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Essentially Flyertalk / Earliest Memories
« on: July 21, 2014, 06:43:58 PM »
SD's disney world thread had me thinking....At what age were your earliest memories that you can still clearly recall?

For me I would say around 5/6 years old. I can vaguely remember bits and pieces before that age but usually only if I see a picture or my parents remind me.

Like I know my parents took me to disney world and other vacations when I was super young but all I have left is a mickey mouse hat, no memories.


Cats Fball- 1993 Weber Lock Copper Bowl

Cats BBALL- Listening on the radio when "Ski" Jones drop 64 points in a NIT game, 1994?

Kansas City Chefs- 1993 AFC Championship game loss to the Buffalo Bills

Kansas City Royals- Nothing significant has happened in my lifetime :-(

Essentially Flyertalk / Weird/Unique/WTF old timey professions
« on: June 09, 2014, 03:25:21 PM »
Hey guyz, its ben ji here. Lets talk old timey professions that seem kinda weird or unique, BONUS POINTS if a family member performed them at one time.

My grandpa started working for the Postal Service after WWII. Must of been a mailman, dropping mail off at people's doors n stuff right? Nope, he was an old timey mail sorter guy. He had every zipcode from Kansas/Iowa/Nebraska/Missouri memorized.

Every week he would board a "Mail" train at Union Station and ride that train throughout the midwest picking up/dropping off mail in podunk towns. He and the other Mail sorters would sit in the back of the train and sort the mail by zip codes while still on the train. The train would make a big ole 3 day loop and then return to Kansas City. 

THEN THE DAM COMPUTERS CAME AND TOOK HIS JOB(actually he retired with a pension after like 25 years).

If there is one thing ben ji's dad loves more than bee stings/snake venom it is talking about the Yellowstone super volcano....

My sister just emailed me this link

OMG, THE ANIMALS ARE FLEEING YELLOWSTONE AND ITS GONNA BLOW! (Would not be good if it actually happened.)

Kansas State Basketball / Does John Currie have a gambling problem?
« on: March 22, 2014, 03:35:01 PM »
How else do you explain this?

The charter flight back from STL to MHK is called "casino express"

Maybe he cashed in some reward points?

How much would you have to gamble to earn that many points?

Do we ignore his gambling problem as long as he keeps building nice things for us?

What if he takes the vaniers money to vegas and lets it ride on black?

Kansas State Football / You know what I'm excited for?
« on: January 03, 2014, 10:21:20 AM »
The Champions bowl next year and every year after!

The 2 best conferences, locked in combat every year down in NawLeans? Yes Please!

How long until the Cats get invited? Could it be next year?!?! I hope so!  :billdance:

Wandered over to and found a mini meltdown going on

This is a serious dick move on UT's part to interview an in conference rival that is right down the road...would be an even bigger dick move for CAB to take the job knowing how much it would set us back-I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt until I hear something else. It will be very interesting to see how Ian responds if Patterson calls for permission to interview like he has done other schools. Hopefully, Ian will stand up to him and try to kill this.

This is mostly Drama Queen UT trying to upstage our BCS Bowl Game

OMG PLEASE HIRE LEACH, would be amazeballs to have him back in the conference at BAYLOR of all places.
Greg Schiano, Larry Fedora, Chad Morris, Dana Holgorsen, Dino Babers, Mike Leach, Bobby Petrino, Mike Singletary

Just a short list of people we should consider if he ends up leaving
Didnt Briles kick but at Houston for a while after destroying the high school ranks?
Ian is a damn good AD who picked Briles out of obscurity and helped him become what is now in the first place. If it comes to that we are in good hands in getting a successor and getting him everything he needs.

A voice of reason?!?

I had hoped that at age 58 some aspects of the UT job would hold less allure and appeal. Having said that -- there was never any guarantee of that. And to succeed at the level CAB is at -- you have to have a competitive fire that most of us can't relate to. And that usually carries with it a tremendous amount of ego. And the pinnacle of his profession in Texas is UT. That feeds a whole lot of ego. It's probably an opportunity that he never dreamed he would have. When something is unattainable its easy to say you're not interested. When it suddenly becomes an option then it can be damn near impossible to turn down. I think the fact that he's not unequivocally nipped this in the bud means that there is about an 80% chance that he takes the job if offered. If so -- let's go get Chad Morris. We could get the better of the trade.

