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MEMBER SINCE   December 06, 2011


  • COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER: My favorite brother in law who played D-1 until he tore his ACL.
  • NFL TEAM: Washington Redskins. But not their owner.
  • NHL TEAM: 1) Washington Caps 2) Detroit Red Wings
  • NBA TEAM: Don't care. Nuke
  • MLB TEAM: 1) Boston Red Sox 2) Boston Red Sox 3) Red Sox
  • SOCCER TEAM: USA Women's team

Recent Activity

Comment 30 Jan 2020

UVA absolutely does not have higher standards for athletes. A friend's daughter was a cheerleader there, and spoke about the many athletes that she knew that had to take the 050 level athlete heavy classes (where 100 level classes are considered freshman level). Dirty secret there was all the scholarship athletes who were still taking freshman level classes their 3rd year (as what they  call it) because they came in unprepared for the rigors of an excellent scholastic university. Blew my mind when she told us that.

Comment 15 Jan 2020
Lived in Lincoln freshman year, '76-'77, 13 girls to a suite. That was a bit tough. By Winter quarter it was down to 11, which helped. Walking through the tundra to classes near South Campus was rough, but we were freshmen. Helped keep the freshman 15 at bay a little, ha. Hiking to Papa Joe's took a while, but that didn't stop us. All in all, a great experience.
Comment 25 Oct 2019
Such an important issue. OSU daughter's best friend's dad (who was my daughter's favorite dad of all her friends' dads) was an acclaimed surgeon here in the DC area, graduate of TSUN and UVA med school, long story short, was diagnosed with a type of cardiomyopathy where the heart muscle hardens, leaving one with the distinct possibility of dropping suddenly from a heart attack or fainting spell. He had to give up his practice, as you can't be in the middle of a complicated surgery and drop to the floor. He went into a terrible depression, became an alcoholic, went to a rehab facility just for doctors more than once. His marriage crumbled. One lovely Fall day, during daughter's sophomore year in college ten years ago, he hung himself from the big old oak tree in their back yard with the rope from the swing that he had set up in the branches there years before. My daughter's friend found him. That act shattered his four kids, all with a variety of negative effects. Daughter's friend has been dating effed up guys since then, guys that need to be "fixed"- because she couldn't fix her father. Her sister is anorexic-couldnt control her dad's issues so she controls her body. Older brother has rage and drug issues that he didn't have before his dad died. Younger brother moved as far away as possible as soon as he could, because he couldn't deal with the family dynamics. I wish this brilliant, funny, acclaimed, beloved life saver of a man who loved his children with his whole heart and soul had realized what his one act would do to his children. He was in pain and probably thought their lives would be better without him. He was wrong. Oh, and his autopsy revealed that he did NOT have cardiomyopathy after all.
Comment 31 Aug 2019
Watched the Fox pre-game and half-time shows today. Will be watching them every Saturday, so long ESPN Gameday! (I will miss the great signs though...) I enjoyed the easy camaraderie on the set, and the vibe. I thought Urban looked relaxed and comfortable, both with his assignment and with his cohorts. Matt and Reggie especially looked happy to have him with them. I'm looking forward to watching them this season. And I love me some Gus Johnson and Joel Klatt.
Comment 31 Aug 2019
Sigh, sounds like our garage in Northern Virginia. My husband has somehow turned it into his man cave with the decorating you have described. I don't think I will ever get my car in the garage again.
Comment 09 Mar 2019

So many good pieces of advice on here!  As a long time resident here (married an Arlingtonian), I would say the Wharf is a great area to check out. Caps hockey games are great fun, as is Chinatown, the area around the Caps Center. Nothing better than a Nationals baseball game in the Summer. If you are into pro soccer (men's), D.C. United is very popular. The Redskins are popular, their owner, not so much. He is deeply, deeply unpopular. He has pretty much wrecked the team. Annapolis and the beaches are great. The museums are great. The local Buckeye alumni club is one of the best. They usually have 4 places for OSU football viewing parties, based on locations in the DMV. There are a bazillion Big 10 alumni in the area (including UM, Maryland and PSU especially), almost everyone here is from someplace else. There also are a lot of SECers, whatever. Harris Teeter and Wegmans grocery stores are best, and the DC Costco carries booze. Real estate prices are horrid. Having lived in both the NYC and DC suburbs, this Ohio girl would pick DC every.single.time. But I have to admit, if I could, I would move back to Columbus, if my husband and daughters were amenable to that.

