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Sylvania, OH (via Liberty Center, OH)

Member since 30 July 2013 | Blog


  • SPORTS MOMENT: January 3, 2003
  • NFL TEAM: Browns
  • NHL TEAM: Red Wings
  • NBA TEAM: Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: Tigers
  • SOCCER TEAM: Columbus Crew and 'MERICA

Recent Activity

Comment 26 Jul 2017

1.) Being a fair-weather fan is OK.  Sports are entertainment for us and when the entertainment sucks do you keep on watching?  Do you keep on watching a movie, listening to a band, or reading a series of books when the quality has gone completely downhill?

2.) I love Ohio but the state as a whole, when you combine everything, has become a disappointment.

3.) The Beatles were decent at best.

4.) People who buy Macs when a comparable if not better Windows PC is a third of the price are "look-at-me" idiots.

Comment 14 Jul 2017

I think the situation as it pertains to Honda is that, yes, they are paying to have their name appear on banners with past Ohio State greats.  But all that money is going to the athletic department and none of it to the athlete.  

It's easy to argue the "but they get an education and that's the value of their scholarship" point, that is ultimately between the university, the NCAA, and the athlete.  But once outside corporations come in and start throwing money into the mix, that's when things get to be more complex.  And as a business, would you rather pay to have your name sitting next to 2-time Heisman winning Archie Griffin, or just simply sitting next to the block O?  In this case, the company is benefiting by association with the athlete (former or current).  Meanwhile, the athlete gets nothing from this outside financial agreement.

Comment 11 Jun 2017

On the surface I love that idea, but if I'm not mistaken, the NBADL did not exist the last time straight from HS drafts were allowed (or at least wasn't "established" well enough).  That would definitely change the dynamic of a HS player's decision making process.

Pro: More demand for the NBADL and a bigger talent pool.  More cities get teams and overall makes it a more interesting league.

Con (from a college perspective):  Outside of some of the more elite programs, would you rather take 2 years in college or 2 years in the NBADL with a paycheck?  Each salary is roughly equivalent to the cost of a year's worth of tuition, so unless they really care about the education the decision becomes a no-brainer, leaving the college game with a lot less talent.

On top of that, what do you do with a HS player that declares and isn't drafted?  Do they get to still enroll somewhere and play?  Make the draft 3 rounds to accommodate more players?  Either way, a major league/minor league structure is something that gets a more solid base in the NBA world.

Comment 06 Jun 2017

I'll be satisfied with a team that stays in the hunt for a tourney berth.  They don't have to make it (I believe they can), but they have to show they want it instead of rolling over dead for a Rutgers team.  Year 2 is then when the expectations, both in-season and recruiting, really begin.

Comment 05 May 2017

This is making me really curious about how their inventory/pre-order system works.  Like... does it have a finite inventory, and does adding it to my cart remove the inventory so others can't add it?  If so, I've got a perfect way to prank the Balls while also doing people a favor...

Comment 05 May 2017

Don't forget a pair of those $425 jeans with fake dirt caked on them.  Made by a former Nike designer no less.  ("former" should be stressed)

Comment 28 Apr 2017

It doesn't help any that the Balls' brand has the biggest train wreck of a mission statement that I've ever seen:

BIG BALLER BRAND is a Lifestyle Apparel company founded on core family values, and inspired by the 3 Ball brothers from Chino Hills, California.
Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo Ball are basketball players with Championship pedigree.
We are always striving for excellence through strong work ethic, passion, and commitment to win as a team. 
Our company goal and purpose is to deliver the same qualities into the brand. 
We are dedicated to produce the highest quality products to build brand loyalty.
Our mission is to provide a clothing line that is a reflection of what every Big Baller in the world expresses through what they wear.
Trust Big Baller Brand as a Lifestyle for the latest in apparel fashion and design for any occasion.
Welcome to our family. 

Comment 13 Feb 2017

Not to be THAT guy, but Vessel was their third album, but first as a signed band.  First one was self-titled and has the style similar to Vessel (can be found on Spotify), but a tad more unpolished.  Second was Regional at Best and a third of those songs ended up being re-worked and ended up on Vessel.  That one is tough to find since their agreement with Fueled by Ramen all but removed it from reality.  It's worth tracking down (Reddit has some people sharing through Dropbox) if you want to hear original versions of Ode to Sleep, Car Radio, and the like.