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|19 min 20 sec ago||Now this is a recipe I can||
Now this is a recipe I can get behind.
Probably a stupid question (I'm a real newbie at proper cooking, but damnit I'm trying to learn to make delicious and relatively healthy food for the wife and I), but as far as the brining process goes, at what point do you put the turkey in the brine? I'm assuming you don't want to boil the bird, so these are things I need to learn still.
Also, since you seem to have a bit more experience than I do (this was my first year owning a smoker, so I've been sticking mainly to the brisket/pulled pork/ribs stuff since it's a bit easier), is there anything to be gained by injecting the turkey? I do this with my brisket and pulled pork, and they've turned out fantastic and juicy, but I'm not sure that you'd gain a lot here since the bird is hollow and you're already brining it overnight.
|1 hour 59 min ago||Since it's only a few weeks||
Since it's only a few weeks away, let's hear some recipes for smoking a turkey for Thanksgiving! I'm planning to do that this year now that I finally own a proper smoker, and I'm just wondering what some techniques are so I can prepare a great turkey for our guests (and the leftovers). I've checked out some various recipes online, but you can't go wrong with more information.
|1 day 21 hours ago||Peyton as HC? No way. I'd be||
Peyton as HC? No way. I'd be fine with him as a QB coach/OC-in-training under a coach like Mullen who has a history in coaching offense, but not as a HC with no coaching experience whatsoever.
|2 days 33 min ago||Pickerington is basically||
Pickerington is basically Columbus - when you're writing a national article, it's not that big of a deal. People know where Columbus is. Joe Schmoe in Phoenix likely has no idea what the hell a Pickerington is. Also, per Wikipedia (I know, not a scientific resource), LeVert was born in Columbus and then moved to Pickerington.
|2 days 2 hours ago||I don't think either Harbaugh||
I don't think either Harbaugh is a serious option, so I'm not going to bother ranking them. Miles isn't leaving LSU at this stage in his career. Gundy isn't leaving OkState, and we're not getting in a bidding war with T. Boone Pickens for him. My top 7 is thus:
1. Dan Mullen - I think this goes without saying. If he's willing to leave Starkville to come to Ann Arbor, whomever is the AD would be nuts to not make the move. The SEC Network money flowing in at the end of the season might push Miss St. into a position where they can match offers though.
2. Butch Jones - Local guy, recruits well, is showing signs of undoing some of the damage Kiffin and Dooley did to Tennessee.
3. Chad Morris - Innovative offensive mind, recruits well, though his deep ties to Texas and the south means he needs a good staff around him while he builds a local network.
4. Kirby Smart - Same as Morris, except on defense. Especially if he took a swing at Bob Stitt for the OC spot and gave him free reign (which might move him to 2 actually).
5. Ruffin McNeill - Probably not willing to leave the south, but he's done a bang-up job at ECU.
6. Beau Baldwin - FCS guy, but wildly successful at Eastern Washington.
7. Bob Stitt - As noted above, I'd rather have him as the OC with a defense-first head coach, but if all else fails.... goddamnit all I want is some exciting football. Give me 67-65 triple OT wins against Illinois over 18-13 shitfests against Penn State every day.
|3 days 15 hours ago||That's, uh, a lot more||
That's, uh, a lot more touchdowns than I think this team is capable of.
I'm gonna say we beat Indiana and then lose out the rest of the year. Indiana seems like it'll be a 20-10 sort of game. I'd guess Northwestern wins 27-13, Maryland wins 34-16, and OSU wins 45-10. Brandon is gone the week after OSU, Hoke is gone before Christmas. I won't venture a guess on the identity of the new coach besides it won't be an exciting name (no Harbaugh, Miles, or Mullen).
|4 days 17 hours ago||What pain? This is so bad||
What pain? This is so bad it's actually funny. I can't comprehend how these people can be so incredibly terrible at their jobs.
|1 week 3 days ago||I liked one of the analogies||
I liked one of the analogies I saw: It's like speeding. If you've gone past a cop doing 5 over the limit 99 times and he's never pulled you over, you still don't get to be pissed if he pulls you over the 100th time you do it. You broke the rule/law. Sure, you'd like the official to be more consistent, but not calling it one time doesn't mean you can't ever call it.
|2 weeks 4 days ago||There's almost no way Hack||
There's almost no way Hack wins the Heisman with that offensive line. However, he could throw 4 TDs today with the way our secondary has been playing. Won't help him when he throws 4 INTs before having his ribcage disintegrate against MSU at the end of the season.
|3 weeks 23 hours ago||As the great Jon Bois says,||
As the great Jon Bois says, never count out Touchdown Tom.
|3 weeks 1 day ago||Why the hell should a||
Why the hell should a Michigan connection even matter?
