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01/07/2015 - 9:51pm fairfield

another Fairfield resident here. I'm originally from just outside of Columbus though so living down here is much better. People down here are much more into high school than college, as others mentioned. Cincinnati is the only place I've been where the question "Where did you graduate from?" means high school instead of college.

07/22/2014 - 2:30pm My bad (obviously)!  I was

My bad (obviously)!  I was just mindlessly typing here at work and didn't bother proofreading my post.  Thanks for the correction.  

Next time they're close I'll definitely go see them.  Stumbled upon them via Google Music app's "related artists" section and fell in love.  Take It As It comes plays pretty much daily on my phone.

07/22/2014 - 11:58am Folk/Country/Alt-Country/Acou

Folk/Country/Alt-Country/Acoustic country/pop:

Jamestown Revival - Utah is a fantastic album.  Saw these guys live at a tiny venue in Cincinnati and was blown away.  Really talented guys.  Anyone who likes the folksy/acoustic sound should listen to these guys.  

 

Whiskey Myers 

Josh Abbot Band

Green River Ordinance

Houndmouth

Kodaline

 

In the Rock genre, the ones I'm listening to lately that haven't already been mentioned are J. Roddy Walston & the Blues - Essential Tremors.  Really good album that I only recently discovered.  I've also been listening a ton to the REM Unplugged 1991/2001 collection released recently.  

 

 

 

04/09/2013 - 6:51pm My 2 year old son obviously

My 2 year old son obviously has no real interest in watching sports yet but he knows to say "Go Blue" whenever he sees me watching sports. I've also taught him to, after giving a kiss, say "Love you. Go blue!" Makes my day every single time I hear it.

03/27/2013 - 5:19pm While we'll never be confused

While we'll never be confused with a Chicago or NYC, the Cincinnati downtown area is going through something of a "rebirth".  New casino just opened downtown and lots of new restaurants/bars in the Banks and stadium area.  As mentioned, Newport is also a fun place to hang out before/after games. 

Cincinnati isn't going to make anyone's bucket list any time soon, but it's a pretty decent  downtown (for the midwest) these days.

03/25/2013 - 10:46am I think people are giving too

I think people are giving too much credit to Craft for lifting his heels as if it was something intentional.  i just don't think he got there in time to get completely set, and as such his heels hadn't come all the way down when he took the charge.  I really don't think it was some sort of conscious effort - it was just that he got there late. 

That's what annoys me about this discussion is that it's not so much about the heel over the line as it is about the fact that they blew the call because he never got set before the defender hit him.  That's why it's a charge, not because of his heel placement.  At least in my opinion. 

03/25/2013 - 10:41am Seems like the easiest way to

Seems like the easiest way to "fix" this problem - at least as it relates to charges near the basket - is to just extend the restricted arc a foot or two.  This way a defender sliding under an already-airborne offensive player is almost certainly a foul.  The way I see it, you shouldn't be rewarded for sliding under an offensive player who has already leaped.  Try to block his shot or alter it but don't just get in his way. 

01/21/2012 - 4:52pm posted from iPhone

My god Smotrycz is slow. I really hope he can start shooting well again. He and Vogrich are two guys who bring nothing to the table if their outside shot isn't falling. But Smotrycz is agonizingly slow. And he has no handle whatsoever.

12/13/2011 - 9:38pm posted from iPhone

You certainly have to lose with class. I was referencing your comment about losing professionally - the flip side is winning with class. I'm not sure why kilpatrick disrespecting Tu gives him carte blanche to taunt. Like I said - Wells starts the actual violence. Trash talk is one thing - by your logic Tu was trash talking the whole UC team so they "had something to prove" which obviously is no excuse for acting like a fool. No one truly believed what kilpatrick said, it was so dumb. But yet holloway has to prove he's "tough" by taunting. You gain respect by winning and going about your business. How much taunting was there after the osu/um game this year?

12/12/2011 - 12:54pm Win with class?

How about win with class?  Tu sure wanted to talk a lot for a guy who scored 5 points in their loss to UC last year.  Does that mean he's not a great player - of course not.  He had an off day that game and it was clearly different this year.  He didn't need to remind anyone on that court that he was the best player out there - his game does that for him. 

Regarding Wells' suspension - if he's only going to get 4 games, I can support 6 for the UC players.  No one in this whole thing was innocent, but this never erupts to violence if Wells doesn't shove Guyn to the ground.  Up until then, he and Holloway were content to get in each other's faces and act tough.  Wells was not retaliating to any physical contact to his own person.

The bottom line is this was all just stupid and reflects poorly on all involved.  If someone's trash talk can incite you to violence you need to grow up. 

