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Yes, it's that time again

THT has alerted me to the fact you all are approaching 5,000 posts, which means it's time for a new thread. It would be my pleasure to create said new thread. Before I leave, however, I'd like to provide you a picture of the always-lovely Mariska Hargitay.
Have a nice day.


Blogger bubbs said...


1:31 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

First with SUBSTANCE!

1:39 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

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1:44 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


I accidentally posted the link to this thread on this thread instead of on the old thread. I didn't think y'all would find it highly useful here.

1:59 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Oh hi guys.

2:01 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Ah, new thread smell.

2:02 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Hey, where's SFC been? He should be hanging around here even if he doesn't like the fight club.

2:06 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Wow, we're well over .1% of the way to maxing out this thread. SLOW DOWN!

2:10 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I didn't realize y'all would take me so seriously. SPEED UP!

7:23 PM  
Blogger Jay G. Tate said...

You'll be back to 5,000 in a matter of half-years.

8:26 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

That reminds me of this

Except we all know now that 5000=infinity and we've proven we can't go beyond it.

10:04 PM  
Blogger Cincytiger said...

Why are we not finishing the last blog? I hate incompletion. We need two more posts. Someone finish it up. .

10:48 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Cincy, it's like being a map/trivet/beer can/widget collector. Collectors desire but fear completion. I'm impressed with your foresight to include that typo so that you had a good reason to leave it on an even post count.

7:42 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

E-Bro brought out the Monk in me.

7:49 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Were you able to figure out which post I was (accidentally) responding to?

8:27 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I didn't realize it was a test, but probably bubbs's post #199 on the prior thread. I'm pretty sure I responded to it (accidentally) on about page 12 (random guess) of the prior thread.

8:36 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Here's the thing E-Bro. We've gotten a hockey team since I posted that!


9:01 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

With that said, my parents live in Hsv. So it might be possible to coordinate a hockey game/meet up.

9:02 AM  
Blogger Cincytiger said...

About to have my 5 grandchildren ages 6 and under through the weekend. I may or may not be able to come up for air. If something really big happens with our football team, send info by carrier pigeon.

And good job e-bro and THT! Love things that we can tie a knot on!

9:50 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Completely forgot B'ham got a hockey team. A lot can happen in 5000 posts on HABOTN, it seems.

Really makes you think.

10:00 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Speaking of tying the knot, today is 36th anniversary of MrsTHT's ultimate lapse in judgement.

10:45 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Praying for MrsTHT. This must be a tough day for her.

But major congrats to you!

11:37 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Thanks! She spoils me rotten. I do have some compassion; I let her get away with it.

11:57 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Congrats, THT!

I see she maintained enough judgement to not have wedding during the football season. That's not nothing.

12:17 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

She would have left me standing at the altar all alone if I had scheduled the wedding during football season.

1:02 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Congrats, THT!

1:20 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

thanks, E-Bro.

1:43 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

So who's excited for the eclipse on the 21st?

I've got my NASA approved glasses and am ready to roll. Just need to decide whether I'm going to travel to the Totality zone or not (and where in it if I do). We'll be at something like 97% coverage here in Huntsville, but I don't know how that compares to 100% for maxing out the experience.

Then today, a buddy tossed out the idea of renting a cabin in the North Georgia mountains for the weekend and checking out. I'm torn.

3:08 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

2.0 is excited and planning to drive several hours with her puppydogs in tow. I'll be in prison that day.

3:45 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I got my glasses a few weeks ago. Planning on staying in Nashville the night before and trying to make my way a little further into the totality zone the day of. I think the roads will be pretty crazy. I have been planning on viewing the total eclipse since seeing this date on a table in high school, so I ain't planning on settling for no partial nonsense.

I don't have my hopes up too high, though, because if you look at the cloud data there is about a 40% chance the total eclipse will be covered by clouds. We'll see.

4:17 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I'm definitely going to make sure I see it. But I'm not heading out of town to do so.

The way the weather has been this summer, I'm afraid MJT might be right about the clouds.

4:21 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

amateurs. Get on a plane above the clouds.

michael, you better be careful. You could find yourself driving from CDT into EDT and if you do it at the wrong time you'll miss the eclipse entirely!

11:06 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

May head up towards the area of Pikeville, TN, to see it.

Not much further than heading towards Nashville area and I'll pretty much be able to avoid interstate in getting there.

7:45 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

THT brings up a good point. If we start in EST then head back west, we can see it twice!

9:03 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

It's another of our 24 hr sale extravaganzas at the Buy More. Come on buy!

10:01 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

bubbs...I don't think that's how it...WAIT, YOU'RE RIGHT!

This is going to be amazing!

10:03 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

better get that charter plane ride lined up

10:08 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Let's just pay for a sailplane ride instead here:

10:23 AM  
Blogger michael said...

