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06/22/2018 - 1:30am I live an hour north of…

I live an hour north of Eugene, and Hop Valley, while decent, is probably only the 5th or 6th best brewery in Eugene alone (I'd put it behind at least Oakshire, Ninkasi, Elk Horn, and Falling Sky), not to mention what's available elsewhere in Oregon.

I'd highly recommend anyone who loves beer that hasn't made it to the PNW to do so immediately. I've traveled many places and tried a lot of different breweries, and the density of fantastic places here is nuts, especially if you find yourself in Portland or Seattle.

I've got a road trip planned starting a week from today that will take my wife and I through Montana, south into Denver for 5 days, and then back to Oregon via SLC and Boise. Once we're done with this trip, we'll have been to 13 of the top 25 breweries on this list, and I've already had ~40 of the top 58 beers they list. This list is missing a lot of great places - off the top of my head, I'd throw Modern Times (I went to their San Diego location, but there's a taphouse in Portland too), pFriem (45 minutes east of Portland), Fremont (Seattle), and Crux (Bend) on this list easily.

05/29/2018 - 2:24pm I've got a round trip commute

I've got a round trip commute of about 5 miles, and now that the weather has turned nice in Oregon, I've started biking to work again. Fuel economy isn't a huge concern, especially since I still have my Honda CR-Z that I bought back when I was driving ~60 miles round trip for work back in Pennsylvania. It's what we use for the most part when doing relatively local travel without the dog, and it'll get a sold 35-40mpg on the highway as long as I keep speeds reasonable. For longer trips, or those involving the dog/other people/large items, we use our Forester since my wife can't drive the Honda; that SUV can generally pull around 27-28 unless we take it into the mountains.

05/29/2018 - 2:15pm While turbocharged engines

While turbocharged engines used to be the realm of performance vehicles, everybody's making small turbo engines now - Ford has their Ecoboost, Chevy has the LFV, all of the Asian manufacturers have varying turbo 4s. It's a practical way to meet all of the emissions requirements without saddling the buying public with 60 hp gutless cars.

05/29/2018 - 12:30pm McPhee played a lot of other

McPhee played a lot of other teams like a fiddle leading up to and during the expansion draft. He picked up an incredible number of picks and prospects as part of deals to ensure he picked certain players that either opened up cap space or avoided certain unprotected players. Too many owners/GMs got scared of how the draft was going to go that they put too much stock into the here and now and not to the future.

Other teams just made some boneheaded decisions in who they protected. Florida let Marchessault go despite being their top goal scorer so they could protect a few middling guys; St. Louis decided to protect Reaves, an enforcer, instead of Perron, and now Reaves is on Vegas anyway; Boston decided that an older, less talented Kevan Miller was more important than Colin Miller, who turned out to be the best offensive contributor on Vegas' blueline.

The rules aren't going to change when Seattle's expansion draft comes up, but if you think Seattle is going to have any immediate success even approaching what Vegas has done, you're going to be surprised. This was a masterclass in using leverage to build a competitive team, and the rest of the league learned the hard way.

05/24/2018 - 9:20am Sorry, I was kind of looping

Sorry, I was kind of looping in the AHL with the NHL on the weight and nutrition aspect, since as you said he'd be under supervision from the NHL team; I was mainly referring to the OHL with that comment, since that's always an option that some NHL clubs may be biased towards.

Sure, the AHL is a wonderful place to develop, but if I'm an NHL team and draft Quinn in the top 10, I'm drafting him because he's probably the second best defenseman in the draft, and if he's not immediately ready to contribute on the NHL level I don't want to burn a year of RFA simply tossing him into the AHL. Maybe that's my bias that the NCAA is a perfectly fine place to let a player develop for free. I'd hope that Quinn knows and understands this, and only signs if he's more or less guaranteed significant NHL time. Otherwise the rookie pay scale limits of $70k/year in the AHL vs. the $925k/year in the NHL (because, as a top 10 pick, he's basically guaranteed the rookie max) makes the free year of development pretty tempting. Unless he hates the academic side of college life, which I've never heard a peep about regarding him or anyone else in his family.

