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07/13/2018 - 11:05pm That was on actually on sale…

That was on actually on sale when I went to the LCBO. but has a cork. We're in a friend's condo for two months and 3/4 of our stuff is in storage--I have no idea if I can find a cork.

07/13/2018 - 9:48pm Some kind of organic Italian…

Some kind of organic Italian Merlot. It's not great, but it's part of the eternal search for a cheap wine I like.

07/06/2018 - 10:58pm My sympathies! I know all…

My sympathies! I know all too well what you're going through. 

We moved last Friday into our friend's condo because we can't get into the place we bought for another couple of months. It sucked *and* we're going to have to do it again in September.

06/28/2018 - 6:02pm Sorry, Don. You need 80,000…

Sorry, Don. You need 80,000 mgopoints to start a new thread.

(It's probably user error but I don't see a way to start new threads either.)

06/20/2018 - 2:36pm Is it bad that I clicked on…

Is it bad that I clicked on this hoping to read that Cowherd had retired, been fired or otherwise taken off the air? 

06/16/2018 - 11:40am I'd like the tiles a lot…

I'd like the tiles a lot better if they included the most recent post. Instead I have to scroll down to find out if the site has been updated.

Sure, there are other ways to find out if the site has been updated, but I don't use them and it should be obvious when you go to the site.

06/16/2018 - 11:34am When the post went up, I…

When the post went up, I naively assumed it would be fixed quickly so I didn't say anything; later I posted it to the bug thread. I think other people did too.

06/15/2018 - 9:43pm Should be be able to post…

Should be be able to post comments to the latest Unverified Voracity? I thought this would be a transient issue, but several hours later there's still no comment box.

Unless this is a new editorial direction I missed.

06/09/2018 - 11:52pm Editing is key. It helps …

Editing is key. It helps (sort of) that my first drafts are barely readable.

06/09/2018 - 11:13pm Here's to finishing the…

Here's to finishing the damned thing!

I sort of have maybe three in the works now--that I can't realistically finish until I am done with the mildly prestigious IT vendor certification.

06/09/2018 - 10:16pm Pepperwood Grove Old Vine…

Pepperwood Grove Old Vine Zinfandel. In theory I am studying for a mildly prestigious IT vendor certification; in practice I am drinking.

06/06/2018 - 3:46pm It's on the front page and…

It's on the front page and went up by about a thousand dollars while I was resetting my Kickstarter password and reserving my copy.

06/06/2018 - 3:44pm Is "Thord" some kind of Old…

Is "Thord" some kind of Old Norse joke I just don't get?

06/06/2018 - 9:50am I knew I should have saved…

I knew I should have saved those Geocities gifs.

05/29/2018 - 5:53pm They were entertaining

Their twitter profile pic scares me, though.

05/29/2018 - 10:19am That could be the least of the problems with moving the game

As Well...Well...Well pointed out, Soldier Field's capacity is roughly 20K people smaller than Notre Dame Stadium. If the game is anywhere close to sold out, they'd have to refund a lot of tickets. 

This is not the kind of thing you can safely do this late in the year. It ain't happening.

05/28/2018 - 9:55am No scholarship

At least not now--hopefully he'll earn one in future years.

05/22/2018 - 4:42pm "Very little to complain about"

Did you go to games in the eighties and nineties? I sat in what I called the Bitter Alumni Section in the eighties. The people around us always found something they didn't like. Fans complained about how Bo never threw the ball or how he threw it too much or how simple his offenses were or how they only beat that winless Northwestern team 38-0.

Hell, if this board had been around in 1997 they'd have spent the entire year complaining about the offense and you can't win the big games without a better offense or how that one long run Tavian Banks had in the Iowa game meant the defense was doomed.

05/21/2018 - 8:41am Get better, Ace

Previews or no previews.

04/28/2018 - 11:20am I'm in Toronto

A big part of the problem is Toronto's recycling program, which gives everybody green bins to put food and other organic waste out for recycling. The idea is that this will get made into compost, which can be sold. The old green bins were thoughtfully easy to open, so of course it ended up being a racoon feeding program as well.

In the last couple of years the city has been introducing racoon-proof green bins. Shortly after they were introduced, though, the racoons had figured out how to open them. I imagine a racoon somewhere getting rich with a seminar on how to open them.