03/29/2011 - 1:50pm don't really have any useful

don't really have any useful advice, but our dog also suffers from allergies, albeit not as severely.  our vet recently put woodson on hypoallergenic food (only $50 for a 17 lb bag!) and it seems to be helping.  he had been getting nasty, persistent ear infections and since switching foods he has been much better.  for other, less annoying allergy issues we just give him benadryl like yak attack mentioned. 

so even though it doesn't seem to be food-related, it might be worth trying different food.  it's an annoying process to isolate food allergies, but may be beneficial in the long run. 

03/23/2011 - 10:39am Not a tourney team

Had Sims or Harris been here, I'm pretty sure this wouldn't have been a tournament team.  Neither of those guys were great leaders last season and were more concerned with individual stats than the team.  A classic case of addition by subtraction.  Both those guys were talented players, but they didn't fit the system the way the current players do. 

11/15/2010 - 10:14am How do you coach against turnovers?

I'm not sure a coach can really do a whole lot to prevent turnovers.  I'll guarantee you that the coaching staff is not coaching the QB's to throw INT's or fumble.  No matter how much you stress it to the kids, it's up to them to actually be smart with the ball.  If someone can definitively say that we don't do ball security drills in practice then I'll fault the coaches.

I do think that coaches can work more with a wet football or other adverse conditions in practice if called for.  Generally when conditions are as crappy as they were Saturday, turnovers are more likely.  I realize that doesn't address the last 3 games before this one, but I chalk a lot of it up to youth and players pressing and always trying for a big play. 

In short, I'm not sure how a coach can prevent turnovers - ultimately the players have to be smart and protect the ball. 

11/12/2010 - 12:56pm My sentiments exactly

I really feel like we should win comfortably, but I just don't think our defense will allow that.  You can bet Purdue is going to have every trick play in their playbook ready to run against us to take advantage of our inexperience.  I really don't think our defense can stop any offense consistently right now regardless of how injury-depleted or talent-deficient they are.  I sincerely hope I'm wrong, but I'll be very surpised if we cover a 12-point spread.

11/12/2010 - 9:44am Disagree

If we're being honest, Wisky and OSU are probable losses - Mouton or no Mouton. 

If Mouton is limited to the point that he's worse than Moundros or JB I'd prefer to see him sit, but I don't think he's going to be the difference in the Wisky or OSU games.  If he gives us the best shot to win this Saturday I say play him.  Tomorrow's our best chance at another win this season and I want the best shot at that. 

11/10/2010 - 10:12am Or maybe

the oath is more like "I swear to make every spectacular catch possible and then drop a large percentage of the easy catches that hit me right between the numbers". 

I loved Braylon, but I can't be the only one who found him to be maddeningly inconsistent, can I?  Henne was better off throwing it high to him so he had to make a great play than hitting him in the hands.  As great as his MSU performance was, anytime I see Braylon I think of that game and then immediately think of the 4th down drop against OSU.  Pretty much sums up his career - at least the way I remember it.

10/31/2010 - 5:02pm Indifferent

I'd have to say I'm indifferent regarding RichRod's future here now.  I'd prefer him to get to 6-6 this year, hopefully 7-5, and come back next year with an improved team.  6-6 would be disappointing honestly, but I really don't want to have to go through another transition period.  

But at some point, you have to ask if this is really working, and I can't find much evidence that things are "working" for this team.  If I woke up tomorrow and saw a headline stating Rodriguez had been fired I couldn't muster up too much indignation.  

I like RichRod but I like winning more.

10/27/2010 - 4:31pm Nope - you're not the only

Nope - you're not the only one.  I believe that whoever starts for PSU at QB Saturday night is going to put up the best numbers from a PSU QB all season.  I pray I'm wrong and we do roll them, but I just can't see this defense stopping anyone as long as the opposing QB has 2 arms and 2 legs. 

10/26/2010 - 11:04am This

"and that our defense has a lot, and I mean a lot to learn before an inexperienced QB on the other team should mean anything to us except for an opportunity to watch his breakout game"

I'm convinced whoever plays QB for PSU this weekend will have their best game of the year.  I'm not trying to be pessimistic, but I just can't see this defense stopping anyone with as many errors as they make.  They should be able to slow them down enough to win the game, but I really don't envision a blowout. 

10/13/2010 - 10:21am Surprising Responses

You'd think from some of these responses that this isn't a noble or worthwhile cause.  What harm can possibly come from this?  Does it offend your sense of fashion to see players and coaches wearing pink?  Honestly, I don't see what the fuss is all about. 

10/02/2010 - 8:25pm That missed tackle by Kovacs

That missed tackle by Kovacs was the best thing that could have happened since it occurred after the first down marker.  If he makes that tackle, IU can bleed the clock before scoring (and let's face it - they would have scored).  At least we got the ball back with enough time to score. 

