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12/20/2018 - 2:53pm Don't you have some lemons…

Don't you have some lemons to eat?

10/17/2018 - 9:31am I'll be in Europe for the…

I'll be in Europe for the last two games of the season. The Discord app, like jcctoon mentioned, will work without anything special. If you don't trust that, use a VPN service (I prefer IPVanish which can be purchased for a month for $10). With a US IP address, you should be able to watch any of the on-lines services.

As for Reddit links, I've never been able to get them to work (and I visit Europe every Thanksgiving) and there's too much malware. One year I left my home computer running and then connected to it via Google. There was some video latency but it was better than nothing.

10/09/2018 - 2:48pm Nope, we're the lucky ones…

Nope, we're the lucky ones. Thanks for everything and best wishes in the future. I will miss you (on the Blog). Looking forward to All the Tweets!

08/24/2018 - 7:41am It might have to do with it…

It might have to do with it being the main mounting point for the face mask. And, it might just be a legacy thing as it was the main padding area for the forehead (in days of yore). It does provide a nice spot for branding though.

08/24/2018 - 7:38am You're correct! I completely…

You're correct! I completely forgot about Spalding. Thanks for the input. =)

08/24/2018 - 7:36am I knew that a few Wolverines…

I knew that a few Wolverines wore the F7 last year but wasn't sure who. Additionally, it's easier to identify a helmet that's a light color because the vent holes are dark(er). With a dark blue helmet, the identifying marks can be difficult to see. I could have sworn that Denard wore an F7 as well (during his last year) but I couldn't find anything to back that up.

08/23/2018 - 4:17pm In Soviet Russia, tailpipe…

In Soviet Russia, tailpipe puts banana in you.

08/07/2018 - 10:33am First time behind the wheel,…

First time behind the wheel, I was 5 or 6 years old. My Dad thought it would be fun to let me steer while he did everything else ('66 Ford Galaxie 500, btw). We were in a sub-division that was under construction. I'm pretty sure it was a weekend because I recall no one being around. The steering wheel was so huge, I had a hard time getting the car to turn. I decided I didn't like it much and bailed out of his lap. I had to wait until driver's ed to be put in command of another land barge, a Chevy Caprice Classic. I learned to parallel park that monster.

Driving has always been an enjoyable experience, my first "drive" excepted. I still prefer a manual transmission although those seem to be fewer and farther between. I look forward to my Fall trips to Europe where we rent a car. I get to brush up on my clutch co-ordination once again. =)

05/23/2018 - 11:28am Fiesta!

Anyone one of the three 1978-80 Ford Fiestas that I owned. Nothing like that 1.6 liter Ford engine (same as in Formula Ford race cars). They were a blast and I never was able to kill any of the three. I so badly wanted to put a Cosworth BDA in one of them but never had the opportunity to try it.

04/27/2018 - 4:45pm First










02/28/2018 - 3:53pm Hmmm

I tried the Reddit route, last Fall, and found nothing that would stream. It just was a bunch of links that had horrendous pop-ups. I have heard about the VPN option but I'm a little tech challenged and everytime I tried to get something working, it ended up not working. So, I'm hoping the YT Live Streams gets rolling for the last two games off the season.


02/28/2018 - 12:27pm Football, too?

MGoArchive: will you be doing this for football games?

If so, would I be able to watch in Europe?


02/12/2018 - 3:54pm Exactly

That's exactly what I was thinking. Coach has replacements lined up if Dev & Pep don't get the Offense going.

02/12/2018 - 3:47pm Rats

I'm already regsitered on Be The Match. That means I'm not a match for Elias. I'm feeling slightly worthless right about now.  Let's hope a match is found for that little guy.

02/08/2018 - 12:54pm I have three, from 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid

My Dad and I drove to Lake Placid, from Poughkeepsie, to watch the US play Sweden in their first game.  There was hardly anyone in the stands and, actually, quite a few Swedish supporters. I was sitting behind Pelle Lindbergh (RIP) when Bill Baker's slap shot, from the right point, went in with 27 seconds left. I can still see that puck hitting the twine.