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Rodriguez's staff in 2008||
Rodriguez's staff in 2008 earned a total of $4.4 million. Hoke's staff in 2011 earned $5.81. Ignoring the head coaches (Rodriguez was making $2.5 million, Hoke was at $3.3 million), that's a $600k difference. Maybe the data I found is incorrect, but it looks like there was a significant pay bump for assistants under Hoke. And interestingly enough, when Shafer 'resigned', the total staff salary actually dropped $20k with the Robinson hire.
For Casteel, it was literally a $10k difference between what Michigan and WVU were offering. Yes, WVU was throwing in the contract that Michigan was (also stupidly) not offering, but $10k is NOTHING to a football program like Michigan. It was a stupid decision at the time, and looks even worse in retrospect.
|3 weeks 5 days ago||Yes, because Beilein has||
Yes, because Beilein has nothing to lose by saying negative things about Brandon in public.
|3 weeks 6 days ago||Hiring Rodriguez wasn't a||
Hiring Rodriguez wasn't a mistake. Not giving him support (assistant coach pay, the entire athletic department buying into the change, etc.) was the mistake.
|4 weeks 7 min ago||Fuck you Dave Brandon In case||
Fuck you Dave Brandon
In case you did not hear me
Fuck you Dave Brandon
|4 weeks 22 hours ago||Your Butch Jones link goes to||
Your Butch Jones link goes to Dave Doeren's evaluation.
|4 weeks 23 hours ago||"I love to hate the team I||
"I love to hate the team I love, but more than that I hate to not care about the team I love."
This right here. It is truly painful to be so ambivalent about the team that it doesn't bother me at all that I won't be able to watch the game Saturday. And the problems in the administration keep seeping further and further into my excitement of the other teams with each completely inane press release. It's to the point that I'm probably going to skip my annual Ann Arbor sports weekend with my wife this year.
|4 weeks 2 days ago||I'll be getting hilariously||
I'll be getting hilariously drunk at the open bar of the wedding I'll be at. Never have I been happier to go to a fall wedding.
|5 weeks 21 hours ago||Piss piss piss piss piss Shit||
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|5 weeks 1 day ago||In regards to the "increments||
In regards to the "increments of 5" comment, I'm totally fine with that. Most guys don't weigh the same every single day, and a generic "his average day he weighs X" is close enough. I'm pretty consistent with my diet, workouts, etc., and I regularly bounce around between 198 and 205, so when asked I just say I'm 200. Not to mention weight differences from morning to evening.
|6 weeks 4 hours ago||I don't actually bet money on||
I don't actually bet money on sports, but if I did, here's what I'd take (B1G games only):
Missouri (-13) - Indiana still can't figure out how to play defense.
Utah (+5) - I just don't feel confident in this team yet, especially on offense.
Pitt (-6.5) - Iowa might not actually score any points this weekend.
Minnesota (-8.5) - Not that Minnesota is actually any good, but that SJSU might be really, really bad.
Penn State (-26.5) - I don't think Penn State is going to have fun when they play anybody with a pulse, but UMass is awful.
Nebraska (-7) - The McNeese game was an aberration, and not an accurate reflection of Nebraska's ability.
Maryland (-1) - Eventually Maryland's passing game is going to start working, and why not this weekend?
MSU (-45.5) - I don't believe Dantonio for a second about not running up the score.
Illinois (-14) - I don't know anything about Texas State, so this is a wild guess.
Navy (-6) - Oh come on Gary Nova, 5 INTs against Penn State?
Wisconsin (-27) - BG is riding high after beating Indiana, but Wisconsin is an entirely different animal.
|6 weeks 1 day ago||Nobody should apologize to||
Nobody should apologize to Penn State for anything ever again.
|6 weeks 6 days ago||Why is there an apostrophe in||
Why is there an apostrophe in Dantonio's last name? Why is the 'g' in Fitzgerald capitalized?
|8 weeks 23 hours ago||Iowa's schedule is||
Iowa's schedule is hilariously terrible. Depending on whether Wisconsin can find a passing game or not, Northern Iowa might be the third or fourth best team they'll face all season.
|8 weeks 1 day ago||Ugh, the Outback would be||
Ugh, the Outback would be such a disappointing slot to end up in.
I actually would be surprised if one of MSU or OSU doesn't end up in the playoff. Oregon is a very flawed team, and I think MSU wins this weekend. OSU might struggle a bit against VT, since Bud Foster is great at toying with young QBs, but I don't see them losing to anyone in conference except maybe MSU. Really, in my opinion, the winner of the OSU-MSU game should be no worse than 11-1, and possibly 12-0, heading into the B1G title game against a weak West team.
