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MEMBER SINCE   May 07, 2014


  • SPORTS MOMENT: 2002 National Championship
  • NFL TEAM: The Browns
  • NBA TEAM: The Cavs
  • MLB TEAM: The Indians

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Comment 29 Jun 2020

I get what you're saying, but I disagree that your suggested outcome of outing someone as "bigoted and a fool" is in any way sufficient.

We cannot ignore unacceptable conditions or behavior just because it interferes with our blissful enjoyment of our favorite spectator sport. The criticism that Pryor is "politicizing" something that is directly affecting his life is what allows racist hate to be expressed and thrive in a consequence free environment. It places the responsibility of dealing with the feelings inspired by the comments on those to whom harm was intended ... which oh-by-the-way compounds the damage by reinforcing the idea that society doesn't think that he's worth protecting from this horseshit.

Also, there is an insidious gaming of the system by bad faith actors that says "debate me" and "marketplace of ideas" that really functions as cover for those shitty ideas to be expressed in public and gives the opportunity for those ideas to find a home - in the hearts of those they are intending to harm and in the minds of those they are trying to recruit. We have the ability as a society to agree that there are ideas that fall below the standard of discourse that we are willing to accept, and that we should protect those who are vulnerable.  

As previously noted, freedom of speech is not freedom from consequences and some racist p.o.s. saying racist p.o.s. things does not deserve to be debated in public ... the debate's been had, either skip to the consequences or we're forced to acknowledge that the ones being protected are the racists.

Comment 28 Jun 2020

Posts on social media made "outside" the boundaries of the school itself do not stay outside the school. Freely expressed racist beliefs jump those borders and contribute to an attitude or atmosphere that accompanies all those who read or are aware of the posts into the school. I would suggest that to tell those who are targeted to "ignore it because it happened on summer break" is placing an unfair burden on them, and further that those who have taken to social media to spew hate will have succeeded in creating a hostile environment. That is something that a school should rightfully be able to address. 

Comment 22 Jun 2020

If you watched the game, then this is the only possible correct answer. The other (bad) games were disappointments, but were obvious from early in the contest. You're watching the game and feeling "they just don't have it today" ... you've basically got 4 quarters to get used to the idea that it's happening.. 

MSU 98 - there's no way we're not winning that game ... until we didn't. Just an absolute punch in the junk. F msu forever for that.

Comment 18 Jun 2020

To be fair, if your recruiting classes are consistently in the #10 - #15 range, bringing that talent in year after year means a good enough quality of players that your teams should be consistently in the top 10, year after year ... that's a lot better than second or third rate. That's a team that should make a twice-a-decade appearance in the playoffs when it all syncs up.

That said, i agree  - F*** TTUN. F*** Tennessee. Go Bucks!

Comment 03 Jun 2020

I don't see how you can look at the university environment and the racial make up of the team(s) and come to the conclusion that it's optional to deal with racial issues. 

While he is a football coach and that part of the job description is clear, he is at a university and not in the NFL. If you want to "stay out" of it in the NFL and let the adult millionaires on your team speak to social issues, fine (i don't agree, but fine) ... but he's taken the roll of coaching and educating student athletes which means that education and discussion of these issues is part of the mission of you and your employer. His overall refusal to articulate a supportive position for his players, much less for all those in society advocating for change, speaks volumes about who he is as a human being.

Comment 03 Jun 2020

Of course they are in a unique position compared to the rest of us. Nobody on twitter is asking why I haven't issued a statement, and for good reason, nobody outside of my own house gives a shit what I think, and even that varies from day to day.

All football coaches at every level have a huge responsibility to the teams that they lead. More so when they have an enormous platform from which to speak out and be heard. 

Comment 05 May 2020

rates of testing, racial composition of populations (look at the death rate for native americans), accuracy of reporting, cause-of-death assignment standards, hospital beds per capita, average income .... 

... but you can look at year-on-year expected deaths.

this is an avoidable shitshow.

Comment 05 May 2020

because you're having a debate by yourself, asking open ended questions without providing answers ... as if that proves a point ...It does not.

To answer (partially) your questions ... different states report cases differently ... states categorize deaths according to different rules. Testing varies state by state, but is unquestionably inadequate everywhere. In other words we don't know what we don't know and we won't be able to answer those questions until far after the fact.

The people on this forum don't owe you an answer or the education that seem to have missed in your life up until this point. If you actually read a cross section of credible news sources and not reddit conspiracy theory pages, then you would understand that due to this illness a lot of people are dying who would not have ordinarily died, and a lot of those are because measures to stop the spread were not take sooner. what the fuck else is it you need to know?

Comment 28 Feb 2020

I don't care what you said b/c this is a message board and not real life (and though I'm a browns fan I have complicated feelings about Baker Mayfield), but if you don't see how your comments quoted above would clearly and obviously be received as trolling and mocking from an opposing fan base, then maybe take a second and reconsider. You say "tounge-in-cheek" immediately followed by "I consider that a fairly accurate portrayal" ... to quote Inigo Montoya "I do not think it means what you think it means"

Comment 09 Jan 2020

McLaurin is fast ... very fast ... he's an example of a guy who was clearly capable of producing at a higher level while @ OSU but for whatever reason didn't. I was expecting a lot of production from Mack, he runs great routes and had good hands (with the exception of 1 or 2 conspicuous games). I'd bet that when they all run their 40's he's in the 4.6 range and a bit slow to get consistently open in the NFL.

Comment 26 Nov 2019

It'll happen some day ...they can be right 1/12 just like a broken clock.

