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  1. Assuming what Bubba said in his press conference today is true, the blame for this rests equally between Bubba and Otis. It's an example of poor communication at work. What Bubba said today: Otis was ill for the first half of the week and wasn't able to practice with the team. The coaches chose to bring the players that had practiced and were prepared for the game(remember that there are practical roster limits on away games - bring the players that give you the best chance to win). This is a perfectly legitimate reason to leave Otis at home. And if Otis's illness was gastro-intestinal or anything else that can pass quickly, it would make sense that he would be feeling good enough to watch his brother's game on Friday night and that it wouldn't hurt his recovery for him to be there. Bubba's mistake came Friday or Saturday when he announced Otis wasn't going to play due to illness. The inference of his statement was that Otis was currently ill at the time. Maybe it was an attempt at gamesmanship or something, but Bubba could have easily said instead that Otis had been ill and unable to practice during the week. If Bubba had said that, this would never have been a story. Otis's mistake came when he went into the broadcast booth at the Moorhead HS game on Friday and didn't use the opportunity to explain why he was there and not with the team. He could have found a way to insert that he had been sick most of the week and unable to practice and prepare. He then could have said that space on the bus/plane/traveling roster is limited and the coaches felt that it was better for the team that his usual spot go to someone that had been able to practice for this game and that he(Otis) completely agreed with that decision. That he really wished that he could be there, but that it was best for the team and at least seeing his brother's senior day game was a consolation. He could have squeezed that in in 15 seconds or less during a pause in the action and this would never have been a story. Again, this all assumes that what Bubba said today is the truth and that the illness was earlier in the week.
  2. Interesting; it's been the same judge throughout. Judge Erickson is judge that sentenced Rodriguez to death, denied his first appeal, and ordered the new sentencing hearing after this appeal. I understand it's typical to do this(the same judge that ruled on the original NFL anti-trust case is the same one that's handled all subsequent NFL cases), but I sometimes forget. If you don't want to read the article, it boils down to questionable testimony from the medical examiner about cause of death, plus a possible mistake by Rodriguez's attorney in limiting a mental health evaluation that could have helped an insanity plea.
  3. Try this: Salt the steak heavily and give it at least a 24hr dry age in the fridge(up to 72hr), then sous vide for a couple hours at 120-130, finally finish on a grill or a cast iron/carbon steel pan with lots of butter. The sous vide can be done the day before. Just let the cooked steaks come up to room temperature before finishing them on the grill/in the pan. The method is basically reverse sear on steroids. My god it's good.
  4. You can always do it, but the economics have to make sense. Occasionally a bit of ego, too. I'm sure in this case, the economics said three shorter buildings were cheaper than two taller buildings. Now if they needed the same amount of square footage but had a smaller lot to work with, maybe they would have gone up. But they had the space to build three, so that made sense to them. It's really the RRV city sprawl debate in miniature. Because it's expensive to build up, and land is basically flat for a 25 mile radius, it's always cheaper for businesses to expand the footprint of the city instead of increasing the density. But increasing the density is cheaper for the city in the long run because it means less infrastructure and fewer police and fire stations. It's why property tax incentives for downtown redevelopment make financial sense for cities like GF or Fargo. Every business that relocates to an area that has preexisting infrastructure, instead of building on a site that forces the city to extend the infrastructure, saves the city money. As for the width of the clay section, I believe around GF it runs from Red Lake Falls, MN to Turtle River State Park(just beyond the AFB). About 55 miles.
  5. Holy !@#$. Opposite Opposite Opposite The soil in the RRV is heavy clay, not sand. And the band of clay is over 200 miles long N/S and 30-50 miles wide(E/W). The clay layers(there are two) are around 100ft thick. The soil under the clay is capable of bearing high loads, but the clay is not. That means taller buildings need to be anchored with hundreds or thousands of pilings driven through the clay to the soils below in order to distribute the weight evenly and keep the building from shifting. The taller(heavier) the building, the greater the number of pilings and the deeper they need to go. That cost builds up fast. Each additional floor costs significantly more than the one below it. New construction techniques and materials have helped lower the cost(which is why the Fargo Sanford building and the RDO Tower were able to happen), but it's a real stretch to go beyond 6-8 stories in the RRV.
  6. I heard of a sting in Fargo back in the Backpage days where police posed as johns and targeted providers. The police used the sting to get the sex workers alone to inquire about their safety and to give them contact information if they needed help. If the pimps showed up, they were arrested. The sex workers were not arrested and I believe some or all were given a gift card to a local grocery store or something like that along with the offers of help. If you're actually trying to stop human trafficking(a noble cause), that seems about 1000x more effective than what GFPD just did.
