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Aaron
Posted on: Dec 28 2011, 06:07 PM





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QUOTE (Hartmann @ Nov 29 2011, 01:34 PM) *
Alright, I'll admit it, I read the Hunger Games trilogy.


I just started the second book.
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Aaron
Posted on: Jun 26 2011, 11:19 PM





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QUOTE (Aaron @ Jun 27 2011, 12:04 AM) *
Whoah, what a mind trip.

Graduated from Tech in 2007, worked in Houston for a couple of years, hated it and moved back to Lubbock in Feb. 2009. Now I'm working as a sportswriter and host a daily sports radio show in town.


...and then I spent 15 minutes reading my old posts.

LOL at my dumbass calling Ed Britton the "most explosive receiver" on Tech's 2007 football team.
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Posted on: Jun 26 2011, 11:04 PM





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Whoah, what a mind trip.

Graduated from Tech in 2007, worked in Houston for a couple of years, hated it and moved back to Lubbock in Feb. 2009. Now I'm working as a sportswriter and host a daily sports radio show in town.
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Aaron
Posted on: Jul 11 2009, 11:51 PM





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QUOTE (cmac @ Jul 12 2009, 12:47 AM) *
he'll have two years, right?


Yes. Taylor Potts currently has two remaining seasons of eligibility and - barring anything unexpected - will start in 2009 and 2010.
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Posted on: Jul 11 2009, 11:44 PM





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QUOTE (impala454 @ Jul 11 2009, 04:32 PM) *
Supposedly Potts is the best QB Leach has recruited so far.


In terms of quarterbacks that have signed with Texas Tech in the Mike Leach era, Taylor Potts is the third-highest ranked behind Robert Johnson (JUCO) and Graham Harrell. Seth Doege, who signed with the Red Raiders in 2008, might have ended up ranked higher than Potts had he not missed his senior season with a knee injury. Denton Ryan QB Scotty Young is currently verbally committed to Texas Tech, and will likely end up bumping Potts down to fourth on this list if he signs with the Red Raiders as planned.

Interestingly enough, Texas Tech offered two quarterbacks in the class of 2006: Potts and Sam Bradford. The Red Raiders were actually the first to offer Bradford a scholarship, and he visited one of the team's practices (03/26/05) that spring. Potts committed four days later, which ended Texas Tech's pursuit of Bradford, but it would have been interesting to see what would have happened if Potts hadn't pulled the trigger so early.

Sorry, end of tangent...

Potts has a prototypical NFL frame (6-foot-5, 220-pounds) and NFL-caliber arm strength, but neither of those attributes have any bearing on whether or not he will be a successful starter in Leach's offense. Potts battled consistency a bit this spring, but there were never any questions about him being the guy and this being his team. That second part may sound awfully cliche, but Harrell struggled with that aspect of the job during his first season as a starter (2006), which affected the team's play on the field. From an NFL Draft perspective, Potts' delivery will probably hurt him a bit, but that obviously isn't a factor right now.

As far as who is best? Hard to say at this point, with Potts having never started a game before. My opinion of Harrell's standing among all-time Red Raider gunslingers has already been detailed earlier in this thread but if things swing the right way, Potts could certainly end up being Tee Martin to Harrell's Peyton Manning.

Potts is probably a bit more athletic than Harrell - who, incidentally, rushed for over 1,000 yards in his junior year at Ennis - but I wouldn't expect to see him "scramble" any more than we've seen out of his predecessors at Texas Tech. That just isn't something that quarterbacks do in Leach's offense. Heck, I would be pretty shocked if he ran more than Cody Hodges did in 2005.

What I will be interested in seeing is how often Potts checks into the run this season. He, arguably, has one of the top running back tandems in the conference in Baron Batch and Harrison Jeffers, and Potts could make his life a lot easier if he leans on them a little bit early on in his career.
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Aaron
Posted on: Jul 9 2009, 05:45 PM





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QUOTE (chook @ Jul 9 2009, 05:06 PM) *
Has a tech quarterback ever played for a descent amount of time in the NFL?


Billy Joe Tolliver.
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Aaron
Posted on: Jul 8 2009, 05:59 PM





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QUOTE (chook @ Jul 8 2009, 06:02 PM) *
Most Sucessful doesn't mean the best. We had a really good team last year.


I disagree. I feel pretty comfortable in saying that, based on what he did in Lubbock, Graham Harrell was the best quarterback in the history of the Texas Tech football program.