As everyone here is well aware Kansas State University pulled off a historic coup last season by stealing the Titletown crown from Texas.  Before this historic season the Titletown crown had resided in Austin since 2006 when the Longhorns stole the crown away from Stanford(Titletown Champion in 2000).

The question is will any team be able to steal Titletown away from the Katz? Conference Realignment has certainly helped the Katz defense of Titletown by increasing the size of every conference except the big12.

Lets take a look at this years contenders!

              FBall                  Bball(Current Ranking)                Baseball(Last Season)
Pac12    Stanford              9-3                                             5th
Big12      Baylor               10-1(#12)                                   5th   
Big10     Mich St               11-1(#5)                                    7th
ACC         FSU                    8-3                                           2nd
SEC       Auburn                 6-3                                           12th

Teams to Keep an eye on

Michigan St- The Spartans are the favorite to win the Big10 in bball which would give them the vaunted 2maw. If they are serious about taking the Titletown crown from us they will need their baseball team to step up after finishing 7th last year. They did win a baseball conference title in 2011 so it is not out of the realm of possibility.

Baylor- The Bears have never won a title in Bball but Scott Drew has the boys playing well this year(Ranked 12th). It is doubtful that they can win the big12 over OSU/KU but we need to keep an eye on their progress. I don't really know anything about their baseball team but we can worry about that if and when the time comes. 

Florida State- The Seminoles are pretty salty in Fball and Baseball but I'm having a real hard time imagining them winning the ACC in bball. If that happens we may have to batten down the hatches and go to defcon 2 during baseball season.

Once every squad has been eliminated from Titletown contention you know what to do!

The New Joe Montgomery Birther Pit / Real Life Homeland(Robert Levinson)
« on: December 13, 2013, 08:26:10 AM »
Carrie went rouge!

WASHINGTON -- An American who vanished nearly seven years ago in Iran was working for the CIA on an unapproved intelligence-gathering mission that, when it came to light inside the government, produced one of the most serious scandals in the recent history of the CIA -- but all in secret, an Associated Press investigation found.

 The CIA paid Robert Levinson's family $2.5 million to head off a revealing lawsuit. Three veteran analysts were forced out of the agency and seven others were disciplined.

 The U.S. publicly has described Levinson as a private citizen.

"Robert Levinson went missing during a business trip to Kish Island, Iran," the White House said last month.

Kansas State Football / Official Bama Meltdown Thread
« on: December 10, 2013, 08:07:52 PM »
Lets get this started!

Lotta denial going on right now....

I think it was Mark Twain that said " if I owned Texas and hell I'd rent out Texas and live in hell. That's probably how Coach feels right about now. I bet he sicker of it than we are.

Is CNS bigger than the University of Alabama?
Inquiring minds would like to know. I say he has had a pretty good gig. Alabama has been a pretty good trade off.

Contracts sitting on desk.... Rumors running rampant. Would he have won 3 of 4 at any other school? Are we fooling ourselves? Is Alabama special?

I say HELL yeah ,Damn Right it is. Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer. Alabama has made many coaches their best stop.

Do you think Coach Fran regrets his move?

I am not comparing the two but Coach Fran kicked Coach Saban's A$$ with that Crimson jersey.

Just sayin
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The only reason I can think of that CNS would let this drag on is the following:

He could be trying to usurp the Auburn momentum and excitement of the BCS title game with a unbridled fear and then the alleviation of those fears that he will in fact be staying at Alabama much to the dismay of Auburn  and other teams fans. Making it the bigger story. If that is the reason then I say hats off to a brilliant PR move. If that is the thinking then he will keep the focus on Alabama and not TSDTR.


Feel free to surf some bama boards and make your own additions!

Personally I CANT WAIT until its officially announced.

Kansas State Football / Attn: Michigan Fans
« on: December 08, 2013, 06:10:17 PM »
Welcome to our humble Blog!

Come on over! Pull up a seat and introduce your self!

I'm not gonna lie, it's pretty nice to have another Blue Blood program to match up with this year after our last couple of bowl games against Redneck Trash and some nouveau riche hippies.

