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01/17/2019 - 2:29pm In addition to finding the…

In addition to finding the right car, it's important to find the right mechanic/ shop for maintenance and repair. Unfortunately, they're a lot harder to find than a decent car.

My youngest daughter bought a used car and about a year later started having intemittant transmission problems.  She took it to 3 diff places, including a dealership and transmission shop. All 3 said she needed a new or rebuilt transmission. She finally took it somewhere else that was highly recommended by friend, and they determined there was a loose wire, and fixed it for less than $50.  They took the time to listen to her about what was going on (from someone who actually works on cars--not just some salesman), drive the car, and visually inspect everything before diagnosing the problem.

01/11/2019 - 12:35pm It's all those banked in 3…

It's all those banked in 3 pointers just before the half we're giving up.

01/10/2019 - 11:34am I have a feeling this shot…

I have a feeling this shot will be imitated by a lot of players in the next few years.

01/02/2019 - 9:56pm I went to 3 bowl games this…

I went to 3 bowl games this year.  The Peach Bowl had the best attendance but still had a lot of empty seats, and yes the game sucked.  At the Music City Bowl we bought the cheap seats from Ticketmaster but then the day before the game got an email saying we could upgrade to club level seats for $20, so for $50 each, we got to sit at club level.  At the Liberty Bowl they had seats in the endzones (at least I assume there were seats there) covered up.  We also met a young veteran with his two sons who had free tickets.  He said they were offering free tickets to any veteran.  All he had to pay was a $5 per ticket processing fee.  Covering seats up, offering free tickets, providing inexpensive upgrades to move people down so the stadium will look fuller, and I'm sure there are a lot of other schemes that were used to get more people (or at least the appearance of more people) into the stadium.

12/29/2018 - 5:33pm He looked dependent even…

He looked despondent even before it was overturned. Everyone  was congratulating him and patting him on the back. I'm pretty sure he knew it was going to be overturned.

12/26/2018 - 8:51am Youngest daughter (not the…

Youngest daughter (not the Sparty) with degrees from Oklahoma State and Purdue is buying us tickets to the Music City Bowl, Peach Bowl, and Liberty Bowl.  I am taking care of transportation and hotels.  It was her idea, and we  are going to have a blast on our road trip!

12/23/2018 - 4:00am On Chistmas Eve we take…

On Chistmas Eve we take turns reading out loud sections of Dylan Thomas's A Child's Christmas in Wales. When the children were young, my wife and I took turns reading; as the children became literate, each of them joined in. It's not a lengthy work, so it doesn't  take long to read the whole thing.

12/19/2018 - 11:33am As others have already…

As others have already pointed out, BTN isn't really designed to give objective, independent views on anything.  They will provide some facts and statistics, but any commentary isn't going to be hard hitting or ruffle any feathers. The whole Urban Meyer Zach Smith fiasco is a case in point.  Almost all the commentary danced around ever calling Meyer out on anything.

And, if you focus on West schools like Purdue and Nebraska, they have been so weak in recruiting lately that by comparison they are doing much better, which in some sense means they are "closing the gap," if by that is meant from being behind by 30-50 spots in national ranking to being behind by 20-35 spots.

12/15/2018 - 7:19am Playing a team that is this…

And playing a team that is this bad doesn't really help improve a Wisconsin or SDSU other than maybe help a player's confidence (Davison's 3 point shooting and Happ's free throw shooting were much better than against Marquette).  It certainly helps pad stats and gets all the bench warmers in the game, but except for there being a crowd in the stands, it's nothing like a true game experience. 

12/14/2018 - 9:50am Talk about cupcake schedules…

Talk about cupcake schedules, I watched a few minutes of the Wisconsin Savannah State game last night (just flipping to the game during commercial breaks while watching something else).  Wisconsin won 101-60 (the score was 69-32 at the half!). Savannah State is the worst college team I think I've ever seen (they were down to just 8 players, I'm not sure why). On offense, they would get across half court, and before even making more that one pass or doing anything resembling an offensive set, someone would jack up a 3, miss, no one around to get a rebound but Wisconsin players.  Then at the other end, after more than 3 passes, someone was usually wide open for a shot. There was almost nothing resembling team play, and btw, South Dakota State beat them 139-72 in their previous game.

12/09/2018 - 9:42am My next door neighbor had…

My next door neighbor had something similar happen to him.  He had some chest pains and was just going to rest and ignore it ( he had a stress test a few months prior and there was nothing abnormal).  Fortunately, his wife is a nurse and insisted on driving him to the hospital where he was also diagnosed with the widow maker with near 100% blockage. He's doing ok now with the stent, about a year later.

12/04/2018 - 3:30pm "Urban Meyer will remain at…

"Urban Meyer will remain at Ohio State in an unspecified role in the athletic department, so yes I think this is his buyout."

I hear he's going to be a life coach and marital counselor.

11/29/2018 - 4:17pm Although 99% of the posts at…

Although 99% of the posts at RCMB are nothing but juvenile drivel, there is the occasional post that is insightful, including this statement:


"so his BoT career ends just like his coaching career. a catastrophic failure and 2 years too late."

