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by SoccerTaco
Sun Dec 11, 2011 5:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: When will the SEC's stranglehold on BCS be ended?
Replies: 102
Views: 6582

Re: When will the SEC's stranglehold on BCS be ended?

If the SEC thinks they're so great, they should have the guts to schedule 9 conference games and tougher non-conference games. .... This year Oregon played at LSU ... It sounds like you are giving Oregon credit for playing LSU, but then not giving LSU any credit for playing Oregon. That does not se...
by SoccerTaco
Sun Dec 04, 2011 8:43 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grandson of BCS
Replies: 487
Views: 40257

Re: Grandson of BCS

It's official - LSU vs Bama. How disappointing...
by SoccerTaco
Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:50 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grandson of BCS
Replies: 487
Views: 40257

Re: Grandson of BCS

If LSU loses who plays in the BCS Championship game? If LSU does fall to Georgia, LSU will still have the most impressive body of work of any other one loss teams, having 4 wins over teams currently in the BCS top 25. I think LSU makes it to the national championship game even if they lose to Georg...
by SoccerTaco
Sun Nov 27, 2011 11:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Grandson of BCS
Replies: 487
Views: 40257

Re: Grandson of BCS

Just for fun, compare two of the one-loss teams (one of which will play for the championship). Compare and contrast Bama's schedule and season to Stanford's. I'm not a Bama fan, but just to show who cherry picking a different set of items to compare paints a different picture... Top 20 team wins (a...
by SoccerTaco
Wed Nov 16, 2011 11:53 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Book e readers
Replies: 23
Views: 1735

Re: Book e readers

For e-readers i favor small size over anything else. You will hold this thing for HOURS. I would agree that small size is a plus. Along those lines... I was thinking about getting a kindle, but decided before I buy a new device I should try the one I already have - my phone. I downloaded the kindle...
by SoccerTaco
Sun Jul 10, 2011 6:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Great Smoky Mountains Visit
Replies: 20
Views: 2563

RM, I just got back from 4 days camping up in the Smokies. I live near by, so make it up fairly often. On your way to Cades Cove from the Gatlinburg / Newfound Gap side of the park, you will pass a picnic area called Metcalf Bottoms. About 1-2 miles past that, you will see a sign that says 'Congeste...
by SoccerTaco
Mon Jul 04, 2011 9:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor furniture
Replies: 14
Views: 2100

I was in Lowes today and they already had some of their patio furniture on clearance. I liked their Allen & Roth Colby Patio Chairs. They were on sale - $261 for a set of 4 chairs, with cushions. They are aluminum. I really liked the style. There was a matching table - I don't remember the sale pric...
by SoccerTaco
Tue May 24, 2011 9:19 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Any runners, hikers or backpackers?
Replies: 43
Views: 4284

Re: another dirty backpacker

tbradnc wrote: Just to give you an idea of my location, I'm 32 AT miles north of Hot Springs, NC and about 30 miles south of Roan Mt.
The Roan Mt area - specifically the stretch from Carvers Gap over Little Hump and Big Hump - is one of my favorite sections of trail for backpacking.
by SoccerTaco
Tue May 24, 2011 8:51 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What do you eat for breakfast?
Replies: 116
Views: 12699

A banana with peanut butter on it.
by SoccerTaco
Tue May 24, 2011 7:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: $1000 vacation ideas?
Replies: 27
Views: 3766

If you live in NC, here is an idea that won't require flying, which will stretch your budget further: Abingdon, VA. Stay at the Martha Washington Inn. Catch a show at the Barter Theatre. Ride the Virginia Creeper bike trail (outfits will rent you a bike and shuttle you to the top of the trail). Take...
by SoccerTaco
Sun May 01, 2011 8:15 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: NEW to credit?
Replies: 14
Views: 2145

You have the funds, definitely just pay cash for the car. There are times when it may makes sense to finance the car rather than pay cash. We ran into this just recently. We bought a Hyundai. I had planned to pay cash, but they were running an incentive - 1000 cash back if you finance the vehicle w...
by SoccerTaco
Tue Nov 30, 2010 11:56 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BCS Picks
Replies: 836
Views: 100875

The educated opinions of the NFL talent scouts are certainly not irrelevant. They are very good judges of football talent, which is equally important in both the college and professional games. So, it sounds like you would agree, that the conferences that churn out the most top NFL draft picks are ...
by SoccerTaco
Fri Nov 19, 2010 9:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BCS Picks
Replies: 836
Views: 100875