  7. That was a proposed rule, but it never went through. The NFL doesn't allow it without permission, but no team has ever asked for it. Currently, Boise State holds the trademark rights to ANY non-green artificial turf. So if you are a middle school, high school, college, or pro team and want a non-traditional turf in any color, you need to get their permission. They license any color but blue and orange for free, and those other two colors(especially blue) are handled on a case-by-case basis. Considering Idaho State's proximity to Boise, I wouldn't be surprised if ISU has to pay a bit if they want black and orange turf. OTOH, Boise may just wave it though since they're in different subdivisions. Honestly, I like that field a lot more than UCA's, Boise's, or EWU's. The black keeps the orange from being overpowering. Hell, it's even better than UNI's field and that one's even green/green(UNI chose a really bad shade of contrasting green).
  8. UIW was a good choice for you to use; Wofford, not so much. In the DI era, Wofford has had a better scoring ratio against NDSU than UND has. Wofford has been outscored 3.3 to 1 (2 games), while UND has been outscored 3.7 to 1 (3 games). I would have gone with UIW, Butler, Mississippi Valley State, and Robert Morris. Those have been nothing but beatdowns. Carry on.
  9. At a guess, I'd figure around 500 active members, maybe less. But that's completely a guess.
  10. I believe it's 8,883. Now how many of those are active is a whole different question. I went into search -> member search -> hit the search button without entering anything. Got 8,883 results.
  11. Bangles recorded it for a forgettable movie called Less Than Zero, starring Andrew McCarthy, Jami Gertz, RDJ, & James Spader.
  12. Not contradicting anyone here, just clarifying the timeline... 1975 - SuperValu buys Hornbacher's 2015 - Hornbacher's opens a GF location 2018(Jul) - A proxy fight of SuperValu results in its sale to United Natural Foods and the divestiture of all its grocery stores 2018(Nov) - Coborn's agrees to purchase 8 of the 9 Hornbacher's stores; only the GF location is not part of the deal 2018(Dec) - GF Hornbacher's closes 2018(Dec) - Coborn's takes possession of Hornbacher's assets Any deal to close the GF Hornbacher's in exchange for SV/UNFI house brands in Hugo's would have had to have happened in a relatively short window in late 2018. It's also possible Coborn's just didn't want to add to their supply chain. They were already running trucks to the FM area for their four Cash Wise locations in Fargo, West Fargo, and Moorhead; maybe they didn't want to start running trucks to GF for a single store. Though a deal with SV/UNFI is certainly possible as Hugo's is currently carrying SV house brands like Essential Everyday and Wild Harvest and not SpartanNash house brands like Our Family.
  13. BisMan: 1960 - 61,280 1970 - 66,978 1980 - 86,103 1990 - 89,973 2000 - 100,828 2010 - 114,778 2018 - 132,678 But, hey, you could always be Wahp/Breck, which peaked in 1920. 1920 - 31,074 1930 - 30,799 1940 - 30,994 1950 - 30,432 1960 - 29,474 1970 - 27,478 1980 - 27,661 1990 - 25,664 2000 - 25,136 2010 - 22,897 2019 - 22,384
  14. Ehh, more like 50 years. Can't really compare GF and Fargo; you need to compare Greater GF and the FM metro. Year - GreaterGF/FMMetro/FM bigger than GGF percent 1960 - 84,859/106,027/+25% 1970 - 95,537/120,238/+26% 1980 - 100,944/137,574/+36% 1990 - 103,181/153,296/+49% 2000 - 97,487/174,367/+79% 2010 - 98,461/208,777/+112% 2018 - 102,299/245,471/+140%
  15. Not really trouble. The CU board of regents are made up of elected members that declare party affiliation. A few years ago, the board had a 5-4 republican majority and decided to exercise that majority by forcing a republican (former)politician into the leadership job over a mostly left-leaning university system. After last year's election, the make up of the board has flipped to a 5-4 democrat majority and Kennedy's contract is about to come up for renewal. He can already see the writing on the wall that there is no way the current board is going to renew his contract and he's starting the transition process before they do. Not saying he was a good or bad administrator at Colorado, just saying it wasn't a scandal that's causing him to leave. His fate was sealed when he was forced into the job over the objections of the system and then the balance of power flipped the other way.
  16. Actually, not this time around. Last I heard, 100%* of the tickets were to go to the schools' allocations; none were going on sale directly from the NCAA. Now that was when the cap limit was 25%, so things might change if they decide to raise it to 50%. *Well, maybe not 100%. But close enough that it makes no difference. I'm sure the NCAA is going to hold back a couple hundred tickets for their own use and give a handful to each of their top sponsors. But all the rest were to go directly to the two schools to distribute.