The following weekend, we were staying in Saranac Lake. I was watching the US/USSR game on the local station (on tape delay no less) in the motel. During a commercial break, the screen went dark and the 3rd period score flashed up for a few seconds; US - 4, USSR - 3. I couldn't believe what I had seen. That couldn't be right, could it? The broadcast returned to the beginning of the third period but I knew that the US was ahead. I watched, with massive apprehension, as the clock ticked down to zero.

The following day, I watched Eric Heiden win the 10,000 meters in speed skating.

I still have all of my tickets stubs and newspaper clippings and memorabilia. The Olympics have been special ever since. It would be great to see "old man" Shawn White win another gold.

01/17/2018 - 12:19pm Rosemont

Pretty much everything that has been mentioned is true. The distance from NU's campus is an issue as is the fact that there's no real direct route from Evanston to Rosemont. Yes, there are student shuttle buses but, for the most part, no students are really interested in taking the trip. Crowds have been sparse, the All State Arena is pretty large (even when DePaul played there it was never full), and the fact that there's ice under the floor (for the Wolves) adds up to a completely different feel for them. NU hasn't been playing well and it seems as if it's a combination of lost Seniors, different venue and others just not playing as well (as last year). I would expect that there might easily be a UM crowd there given the number of alums in the Chicago-land area and the fact that tickets are readily available. You can take the Blue Line from downtown and get off at Rosemont. Then, you should be able to take a bus (Route 221 - Wolf Road or Route 222 - Event Express) to the All State Arena (the Blue Line stop, at Rosemont, is a PACE bus stop, too). Even if you had to walk, it's about 2.5 miles.

A co-worker is the significant other of a team member. So, I do have some "insider dope" (cool story bro...).

11/10/2017 - 3:23pm Props

+1 on the Predator reference.

10/13/2017 - 2:16pm UMSolar

For those of you that do not know, "gbdub" and "M-Dog" are former UMSolar team members. Another consideration; three of this year's top 5 teams (Nuon, Punch Powertrain & Twente) are professional teams (this is part of their JOB). Tokai University is funded by the infinitely deep pockets of Panasonic. So, for Novum to finish second is no small achievement. Stanford finished 11 out of 12 teams in the Challenger class (same class as Novum). So, big ups to the Team! Go Novum. Go Blue.

10/05/2017 - 12:07pm Grinch

Thanks for the Grinch reference. Love these.

08/08/2017 - 1:31pm ???

"4x4 transmission"? Do you mean four wheel drive?

08/08/2017 - 9:54am Remote starter and review

Remote starter and review camera

07/15/2017 - 8:35pm Awesome!

What would really be cool is if someone could synchronize that sound bite with in-car camera video from an F1 track (past or present). That dog sounds like an old Cosworth DFV, to my ear. =)

05/16/2017 - 9:49am Great idea, never will work.

Great idea, never will work. Homeless know they can pan-handle for tax-free cash without having to do much except shake a cup. I see plenty in Chicago. I've had several refuse food (bagels) I've offered them on more than one occasion. Pull a rickshaw? I just don't see that happening.

05/16/2017 - 9:42am Left Lane Bandits are (some

Left Lane Bandits are (some of) the worst.

05/16/2017 - 9:41am People that pull out in front

People that pull out in front of you and then go slow. I have no problem with you pulling out in front of me as long as you accelerate up to the speed limit and don't force me to brake for you.

05/05/2017 - 3:02pm Cutler does have a lot of

Cutler does have a lot of talent (or, at least it seems that way). The perception of him here, in Chicago, was that he didn't give a crap about the team or the fans. He just isn't very personable. Which, whatever, but as the face of the fanchise, this was never going to end well. His wife is an attention [hound] and pipes up at the worst possible times. As a non-Bears fan, even I'm glad here's outta here. He was just annoying. I wonder what he'll be like in the booth (I may already know).

