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MiamiBuckeye

North Miami, FL

MEMBER SINCE   September 15, 2016

I'm an adjunct instructor at Florida International University, recently graduated with an MFA in Creative Writing. Never been to Ohio but my family is a Buckeye family so I bleed Scarlet and Gray.

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Comment 13 May 2019

Disagreed, somewhat, on the ending of Boardwalk Empire. 

While it was incredibly disappointing that they cut the show short (we skipped past Arnold Rothstein's death, the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, the Atlantic City Conference, and a bunch of other momentous moments in Gangland/prohibition history), the actual ending works perfectly. Nucky's original sin (selling out the girl who looked to him as a guardian in exchange for the power he desperately craved) comes back to do him in. That's what Aristotle calls "unexpected but inevitable." 

Comment 13 May 2019

I felt very bad for everyone involved, with the exception of Cersei who died far too peacefully for all the suffering and hardship she's been directly and indirectly responsible for. I think this episode powerfully captured how often war can erode any moral distinctions between sides. While no one should be surprised to see the Dothraki up to their old tricks or see a bloodlusted Greyworm lead his Unsullied on a rampage, the Northern Armies absolutely lost all semblance of discipline or restraint (the moment where that one Northerner even tries to attack Jon for intervening is especially telling--the guy recognized his king and didn't care, he wasn't going to let anything stop him from looting and raping), and these are the supposed "honorable" Northerners we've been rooting for from day one. 

Basically there were no good guys or bad guys in this fight, only the victors, the defeated, and the innocent civilians caught in the crossfire. 

I write historical fiction too, just finished writing a horror story set in WW2 Belgium. 

Comment 12 May 2019

Dabo just reminds me of one of those Megachurch preachers who bleed their congregations dry of money to buy themselves a third private jet. 

No questioning his coaching acumen, but I think as a person he strikes me as a complete phony

Comment 12 May 2019

Mike Leach and it's not really close. 

PJ Fleck I also like. Some people don't care much for his showmanship, but I think that kind of energy and hype is necessary if you're trying to jumpstart a boring program like Minnesota. 

Comment 10 May 2019

I also get annoyed when I see how much college coaches are paid. As an adjunct instructor at FIU I teach something like 125 students a semester and get paid what amounts to 60 dollars per student per semester, meanwhile each of those students is paying 6 grand a semester to the school in tuition. And at the same one head football coach Butch Davis is getting paid upwards of a million dollars per year while the FIU athletics department operates at a loss year after year. At least at Ohio State football turns a profit, but I don’t think it’s worth it. Many might disagree with me, but I believe there should be across the board salary caps on coaching salaries, with different and commensurate caps for FCS, G5, and P5 respectively 

Comment 06 May 2019

A couple thoughts on how this is all probably going to play out: 

Some of my friends took Jaime's speech as a declaration of him returning to Cersei, and maybe Brienne took it that way too, but while I do think he's returning to Cersei, he's only going back to kill her. He was trying to make sure Brienne wouldn't follow him because he knows he's not coming back from this. Because GoT loves its callbacks and poetic justice, I think Jaime and Cersei will die in each other's arms. Jaimie will embrace Cersei and then jump off the ramparts of the Red Keep with her, falling down just like when they were kids and they dared each other to jump into the ocean. 

It follows that Arya won't kill Cersei, though she'll certainly try. Arya isn't going to get to off two big bads. She might die in the attempt, but I think she'll at least kill someone. Not Quyburn, since he's going to get shived by the little birds who have always been loyal to Varys, and probably not the Mountain, because the Hound will take care of him. So who does that leave? Euron, maybe? But then Euron probably has to be killed either by Dany/Drogon or by Yara. So I'm really not sure who Arya is going to kill. Dany, maybe? 

Again speaking of Cersei, some people seem to believe that the showrunners are going to pull one over on us and have Cersei win. I don't see that happening, even though this last episode seemed to tip the balance of power decidedly in her favor. The series loves its prophecies, and Cersei has been prophesied to be deposed by a younger, more beautiful queen. Cersei originally took this to mean Marjory Tyrell, and most fans have always assumed that it referred to Dany, but I'm actually starting to think it refers to Sansa. Of all the non-Lannister characters, Sansa has had the closest relationship to Cersei and probably the most animosity. When Sansa was still an innocent girl she saw Cersei as her protector, and Cersei instead ruined her life and tried to have her killed when she really didn't do anything but play her role as a hostage. I can envision a scenario where Dany dies in the battle for King's Landing (or goes mad and is killed by Jon/Arya/Tyrion) and Jon doesn't want to rule, so Sansa steps in as the only qualified person left with any acumen for ruling, and possibly she gets to personally oversee Cersei's execution (again though, I think Jaimie kills Cersei). 

Comment 03 May 2019

I think in the long term we don't want Ohio State to be the only team in the Big Ten that people take seriously. It's impossible to overstate how much Alabama benefits from the perception of the SEC being elite from top to middle (and decent still at the bottom). 

Alabama could probably lose two games and still be on the playoff bubble come late November. Ohio State has to be undefeated (or have its one loss be a close one to a ranked team) to have a shot at the playoffs by comparison, because the committee doesn't see the B1G like it sees the SEC. 

Comment 03 May 2019

Dabo Swinney.

His used car salesman/televangelist personality would be grating enough if it weren't for the fact that he's corrupt AF and is a sore winner. Probably a racist too, though I've no evidence of that. 

Comment 02 May 2019

4250 all purpose yards--3400 in the air and 800 on the ground, 50 receiving yards from a trick play in a postseason game. 33 passing touchdowns, 11 rushing touchdowns, 1 receiving touchdown (from the aforementioned trick play), 8 interceptions, 65% completion percentage on the season. 

Comment 02 May 2019

I guess the best advice I could give is to always start with a plan. You need to know how your book will unfold before you write page 1, and while the plan can change as you write it, there should be some kind of roadmap in place. 

I also find it helpful to always keep Aristotle's principles of plotting in mind: audiences are interested by things that surprise them but that are at the same time expected (unexpected but inevitable, he calls it), and at some point in the story there must be a moment of recognition, a turning point where one character learns something about another character that leads to a change in alignment and a decision. 

Comment 02 May 2019

Yes. 

I just got a small poetry book published this year, which I'm looking at as a tiny stepping stone to bigger and better things. Currently querying literary agents for the first book in a series of epic fantasy novels.