05/23/2018 - 7:00pm If I'm Jack, I'd probably

If I'm Jack, I'd probably just go ahead and start accelerating now. It opens more doors without closing any. He can delay graduation and still go back to the NTDP in the fall (since the NTDP requires attendance in high school), he can finish school and still go to college even if Quinn is off to the NHL/AHL, or he can jump into the OHL and not have to worry about finishing school while playing/training for the draft.

My best guess for Quinn is that he stays in college another year, beacuse right now he's probably too small for an entire NHL season's worth of physicality - though he did show well at the World Championships, he was heavily protected from playing against other teams' top lines. Weight training and nutrition at Michigan is much better than what he'd get with anywhere that's not in the NHL, and teams generally don't want to be bringing first round picks along slowly and waste a year of RFA time. But there are always owners/GMs/etc. who will strongly push him away from college and into a "you should be playing 60+ games a season with no academic distractions" lifestyle, whether that be OHL, AHL, or NHL, as short-sighted as that may be given the success of various college players.

I do think it's great that their dad isn't pushing them in any direction; he gave both Jack and Quinn the opportunity to go play in the OHL if they wanted to instead of joining the NTDP. Too many parents in all sports these days try to make decisions based on their own best interests instead of what the kids want.

05/23/2018 - 2:47pm It would have been peak

It would have been peak Michigan hockey summer for Wahlstrom to get drafted by a team like Vancouver or Edmonton and told to go to Cape Breton in the QMJHL. It would have been Trevor Lewis part 2.

If Wahlstrom does slip to Edmonton at 10, I could see him joining the NHL immediately, as he's widely considered to have the best shot amongst eligible prospects, some think on par with Laine's when he was drafted. Edmonton could use someone besides McDavid and Draisaitl who can score goals, and he could slot in nicely at wing alongside Nugent-Hopkins.

05/23/2018 - 9:00am Figure here is as good a place as any, but

Figure here is as good a place as any, but disappointingly for us Oliver Wahlstrom chose BC instead of Michigan. Oh well, still a chance of Jack Hughes deciding to play with his brother in college I suppose!

05/17/2018 - 3:02pm Priority Selection's updated

Priority Selection's updated rankings actually have Duke 2nd now. Luke Hughes, who I'd have to guess is likely a Michigan lean if he goes the college route, is 10th. Two other US skaters are on the list, both committed to B1G teams - Dylan Gratton (PSU) and Matthew Argentina (ND).

Also they're all still too young to determine whether or not they'll actually be top-10 in the NA skater rankings come the 2021 NHL Draft they're eligible for.

05/16/2018 - 12:15pm If Bakanov didn't bother even

If Bakanov didn't bother even trying to get into the OHL draft this year, I don't see him going anywhere besides Michigan, unless he eviscerates the USHL and starts getting nudged in other directions for 2019.

As for the mini puck wizard, Perfetti has about 0.1% chance of ever suiting up for Michigan. Just like basically every highly ranked Ontario kid that's committed before him - Marner (though he may not have ever actually verbally committed, he used the scholarship offer to swing his draft spot to London), Domi, Marcantuoni, Lessio, probably some others I'm forgetting about.

05/15/2018 - 7:13pm While certainly quite

While certainly quite positive, I don't think either of this is really new news, except that there was an outside shot of Wahlstrom going to Europe or reporting to Cape Breton in the QMJHL. Nice to hear he'll be deciding soon; as a top-10 draft prospect, I'm sure both BC and Michigan would really like to know whether or not he'll be on the roster as soon as possible for scholarship reasons.