11/21/2018 - 3:58am Yeah, well I've got you both…

Yeah, well I've got you both beat: I inherited Purdue and (though not quite the same thing because it's through my daughter) Michigan State.

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11/12/2018 - 7:27pm So, Purdue will hire Day…

So, Purdue will hire Day because Urban will stick around another year or two, then Day will go back to OSU leaving Purdue once again searching for a new HC.

11/12/2018 - 12:43pm I haven't  heard as much the…

I haven't  heard as much the past couple of weeks about how Oklahoma should be in the playoff mix because of their offense. The usual mantra was "who would you least like to play?" I hope the realization now is that no matter how good Oklahoma's offense is, their defense is so atrocious they in no way should be considered a top 4 team.

11/12/2018 - 6:52am About the only way Herman…

About the only way Herman can respond when asked about this is to say something along the lines of "I won't dignify these unhinged Twitter rantings with a response other than to say I hope Smith gets the help he so obviously needs."

11/08/2018 - 8:55pm When Miles was HC at OSU …

When Miles was HC at OSU (ntOSU), he went 2-2 against Oklahoma as a massive underdog each time, back when Leach was OU's OC.

11/08/2018 - 4:36pm Basically, anybody with a…

Basically, anybody with a pulse who has some connection to Kansas football and some modicum of success coaching at any level is a candidate.

11/08/2018 - 3:27pm The teams in the Big Ten…

The teams in the Big Ten West were never that good to begin with but injuries and other issues have really taken a toll on several of the teams, weakening them even further.

11/08/2018 - 3:11pm Just one rule : Do not add…

Just one rule : Do not add this to spaghetti!!! Can someone please explain Cincy chili to me? I still don’t get it.

The problem is that chili is a misnomer for the Cincy stuff.  It never was intended to be eaten as a stew.  It was created by Macedonian and Greek immigrants as a sauce to put on top of hot dogs and pasta, so more like a Greek version of spaghetti sauce than chili.

11/06/2018 - 3:24am As others have pointed out,…

As others have pointed out, this same poster has made similar predictions for previous games--all losses, none really close at all, and none of the other posters at the site agree with this take. It's  a shtick -- nothing to get worked up about or take seriously.

11/06/2018 - 3:06am I was visiting a friend in…

I was visiting a friend in the hospital out of town so listened to much of the game on the drive home. I enjoyed the broadcast and especially liked the insight Brandstatter and Dierdorf provided.

Of course not being able to see the game while listening, I had no way of knowing if players were misidentified.

10/31/2018 - 7:29pm From the  details released…

From the  details released about the "independent" report the BOR was using, it sure seemed like they started with their conclusion (to re-instate Durkin) and massage the facts to fit that conclusion.  Reports of a toxic environment? Well it depends on what definition of toxic you want to use. Rick Court was an asshole who bullied students? Durkin somehow wasn't reponsible for anything he did.  Durkin made some egregious errors?  He was new at this head coach thingy, and even though he's paid millions of dollars to be a head coach somehow it was the fault of the AD who hasn't been around for two years.

10/30/2018 - 4:27pm If some of the reports are…

If some of the reports are true, that the president wanted to fire Durkin and the AD, but the BOR threatened him with termination if he did so, this is just the beginning of a giant shit storm (it probably is even if the reports are not true).

It sure looks like the tail is wagging the dog.

10/29/2018 - 7:24am Go with the one with the…

Go with the one with the lower pad level.

10/28/2018 - 11:02am Good point!  Also, after…

Good point!  Also, after Minnesota beat IU Friday night, the West was actually ahead of the East.    I was even sipping the kool aid being served up by some of the talking heads and thought maybe Iowa and Purdue were good teams and would win on Saturday.  

10/25/2018 - 4:17pm From some of the comments by…

From some of the comments by the Maryland booster who was blaming Jordan McNair for his own death, McNair barely ate anything that day and didn't drink the gallon of water he was supposed to before the practice. There is ample evidence that players who were over weight were belittled and ridiculed.  Rick Court has already resigned, but everything I've read points to his being Durkin's hand picked man either directly encouraging Court's approach or not doing anything to reign him in. To me it's more likely than not that McNair didn't eat or drink more to help keep his weight down as a result of some of the tactics Court was employing.  That is a toxic culture and was a contributing factor in McNair's death, and unless Court was acting alone without even tacit approval from Durkin, Durkin is a key part of the toxic culture.

10/23/2018 - 4:47pm 1. If Shea keeps improving…

1. If Shea keeps improving and has an impressive last few games, I think he's gone.

2. Full time starter.

3. Shea starts and plays the first half.  McCaffrey starts 2nd offensive series of 2nd half.  Milton gets cleanup duty.

4. Probably Frost, but as someone mentioned earlier, the expectations for each will be much different.  Both coaches benefited at their previous stops from having better players than their conference counterparts.  Frost has a better chance of pulling this off (at least compared to the Big Ten West teams) but neither is going to be able to compete at the same level of recruiting with Michigan, OSU, or PSU.

10/22/2018 - 8:41pm These mid season transfers…

These mid season transfers are happening all over the college football landscape this year.