Comment 22 Feb 2019

Yeah, he couldn't tell any of his guy friends, and he knew I would just laugh at him but not question his sexuality. Although I did tell him that it had to be a pretty dark bar and/or he had to have had a couple drinks too many to not figure things out sooner.

Comment 21 Feb 2019

An ex boyfriend of mine (I'm female) that I was still friends with after our breakup (he finished grad school when I was a senior and moved halfway across the country) came back to Columbus for some meeting, so we had dinner together. Turned out he had been on some interesting dates.  He met a beautiful woman who looked like she could be a model in a bar, they hit it off, he ended up going home with her. Turned out she was a male transvestite. He figured it out when he felt the guy's umm, arousal. He couldn't get out of there fast enough. I laughed and laughed. The expression on his face while he was telling his story was priceless. How he didn't figure things out before that point is still surprising to me. That was in the early 80's .

Comment 21 Feb 2019

Go, Fight, Win CalPoppy! Prayers for you to beat this, your family and friends to see you healed, and your medical team who will be working with you to get you past this bump in the road. Go Bucks, Go CalPoppy!

Comment 14 Feb 2019
Maryland would like to have a word with you in regards to dominant lacrosse states. You can't lump Calvert Hall in with teams from Georgia or Texas, as it is in the traditional Baltimore/DC corridor lacrosse hotbed area. But yes, CH is a private school, as are most of the upper tier lacrosse schools in the area. They actively recruit the public school players. The private schools also play more games per season, have a higher level of competition, and have more visibility with college coaches as compared to the public schools in the area. Regardless, lacrosse (boys and girls) is huge in Maryland and Northern Viginia.
Comment 14 Feb 2019
Too bad the 12th ranked men's lacrosse team won't be playing before the Spring Game this year, as they have in the past. It gave great exposure to the team and the game of men's lacrosse, which is a lot of fun to watch.
Comment 07 Feb 2019

 Perhaps Schiano is more suited as a DC in the NFL versus a HC. I hope he does well with the Pats.

Comment 07 Feb 2019

It is a messy business, for sure. I believe that Urban said a couple of years ago that some kids won't even look at your program or attend your camp (if you want to further evaluate them) without an offer, especially down South. It may not affect the 5 stars, as everyone wants them, and they can toy with the system. But for those further down the food chain, it must be pretty stressful trying to discern what offers are commitable. That doesn't even take into account when a kid accepts an offer from a school and then gets the cold shoulder with a coaching change, or a higher level recruit gains traction with the coaches and the kid ends up odd man out. Very messy.

Comment 30 Jan 2019

I'm from Bowling Green, but graduated from OSU. I was a sophomore then.  I remember how cold it was that winter, it seemed like the temperature was always between 15 and 25 degrees. When it got up to 40 degrees and sunny, people started breaking out shorts. Lots of snow, but nothing like BG. They had snow drifts up to the second floor, the town was isolated even though I-75 runs right by it, the toilets and water failed in the dorms (ewww), cafeterias ran out of food since the delivery trucks couldn't get into BG, I-75 was closed, classes were cancelled, I think they had to call out the National Guard to help open the interstate, what a mess.

Comment 25 Jan 2019

NOOOOOOOOOO!!! That means the Redskins (AKA Deadskins), who have practically destroyed every quarterback who has played for them after RGIII, would take him, Lord, I wouldn't wish that on anyone. Let them destroy Kyler Murray, not Dwayne. Their organization is absolutely the worst. The.Worst. And this is from the wife of a long time home grown disgusted Redskins fan who barely watches their games anymore.

Comment 15 Nov 2018

As much as I love Columbus (would move back in a second if Mr. SBM and kids would agree), it makes sense that Amazon is locating in Crystal City VA. Bezos owns the Washington Post, has a huge, multi million dollar house in DC, and AWS (Amazon Web Service) is just killing it in the federal marketplace, and is helping Amazon stock climb even higher. In addition, 70 percent of ALL internet traffic goes through Ashburn VA (a suburb of DC). There are data centers all over the place here, along with a large, highly educated IT  workforce. Reagan National Airport is at most, a couple of miles away. While it will bring thousands of high paying jobs, roads/transportation and housing affordability issues will be even more exacerbated than they already are now.

Comment 21 Sep 2018

I absolutely agree.When people cry wolf (women or men), it makes it that much more difficult for those who truly are dealing with DV (or rape).to be heard, and to be believed.