05/05/2017 - 2:56pm Nope

No thanks, she's worse then him. A reality TV show know-nothing-do-nothing. Pass.

04/26/2017 - 9:46am Nada

Here in Chiago, not a peep. They're more interested in NW re-signing Collins and Fitzgerald to long-term contracts. And, when I say "interested", I mean buried in the Sports section near the Want Ads.... It's all Cubs/Sox/Bulls and tears over the Blackhawks.

04/07/2017 - 1:06pm Um

Careful of the Civil War reference.

How about #FenceThePeachState?

04/05/2017 - 11:13am Hmmm

Fastest: '66 Shelby GT-350 vintage race car or '67 A-H Sprite F Production SCCA race car (depending on the track)


Slowest: 1981 Ford Fiesta or 2002 VW Beetle TDi

03/09/2017 - 3:13pm Jet fuel isn't that volatile.

Jet fuel isn't that volatile. Yes, it can catch on fire but it won't explode like gasoline. That said, I cannot imagine exiting the plane with the engines still running and fuel on the ground. Yikes.

03/09/2017 - 3:09pm Glennon To Bears?

Can't believe they ponied up that much for someone that hasn't really played much over the last 2-3 seasons. So long Cutler!

03/08/2017 - 1:43pm It's always windy here, in

It's always windy here, in Chicago...

11/23/2016 - 9:24am Italy

Have been in Italy since Saturday. We're currently in Florence and are headed to Bologna tomorrow. Safe Travels everyone! Go Blue, beat Ohio.

11/04/2016 - 9:36am I've played it, it's fun

Yes, but did Sparty lose with Dignity?

Men's Field Hockey is played in almost every coutry except the US. However, to make it harder, you can only use one side of the stick to strike the ball. So, you can't take a traditional back-hand shot, You have to flip the stick over which makes it much harder. It is a fun game though.

08/30/2016 - 9:42am Italy?

When you say "The Game" in the title, I'm thinking OSU. I'll be in northern Italy for both the IU and OSU games. Any thoughts on where to watch would be appreciated.

I did use the Chrome browser to share my desktop, at home, last year. I watched the OSU game that way from southern Germany. It was a little clunky though.


08/25/2016 - 1:33pm In response to.....?

This has to be a reponse to the issues that popped up at DePaul, over the Summer.

07/08/2016 - 9:13am Riding Trials Motorcycles

Sherco 3.0 ST

06/10/2016 - 9:22am Godspeed #9

Thanks for everything.

06/07/2016 - 12:56pm Little GTI (take off on Beach Boys Little GTO)

05/31/2016 - 3:48pm Rained out in Naperville?

There's some severe weather approaching Naperville this afternoon. I hope the coaching staff saw what they needed to see. Perhaps they can finish the camp indoors (where everyone will be safe).

05/17/2016 - 9:58am It is

I was just in NYC for three days. It is punishment.

05/17/2016 - 9:57am 2 Wheeled Vehicles

Specifically, trials (not trails) motorcycles, right now.

04/05/2016 - 2:35pm 2 Wheels First

As someone with a motorcycle classification on his license, I think I'll try an electric bike first. Whether it be a scooter, dual sport or trials bike, I haven't yet decided.

03/15/2016 - 9:49am Pay to Play

It's a Pay-to-Play tournament. That's why NW turned them down.

03/11/2016 - 3:42pm IU Surrender Cobras

IU Surrender

03/11/2016 - 3:18pm Thanks Keith

Thanks for everything. RIP.

03/11/2016 - 3:17pm IU Surrender Cobras

IU Surrender

03/04/2016 - 12:56pm Thanks!


03/02/2016 - 4:08pm Me Too

I'm with 707. I read the whole thing, SC but it made very little sense (that's on me, not you). I wish there was some type of "College Defense for Dummies" so that I had a starting point. IIRC, Brian watches the linebackers. I have a hard time taking my eye off the ball. Is there a convenient place to start (as in "observe this personnel group")?