’ bottom line. If he didn’t affect their income, they would not pay him according ly. Maybe you misunderstood my previous statement. I understand the team pays the park employees, my point was that they hire employees according to how many people visit the ballpark and Trout puts people in the seats. 

Comment 20 Mar 2019

Personally, I say get your money! The problem with any of these contracts aren't the players getting the money, the problem lies with the owners giving the money. If the Angels have a horrible team because they paid too much to one player, it isn't Trout's fault, it is the owner's for giving him the contract. If the money isn't being spent in the most valuable way, again it is the owner's fault. The only person that should be blamed for any financial woes the Angels have start and stop with the man or woman cutting the checks. I think people comparing this to a CEO's salary is off the mark. Mike Trout employs people. There are park employees who have jobs because of the butts Mike Trout brings to the Angels' ballpark and when traveling to opponents' parks. Not to mention any personnel he has on his staff, his financial personnel, his agent, and so forth.

Comment 10 Mar 2019

Take in as many museums as possible and check out Ledo’s Pizza, in my opinion the best chain store pizza I’ve had. Also, check out the embassy tour they offer. I believe it happens this time of the year where all the embassies offers tours and signature food dishes from their countries. 

Comment 29 Dec 2018

I’m so happy Michigan fans coming up with lame excuses for their sorry coach. He either has lost his touch or was a product of his assistants because he is not getting the job done anymore. Michigan isn’t losing due to high academic standards. He didn’t have high standards at Stanford? Recruiting isn’t the issue, he has a national recruiting base and there are plenty of successful schools who don’t recruit at the level of Michigan. And they have spades of NFL talent on their roster. If their coordinators are the problem it is due to the head coach not holding them accountable or not hiring the right personnel. Players are quitting because they are tired of the same silly ass mantras and losing the most important games. They came there expecting national championship runs and conference titles and are finally seeing that neither of those are going to happen. The games has passed him bye and he isn’t willing, or able, to make the necessary changes to ensure success. Personally I want him to quit before he wins a game against us because it would be the ultimate humiliation for their fan base. Go Bucks! 

Comment 02 Dec 2018

I see your points, but I totally disagree. Personally, I think they should have a 16 team playoff. I think they should include all the conference winners and the rest as at large teams. There are currently 10 conferences so that would leave 6 at large teams. They could base each seed on their current rankings and let them go at it. It would allow the smaller schools to get their shot at the big boys, include more power 5 teams in the mix, and increase overall viewership.  They can incorporate the bowls like they do now. I think this would be the most fair system. And I disagree that possibility of playing Michigan twice would lessen The Game because I would love to see them beaten twice especially with even higher stakes.

Comment 14 Sep 2018

I've visited, but only for a day for a bus tour of Bruges. I can't say I can offer much when it comes to the people or culture, but I will say if you get a chance to visit Bruges. My wife and I enjoyed it immensely. We took a walking tour around town, visited the Chocolate Museum, and just ran in and out of the shops. I found most people there to be friendly, but I believe that most of the folks we encountered were tourists.  Like most cities in Europe, it was very walkable.  It is definitely a country I would like to visit again. The other awesome part is it isn't too far from the Netherlands, France, Germany, and Luxembourg. I imagine it wouldn't cost a lot to travel to those places, but I don't know for sure. Enjoy your time, I lived in Spain for a few years and I found most Europeans to be family orientated and very nice. I think they view life a little differently than here in the U.S. Good luck!

Comment 23 Aug 2018

I think you guys are missing the point of the suspension. He was suspended because Urban and/or Gene should have reported the incident regardless of if charges were filed. You have to let the appropriate personnel decide what/what not should be done. 