The case:
- Co-National Player of the Year in 2008 (The Sporting News).
- Johnny Unitas Award (Best Senior QB) in 2008.
- First-Team All-American (AFCA).
- Sammy Baugh Trophy Winner (Best Passer) in 2007.
- All-time Division I FBS leader in career touchdown passes (134).
- Leading passer in Big 12/Texas Tech history (15,793 yards); second all-time in Division I FBS.
- Only quarterback in NCAA history to throw for 5,000-plus yards in multiple seasons.
- Guided the team to a 12-game win streak the spanned the the 2007 and 2008 seasons and included wins over the No. 4, No. 21, No. 23, No. 1 and No. 9 teams in the country.
- Led the team to two January bowl games in three years as a starter; the program has had four total since 1957.
- Engineered the biggest comeback in bowl history in the 2006 Insight Bowl against Minnesota.
- Only starting quarterback in school history to win three games against Texas A&M; Joe Barnes beat the Aggies twice, in 1972 and 1973.
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Posted on: Jul 8 2009, 02:17 PM





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QUOTE (Aaron @ Sep 19 2006, 09:22 PM) *
If you notice, Harrell actually checked out of a large number of plays against UTEP with great success. He has a ginormous football IQ, a very firm grasp of the offense and (if he stays healthy) will be more successful than any quarterback Texas Tech has had under Leach. I feel comfortable in saying that TCU was an aberration.


Oh, wow, awesome... hay, everyone, look how smurt I am! whistling.gif
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Posted on: May 18 2009, 10:32 PM





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So, wait, Girl Z is cool with Couple XY now but all three of them are pissed at you?

Goddamn, and these are the people working on our space program? Yikes.
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Posted on: May 18 2009, 09:10 PM





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Looks like a tramp in that camisole.
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Posted on: May 12 2009, 11:07 AM





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Wow, the Zune is still around? I know two people that own Zunes. One of them, my father, works for Microsoft. The other, my brother, got it as a gift.
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Posted on: May 12 2009, 09:57 AM





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QUOTE (THECHICKEN @ May 12 2009, 02:42 AM) *
This is from the same guy as "yeah, i know they're off the Island... but they're going back". This movie felt like armageddon. As in the whole thing tried to be shocking and failed. I mean spock dying was after everyone felt so close to him, truly saddening. The world thing didn't shock me, it just was like "oh great... hey they stopped drill, but nah its cool, it was done anyway." I guess i just had no emotional connection with any of the people to care. Winona rider... really, thats supposed to make feel anything but happy?

Meh, i just hated the story. Hopefully the next will be good and not like spiderman where everyone loved the first one, i hated it, and they only got worse from there.


Yeah dude, I get where you're coming from.

I'm not trying to argue with you or change your mind, I just like nerding out from time to time and going indepth on this kind of stuff.
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Posted on: May 12 2009, 12:51 AM





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QUOTE (THECHICKEN @ May 11 2009, 09:45 PM) *
But WHY did he destroy such a big thing when he didn't have to?


I think for a couple of reasons...

1.) Because "This is not your father's Star Trek." Think about it. From the beginning of The Original Series in 1966 to the end of Enterprise in 2005, how many "Oh, fuck, they just did that!" moments were there that were not reset in some manner? Because when Vulcan got sucked into that hole, I definitely went, "Oh, fuck, they just did that!"

I can only think of Tasha Yar's death during the first season of The Next Generation that might fit into that category, but I don't think her death had the same magnitude. Spock died in Wrath of Khan, and was a definite "OFTJDT!" moment at the time, but he was resurrected in the next movie. Jadzia Dax was killed in the second-to-last season of Deep Space Nine but the character was resurrected (different actress) the next season. Data died in Star Trek: Nemesis, but the implication at the end of the movie was that his downloaded memory (or whatever) in B4 would eventually surface.

There has always been a big, fat "Reset" button in Star Trek that has pretty much been used at every turn. And I don't think that is nearly as entertaining as when there are consequences.

2.) Gives creative team further license to continue to push the boundaries with Spock.

3.) Probable plot tie-in of some magnitude for the sequel, but who knows at what level.
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Aaron
Posted on: May 11 2009, 08:31 PM





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QUOTE (THECHICKEN @ May 11 2009, 07:44 PM) *
Just saw it.... wow


what an unnessesary movie. Throw in special effects and unnessary bullshit (who's good at hand to hand combat? ... cuz though you have phasers and ample time to use them, we'll need to introduce a retarded sword fight). The story makes no sense (besides the kirk's timeline change at very start when enemy comes through, the rest of the story of creating the "alternate universe" for JJ to play in, could have been done in a more believable way). The romulans didn't look like romulans, and the bad guys were boring in general... even with a wannabe Spock/Khan yell. The reason for them being bad guys just didn't do it for me.

Characters were VERY well casted (chekov was only one i might change), and i loved the acting... but story line BLEW. Acting good, storyline on par with ... Nemesis maybe. Well at least now maybe they can get some good stories written for this awesome new cast (simon peg lolol) and I can enjoy other movies. Oh and the eating an apple... really?


The plot is nowhere near as tight as it should have been, no question. I do not disagree with you at all here. It was mentioned in the movie that the Narada was a mining vessel, but aside from the drilling platform, it might as well have been a warship. I mean, you say 'mining vessel' and I think clunky, boxy, very few weapons, etc.

Where did Nero go for 25 years between destroying the Kelvin and capturing Spock? Surely somebody would have noticed them.

Unless the star that went supernova is the one that Romulus orbits, it should not have been threatened by it at all. I'm no physicist, but if some distant star goes supernova, it might douse us with radiation but it's not going to roll through our solar system all dramatic like and blow the planet apart.