I'm thinking that besides OU/Bama our matchup will have the best "Name Recognition" this bowl season. Should be a  great time for all of us!

Essentially Flyertalk / Good Fun Practical Jokes
« on: December 04, 2013, 10:43:55 AM »
What are some good fun practical jokes you have played on people?

I’ll go first!

The following takes place the day of the cotton bowl in 2011. We are doing some pregame binging in Fort Worth and start talking about how one of our friends is a total panzy for not coming to the game.

Welp this friend is an insurance adjuster and we just happened to have his work number so we have our buddies wife call up the adjuster and pretend to be Whitney Snyder, hilarity ensues!

Fake Whitney(FW)- Hey this is Whitney Snyder and I just got in a car wreck. 

Friend- Okay, do you know your policy number?

FW- No, I’m down in Dallas for the Cotton Bowl and I cant find it. Can you look it up by my name?

Friend- I’m not pulling anything

FW- You might check under my Dad’s name, LHC Bill Snyder, He’s the coach of  Kansas State who is playing in the Cotton Bowl.

Friend-(really excited voice) O I know who he is,  I’m actually a K-State grad as well, should be a great game.  I’ll check under his name.

FW- O you are! Why aren’t you down in Dallas for the game?

Friend- (Some BS excuse about having to work even though he is rolling over 2 weeks of vacation) I’m not finding anything under his name

FW- Did you check under William Snyder? That's his full name...The game is in 4 hours and I need to get to the stadium

Friend- I checked. Are you sure the policy is with (Company removed)?

FW- O, I’m sure. Look under “In pursuit of perfection llc” he might of put the policy under that name.

Friend- Still not showing anything.

FW- You sound hot, what are you doing after work?

Everyone starts laughing and we razz our friend who was super excited because he thought he was actually talking with LHC Bill Snyder’s daughter the day of the cotton bowl. 

Kansas State Football / Days Like Today....
« on: November 30, 2013, 10:37:02 PM »
Make me love college football.

Just imagine being an Auburn fan? OMG, amazeballs! On SC they showed some kids at toomers corner and those kids were just having a blast throwing some TP, like nothing else in the world mattered. Beat your arch-rival to win your division and possibly play for the national title game? AND TO DO IT AFTER SCORING A TYING TOUCHDWON WITH 35 SECONDS LEFT THEN SCORING A TOUCHDOWN OFF A MISSED FIELD GOAL?!?!?!? OMG OMG OMG.

And Mizzou fans....last year they were calling for Pinkels head and this year they just celebrated the biggest win in the past 40 years. They are living it up in COMO right now letting a slow grin crawl across their face when they realize that if they get the W next week and OSU loses to MSU they could be playing for a Natty....just pure ecstasy(sp?)

What about OSU? My gawd! The last 5 Minutes of that game! Talk about a rivalry game, oh my! They have not lost a game in 2 years and now they finally controll their own destiny...and to do it by beating your arch rival at their place? After they go for 2 to win but fail? WOW. I bet herbie pours a stiff one tonight and really enjoys it!

Its days like today that really make being a fan worth it.

Kansas State Football / Need tickets to watch the Cats SMOKE Oklahoma?
« on: November 19, 2013, 11:08:11 AM »
I'm your guy!

4 tickets available for face value($65).

Can be picked up in KC area anytime or possibly be delivered to you outside the stadium before the game.

Check out the view you will have!

PM if interested!

Essentially Flyertalk / Lets Talk Skiing
« on: November 12, 2013, 08:57:44 AM »
I love skiing! My bro's and I have a little mini tradition of going on a ski trip to Colorado every January and its a blast!

We typically drive out to Keystone/Breck/Dillon from KC on Thursday around noon, ski Friday Saturday sunday then head back on Monday!

We are getting a big group of around 10-15 bro's and GF's this time and will be renting a house in Dillon(Hot tub is the only firm requirement) then skiing A-Basin/Breck/Copper.

I'm a pretty laid back skier and usually only do about 1 black a day. I spend the rest of the time cruising down blues and pounding beers on the ski lift...My favorite thing to do is follow random trails into the woods to see where they take me!

Where do you like to go on your ski trips?

Where do you stay?

What kind of Skier are you(Greens? Blues? Blacks? DOUBLE DIAMOND BLACK?!?)?

