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Comment 12 Mar 2020

From what I'm reading the "quarantine" is being treated kind of how we treat a level X snow emergency.  

You're not "supposed" to be out, and most people are staying in.  But they're not going to shoot you on site or anything ridiculous, if you need to go out you can.  The bigger difference will be that they're only allowing pharmacies and grocery stores to be open.  

As others have said, the biggest things you can do are wash your hands, use hand sanitizer, avoid large groups (especially in enclosed places), and stay home if you're sick or have been exposed to someone who is.    

Comment 12 Mar 2020

Glad to hear it wasn't something more serious.  

Hope the guy takes better care of himself.... Even ignoring the obvious scare with Carona out there; looked like he might keel over at any moment out there.  Can't be that helpful, and even if not Carona I dunno that I'd want him giving me whatever the heck he has.  

Comment 11 Mar 2020

First; as stated below... are we saying we don't care because it's only people with pre-existing issues or the elderly?  

Second: doctors in Italy are reporting that a lot of the patients they are seeing a ton of patients that are between the ages of 25-50, without pre-existing conditions.  They are telling us that while you are more likely to survive the virus in that age group, that does not mean no one in that age group will be hospitalized (ie: would die without some level of medical care).  The problem with this is the Italian healthcare system has reached its full use of beds... meaning people who need medical care cannot receive it.... and Italian doctors are being forced to triage as if this were a military situation.  

Comment 11 Mar 2020

So my understanding is this:  the state didn't want to declare some kind of martial-law or Italian style response, so someone calculated the states ability to track contact when they find an infected person... and someone came up with 250... if one person in those 250 turns out to be infected, the government can "reasonably" track down the other 249 people and appropriately quarantine and test them.  

I would guess that # is going to go down.  

Comment 11 Mar 2020

The flu infected 45 million in 2018, with ~61000 deaths, for a fatality rate of 0.12%.  

The Carona virus fatality rate is somewhere between 0.5% and 4%.  Even if we assume the best case scenario of 0.5%, with the same amount of infected people as the flu in 2018 that would be 225,000 people.  At the "starting-to-be-agreed-upon" ~3%, that would be 1.35 million deaths.  

Oh and btw the Carona Virus appears to be significantly more contagious.  

Italy announced 200 new deaths today bringing the total to 600 out of 10,000 confirmed cases.  That's a 6% fatality rate.  

This could be bad, and we need to start treating it like it could be.  

Comment 10 Mar 2020

IMO the Popeyes is better, but I wouldn't say blows it away.  As others have stated too, service can be hit or miss at Popeyes, and if you get a restaurant full of staff that don't give a crap, then your sandwich won't scratch a standard Chic-Filet sandwich.  

I live out east near Philly, and there are many more Popeyes, and of significantly higher quality than the ones I remember back in Ohio (which were all manned by people who apparently couldn't have cared less about their jobs).  

Comment 24 Feb 2020

I saw that, thanks for the heads up! 

Wife and I had our first child in December so I knew I was not possibly going to convince her to let me make a bid on it sadly.  Was very interesting to see where it went though.  $10k.  Pulled up the one I saw online from that store a few years back, guy still has it listed at $20k... Wonder if I could contact him and show him this one, on a letter to St. John, hand written... and just tell him... look dude come down from Mt Crazy... lol

Still don't have the money at the moment anyway.  Who knew babies were so expensive!?

Comment 23 Feb 2020

Drake wasn't a joke, he was a turd.  Didn't understand thing #1 about the spirit of the university, ran it like a business and IMO killed some small bit of the heart of the school.  

Tressel understands that spirit.  He lived it.  He's also a die-hard buckeye, and at YSU he's proven he can do the job.  

IMO Tress would be a home run hire for the job.  

Comment 21 Feb 2020

So... I'm not saying this is good, or fair, or right.... But given the number of incredibly powerful and wealthy people he was involved with... I'm gonna go ahead and guess Wexner has nothing to worry about, regardless of how innocent or guilty he may be.  

Comment 21 Feb 2020

I have actually been very surprised by how cheap tickets are at a lot of other programs.  

I have several friends who are long time Nebraska fans and we have gone to the past 2 games together.  They were stunned at how expensive tickets were in the Shoe, and I had to keep reminding myself how much cheaper they were in Nebraska to not think we were getting nosebleeds in a parking garage next door.  

I think you have a shot at breaking even, I doubt you make any money.  Stanford is garbage and doesn't have a huge fan base anyway.  The USC fan base is very bandwagon and they're on the downswing.  Washington is in solid shape, but expect growing pains with the new coach.  