Hughes has pretty much always been projected to either spend another year with the NTDP or enroll at Michigan. His situation probably depends on where Quinn ends up in the draft and whether his NHL team wants him right away - my completely uneducated guess is, if Quinn goes to a team like Detroit who has had success with NCAA players staying in college for development and he spends his sophomore year in Ann Arbor, that Jack does whatever he needs to do over the summer and shows up at Michigan in the fall. Doubly so if Wahlstrom picks Michigan, because the two of them were dynamite together on the U18 team, and Hughes is going to need a winger who can take advantage of his playmaking skillset to hold onto his current #1 draft projection for 2019. I'm not sure that Michigan's current roster for next season has that type of player on it.

05/15/2018 - 12:42pm Watch this video (from 2009,

Watch this video (from 2009, and cars are even safer today) and tell me you want your old rigid frame vehicle in a crash.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fPF4fBGNK0U

05/15/2018 - 12:38pm The push for more automation

The push for more automation and computer controlled everything. Electronics, in general, aren't noted for their reliability, and automating everything makes it feel like you're driving an appliance instead of a car.

Also that very few new car offerings at reasonable rates offer an intoxicating driving experience. The cheaper cars that handle well are woefully underpowered (BRZ/86, Miata, etc.) - for a hair over $30k you can get a Camry with a 300hp V6, but the best you can do on a $25k 86 is a 205hp 4-banger. Other companies reserve the "track day" type of cars for the top of the line versions only. For about $37k you can get a 455hp Camaro 1SS that handles like a barge, but if you want a Camaro that actually takes corners reasonably well you have to get the 650hp version that goes for north of $60k.

05/10/2018 - 12:04pm Terry Bradshaw is the second

Terry Bradshaw is the second best QB in NFL history. 4-0 in the Super Bowl, 2 SB MVPs.

05/09/2018 - 1:33pm I had a week long training in

I had a week long training in Idaho Falls last year, and was the only representative from my company there, so I had a lot of free time on my own in the evenings. I found what was essentially the only good beer bar in the town (it's a heavily Mormon population there, so drinking establishments aren't extraordinarily prevalent) and popped over there after dinner on the Monday. I had a fantastic time talking with the bartender, and he gave me an entire itinerary for my Friday afternoon since the training ended before lunch that day and I didn't fly out until Saturday morning.

I ended up taking a quick little road trip out to Jackson based on his recommendation, and along the way stopped at Melvin Brewing in Alpine, WY, and it's still the best time I've ever had at a brewery (and I've been to a lot, by my count north of 200). I was the only patron there, the beer was phenomenal, the bartender was totally awesome, the views from their back porch are astounding, and one of the owners/brewmasters gave me an impromptu full tour of the entire place where we just shot the shit about all things beer related for about an hour. So if you're ever in the Jackson or Idaho Falls area for any reason, stop at Melvin (they also operate out of Thai Me Up in Jackson if you don't want to drive to the production facility in Alpine).

05/08/2018 - 10:20pm I go to local breweries/beer bars, sit at the bar,

I go to local breweries/beer bars, sit at the bar, and talk to bartenders about suggestions for food and drinks, and sometimes for other interesting places to check out. I've found some awesome places this way that I otherwise would never have visited. My wife and I also do this during some vacations, helps you feel a bit more local I think.

05/08/2018 - 1:15pm I have two of them

I have two of them really.

The first was a Ferrari F40 (a doctor in my neighborhood had one of these and a Lamborghini Diablo, and promptly gifted the F40 to his son when said son got his M.D. from Johns Hopkins). Prices have skyrocketed for these lately to north of $1 million, so needless to say it'll never find it's way into my garage.

The second is a Porsche 911 Turbo. I truly fell in love when, in 1995, they introduced the first AWD version. Unfortunately, as with the Ferrari, these late 993 models represent the last, and probably best, of the air-cooled Turbos, and prices have also punched through the stratosphere. The following 996 generation are not very attractive, but represent an incredible bargain for the performance and luxury, since you can find relatively well-sorted 6-speed versions around $50k. Maybe one day I'll convince my wife that those are a great idea.

