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    Today, 06:34 AM
    Company Christmas luncheon and gift exchange. I get my 35 year award, today. Woopee!!! Tonight, we're off to Largo High to watch basketball. A friend's son is on the team. He is 7'1", now, and still growing, but needs some weight.
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    Today, 06:24 AM
    swamprat replied to a thread Cast Iron Skillets in BGP Break Room
    As far as brands go, most of the cast iron skillets we have were my mother's. The ones she cooked in before I showed up on the scene. They are almost 70 years old. I have no idea who made them, but you can't tell how old they are by looking at them. I have several that I've bought from Publix. They seasoned up nice and I can't tell the difference between using them and the older ones.
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    Yesterday, 05:07 AM
    swamprat replied to a thread Eating Out 2018 in BGP Break Room
    I used to eat there all of the time, when I was a single pup. The last Captain D's in the Tampa Bay area moved out more than a decade ago. Sounds like they've also changed their menu a bit. FWIW, there are only 4 Long John Silvers left in the area and they are combined with other chains, like Taco Bell and A&W Root Beer. At one time, they were all over the place.
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    Yesterday, 04:52 AM
    swamprat replied to a thread Eating Out 2018 in BGP Break Room
    Went to Moe's, yesterday, for lunch. It's been a while, like 5 or 6 years. They've changed the menu slightly. Had the Earmuffs, their version of a burrito bowl, with steak. Forgot how good they are. Last Friday, I went to Pollo Tropical for lunch. It's a chicken chain. I don't know whether you have them up there or not. Again, it's been a few years. Ordered another bowl thingy called the Tropichop. It's not exactly a burrito bowl, because you...
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    Yesterday, 04:32 AM
    swamprat replied to a thread Cast Iron Skillets in BGP Break Room
    They are perfect for many things, especially cornbread, but I use them for Chicago style pizza on the grill.
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    Yesterday, 03:42 AM
    In Amalie, Steven Stamkos got the 9th hat trick of his career and Anthony Cirelli got 2 goals as the Bolts won their 7th in a row. Ryan McDonagh also scored for Tampa Bay and Louis Domingue had 23 saves, 13 of them in the 3rd period to keep his 3rd period save percentage above 94 percent. Kevin Hayes scored 2 goals for New York with Jesper Fast adding one late in the third, before Cirelli sealed the deal with an empty netter with 38 seconds...
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    Yesterday, 03:30 AM
    At the Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale. It took 10 rounds in the shootout, but Jake Guentzel scored the game winner. Casey DeSmith held the Islanders to 1 goal on 26 shots in regulation and overtime, then saved 4 of 5 in the shootout. Anthony Beauvillier scored with 13 minutes left in the second to give New York a 1-0 lead going into the third period. Derrick Brassard tied it for the Pens early in the third and both teams went scoreless from...
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    Dec 9, 18, 10:23 AM
    In Calgary ... Colton Sissons tied the game 1-1 in the first. Craig Smith did it again in the third to make it 2-2. Then Juuse Saros, in goal to give Rinne a night off, gave up 2 goals to Flames Garret Hathaway and Alan Quine to put Nashville in a hole they could not climb out of. Elias Lindholm added an empty netter with 3 minutes to go to seal the deal. The Preds end their 2 game western Canadian road trip and face Ottawa at home on...
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    Dec 9, 18, 09:42 AM
    The honey dipper is coming this morning to clean out my septic tank. If anyone wishes to help, I have extra straws. Speaking of STDs, this evening we are going over to a retirement community (55 and over trailer park) in Largo, FL. where my sister-in-law's parents reside. There, we will have dinner and then observe the annual community "Golf Cart Christmas Parade". The Christmas excitement around the Rat's Nest is palpable.
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    Dec 9, 18, 12:35 AM
    Steven Stamkos, with 2 goals and 2 assists, led Tampa Bay to its 6th straight win. Ondrej Palat also scored twice. Tyler Johnson, Alex Killorn, and Anthony Cirelli added one each. Louis Domingue saved 29 shots. It was announced today that Anton Stralman and Andre Vasilevskiy started practicing with the team. I don't know how long this will last, but the Bolts have run away from the rest of the NHL, for the moment. They are 6 points up on...
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    Dec 8, 18, 11:31 AM
    Also, I never said the Notre Dame fan based cared about Notre Dame's financial situation. Notre Dame cares about Notre Dame's financial situation. Also, if a program is wasting its time not trying to win a national title, then more than 50% of FBS schools should drop their programs immediately.
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    Dec 8, 18, 11:20 AM
    The Longhorn network is allowed to exist in the Big 12 because the Big 12 would collapse without Texas. Don't get me wrong, ND has to attempt to compete for a national championship and that should always be their goal. The goal in football is to win, but their fan base won't bail if they don't make it in years where they don't go undefeated. History proves that. So there is no need to be burdened by a conference affiliation.
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    Dec 8, 18, 10:53 AM
    BTW, LIPTON BASH, the link is not working for me, so I haven't read the article.
