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12/10/2018 - 12:36pm Ummmm...  David Long, 2nd…

Ummmm...  David Long, 2nd Team All-American Linebacker?

 

edit: oh, he's an actual guy from WVU.  

12/06/2018 - 4:13pm The Heartland Institute, the…

The Heartland Institute, the organization at the other end your link, took a similar stance on the health effects of secondhand smoke and actively lobbied for Big Tobacco.  Skepticism is welcome in science, but Heartland engages in straight up denial.  

Your first point is a better one, that the only solutions proposed to solve climate change are limits on individuals.  But its a huge problem, global in scope, and individuals have clearly shown an inability to react (myself included... I sit in rush hour traffic every day, though I occasionally feel bad doing it).  The incentives to change are so nebulous that they are hard to grasp... and so we find ourselves responding better to the stick than the carrot.  

The large question is, how bad does it have to get for the carrot to be more engaging than the stick?

12/06/2018 - 2:06pm Oh, so we'll only have to…

Oh, so we'll only have to deal with a few hundred years of climate change.  Hopefully the effects we're seeing now don't get worse...

Also, natural gas is a fossil fuel.

12/06/2018 - 1:57pm Interesting.  I'll be…

Hmmmm.  I'll be interested to see how these organisms hold up.  One of the basic tenets of biology is that energy allocation requires tradeoffs.  Organisms that allocate their energy to rapid growth and reproduction do so at the expense of durability (e.g. dandelions vs oak trees).  If the 'natural' coral take 500 years to reach the size of a small car, what is the life expectancy of a coral that reaches the same size in 100 years?  Are we planting a forest of coral that will be smashed the first time a Cat. 5 hurricane blows through?

12/06/2018 - 10:08am My brother-in-law has done…

My brother-in-law has done this at his local specialty store, but for cheese. 

There is some strangely delicious stuff out there.  

12/05/2018 - 9:21am I don't buy this.  Every…

I don't buy this.  Every major blue-blood program has spent some time as mediocre or worse in the last 30 years, typically due to a bad coaching hire.  OSU is kind of an exception to this, because it only happened to them for one year, when they spent a single season with a bad interim coach who went 6-7.  OSU is not immune to a bad coach, they simply have made good choices when hiring coaches (off-field caveats apply). 

11/29/2018 - 4:40pm I agree with this, but it…

I agree with this, but it should be eight 10-team conferences.    

In a 12-game schedule, each team plays a round robin within its conference plus 3 intersectional OOC games. Then all 8 champs feed into the playoff.

11/28/2018 - 4:16pm You're not talking about…

You're not talking about middling opponents.  Middling opponents would be on the level of Texas Tech, Utah, or Kentucky.  You're talking about bad opponents, so that the schedule has a default 3 wins built into it.

 

11/28/2018 - 3:44pm I think that if you replace…

I think that if you replace a close loss to ND on the road in week 1 with a win against Troy, it would have absolutely no bearing on UM being excluded from the CFP.  Our blowout loss to OSU would still have us behind OU, OSU, and Georgia.

But if we have three OOC games that are bullshit, a Rutgers game that is bullshit, and probably an additional game like Maryland, Purdue, or Illinois that is bullshit... then damn near half the schedule is bullshit that is not the least bit interesting.  

 

11/28/2018 - 3:31pm All of these comments are…

All of these comments are geared toward winning championships and I get why people want to talk about that.

But what about just my Saturday viewing experience?  I don't enjoy watching Michigan beat MAC teams.  The whole reason I sit down to watch a football game is to be taken in by the drama of the event.  I get nothing out of it when the game is a foregone conclusion.  I wish all of the games were filled with bonafide P5 teams.  

11/24/2018 - 9:49am Since my baby girl was born…

Since my baby girl was born in late January, Michigan bball has won the BTT and advanced to the National Championship, hockey advanced to the Frozen Four, and football is 10-1.

I've got my good luck charm right here.

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11/17/2018 - 8:32am If UM wins and OSU loses, UM…

If UM wins and OSU loses, UM clinches the B1G East.  That is a good thing.

11/16/2018 - 10:26am WTF does this have to do…

WTF does this have to do with anything?

Losing games to improve your position is something that pro teams do all the time and has nothing to do with "the current generation."

Even if you don't like that a team laid down to improve their position, you can be damn sure the coaches had a major hand in it, and pinning it on "the current generation" is a lazy take from an old man.  

 

11/15/2018 - 2:24pm The voice in my head while…

The voice in my head while reading this is that of Dustin Hoffman's Hook saying Rufio.  

11/15/2018 - 1:13pm (No subject)

Nothing?