05/03/2018 - 4:47pm I can get behind ranking

I can get behind ranking Draisaitl #2 on that roster. I'd be curious to see how he produces without the benefit of spending most of his ice time with McDavid. Not that RNH is great shakes as the #2 pivot.

No doubt, Crosby is still fantastic and makes some great plays. But McDavid also makes plenty of goals out of innocuous looking plays simply with how fast he is and his ability to make plays with the puck at top speed. It's like half of his highlight reels on YouTube, him just blowing past people like they're standing still, then roofing shots from 6 inches in front of the goalie.

I hope Edmonton does something about that defense and adds a legitimate puck mover. Probably also need to seriously bolster that supporting cast on offense. Watching their powerplay is gross, nobody on the ice is dangerous besides him, so he just gets shut down in the zone. Lucic is such an anchor around the neck of that team.

05/03/2018 - 4:33pm You cannot possibly think I

You cannot possibly think I was seriously insinuating that Edmonton without McDavid is actually an AHL team. I refuse to believe anyone cannot understand that I was being facetious in describing how bad Edmonton would be without him.

05/03/2018 - 2:02pm So, because Guentzel plays

So, because Guentzel plays well with Crosby, that means Crosby is the best player on the planet? The kid was still a 3rd round pick, it's not like he's some dude who joined out of the beer leagues.

If we're going to advanced stats, McDavid's WAR/82 this past season was 7.34. The next highest skater in the league was William Karlsson at 5.73. The next highest player on Edmonton's entire roster was Cam Talbot at 1.82. For comparison, Pittsbugh had four players over 2.5, led by Crosby's 3.36. Edmonton has four players over 0.5, Pittsburgh has 14. Their teams aren't even remotely comparable - Edmonton is a reasonably competitive AHL team without McDavid on the ice. Pittsburgh is a playoff team without Crosby.

05/03/2018 - 1:38pm McDavid plays on a team with

McDavid plays on a team with basically nobody else who is a threat and still outproduces everyone else in the league. The second best player on Edmonton is probably Nugent-Hopkins, and the best he's done is the 52 points in 62 games he had as a rookie. They have literally no good puck moving defensemen. It's a total mess of a team led by the most skilled guy to play the game since probably Lemieux.

I don't get the talk about 'complete' player in this context. What does McDavid have to do to be considered a 'complete' player? He's an offensive powerhouse, he plays plenty of PK minutes so he's obviously not a liability defensively, and he makes players around him better (seriously, watch his highlights and the amount of gift goals he sets up for his linemates). Is it the Cup rings? Because again, his team is garbage and that's out of his control; this isn't the NBA where one generational talent can drag a team to success like LeBron. If you put McDavid on a team that has guys like Malkin, Kessel, and Letang on it, he'd actually have a chance to win a title.

05/03/2018 - 12:13pm Eh, I'd give the best player

Eh, I'd give the best player nod to McDavid now. Don't get me wrong, Crosby is probably #2, but the things McDavid can do puts him in a class by himself. I just wish the team around him wasn't so bad. A guy with his talent deserves so much more.

05/02/2018 - 5:14pm I have some qualms about

I have some qualms about calling a guy overrated because his career is ruined by injuries. But then again, the way Lindros played really invited concussions because he constantly skated around with his head down and thought he was invincible at his size.

During his time with Philadelphia (1992-93 rookie season up through missing the entire 2000-01 season due to concussions), he averaged 1.36 points per game. His points-per-game rank each of those seasons (among guys with at least 20 games) were 23, 4, 1, 3, 2, 7, 4, and 9. Dude was an elite force in the league for nearly 7 seasons before his brain finally had enough.