Do you think Asava will drive up from New Mexico to hang with a bunch of his IRL buds in Dillon?

Kansas State Football / Tech fans
« on: November 08, 2013, 11:43:06 AM »
Pffft! Just got my oil changed and the guy turning the wrenches told me he's a TECH grad, class of 84. I asked him why he is turning wrenches with a degree...apparently his farm blew away in a dust storm! LOL. Anyways he is finishing up now and just said gave me the "guns up" hand sign so I promptly called the cops and told them some toothless redneck is threatening me!

I was at the point. I turned to my buddy Tristan and opened my eyes real wide and said "WOW" before giving him a giant high five.

What about you?

Kansas State Football / Interactions with WVU fans
« on: October 25, 2013, 10:55:53 AM »
Anyone had any yet?

Just went out to my car and saw a 7 toothed hill jack roaming the woods behind the parking lot wearing a WV shirt. Apparently he is hitchhiking his way to Manhattan since "its the most efficient form of transportation". LOL, WHAT A POOR!!! Anyways I told him I would give him a ride if he did me a favor.....that idiot is currently trying to steal copper from an AC unit outside the building...cops are on the way

Essentially Flyertalk / Selling Sports Memorabilia
« on: October 21, 2013, 02:24:40 PM »
Anyone have any experience?

My gpa had a baseball signed by the 1977 Yankee's that has been collecting dust for the past 30 years in a dresser drawer before I found it.

Its signed by Thurman Munson and a bunch of other players and according to the interwebz could be worth around $700.

Should I just throw it up on ebay? Does it need to be certified? Any local places that will buy it?

Kansas State Football / Do you think bill knows?
« on: October 12, 2013, 01:50:50 PM »
Or is everyone just doing crap behind his back because he is senile?

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Essentially Flyertalk / We chose the moon
« on: October 09, 2013, 10:02:26 PM »
Do not open if you want to get anything done in the next hour

Essentially Flyertalk / Shooting on capital hill
« on: October 03, 2013, 01:40:29 PM »
Guard shot, everything on lockdown.

Essentially Flyertalk / Near Death Experiences
« on: September 30, 2013, 11:44:36 AM »
Anyone almost die?

All this talk about Doctors and how they introduce themselves reminded me that I nearly impaled myself on a knee high fence when I was up in Chicago a couple of weeks ago.

Around 11am we were walking from wrigleyville to the beach and playing catch with a football on the side streets. I'm jogging about 50% of full speed and give the "I'm open!" wave with my hand.

Buddy see's me but makes a terrible throw, I jump to catch it but don't notice I'm right next to a knee high fence...The fence trips me up and I land chest first on the stupid decorative spikes(lucklily they had rounded tops to prevent idiots from impaling themselves). 1 spike hit my chest about .5 inches from my neck and the others hit my pec and stomach. I also cut my leg pretty bad when it slammed against the fence, was squirting out blood  :sdeek:.

We had a ksu vet grad and a DR(physical therapy) with us so they were able to patch me up good enough to continue binging. 

You can see the stupid fence in street view

What about you? Have you ever almost died?!?

So just started reading "The System, The Glory and Scandal of Big Time College Football".

Chapter 9 is about the different jobs that Directors of Football Operations perform, they are interviewing Stanford's DBO and he says

"There is a football program in the Big 12 where they have an equipment manager going to each coach's home and packing his bag before they leave on Friday for the away game" he said with more than a touch of disgust in his voice. "You're telling your coaches they don't have the wherewithal- they are too busy to pack their own bag and bring it with them on Friday to the office. Have the staff, have the equipment manager, go to a guy's home and pack their bag""

Kansas State Football / Interactions with UT fans this week?
« on: September 16, 2013, 02:15:49 PM »
So power went out at my office today.stupid maintenance guy is here wearing a longhorn hat trying to get it back on.

I made some small talk then he asked me to hold a screwdriver for for him while he played with the transformer or breaker or something.

I pretended to be all nice but as soom as they guy turned around I tossed the screwdriver down the hall and walked away, that loser is now holding a LIVE WIRE WITH NO WAY TO RECONNECT IT!!! #EMAW #YOLO!!! GO CATS

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