Comment 14 Feb 2020

You didn't ask me to get attendance up and improve the atmosphere while maintaining a cash cow for boosters that add nothing but cash to the equation.  

I fixed your first two problems, you figure out the other one... lol.  

Comment 13 Feb 2020

If you want to get attendance up you should move games back to St, Johns Arena.  

The Schott is good for concerts, awful for live sports.  

Comment 12 Feb 2020
Since when is the NCAA the P5??? They have mutual interests to a degree, and work in concert to a degree... But they are not one organization. They are independent, established by Teddy Roosevelt in the early days of football to address kids dying. They and the conferences are like Sony and Disney working together on Spiderman movies. As long as everyone gets along and the film's make money, everyone is happy. But don't think for a second they wouldn't cut each other's throats if it was a better financial move.
Comment 11 Feb 2020

If I had to guess; they would lobby law-makers to prevent "helpless children" from being swindled or taken advantage of by a for-profit company.... I could also see them lobbying the NFL to make it more difficult for players that opted the semi-pro route to get into the league.  The most likely (and most effective) would be to simply lobby their media partners (ESPN/Fox/Etc) to not give the new league proper coverage.... If no one's watching it, it never takes off, and it's no longer a viable option.  

Comment 11 Feb 2020

Then GIVE them a semipro league.  

The NFL isn't going to implement one because they don't to rock the boat, and the NCAA would openly challenge such a league because it hurts their bottom line. 

I GUARANTEE you if there were a viable semi-pro option available to these kids right out of school, the vast majority of the top 100 recruits would skip college.  See college basketball for all the proof you need.  

Comment 11 Feb 2020

I wouldn't be surprised if there are some academic scholarships that place similar restrictions on their recipients (in particular some may be partially income based, and if you suddenly become rich off something else they may want to redistribute their scholarship to a more needy student).... 

BUT, no, there are no restrictions on those students.  

Comment 11 Feb 2020

Here's the gist of it.  The NCAA was formed around 100 years ago to protect student athletes.  By the time the 90's rolled around and they realized there was big money to be made all of that had gone out the door.  It is now a business, nothing more.  Their business model is tricking you into thinking they are still "supervising" college sports for the well-being of the athletes and a fair playing field.

Especially now when student athletes realize they are not  amateurs and they could be making thousands (in some cases millions) of dollars... the only thing the NCAA is doing is hurting those athletes (financially) by standing in their way, and hurting schools (financially) by saddling them with arbitrary punishments that inhibit their money making ability for violating arbitrary punishments.    

It's a dinosaur, a vestigial organ, from a time long passed.  It's trying to stay relevant, but the only reason anyone views it as relevant is because it's always been there.  

Comment 11 Feb 2020

The "no one is forcing anyone to do anything" argument falls flat on it's face when you're working with a monopoly... which is what the NCAA has.  

There is no other organization for the schools to go to, and there is no other route for the players to go through to reach the NFL.  If there was a viable minor league option that would allow the kids to be paid right out of High School and still realistically get them to the NFL... my money says 80+% of the top 100 recruits would skip college.  

As far as the schools/conferences thoughts on the NCAA... rumor has been long running that the big 5 might simply tell the NCAA to take a hike and they'll manage themselves thankyou very much.  

Comment 10 Feb 2020

Makes sense.  UC is going into a year where they'll likely be the best group-of-5  team, they've got an early non-con with Nebraska that they probably have a good shot of winning (which will look great).  Fickell sees them to an 11 or 12 win season, maybe a "BCS" bowl, and he probably has his name in the running for whatever major jobs come up.... USC will PROBABLY be hiring, and I'd much rather be coaching USC in the PAC-12 south than MSU in the Big Ten East.  A stronger program, better recruiting base, and no "real" competition from your division rivals.  MSU is the 4th strongest program in the division and has plenty of competition for a more limited recruiting base.  

Comment 05 Feb 2020

Full disclosure; I moved out of Columbus in 2016 with the wife so my info is dated.  But I lived there for 12 years prior, and moved to a restaurant capital (Philly), so I get a bit of credit in this area I think.  

Schmidts is great, I didn't like sausage until I had Schmidts; now I sometimes have it shipped to me in Philly.  The ironically (for me) named Philco in the Short North was always good.  The Refectory is probably the nicest restaurant in the entire town (and would rank pretty highly even over here), it's a tasting menu for shits sake... But that's like if you're REALLY celebrating.  You'll drop big dollars there.  

Katalina's is also great, but they're a brunch place.  IMO you should avoid Sea Food in central Ohio.  None of the restaurants I had been too there hold a candle to anything out this way... which makes sense since the only body of water within a few hours drive is Lake Erie.