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Shark 4


MEMBER SINCE   June 13, 2019

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Comment 16 Feb 2020

Indeed but not terrible.

First, the Bucks finished after 10 pm last night and had to come back for a 3:30 match today. Tough ask.

Second, OSU is a VERY young team while UNC is an experienced team. OSU is likely to improve a LOT between now and the end of the season NCAA outdoor championships.

The biggest surprise of the tournament was scUM. Two upset wins to get to the semifinal and lose a close one to #2 USC. scUM could really push the Bucks this year for the B1G title.

Comment 16 Feb 2020

I tested that out on YouTubeTV.

3 TVs, computer, iPad, iPhone.

5 was OK. 6 was too many. :-) 

That is a plus however. YTTV says only three devices can be used simultaneously but I had 5 going. They may have gotten around to shutting that down but it worked for a while. I was just testing to see if the picture quality was degraded with multiple devices going. It wasn't. 

Comment 16 Feb 2020

#1 Bucks beat #9-seed Wake Forest 4-3 to move into the semifinals. 

Ohio State def. Wake Forest 4-3

The defending Indoors champions live to see another day after outlasting Wake Forest 4-3. The Buckeyes and the Demon Deacons went back and forth in doubles, but eventually OSU prevailed. In singles, Wake Forest stormed back winning on courts three and one. Baadi defeated Boulais 6-2, 6-3. Next, Botzer downed No. 19 McNally 6-4, 6-3. The Buckeyes bounced back and tied the match two all after Kingsley won a three-set nail biter, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 7-5. Banthia changed the score in favor of the Demon Deacons with a 6-7(4) 6-0 6-3 victory over Cash. Seelig answered back on court four with a three-set victory over Efstathiou 6-4 5-7 6-1. The match was decided by James Trotter; the sophomore defeated Nava in a tight 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-5 match.

Trotter was also the one who clinched the win over former #1 USC in a dual match between then #1 vs #2 in Columbus.

Sunday Schedule

(2) USC vs (11) Michigan 12:00 PM Courts 
(1) Ohio State vs (4) North Carolina 3:30 PM

Comment 10 Feb 2020

I've done helicopter tours of Kuai, Maui and the Big Island.

You can bet that as a former Army helicopter pilot I was looking for anything that I thought was unsafe. Two of the three pilots (both former Army Warrant Officer pilots like me) let me go thru the pre-flight inspections of their ships with them. 

The third one didn't because he didn't shut down between trips. 

Great rides and very much worth it.

Comment 10 Feb 2020

It has less to do w/court surface, weather, etc than it does with team development.

The Nat'l Indoor is not an NCAA event. It's an ITA event at the beginning of the season.

The Nat'l outdoor is an NCAA event and it's the last event of the season.

That's four months of development/experience for freshmen who come in and play right away. In that 4 mo. period freshmen can work their way up the line-up, say from #6 singles to #3 singles.

And that, of course, brings up match-ups. Two teams can play each other twice but might have completely different line-ups in terms of position. The former #1 guy who lost could drop to #3 in June and win with that different match-up. The same applies to doubles. Different teams, different positions from #1 to #3. 

And of course the 4 mo. season also has injuries that can scramble a line-up.

Beyond that, OSU HAS been successful outdoors. Something like 13 consecutive B1G championships and a consistent qualifier for the NCAAs. Only 16 teams made it and now that has been reduced to 8 with the new super-regional format, like baseball. Last season OSU was the #1 seed but lost in the second round.

Comment 09 Feb 2020

We can hope.

Bucks are defending Nat'l Indoor Champs.

Still haven't broken thru on the NCAA Outdoor, tho they've had two individual Singles Nat'l champions and a doubles NC and two team finalists.

Comment 05 Feb 2020

The best TV manufacturer is TCL. It's actually made by Roku.

I had the TCL 65-inch TV installed on Christmas Eve. Both CNet and Wired Magazine named it the TV of the year. TCL has a history of consistent manufacturing/quality that has held up over the years where others have not. (Visio, LG, etc).

Best Buy had a pre-Christmas special for $700. You may find it cheaper now. 

It is everything I'd hoped it would be. It was part of my cord-cutting strategy with Roku/YouTubeTV. 

Good luck. 

Comment 29 Jan 2020

It's not that easy.

I suspect he was a victim of vertigo (spacial disorientation). Unless it's happened to you it's impossible to understand how fast that can happen even to an experienced pilot. Transition form visual to instrument and back to visual in a matter of seconds will scramble your brain. It's happened to me. Fortunately I had enough altitude to recover and not kill myself.

As to why he didn't "drop straight down," you can't. You already have foreward airspeed. I think the radar showed he was at about 80 kts. cruise. He is suddenly in the clouds. To drop straight down he has to be at zero airspeed. He can't suddenly flare (pull the nose up) to kill off airspeed when he can't see an horizon. That's instant vertigo and loss of control. And zeroing out the airspeed is NOT instant. It takes a few seconds and that's all you need to lose control when you have no ground reference.

The guy flew himself into a box canyon (almost literally) with the lid closed. It was literally a death trap.

Comment 29 Jan 2020

He almost certainly went into IMC (Instrument meteorological conditions). Meaning he flew into the clouds.

Several problems at that point. 1) He's now "illegal." He is not on an instrument flight plan and he is not under air traffic control. He is on an SVFR (Special Visual Flight Rules) clearance which, by definition, means he MUST maintain visual flight, clear of the clouds. 

2) He is in the vicinity of two active airports which are conducting IFR (Instrument Flight Rules) operations and ATC doesn't know he's there. This is how midair collisions happen.

Finding himself completely in the clouds and knowing he has higher ground in front of him and there are other aircraft above him flying IFR, he has no choice but to make a rapid descent, get out of the clouds, regain visual reference and stay clear of the high terrain south of the highway. 

He almost made it.