04/25/2018 - 6:16pm I can't believe I'm surprised by this

Per the article:

Strampel's work computer contained approximately 50 photos of "bare vaginas," nude women, semi-nude women, sex toys and pornography, in addition to pornographic videos and a video of Nassar performing a "treatment" on a young patient.



04/13/2018 - 6:59pm I don't think it's insight

If their goal is to sweep everything under the rug, they just don't have any other options.

04/07/2018 - 10:11pm Penn State was better with fumbles

Looking at the stats, both Michigan and Penn State were identical in terms of interceptions. Both teams threw 10 of them, and picked off 10 of them.

With fumbles, it's a different story. Penn State's and Michigan's opponents both fumbled 20 times. Michigan recovered 7 of those, while Penn State recovered 15 (!) of their opportunities. If fumble recoveries are mostly random, they got lucky and we didn't.

The other part of the turnover margin is that Penn State managed to fumble only 8 times and lost only 3 of them, while Michigan fumbled 18 times and lost 11. I am going to cop out and blame that on Barkley.

03/20/2018 - 10:12pm I'll settle for the "long gain" play

I mean, some of those have to be touchdowns, right?

03/16/2018 - 11:12pm McNown was a pretty good college QB

To be fair, he struggled a bit as a freshman and sophmore, but he did pretty well his last two seasons. Al Borges aside, offense was not the problem on those UCLA teams.

03/01/2018 - 1:22pm Harbaugh is going to clone himself

If this works out, eventually the entire staff will be Harbaugh clones, and all the analysts as well.

02/28/2018 - 8:22am I think the Big Ten bowl rules hurt Bo, too

I mean, Michigan stayed home in bowl season four times out of his first six years at Michigan despite going 9-1, 10-1, 10-0-1 and 10-1. Playing in bowls would have exposed Michigan to tougher competition than he found in the Big Ten in those years (outside of Ohio State) and might have forced him to start making the changes that eventually led him to start winning bowl games in the eighties.

02/24/2018 - 11:32pm Utopia is in Ohio

It's on 52 somewhere between Cincinnati and Portsmouth. Little more than a sign and a gas station now, although there was supposed to have been some kind of utopian commune there in the 19th century which met a bad end.

02/22/2018 - 5:20pm It's a myth

Put a Canadian in a car and they're as much of a bastard as anyone.

(At least here in the GTA.)

02/08/2018 - 6:12pm We drove through Erie PA's 5 feet of snow over Christmas

I don't wish that on anyone. Stay off the roads if you can, and drive carefully if you can't.

(Also, I have never been so happy to see the New York state line in my life; the snow stopped almost within sight of it.)

02/03/2018 - 12:20am You don't want politics to be played?

Then don't put yourself in a position where they can be played.

01/24/2018 - 9:08am It is, but it's just a skeleton of an idea

How are they actually going to do that? It's fairly obvious to everyone that brick-and-mortar stores need to do something differently in order to compete, and making the experience enjoyable for customers (and particularly their kids) is one option. The execution here is what matters, and the article gives no details on their plans. Given his track record at Domino's and at Michigan, I'm skeptical.

Personally, I think he should make everone in the store dress up as clowns. Everybody loves clowns.

01/18/2018 - 4:39pm Murder is no way to help your family

Just to add to this, imagine what a parent who killed Larry Nassar would be doing for the next several years. Instead of helping their daughter, they'd be spending their time, money and energy on fighting legal charges--and that's even if they're found not guilty or pardoned. Legal cases can take a lot of all three of those things, and in turn those would be resources they're unable to spend on their daughter. It'd also take years.

There's also the risk that they are convicted and not pardoned for whatever reason (e.g., if they accidentally hurt or kill someone in addition to Larry Nassar).

Finally, the attention that would inevitably result would make it harder for their daughter to move on with their life. It's going to be bad enough with the inevitable civil lawsuits.

01/18/2018 - 3:52pm Paterno appears to have known in 1976

Per court testimony (see here).

Not trying to weigh in on which is worse, as I don't think that's important.

01/17/2018 - 3:16pm 2-4 against Kelly

4-5 against Notre Dame.

01/07/2018 - 8:44pm Really since Darrell Royal retired in 1976

Some of the coaches they've had since then have been good but not great, and others have been mediocre to bad.