09/29/2010 - 3:58pm Woodson

My avatar is my dog Woodson, so that's obviously my recommendation. 

09/21/2010 - 5:32pm Post removal

I like reading these threads after posts have been removed and it looks like posters are responding to themselves. 

09/15/2010 - 4:12pm To me these comments mean far

To me these comments mean far more than what the other former players have said, considering he actually, you know, played under RR for 2 years. 

09/12/2010 - 7:42pm Don't feel bad believing that

Don't feel bad believing that - it's true.  I texted my brother and told him we're better off letting ND score quickly if we aren't going to stop them.  Obviously letting them score was not intentional, but it was definitely better to get scored on quickly IF we weren't going to stop them. 

09/11/2010 - 7:39pm 2 Series

i'm pretty sure we'll see denard for at most 2 series' next week, barring a disaster.  there should be no need to play him at all, but i'd guess he'll see a few reps just to stay sharp, much like tate last year against delaware state. 

 

what a great damn game today!

GO BLUE!!

08/05/2010 - 3:12pm Thanks

Thanks for all the responses guys.  It's nice not to have to start over again, since I already had to restart once after Denard transferred even though he took 75% of the snaps for me.

08/05/2010 - 1:52pm Anyone know if this fix will

Anyone know if this fix will work on in-progress dynasties?  Or do I have to restart the dynasty all over?  Sorry if this is mentioned in any of the links, but I'm at work and can't access any of those sites.

07/16/2010 - 11:39am No problem. I understand it

No problem. I understand it gets pretty tedious to make all those changes - I'm just grateful you did it. 

I think I'm going to make Van Slyke into LaLota.  I'm still trying to figure out who is going to become Jibreel Black though.  Probably Wilkins, since I'm more excited for Black than him.  I might actually edit over Conelius Jones and turn him into Terrence Talbott to get some more D-Line depth.  I'm pretty sure I'd be cutting Jones to free up roster space in the next season or two anyway so it shouldn't be a big loss. 

07/16/2010 - 10:29am Thank you

I downloaded your roster this morning - excellent work.  I already adjusted Big Will down a bit as well.  Also - shouldn't Cam Gordon be a redshirt freshman instead of a true freshman?  Those two are super-easy fixes I made so I'm not trying to criticize - just pointing out a potential discrepancy.  Thanks again for all the Michigan customization.

 

Not related to any of your edits, but where is LaLota in this game?  I understand some of the true freshman being left off, but LaLota was a fairly decent recruit last year.  And on NCAA 10 he developed into an absolute beast for me.  So that definitely means he'll be good in real life, too.

05/29/2010 - 7:41pm 100% Agree

The new Black Keys album is awesome.  These guys are consistently great.

05/10/2010 - 9:10am Trouble - Ray

Trouble - Ray Lamontagne

Keep It Hid - Dan Auerbach

 

Those are two albums I can listen to over and over and not get bored with them. 

04/26/2010 - 4:45pm Woodson

i named our dog woodson. we actually get lots of compliments on the name, and we live in ohio. there's the occasional d-bag OSU fan who will make a comment, but generally it's not too bad.

03/21/2010 - 7:39pm Mauer's destined to become a

Mauer's destined to become a corner infielder once the daily catching starts wearing on him. Even if he doesn't, he can DH. If he weren't such a fantastic defensive catcher, he'd already be a 3rd baseman.

I agree that you don't want to lock up a normal catcher into his 30's, but normal catchers don't win batting titles annually either.

03/05/2010 - 9:25am It's an Old School quote, not

It's an Old School quote, not Anchorman. "I fucking hate your guts, but goddamn it do I respect you!"

i'm at work and can't access youtube so i can't post it, but i'm certain it's an Old School line - my friends and I still use this line at least once a week. quite possibly the funniest movie ever made.

03/02/2010 - 10:20pm Well, see how well that

Well, see how well that worked out for us? Far better than any of the safeties or defensive ends we've tried to convert recently.

For some reason, Harris didn't come to mind - I only remembered Burgess and Crable from that time period. And I don't really consider Crable much of a linebacker, as he spent a fair amount of time at DE.

03/02/2010 - 5:16pm Your second point is my main

Your second point is my main reason for optimism regarding Ryan. I realize guys change position going from HS to college all the time, but it has to help the adjustment to the speed of the game by not also having to learn a new position. I honestly can't remember the last linebacker we had that played LB in HS.

03/02/2010 - 5:12pm Wow, do we all work for the

Wow, do we all work for the Raiders? Who really cares how fast someone runs without pads? Shouldn't what a guy does, you know, when he actually plays football matter most?