04/23/2018 - 1:32am You're right, a player hasn't

You're right, a player hasn't gone straight from the U-18 team to the NHL opening night. That's partly because most of the elite forwards coming out of the NTDP aren't eligible for the draft right off the U-18 team. Kessel, Kane, Matthews, Eichel, and Matt Tkachuk are just a few of the guys that went high in the NHL draft but had to take a year off between the NTDP and the NHL due to birthdate, but still ended up in the NHL at the first opportunity. Keller is probably the only recent forward who went high in the draft right off the U-18 team but still decided to do a year in the NCAA.

Defensemen are a different animal, they tend to have longer development paths, so most of the top defensemen play a year or two outside the NHL after being drafted (Erik and Jack Johnson, Trouba, Werenski, Q. Hughes in all likelihood).

If J. Hughes decides ultimately to stick with the NTDP next season (which I tend to agree is probably a developmental mistake, but who am I to argue with his dad, who has been around the game for a very long time), there's a very good chance he jumps straight to the NHL.

By the way, you're so very wrong about Matthews in regards to Nylander doing all the work. If that was the case, Matthews wouldn't be ahead of Nylander in points with 20 fewer games. Corsica Hockey ranks Matthews 5th amongst all skaters in WAR per 82 games. Nylander is ranked 165th.

04/20/2018 - 6:57pm Jack Hughes is actually

Jack Hughes is actually crushing it even more than Matthews because he's doing this during his U-17 year, not the U-18 year that Matthews did it. Plus he's already got 6 points in 2 games at the U-18 worlds, and if the US can make the medal round, he should have 5 games remaining to score 9 points and set the program record for single season points.

I'm not religious, but I'm praying every day to the hockey gods that both Wahlstrom and Jack Hughes decide to show up in Ann Arbor for a season. A powerplay unit with the Hughes brothers and Wahlstrom on it? Yes please.  (it's not happening, I know, but a man can dream)

04/20/2018 - 2:21pm There are actually two

There are actually two professional lacrosse leagues - MLL (outdoor, big field variety) and NLL (indoor box-lacrosse league).

04/19/2018 - 5:37pm That's a completely different

That's a completely different situation - there's literally no indication that the football team is going to be affected by what's going on at MSU. At least not as far as breaking NCAA rules go.

04/18/2018 - 7:29pm Shit, even when I had money

Shit, even when I had money (thanks to a fellowship for my Master's year and the internship I had that paid me reasonably well for doing basically nothing while living with my parents), I rarely ate out. My roommate and I bought really cheap stuff at the grocery store (dinner was often garbage-tier deli sandwiches or pizza rolls), and our idea of 'eating out' was going to Subway before games at Yost.

I did occasionally treat myself during my grad year to a nice beer or five at Ashley's, especially once I accepted a job offer around Thanksgiving. At that point, I was in my "survive to get your degree and go make real money" mindset.

04/12/2018 - 3:15pm Generally, guys in the CHL

Generally, guys in the CHL can sign NHL contracts but continue to play in juniors; However, once they're returned to the junior team, the only way they can play legitimate NHL time is once their team's regular season is over and they've been eliminated from the playoffs. Emergency call-ups are allowed under certain circumstances, but that's really only a goalie-specific thing.

Players are allowed to play up to (I think) 9 games in the NHL and then return to their junior teams, and you'll see this happen a lot for the first ~9 games of a season. Guys who are on the cusp of being productive NHL players (so not the Crosby/McDavid type players) will do this fairly regularly as teams decide whether the player is worth burning a year of RFA time for.

The biggest difference is, NHL teams that call up CHL guys before they've used up junior eligibility (ignoring the overage rule, so basically once they're 20 or have played 4 seasons) must play them at the NHL level. College guys can get placed in the AHL/ECHL even if they're first round picks leaving after their freshman year (see Pacioretty, who split 50/50 between Montreal and Hamilton, their AHL affiliate, for his first professional season).