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11/09/2018 - 12:11pm Cow pasture - complete with…

Cow pasture - complete with piles of shit (so many to name on the OSU and MSU sidelines).

11/09/2018 - 9:54am Out of morbid curiosity, I…

Out of morbid curiosity, I clicked the 200! link at the top of the article.  I believe Drew Singleton is the only Wolverine that attended. I'm not big into following recruiting, so I only recognized a few other names:

Jonathon Taylor

Tyler Friday

Isaiah Wilson

Jeremy Ruckert

Artur Sitkowski - he attended that game and still decided to commit?

 

 

11/08/2018 - 12:27pm I'm not sure how anyone…

I'm not sure how anyone could use those words in that order and it not be a Floyd reference.  

 

PS David Gilmour is better

11/05/2018 - 3:42pm You're absolutely right,…

You're absolutely right, recruiting is a huge driver for successful programs.  But the point made above is that you added up the programs that ranked highly and said "SEC gets more recruits, therefore is better than Big XII", without even acknowledging that there are 16 teams in the former and 10 in the latter.  

 

11/02/2018 - 9:06am (No subject)

Thanks J. Walter Weatherman!

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11/01/2018 - 2:59pm When thinking about hockey,…

When thinking about hockey, my brain has trouble processing this:

 

"Florida native plays for Compuware."

11/01/2018 - 10:51am Alabama is Alabama.  

 

We…

Alabama is Alabama.  

 

We may hate it, but Alabama's year-over-year dominance has earned them the benefit of the doubt with the Powers That Be.  Unless they lose twice, any discussion of who is the best in college football will, not unreasonably, include Alabama.  

10/26/2018 - 1:20pm Same, except its for the OSU…

Same, except its for the OSU schadenfreude when the Purdue team that pounded them loses to an injury-riddled MSU team one week later. 

10/18/2018 - 3:14pm First a Colonization…

First a Colonization reference, and now Civilization?  BiSB owes Sid Meier some royalties for all the content he's using!

Let's see if you can work in one of my NES favorites next week.  

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10/12/2018 - 3:59pm Calling a freshman a has…

Calling a freshman a has-been is pretty tough.  Talk about "getting late early".

10/11/2018 - 12:07pm There is a reason the above…

There is a reason the above post doesn't list OSU among the teams racking up injuries.  Bosa is an elite player and losing a player of his caliber is detrimental, but I believe he is the only starter that is out right now. 

No sympathy for the Buckeyes.  

10/10/2018 - 4:31pm Absolutely.  2 degrees may…

Absolutely.  2 degrees may not sound like a lot, but we're talking about the temperature of thousands of cubic miles of water.  That is a massive energy source for a storm to pull from.  

09/21/2018 - 4:34pm Love me some colonization! …

Love me some colonization!  The game's Continental Congress formed the basis for my understanding of American history.  But the way those Tory bastards popped up was ridiculous.

09/20/2018 - 2:18pm Was that before or after he…

Was that before or after he created a defensive touchdown?

09/19/2018 - 9:08am Never could?  Nebraska won…

Never could?  Nebraska won back-to-back nat'l championships in '94 and '95, and only went 11-2 in 1996 before their undefeated 1997 season.  Yes, I believe Nebraska and Osbourne were awarded the 1997 split based on reputation, but let's not act like that reputation was not well-deserved.  

09/12/2018 - 12:57pm I'm less interested in who…

I'm less interested in who will burn redshirts... if they're playing in at least five games, they must be ready to contribute.

My questions are more geared toward how the coaches will handle the players who, before the new rule, would never see the light of day.  But now they can squeeze up to four games out of promising but not quite ready players.   A DE who is just not quite heavy enough, a WR that needs to develop his route running, a QB who can throw it 70 yards without trying (want to see, please)... those guys who can't get into the regular rotation, but may be able to contend with the low- to mid-level competition on the schedule.  

09/12/2018 - 11:36am I second this one. 

Is it…

I second this one. 

Is it better to get young guys live reps in the first four games because early action results in faster improvement?  Or do you keep them sidelined until later in the year so that they've had a couple of extra months' practice and can provide much need support when starters wear down over the season?  Should the coaches identify the worst four teams on the schedule and just plan to play them in those games?

09/07/2018 - 9:06am Nevermind that shit... here…

Nevermind that shit... here comes Mongo!

09/05/2018 - 7:11am If a player transfers, they…

If a player transfers, they are ineligible to play at other FBS programs for one year.  Typically, when highly rated players transfer to a non-NCAA member school, they play for one year then transfer to another Power 5 team for the rest of your career.   If they transferred to a MAC-level school, they would not be allowed to play during that ineligible year.  