Also, I can see Wisconsin dropping a few slots if McEvoy doesn't learn how to pass by the end of the season. As good as Gordon is, he'll be facing 9-man boxes quite a bit. Really opens up that division for Iowa and Nebraska to have shiny records, which only helps the perception of either OSU or MSU winning the championship game.
|8 weeks 6 days ago||Lately, I've been using some||
Lately, I've been using some hard drugs so the seemingly inevitable depression doesn't hurt as much.
|9 weeks 3 hours ago||Alabama, Florida State,||
Alabama, Florida State, Baylor, Ohio State
|9 weeks 6 days ago||Ugh, I predicted 9-4 last||
Ugh, I predicted 9-4 last year, and comfortable wins over UConn and Akron. I did nail Gallon as 2nd in receiving in the conference behind Robinson (not that it was a difficult prognostication). Got reasonably close on Gardner going 3000 yards, 29 TDs, 13 INTs, 350 rushing, 8 TDs (he was 2960/21/11/483/11). Everything else was trash.
Nussmeier is good, certainly an upgrade over Borges, but not the godsend we are all hoping for. A simplified gameplan, and week-to-week consistency help everyone out, but the OL still has too many issues for this to be anything but an average-at-best offense.
Gardner is 2nd team All-B1G, finishing with 3100 yards passing and a 30/10 TD/INT split,and tacks on 400 rushing yards and 10 TDs.
Green and Smith split the vast majority of carries. Neither looks great, but both are serviceable. Green has 600 yards and 7 TDs (4.1 per carry), Smith has 500 yards and 5 TDs (4.2 per carry).
Funchess is a world beater. Despite drawing double (and occasionally triple) coverage on a routine basis, he is B1G WR of the year, bringing in 95 catches for 1450 yards and 13 TDs. Darboh uses those silly forearm muscles to take advantage of the single coverage offered by having Funchess opposite, making 45 catches for 700 yards and 6 TDs.
The OL is still bad, but they improve on a week-to-week basis, giving some hope for competency in 2015.
The defense plays well, but disappoints due to the sky-high expectations of the fan base. Clark leads the DL by registering 6.5 sacks. Ryan is back to his sophomore doom-bringing days, and brings nothing but chaos from the MLB spot, ending with 110 tackles, 15 for loss, and 5.5 sacks.
The secondary is the disappointment. Peppers plays well, but people cool down a bit on the Woodson comparisons for the time being. Countess ends up being the true #1 corner this year, with Lewis and Taylor splitting duties on the other side as neither separates himself. Wilson is fine at the free spot, but hopes of having an impact from the strong spot are dashed as both Thomas and Clark play, but are liabilities.
Wile and Hagerup are both solid; both contend for All-B1G honors at their positions. Norfleet and Peppers split the KR duties, but neither break one. Peppers has the higher return average. Norfleet returns punts, and does get a return TD there.
Schedule wise - Michigan takes advantage of a fairly weak schedule, and starts 6-0. Though the record is good, there are obvious red flags on the team, especially off uncomfortable wins over Minnesota and Rutgers to start the conference season. Penn State, emotionally charged in their first big test of the Franklin regime, spoil the night for the 105k Michigan fans in attendance. The bye week comes at a good time, as a number of guys are dinged up. Unfortunately this doesn't help in East Lansing, as the Spartans continue their run of success in the series.
Without Tre Roberson to threaten the defense with his legs, the Indiana game gets easier, especially since they still do not possess a defense. Northwestern struggles to replace Colter's production, and doesn't find a true replacement for Mark. Both games are reasonably comfortable wins for the good guys. Maryland's array of receivers is a struggle to contain, and Michigan gets caught looking ahead to Columbus. Diggs pulls his best Lockett impression to get the upset. Barrett has struggles early on in the season, but by the middle of November he's comfortable with the playbook and reminds viewers of the junior version of Troy Smith. The OSU DL abuses the still middling OL, and though the rest of the OSU defense is still full of issues, Columbus celebrates yet another victory. Michigan ends up 8-4 in the regular season, and ends up in the Gator Bowl. They play Texas A&M, and win the game as Gardner refuses to go out on a bad note. Final record of 9-4, Hoke gets another year, and we all prep for life after dual-threat QBs.
|9 weeks 6 days ago||They didn't pick MSU players||
They didn't pick MSU players for all 26 spots. INJUSTICE!
|10 weeks 1 day ago||I'll be missing the Utah and||
I'll be missing the Utah and Rutgers games this year due to weddings. I missed the Iowa and Delaware State games in 2009 due to them. Fall weddings are the worst.
I almost missed the North Dakota and Minnesota-Duluth Frozen Four games in 2011 when I was working/living in Sweden, until I realized that I could use my work laptop to VPN to one of our US servers to trick ESPN3 into letting me stream it.