04/12/2018 - 2:12pm Yeah I tried to edit my

Yeah I tried to edit my comment to note that Oshawa is actually the likely destination once Saginaw can trade him. I'd put the chances at Oshawa being the destination over Windsor at probably 90/10, based on what I've read on the situation.

04/12/2018 - 2:07pm Losing Stranges wasn't

Losing Stranges wasn't totally unexpected after getting drafted by London - especially as a 2nd rounder, that really looks like his intention all along was to go the OHL route and he was using the NTDP/Michigan as leverage to get there with his team of choice.

Perfetti is all but guaranteed to sign with Saginaw. Power won't go to Flint, but there's a good chance (>60% I'd say) his rights get traded to one of the more premier teams and he ends up in the OHL. Smith I think is safe, but he could get desperate for the higher competition after getting passed up in the NTDP selections. Truscott is pretty safe, he's not the caliber of player that would be an instant-impact OHL guy like Stranges, so sticking locally with the NTDP seems like his best path.

04/06/2018 - 1:55pm Yes, there's a chance. From

Yes, there's a chance. From everything I've heard, there's a chance they decide to accelerate his high school studies and he ends up at Michigan. The OHL is unlikely (but still possible, of course), but it's pretty much by all accounts either the NTDP U-18 team again or Michigan. Either way, he's in the NHL for the 2019-20 season.

04/06/2018 - 1:44pm Yes, and Nicklaus finished T6

Yes, and Nicklaus finished T6 in the 1998 Masters, where Tiger finished T8. That doesn't mean they seriously competed against each other. The point is that during the most competitive portion of Norman's career, Jack wasn't really a serious contender, except at Augusta. After finishing 2nd in the PGA Championship in 1983, he had one top 15 in a major outside of the Masters (T8 at the 1986 US Open). Norman had 30 top-10s in majors in his career, and only 3 of them through the 1983 PGA. Being competitive against each other in one tournament does not mean they had truly overlapping competitive careers.

Outside of a few holes, Augusta isn't a demanding course for distance, and really experienced old guys can do pretty well there since they know all of the tricks and undulations. See Couples finishing T18 last year at 57, Langer finishing T8 in 2014 at 56, and Mize making the cut 3 of the past 4 years at age 55+.

04/05/2018 - 5:22pm I mean, if we're being

I mean, if we're being brutally honest, Norman's career didn't really align with either Tiger or Jack. Norman's first Masters was in 1981, when Jack was already 41 years old. Jack won all of 3 tournaments after 1980; yes, one was the out-of-nowhere Masters in in 1986, but he was not extremely competitive after his 41st birthday. Likewise, by the time Tiger really asserted himself in 1997, Norman was already 42 years old. Norman won twice in 1997 and then never won again. Faldo is much the same - his competitive years in majors were really 1982-1996, and he was primarily a European Tour player outside of the majors.

DLIII is entirely different. His competitive years in majors were 1995-2005, including his lone win at the PGA in 1997. Nicklaus's and Love's competitive careers had literally no overlap.

If we go with 1962 as the start of Nicklaus's competitive career (the year of his first tournament win), Hogan was already toast - his last PGA tour win was in 1959 at age 47. Snead's last win was in 1962 at age 50, they had no real overlap.

I'm not arguing that Tiger's career is better than Jack's. I think, looking at it blind, Jack did have a better overall career, somewhat attributable to him staying healthy. However, I think it's also inarguable that Tiger's peak is well beyond anything Jack did.

Jack had 7 years where he won at least 5 tournaments, and twice he won 7. 8 times he led the PGA in scoring average, including 6 straight from 1971-1976. Tiger won at least 5 tournaments in a single year 10 times, and won 8+ 3 times. He led the PGA in scoring average 9 times over 11 seasons between 1999 and 2009. He's played in over 330 tournaments in his career and missed 28 cuts. Jordan Spieth, probably the most consistent young player right now, is 24 years old, has played in 136 events, and has already missed 22 cuts in his career.