And frankly, one year of conditioning and practice with no chance of competition sounds terrible.

08/21/2018 - 9:52am I'm one of those Ohio…

I'm one of those Ohio residents that drove up to the UP and back via US 23, but you won't get an apology from me.  It's a long haul, but every couple of years I need to replenish my Yooper roots.  

08/14/2018 - 10:20am Move the '73 tie to a W.

Move the '73 tie to a W.

08/13/2018 - 3:00pm Maybe he's representative of…

Maybe he's representative of the fan base because he's a douche beats women and drinks too much. 

08/13/2018 - 9:21am I wish people would stop…

I wish people would stop referring to Urban Meyer as UM.  UM stands for one thing around here.

08/10/2018 - 12:17pm I believe, that if you…

I believe, that if you consult your compass, you'll actually be in the Central Time zone (GMT minus 6 hours).

 

But if you're at the geographic north pole, there is no time zone so I think the default is GMT.  

08/09/2018 - 9:16am Yeah, Elm's is generally our…

Yeah, Elm's is generally our go-to in Granville.  It's good Mom n' Pop pizza but far from the greatest I've had.  I'd save that one for a quick-bite kind of meal, rather than a send-your-son-off-to-college meal.  

Not been to Paulie Gees, will have to check that one out.  

08/09/2018 - 9:13am North Market is thriving and…

North Market is thriving and as good as ever.  It closes at 7 most nights (5 on Sun/Mon) so it'll have to be an early dinner to go there.  This is best though, because it is across the street from all of the Arena District frat bro bars which are absolutely obnoxious.  

If you're willing to brave the crowds and parking situation, the Arena District/Short North area has the highest concentration of good restaurants.  

That's right, I'm 35 and sound like a bitter old man.  Get off my lawn!

08/09/2018 - 6:11am Oh, if you're looking for…

Oh, if you're looking for steak, look up on of Cameron Mitchell's restaurants.  He is the big name in town and has several scattered around the city. 

I think he has one at Easton with a surf 'n' turf theme.

08/09/2018 - 6:08am Lindeys may the best…

Lindeys may the best restaurant in town, but the rest of German Village is no slouch.  Sycamore and Barcelona both feature excellent menus and Schmidt's and Thurman Cafe make for great dining experiences.

There are several Denison alums in my family.  Granville is, of course, a charming town with a couple of okay places to eat.  There is a lot of money there, so I'm always surprised there arent more good dining options.

Nothing worthwhile in Newark and you couldn't pay me enough to go to Easton on a weekend.

07/13/2018 - 4:16pm The dearth of WRs makes me…

The dearth of WRs makes me lament the burning of Collins' redshirt.  

07/11/2018 - 3:22pm Woodson's Rose Bowl…

Woodson's Rose Bowl interception to win the National Championship?

06/12/2018 - 10:23am Obviously these types of…

Obviously these types of things are frowned upon and explicitly prohibited in NPDES permits, but 300K gallons isn't so bad.  Discharges like this are typically measured in millions.  

I'm not advocating that someone go muck around in it, but its not that unusual.  Here's a map of  Great Lakes communities whose sewers are designed to discharge like this when it rains. Granted, that is typically to a water body, not a prairie.   

 

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06/02/2018 - 6:22am It is absolutely possible to

It is absolutely possible to rap off-key relative to the backup music and it sounds terrible. Ergo, rappers are singers. And, as with any genre, some are better than others at staying on-pitch.

05/25/2018 - 2:32pm New dad here.  My little girl

New dad here.  My little girl was born Jan 22, we just passed the four month mark and she's amazing.  I'll share the best advice I got for being a new parent.  

 

After coming home, try to get out of the house with your baby within a week.  It doesn't have to be big... a trip to the grocery store, a snack at a coffee shop, a visit to a friend's house, a drink at the (relatively quiet) bar.   If you prove to yourself early on that you can go out with your baby, it won't be such a daunting task when you have to.  

05/17/2018 - 3:25pm Puerto Rico could use your

Puerto Rico could use your tourist dollars.  

05/07/2018 - 11:27am I'm a swimming official, so I

I'm a swimming official, so I can't really speak to the headaches that come with dealing with whiny athletes, overbearing parents, or obnoxious fans.  But I don't make enough money officiating for earnings to be the major motivation for doing it.  Working on average 3 nights a week for the 3 month season, I only net ~$1,500 after taxes.  Maybe that's a big enough number for you, but when you consider all of the time, effort, and expenses I put into it, the hourly rate is pretty low.  

I recommend refereeing if you love the sport, want to contribute to its growth, and, to an extent, be involved in the community.  For me, its a more a hobby than a source of income.