The thing I worry about with the eclipse plane stuff is that you'll only be able to see the eclipse on one side. Won't the plane tip over when all the passengers move to the windows on that one side to see the eclipse?

10:27 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Those who have donated their bodies to science will be used on the other side of the plane to balance things out, so we should be good.

10:43 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Are we sure that planes are even aloud to fly during the eclipse? Sounds dangerous.

10:48 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Stupid Virgin Atlantic. I guess they intend to fly upside down on eclipse day.

10:52 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

bubbs, as long as they turn off all their lights so they don't ruin it for everyone else, it shouldn't be a problem.

10:53 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

These planes aren't solar powered, bubbs.

10:54 AM  
Blogger michael said...

Wow... it just dawned on me that my solar powered calculator won't work during the eclipse. Thanks for the heads up, Ebro. I will plan accordingly.

10:56 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Are you saying we wont have electricity during the eclipse?

11:17 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

bubbs, I believe some air charters will be using previously mothballed Eastern Airlines Boeing 727 Whisperjets, so you needn't be concerned about the noise.

11:19 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Jeremy Johnson now looking towards an NBA career. Well, rats. We could have been playing in March Madness.

11:43 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Big if true.

12:48 PM  
Blogger michael said...

bubbs, if you town has any solar panels, then no you probably won't have electricity during the eclipse.

1:34 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

my little homemade pinhole projector served me fine for this eclipse.

Y'all enjoy the next one; it's too much of a hassle to get back into prison to make a mid afternoon eclipse-viewing prison break worthwhile.

1:41 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I think they missed the eclipse forecast by a looooooooooong shot. I just went outside and it was almost completely dark.

7:52 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I think you may have witnessed the rare "geo-eclipse", THT. That happens when the sun is covered up by the earth. It only happens once a day.

9:58 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

That's not how it works. The sun pulses. THT caught the solar cycle in the off position.

10:14 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

running on empty today. I'm supposed to meet someone to talk about Maps. I suspect I will be even less coherent than my usual incoherent state.

Carry on

10:28 AM  
Blogger michael said...

When you meet the person, walk up and say, "Don't say a word. Just listen"

Then play this whole song:

When that's done, say "That's me," and then start the map meeting. That way it will be understood you are running on empty, and your meeting partner will be forgiving of you being off your game.

10:45 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Caveat: Don't do that if your friend is a female.

Well. Not unless you're really into awkward moments.

12:50 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Hey, MJT. GO!

1:42 PM  
Blogger THT said...

If I played that I would really be running on empty. It's completely missing the most important little piano riff at the end. Now, if I had listened to this one, particularly at the 4:29-4:30 mark, I would have been energized.

3:46 PM  
Blogger michael said...

That was pretty cool.

4:15 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

How do you guys feel about Tom Waits. Some stuff is a little out there, but I dunno. The more I've listened the more I kinda dig him.

Figured that one would appeal to your BBQ sensibilities.

4:16 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I haven't listened to much stuff of his, but my officemate back at NASA liked him a lot. I remember him playing this weird little diddy for me (apparently from the same album):

4:32 PM  
Blogger THT said...

I'll pass.

4:44 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

A: Rap music and Tom Waits

Q: What I'd choose to listen to if Whitney Houston was the only other option.

8:07 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Saving all your love for rap music and Tom Waits. Got it.

9:06 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I have a hard time defining "rap." Hip hop is such a broad genre. There definitely some music within it that I like. Some other stuff... not so much.

9:47 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Rap itself I guess is distinguishable from hip hop, but if you call it rap music, I feel like that's the same thing as hip hop.

10:04 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

I apologize for using the oxymoronic phrase, "rap music". The phrase might actually make some sense if you remove all the vocals.

10:08 AM  
Blogger michael said...

What do you guys think of funk rock?

11:10 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Who doesn't like funk rock?

Isn't THT a huge gutter punk rock fan?

11:35 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

It may take me a while to review all the HABOTN archives, but I'm sure my thoughts on the subject of funk rock are here somewhere.

I'm not sure if we ever covered the American chestnut blight.

11:39 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Did we not touch on that during the Dutch Elm Disease discussion thread?

12:44 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

There are only two things I can't stand in this world: ua-t and the Dutch Elm Disease.

1:00 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

But Nazis are ok????

1:02 PM  
Blogger michael said...

Ebro, surprised you didn't know the Nazis did kill numerous elm trees during their occupation of the Netherlands.

1:25 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

You're right, I didn't, because HISTORY IS WRITTEN BY THE VICTORS!

1:35 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Man. That Nazi joke had an unfortunate timeliness to it.

8:33 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Man, did it ever. Don't think I was even aware at that point in time that there was going to be a rally in Charlottesville about whatever nonsense it was about.

I'll try and make a joke about Gandhi and MLK this week to see if there's a different, better karma that comes out of it.