04/05/2018 - 1:06pm UNC won the inaugural

UNC won the inaugural Director's Cup, and Stanford has won every single one afterwards.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NACDA_Directors%27_Cup

04/05/2018 - 12:25pm I mean, Quinn could help us

I mean, Quinn could help us win this year, stick around next year to play with Jack, and win a second one.

The thought of Quinn and Jack on the ice together... oh man would that be nice. Also, it'd be nice if the Wings end up grabbing Quinn this year, win the lottery next year and grab Jack, and have one hell of a solid core going forward.

04/05/2018 - 12:10pm Stanford tends to be really

Stanford tends to be really good at a lot of sports where there isn't much of a professional future or where college is a non-traditional route towards a professional career. Basically, if you're a top-level athlete in, say, water polo, and Stanford offers you a scholarship to play said sport in college while getting a degree from one of the best universities in the world, it's kind of a no-brainer.

04/03/2018 - 8:22pm Nah, my "fun" car won't be a

Nah, my "fun" car won't be a WRX (or even an STi, unless I can find a reasonably priced and low-ish miles plasma blue hatchback). Like you said, they hold their value too well for what they are. Since I won't be daily driving it like I did with my '05 (that's what the Honda is for), I'd be more inclined to spend a little bit more for a lot more car - step up a little bit in price and you can get a Cayman S. A little beyond that and you can score a 996 911 Turbo that's far more car than anyone needs on the road.

I'm currently pining for a tiny car I can toss on the mountain roads around me and take up to Portland International Raceway every now and again. I'd love to jump on a Lotus Exige S, but I want to do that soon because I think the prices of those are going to start moving north as a) they're slowly removed from the world via people crashing them at track days, and b) the slow movement towards every manufacturer only selling crossovers and self-driving econoboxes.

04/03/2018 - 7:54pm What they don't tell you is

What they don't tell you is it'll cost you an additional $35k a year to keep it running.

04/03/2018 - 11:50am Everything from MeanJoe is

Everything from MeanJoe is meaningful. It just takes time and effort to appreciate the beauty.

04/03/2018 - 11:13am My biggest regret is selling

My biggest regret is selling my 2005 WRX right before I ended up interviewing for and accepting a job across the country. I sold it because I lived in Pennsylvania, and in order to pass the mandatory state inspection I would have had to drop quite a bit of money - none of the issues were truly safety-related, it was basically I needed to replace pretty much everything on the exhaust side except the turbo itself and replace the windshield because of a minor crack that wasn't even in my line of sight. So I bought a really low mileage 2011 Honda CR-Z with the 6-speed, because it was fantastic on gas and in really good shape as a replacement, because at the time my commute was 60-70 miles round trip.

6 months after I made the change, I ended up moving to Oregon, where there is no mandatory state inspection, and my round trip commute is now maybe 5 miles. I want my fun car back. Although now we just purchased a house at the end of December, so it'll take some creative bargaining with my wife to get her to approve bringing a new vehicle into the house.

03/29/2018 - 12:05pm No, fuck Penn State. They

No, fuck Penn State. They lost all respect in the wake of the Sandusky scandal.

But agree, everyone else I'm cool with. Except maybe Rutgers and Maryland, and Nebraska to a certain extent, because I'd rather the old guard have success than the new guys.

03/28/2018 - 12:25pm I don't understand this

I don't understand this thinking. If you pick in the 8-14 range three years in a row, how can you possibly expect that your three picks will all be "best on the team" sort of guys? The average length of an NBA career for all players is around 5 years. In those 5 years, you have 70 players picked in the top 14 of a draft. There are only 30 teams in the league, so some of those guys are bound to be role players, especially since the guys at the top of the draft generally have much longer careers than 5 years.