10/15/2018 - 7:53pm I'm not sure if this will…

I'm not sure if this will work for everyone, but for me it does.  Right click on the image, when the menu pops up, click on "copy image," then paste it into your post.  I do always go back and check, though, because sometimes there's a problem and the image either doesn't post or it's too large and spills over into the sidebar.

10/15/2018 - 7:42am (No subject)

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10/15/2018 - 7:37am Xavier Henderson



Xavier Henderson


10/10/2018 - 7:07am It does seem to be out of…

It does seem to be out of desperation.  From the story linked in the OP:

"Faalele was inserted at right tackle in the third quarter against Iowa after Hawkeyes defensive end Anthony Nelson abused Schlueter for three sacks in the first half."

Btw, Nelson more than doubled his sack total for the year in one half of play (he had two sacks leading up to the game), and had no sacks after Faalele came in.

10/09/2018 - 4:15pm The same website also has…

The same website also has grades for Big Ten QBs.  I was surprised to see Hornibrook come in at number one, followed by McSorely, Haskins, and Patterson.

10/09/2018 - 11:53am Yes, including Maryland's…

Yes, including Maryland's last TD against Michigan.

10/09/2018 - 11:45am One of the areas that…

One of the areas that Harbaugh and staff are better than most at is finding the best position for players based on their abilities, and especially for those who have NFL aspirations.  Of course we will never know how Gentry would have panned out at QB, but he likely would have been buried on the depth chart without a hope of ever sniffing an NFL offer. While he might not be a first round candidate, he definitely now has an opportunity to get selected in the draft and have a productive NFL career.

10/08/2018 - 1:03pm (No subject)

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10/06/2018 - 11:35pm I can't say that the…

I can't say that the Maryland player who ran into the ref did it deliberatley, but he sure didn't seem to make any effort to avoid hitting him.  The two Maryland players on the sideline yucking it up following the play sure seemed to be amused by something.

10/03/2018 - 9:49am I saw this tweet copied to a…

I saw this tweet copied to a Husker football forum:

Mike'l [email protected]

2017 #Huskers recruiting class.
Tyjon Lindsey 4 ★ gone
Tristan Gebbia 4 ★ gone
Avery Roberts 4 ★ gone
Elijah Blades 4 ★ never made it
Keyshawn Johnson Jr 3 ★ gone
Andrew Ward 3 ★ gone
Willie Hampton 3 ★ gone
Deiontae Watts 3 ★ never made it
Ben Miles 3 ★ gone


10/01/2018 - 5:56pm From Mr Miggle's linked…

From Mr Miggle's linked story:

Another player interviewed said McNair didn't look ready for the training session, and according to Walters' report, McNair gained 16 pounds between April 9 and his final workout May 29. McNair also told trainers he hadn't eaten since having a bowl of cereal the morning of the conditioning test, and his gallon of water provided by the team was later found unopened in his locker.

Walters said McNair's heatstroke was "atypical" but pointed to several significant mistakes made by trainers, such as failing to take his vital signs and waiting for more than an hour before calling 911 after he first was symptomatic.

"As much as we hate to say this, Jordan didn't do what Jordan was supposed to do," Jaklitsch said. "A trainer like Wes Robinson thinks a kid's properly hydrated and runs a drill set up for kids that are properly hydrated, and when the kid didn't drink the gallon he knew he had to drink, that's going to send the wrong signal to the person running the drill."

With all the abuse trainer's were giving players for being overweight, it's reasonable to assume McNair ate and drank very little to shave a few pounds for his weigh-in to avoid the bullying.  It's too bad the boosters don't seem to understand this, but I'll bet whatever judge or jury sets a dollar amount in the civil suit won't just blame McNair for his heat stroke.


09/30/2018 - 9:26am Franklin also had some …

Franklin also had some  comical mments after the game about how Penn State is such a great program but not quite elite yet, and he assures the fans that he is the man to take them to the same elite level OSU is.

My take away from the game is that neither PSU's nor MSU's offense is as unstoppable as they have looked at times.  McSorely is a threat with his feet when the play breaks down, but neither QB looked all that great passing when they were pressured.  Plenty of QBs with a clean pocket and all day to pass can make some great throws.

09/21/2018 - 10:22pm Isn't that the statement Loh…

Isn't that the statement Loh made weeks ago? I'm not seeing any new information in this story either.

09/20/2018 - 3:37pm It should come as no surpise…

It should come as no surpise that if Michigan is able to pull a top recruit out of Oklahoma, it would be on the defensive side of the ball.  Academics aside (where Michigan is clearly head and shoulders above both OU and OSU), Oklahoma and Oklahoma State both have high powered offenses and have put a lot of players in the league.  Their defenses, not so much.

09/20/2018 - 9:27am The mighty Huskers


The mighty Huskers

Suffer Wolverine beat down

Limp back to corn land


09/20/2018 - 9:19am Frosty the Husker

Was a…

Frosty the Husker

Was a pompous little ass

With a cornhole mouth

09/17/2018 - 11:19pm (No subject)

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09/17/2018 - 11:15pm  

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