Comment 02 Aug 2018

If this has already been stated and I missed it, then I apologize. I watched her interview and a couple things stood out. The first is that after she stated she told no one about the physical abuse until after their separation in 2015. Two, she stated that they had attending counseling, if I remember her wording correctly it seemed like multiple times. I bring these up for these reasons. Firstly, no one would if he was hitting her until after the final abuse happened. I think most people are looking at this situation from present to past instead of past to present. If looking at it from past to present he looks like a guy who got drunk and hit his wife 6 years after the last incident and no other physical abuse happened. If looking at it from present to past he had a bunch of non-physical incidences with his ex-wife (typical of an abuser), physically assaulted her, and had other non-physical abuses against her. Urban admitted he knew about 2009, I would say it wouldn't be a stretch of the imagination to say he knew they had a rocky relationship. I would also say he probably knew they were going through counseling to work on their problems. My guess is he probably thought Smith was a crappy husband, but that they were trying to work through their issues. Not a reason to fire a guy. Shelley's messages could refer to physical abuse or the fact that she thought Smith was an asshole. The messages from the other lady could refer to the fact that Urban doesn't think Smith's ex-wife is crazy and not necessarily any proof that Urban knew of any physical abuse. They could also mean that Smith denied the stalking or taking the son or any of number of things. We have to look at things in chronological order and not use hindsight to fill in gaps to prove our position. Personally, I think if Urban knew this guys was abusing his wife and didn't let him go, he should be fired.

Comment 23 Jul 2018

I haven’t read all the posts, but my problem lies with the fact that Urban has suspended players (Hyde comes to mind) for putting themselves in a position in which they are portrayed in a bad light. He has to at the very least suspend Smith. I don’t know if he is guilty, but I do know that if are in a situation in which you think physical force is needed to protect yourself due to an argument with your wife, you probably missed several chances to stop arguing and walk away. I also know that after serving my country for almost 20 years you have an obligation as a leader of men and women to take that opportunity to let the situation de escalate. Personally I believe he should be fired and to move on unless Urban is willing to stand up publically and stand by his man. 

Comment 07 May 2018
Good call on Clemens, surprised more people didn't pick him. I left him off after throwing the bat a Piazza, who happened to be one of my top 5 all-time favorite players.
Comment 06 May 2018

I think it is Haskins due to the scholarship crunch. Personally I think they are both great, but I think that the fact we are two scholarships over the limit will play into the decision. I would like to see Burrows get the start being an Ohio kid and a little more athletic, but I would also like to see Haskins win it so we can see less QB runs and see the full potential of our WRs. Either way I think we will have a great year. Go Bucks! 

Comment 06 May 2018

Love your team. I guess if I had a full rotation it would be Pedro, Nolan Ryan, The Big Unit, Maddux, and Clayton Kershaw. Bullpen would be Eckersley, Mariano Rivera, Lee Smith. 

Comment 06 May 2018

I can’t believe I totally forgot about Mr. Padre. He and Ichiro probably the two best hitters of my lifetime. Correction they are definitely the two best. 

Comment 06 May 2018

I was a big fan of Eddie Murray growing up. Real consistent, I think he had something like 15 years in a row hitting 20 homers and 75 RBI. Palmeiro another great choice.

Comment 06 May 2018

Vlad was awesome. He was my second choice. He and Raul Mondesi had such great arms. Nice team.

Comment 07 Apr 2018

I watched the episodes where Michigan lost, which were quite a few, and these are my thoughts. The first is that Harbaugh doesn’t seem to be a great motivator. When he speaks he hesitates a lot and kind of seem lost for words, sometimes. Second thought was how much you can tell, the coaches didn’t believe in Okorn. I can’t blame them, but you can tell it was more of a okay let us but on a brave face instead of we believe he can make plays to help us win. Thirdly, Pep, whatever his name is, seems just as weird as Harbaugh. 

Comment 19 Mar 2018

It is a little dated now, but I think Audition is one of the best horror movies ever.  It is about a widower who holds an audition to find a new partner. He finds one and of course things go astray. The first hour is pretty slow, but the next hour makes up for it. If you haven’t seen it, check it out you won’t be disappointed unless you don’t like foreign movies.