This isn't the NFL where you're trying to find 22 quality starters plus competent backups, so you're reliant heavily on guys in the first and second round not busting out on you. It's much more similar to the NHL, where if you're not picking top-5, you're looking for guys that will play at a reasonably high level for a while but aren't counting on to be the centerpiece of your franchise for years.

03/13/2018 - 1:14pm Doesn't sound to me like it's

Doesn't sound to me like it's dirtbags at Ole Miss, it sounds like it's dirtbags at the NCAA that haven't sent the necessary paperwork to Ole Miss yet.

03/07/2018 - 6:43pm I know you weren't trying to

I know you weren't trying to equate them, I was just bringing up that Hughes, should he continue to develop as he has to this point, is on a skill level the NCAA hasn't seen in a while. A lot of scouts are pegging him to be a notch below the McDavid/Crosby tier, on par with guys like Tavares/Stamkos/Kane. As good as Eichel was, he was always second fiddle to McDavid in an otherwise weak draft, and plays a more traditional two-way skilled center role than the lightning-in-a-bottle excitement that Hughes brings to the table. Kessel was a world-class finisher and probably the closest to Hughes' insane hype, but wingers generally can't control games by themselves like centers can.

Honestly, if Hughes were to join Michigan's roster next season, my biggest fear for him is that I don't really see anyone on the roster who can be the finisher Hughes would truly thrive with. Maybe pop Norris out to the wing? He's been somewhat disappointing this year, but did lead the U-18 team in goals last year .

03/07/2018 - 2:29pm Yes, one player does not win

Yes, one player does not win a championship. However, Hughes, on a strictly talent based evaluation, is at another level beyond both Eichel and Kessel at the same age. The biggest knock on Hughes right now is that he's pretty undersized (5'10", 157). Eichel was 6'2", 194 during his freshman year at BU, and Kessel was 6'0", 203 at Minnesota.

But compare their U-17 seasons (all of them were bumped up to the U-18 teams halfway through the season because of their skill level), and it's ridiculous what Hughes is doing this year (also added Auston Matthews for fun; should Hughes choose to stay at the NTDP for his U-18 year, it'd be interesting to see if he could make a run at Matthews' program record 117 points):

Jack Hughes:
U-17 - 24 GP, 13-35-48
U-18 - 21 GP, 10-24-34

Auston Matthews:
U-17 - 24 GP, 12-21-33
U-18 - 20 GP, 12-5-17

Jack Eichel:
U-17 - 36 GP, 19-15-34
U-18 - 22 GP, 10-8-18

Phil Kessel:
U-17 - 32 GP, 31-18-49
U-18 - 30 GP, 21-12-33

02/22/2018 - 6:12pm RPI is also used in hockey,

RPI is also used in hockey, and is in fact far more important in hockey than in basketball. And has the same cliff-edge problem in the "quality win bonus" that only considers wins against top-20 teams. Oh and also gets adjusted because you can potentially lose points if one of the teams on your schedule happens to be so bad that beating them loses you points.

02/21/2018 - 2:43pm Kyle Connor was even more

Kyle Connor was even more deserving of the Hobey than Hensick. He led the nation in scoring by 8 over Compher; the next closest non-Michigan guy was 11 back, and Jimmy Vesey was 25 back. Vesey's win is the biggest crock of shit in Hobey history; they just didn't want to give the award to one-and-done freshmen twice in a row.

Hensick at least lost his to Ryan Duncan, who was 2nd in goals and only 12 points back. Still a sham, but slightly less of one in my opinion.

02/21/2018 - 12:40pm When that incompetence

When that incompetence jeopardizes the well-being of young men he is in charge of, it absolutely does equate to not being a great guy.

02/21/2018 - 12:02pm Since 2007, both Smith and

Since 2007, both Smith and Pryor were a) drafted as QBs, and b) started multiple games at QB in the NFL. In that same time frame, only Henne and Rudock were actually drafted as QBs from Michigan, and Rudock hasn't started any games.