Atilla wrote:The SEC has the advantage of a corrupt system of paid players who don't necessarily have to be real students who attend classes and actually pass. Not all of them, but enough of them. If you think otherwise, you're naive.
Like Reggie Bush. Which SEC team did he play for? :)
by SoccerTaco
Tue Nov 16, 2010 1:10 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BCS Picks
Replies: 836
Views: 100875

Average margin of victory is much more informative than a few wins over quality opponents. Especially when those opponents are only considered "quality" because they belong to a certain other conference. It's a self-fulfilling loop. Okay, looking at margin of victory in Utah's "big" wins Utah beat ...
by SoccerTaco
Mon Nov 15, 2010 4:59 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BCS Picks
Replies: 836
Views: 100875

I see the Utah loss against ND as a fluke. Every team is entitled to have a bad day, and Utah did. They are clearly better than ND, though, yesterday's game notwithdstanding. I don't think TCU takes a huge hit for that. Clearly? Why? Utah's 8 wins include wins against 2-8 UNLV 1-9 New Mexico 1-9 Sa...
by SoccerTaco
Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:04 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: The 'sayings' thread.......
Replies: 83
Views: 11272

"There are 10 types of people in the world - those that understand binary and those that don't."
by SoccerTaco
Sun Oct 03, 2010 4:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BCS Picks
Replies: 836
Views: 100875

Chaz,

No, it's really Les. :)

You can see it - go to YouTube, search on "les miles read book", and you can see the actual press conference....
by SoccerTaco
Sun Oct 03, 2010 4:13 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: BCS Picks
Replies: 836
Views: 100875

As the fans were leaving the stadium I heard a lot of them crying for Les Miles to be fired even though LSU is 5-0. They have to be the worst major college team in the nation with a 5-0 record. Based on what I saw, they will be fortunate to win 4 of their last 7 games. Nobody is lucky forever. For ...
by SoccerTaco
Mon Aug 02, 2010 9:22 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Why a 4% withdrawal rate is still okay
Replies: 29
Views: 4052

For younger folks, a longevity concern is the likely gains in medical technology. Just think of how much better we may be at preventing / detecting / treating health problems in 20-25 years. I'm early 40's, my folks are mid 60's. They are both in excellent health. Neither have ever had to taking any...
by SoccerTaco
Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:32 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Camping Tent Should I Buy
Replies: 53
Views: 10427

$8

Sirrip, Just took a quick look at 3 season tents on GearTrade, and there are some decent 1-2 person tents available. For example, there is a 2 person Sierra Designs tent for ~$84 and a 2 person Mountain Hardwear for ~$100. Those are both brands from which you can expect decent equipment. Both are ov...
by SoccerTaco
Mon Jun 28, 2010 11:17 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Which Camping Tent Should I Buy
Replies: 53
Views: 10427

A good source for discounted gear is GearTrade. Most of what is on there is returns sent back to Backcountry. Some of the stuff has been used, some just returned without tags/boxes. It is hit or miss - but you can often find some good deals. - Steve p.s. I'm new, so GearTrade is the most I can enter...
by SoccerTaco
Sun Sep 27, 2009 6:59 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Am I a sucker?
Replies: 36
Views: 6183

I work for a large company, and our policies often do not let managers do exactly what they would prefer with compensation. There are always some inequities in pay vs performance, and it takes some time for a manager to get people where they belong with regards to pay / performance. I have always fe...
by SoccerTaco
Mon Aug 11, 2008 10:48 pm
Forum: Investing - Help with Personal Investments
Topic: If you retired at 41 what would be your asset allocation?
Replies: 29
Views: 5903

why should the OP necessarily "plan on living at least another 50 years"? To the contrary, a 41 year old male has less than 15% chance of being alive at 91. My wife and I are both 40 and I think the odds that one of us will live to be 100 are high enough that we should plan accordingly. The advance...
by SoccerTaco
Tue Jun 24, 2008 9:59 pm
Forum: Investing - Theory, News & General
Topic: Frustrated!
Replies: 69
Views: 11656

Budd, Here is a quiz from Warren: "If you plan to eat hamburgers throughout your life and are not a cattle producer, should you wish for higher or lower prices for beef? Likewise, if you are going to buy a car from time to time but are not an auto manufacturer, should you prefer higher or lower car ...