Fred Akers had a decent record overall and came close to a national title twice but struggled his last few years. He went to Purdue (!) after a losing season in 1986. Mack Brown had a similar record; he won the BCS title in 2005 and took them to another BCS championship game in 2009 but struggled his last few years.

The rest of them were pretty mediocre. John Mackovic was the best of them; he had one 10-win season and an upset of a good Nebraska team in 1996 but also a lot of inexplicable losses (including one to a 3-8 Oklahoma team in 1996). He was one of those baffling hires anyway, as he'd had the same mixed success at Illinois.

01/05/2018 - 9:49pm Bo inherited a decent amount of talent

They'd gone 8-2 the year before (with a blowout loss to Ohio State, though). The program had been up and down before that though; 9-1 and a Rose Bowl win in 1964 followed by 4-6, 6-4 and 4-6 seasons.

One thing to keep in mind is that Bo's recruits didn't start seeing the field until 1970. They couldn't play even in blowouts because freshman couldn't play then; the NCAA didn't allow freshman to play football until 1972.

01/04/2018 - 2:11pm I think it depends on what he thought he could get away with

At Michigan, perhaps he didn't think he could get away with it, whereas at Arizona he clearly did. I just wonder how he behaved at West Virginia.

Not saying he didn't do anything while he was at Michigan, though--I have no idea one way or the other. But if he was well behaved in Ann Arbor that might explain why.

01/04/2018 - 9:28am Here's why I keep reading these threads

01/03/2018 - 1:41pm Moderation in all things

Including correct punctuation.

01/01/2018 - 10:03am Dave Wannstedt

I know, I know, how could that mustache fail? But it happened.

12/31/2017 - 7:55pm Zombie Vince Lombardi is a great recruiter

I know what you're thinking, but he can both relate to the kids and win over their parents. 

All bets are off if they forget to feed him cadaver brains in the morning.

12/30/2017 - 10:13pm Messiah deWeaver thread devolving into slap fight

And not an entertaining one.

12/30/2017 - 12:11pm Yeah, he hung on for two more years after '98

They missed a bowl in '99 (6-6 record); I'm not sure how survived that. The 2000 teams was a little better but still lost to Michigan and that was it for John Cooper.

12/29/2017 - 10:59pm I want to know the methodology they use

To determine that it's not made out of kittens.

I mean, I'm pretty picky. 50 ppm kittens is a deal breaker for me, although once they get down into the 40s it's probably fine. I mean, who doesn't have at least 40 ppm kittens in their hummus?

12/29/2017 - 1:59pm That game was actually very close

Ohio State could have won or tied pretty easily. They had an extra point blocked after their first touchdown and got stopped when they went for two later. That was the margin. In fact, if you look at the box score (here), Ohio State actually outgained Clemson and averaged more yards per play.

Freshman Art Schlichter threw an interception in the closing minutes when they had a third and five at the Clemson 24, which is what prompted the punch. Hayes had converted senior quarterback Rod Gerald to flanker in order to play Schlichter; while Gerald had been more of a running quarterback and Schlichter would eventually be a first round draft pick before he let his gambling get out of hand, Schlichter was terrible as a freshman and threw a ton of interceptions.

Later I remember reading that Ohio State had locker room problems because of Gerald's benching; if true, they were gone the next year when basically the same team under Earle Bruce went 11-1 with Schlichter under center and narrowly missed out on a share of a national title with a 1-point Rose Bowl loss to USC.

12/28/2017 - 6:01pm Paterno benefited from not telling anybody

Had he told people what he knew about Sandusky in 1998, his reputation would have been tarnished and he might have been forced out of his job. 

So by keeping quiet about what he knew, he was able to keep his job. It's really not that difficult.

12/28/2017 - 11:22am Understandably

It should have been a rout but Denard threw a long pick six to make it closer than it should have been.

That was his last win at Michigan. I've blocked out all the games after that.

12/28/2017 - 11:00am Say what you will about RR but...

He did beat Danny Hope and Purdue in 2010, finishing 1-1 against that particular douchebag.

12/20/2017 - 2:46pm Look at my avatar!

I remember it like it was yesterday. I'm kind of hoping to see Urban Meyer take a swing at Tre Lamar for old time's sake.

I just thought Earle Bruce, John Cooper or Jim Tressell had beaten Clemson at some point since 1979.