  17. Exactly. I said UND #4 and Weber #5 because I think the loser of NDSU/SDSU will drop out of the seeding race. So maybe JMU, xDSU winner, & SHSU shift around a bit at 1-3, but UND slides safely into #4.
  18. You joke, but it actually would have helped either team's situation. MSU would look a lot better if they had done ANYTHING against Oklahoma(48-0) or NDSU(25-0). Same would be true if Weber had a single score loss to an FBS or top-5 FCS school in addition to their mediocre resume. At least it would show that they faced tough competition and did SOMETHING. Of course, if this year's selection committee emphasizes negative criteria rather than positive*, then my thoughts are out the window. *IOW, positive means a good win has more value than a loss. So UND's win vs. SDSU helps UND more than the loss to NDSU hurts. Negative criteria would mean any loss hurts more than a mediocre win helps. So Weber's ISU win is more valuable than UND's loss to NDSU.
  19. I don't think Weber is as much of a lock as you think. They played Idaho St twice, and barely squeaked by UCD, SUU & NAU. I could easily see the committee putting UND at 4 and Weber at 5. (They actually did already in their first(and only) mid-season ranking.) Weber's situation for a seed is the same as Missouri St's for a bid: they haven't done anything bad, but they haven't done anything impressive either.
  20. I think you guys are a fairly comfortable #4. The loser of the Marker game is going to get bounced out of the seeds. If JMU loses to Richmond(a good chance), and/or SHSU loses to Incarnate Word, you might even see #2 or #3. So if NDSU loses on Sat and is on the same side of the bracket as UND, a rematch could happen in GF.
  21. 100% UND is in the playoffs. I think 98% UND hosting(I'm fairly certain UND will get the 4 seed - but even hosting if they don't). I think you'd be pretty safe on the Senior Day stuff. It's a bit of a stretch*, but I think the rules would be relaxed this crazy year. *NCAA is fine with hosting schools doing all of their regular home game stuff as long as it isn't mocking or degrading to the other team. ex. "That's another FIRST DOWN!" is fine; a recording of crying baby sounds when the opposing coach argues with an official is not. Senior Day stuff is not regular for a home game, but it's also not degrading at all to the visiting team. Would probably be a no go in a standard year, but a decent shot this year.
  22. Without question, the cancellation sucks, but what would a forfeit do in this case? UND is already a conference co-champion, an added win doesn't have any bearing on the MVFC automatic qualifier situation, and the playoff selection committee would ignore it. It would only be an extra, only-on-paper, win in the historic win/loss stats. And it's not like YSU would care; 1-7 instead of 1-6? Whoopdi-do in this messed up season.
  23. The fall losses don't hurt MSU all that much. One was to Oklahoma, the other two were fairly close losses(6pt & 9pt) to a Central Arkansas team that would likely be fighting for a seed if they had chosen to play in the spring. MSU's problem is that their spring wins are very weak. WIU, SIU, USD, UNI, and a late-season YSU. Those teams have a combined conference record of 9-21. And with the exception of the YSU game, they were all one-score wins. They didn't get SDSU on their schedule, their game against UND was cancelled, and they weren't able to score even a point against NDSU(25-0). The end result is that their resume has literally no highlights. There's nothing super negative about it, but nothing good either. That's not going to cut it when we're talking about a situation where the MVFC would be getting 50% of the at-large bids. For that to happen, every MVFC at-large candidate would have to have great resume compared to the other bubble teams.
  24. Nope. Once the job of seeding teams begins, the committee doesn't care about automatic qualifiers vs. at-large bids. Besides, there are only four seeds this year. Missouri State is on the outside of the bubble and needs a lot of help. The cancelling of the MSU/UND game was a disaster for their hopes. UND is seeded with a win(likely #4), and probably on the inside of the bubble with a loss.* NDSU is seeded with a win(likely #2), and unseeded with a loss. SDSU is seeded with a win(likely #2/3), and probably on the inside of the bubble with a loss. 80% chance UND, SDSU & NDSU are all in the field no matter Saturday's results. 99% chance all three are in the field with a UND win. Only scenario where UND wins and DOESN'T get a seed is if the NDSU/SDSU game gets cancelled. Then it gets tricky for the committee. Likely NDSU at 2, SDSU at 3 or 4, and UND at 5 and unseeded. But it's also possible it could go the other way with UND & SDSU; there are good arguments both ways. *A UND loss on Saturday would be really, REALLY bad. The reason is because YSU has given up on winning this season and has been treating the remaining games as experiments. They've been playing kids that have never seen the field before, and they've been regularly moving players to new positions to see how they do at them. The team's priority is clearly focused on next season, not this one. I don't care how UND plays on Saturday, they should still win by two or three scores while sleepwalking.
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