10:06 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

In better news, the way too early to take too seriously forecast for the eclipse looks promising.

10:07 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Saw that. Let's hope it holds true.

10:29 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

JS named the starter. Can't say it's a big surprise. Let's see how long he hangs on the to job.

11:19 AM  
Blogger michael said...

I think the job is secure until he gets hurt against Clemson.

11:59 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

That's kinda how I feel about it. Then Grit will take over for 4-6 games before he gets hurt. Then Gus will go back and forth between the two hoping one of them can play hurt. The results will be similar to the end of last year.

Solid 6-6 team.

12:27 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I look forward to Malik Willis's transition to receiver this coming spring

12:59 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I thought (per JayG and other insider scuttlebutt) that it was sounding like Malik is outplaying Sean and might yet be named the backup. No?

1:03 PM  
Blogger michael said...

I'm suggesting more of a doom and gloom path of Malik being forced to play late this season due injuries and then turning out to be terrible and moving somewhere else where he can help the team next spring. But you're right, he might just transfer.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

busy busy day at the Buy More. Surprising for a brick & mortar retail. Come on buy anytime before midnight and I'll hook you up with a real deal.

bubbs has some solid analysis, followed by equally keen insight from mjt and E-Bro. I think we've heard this song before.

I get the two Maliks mixed up. Maybe opposing defenses will, too.

1:27 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...


1:28 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...


2:02 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Nice job of sneaking in on the first Beasley of the thread.

2:05 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Timing is everything. Let's hope JS has lots of it.

What's the latest on Scottie B, E-Bro?

2:16 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I'm not sure, to be honest. I see him on twitter every now and then, but it's generally just football related retweets. Haven't talked to him in a while.

3:24 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

well, all I can say is you've done right by him at 2:02 PM. He should be proud.

4:53 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Where errbody at today?

11:24 AM  
Blogger michael said...

meeting, man. taking a break for lunch to come here and see zero substance. I'm ashamed of all of you.

12:05 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I blame Norm.

12:15 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

I'm a bit wary of posting after my ill-timed joke last week. Don't want any more bad juju to come about on my account.

1:02 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Just saw on the news that a crazed juju shot up the whole island of Illtimejoke

1:25 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

JFiii makes a 180 from last week. Sure seems late in the year to get established at another school, unless it's way on down the pecking order, like D-II or D-III. At this stage of the game, what's the point?

1:31 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

Mercy. bubbs, are you sure you didn't mean 5-7?

1:57 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Word is that he might go to FAU. That might be interesting.

All the best to him.

2:02 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Man. Thanks, Pat!

Let me recalculate, THT. We were a solid 6-6. It's definitely not solid anymore, and I may have to drop that W total some, as you pointed out.

2:04 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

I'm gonna let you off the hook for that Trump presser, E-Bro.

On the plus side, he thought there were a lot of good people among the white supremacists. So maybe your magic brought up the good Nazis!

4:36 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

He is who we thought he is. Left him off the hook.

4:55 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

only 15 days until a couple of birthday girls turn 39...again.

8:23 AM  
Blogger bubbs said...

MJT is gonna be upset again when he walks in here.

11:28 AM  
Blogger michael said...


11:51 AM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

the substance has been elusive this morning

11:51 AM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Still on self-imposed probation over here, boss.

Trying to maximize substance on fewer posts is tough.

1:02 PM  
Blogger michael said...

You can't live in the past, Ebro. Sure, you created some nazis, but who among us hasn't done that?

1:34 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

Any of you guys wondered about Kevin Steele this year? I mean, I thought everyone kinda gave the side eye to that hire. He had a really good year last year, but ... there's still that little bit of doubt that this was the right guy.

Just me?

1:45 PM  
Blogger michael said...

No doubt he will crash and burn this year without Lawson/Adams.

1:57 PM  
Blogger bubbs said...

We're on the same page. I think the defense takes a big step back this year. A couple injuries early on, and we start to look like the AU defense we've grown to know with Gus.

2:08 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

His last game at Clemson is justification for eternal doubt. I hope it never happens while he's at AU.

2:16 PM  
Blogger E-Bro said...

Count me as Mizzou on Steele as well, but that said, if offense can score points, I don't need greatness on that side of the ball.

Just hold 'em to 20 points a game and create some turnovers.

3:03 PM  
Blogger michael said...

This J-Crep article is amazing:

"Jamel Dean is thinking about what his first college football game."

"A self-described "aggressive" corner, Dean He had an interception return for touchdown in Auburn's first scrimmage of fall camp and several receivers have cited matching up with him as a difficult chore."

5:28 PM  
Blogger Tar Heel Tiger said...

My stars. I'm not sure there's a single sentence in that article that couldn't stand for at least a minor tweak.

9:28 PM  

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