This is why the combine is such a waste of time in my opinion. If Suh showed up and didn't bench press as much as expected or run as fast as other defensive tackles, would anyone really think he should drop out of the first 2 spots? It's about what you can do on the field in game situations, not about how high you can jump or how fast you run in non-game situations.

01/12/2010 - 12:28pm He was a LB coach at YSU and

He was a LB coach at YSU and eventually promoted to DC there. He was a DC at Minnesota and then left there to become the DC at OSU for 4 years, leaving for Marshall in 2005.

He seems to have a pretty decent track record on the defensive side of the ball, but so did Scott Shafer. At least he has some LB experience in his past.

All info gathered from Wikipedia, by the way, so it's guaranteed to be spot-on.

01/12/2010 - 11:34am Dan McCarney went from head

Dan McCarney went from head coach at Iowa State, where he was somewhat successful, to the D-Line coach at Florida. We're not at Florida's level, but, as you alluded to, being LB coach at a prestigious university beats nothing.

01/06/2010 - 1:33pm I don't have anything against

I don't have anything against people who do. Well, actually I do hate people who do it to their little designer dogs and have tons of outfits for them. A dog isn't a doll. But that's neither here nor there.

My mutt so far is really only interested in socks. He likes to carry them around. I'm pretty sure I won't be able to get him to wear them, though. It would be fun to watch him slip around the house while wearing them though. Makes me think of "kitten mittens" from It's Always Sunny.

01/06/2010 - 9:02am I hate the idea of putting

I hate the idea of putting clothes on a dog, but if there was a dog shirt in the MGoStore referencing Woodson, I'd almost have no choice but to buy it since my dog is named Woodson. He'd only be allowed to wear it during games, though. I just really dislike playing dress-up with a dog.

12/18/2009 - 5:11pm You're correct

I'd be extremely happy with this class finishing out that way. But I consider a spectacular class to be something akin to what Texas, Florida, USC, and Alabama have raked in the last few years. I don't expect us to be able to do that right now, obviously, since we aren't winning. Maybe solid was a poor choice of adjectives.

The real point I was trying to make is that outside of Gardner and Christian (and Parker if he commits), the class is made up of a bunch of seemingly solid, but not necessarily spectacular guys. And that's fine - we need contributions from everyone in these next few classes (all teams do, but us especially right now). I'll take 25 solid contributors with no superstars over 3 superstars and a bunch of other middling performers, which is more in line with what we'd gotten out of Lloyd's last few classes. And please note, I'm not trying to infer we won't get any superstars out of this class.

Bottom line, if we pull in a top 10-15 class this year, RR's done a great job of recruiting. Even if we don't get that high, I still think we're getting a bunch of guys that can help the team win.

12/18/2009 - 10:14am Solid if unspectacular

if this class pans stays exactly the way it is projected, i'd consider it a solid class. and honestly, we need some of those. lloyd's final few classes were heavy on getting a couple big stars each year and then nothing behind that. i'll gladly take a bunch of solid contributors and maybe 1 superstar (DG) at this point. we need depth everywhere and we're not realistically at the UF or USC level where we just stockpile 4 and 5 star guys for depth. i think the coaches have done a good job of recruiting for need, too, based on the system they want to run.

at this point, i'm willing to trust the coaches' evaluations. no one they have brought in has been a bust yet. any underachievers on the team were inherited, so until we start seeing tons of disappointments out of RR's recruiting classes, i'll give him the benefit of the doubt (which i'm sure lets him sleep easy at night).

12/16/2009 - 7:08pm Woodson

The little guy in the photo in my profile is named Woodson. The wife got to pick the dog and I got to pick the name. If we get a female, I want to name her Charlie, but I think the best I can get the wife to agree to is Maizey.

09/15/2009 - 12:48pm not sure it's fair to say

not sure it's fair to say "cissoko can't handle man coverage". it's clear he's not ready for man coverage against nfl-caliber wideouts, but i'm not willing to write-off his skills based on trying to cover two guys who are a nightmare for anyone to cover.

04/02/2009 - 7:09pm what's your favorite keys

what's your favorite keys album?

i love magic potion, but attack and release is pretty good, too - and a little bit different for them.

04/01/2009 - 9:02pm fair enough. not knocking

fair enough. not knocking them - i was just curious if anyone else felt the same.

any dave matthews band fans on the board?

04/01/2009 - 3:58pm for those of you who list

for those of you who list vampire weekend - aren't you tired of them yet? i loved that album for about two weeks and i can't get back into it. i almost dislike it now actually.

03/31/2009 - 1:52pm The Black Keys
Dan Auerbach

The Black Keys
Dan Auerbach (lead singer/guitar for black keys)
Ray LaMontagne
Kings of Leon

The new Dan Auerbach cd is easily my favorite record released this year.

and i love my morning jacket as well, although i haven't listed to them as much recently.