Further, to neutralize the supernova, Spock was going to toss the red matter into the 'center' of the supernova. Uh... a supernova is an explosion, with (presumably) a shockwave that expands from that point on. There is no center.

As far as red matter goes, if that little teency bit was enough to neutralize the supernova, where was the logic of putting a shit ton of it on the ship?

There's lots more.

Couple of notes, though... as far as the Romulans not looking like Romulans, aside from cosmetic differences (more on that in a sec), they looked pretty much identical to Vulcans. Which, since they share a common ancestry, is not a big stretch. The cosmetic differences, the facial tattoos and mangled ears, were explained in the officially sanctioned countdown comic to be Romulan symbols of mourning. That was never explained in the movie, though.

Kirk eating an apple during the Kobayashi Maru scene was a nod to the Trek fans. Kirk was eating an apple in Star Trek II when he was telling Saavik how he beat the test.

Ultimately, I will judge this film based on the sequel. Abrams accomplished the three things with this movie that I thought he absolutely had to get done:
1) The film has been commercially successful enough to where a sequel has been or soon will be given the greenlight.

2) The casting, as you noted, was perfect. George Lucas didn't even have to recast anybody for his Star Wars prequels, and look how much shit he got over some of those casting choices. No one is questioning Abrams' choices, they were all spot on.

3) Attract an audience of people who have not been Trek fans in the past, get them interested in the characters and the universe. This was more of an action movie set in the Star Trek universe than it was a Star Trek movie. I certainly don't expect for there to be a significant number of people who weren't fans the first time to go back and revisit The Original Series or The Next Generation, etc. But when the next movie comes out, they'll go see it. If they come out with a TV show, they'll probably give it a shot.
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Posted on: May 11 2009, 08:11 AM





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Yeah, moving forward, all of the movies (and presumably any future TV shows) will be set in this new Abramsverse.
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QUOTE (impala454 @ May 10 2009, 11:54 PM) *
so... uh... without giving any of the story away....

wtf?? the whole story is different...

great flick though


I'm going to venture into spoiler territory here, so if you haven't seen the movie and wish to remain pure go ahead and skip this.









Things are different because of the alternate timeline created when the Narada and Spock's ship went through the anomaly. From that point, beginning with the destruction of the Kelvin, events began to unfold differently.

The only thing that I'm not exactly sure that alternate timeline deal explains away is the relationship between Spock and Uhura. But it isn't something that I'm up in arms about.
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Posted on: May 8 2009, 03:40 PM





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QUOTE (THECHICKEN @ May 8 2009, 03:45 PM) *
Im hesitantly going to see it...

Love star trek (never dressed up though)


As long as you don't get hung up on what they do differently, you'll like it.

That was my problem when I saw it last night, I'd notice something different and spend too much time thinking, "Hm, do I like this or no?" instead of just watching the movie.
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Posted on: May 8 2009, 12:49 PM





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Really good movie. I can't call it 'great' until I see it more than once.

I'm fairly into Star Trek - seen all the movies, all of the TV series - but have never gone to conventions, dressed up as a Romulan or learned Klingon.

I think the casting was superb, all of the main characters were cast perfectly.

There were a few things in the movie that struck me, as a Star Trek fan, oddly, but it didn't take away from the movie.

I felt at first like the main villain was underused, more something to move the story along than anything else, but then I recognized that the main conflict in this movie is between Kirk and Spock, not Good Guys vs. Villain.

I'll be seeing it again this weekend.
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Cops/law enforcement are people.

People are, on average, lazy, think primarily of themselves, and typically take the easy way out.

I don't see why we expect law enforcement to behave any differently than CEOs or everybody else.

Cops are dicks, just like everybody else.
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Posted on: Jan 25 2009, 09:54 PM





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QUOTE (Mommy @ Jan 24 2009, 09:58 PM) *


She won. I didn't watch the pageant. I don't watch stuff like that, but I read yahoo news so it's just there.

She was one of the few pretty ones.


She looks like a plastic doll.

(Still would, just saying...)
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Posted on: Jan 19 2009, 12:51 AM





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Not sure how old this is... but 1 Guy 1 Cup!

http://blog.synthesis.net/2008/12/05/1-guy-1-cup/

(OBVIOUSLY, not safe for work.)

Not nearly as disgusting, but twice as disturbing.
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Sarah Palin seems likable enough, certainly, but she's in way over her head.

I mean, c'mon, she's a bimbo.

She couldn't name a newspaper or magazine that she reads regularly? She couldn't name a Supreme Court case that she disagreed with?

How in the world could anyone in their right mind want her one 72-year-old heartbeat away from the Presidency of the United States? Certainly George Bush didn't have a whole lot of experience heading into the 2000 election, and he certainly came off as a bimbo sometimes on television... but at least he grew up around politics, the White House, etc. She sounds totally lost out there.
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Anyone else going to the Reno game?
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Top Gear
Lost
Locked Up Abroad
The Office
Heroes
Battlestar Galactica
Rescue Me
The Shield
It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Dexter
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I guess my point is that Horn should have never gone outside in the first place, and the only reason he did was because he "wasn't going to let them get away" with the crime.
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