That said ... I am an abused child of the Cooper years and I will NEVER take a win for granted. Every year I am mentally prepared for the worst ... had my heart stomped on too many times.

Comment 21 Nov 2019

Second your Jos A Bank comment, but Suit Supply is pretty decent quality, depending on the level you select. 

That said, I'd suggest that a made-to-measure or bespoke option is the WORST choice for a first time suit buyer ... you don't know what you don't know, so how are you going to make the detailed choices that are required? You can spend $1000 for MTM or $2500 and up for bespoke and get some gawd awful thing that looks like it belongs on the set of Jersey Shore (is that still a thing?)

Comment 21 Nov 2019

I have a lot of suits, more than i need for the line of work I'm in, because I love them, how they're made, and the quality of a fully canvased, hand finished, well tailored suit is a thing of beauty. I have never paid more that $1000 for a suit, but that's because I'm extremely careful on what I buy, from where, and for how much, but some of my suits would retail for $4k. You do get what you pay for, but expensive does not necessarily equal quality. 

My advice on those new to suit buying is as follows: 

1. Fit is the most important element in a suit ... which leads to:

2. Get to know your tailor. A good tailor is more than someone who shortens pants hems ... they can adjust nearly element of a suit so that it fits you as it should. In this, you will REALLY get what you pay for, so read online reviews critically and find someone who knows how to deal with tailored clothing. I've paid as much as $200 to have a jacket adjusted, but they practically took it apart and put it back together ... his rates were high, but the seamstress in the corner of your local dry cleaner could NOT have helped. 

3. Fit is most important, but particularly in the shoulders ... this is the aspect you need to nail and by far the most difficult to alter after the fact. Do not get something too big, everything will hang wrong and you'll look like you're wearing your dad's clothes. Do not get something too small, the suit will pull, be uncomfortable and the seams will be the worse for it. Try on lots of jackets, figure out what is truly too small, as a well-fitted suit can feel snug the first time you wear it, but your perceptions adjust.

4. Buy off the rack unless you're very oddly proportioned. Different labels will cut for different shapes, so figure out "who" fits you. If you want to go a bit custom, do investigate Suit Supply, they have pretty good quality for made-to-measure (which is not a custom bespoke suit). 

5. Your first suit should either be a medium/dark blue or a medium/charcoal gray ... get one of each. No stripes or plaids as you build your suit wardrobe ... they are more formal and less versatile. Stripes and plaids are ALWAYS on sale ... stay strong.

6. Try to stay with 100% wool, for durability and longevity. Worsted wool or super 100's will be more durable than super 120's or higher.

7. Quality of suits varies highly and mass retailers (Macy's), tend to carry the lowest quality examples. You can get a gorgeous, fully canvased super 120's suit by Eidos for $500 or less if you shop online from someplace like SaksOff5th ... you can spend $500 for a garbage Calvin Klein white label at Macy's.  I actually like the quality of stuff at Banana Republic ... much higher quality than you would expect for the price point, and their shirts are pretty good too.

Comment 11 Nov 2019

Maybe he's better than 2018 Haskins, but that's not the choice ... we had a better QB in 2018 with Haskins, and We'll have a better 2020 QB with Fields ... and this year we are not being held back by QB play. While the ideal scenario was that Burrow would have stayed here and played for us this year like he's playing at LSU with Fields getting ready to take over next year, that was NEVER going to happen. So you get 3 years of excellent QB play in exchange for this year of Burrow ... I make that trade every time. 

Comment 07 Nov 2019

I’d take Drew Brees if drafting ... that kid was a witch at Purdue. Put him on those Florida teams and he’d destroy all of college football. 

Comment 07 Nov 2019

I’d take Drew Brees if drafting ... that kid was a witch at Purdue. Put him on those Florid teams and he’d destroy  

Comment 08 Oct 2019

I mean ... it's fine ... Do I agree with his order? No, but I agree with the content of his top 3 and his top 8 overall. In the world of a playoff system I only start to care if he has us outside the top 4 ... and even then it's a long season and things will change. Not all of that top 8 are going to be undefeated at the end of the season so the order will right itself - so #1 is a symbolic honor at this point in the season regardless

Plus, they kicked our asses the last time we played and I'm not going to make an argument against them until we return the favor and prove it on the field. 

Comment 07 Oct 2019

 I was once in a social circle that included a guy who played tight end for Ohio state near the start of John Cooper's tenure - he would tell stories about starters who arrived looking like superheroes who never picked up a weight or made it through a position group meeting awake ... Marlon Kerner is a name that comes to mind but I'm not positive about that? 

Regardless, the point of the stories was that even among a super talented group of athletes there are those who were given more gifts and there are those who make the most of what they were given ... and that those are not necessarily the same people. Whenever a kid comes to Ohio State who flashes the markers of greatness but then doesn't ascend to that level I just assume that he doesn't have the recipe of talent and work ethic and pixie dust... it's not that he's a bad kid or isn't working hard (and is likely working harder than I ever have) ... just that all the pieces for success don't align. This seems like one of those situations. 

Comment 04 Sep 2019

it's a bit of a shock to go for a burger at lunch and come back to the office smelling like an ash tray.

Comment 04 Sep 2019

New Riff is ... not good. At least the 4 year that I sampled.

Admittedly my palate is not as refined as some when it comes to brown spirits, but i found it quite harsh despite the positive hype, and I'd softened myself up with a flight of single barrel before hand. 

I was in the 513 from 2016-2018 and if there is one thing that I miss it is the many excellent bourbon bars just across the river.