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    Dec 8, 18, 10:48 AM
    Stubbornness? They haven't sniffed a national championship but twice in the last 30 years, yet they get on primetime TV as much as Alabama and Ohio State. Why is that? ND has the largest fan base in college football. A fan base that stays loyal regardless of whether they make the playoff or not. Notre Dame Stadium is packed every home game and when ND is in town, you are guaranteed a sellout, regardless of their record. The Catholics...
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    Dec 6, 18, 10:59 PM
    In Amalie Arena, David Postrnak scored his 20th goal of the season to start things off, but Brayden Point answered with his 21st as Boston and Tampa Bay were tied 1-1 at the end of the first period. After a scoreless 2nd, Mathieu Joseph scored 2 minutes and 40 seconds into the 3rd period. A 80 seconds later, with J.T, Miller in the box serving a penalty on Louis Domingue for delay of game, Anthony Cirelli scored a short handed goal to put the...
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    Dec 6, 18, 10:14 AM
    I hate back to backers and this one showed why. Coming into this game, Tampa Bay had won 12 straight regular season games over the Wings and had pretty much dominated them so far this season. Not so much this night. It was Nyquist-Nielsen night in Detroit. Red Wings Gustav Nyquist and Frans Nielsen lead Detroit to a 2-0 advantage after 1 period. Mathieu Joseph score twice to tie it for the Bolts early in second, but fell behind again when...
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    Dec 5, 18, 05:05 PM
    Interesting rule changes. No kickoffs. 30 second clock. An alternative for the on side kick, which I find intriguing. The scoring team can opt to take the ball on their own 35 4th down and 10. Opens up a whole new can of worms.
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    Dec 5, 18, 04:48 PM
    Trying to get Baldacci's Zero Day and Camel Club from the library. The waiting list for Zero Day is 6 deep and that is for an e-book. Camel Club has a 2 people waiting for it, so I went to book 2 in the series.
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    Dec 5, 18, 04:27 PM
    Nick Saban explained it best, so I'm not going to repeat it. Before the playoffs, before the BCS, the bowl games may not have meant anything to you, but they certainly did to most everybody else. Attendance prove it. Ratings prove it. I agree that they are meaningless, now, and so watered down they are unwatchable.
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    Dec 5, 18, 04:00 PM
    They meant more back then because there were so few of them, 30 years ago. More than half the teams playing did not play in bowls like they do, now. There were 18 bowl games in 1987-88. 36 of 104 D1-A teams played in bowl games, 35%. Texas had the worst record of all the bowl teams that year, 7-5. The rest were 8-4 or better. There were 40 bowl games last year consisting of 80 teams from 130 D1-A programs. 62% of the teams in the FBS...
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    Dec 4, 18, 09:25 AM
    You left out the Cyclones, the only Cincinnati professional franchise to win a championship in the last 28 years. They consistently compete for and have won the Kelly Cup as champions of the ECHL (2008 and 2010). They are currently in second place in the Central Division, one point behind division leader, Toledo.
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    Dec 4, 18, 05:47 AM
    If you are not hell bent upon being near the Mouse House (and you are going to rent a car), look in Altamonte Springs and other points east of Orlando. Daytona is only about an hour away. There may be some less expensive accommodations in Apopka and Oviedo, too. There is a Super 8 in Old Town (Kissimmee) that used to be pretty nice for the price, though it's been a while since I stayed there.
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    Dec 3, 18, 11:16 PM
    swamprat replied to a thread Eating Out 2018 in BGP Break Room
    Had Mrs. S's birthday dinner at Daddy's Grill in Oldsmar, FL. Her favorite restaurant. She had the chicken Alfredo. I had pork chops. The rest of the horde had everything from chicken Cobb salads and grouper platters and sandwiches, to Delmonico steaks. I had 12 people and got out of there for under $250 which included a $50 tip. Can't beat that with a stick.
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    Dec 3, 18, 11:09 PM
    It looks like this league is poised to be the NFL's version of the G-League. The season is only 10 weeks, which works right into the OTA schedule for many NFL teams. There are discussions about allowing backups who haven't cracked the starting lineup in the NFL to play in this league. Every AAF contract has an instant opt-out if the they end up getting a chance at the NFL.
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    Dec 3, 18, 10:55 PM
    The Bolts win their 3rd in a row, this time on the road in Newark. Kucherov, Stamkos, Gourde, and Johnson all goaled for Tampa Bay while Brayden Point picked up his 20th goal of the season. Louis Domingue was relatively solid in this one, only giving up one goal, but New Jersey only had 19 shots on goal. I will still worry until they get Vassy back. The Lightning are again on top of the NHL with 41 points. Now comes a back to backer in...
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    Dec 3, 18, 04:09 PM
    If your fix for football is not fulfilled after the Super Bowl, the AAF starts play on February 9. They held their draft last Wednesday. Some interesting rules regarding the draft and play on the field. The Alliance consist of 8 franchises... San Diego Fleet Birmingham Iron Arizona Hotshots Orlando Apollos Atlanta Legends Salt Lake Stallions
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